5 Fun Co-Op Games to Play with Friends

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Multiplayer and co-op capability are some of the most popular features in video games. After all, who doesn’t like playing games with their friends? Whether you’re teaming up with your friends or playing against them, here are five awesome co-op and multiplayer games worth checking out.

Left 4 Dead 2

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Left 4 Dead 2 is one of the most well known and popular co-op games. Although the game was released in 2009, thousands of people still play the game today. Why? Because the game is just that fun.

L4D2 is a challenging zombie-apocalyptic shooting game that requires teamwork and cooperation to succeed. You can’t just run off on your own, or you’ll be picked off by one of the game’s infected. If one of the infected happens to catch you, a teammate must rescue you. If you lose all your health and get knocked down, you need a teammate to help you up. Each level has tough objectives that will test your teamwork.

Aside from the campaign mode, the game features a versus mode in which two teams of four players take turns playing as survivors and infected. Survivors will try to complete the map while the infected attempt to stop them. Even when playing as infected, teamwork is necessary to set up successful ambushes.

The PC version of the game has access to the Steam Workshop, allowing players to modify their game. There is a variety of mods from character skins, weapons, and custom sound effects.

Check out this mod of the characters as velociraptors by Splink in the Steam Workshop.

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If you’re into shooting zombies with friends, this is definitely a game for you.

(Price:$19.99 on Steam)

Garry’s Mod

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Garry’s Mod is a physics sandbox game filled with tons of creative and custom content from the Steam Workshop. The game has several modes outside of sandbox mode, which can be played with other players.

Here are just a few game modes:

  • Prop Hunt: similar to hide and seek. In this game mode, there are hunters and props. Players on the prop team can take the appearance of a prop to hide from the hunters. Hunters are blinded and cannot move at the start of each round so the props have time to hide. After the time is up, the hunters are released to find and destroy the props. Props win if any of them survive when the time is up, and hunters win if all props are eliminated.
  • Murder: a murderer hides among the players. Luckily, one of the bystanders has a gun which can be used to shoot the murderer. However, none of the bystanders know who the murderer is. The murderer wins if they eliminate all of the bystanders, and the bystanders win if they eliminate the murderer.
  • GMod Tower: a social-gaming, community-based type map, which also has its own custom minigames. Players can even own an in-game house and customize their character with skins and accessories.

The only downside is that sometimes it can take a long time to load into servers to play a game because of all of that custom content. Servers may also use files from other games such as Half Life 2 and Counter Strike: Source, which have to be bought and installed, or the maps may cause errors. But despite this, Garry’s Mod provides plenty of opportunity for fun with friends.

(Price: $9.99 on Steam)

Don’t Starve Together

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Don’t Starve Together is the multiplayer expansion of the harsh indie survival game, Don’t Starve. Players work together to survive in a strange world filled with bizarre monsters and untold dangers.

The game’s 2D graphics are creepy, yet oddly cute while reminiscent of Tim Burton’s art style, which suits the game’s mysterious and unsettling atmosphere.

There are four seasons to survive through, and each has its own unique boss monster. Each season also has its own environmental challenges. In winter, players can freeze to death, and food becomes scarce. In spring, rain becomes more frequent, increasing the chances of being struck by lightning. Wetness from the rain will also cause players’ sanity to decrease, make tools slippery and less efficient to use, and food spoils faster when it gets soggy. In summer, players can overheat. The hot weather will also dry out crops and berries, cause food to spoil faster, and objects can become too hot and burst into flame. Luckily, autumn is a mostly peaceful season. Players can use this time as a break to prepare for the harsh seasons ahead. Just be wary of the autumn boss monster, who has a tendency to eat the player’s food.

This game also has access to the Steam Workshop, where players can find mods of custom characters and mods that will add convenience to the game. Many helpful mods such as a minimap and extra inventory slots are sure to make surviving a bit more possible.

Don’t Starve Together may be rough at times, but enduring and overcoming the game’s challenges with friends is an enjoyable experience. Whether working together to build a base, gather resources, or fight monsters and bosses, the game is sure to provide a fun, cooperative adventure.

(Price: $14.99 on Steam)

Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine

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Monaco is a charming, pixelated stealth/heist game. The game can be played single player or with up to four players in co-op. There are 8 thieves to choose from, and each has its own talents and special skills.

The game uses a unique top down view. The player’s field of vision is limited by their character’s line of sight, meaning that players must be cautious of any possible enemies lurking behind corners or in rooms.

The game provides a variety of objectives to complete, from robbing banks to breaking out other fellow thieves. And even though Monaco is a stealth game, you won’t fail the mission if you’re detected. Instead, the game transitions into a hilariously hectic race to escape.

Carrying out heists with friends in this game is absolutely thrilling.

(Price: $14.99 on Steam)

100% Orange Juice

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If Mario Party and Dark Souls came together to make an anime-style board game, it would be 100% Orange Juice.

Don’t let the game’s cute exterior fool you. 100% OJ is a ruthlessly difficult game that is sadistically dependent on luck.

The game can play up to 4 players and uses dice rolls for moving across the board and battling. One bad roll can cause you to land on a trap or a monster battle tile at low health. You can also land on and activate your own placed traps.

To win the game, a player has to collect a certain number of stars or defeat a certain number of enemies. While collecting stars is easy, they can also be lost and stolen by other players. Defeating enemies can be difficult depending on your character, and the more you fight, the more likely your character will be knocked out. Also, if you have low HP, you will be a likely target for other players. 

Each character has a different style. Some characters favor more aggressive strategies with a focus on fighting and defeating enemies. There are also characters that have a more defensive play style, focusing on collecting and stealing stars from other players while avoiding battles.

Despite how difficult the game is because of RNG, the game is also fun because of it, especially when playing with friends. The tables can turn just when someone thinks they’ve won.

(Price: $6.99 on Steam)

More Opportunities for Co-op

Tons of other co-op games exist that you can play with your friends. Browse Steam, and tell us your favorites in the comments below.

Also, note: these games are often featured during Steam sales and should be taken into consideration especially when you can grab them at low prices!