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Co-op PC Game List


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I'll edit this and make it look a little better later......

 

Let's start a list of co-op PC games.  Please let me know if its online, LAN, local, or dial up and any possible limitations or notes / mods that might be relevant.  I'll organize it all into a list here, and maybe we can organize some co-op gaming between EXHW members sometime later on if there was enough interest.  Looking to make more of an archival type list, but also consider this as game recommendations too.  I, believe it or not, haven't played very many games all the way through.  Co-op with a friend seems to help me get through painstakingly long drawn out campaign stories that don't hold my interest till the action really starts.  Can be anything that's campaign style co-op with 2+ people.  Any year so long as it can still be played.  Below is what I've found (and played) so far all the way through at least recently enough to remember.  Really looking forward to finding more mods that make classic single player campaigns co-op, but anything good co-op is appreciated.

Online Campaign Co-op:

  • Left For Dead 1 / 2
  • Portal 2
  • Half Life 1 and 2 (Sven Co-Op)
  • Doom 1 and 2 (Doomseeker)
  • Halo series (MasterChief Collection / playing right now for the 1st time ever)
  • GTA V (maybe? / haven't really given a good chance)
  • Quake (2021 Steam Quake update)
  • Far Cry 6 (*that is unlocked only after playing 40mins of the game)
  • Wildlands
  • Trailmakers (Gamepass)
  • Raft
  • Overcooked 1 / 2
  • Factorio
  • Satisfactory
  • Stardew Valley
  • WWZ : aftermath (online co-op for both story and horde/challenge mode. up to 4 players in a group)
  • State Of Decay 2 (up to 4 people in one game online co-op open world)
  • The Borderlands Series (4 player co-op?)
  • Gears of War (most are 2+ player co-op)
  • MudRunner / SnowRunner (up to 4 player)
  • Sniper Elite Series (2 player co-op)
  • Division 2 (4 player co-op)
  • Don't Starve Together (local and online)

 

Local Split Screen (and online) Co-op:

  • Most LEGO games (not online)
  • Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed (not QUITE campaign but fun)
  • Emulation (RetroArch Playtest / input lag kills this one though)
  • Broforce (local and online)
  • Magicka (local and online)
  • Sonic Mania (local or Steam Remote Play)
  • Streets of Rage Remake (local only)
  • Streets of Rage 4 (local and matchmaking / Steam remoteplay)
  • Trine (local for the whole series) (Steam Remote Play)
  • Trine 2-4 (local, Stream remote play, online)
  • Overcooked 1 / 2 (pretty sure both can go online or local)
  • Don't Starve Together (local and online)

 

LAN Only Campaign Co-Op:

(VPN setup should be usable)

 

Dial up Campaign Co-Op:

(setup private dial up network somehow / would need to research)

  • WarCraft II (Or has this been updated to online? / have not played recently but wanted on list)
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I was on the hunt for local co-op games on PC years ago when I first set up my gaming-capable ThinkPad with Nvidia Quadro as an HTPC and have always kept an eye on them since. These are the best ones I've played.

 

Broforce (local, Steam Remote Play, online)

Left 4 Dead 2 (mentioned in my post in the other thread)

Magicka (local, Steam Remote Play, online)
Sonic Mania (local, Steam Remote Play as Sonic and Tails)

Streets of Rage Remake (local co-op only)

Streets of Rage 4 (local, Steam Remote Play, online random only)

Trine 1 (local, Steam Remote Play)

Trine 2, 4 (local, Steam Remote Play, online)

 

I haven't played Magicka 2 nor Trine 3 yet, although I have both. I bought Trine 3 as part of a bundle, but I skipped it because of the negative reviews of the gameplay mechanics and because the campaign is incomplete and abandoned.

 

Also, Left 4 Dead 1 isn't really worth playing for most people unless you just want the experience without melee weapons. Valve ported all of L4D1's content into L4D2 and the second game has the much larger modding community. I think all the map exploits and camping sites in L4D1 were patched years ago as well, so maps like the Mercy Hospital finale are probably the same as L4D2 now.

