by Marc Allie 1
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Getting More Replay Value from Co-Op Games

An interesting article has been posted at Game of Design about procedural storytelling.  That phrase is a mouthful, but what it could mean for co-op fans is that the storyline of a game would alter upon different replays, depending on the players' actions.  The article  springs from a discussion of the AI in the upcoming Left 4 Dead (covered at length here at Co-Optimus) and mentions Diablo 2 in this snippet:

by Blake "V Kulla" Corner 2
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  • xbox 360
  • couch
  • online

Gears of War Gets Price Drop and 2-Disk Edition

Everyone here at Co-Optimus loves a good discount, particularly when the discount involves a fun co-op game. Well, we are in luck, because Gears of War is getting a price drop. The Xbox 360 version of the game is dropping to $39.99, and the Windows version of the game is dropping to $29.99. However, that's not all. Gamerscore Blog, who were kind enough to officially reveal the the price drop, has released more information. In particular? A two-disk version of Gears of War. Press release after the break.

by Nick Puleo 7
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  • couch
  • online

Co-Op Release Alert: Lego Indiana Jones

Every platform this week is going to get some co-op lovin, thanks to the whip wielding LEGO version of Harrison Ford.  LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Trilogy hits store shelves on Wednesday, though rumor has it you can find it as early as today.

by Marc Allie 9
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  • nintendo wii

Co-Op Classics: River City Ransom

River City Ransom has quite a following for a relatively obscure NES title.  A few years ago, the game was given the 'EX' treatment for the Game Boy Advance.  Last month, the NES version hit Nintendo's Virtual Console for the Wii, priced at $5.  Given the cult classic status of the game, and the promise of co-op, I decided to check it out.  I brought along my oldest son to help with the "testing".  (I hope you appreciate all the sacrifices we make here at Co-Optimus for our valued readers!) River City Ransom begins in classic NES fashion: a screen full of text gives you all the story you need (someone's girl has been kidnapped, we got it!) and then you are dropped right into the action.  Players take the roles of Alex and Ryan.  One of them is wearing blue pants and a white T-shirt, and the other is wearing white pants and a blue T-shirt.  I have no idea which one is which.  The environment is a typical city, and immediately you have to fight some generic bad guys.  That's literal; the first baddies are named "The Generic Dudes".  The localization crew must have been working overtime that week!  You can punch, kick, dash and jump your way to victory.  Interestingly, when your enemies are defeated, they yell at you.  Most noteworthy among these battle cries?  "BARF!"  Almost Shakespearean, isn't it?

by Nick Puleo 0
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May Co-Op Round-Up

Here are some of the interesting things that happened in the world of co-op games and Co-Optimus.com for the month of May!

by Marc Allie 0
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Best Thing Ever, or Sad Parody of Cool?

Co-Optimus readers: DjinniMan has been unavailable for a few days due to some unforeseen circumstances.  In place of his usual article, we present the following transcript, which was sent to us anonymously.  Thank you.

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