A good buddy and I started going through Dead Rising 2 together over Steam recently. It plays out much as you’d expect: a near mirror-image of Dead Rising, with some of the rougher edges finely honed to a smooth curve. The implementation of co-op has been well done, allowing the seamless inclusion of an additional person in the campaign mode without disrupting the base gameplay or story. Surviving the hordes of zombies (which have been greatly increased over the first entry) is much easier with a friend, and the experience of tearing through a huge crowd together is borderline therapeutic. If you know someone else that’s even remotely interested in killing zombies, I highly recommend you spend some time together with this one…the requirements on the PC are quite low, and my average mid-range gaming PC is able to smoothly play it with everything on maximum.

I also recently started to go through Jamestown, a bullet-hell shmup unlike any other you’ve ever played. Shmups are no strangers to oddball concepts, but Jamestown is on an entirely different level, taking place in an alternate timeline where Mars is a British colony being overrun by the Spanish and indigenous Martians. Did I mention that it takes place during the 17th century? Suffice it to say, Jamestown is insane. Between unlockables (obtained by money you collect in-game), different ships, a gauntlet mode, and up to four-player co-op on the same PC, it’s well worth your money.