Posts Tagged ‘Co-op’

Hacktag is two-player stealth-o-hacking co-op

A game idea which sounds good: a two-player stealth game where one plays an agent sneaking into buildings and the other is a hacker futzing with the building’s systems, each supporting the other. Clandestine had a crack at that in an Alpha Protocol-y way and now Hacktag [official site] is having a go. It’ll hit early access in May but hey, you can watch this trailer now even if you’d rather wait for the finished game. Look: Read the rest of this entry »

You And Me Against The World: XCOM 2 Co-op Mod Out

Two-player co-op has arrived in XCOM 2 [official site] with the first beta release of a mod which hopes to one day support twelve-player co-op. Two seems a good number to start with, though. You have someone to bounce ideas off, someone for moral support and encouragement, someone to plan and scheme with, and someone to blame when snakes are choking out your champ. Read the rest of this entry »

Blight of the Immortals Cleaned Up And Put On Steam

The slow hordes of fantasy zombies from Blight of the Immortals [official site] were first spotted back in 2010. “Hmm, there’s some undead from a browser-based strategy on the horizon” we thought. “Spawned by the folks who made Neptune’s Pride, looks like. But that’s fine, they are very far away.” Six years later and the zombies on our doorstep. And by “doorstep” I mean Steam. The browser version has been out for yonks but has been heavily spruced up via Steam Greenlight over the past few months and was released yesterday. You can now indulge in time-hopping single-player or team up with friends for “the slowest real time game you’ve ever played”.

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Cyborg Pals: Satellite Reign Launches Co-op Mode

A syndicate of one is no syndicate at all. It’s a small business at best. Something you run on the kitchen table. An Etsy store, maybe. No, if you want to be a syndicate – a megacorp – you really need cool killer cyborg pals. So huzzah! After a stretch in open beta, the Syndicate-inspired tactical cybersquad action of Satellite Reign [official site] is launching its four-player co-op. Four isn’t quite enough to be a syndicate but it’s perhaps enough to consider hiring a small office in an arcology.

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Nuclear Throne Mod Adds Online Co-op

Online co-op multiplayer has arrived in Nuclear Throne [official site], Vlambeer’s John-pleasing rougelikelike shooter, thanks to an unofficial new mod. YellowAfterlife’s Nuclear Throne Together mod cleverly adds online multiplayer completely with Steam invitations and lobby lists, which is awfully impressive considering Vlambeer never shared source code – this is reverse-engineered. Now you and a pal can try to become kings of the nuclear wasteland together.

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Thea: The Awakening Adds Co-op Multiplayer

Both Graham and Rob Zacny have been intrigued by Thea: The Awakening [official site]. Zacco explained it was “a survival 4X RPG roguelike with crafting and card combat” and Grammers is into that differentness. I’m not saying those two need help making friends, but I will point out that they could now play it together if they wanted. Developers MuHa Games yesterday launched an update adding two-player co-op. Oh, and Thea’s in the Steam summer sale too.

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Play The Power Of Love With A Pal

The last few years have seen so many vibrant, roguelite dungeon crawlers land on our PC telly boxes that you’d be forgiven for shrugging off new arrivals. If they don’t bring something new to the figurative gun-running table, then they’d best do the textbook stuff right. And if they do bring something fresh, then it’d better be interesting. Like Rat King’s Power of Love [official site], which leans heavy on local co-op play and nifty joint-firing mechanics to see you and a chum through its fast-flying, paint-splattered chambers. Fancy the sound of that? A prototype is out now to try.

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Homefront: The Revolution’s Co-op Maps Will All Be Free

Oh hey, Homefront: The Revolution [official site] has a co-operative multiplayer side too? I’d not really paid attention to that, but a media blitz today says yes, that is so. Sure, okay, cool. I’m already pretty interested in the open-world FPS because I like exploring and I like shooting faces so… sure, co-op too? Go for it!

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Magicka Devs Release Co-op Shooter Helldivers

‘Helldiver’ is perhaps a good nickname for an elite troop who stands as humanity’s last line of defense against alien invasion, but it’s not a very realistic job title is it? Hey, Arrowhead Game Studios, how about Senior Earth Preservation Technicians? That’d be a good name for a game. Ah, no matter! The Magicka folks today released deathsome shooter Helldivers [official site] so you can your chums can save Super Earth together, enjoying big guns, mech drops, support strikes, and a whole lot of friendly fire.

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Adorable Enter the Gungeon Revealed To Have Co-Op

A whale of a time

Look at those cutesy little bullets. Look at that bullet bishop. Has flaming, plasma death ever been so saccharine? (Don’t answer that.) In case you didn’t know, Enter the Gungeon [official site] is an upcoming shoot-everything-up from Dodge Roll Games and Devolver Digital, and it is more than likely already going to be badass. But such experiences are never complete without the company of your best friend. Which is exactly what Enter the Gungeon apparently has! (We did not know it had co-op before. Suspected, maybe. But did not know for sure.)

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Zombie Vikings Looks Like Brawly, Grotty, Stabby Fun

I think I could be a little bit in love with Zombie Vikings, which chucks bearded Nordic glory out of the window in favor of something wonderfully, messily … different. Described as a “four-player co-op stab-you-in-a-gut-a-thon,” it’s the story of how Loki steals Odin’s last remaining eye and how the All-Father, embarrassed and determined to be not-blind again, summons four of the “most fearsome Zombie Vikings” to retrieve his missing organ.

