World building used to be easy, you would simply become the biggest bloke in the tribe and go and invade a neighbouring village. For some reason this is now frowned upon, so we must play games like Terraria to get our megalomaniac hit. The game launched March 27 on XBLA and we gave it an iffy 2.5 out of 5, some bugs needed to be fixed. Attempts have been made to improve the experience so check out the full list of fixes and updates that will hit next time you boot up the game.
SimCity hasn't had the best first month, with all the server issues, disabling of features, and just straight up failure on EA's part to anticipate the demand of the game. After all SimCity launched with 6 servers and now has over 20. After handing out a free game for people's troubles and continued support with patches and tweaks, for many, the co-op city simulation has dropped off the radar. One of the major points for me for not playing anymore is the lack of Cheetah speed, a feature that was disabled early on.
The latest entry to the God of War series, God of War: Ascension, has been out for almost a month now; providing players with plenty of opportunity to play against each other in its competitive multiplayer modes, or cooperatively in the "Trial of the Gods" mode. As with other games that have some combination of competitive and cooperative modes, your avatar's levels and progression carries over in both modes. So if you sharpen your blades in the competitive world and then decide co-op is more your pace, you don't have to start all over.
As of now you can claim your free game from EA if you had purchased SimCity and activated it via Origin. This is in response to the many, many server and gameplay issues the game has had since launch. Co-Op wise you can snag Battlefield 3, Dead Space 3 or Mass Effect 3.
Aliens: Colonial Marines has received a massive patch on the PC bringing it up to date AND past the recently patched console version of the game. The four player co-op shooter was released to mostly negative reviews due to buggy gameplay, poor AI, and unimpressive visuals. While we gave the game a 3 out of 5 for co-op play, it definitely wasn't worth the $60. It's a good thing it's down to $35 already.
With a launch that hasn't exactly been smooth, SimCity has had a rough couple of weeks. It seems there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel for the game as Maxis and EA have upgraded and patched all the game servers adding almost 20 times the performance of what they originally had. This should hopefully alleviate connection issues players were having with the game. EA has also added a server status page to check just how full your favorite server is.
Modern gamers are soft. Back on the ZX Spectrum the concept of saving did not exist, you had to complete Jet Set Willy in one go - man up! Modern gamers expect a save point every few seconds just in case they die, boohoo. Pid is a local 2 player co-op game that was hard to begin with, but even harder when the save files did not always work on the 360. Now that is too tough, so a patch has arrived.
Aliens: Colonial Marines may not have lived up to its potential, but Gearbox isn't sitting back with the title. Updates continue to flow for all version of the game fixing issues and enhancing the game as we work towards the first official piece of DLC. The Xbox 360 version of the game has been updated today with a bunch of these corrections, while the PS3 and PC version will be updated shortly with similar fixes.
Omerta: City of Gangsters is a complicated game with many interesting facets set in a prohibition era Atlantic City. While we loved the setting, the strategy, and what the game tries to do; the sum of the pieces seemed to miss being a cohesive whole. The biggest complaint our reviewer had was related to the game's combat system, they found it a bit frustrating and shallow at times. Luckily it seems developer Haemimont have heard fan feedback and is preparing a major patch for the game.
A couple weeks back we mentioned that a new indie co-op game, Dawnstar, would be available that week. The game is a space shooter mixed with Diablo elements wrapped in interesting comic/cel-shaded graphics, and looked to be quite a fun time to have with up to 4 of your friends.
The console version of Far Cry 3 has received a huge patch recently, fixing bugs and enhancing several feature across all game modes including single player, multiplayer and co-op. The PC version of the game has already been patched with most of these fixes. Far Cry 3 features four player online co-op and two player split-screen co-op, as well as combo co-op support on the consoles.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 saw itself a major patch this week, applying fixes to all three of its major game modes including story, multiplayer and zombies. PC gamers got even more enhancements with various fixes for hardware configurations, graphics optimization, and much more - but it's co-op gamers that should be excited about what the patch contains.
Little Jimmy is excited, as an early seasonal treat he has bought himself Far Cry 3 on PC, but not all is well on this cold and snowy eve. A Day 1 critical patch is required for the game to work better. Fixes include dealing with some problems in the 4 player co-op mode. Instructions on how to download the patch and what is included follow.
There used to be an era of gaming when what you saw was what you got. If a game was glitchy and broken out of the box, then that is how the game would remain. Nowadays, the majority of games appear to be released half-baked with slow down issues, game breaking glitches, or save stealing blips making it onto the shelves. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is no different and Activision have released a first patch for each major platform.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been patched on the PS3 to fix a few issues, including a nasty one where the game would lock up in public lobbies for multiplayer and co-op games. While the new patch, version 1.03 to be exact, seems to have alleviated some issues, others are continuing to rear their ugly head for PlayStation 3 users.
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