Jason Love - Lead Editor

My earliest memories of gaming involve a Nintendo Entertainment System, a television that still used tubes, a family room, and my brother. Before we even had a game where two people could play together, I remember sitting and watching my brother play Super Mario Bros. Occasionally, he’d let me play a life or two, but that was all I needed to get hooked. Pretty soon, games like Blaster Master and Final Fantasy were finding their way onto my Christmas list alongside the Transformers and GI Joes. I used to play so much that my family nicknamed me “Nintendo Boy”, a moniker that occasionally still gets brought up today. From the Nintendo I moved on to playing PC games, thanks once again to my family. I was too young at the time to really understand them, but my mom used to play the “Zork” series and I’d sit next to her while she played trying to contribute and follow along as best as I could. Nowadays I mostly play Playstation and Nintendo DS games, although I still occasionally sneak in a PC game or two and a large portion of my co-op time comes from playing with friends.

Aside from gaming, I also enjoy watching movies, listening to music (anything but country), re-learning to play bass, and reading authors like Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, and whatever good science fiction/fantasy novel comes my way. It is my hope that one day I might be able to switch jobs from government contractor to full-time games journalist or freelancer. A man can dream, a man can dream…

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I was fine burning down a kitchen, but potentially leaving someone homeless??

Work With Friends to Renovate Homes in Tools Up!

Did you like the idea/co-op experience of Overcooked but wanted to do something other than cooking? Well, then you may be interested in The Knights of Unity's and All in! Games' Tools Up! This four player couch co-op title tasks you and your buddies to renovate apartments by knocking down walls, laying tiles, putting down carpet, moving furniture, and more.

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If you're World Tier 5, your Gear Score is 490, and you've got 7 other friends in the same boat, good news!

The Division 2's 8 Player Raid Is Now Live

After a delay in order to address feedback from last month's Tidal Basin update, Ubisoft dropped a new update yesterday for Tom Clancy's The Division 2 that added two new "Classified Assignments" for Annual Pass holders, and (more importantly) the 8-player raid. The raid just went live and if you're reading this, you're probably not racing to be the world's first group to clear it, but you might be interested in seeing those attempts or checking it our on your own.

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Game Informer's got the details we've been craving

New Game Mode Revealed for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

As Spring begins to turn to Summer, we've got our eyes on one date in particular right now: July 19, aka the release date for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. It's been awhile since we've had a new entry in the series and what feels like even longer since a game has come along that lets you play with friends in whatever config you want (couch, online, WLAN, a mix of all those). We've been eagerly awaiting for some more info about the game outside of the short video clips we've seen so far, and Game Informer is here to feed that need.

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Feel the Bern(thal)!

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint Arrives This October

Two weeks ago, "Operation Oracle" dropped for Ghost Recon Wildlands and introduced a new character - Major Cole D. Walker (voiced by Jon Bernthal) - along with a couple missions featuring him. Ubisoft also teased that these missions would "challenge your perception of the truth [within the game world]" and that what you "discover here might very well set the scene for the future." A week later, that future was revealed as Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint and - surprise! - Bernthal will be returning as Walker and the primary antagonist.

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Your viking mileage may vary

Bossgard Stream Recap

There's a new asymmetrical multiplayer game in town called Bossgard and for this week's "Let's Play Co-Op," Mike, Jason, and Nick donned their viking helmuts and viking gear to take on some killer bread! In this 1 v 5 game, 5 players take on the roles of different vikings to bring down 1 big boss. You can have humans in all of those slots, or you can do 5 humans vs 1 A.I. boss (our preference). The title is currently in Early Access on Steam and there's certainly some areas where you can see this is still a work in progress, like the balancing between the two sides, but there's certainly promise.

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Shoot! Some! GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNSSSSSSSS!

Borderlands 3 Gameplay Reveal Summary

A couple days ago, Gearbox held a mini-event where they showed off about 40 minutes (after you take out the introductions, closings, etc) worth of gameplay from the forthcoming Borderlands 3. There were lots of tasty tidbits in there for everyone that enjoys this particular style of loot shooting, and we'll do our best to sum up some of the bigger points.

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A cooperative puzzle/platformer

Enjoy A Free Demo of Super Co-Op Adventure

It's FRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIII-YAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY! Woooo! If you're stoked for a brief break from the daily grind and looking for something new to play/do this weekend, then you could hop over to 2Players' website and pick up a free demo of their puzzle/platformer, Super Co-Op Adventure. The title has some very interesting mechanics where you not only control the two characters, but also utilize the "LowNet" to manipulate the environment.

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Shooting aliens in hallways has never looked so good

Red Solstice 2: Survivors Arriving This Year, Ironward Interview

Back in 2015, a new Croatian developer released their first title: the survival/tactical strategy game, The Red Solstice. We played a couple times for our weekly Monday night "Let's Play Co-Op" streams, and always had fun even if we died a lot. A couple years ago, they then released a twin-stick shooter set in the same universe, Solstice Chronicles: MIA. Now, they've got a new game coming out, The Red Solstice 2: Survivors, a follow-up to their first title, and it's looking to be more of that good tactical strategy action. They released their first gameplay trailer today to show off what we can expect this time around, and we spoke with Hrvoje Horvatek from Ironward about how this all came about.

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One of us is certainly with stupid...

Revisiting Earthfall Stream Recap

Last summer, we hopped into Holospark's FPS alien shooter Earthfall. The game was very much trying to capture that Left 4 Dead feel but with aliens instead of zombies. There were some interesting ideas, like the 3D printers for guns and setting up defenses, but it also felt like there just wasn't enough there. In the few months after its release, the devs did add some new content, so we figured we should finally hop back in to check it out.

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Team up with a buddy to fend off the hordes of Hyboria

Conan Unconquered Arrives Later This Month With a Co-Op Mode

Funcom and Petroglyph have teamed up to create a different kind of Conan the Barbarian. Rather than run around as a naked man or woman hacking-and-slashing your enemies (and other players) to death, they've opted to go in a more strategic direction. Conan Unconquered is a "survival" RTS where you (and a buddy, if you like) have to build a stronghold and an army to defend it from wave after wave of enemies.

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Pirates are well-known for being the "high minds of the high seas"

Sea of Thieves' Anniversary Update Brings Co-Op Puzzle Solving

Rare's open-world piratical adventure game, Sea of Thieves, turned one year old last month, and to celebrate the occasion (a month later) they've released their free "Anniversary Update" today. This brings a few new additions, such as a dedicated PvP area and a new faction to earn rep with, but it also adds something that we, personally, have been waiting to see: co-op driven experiences.

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