by Marc Allie 0
  • playstation 3
  • xbox 360

Rock Band AC/DC Track Pack Will Have Achievements

We recently covered the news of AC/DC's expansion track pack for Rock Band.  Our initial excitement was dampened by the price: 18 tracks for $40.  That's more expensive than if the songs had been released as DLC, even if you did buy them all (I'd likely get only about half).  So what do you get for the extra money?  Few details are available at this time, but there's at least one perk, for 360 owners, anyway.  A developer post on the official Rock Band forums promises there will be unique achievements for the Track Pack.  At first, PS3 Trophies were included in the announcement.  However, the post has since been edited with this explanation:

by Marc Allie 9
  • classic

Excellent Blog Post about Classic Co-Op Titles

As the resident classic co-op maniac, I found this blog post over at YetiKitn to be very entertaining.  The author details some classic co-op gaming moments, spurred on by the recent release of Castle Crashers.  Many of the games in this story have appeared on our own column dedicated to the golden oldies, Co-Op Classics.  I have to admit, there were several games on the list I was unaware of.  (Cowboys of Moo Mesa?  I'm gonna check that out for sure!)  However, the author loses a bit of geek cred when referring to the Avengers as the Justice League.  Bonus points, though, for mentioning Moonwalker, a game from the days when Michael Jackson wasn't just a punch line.  What say you, Co-Optimus readers?  What are your memories of these games?

by Nick Puleo 6

Mass Effect 2 to Have 5 Player Co-Op [RUMOR]

So take this one with a huge grain of salt, as it's one of those he said/she said kind of things.  According to a post on CoG there was a link on a Norwegian board to a Gamespot article detailing a bunch of features for the upcoming Mass Effect sequel.  The link has since been pulled, but the information is still available.  Amongst all the nugget of goodness that will be in ME2 is a new expanded squad (up to 5) and the ability to bring human players into that squad for full 5 player co-op.

by Marc Allie 5

Co-Op Classics: StarCraft

Today's featured game is not what most people would generally think of as a co-operative experience.  I certainly have more than my fair share of memories of playing against others, and not with them, in this classic title.  However, the co-op experiences I had were particularly memorable, and in fact may have saved my life.  That may be an exaggeration, but still, co-op probably prevented me getting punched in the nose, at the very least.  Let's look, then, at the co-op aspects of what I consider to be the greatest video game of all time, bar none: StarCraft. Let's flash back to the mid 90s.  The first person shooter has hit the PC gaming world by storm.  Shooters like Quake, Hexen, Duke Nukem 3D, and many more were the games of choice for LAN parties.  Typically, I'd get together with friends every weekend to hook up and play some deathmatch .  When I got my own place, my two roommates and I got our PCs linked up as quick as we could.  I have many, many fond memories of staying up til dawn playing Diablo, Duke Nukem , and many other titles.  It seemed though, that we played FPS games the most often.  This was quite unfortunate, because I totally suck at shooters.  I still do, whether we're talking keyboard only,mouselook, or on a 360 controller.  I always had a good time, but rarely did I do very well.

by Mike Katsufrakis 12

Co-Op Mods Alert!

A while back, we wrote an article detailing the Co-Op games listed on Steam, but that was before Valve announced they would begin hosting popular user mods and total conversions on the service.  As chance would have it, a pair of co-op enabled mods have appeared in the games list!

by Nick Puleo 6
  • couch
  • online

Left 4 Dead Box - Now Pun 4 You

So here's the thing, despite having some of the hottest box art to date, the original Left 4 Dead box was missing something (besides a thumb).  You see, the hand displayed was actually the right hand, not the left.  Missing the obvious pun, the zombie artists have corrected their mistake with a new and improved box. 

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