I know what you're saying, "didn't you just post your review of the game, which I totally didn't skip to the end of, and now I'm all excited to play it on my Xbox?" I'm sorry to say it's sad, but true. The XBLA version of Monaco: What's Yours is Mine is getting a delayed release. News of this came just yesterday afternoon from the official Monaco Facebook page. Not many details are provided as to the cause of the delay - the post merely states "there is an issue which requires that we push our Xbox Live arcade game release date a little" - or how long that delay will be.
Ah, Valentine's Day. A day of romance, love, chocolate, and other marketable things... Like zombies! UK developer Rebellion, well-known for their Sniper Elite franchise, has announced today the latest installment in the series, Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army. Look, we're just seeking love, and they're just seeking brains. No matter how you slice, we're all after a vital organ.
One of the more pleasant co-op surprises in this past year in gaming was the MOBA-style Awesomenauts that was initially released on PSN and XBLA. Up to three players could team up to to do some good ole fashioned comp stomping against three AI opponents in order to go laning, feed foes, and other terms that I have no idea about. However, others seem to know what's up and must be playing quite a bit. Since its release back in May, the game's seen a PC release, a slew of patches, tweaks, and updates, and even a new character or two or five. For all you fans of MOBA games that are also fervent Mac users, your day has arrived. Awesomenauts is now available on Mac through the Steam client. Finally, PC players and Mac players can team up in wonderful co-op harmony.
The Cartoon Network's Emmy-award winning series, Young Justice, is getting a video game. Young Justice: Legacy, which was originally announced back in April of this year and then went quiet for a time, is set in the world of the DC Universe's Earth-16 and will narratively be part of the canon of the cartoon series in addition to serving as a link between seasons one and two. While developer Little Orbit has been overly verbal about the game's features, we have managed to piece a few things together.
The alpha has come and gone, and Retrovirus is now kicking into beta mode. Dylan Barker, game designer/community manager for developer Cadenza Interactive, told us this past summer that plans were in place for the game to still see release, no matter what, and it appears the next phase has arrived. The best part? Unlike the alpha, which was limited to just some of the single-player missions, the beta comes with... wait for it... co-op modes! The beta is not free; though it is essentially a pre-order of the game as the full thing will unlock once it's released early next year, we're told.
The Command & Conquer series has been around for quite some time - 17 years, in fact. Even if you're a fan of C&C or the RTS genre, chances are you probably haven't owned them all. Heck, even if there's some slim chance you have, your current OS probably won't run some of them. Well, now both hardcore C&C fans as well as RTS fans with a passing interest in the series can rejoice: this fall gamers will be able to grab a whopping 17 Command & Conquer games for $50. And yes, some of them have co-op!
Not every Kickstarter campaign sees it way to fruition. Such was the case, sadly, for Cadenza Interactive and their six-degrees-of-freedom cooperative shooter, Retrovirus. For some of these campaigns, that's the end of things - the game/movie/album/book will never be and the people involved move on to the next thing. For Cadenza, it was simply time to move on to the next plan. As Dylan Barker told us when we spoke to him last month just prior to the campaign's conclusion, Cadenza had some other plans in place to help see them through should the worst occur. Turns out, those plans were to find a major distributor.
There is a certain game that hits today on PSN offering some twin-stick shooter style gameplay with co-op and a few well-known movie guys. At least one Co-Optimus staff member is super excited and, as is my understanding, has been eating more meat than usual in order to become "manly enough to handle it." However, if you're a bit leary of movie tie-in games, and looking for a game with perhaps a little more substance, then perhaps you'll be interested in the Recruits.
Right before the madness that was E3 fell upon us, Larian Studios, a developer best known for the Divinity series of RPG games, made an announcement about the next entry in the series: Divinity: Original Sin. Set once more in the mythical world of Rivellon, Original Sin is Larian Studios' attempt to "get back to their roots" after the hack-n-slash, actiony Divinity II: Ego Draconis. The return to their roots also includes a return to cooperative gameplay, a very wise decision in our view point. Game Informer was able to get a preview of the game before it was demoed at E3 and based on the brief 4-minute they shot, I'm getting excited to see where this title will go. Elements of Diablo, Magicka, and Star Wars The Old Republic's dialogue system all show up, along with a turn-based battle system that reminds me of the more classic RPGs like Final Fantasy VI. If that doesn't pique your RPG-loving curiosity, then maybe you should get that looked at...
Have you been thinking to yourself that it's been too long since you've massacred countless yellow turbans? Well, if not, too bad! Another Dynasty Warriors game is on the way: Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires. Currently slotted as a PS3 exclusive, DW7: Empires is due out September 20th in Japan with a western release planned for sometime in 2013. A new character will be added (Xu Shu) as well as an in-depth political and tactical system. Other than that, though, little is known; however, being a Dynasty Warriors game, I'm sure you can fill in a lot of the gaps.
This one has me a bit confused. The title of the game is called Majestic-12 and it's a retro style co-op action game. Sweet I thought, that could be pretty chaotic with twelve players. As I continue to read the description I read it says only four player co-op, ok, still cool in my mind. But I read on and learn that you are one of only two surviving members of a group called the Majestic 12. Let's dig deeper into this XBLA and PC game, shall we?
An arcade-style, first-person shooter has been revealed by the developers of the Sniper Ghost Warrior series. City Interactive have announced Alien Fear for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network later this year. The Unreal Engine 3 powered game will feature plenty "visceral action."
Rumors of a game based The Boondock Saints have been trickling out for a couple months, and finally the game was annonced at the Boondock Saints Video Game panel during SXSW. Although no details have been given, it was being toted as “full on co-op shooter”, which makes us all quiver with excitement.
There is a Chinese proverb that goes along the lines of this: "Never admire a man by his strength; judge him in how he uses it." This saying seems to lie at the core of Qooc Soft's and 7sixty's recently announced co-op beat 'em up title for the XBLA, Kung-Fu Strike: The Warrior's Rise. Mixing up equal parts 3D brawler (seemingly in the vein of the Dynasty Warriors series) with a brush art style that is reminiscent of the most recent Street Fighter, Kung-Fu Strike certainly seems to be shaping up to be a solid co-op release title. Little is known at this point, though, about the game beyond its setting, core gameplay mechanics, and that it will support 2 player local co-op (possibly campaign). With a release date of "early this year," this announcement trailer and handful of screen caps will have to slake your thirst for martial arts mayhem until more details arise.
Insomniac recently announced that the Resistance series has been concluded, with CEO Ted Price simply stating in an interview: "We won't be making any more Resistances." This may be disappointing to some of us co-op-minded folks, as Resistance 3 was a pretty solid co-op experience (we gave it a 4.5 out of 5). The good news, though, is that Insomniac will be focusing their efforts on upcoming Overstrike, another co-op shooter. What's more is that Overstrike will be available on both 360 and PS3 platforms, unlike the Resistance games, which were Playstation only. If Insomniac is planning on making Overstrike their shooter franchise in place of Resistance, then that would mean that more co-op'ers would be included, which can only be a good thing.
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