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Popular Half-Life Mod Sven Co-Op Hits Steam As Free Standalone Game

Sven Co-Op isn't just any Half-life mod. It's one of the oldest and highest regarded mods for the game, with countless releases across 17 years of its existence, and now it's on Steam as a free standalone game.

Like its name suggest, Sven Co-Op let's players team up and play through the original Half-life campaign together. However, the Sven Co-Op also has a ton of custom maps that has players working together to accomplish special objectives, like fighting off hordes of enemies and solving puzzles. You can watch the trailer right here:

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Sven Co-Op is available on Steam right now and, again, it's standalone so you don't need Half-life to play it. You can grab it here or through the storefront in Steam itself.

[Source: Steam]

Our Take
I played some Sven Co-Op back when it was new and a few times after that over the years. It's always been a cool, wacky experience. Definitely worth checking out since it's free even if it's a bit hard to look at.

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Minecraft: Story Mode Hits Wii U This Week

Telltale Games' highly lauded The Walking Dead series appeared on most systems, but never made its way to Wii U. In fact, none of Telltale's games have been on Nintendo's console. That changes on January 21, when the first episode of Minecraft: Story Mode hits the Nintendo eShop.

Retailing for $ 4.99, Minecraft's first episode, The Order of the Stone, follows a male or female lead named Jesse, and the quest to retrieve a prized artifact to save the world. A season pass for all five episodes is available for $ 19.99, although Telltale has not outlined when the next four episodes will launch on Wii U.

This version takes advantage of the Wii U hardware, and offers off-TV play on the gamepad, as well as touchscreen control. In Game Informer's review, Brian Shea says that the first episode of Minecraft: Story mode "grabs your attention at a number of points and
sets you down the path of actually caring about what’s going on in a
story set in the player-driven Minecraft universe."

 

Our Take
Here's hoping the arrival of Minecraft: Story mode opens up the floodgates for other Telltale Games appearing on Wii U.

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Minecraft: Story Mode Hits Wii U This Week

Telltale Games' highly lauded The Walking Dead series appeared on most systems, but never made its way to Wii U. In fact, none of Telltale's games have been on Nintendo's console. That changes on January 21, when the first episode of Minecraft: Story Mode hits the Nintendo eShop.

Retailing for $ 4.99, Minecraft's first episode, The Order of the Stone, follows a male or female lead named Jesse, and the quest to retrieve a prized artifact to save the world. A season pass for all five episodes is available for $ 19.99, although Telltale has not outlined when the next four episodes will launch on Wii U.

This version takes advantage of the Wii U hardware, and offers off-TV play on the gamepad, as well as touchscreen control. In Game Informer's review, Brian Shea says that the first episode of Minecraft: Story mode "grabs your attention at a number of points and
sets you down the path of actually caring about what’s going on in a
story set in the player-driven Minecraft universe."

 

Our Take
Here's hoping the arrival of Minecraft: Story mode opens up the floodgates for other Telltale Games appearing on Wii U.

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Star Wars Sketch Starring Kylo Ren Hits Saturday Night Live

…and it's pretty darn amusing. The sketch stars Kylo Ren as he participates in an episode of  undercover boss, going undercover as a technician on Starkiller Base to mingle with his underlings and gauge how they feel about him.

It's a funny sketch that involves plenty of lightsaber hurling temper tantrums and force chokes, as well as a goofy blonde wig. Fair warning: if you haven't seen The Force Awakens yet, there are a few spoilers here for the movie.

You can watch the sketch in its entirety right here:

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Source: [Youtube]

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Valve says Steam’s Winter Sale drove traffic to more than just the hits

The company says it saw “45 percent growth in the revenue generated” by games outside its top 500 — on top of a lot more engagement with the Discovery Queue. …


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New Batman V. Superman TV Spot Shows What It Looks Like When The Batmobile Hits A Parked Car

The latest TV spot for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice only clocks in at 30 seconds, but it does show some new stuff.

It's basically an extended version of the clip we've seen of Batman slowly exiting his crashed vehicle while Superman looks on with disapproval. In the scene, we learn that Batman managed to hit Superman, even though he was standing completely still, while driving his Batmobile.

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Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice releases March 25, 2016. For the full movie a longer trailer, head here.

[Source: Warner Bros. Pictures on YouTube]

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Video Showing Kombat Pack 2 In Action Hits Next Week

NetherRealm Studios announced a bit ago they were bringing some new DLC characters to Mortal Kombat X this year, including horror movie favorites like Leatherface and the titular Alien . We haven't really  gotten a chance to see the new characters in action. According to Ed Boon, the creative director of NetherRealm Studios, that changes next week.

Boon took to Twitter to make the announcement, short and sweet:

Brian Shea reviewed Mortal Kombat X and called it, "a fantastic successor in every sense," scoring it a 9.25. Mortal Kombat X is also our pick for Fighting Game of The Year.

 

Our Take
The part of me that loves Mortal Kombat X is hyped for some more characters to play with. The Alien enthusiast in me  is annoyed at how dumb Baraka-Alien looks. Almost as dumb as the word Xenomorph. Almost.

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One-Of-A-Kind Star Wars Toy Hits eBay For $150,000

Called the "rarest and greatest Holy Grail action figure in the world" by eBay seller RareStarWarsToys, this packaged, rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure is one-of-a-kind. It never made it to production, and this very item was only seen once at a 1979 toy fair.

To add it to your collection, you'll have to fork out at least $ 150,000. No one has bid on the item yet, and chances are no one will for this price, but it is THE prized collectible in Star Wars action figure circles. This particular item was just featured on the January 6 episode of History Channel's Pawn Stars.

What would you rather spend your money on? College? A house? A fast car? A Boba Fett toy? You can bid on the auction here.

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Psychonauts 2 hits its $3.3M crowdfunding goal

Double Fine raises the $ 3.3 million it asks for to make a sequel to the cult-classic 2005 game, using new funding platform Fig, which allows for both crowdfunding and investment. …


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Hot Shots Golf Hits The PlayStation 4

The Hot Shots series is a mainstay of Sony's platforms, and the latest title in the golfing franchise was unveiled at last weekend's PlayStation Experience. While the venerable series has been steady and reliable in its feature set, developer Clap Hanz Limited is trying out some new wrinkles for this PlayStation 4 exclusive.

While different outfits and abilities for its stable of golfers has been a regular feature for the franchise, Clap Hanz is promising increased character customization, starting with players making their own golfer from scratch. From there characters improve the skills of their golfer and level up by completing specific tasks. It's unknown if equipment will also confer different abilities like in previous Golf's.

And in an interesting twist, you can freeroam the game's courses (including going from tee to tee) and even do some fishing.

The game also features online features like co-op play, a team-based mode revolving around completing as many courses as possible in a set amount of time, online tourneys, missions, and more.

A release date for the game was not announced.

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[Source: Official PlayStation Blog]

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