The Gist - 5 Awesome Games With Co-Op Campaigns You Should Play

Multiplayer is everywhere but there are still only a handful of games with truly awesome co-operative campaigns. Here’s a selection of them!

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giocher
giocher

Magicka, friendly fire always on, ton of different spells combination, magic beams... And remember, never, never, NEVER CROSS THE STREAMS! xD!

crix01
crix01

WE WANT HOH BACK!

23p4rmi
23p4rmi

This video is simply wrong im afraid


You will find the best CO OP game is System Shock 2. 


This got my FPS hating Wife hooked!

sumokoten
sumokoten

Best fun I ever had in a coop computer game was Baldur's gate 2. The entire game could be played online or by LAN with up to 6 people.

lostn
lostn

Lara Croft Guardian of Light.

SaintsRowLA
SaintsRowLA

The best co-op 'games' or experiences aren't found in video games (I'm not talking about sex either).


How about have a deep, full disclosure conversation with the opposite sex (or special person), and play talking certain things out with humour, ect. . .I haven't done that in a long time.

nazgoroth
nazgoroth

Portal 2 coop taught me 2 things about myself... 1. I'm really good at multi-tasking, and i mean REALLY GOOD at it. And 2... i can switch controllers at roughly the speed of sound.


Yes i had no one to play portal 2 with at the time... NO ONE... i solo'd the Co-op succesfully using 2 controllers.
And then drank myself into a coma out of utter pity i believe... oh the memories.

The few friends that i had when it came out were playing Call of duty exclusively... i no longer speak to them.

gawthy
gawthy

I loved playing sega mega drive games like streets of rage, a batman game,golden axe 1+2,  sonic with tails (so he could die at really hard parts) with my brother. Most sega games had co op in them and was more fun.

Also playing co op you had to have some one that could play with you otherwise its a disaster 

aragorias
aragorias

Dungeon Defenders (and Eternity) are great modern Coop games :)
Anno 2070 is another great one, very long and intensive though.
Civilization Coop Strategy mode that allowed control over eachother's units was Unique and amazing.

Personally I loved that Dawn of War (RTS) offered 2v2v2v2 and 3v3v3 games, which was amazing in the RTS Genre as it added a brand new aspect to the game and required serious teamplay.


Mr_AJ
Mr_AJ

I find is strange no one has mentioned Resistance 2's co-op campaign.

Although, perhaps that was nothing special in the grand scheme of things.

Rarre
Rarre

Tales of Symphonia with my tree brothers on Game Cube.

darthvandersag
darthvandersag

Can't believe no one's mentioned the Return of the King game! That was brilliant!

IonDark
IonDark

I always liked to good old fashion RPG's like Baldur's Gate series, Icewind Dale series and Neverwinter Nights series and of course Diablo. But the one I always remembered in co-op was Contra on the NES. These days co-op is dying out, Divinity: Original Sin looks awesome but these type of games seem to be few and far between.

c0mmanderKeen
c0mmanderKeen

Dead Space 3 was alright, the different perspectives at certain points were pretty awesome and the shooting is fun. The campaign itself however was vastly inferior to 1&2's in my opinion, and the coop took 99% of the scary atmosphere. We played it on hard and were swimming in medkits at the end so it was a tad too easy as well. Good fun though, especially if you picked it up for basically free in the origin humble bundle. I never played through it again though, never by myself or in coop - 1&2 I played through 3 times each! But I thought it was better than the mediocre Resident Evil 5 which I played with the same friend.


If you are into military shooters and don't scare from a learning curve you should get ArmA (any part will do, check the system specs:D ) The mission editor allows for virtually endless coop creations, online servers frequently host coop and there are hundreds or thousands of user made missions available online. The community of these games is one of the best out there when it comes to creativity.


Other awesome mentions:
Monaco, Shank 2, Max Payne 3 (with the Deathmatch from Heaven DLC coop mode), Far Cry 3, Duke Nukem 3d, Quake 1&2



pygmy67
pygmy67

Hey! Dark/Demon Soul series... It doesn't get more cooperative than that!

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Oh Sacred 3... dammit. I had forgotten that game was coming out. I spent some serious time with Sacred 2, and now i've just gained another backlog title.

Dammit, dammit, dammit.


Thanks?

xneonic
xneonic

Glad GS did this video. Local Co-op is dying out and it's a real shame. I pay at least $400 for a brand new piece of hardware and when my friends come over we can hardly play anything together? They have to watch me enjoy the games? It's wrong. Personally, my favorite co-op campaign was that of the Gears of War trilogy. You could play it alone, but playing with a buddy was duly rewarding. It attached you to Dom and Marcus and the other characters in spite of their unrealistic muscle and horrendously cliche lines, like "more like 10 sh*tloads" and others.

hastati4
hastati4

It was so difficult to regularly get a group of four friends together on two Xbox's to play Borderlands 2 in 4 player co-op, but so so very worth it. Some insanely fun gaming sessions there.

