New Banished Leader Available as DLC for Halo Wars 2

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The second bit of DLC for Halo Wars 2 arrived last week. Similar to the first, which added a new USMC leader and a few units to the game, this content expands the roster of leaders available to you in the Blitz and Firefight (and other multiplayer) modes with a new leader and a few new units."Colony" is a pair of Hunter enemies (each of which, apparently, is made up of some kind of alien space worm called Lekgolo that have a collective intelligence) and works for the Banished, i.e., Atriox's forces. All I can say to that is, "huh; space worms." Anyways, Colony's focus is on commanding and aiding other Lekgolo units, like the new hulking Goliath or the battle seasoned Scarred Hunters, by passively healing them with its "Combat Repair" ability. All together, the "Colony" DLC includes the new Colony leader, eight new Blitz cards, and five Blitz Packs for Colony's exclusive cards. While the cards themselves may be limited to Blitz mode, the leader and units are available in other modes, like Firefight.The "Colony" DLC is included automatically as part of the Season Pass, or is available for sale for $5.99.

Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn Is Coming To The Switch

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According to the folks over at Nintendo Everything, Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is on its way to the Nintendo Switch, raising the console's game library to, like... five.I kid, of course, as Nintendo's latest system has been slowly building a pretty respectable collection.  One thing it's distinctly lacking, though, is modern beat-em-ups, which developer Saber Interactive hopes to remedy with their Shaq-centric title. The game's two player co-op will allow players to clean the streets of ruffians, hoodlums, and scoundrels together.  As you can see in an old gameplay teaser, below, what Shaq lacks in free throw shooting, he makes up for in what's apparently an absurd amount of training in martial arts.Players will be able to choose from a host of characters to work their way through the game's campaign, so let's hope for a few cameos.  Dennis Rodman's likeness can't be too expensive to license these days, and plus, it'd boost sales in North Korea.

Marvel Heroes Omega Closed Beta Access Code Giveaway

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Marvel Heroes Omega Closed Beta Access Code Giveaway

If you missed our stream last night, we checked out a bit of the closed beta currently underway for Marvel Heroes Omega on the PlayStation 4. We gave away some Founder's Pack codes during that, and today we've got some codes to access just the closed beta itself.There are a total of 10 codes to give away and you can enter once a day to try and win one until all the codes are gone, or until the contest ends at 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, May 5, 2017. These codes are only good for the North America version (sorry EU) on the PlayStation 4. Unlike the Founder's Pack codes that unlock some heroes and give you some of the premium currency, these codes will just get you access to the closed beta itself. No bonuses. That being said, you'll be given enough Eternity Splinters (the in-game currency used to purchase heroes) to buy a hero or two once you clear out the initial tutorial.So what are you waiting for? Click the button below to enter and good luck!

Three New Gameplay Videos for X-Morph: Defense

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EXOR Studios' next title, X-Morph: Defense, is still on its way at some point this year, bringing with it the thrill of not only shmups but also building towers to defend against waves of enemies. The last time we checked in, we got to see some of the local co-op in action. This time we're looking at some of the enemy behavior and graphic effects, as well as just how intense the combat can get.First up, be mindful of your environment. All those explosions from enemy ships going down are more than just some pretty particle effects. If you're fighting amidst some leafy vegetation, shooting down foes may result in setting fire to the local flora.All of this is created within EXOR's own game engine, called "Schmetterling," which is German for "butterfly." Designing and developing a new game is one thing, but making an entire engine in which to design and develop that title...

Styx: Shards Of Darkness Adds Co-Op Save Function

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Styx: Shards Of Darkness Adds Co-Op Save Function

Released back in March of this year, Styx: Shards of Darkness was a cause for delight around these parts due to its inclusion of two player online co-op.  Its predecessor was already held in high regard, so co-op fans were understandably excited for a chance to experience the stealth-focused game with a friend.  One thing seemed to be holding it back, though - a lack of multiplayer save functionality.Luckily, developer Cyanide Studio was receptive to the oft-cited request, and they've now added the function into the game.  It has a few minor caveats, which you can see in the patch notes below.Only Autosaves & Manual Saves (The “Save” option from the Pause Menu) are available.

Sniper Elite Franchise On The Cheap During Weekend Steam Sale

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Sniper Elite Franchise On The Cheap During Weekend Steam Sale

The entire Sniper Elite series is currently on sale on Steam, with all four games being bundled in a pack for just under $60. The newest game in the series, Sniper Elite 4, will set you back around $45. As with any Steam Sale bundle, you can take advantage of the bundle price and fill in the games that you may or may not have.Sadly for PC players, the original Sniper Elite game doesn't support co-op (it was console exclusive), which featured the infamous sniper/spotter style missions. The deal is part of the weekend sale on Steam, so you'll want to take advantage of this asap!

Dead Space 3 and Dead Space 2 Added to Xbox Backwards Compatibility

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Announced through the Major Nelson blogDead Space 2 and its co-op friendly sequel Dead Space 3 will be joining the ever-growing library of titles that have been added to Xbox One through backwards compatibility.Dead Space 2 was originally released in 2011, with the aforementioned blog post giving the synopsis, "Engineer Isaac Clarke returns for another blood-curdling adventure in the sequel to the critically acclaimed Dead Space. After waking from a coma on a massive space city known as “The Sprawl”, the lone survivor of a horrific alien infection finds himself confronting a catastrophic new nightmare.However, Dead Space 3, through the inclusion of co-op was given a 4/5 in our review, in which we said, "Dead Space 3 is a very good single player title, and an equally good co-op title. Horror fans can scale the difficulty to make it more of a challenge, but people who just want to enjoy the ride with a friend will have a good time, as well." the rest of the review can be read here.

Our Weekend In Gaming: School's Out Forever

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Our Weekend In Gaming: School's Out Forever

Looks like some of the Co-Opticrew will be exiting April just as they entered: revelling in the trials and tribulations of Japanese high schoolers.  A fitting end, too.  Since most of us are no longer in the realm of education, we need some way to mark the end of the school year, and what better way than to immerse ourselves in drama, homework, and love triangles?Of course, those folks don't speak for everyone.  The rest of us will be kart-racing, mid-laning, and virus-curing.  Check it out:Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "Got back into Heroes of the Storm a bit, finishing up Season 10 in Diablo 3. Guess it's a Blizzard weekend."

Toukiden 2 Co-Op Review

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Toukiden 2 Co-Op Review

Rather than focusing on the grind for materials so prevalent in Monster Hunter style games, Toukiden 2 does something revolutionary: it concentrates on the more fun experience of slaying big creatures with your friends. Jason and Matt share their thoughts.

Awesomenauts Going Free-To-Play on the PC Next Month

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Ronimo's 3-vs-3 platform MOBA, Awesomenauts, got a big update earlier this week in order to lay the groundwork for the title going entirely free-to-play next month on the PC. If you already own the game then don't worry, you won't lose anything as it shifts to this new format.There's been a lot of changes to Awesomenauts over the past year on the PC, including a spectator mode and a level editor via Steam Workshop, and it sounds like much of that was being done to set things up for the transition to free-to-play. The new 4.0 update is the precursor to this shift and includes some big changes to the game's progression system and the tutorial. Here's what's new:As previously mentioned, anyone who currently owns the game will still keep all their existing content/progression. In fact, if you own the game along with the "Starstorm" and "Overdrive" expansions, you'll automatically be upgraded to that "Awesomenauts All Nauts Pack" and be given access to all future characters for free. Not a bad deal.