Big Deals on Sonic Titles Over at Humble Bundle

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Big Deals on Sonic Titles Over at Humble Bundle

A select portion of the general population's favorite speed-loving hedgehog celebrated 25 years this past week, and the folks at Humble Bundle are offering up a special Sonic-themed bundle that's valid until next Tuesday, July 5.Most of the titles that are available through the bundle are single-player only, but if you chip at least $10, you'll get Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, both of which can be enjoyed with a friend locally. You could also go ahead and pick up all the Sonic games on Steam for just $56.50 as part of the Steam Summer Sale. One way or the other, the Blue Blur will get your money...

Next Overwatch Patch Will Include Torbjörn Change for Consoles

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Next Overwatch Patch Will Include Torbjörn Change for Consoles

If you and your co-op crew have been wrecking some bots in Blizzard's Overwatch thanks to Torbjörn's impressive turrets, that might change. On the consoles, at least.The main focus of Overwatch is as a competitive team-based shooter. However, it does allow you and up to four of your friends to team up and take on a team of A.I. controlled bots. So, while most patches to the game will be geared towards balancing PvP, they will affect your co-op play as well. Strategies and tactics change based on these tweaks, like the ones made to McCree and Widowmaker earlier in June.So, when a large number of console players noticed that Torbjörn's turrets were just wrecking up the place. The pinpoint accuracy of these machinations presented an unfair advantage on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as a controller does not have quite the same degree of response as keyboard and mouse on the PC. Jeff Kaplan, the game's director, heard these complaints, and spoke up on Reddit to say that there will be a patch coming in the next few weeks for the consoles that will decrease the turret damage by 30%.

Our Weekend In Gaming: Death, Taxes, and Steam Sales

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Our Weekend In Gaming: Death, Taxes, and Steam Sales

Just a couple weeks ago, The Electronic Three came through and showed us what all the future holds in store for our favorite hobby.  So naturally, we decided that the best way to honor them was to fill our respective Steam libraries with hordes of old games that we'll likely never get around to playing.Like some sort of post-apocalyptic scavengers, the Co-opticrew will be scouring the Summer Steam Sale for tiny bits of morsel to stow away in hidden pockets.  Occasionally, when we're all alone, we'll pull them out for a brief moment and just look at them.  Never consuming, only admiring.  Such are the ways of PC gaming.As far as actual consumption goes, it's looking like we'll be diving into the world of Idol Culture/Turn-Based Battles, killing monsters while consuming vast quantities of chicken, and lamenting the day Bastion was added to the Overwatch roster.  Check it out!

One Last Character Vignette for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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If you didn't know, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens makes its debut on every gaming platform ever next week. To ensure it stays in the forefront of your mind, here's one last character vignette featuring everyone's favorite Vader fan boy: Kylo Ren.I'm glad for the bit of fun poking they have with Kylo in this. To some degree, I want to check the game out just to see more of it. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, and Xbox One next Tuesday, June 28.

Second Title in Van Helsing Series Coming to Xbox One

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Second Title in Van Helsing Series Coming to Xbox One

Neocore Games is continuing with releasing their "weird science," action-RPG franchise onto the Xbox One. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II will be available on July 1.It's been six months since the original Van Helsing was released on Xbox One. The second one, based on Nick's review, was better than the first. It has three distinct classes with lots of ways to "spec your build," the inclusion of the co-op tower defense mode, and some tweaks/refinements to its underlying systems. I only played the third entry in the series (which I'm only assuming will also be released on the Xbox One at some point), so I can't speak to the game too directly, but I know many of the systems in the final game first appeared in the second.The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II will be available for $14.99 on July 1 for the Xbox One. Additionally, you'll be able to two pieces of DLC, Che Domovoy Minipet and Expurgator Set, for $0.99 each.

Livelock Gets Release Date

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Livelock Gets Release Date

Are you ready to have your consciousness uploaded to a robotic body and take on armies of rogue automatons? You better be because the twin-stick shooter Livelock is arriving August 2nd.Developer Tuque Games has been focused on creating the "classic feeling of... arcades" as they've been working on Livelock. Players will be able to choose from one of three different "Capital Intellects": Hex, Vanguard, and Catalyst. Each has their own specialties, e.g., Hex is more of a DPS character while Catalyst is focused on support, and working together makes the most out of all of their abilities.Livelock will support three player co-op locally or online when it launches on August 2, 2016 on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Indie-Ana Co-Op and the Ruin of the Reckless Interview

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Indie-Ana Co-Op and the Ruin of the Reckless Interview

Many of the rogue-lite games we see these days all fall within the boundaries of the "twin-stick shooter" genre. While both Charles Webb and Daniel Crockenberg of Faux-Operative Games are fans of these titles, they wanted to do something a little different with Ruin of the Reckless; they wanted to make a "twin-stick fighter." We spoke with Charles about what that descriptor entails and their vision for Ruin of the Reckless.

Get Your Dungeon Crawl on in Heroes of Loot 2

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You can get your pixelated dungeon loot on once again in Heroes of Loot 2. The sequel to the Gauntlet-inspired OUYA title still has many of the same features, like quests, upgrade-able weapons, and secret areas to discover, but there are a couple new surprises as well.The one-man team behind the game, Pascal Bestebroer, has been working hard to improve upon the original. For starters, the procedural generation that determines not only the layout for a dungeon floor also takes into consideration any quests that the players may be assigned. There's a pretty interesting blog post about it on the Orangepixel site, for those interested in seeing some of the "behind the scenes" stuff. Along with an improved level generator, the roster of characters has been increased to eight. The Wizard, Warrior, Elf, and Valkyrie can be joined by the Thief, Paladin, Mage, and Barbarian, once you unlock them that is.Despite what the Steam page states, the game does support two player local co-op just as the first one did; Nick picked up the game and confirmed it. Heroes of Loot 2 is available via Steam for $9.99, but there's also a sale on both games on the itch.io site. You can pick them up for just $8.99 until 6:00 PM Eastern tonight.