The stories for this week:
The stories for this week:
It's a snowy weekend here in the Northeast, which makes it perfect for playing games. Here's what the staff around Co-Optimus HQ will be playing.
For Co-Op Classics today, we dig into the treasure trove of co-op games released in arcades in the 90s. Sunset Riders came fairly early on, being released in 1991. It was ported to the SNES and Genesis as well. Sunset Riders is a charming game, for sure. The art is bright and colorful, the characters are fun and unique from each other, and the gameplay has enough variety to keep things interesting.
A collector and custom figurine creator at Sideshow Collectibles has crossed his "it's-not-a-doll" hobby with his apparent love for unforgettable shooter Left 4 Dead...and the end result is uncanny.
I wonder how the co-op mode works? The Guitar Hero MUD?
The December NPD numbers are out (posted below) and the data points to some tremendous Gears of War 2 sales. With almost 750k sales in North America in December, Gears of War 2 has sold over 4 million copies world wide to date. To put it in perspective, that's almost double the amount of copies sold in the same time frame as the first game.
If you haven't tried Call of Duty: World at War's crazy fun Nazi Zombie mode, then chances are it's because you haven't unlocked it. That's understandable -- the lack of saved progress for the co-op campaign makes it less appealing to trudge through single-player for just the Nazi Zombie survival mini-game.
Remember last week, when we discussed the rise of family gaming? Yeah, we were totally right. Word has just reached Co-Optimus HQ of a new website dedicated to family video game safety, with tons of resources for both parents and kids. Microsoft and Best Buy are the key partners behind the website, located at GetGameSmart.com. All sorts of information is available, including how to set up parental controls, a quiz, a blog with ideas from experts, and much more.
IGN has a hands on preview of Ascaron's console version of Sacred 2, a game we reviewed on the PC last year. Set to be released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in March of this year, the game seems to be nearly identical to its PC version in terms of content. Playability-wise the transition to the controller is surprisingly smooth, with extensive use of radial menus and hot keys.
Previously, the Playstation 3 version of real-time strategy title Red Alert 3 was put on "indefinite hold" by Electronic Arts. In November, it was revealed that a potential Playstation 3 version was in the works, and would include special features not seen on any other platform.