My 10 favorite co-op games

I’ve talked about my love of co-op games on this blog a number of times. I have praised the immense potential they have for enjoyment and the fact that by requiring co-operation, they test friendships and relationships like no other games can.

So I figure that this is a good time to run through some of my picks for my favorite co-op games I’ve ever played. The basis of my criteria is fun. Enjoyment is what I’m all about in games, and that’s the main thing I’m going to consider.

Some things to note beforehand though. Firstly, if I haven’t played a game, I can’t say if it’s one of my favorite, so there may be games out there I would absolutely love that I just haven’t played. Secondly, this list is highly subjective, so don’t be surprised if a co-op game you love doesn’t make it onto the list. Each persons’ list is bound to be different.

But without further ado, let’s jump into it:

10) Crawl

Kicking off this list is the dungeon crawler where “Your friends control the monsters”. Crawl is an inventive, original game that is an interesting blend of dungeon crawler, and hot potato. One player is the hero, who tries to kill monsters and get experience and loot to defeat the boss and win the game. The rest of the players are monsters, who are trying to kill the hero and become the hero themselves to have a shot at winning. The result is an incredibly fun game where one minute you are all ganging up on the hero, and the next minute you are fighting for your life against all of your friends. Every game is different, and the replay value is amazing.

9) Killing Floor 2

Killing Floor 2 is a class-based, zombie killing gore fest that improves on the original in nearly every way, making for an extremely enjoyable experience as you and your friends fight off waves of Zed. Every class feels balanced and unique in their own way, with my personal favorites being the Medic and Berserker classes. One of the main attractions however is the gore system. Named the MEAT system, every enemy has 22 distinct locations on their body that you can hit and potentially gib. The system works wonderfully, with the gore feeling realistic, impactful and satisfying as it should be.

8) Dungeon of the Endless

While I only got Dungeon of the Endless about a month ago, I have fallen in love with it. The hybrid tower-defense/roguelike strikes all the right notes. It is challenging and intense, while also being enjoyable and exciting. When playing with friends however, that is all amplified. Working together and managing your limited resources to fight off increasingly difficult waves of enemies is vital, and things can go from happy and good to “Holy crap we just got wasted” with a single bad turn. Fun to play alone, but way better with friends, this is how a co-op game should be.

7) Gears of War 2

One of my favorite games from my days of being an Xbox gamer, and one of my all time favorite games to play with friends. Gears of War 2 was for me the high point in the series, the campaign was awesome, killing Locust was as fun as ever, and like Killing floor 2 earlier in this list, the gore was on point. The stand out feature for me was the Horde mode. It was the first time I had played a survival-esque mode in a game and boy was it a blast. Rounds started easy and quickly became a matter of running for dear life and finding choke points to hold off the seemingly invincible monsters with a friend. Intense, gory, and insanely enjoyable in one game mode.

6) Borderlands 2

Hands down one of the best loot-fest games I’ve ever played. Borderlands 2 would technically be a first-person, role-playing shooter game, and it nails every aspect of it. In a word, it’s just fun. Everything about Borderlands 2 makes it a joy to play, the comedy is some of the best I’ve seen in a game, it is fast paced and the loot is rewarding and of course, there is a huge variety, making each gun feel different from the last. On top of all of this, it was built for co-op play. Playing with friends is hectic, chaotic and fun, making it one of my favorite co-op games ever.

5) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 was for me, the peak of the franchise. Aside from the fun, fast paced action and all the times it got me through study breaks when I needed some stress relief, the thing that puts this game this far up the list is it’s near perfect spec-ops mode. The spec-ops mode is a series of 2 player missions, and each and every one of them is so much fun. Some of my fondest memories gaming was trying to get 3 stars in every mission with my brother, and especially the final missions which are just full of juggernauts, made for some incredibly fun moments.

4) Terraria

A pixel art, 2-D, open world role playing game with exploration, crafting, and more items, and monsters than you can fathom, sign me up. The exploration and combat is incredibly exciting and enjoyable, and with such a huge range of items to find, which change the game and make you feel unique and awesome, there is always something to do, and I can easily spend hours upon hours in this game without even realising. With a friend to go through all of this with you, the game becomes even more fun and exciting. Exploring and fighting together is almost addictive sometimes.

3) GTA V (GTA online)

The sky’s the limit in open world games, with so many options and such freedom to do what you want to do, the world is literally a playground, one where your imagination is the fuel for what you do. This freedom is what I enjoy most about open world games, and GTA V represents the pinnacle of this genre. Of course, the best way to skyrocket the fun is to add a friend and see what kind of crazy ideas you can up with and try out together. Certainly discovering all of this games’ features and experimenting with many silly ideas has been a source of a lot of antics, and more fun times than I can remember.

