The PC is truly weak when it comes to co-op. Game suggestions?

#1 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

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

My roommate would rather go to his friend's room to play Call of Duty split screen on a fat day-1 Playstation 3 because my beefy ass PC with its BATTLEFIELDZ voodoo can't provide shit for two people.

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?

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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.

#2 Posted by Oscar__Explosion (2403 posts) -

Not sure if it's true anymore, but there is a way to get split-screen on Left 4 Dead on PC.

Online
#3 Posted by SexyToad (2722 posts) -

Minecraft! There's a mod you can get. It's works pretty good.

#4 Posted by Giantstalker (1726 posts) -

I wish I could help you out, but I haven't dealt with same-screen coop since 2008. I had no idea it was still so popular or important.

Trine / Trine 2 might be what you're looking for?

#5 Posted by WEB_War4 (110 posts) -

Magicka definitely has local coop. I think it can mix local and online players. Rayman origins might, I haven't tested it yet. Renegade Ops? I'll need to check that, too. There does need to be more couch coop games on the pc, absolutely.

#6 Posted by theodacourt (546 posts) -

@WEB_War4 said:

Renegade Ops? I'll need to check that, too.

Renegade Ops PC has dynamic splitscreen!

Source(s):

personal experience.

#7 Posted by mmzOne (278 posts) -
#8 Posted by mellotronrules (1248 posts) -

trine, right?

#9 Posted by BillyTheKid (486 posts) -

I was recently playing AWESOMENAUTS, and that has splitscreen you can go online with. Also many games with controller support also have splitscreen capabilities. Though consoles is easier 9 times out of 10.

#10 Edited by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

The LEGO games are same-PC co-op. Or at least Lego Star Wars III had it.

#11 Posted by Hamst3r (4563 posts) -

Local co-op PC games on Steam:

Castle Crashers

F1 Race Stars

Awesomenauts

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

Magical Drop V

Jamestown

Capsized

Dungeon Defenders

Shatter

Trine 2

Renegade Ops

Worms Revolution

Cortex Command

Far Cry 3

Adventures of Shuggy

Painkiller HD

All Zombies Must Die

Beat Hazard

Magicka

The LEGO games

Also, all of the Sega Genesis games that are on Steam. (There are a lot of them.)

#12 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

Agreed! Even online coop is hard to find, which is sad because that kind of experience is getting more and more common in general.

#13 Posted by MURDERSMASH (251 posts) -

@Hamst3r said:

Local co-op PC games on Steam:

Castle Crashers

F1 Race Stars

Awesomenauts

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

Magical Drop V

Jamestown

Capsized

Dungeon Defenders

Shatter

Trine 2

Renegade Ops

Worms Revolution

Cortex Command

Far Cry 3

Adventures of Shuggy

Painkiller HD

All Zombies Must Die

Beat Hazard

Magicka

The LEGO games

Also, all of the Sega Genesis games that are on Steam. (There are a lot of them.)

Awesome list. Renegade Ops is fuckin' baller as split-screen co-op, and it's WAY better on PC, since the 360 version's framerate fucking CHUGS with the split-screen going.

#14 Posted by ShockD (2421 posts) -

I'll add the free Alien Swarm which you can get off Steam.

#15 Posted by Shotgunblast97 (125 posts) -

Civilsation 4 has a Hot seat mode so that can be a fun game to play, But only if you have a lot of time.

#16 Posted by Patchcoat (170 posts) -
#17 Posted by believer258 (12184 posts) -

I'm not sure how but there is a way to play Borderlands 1 split screen.
But yes, consoles have always had the "local multiplayer advantage" whereas PC's have virtually every other advantage.

#18 Edited by Abendlaender (2888 posts) -

Seems like a good thread to ask:

I'm looking for an online co-op game. Can someone name me a good game that fits the following:

-Should be shooter (first or third person doesn't matter)

-Preferably something slightly tactical, so no Serious Sam or Borderlands but also no Full Spectrum Warrior.

-Co-Op should be fairly fleshed out, bast case scenario would be that you can play the entire campaign co-op

The game doesn't need to be "new" as long as it plays well enough everything is fine, in fact the cheaper the better (cause my friend just upgraded his PC, so money is a bit tight right now)

#19 Posted by Draugen (696 posts) -

Look into hotseat games. Alot of good 4x alternatives, like Civ V. Or Football Manager, if you're into that.

#20 Posted by BirdkeeperDan (400 posts) -

Traditionally yes that is very true. But with controllers becoming more standard that will probably change slowly. Hamst3r made a good list of games with one machine coop already.

#21 Edited by Mnemoidian (960 posts) -

@Abendlaender: Had a lot of fun with Ghost Recon: Future Soldier with a friend, online co-op. Campaign is the same for singleplayer and multiplayer.

It's a bit weird in places, but solid experience. You'll mostly come across situations where you have a lot of time tactically setup how you approach a situation. Or you can just run in blazing. There are some sections that force you to move a bit faster, and some optional objectives that are quite tricky.

Another option: Lord of the Rings: War in the North online co-op action-RPG, also main campaign is fully co-op. Pretty janky, though.

Those are just the most recent games. Assuming you don't want to dip into the excellent Borderlands 2.

edit: Just to clarify, those are all online-only (on PC), as far as I am aware, no splitscreen.

#22 Posted by Abendlaender (2888 posts) -

@Mnemoidian:

Ha! We actually bought Future Soldier but the game doesn't work. It works fine for me, but always tells my friend that he has no internet connection and boots him to the start screen. At first we thought it has something to do with his firewall. Then I started the game on my PC, but logged in with his uPlay Account and got the same problem. That's so damn weird cause when I log in with my uPlay Account it works fine. Saddyl Ubisoft doesn't seem to care much and wont respond.

After a bit of research: How are SWAT 4 or Rainbow Six Vegas for Co-Op games? They both seem pretty cool and kinda perfect for us.

#23 Posted by Swoxx (3008 posts) -

Just go on steam and search for games with co-op. Easy enough.

#24 Posted by TheJohn (552 posts) -

@Abendlaender: Have you tried Saints Row: The Third? A buddy and I are looking for some co-op games as well, and I got my eyes on that one.

#25 Edited by Patchcoat (170 posts) -

@Abendlaender: I actually played through Rainbow Six Vegas 2 with my brother and it was surprisingly fun. You can only play the second one co-op, through and through. So don't even bother with the first game (the second one's better anyway). Seeing as how it's kind of an "old" game, it'll be much easier to play online co-op using Tunngle . It's free and pretty easy to figure out. We had to use it to finally end up playing together.

Edit: Swat 4 is pretty awesome if you can get a four player co-op experience going. It's much more tactical and tough. Killing Floor is mindless fun too.

#26 Posted by Kidavenger (3628 posts) -
#27 Posted by TomA (2531 posts) -

Cortex Command is awesome, cheap, and has Local multiplayer.

#28 Posted by djou (878 posts) -

If you like Left for Dead, Payday: The Heist is similar but a different settings.

I'm hoping Far Cry 3 will have at least a few good coop missions. The developer demoed an awesome coop mission at E3 and looked very fun.

#29 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

PC stands for something. And it stands for that something for a reason damn it!

#30 Posted by Zekhariah (695 posts) -

@Abendlaender said:

Seems like a good thread to ask:

I'm looking for an online co-op game. Can someone name me a good game that fits the following:

-Should be shooter (first or third person doesn't matter)

-Preferably something slightly tactical, so no Serious Sam or Borderlands but also no Full Spectrum Warrior.

-Co-Op should be fairly fleshed out, bast case scenario would be that you can play the entire campaign co-op

The game doesn't need to be "new" as long as it plays well enough everything is fine, in fact the cheaper the better (cause my friend just upgraded his PC, so money is a bit tight right now)

Rainbow Six Vegas 2

#31 Posted by TheManiacsGnome (279 posts) -

In response to the OP I'm kinda curious what college students need to be introduced to gaming, I'm also curious what you were expecting when it comes to the PC and local coop. Your standard PC setup just doesn't make it practical, and that's why you find a far larger emphasis on online coop.

My Suggestion: Buy a console if that's what you want. Don't mean to sound rude, it just seems like a crazy criticism of a platform where local multiplayer hasn't been a thing associated with it....ever.

#32 Posted by Laurentech (127 posts) -

A true PC gamer would not associate with someone who demands local co-op. What kind of animal...

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