We're getting caught up on a few stories here and there, so apologies for the late posting. In case you missed Major Nelson's blog post last week, Shank 2 is the latest title to be added to the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility List.
This week's big Xbox Games Store sale has chopped prices for over two dozen games and game add-ons. Discounts range from 20% off to 75% off, and we're happy to report one of the biggest sales is on a little co-op game called Shank 2!
The Xbox LIVE Marketplace is having a huge sale on EA games, many of which support some form of cooperative play. I know some of you think EA is an all-powerful, nightmarish entity that usually passes time by eating children and kicking puppies, but when the publishing juggernaut is not being evil it happens to put out some pretty cool games.
The PlayStation Network is bringing it in 2013. Yesterday they kicked off their 13 for '13 sale, offering the PlayStation faithful 50% off on 13 downloadable titles. If you own a subscription to PlayStation Plus you'll get 75% off. That's like half price, then half price again!
It's the day after a popular holiday with plenty of gift-giving and many folks are looking for some opportunities for how best to celebrate their new gaming console, or gaming PC setup, with a chance to play some games with families and friends. Well we here at Co-Optimus are happy to point you towards any such "co-opportunities" we may find. Right now, the latest Humble Bundle offers up not one but two DRM free co-op titles: the hyper stylized and violent Shank 2, and the addictive tower-defense meets action RPG Dungeon Defenders. Dungeon Defenders is only available, it should be pointed out, if you pay more than the current (as of 12/26/2012 at 3:50 pm EDT) average of $6.41. As with all other Humble Bundles, though, you get more than just that.
EA has released an Indie Bundle on Steam which features six titles for the low price of $21. The normal asking price for all six games would total almost $70. Best of all, five of the six include cooperative features - score!
I've recently joined PlayStation Plus, therefore I'm actually paying attention to the monthly deals. This April looks incredible. Members of Sony's premium service have all sorts of downloadable goodness heading their way. Fans of shooters will be granted early access to the Ghost Recon Future Soldier beta. Action game aficionados will get Shank 2 for FREE. Racing fans will be able to pick up Shift 2: Unleashed for the low, low price of zero dollars. There's a little something for everyone.
If you didn't get enough stabbing, killing, and blood from our Shank 2 Review, the nice developers from Klei are tossing you another weapon to add to your arsenal. A short comic has been made that outlines the breif events between Shank and Shank 2, featuring the art of Jeff Agala and Vangelis Christou. We can all agree that the art style of the Shank games is absolutely stunning and is perfectly suited for the comic book medium.
If you’re not familiar with the original, Shank 2 is a 2-D character action game that relies on guns, blood, and revenge to get the message across. It comes out at a time where there is a lack of stylistic action games, but is both a blessing and a curse, as it suffers from going too heavy on the style and not providing you with enough of a game.
In case you haven't heard, Shank 2 is coming to the XBLA, PSN, and PC this week. The violent, stylized 2D brawler offers gamers a cooperative survival mode. While it's no co-op campaign, it looks like it will have more substance than your simple wave-based yawn-fest. Shank 2's survival mode will offer unlockable outfits and upgrades at the waves progress, which is better than a swift kick in the junk.
Alright! Now this is what I'm talking about! We finally have more than one retail release coming out this week. There's even some downloadable games joining the mix! Welcome to 2012, people. It's time to get your game on.
Today, EA released a brand new video of Klei Entertainment's Shank 2 muliplayer survival mode, explaining some of the main features it will bring for the upcoming sequel.