The Top 7... games that should've had co-op

Needed co-op because: we would have had an excuse to run through the campaign yet again.

Make no mistake, CoD 4 suffered naught by excluding co-op. The tightly constructed missions and acutely focused level design made the solo experience one of our favorite campaigns of all time. However… you are surrounded by a crew for the vast majority of the game, and if those guys were controlled by friends instead of AI that faded into the background, replayability for the single-player game could have rivaled that of the epidemically popular multiplayer. Then again, we already gave the game a 10/10, so it’s not like there’s room to grow.

Aside from the obvious longevity boost, co-op in Modern Warfare seemed like the rational thing to do in 2007. Consider that Gears was a year old at that point, known for its deeply entrenched cooperative storyline, and that Modern Warfare went up against Halo 3, which sported four-player co-op. After all that buddy-watch-my-back time with the other games, playing a one-man-army story in CoD 4 felt, at least initially, a little empty.

The good news is that last year’s Call of Duty: World at War added a four-player co-op mode, so it stands to reason this year’s Modern Warfare 2 will follow suit. Consider our free time preemptively allotted.

Needed co-op because: it’s part of a beat-‘em-up franchise that’s practically synonymous with multiplayer co-op.

Not pictured: The other two guys who were part of this franchise

OK, so Sega wanted to jump start one of its long lost franchises, one that hadn’t seen real action since 1993. We’re fine with that. Problem is, Sega decided to take Golden Axe down a single-player road it had no business traversing alone.

Ax Battler and the fine-bearded Gilius Thunderhead were nixed from Beast Rider, leaving only a super-slutted-up version of Tyris Flare, the series’ sword-swinging Amazon. Again, we’re sort of fine with that – it’s a chance to re-invent the series for a new age, maybe even position it as competition against God of War or Heavenly Sword. Instead, all the attention went to Tyris and her barely covered man magnets.

Beast Rider is presently in intensive care, recovering from a savage beating at the hands of nefarious games journalists. Shit controls and bad-for-2005 gameplay torpedoed any hopes that the franchise could make a triumphant return. The last Golden Axe game was a Saturn-only fighter that sucked a generously large pile of balls – didn’t anyone want to make a better impression this time around?

Worst of all, the devs knew this was a bad move and have already said the (probably dead) sequel will “have all the characters in co-op.” Um, maybe if you had done that the first time, you’d have a chance to make a sequel.


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  • PatHan-bHai - March 8, 2013 2:04 p.m.

    yep, when i got that new TMNT i thought 'Co-Op here i come!' ------------- i quit playing the game at factory platform shit :/
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - December 3, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    I agree with GTA IV and CoD 4.
  • twingun - December 21, 2009 3:10 a.m.

    got to agree about dead rising
  • xShakex - May 6, 2009 5:44 p.m.

    The list should definitely included the new-ish Prince of Persia. You play through the whole game with two people, why couldn't you have online co-op???
  • Savannah1994 - March 17, 2009 3:04 p.m.

    uncharted drakes fortune should've had co-op!
  • chuck17j17j - March 12, 2009 2:29 a.m.

    Realmen frag with a friend Thats Great
  • SWEDE7769 - March 4, 2009 9:06 a.m.

    Oblivion & Fallout 3 are absolutely capable of & would kick much a$$ if made multi-player. Conquering both games with a buddy would be much less frustrating than letting your AI-controlled tag-along get you killed - CONSTANTLY!
  • Gunner - February 17, 2009 4:57 a.m.

    No doubt that Fallout 3 should be on this list... I would have loved rummaging the Wastelands with a group of friends, instead of some followers... Hopefully we can own the crap out of a bunch of Muties co-op style in the next Fallout.
  • frozentundra123456 - February 7, 2009 4 p.m.

    Wish they would make co-op for PC that you could play on the same comp. It is bogus to have to have 2 computers and 2 disks to play co-op (aka Red Alert 3, COD WAW) By the way, the AI allies in Red Alert 3 are the stupidist is have ever seen.
  • Stabby_Joe - February 6, 2009 5:12 p.m.

    I actually liked Jericho, thought it was massively under-rated... ...although the co-op thing is very true but I think the real reason it wasn't there is because some characters are a hell of a lot better than others (I only used Jones when I HAD to).
  • rollaire - February 5, 2009 1:29 a.m.

    Wow dude, no Zelda? I cant believe it! RT
  • Metaks - February 5, 2009 1:23 a.m.

    Star wars: Republic Commando would have been an awesome co-op.
  • CyberSkull - February 4, 2009 10:55 p.m.

    BioShock wouldn't work co-op, it would ruin the mystique of your faceless silent protagonist. BF: Bad Company could use co-op for the campaign as well.
  • game_over - February 4, 2009 10:53 p.m.

    GoldenEye64 has co-op? Yes.
  • noobeater - February 4, 2009 7:08 p.m.

    fable 2s co -op was shouldnt have been stuck to 1 screen but your own so long single but u can see other guy on your screen but not some barrier and stupid camera...i hate fable 2...but anyway to the point fallout 3 should have had this concept but with the correction to fables crappy multi also zelda twilight princess or any other could be fun multi tho it scraps story of 1 hero kinda thing but at this time every game should have some kind really?!
  • Sash - February 4, 2009 12:35 p.m.

    Final Fantasy where your friend can control one half of your party during battles. So much more fun than the other person sitting bored watching you go through the story. FFIX had this, it was awesome. Kept my friend entertained while he was watching me play. Fallout 3 would be good as a multiplayer, but would probably be better as a separate game instead. Either that or a second player could control the henchman. I wanna play as Dogmeat xD
  • Kerfluffle - February 3, 2009 8:40 p.m.

    Awwwww..... Charlie's just sad Gabriel Knight isn't on this list. Just think, Charlie, solving the ridiculous puzzle in that uuuutheeer Top 7 with a friend.... Anyway, this is a great list, but I have to disagree that co-op was needed for Fallout 3. The whole idea is that you're supposed to be a LONE wanderer. No groups EVER take you in. Outcasts, Brotherhood, Vance, hell you're not even given the option of joining the Enclave. But whatever, that's just my stupid opinion. End Rant.
  • phoenix_wings - February 3, 2009 5:33 a.m.

    I agree, unless it's an MMORPG, RPGs should remain single player. Can you imagine? Waiting for someone to go through the story because they don't understand, casting spells that are just totally off and using up all your good items for shit purposes?
  • kingpin202 - February 3, 2009 2:10 a.m.

    WTF!! What about Fallout 3?! Fallout 3 is an Epic game, but could you imagine going through the wasteland with you best friend at your side? Blasting the hell out of gouls and such! Sounds like a Perfect Game! Should of had it on your list!
  • saveTehcheese - February 3, 2009 1:42 a.m.

    ^da funk? fable 2 had co-op. sorry to kill your smartness high.....