Brut@l Co-Op Review

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Brut@l Co-Op Review

Between its history, artstyle, and title, Brut@l is a unique game. With these features, it’s certainly a head-turner, but initial impressions can only get a game so far. As a rogue-like (in a time where gamers are flooded with rogue-likes), it needs to impress mechanically. It has to be addicting, egging the player to play one more level, or ...Read More

Mother Russia Bleeds Gets A New Gameplay Trailer And Release Date

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I'll be honest, I don't know a ton about the actual U.S.S.R.  It seemed like it turned out okay for some folks and really, really badly for others.  Overall, though, I can certainly think of worse places to spend a few years.Mother Russia Bleeds' version of the U.S.S.R., though?  That place needs to be surgically removed from the face of alt-Earth.  I haven't seen a single clip of MRB so far that doesn't include some combination of facial reconstruction, used needles, and hulked-out lackeys.  Luckily, none of us have to live there, we simply have to guide four drug-addled prisoners on some sort of vengeance quest through it and its hordes of angry, similarly drug-addled antagonists.  The game is out on September 5th for PC, Mac, and Linux, so developer Le Cartel decided to commemorate the announcement with a 64 second video of its pure, unfiltered violence.MRB sports four player local and online co-op, which you and your crew can utilize to brawl through the game's Campaign and Survival modes.  Sometime after launch, a Boss Rush mode will join the fray as well, something the press release assures us we "are not prepared for in any meaningful way".

Take to the Stage in Talent Not Included

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One of my favorite local co-op titles is the physics-based platformer, Chariot. It had all the elements of a good couch game: charming characters, easy to learn controls, and chaotic fun waiting to happen. Therefore, I'm very interested to see what Frima Studios is able to pull off later this month when their next title, Talent Not Included, arrives on PC.The play is the thing in this co-op platformer. Three monsters are in the mood for a little entertainment and its up to you and your friends to do your best to not only entertain, but bring down the would-be directors as well. The action all unfolds on cylindrical platforms that rotate as you play, thereby changing not only the scenery, but the dangers you'll face as well.Talent Not Included supports two player local co-op and launches on August 30, 2016 for PC and Mac OS via Steam

Changes on the Way for Necropolis Prior to Console Release

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Changes on the Way for Necropolis Prior to Console Release

Harebrained Schemes' cooperative rogue-like Necropolis made its debut on the PC last month, and the initial reception was rather mixed. The developer listened to all of this feedback and came up with a plan to address it over the course of the next few months. The latest patch hit a couple weeks back, but there's more in store before the console release.Patch 1.03 added one of the most requested features, better descriptions for weapons so you'd know why one would be preferable to another, along with a handful of other fixes, and this is only the beginning. Over the next several weeks, Harebrained Schemes will add new enemies, a new playable character, new weapons and armors, and a new environment. All of this will be free and should, depending on when the game "goes gold," be available in the console versions when they're released later this year.The full plan is detailed in a Steam community post here. Based on the plan, it's likely we'll see some new enemies and new weapons/armor sometime within the next couple weeks.

Looterkings Available on Steam Early Access

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Ever get tired of playing the dashing hero and wish you could hack-n-slash and loot from the other side of the equation? Today, you'll get a chance to do just that in Looterkings, a dungeon crawler where you play as a goblin that's out to pillage the Elven domains.The game supports four player online co-op and features some "rogue-like" elements. Each time you venture forth (or die), the room layout, enemy placement, and treasures will be changed. At the end of each level, you'll have an opportunity to spend some of that loot at the goblin merchant in order to upgrade your weapons and armor. There's also a unique co-op mechanic where you can carry your fellow player and bestow upon them a buff for as long as you're stacked up.Looterkings is available via Steam Early Access for $16.19, a 10% discount, for the next week. After that, it goes back to its regular price of $17.99 

Fight an Alien Force to Save the Galaxy in Unit 4

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New indie developer Gamera Interactive will be making their Xbox One debut next year with Unit 4. The action-platformer is definitely invoking a certain 8-bit feel to its proceedings, but there are some puzzle elements as well that revolve around using the abilities of the four protagonists.After an evil alien army steals a sacred artifact from your home planet, you and your friends will have to team up to retrieve it and discover why the army is taking artifacts from around the solar system. Each of the characters in Unit 4 has its own unique skills: Agility, Strength, Engineering, and Mysticism. As a team, you'll combine these skills to not only traverse the levels, but to solve both movement-based and logic-based puzzles as well.Unit 4 will be available on the Xbox One early next year.

Monsters and Monocles Hits Early Access Today, View our Stream Recap

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I must admit, I'm sort of surprised to see so many co-op twin-stick shooters lately. It's a good thing, don't get me wrong, it's one of my favorite genres of games - after all I created one myself. It's just surprising because they always seemed sort of niche. Perhaps Monsters and Monocles, launching today on Steam Early Access, is the very embodiment of that. Combining steampunk, horror, and retro goodness into a four player twin-stick game.Last night we checked out the latest version of the game in three player co-op. There's three levels to check out with three more on the way. You'll also have four characters to choose from, though they seem identical in how they play. Each of the randomly generated levels have three floors to complete with random objectives and then a boss. There's no real scoring mechanism and the game definitely has some rogue-like elements to it - but from what we can see - the only permanent improvements you'll get for completing dungeons relate around buffs you collect and can improve with gold you'll gather.Check out last night's recap - you can already see some of the areas that need some tweaks; but overall Monsters and Monocles felt pretty polished and was pretty fun to play. 

Pre-Order Gears of War 4 and Raise Dom from the Dead

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Throughout the Gears of War franchise the developers have been trying to tug at our heart strings, but I was all about the over developed muscles and casual swearing, rather than the family drama.  For those sad to see Dom meet his noble end *spoilers* you can revive his zombie corpse by purchasing Gears of War 4 in advance.Any pre-order of Gears 4 will unlock the Brothers of the End Elite Gear Pack.  As well as getting a couple of blinged up weapons, you also get access to three character skins from the previous trilogy; Tomorrow Anya, Old Man Marcus and Zombie Dom:“Tomorrow Anya” is named after her famous words following the end of the Locust War (“Tomorrow Marcus. We finally have a tomorrow.”) Her appearance is based on her look in the Gears of War 4 television commercial, “Tomorrow,” where she was introduced as the mother of JD Fenix.