 

I was a highly-ranked L4D2 player on one of the most popular modded servers a couple of years ago. I've since retired from the game, but I sort of want to pick it up again to play the new official Last Stand co-op campaign that came out last year. I've kind of left all that behind though and don't want to get roped back into playing the game more with my Steam friends from that server. I could play it single-player, but L4D2 is one of those games where the online experience, especially on modded servers, completely blows away the single player with bots experience.

 

In what little free time I have now, I'm still actively playing Broforce, Streets of Rage 4, and Trine 4, but I also haven't finished at least a couple of the Magicka DLCs and Sonic Mania, so I need to revisit them as well.

 

Also of note are the developers, since they've created other co-op games that I haven't played or completely played through.

 

Arrowhead Game Studios - Magicka, The Showdown Effect, Gauntlet (2014), Helldivers

Frozenbyte - Shadowgrounds, Shadowgrounds Survivor, Trine 1-4

 

Don't bother with GTA Online unless you like being griefed, victimized, or disadvantaged by hacks and cheats. Rockstar's games should only be considered rich single-player experiences because the online components of GTA V and RDR2 are trash.

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List updated.

Yeah, I had put GTA V on the list because you can do campaign missions in GTA Online, but its not really anything near the same as single player campaign co-op.  That's more or less what the list was for, single player campaign but in co-op mode.  Thanks for the suggestions so far guys.  I'm still searching for others, and as I find mods that work I'll put them in here too.  

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Wildlands is probably the best coop experience I've had in a game in any recent years. You can play coop from the very beginning, you don't have to wait for a tutorial to end and either player can go anywhere on the map at anytime. Not like in far cry where you have to stick together. If you like tactical shooters Wildlands is great. It's a lot like far cry games but I'd say better. 

 

On game pass; Trailmakers is cool. It has an interesting coop mode where you have to collect different parts to build your vehicle with, which then allows you to get more parts. A unique game for sure. 

 

Raft is a great coop game. Build a raft out of junk and try to survive/expand/explore. 

 

Overcooked 1 and 2 are both fun coop games. 

 

Lovers in a dangerous spacetime is a little older, but really fun. 

 

Factorio and Satisfactory are both great coop factory building games. 

 

Stardew valley is great for a relaxing coop game. 

 

On game pass; grounded is a cool one. Still early access so it ends quick but still fun/unique. 

 

 

These are just what come to mind as recent-ish games I've played. There are a lot of coop game on game pass I haven't tried. 

 

I've been playing far cry 6 coop lately and it's ok, not great. The coop is limited. The second player has to stay close to the first and can't unlock items in all the same ways as the first player. If you haven't played Wildlands and your thinking about trying far cry 6 for the coop, play wildlands instead for sure. 

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WWZ : aftermath - online co-op for both story and horde/challenge mode. up to 4 players in a group.

State Of Decay 2 : up to 4 people in one game online co-op open world

The Borderlands Series Of Games - two player co-op as far as i remember

Garrys Mod  - if you like the server full of other people and friends online experience for random fun

Gears Of War - i think just about all of them are 2 player online co-op

Killing floor 2 - if you like fast pace killing with exploding body parts, can have up to 6 players together at once

Move Or Die - if you want a fun game to compete with friends in up to 4 people as far as i know

Among Us - if you like the suspence of your friends possibly being out to murder you. up to 8 people

Mudrunner/Snowrunner - for challenging vehicle based offroad game with friends, up to 4 people

Raft - relaxing poke the shark with your spear game, up to 4 players in co-op 

Rise Of The Tomb Raider - survival challenge mode is co-op 2 people

The Sniper Elite Series of games - 4 people online VS or 2 player story co-op. great challenging shooter games

Halo : The Master Chief Collection - cheap way to get online vs multiplayer and 2 person co-op in 6 games, i think the entire set of them is like 20 or 30 bucks)

Company Of Heroes 1&2 - online 4 player vs AI or up to 4v4 against other players

DayZ : if you feel like playing find-a-friend and dying together in unison

Division 2 : 4 player co-op

APB Reloaded : online cops vs robbers, GTA online before GTA online existed

 

 

thats about all i can think of at 3:30am on a tuesday morning. i have others id be willing to play aswell

 

ill play just about any one of these games with you if you need help or want a partner to play with pio. getting bored of playing alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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55 minutes ago, PCSarge said:

WWZ : aftermath - online co-op for both story and horde/challenge mode. up to 4 players in a group.