2) Towerfall Ascension

The king of local co-op games, Towerfall Ascension is an endlessly fun and addictive game, and is the most fun you will ever have shooting your friends in the face with an arrow. Simple and easy to learn, but difficult to master, Towerfall was designed with multiplayer in mind, and that is certainly where it shines. All the way through the campaign it is challenging, hectic and endlessly funny. Absolutely recommended if you like having fun.

1) Portal 2

It makes sense that this legendary game made it to the top of this list. The portal-based puzzle game is as endlessly clever and funny as it is enjoyable and fun. Taking everything awesome about the first, and adding more of it created a perfect single player, and a co-op campaign that strains the mind as well as the relationship between you and whoever you are sharing the experience with. By forcing you to work together to achieve victory, Portal 2 provides an infinite number of opportunities for fun, as well as screwing each other over, until you reach the end of end level, which never fails to fill you with an overwhelming sense of satisfaction. Like the single player, the comedy is on point and hilarious, as your AI narrator constantly puts you down, and tries to pit you and your partner against each other. It creates an experience that is almost difficult to put into words, as it is so special that you really need to play through it yourself to know what I mean.

 

Well those are just some of my favorite co-op games, and now I would love to hear from you. What are some of your favorite co-op games? What are some of your fondest memories playing games with someone else? Let me know in the comments, and if you enjoyed this post, be sure to give it a like. Until next time, stay beautiful 🙂

My most anticipated games of 2017

I don’t really get hyped about games. I know, bad way to start out a most anticipated list, but seriously, I used to get super hyped and obsessed over games prior to release, and it wasn’t the most pleasant experience ever. So in the past few years, I mainly focus on the games coming out right now, and what the gameplay looks like once people have their hands on it and the reviews and gameplay videos start coming out.

In saying this, often there are a good few games that I like to keep on my radar, so that when it comes out, I can be like “Oh, this is a game I was quite excited to be released, how does the finished product look?”. This list is for those games, and given it is the start of a new year, the number of games on the horizon is significant, and bound to grow. Keep in mind I’m a PC gamer as you go through the list. So without further ado, here is a small list of games I’m most excited about, as of the start of 2017:

4) Yooka Laylee

A spiritual successor to the popular Banjo-Kanzooie games, and even made by some of the same people that worked on it, this game is hopefully going to be one of the best adventure games of the year. With a colourful, vibrant look and fun characters to match, it seems like a winner. As for the protagonists, its a chameleon with a bat friend, who could even resist. Release date: 11 April 2017

3) Below

A game I honestly had no idea about until I looked up a list of games being released in 2017 just hours before coming up with the idea of this post. Below is an adventure, roguelike game in which you navigate a series of caves on an island, surviving dangers and discovering secrets as you journey below. I’m always a sucker to roguelikes, and indie titles, and this one in particular has gotten my attention thanks to the interesting and challenging looking gameplay, and beautiful art style to back it up. Release date: TBC 2017

2) For Honor

Ever wanted to beat up a samurai as a viking? For Honor has you sorted. The action hack and slash game let’s you play as a medieval archetype, either viking, knight, or samurai, and beat the crap out of each other using a tactical, but hard hitting combat system. The main appeal for me is definitely the setting, knowing that you are a big player in who wins and who loses in this historic battle ramps up the tension, and makes me feel like each player kill and each objective I complete really makes a difference. Plus running around chopping up people with a big sword is fun in almost any game. Release date: 14 February 2017

1) Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands

An open world game where you play as Ghost soldiers doing whatever you want in a wasteland filled with drug cartels and bad guys. Yes please. This game just screams options, whether it’s where you wanna go, how to pull off the next awesome hostile takeover whether it’s stealthy and tactical, or all guns blazing, this game looks like an absolute blast. Particularly when you throw in co-op on top of it all, I’m sure madness, chaos, and perfectly executed stealth takedowns will be the name of the game. Can’t wait for this game to drop. Release date: 7 March 2017

 

Of course, these are only a few games, there are many more that we know about, and surely many that we don’t. Can’t wait to see how these one’s turn out

In the mean time, what games are you looking forward to playing in 2017? And if you enjoyed this post, be sure to like it, it really does make my day. Until next time, stay beautiful 🙂

6 games I missed in 2016 that I’m eager to go back and play

While 2016 was a great year for video games, I certainly missed my fair share of them. Now here I am, in 2017, and I thought I would compile a small list of games I hope I’ll come back to play at some point or another, whether it be this year or in 5 years time. As for why I didn’t play them last year, most of it is attributed to my stinginess when it comes to getting new games, which sucks, but hopefully this year I’ll be able to loosen up and get some of them this time around.

