Dead Space 3, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Rayman Legends, Gears of War: Judgement and Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel are set to bring some co-op chaos to the world of gaming this year.
Dead Space 3 – 8 February 2013 (Xbox 360, Ps3, PC)
Dead Space has always been outrageously frightening as you made you lonely way through derelict space ships, but will adding a friend to the mix make it easier?
Probably not, but it’s going to be awesome. Drop-in/drop-out co-op will allow the world’s most unlucky engineer, Isaac Clark, to be joined by John Carver.
The problem is that Carver is also dealing with some dementia of his own, which will result in each player experiencing the game a little different through each character’s eyes.
Aliens: Colonial Marines – 12 February 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Developed by Gearbox Software, Aliens: Colonial Marines promises a suspense and adrenaline-filled single-player experience, along with a 4-player drop-in drop-out cooperative campaign and competitive multiplayer mode.
The co-op is what you’ll be wanting to play, as taking on the iconic xenomorphs alone is no easy task.
Players will have to work together and watch each other’s backs, as those pesky limb-tearing, acid-blooded baddies seem to appear out of everywhere.
Rayman Legends – 28 February 2013 (Wii U)
Rayman Legends will look to follow-up the stellar, but underrated, Rayman Origins, which released in 2012.
The upcoming platforming adventure is being developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, and is currently scheduled to release on Wii U, which will allow for co-op of up to 5 players.
The game will utilise the new Pro Controller and Wii U’s new touch-screen GamePad, as players can manipulate platforms and the environment using touch, along with a special character created purely to use the functionality of the Wii U GamePad.
Gears of War: Judgment – 19 March 2013 (Xbox 360)
The Gears saga continues, but jumping back to the past this time.
Players will once again team up by taking the reins of Augustus Cole and Damon Baird, as the two step into the limelight to face the horrors of E-Day.
Expect more dependence, camaraderie, and dual-locust-killing when Gears of War: Judgment drops.
Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel – 29 March 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3)
Thank heavens there is a new Army of Two, as some co-op dedicated destruction has been lacking for a little while.
Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel will feature two new characters, Alpha and Bravo, who enter the stage from previous series protagonists Salem and Rios.
Alpha and Bravo will take on the gang-ridden streets of Mexico with the license to kill and ability to blow-up just about anything.
Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel will run on DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine.
Other notable mentions: Star Trek (2013), Splinter Cell: Blacklist