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Iím a high school English teacher, writer, and ninja. My co-op gaming life started with the original Double Dragon arcade game in 1987. As I only owned an NES back then, my Sega Master System-owning friend used to get tired of me wanting to play through Double Dragon with him all the time. I still love cooperative beat-em-ups, including Final Fight, Castle Crashers, and Scott Pilgrim. I was once a competitive Saturn Bomberman player, but otherwise I have always been about the co-op.

My first experience with writing about games came in 2003 when I wrote a full walkthrough for Bomberman Land 2, an amazing Japanese Bomberman RPG. Over the next several years, I continued to write FAQs and Achievement guides for various games, culminating in an award-winning Bionic Commando Rearmed guide. I finally joined the gaming press after Windows Phone 7 launched, covering and reviewing games for Microsoftís fledgling mobile platform. Now Iím on the console scene at Co-Optimus, one of the coolest and most unique gaming sites around.

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Two bugs take the fight to the enemy homeworld in this clever update of the classic shooter.

Yars: Recharged Co-op Review

Atari and AdamVision Studios have spent the last few years producing modern “Recharged” versions of classic Atari games. Yars: Recharged is a new but faithful sequel to Yars’ Revenge, the Atari 2600 shoot ‘em up from 1982. This one casts one or two local players as the insect-like Yars who must shoot and bite their way throu...

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Gamers will have to wait a few more months for the highly anticipated sci-fi Roguelile.

ENDLESS Dungeon Gets a Non-Endless Delay, Will Now Arrive in October

We've been waiting a long time for ENDLESS Dungeon, the upcoming sci-fi Roguelike from Sega and Amplitude Studios. First announced back during the innocent days of the year 2020, ENDLESS Dungeon is a very promising mixture of third-person shooting, tower defense, and Roguelite mechanics. It will also feature 3-player online co-op, making it pretty much irresistible to connoisseurs like us. Alas, the game has now been delayed from May to October, so we'll have to make do just a bit longer.

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The PC version of Stranger of Paradise is no longer Epic exclusive.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin Is Finally Available on Steam

Last year,  Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin seemingly came out of nowhere to become something of a cult hit among discerning RPG fans. The premise is all you really need to know: a prequel to the first Final Fantasy, mixed with Dark Souls-style challenging combat and 3-player online co-op. Sounds amazing, doesn't it? Stranger of Paradise launched on Xbox, PlayStation, and Epic - but not Steam. Finally, the Epic store's timed exclusivity has expired, and PC gamers can buy the game on Steam.

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Prepare to team up and thwart the Old Ones before they escape the island!

'Eresys' Will Unleash Co-op Lovecraftian Horror onto Steam Early Access on April 20

Indie horror games can be a bit hit or miss. Sometimes, you end with some something truly imaginative and frightening. Other times, you get Holy Purge (yikes). We certainly hope that Eresys will fall into the first category when it arrives on Steam Early Access on April 20. This one allows up to 4 online players to become cultists who must work to push back an invasion of Lovecraftian horrors in a dark forest. That certainly sounds spooky!

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Before you play the 4-player co-op shoot 'em up, you can listen to its soundtrack!

Scarlet Moon Releases the Dogfight: A Sausage Bomber Story Soundtrack

It's hard not to be excited for Dogfight: A Sausage Bomber Story, the shoot 'em up from Hound Picked Games that launches on April 13. After all, it features 4-player local co-op! That's a lot of shooting. Of course, shmups certainly benefit from quality music, and this one features a musical score from composer Dale North. Scarlet Moon Records has already released the soundtrack on digital storefronts, so grab it now to hear what the game will sound like.

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Only a few months to go until the epic pixel-art action RPG adventure finally arrives!

Hammerwatch II Journeys to Consoles and PC This Summer

The Hammerwatch series started with Hammerwatch in 2012, a Gauntlet-style action RPG. Heroes of Hammerwatch followed, a super-challenging Roguelike version that I absolutely loved. Modus Games has been teasing the official Hammerwatch II for quite some time, and now the wait is nearly over. The new open-world action RPG sequel will arrive on consoles and PCs this summer, complete with 4-player online co-op.

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Grab some friends and play a match of volleyball on the moon.

Volley Pals Is Now Spiking the Ball on Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch excels as a local multiplayer system, with many great co-op games across a variety of genres. We can add volleyball to that list, because Volley Pals is now available on Switch. This one supports up to 4-player local co-op, custom arenas, and lots of family-friendly, cartoon-style sports hijinks. The only things the Switch game will be missing are the Xbox and Steam versions' easy Achievements.

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The long-awaited 4-player shoot 'em up is almost here.

'Dogfight: A Sausage Bomber Story' Flies Onto Consoles and PC on April 13

We recently covered HEXAPODA, an insect-themed shoot 'em up with 4 player support that's coming "soon." Well, Dogfight: A Sausage Bomber Story will probably be beating that game to punch. First announced in June 2022, Dogfight is a horizontally-scrolling shooter with a sausage theme, plenty of color, 4-player local co-op. It's due out on all platforms on April 13.

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Two players can now work together to save or crush the kingdom in this amazing Metroidvania.

The Free Co-op Update for Infernax Has Arrived on Consoles and PC!

 

Not long ago, Berzerk Studio and The Arcade Crew surprised us all by announcing that Infernax, the gorey, retro-style Metroidvania would be getting a new 2 player local co-op mode. Infernax launched as a single-player game - an amazingly solid one. Now the game is even better because the "Deux or Die" update has arrived. Two players can now team up to thwart or conquer the forces of evil in this challenging action platformer!

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Bring a friend along to enjoy this retro arcade experience.

'King of the Arcade' Will Open Its Doors on Xbox on April 11

In today's high-tech, social media-infused world, older gamers don't just miss classic arcade games. We miss the arcades themselves. That nostalgia has resulted in last year's Arcade Paradise from Wired Productions, and now Super Villain Games (developer of Doug Hates His Job) is getting in on the action with King of the Arcade. This one features numerous clones of classic arcade games, several of which support 2-player local co-op.

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This 4-player co-op shoot 'em up is full of bugs, and somebody's got to exterminate them.

Blast Bugs in HEXAPODA, Coming Soon to Consoles and PC

Shoot 'em ups are always better in co-op, but most games in the genre only support 2-player local co-op. Not so for HEXAPODA, an upcoming shmup from TOMAGameStudio. This game, in which players pilot ships against an army of evil insects, supports 4-player local co-op. It's coming soon to consoles and PC, so get ready to blast some bugs!

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Preorder physical copies of these exciting retro-style co-op games, if you like!

Deathwish Enforcers and Kung Fury: Street Rage Open for Preorder at Limited Run Games

Indie games make the most sense as downloadable titles, small-scale products that are cheap and easy to buy on impulse. Still, it's fun to collect physical games too, especially games we really care about. Two such games (both with local co-op) are currently available to preorder from Limited Run: Deathwish Enforcers, the 4-player run-and-gun shooter, and Kung Fury: Street Rage - Ultimate Edition, the quirky 2-player beat 'em up. These physical editions are only available to preorder/buy for a limited time, so don't hesitate if you want them for your collection.

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