Co-Op Games for all Platforms

Basically, I want this to be a list of your favorite Co-op games for anyone who may be looking to play something with family/friends locally and/or online. If the suggestions don't overwhelm, I'll even try to move the running list up to this original post and sort them in some sort of way - probably online vs local coop.

I'll ask that if you post, you put the name of the game, platforms, maybe genre if you can manage to narrow it down, and if the coop is local, online, or both along with a description because some of us need that. Maybe a link to the [insert pc launcher here] and/or a youtube video.

Local Co-op

Online Co-op

Both

Is there an age (of the game) or platform limit? Not sure how many people care about PC Engine games from 1993 anymore.

...though Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (side scrolling beat em up) for the Super Nintendo is still amazing for couch co-op.

The Save the World part of Fortnite is co-op and cross-platform. I'm not sure if all platforms are shared, or if it's just PC/Xbox/PS4.

Full Metal Furies (PC, Switch, XB1) - 2D Brawler / puzzler, online and couch co-op (mixed at same time)
Castle Crashers (PC, PS3 & 4, Xbox 360 & One) 2D Brawler, online and couch co-op
Borderlands 1, 2, & The Pre-Sequel (PC, PS3 & 4, Xbox 360 & One) Looter Shooter FPS online

Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U) - 2D Platformer, couch co-op
Yoshi's Crafted World (Switch) - 2D Platformer, couch co-op
Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) - 3D Platformer, couch co-op

Upcoming:
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 (Switch) - 3D Brawler, online and couch co-op likely

I could go on and on, but I'll stop there.

EDIT You may want to consider dividing between games built for co-op as the focus (Full Metal Furies, Castle Crashers, Borderlands), and games that allow full campaign co-op, but do not feel like it is a focus (Yoshi games), and games with only parts that include co-op (not mentioned, but something like Super Smash Bros Ultimate allows co-op in classic mode).

AUs_TBirD wrote:

Is there an age (of the game) or platform limit? Not sure how many people care about PC Engine games from 1993 anymore.

...though Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (side scrolling beat em up) for the Super Nintendo is still amazing for couch co-op.

I guess current-gen or at least available on PC would be a good enough age/platform limit. Safe to include things available via streaming too (old playstation games via PSNow and old xbox/360 games via gamepass/BC)

Both Divinity: Original Sin and its sequel have great couch coop options. Outward also has this..

Kingdom: Two Crowns has Couch Coop (Switch) and Couch + Online Coop (all other platforms I think)

Its a sort of city building game with a chill atmosphere that turns tense at night when waves of Greed enemies come at your walls.

Left 4 Dead 1+2
Overcooked 1+2 (lots of yelling and screaming at your teammates)

I'm surprised no one mentioned Magicka or Trine yet.

Man, I could not keep my friends around to play Magicka because they would keep killing each other. Helldivers was a bit easier to manage, but when I got it, I was stuck playing with randoms. By the time it went free for PS+ I had moved on. Very fun coop games though. Fun enough for light party scene, but also difficult enough for those who want to be serious.

Does anyone have experience with Deep Rock Galactic? My friends and I were looking at it on Xbox a while back, but didn’t get it. It looked fun, but repetitive.

DRG is a fantastic game. It does get repetitive in the sense that you do the same actions every time, you swing your pickaxe to mine minerals and you defend yourself from the bugs with various firearms etc. What keeps the game different is customization and randomization. There are three major components to this:

1. You can choose your own class and equipment with various upgrades for each item which can result in vastly different playstyles. The combinations are virtually endless even if you assume that your teammates follow the standard party setup of one player of each class.
2. The enemy spawns are random and change their overall theme depending on the map and game mode. There are also lots of mutators that change the type and frequency of spawns. They have been steadily adding more alien types which shakes up the meta constantly.
3. The map generator in this game is very detailed. Maps will follow the same general theme depending on the game mode, a regular mining mission will typically be a linear tunnel crawl whereas a point extraction will have one central room with caves and tunnels around the perimeter. Picking a map with both high complexity and high length (size) can result in some amazing combinations like a giant Moria-sized cavern full of giant crystals that you enter from the ceiling and have to figure out a way to reach the ground without dying.

I play the scout class almost exclusively and I've barely scratched a fifth of the game in 50 hours of play.

It's fun stuff, I just stopped playing because, like Vermintide 2 (which I stopped for the same reason), if you hop in without friends or people who know what is supposed to happen, you pretty much waste your run. Or, spend a ton of time on something that should be pretty easy.

I like these types of games and if there's a group out there somewhere that knows what to do and doesn't mind bringing me up, let me know.

Yeah all coop games have that problem to some degree. DRG is a little more limited than VM2 because it's still in early access and the playerbase isn't huge. VM2 is starting to slow down as well but I still have no trouble finding games to play with decently skilled players, at least during daytime hours.

My wife and I played the Star Wars: the Old Republic MMO like it was a two-player game and we had a blast. The game kinda fell apart in the endgame, but the leveling stories were great. And that's the bit that they let you play for free.

Don't forget that a large chunk of the Lego games feature couch co-op options. I'm looking to get D.C. super Villians to play with my son as it's on sale right now for $19.

A buddy of mine works on a gaming site that focuses on Co-op so you might look there for some ideas as well: https://www.co-optimus.com/

Tamren wrote:

DRG is a fantastic game....I play the scout class almost exclusively and I've barely scratched a fifth of the game in 50 hours of play.

Seems like it’s worth a second look. Thanks for the write-up!