May 2008

Monthly Archive

Coop Regression.

Posted by Mark on 29 May 2008 | Tagged as: Coop News

What is coop regression?  It’s when a series actually makes a leap in gameplay by including coop in an installment… and then mucks it up in a sequel.

Case and point would be the Mario Kart series.  Specifically, I’m talking about Mario Kart: Double Dash for the GameCube and the new Mario Kart Wii.

Mario Kart: Double Dash made a wonderful leap over its predecessor Mario Kart 64 by allowing you to have two riders in the kart at once.  More importantly, you could have a friend controlling the character in the back.  One person would steer and control speed while the other person could attack and shift the momentum of the vehicle (plus you had to work together for those glorious blue sparks).  Both players could switch positions at any time too.  This was great fun to play together and I honestly have no idea why more weapons-based racing games haven’t taken this approach (driver + gunner).

When Mario Kart Wii was announced, I expected at the very least the “option” to ride duo, maybe only on certain karts.  That would have been fine, all I wanted was the option to be available.  It turns out they completely fubared it.  It’s gone.  No more coop.  They focused their effort on the online competitive play (which is great if that is your thing), but they left behind the stuff that got them where they were - the friends playing together for fun.

It’s so irritating, especially when it was already done well and then removed.  Plus, this is not something hard to implement at all.  What it boils down to is that they just didn’t see it as being important enough.  This is disappointing, especially from a company like Nintendo which used to have a track record of bringing family and friends together on the couch for some good times.

Anyway, Nintendo does not get my $50 this installment.  If they patch it to have coop, then they absolutely will.  But until then, it’s back to Double Dash.

Double Dash!

Compilation Madness.

Posted by Mark on 20 May 2008 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Adrienne and Billy lent us their Capcom Classics Collection Volume 2 and Sega Genesis Collection (both for PS2) and I love the way each game heading tells you if it has coop.  I was shocked to see that the Capcom collection actually has more coop games than not.

Playing old compilations is sort of a wake up call to how far we’ve come in terms of gameplay.  I can deal with old graphics and sound to some extent (sometimes I even prefer old-school 2D graphics), but many of those old games just bored me after 5 minutes.  It could be that my taste has changed or maybe I’m just getting old and bitter.



Ah, zombie busting. Can life get better?

Posted by Mark on 16 May 2008 | Tagged as: Coop News

Tina and I tried out the House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return last night.  We already have 2 on the Dreamcast and 3 on the old Xbox, but we decided to get this one anyway.  In our short time playing, we had a great time.  It’s really nice playing gun games with the Perfect Shot + Wiimote.  No cords, easy setup, easy cleanup.

Shooting accuracy and response was excellent.  We’ll provide a full review once we’ve had more time to play through the whole thing.

Forums fixed again.

Posted by Mark on 13 May 2008 | Tagged as: Site News

Done deal.

Long story short, I tried to change a setting thinking it would change the top link of the forum to point here (instead of the forum, that way you have an easy way to go back and forth if you so desired) but it changed the links for the whole forum to point here, so that didn’t work so hot.

Note to self:  Stop messing around with the forum already.

New Coop Review: Big Brain Academy (Wii)

Posted by Mark on 13 May 2008 | Tagged as: Coop News

Today’s coop review is for Big Brain Academy Wii Degree.  False advertising abounds, but does the game still have merit?  Check it out here.

Happy upcoming Mother’s Day (this Sunday).

Posted by Mark on 09 May 2008 | Tagged as: Site News

Tina and I will be working most of this weekend, but expect lots of new updates starting next Monday.

Welcome to version 3.0.

Posted by Mark on 09 May 2008 | Tagged as: Site News

Greetings everyone.  It is time once again to bring the site to the next level.  This starts with replacing the old main page with this new Blog format.  Long story short, this will make the news posts much easier for me to manage by allowing for convenient editing that I can do from any computer.  The end result will be an increase in the frequency of news posts.

I am also working on getting a “wiki” style page prepped for the new CoopGames database.  This will make it substantially easier to add games as we review them.

Tina and I have several new coop games that we will be posting reviews for shortly.  Stay tuned.