PAX East 2016: Divinity: Original Sin 2 Hands-On Impressions

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PAX East 2016: Divinity: Original Sin 2 Hands-On Impressions

Larian Studios’ Divinity: Original Sin stands out as one of the best RPGs I’ve played over the past few years. When I heard they were going to be at PAX East 2016 showing off Divinity: Original Sin 2, I knew I had to get my hands on it. These are my hands-on impressions.Divinity: Original Sin 2 (henceforth D:OS2) is currently in pre-alpha, which means that only specific parts are currently ready for player consumption. The new feature Larian Studios was demonstrating at PAX East was the Player Vs. Player (PVP) Arena system for the game. Had I known I would be facing Swen Vincke (founder, creative director, and CEO of Larian) himself in PVP, I may well have decided to stay in bed that Saturday morning. As it was, I found myself going up against him, both of us with two characters: a Warrior and a Ranger.Now, obviously, PVP is not something we tend to focus on around here. But one of the reasons that Larian was demonstrating PVP was to showcase D:OS2’s enhanced combat system. There was plenty I learned about the combat from our little skirmish that is applicable to the entirety of the game.

Battleborn Launch Trailer is All Guns and 'splosions

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Battleborn's open beta has ended, leaving just one big event on the horizon: release day! The game is set to launch on May 3 for PS4, PC, and Xbox One, and this launch trailer will remind you why you and your co-op buddies should call in sick this Tuesday.Launch trailers are the high school pep rallies of the video gaming world. They feature lots of noise, lots of flash, and if you're lucky, a few seconds of content. The 90 second spot for Battleborn follows that template to the letter, pushing the game's more colorful aspects alongside co-op and solo play.If gameplay is more your cuppa, another official video showing off one of the game's 25 characters will give you your fix. Deande is a melee based stealth character whose abilities let her dart in and out of combat to deal massive damage. She can spawn a clone of herself to confuse foes, cloak, and dash towards enemies to unleash a power slash. Although most of her attacks are close range, she's not exactly a tank, forcing you to play strategically and put those sneaking skills to good use.

Rogue Stormers Co-Op Review

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Rogue Stormers Co-Op Review

Rogue Stormers is a game that feels like the product of two different minds. One wanted a platform shooter with RPG mechanics, the other wanted a difficult shooter that was reminiscent of Contra. The result, unfortunately, is a mess of both.

Let's Play - Rogue Stormers 4 Player Co-op Stream Recap

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Finally out of Early Access, Rogue Stormers - formerly Dieselstormers, is here. It's a game we saw not only switch names, but switch genres. Now a more focused action, platformer, rogue-like game - it features four player online co-op play through various random levels as you avoid the goop and destroy the orks. Our stream recap looks at the first few levels of the game, as the team has a bit of trouble getting too deep into the dungeons. Why? Mostly because we found the game to be a bit unbalanced, with plenty of bullet sponges and chaos. Luckily the latest communication on steam from the developers addresses this, and says it's on their list of things to fix. We'll have our full review later today, in the meantime, check out the stream.

Play Ten Hours of Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 for Free

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Haven't gotten around to indulging in Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 yet? EA is giving you a pretty good excuse to set aside a couple of afternoons. From now until May 10, Xbox One, PS4 and PC owners can grab a beefy ten hour free trial, plenty of time to indulge in some superb co-op action!To get things started, all you have to do is download the game from the Xbox Marketplace or PlayStation Store. PC users will need to head to Origin.com to start their trial. (Sorry, no Steam freebie.) After the trial time expires you can buy the game to hold onto unlocks, achievements, and game progress. EA Access and Origin Access members even get a 10% discount when purchasing the digital version of the game.Still need more info? Perhaps the well-written poetry that is our Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Co-Op Review can help. Spoiler alert: high marks all around, especially for the improved co-op modes for both local and online play.

Developers Tease New Warframe Content at PAX East

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Developer Digital Extremes hosted a panel at PAX East last weekend where they talked a little about the state of Warframe, the free-to-play action MMO with space ninjas, and teased some new content that they have planned for this year. Top of the list was a new Warframe, a new prime frame, new content that revolves around the Grineer, and a new competitive mode, Lunaro.During the almost hour-long panel, the developers briefly talked about the new "fairy" frame, which has yet to be named, and stated that she would use those razor-edged butterfiles you see floating around her as one of her powers. Additionally, she would have "floaty powers" and would be able to "shrinks down to attack normal-sized enemies." Along with those details, they revealed that the existing Warframe, Vauban, would be getting a Prime version and that they've got some new events planned for the year, which seem to include something to do with the Grineer's matriachs.You can watch the full panel over on YouTube, or check out the five-minute highlight reel below.

PAX East 2016: Shadow Warrior 2 Hands-On Impressions

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PAX East 2016: Shadow Warrior 2 Hands-On Impressions

At PAX East 2016, I had a chance to try out the upcoming Shadow Warrior 2, the sequel to the 2013 Shadow Warrior reboot. These are my hands-on impressions.I’ve never played a Shadow Warrior game, so when I went to my appointment, I was going in fairly blind. As chance would have it, there was a short wait for the press terminal. This meant I could catch myself up on a lot of the story background with writer Scott Anderson. Scott’s job was to update the humor in the franchise - a balance of staying true to the feeling of the IP while making it feel like a modern-day game. The final result? Lo Wang is still the brash, over-the-top persona that Shadow Warrior fans expect, but with a new character that accompanies Lo Wang to balance him out. The events of the game have resulted in Lo Wang’s soul being fused together with another character (I believe her name is Kameko). She is none too impressed with Lo Wang’s attitude and neither of them are happy about their shared situation. She provides snarky comments and retorts to Lo Wang that only he can hear.The game takes place five years after the events of the previous game. The world has become a place where humans and demons co-exist. While running a simple mission, Lo Wang winds up in a situation gone horribly wrong. As expected, it’s now up to him to save the world from the forces of evil.

Neon Chrome Now Available on Steam

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Neon Chrome, the cyberpunk top-down shooter from 10tons Ltd, is now available on Steam. Players will have to fight their way through a procedurally generated "megastructure" in an attempt to take on and bring down the Overseer.The game supports four player co-op locally and features destructible environments, boss battles, and weapon and character upgrades. The developer received a lot of praise for their last shooter, Crimsonland, and Neon Chrome looks to be an improvement upon that in a new setting.Neon Chrome supports up to four players locally and is currently on sale for 10% off until May 5. No word yet on when the title will be making its way onto the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

Four Classic XBLA Co-Op Titles get the Backwards Compatibility Treatment

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The drip feed approach to releasing backward compatible games on the Xbox One is like a new form of water torture, but at least it offers a nice surprise as a game you forgot you own pops up on the console.  For co-op fans, four out of the five games released this week are just for you; namely The Cave, Double Dragon Neon, Altered Beast and Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime.Out of the three, The Cave is probably the most prestigious as this 3 player local co-op adventure title received a handsome 4 out of 5 in our Co-Optimus review.  Rocking up with same 4 out of 5 is Double Dragon Neon, a surprisingly decent take on the Double Dragon legacy that offers the 2 player local and online co-op you would want from the franchise.Altered Beast roars in and is a classic SEGA title known for it great graphics and massive sprites back in the day.  It also has 2 player local co-op, but if I recall correctly, the game is rock hard. Last up is Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime, a more humble affair only receiving 2.5 out of 5.