The 6 Best Co-Op Games of 2017

Sure, competitive multiplayer is fun, but co-op play can be just as, if not more, rewarding.

As gamers, we love to playing against our best friends. Whether it's shooting them down or punching them into the turf on our path toward victory, competition is one of the defining aspects of gaming, either competitively or casually. But as much as we love to earn bragging rights, co-op games make working with a friend toward a common goal all the more worthwhile.

Cooperative games like Overcooked and Portal 2 employ the values of teamwork by pushing both players into achieving an otherwise unattainable goal. For years this has been the case, but 2017 has already provided some amazing co-op experiences that all gamers should take note of. 

Here are the some best co-ops of 2017 that you and a friend will definitely want to try. 

Pit People

With funny dialogue, cute character designs, and a chaotic narrator voiced by Will Stamper, Pit People is the perfect game to experience with a friend. This Early Access game introduces players to a turn-based strategy battle system, where teams battle head-to-head for supremacy using robots, vampires, and cake people.

But players don't have to fight alone on the game's hex grid. Players can play alongside each other either online or on the couch. As teams adventure through Pit People's bizarre world, both players uncover interesting treasure, customize their warriors, and recruit different characters to the cause. 

Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop

Instead of shooting at each other, why not shoot at an army of aliens instead? Queue Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop, a top-down shooter from the Reactive Drop Team, where players battle nefarious aliens infesting the Earth.

With a team of either four or eight players, co-op teams must work together to complete multiple various objectives, as well as survive against the aliens swarms ravaging Earth. Even though the game includes a single player mode, Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop is a top-notch shooter, especially when playing and cooperating with your friends to finish a mission. 

Death Squared

SMG Studios’ Death Squared is a co-op puzzle game for one, two, or four players. it features 80 story levels and 40 party levels. Each player becomes a cutely-colored cube robot trapped in an obstacle course. And in order to succeed, each player must reach their colored goal -- all while keeping their compatriots alive.

Although it may sound simple, each level becomes more difficult as players progress. They must rely on teamwork, communication, and patience to complete each level. But once you and your friends reach the goal, it will be the well worth it.

Snipperclips

Snipperclips introduces a story mode where two characters, Snip and Clip, rotate and change shape by overlapping each other. The goal? Snip specific shapes from each other to complete ever-difficult puzzles. Along with its story mode, Snipperclips includes Party and Blitz modes, where you can play with up to four players cooperatively or competitively.

This puzzle game encourages players to communicate with others and think outside the box while solving unique puzzles. If it's a friend or a family member, the game creates a fun experience everyone can enjoy.

Creativerse 

Do you and your friends miss playing Minecraft? Do you want to add a unique twist to your base-building and exploration endeavors? Creativerse may be the perfect video game for you.

Playful Corporation introduced players to this sandbox game as an Early Access release in 2016 (it's now out of Early Access). Like Minecraft, Creativerse drops players into a large, vast world where unusual and dangerous creatures roam. By using your survival skills and imagination, players can adapt to the world in any way they visualize it. They can also share their creations with their friends, as well as adventure around the world together.

If you want to know what we think about this game, check out our Creativerse review here!

Lego City: Undercover (Remastered)

Lego City: Undercover was originally released in 2013 for the Wii U. However, many fans were disappointed to find that this Lego game did not include a co-op option. About four years later, the game was remastered for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch, (finally) adding on split screen co-op feature.

Instead of entering the Lego City solo as Chase McCain, both of Lego City: Undercover's players can become versions of this undercover cop and experience the storyline together. With its punchy dialogue and fun gameplay, this game is twice as fun when going through it with a friend.

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From creative universes to alien invasions, 2017 has so far given players plenty of awesome co-op games. But this is only the beginning of it. Anticipating titles, like Destiny 2 and Sea of Thieves, will be releasing later this year.

So while you patiently wait for incoming new co-op games, have fun with these six games. Whether it’s online multiplayer or local couch co-op, pick up a controller and discover new worlds alongside a friend to!

What do you think of our list? Let us know in the comments!

Published May. 25th 2017

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