Top 10 Couch Multiplayer Co-Op Games
Couch co-op or offline cooperative play has seen a decline with the emergence of online play, and the average gamer has simply grown up and may not have time to split away from family to get together with old friends to fire up the console. However, many gamers will always cherish the memories of playing their favorite game with their best friend or sibling right next to them, sharing in the triumphs, failures, and most importantly... the fun! This is my list of the top 10 couch co-op games to date.
Now before I get started I want to share with you the criteria I used to help define what couch co-op is. Those are:
- It must be offline cooperative play
- You have to be able to play on the same screen at the same time
- You cannot be in direct competition with who you are playing with
- Both or all players must be as fully functioning as the player 1 character
- The game must have co-op as a main feature and not as an add-on or bonus mode
The hardest part of all of this is battling the nostalgia. However, using these criterion I have come up with the Top 10 Couch Co-Op games to date. Let's get started!
Dynasty Warriors has proven itself to be a resilient franchise. While the basics behind the game are rather...basic, it is no doubt a very enjoyable time hacking and slashing your way through hordes of enemy NPC's with your best bud next to you. Some may consider it an obscure choice, but those who have played any game in the series will understand the collaborative "Oh sh**!" moment when Lu Bu appears on the chaotic battlefield.
Oh no! It's Lu Bu
Rock Band 2
When the first Rock Band game came out, it capitalized on the success of Guitar Hero and brought that fan base over to the franchise. The instant classic allowed you to play with three of your buddies to play through a huge collection of songs. The second game only improved on the success with more songs and better instruments. And before you know it the band got back together to rock out in your dorm room, living room or practically anywhere you could set up your instruments.
Diablo 3 started out on the PC and through all of its faults, the game was well received. It wasn't until it was ported to consoles later though that it would really make its mark as one of the best co-op games. With some fine tuning to make it console friendly, the console world was able to feast on the addictive fighting and looting the series is known for. What made it even better is the drop-in, drop-out mechanics in case your roomie has to make it to that Panera interview.
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead came at the precipice of the zombie craze. Back in 2007, gamers were given a unique experience of being in the zombie apocalypse with a friend. It's half shooter, one-fourth survival and one-fourth horror; shooting down hordes of zombies running after you, keeping away from the crying witch you hear in the background and trying your hardest to make to the safe point with or without your friend.
Gears of War 3
While putting this list together I knew that it was going to be shooter heavy. However some franchises have created some of the most memorable co-op moments in game. Enter the Gears of War franchise. What started out as a fight to fend off the horde developed into a fight to save the world; all of this with your best friend. Even the story is made for co-op featuring the bromance between Dom and Marcus. Gears 3 was the pinnacle of the story with a climax that tugs on the heart strings.
The epitome of bromance
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Garrison is a major enthusiast for the video game medium. RPG's, superheroes and oddly enough basketball satisfy his imagination just enough to function in the real world.
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