Krampus Is Currently Running Amok In Killing Floor 2

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Since its release in late 2016, Killing Floor 2 has been chugging along with all kinds of updates and seasonal events.  The most recent of these involves the most terrifying of all wintry creatures, Krampus.  Are you brave enough to take him down?  I mean, to be honest, you probably aren't, but you may as well check out what all the update is adding anyway.As with past seasonal events, the Zeds will look distinctly holiday-ish (sans the joy and cheer), and if players can survive their red-and-green onslaught, they'll get a chance to take down the aforementioned K-man.  All this takes place on a brand new holiday map, which features a "demented Xmas soundtrack".Of course, it just wouldn't be in keeping with the spirit of the season if the game didn't add a few dozen seasonal items (such as adorable pajamas), along with the distinctly non-seasonal UMP submachine gun for the SWAT perk.  It's a good thing the game sports online co-op for up to six players, cause a pajama/murder party just isn't the same when you're by yourself.

The Escapists 2 Is On Its Way To The Nintendo Switch

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Breaking out of prison can't be that hard, right?  All you've got to do is grease a few officers' palms, hatch a plan with your closest incarcerated buddies, and create tools out of nothing.  I suppose you also have to work out patrol patterns, subtly lay out the groundwork for your escape route, ensure your clandestine meetings aren't discovered by guards... okay, so maybe it's a little hard.This difficulty is probably what's made The Escapists 2 such a success for Team 17 and Mouldy Toof Studios.  It's doing so well, in fact, that they're bringing it to everyone's favorite portable/home console hybrid, the Nintendo Switch.  Once January 11th rolls around, every would-be escapee and their mother can take a swing at breaking out of prison life.It'll be available for a mere twenty bucks, and just like its compatriots on the other platforms, it'll support four player online co-op.  Two player drop-in/drop-out local co-op will also be available, as long as you both can handle wrapping your hands around those miniature Joy-Cons for hours on end.  Thankfully, Pro Controllers are available as an alternative.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew Is Now Playable Without VR

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Star Trek: Bridge Crew Is Now Playable Without VR

One of Ubisoft's most interesting VR outings, Star Trek: Bridge Crew, allowed players with a mixture of headsets to work together aboard the U.S.S. Aegis as they explored a new, uncharted section of space.  Generally, though, "exploration" devolved into frantic yelps and fists being slammed onto virtual keyboards. Thanks to the game's latest update, players may join in without the constraint of needing an expensive headset, so those fists can now be slammed into actual keyboards, and the yelps... well, they'll still be yelps.  No real change there.Not wanting to section off their playerbase, of course, the game allows players of both types to be matched together for its various missions.  I haven't really gotten a chance to check the player counts on PC or PS4, but the game's four player co-op will undoubtedly get a significant boost now that it's more widely available.

Our Weekend In Gaming: 2017 Holiday Special

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Our Weekend In Gaming: 2017 Holiday Special

It's your favorite weekly article, just in time for the holidays!  We just knew our readers couldn't fully celebrate the season without knowing what their favorite writers were up to, so we decided to put our heads together and craft the ultimate Weekend in Gaming article.  It looks just like a regular one, but with a pinch of Joy, a dash of Holiday Spirit, and a sprinkle of .There's lots of traveling, as is to be expected, but in between journeys, we've got arena shooters, Japanese gang dramas, and just plain ol' golf.  Check it out!Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "Destiny 2, PUBG 1.0, and maybe some Quake Champions."

Far Cry 5 Has A Fancy New Trailer

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Far Cry 5, Ubisoft's latest effort at combining open world chaos with... mild social commentary, will hit both digital and physical shelves at the end of February 2018.  As such, their PR machine is in full force, most recently culminating in a new trailer depicting the "resistance". Similar to recent Far Cry releases, the protagonist must work closely with the local factions if they want to really stick it to the baddies.  In FC5, they'll be filling a "Resistance Meter", which unlocks more allies and (presumably) weaponry as it progresses.  What do these allies do, exactly?  Well, I bet you can guess, but check out the trailer below if you want to see them in action.When it's available, Far Cry 5 will feature online co-op for two players, most likely in a similar format to the prior release.  It probably won't be anything groundbreaking, but it's hard to argue with the amount of dumb fun you can have cruising around and finding hilarious ways to destroy outposts.

Second Monster Hunter: World Beta Kicks Off Right Now on PS4

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Earlier this month, Capcom dropped a Monster Hunter: World beta onto the PlayStation 4. The only catch was that you needed a PlayStation Plus in order to play it. Today, in fact right this very minute, a new beta is available on the PlayStation Store that is open/available to everyone, regardless if you have PS+ account.Based on the news post announcing the beta over on the Monster Hunter: World website, it sounds like this will be the very same beta that was PS+ only a couple weeks ago. The beta can be played alone or with up to four friends online, and it will feature three hunting quests (Great Jagras, Barroth, and Anjanath). You'll be able to try out and use each of the 14 weapon types, and regardless of whether you team up with others or not, your friendly Palico will be along for the ride.As there doesn't appear to be too much different between the two betas, I've included the "Beta Guide" video below that Capcom posted for the last beta.

Auto Age: Standoff Giveaway and Update

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Auto Age: Standoff Giveaway and Update

Let's face it, the 80s are cool again. Whether it's synth music, Stranger Things, or remakes of classic cartoons like Voltron - every 80s child is yearning to relive a kinder and easier time of their life. Today's giveaway will help you remember those 80s cartoons - it's a vehicle combat game called Auto Age: Standoff and it features some slick animation like those Saturday morning cartoons you so fondly remember.The game is getting a huge update today, bringing it to version 1.3- Six new vehicles, bringing the grand total to 21. - Two additional factions fighting for domination. - Aerie, the new Deathmatch map for 2-8 players. - Horde mode. Survive and rack up the kills. - Elimination mode. Say goodbye to infinite lives. - Damage multipliers, improved AI, and more.

Destiny 2 Co-Op Review

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Destiny 2 Co-Op Review

As 2017 (thankfully) draws to a close, we wanted to take a look at how Destiny 2 stands after some needed updates and the release of the first expansion. Games like these are ever-changing and shifting, but we wanted to put together our thoughts on it and try to answer the usual question that gets tossed about with this: “is it worth it?”

Tomb Kings Coming to Total Warhammer 2 Next Month via DLC

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If, like me, you have fond memories of commanding hordes of the Undead and moving miniatures about on your best friend's dining room table, then you'll likely be excited to hear that the Tomb Kings (the second offshoot from the larger "Undead" category) will be added to Total War: WARHAMMER 2 in January via paid DLC. This is the first new playable race that is getting added to the game after its September release.Unlike the Wood Elves or Beastmen that were added to the first game, Total War: WARHAMMERthe Tomb Kings won't have their own story campaign to play. Instead, it appears that they're getting more Legendary Lords (4 instead of 2) than the other races, and within the "Eye of Vortex" campaign of Total War: WARHAMMER 2 campaign, the shambling hordes have a different goal than everyone else. The Tomb Kings care not about that giant swirling vortex and instead are focused on finding and recovering the Nine Books of Nagash. Each book grants the Tomb Kings a campaign bonus, though what those may be haven't been revealed, and all of this culminates in a battle at the Black Pyramid of Nagash. Like the rest of the races in Total War: WARHAMMER 2, that's not the only unique mechanic that the Tomb Kings will bring to the game, and full details can be found over in the Creative Assembly blog post.