Enjoy Sniper Elite 3 for Free This Weekend

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Until Sunday, October 9 at 4:00 pm Eastern, you and a co-op buddy can enjoy Sniper Elite 3 for free! The cooperative first-person sniping title can be played in its entirety (minus the DLC) until the 9th and if you want to keep playing more after that date, it's also on sale for 80% off. Huge savings!The game allows up to two online players to play through the entire campaign or see how long they can last in the Survival mode. We certainly enjoyed our time with it. Sniper Elite 3 swaps the war-torn streets of Russia and Germany for the deserts and oases of North Africa as Karl Fairburne takes on the Nazi's Afrika Korps. Of course, the most appealing feature is the slow-mo X-ray death cams, which you'll get to enjoy to almost no end while you play.

Latest Warhammer 40k: Inquistor - Martyr Blog Focuses on Hordes

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Most of the Warhammer 40k games to date have focused on the bigger units within that universe; your Space Marines, Chaos demons, Ork war boyz, and the like. Neocore Games' Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr, though, wants to be sure they also include those smaller "horde" types, like the mischievous Nurglings.In their latest developer blog post, Lead Gameplay Programmer György Flórea explains how he worked to make the enemies smart enough to find the correct path in a dynamic environment, but also dumb enough to not react precisely when things change.After moping around a bit, I found these expectations helpful:

For Honor Removes Split-Screen Support

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Co-Op gaming's been in a weird place lately.  On the one hand, you've got the indie scene, in which local co-op dungeon crawler/twin-stick shooter/roguelike/beat-em-up games are coming in at an almost comically fast rate.  On the other, you've got AAA developers slowly, but surely, moving away from any form of local co-op.  Unfortunately, Ubisoft's For Honor is the latest victim of said movement.From the beginning, For Honor's developers had been hoisting the flag of split-screen multiplayer, calling it a "key feature" of the game, but the recent closed alpha seems to have swung their opinion in the opposite direction.  It will still feature two player online co-op, of course, but Ubisoft Montreal has decided to focus their remaining efforts on polishing both that and other, non-local, aspects of their medieval combat simulator.  It's sad to see local multiplayer scratched from yet another game, but given the potential for performance struggles that have plagued past split-screen titles, it's entirely possible that optimizing the local experience required far more effort than it was worth.  As much as I would've enjoyed plopping down on the couch and beating up on a few dozen knights with a friend, I'd much prefer to see a single fully realized co-op experience than two mediocre ones.

Enjoy Some Match Three Action in Castles on Xbox One

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Whootgames' block pushing/matching game, Castles, is now available on the Xbox One for $4.99. The title has already been out for a year on the PC, and for a few months now on the PlayStation 4, but all you Xbox One owners can now finally enjoy this charming little game with a friend.Castles features three modes: Story, Survival, and Competitive. All modes support two players locally, though the Story and Survival modes are the the only two that are cooperative. The main goal throughout each of the 50 Story levels is to match up blocks with the same icon on them in order to gather up construction tools and materials so you can build the tallest tower in the kingdom. Once you feel comfortable with the controls and gameplay, test your skills in Survival to last as long as you can.Castles is available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Thoth Coming Soon to Steam

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Thoth is a game that could be considered as treading previously explored waters as most gamers in the modern scene have played a twin-stick shooter of some form. In the case of Double Fine's newest venture, it is all that and a little bit moreThoth takes the conventional formula and adds its own spin with minimalist graphics and an original score by electronic artists Cristian Vogel & SØS Gunver Ryberg to create a visual and auditory feast that's not to be missed.  As players blast through the varied puzzle-shooting levels, each one specifically designed to require both problem-solving and finesse, they are treated to wild and unique visuals. Local co-op for two players allows a friend to help circle-strafe and journey through the madness as a second dot, hell-bent on blasting their way through the universe.Thoth is available on Steam for PC and Mac on October 7th. 

Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade Co-Op Impressions

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Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade Co-Op Impressions

Many of you may not have known this, but Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade provides a co-op mode. While the mode is not extensive enough to warrant a full review of the game, we thought a general impressions piece would be in order for those of you morbidly curious enough to brave the infamous reputation of Eternal Crusade.Eternal Crusade, the latest game released with a WH40k setting, advertises itself as an MMO. While it’s clearly “multi-player” and “online” (the “massively” is up for debate), it’s not an MMO in any traditional sense of the term. Players are provided four character slots on their account, where they can select one of four factions: Eldar, Space Marine, Chaos Space Marine, or Ork. They are then further prompted to select a “Chapter,” which is a subfaction flavor to all you Warhammer buffs out there, but in this game only seems to have a cosmetic effect of determining your armor color. Eldar characters additionally have a male/female choice. After creating a character, players are presented with a menu which is their entire gateway into the game. The menu basically allows access to several different queues for various game modes. Most of these are competitive (this is Warhammer, after all!), but one of them is cooperative.

The Latest Humble Bundle Offers A Whole Big Thing Of Company Of Heroes

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War used to be so expensive.  Back in the day, you had your horses and your swords, each of which were worth upwards of twenty gold coins.  Then, you had your thousand-dollar artillery shells and landmines.  Finally, countries decided they just couldn't get by without dropping a couple million bones on stealth bombers.  It's hard to believe how cheap things are these now in comparison.  For instance, if you were to log onto the Humble Bundle website sometime in the next twelve days, you could basically buy the entirety of World War 2 for ten bucks.If you're interested in supporting a few charities, the latest Bundle is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Company of Heroes franchise by offering both main entries (Company of Heroes and Company of Heroes 2) plus a slew of extra content for a meager ten dollars.  Honestly, why wouldn't you be?  Charities are pretty cool, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a pair of better RTS games from the last few years.Oh, I get it.  You're skeptical of throwing down ten of your hard-earned dollars for a couple of video games you can only enjoy alone.  Well, worry not, friend!  Both Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor and Company of Heroes 2 offer online co-op, so you won't have to suffer through the horrors of WW2 alone.  

New Biker DLC Available for Free for Grand Theft Auto 5

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Gather your friends, get on your bikes, and terrorize the streets with the new Bikers DLC for Grand Theft Auto Online. The 2 Gb update for Grant Theft Auto V arrived yesterday and it lets you and your crew finally realize your dreams of starting your own Motorcycle Club. Just like Ron Perlman!The new clubs will accommodate up to eight players. Once you pick a prime spot for your Clubhouse, you can pick a President for the club who will be responsible for promoting the other members to key roles like Vice President, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Enforcer. These roles will have unique abilities, such as dropping Body Armor for everyone or calling in Hit Squads, that will prove beneficial when you undertake the new Clubhouse Contract missions. These Freemode missions are accepted by the President and can be completed with your entire MC crew.Along with the new club and missions, the Bikers dlc also adds new weapons, vehicles, and clothes. The update is available now for free and should be added automatically the next time you launch Grand Theft Auto V.