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Lara Croft And The Dynamically Difficult Co-op Puzzles

Wait, do we go on 3 or 3 then go?

I haven’t mentioned Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris since Square Enix announced it during E3 in June, not out of malice, just distraction. I’m sure dear Lara would understand me forever chasing exciting new treasures and adventures. We have an awful lot in common, really.

I had been slightly concerned that going from two-player co-op to four might signal a shift away from Guardian of Light‘s puzzling side, going more shooty-shooty, but am now reassured. A new video digs into how Crystal Dynamics are designing puzzles that scale from one player to four, so cooperation is still as important as bullets.

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She Sneaks, He Hacks: Clandestine’s Asymmetric Co-op

When social engineering fails...

Here’s a cracking idea for a co-op game: an asymmetric spy ’em up where one player’s a secret agent infiltrating facilities using stealth, social engineering, and violence, while the other is a remote hacker who cracks systems and feeds the agent information. That’s a real game. It’s Clandestine, made by Expeditions: Conquistador devs Logic Artists. You can buy it today on Early Access.

I was not at all surprised to learn that creative director Jonas Wæver was lead designer of remarkable Deus Ex mod The Nameless Mod.

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Co-bot: Titanfall Adding Co-op Survival

Botbuds.

A co-op wave survival mode is coming to Titanfall tomorrow in its next big update, Respawn have announced. With that basic news out the way, let’s focus on a tiny small bit. When players die in Frontier Defense mode, they don’t sit around idly in spectator mode like in many games. Nope, they’ll be circling above the battlefield in a chopper, raining inaccurate fire down from afar. That’s a lovely little touch, isn’t it? Down, but not out. Spectating can ruddy do one.

Soon it’ll also get an awfully clever-sounding mode, Deadly Ground, which changes regular levels so “the floor is covered in deadly electrified fog”. It’s The Floor Is Lava with guns and mechs.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Just Wants You To Co-operate

With a title like its own, it would be dreadfully inappropriate were Assassin’s Creed Unity not to have co-op. So fortunately, it does. And Ubisoft wants to prove this to you, via the motion picture excitement of a trailer. Featuring much man walking slowly away from camera.

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Gather A Posse For A Fistful Of Gun


What do William H. Bonny and Craig T. Pearson have in common? Well, there are many things. Emilio Estevez has played us both in movies, we’re both wanted by 18th century law, Martin Sheen is our dad, and we were both killed by Pat Garret. But I have Billy The Kid beat, because I appear to have been mysteriously resurrected in the body of a pacifist games journalist, and can carry on the carnage in freebie multiplayer offline shooter Fistful Of Gun, while he is doomed to forever be remembered for starring in a terrible film about Dracula. Check mate, Kiddo.
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Delawere: AssCreed III’s Co-op Wolf Pack

There are no lycanthropes in AssCreed III but I might manage a smile if AssCreed IV, which will probably be the fifteenth game in the series, had all manner of shapeshifters and undead running around in its industrial British setting. The American Wolf Pack aren’t a band of teenwolves though, or indeed a group of increasingly unpleasant men with sore heads, but rather the teams of assassins in the game’s new co-op mode, details of which IGN has extracted. Teams of up to four will work together to take down mark(s) against the clock across 25 waves. The news from Comic Con is that the PC version will be here “before Christmas” (Edit: Ubisoft’s now claiming that the delay’s not real and we all just imagined it). Here’s some footage of Boston, with commentary.

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Dino Might: Orion Gets A Release Date, Trailer

Peccccccccck!
Co-operative, open-world sci-fi dinosaur hunting game Orion: Dino Beatdown is strapping into its jetpacks for an April the 20th release date. After watching the trailer below I just hopped onto Google Calendar and made sure I had nothing planned for that day – just some lump thing in my brain needed removal on that day. I soon got rid of that. What smells of burning, btw? Anyway: I also added “Sleepover with the Timothy Olyphant” to my girlfriend’s calendar to make sure I’m not disturbed. I love Trespasser and I take my dinosaur hunting VERY seriously. I am the Bob Peck of RPS.
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Prepare For A Stolen Weekend: Heist Is Free On Steam

They're frowning on the inside
Ooh, I’m in PSA mode: bank-robbing FPS PayDay:The Heist is free on Steam this weekend, and 50% off if you choose to buy it. Dan Gril loved it, and I concur that it’s an excellent mash-up of gaming and film influences: everything from the opening sequence of The Dark Knight to Heat is mined and tossed into a Left 4 Deadish co-op run and gun. It’s kind of the perfect weekend game, if your idea of the perfect weekend is shooting policemen and being able to get to sleep at night afterwards. And if you’re not planning to play this, why not tell us what you are up to that’s so important that you can afford to ignore a free game? It better be damn good.
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Synchronised Spinning: Co-Op

the face on that asteroid will visit me in my nightmares

This may be one to bookmark for later, particularly if you’re at work. It’s a game that requires two people to play on one keyboard, so unless you’ve had some severe budget cuts recently, no one’s going to believe that you and Frank Pelvis from Dynamic Solutions are working on different projects on the same PC. They’ll probably notice the cardboard cut-out styled space aliens zooming across the screen as well. Co-Op, free on PC and Mac, pops you and a friend into ships that are connected by a beam. Since you don’t have guns, you’ll have to coordinate movements so that the beam slices through the monsters coming after you. Take a look.

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