Top 10 Best Co-op Games for the PC

The PC as a games platform has been a foundation for multiplayer gameplay, and was the first to feature online co-op long before Xbox Live made it onto the scene. Listed here are some of the best co-op games for PC.

by on 7th Feb, 2011

Minecraft 

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As a game, Minecraft isn't difficult to classify. It is a sandbox that essentially allows players to craft a world of their own creation using all of the game's resources (terrain, trees and harvestable material). Players can do this either alone, or with friends on a dedicated server. 

Players are faced with all sorts of challenges arising from the hostile lifeforms that inhabit the lands of Minecraft. Creepers, who explode on contact with the player, and aggressive giant spiders are a constant threat for the would-be architect. The threat of these monsters can be diminished with the construction of boundaries and lighted areas, which all in all forces players to work together and secure their construction sites. At least, that's the idea--it hasn't been fully implemented yet.  

Although the "Minecraft" remains in beta, the game's developer Notch is assiduous in keeping the game updated with fresh new content every so often, which ranges from the minor (new materials) to the major (new gameplay mechanics, large world changes.  

Some would argue that the game can feel pointless without any objectives to accomplish, but the philosophy behind "Minecraft" is that creation is its own reward. I'm inclined to agree.  

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 

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You might be wondering why a shooter like "Bad Company 2" would be on a list of cooperative games. After all, isn't the goal of most shooters simply to get the most kills? With "Bad Company 2", the goal of the multiplayer game is to function as a team. Scores are determined by your contributions to your squad and to your side, which range from support functions like healing and spotting to offensive functions like killing enemies and capturing objective points.  

Due to the way it's designed, "Bad Company 2" encourages players to play cooperatively, and a being a part of a close-knit squad can be every bit as exciting as relying on your buddy in any dedicated co-op experience.  

Whether you're playing as the Russians, Americans or the North Vietnamese Army in the game's "Vietnam" expansion pack, "Bad Company 2" is a solid first person shooter and its multiplayer, team-based offering is hard to surpass.   

Left 4 Dead 2 

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Valve's latest game is also arguably its finest. Building on the strengths of the original "Left 4 Dead," Valve's "Left 4 Dead 2" is basically the same game but with the addition of melee weapons and three new Special Infected zombies to up the ante.  

In the original "Left 4 Dead," players took on the roles of Zoey, Bill, Louis and Francis, four disease-immune survivors who must make their way out of a city turned upside-down by an outbreak of zombie flu. They made their way through apartment buildings, a hospital, sewers, and eventually find their way to an abandoned farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania to be rescued by the army. That is where their story ends.  

In the new "Left 4 Dead 2", the story takes place a thousand miles from where the original survivors were--in Savannah, Georgia. The four characters here are Coach, Nick, Rochelle and Ellis, who are mixed archetypes like the previous four.  

Although you can play the game in single player, the game's main offering are its online modes, that place you in the role of one of the survivors as you make your way across the Southern United States. Like the original "Left 4 Dead," the story is split into several campaigns consisting of several levels each.  A couple of newly released patches for "Left 4 Dead 2" included the additions of weekly mutations (a mode that changes the way games are played), and three additional campaigns--two of which bring the return of the original cast of four. Players can also team up against other teams in versus mode, which pits the survivors against infected, where players take turns with each side. 

"Left 4 Dead 2" is a dedicated co-op game, and with the exception of its predecessor, there's nothing else like it on the market. You can't go wrong with this one.  

Honorable Mentions

Warhammer: Age of Reckoning, Planetside, Resident Evil 5, Borderlands, Dead Rising 2

Upcoming Co-op games

Brink, Portal 2, Diablo 3

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