ROOKIE INITIATION! – Brian Plays LawBreakers – EP 1

Brian jumped into the frenetic action of LawBreakers and was schooled by people who actually know what they’re doing.

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About LawBreakers:

LawBreakers is a first-person shooter video game developed by Boss Key Productions and published by Nexon for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4. Two teams of five players must work together to complete the objective of the match, with one side playing as “Law” and the other side playing as the “Breakers.” Though teams may not play as characters from the opposite side, the chosen Roles have the same equipment and play-style regardless of team.

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Celebrating Video Games Day With Some All-Time Faves

Today is Video Games Day, and it’s making me very nostalgic for some of my all-taime favorite games. I’m not a big list guy (as it’s too hard to narrow favorites down), but in honor of the day, I wanted to share a few thoughts about some of my favorite games and why they are special to me.

Super Mario Bros. (NES)

This is one thing I’m sure of–Super Mario Bros. is my favorite game of all time, and in my opinion, a perfect video game. I will never forget getting an NES for Christmas the year it came out, and brining it to my gandparents’ house with me. As soon as I could, I snuck upstairs into my grandparents’ bedroom and hooked the NES up their little 12-inch TV, where I played for hours. Super Mario Bros. is a game I ahve revisitewd countless times over the years, and it will never get old to me.

Pitfall (Atari 2600)

My first console was the Atari 2600, and my love for Activision began with the great games they put out for that console. River Raid, Kaboom, Keystone Capers, Fishing Derby, Megamania–the list goes on. But Pitfall is the one my memories are tied to the most. I remember my friend Doug and I sitting in my bedroom playing Pitfall for hours and hours. The fact taht you could go either right or left from the start screen was amazing in and of itself, not to emntiont he fact that each screen had an upper and lower level. Pitfall is another game you can pick up to this day and immediately have fun with.

PGA Tour ’96

I love golf games, and this golf game is my favorite. PGA Tour ’96 from EA Sports was probably my most-played game on the original PlayStation. I had been playing EA golf games since the Genesis days, but ’96 feature the TPC at River Highlands, a course in Connecticut that I had been to many times. For a solid two years, I played this game almost every night with my friends. If EA re-released it today I would buy it ina second.

Tekken 2

This was actually my most-played game on the origianl playStation. I’ve never been a huge fighting game guy, but Tekken 2 sucked me in and made me a fan. Between the cutscenes that were mind-blowing at the time, to the amazing roster, to the near-perfect gameplay, this will always be my favorite fighting game. My favorite characters? Armor King and Lei Wulong.

Crackdown

To this day, Crackdown is my favorite game on any Xbox console. The fact that it is stiull not backward compatible, and the new Crackdown was delayed again, are super frustrating to me. One of my closest friendships was built around this game. The progressions system is amazing, as you go from an average joe to a superhero over the course of the game. The action gets insane at times, and they city is a blast to traverse. If the new crackdown captures the feel of the original, it will have been worth the wait.

So that’s just a quick list of some of my all-time favorites as we celebrate Video Games Day today. Tell us about some of your favorite games in the comments, or hit us up on twitter @CoOpCritics!

TEE TIME! – Brian Plays Everybody’s Golf – EP 1

Brian grabs his clubs and heads to Eagle City Golf Club for nine holes.

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About Everybody’s Golf:

Everybody’s Golf, formerly known in North America as Hot Shots Golf, is a series of golf games published by Sony for the PlayStation series of video game consoles. The series is well known for its humorous take on the game of golf which includes cartoon-like characters and with modes such as miniature golf paired with a realistic engine and precise ball physics.

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The Arcade at Ocean Beach Park in CT is a Treasure Trove

I have fond memories from my childhood of hanging out at Ocean Beach Park in New London, VT with my cousin. Between the ocean, the waterslides and the arcade, family trips there were a blast. But I hadn’t been down there in about twenty years, so i didn’t know what to expect when I took my own kids there this week. Turns out, the palce hasn’t changed a bit. This is especially true of the arcade, which has one of the best collections of ’80s arcade machines I’ve seen in a long time. Not only did they have my favorite game ever–Jungle King–but they had a slew of others, from Pac-Man to Frogger to Space Invaders. Check it out:

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I still had some skills when it came to Jungle King:

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Games We’re Excited About: September 2017

Summer is over, but the season of games is just getting started. As we get ready to turn the page on August and head into the first big release month of the fall, we’ve got our first megaton release of the season in Destiny 2, as well as Metroid and the long-anticipated release of Cuphead. Without further ado:

 

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Pokkén Tournament Deluxe (Switch) – September 22
I’ll be honest, I’m not even really that into Pokemon, but I am so in love with the Nintendo Switch, that the idea of a Pokemon fighting game on the Switch definitely interests me. The game features over 20 fighters, and the controls will be simple enough that you can play on an individual Joy-Con, so it seems like this could be a fantastic multiplayer game for the Switch.

 

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Destiny 2 (PS4, Xbox One)–September 6

I played the heck out of the original Destiny when it first came out, but by the time the second expansion came along, I had completely lost interest. The story was so fragmented and thin that I didn’t care, and as soon as I fell behind my friends in levels, the group aspect of the game was gone for me. That said, Destiny 2 provides me a clean slate and a new chance to recapture that co-op magic with my friends, so I am definitely in.

