by Jim McLaughlin 1

Lord of the Rings: Conquest Social Networking Site Live

  In addition to the official site, EA Games and Pandemic announced Battle for the Ring earlier this week; users can post their own blogs, interact via a public forum, and perform quests for "gold", much like the mission system that the now-defunct had made popular. Pandemic promises that "gold" - ...

by Jason Love 4

Sackboy Interviews the Co-Optimus Staff

 We know that in the world of games journalism that it’s usually the journalist who sits down with someone in the gaming industry to do the interview. But this week, we thought we’d have some fun and let the game industry interview us! Sackboy, of LittleBigPlanet fame, swung by to grill the staff and contributors of Co-Optimus about their first co-op moments, their favorite co-op games, and more. Want to know whose gaming life was changed by playing Contra? Read on! Sackboy: First question – What is your favorite co-op game and why? Loren "AgtFox" Halek: Diablo 2. Probably the most time I've ever spent with co-op in a game back when I wasn't really considering the whole "co-op" concept. Jim "txshurricane" McLaughlin: I’d have to say Rainbow Six Vegas 2. I love the character customization and the Terrorist Hunt mode requires teamwork to win. Marc "DjinniMan" Allie: Rock Band, either version. It is without a doubt the best game ever made that everyone enjoys; even nongamers want to play it. There is no greater feeling of cooperation than 5 starring that tough song, or beating World Tour. The game speaks to my inner band geek in so many ways, it has to be my favorite. Blake "Broodax" Corner: I agree completely, Rock Band. It allows geeks like me to feel like rock stars. Plus, what's "more co-op" than a rock band? [Ed. note: Nothing; unless you’re Fleetwood Mac] Mike "pheriannath" Katsufrakis: Secret of Mana - When the game was released, I thought that Japanese RPGs were the best thing to happen to gaming, and being able to tackle an epic (in both length and scope) story with two of your best friends was, and to a degree, still is unique. Jason “OrigamiPanther” Love: Guardian Heroes. My roommate in college and I used to play that all the time (probably when we should have been studying). Something about the combination of a beat ‘em up style game with RPG elements and all those unlockable characters kept us coming back for more. Nick "bapenguin" Puleo: I'd have to say Crackdown is some of the most fun I've ever had in a co-op game. It may not have been the best game, but in terms of sheer fun, hands down the winner.

by Marc Allie 0
  • nintendo wii

Tetris Party Co-Op Review

One of the most popular games ever has just hit Nintendo's casual console.  Tetris Party on WiiWare brings a co-op mode to the Tetris franchise.  Is this a good reason to fire up your Wii, in this season of awesome rhythm games, zombie titles, and Sackboys?  Read our review to find out!

by Marc Allie 3

Guitar Hero: WT and Rock Band 2 Note Tracks, Side by Side

When the Guitar Hero World Tour track list was revealed, there were several surprises, both good and bad.  Falling into that latter category were the large number of songs that are already represented in the Rock Band franchise.  Now that both games have launched, how do the two games stack up against each other?  If only there was some way to make a direct comparison between them, say, on a song included in both games...

by Jason Love 0
  • playstation 3

Little and Big Origins

MediaMolecule’s upcoming release for the Playstation 3, LittleBigPlanet, is certainly causing quite a stir, both here on Co-Optimus and abroad. With the recent announcement that not only will there be Sackboys of characters from your favorite third-party Sony games, but all of the user-created beta levels will be available at launch as well, the hype for this game is growing more and more. With the game slowly trickling out to a release, we here at Co-Optimus thought we’d take a look back at the classic games that have helped to pave the way for games like LittleBigPlanet.

by Marc Allie 0

Unlock All the Guitar Hero: World Tour Songs

So, you picked up Gitar Hero World Tour, and had your buddies over for some co-op head banging action.  Imagine your disappointment when a mere trifle of the game's 84 tracks are available from the get go.  Worry no longer, folks, there's hope yet.  A cheat code is available that allows all the songs to be selected.  This code must be entered from the Options > Cheats > Enter Cheat menu:

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