There's been a long rumor that Bungie has been working on a squad based shooter, much like Ghost Recon, set in the Halo universe. Yesterday's teaser announcement and subsequent video trailer could be further proof.
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel hits the PC next week complete with 16 player co-op! To celebrate the folks at CDV have teamed up with German metal group Blind Guardian to create an in engine/CGI music video. What ensues is a rockin good time. I wonder, can we hold concerts for our friends in the final build of the game?
Gears of War 2 really needs no introduction. The original Gears was a megaton bomb, so multiply that by two (million) for the sequel. Likely, if you are a Gears fan, you cannot wait to play Gears 2. Fortunately, you just might get a chance to play the game early. According to the Gamerscore blog, Best Buy is sponsoring the Best Buy G3 Tour (the three "Gs" are Games, Gear and Gadgets, FYI), which will go on a six week tour of twenty colleges. The tour will be open to the public and will feature a variety of games to play. The games featured include co-op friendly games like Saints Row 2, Rock Band 2, and Halo 3, as well as Gears of War 2.
The above image is a picture of a 12" Marcus Phoenix statue that is now available for purchase on sites like Amazon.com. Collectible site Figures.com has a review of the statue including detailed photos as well as an interview with Karen Traviss, the writer of the Gears of War prequel book "Aspho Fields". And while you can't exactly co-op with an collectible figure, this one is so awesome you'll wish you could.
Remain calm folks. But in a mere hour and 15 minutes at the time of this post Bungie is going to unveil something. Well, at least we think they'll unveil something. They could just be unveiling the announcement of an unveiling of something. You never know these days in PR.
Our latest Co-Op Couples feature takes a look at working together as a team, and how sometimes (just sometimes) you need to remember you are playing as a team. Perhaps Jim calling his wife a wookie is not the best way to get her into co-op gaming, but letting her have a piece of the action while playing LEGO Star Wars is a good start.
I have stated many times my love of Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2. It's a great game for both single player and cooperative experiences. Indeed, I've had Geometry Wars RE 2 as my co-op game of the week once before. However, until recently, I've not dumped a large amount of time into the game. I've played it for small bursts, but not really enough to truly appreciate it. Well fortunately I had a dull week and a roommate willing to try some Geometry Wars.
Sometimes, when a game DOESN'T have co-op, it's news worthy. That's certainly the case for the remake/reimagining of one of our favorite co-op classics, Golden Axe. Released next month, Golden Axe: Beast Rider will offer only a single player campaign. That's right, no co-op mode, or any multiplayer features are available at all. To make things worse, you can't even choose among the original three heroes; instead, the player will take on the role of Tyris Flare, only. (To their credit, the developers promise that the other two heroes from the original will be featured in the story). Of course, Tyris is wearing her obviously marketable chain mail bikini, pushing the borders of appropriateness. This is, I suppose, reminiscient of the first Golden Axe. Screenshots and videos indicate that the game is meant to evoke feelings of nostalgia, including beast riding (duh), potion gnomes, and even Black Adder, the big baddie himself. It's too bad they missed the most important aspect: playing through with a friend. Check this quote from Sean Ratcliffe, VP of Marketing at Sega:
Sometimes it pains me that I have a real job. I could be an intrepid reporter, working for MTV, living in Manahattan and playing games for a living like Stephen Totilo. The lucky bastard recently got some hands on time with Resistance 2's co-op campaign with seven other reporters in NYC.