Hopefully in this post I can explain partially my rationale for not getting these games, and why I would like to play them eventually. Just keep in mind, I’m usually my own worst enemy when it comes to getting new games, something I have talked about before on this blog. Because of this some of these games, namely those at the top of the list, are games where the benefits of getting it vastly outweigh the cost, but I somehow convince myself every time not to get it. Effectively, shooting myself in the foot has been the inspiration for this post.

But enough ranting, without further ado, let’s jump into it:

6) Titanfall 2

The sequel to Respawn Entertainment’s FPS involving mechs, parkour, and fast paced action looks like an absolute blast. From what I’ve heard, it does everything that the first iteration did, but better and more of it. I played the first Titanfall and loved it, given that there seems no reason for me to not try this out, apart from maybe the lacking player base. Similar to the first game, the number of players on PC just isn’t that many from what I hear, which can make for long wait times for matches, and frustration, so if I’m going to get it, sooner rather than later might be the way to go.

5) The Division

Like many people, when I first saw The Division at E3 2013, I was blown away. Admittedly, after playing the open beta months ago, I was disappointed when compared to what I saw at E3, but what I found was still a fun, open world, third person shooter, loot-fest game. However come the release of the game, I of course didn’t get it (hence why it is on this list), the initial problems (such as bullet sponge enemies and a broken end-game) and lack of changes from the beta kind of put me off getting it. However, in time, I may come back and buy it when it goes on sale, and see the result.

4) Gears of War 4

I am a die hard Gears of War fan, Gears of War 2 was one of my favourite games ever, and I was kind of sad to miss this iteration of the franchise. To be honest, this game kind of slipped under the radar, and when it came out I was bogged down with life stuff, and I kinda just put it rest. Also it’s frigging expensive. While it’s a sucky reason to not get a game, it’s a pretty powerful one. So, you know, maybe chainsawing dudes will have to wait for another day.

3) The Witness

This was interesting game that caught my eye as a first person, explorative, puzzle solving game. While puzzle games definitely aren’t my first choice, I love a good puzzle game, and this struck me as something great. Something that always shines through in peoples’ opinions on this game is the experience of discovering all the hidden secrets the game has to offer. Also the game world looks gorgeous, and appeals to the explorer in me. As far as explaining why I didn’t buy it goes, I literally have no reasoning for not already having this game, and having just missed out on it in the Steam Winter Sale, this is high on my list of games to get.

2) Doom

I’m going to start out by saying, I have never played a Doom game, I missed out on that generation of gaming, although the impact the franchise has had on gaming in irrefutable. Focusing on this game in particular, after watching gameplay videos and reading reviews, it looks freaking awesome. The fast paced, first person shooter gore fest that is this game just melts my brain, and doesn’t seem a lot like anything I’ve played before, making all the more enticing. The temptation to pick this up and start getting glory kills against the demons of hell is real.

1) Inside

Inside took me completely by surprise. When I saw a playthrough of it, I went into it having no idea what to expect. What I found myself thinking 2 minutes into watching this playthrough was “Oh my god I need to play this game”.Given that it topped this list, it’s no surprise I haven’t played it yet, and now that it’s 2017, I am sitting here stunned that I somehow haven’t summoned the strength to just up and buy it. From what I have seen, I feel drawn to the atmosphere of the game more than anything, the deep, hidden ideas and themes that lie beneath the surface of the game, and the experience of actually immersing yourself in the mysterious adventure of a child exploring a dark, dystopian world. Either way, Inside is a game I definitely regret not getting during the recent sale, and when I eventually do get it, I might even offer my personal take on it, delayed as my opinion might be 🙂

 

If you have played any of the above games, what can  you say about it before I eventually play through it? Also, what games did you pass on in 2016 and hope to come back to? Let me know in the comments, and if you enjoyed reading this, drop a like and let me know if I should do more lists like this. Until the next post, stay beautiful 🙂

My top 10 favorite games ever (2016 edition)

2016 has been a.. well.. interesting year, to say the least. But alas, it is coming to an end, even if it only feels like it just started. As this year draws to a close, I thought I would document my all-time favourite games as of right now as a nice little time-stamp of my preferences. Even though this year has been a terrific one in terms of games, I haven’t played a huge heap of em’, so don’t be surprised if some of the year’s best games aren’t here.

Finally, this list is completely subjective, your one is highly likely to be different from mine. Without further ado, lets jump right in.

