15 Great Current-Gen Couch Co-Op Games

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As games like Destiny and Halo 5: Guardians choose to use the full might of the latest console hardware technology on a full screen rather than reallocate resources across divided ones, the split-screen game has become increasingly rare. Many games offer the option to go online and work together with other players, but sometimes you want to be able to look to the side and see your co-op partner next to you while playing a game. You want to talk to them without the aid of headset, and be able to knock the controller out of their hand when they’re being unreasonable.

For those occasions, we’ve crafted a list of our favorite games on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U that can be played without the aid of telecommunications.

Affordable Space AdventuresPlatform: Wii U

Long Live The Arena: A Look At Doom’s Old-School Multiplayer

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Long Live The Arena: A Look At Doom’s Old-School Multiplayer

As any long-time fan of the Doom series knows, over the top, gory multiplayer is core to the series' legacy. But how will the upcoming game compare to both classic Doom, and current shooter juggernauts like Halo or Call of Duty?

Kicking off our last week of exclusive Doom coverage, Andrew Reiner, Matthew Bertz, and I discuss these issues, and reminisce over our favorite moments of playing the addictive and fast-paced arena combat.

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The 10 Best Ways To Recover Health In Video Games

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The 10 Best Ways To Recover Health In Video Games

Health, usually represented as a bar or in numerical fashion, is one of the oldest concepts in games. When you run out of it, you're dead or the game is over in some fashion (at least until you reload your save or restart the game). Luckily there are usually items or mechanics designed to help you keep you from perishing. Sometimes games approach this concept of health recovery in pretty interesting ways, so we decided to shine a light on some of the best ones

From the goofy to the macabre, here are the best ways to get back your health in games.

Drinking Toilet Water - Fallout

Replay – The Ring: Terror's Realm

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Many moons ago, a young man named Tim Turi became a legend after completing some of the worst games of yesteryear. Even after being bloodied by Cyberia and Overblood 2, Tim persevered, and eagerly looked forward to the next challenge that we could throw at him. And then Martian Gothic: Unification happened. The ridiculous amount of item management coupled with an overly confusing world design has broken Tim's spirits. He puts on a good game face in the videos, but behind the scenes, Turi is a mess.

In hindsight, for this week's Replay, we should have let Tim pick his own game – a title he loves like Sonic the Hedgehog 3 or that Dead Space 3 garbage, but we instead choose another horrible survival horror game. Welcome to The Ring: Terror's Realm, a video game take on the popular series of Japanese novels and films. Released exclusively on Dreamcast in 2000, The Ring kicks off with an unexplainable death that may be linked to a computer program. Jeff Cork, Kyle Hilliard, and I join Tim for the opening moments of this game, which starts off with a bang.

An Early Look At Dying Light's The Following Expansion

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With its enjoyable parkour mechanics and fun combat, Techland's Dying Light was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2015. As we approach the first anniversary of the original game's release, Techland is readying a major expansion, The Following.

Join Reiner, Tim, and myself as we complete an early mission and drive through droves of zombies as we explore the new vast countryside area. We kill a bunch of bandits, check out the new buggy, and get the scare of our lives as a zombie jumps on the hood of our car.

The question arose in the Test Chamber of whether or not your character carries over from the original Dying Light. Your version of Kyle Crane does transfer over, plus you can transfer loot between the main game and the expansion. Check out some gameplay footage of our time with of preview build of The Following below.

Taking Turns: Mario’s RPG History

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Mario didn’t invent the platformer, but he popularized it and as a result is closely associated with the genre. Mario jumps on and over things, which is why it’s strange to consider how much success he has found in a genre so traditionally divorced from platforming. Super Mario RPG and its descendants have story and dialogue, menu navigation, and tactical decision-making, which is basically a list of things you won’t find in a typical Mario game. With the recent release of Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, we take a look at all Mario’s games that fall under the RPG umbrella and examine how the series has evolved over the years.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)Platform: Super Nintendo

Mario has always been precious to Nintendo. It’s rare he is handed off to developers outside of Nintendo, and while Square Enix (SquareSoft at the time) was not the first or last to do it, Legend of the Seven Stars is his earliest and biggest departure. Nintendo supervised the development and Shigeru Miyamoto was involved, but the game is hugely different from his typical adventures.

Our 10 Most Anticipated Shooters Of 2016

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Last year was an interesting year for the shooter genre, as many titles like Rainbow Six Siege, Star Wars Battlefront, and Evolve left single-player campaigns behind in favor of focusing all the attention on multiplayer. Even though some of the future shooters we're most excited for, like Ghost Recon Wildlands, currently don't have a projected release year yet, genre fans still have plenty to look forward to in 2016 when many fan-favorite series return to the fray. I polled the Game Informer staff to see which 10 shooters they are most looking forward to, and here are the results.

10. The DivisionPlatform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PCRelease: March 8

Play Final Fantasy VII With Us In Our New Game Club

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Play Final Fantasy VII With Us In Our New Game Club

Update: Winners have been selected! Check your "Conversations" inbox on this website to see if you won! If not, we encourage you to play along with us anyway! 

For some time, members of the Game Informer staff have wanted to organize a game club so that the entire Game Informer community could play something alongside one another. We're pleased to officially announce the GI Game Club. The goal is to not just play a classic – in this case the PlayStation JRPG phenomenon Final Fantasy VII – but to also examine certain aspects of games and present our findings for discussion on the podcast and website. Our Game Club can't exist without you, the GI Show listeners/viewers, playing in tandem with us and writing in your comments and insight. To help kickstart the GI Game Club, we're starting off by giving away 20 codes for FF VII on PlayStation 4 and PC.