by Nick Puleo 3
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  • xbox 360

Beyond Co-Op: Alan Wake - Episode 1 Preview

Alan Wake has what industry folks like to call, "a long development cycle."  Announced at E3 2005, Microsoft and developer Remedy had ambitious plans not only for the game graphically, but narratively.  Story wise it's been compared to Twin Peaks, LOST, and a Stephen King novel.  Graphics, the game was originally billed to show off DirectX 10 and Windows Vista, now five years later the game isn't even touching PCs.

by Jason Love 5
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  • xbox 360
  • couch
  • online

This Week in Co-Op: Of Glitches and Time Lost

A little over a week and a half ago, Co-Optimus and Bungie had another one of our Halo Waypoint Co-Op nights.  The focus of this particular event was to collect the skulls and audio logs from Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST, respectively.  Having not yet gathered all of the audio logs in my single player game, I figured that this was the perfect time to do so, and I was not alone.  Nick and community member Bakken Hood were also pursuing these back-story fragments that were scattered all about New Mombasa, and were prepared with a map that showed the locations of all the audio logs.  We were unprepared, however, for what awaited us at the end of our search.

by Jason Love 2
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  • playstation 3
  • xbox 360
  • couch
  • online

New Skate 3 Video and Co-Optimus Taking Community Questions

We're just a couple weeks away from Black Box's latest entry in the Skate franchise, Skate 3, and while we've seen a fair amount of the team-based multiplayer aspects of the game, both in our impressions and from the recently released demo, we haven't seen too much of the co-op aspects in action.  Fortunately, a new video from EA gives us a taste of what some of that co-op looks like, and what you and your friends can do together when you team up in the freeskate mode.  In addtion to the new video, there's another bit of news to share.  Interested in asking the developers some questions about the game?  Read on to find out how.  

by Marc Allie 4
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  • xbox 360

Fake Plastic Controller + Real Guitar = Power Gig: Rise of the Six String

Abbot and Costello, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Pork and Beans: apart from each other, they are acceptable, but combined, they turn into something far better.  So what would happen if you took an actual, functioning electric guitar, and combined it with the fake plastic doodads used to control music games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero?  You'd get something like the Power Gig guitar, shown above. 

by Katrina Pawlowski 0
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Quad Force Co-Op Impressions

We've always had a love for independent co-op games at Co-Optimus. Whether a one man job or a small development house, these games usually have a lot of heart and soul to them. This week we checked out the Xbox Live Indie Game Quad Force; a 4 player local co-op top-down shooter using a few unique elements. The goal of the game is to survive a series of waves on a different maps with your buddies. Here are a few impressions based on our experience.

by Jim McLaughlin 6
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Co-Op: In Style, or Going Out?

A "relic of the Cold War". That's what M once called the star of 007: Everything or Nothing, the only James Bond co-op game to date. Although the line was spoken in one of the films, it applied to the Bond franchise inadvertently: Everything or Nothing was also the last 007 game to feature co-op, since Activision took the reins from EA and reverted a perfectly good third-person co-op action game back to its relic days of first-person shooter. Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed Quantam of Solace as well...but there's a reason why it's not on my game shelf, and the former is.

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