Welcome to another edition of Beyond Co-Op, the weekly news round-up where we look at the gaming news around the industry that may or may not necessarily relate to cooperative gaming. It was a fairly quiet week as many gear up for the next Xbox announcement this coming week and E3 a few weeks away - still there's a few tidbits worth mentioning.
With the recent XBLA release of Monaco it seems a bunch of the staff have chosen to dive back into some co-op heisting. The Neverwinter beta also seems to be quite popular while the rest of us continue to trudge through site development. Soon folks you'll get a preview of that...soon.
Stop me if you've heard this before: Call of Duty DLC that has been available on the Xbox 360 for a month is now available on PS3 and PC. You have to love those timed exclusives. CoD: Black Ops 2's "Uprising" map pack includes four new multiplayer maps and a new co-operative Zombie map.
The new versus maps are titled Magma, Encore, Vertigo, and Studio. The new Zombie scenario, Mob of the Dead, takes place on Alcatraz. Ray Liotta, Chaz Paminteri, Joe Pantoliano, and Michael Madsen will be play the role of (you guessed it) mobsters.
The Fuse "launch" trailer is now live. The game doesn't come out for like a week and a half so that's... weird. Why do I have the feeling there's going to be another trailer? The video offers a sliver of back story and features the prerequisite cool weapon footage and an abundance of explosions, faceless bad guys, and exploding faceless bad guys. I know, I know, it's still not Overstrike, but it looks like it has potential to be a pretty decent squad-based shooter.
We've got another exciting giveaway today thanks to the hard working people over at ROCCAT, makers of quality PC accessories. Up for grabs today are three items - The ROCCAT Kone XTD Gaming Mouse, The ROCCAT Isku Gaming Keyboard, and the ROCCAT Sense Series Gaming Mousepad.
Mark this date in your diary, May 28th. It's your Nan's birthday? Who cares, this is also the date that new DLC is coming to everyone's favorite flaky city building game SimCity. Mayors can now design and build an amusement park in their city that will increase tourism and create jobs.
Good news for defenders of Sanctuary. To help celebrate the one year anniversary of Diablo 3, Blizzard is offering an in-game buff to players. If you log on to play Diablo 3 between May 15 and May 21, you will receive a 25 percent buff to both magic find and experience gain stats. The developer states; "The buff is only available while logged in to the game, but it will apply to all characters as well as stack with other similar bonuses -- the EXP bonus will stack multiplicatively and the Magic Find bonus will stack above the 300% cap."
Achievement hunters out there might have been running into some trouble collecting a single one for BattleBlock Theater. The developers over at The Behemoth have listened to their dedicated fanbase and finally fixed the annoying glitch. Players may now unlock it today!
Another hero has joined the ranks of the Guardians of Middle Earth roster. Released this week, the latest champion hails from the armies of Gorgoroth. It is the Mouth of Sauron, and he is available now for both the Playstation Newtork and the Xbox Live Arcade.
Sanctum 2 is out! The sequel to the 2011 tower defense/first person shooter hybrid has finally hit, and developer Coffee Stain Studios is celebrating with a nice little launch trailer. The video manages to capture the game's intense action quite well, showing off a lot of gameplay footage complete with guns, explosions, towers doing their shooty things, and enemies bursting into brightly colored goo. Delicious.
We are but a few short days away from the unveiling of the next Xbox and the rumors are running quite rampant. One thing we do know for certain is that XNA, Microsoft's packaged game development tools, will no longer be supported, though nothing has been stated yet what that means for the XBLIG program. This week in Indie-Ana Co-op, we look at an indie game that shows the value in having a program like this on a console: Rise of the Ravager.
The kind folks at Sumo offered to send Co-Optimus one of their giant bean bag chairs for a review. I’m an expert in leisure, so I nominated myself for the job. We've already covered the Sumo Couple, a chair designed for two, but up this time to check out was the Sumo Emperor. I’ll admit I was disappointed when I first laid eyes on the Emperor. It wasn’t the chair itself, but the box it came in.
This generation has seen a variety of change occur on the gaming landscape with the introduction of microtransactions, the mass appeal of DLC, the rise of game prices, and the controversial "online pass system." At least one of those things are changing for the time being, with EA announcing it's no longer going to require an online pass for its games.
You want skins? Rayman's got skins. Three of 'em, to be exact. The much-anticipated but also sadly delayed Rayman Legends is now getting a pre-order bonus unique to each system it launches on. Grab the Wii U or PlayStation 3 versions and you'll get an Assassin's Creed skin for either Rayman or Barbara. Go the Xbox 360 route and you'll nab some night vision goggles straight out of Splinter Cell. Sort of unusual for a Rayman game, but a bonus is a bonus.
The post-apocalyptic, Eastern-European setting seems to have been growing in popularity these days, with Metro: Last Light releasing just earlier today. Soon, Left 4 Dead 2 players will be able to take the normally southern-based team of Survivors on a Ukrainian based campaign within a brand new indie mod.