Dauntless Closed Beta Stream Recap

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Dauntless Closed Beta Stream Recap

With the holiday in the U.S. this week, our usual Monday night crew opted for a Tuesday night stream instead. With Phoenix Labs' forthcoming action-RPG title, Dauntless, recently entering the closed beta phase, Tally and Jason decided to take it for a spin and show off their fine Behemoth hunting skills.There are any number of Monster Hunter-likes out there today, so what separates Dauntless from the those, at least for now, is that it feels a little more streamlined. Choose a weapon you like, choose a Behemoth to hunt, and away you go. Killing the Behemoth rewards you with materials you can use to craft new gear or upgrade existing gear to make it more effective at resisting damage, or grant new abilities. There aren't any character classes to distinguish your Slayer from another, just what weapon you use. The mouse/keyboard interface also makes the game a little more reminiscent of something like Diablo, which helped me get into a bit easier than some other titles in this genre.Overall, I'm curious to see where this thing goes. As a free-to-play title, it certainly seems like it's easy enough to get into and muck about for a while with friends.

Watch The Devs Hunt A Big Ol' Dinosaur In Monster Hunter: World

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Imagine just standing around, minding your own business and being a dinosaur, when all of a sudden a squad of jerks pop out of the trees and cut off your tail.  Such is the life of the digital prey that permeate Monster Hunter: World.  To be fair, it's probably good to thin their numbers a little.  I imagine having a ton of huge carnivores running around has to be at least a little hard on the ecosystem.The MH:W devs were, naturally, at Gamescom 2017, so it was inevitable that we'd get to see a little more gameplay footage out of it.  This time around, a community manager known only as "Socks" leads a few folks through one of the game's many hunts.  The video more or less cuts right to the action, so don't click it expecting the preparations and planning that typically come beforehand.Monster Hunter: World is due out in 2018 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.  As shown in the video, it'll feature online co-op for up to four players as they track down and subsequently cut the body parts off of lots of different creatures.

10tons' New Title, JYDGE, Out This Month on PC, October for PS4

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Following on the success of their last title (the excellent Neon Chrome), 10tons has a new twin-stick shooter coming out soon that is set in the same universe and uses many of the same mechanics, but with a few notable differences. JYDGE is all of the aesthetics and style of Neon Chrome, minus the randomness, plus a whole lot more customization.Set in the megacity of Edenbyrg, you'll be dropped into the law-enforcing, cybernetic boots of a JYDGE equipped with a justice-dispensing Gavel rifle. You can alter and modify that rifle as you see fit; go full auto, or shoot lasers. You'll also be able to alter your JYDGE a number of mods that let you further customize how you play. Best of all, you can do all of this with a local co-op buddy.JYDGE will be out sometime in September for the PC via Steam, and October 3 for the PlayStation 4. Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions will be released at some point as well.

New Co-Op Game Releases - September 6 Edition

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A new week (I know, we're off by a couple days) is here which means we've got a new bunch of co-op releases. Destiny 2 is the big one here, but we've also got a stylish Zelda throwback title in Songbringer, the sequel no one thought would happen in Knack 2, and LEGO Worlds and Neurovoider both make their way onto the Switch.Destiny 2 (Xbox One and PlayStation 4) - supports up to 3 players online (6 players for the Raid when that arrives in a couple weeks). Much like in the original Destiny, Guardians team up in groups of three to battle through missions, Strikes, and Patrol Zones. For the puppies! PC release will be next month on October 24.Songbringer (PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4) - supports 2 players locally; the second player takes control of the robot companion Jib, who can stun foes to help protagonist Roq Epimetheos, and also scan bodies for loot. Enter a world that is generated based on a word seed and discover dungeons, secrets, and more.

SteelSeries Arctis 5 Headset and Sensi 310 Mouse Impressions

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SteelSeries Arctis 5 Headset and Sensi 310 Mouse Impressions

SteelSeries was kind enough to send over a pair of the Arctis 5 USB headset along with their recently released Sensei 310 gaming mouse. I've been using both exclusively for the past week, switching from a Razer Chroma mouse and a Astro A40 headset. Here's how they compare.SteelSeries Arctis 5 headsets on paper look like the sweet spot for most PC gamers. Priced at $99, you get a set of cans with solid build quality, fancy LED lighting, DTS:HeadphoneX support, and a retractable microphone with noise cancelling capability. All of these things should be plenty for any gamer, but when you combine it with the SteelSeries Engine 3 software you add on equalization customization, led customization, noise cancelling thresholds, and dynamic range compression.

Our Weekend In Gaming: The Fruits Of Our Labor

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Our Weekend In Gaming: The Fruits Of Our Labor

The Co-Opticrew has been hard at working sowing the seeds of co-op gaming for weeks on end.  We've made the populace aware of as many announcements, patches, and dev videos as humanly possible, and now we reap our just rewards.  At least, that's what caused our upcoming extended weekend in my headcanon.  It's also possible that this holiday comes pretty consistently every year and our work has extremely little impact on it.Whatever the case, we'll spend the weekend exploring crazy Ubisoft/Nintendo mashups, golfing in the arcade style, and knowing kung fu.  Check it out!Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "Think I'm gonna fire up Pillars of Eternity."

Absolver Co-Op Review

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Absolver Co-Op Review

You are not the first Prospect to be chosen… nor will you be the last. The Adal Empire does not yield its secrets easily. Everywhere you see the men and women you once knew; now, they’re husks of their former selves. They are lost. Though their minds are shattered from whatever they’ve encountered here, their strength is unwaveri...Read More