Disney Infinity 3 Awakens the Force with a New Trailer

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December 2015 may mean another Christmas is on the way, but something much rarer is also happening, a new Star Wars film (and hopefully one that is not rubbish).  To celebrate, Disney Infinity 3.0 is releasing a Star Wars: The Force Awakens Play Set to coincide with the film.  A new trailer gives fans a taste for the expansion.There have already been several new Play Sets released for Disney Infinity 3.0 that include classic Disney characters, but also Marvel and even the original Star Wars.  This is the first chance to play as some of the newest characters in the franchise:Join us for the next chapter of the Star Wars saga in Disney Infinity 3.0. In the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Play Set, players will travel to a galaxy far, far away alongside new heroes and old friends in search for a much-needed ally. Playable characters include Finn, a soldier on a path to adventure and danger, and Rey, a true survivor who is resourceful and capable. Both will join Poe Dameron, the trusted pilot of the Resistance who uses his expert flying skills to travel the galaxy, and Kylo Ren, an enforcer for the First Order who terrorizes the galaxy with devious acts.

Manually Build Some Holiday Cheer With The Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Holiday Pack

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Manually Build Some Holiday Cheer With The Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Holiday Pack

You ever wonder what the holiday season is like in Minecraft-world?  Do the villagers and zombies set aside their differences and enjoy a piping hot mug of cocoa?  What about the Ender Dragon?  You think it gets lonely up there in its dream-fortress and just watches all the Christmas episodes of "M.A.S.H." on repeat for an entire month?  Who's to say what happens to all the AI-controlled inhabitants of that world, but thanks to the new "Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Holiday Pack", maybe you and seven pals can start creating your own holiday traditions.This eggnog-centric fellowship doesn't have to happen over the Net, though.  You and three of yours can also plop down on the couch and enjoy the seven included DLC packs on the same screen.  Speaking of which, here's what you'll be getting if you make the purchase:That's quite a bit of content for those choosing to finally board the Minecraft Express.  Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the opportunity to cheerfully fling this package at an unsuspecting friend or family member.  Then, they'd have to join you on your quest to build a life-sized chess board where all the pieces are Nicolas Cage reaction busts.

The Patriarch Returns to Killing Floor 2

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The Patriarch Returns to Killing Floor 2

Sure, any fool can snatch an AK-47 and headshot an entire football stadium's worth of ZEDs in Killing Floor 2, but one word is enough to bring any clone-hunter to their knees: Patriarch. Yes, even the most stalwart Killer of Floors starts sobbing up a storm when they hear the big bad daddy of all zombie/clones tromping down the hall. KF2 initially launched with his spindly German buddy as a primary antagonist, who was not the rocket-launcher toting bullet sponge of his predecessor.The Patriarch returns in a patch scheduled for December. Soon, you and your buddies can expect to be blasted into a trillion pieces mid-high-five. Seriously. This guy just ruins a good team-building celebration.In addition to the Big Bad Boss showing up for the sequel, the patch also throws two new maps at your team in the form of the Black Forest and the Farmhouse. The Black Forest is a tree laden environment with windy turns designed to baffle any would-be commando, and one of the few totally outdoor environments. The Farmhouse is a throwback to KF Original Recipe, where you and your homies can have an epic last stand on a farm swarmed by baddies.

Microtransactions Added to Killing Floor 2

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Microtransactions Added to Killing Floor 2

Developer Tripwire Interactive announced last week that Killing Floor 2 will include microtransactions via a special in-game store called "The Trading Floor." While playing through a match, players may find an encrypted crate or USB stick that contains a new weapon skin or other cosmetic item. By heading over to the Trading Floor, players can purchase a decryption key that will decrypt these items and relinquish their contents unto you.Chances are that if this had happened next month or even early next year, there wouldn't be much kerfuffle over it. However, with the events surrounding the addition of microtransactions to PAYDAY 2 and the reaction to that from its community (many of whom may also be fans of Killing Floor), Tripwire has a bit of a situation on its hand. What makes this particular instance different is that the items being offered are purely cosmetic and carry no in-game benefits; something that is very clearly pointed out in the announcement post. Players may also acquire some of these items in-game directly, without having to pay. Tripwire's reason for implementing this is no different than that of Overkill's, i.e., money is needed to support development costs, but a key difference here is that Tripwire is being more transparent in its messaging.

