The teens of The Blackout Club are pretty sure something's not right with the town they live in, and by gosh, they're gonna get to the bottom of it. Sure, their investigation may lead to a little physical and/or psychological harm, but who cares about a tiny bit of supernatural possession when there's a mystery afoot?We hadn't heard much from the developer, Question, since The Blackout Club was first teased earlier this year, but the former Bioshock and Dishonored devs have now been kind enough to show off some footage of the game to get us all spooked before its 2019 release. Just be aware, though, that everything is still in a very early state. The Blackout Club and its four player online co-op will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC at some point in 2019. Survival horror is an oft-overlooked genre when it comes to cooperative gameplay, so I'm quite interested to see what the folks at Question can do. If nothing else, their collective CV seems to indicate good things on the horizon.
343 Industries dropped a big update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection earlier this week that includes a number of enhancements and improvements, but it also adds perhaps one of the most requested features for certain folks: LAN play with no Internet connection required.The update is available now and you can check out the official post on the Halo Waypoint site for all the details on what it includes (such as visual enhancements if you're on the Xbox One X, "intelligent delivery" so you can choose what to install, and faster load times), but the real highlight here is adding LAN support. This means you and your buddies can all get together with your individual TVs and Xbox Ones, connect them to a network hub, and game together without needing any Internet connection at all. Per 343, here's how you set that up:Go to the Network menu in Settings and switch the "Network" option to "LAN." In order to setup offline LAN play on MCC, a DHCP enabled hub will be required - these hubs allow IP addresses to be assigned to connected consoles. Alternatively, you can also manually configure the IP addresses for each Xbox via the System Settings for each console on the network. Either way, each Xbox needs to have a unique identity with a network configuration that allows it to route packets.
Since its PC release earlier this year, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 has received a smattering of free DLC to spice up players' experiences as they worked their way through the main game. Each one was a welcome addition to the core gameplay, but we had yet to receive a "substantial" batch of new content from developer Fatshark Games.Luckily, the wait is over, as "Shadows Over Bögenhafen" is now available for download. Alongside a hefty patch, the DLC adds two new missions, "The Pit" and "The Blightreaper", as well as a bunch of new cosmetics for players to nab. Since Fatshark is oh-so-kind, both missions can be accessed by anyone via the game's Quickplay option, but only the folks who paid for "SOB" can use the new missions in custom games and, more importantly, garner the additional cosmetics.If you're unfamiliar with this whole "rat-slaying" fad, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 features hectic first-person combat à la Left 4 Dead and offers online co-op for up to four players. It's out now on PC and Xbox One, with a PlayStation 4 version arriving sometime in the future. I heartily recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable hack'n'slash romp with friends, or to anyone who simply doesn't like rats.
Oh, now here's something. The Torchlight series, which first arrived on PC back in 2009, will have a third entry titled Torchlight Frontiers out in 2019. While the prior game, Torchlight 2, allowed co-op for up to six players (and the original Torchlight was purely a solo experience), it looks like Frontiers will dip into MMO territory.You'll still be able to run dungeons with your friends, of course, but it appears that the overworld will be a more shared experience. Details are fairly light so far, as the game was announced just a few weeks ago, but it'll definitely feature that isometric dungeon crawling experience we've come to know and love over the years. Speaking of - I bet you're interested in seeing how the game actually plays, huh? Fine, fine. The gameplay reveal is below.No word on a specific date yet, but Frontiers is slated to arrive next year on PC, with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions coming sometime after. Speaking of, you can go ahead and sign up for the PC beta, if that's the kind of thing you're into.
Terrible Posture Games' MOTHERGUNSHIP finally got its co-op update last week, so Mike and Jason strapped themselves into some mech suits, got their allen wrenches and spare IKEA parts, and set about making some space guns. While there are a few issues we have with it, MOTHERGUNSHIP is a really fun FPS that harkens back to the days of DOOM and Quake.I'll be honest, the game doesn't leave one with the best first impression. The tutorial mission and its mandatory boss fight may serve as a functional introduction to the underlying mechanics and action, but they definitely don't highlight the best parts of the game or just how crazy things can get after you sink your teeth into it for a bit. Once you get over the initial power trip of "I'M GOING TO MAKE A GUN THAT SHOOTS GUNS AND ALSO ROCKETS," there are a lot of interesting things you can do with the tools at your disposal. For instance, is gravity being a real drag and pulling down the shots of your heavy guns? Slap an anti-grav mod on that puppy and show Isaac Newton what you think of his laws.
Rebellion's cooperative "Left 4 Dead meets Tomb Raider" FPS game, Strange Brigade, officially released yesterday on the Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. If you've got a hankering to shoot mummies with friends and then solve some puzzles, then this may just be the one for you.We captured some of our experiences with the first campaign mission and a bit of the horde mode last week, so you can check that out if you're curious to see how the game plays. We'll undoubtedly do a stream of it soon, too, as part of our regular Monday night "Let's Play Co-Op" streams, if you need to see a bit more. While I haven't spent a lot of time with it, I had a lot of fun with the bits we played last week and looking forward to playing some more. It's got just enough character progression in it to keep you coming back but without as much of the random loot aspect like in Vermintide 2.Strange Brigade is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Four player online co-op is supported in the main campaign, Score Attack, and Horde modes. If you buy the game anytime during the next 30 days, you'll get a fifth character - Winston Bey - for free.
We've added Streets of Rage 4 for the PC to our database of Co-Op games!
I bet you and your friends toiled for days to perfect your prep priorities, minimize raw-to-table times, and synergize dish-washing techniques, all in the effort of achieving that highest of honors: beating Overcooked 2. Well, I've got good/bad news, depending on your perspective. The folks over at Ghost Town Games have added a New Game Plus mode via a free update, so you've got a lot more work ahead of you.We're pretty big fans of both Overcooked games here at Co-Optimus, as evidenced in our recent review. As such, we're pretty pleased with the opportunity to dive back into some cooperative cooking adventures. Plus, that very same update adds a few extra goodies for completing the game as well as some minor changes to help streamline the whole experience.Overcooked 2 is a solid addition to any co-op gamer's library, and with four player online/offline/combo co-op, it's very accommodating to those with short and long-distance friends. It's been out for a little under a month on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, so it's understandable if you haven't heard of it. In case you're curious what it's like in action, check out our stream below, with an additional impressions piece here.