Our Weekend in Gaming - What a Great Weekend to Have a Curse

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Our Weekend in Gaming - What a Great Weekend to Have a Curse

And so another week comes to an end and we head into the weekend with hopes of relaxation and gaming. We've got only a few weeks left until the end of the year, so everyone's cramming in every game that came out this year into their schedule... nah, it's just more Destiny 2.Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "Working through SpellForce 3 and Destiny 2 content. Going to dip into Fortnite's 50v50 mode to see the chaos."Jason Love (@JLove55) - "I'll be splitting my time between Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and the new Curse of Osiris content for Destiny 2."

Gameplay Trailer for GTFO Shows Off the Horror

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There was a lot going on during last night's "The Game Awards," including a new trailer for Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding that featured a baby inside Norman Reedus' stomach giving a "thumbs up." Amidst all that, 10 Chambers Collective showed off some gameplay footage from their forthcoming FPS co-op shooter, GTFO.Since announcing the game this past June, the Swedish developer has been pretty quiet on details about the title. With last night's trailer, it appears that we'll be getting more info with greater frequency now. The main focus of the two-minute video is the moment about halfway through when a bunch of monsters bust through a door and attack everyone. Prior to that, things are pretty quiet as four people make their way through some underground area in search of a vault. It's all very moody and while there are familiar beats (i.e., "we're busting into a place to steal some stuff and get out"), the part where "things go bad" and you have to try to get away looks hectic. You're not setting up defensive areas to trade bullets with cops, instead you and your buddies are working to just survive against a horrific swarm.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Demo Impressions

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Demo Impressions

A few months ago, Fatshark teased a follow-up to their popular cooperative FPS, Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide. Vermintide 2 is slated to come out sometime early next year with a number of improvements over the original, including a new hero progression system with different “career” options, a better loot system, and a new enemy force to face - Chaos. A beta is on its way, but ahead of that, we got to check out a limited demo and it left us wanting to see more.It’s worth noting that the demo I played had no co-op to it, it was strictly a 10-minute single-player affair. There were two playable characters (the Empire soldier, Markus, or the Waywatcher, Kerillian) and none of the progression or loot systems were available to try or even peruse. Despite this, there were a few things of note that made me more intrigued in this game; specifically, the way the two characters felt different from one another, and the possibilities that the career paths will present for each hero.

Sharpen Your Skills Update Drops Today for Dauntless

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Phoenix Labs' MMO-ish action RPG, Dauntless, gets an update today that includes some tweaks/improvements, as well as new gear and new behemoths' to hunt. This update is free for anyone currently in the closed beta, and will be a part of the title going forward.Along with the new weapon, the war pike, and the two new behemoths, the armored Skarn and the agile Kharabak, the "Sharpen Your Skills" update also includes a change that may prove fairly significant. Previously, there wasn't much distinction between the different weapons other than whatever you personally preferred. With the update, damage types have been added to all the weapons and those damage types will affect the behemoths in different ways. For instance, all hammers do blunt damage, which is effective against armor (HI SKARN!) and for stunning behemoths. Other weapons do piercing damage that will weaken a behemoth's limbs, making them more vulnerable to slashing damage. As the developers point out in the video below, it's not necessary to go hunting with a mix of all these damage types, but they do add a new strategic level to the game. Weapons can be customized further with the new "Cell System" that adds slots to a hunter's gear into which "cells" can be dropped to enhance damage, defensive values, or add elemental damage/effects.

Co-Op Shooter based on World War Z Announced

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Co-Op Shooter based on World War Z Announced

I thought it might have been Left 4 Dead 3, but alas it was not. Instead I'm almost equally as excited to see a brand new FPS from developer Saber Interactive (TimeShift, Inversion) set in the World War Z universe. There isn't much yet about the game, other than a trailer to set the tone and a few tidbits about co-op gameplay that looks to mix action with strategy.World War Z’s co-op campaign focuses on unique survivor stories and missions around the globe, including New York, Moscow and Jerusalem. Use traps, barriers and the environment strategically to stay alive while unleashing a storm of firepower with a variety of weapons on the unrelenting hordes of the undead.

Curse of Osiris DLC Stream Recap

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Curse of Osiris DLC Stream Recap

The first expansion to Destiny 2 arrived this week, and we decided to take a little bit of time Tuesday night to check it out. The "Curse of Osiris" added a whole new area (Mercury), a new public space, and some new activities for those who are interested, and while we didn't get a chance to look at them all, we did run through the "Infinite Forest" a few times.

SpellForce 3 Stream Recap

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SpellForce 3 Stream Recap

THQ Nordic is continuing to revive the properties of game's past with the release of SpellForce 3 today. The third entry in the SpellForce series, the title mixes up RPG character progression in the form of hero characters with RTS resource and army management. Nick and Jason took it for a spin Monday night to show off the ins-and-outs of its co-op.The title supports three player online or three player LAN co-op throughout the campaign, and in the Multiplayer mode where you can team up against A.I. opponents (i.e., "comp stomping"). What's interesting about the co-op here is that you can actually specify what your buddies can and can't do. For instance, maybe one of your friends wants to just focus on the resource management/base-building aspects of the game. Perhaps your other friend just wants to control the heroes and army units. SpellForce 3 lets you do just that. In some ways, this division of duties helps with some of the confusion that could arise otherwise as there aren't a lot of indications when another player has selected a particular unit or building.