We all love playing those games, where every second and choice matters. Feeling the weight of the world (or even the universe) on your shoulders as you feel the story wrap around you. What makes these experiences better are the friends you play them with. That’s why on Friday you can enjoy the classic that is Half-Life co-op on Steam.
Sven Co-op has been out for a good few years, with players being able to enjoy it for almost two decades now. On Friday (22nd January) you can enjoy it all over again with its release on Steam.
Play through the campaign with your friends as you encounter familiar enemies (with a little difficulty boost to make it fair). As stated on their site, Co-op was originally intended for Half-Life and now you can play the game with all its glory.
If this wasn’t enough the mod also includes support for Opposing Force, Blue Shift, and Uplink story lines, meaning the story doesn’t have to end where you may have stopped before. New monsters and weapons are there for you to fight and obtain, while its graphics and physics have been improved, however, the core feeling of the game remains.
So if you have, or haven’t played it before, and it’s sitting in your library click download and get the mod for release day. Play a classic with your friends, enjoy the experience and try to save the world okay?
There was a great deal of hype surrounding Evolve’s release as fans expected a similar experience to Turtle Rock Studios’ iconic shooter, Left 4 Dead. Sadly, Evolve’s player base is almost non-existent as the community became disgusted by the huge array of cosmetic day 1 DLC. The studio massively underestimated the backlash to these microtransactions and hoped to entice players with enthralling co-op gameplay. Putting the terrible business model aside, Evolve didn’t offer anything unique and relied on its multiplayer focus to keep people entertained.
Given the game’s torrid state, it seems the developer is trying to relaunch and gain back fans with an ultimate edition. 2K has confirmed the new edition will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but there’s no word about a PC version. The game will retail for $60, which is very steep considering the standard version was recently on sale for a mere $4.99 from the Xbox storefront. Even more absurd, the ultimate edition doesn’t contain every piece of DLC. This shows they haven’t learnt anything from the dwindling user base and reasons why Evolve has become a failure. While it did quite well commercially early on, most people have moved onto something else and the game has a poor reputation.
The sofa, the resident home of the gamer for many years, and for those who remember wired controllers, the floor. I grew up with consoles and I am still a regular fan of going back and playing the “old school” games. Some of these include multiplayer and more than often a form of split screen. Split screen is where multiple players have their view on a single screen, often resulting in up to 4 players working on trust to not look at one another’s hiding places. Certain games let you play with your friends, splitting your screen to allow your friend and teammate to join the fight while sitting next to you. Halo was well-known for this both in campaign and their multiplayer, that was until 343 announced that Halo 5 would not include a split screen mode, and today we have the reason.
Frank O’conner is the Franchise Development Director for 343 Industries. After a petition for adding split-screen co-op to Halo 5 was started (with over 7 thousand supporters at the time of this article being written), O’conner has come forward to explain that the reason they aren’t able to add in split-screen is because 343 are focused on reaching the maximum resolution possible while maintaining a steady 60 frames per second (FPS). He has since suggested that maybe fans would be better off petitioning for the next Halo game to include it again.
@Narmi234 As we've explained, it's not technically feasible to add or we would. You'd actually be better off petitioning for the next game.
In recent years, there has been a boom in multiplayer games, with everything from MOBAs such as League of Legends and DOTA taking the highlights at numerous tournaments. Then we’ve got shooters like CS:GO bringing life back to classic games tournament games around the world.
Rather than you having to fight a selection of player controlled enemies, cooperative or co-op games, see teams of players fighting to protect one another to achieve common goals or sometimes just to survive. Featured below are just some of the cooperative games that we’ve been playing the most recently on PC and if you’re a newcomer to co-op, they’re great places to get started and get your co-op kicks!
Originally designed as a demo to show off the capabilities of the Unreal engine, it quickly became a favourite among many gamers and soon found its way into production as a full-fledged game. Seeing players act as either a Wizard, Knight or Huntress (and then through the wonder of DLC’s you can even join as a Cyborg, Barbarian or Summoner) you can use weapons and towers to help defend crystals from waves of orcs, ogres and dragons. With role-playing elements like stats and scaling mana storage (mana is the resource you use to activate your special abilities or build towers). Often going on sale for around £5 (including all its DLC’s) it’s well worth a look for you and up to three other players, either online or locally.
