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Call of Duty: Black Ops III is Our Game of November

Every month here at Co-Op Critics we choose a game to highlight for discussion. Over the course of the month we post gameplay videos on the YouTube page, and we cap off the month with a podcast discussion of that game.

November’s game is Call of Duty; Black Ops III. The latest installment of the mega-franchise launched on Friday, and we’ll be spending quite a bit of time with it over the next few weeks (and months, probably).

Like many gamers, we’ve got a long history with the call of Duty franchise, and we spent literal weeks of our lives playing Modern Warfare multiplayer. In fact, some of the friendships that make up the Co-Op Critics crew today were solidified over that game. So, while we haven’t always dug every iteration of the series, it does hold a special place in our hearts.

As usual, we’ll continue to talk, write and post videos about a slew of other games as well, but Black Ops III is this month’s spotlight game. If you picked it up yourself, we’d love to hear what you think about it so far. Comment here on the site, hit us up on twitter, or respond to the vids on our YouTube channel!

 

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Games I’m Looking Forward To: November 2015

I got all ready to make a monster post about the games of November this month, but guess what? The usual glut of games that makes November the busiest month of releases just isn’t there this year. With a bunch of games getting delayed into 2016, and publishers spreading releases out a bit more evenly through the year, November just isn’t the parade of releases it used to be.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t big releases to speak of this month. in fact, the one thing you can still count on is that November is where the biggest games are usually released. So without further ado, here are the games I’m excited about this month:

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PC, PS4)–November 6

I played a bit of the beta for Black Ops 3, and while it felt bit more like Titanfall than Call of Duty to me, the super tight gameplay that is the backbone of CoD was as good as ever. CoD is a game all of my friends play, and while my interest in the campaign has waned over the years, the multiplayer is something I’ll always jump into.

 

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Fallout 4 (Xbox One. PC, PS4)–November 10

If I could only get one game this month, Fallout 4 would be it. I am a huge RPG fan, and like many others, spent well over 100 hours with Fallout 3. I also live in Massachusetts, so the Boston setting is just one more reason I’m interested in the game. I will probably buy this one digitally, as I expect it to live on my console for the rest of the generation.

 

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Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One, Xbox 360)–November 10

I came late to 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot, but when I did finally play it, I absolutely love it. Not only was Lara’s new origin story a great adventure, but mechanically, the game was fantastic. As a 40-year old gamer, I’ve been playing Tomb Raider games since 1996, when I played the first one on PlayStation. I’m really excited to see how Crystal Dynamics is building on the 2013 game, which completely revitalized the franchise.

 

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Star Wars: Battlefront (Xbox One, PC, PS4)–November 17

I did not get a chance to play the beta for Battlefront, but I don’t need to. I’m a big Battlefield fan (Hardline was great), and from everything I’ve seen, it looks like DICE got the aesthetic right. Not to mention, every single one of my friends that plays shooters will be getting this game. I expect this to be our go-to shooter for the next year. I’m just hoping the core game has enough content, as I’m not a big fan of season passes, which Battlefront is going to have.

As always, there are several more games coming out in November, and these are just my personal picks, so please sound off in the comments and let us know what games you’re excited to see this month!

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THE GAMING COSPLAY OF NYCC

We spent the past four days roaming the halls of the Javits Center at New York Comic Con. We have plenty of games to discuss over the coming weeks, including our hands-on time with both JUST CAUSE 3 and DARK SOULS III, but first, we wanted to share come of the amazing gaming cosplay that was present at this year’s show. So enjoy these pics and stay tuned for much more to come!

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The Gaming Cosplay of ConnectiCon

The annual ConnectiCon convention in Hartford, Connecticut is a show I’ve attended for years. My Secret Identity podcast partner Matt Herring and I were the this year, doing panels on podcasting, selling books and covering the show for Secret Identity.

One of the coolest aspects of ConnectiCon is that it’s a huge show for cosplay, and because the show is a multi-genre one, you’ll see everything from anime cosplays to mainstream comic superheroes to gaming-related cosplays. Many of the gaming cosplayers were cool enough to let me take some photos this weekend so that I could showcase their fantastic costumes here on the blog. So, without further ado, here are some of the coolest gaming cosplays I saw this past weekend at ConnectiCon.READ MORE

E3 2015 – Trackmania Turbo Could Be Huge on Consoles

One of the most pleasant surprises of E3 for me this year was the announcement of Trackmania Turbo for consoles.

The series has been huge on PC for years, and has made a few forays into the console space, yielding mixed results. I’ve played a good amount of Trackmania Forever on PC, and Trackmania DS is still one of my favorite games to come out on Nintendo’s handheld.READ MORE