"Welcome to the D&D World!" With these words, one of the all time greatest series of co-op games began. Chronicles of Mystara brings the classic brawling action from the 90s arcade right into your living room via digital download. How does the hack and slashing hold up today? Is there enough here to keep the interest of modern gamers?
When a new Arcen Games title is released, I am immediately intrigued by it. What new take on a well-known genre have they done this time and does it work? Skyward Collapse is a turn-based strategy/"god" game where you are responsible for the development and existence of two warring factions: the Norse and the Greek. The catch? You have to prevent either faction from destroying the other. Oh, and you can't tell the people what to do. Free will really is problematic.
In a time of dying consoles, misguided reveals, and lowered expectations, Insomniac Games and Electronic Arts have decided to drop a brand new IP on a grumbling gaming public two weeks before E3. To make matters worse, this particular game has been re-branded and re-imaged after a much lauded E3 reveal dating back to 2011. Is Fuse worthy of your precious leisure time and hard-earned money? Find out in our Co-Op Review.
Suit up and strap in because Thunder Wolves is here to take you for an adrenaline-filled ride. Thunder Wolves comes at a perfect time, filling a serious void of arcade-style flight combat games. Bitcomposer and Most Wanted Entertainment have crafted a chopper action game with a forgettable story that is compensated for by the sheer number of explosions. Summon your inner pilot from the 80's and get ready for some good old fashioned napalm.
Sanctum is back, and it's ready to fight! Sanctum 2 takes a more action-oriented approach to first person tower defense gaming, allowing you and as many as three friends join forces to corral and eliminate invading alien hordes.
Soul Sacrifice, a monster hunting game for the Playstation Vita, has been highly anticipated for quite some time now. Some have heralded it as a potential system seller for the Vita. Does it save the Vita or sacrifice your wallet? Find out in our Co-Op Review.
Let me save you some time. This is a bad game. I played through the whole thing, and it felt like work -no, not even work. Worse. It was like an awkward obligation you have to fulfill for an ex in front of her family. As if you promised to help her move, then dumped her. You still help her move, because you feel bad. Now you have to talk to her dad while you help him carry a lust-battered mattress up three flights of stairs. This is not how you want to spend your free time.
Get ready to traverse the depths of Hades with four player co-op in God Mode. The fast paced shooter is drizzled in Greco-Roman mythology and makes for a simple, yet beautiful game. You’re not going to be playing God Mode for a long time, but that doesn’t matter because the time you do spend with it will be enjoyable. There is plenty of room in hell for fast-paced action shooters, so if you are looking for some mindless entertainment it's time to turn on God Mode.
An indie game rarely is in development for four years; a variety of concerns (primarily money) would make it difficult for an independent developer to tweak and refine a game for that long. Yet Pocketwatch Games' award-winning and much anticipated co-op title, Monaco: What's Yours is Mine, managed to make it through its long development cycle and finally gets sprung today on PC. Some games spend years in development and fall flat. Monaco, though, is well poised to steal your gaming time.
Reviewing a sequel can be hard sometimes because you aren't exactly sure which audience you should be talking to. Usually you have to divide the audience into two groups - those that played the original and those that haven't touched the series before. Like any good writer your job is to address both audiences without boring either - you want just enough information to satisfy both while getting your point across. We started our original review of Dead Island with the conclusion - "go buy it." B
In a world filled with retro style releases, Guacamelee! shines above the rest. Even without the references to its predecessors, it stands on its own and Drinkbox should be proud for making such an exceptional game. The stunning art style, intelligent level design, and precise combat all come together as a tight package that allows Guacamelee! to stand as a flagpole title for this generation.
It's been quite sometime since we've posted a round-up of our staff's Beyond Co-Op Reviews, but rest assured over the months we've continued to post reviews in the User Blogs section of this site. We've rounded up some of the biggest games from this Spring in this special issue of Beyond Co-Op including such titles as Bioshock Infinite and StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm.
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge has had me singing "Push it to the Limit" to myself for well over a week. Was the game worth it? Find out in our co-op review.
The developers at The Behemoth has made a name for themselves with their original take on classic gaming genres. Alien Hominid was a refreshing, albeit difficult, side-scrolling shooter. Castle Crashers was a wonderful romp of a brawler. Five years after its debut it is still one of the best downloadable titles on any system. BattleBlock Theater is The Behemoth's take on the classic platforming genre. Find out how they did in our Co-Op Review. Spoiler alert: It's pretty damn good.
Arcen Games has made a name for themselves for making cooperative games within an established genre and adding their own twist, as we've seen with A Valley Without Wind, and to a degree, AI War. The latest game from this seemingly always busy developer is the environmental puzzler (with zombies), Shattered Haven. It's a different take on the usual zombie game and it works, in its own way.
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