ESCAPE! – Brian Plays The Evil Within – EP 1

Brian steps into the role of Krimson City police detective Sebastian Castellanos and begins to investigate the massacre that occurred at Beacon Mental Hospital.

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About The Evil Within:

The Evil Within a is a third-person survival horror video game developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game was directed by Resident Evil series creator, Shinji Mikami, and was released worldwide in October 2014. The game centers on protagonist Sebastian Castellanos as he is pulled through a distorted world full of nightmarish locations and horrid creatures. Players battle disfigured nightmare-like enemies, including bosses, using guns and melee weapons, and progress through the levels, avoiding traps, using stealth, and finding collectibles.

JACK’S BACK! – Brian Plays Resident Evil 7 – EP 18

Ethan’s reunion with Mia is broken up by Jack Baker, who has taken on a whole new form. After battling Jack, Ethan must choose who to save with the last dose of serum.

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About RE7:

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a survival horror video game developed and published by Capcom. The game was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in January 2017, with the PlayStation 4 version having support for the PlayStation VR headset. It is the eleventh entry in the Resident Evil series, and the first main series installment to be played from a first-person perspective.

The story follows Ethan Winters in the search for his wife Mia, which leads him to a derelict plantation, home to the Baker family. Ethan makes use of various weapons and tools in the fight against the Baker family and creatures known as the “Molded”.

GOTTA GET WARM! – Brian Plays Near Death – EP 1

After crashing at an abandoned Antarctic research facility, Brian must find a way to survive the deadly cold before he can figure out how to get rescued.

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About Near Death:

After your plane crash-lands in Antarctica, you find yourself stranded and alone at an abandoned research facility in the midst of a deadly blizzard. Plunged into utter darkness, temperatures 100 degrees below zero, and conditions far too harsh to allow for rescue, you must explore Sutro Station and and use the tools at your disposal in hopes of escaping and finding your way home.

Not a survival game, but instead a game about surviving, Near Death pits you against an incredibly cruel opponent: Antarctica. Never more than a few minutes from freezing to death in the darkness of polar night, you must reclaim the station from the elements and fight for your life in a terrifying environment that’s more like another planet than the world you know.

 

Co-Op Critics Party Chat: Getting Ready for the Nintendo Switch (EP 1)

In the very first episode of our new weekly series, Brian and Nick discuss the Nintendo Switch and why they’re both picking one up at launch.

The gameplay for this episode is The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. Switch will be getting an edition shortly after launch called The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (it was originally supposed to be a launch title but was delayed).

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Co-Op Conversations: Mitch Hallock Talks CT Gamer Con, TerrifiCon and More

In our latest Co-Op Conversation, Brian talks to Mitch Hallock, organizer and promoter of TerrifiCon and the upcoming CT Gamer Con. They discuss how Mitch got into the convention business, building TerrifiCon to what it is today, and putting together this first year of CT Gamer Con.

CT Gamer Con is happening April 1-2, 2017 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. You can learn more about CT GAmer Con, grab your tickets and register for events at www.ctgamercon.com.

You can also learn more about TerrifiCon and get updates about this year’s show at www.terrificon.com.

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Co-Op Plays Dark Souls III Together (Ep. 2)–Farron Keep

Dark Souls 3 is our game of the month here at Co-Op Critics, and we finally got a chance to spend some time playing together. This time Nick and Brian explore the Farron Keep area and encounter the Stray Demon, among other enemies.

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NOTE: The character Brian is using in this vid is from his Dark Souls 3 playthrough on our sister channel. Let’s Play Quietly. You can see the first few episodes of that playthroughat youtube.com/c/letsplayquietlyasmr.

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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?