By Steven Wong   //   July 1, 2015 11:45 AM

Co-Optimized: Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Although many may be working to save the city in Batman: Arkham Knight, an adventure that goes far beyond the city limits awaits in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. In this week's Co-Optimized, we bring heroes and villains together to save the world from falling to colored pieces. 

By Steven Wong   //   June 10, 2015 12:00 PM

Co-optimized: Mass Effect 3

Our sincere hope is that a new Mass Effect game will be announced at E3 2015. In order to help will that into existence using positive biotic energy, this week's co-optimized takes a look at Mass Effect 3's integrated multiplayer mode.

By Steven Wong   //   June 3, 2015 12:15 PM

Co-Optimized: Magicka 2

It's time to spell like crazy with Magicka 2, the cooperative game with friendliest fire around.

By Steven Wong   //   May 27, 2015 9:00 AM

Co-Optimized: Badland: Game of the Year Edition

Badland: Game of the Year Edition makes its PC, Mac, Linux and PSN debut this week, and these flappy furballs don't stand much of a chance when it comes to surviving a fairy tale forest full of deadly traps and machines. But maybe a little four player action is the thing that helps these creatures see their way through to the end. 

By Steven Wong   //   May 20, 2015 11:45 AM

Co-Optimized: Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Looking for a co-op game that worthy of some Mad Max violence until the actual Mad Max game releases? We've got you covered. The Borderlands: Handsome Collection has tons of gameplay, character, and guns to keep you and your teammates going.

By Steven Wong   //   May 13, 2015 12:00 PM

Co-Optimized: CastleStorm

CastleStorm combines the thrill of chucking objects at enemies with the high action of fighting a horde of enemy soldiers head on. The Definitive Edition is available for free this month with the Xbox Games With Gold program, but the game is available on a broad variety of platforms. So, players everywhere can come together and watch those castles crumble.

By Steven Wong   //   May 6, 2015 12:00 PM

Co-Optimized: Dragon Age Inquisition: Dragonslayer

Dragon Age: Inquisition's cooperative multiplayer got a free upgrade with the Dragonslayer expansion. We gather together the party, comprised of both new and familiar faces, play a few chords on a magical lute, and go dragon hunting.

By Steven Wong   //   April 29, 2015 12:00 PM

Co-Optimized: Magicka

Magicka: Wizard Wars exited beta this week, so spell-slingers are free to bash, burn, and blast each other in full on combat. Given the competitive nature of Wizard Wars, it's hard to believe that the whole Magicka phenomenon began with a cooperative game where "accidentally" blowing up your friends is a big game feature. This week, we spotlight the original Magicka.

By Steven Wong   //   April 22, 2015 10:15 AM

Co-Optimized: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

With the reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 just a few days away, this week's Co-Optimized raises the dead with Black Ops 2's exceptionally deep, but over-the-top, zombie mode. Play together and try not to die.

By Steven Wong   //   April 15, 2015 11:00 AM

Co-Optimized: Killing Floor

This week's Co-Optimized brings us to the horrific world of Killing Floor, where up to six players come together for the admirable goal of killing monsters for money. Helping humanity survive is a nice Perk too, but it's mostly about the shooting.

By Steven Wong   //   April 8, 2015 1:00 PM

Co-Optimized: Orcs Must Die! 2

Today's Co-Optimized spotlights Orcs Must Die! 2, a humorous splatterfest tower defense game where two players use traps, magic, and weapons to turn the orc horde into mushy jam.

By Steven Wong   //   April 1, 2015 9:00 AM

Co-Optimized: Bloodborne

In today's Co-Optimized, we take a look at Bloodborne. Got a boss creature that is repeatedly stomping your face into the ground? Ring the beckon some allies to help you take it down. However, in the ruthless world of Bloodborne, even cooperative play has a catch. Here's the full rundown.

By Steven Wong   //   March 25, 2015 11:00 AM

Co-Optimized: Dragon Age: Inquisition

In today's Co-Optimized, we check out Dragon Age: Inquisition's multiplayer mode. Four agents of the Inquisition come together in this cooperative dungeon crawler. Although, the game might be painfully slow going at first, working as a team, and combining abilities to greater effect, might be enough to win out. Or at least get you enough experience to play better next time.

By Steven Wong   //   March 18, 2015 1:00 PM

Co-Optimized: PayDay 2

Welcome to Co-Optimized, where we highlight some great cooperative games worth rounding up your friends to play. Today, we celebrate the year of heists with Payday 2, the game where you team up with a crew, pull off elaborate jobs, and make off with the cash.