by Marc Allie 2
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Co-Op Classics: Vendetta

After having looked at some more recent fare in the past few weeks, Co-Op Classics will now focus its attention on the golden age of the arcade.  Back in 1991, the side scrolling brawler was the undisputed king of co-op.  TMNT: Turtles in Time, the Dungeons and Dragons series, and X-Men: The Arcade Game all came from this time period.  While reliving these old glory days with some friends via MAME, we stumbled upon a beat em up masterpiece: Vendetta.  I don't think I have played a more unintentionally funny game in my entire life!  After reading about it, I am sure you will agree. I won't focus on gameplay too much when talking about Vendetta.  What you see is really what you get.  You move, you punch, you kick, you beat up bad guys; it's very simple.  Vendetta truly stands out, though, in its over the top nature.  The characters, the boss battles, and the not so subtle innuendo all combine to crank it up to eleven, if you will.

by Marc Allie 9
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One of These Things is Not Like the Other...

There's a big discrepancy between the two promotional items for upcoming video games that we are going to show you today.  Granted, one of them is quite expensive, a bit like the Halo 3 Helmet, but still, it's very cool.  Feast your eyes on the Amazon.com exclusive Gears of War 2 Lancer: Not too shabby, eh?  Pictures at Amazon sho...

by Blake "V Kulla" Corner 0
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This Week in Co-Op: Lego Star Wars II

The current LEGO video game franchise is quite good. The LEGO games are nicely balanced, with appeal to both young kids (who love LEGOs) and adults who grew up with the series that has been LEGO-ified (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc.). So, after a hectic week (so hectic that you will notice this column has been posted a day late), I figured some nice LEGO action was good for me. My game? LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy. Did I have fun and relax? Oh yeah.

by Nick Puleo 14
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Co-Op Couples Wanted

If there's one thing every guy always dreams of, it's playing video games with his wife or girlfriend.  Ok, so maybe "dream of" isn't the right term, but you know what I mean fellas.  Dream might be gaming with your wife, her girlfriend and yourself...ahhh yeah.  Um..anyway, believe it or not there's a whole lot of couples out there that game together, and most of that gaming is done cooperatively.  

by Nick Puleo 10
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  • xbox 360

Ghostbusters Preview Confirms Lack of Story Based Co-Op

The fine folks over at XboxAddict got some hands on time with a preview build of Ghostbusters for the Xbox 360.  And while the folks had high praises for the games graphics and authenticity, they couldn't help but feel something was off.  What was that thing that irked the author?  Was it the scary ghosts?  The cheesey one liners?  The lack of slime in the box?  No...it was the lack of a true co-op mode of course!

by Marc Allie 6
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  • xbox 360

Gears 2 Features "Family Friendly" Fire

MCV has reported the rather interesting news that there will be a family friendly option for Gears of War 2.  The option, once activated, will replace blood with sparks, and will replace all bad language with mild curses.  The game, and its predecessor, are both rated 'M'.  This is fantastic news, for me, personally.  As a gamer and a dad, there are some games that I want to play but don't want my 7 year old or even 13 year old sons watching.  Unfortunately, I have a huge backlog of these games since I really can only play them when the kids are in bed.  My barber is a gamer, too, and recommended the first Gears game to me.  I told him I had heard it was really fun in co-op, and he said it was a probably "daddy game" due to the language and violence.  It looks like this won't be the case with Gears 2!  With the news of this family friendly option, Gears 2 will definitely be on my "must purchase" list.  Let's hope, for the sake of all gamers who are in situations like mine, that many other titles will continue this trend, and let consumers have some choice over content.

by Blake "V Kulla" Corner 3
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Halo Wars Will Have Legendary Feature

Ah, Halo Wars. The folks at Ensemble Studios have a lot to live up to in making this game. After all, they are making a Halo RTS. The jump from FPS to RTS is a big one, but there are several ways to make the transition easier. The main one is "have features from previous games." So far Ensemble appears to be doing great there, as the game has co-op, many of the familiar Halo characters and vehicles, and so forth. However, Ensemble isn't done placating the Halo masses. Through their monthly update, they have revealed another familiar Halo feature: Legendary difficulty. The game will feature the accurately-titled difficulty mode, which has claimed untold hours of peoples lives, as well as too many broken controllers to count. Apparently Halo Wars version of Legendary is no slouch.

by Marc Allie 0
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The 'Tetris Party' Fitness Plan?

Earlier this year, we brought you the news that Tetris will be coming to Nintendo's WiiWare service.  That's hardly surprising, given that the classic puzzler has been released in some form on most Nintendo systems.  However, thanks to 1Up, more details have arrived, some interesting and some that will make you scratch your head in befuddlement.  News from the former category: the official title is 'Tetris Party', and the game will indeed feature a co-op mode, as pictured above.  Co-op is one of 18 different modes, 10 of which are said to be new to the series.  The head scratcher?  One of the control schemes will be the Wii Balance Board.  Yes, THAT Balance Board.  The jury is still out as to whether this will be the best way to lose weight of all time, or the next Virtual Boy-magnitude failure.  I guarantee there's more depth to Tetris than to Wii Fit, but somehow, I fear the repurcussions.  It's bad enough to be beaten by Japanese virtuosos in Tetris DS Wi-Fi, but my self-esteem would plummet if some soccer mom whooped up on me while she was trying to make up for last night's Ben and Jerry's binge.  One final note: I estimate 4 hours from the game's release before Wii Fit Girl wannabes hit YouTube shaking their buns to block matching action. 

by Blake "V Kulla" Corner 0
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  • playstation 3

LittleBigPlanet Information Cavalcade

Ah, LittleBigPlanet. In some ways, the game could have one of the best co-op modes around. What is more cooperative than building levels and working with physics? As of now we can only ask questions, as the game is not set to come out until this October. Well, to tide you over, Kotaku has nothing short of an avalanche of information about the game. Some of the more interesting feature include the ability to wear a Tron suit in-game, as well as a simple-yet-complex emotion feature, which enables you so show varying degrees of emotion. Nice!

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