Next up is another game that started its life as a mod and again uses Unreal Engine. Set in England after a company’s horrific experiments break out, Killing Floor sees up to six players fight to survive in everything from central London to rural farms. With six perks to choose from, players can use everything from a fire axe to a rocket launcher to help survive up to ten waves (with a special surprise for those who survive long enough), all earning experience in their perk’s and enhancing the specific benefits those perks grant your character. With an active community offering up new maps, added weapons, enemies and graphical enhancements, why not face a thousand Christmas monsters at Helms deep? This game is commonly found on sale, especially around times like Halloween. If your friends like a challenge and enjoy the thrill of a good horror film, why not check it out?
Who hasn’t had enjoyed the great fun of building anything! From a drivable castle to the most reinforced car imaginable, all with those tiny blocks of joy? For some reason, they decided that making video games based on these fun little blocks would go down well, and they were absolutely right! Batman, Harry Potter, the Marvel universe, Star Wars, Jurrasic Park and even Pirates of the Caribbean are among some of the franchises blessed with Lego characters, telling a wide range of stories throughout. With split-screen co-op (two players, one screen) players are able to enjoy their favourite movies with friends or family alike. Roam around Hogwarts or New York smashing everything from the traffic to armies of Uruk-hai, all with the same joy of playing with Lego with none of the dangers of stepping on a brick in bare feet.
With so many to choose from why not take a look here.
Did we miss a game you and your friends often find yourselves coming back to? Mention it in the comments and we shall see how many we can get listed!
Halo fans are already looking forward to Halo 5: Guardians announcement at the Electronic Entertainment Expo where 343 Industries will most likely hype things up before the title gets released, but more juicy details about what fans should expect from it comes even before the event.
Up until now, a lot of details were focusing mostly on the title’s single-player feature. But I know you guys are equally interested in what Halo 5 has to offer in terms of multiplayer too. Well, here it is.
The title will come with more than 20 maps at launch, which is a great number compared to other multiplayer first person shooters. However, the developer is going to throw in another 15 maps as free downloadable content by July 2016.
Also, your friends will be able to pitch in and help you through the campaign in co-op mode even if they don’t have Xbox Live Gold membership subscriptions. This is really great news since most multiplayer titles for Microsoft’s Xbox console requires the latter subscription to play multiplayer games.
Unfortunately, if you want to play the standard versus mode, you will still require the Gold subscription. Even so, when looking at other big-name companies’ marketing strategies, I think 343 Industries still make a better deal. So are you ready for the big reveal next week at E3?
Thank you TechSpot for providing us with this information
What are we missing from today’s games? We have the hardware, they seem to match the recommended specs sheet, but we still don’t see that framerate we are hoping to achieve during gameplay. Why? I’ll tell you why. It’s all about optimization and how the game is made to use your hardware.
Fatshark, developer of Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide, looks to agree with this and licensed Umbra’s SDK to add some extra real-time graphics improvement to its title. Fatshark’s upcoming title is based on Autodesk’s Stingray engine and with Umbra’s software, they hope to achieve better visibility optimizations.
Umbra’s software looks to be an advanced Ambient Occlusion technology and if you’re not familiar with the latter, it means that it helps the engine process and render only the objects you see on your screen. That means everything that does not fit in your screen is not rendered, thus improving performance. Pretty neat, eh?
We previously came across Fatshark’s title about a month ago and it did show some promise with its 4 player co-op gameplay. Now add Umbra’s optimization to the mix and you might see something worth talking about once it gets released. Not satisfied? Watch the trailer below then.
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There is a new title in the works based on Games Workshop’s Warhammer license called Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. The trailer appeared in early March and it looks like it features a co-op FPS gameplay involving shooting a lot of Skaven hordes.
