In case you missed it, Nintendo launched their WiiWare service this week. Wii Ware is Nintendo's answer to Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network in terms of original content. You won't see arcade remakes here, only original innovative titles using the Wii-mote.
You know, if you would have told me that Cake Mania has been dowloaded over 80 million times, I probably would have laughed at you. But sure enough, along comes a press release announcing such a number as well as a new game for the Wii called Cake Mania: In the Mix.
Too Human is a game that's been through a lot. From its roots on the Playstation, moving to the Gamecube and finally ending up on Microsoft's Xbox 360 it's been a long path. Being in development that long brings controversy, and Too Human has had its share from bad previews to engine trouble...that's graphic engine trouble. But co-op fans can rejoice, Too Human is finally almost here! In fact, in our exclusive interview with Silicion Knights president and lead designer of Too Human, Denis Dyack, we learn of the game's release date. What's better? We have all the juicy details regarding the co-op mode!
MyGamerCard.net is hosting a contest for Assault Heroes 2 which comes out this week. So what is this contest all about? It's simple. Go to MGC, sign in or up for an account and then play Assault Heroes 2 when it's released. You'll automatically be entered to win one of fifteen 4000 Microsoft Point Cards, or better yet, a grand prize of 20,000 MS points.
The first details and screenshots for Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise have been discovered by TeamXbox. The details on the game are very sparse, but what we know is that Viva Piñata 2 will have some form of co-op, so that you and a buddy (or your kid) can garden together in some manner. Other than that, there are no more details, though you hit the link you can see some screenshots. As a fan of the original Viva Piñata, I can say that online co-op does sound pretty nice. How about you?
A preview for the upcoming zombie title, Left 4 Dead, is available at TVG. The game may seem to be the typical survival horror type, but several details are coming out that should pique the interest of co-op fans like a plate of brains would for a zombie. The "4" referred to in the game's title refers to the 4 player co-op campaign. Co-op is no afterthought or half-baked effort in this title; the story and gameplay were all developed from the ground up with four players in mind. There is no true single player mode; bots will fill in for human players if less than 4 are available. Replay value looks to be high, as well: the game's AI allows for enemies to spawn from different locations, in different numbers, and with different tactics each time a map is loaded. No zombie closets here, folks. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the game is 8 man multiplayer, which is a nice blend of co-op and awesome:
While there are no retail releases this week containing co-op, there are 2 downloadable games and add-ons available.
While this video of Gears of War 2 doesn't technically show off co-op, it should inspire you to realize just how awesome the cooperative play is going to be while rolling through the forest on the back of a giant mechanized vehicle ramming through huge Brumbacks and taking out swarms of Locusts.
Well, it looks like the Pandemic is setting its eyes on another classic series. With their success with the massive battle-fest that was Star Wars Battlefront, they have decided to create a spiritual successor to the superb Battlefront series. That game is The Lord of the Rings: Conquest. IGN has kindly detailed the game, which will feature the epic battles depicted in the movies and will have players fighting Balorgs, Sauron, and the like. So what's the co-op appeal?
Weak Co-Op Gaming: After playing through the addictive adventure mode, I was looking for a similar experience to share with my son. Unfortunately I didn't get one. The co-op levels felt more like something meant for training or to show off the tech than for fun.