MMO Co-Opportunities Volume LXIX - WoW Legion

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MMO Co-Opportunities Volume LXIX - WoW Legion

For this installment of MMO Co-Opportunities, I'm hijacking Tally's column to talk about World of Warcraft - Legion. Sorry about that! I haven't seriously played WoW since the Cataclysm days, though I did dip my toes into Mists of Pandaria. I also played around with the Warlords of Draenor content in the weeks leading up to Legion's launch, and a lot has changed. Considering many people who have lapsed on WoW seem to be interested in Legion, I'm going to briefly talk about some things that have changed in recent years before I get to what's completely new.If you have friends on other servers, as long as you're on the same faction, you can play together. You can even join cross-realm guilds, provided your servers are "connected". Each server has one (or sometimes two) servers linked in this way.Not in a raiding guild, or just want to see the raid content with little pressure? Hop into LFR and you'll be dropped into a low-difficulty 25-man version of your chosen raid. Mechanics are a lot more forgiving in this mode, which my friends tell me is about on par with queueing up for a Heroic dungeon. The loot isn't as good as "real" raiding, but that's to be expected.

MMO Co-Opportunities Volume LXIX - WoW Legion

about X hours ago from
MMO Co-Opportunities Volume LXIX - WoW Legion

For this installment of MMO Co-Opportunities, I'm hijacking Tally's column to talk about World of Warcraft - Legion. Sorry about that! I haven't seriously played WoW since the Cataclysm days, though I did dip my toes into Mists of Pandaria. I also played around with the Warlords of Draenor content in the weeks leading up to Legion's launch, and a lot has changed. Considering many people who have lapsed on WoW seem to be interested in Legion, I'm going to briefly talk about some things that have changed in recent years before I get to what's completely new.If you have friends on other servers, as long as you're on the same faction, you can play together. You can even join cross-realm guilds, provided your servers are "connected". Each server has one (or sometimes two) servers linked in this way.Not in a raiding guild, or just want to see the raid content with little pressure? Hop into LFR and you'll be dropped into a low-difficulty 25-man version of your chosen raid. Mechanics are a lot more forgiving in this mode, which my friends tell me is about on par with queueing up for a Heroic dungeon. The loot isn't as good as "real" raiding, but that's to be expected.

Arkanoid Live and de Blob 2 Added to Backwards Compatibility List

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Microsoft added five new titles to its Backwards Compatibility list this past Friday, including Arkanoid Live and de Blob 2. I mean, I'm sure there are some fans out there clamoring to be able to play those games again, right?Along with those two, Bayonetta was added the list as was Qix++Of Orcs and Men was also added, though this title is limited to certain regions only (it appears to be just Europe).Arkanoid Live was released back in 2009 for XBLA and supports two player co-op locally or online. This revamp of the original title appeared to be taking a page from a few other notable classic arcade remakes, specifically Pacman Championship Edition and Space Invaders Extreme, to bring those games into the modern era. Both players control a paddle and work together to clear puzzle levels.

PlayStation Co-Op Sale Returns

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For the past couple years, Sony has run a week-long sales event focused on co-op games. This joyous time for us co-op gamers usually runs towards the end of November (just in time for the holiday season), but it appears that it's getting an earlier start this year. From now until 8:00 AM Pacific on September 20, you can take advantage of good deals (up to 70% off in some cases) on some great co-op titles like Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition and Dark Souls 3.You should check out the page on the PlayStation Store for the full list of games (some of which are definitely not co-op), but here are a few standout titles we saw on there:

SMITE's 3.17 Patch Adds Dedicated PvE Mode for a Limited Time

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While Hi-Rez's SMITE has allowed you to team up with a group of friends to take on a group of A.I. bots in any of the main match types, it hasn't had a dedicated PvE mode until the most recent patch dropped on the PC. The new mode, "Xing Tian's Mountain," pits five players against a selection of challenges, like fighting two gods (Ra and Vamana) that become empowered when the other dies, with each one becoming more difficult the more you succeed.There are a total of 15 challenges that you can face in this new mode and a random one gets selected each round, so it's quite possible you'll get served up the same challenge the more rounds you complete. Every player starts at level 13 with 7500 gold, and that's it. Your health, mana, and cooldowns are reset between rounds, but you won't earn anymore experience or gold so be sure to spend it wisely. The mode draws its inspirations from "MMO-style boss encounters and wave-based survival modes," and it definitely shows. If your team makes it through five rounds, then you'll earn a chest for their limited time event (Odyssey 2017) that's currently underway. Make it through 25 rounds and you'll earn an exclusive avatar for your account.

How to Survive 2 Out of Early Access, On Sale

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How To Survive 2 entered Early Access last October, and last Thursday, the game finally saw full release. Now you and up to four of your friends, either locally or online, can team up to take on missions, build a camp, and survive the zombie pandemic.Our regular Monday night stream crew (Nick, Mike, Locke, and myself) checked the game out last November while it was still in Early Access, and enjoyed the idea of the title even if it was still a little rough around the edges. Hopefully those past 12 months have allowed developer EKO Software to polish things up. One quick note about the co-op play: you can invite 16 people (in a combination of online and local) to your survivor camp (the open-worldish hub). However, once you go into the actual missions, you're limited to just 4.How to Survive 2 is available on Steam at a discounted price, just $8.99, until September 22.

New Action RPG Roguelike Streets of Rogue Available in Alpha

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While it bears the descriptors of "RPG" and "roguelike," Streets of Rogue does not come across as the usual type of game with those buzzwords attached. Developer Matt Dabrowski is attempting to make a different sort of beast.Rather than set the title in a dungeon that you're diving into and exploring as far as you can go, Streets of Rogue is set within a procedurally generated city with NPCs wandering around minding their business, drug dealers looking to sell some product, thieves, merchants, gorillas, vampires, and all the other usual folks that inhabit an urban environment. The character that you select to play has the usual stats, like strength, You'll be given missions and quests, such as eliminating a particular NPC, or stealing something from a guarded chest, to complete in order to progress to the next city. How you go about meeting those objectives is entirely up to you. Maybe you'll use a syringe full of poison on the building's air ventilation system to weaken everyone inside, making it easier to take them out. Or perhaps you'll teleport inside of that guarded room without anyone being the wiser.

Mother Russia Bleeds Co-Op Review

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Mother Russia Bleeds Co-Op Review

What's a down-on-his-luck street fighter to do when The Man rolls in, rounds up his buddies and force feeds them experimental drugs? Go on a bloody violent rampage through the streets of an alternate history U.S.S.R., of course. Mother Russia Bleeds is a classically-styled sidescrolling beat 'em up that focuses on one thing: combat. Also drugs, but the drugs are related to combat, so we'll count it as one thing.

God Eater 2: Rage Burst Co-Op Review

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God Eater 2: Rage Burst Co-Op Review

For a genre which feels impenetrable to the common player, the God Eater series has managed to release a couple titles in the last few months. God Eater 2: Rage Burst brings a sequel with improvements to mechanics, but perhaps not as fulfilling on the story side as the original. The key factor is the accessibility this title brings, giving new players a much needed place to start in the hunting game.