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Co-Op Critics Podcast–The Division

In the latest episode of the Co-Op Critics podcast, Brian and Nick discuss our game of the month, The Division, look at some of May’s releases, and and talk about Nick’s new gaming PC.

You can listen to the episode right here in the player above, or check us out on iTunes and Spreaker. You can also listen to back episodes on our podcast page.

NOTE: The game of the month for May on Co-Op Critics will be Dark Souls III. We’ll be featuring videos all month and a podcast at the end of May to discuss our thoughts on the game.

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Games We’re Excited About: May 2016

May has arrived, and with it comes not flowers, but some of the biggest game releases of the year so far. Here’s our list of games we’re excited about for May:

 

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Battleborn (Xbox One, PS4, PC)–May 3

We’re big Borderlands fans here at Co-Op Critics, and Gearbox’s new first-person shooter with MOBA elements is interesting, for sure. An opening roster of 25 characters, a five-player co-op campaign and MOBA-focused competitive multiplayer certainly give Battleborn the ingredients to stand out against other shooters–at least until May 24th.

 

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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)–May 10

The final chapter in Nathan Drake’s sage arrives this month and is sure to be one of the crown jewels of the Playstation 4’s library. We’re excited for this one as much for the story as we are for the gameplay. We just hope that Nate and Elena get their happily ever after…or we riot.

 

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Doom (Xbox One, PS4, PC)–May 13

Maybe the most exciting game for us here at Co-Op Critics this month. We loved DOOM 3, but this is a rebooot of the franchise, not a sequel, and it appears to be going back to its roots. Fast-paced, brutal gameplay, and you can ratchet up the difficulty to soul-crushing levels. The only major disappointment is there’s no campaign co-op.

 

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Homefront: The Revolution (Xbox One, PS4, PC)–May 17
We’re interested in this one if for no other reason than just to see what came out the other end of this long, weird development process. An open world shooter, the game takes place in 2029 and players take on the role of a rebellion leader after the US has been taken over by North Korea.

 

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Overwatch (Xbox One, PS4, PC)–May 24

Blizzard’s entry in the “first-person shooter with MOBA elements” genre releases on May 24th, and it will be very interesting to see who comes out of this scrum. Overwatch will launch with a roster of 21 playable heroes, and one big difference is that it won’t have a single-player or co-op campaign.

On the flipside, you will have access to all of a hero’s abilities from the get go, as opposed to unlocking them throughout the course of a match like with Battleborn. With Overwatch, you’ll be unlocking skins, emotes, etc.

So, whether or not a campaign is important to you, and how you like your character progression should tell you which one of these games is a better fit for you.

 

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Dead Island: Definitive Edition (Xbox One, PS4)–May 31

Yes, this is a re-release, but we loved the original Dead Island so much, we’re excited for this. After playing the excellent Dying Light, it will be fun to go back to Dead Island and examine the early DNA of what Techland has built.

Not to mention, this game is ridiculously fun to play with friends. We never finished Dead Island 2, so that’s another good reason to jump in, especially since this collection carries a $40 price tag.

 

So, those are the games we’re looking forward to this month, but the complete list of releases is exponentially larger. What are you exited about?

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Nintendo NX to Release in March of 2017–Won’t Be at E3 This Year?

In a press briefing regarding their 2016 earnings report, Nintendo announced today that their upcoming NX console will be releasing in March of 2017 worldwide. According to the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo also said the NX will not be at E3 this year, as the focus will be on the new Legend of Zelda, which has been delayed again into 2017. Nintendo later sent out a tweet that seemed to reinforce this.READ MORE

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Bandai Namco Absolutely Nails the Marketing Campaign for Dark Souls III

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As if we needed another reason to love the Souls series, the marketing campaign for Dark Souls III has been nothing short of stellar. In addition to the standard cryptic clips of in game intros and obscure lore and people dying a million times, Bandai Namco has added a full-on ’80s horror movie homage. First, they let horror director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) direct an animated short called “The Witches” that captured the inevitability of the game’s soul-crushing nature.READ MORE