Initially, multiplayer games may only include sports games such as Pong (1972) which is often regarded as the first commercial video game ever. Now, with the presence of the internet, multiplayer games are growing more rapidly by presenting various unique concepts.
Initially, multiplayer-themed games were probably created just to beat each other’s opponents. However, many other multiplayer games encourage players to work together. For example, like games with the co-op genre where you have to help each other with other players to complete a mission or level.
- Call of Duty (Zombie Mode)
Starting from just an Easter eggs, now the zombie mode in the Call of Duty series has become a tradition. First introduced in Call of Duty: World at War as the last level, since then the zombie mode has become popular among Call of Duty fans. Treyarch as the developer also continued it into the sequel, Call of Duty: Black Ops.
The gameplay is also quite simple, players are required to continue to survive as long as possible amidst the attacks of zombies that will increase in number at each level. This mode can also accommodate 4 people who are required to coordinate in order to open new territories. Each map also has several weapons that can be purchased using the points earned every time you kill zombies. Players must also barricade doors or windows to block zombies from entering the map area.
Now, zombie mode is also present in the newest Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. There are several characters and the latest gameplay mechanics, but the core gameplay that is presented remains the same. Black Ops Cold War is now available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, and PC via battle.net.
- Stardew Valley
For those of you who want to reminisce about playing Harvest Moon on PS1, Stardew Valley is one of the best alternatives. Since its release, this one-man game has immediately attracted the attention of many people. This is of course with a unique artsyle that adopts a pixel art design and the gameplay is very inspired by Harvest Moon: Back to Nature.
Initially, a developer named Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone intended to remake Harvest Moon: Back to Nature by himself. However, along with the development of the game, Barone also added some new features inspired by other games such as Animal Crossing, Minecraft and Terraria. As a result, the developer’s efforts paid off thanks to the appreciation from critics and players alike.
Now, Stardew Valley also supports a co-op feature where players can play with 3 other people and help each other in managing gardens, mining and also interacting with villagers. The co-op mode can also be played directly via the local splitscreen. So, players don’t have to be connected to the internet to play together. Apart from that, the modding community for this game is also quite active so that players can add new gameplay aspects as they wish.
Stardew Valley is now available on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC platforms via Steam.
- Payday 2
Payday 2 is one of the most popular co-op games. This is of course with a unique concept, where players are required to work together to rob banks while resisting police and army attacks. Not only gameplay, Payday 2 also presents quite interesting stories and is presented through many media such as comics and web-series.
Just like the previous game, Payday: The Heist, Payday 2 can accommodate 4 players. There are also various missions and some quite diverse characters. Some levels can also be completed through stealth by avoiding cameras and killing enemies using weapons with silencers. Of course, players must work together to complete missions and get maximum rewards.
Payday is available on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC platforms via Steam. The sequel, titled Payday 3, is planned for release in 2023 and will be published by Koch Media.
The combination of RPG, FPS, looter-shooter and co-op makes the Borderlands series popular among gamers. Not only gameplay, Borderlands also presents an interesting story and art style with a cell-shaded design that makes it quite iconic.
In addition, the Borderlands series also provides various characters, each of which has its own advantages and skills. Some of these skills can also be used simultaneously to help each other complete quests. The weapons available are also very diverse because the combination of weapon types will be generated randomly. This also earned the Borderlands series a world record award for the game with the largest variety of weapons ever.
Now, the Borderlands series already has four main games, each of which must be played if you want to understand the storyline. The Borderlands series is available on PC via the Steam platform and there is also Borderlands: The Handsome Collection which is a remastered version of Borederlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for consoles and PCs.
- Left 4 Dead 2
There have been many games that have tried to imitate the success of Left 4 Dead 2. However, it seems that until now, the second game in the Left 4 Dead series still cannot be defeated. A unique concept such as working together to shoot a horde of zombies is one of the selling points that is often used as an inspiration for other zombie games.
Not only ordinary zombies, there are a number of zombies with special abilities that will try to separate the players. So, players are required to continue to help each other and share items such as weapons, medkits, adrenalines and so on. In addition, there are also various modes and characters that can be selected as desired.
Left 4 Dead 2 also has mod support with a fairly active modding community. So, if you are bored with existing maps or weapons, you can immediately download various mods through the Steam Community such as custom maps, weapon skins, character skins and so on. Even with the help of console commands, the game can accommodate more than the maximum number of players (4 people).
Left 4 Dead 2 is currently only available on the PC platform via Steam. Left 4 Dead 2 also contains all the maps from the previous Left 4 Dead as well as a number of levels, characters and the latest game modes.
The list proves that games are not just entertainment. Because games can also teach the importance of cooperation through good coordination and communication. Of course, there are many other co-op games that are not on the list. Moreover, there are more and more new titles that also implement the co-op feature in them. However, it looks like the list above is sufficient to cover some of the best co-op games. Some of the games on the list are also fairly light on low-spec PCs and they’re also quite affordable.