5 Best Co-op Game on Steam

by Sammy Chan
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Grab a friend!

With a library as large as Steam’s, it can be daunting to look for multiplayer games that are fun. Here are a few titles worth checking out, even their developers, especially when they are on sale.

1. Castle Crashers

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Castle Crashers is a 2D beat ‘em up game in a medieval fantasy setting developed by The Behemoth, where you play as a knight fight the evil wizard and his minions in a quest to retrieve the stolen jewel and rescue the princesses. The game offers local or online multiplayer for for up to 4 players, with a classic story line and numerous weapons to choose from, and with the game being remastered as a free update on Steam for better performance, higher quality textures and an additional mini-game, and personally I love a game with a simple goal, and Castle Crashers delivers that while providing a challenge that doesn’t require hours of fore-planning. Just head in and play, and you’ll eventually figure things out, which is why it sits on the top of the list.

2. Left 4 Dead 2

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Ever felt the need to shoot something? Had a bad day and you need to relieve your anger by killing mindless zombies? Left 4 Dead 2 is the game for you. Over 7 campaigns for you to choose from, not to mention downloadable contents from the developers and community workshops modders. Fight your way to the finish line with machine guns, shot guns or if you’re feeling real fancy, a samurai sword. Bring out your inner beast as you decapitate zombies on your quest to refuel your escape vehicle, or chop off the legs of your chasers while defending your rescue point in a game of teamwork and survival. With that being said, the AI in the game is not the smartest, and you will often find yourself laughing at the AI as it tries to save you after a careless mistake. The game also only has very few variations, and playing it for a few hours will significantly dull the wow factor of exploding zombies.

3. Don’t Starve Together

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Don’t Starve Together is exactly what it sounds like, a survival game where you and you friends work together to not starve… together. Cooperate with friends in your quest to gather resources, craft useful tools, and build your fortress. Carve your way around as you try to solve the mystery that cloaks the land. Don’t Starve Together now includes the Reign of Giants expansion pack as a free update, and has over 10 characters to choose from, each with their own advantages that they bring to the group. If you love Minecraft you’ll love Don’t Starve Together even more, it offers a simple aspect of base building, a more complex version of your needs for survival and decently challenging enemies. However, the game can be very grind intensive as many materials that you require for tools and machines that are essential towards progressing the game are not easy to find, and more so with multiple friends playing together, which can lead to dying and restarting the game many times. Due to the permanence of death in the game, this can get very boring very fast.

4. Orcs Must Die! 2

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Orcs Must Die! 2 is a trap based tower defense game with a twist, it features an FPS aspect to the game where you play in first-person. The game is a follow up to it’s predecessor, Orcs Must Die!, both developed by Robot Entertainment. Orcs Must Die! 2 features a simple story line, where you as a player must defend against a slew of enemies that is escaping from a rift, opened by the War Mage’s master. Outside of the classic modes, the game offers over 50 traps and weapons, all upgradable when playing the game in different levels of difficulty. Over the time I’ve played Orcs Must Die! and Orcs Must Die! 2 I’ve come to realize that although the game is extremely fun with a friend, it can get very repetitive over time especially when you redo certain areas for a better score since the game is perfection based.

5. Portal 2

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Valve released Portal 2 in 2011, a first person puzzle-platformer similar to it’s predecessor, Portal. While retaining Portal’s game play elements, Portal 2 introduces new features sure as tractor beams, laser redirection, bridges made from energy etc. Players then work together to solve puzzles with the help of their portal guns, which help them move across the room to their destination, be it from jumping to really high places with the use of accelerating gels, or activating a doorway with the help of a laser redirection. Fun as it is, Portal 2 has a very steep co-op learning curve, and that is mainly because the main co-op campaign is short. A quick 4 hours of play time and you’ll find yourself done with the game, as it has almost zero replayability. Thankfully, there are hundreds of hours of fan-generated content available for you to download via the Steam Workshop.

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