Top 10 (What A Twist!) Co-Op Video Games [Linwood’s Picks] [Spoilers]

I am the oldest of two younger brothers, so growing up in a competitive household, multiplayer options in video games were at the core of bonding with them. Whether they were Free-for-All (Deathmatch) modes or the option to play through a story-driven campaign together. For this list, I will be focusing on experiences that involved surprising instances designed to force those that I played with and myself to “combat” one another for a resolution or discover that being cooperative in the end was against our best interests. If there are any more that I should take a look at, let us know in the comment section below!

“In Splinter Cell: Conviction, two players take control of two different characters: Third Echelon Splinter Cell agent Archer and VORON operative Kestrel as they work together in a joint operation to secure four Russian EMP warheads.”
“Watchmen: The End Is Nigh Part 2 delves further into the partnership of Rorschach and Nite Owl before the hero-banning Keene Act. It’s now June 1977, and any day now the passage of the Keene Act will outlaw all masked vigilantes not sanctioned by the government. Rorschach contacts Nite Owl to get his help in solving the case of a missing girl, Violet Greene. Their search takes them deep into the depraved, sleazy corners of the city and eventually face-to-face with the mysterious Twilight Lady.”
“LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game is a LEGO game based upon the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. During the game, you get to play through Episodes I through III with an Episode IV bonus level unlocked by obtaining True Jedi status in every other level. You get True Jedi status by earning studs throughout each level.”
“The player takes control of martial artist Billy Lee, or his twin brother Jimmy (also known as “Hammer” and “Spike”, respectively, in the supplementary materials for the American arcade release), as they fight their way into the turf of the Black Warriors gang in order to rescue their common love interest Marian.
“What was once a peaceful and prosperous city has fallen into the hands of a crime syndicate led by a man known only as Mr. X. The Syndicate has absorbed the city’s government (anyone can be bought if the price is right) and even has the city’s police in their pocket. Crime is rising rapidly, and no one is safe walking the streets, day or night. Three police officers, Adam Hunter, Axel Stone, and Blaze Fielding, repeatedly try to make a task force to counter and resist the Syndicate, but with their superiors either bought out and bribed by the Syndicate or too fearful to stick their necks out, nothing is done. Finally, Adam, Axel, and Blaze decide to take matters into their own hands and resign from the police force, taking to the streets as vigilantes to put a stop to the Syndicate.”
“Divinity: Original Sin II is the sixth game in the Divinity series and indirect sequel to Divinity: Original Sin: an isometric, single-player or multiplayer fantasy RPG with tactical turn-based combat. The central theme of the game is “your origins affect who you are and what chances you get in life.”
“From the creators of Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons comes A Way Out, an exclusively co-op adventure that follows two prisoners, Leo and Vincent, making their daring escape from prison. Together with a friend on your couch or online, you’ll explore this unlikely bond and work together to overcome any obstacle in your path to freedom.”
“Castle Crashers’ story is based on the adventures of one-to-four knights as they attempt to chase down the Evil Wizard and his army after they steal a large magic crystal and four princesses from the palace. Each of the four princesses are held captive by different villains.”
“It features Tyson Rios and Elliot Salem, the two protagonists from the original game, as combatant partners who, with the assistance of their handler Alice Murray, must fight to survive and prevail over invading forces that have engulfed Shanghai, China in a devastating terrorist attack.”
“Developed by Day 1 Studios, F.3.A.R. (pronounced “Fear Three”) is the final chapter in the F.E.A.R. franchise and continues the twisted story of Alma Wade and her two sons, Paxton Fettel and the Point Man.”