Addictive Co-op Video Games to Play with friends

Single player video games provide gamers with a much-required escape from the stress and trials of daily hectic life. The games generally feature a corny yet engaging narrative coupled with the sense of reward from completing missions and quests, both which constitute a major part of what gamers crave on a daily basis. However, there are times when single-player games just cannot cut it. Sometimes, video games are best enjoyed when shared with friends. In this spirit of Asli Yaari, we have compiled a list of the best cooperative video games that incorporate equal parts teamwork and fun. Buckle down with your favourite console and a couple of controllers and immerse yourself in some of these classic co-op games listed in no particular order.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)

Platform: Wii

Co-op: 2-4 players 

Gameplay Video: 

If there is a co-op game on this list that is best enjoyed doing anything other than actually cooperating with other players, it has to be New Super Mario Bros. Wii. While it may not be the best Mario offering on the Wii (that privilege definitely goes to Super Mario Galaxy), some of NSMBW’s best moments come from the innumerable opportunities to troll friends in the game: pushing them off the screen, forcing them along detours or jumping on their head to knock them out. In fact, don’t be surprised to see a ton of pent up “friendly” frustration being released during play sessions. Keep in mind though, the Wiimote is a game controller—not an object to thump your friend over the head with.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (2010)

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

Co-op: 2 players 

Gameplay Video: 

Developers Crystal Dynamics took a massive gamble when they decided to take a different approach toward the new Lara Croft game. Guardian of Light features unique co-op gameplay where the iconic character was paired with Totec, a Mayan warrior, in an isometric top-down, puzzle-cum-shooter type of game. The gameplay focusses heavily on teamwork and puzzle-solving, which is mixed in with a sufficient amount of combat and gunplay. The perfect execution of these concepts ensured that the game was well received both by critics and fans of the Tomb Raider series alike. 

Gunstar Heroes (1993)

Platform: Genesis

Co-op: 2 players

Gameplay Video: 

Sega developed an absolute gem of a co-op game with the release of Gunstar Heroes. Although the gameplay is heavily inspired by classics such as Contra and Metroid, the game manages to find a unique niche in terms of what makes it a stand out game. Also considered one of the best co-op action-platformers on the Sega Genesis, Gunstar Heroes was renowned for its creative level designs, unique gunplay where weapons could be mixed and matched for interesting playthroughs, and crazy to beat bosses. All these elements made for an excellent co-op experience that modern consoles still have trouble matching up to. 

Diablo 3 (2012)

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

Co-op: 2-4 players 

Gameplay Video: 

You cannot be a serious PC gamer without hearing about the action–adventure “rouge-like” Diablo games. Diablo 3’s predecessors were renowned for their intuitive hack-and-slash combat and addictive loot-drop mechanics, and the developers Blizzard rose to fame of the wave of popularity for the first two games, with the second one being heralded as the epitome of PC gaming in the 90s. Diablo 3 may have had its issues with the requirement of an always online internet connection (in order to combat piracy) and the much criticised virtual auction house for the sale of game loot. However, when it comes to basic gameplay and fun factor, Diablo 3 delivered in spades, as evidenced by the insane sales figures and more-than-warm critical reception. Although the campaign can be finished in single player mode, the true charm of Diablo is playing co-op with up to four friends joining in on the fun of slaying monsters, completing quests and hunting for the rarest loot available.

FIFA 14 (2013)

Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3

Co-op: 2-4 players 

Gameplay Video: 

The FIFA game series have always been credited as being a major contributor towards strained relationships and failed college tests. The number of hours that football lovers spend on this title is enormous, and every year the series manages to outsell itself the previous version by a good amount. Although most gamers prefer the 1v1 mode, the co-op mode is highly engaging and somewhat under-rated. In fact, the feeling of exhilaration on scoring a goal built up by a series of complicated passes, lobs and through-balls executed with a buddy is truly unique. Next time you fire up your console for FIFA, ask your mates to try out the co-op mode for a change. 

Gears of War Series (2005, 2008, 2011)

Platform: Xbox 360

Co-op: 2-4 players 

Gameplay Video: 

If you are an Xbox 360 owner, chances are that you have played at least one game from the iconic Gears of War series. This third-person shooter was a flagship release for the Xbox 360 and was well acclaimed for its perfect execution of a new cover-based shooter mechanic and seamless co-op shooter campaign. The second and third games added the much loved and imitated “Horde Mode” wherein player are made to team up to combat waves of enemies, each progressively tougher than the last. If you are looking for fast-paced, action-packed shooter goodness that you can share with friends, Gears of War is an absolute no-brainer choice. 

Portal 2 (2011)

Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3

Co-op: 2 players 

Gameplay Video: 

When it comes to gaming perfected—an intricate and engaging plotline, a unique gameplay mechanic, and immersing sound and graphics—Portal 2 has set the proverbial bar very high indeed. Despite having a stellar single player campaign, the developers went beyond the call of duty in designing a multiplayer co-op campaign that many consider to be the highlight of the game. The puzzle-solving aspect and tight controls coupled with unique co-op elements make this game a must try for all co-op gamers. The joy of finishing the co-op campaign (which is over a good eight hours long) with a close friend as you manoeuvre the obstacles and traps littered over the famed Aperture testing area is a truly unforgettable feeling.

