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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Cooperation taken to a new level.

Allegorical Co-Op Game Red Rope Gets Another Update

Nothing like a little allegory in your daily dose of gaming. Red Rope: Don't Fall Behind is a unique adventure style game released in 2016 that plays with the idea of unity being both a strength and a restriction. Developer Yonder has quietly released a few updates since last summer, refining the experience by balancing puzzles and fixing small bugs that crop up here and there.

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Partners in puzzle solving 'til the end.

Grave Danger Lands on PC, Console Versions Coming Soon

Hardly a week goes by that I don't wax nostalgic about the puzzle platforming co-op perfection that was The Lost Vikings. The game was phenomenal for its level design, simple but powerful cooperative aspects, and it's musical score that gave the vikings a serious '90s attitude. A few games have taken inspiration from The Lost Vikings over the years, but none so elegantly as Grave Danger.

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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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