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

Needed co-op because: there were, are and always will be four effing Ninja Turtles.

Above: Missing the point

Flopping in at number one is the most egregious misuse of a popular license; TMNT is a one-player game based on a property that’s been built, from day one, around four mutated heroes. All four are present and playable, but only one person can play the game. There isn’t even a two player option despite there being co-op attacks involving two turtles at a time. Stranger still is the fact that the second turtle, the one you call upon for the co-op special move, literally floats in from the ether, does the move and disappears. Go ninja, go?

TMNT hit in early 2007, not too long after the lucrative franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary. Did Ubisoft think people who grew up with the series have no friends and would be unable to rustle up three pals for such a jubilant milestone? We’ve been doing so since the friggin’ 1989 arcade game, arguing over quarters and beating up kids smaller than us just to steal 50 pathetic cents. Small aside: could beating up little kids be the ultimate co-op?

Above: Four players?!? What kind of futuristic nonsense is this?

There are far better games on this list, but none are as face-palmingly clueless as TMNT. The franchise already has a long history of cooperative games that make smart use of the quartet – from the NES to the upcoming Wii brawler - so what was so damn hard about making one more?

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Top 7


  • 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.....

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