Jim McLaughlin - Editor

The oldest of four brothers, Jim learned early on that competitive gaming is a good way to alienate everyone in the room. Thanks to a video game sabbatical by his siblings, he became a steadfast fan of co-op...and remains so today. Now he balances a family life with gaming, and co-op is all the more important to squeezing video games in edgewise.

Jim kicked off his co-op career with games like Double Dragon II and the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beat-'em-ups. He feels that the internet and wireless technology have advanced co-op gaming more than anything else; he and his brothers have returned to co-op despite being split between long distances, and life is good

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Review
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  • pc
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Guarding the loot...pants optional.

Dungeon Defenders Co-Op Review

A game that has always intrigued me by its potential is Dungeon Defenders. Using the Unreal engine and promising cross-platform, four player co-op is a good way to appeal to the Co-Opticrew. From its First Wave debut on Android to a digital release on PC, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade, Dungeon Defenders has awed gamers with charm and accessibility. Well...charm, anyway.

by Jim McLaughlin 2
Review
  • playstation 3
  • xbox 360
  • nintendo wii
  • couch
  • online
Living Room Safari

Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2012 Co-Op Review

The fall hunting season is in effect here in Texas. Bow hunters litter the temperate wilderness of the Lone Star State every weekend, and come November the rifle shooters will join them. It’s an exciting time of the year for yours truly, a novice deer hunter. But until the season officially starts there are precious few ways to hold back the buck fever. Can Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2012 fill the void? It's a long shot, but that's why we have a big scope.

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Editorial
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  • xbox 360
  • pc
Beta Testing Battlefield 3 and Ghost Recon Online

Battlefield Report: October 21, 2014

(Re-post! A technical glitch erased the Battlefield Report. Here it is again, in case you missed it the first time...) Over the last three weeks or so two shooter beta programs have been launched and closed. Here are my personal impressions of the Battlefield 3 open beta (Xbox 360 version) and the Ghost Recon Online closed beta (PC).

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News
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  • couch
  • online
New Map, Weapons, and Skins Coming November 1st

Care Package Inbound - SOCOM 4 Co-Op DLC Priced, Dated

The Demolition pack for SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs drops this week, which should make some veteran SOCOM players pretty happy - it adds quite possibly the most popular team-based mode from the classic multiplayer days to SOCOM 4. Along with the announcement, however, comes news that another pack will arrive on November 1st that adds exclusively co-op content.

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News
LEGO Star Wars III Code Included with HDD

It's No Astromech, But It Does Come With Software

There's a new 320-gigabyte hard disk drive right around the corner for Xbox 360 Slim owners who'd like to upgrade their download capability. The same drive that was included in the recently-released Gears of War 3 edition console and will be included with the Star Wars-themed R2-D2 console available this December, it will be on shelves as a standalone addition to your current Xbox 360 Slim (only) for $129.99 US.

by Jim McLaughlin 2
News
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  • xbox 360
  • couch
  • online
And Don't Forget Your Scent Blocker

Stalk This New Content for Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2012

It's that time, meat lovers! Fall season 2011 is here, and buck fever has struck. A sure sign of the hunting season, Cabela's has a quick fix on the shelves for those times in between weekends when you just have to stalk something. Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2012 is available this week, and already three DLC packs are waiting for you to pull the trigger.

by Jim McLaughlin 4
News
  • xbox 360
  • xbox live arcade
'Splosion Man Creator Bought by Microsoft Games

Twisted Pixel Embraces Microsoft Acquisition

Game studio acquisitions aren't always good news for gamers, especially when the studio in question is has enough momentum to stay afloat on its own. New parent companies can get in the way of quality product development. It's a fair reason for gamers to be gun-shy about acquisition news. Thankfully, Twisted Pixel has never led us to believe they would rather sell out than make great games.

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News
  • playstation 3
  • xbox 360
  • pc
Online Team-Based Multiplayer Coming

Multiplayer Confirmed for Mass Effect 3 - Co-Op Soon to Follow? [UPDATE]

Wait, stop. Just...pull over here for a second. Thanks. I need your help getting me strapped in. Can you do that? First, reach over here, and buckle this for me - back here, where I can't reach. Got it? Okay. good. Now I need you to hold this lever with your thumb and lock this clasp shut. Wait...no, you're not -...there you go. Perfect. Now see if you can move me. No? Good, then...I'm locked in and ready for some turbulence. Let's break the news.

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