The title is being made by Fatshark games and its gameplay looks similar to Left 4 Dead. However, it does show potential. You can view its webpage here and the Steam page here.
Here are its main features:
Cooperative survival for up to four players — Band together with your friends or die alone. Vermintide will continuously test the teamwork and skill of you and your friends.
Diverse heroes — Five distinct characters to choose from, each with their own personality, agenda and story to tell. Learning what it means to work together is key to the groups survival.
Experience the Skaven like never before — A rising tide of malicious and cunning rat-men, hacking, clawing and eviscerating all that stand in their way. Face vicious packs of clan-rats and deadly specialized elites.
Unpredictable enemies — Vermintide features a dynamic spawn system providing a constant set of new challenges lurking behind every corner.
Engaging story — Games Workshop veterans have banded together to write a fantastic new addition to the Warhammer lore, offering a new perspective on the cataclysmic events of The End Times.
Nowhere is safe — The Skaven boast incredible mobility, able to climb and leap fantastic distances to make life a living hell for the Players. No matter where you go, they will be there, ready to pounce.
Rewarding loot system — Focused on rewarding teamwork above all else, the loot mechanics reflect the general game design while staying true to Warhammer lore.
Choose Your play style — Be it melee or ranged, find
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The team over at BonusXP, which are mainly made up of ex-Ensamble veterans who worked on the Age of Empires series, announced that they are now working on another RTS title. This time, they are taking a more sci-fi approach.
The devs are said to be working on a title called Servo, an RTS similar to Total Annihilation from what it seems at first glance. It tells the story of the human race who has abandoned Earth many years ago, only to return in search of a rare resource called “Bloom”.
Players are said to be given a 25 mission campaign which tells the story of humanity and its quest, while the multiplayer side is focused on player-versus-player and co-op missions. The title is said to have its early access launch “in the coming months”, being currently available for pre-order for $20. More information on it can be found on Servo can be found on their website here.
Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information
A new video has been published by OutsideXbox, covering over eight minutes of the new 2K Australia title, Borderlands: The Pre Sequel. The footage is clearly from the PC edition of the game, taking full advantage of the graphical effects on offer vs the console counterparts, which as you may know will only be hitting Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, not the new generation of consoles (at least not yet).
The game doesn’t really innovate much on the current Borderlands formula, but that’s no bad thing for those (like myself) who love the couch-co-op friendly action that the series provides, and it’ll serve as a stop gap for those still awaiting a Borderlands 3 announcement.
Expect new guns, new locations, new enemies, new perks and the chance to step back and into the boots of Handsome Jack, as we discover just how he became the much loathed villain of the series.
The original Borderlands still remains my favourite in the series so far, Borderlands 2 was and still is a lot of hardcore fun, and a great multiplayer game, but the desolate isolation that set the tone of much of the first title is still better in my opinion.
Now it looks like the original Borderlands on the PC may be getting a welcome comeback as the game developers work to free it from the restraints of SecuRom DRM. With the GameSpy servers now bust, the game couldn’t be played online, but with the introduction of a new patch, SteamWorks and more, the game will soon be up and running again.
It is nothing short of incredible to see the developers still putting keyboard time into making this game work again, especially this long after its release and I know I’ll be taking an online co-op run through the game once again as soon as it is fixed.
Tools are being set up to import keys to steam, as well as any DLC you have already purchased. A news ticker is being added to keep you informed of multiplayer restoration progress and no doubt a few general bug fixes too. The main menu of the game will now keep you informed and as soon as Steam-based multiplayer is available you’ll be able to jump right in.
Thank you IncGamers for providing us with this information.
Co-op multiplayer mode is usually though for genres such as FPS, RPG and others, having co-op as a last alternative mode for RTS games. Normally, co-op RTS are summed up to skirmish matches, such as the case of Command and Conquer series, where players can enjoy a small game in pairs against computer enemies or other players.
This is about to change thanks to the people over at TyrZ who thought that the original Starcraft game could do with a co-op multiplayer campaign mod. Their inspiration is said to have come from the skirmish modes, where both players are left in charge of their own units and bases. Both players are said to be able to take control of faction units, depending on the current mission.
