Half-Life, released at the end of 1998, did not have cooperative gameplay. That was unacceptable to Sven Viking, who on January 19th, 1999 released beta 0.8 of his mod Sven Co-op, a proof of concept multiplayer modification consisting of a single level of the campaign. Today, 20 years later, Build 3482406 of Sven Co-op is available. That’s exciting, unless, like me, it makes you feel the inevitable march of time and the looming of the grave all the more keenly.The lovely update squashes a healthy multitude of bugs and rejiggers some of the various checkpoints, along with the campaign from They Hunger. It also adds a glorious thing: varied sounds for NPCs firing the MP5 submachine gun, one of the most grating repeated noises in all of video games history. The patch drops support for Windows XP and Windows Vista, operating systems which weren’t even in development when Half-Life and Sven Co-op were first released.The mod’s developers suggest going online and booting up … [Read more...] about Legendary Half-Life mod Sven Co-op turns 20 years old
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It’s time for the best co-op games. Humanity is unlike any other species on Earth. Look around you – look at all we can do. I am typing my brain thoughts on some ethereal electronic space that only exists to us, transferring my ideas to your mind like some arcane telepath. It’s amazing when you really think about it. Know what else are amazing? Video games. Since the first video game released, technology has improved, fidelity has increased, and the creative ingenuity of the field hasn’t slowed down an ounce. How is all of this possible? Cooperation. Working together is the reason we are the dominant species on our blue sphere, after all. So let’s hold hands and enjoy these collaborative works together. Here are the 25 best co-op games to play right now. 25. The Division What could be more relaxing than taking a trip to snowy New York with your friends in the lead up to Christmas? Well, lots of things if The Division is anything to go by. In … [Read more...] about The 25 best co-op games to play in 2018
Far Cry 5 is receiving some major quality-of-life improvements in its latest patch. Title Update 4 has just launched for the PC version, with the patch coming to PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game on Monday, April 9.The biggest changes come in the form of stability improvements and changes to co-op play and Arcade Mode. Overall, Ubisoft is promising fewer crashes and better connectivity for co-op play and for PvP matchmaking in Arcade Mode. For details, check out the full patch notes further down.Meanwhile, you can check out the latest videos on what absolutely not to do in Far Cry 5's Arcade Mode, our roundup of the best weapons to play with, and a guide on how to play the Well Done live event and reap the rewards. Of course, if you're just looking to laugh, check out what the game looks like on the lowest graphics settings in this week's 'Potato Mode.'Title Update 4 Patch Notes:Stability & PerformanceFixed low occurrence crashes and walkthrough breaksAdditional quality bug … [Read more...] about Far Cry 5 Update Improves Co-Op Support, Fixes Gameplay Bugs
If a candlelit dinner isn’t you and your significant other’s style, why not prove your love this Valentine’s Day by gathering around your console to solve a tricky puzzle or explore a dangerous dungeon? Your partner both takes the edge off a crushing defeat and makes a victory all the more sweeter. Playing games together is both a bonding experience and a way to work out each other’s communication and decision-making styles. My partner and I call it co-oples therapy (literally — we host a Twitch stream of that name) because it’s a neutral space to learn about how we work together while also smashing up monsters for fun. We’ve rounded up our favorite local co-op games to add to (or replace) your Valentine’s Day plans. Whether you want to do a deep inquiry into your relationship style or you’re just looking for a fun, low-key activity, co-op games are an at-home date night that can feel as intimate as a moonlit walk on the beach or … [Read more...] about Here’s why couch co-op games are the perfect Valentine’s Day date
I probably don't need to remind you that life can be a busy, unpredictable, and sometimes uncontrollable series of events; a frenetic balancing act, as you juggle your time between work, family, friends, recreation, health, and a billion other things all at once. As someone currently tasked with organising a Stag Do, I am particularly attuned to how hard it can be to get several people together in the same place at once, but video games are asking us to do this all the time. Last year, Star Trek: Bridge Crew's playability banks on four friends each owning a PS4 or high end PC, a VR headset, and their own separate copy of the game, and that's before having to find a good time to play together when every person is available for at least an hour or more. 1-2 Switch brandished a AAA price tag for an experience that can only really be enjoyed at social gatherings or parties tame enough to bring your new Ninty console out without fear of it getting trampled or splattered with alcohol. In … [Read more...] about Co-op is making a comeback in 2018, but is there a place for games that rely so heavily on working with friends?