Lara Croft and the Guardian Of Light is finally receiving a mode that was supposed to be included since launch: cooperative online play with friends. Today Crystal Dynamics announced that the feature will go live on Tuesday, October 27, 2010. Unfortunately, only Xbox 360 gamers will be able to enjoy the multiplayer aspect of the game, as the PC and PlayStation 3 patches will be “coming later.”

When the delay of the game’s online co-op was officially announced, gamers were told to sit tight until September 28, when the feature would become active. Now, almost a full month after the original delay date, Crystal Dynamics is putting fourth an effort to compensate for the long wait by offering gamers a free pack of downloadable content. Despite being extremely coy in interviews about the DLC they have planned, free content is always a good thing, and it’s nice that the developers appreciate gamers’ patience.

A bookend to Microsoft’s┬áSummer Of Arcade initiative, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was a solid title that got a great review from Game Rant, despite the lack of online co-op functionality. A complete departure for Miss Croft, Guardian of Light has almost nothing in common with the Tomb Raider series, save for the main character. Our review covers the solo campaign, but with gameplay mechanics as fun as what’s offered in Guardian, it’s a safe bet a second playthrough with a friend will be time well spent.

What about you, Ranters? Will you give Guardian another go when the online co-op patch is released, or have you moved on completely? Would you prefer a game be delayed until it’s 100% feature complete, or is it better to get gamers playing as soon as possible and patch in features post launch? Did you skip Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light because you want a more traditional Lara experience? Don’t be shy, we’d love to know your thoughts in the comments section below!

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is available now for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

Source: Crystal Dynamics Twitter

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