Sunday, December 20, 2020

2021 PC Coop Games

Welcome the definitive listing of all the cooperative oriented PC video games for 2020!
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

Evil Dead: The Game - 4 player
World War Z developer creates a L4D clone with a back of an existing movie license. 
 
Aliens: Fireteam - 4 player
It's unclear if this is L4D clone with aliens franchise or more story driven. Has a class system.
 
Rainbow Six Extraction - 3 player
Squad based tactical, set in the future.  Battle monster virus.
 
Second Extinction - 3 player
Shooting dinosaurs are back in style.  This game seems to fill the Turok itch.
 
Warhammer 40000 - Darktide - 4 player
Vermitide in the future, A L4D formula with Space Marines [Imperial Guard actually].
 
Back4Blood - 4 player - June
From the developers of Left4Dead sans Valve payrole.  More zombies, Very much a spiritual successor.
 
Grounded - 4 player
Early Access - Survival genera
What if honey I shrunk the kids was made into a survival video game?  Here you go! 
 
Icarus - 8 player
Survival from Dayz creator.  Aliens replace zombies. 

RPG

Outriders - 3 player
[ Metacritic - 73 ]  
aRPG.  A Mass effect meets Diablo game.  
 
Baldur's Gate 3- 4 player
Divinity creators finally get their chance at the grand daddy of coop RPGs.  Not much is expected to change, and that should be a good thing.
 
Blightbound - 3 Player
Diablo clone.
 
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance - 4 player
aRPG, 3rd person.  A campier, flashier, actiony take on the D&D license.

Strategy

Barotrauma - 16 player
Early Access
FTL in a coop chaos submarine.  Thought we just had this with We Need to go Deeper.  Though FTL space ship v submarine.  Basically same thing anyways. 

DwarfHeim -3 player
An RTS with Dwarfs. Mix and match your classes and abilities for the best outcome against hoards of bad guys invading your realm.
 
Phasmophobia - 4 player 
Early access.
A slow and methodical psychological horror about ghost hunting.
 
The Past Within - 2 player
Puzzler 

KeyWe - 2 player
The game about two little Kiwi's running a post office.  A life without arms simulator.

We Were Here Forever - 2 player
4th in the escape room series.

Operation: Tango - 2 player
Secret agents/spy work through various puzzles, where successful communication is the key.  Very similar to Clandestine  

Carrier Command 2 - 16 player
Remake of a classic Micropose game.  This is an 1st person aircraft carrier simulator, down to individual stations that get individual takes on the chaos outside.

American Truck Simulator - 8 player
Driving sim adds coop to the long hauls.  Convoy style.

Orcs Must Die 3 - 2 player
3rd person tower defense with a light class system.  Known for quarky traps tat you build out for the waves of Orcs.

Action

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge - 4 player
The classic arcade side scroller fighter returns in what seems to be a resurgence in the classics.
 
It Takes Two - 2 Player - March
Metacritic - 88 ]
Just in time for  couples stuck in quarantine.  You play married couple on the rocks that have been turned into dolls and go on a platforming- puzzling adventure to save themselves.
 
Lego Star Wars: Skywalker Saga - 2 player
A retelling of all the Star Wars movies, Lego style.
 
Conan: Chop Chop - 4 player
Cartoony hack n slasher in the Conan universe. 

The Ascent - 4 player
Cyberpunk world using a top down shooter fest.
 
Rogue Heroes - 4 player
Zelda like for multiply players

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings Of Ruin - 2 player
scaled down, entry level, monster hunting.  heavy on the anime. 

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends - 4 player
A renewal of the classic arcade game of the similar name.  I really had no idea what was going on before, and I still don't now.  But its bubbles, and a kids game, so what more is needed?

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