John Bardinelli - Contributor

John started playing games back in the dark days before the internet. You know, Game Boy link cables, multitaps and all of that. Now, with portable devices dwarfing the power of his first few gaming consoles, John mostly sticks to the PC and mobile worlds and has a particular fondness for retro-themed indie games. That, and Borderlands! Over the past decade John has written for more than a dozen gaming sites, covering everything from browser to mainstream games. Once the day's work has been done, he can usually be found with his nose in some ancient history or philosophy book. Next stop: publishing another game script, or maybe a regular old work of fiction!

When not writing or gaming, John has a summer home on Arrakis where he spends his leisure time wrestling sandworms.

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Sonic the Mekahog

Mekazoo Co-Op Review

Back in the glory days of video games when it was all about Sega vs. Nintendo, speed became a deciding factor in which games were cool. Mario's great and all, but does he move as fast as Sonic? No, therefore Sonic is cooler. Now go finish your Hi-C alone in the corner. Mekazoo takes inspiration from speedy games of old (along with modern games ...

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Pseudo shooter.

Xenoraid Co-Op Review

Xenoraid looks like an old school shmup. In many ways, it even plays like an old school shmup. But when you jump in that ship and get a feel for the controls, you realize this game is about as modern as it gets. Once you get used to the ship swapping feature, the upgrade menus, and the clever co-op mode, you'll realize this game goes far beyond...

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Space cows!

Overdriven Reloaded Co-Op Review

Overdriven Reloaded has so much going for it I'm tempted to just copy/paste a bullet point list of its features, make a lame pun about "bullet" lists for a shooter, then tell you to go play it. The remake of the classic Overdriven has six game modes, four levels of difficulty, hidden alien artifacts to find, co-op for up to four ...

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What, no dwarves and swords?

Inviolate Brings a Sci-Fi Setting and Co-Op to the First Person RPG

RPGs are great and all, but since the beginning they've always been a touch predictable with their setting. A fact I just made up states that nine out of ten role playing games are fantasy themed. That's a lot of swords of destiny and enchanted potions. How about something a little different? How about something with lasers and cyborgs and, dare I say it, co-op?!

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Real and actual co-op in a numbered Final Fantasy game.

Final Fantasy XV to Receive Online Co-Op DLC

Everywhere you go, Final Fantasy XV is there. Square-Enix has been aggressively pushing the game in the last weeks before release, showing off trailers and screenshots and announcing all sorts of content updates for the future. Before you put up your blinders and go back to playing co-op games, here this bit of good news: online co-op is coming to Final Fantasy 15Now it's safe to board the hype train.

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Bandai, Namco, Dark Souls, and g-g-g-ghosts.

New Costume Packs, Community Challenges Coming to LittleBigPlanet 3

LittleBigPlanet 3 continues its fight for your co-op gaming attention with a brand new series of community challenges! To make things even more interesting, a couple of costume packs are also on their way, including a ghost outfit, Soulcalibur costumes, and upcoming outfits from that Dark Souls III game all the kids are talking about.

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Congratulations, you\'re dead!

A Quiver of Crows Co-Op Review

Have you died in the last 20 seconds? You obviously haven't been playing A Quiver of Crows, a twin stick shooter from Sheado that sounds like a secret follow-up to Game of Thrones. In reality, it's a unique spin on the shmup genre that draws its inspiration from classic games of old. You know, back when they killed you instead of giving you...

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