Mike Katsufrakis - Artist and Contributor

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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Praise the Soup!

Dark Souls 3 Co-Op Review

The Souls series has had a lot of digital ink spilled over it in these parts. I was the lone fan of Demon's Souls until our good friend Andrew Gaskill came along and penned tens of thousands of words about that game and Dark Souls for us. His enthusiasm snared our editorial community, drawing in our own Locke Vincent and eventually Jason Love j...

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It's time to die....again

Dark Souls 3 Pre-Release Stream Recap

The Souls series isn't stressful enough, so we decided to stream our copy of Dark Souls 3 from moment one. With the rest of the Co-Opticrew watching, I take a bit of a tour of the introductory areas, fight a boss, and try to make heads or tails of the new mechanics. I think this is how Nick would prefer to experience the game - by watching the rest of us screw up.

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Hey! You got Mario Kart in my Skylanders!

Skylanders Superchargers Co-Op Review

Crank up your Portal of Power, kids. The loudmouth villain Kaos has managed to lock all of the Skylanders out of the Skylands, and you'll need join up with some familiar friends to find a way back to the Skylanders Academy, rescue Master Eon, and launch a counterattack against the Darkness. Oh, and you'll probably have to buy a few extra to...

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Treat yourself to comfort, fend off children and pets

Sumo Sultan Impressions

Sometimes writing about games gives you the opportunity to write about other things. We regularly receive PC and console peripherals, and we've racked up quite a few headphone reviews over the years, but furniture? That's new to me. Recently, the folks at Sumo sent Co-Optimus HQ their Sultan, a large, stylish beanbag chair meant to be the ultimate place to relax in your home while you game, watch TV, or generally be as slothful as possible. I've had it for about two weeks now, and have put it through just about all the paces.

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Khajiit, Daedra, and... Kanye?

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Impressions

Early last year, we checked out the PC version of The Elder Scrolls Online, the first MMO set in the Elder Scrolls universe and came away quite pleased. While a console version was originally supposed to launch shortly after the PC version of ESO, it got pushed out quite a ways, and eventually Bethesda announced that the console version would arrive concurrent with a subscription-less update of the game known as Tamriel Unlimited. Similar to how Guild Wars has worked, Tamriel Unlimited gives you all of the game's content in return for purchasing the retail box.

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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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