Couch Co-Op Added to Vikings - Wolves of Midgard on PS4

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Couch Co-Op Added to Vikings - Wolves of Midgard on PS4

The Diablo meets MOBAs and Dark Souls action-RPG that is Vikings - Wolves of Midgard received an update yesterday on the PlayStation 4 that added, among a number of other things, the ability to play the game on your couch with a friend.The full patch notes can be found here on publisher Kalypso Media's site. There are the usual gameplay balances and tweaks, but alongside the addition of the local co-op op feature, the other item of import is a new Stash players can use to store items, and a trade feature to allow players to share items with one another. That last one was a particular sticking point Tally brought up in her review of the game. No word on when or if this patch will make its way to the Xbox One and PC versions as well.Vikings - Wolves of Midgard is available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for $39.99. The PlayStation 4 version supports two player online and couch co-op throughout the campaign, while the Xbox One and PC versions only support online co-op.

Raise the Dead Next Week in Diablo 3

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We've heard all about it for the past few months, and next week, everyone will finally get a chance to get hands on with the newest character class in Diablo 3. That's right, the Necromancer returns to the world of Sanctuary next Tuesday, June 27.Just one more week until you can enjoy Bone Spears, Blood Golems, and all the skeletons you can muster, provided you own the Reaper of Souls expansion on the PC or Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One (sorry PS3 and 360). This new add-on content finally has a price, too: $14.99. However, it's not just the Necromancer class you'll get with that, you also get the following:If you don't own the game on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One whatsoever, then Blizzard has the deal for you. Starting next Tuesday, you can buy the Diablo III: Eternal Collection, which includes Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition and Rise of the Necromancer, for just $39.99. That's a pretty good deal for the whole kit-and-kaboodle.

Nex Machina Co-Op Review

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Nex Machina Co-Op Review

Nex Machina is the next twin-stick shooter from developer Housemarque. Rather than a solo effort, they’ve teamed up with Eugene Jarvis, the developer behind classic game Robotron 2084. Housemarque’s pedigree of arcade action shooters includes the likes of Super Stardust, Dead Nation, and Resogun - bringing a powerhouse of old and new gameplay to PC and PS4. Nex Machina feels heavily inspired by the latter, with Resogun’s voxel style graphics and futuristic theme all making an appearance.

Our Weekend In Gaming: Fight Me IRL

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Our Weekend In Gaming: Fight Me IRL

Them fightin' words have done been said, so this weekend, the Co-Opticrew is dropping (or putting on) the gloves and engaging in a bit of fisticuffs.  I know we're all about "working together" and "cooperation", but sometimes it's good to let off a little steam and knock the teeth out of someone's digital avatar.Those of us who aren't foolin' with fightin' will be prepping our sci-fi fanfics, gaming on boards, and exploring snowy corners of Tamriel.  Check it out!Jason Love (@JLove55) - "Getting gud with the Red Hood in Injustice 2, maybe checking out Killing Floor 2 since it's free on PS4?"

Dauntless Dates Founder's Alpha and Announces Dauntless Partner Program

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Dauntless Dates Founder's Alpha and Announces Dauntless Partner Program

After going hands-on with Dauntless at PAX East 2017, I've been keeping an eye on the on this monster-hunting, "unapologetically co-op" game. This week, developer Phoenix Labs announced a date to a special Founder's Alpha: August 18th.Founders Packs were announced back in April, with three available tiers: Slayer ($40), Hero ($70), and Founder (currently marked down to $80). Anyone who purchases any of these packs will get access to the Founder's Alpha on August 18th as well as the Closed Beta that will follow (date currently unannounced). During the Founder's Alpha, Phoenix Labs has also announced that the NDA for new content will be lifted, meaning that anyone who participates is free to stream and capture content during the Founder's Alpha. Along with the dating of the Founder's Alpha, the Dauntless Partner Program was also revealed. Details are still vague about this program (more information will be coming soon), but we do know that it's geared towards people who are passionate content creators. Applications will be opening up to interested parties in the coming weeks.

[E3 2017] Splatoon 2's Co-Op Salmon Run Sounding Promising

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While Nintendo announced "Salmon Run", a kind of four player horde mode for the forthcoming Splatoon 2, during a Nintendo Direct back in April, they've been holding off on demoing the mode until E3. Along with a live presentation during their Treehouse stream, many attendees got their hands on the new mode and initial impressions are good.The main hook to "Salmon Run" is that in addition to fending off waves of enemies, called "Salmonids," you and your teammates will also need to collect a number of "Golden Eggs," which drop from bigger foes, within a set time limit. Even after you collect all the eggs, however, you still have to survive the remainder of the wave. The mode also has a difficulty setting that goes from 5% (easiest) to 100% (hardest). Even on the easiest difficulty, you'll need to work with your teammates to call out bosses and incoming threats.

[E3 2017] Local Co-Op Confirmed for Super Mario Odyssey

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One thing can certainly be said for Nintendo this year, they like teasing out all their announcements. On the last day of the show yesterday, one of the rumored features for the forthcoming Super Mario Odyssey was confirmed: local co-op.Similar to Super Mario Galaxy, where players took control of a star and could float around Mario and assist him, the co-op for Super Mario Odyssey allows a second player to join in at any time and control Mario's hat, Cappy. The co-op demo that Nintendo held on their stage yesterday starts around the 4:00 mark in the video below and then wraps up around the 13:00 mark. While controlling Cappy, the second player is able to fly around independently from Mario, which they show off by solving a puzzle involving collecting music notes. Cappy is also invincible and can attack enemies for Mario to keep him out of danger.While it's easy to dismiss this as "little brother" co-op, these kinds of modes are useful for introducing new players to games by giving them some control/agency without the fear of consequences. They also mention that Mario would still be able to toss his cap, presumably, in order to posses something by using a special move, which they don't show off. It's unclear if the second player gets kicked out of the game while Mario is possessing things.

DOTA 2: Siltbreaker Co-Op Story Campaign Stream Recap

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DOTA 2 once again has a dedicated cooperative mode. It's also once again, limited in time. Available for purchasers of the 2017 International Battle Pass, it's called Siltbreaker, and we took it's four player co-op goodness for a ride the other night. It plays a bit like an Action/RPG in the same vein as Diablo 3, but with a limited roster of 14 DOTA 2 characters to use. You'll build a party of four, head out into a large map, and take on various quests with progress saved at various checkpoints. Players have limited lives which can be augmented by reaching a checkpoint. The mode is difficult to say the least. Constant spawning enemies block your path to objective completion, meaning there's little time to stand around and strategize. You absolutely have to have a balanced team that works together to progress or it's a quick death. 

Hammerwatch Dev Makes Serious Sam Game, Releases Next Week

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Crackshell, the development team behind the action-RPG Hammerwatch, has turned their eye to the world of Serious Sam. Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is out next week and it brings chaotic top-down 12 player co-op action with it.The entire campaign can be played with up to four buddies online with each player being able to gain experience and level up their Sam as they see fit. Once you've kicked some alien butt through all manner of pyramids, you can grab even more friends to tackle the Survival mode, which supports up to 12 players total.Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is out on June 20, 2017 via Steam.