 

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Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS)–September 15
This was one of the biggest announcements of E3 in my humble opinion, and it may well be one the last great 3DS games we get. Not just a remaster of the 1991 Game Boy classic, Samus Returns features updated maps, gear and abilities, as well as additional content that can be unlocked with Amiibos. I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t rather have it on the switch, though.

 

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Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – September 19
Despite the lack of X-Men characters, I still think MvC: I is looking good. As expected, the Marvel side of the roster is pretty much all MCU characters, from mainstays like Iron Man to newcomers like Captain Marvel. Of the MArvel characters revealed so far, I’m most excited about captain Marvel and Spider-Man (I really was hoping for Shuma-Gorath, though). On the Capcom side, I’m all about Arthur, Haggar and Frank West. I recently bought a fight stick for my PS4, so that’s where I’ll be picking this one up.

 

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Cuphead (Xbox One, PC)– September 29
I will believe it when I see it, but Cuphead is fianlly set to release this month. When this 1930s cartoon-inspired shoot ’em up first showed up on the scene at E3 2014, I was immediately sold. And then it fell into the abyss for the apst few years. But it seems like we will finally, finally get our hands on this game this month. Can it even come close to living up to the hype? We’ll see.

Those are the games we’re most excited about for the month of September. What’s on your list of “must-have” games?

The Return of Nick! – Co-Op Plays Fortnite

Nick is back, and he joins Brian for some horde-battling, crazy crafting action.

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About Fortnite:

Fortnite is described as a co-op sandbox survival game and is about exploration, scavenging items, crafting weapons, building fortified structures, and fighting waves of encroaching monsters. Players will work together to scavenge items they can use for building, and defend their structures and objectives from the Husks. Building will be a core mechanic in the game, and there will be “a lot of loot” buried within. Players can build and edit each wall of their fort with a 3×3 grid, lay down stairs, roofs, and windows, sculpting them to suit a particular need.

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Games We’re Excited About: July 2017

July is upon us, and we’ve finally hit the “slim pickins” month of 2017. On the bright side, the Switch is getting another fantastic game to add to its already great lineup. We’ve also got an old-school and new-school RPG and a fun summer platformer as well. Here’s what we’re excited about for July:

 

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PS4) – July 11
While most of the world is preoccupied with the snail’s pace progress of the Final Fantasy VII remake, we’re getting a remake in July only a year after its announcement (The Zodiac Age was announced at Last year’s E3). Improvements to game balance, the job system and a quicker play option will accompany the remastered visuals for a package the FF fans should really appreciate.

 

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Splatoon 2 (Switch) – July 21
The biggest release of the month is the sequel to the best new IP to come out for the WiiU. Splatoon was universally acclaimed for its take on the competitive shooter genre. From the neon color cheme to the fantastic chracter design, to the emphasis on paint splattering as opposed to kills, Nintendo proved once again they can provide an original take on a genre. And now that ARMS arrived last month, the Switch has two solid new franchises to go with Zelda and Mario.

 

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Pyre (PS4, PC) – July 25

The latest game from the makers of Bastion and Transistor arrives this month. It’s an action RPG with arena-style combat, and the story involves traveling through Purgatory to cleanse your soul through combat.

 

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Hey Pikmin (3DS) – July 28

If this month wasn’t so barren int terms of releases, this game might not have made the list. But the Pikmin franchise is a fun one, and it’s awesome that we’re still getting solid 3DS releases even as the Switch is taking off.

So, those are the games we’re excited about for July. What’s on your list? Let us know in the comments or hit us up on twitter.com/coopcritics!

WAKE UP! – Brian Plays Dead Space 2 – EP 1

Brian kicks off his latest let’s play series with the sequel to the classic Dead Space!

After surviving the horrific events of Dead Space, Isaac Clarke wakes up on the space station Titan to find that the Necromorph infection has followed him there.

NOTE: The first couple episodes the chat volume is a bit low, but by episode three it’s fixed.

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About Dead Space 2:

Dead Space 2 is a science fiction survival horror video game developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, released in January 2011. Set three years after the events of the first Dead Space, the game follows protagonist Isaac Clarke’s fight against a new Necromorph outbreak on the Sprawl, a space station surrounding a shard of Saturn’s largest moon.

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E3 2017: Our 3 Favorite Things from the Nintendo Presser

Only Nintendo could show up to E3 with a 20-minute pre-recorded presentation and almost run away with the show. in fact, if it weren’t for Bethesda, Nintendo would have won E3 by a mile. Here are our three favorite announcements from Nintendo’s presser:

 

Kirby–Kirby just rules. I feel like he’s one of the more underrated Nintendo mascots, but there are so many fun Kirby games throughout the history of Nintendo consoles. Looks like the Switch will be no different.

 

Super Mario Odyssey–Shame on everyone who even doubted how awesome this game was going to be. I think the T. Rex puts any questions to rest, don’t you?

 

Metroid: Samus Returns–A remake/update of the Metroid II GameBoy game? Hell. Yes.

 

Honorable Mention: Metroid Prime 4–The only reason this one wasn’t higher was because we basically saw nothing about the game. But we know it exists, and that’s pretty great.

In addition to the games above, we saw Rocket League on the Switch, a new Yoshi, a cross-platform Monster Hunter and more. Nintendo killed it at E3 this ear. What were your favorite announcements from them?