Saturday, March 10, 2018

2018 PC Coop Games

Welcome the definitive listing of all the cooperative oriented PC video games for 2018!
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, split screens limited
  • 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

State of Decay 2  - survival - 4 player
[ May ]
Open world, Survival RPG people v zombies.  Coop player in campaign is fairly limited to actions of primary player, more of a helping hand at most.

Far Cry 5 - 2 player
[ March ]
Entire campaign will be coop.

Vermintide 2 - 4 player
[ March ]
L4D in the Warhammer universe.  This time, its bigger, more open, more variation, and adds chaos along with the rats.

Strange Brigade  - 4 player
1930s pulp adventures shooting monsters.  A bit of Dead Island in a Indiana Jones inspired universe.

OverKill's The Walking Dead - 4 player
[ Fall ]
Makers of Payday hit pay-dirt with this upcoming licensed shooter with the same winning formula of payday gameplay.  Perhaps its a Payday re-skinned in the Walking Dead Universe.

GTFO - 4 player
Horror coop from makers of Payday.

Earthfall - 4 player
[ July ]
L4D clone, with Aliens!


RPG

Anthem
An all new original IP by Bioware.  An RPG on Jetpacks; yet its not Destiny.  Everyone is Iron Man in an open-world RPG, design with coop gameplay in mind.

Dauntless - 4 player
action RPG, Compatible to Monster Hunter, with a difficulty spike like Dark Souls.  Its free to play, so this could translate to grind fest.

Pit People - tactical  aRPG - 2 player
Metacritic - 81 ]
"Battle in turn-based hexy combat, finding loot, and generally questing".  Has a cartoon humor approach with Castle Crashers art style.


Strategy

We were here Too - Puzzle
Metacritic - 71 ]
Communication-based, cooperative puzzle adventure.  A much better showing then its predecessor.

HackTag - 2  player
Metacritic - 73 ]
Monaco type gameplay, with heavy emphasis on stealth. One person hacks, while the other is in the field.

Simulator

Stardew Valley - farming simulator - 4 player
Metacritic - 89 ]
I keep saying when I retire from tech, I'll take up gardening.  This isn't what I meant.  I dont get it, but the smash hit gets coop over a year later.

No Man's Sky - 2 player
Same game, getting a new coop updated tacked onto it.

Bus Simulator 18 - 4 player
Drive your route and drive some more. Drive slowly..
[June]

Overcooked 2 - 4 player
[ August ]

Action

Sea of Thieves - 
Not quite like piloting a starship, here you work together to sail a ship and find piratey treasures n stuff.  A Thieving pirates life coop for all.  Taps on all the highlights of piracy  (treasure hunt, ship battles, romance)  in one nice little package.

God's Trigger - 2 player
Isometric, feel's a bit like Hotline Miami.  Story teams up an angel and demon (Judy) to defeat the 4 horsemen.

A Way Out - 2 player
[ March ]
From the makers of Brothers, expect a rich story based on an escape with creative coop components.  one license will yield a copy for your coop pal.

Metal Gear Survive
Metacritic - 56 ] 
Zombie survival.  Takes place in an alternative MG universe.