10) Gears of War 2

Before I was a true blue PC gamer, Xbox was my jam, and this was easily one of my favourite games to jam to. Everything from the endless gore, dark atmosphere and ragdoll physics (and chainsaw machine guns, can’t forget those) instantly hooked me. The Horde mode in Gears 2 is by far my favourite as of so far, hectic, challenging, and responsible for many good memories. While another game on this list introduced me to Xbox, this was certainly one of my favourite games to play, and like many games on this list, it still holds up very well.

9) Terraria

When you combine pixel art, with open world, exploration, crafting, building, looting, and multiplayer all into one game, you get Terraria. Often considered to be a parallel to Minecraft, I have always believed Terraria sits in a league of its own. Variety is the spice of life in Terraria, no two playthroughs feel the same, and with such a huge range of items and enemies and secrets to find, it is one of those games I have always struggled to put down once I start playing it. When you aren’t distracted by the beautiful design of the game, there is so much fun to be had.

8) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

This was where I believe the COD games peaked, and while the series has always held a special place in my heart, none of the games nailed quite as well as MW2. Even with the lack of survival mode the multiplayer was bang on and got me through numerous of days of studying when I needed to let off steam. However, the feature that got this game on the list, was it’s perfect spec ops mode. I remember working with my older brother to three star every mission making for some of the best (and most rage inducing) times ever. While the Black Ops games are certainly great, I wonder if we will ever see a COD game as great as this.

7) Towerfall

Only way I can sum this game up: best couch co-op ever. Simple to learn but difficult to master, this game certainly took me by surprise by showing me how fun it is to shoot your significant other in the head with an arrow, whether same teams or not. Towerfall is 2D pixel art, archer combat at it’s best, and one of the best, funnest, and funniest games to play with friends ever made. Take it from me, I have never laughed so hard while playing a game.

6) Rocket League

It’s turbo charged cars playing soccer, literally. While it took me a while to buy this game, when I did I was instantly hooked. The chaotic and fast paced nature of the game is pure enjoyment, and the thrill of scoring a goal is something quite unlike any other game I’ve ever played. Also, local co-op and turbo induced flying majestically like an eagle, nuff said.

5) Left 4 Dead 2

Zombie killing madness at it’s finest. I had always seen great things said about Left 4 dead, but hadn’t actually played it till last year, and oh boy was I missing out. With a friend, it can make for some of the intense and hilarious moments possible in a video game. The selection of special zombies mixes up the combat and makes it unpredictable and exciting, making team work essential to succeed. Also, the wide variety of mods available adds some extra silliness and enjoyment to a game that is already awesome.

4) Halo 3

Where do I even start with this, Halo 3 was the catalyst that got me to move from my handheld gaming roots, to more console gaming. The campaign had some of the most memorable levels ever (I mean ‘The Covenant’ was one of the best levels in halo history) and was just an absolute blast to play through, especially with a friend. On legendary difficulty, the game is punishing and challenging as it should be. Of course, the multiplayer was awesome, and thankfully there is a PC port that works well so I can continue to play it today.

3) Diablo 3

Now while Diablo 3 didn’t have the greatest launch, what with the auction house and error 43, it has grown and developed to be one of the best games I’ve ever played, and my favourite action RPG. It is addictive loot grinding at its finest, if I’m not careful I can play this game for hours upon hours without even noticing, just slaying demon after demon in the hope of the next orange dropping. Particularly since the addition of the Reaper of Souls expansion, and the numerous updates and new features that continue to be added today, it has been an endless joy to play.

2) Pokémon Gold and Silver

The game that got me into gaming. I can still remember ‘borrowing’ my older brothers’ Gameboy to be able to play this game, and I fell in love, and what a game to start it off with. Pokémon Gold and Silver were for me the pinnacle of the franchise, the Johto region was interesting, the Pokémon designs were on point, and connecting it to the Kanto region for me made the world feel more connected. The highlight though has to be the final battle with Red on Mt. Silver, getting the opportunity to fight the protagonist of the first game was legendary.

1) Half-life 2

The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world. In this case, it was the right game in the right place. Maybe I have a special place in my heart for mute protagonists, but I don’t think anyone can deny that Half-life 2 is a masterpiece. It feels challenging without feeling unfair. The variety of weapons and open world means that there is always more than one option. The story through the eyes of Gordon Freeman is engaging, interesting, and exhilarating. I could go on about all the great things about it, but I think the best way to sum it up would be timeless. Even today, I love to pick it up and play through it again and again, and for good reason. Without a doubt, Half-life 2 is my favourite game I’ve ever played.

But these are just my favourite games, what about you? What are some of the games that left you with some of your best gaming memories? And what games just have you coming back no matter how many times you play the? Let me know in the comments. I’ll be sure to update this list in a year, but until then, stay beautiful 🙂