In Good Company: The Best Co-op Video Games in History


For gamers, the best thing to do with their free time is obviously to log on to their favorite game and spend a few hours slaying monsters, battling evil forces, or gathering resources to survive in the game world. Gaming is one activity that can be really enjoyable even if you’re by yourself but can also be loads of fun if you have a friend or two by your side.

A co-operative video game, often abbreviated as a co-op, is a video game that enables players to work together as teammates, usually against one or more non-player character opponents. It is distinct from other multiplayer modes, such as competitive multiplayer modes like player versus player or deathmatch. Instead of going it alone in a single-player game, you can take on a co-op challenge with a friend who has your back! Whatever it is that you need to do in the game, make it twice as fun by doing it with your besties! Co-op games can be great online games for couples, for friends who live far apart, or even as a fun way to introduce your family members to the games you love! If this sounds like a great time to you, then the list we’ve put together will be right up your alley. Our list of the best co-op games in history will keep you and your boyfriend, girlfriend, or best friend busy for hours on end. Let’s check it out!

Stardew Valley

There are many simulators out there including many cutesy, block-style farming simulators, but none even come close to the fun you can have in Stardew Valley. This game has a charming tale to unfold for you. This hyper-pixelated RPG from the one-man band Eric Barone (Concerned Ape) lets you take part in all the farming activities you could imagine. You’ll need to maintain and harvest your crops, name and care for your animals and help bring life back to the tiny town in the valley along the way. It can be a daunting task because there is so much to do. The work of managing a farm takes a lot of attention, and you can sink hundreds of hours into this game without batting an eye. Sharing the farming load with a friend or family member can get things done quickly and bring a lot more fun to the process. If you have a partner who is new to the world of gaming, this brightly colored and easy-to-understand game is the perfect couples game that will let them earn the ropes slowly.

Borderlands Series

The Borderlands series is the ultimate co-op gaming experience. Co-op is encouraged over other ways of playing the game series because playing this with friends is the best way to get the most out of your Borderlands experience. There are hours and hours of shoot-and-loot fun just waiting to be had! The fast pace of all the games in the series does mean that it’s not necessarily an ideal choice for beginners, but if you’re an experienced gamer, get ready for the ride of your life! In terms of co-op play, Borderlands is a pretty original set of titles. Loot drops ensure that everyone in the squad will be able to get their own and make the best out of their chances in the game.

Deep Rock Galactic

Dwarves in space? SAY NO MORE! If this sounds like the most fun you could ever hope to have, then Deep Rock Galactic is the game for you. The deep-space mining dwarves in this game all have different abilities unique to each class of dwarf. You’ll need to work hard to extract the necessary resources and kill creatures and alien hordes who might want to attack your team while you’re at it. This game never takes itself too seriously, which is loads of fun in a world where game titles are often too hardcore to even have a laugh! Take your time to explore deep and daunting caves and try your best to make it out alive. You’ll need to do a little planning and have a few strategy sessions if you want to stay alive, but when you’re playing co-op, failure can be half the fun!

Don’t Starve Together

The purpose of this game is as simple as the title sounds: don’t starve, and do that together! If you like Tim Burton films, you’ll love stepping into the weird and wonderful world of Don’t Starve Together. The game is cutesy on its face, but it can be quite brutal! You play as Wilson, a scientist who finds themselves trapped in a creepy yet whimsical world by a demonic force. You have to do everything in your power to survive: mining, gathering resources, crafting and finding your own food. If you’re playing the co-op version of the game, you can choose to spawn with a friend or three to explore and survive together. If you’re looking for a challenge, spawn alone at different points all over the map. If you don’t make it out alive and you end up in the afterlife, the game isn’t over! Dead players can stick around as ghosts and taunt the live players within an inch of their sanity. They can also be brought back to life by a potion that claims a portion of a live player’s health.

Wrap up

These co-op games will keep you, and your friends or partner entertained for hours. Which ones are you going to try?

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