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Addictive Co-op Video Games to Play with friends

ADDICTIVE CO-OP VIDEO GAMES TO PLAY WITH FRIEND
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Single player video games provide gamers with a much-required escape from the stress and trials of daily hectic life. The games generally feature a corny yet engaging narrative coupled with the sense of reward from completing missions and quests, both which constitute a major part of what gamers crave on a daily basis. However, there are times when single-player games just cannot cut it. Sometimes, video games are best enjoyed when shared with friends. In this spirit of Asli Yaari, we have compiled a list of the best cooperative video games that incorporate equal parts teamwork and fun. Buckle down with your favourite console and a couple of controllers and immerse yourself in some of these classic co-op games listed in no particular order.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)

Platform: Wii

Co-op: 2-4 players 

Gameplay Video: 

If there is a co-op game on this list that is best enjoyed doing anything other than actually cooperating with other players, it has to be New Super Mario Bros. Wii. While it may not be the best Mario offering on the Wii (that privilege definitely goes to Super Mario Galaxy), some of NSMBW’s best moments come from the innumerable opportunities to troll friends in the game: pushing them off the screen, forcing them along detours or jumping on their head to knock them out. In fact, don’t be surprised to see a ton of pent up “friendly” frustration being released during play sessions. Keep in mind though, the Wiimote is a game controller—not an object to thump your friend over the head with.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (2010)

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

Co-op: 2 players 

Gameplay Video: 

Developers Crystal Dynamics took a massive gamble when they decided to take a different approach toward the new Lara Croft game. Guardian of Light features unique co-op gameplay where the iconic character was paired with Totec, a Mayan warrior, in an isometric top-down, puzzle-cum-shooter type of game. The gameplay focusses heavily on teamwork and puzzle-solving, which is mixed in with a sufficient amount of combat and gunplay. The perfect execution of these concepts ensured that the game was well received both by critics and fans of the Tomb Raider series alike. 

Gunstar Heroes (1993)

Platform: Genesis

Co-op: 2 players

Gameplay Video: 

Sega developed an absolute gem of a co-op game with the release of Gunstar Heroes. Although the gameplay is heavily inspired by classics such as Contra and Metroid, the game manages to find a unique niche in terms of what makes it a stand out game. Also considered one of the best co-op action-platformers on the Sega Genesis, Gunstar Heroes was renowned for its creative level designs, unique gunplay where weapons could be mixed and matched for interesting playthroughs, and crazy to beat bosses. All these elements made for an excellent co-op experience that modern consoles still have trouble matching up to. 

Diablo 3 (2012)

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

Co-op: 2-4 players 

Gameplay Video: 

You cannot be a serious PC gamer without hearing about the action–adventure “rouge-like” Diablo games. Diablo 3’s predecessors were renowned for their intuitive hack-and-slash combat and addictive loot-drop mechanics, and the developers Blizzard rose to fame of the wave of popularity for the first two games, with the second one being heralded as the epitome of PC gaming in the 90s. Diablo 3 may have had its issues with the requirement of an always online internet connection (in order to combat piracy) and the much criticised virtual auction house for the sale of game loot. However, when it comes to basic gameplay and fun factor, Diablo 3 delivered in spades, as evidenced by the insane sales figures and more-than-warm critical reception. Although the campaign can be finished in single player mode, the true charm of Diablo is playing co-op with up to four friends joining in on the fun of slaying monsters, completing quests and hunting for the rarest loot available.

FIFA 14 (2013)

Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3

Co-op: 2-4 players 

Gameplay Video: 

The FIFA game series have always been credited as being a major contributor towards strained relationships and failed college tests. The number of hours that football lovers spend on this title is enormous, and every year the series manages to outsell itself the previous version by a good amount. Although most gamers prefer the 1v1 mode, the co-op mode is highly engaging and somewhat under-rated. In fact, the feeling of exhilaration on scoring a goal built up by a series of complicated passes, lobs and through-balls executed with a buddy is truly unique. Next time you fire up your console for FIFA, ask your mates to try out the co-op mode for a change. 

Gears of War Series (2005, 2008, 2011)

Platform: Xbox 360

Co-op: 2-4 players 

Gameplay Video: 

If you are an Xbox 360 owner, chances are that you have played at least one game from the iconic Gears of War series. This third-person shooter was a flagship release for the Xbox 360 and was well acclaimed for its perfect execution of a new cover-based shooter mechanic and seamless co-op shooter campaign. The second and third games added the much loved and imitated “Horde Mode” wherein player are made to team up to combat waves of enemies, each progressively tougher than the last. If you are looking for fast-paced, action-packed shooter goodness that you can share with friends, Gears of War is an absolute no-brainer choice. 

Portal 2 (2011)

Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3

Co-op: 2 players 

Gameplay Video: 

When it comes to gaming perfected—an intricate and engaging plotline, a unique gameplay mechanic, and immersing sound and graphics—Portal 2 has set the proverbial bar very high indeed. Despite having a stellar single player campaign, the developers went beyond the call of duty in designing a multiplayer co-op campaign that many consider to be the highlight of the game. The puzzle-solving aspect and tight controls coupled with unique co-op elements make this game a must try for all co-op gamers. The joy of finishing the co-op campaign (which is over a good eight hours long) with a close friend as you manoeuvre the obstacles and traps littered over the famed Aperture testing area is a truly unforgettable feeling.

Image Credit: thekoalition.com, theaveragegamer.com, virginmedia.com, blogcdn.com, 

ea.com, nocookie.net, firsthour.net

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