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by Tally Callahan 0
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Check out what it's like to be in the hot seat, hunting down the Goliath

Evolve Hands-On Impressions (PAX East 2014)

My other appointment with 2K Games this year at PAX East 2014 was for Evolve, an upcoming squad-based game by Turtle Rock Studios, makers of Left 4 Dead. The game pits four Hunter players against one boss Monster player or AI (as a dev confirmed for us via Twitter). I went hands-on with the game and had a pretty good time. Let’s find out why.

by Nick Puleo 0
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A free to play experience

Dead Island: Epidemic Co-Op Impressions

When Dead Island: Epidemic was announced, many scoffed at the change in genre for the franchise. Deep Silver, looking to capitalize on the free to play market, have created a game that blends their series with MOBAs and to some degree, action RPGs. To our surprise there's also a dedicated co-op horde mode built into the game for four players. As these impressions are based on early beta versions of the game, a lot of this could change, but there's a good base here to get an idea what Deep Silver has planned. 

by Andrew Gaskill 2
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Massively entertaining

Defiance Co-Op Preview and Developer Interviews

Chances are you've caught an advertisement for Defiance, the new shooter/MMO crafted by Trion Worlds. The game also happens to have an accompanying TV show of the same name debuting on the Syfy channel on April 15th. I recently visited Trion Worlds and put some time in with the sci-fi shooter, talking with developers, engaging in the Shadow War, getting crushed in PvP, and most importantly, checking out the co-op.

by Tally Callahan 4
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Hands-on with the competitive mode; details about the co-op mode

PAX East 2013 - Dungeon Defenders II Preview

At PAX East 2013 last weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down and play a round of the competitive mode of Dungeon Defenders II (henceforth DD2). I also got to talk to Philip Asher (Marketing Director and Designer), a.k.a. pmasher. While the co-op mode of DD2 is still mostly under wraps, Philip was able to give me some details on it which I’ll gladly share with you guys. Let’s first talk a bit about the competitive mode that I played.

by Tally Callahan 0
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  • xbox 360
  • nintendo wii
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Brace yourself (and your wallet) for the next installment in the Skylanders series

Skylanders SWAP Force Hands-Off Preview

Yesterday evening I headed down to the NASDAQ building in Times Square for an exclusive first look at the newly announced Skylanders SWAP Force. I am sad to report that if Skylanders has its hooks in you (or your kids or your wallet), SWAP Force will likely just drive them deeper in. The new skylanders and brand new mechanic introduced with SWAP Force look just as addicting, if not more so.

by Nick Puleo 1
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A "gamer's game" on Facebook.

KingsRoad Co-Op Hands on Impressions

For hardcore gamers, Free To Play, has an almost negative stigma associated with it.  Combine that with the word "Facebook" and you're looking at the double whammy of disgust.  It's not hard to see why, with titles like Farmville begging for social sharing and clicks and other titles cheapening the experience by asking you to pay for gratification.  But there are some gems out there that are bucking the trend, the latest is a game from Rumble called KingsRoad - a hack and slash RPG that's playable via Facebook or Rumble's website.

by Nick Puleo 4
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  • playstation 3
  • xbox 360
  • pc
We look at this year's upcoming games

The Co-Op Games of 2013 Preview

It's hard to believe we made it to 2013 unscathed, but here we go barreling towards a new generation of consoles. Luckily your Xbox 360, PlayStation and PC won't be collecting dust as the first half of the year is just JAM PACKED with co-op games. Electronic Arts comes out with the crown releasing four major co-op games in the span of 6 weeks. Some long awaited co-op games also hit and the PC is filled with some smaller titles sure to satisfy their audiences. Let's take a look at what 2013 has to offer for co-op gamers.

by Tally Callahan 6
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We check out the Aliens: Colonial Marines campaign at a NYCC event

Aliens : Colonial Marines Preview

Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending the Aliens: Colonial Marines New York Comic Con Event. I'll just get it out of the way right now and admit that I know very little about the Aliens universe and lore. I have absolutely nothing against it, I just haven't gotten around to watching any of the movies. That being said, however, I have some friends who are huge fans and they've gotten me curious about the upcoming game.

by Nick Puleo 0
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Nick and Mike Tour Monolith and get plenty of Hands on Time with the Console MOBA

Guardians of Middle-Earth Hands-On Impressions

Right before PAX Prime kicked off, Monolith invited Co-Optimus to their studio in Kirkland, WA to check out the latest build of Guardians of Middle-Earth.  The game was a surprise to us at E3, bringing the MOBA genre to the console while combining it with the LOTR license.  So Mike and Nick braved the Washington traffic and headed into the studio eager to see how the game has progressed...and hoping to get a glimpse of a SHOGO sequel.  One out of two ain’t bad.

by Paul Acevedo 1
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  • Xbox Live Arcade

Exclusive Ascend: New Gods Video Preview

Last week, Co-Optimus broke the news that Ascend: New Gods will be coming to PC in addition to Xbox Live Arcade and Windows Phone. That information came from our enjoyable visit to the game's developer, Signal Studios in Kirkland, WA. It wouldn't be any fun to visit and just talk about the game, though; I wanted to see it in action!  Ian Scott, Ascend's lead designer, was kind enough to showcase some of the new environments and features Signal has added to the game since its June E3 demo. Check out the video after the break.

by Nick Puleo 3
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Breaking the MOBA Mold for the Better

An Inside Look at Guardians of Middle-Earth

We first saw Guardians of Middle Earth a few weeks back at E3. The game immediately impressed us, not only for the slick use of the Lord of the Rings license, but for the way the team at Monolith appeared to have successfully brought the MOBA genre to consoles. We were also incredibly excited to hear the game would have full co-op support, something many folks strongly desire in a MOBA. We sat on a recent conference call with Monolith as they dished the goods on the upcoming game.

by Andrew Gaskill 9
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E3 2012: Far Cry 3 Hands on Co-Op Mode and Developer Interview

I was wandering around Ubisoft's crowded E3 booth, trying to figure out how I was going to cover Far Cry 3's recently announced co-op mode. I was approached by a nice young woman who asked me if I had played the game. I told her I hadn't, and before I could bat my eyelashes she said she recognized the "Co-Optimus" name on my badge. She then informed me that she designed the co-op mode in Far Cry 3 and would very much like for me to play it.

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