The final mission in the Vanilla version of the game lets you control both Terran and Protoss units, which is kind of tricky for a 2 player campaign mission. That is actually a good question to find the answer out while you go through the campaign with a friend.
It is said that the modders haven’t just placed a simple mod on the game, but actually tweaked each campaign mission in both terrain and difficulty in order to compensate for two players. Players who used to storm a Terran base with zerglings in the past are said to change their strategies for this mod. An ‘Insane’ mode is said to have been added for both the solo and co-op, where you have to quickly adapt in both defense and offense in order to survive from the very start of the mission.
Those of you interested in this game-changing mod can head over to TyrZ’s website to download all the co-op missions for the original game and Brood War expansion.
The first Homefront game was not considered as a big success by THQ, having it be more of a mainstream shooter. Since then, THQ went bankrupt and no further development could be considered given THQ’s situation. Crytek however saw potential in the title and bought the brand.
Since then, Crytek has been working hard to make this launch a success and also add its CryEngine touches to the title. The name of the upcoming sequel is Homefront: The Revolution, which will come out for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, as well as PC.
The game itself is said to be open-world, having the action set in Philadelphia and focusing mostly on guerrilla warfare style. The player is said to take the role of a freedom fighter, who alongside other civilians start to fight against the oppressors.
The story involves the Korean army, which has been ruling the country for about four years, until the uprising begins and the player fights to overthrow them in order to bring freedom to the region once more. It is also said that the player will have to craft his own weapons and use the surroundings during gameplay, since the opposing force already controls the area and implicitly all the weapons and resources.
Crytek is also looking to break the mainstream shooting feel and add focus more on the open-world environment, where players can team up with friends and play in co-op mode. The only thing linking the two Homefront titles is said to be the story. More details about the game are unknown at the moment, but Crytek is bound to present it at E3 next week.
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While there have been a few rumours floating around this week, the truth is now out in the open, there will indeed be a new Borderlands game hitting the market this year. It’s unfortunately not Borderlands 3, but it is a prequel to Borderlands 2, what the people at Gearbox are calling a pre-sequel. The new game will be heading to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC, so unfortunately not next-gen consoles, or at least not any time soon.
While Randy Pitchford has stated that the studio is now dedicating its efforts to new titles, 2K’s Australian studio became available after the release of Bioshock Infinite, who came on board to help them give gamers what they want, more Borderlands! And for that decision, I think them, because Borderlands is one of the greatest co-op gaming experiences ever created.
Set in the gap between Borderlands 1 and 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will bring a host of new features and players to the mix as you fight along side Handsome Jack.
“The story is about the rise of Handsome Jack, so it turns out, you’ll discover, that he begins his journey maybe with morally good intentions,” Pitchford said. “And throughout the course of this game, you’ll see how he becomes the horrific, evil villain he is in Borderlands 2 that seems to have enjoyed cutting people’s eyeballs out with a spoon. He wasn’t always so bad.”
More details will no doubt be unleashed soon, but with new characters, abilities, areas to explore and no doubt many cameos from the series current favourites is certain to make this a welcome return trip to Pandora.
Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information.
Deep Silver have announced the latest entry in their legendary Sacred series. Sacred 3 will be heading to consoles and PC this summer, taking us back into the fantasy realms of Ancaria. Sacred 3 features classic arcade Hack ‘n’ Slash action centred around drop in, drop out cooperative multiplayer for both offline (2 players) and online (4 players) play.
The game brings back fan-favourite characters such as the Seraphim, Ancarian, Khukuhru and the Safiri, as well as introduces a new character, Malakhim. Each character class features its own unique skills and weapons which can be upgraded to match the player’s very own combat style, pretty much what fans have come to expect from not only the series, but also the hack ‘n’ slash RPG genre. As you master the art of war, you will fight your way through enemy hordes and try to outshine your fellow companions to become the greatest hero of all. The inclusion of mission stats and online leaderboards will drive competition both locally and online, so even though you’ll be playing cooperatively, you’ll still want to work to come out on top and claim the title of greatest hero.
