Our Weekend In Gaming: The Usual

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Our Weekend In Gaming: The Usual

The Co-Opticrew is mostly spending this Memorial Day weekend (or "Bank Holiday", whatever that is) with some familiar titles.  This may be an indication that Summer is Truly Upon Us, but it's certainly not a bad thing.  In fact, I think it's perfectly valid to spend some time in the safe confines of games you're comfortable with.  It's a scary world out there, why not spend some time with the things you know best?Specifically, we'll be making the most of this extended gaming window by sailing the seas, hunting the Source, and chasing the battles.  Check it out!Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "Battletech. I've got the strategy itch."

Mario And Rabbids Kingdom Battle Has A Donkey Kong DLC Out In June

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Donkey Kong has been slated to participate in Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle for quite some time now, but the details of when it would happen and exactly what that entails were unclear.  Thanks to a recent Ubisoft announcement, we now know that the "Donkey Kong Adventure" DLC is due out sometime in June, as well as a few other things.For starters, the announcement revealed that two new playable characters will come with the pack:  Donkey Kong and Rabbid Cranky.  No Funky Kong, sadly, but I'll take as much of the DK Crew as I can get.  The adventure itself will take place in a Rabbid-fied version of DK's typical environs and should require about ten hours to fully experience.  Along with the standard tactical battles, Ubisoft is also saying some light puzzles will impede the player's progress from time to time.Rabbid Cranky and Donkey Kong seem to slip into the type of combat roles you'd expect.  Cranky targets enemies at range and utilizes a "Long Story" ability to put them to sleep, while the angry ape himself specializes in being up close and personal, as well as being able to throw just about anything on the map.  That's right, even cover and enemies.

Eden Rising: Supremacy Stream Recap and Impressions

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For this week's "Let's Play Co-Op" stream (every Monday night at 10:00 pm EDT), Nick, Mike, Locke, and Jason hopped into Eden Rising: Supremacy, which hit Early Access last week. This third-person exploration/tower-defense title definitely has potential, and it has a very solid co-op experience at its core.There are a few things that, in my opinion, Eden Rising: Supremacy does right. For starters, it puts the whole "enjoy this game with your buds" idea up front by letting players create their own servers to which they can invite just their friends. While you can play the game solo if you like, it definitely feels like the kind of game that is more fun with one, two, or seven friends and working together. Because that cooperative idea is embedded from the start, there are a number of systems and mechanics in place that help facilitate that further.

Happy Dungeons Is About To Get A New Story Chapter

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Ah, Happy Dungeons.  You're free.  You're a dungeon crawler.  You've been pumping out content at a regular clip since 2016.  Most importantly, you have online and local co-op for up to four players.  What's not to love?Despite the protagonists' constantly cheery disposition, it feels like things keep getting harder for them.  They just survived an encounter with the Chaos Commanders, and starting May 25th, they'll have to take on yet another group who've managed to grab hold of the Chaos Power - the Knights of the White Lily.  I don't think I'd be able to sustain that level of joy in the face of a seemingly endless obstacles, but hey, I guess doing what you love counts for something.Happy Dungeons has been plodding away on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for a couple years now, and even though it's not necessarily making headlines every day, it has a nice contingent of fans who are (from what I can tell) reasonably pleased with the state of things.  For a free game from a relatively small developer, what more can you ask for?

Earthfall Gets Release Date and Publisher

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I don't think it would be a proper summer without some alien menace threatening Earth. Holospark's Earthfall will see a full release on July 13 so you and your buddies can team up to fortify and defend against the extra-terrestrial menace.The title is currently available via Steam Early Access with one campaign to check out, but once it launches in July, there will be two full campaigns spread across a total of 10 missions. Based on folks' time with that Early Access version, it sounds like the title is "Left 4 Dead meets aliens," with a couple twists along the way as you can 3D print your own guns and construct defenses to fight off your foes. That was very much the intent of the developers as, like so many of us, they were fans of the cooperative nature of that zombie shooter and the stories that emerged from players' time with the game.Earthfall will release across all platforms (PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One) on July 13. It will retail for $29.99, or you can pick up a Deluxe edition for $39.99 that includes some exclusive Hazmat character outfits and weapon skins. It's worth noting that if you want to play this on PC, you might want to pick it up now for just $14.99.

