So I moved to university last month and I'm now living in the campus dorms. I have a few friends and roommates whom I'd like to "get in" on the gaming action I got going on, but the more I search the more I realize that I've finally found a major flaw in this platform I thought was utterly perfect: Extremely lacking co-op support.
It seems that most games that have co-op on the PC either depend on
- Multiplayer (connecting online) co-op: Left 4 Dead, Borderlands and Magicka among others
- Or two-machine LAN co-op: Dead Island, Gears of War and Conviction among others
- Or, and I want to put this into its own category because EA seems to be really anal about it - Origin co-op: Two machines, two copies of the game AND online Origin accounts for 2-player co-op games such as Battlefield 3, MOH Warfighter and Need for Speed games.
So.. Is it true? Do console games have easily accessible, no-online-needed, one-copy-of-the-game split screen co-op ready to go, whereas it's almost impossible for the PC without two machines, two copies and a fuckton of online accounts and server searching?
I really hope you can prove me wrong and list a variety of fun co-op games I can play on the PC with one or more friends, on one machine with one copy.
Split-screen is good, but if you can name something that is dynamically designed to work with two characters on the same screen, like Lara Croft & The Guardian of Light, that would truly be great.
As of now I think the PC is a weak co-op machine without all the requirements I listed above. cooptimus.com has too much shit to browse through, also.