“The paramount development goal for Sacred 3 has been to create a seamless online and offline co-op experience”, said Remy van Leeuwen, Brand Manager of Deep Silver. “By creating a game built around the central concept of co-op gameplay, we’re expanding the series to new audiences without compromising the rich lore and fantasy of the Sacred universe.”
I’m a big fan of local co-op gaming, so I really can’t wait for this game to be release and until then, I’ll just have to entertain myself with the reveal trailer.
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Microsoft has reportedly released the upcoming Halo series game, Halo: Spartan Assault, this January (the 31st). The price is set for $14.99 per game downloadable over the internet.
There are more than 30 stimulating missions at your disposal, where you will be able to enjoy even more hours of gaming, letting you enjoy online cooperative mode and the Operation Hydra expansion which delivers more adrenaline rush in an action-packed addition to the single-player campaign.
Those who had picked up Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 before December 15 last year will be able to purchase the Xbox 360 version of the game at a discount, where you would slice off $10 from the total price.
Some of the top features in Halo: Spartan Assault on the Xbox 360 will include an immersive all original storyline, with the timeline set between the events of “Halo 3” and “Halo 4”, letting you experience war with the Covenant first hand, including the first missions of the Spartan Ops program and the rise of Commander Sarah Palmer.
There is also an online cooperative multiplayer, where you can play longer than ever before thanks to an online cooperative multiplayer mode which brings you five action-packed missions, where all of them are played from a top-down camera view.
505 Games have announced that Spearhead Games’ co-op indie puzzler Tiny Brains is now available for download in North America on the PlayStation Network for PlayStation 4 for just $19.99. The game will soon be available for PlayStation 4 system in European territories and on Steam for Windows PC and PlayStation 3 for all territories this winter.
Tiny Brains is the brainchild of Spearhead Games, an independent studio of AAA veterans based out of Montreal. A next generation party game, Tiny Brains redefines “co-op” by challenging players to work together as one as one of four tiny (but super-powered!) lab animals. Thrown into a gauntlet of physics puzzles, the four “Tiny Brains” must combine their unique abilities to make it through a mad scientist’s trick-ridden maze. Featuring a story mode, dozens of time-based and endless challenges, and a few surprises like the competitive “Tiny Soccer” mode, Tiny Brains is the most superhero fun you can have on a miniature scale.
Designed with local co-op as a gold standard, Tiny Brains also features online multiplayer and drop-in/drop-out play for groups tinier than four. Players can swap in between characters to utilize their different powers and levels change dynamically based on how many people are playing. Unique to the PlayStation 4 system, Tiny Brains makes use of the DualShock 4 light bar so that each controller shines the same color as the player’s character. Using the touch pad, players can also bring down a coloured arrow to indicate where they require a furry friend’s help.
Tiny Brains will be 10 percent off for PlayStation Plus members through December and free for the PlayStation 3 system when you buy the PlayStation 4 system version through a cross-buy promotion. PC gamers can pre-order Tiny Brains on Steam for 30 percent off before December 18 here.
Thank you 505 Games for providing us with this information.
Meteor Entertainment have just announced their latest update for Hawken which enhances its recent Ascension update with even more content for its Free to Play Mech FPS! The new update sees the release of the new Predator mech and Co-Op Bot Destruction mode with its latest HAWKEN: Invasion patch.
The Preadtor, a new medium-sized mech, adds another option to the ever-expanding pool of mechs already available. The Predator excels at ambush combat, it can prowl the battlefield cloaked by its Stalker ability,which provides both near-total invisibility plus a form of heat vision that can detect enemy mechs through walls. The Predator can easily hunt down and lay waste to enemy mechs,earning it a fearsome reputation as a true battlefield beast of prey.
Co-Op Bot Destruction allows players to team up in a desperate fight for survival. Player teams must battle their way through waves of AI drones and bot mechs, with mech-based Boss fights interspersed between the waves to keep the action constant and intense.
