Mike Katsufrakis - Artist and Podcast Host

Mike's primary duties include building, maintaining and washing/waxing our lovely cast of robot characters. In the remainder of his time, he co-hosts the Co-Opticast with Nick.

A gamer since he discovered manual dexterity and the myriad uses an opposable thumb provides, Mike is a proponent of PC gaming and the proud owner of every major console and handheld release since the NES. He also won't shut up about his cats.

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The Definitive Version of our 2014 Game of the Year

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin Impressions

We're big fans of the Souls games here at Co-Optimus, as evidenced by our glowing reviews of the series so far, so when a copy of Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin came across my desk, I was more than happy to jump in. With a modified version of the campaign, all DLC included, and a graphical upgrade (for the PC and current-gen consoles, anyway), it's much more than a simple HD remaster; it might just be the best way to experience the game.

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Honestly, we still have questions as well.

Bloodborne Co-Op FAQ

Bloodborne has been out for a bit now and we’ve been hard at work preparing a co-op review. Those of us on staff who have been playing have racked up over 100 hours of playtime (probably more), but there’s still more to discover. Here are some answers to common questions we were asking each other while playing through the game. Let us know if you have any others in the comments and we'll do our best to answer!

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I Dreamed a Dream of Saints in Hell

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Impressions

One of the hallmarks of console gaming in recent years is the rise of the "HD" remake, and with the new generation of consoles, the new trend is to offer games from last generation with improved performance and a handful of graphical upgrades. Saints Row IV: Re-Elected is one such package, and it comes with a new, standalone expansion: Gat Out of Hell.

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The Winching Hour has Arrived

Co-Op Comrades: Two Player Spintires Stream

Sometimes, you come across a game you're not sure how it came to be, but you're glad it happened. In this case, a successful Kickstarter campaign gave us the gift of Spintires. Spintires is a driving game where the primary goal is to not get your vehicle stuck in the mud while trying to brave Russian wetlands and deliver logs. The terrain deformation is just about the best I've ever seen, and trust me, you're going to fall victim to the mud early and often. Luckily, you can winch your way out, or even get a "gentle" push from other players.

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What immortal hand or eye dare frame thy fearful asymmetry?

Child of Light Co-Op Review

Child of Light is the videogame embodiment of a children's book. Utilizing the Ubi Art framework that powered Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends, it is gorgeous to behold, with a whimsical fantasy art style. The dialogue in the game is presented entirely in verse, which works thematically, but it's rarely as clever as it seems to think ...

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A Glorious Second Chance.

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Co-Op Review

Diablo 3 was a game I greatly enjoyed, but it wasn't without its flaws. The Auction House was a failed experiment, the loot system seemed tuned entirely to fuel said auctions, artificial gating of difficulty modes was an anachronistic concept, and the storyline was met with much derision. With the Reaper of Souls expansion, Blizzard has fixed m...

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Pouncing its way into your heart.

Super Mario 3D World Co-Op Review

If you told me earlier this year that in the midst of two next-gen console launching, my favorite game of the fall was going to be from Nintendo, I would have called you insane. This is the game that the WiiU should have launched with. I know, hindsight is 20/20, but Super Mario 3D World is Nintendo at the top of its game, filled with vibrant, crea...

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