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.


Top 7


  • Curtis_Stone - February 2, 2009 8:45 p.m.

    I just think every FPS should have the option of being CO-OP in this day and age... Why wouldn't it...I hate to say it but, Halo 2 did it last gen, so...
  • monojono - February 2, 2009 8:53 p.m.

    Dead rising should be on this list. U were constantly surronded with crappy AI partners, and messing around with a mate on this would of rocked.
  • curtw_819 - February 2, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    the game that comes to my mind is Fallout 3... how bad a$$ would it if u and 3 others roam around the wastelands... raidin the talon mercs hideout... just look at fable 2
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - February 2, 2009 9:08 p.m.

    I particularly enjoyed the entry on GTA IV. Masterfully worded.
  • Hypermonkey262 - February 2, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    Im surprised Mass Effect didnt make an appearence. Im sure my team wouldnt have died as often if I had someone else controling tham.
  • Christopia - February 2, 2009 9:40 p.m.

    I also had been thinking fallout 3 would have ruled with an actual human buddy, the AI side kicks were limited to say the least. Going back a few years, any one remember power rangers on the SNES? Awsome game but why leave out co-op?
  • twishart - February 2, 2009 9:47 p.m.

    I vaguely remember reading something about SOTC being a 4 player game originally? Or maybe it was some mod someone was dreaming up - either way, it sounds pretty cool, and would add a whole new dynamic to taking some of the colossi down (all four players need to stab seperate areas at once, form 'human chains' to reach inaccesible areas, etc). Overall, it would detract a little from the isolated feel of the game - but it would certainly be a blast to play...
  • GoldenMe - February 2, 2009 10:53 p.m.

    @Joe- I recently heard that Bioshock MIGHT have multiplayer (Maybe even co-op). Still, it might either enhance the perfection of Bioshock, or utterly ruin it.
  • TheSuburbiaRuins - February 2, 2009 11:05 p.m.

    Jericho.. If it had co-op, the person would have to be good with whatever character they were going to use. Because some peoples techniques and skills are needed to kill certain enemies, and get through certain parts of the game. I would know, I played the SHIT out of that game.
  • T0M95 - February 2, 2009 11:47 p.m.

    fallout needs coop
  • vic88 - February 3, 2009 1:06 a.m.

    devil may cry or ninja gaiden would be more hectic and fun with two or three other characters ( Dante, Nero, Trish and Lady all fighting at the same time
  • Over1imit - February 3, 2009 1:58 a.m.

    I really love the way you wrote up the TMNT part. Really hilarious :)
  • tysr36 - February 3, 2009 1:58 a.m.

    lol killzone
  • SketchLemon - February 3, 2009 2:07 a.m.

  • toobs - February 3, 2009 2:42 a.m.

    Gears of war 2 and Gears of war do not need not online co-op. They need normal co-op with moren 2 player they should have 4. Halo3 need more play on normal co-op SO IN THE NEXT HALO OR GEARS OD WARS GAME MAKE MORE CO-OP PEOPLE!!!
  • xFnKxTaLeNtx - February 3, 2009 3:29 a.m.

    why would TMNT be on the #1 for this list? it was a garbage game and co-op would only make your friends hate you for making them play But otherwise a good feature.
  • Yellowhat17 - February 3, 2009 3:43 a.m.

    I would've loved a co-op (Well, better co-op) GTA IV and Modern Warfare. Golden Axe: Beastrider also deserved up to three players. If they had developed co-op for Golden Axe though, they probably would've added a new character to the original three. I'm sure though, that most of the great FPS and/or RPG games in the future will have co-op after seeing this year's load of cooperative games. @saveTehcheese I think he was joking.
  • Cwf2008 - February 3, 2009 4:06 a.m.

    I dont really think CoD4 needed Co-Op. It was fine the way it was
  • DawgsFan117 - February 3, 2009 5:13 a.m.

    Well I agree with everything in this article and I can not wait for COD Modern Warfare 2 simply because its the follow up to my favorite online multiplayer game ever. However are some of you guys out of your minds. Stop naming RPGs for coop. That is stupid because an RPG is all about the story and that would be ruined by coop. However the stupidest comment i have seen is that Bioshock needed coop. Are you just a moron. That was the greatest experience on the 360 and all of its elements worked because it was a single player game. It was only you and against the horrors of rapture and the experience was epic.
  • AyJay - February 3, 2009 7:46 a.m.

    donkey kong country shoulda been up there

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