Overkill Offers Apology to its Community

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Last month, Overkill ended their big Crimefest 2015 event with the introduction of a new feature for PAYDAY 2: microtransactions. The reaction to this was... not great. A few weeks went by with not much of a response from Overkill, and then Update 90 arrived and added more fuel to the fire. Now, the development team has come forward to apologize.In a two-hour long discussion with their volunteer moderators (who went on strike temporarily in the midst of all this), producer Almir Listo listened and responded to the fury of the PAYDAY 2 community. Chief among these topics was the community (rightly) wanting to know why Overkill thought any of this was a good idea. In defense of the team, Almir stated that they felt (and still feel) like the inclusion of microtransactions and the most recent update were both good ideas, but that they were not communicated well. Additionally, they are looking into ways to better compensate those players who purchased the Completely Overkill Pack for $20 earlier this year as part of the spring "Hype Train" event.Outside of this discussion, Overkill has been largely silent on everything that has transpired over the past few months. Co-Optimus reached out to the developer for more information about these events, and I'm pleased to report that we got it.

Last Day for Xbox Digital Deals

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Last Day for Xbox Digital Deals

In the States, the end of November marks the occasion for two things: the consumption of way too much food, and SALES SALES SALES! There are some choice Cyber Monday deals underway right now, but Microsoft offered up a few deals of their own on the digital versions of games like DestinyEvolveDark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime last week, and today is the last day you can enjoy them.Major Nelson's blog has the full list of games on sale, but here are the co-op highlights:As stated before, all of these deals end today, so hop on over to the Xbox Store and sign in to take advantage of them while you can.

New Heroes of the Storm Character is Designed Around Co-Op Play

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All you fans of Heroes of the Storm have further cause to celebrate the game's (albeit limited) co-op mode. A new hero - the ogre mage Cho-Gall - has been added to the roster from the depths of the Warcraft franchise and he offers a unique twist; two players must control him and work together to utilize all of his abilities.Fans of the original RTS Warcraft games on the PC may recall that the two-headed ogres on the Horde side could be upgraded to ogre magi that utilized battle magic to buff allies or create traps for foes. Among these units, Cho'Gall was debuted as a sort of hero unit that has gone on to be featured in the World of Warcraft universe. He now makes his way to Heroes of the Storm and brings with him a new way for controlling heroes. One player will control the "Cho" head, which is largely melee focused and actually moves the ogre around the map, while another player controls the "Gall" head, which utilizes magic.

Cyber Monday Co-Op Videogame Deals from Amazon Are Here!

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Cyber Monday Co-Op Videogame Deals from Amazon Are Here!

Cyber Monday is here. It's like Black Friday but with a more risque attitude. Amazon of course is participating and there's lots of good games to grab on the cheap. Here are a select few co-op titles we found buried in the bargain bin. 

Space Food Truck Now Available on Early Access

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Ever wanted to start up your own food truck with a group of friends.... in spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace? Well, then, good news everyone! You can now live out your culinary dreams in Space Food Truck, a cooperative deck-building game that tasks you and your comrades with making the best dishes in the galaxy.The title arrived on Steam Early Access yesterday and I've had a chance to give it a little bit of a spin as any game that utilizes deck-building mechanics is a strong pull for me. Like many games of this ilk, each card has two values on it: a cost and a power. Power is used to avoid interstellar disasters (like the captain falling asleep at the wheel) as well as being used in conjunction with other cards to trigger an effect, such as making repairs to the ship. At the end of each player's turn, they may buy a card from the friendly "Zapmart" based on the total amount of cost on each of that player's cards either in play or in his/her hand. There's an interesting balance you need to strike with how much power/cost you have in your deck - the game actually include a stats meter for your deck to tell you your average - and how much you have to balance that among all the players.Check out this video from developer One Man Left Studios to get a better idea of how all of this works in action.