Sunday, February 26, 2017

2017 PC Coop Games

Welcome the definitive listing of all the cooperative oriented PC video games for 2017!
This list will be continuously updated throughout the year.

Coop list for a different year 

The games on this list, must meet the following criteria:

  • PvE - Player vs Environment
  • Online, no split screens
  • Available/announced for PC
  • Involve 2 or more human players
  • Players must work along a progressive storyline, campaign, or various goals
  • Generic RTS Skirmishes and Team based game types like CTF and Deathmatch are not included
  • No MMOs (game must have a conclusion or set goal)
  • Greenlight & Early Access games are generally not listed unless intent for release is stated
  • I'll be subjective with Survival/Horde modes as the genera has matured a bit. However, most are slapped-on after thoughts and not list worthy.

Shooter


Ghost Recon: Wildlands 4 player
Metacritic - 69 ]
Tom Clacy series returns with its signature open world tactical shooter; focusing on the drug war in modern day Bolivia. i.e. 'Merca vs drug cartels.

Dead Rising 4 - 4 player
Metacritic - 74 ]
Saints row goofiness with focus on zombies. Campaign mode is not coop.

Call of Duty: WWII - 4 player
Metacritic - 73 ]
Nazi Zombie make their return with horde/campaign elements; but the main campaign coop was dropped this time.

Destiny 2 - 3-6 player
Metacritic - 83 ]
Story, explorations, and mini object oriented missions sum up a nice mix of coop.  It does force to single play some before "unlocking" coop.


Fortnite: Save the World - Survival - 4 player
Video ]
Scavenge and craft weapons and traps by day, fight hordes and specials by night.  Artwork similar to Team Fortress 2.  From Epic Games.


RPG
Divinity: Origin Sin 2 - RPG - 4 player
Metacritic - 93 ]
Original Sin 1 won my coop award a few years back for finally delivering the coop isometric experience we wanted since Baulders Gate.  High expectations this time around, as with the costs of success.

The Escapists 2 - 4 player
Metacritic - 75 ]
8-bit prison break.

Strategy

We were Here - puzzle
[ Bad ]
Cashing in on the 'escape room' rage; this is an e version of clue collection and note comparison

Mass Effect Andromeda4 player
Metacritic - 72 ]
Horde mode

Simulator


Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Metacritic - 78 ]
Originally designed for VR, this now works for all platforms.  This is a  licensed version of the well loved Starship bridge sim.  A 2018 expansion adds TNG ship and crew to gameplay.  Exp also increased from 2 coop to 4 coop modes.


Action

Nine Parchments -  4 player
Metacritic - 68 ]
From thew makers of Trine; This is a Magicka clone without the keyboard mashing. More weight on aRPG with the wizard ’em up.

Styx: Shards of Darkness - 2 player
Metacritic - 72 ]
Stealth based coop with a twist; your a goblin assassin.


Guns of Icarus: Alliance -
Metacritic - 64 ]
Not to be confused with it Online namesake; this is a standalone of the same concept.  Work together to pilot and fight within a flying steampunk war-airship thing.

Hive Jump - 4 player
Run and Gun side scrolling shooter

Dungeon Defenders 2 - Tower Defense w/RPG - 4 player 2017
This tower defense/rpg game goes Free-to-play, adding micro-transactions and PvP.  The PvP will remain separate from the PvE coop.

Serious Sam’s Bogus Detour - 4/12 player
Metacritic - 76 ]
Top down shooter in the world of Serious Sam. Player limit dependent on story & horde mode.



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