“We’re excited to be releasing a new mech and expanding our game modes for our community of players. The Predator is unlike anything we’ve released before” says Jason Hughes, Senior Producer at Adhesive Games, the game developer behind HAWKEN.
Adhesive CEO Khang Le of Adhesive Games adds “The latest update has again been driven primarily from the awesome feedback we continue to get on HAWKEN from the fans .” In addition to the new Predator and gameplay mode, the latest update also adds new repair drones, thruster design, three custom skins, and three solid camo colours.
I’m a big co-op fan and the new Bot Destruction mode is more than enough reason for me to fire up my mech once again, certainly cannot complain about a free-to-play game that just keeps on giving us more features!
We don’t normally cover too much news about PC role playing games, but the latest release from the team at ThreeGates has grabbed my attention. Legends of Aethereus uses physics-based combat that is said to offer a unique playstyle that makes it stand out from the usual hack and slash titles and it’s one I can’t wait to try out. The game supports up to 4 player co-op, as well as all the usual class based exploration, questing and levelling that RPG gaming is known for.
“Only four more days left until launch day and we’ve worked with the team at Steam to do a launch promotion that we hope the community likes,” said Don Geyer, CEO of ThreeGates. “LoA is a deep, core gaming experience and we know Steam’s audience of RPG fans will find the physics based combat and exploration system to be different from anything they are used to.”
Next week, Legends of Aethereus will return to its regular retail price of $29.99 and players are encouraged to pick up the game during launch week to take advantage of the discount, the game is currently available for just $23.99.
About Legends of Aethereus
The planet of Aethereus is an ancient and mysterious world filled with majestic forests, misty swamps, deep caves and ancient ruins. Devastated by three large astronomical events, the Three Great Skyfalls, it is a world just coming out of chaos and ruin. The recent unearthing of The Gauldron Tablets has revealed the existence of The Seven Ancient Skyfall Relics. The promise of unlimited power for those who possess the objects has led to a frenzied search across all of Aethereus.
As a member of the Nexus City-State, one of the last bastions of freedom and hope on Aethereus, you will be entrusted with the critical undertaking of procuring The Ancient Skyfall Relics. Standing in your way are the Serpentica Shamans of Ghalia and the hordes of Khagal Tribes they control as well as the oppressive Venatan Empire forces led by the notorious General Zhorgal.
Join forces in online multiplayer cooperative expeditions as the Inventor or Officer while you embark on a variety of story driven hand-crafted expedition levels and explore the wilderness through a variety of procedurally generated exploration quests.
Design and build new gear and weapons while you develop your character across a diverse and expansive skill tree allowing for a multitude of character strategies.
High action RPG with up to four player co-op or single player and a variety of PvP and PvE game types
Physics-based combat system focused on player control including realistic Shock Force calculations to scatter your enemies. Whether it is from massive explosions or monstrous melee strikes, they are going to fly!
Arena Combat: Invite your friends or enemies to a wide variety of PvP and PvE game types in your own city arena. Unlock new arena maps as well as special features such as: traps, enemy spawners, stationary weapons and cages that you can add to your arena maps or combat training area
Officer Skills that allow you to create your own unique strategies from a heroic tank to a stealthy ninja, a few examples of which are: Specialty Melee Attacks, Defensive Emplacements, Carnal Strength, Punji Sticks, Inspiring Chants, Defensive Hymns and Javelins
The Inventor Skills include powerful explosives and crafty contraptions such as: Bombards, Sticky Bombs, Satchels, Turrets, Chinese Lanterns and Rockets, all of which can be powered by a variety of aethergems (in-game gems) altering their effects
Create and customize your own character using a dynamic character creator system, then distribute points in a bilaterally balanced attribute system to start down your path to greatness
Customize your City using the Statue-Maker, Banner Creator, City Painter and other customization features that allow you to personalize your own city environment as well as your player apartment
Master Craftsman: With a massive crafting and materials system you can forge not hundreds, not thousands, but literally Millions of different combinations of gear and weapons
I’ll be looking into this game very shortly and we’ll hopefully have a full review for you in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Thank you ThreeGates for providing us with this information.