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Virtual Reality: A New Frontier that Needs New Games to be Played

After years of hot-seat games, split-screen races, and other rudimentary forms of multiplayer gameplay, my first LAN game came as a breath of fresh air. Not having to share my computer with another human being, and being able to play along with my friends in a relatively comfortable way (we didn't have "gamer" chairs back then) was a great experience. With the internet becoming what it is today - an omnipresent network that's always on - multiplayer became much more accessible, allowing me to play from the comfort of my home. I didn't think it could get any better than this - until VR came along (or returned, depending on how you want to put it). Virtual reality promises a more immersive and lifelike gaming experience, one that will once again change the way we play - and interact with each other inside the gaming universe. But first, we'll need new gaming universes in which to interact.

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Gods Of Olympus - The Best Mobile Co-Op?

When Aegis Interactive put out a mobile app about the Gods Of Olympus, it looked at first glance like just another attempt to use mythological characters to enhance a video game. It's not as if this isn't successful much of the time, but we've actually seen pretty regular rollouts of mythology-related games for a few years now. The obvious counter to Gods Of Olympus would be the fighting game about the Roman gods that was released by Gameloft at roughly the same time. This game followed the traditional style of fighting games, pitting the user against a CPU character Mortal Kombat-style and going from there. But given that a fighting game can be cloaked in just about any theme or set of characters, this one made full use of Roman gods, titans, and soldiers in addition to captivating ancient world backgrounds to seize the attention of potential players. The other clear example, at least in very recent gaming, shows up in a set of games about the ancient gods that's being featured online. Designed as real money, jackpot games, these titles (of which there are three, so far) actually invoke a surprisingly diverse array of godly figures from the Greek and Roman mythologies. Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, and plenty of less influential godly character all populate brightly designed slots with rich backgrounds depicting Olympian (or Olympian-like) settings. Even beyond these particularly recent examples, we've seen themes of ancient mythology quite frequently in gaming. Ryse: Son Of Rome invoked "spirit gods," the God Of War franchise is set for a return (albeit with Norse gods), and even the forthcoming installment in the Civilization franchise is being advertised with a cover featuring a massive image of Atlas holding up the world. There have just been many, many examples. If all of these games might make you inclined to dismiss Gods Of Olympus as just another game in an increasingly active genre, you might want to look again. It may look like Clash Of Clans cloaked in Greek imagery at a glance, and there are certainly some similarities. But upon a deeper observation, you might find that this is actually one of the more engaging co-op games available in the app stores. What makes this game unique, really, is how its offensive combat works. Structurally, it's a city building, defense, and conquest game in which your goal is to create a glorious empire and defend it with buildings and armies that you amass over time. In those respects, it's no different from dozens, if not hundreds, of other mobile games (though one nice perk is that there's no waiting time on building construction). But beyond defense and construction, Gods Of Olympus puts forth a pretty unique style of attacking enemy cities: you control a team of gods. Basically, the gods function as giants, each with different special abilities, and with them you get to rampage through enemy territory to your heart's content. It's a lot of fun, and certainly makes the game feel different from others that are otherwise similar. And as you've probably figured out by now, it all works in co-op mode as well. You can actually team up with allies in real time to attack enemies together or to help each other defend your cities. Ultimately, the combination of a fine strategy game, unique combat features, and co-op gameplay make this a very intriguing game, and one that reviewers have said changed the way they think about co-op gaming in general. It's just a lot of fun to interact with others in Gods Of Rome, even as you conduct your own single player mission to build the best little empire you can muster.

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Grab Some Friends for These Great Co-Op Video Games

If you are an avid gamer, you know how enjoyable it is to put your favorite game on, perhaps turn the lights down, and just play for hours and hours. When it's just you matching wits against the computer, it is very easy to get lost in your own digital world. However, it's often fun to play with other people. Whether online or in the same room, co-op games add some new elements, such as teamwork, organization, and probably yelling and/or cursing. In other words, playing with some buddies is pretty great.

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Fans Await the Return of Hitman

Such is the popularity of the series that there has been two film spin-offs, Royal Vegas online slots and a host of other merchandise to capitalise on its popularity. You can see the trailer by following this link. Named simply Hitman, some commentators speculated that the sixth game in the core franchise is a reboot.

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