Shadow Puppeteer Slinks onto Wii U

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Shadow Puppeteer Slinks onto Wii U

So... Shadow Puppeteer. Pretty good PC co-op game, right? I mean, we certainly thought so when we wrote our Shadow Puppeteer Co-Op Review back in 2014. The artsy puzzle platformer has been quietly evolving since then, growing support for a touch screen gamepad and finally releasing on Wii U, local co-op intact!Shadow Puppeteer was made for cooperative gameplay. Two players control the boy and his shadow at the same time, each existing in their own version of the same world. Solid sapiens have a hard time crossing big gaps, but if a shadow is cast at just the right angle, the boy's shadow can jump across no problem. And if the shadow's not at the right angle, slide a light source so it is! Moving platforms and dealing with dangers all play into that double 2D/3D dynamic, forcing you to work with your shady buddy to make it through the dark village.The Wii U version of Shadow Puppeteer features controls optimized for the Wii U gamepad. Single player is possible by switching between the boy and his shadow, but as we noted in our review, this really defeats the purpose of Shadow Puppeteer. Fortunately, gameplay is easy enough to pick up and is suitable for gamers of all experience levels, even those little things people call kids!

Double Dragon II: The Revenge

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Buy Double Dragon II: The Revenge @ Amazon to support Co-Optimus.Buy Double Dragon II: The Revenge @ Amazon to support Co-Optimus.Buy Double Dragon II: The Revenge @ Amazon to support Co-Optimus.

Torchlight 2 Stuffed into EA's Origin Access Vault

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Torchlight 2 Stuffed into EA's Origin Access Vault

EA's analog to Xbox One Access offers up a fistful of PC games in exchange for a monthly subscription fee. Most of the titles are the company's heavy hitters, but recently a little co-op RPG called Torchlight 2 made it on the list. When Battlefield and Dead Space doesn't cut it, it's time to go indie.Torchlight 2 was released in 2012 and sold more than two million copies by the end of the next year. This prompted developer Runic Games to release even more community modding tools, including the crazy full-featured GUTS editor for easy map making. The game continues to go strong as players realize just how fun isometric action RPGs can be when played with friends. If you don't already have Torchlight 2, signing up to EA Access will let you play it for free. As long as you pay the monthly subscription fee of $4.99, of course. You do get a 10% discount on all game purchases as well as occasional access to pre-release material, so there's a little more incentive than just a vault full of games to play at your leisure. And Torchlight 2, of course!

Broforce Flexes Onto PS+ For Free In March

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Broforce Flexes Onto PS+ For Free In March

You know the only thing worse than a terrorist with a non-descript agenda wearing a ski mask and looking for trouble? Having to shell out your capitalistically hard-earned Democracy Bucks to experience freedom. That's why the People joined forces on PSN's monthly Free Game poll to select BROFORCE as PS Plus' free game of the month. That's right; starting in March, you can snag a copy of the most red, white, and blue game around for absolutely zero dollars.(Provided you forked over the dough for PS . Okay, so it's not entirely free. It's more like "gated community" free.)Look, if you're on Co-Optimus, you know we've been covering this game since 1737 when it was first announced. You should probably know what this game is all about. But, on the off chance you just escaped from a cryo-stasis lab somewhere on the moon, BROFORCE (all caps, please) is a frenetic, 4-player co-op shooter where you and your pals gib terrorists. Each character has their own unique abilities and playstyle to spice up every level as you shower democracy to the masses in a hail of gunfire.

As of March 1st, Darkspore is no More

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It seems strange to think that you can pick up a copy of a 400 year old book and still read it, or buy a DVD of a 1940s film and still watch it, but try playing an online game from 2011.  Increasingly elements of games that require servers are no longer easy to play and you can now add Darkspore to that list as the servers are being pulled on March 1st 2016.Darkspore was an interesting development on the original Spore game that had a rather nifty 4 player co-op campaign.  Co-Optimus enjoyed the game a lot giving it a stunning 4.5 out of 5.  Maxis has kept their goodbye short:Today, we are announcing that we will be closing the doors on Darkspore, effective March 1st, 2016. It’s been a great run and we hope that you have enjoyed your time with Darkspore.