State Of Decay 2 : up to 4 people in one game online co-op open world

The Borderlands Series Of Games - two player co-op as far as i remember

Garrys Mod  - if you like the server full of other people and friends online experience for random fun

Gears Of War - i think just about all of them are 2 player online co-op

Killing floor 2 - if you like fast pace killing with exploding body parts, can have up to 6 players together at once

Move Or Die - if you want a fun game to compete with friends in up to 4 people as far as i know

Among Us - if you like the suspence of your friends possibly being out to murder you. up to 8 people

Mudrunner/Snowrunner - for challenging vehicle based offroad game with friends, up to 4 people

Raft - relaxing poke the shark with your spear game, up to 4 players in co-op 

Rise Of The Tomb Raider - survival challenge mode is co-op 2 people

The Sniper Elite Series of games - 4 people online VS or 2 player story co-op. great challenging shooter games

Halo : The Master Chief Collection - cheap way to get online vs multiplayer and 2 person co-op in 6 games, i think the entire set of them is like 20 or 30 bucks)

Company Of Heroes 1&2 - online 4 player vs AI or up to 4v4 against other players

DayZ : if you feel like playing find-a-friend and dying together in unison

Division 2 : 4 player co-op

APB Reloaded : online cops vs robbers, GTA online before GTA online existed

 

 

thats about all i can think of at 3:30am on a tuesday morning. i have others id be willing to play aswell

 

ill play just about any one of these games with you if you need help or want a partner to play with pio. getting bored of playing alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same here.  I'm always down to play something at night after the kiddo's in bed.  I don't ever play games outside of racing alone, story type stuff like campaigns in video games and movies even, I just don't get that much enjoyment out of by myself.  And I'm pretty sure in my dang near 30 years being into computers now (I'm 35 lol), I've missed a few good single player games.  I still haven't played Crysis lol.  Oblivion, Skyrim....yeah nope.  Trying them out co-op though, seems to help me out when I'm bored in the slower parts lol.  Anytime I'm online on Steam, feel free to hit me up.  Always appreciate a good game, regardless if its story or not.  All else fails, almost everybody that I know has Killing Floor lol.  That's always a good fall back game. 🙂

 

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List updated, ty.

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Lemme know if you try any of the games I mentioned, if be curious to know what you think. 

 

Also just wanted to add my thoughts on It Take Two since they came up. It's not a bad game but it's a really basic one. The gameplay is basically what you would expect from a game designed for kids but the plot has some stuff in it that wouldn't be good for kids so it's a mixed bag, but all and all the gameplay is extremely simple to the point of being pretty boring IMO. I enjoyed playing it with my gf but if I was looking for a game to play with someone else that wouldn't be on my list of recommendations. 

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13 hours ago, Diffident said:

Don't Starve Together  LAN & Online Co-oP

 

My missus loves Don't Starve, not sure if she knows of the multiplayer version. If she finds out, I know what I will be playing lol.

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Dying Light has a 4 player co-op mode also. It also has a "be the zombie" mode. These are online co-ops. 🙂 You can send invites to the 4 player co-op.

Fallout 4

Destiny 1&2

Ghost recon Breakpoint

Division 1 still supported.

Little Big planet -Sackboy a big adventure.

Elder Scrolls Online

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On 27/10/2021 at 08:28, schuck6566 said:

Dying Light has a 4 player co-op mode also. It also has a "be the zombie" mode. These are online co-ops. 🙂 You can send invites to the 4 player co-op.

Fallout 4

Destiny 1&2

Ghost recon Breakpoint

Division 1 still supported.

Little Big planet -Sackboy a big adventure.

Elder Scrolls Online

Hmm...I've only ever played Dying Light single player. May have to try the co-op.

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