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5 Best Co-op Games in 2023

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Some games are more fun with a companion or two by your side. Some of these games, like It Takes Two, are more than simply a diversion; they also test the depth of your friendships. We've researched some of the best co-op games ever made to help you persuade your friends to check them out, whether you and your friends prefer blasting down hordes of monsters, constructing a beautiful farm together, or just trying to survive.

Sometimes, playing video games like the ones at casino reviews is a solitary pastime. After starting Elden Ring, you may go ten hours without communicating with anyone besides Ranni. But gaming is also a great way to spend time with friends and family, and it may even form or destroy relationships (a few of my friendships have been very much tried and tested by It Takes Two).

Because of this, co-op games are priceless. I hate to say it, but my hundreds of hours spent with Valorant and Dead by Daylight don't hold a candle to the memories I've made playing co-op games with my friends. 

The requirements for inclusion on this list are minimal: be a co-op game or have a noteworthy co-op campaign. For me, multiplayer games with cooperative and competitive modes are off the table. All titles in this list stress the importance of working together.


Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley, created by Eric Barone, is a farming simulator with a delightful story (AKA ConcernedApe). It looks like a simple pixelated RPG where you can grow crops and give your animals cute names, but it'll have you bringing life back to an entire town in no time.

Stardew Valley requires a significant time commitment, with some players spending hundreds of hours honing their farms to perfection. However, you can share the load if you recruit a friend to work with you on co-op.

I like playing Stardew Valley with others more than by myself. You will only quickly get bored of Stardew Valley, but when you do, you could find yourself wishing you had a friend to help out around the farm.

Together or alone, you can go wherever in town to do whatever you want during co-op. As long as you two sleep at the same time every night, you're free to act out your dream farming experience in any way you like, with the bonus of having a willing and able companion.


It Takes Two

Hazelight is no stranger to making challenging cooperative games that are also a ton of fun, but It Takes Two is unquestionably the best one they've done thus far.

You and a friend enter the doll-sized bodies of an arguing couple on the verge of divorce, and you must solve various platforming puzzles to escape and return to your regular size. 

It Takes Two is highly recommended for couples because it's more than just another co-op game; the game also offers an exceptionally poignant story. The game can be played with a friend without the risk of romantic attraction developing between you. Still, failure to cooperate effectively increases the risk that your friendship will terminate up to the point where you feel like playing again, which should only be a few hours.


Borderlands series

Again, the discussion of cooperative games would only be complete by including the Borderlands franchise. Every game in the series' primary line may be played cooperatively, and some even actively promote it.

The Borderlands games are ideal when you and your friends want to sit around a TV and plug in a controller because they are fast-paced shoot them-ups with lots of loot. Borderlands 3 may be the best option for those interested in cooperative play because it offers more cooperative elements than the original game. Drops of loot, for instance, are shared amongst all members of your squad.

The fact that all you need is a couple of controllers, and you can start playing immediately is another reason why I adore these games. Thanks to a level-syncing system, new players can jump into any save without starting from the story's beginning. As a result, even if you're completely new to Borderlands, you can still enjoy a lot of fun by loading up a save file from a seasoned player and having your levels automatically adjusted to match theirs.


Left 4 Dead 2

Though it would have been preferable to discuss Back 4 Blood rather than Turtle Rock's effort from a decade ago, the latter was more spectacular. Left 4 Dead 2 will allow you and your friends to beat zombie brains for a while, simultaneously feeling a mounting panic.

In Left 4 Dead 2, it's not enough to focus on your survival; you have to watch out for your friends, too. You may be out looting or playing around with the healing gnome and having the time of your life, and then suddenly, your teammate could yell that a Hunter is on their tail and you should all go to them. Never mind making it through all of the levels. The chaos keeps on coming.

If you think L4D2 has lost its luster after over a decade, think again. Despite the problems with Back 4 Blood's initial release, many individuals are still actively playing L4D2, and I'm sure some of your friends would enjoy getting back into it to once again hack and slash their way through hordes of zombies.


Deep Rock Galactic

In Deep Rock Galactic, you play as a crew of mining dwarves tasked with completing missions, gathering materials, and eliminating enemies using skills specific to your character's class. This game is excellent for you and up to three friends because it never feels like trying too hard.

You'll need a good plan and some strategy in Deep Rock Galactic to make it back to your trusty escape pod after exploring the many procedurally created tunnels. However, part of the pleasure in a co-op is partly in learning from your mistakes.

No matter how well or poorly you fare against the alien hordes of Deep Rock Galactic, you and your pals will have a blast exploring the complex network of caves.