New Control Map, Oasis, Added to Overwatch

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Hey let's all have a great 2017 with a new map in Overwatch! At least, that's what I'm guessing Blizzard was thinking?With the "Winter Wonderland" event drawn to a close, fans of Blizzard's team-based shooter need something to occupy them until the next themed event. I'm guessing it'll be Valentine's related. Anyways, the new map is set in the Arabian Desert and features some nifty looking flying cars and, like, a scarab-boat thing? That's not in the official write-up, of course, which has this to say:A monument to human ingenuity and invention, researchers and academics from around the region came together to found a city dedicated to scientific progress without restraints. The city and its inhabitants are governed by the Ministries, a collection of brilliant minds who possess many secrets, which have attracted the interest of powerful organizations from around the world.

TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan Delisted From Digital Service Platforms

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TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan Delisted From Digital Service Platforms

Modern games have a somewhat natural life-cycle where they initially emerge, sink back down, float back up for a sale, and repeat thanks to digital marketplaces. The boxed copies of a title will usually shuffle about in retail for a good year or so after initial release, but it's the digital side of things that tends to keep a title going. As of today, the digital life for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan is at an end.The game has been removed from all digital service platforms where it was previously available for sale. This means you can no longer find it on Steam, Xbox Marketplace, or the PlayStation Store. Boxed copies are still available via places like Amazon, so you can get it there if you're looking to pick it up. If you have previously purchased the game digitally, don't worry, you can still play it and download it again.

Celebrate 20 Years of Diablo Across All of Blizzard's IPs

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Hard to believe it was 20 years ago that I first descended into the depths of Hell in search of the Lord of Terror (and some quality loot). Diablo was released on December 31, 1996 and its arrival marked a new beginning for, and in some ways the actual definition of, the action-RPG genre. To celebrate the title's release, Blizzard is injecting a little of the world of Sanctuary into all of its games.While most of these goodies are cosmetic in nature, such as a Diablo-themed portrait for StarCraft II, there is a significant addition on the way for Diablo 3 in the form of the "Darkening of Tristram" event that will be patched into the game sometime soon (possibly this week). This event will allow players to travel back to the original world of Diablo, albeit with some graphics that have been intentionally "retro-styled" and none of the original classes from that game. Once patch 2.4.3 arrives, you'll be able to enter a special portal in Old Tristram and find yourself back in 1996 era of Diablo.

Double Dragon IV Coming Later This Month

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Hard to believe that Billy and his brother Jimmy are turning 30 years old this year. To celebrate the occasion, Arc System Works is releasing a brand new game for the Lee brothers: Double Dragon IV. Rather than go for the modern animated look of Neon, this one is going decidedly retro.Aside from the announcement that the game is coming later this month for the PlayStation 4 and PC, and that it will support two player local co-op, Arc System hasn't revealed too much else about the game. They've brought the creator of the original arcade version, Yoshihisa Kishimoto, the original character designer, Koji Ogata, and composer Kazunaka Yamane on board, so it certainly will have that "classic" Double Dragon feel to it.Double Dragon IV is slated for release on PC via Steam and the PlayStation 4 via the PlayStation Store on January 30, 2017. The game should retail for $6.99 (it's listed as 800 Yen in Japan), but no price point has been officially detailed outside of the one for Japan.

Co-Op Year in Review - 2016

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Co-Op Year in Review - 2016

It's always interesting to try to sum up an entire year worth of gaming and see what stands out. This year I wouldn't say there was any clear "winner" or "trend" in co-op gaming. VR burst onto the scene and we're just scratching the surface there, but otherwise we had a solid mix of both AAA and Indie releases.Surprisingly our most read review this year comes from the indie game, Enter the Gungeon. A solid game overall, but one we found a little rough for the co-op experience. Number two on the list is a controversial one, Gearbox's Battleborn which many folks were torn over.  Looking down the list there's a solid mix again of AAA and Indie with standouts like Overcooked, Gears of War 4, and Dark Souls 3 making the list.We like to break down our popular co-op games list by platform, so it's interesting to see that the PS4 version of The Division topped the charts for all co-op games in 2016 with the Xbox One version not showing up to #7 and the PC version not even making the list! Also worth noting a Nintendo platform couldn't crack the top 25, here's hoping the Switch can help with that in 2017!

Shop Amazon's "Digital Day" For Deep Discounts on Downloads

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Amazon is having a "Digital Day" today, offering deep discounts on digital downloads through their online store. While this traditionally is a PC only sale, we do see quite a few offers on PS4 and Xbox One titles as well. There is A LOT on sale, and we'll highlight some of the co-op goodies below. But if there's anything Santa didn't deliver this year, you might want to check it out.Co-Op Game DealsThe full list of available games can be gleaned right here.  Movie and TV offers can be found here, including 50% off on a UFC subscription.