8 Joyous Cooperative Games
We’ve lately been bombarded with next-gen console news and I would like to add my own bit by taking some time to talk about the perplexing nature of current-gen split-screen / system link games. (You’re welcome.)
I’ve never been a behemothic fan of multiplayer in general, but when it’s fun and I’ve acquired a buddy to game alongside with, I do enjoy an explosive co-op session.
Competitive multiplayer has never been my strong-suit, but I’m 99% of the time more than happy with co-op games. It is true that so many games have tacked-on multiplayer or co-op, but whether or not that’s the case, the following games made for some good, albeit trippy times.
I present to you the following games with my seal of approval for some joyous co-op madness:
F.3.A.R. (aka F.E.A.R. 3)
The F.E.A.R. series hasn’t had the most stable of statures in the industry. Everyone I know loved the first one, kind of disliked the second one and didn’t even play the third one. I feel that despite the game having an unnecessary co-op integration, little horror / scares and a cover system, I still had a fun time. The story throughout the series did some awkward and fertile turns with lots of fans abandoning the series and saying that it should’ve stopped after the original game. I, however, remained curious about how events were to progress and despite my scepticism about the third instalment, I was surprised about how I enjoyed the co-op.
Reason for this being that you’re are not two gun-toting replicas of each other. One player controls the uninspiringly named “Point Man” while the other player controls the sadistic ghost-like form of Paxton Fettel, who didn’t survive till the original F.E.A.R.’s end-credits.
Point Man will run around shooting everyone in the face while using his enhanced slow-motion ability to pick baddies off one by one, giving the player an extra edge.
Paxton Fettel cannot carry a gun, so instead he has the ability to temporarily possess enemy soldiers and join Point Man in the shooty-action. He can pick up enemies with his ghostly powers to lift them in the air; making them an easier target for Point Man.
Not the best F.E.A.R. title, but a solid co-op experience.
A much more obvious choice than F.3.A.R., I admit, but it deserves a spot in this list. I’ll admit that Gearbox Software’s personal shares have decreased immensely after the whole dishonesty around everything behind Aliens: Colonial Marines, but we’re not here to rage about that right now.
Borderlands 2 still deserves to be mentioned here, even though I haven’t played any of the DLC. The campaign is fun when playing both Single Player or Cooperative. Tackling a bunch of merciless and challenging bandits and creatures with a few pals provide for some fun time. Terramorphous The Invincible jumps to mind…
Splinter Cell Conviction
Cooperatively mass-murdering everything in your path with an armament the size of a small bus does have its own inevitable, albeit sadistic charm, but sneaking around with a friend, silently taking down enemies without being detected make the fun all the more potent.
Taking down two enemies simultaneously that’s facing each other while conversing about how one murdered a small child using nothing but a cheese grater does contain a supremely satisfying feel.
This one is recommended to those of you who prefer a sneaky-sneaky cooperative experience.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
While we’re on the subject of stealthy gameplay, why not stay use another game with “Tom Clancy” in the game’s title?
Future Soldier does have its shooting segments, but if you take your time and approach most situations with some clever maneuvers, you’re bound to feel a sense of superiority after clearing out an enemy camp without being detected.
The game supports 4-player co-op, but I’ve only played alongside one other friend.
Both Campaign and Guerrilla Mode make for some satisfying co-op time. However, I recommend the Campaign if you’re in a stealthy mood and Guerrilla Mode for all-out wave based shooting.
What more is there to say about this humourous and clever title?
The single player on its own provide some mind-bending paint-spewing puzzles alongside a sadistic artificial intelligence that are guaranteed to provide more than a few chuckles with her condescending retorts.
The co-op expands the complexity of the puzzles and are sure to test your mind alongside the patience you have with your friend / fellow player.
A definite must play in co-op.
Call Of Duty Black Ops II’s Zombies
The whole of the gaming industry simultaneously became obsessed at one stage with zombies and Call of Duty: World at War included a very unexpected addition in the form of “Nazi Zombies”. With Black Ops II we have Tranzit mode, adding a bunch of constructable items and a mode of transportation between several locations on one large map.
It makes for some chaotic and tense fun. You’ll depend on your buddies to take down a truly unending source of undead.
Dead Space 3
All of Dead Space 3 and everything about its action-oriented direction have been said and no more need be said on this.
However, I can say that Dead Space 3’s co-op made for some unexpected happenings in the co-op only missions that I truly did not see coming. We have the chance to explore a bit more about Jack Carver’s past. Not sounding as extraordinary? The key lies in playing alongside a friend and not hearing or seeing the same mind bending and damaged imagery. Questioning each other over the headset about what each other are seeing makes for a feel in co-op gaming that was unknown to me.
To me, personally, this is one of my favourite co-op games. It’s not the easiest of games to play together as it can prove to be daunting in regards to the difficulty increasing at later stages.
Great visual style, plenty of charm and chaotic platforming are sure to provide great times.
If you’re a fan of platformers, look no further.
What are some of your favourite co-op games?