Our Weekend In Gaming: Aliens versus Democracy

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Our Weekend In Gaming: Aliens versus Democracy

Not a lot of action this weekend, I'm afraid, as the Co-opticrew is gearing up to celebrate the release of Independence Day: Resurgence, and also some ancient, pre-Myspace holiday?  Not quite sure what the deal is with that second bit, but golly, I sure am excited to watch America sock it to some extraterrestrial invaders.Of course, I'd be remiss if I failed to mention the most important activity this weekend: Steam's 2016 Summer Sale.  Not quite sure how to navigate Gabe Newell's Labyrinth of Splendorous Savings?  Afraid you'll happen upon the minotaur that lives within the confines of those discounts?  Let our Staff Picks be your guide!Once you've given those a look-see, why don't you glance over what we'll be up to this weekend?  I'll give you a hint - it's wondering how we got suckered into buying like thirty games again.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Goes Pretty Dark Souls in Next DLC

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The next bit of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 DLC has been revealed. The zombie fighting team of Dempsey, Nikolai, Richtofen, and Takeo move from the islands to the Stalingrad in "Descent," and apparently the Russians are upping the game.Gorod Krovi is the next chapter in the zombie tale and it will be set in an alternate U.S.S.R. where there are undead in mech suits and dragons. Yep, there really isn't anywhere else to go with all of this other than dragons at this point.The Descent DLC pack will arrive on the PlayStation 4 first on July 12, and the Xbox One and PC sometime later (presumably in August if it follows the trend). As with the previous DLC packs, it will retail for $15 and you'll get it automatically if you've already purchased the Season Pass.

Gunnihilation Is Part Contra, Part Broforce - All Bullet Hell.

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If you're looking to get a classic gaming fix on, but with a modern day edge, the upcoming game Gunnihilation by Robopixel Games should fill the void. Heavily inspired by classic arcade games like Contra and Smash T.V., you're dropped into a 16-bit world filled with enemy soldiers, mechs, and other baddies as you jump, shoot, and dodge your way through the gunfire. The game hit Steam's Greenlight service last week and in four short days was greenlit. The team even took the game to EGX, and won 'UK Game of the Show' at Gamescom 2015 while also being featured by the BBC and Develop magazine. Needless to say this little Unity developed shooter has gotten a lot of attention.As for co-op, right now the game features four player couch co-op action. Though the team is looking at bringing the game to consoles and with that comes the possibility of online co-op. There's an Alpha version available for anyone to download right now, so you can get a feel for the game. 

Super Mutant Alien Assault Gets Console and PC Release Date

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Super Mutant Alien Assault Gets Console and PC Release Date

The aliens are on their way, but at least they told us when to expect them. Cybernate's co-op arcade platform shooter (with co-op!) Super Mutant Alien Assault will land on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on July 12. Bring a tinfoil hat.Super Mutant Alien Assault, which we refuse to abbreviate as SMAA because it looks ridiculous, takes inspiration from some of the most popular and challenging arcade games, such as Super Crate Box. It features randomized single screen levels and a painfully difficult mix of shooting and avoidance, forcing you to go on the defensive almost as often as you attack. It's hyper enough in solo mode, but when you add in two player local co-op, things get even better. Just watch out for friendly fire.Unlockable weapons, abilities and perks are Super Mutant Alien Assault's bread and butter. Because each level is randomized, you never know where vending machines will appear or what items they'll regurgitate. You can unlock additional spawnables the longer you play, meaning the more punishment you take the more you can dish out.

Pit People Closed Beta Registrations are Open!

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In case you've been wondering what Pit People are and exactly how a turn-based co-op adventure works, now might be your chance. Developer The Behemoth has opened up registrations for the closed beta of its fourth game. If you've got an Xbox One, get to gettin'!Signing up for the closed beta requires a little more than clicking a button. First you have to look through the terms and conditions, then register on the Behemoth forums. Once that's complete, click the Beta Registration button, fill everything out, and you're done. The testing is set to begin sometime in August. No word on when or if PC users will get the same options.Pit People drops you into an arena and gives you a chance to fight for your virtual life. A giant six legged space bear fell and shattered the planet, leaving the place an awful mess for survivors Horatio, Pipistrella, Yosef, Sofia, and Gluten. Equip your icing launcher and explore strange locations with your co-op pal, all in a turn-based strategy setting littered with trademark The Behemoth humor.

Local Co-Op Patch Coming to Alienation Next Week

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Local Co-Op Patch Coming to Alienation Next Week

Housemarque's Alienation may well be my favorite twin-stick shooter released this year. From the world progression to the loot progression, there's always a new challenge and better gear waiting just around the corner. While the game has been an online co-op only affair since its launch, the much requested local co-op option will be getting added in a free update on July 5.The Finnish developer announced the news on the PlayStation Blog yesterday and also revealed their plans for some paid DLC. First off, though, the update next week. As I mentioned before, this is a free update to the game that will allow you and a group of friends to plop down on the same couch and play together. The loot rules do change, however. In online co-op, all loot is instanced; in local, it will be "first come, first serve." So, please, be kind to your friends and don't grab all the gear for yourself.Along with the local co-op, a "League" system will go into place, which will allow players to compete for (I'm assuming) top scores, two new difficulty modes (Expert and Master) are being added, and some tweaks are being made to loot drops and the Arkship. A lot of content in just one patch.

GOD EATER: Resurrection Out Now on Vita, PS4 Too?

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While many folks are familiar with the Monster Hunter series of games, Bandai Namco's Gods Eater Bust title was largely overlooked in the States. That may, in part, have been due to it being a PSP only game. The remastered version, GOD EATER: Resurrection, was released yesterday on the PlayStation 4 and Vita, so perhaps it will be able to reach a wider audience this time around.Set in the far-off time of the 2050s, unknown life forms (called "Oracle Cells") have invaded Earth and are consuming all life upon it. These violent and highly-adaptable beings have been dubbed "Aragami" and it is your task to wipe them out using new weapons tech that is derived from the Oracle Cells. Team up with up to three other players online to you progress through the entire campaign and fell these monstrosities before they wipe out all life on the planet.If you need a few tips and tricks for how to battle these impressive enemies, check out the "Starter Guide" Bandai Namco posted on the PlayStation blog earlier this week.

GOD EATER: Resurrection Out Now on Vita and PS4

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While many folks are familiar with the Monster Hunter series of games, Bandai Namco's Gods Eater Bust title was largely overlooked in the States. That may, in part, have been due to it being a PSP only game. The remastered version, GOD EATER: Resurrection, was released yesterday on the PlayStation 4 and Vita, so perhaps it will be able to reach a wider audience this time around.Set in the far-off time of the 2050s, unknown life forms (called "Oracle Cells") have invaded Earth and are consuming all life upon it. These violent and highly-adaptable beings have been dubbed "Aragami" and it is your task to wipe them out using new weapons tech that is derived from the Oracle Cells. Team up with up to three other players online to you progress through the entire campaign and fell these monstrosities before they wipe out all life on the planet.If you need a few tips and tricks for how to battle these impressive enemies, check out the "Starter Guide" Bandai Namco posted on the PlayStation blog earlier this week.