by Blake "V Kulla" Corner 12
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Competitve Co-Op in Call of Duty: World At War

Some of you might know the famous "odd and even rule" in the Star Trek movies, where the odd-numbered movies are inferior to the even-numbered ones. Well, Call of Duty has a similar type of rule, with the Infinity Ward games being rather good and the Treyarch ones being not so good. However, Treyarch is trying to bridge the gap with Call of Duty: World At War and are making some decent strides. One of the strides is co-op, which pleases the crew here at Co-Optimus. The game is still set in WWII, but a recent article by 1up sounds promising. The article discusses some of the featTures, like a destructive flamethrower (and flammable things, like grass huts and people) and an exotic locale (the Pacific).

by Marc Allie 2
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Confirmed: 4 Player Online Co-Op In Viva Pinata 2!

A mere week ago, we reported a rumor via a leaked achievements list from Viva Pinata: Trouble In Paradise.  Today, that rumor has been confirmed: Viva Pinata 2 will support up to four co-op players, either locally or online.  This news makes the little gardener inside of me get a little woozy, I must admit.  The first game was great fun, and even my wife and kids liked to watch me play.  However, with up to four people being able to participate at once, I imagine this little game will stay in our 360's disc tray for quite a while.

by Marc Allie 3
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Co-Op Classics: Area 51: Site 4

We walked out of the theater, squinting in the brightness of the lobby.  The crowd rushed by, moviegoers headed off in different directions.  The smell of popcorn was strong.  Neon lights glared everywhere, and movie posters lined the wall.  My youngest son tugged on my arm.  "Hey Dad, can we play a game?"  Smiling, I nodded.  The little arcade in the movie theater was busy, full of children celebrating the last few days of summer break.  I walked over to the change machine, and the quarters clanked noisily down the chute in procession.  With a mild whoop, the two ran off to find a game.  Would it be the noisy, psychedelic DDR machine?  Perhaps the Air Hockey table would capture their interest.  I watched, curious as to what they would choose.  After a few moments hesitation at the mesmerizing electronic buffet, my oldest son led his brother to Area 51: Site 4, and they plunked in their quarters.

by Nick Puleo 3
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The Game Daily HUD

For those of you that don't know, GameDaily is a website from AOL that covers everything gaming and includes partner sites like Big Download and Joystiq.  The GameDaily HUD is a brand new feature on the website which features the most intelligent, important and sexiest voices in the games industry.  Will you look at that...there's me!

by Marc Allie 1
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Diablo III Art Director's Exit Not Due to Whiners

You will likely recall the recent hullabaloo over the change in art direction for upcoming blockbuster Diablo III.  If you were like me, you were too busy thinking about how much you wanted to play the game RIGHT NOW to worry about things like bright colors and rainbows.  However, as we reported earlier, a very vocal fanbase complained loudly.  A few rabid fans even whipped up some "new and improved" versions of the screenshots from Diablo III.  One of those can be seen above.  At this point, what was a laughable, fairly minor story took an odd twist. 

by Nick Puleo 4
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Castle Crashers is 1200 MS Points

Good news folks!  After a few weeks of a rumored 1800 MS Point price tag,  The Behemoth Blog has revealed that Castle Crashers is officially priced at 1200 MS Points, that's 15 real dollars.   For those that don't know, Castle Crashers is a four player co-op side scrolling beat-em up, similar to those classic franchises like Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, and others.  There are dozens of characters to choose from including some from previous Behemoth games like Alien Hominid. The game is set to be released on Xbox Live Arcade at the end of this month. 

by Marc Allie 4
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Wanna Play Left 4 Dead Early? Here's How!

Interested in Left 4 Dead?  So are we.  The game looks amazing, quite frankly, and will likely be one of the best co-op titles of the year.  However, waiting until the game's release on November 4 is enough to make you run through a corn field screaming, even without being chased by zombies, as in the screenshot above.  There's hope, though; Valve has announced that Left 4 Dead will be playable at several events in the near future.  The first is the Penny Arcade Expo, where the 360 version will be premiered.  If you live in or near Seattle, and are a gamer, you are probably going to PAX anyway, but now there's even more incentive to attend.  Euro gamers can find the game at the Leipzig Games Convention, (Germany), the Festival du Jeu Video (France), and the PC Gamer Showdown (UK).  Valve has already confirmed there will be no demo of the game available before release, so attending one of these functions is likely the only way to get your hands on it until launch.  More's the pity!

by Blake "V Kulla" Corner 0
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This Week in Co-Op: Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2

Apparently August is going to be the month of casual and arcade games for me. I've played some Lego Star Wars, some Rock Band, and now I'm playing Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2. The game has many of the signature features of good casual/arcade games. Its gameplay is not too complex and you can play it for ten minutes (or less, really) and have a blast. However, like the best casual and arcade games, it still has depth and soul.

by Marc Allie 2
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Mercs 2 Will Feature Drop In-Drop Out Co-Op

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then surely the above screenshot could replace the quite lengthy title of the game.  Flames?  Check.  A mercenary?  Yup.  So there it is, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames.  IGN has posted a hands on preview of the game as played in co-op.  Perennial favorites like seamless drop in-drop out co-op make the feature list, and there are a few other nice little touches as well.

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