In this post we’ll talk about my favourite (therefore best) online co-op games of all time. We’ll discuss the obvious ones such as portal 2 and L4D2 but also some lesser known ones that, hopefully, you’ve not heard of before and can go out and play today!
Dead Island (4 players online)
Dead Island has had mixed reviews in the past citing a poor storyline. A tropical island gets besieged by zombies, who would have guessed with a name like Dead Island. Gun combat isn’t the best, neither is the annoying weapon durability. But playing this game with a couple of friends online really brings this game in to a world of it’s own. So go ahead and smash a zombie in the face with an oar.
Payday 2 (4 players online)
In Payday you are bank robbers conducting a heist. Playing this game single player doesn’t give you the full experience of the game at all. You definitely need to be playing this with friends. No matter how good you are at being a stealthy little robber you’ll probably end up having some idiot set the alarms off and simply shooting your way out. Action packed, hilarious gameplay.
Total War: Shogun 2 (2 players online)
I’ve been a big fan of the Total War series since I was little. If you’re wanting a co-op experience you have to go with Shogun 2, none of the other Total War games offer as good of a co-op experience. Imagine this, you’re fighting a massive battle versus your biggest rival, you’re about to lose and you see your friend and his reinforcements come running to your rescue and you win the battle. It’s incredible.
Borderlands 2 (4 players online)
Borderlands is a classic in terms of both co-op and single player. Blast through the planet of Pandora pillaging as you go. In the harder difficulties you need to get a little bit more tactical with different character classes. It’s also worth noting that creatures and their rewards scale up in difficulty and value the more players you have, so if you really want that edge-of-your-seat good time, you’re going to have to make some friends.
Portal 2 (2 players online)
I couldn’t write this post without adding Portal. It’s an obvious one and you’ve probably already played it. But it’s literally the best co-op game. As the two testing robots Atlas and P-Body, you and a friend get to explore the darker, more dangerous side of GlaDOS’s testing routines—the stuff that’s too dangerous for (non-protagonist) human testers. Puzzles are more fun with a friend to talk it out and discuss which way is best to complete the level. Even though this game isn’t anything new the Valve map editor allows the community to keep pumping out content for you to explore.
Left 4 Dead 2 (4 players online)
L4D has been out longer than Portal and is still one of my favourite online co-op games to date. I don’t need to explain the game, you probably already know about it or have played it. If you haven’t it’s basically a zombie shooter. Much like Portal, L4D has level editors and a thriving modding community, but Valve also have ported maps from L4D1 in to L4D2, and offers mutations which are always-changing game modes. The modding community in L4D have created replacement character models including velociraptors and Deadpool, as well as amazing custom maps including Helms Deep castle.
Which game do you think should be on this list? Share in the comments below, I love reading your comments!