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Batman Is Dead, Now What?

Gotham Knights Coming Next Year With Co-Op

If you have been waiting for more Batman-universe video games since 2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight, the upcoming Gotham Knights could be just what the doctor (specifically Dr. Thomas Elliot) ordered. In the upcoming game from WB Montreal, we find the caped crusader has died. Now, with a new threat emerging in Gotham, players will be able to play as members of  the Bat-family - Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin and Redhood - in order to stop the mysterious evil. This will be the first non-Lego DC game to feature 2-player co-op when it releases on the PC, Xbox One, the upcoming Xbox Series’, Playstation 4, and Playstation 5 sometime in 2021.

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Crawl Into The Dungeons Fall 2020

Torchlight III Will Light Up Nintendo Switch

The most recent installment of the Torchlight series, Torchlight 3, has been on Steam Early Access since June of 2020. Now, with the seasons changing around us and the game undergoing continued pre-release fixes and changes, developer Echtra Games has announced the title will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, in addition to the other platforms previously revealed. 

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Customizing All Of The Creases And Crevices Of Your Own Stories

Popup Dungeon Available on Steam Now

There seems to be an ever-increasing number of games that offer RPG elements in their mix and there is a huge number of games in 2020 that boast an extreme depth to their  customizability. In this vein, Popup Dungeon has taken a direct approach upon launch, giving players "[o]ut of the Box: 1500+ abilities, 420+ items, 200+ fully-voiced enemies, 36 playable characters. ” If this sheer volume of options isn’t enough for you in a $24.99 RPG, maybe the adorable folded-paper design will win you over. Still need more? Check out the other features and launch trailer below.

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Celebrating Catherine Debut On Nintendo Consoles

Check Out This Catherine: Full Body Puzzle Trailer

Catherine may be one of the most unsettling games of the last console generation, but thanks to the excellent puzzle-based gameplay and the heavy-handed look at relationships, the game is getting new life with the Catherine: Full Body edition on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The trailer below (gameplay taken from the Switch) shows off the atmospheric and creepy puzzles (styled as the main character's dreams) players will navigate through, in the hope of helping Vincent, and possibly his relationship, survive.

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Check Out The Creepy New Trailer

Minecraft Nether Update Out Now  

Minecraft has managed to give players limitless potential since its release back in 2009, but some how the game continues to add the content the game always needs, even now, eleven years later. In the most recent update, the game has decided to dive into the depths of the hellish Nether to introduce new biomes, blocks, mobs, and resources.It even introduces a new upgrade to diamond resources, meaning even the most achieved players will need to dive back into the game to upgrade their gear. The update is accompanied with the adorable trailer below, which accurately shows about how many times I’ve personally died in the Nether since the content went live.  The changes are available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.

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Classic Beat ‘Em Up Series Gets New Life

Dead Pixels 2: Straight To Video Announced

The original Dead Pixels has been featured on Xbox Live and Steam for about as long as I can remember and has appeared on a number of “Best of” lists for both  services. So it comes as great news that the Dead Pixels sequel, Dead Pixels 2: Straight to Video, has been announced for a Steam release complete with a brand new trailer and some very neon-inspired vibes.

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Get Ready For 30XX

20XX Sequel Announced

If you liked 2018’s 20XX, or are a MegaMan fan who hasn’t had their thirst for a proper installment in the series quenched in quite some time, 30XX might just be the sequel you’ve been waiting for. Recently, Batterystaple Games took to Steam to create a page for their new installment in the 20XX franchise, 30XX. The official website for the game reads: “Jump, shoot, and slash your way through 30XX, the roguelike action platformer you can play with a friend! Explore lush, ever-changing worlds that mix precise platforming with fevered combat. Destroy fearsome Guardians. Master unique Powers. Rediscover the thousand years we've lost.” Sign me up.

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The Official PlayStation Podcast Touches The Upcoming Game’s Heroes

Crystal Dynamics’ Avengers Looks To Change The Focus

Little is known about the upcoming Avengers game from Crystal Dynamics other than: 1) its unique aesthetic, 2) it will have a September 4th release date, and 3) it will have co-op  Thankfully, Episode 366 of the official PlayStation podcast helped with some of this. In the interview, studio head Scot Amos  mentioned that Kamala Khan (a character featuring healing and polymorphic abilities) will have a similar point of view as the player. This makes a lot of sense, as Amos  puts it: "People who are fans of anything Marvel will have some way in, will already have an understanding. That's why Kamala's so special to us... she is us in a way, right? She's a fan of the Avengers."

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A Colorful, Peaceful 2-Player Co-op

Pushy And Pully In Blockland Is Out Now On Consoles

Resistance Studio’s self-published arcade game, Pushy And Pully In Blockland, has made its way to digital marketplaces everywhere, bringing cheery, ice cream-esque tones of color to players who want to push and pull blocks in classic, arcade fun. While the game originally debuted on PC in August of 2019, it’s now available across PlaySt...

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Snag Warhammer Before It Disappears June 15th

Games With Gold May Co-Op Games Available Now

As the days grow warmer and the evenings longer, having more games to play with family and friends is important. Thankfully, Games With Gold has provided Xbox Live Gold members with another free co-op title in 2017’s Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr. The game is available  for Xbox One for the 30 days from May 16th to June 15th. Unfortunately, Warhammer is also the only co-op title making its way to May’s Games With Gold, as the other titles featured are V Rally 4, The Sensible World of Soccer and Overlord.

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Now You Can Be Trapped With Your Friends Again

ICYMI: Mad Experiments: Escape Room Is In Early Access Now

Mad Experiments: Escape Room, the escape room themed puzzle game from developer Play Together Studio, has made its way to Steam Early Access as it prepares for a full and final launch. As a press release states: “Invited by Professor Cheshire to his mysterious mansion, players are trapped in a room as subjects of mental tests. In groups or alone, players have 60 minutes to explore and find a way to escape from this strange place with its somewhat oppressive atmosphere.” Give us a group and sign us up.

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