Engage in Some Next Generation DLC for Star Trek: Bridge Crew

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Engage in Some Next Generation DLC for Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Ubisoft and Red Storm Entertainment's Star Trek: Bridge Crew is getting its first bit of DLC today on the PlayStation 4 with some content that will undoubtedly make some Star Trek fans happy. With the "Next Generation DLC," you and your buddies can step onto the bridge of Picard's NCC-1701D Enterprise and take on one of the universe's biggest threats: the Borg.So what else do you get with the DLC? Glad you asked!Now in that last bullet point, there's something worth calling out/noting. The "Resistance" Ongoing Voyage mission type will pit you and your crew against a Borg Cube. Players will be tasked with completing random objectives in order to acquire new technology to help in their battle against the Borg, but there's a catch: every time you encounter the Borg, they'll (naturally) adapt to your strategies and tech, meaning you'll have to adapt new strategies the next time you face them. It's a pretty interesting gameplay mechanic that also keeps with the whole "Star Trek" universe. If you're curious about knowing more, check out the PlayStation Blog post where a designer from Red Storm Entertainment discusses it in more depth.

X-Morph: Defense Survival Mode DLC Will Receive Additions

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X-Morph: Defense has been out since August of 2017 but that hasn’t stopped the steady flow of DLC and additions that developer EXOR Studios has brought to the party. In the latest update, the free survival DLC is getting enhanced with 10 new maps and randomized gameplay. This update is set for release across all platforms, so whether you are on PC, PS4 or Xbox One you will be able to continue taking over new maps across the earth.While there is no set release date for the new content, receiving them for free is an unbeatable price. The announcement comes complete with a trailer showing off gameplay in X-Morph: Defense. It is easily one of the most visually appealing tower defense games which can be seen in the video below.X-Morph: Defense features split-screen co-op for up to two players who can defend their bases with their fighter ship, build defensive towers to thwart foes, or any combination therein, as they fight through wave after wave of the petty human meat bags.

2 New Videos For State Of Decay 2

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As the May 22nd release for State of Decay 2 crawls closer (tomorrow), Undead Labs has given us a steady flow of developer logs and streams. That trend continues with two wonderful live action trailers.Both of the videos can be found below, with the first featuring “found footage” of a coach talking about survival, and the latter a nurse who struggles with infected patients and fellow survivors. Both of the trailers are intense and carry the dirty survival feeling that State of Decay 2 brings with it.While the trailers don’t touch on gameplay specifically, you can find information on that by going to our coverage of previous developer streams here. In those videos both single player and co-op gameplay is covered while the developers answer community submitted questions.

Battlezone: Gold Edition Co-Op Impressions

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Battlezone: Gold Edition Co-Op Impressions

Two years ago, Rebellion revived the classic tank shooter Battlezone as a cooperative virtual reality game. While our own Nick Puleo considered it a quality (if overpriced) co-op game, players without VR headsets always had to sit things out. Now Battlezone: Gold Edition has arrived on console and PC without the need for VR, and we’ve got full co-op impressions to go with it.Battlezone: Gold Edition is a brand-new release on Xbox One, and the already-released PlayStation 4 and Steam versions have automatically been updated to Gold Edition status (thus making VR headsets optional on those platforms). All four versions support drop-in, drop-out four-player online co-op. Seeing as how the game is new to Xbox One, that’s the version we played for this story (on Xbox One X hardware).To play multiplayer, simply select Play Online from the main menu. You can then host or join a game and select options. If hosting a game with a friend or two, you might want to set the game to private – poor players can seriously impact the team’s ability to succeed in this game.

Happy Wars Adds New Bosses For The Co-op Mode

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Happy Wars Adds New Bosses For The Co-op Mode

Happy Wars on Xbox One has received an update! But not just any old update; it’s completely co-op focused! The additions, according to the Happy Wars blog bring new bosses to the co-op mode specifically. These bosses are found in-game through a variety of ways, so players are encouraged to experiment. You can download this update now on the Xbox One version of Happy Wars.Past the new bosses, more faces have been added to the game, as well as different items for sale in the shop. This means if you have to wait for your co-op partners to hop back into the happiest battle with you, you can update your face while you wait. Along with these updates tweaks have been made to the damage done in game, but is that really as exciting as new faces?Coming from the official blog: