E3 2013 has wrapped and the long, hot summer of anticipation has begun. We were granted access to next-gen consoles and THE GAMES OF TOMORROW. Wielding our co-op gaming expertise, we have judged the offerings of industry titans and pugnacious indies. We created the Co-Optimus E3 2013 Game of Show Award to separate the lavish trailers and spectacular booths from real, hands-on gameplay. There are several contenders, but there is only one winner.. To qualify, the game had to have be playable cooperatively. That’s it. These are the co-op games to watch in the months to come. These are the titles that made an impression in a sea of digital escapism. These are our Co-Optimus E3 2013 Game of Show Nominees! Oh, and one standout winner.
Microsoft has updated its policies on the Xbox One regarding the always online requirement of the system, or rather, the 24 hour check. Along those lines the policies regarding trading, lending, and reselling of your physical games were confusing and unclear leading many consumers to wonder if they should invest in the $500 console. Today Microsoft listened in part and started to refine the system's features five months before release.
As was outlined before E3 2013 this year, any Xbox One game, physical or digital, would require a connection to the internet at least every 24 hours. Now that is no longer a requirement, though you will need to connect your Xbox One up to the internet for a one time setup and patch. The trade-off? Features like the family sharing of games, the gifting of games, and the "instant access" to your library are no longer on the table.
Arcen Games' flagship title, AI War, turns four years old this week. Four years! In today's seemingly "churn 'em and burn 'em" world of games, it's impressive that a title has not only maintained its lifespan for that period of time, but the developers themselves continue to support it and release new content for it. In celebration of this occasion, Arcen is offering a bundle deal of all that content for just $6, including their latest expansion: Vengeance of the Machine. It's easy math. 1 game plus 5 expansions = $6.
A fistful of new images from Narco Terror just arrived via an unmarked box thrown out the window of a black sedan. Deep Silver and Rubicon Orgnization's upcoming twin stick shooter is all about guns, drug cartels, kidnappings, explosions, and cheesy 80s action tropes. In short: blinding amounts of adrenaline and fun. And the new screenshots aren't afraid to show it.
Dark Souls 2. Played it. Got killed. No big deal. Alright. I'll try to keep this post from getting ridiculously long, but no promises. Once I get going on the Souls games I kind of... well, let's see what happens. While I didn't have time to reflect upon the nuances of any of the ornate carvings that adorned my surroundings and whatever godforsaken lore they might allude to, I can tell you I noticed plenty of changes during my brief time with From Software's baby.
Spoiler alert: There will be minor spoilers. Hell, there might be big spoilers. No one really knows what they're looking at in a Souls game until a second, third, or fourth playthrough, anyway. I'm just going to relay my experience and share a few things the Namco Bandai reps shared with me, which wasn't much. They wouldn't even tell me when the demo took place in the game. I remember the original Dark Souls demo at E3 2011 began at the Altar of Sunlight and ended with the Bell Gargoyles boss battle, so I'm assuming the areas covered in the demo happen early in the game as well, despite the heavily inflated damage numbers.
Eve Online is entering it's 11th year as one of the only space MMOs in existence. Also this year, CCP launched Dust 514, a free to play first person shooter on the PlayStation 3 which ties into the world of Eve. These two worlds combine to form a massive universe in which over 500,000 inhabit, thrive, and role play.
The Co-Optimus staff has really taken a liking to Monaco: What's Yours is Mine. The four player online and offline co-op game earned the coveted Editors Choice award for being an all-around great co-op gem. Our staff and community have enjoyed the heck out of this game and we want to spread the joy.
Don’t let Call of Duty: Ghosts distract you from the current CoD title that’s out and thriving! Treyarch recently announced their latest additions to the game in the next Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC, including a new Zombies map that makes players go "cowboy". Kick off your July 4th weekend with the upcoming “Vengeance” DLC pack.
"Welcome to the D&D World!" With these words, one of the all time greatest series of co-op games began. Chronicles of Mystara brings the classic brawling action from the 90s arcade right into your living room via digital download. How does the hack and slashing hold up today? Is there enough here to keep the interest of modern gamers?
A new trailer has surfaced that details some of the gameplay mechanics of Signal Studios' Ascend: Hand of Kul. In Ascend, you are a Caos, a champion of the gods. You are tasked with ridding the lands of other god's shrines, titans, and creatures. Overall, you are trying to diminish the presence of rival gods and make yours stand above all others. Along the way, you will fight many mythical creatures, conquering them in a brutal fashion.
Space Nomads, the cooperative defense from Loading Studios, has recently launched a crowdfunding drive on Indiegogo. The team is looking for a push to finish out some of the more elaborate features in the works, including fleshing out the explorable terrain, creating flying vehicles, designing a PvP mode, and adding underground areas and ocean biomes. Even more exciting is the alpha demo is available to download!
Remember that time Fable III was given away for free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers? Looks like the deal will officially end on June 30th. Fear not, though, for Microsoft is using the opportunity to kick off its Games with Gold program. Each month on the 1st and 16th until the end of the year, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will get a game for free. Pretty simple. Fable III is short of retroactively shoehorned into the program, but July promises both Halo 3 and Assassins Creed 3, which isn't too shabby.
Announced during the hubbub that was E3 2013, The Crew is shaping up to be one extraordinary game. In development by Ivory Tower studios and published by Ubisoft, the game is a persistent online racer built from the ground-up with social and co-op play in mind. Join in, team up, complete missions and head out for a drive across the USA. But here's the real kicker: the game's world is over 3,100 square miles (5,000 km) in size. The New York map alone is as big as Liberty City from Grand Theft Auto IV. So when you do fancy that drive, you'd better be settled in for the long haul.
We've seen teasers from the Cars, Monsters University and Pirates of the Caribbean play sets. We've seen the franchise-mixing Toy Box Mode in action. We even got our clammy hands on the game during E3. Now it's back to basics with Disney Infinity: a nice, colorful set of screenshots. Ten new images from the upcoming action adventure game show off characters from Toy Story, The Lone Ranger, The Invincibles and more, all hopping about with big grins on their faces as they play together in Toy Box Mode. It's kind of like a sickeningly cute utopia where everybody's just a touch insane.
The NVIDIA Shield went up for pre-order just a few weeks ago. The Android powered controller is a unique take on mobile gaming, giving players two distinct ways to play games on the go. The device features a 5" Tegra 4 powered Android screen matched with a fully functional gaming controller. But you aren't limited to just Android games on this device - you can stream games from Steam.