Paul Acevedo - Editor

Iím a high school English teacher, writer, and ninja. My co-op gaming life started with the original Double Dragon arcade game in 1987. As I only owned an NES back then, my Sega Master System-owning friend used to get tired of me wanting to play through Double Dragon with him all the time. I still love cooperative beat-em-ups, including Final Fight, Castle Crashers, and Scott Pilgrim. I was once a competitive Saturn Bomberman player, but otherwise I have always been about the co-op.

My first experience with writing about games came in 2003 when I wrote a full walkthrough for Bomberman Land 2, an amazing Japanese Bomberman RPG. Over the next several years, I continued to write FAQs and Achievement guides for various games, culminating in an award-winning Bionic Commando Rearmed guide. I finally joined the gaming press after Windows Phone 7 launched, covering and reviewing games for Microsoftís fledgling mobile platform. Now Iím on the console scene at Co-Optimus, one of the coolest and most unique gaming sites around.

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Featuring cross-play co-op between Xbox and PC

Phantasy Star Online 2 officially comes to PC on May 27

The wait for Phantasy Star Online 2 has been a long one, depending on a gamer’s platform of choice. After first appearing in Japan in 2012, PSO2 finally arrived as a temporary Xbox exclusive back in March of this year. PC gamers will soon be able to get in on the Japanese-style MMORPG action, as Sega has officially announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 launches on Windows 10 on May 27.

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Three NES co-op classics for just five bucks a pop

Co-op brawler classics River City Ransom and Double Dragon series now available on Xbox

Earlier this year, Arc System Works released the Double Dragon & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle for modern consoles and Switch, bringing heaps of NES beat ‘em up goodness to Sony’s console. It looked like Xbox owners would be left out of the fun, but that has thankfully changed today. Seven of the games from the Retro Brawler Bundle are now available as $5 individual downloads on Xbox One. At last, Microsoft fans can play Double Dragon II, Double Dragon III, and River City Ransom in local and online co-op! While the Xbox Store page does list Double Dragon as having co-op, since this is the NES version of the game, it actually does not offer cooperative play - instead it's a two player versus mode.

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PC gamers recruited to fight frog-men and giant bugs

Earth Defense Force 5 Now Saving the Planet on Steam

When Earth Defense Force 5 launched on PlayStation 4 last year, PC gamers immediately began to ask when the game would be coming to Steam. The previous two EDF games, Earth Defense Force 4.1 and Wing Diver the Shooter, both arrived on PC after first launching on Sony’s console, after all. Now those PC prayers have been answered, because EDF 5 is finally available on Steam.

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Saving the world one slow-mo bullet at a time

Sniper Elite V2 Remastered Co-Op Review

Seven years after the original release of Sniper Elite V2, Rebellion has just unleashed Sniper Elite V2 Remastered on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC. With Sniper Elite III and 4 having already improved on the original formula in multiple ways, does the world need a better-looking version of V2? Maybe not, but V2 Remastered still offers ple...

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A co-op baker\'s dozen in one package

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection Co-Op Review

After launching first on Switch and then PlayStation 4, SNK 40th Anniversary Collection has finally arrived on Xbox One as well. Collecting more than 25 arcade and NES classics in one slick package, half of which support local co-op, this collection from Digital Eclipse might just be the retro compilation to beat this generation....

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Classic shoot \'em ups come back

Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection Co-Op Review

2019 has been a good year for compilations of classic arcade games, with SNK 40th Anniversary Collection finally getting a multiplatform release, and now Konami’s Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection has arrived on both consoles and PC. This one collects 8 classic arcade games (mostly shoot ‘em ups), three of which feature 2-player lo...

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One shout of \"EDF!\" for every online co-op player

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain Co-Op Review

Earth Defense Force is a cult favorite series traditionally developed by Japanese indie developer Sandlot and published by D3 Publisher. D3 Publisher has never been shy about allowing spin-off games to come from different developers, including the disappointing American-developed entry EDF: Insect Armageddon. Eight years later, developer Yuke&rsquo...

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Save the world in this saucy sequel!

Overcooked! 2 Co-Op Review

The original Overcooked! was a surprisingly great co-op cooking game, allowing 2-4 local players to team up and bake lots of dishes in a desperate attempt to save the world. Now Ghost Town Games and Team17 have whipped up Overcooked! 2, which adds both online co-op and competitive play to the recipe. As you might expect, the result is a devastating...

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Enjoy three couch co-op games with friends! ... eventually

Slime-San: Superslime Edition Available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Having already debuted on Steam and Switch last year, Slime-san recently slimed its way to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as Slime-san: Superslime Edition. A wonderful single-player platformer with distinct five-color visuals and bite-sized stages, Slime-san is also overflowing with content. That includes five retro arcade games, three of which have full 2-player local co-op support.

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Play in co-op or battle with more classic Konami characters

Contra Heroes Arrive in Super Bomberman R

No sooner did we publish our co-op review of Super Bomberman R than Konami published an update to every version of the game that adds a host of unlockable characters for co-op and battle modes. The biggest name characters are Snake and Raiden from Metal Gear Solid, but as co-op fans we’re most excited for playable characters from Konami’s traditionally cooperative Contra and Goemon franchises.

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