Kirby: Planet Robobot Arrives Friday, Features Co-Op Boss Mode

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While it initially slipped under our radar when it was first revealed this past March, Kirby: Planet Robobot will be available this Friday, June 10, and features a rather neat co-op mode. Up to four players can work together to bring down bosses in a mode that combines the series' "inhale and copy" mechanics with an RPG.The Team Kirby Clash allows each player (each using his or her own 3DS) to choose a role, such as warrior, healer, or mage. Once the team is formed, you'll try to take down a boss as quickly as possible using your platforming skills while also supporting the team with the unique abilities of your role. After beating the boss, you'll earn experience that increases your stats and unlocks new abilities, which allows you to take on tougher and tougher bosses.The Team Kirby Clash mode can be played on four different systems via a local wireless connection. If a player does not own the game, they can still participate using the "Download Play" feature.

Are Overwatch's Bots a Fair Fight? Or Cannon Fodder?

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Overwatch came out early last month and was an instant hit for Blizzard. Combining colorful and fun to play characters with Team Fortress 2 style objective gameplay in a 5 vs 5 team setting instantly hooked players. For folks not wanting to jump into the competitive options, Blizzard created a dedicated co-op mode against the AI. It's basically comp-stomp co-op but it's a good way to practice playing characters.Last night we checked out the bots on both Medium and Hard difficulty to see just how much of a challenge they would be. Would it be a fair fight that felt like the trust multiplayer experience? Or would we see some pretty idiotic behavior?The short of it is this - on medium the bots were too easy and on hard they were too hard. Relentless even. You can watch our recap below. 

Overwatch

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Orbit Into the Satellite Reign Co-Op Beta Right Now

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Orbit Into the Satellite Reign Co-Op Beta Right Now

Here is a quick tip for anyone out there who fears we might have tumbled into a dystopian Cyberpunk future while everybody was asleep: is any part of your attire glowing? If you answered "no" to this question, congratulations! The world might still frighten the pants off of you, but at least you aren't destined for a life of horrible drudgery in the Conception Machine. If "yes," then you'd better start brushing up on your E-Brain Hacking skills; they'll come in handy! Oh, and warn your friends to watch out for the Synapse Cops.Satellite Reign just launched a Co-Op Beta, and anyone with a copy of the game can opt in! In case you missed our interview with the developers back in FebruaryReign is adding co-op despite missing its Kickstarter goal of funding the multiplayer. And good on them!Here's how to unlock co-op in your game:

Salt and Sanctuary Co-op Review

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Salt and Sanctuary Co-op Review

I, by my very nature, do not deal with the unknown very well, making it apparent from an early age that I would require a companion in my expeditions into Virtual Realms.  It's partly why my friends and I spent many an hour watching each other play Morrowind in a dingy bedroom/basement combo.  It's why I placed so much hope into a doomed co-op mod for Mount & Blade.  It's why I have such a deep affection for the Souls series.

Put On Your Bathrobe And Watch Us Play Magicka 2

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There's nothing I enjoy more than putting on my bathrobe and pretending I know how to do magic on a Friday night. What could be better than that? How about jumping on Twitch and watching the Friday Awesomely Live Co-Op gang blow each other up in Magicka 2? Well, it's a little late for that since we beat the whole campaign, but lucky for you, we recorded it all so you can watch it right now.Our first night with Magicka 2 started us off on an adventure of epic proportions. We flew through the first four missions in just short of two hours. Magicka 2's tagline "learn to spell again" was definitely the theme of the night since the learning curve is a bit rough after being away from Magicka for so long. Regardless, we had a good time and we planned to continue the quest on another night.Our second night of Magicka 2 was considerably tougher. The difficulty starts to ramp up in the middle of the game, but we didn't let it discourage us. It did get grueling enough that we decided to jump over to a different game to calm the nerves after chapter 7.

Our Weekend In Gaming: The Calm Before The E3

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Our Weekend In Gaming: The Calm Before The E3

Hello!  This weekend, the Co-opticrew is mostly basking in the precious few days of free time we have left before The Electronic Three come in and just ruin it for everyone.  I kid, of course.  Everyone knows that, as video game journalists, we subsist exclusively on the constant high we receive every time a new story breaks.  At this point, if Jason doesn't report on a patch or DLC pack in the next twenty-four hours, the come-down would probably kill him.  And Tally?  You don't want to see Tally when she hasn't gotten her monthly dosage of MMO updates.  We assume it's pretty bad, anyway.  No one's actually seen her in that state and lived to tell the tale.What about me?  Ha!  Luckily, I haven't caught the "bug" yet.  I can quit any time I want.  Yep, you could snatch that keyboard away from me right now and I wouldn't even start to think about Ghost Recon Wildlands's new trailer... or the next Vermintide DLC...

Prepare Your Best Cockney Accent For The Newly Announced Filthy Lucre

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As I search high and low for news on the co-op front, it becomes pretty apparent that originality is at an absolute premium.  Just about every beloved 90's franchise has now been rebooted, and I'm pretty sure that releasing another twin-stick zombie shooter is the final key to bringing about the actual End Times.  Filthy Lucre, then, feels like a breath of fresh air.Inspired by the British gangster/heist genre, Filthy Lucre aims to toss you and a few mates into every kind of unscrupulous gig you can think of:  assassinations, bank robberies, sabotage missions, unlicensed food truck vending, you name it.  As tradition mandates, many of these jobs will go wrong in one way or another.  Instead of frustratedly resetting the mission, though, the game encourages players to just go with the flow, i.e. blast their way out of trouble with any kind of gadgets and weaponry they can get their grubby little hands on.  Filthy Lucre is built from the ground up to emulate these inevitable snafus and the kind of swift, chaotic changes to plans that follow.  Why don't we have a little peek at the action?

Neon Chrome Co-Op Review

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Neon Chrome Co-Op Review

Neon Chrome is something of an aberration in the twin-stick shooter genre. Whereas most titles in this vein rely on quick, twitchy reactions to save your life, 10tons Ltd’s title asks you to do something different: be patient and run away.