New Outbreak Trailer and a Free Weekend for Rainbow 6 Siege

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Season Three for Ubisoft's Rainbow 6 Siege kicks off next month with Operation Chimera and the limited-time co-op event, Outbreak. Before all of that happens, though, you'll have a chance to hop into the game for free and see what's what if you're so inclined.The game has definitely made some strides over the past few years and been kept alive by the competitive gaming scene, but if you're more cooperatively minded, then you can enjoy the game's "Terrorist Hunt" mode. All of that will be available for free starting today on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, though it's worth noting that many of the operators and guns have to be acquired with in-game currency that's earned from playing. The free weekend will end on Tuesday, February 20, but all your progress will carry over into the full game if you decide to pick it up. More information about the free weekend can be found on the official website.If you do decide to stick around, then the aforementioned limited-time co-op event, Outbreak, will officially kick off on March 6. That event will task you and two of your buddies with battling "an extraterrestrial infestation that has turned the locals into horrible creatures."

Arizona Sunshine Set For Physical Release in Europe

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Arizona Sunshine Set For Physical Release in Europe

The PlayStation VR Co-Op zombie-killing title, Arizona Sunshine, will get a physical release (Europe only) on March 21st, 2018. The game has been out only digitally since 2016, but with this new format, more people can jump into this extremely violent to zombies - yet very Co-Op friendly - title. Unfortunately, at the time of writing no price is currently known.Arizona Sunshine has two different Co-Op modes. First, there’s the campaign that can be played solo or with another player online (for a total of 2). The other option for good Co-Op fun is to take up to three other online players into the Horde mode where you endure unending waves of the undead. However, a PlayStation VR Headset is required for all of the players.Thankfully according to the official PlayStation blog, the physical format “will also include the recently released ‘Free DLZ’, adding two big, dynamic maps to Horde mode: the pitch-black Old Mine and the warehouse-turned-underground casino, Undead Valley!” The announcement also makes it clear that player intuitiveness is the goal, meaning you can play with a regular Dual Shock controller if the VR controller isn’t your style.

Aegis Defenders Stream Recap

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Last week, GUTS Entertainment's stylish action/tower defense title, Aegis Defenders, dropped on PlayStation 4, PC, and the Nintendo Switch. We spent a little time showing it off this past Monday evening during our regular Monday night "Let's Play Co-Op" streams, and I can safely say, this is one of the most interesting and visually captivating local co-op titles I've played this year.As this is a local co-op only title, Locke handled the actual playing while I provided the running commentary and thoughts on the game. Most of what's shown off in the recap video is from the first few levels, but I think you'll be able to get a pretty good idea of what the action and gameplay are like. The one aspect that we only begin to touch upon, and I wish we had more time to get into, is the way the tower defense sections play out and how they become more and more puzzle-like as you progress. Later levels introduce new playable characters that have different kinds of attacks, new structures/special objects they can construct, and new fusions that can be made by combining two or more characters' constructs. There's a lot going on during those defense phases and playing single-player vs playing cooperatively definitely changes things up.We'll have a full Co-Op Review early next week, so be sure to check back for our full thoughts!

Hacktag Now Available on Steam

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Piece of Cake Studio's stealth action title, Hacktag, is officially out today on Steam. The game has been in some version of alpha/beta/Early Access since last year, but today it officially leaves all that behind and enters the world as a full version release!The title supports two player local co-op or two player online co-op, with one player taking on the role of the Agent while the other is the Hacker. The goal is to infiltrate corporations and steal valuable intel that could bring them down. The hook here is that the Agent moves about and interacts with the physical world, while the Hacker can only influence things that are connected to the network. Thus, each player has a specific role to play and cooperation is definitely required. Locke and I played some of the title while it was still in beta last May and enjoyed our time with it overall!Hacktag is available on PC via Steam for $19.99. It is on sale for a limited time for $15. It supports two player local co-op or two player online co-op throughout the campaign.

Celebrate Valentine's Day With Fire Emblem Warriors DLC

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Celebrate Valentine's Day With Fire Emblem Warriors DLC

While most folks think of hearts, cards, and chalky candy when they think of February 14, Nintendo and Koei Tecmo think of DLC for Fire Emblem Warriors. The second bit of content drops today for the Dynasty Warriors take on the traditionally RTS series and adds some new weapons, costumes, and skills for a variety of characters, as well as new maps for the game's History Mode.Much of this content draws inspiration from the Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon title that was released on the Nintendo DS, which was a remake of the very first Fire Emblem game. Here's everything that's included in the DLC:The game does support two player local co-op in the Story Mode and History Mode, so hey, technically speaking, it is a game you could play with a significant other today. I mean, what's more romantic than hacking and slashing your way through 1000s of faceless soldiers with your favorite Fire Emblem characters?

Attack on Titan 2 Hands-On Impressions

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Attack on Titan 2 Hands-On Impressions

Koei Tecmo’s first Attack on Titan game was a surprisingly good adaptation of the popular anime. The co-op Scout mode wasn’t too fancy, but it did give players lots of missions to take on with online friends. Attack on Titan 2 is set to raise the bar a bit further when it arrives on consoles this March. We got our hands on the big-screen and Switch versions of the game at a recent preview event, checking out the character creation feature, new multiplayer mode, and more.Creating your own scoutThe previous Attack on Titan adapted the storyline of the first season of the show. Naturally, the sequel tackles the second season. One big difference in how the story’s presentation this time is the perspective. Last time, you played as Eren, Armin, and other known members of the Scout Regimen – soldiers who seek out new habitable land and fight against the gigantic Titans that threaten humanity.

Attack on Titan 2 Developer Interview

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We got hands-on with Koei Tecmo's Attack on Titan 2 at a recent press event and had an opportunity to briefly speak with Hisashi Koinuma, President & COO of KOEI TECMO Games and Producer for Attack on Titan 2, about the title and the changes players can expect from the first game.Co-Optimus: Can you tell us a little about Attack on Titan 2 and how it's different from the first game?Koinuma: The main differences are Attack on Titan covers the stories that include Season 2 of the anime, you can create your own original character [and play through the story], and the number of playable characters has been expanded from 10 to over 30. Also, there is more interaction with all of the characters via the "Town Life" system. Finally, the online capabilities are further expanded [to include co-op play in the campaign].