Reagan Gorbachev Is Out Now On Xbox One And PC

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We've all been in situations that forced us to cooperate with a bitter rival.  Maybe you need a partner for doubles ping pong, and Ernesto, that jerk from the second floor, is the only one left in the break room.  Or maybe you have to pass it to your team's ball hog because, let's be honest, he's the only one on your intramural team with any actual skill.Or maybe you're the main characters of Reagan Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, and you've both been kidnapped by nuclear-armed mercenaries, and now you have no choice but to grab the closest pair of miniguns and save humanity yourselves.It's entirely possible that you've never experienced those first couple scenarios, but as of February 24th, 2016, you can snag a buddy, hop on into Reagan Gorbachev, and work together to (diplomatically) take down anyone stupid enough to kidnap the two most dangerous men in the known world.  The game sports two player local co-op, and we've got an hour's worth of gameplay footage to give you a taste of the action.  Check it out!

Pick up 2 Copies of Orcs Must Die! 2 for Just 2x2 Dollars

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Developer Robot Entertainment is celebrating "Orc Week," a holiday with which I'm wholly unfamiliar but hey, just go with it. During this time, all Orcs Must Die! games are on sale with a whopping 90% off discount. That means you can get Orcs Must Die! 2 for just $1.50, or you can get a two-pack (for you and a friend) of the "Complete" edition (i.e., the game and all DLC) for just $3.99. What savings!The special Steam sale lasts until 11:59 PM EST Friday, February 26, so be sure to head over to the Steam page and take advantage of this deal while you can. While some of this is likely to get a little hype going for the next entry in the OMD! series, Orcs Must Die! Unchained, Robot Entertainment is also hoping to make this a yearly event for its community. Aside from the sale on its existing titles, the developer is also hosting some special events over the next couple days where they'll be showing off some things from Orcs Must Die! Unchained and undertaking some new challenges in the previous titles. Head over to the "Orc Week" website to get the full schedule.

Battle as the Gods Themselves with SMITE on PS4

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Last year we checked out a MOBA by the name of SMITE, a game that allows up to five players take on groups of AI-controlled bots in a few different modes. We played it for a little bit and did some silly stuff. The title was a PC and Xbox One release only for some time, but the PS Blog has broken news that it will be coming to the PlayStation 4 soon enough.The title will still be free-to-play on the PS4, with a cycling roster of five gods (out of 70) from which players can choose to play. Similar to the PC and Xbox One versions, players will have the option of buying the "Founder's Pack," which unlocks all current and future gods, for $29.99. It's not a bad deal if you like the game as it guarantees you access to any/all new characters that are released later on. In addition to that, picking up the pack will get you access to the closed beta when it launches.If you want to get into the closed beta without paying, then you can signup on the developer's website. The beta is set to get started in early March, which is likely when the "Founder's Pack" will hit on the PS Store as well.

Deathsmiles Is Hitting PC Next Month

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You'd think that the Venn diagram for fans of lolita, Japanese goth, and SHMUPs wouldn't show a huge overlap, but as it turns out, the three combined genres command enough of an audience to justify Deathsmiles' extensive journey to PC.It first hit Japanese arcades in 2007, and subsequently made the jump to Xbox 360, iPhone, and Android in the years following.  Despite the developer, CAVE, announcing its exit from the Western market way back in 2014, they've since thought better of the decision.  Late last year, they debuted Mushihimesama (it just rolls off the tongue) on Steam, whose presumed success prompted them to then bring over Deathsmiles, which will reach us on March 10th.Both Deathsmiles and its Steam predecessor, Mushihimesama, offer two player local co-op.  For those of you who prefer your Bullet Hells to be a little more divine, Deathsmiles lets players assume the role of one of five different angels, each with their very own familiar.  You and your buddy must then stave off an invasion of hellish minions, who are armed with what is likely millions of bullets.  Honestly, I think the real heroes of these games are the logisticians.  Just imagine the headache of coordinating all those bullet shipments.