Zee1027
Zee1027

Did anybody notice in the PS ad that the black guy was the one rowing at the back of the boat? :P

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

I'd say L4D series, we used to spend hours and somebody would drop at the last level. Good times.. Still waiting for third installment!

greek5
greek5

Champions Of Norath on the playstation 2 was some of the best co op I have ever played, its really bewildering why they never made a sequel to that game.

filben
filben

I find Kane & Lynch 2 very enjoyable. Fast paced, brutal and action orientated story. Too bad it's rather short, not to mention one of the shortest shooters I've have ever played. But great fun with a buddy, however!

m4tru
m4tru

I really enjoyed a game called Jess McD. It got some fun and co-operative campaigns.

Jawehawk-DK
Jawehawk-DK

L4D2 is utter trash. The first one was innovative in its own right, but the second one did nothing but split up the community. And really? F'ing Dead Space 3? Raise your standards...

Renoo27
Renoo27

Halo 1 and 2 for me. Lots of great memories with my brother and cousins. 

pointingmonkey
pointingmonkey

Not really a true co-op campaign but I think Rock Band deserves a mention for its great Co-Op. What can be more fun than seeing your mum drumming on The Beatles Rock Band while me and my brother played guitar and bass.

valkyr_anubis
valkyr_anubis

Left 4 Dead 2 represents the "golden middle" of this top 5! That's awesome! I love playing Left 4 Dead 2 with my buddies, because it is pure fun and somehow good to relax. It is a good game and by using certain mods, everything can be even better. However, I also like other co-op campaigns. Such as the one of Borderlands 2.


Borderlands 2 is a really funny and great game, even when there are certain features, which I'm not a big fan of it, but I don't get nightmares by it, it still rocks as hell. Playing with some buddies makes the whole experience even better, even when enemies are harder and more challenging, in the end it works out and it's a helluva fun.


Besides Borderlands 2, I loved the campaign of Doom 3 and by using a certain mod, back in the old days, it was possible to play with up to 3 (correct if I'm wrong) additional players. I still remember having a triple BFG in the face of a Hellknight or just using our fists or trying to do rocket jumps and other stuff. Ah good old memories and good old time.


My last favourite campaign was Unreal. I mean, experiencing this world alone was a blast, but to do it with some buddies was even better. Of course, the enemies didn't get harder or anything and it is just a simple first-person shooter, but damn Unreal is beautiful and awesome.

dutchconsultant
dutchconsultant

One of the best co-op games around is actually the FIFA series...playing clubs with 1 or more friends, all working together and keeping positions is a LOT of fun...especially since you are also playing against other groups of friends. With up to 11 players per side it's hectic!


The Gears of Was series is awesome to play with a friend, as well as Army of Two. Oh, and obviously Borderlands series.

SpLiTMaN
SpLiTMaN

im addicted to mass effect 3 multiplayer....

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Some great choices there. I would like some I played a lot:

The entire Time Splitters series

Each and every Dynasty Warriors

Sanctum series

Castle crushers

Halo series

A lot of Hack n' Slays

Borderlands

(And many I probably forgot ^^)

TruthSerum808
TruthSerum808

Co-op campaigns are a good idea in theory but for the most part they take too much of a time commitment for to people to complete. 


Something with short missions like Left4Dead is the best way to do a longer story mode because the stages are broken up into smaller parts for people to jump in and out of the game. 


For the best co-op experiences around though I would say WH40K Space Marine Exterminatus mode and Mass Effect 3 multiplayer mode.  Those are the best versions of the horde mode style of co-op games there is at the moment. Both are still packed to this very day 24/7 with players on xbl. 

Mojira7
Mojira7

Haven't had much co-op campaign experience, but for simple co-op play I think it's got to be Warframe for me :)

hystavito
hystavito

Co-op is cool, unfortunately I never have people to play with.

Ehsanistan
Ehsanistan

@SaintsRowLA thats not co-op, that's 1vs1 or 1<31

in Co-op mode you and the girl team up and go after other sex members (and special people) and have deep, full disclosure conversation with them


vanvir1
vanvir1

@Jawehawk-DK Dead Space 3 with its system of weapon modifications is really great in coop mode. L4D2 is also nice. 

c0mmanderKeen
c0mmanderKeen

@Jawehawk-DK How was it trash?? It was awesome! One might be better but there is nothing that makes 2 inferior.

Also, there is a pan melee weapon.