by Marc Allie

Tabletop Co-Op: Pandemic Legacy

The greatest tabletop co-op game ever made?

Way, way back in the prehistory of the Tabletop Co-Op column, more than six years ago, we covered our very first cooperative board game here at Co-Optimus: Pandemic. In the time since that first article ran, Pandemic has become one of the most popular board games in the world, spawning a dice game, an upgraded reprint, and several expansions. Last fall, a campaign-based version of the game, Pandemic Legacy, was released, and it is one of the best cooperative gaming experiences I’ve ever had, tabletop, console, PC, or otherwise.

 
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Editorial
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Whether it\'s supporting a premium service, pre-ordering a game, or continuing to play, loyalty is rewarded

MMO Co-Opportunities Volume LXIII: Rewarding Loyalty

This month for MMO Co-Opportunities, we have a nice mix of the new and the old. We take a look at changes that RIFT is making to its Patron system, the new things that Guild Wars 2’s Winter 2016 Quarterly Update added, and the excitement beginning to build for the North American release of Black Desert Online. RIFT Provides More Bonuse...

by Enoch Starnes 0
News
I just hope the field goals are well distributed and nobody breaks any hoops.

Our Weekend In Gaming: Super Bowl Pun

The Co-Opticrew is truly in the pockets of Big Gaming this weekend, as large swaths of our time will be spent with the classic AAA franchises of old:  Halo, Diablo, Final Fantasy, and Pokemon.  A couple of us are trying to fight against the current via a combination of smaller video game titles and tabletop experiences, but will it be enough to stem the tide of high production values and fancy explosions?  Who's to say.

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News
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  • pc
  • playstation vita
  • playstation 4
  • xbox one
  • couch
Our heroes are confronted with a brick wall (and the dangers of grenades).

Thursday Stream Recap: Nuclear Throne Episode 4

What exactly makes one "King of the Wasteland"?  Is it their ability to wield a golden grenade launcher or rusty shovel?  Is it their piles of money or crystalline skin?  No, I'd argue that one becomes Post-nuclear Royalty through one trait and one trait only - resilience.  

by Eric Murphy 0
News
It's not co-op, but it's still awesome!

XCOM 2 Giveaway

I know what you're thinking. Why is a website dedicated to co-op gaming giving away XCOM 2, which doesn't feature co-op? Well, we have a code, you want it, we like you, so we're giving it to you. How's that for an answer? We were pretty happy with XCOM: Enemy Unknown so we have reason to believe that XCOM 2 will be stellar as well. While there's no co-op built-in to the game, you can always play-and-pass the game with your favorite couch co-op partner. Or you could let your partner play, then use your mind control skills on them to take over during the good parts.

by Jason Love 0
News
  • pc
  • couch
Cry havoc and let slip the Tetris pieces of war

Defend Your Land and Blow Up Your Neighbors in Castle Chaos

This indie title slipped off our radar last fall, but it hadn't been forgotten, Castle Chaos is a local multiplayer game for up to four people, or you can team up with friends to take down A.I. enemies. Anyone who remembers Rampart from the olden days of gaming may find the title's action quite familiar. Build up your castle using "Tetris-like" pieces, place some cannons inside, and blow up your neighbor.

by Eric Murphy 0
News
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  • online
Then celebrate with the finest $5 champagne

Watch F.A.L.C.O. Break Rashkovsky Out Of Prison

After what felt like 30 attempts at the Prison Break finale in GTA Online, we finally broke Rashkovsky out and got his butt on a plane. It was probably more like 10 attempts, but after all the bugs, glitches, poor decisions, bad luck, and irritating design flaws, this mission was really starting to wear us thin. The Friday Awesomely Live Co-Op crew doesn't give up though, and I must say, our final successful run makes us look like professionals. Ok, maybe that's a stretch, but it was relatively flawless.

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News
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  • playstation 4
  • xbox one
  • online
Let's be honest, though, you're still gonna be lost like 75% of the time.

Get A Glimpse Of Dying Light: The Following's Locations In Exploration Trailer

Coming in at twice the geographic size of the base game, Dying Light's next DLC, "The Following", can seem a little overwhelming to any would-be zombie exterminators.  Trust me, I know the feeling.  You start to think back to all the places you didn't see when you first played the game last year, then you consider all the DLC's extra content, the new daily quest system, and all those zombie heads just ripe for the kicking.  Next thing you know, you've quit your job, moved to Ecuador, changed your name to Ernesto, and purchased enough tortillas and rice to tide you over for the next 6 months, which should be just enough time to fully explore everything.

Latest Reviews

Nuclear Throne
Co-Op Score:
3.5
Overall Score:
4.5
Rainbow 6 Siege
Co-Op Score:
3.5
Overall Score:
3
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Co-Op Score:
3
Overall Score:
3
Tales of Zestiria
Co-Op Score:
4
Overall Score:
4
Star Wars: Battlefront
Co-Op Score:
2.5
Overall Score:
4
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
Co-Op Score:
4.5
Overall Score:
4
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News
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  • playstation 4
  • xbox one
Ear Sex

Astro A40 TR Headset, ModKit and MixAmp Impressions

Astro Gaming has long held a a reputable place in co-op gamer's library of devices. Their headsets and mixamps make communication during gaming a breeze and the sound quality top notch. We've seen the A40's for consoles, A38s for portables, and the A50s for PC. But today we're looking at an evolution of their A40 lineup - the A40 TR which works for just about everything. An enhanced "Tournament Ready" version of their best selling headset.

by Cecilia Good 0
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  • playstation 4
  • xbox one
  • online
The closest you will get to riding a giant chicken

ARK: Survival Evolved Patch Delivers the Gallimimus and Other Features

It seems that the developers at Studio Wildcard love to surprise and delight players of ARK: Survival Evolved with a steady stream of new content. Patch 233 includes a whole slew of goodies, with a new dino featured. The Gallimimus hauls three people around, allowing two friends to tag along and attack anything that moves. This new mount is one of ...

by Jason Love 0
News
Eight player local co-op FPS madness

Gunscape Gets Final Release Date for Xbox One

If you cast your thoughts back to summer of 2015, you may recall news of a new FPS title that looked like a mash-up of Doom and Minecraft, titled Gunscape. The game's biggest hook is that it  will allow a group of up to eight local or online players - on the Xbox One and PC versions only - to create their own levels together. Word has finally come down that it will arrive on the Xbox One this March.

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A fairly quiet month

Co-Op Monthly Round-Up for January, 2016

January is typically a quiet month in the game industry following an insane couple of months leading up to the holidays, and 2016 holds true once again. We saw only a handful of co-op releases and a trickle of news of what's coming down the pipe. Here's the stories, games, and features you may have missed from Co-Optimus for January, 2016.