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Get ready to get toxic (and yet heroic) with up to 4 friends in local co-op!

A New Toxic Crusaders Beat 'em Up Has Been Announced in the Year 2023

Retro properties are decently hot stuff nowadays, with lots of classic shows and movies coming back in one way or another. Last year, we got a Garbage Pail Kids game from Retrotainment, for instance, complete with NES-style graphics but missing co-op. This year, a new Toxic Crusaders game is coming to modern consoles and PC courtesy of Retroware (not to be confused with Retrotainment), and it will feature 4-player local co-op to boot! I never expected to write that, but I'm not complaining.

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Team up as Kung Fury and David Hasselhoff and beat up the forces of evil!

Kung Fury: Street Rage - Ultimate Edition Escapes onto Consoles and PC

Way back in 2015, a man named David Sandberg produced and starred in a short martial arts comedy called Kung Fury. You can watch it free on YouTube and Steam!  Swedish developer Hello There Games quickly released Kung Fury: Street Rage on PC, a simple beat 'em up based on the movie. The game received a handful of DLCs over the years before its developer temporarily removed it from Steam (much like SWORDS of GARGANTUA). Now it's back on Steam AND consoles as as Kung Fury: Street Rage - Ultimate Edition, complete with 2-player local co-op!

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A promised patch will fix the frame rate, make New Game Plus mode repeatable, and more!

River City Girls 2 Will Soon Get Improved Frame Rate and Other Fixes

It's no exaggeration to say that River City Girls 2 was my most-anticipated beat 'em up of 2022. The first game is an all-time favorite, and the second offers an increase in scale and numerous improvements. However, when RCG2 launched in December, hardcore fans quickly noticed that the game's frame rate was off. Whereas RCG1 r...

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You can't beat free content, but actually finding the new stuff might be a challenge.

Free Streets of Rage 4 Update Adds Co-op Moves, Custom Survival Mode, and More

Dotemu is pretty much the king of the beat 'em up hill nowadays. The French publisher has released two of the most beloved beat 'em ups of all time in recent years: TMNT: Shredder's Revenge and Streets of Rage 4. Both games have received numerous updates since their launches, with a new update for Streets of Rage 4 arriving within the last week. This patch consists of mostly balance adjustments for numerous characters and enemies, but it also adds co-op moves and custom options for Survival Mode.

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Kirby and friends can team up in this enhanced 2.5D adventure.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe Resurrects a Wii Co-op Classic on Switch

The Wii was a popular console in its day, but many gamers skipped it due to its low-definition nature and prominent waggle controls. Thus, it's good to see that Nintendo has remade 2011's formerly Wii- and WIi U-exclusive, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, on the much shinier and more powerful Nintendo Switch. Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe brings back the 2.5D platformer with improved visuals, a new epilogue, new transformations, and the always welcome 4-player local co-op.

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Enter the dark depths of despair with friends in this co-op submarine simulation.

Submarine Horror Game 'Barotrauma' Fully Launches on Steam

 

It's always good to see a game graduate from early access and join the ranks of fully-released games. Barotrauma, the 2D submarine simulator from Daedelic Entertainment, first appeared as a Steam Early Access game way back in 2019. After several years of updates, Barotrauma has emerged from Early Access and become a full Steam game. This one allows up to 16 online players to pilot a submarine together while dealing with monstrous sea creatures and other threats.

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One player pilots while the other shoots in this creative co-op shoot 'em up.

Atari's Caverns of Mars: Recharged Has Landed on Consoles and PC

Nearly 100 years ago (or something like that), Atari released a single-player shoot 'em up of sorts called Caverns of Mars on home computers. Caverns is relatively unknown due to not having been ported to the consoles of its era, but it was recently included in the robust Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection for modern platforms....

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Now you can play offline between your online co-op sword battles.

SWORDS of GARGANTUA Returns to Steam VR and Meta Quest

Sometimes games need a bit of retooling, but it's not all that common for a publisher to pull their game from storefronts while they work on fixing it up. That's just what happened with the VR sword fighting game SWORDS of GARGANTUA, though. Last month, publisher Thirdverse announced that it would be reworking SWORDS for a return in March. Fast-forward to now, and the game is indeed back and available for purchase once again.

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Bub, Bob, and friends must team up to stop the iconic invaders!

Puzzle Bobble Everybubble Will Feature Cooperative 'Space Invaders' Mode

 

We've been excited for Puzzle Bobble Everybubble, the upcoming Switch-exclusive entry in Taito's Puzzle Bobble series, since the game was announced last year. All signs point to Everybubble being the biggest and best game in the series. This one will feature numerous modes, including the exciting "Puzzle Bobble VS. Space Invaders." Despite the "VS" in the title, said mode actually allows up to 4 local players to play against the famous Space Invaders.

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Get ready to return to Infernax with the help of a co-op buddy!

Gory Metroidvania 'Infernax' Will Gain Local Co-op This Spring

Infernax quickly became my single-player game of the year when it launched in early 2022. The game's dark gothic atmosphere, morality system, and excellent retro graphics all made for an extremely memorable Metroidvania platformer - as detailed in our Beyond Co-op review. While the solo experience was undoubtedly special, Infernax wil...

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A new name won't stop these gals from taking down the demon hordes.

Co-op Platformer 'Grim Guardians' Becomes 'Gal Guardians: Demon Purge'

  Earlier this year, PQube and developer Inti creates released a Castlevania-style action platformer called Grim Guardians: Demon Purge. Fast-forwarding to today, the title of the game has now changed to Gal Guardians: Demon Purge. There’s something you don’t see every day! Gal Guardians is available on PlayStation, Switch,...

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