The stories for this week:
The stories for this week:
This week, a major co-op release hit store shelves everywhere. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is the latest in an excellent series of action-RPGs, particularly enjoyable for comic book readers or general super hero fans. We discussed the first game in the series, X-Men Legends, for a previous Co-Op Casual Friday. Today, we turn our attention to X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse.
We're starting to build our fortress to hold back the incoming onslaught of fall gaming titles.
Arcen Games has just patched their co-op RTS, AI War, to version 1.301. With it brings a host of improvements to both the interface, ship graphics, new units, new network code and a host of other tweaks. Considering the game claims you can have 30,000 units in a battle at once I'm sure the net code needs to be very neat and tidy for a lag free co-op experience.
When purchasing headphones, I will rarely if ever even glance at ear buds for any reason. To me, ear buds are the cheap inserts that come with products, mildly uncomfortable with sub-par sound. That is, until I tried out the Tritton AX Ear buds that I received at the Blue Skittle Party at PAX. Starcraft was my first test with its phenomenal in-game sounds coming through loud and clear, then on a Nintendo DS to see if they worked just as well on the road.
Is the music game genre oversaturated? Some might say yes. I'd argue otherwise; there's still plenty of good music out there that isn't available in video game form. In any event, we have some details about Harmonix's upcoming cutesified LEGO Rock Band. Iggy Pop will be appearing in the game, as the tutorial voice, and also in plastic action figure form, as you an see above. Iggy's song "The Passenger" will be in the game's song list.
Stardock has announced that preorders are now being taken for the upcoming micro-expansion for Sins of a Solar Empire entitled Diplomacy. The DLC adds faction status and trade pact options within the game, as well as the ability to issue new missions to other players. The biggest addition is a brand new diplomatic skill tree which adds over thirty technologies.
Spelunker HD is already available on the Japanese PlayStation Network, and the remake of the classic NES game has garnered some fairly solid buzz. Now we have word that the game will be making its way stateside, along with the included 6 player online co-op mode!
Remember how pissed off you were when you found out you could only get Juggernaut for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 if you preordered from Gamestop? Remember how you wanted to smash your head through a wall in anger? Please remain calm, we're about to tell you how you can stick it to the man and get Juggernaut for yourself without setting a foot inside Gamestop.
After almost 4 months of waiting, PlayStation owners will finally get their hands on the three player co-op title Trine. Developed by FrozenByte Software, the game is a physics based puzzle/platformer that puts players in the role of the Wizard, Thief, or Knight. We really enjoyed the PC game, and have high expectations for the PSN version - we just wish the extra time was used to add online co-op. Sadly, it's still missing. Last we heard the game is priced at $20.