By: Stephen Chislett
Kids these days; they’re all lazy whipper-snappers with their good-for-nothing Internet and Skype. When I was their age, I had to walk to a friend’s house to play multiplayer games. Uphill. Both ways. Twice. And we LIKED it. That being said, there are still a few good couch co-op games to enjoy. So call a friend, get your Nintendo-box 360, and ask mom if they can sleep over. Here’s my top 5 favorite couch co-op games.
- Super Mario 3D World for the WiiU
This can go one of two ways. You can either communicate and work together to complete the level, or you can steal both fire flowers because you OBVIOUSLY NEED BOTH. At the end of the day, you’ll end up getting mad at each other for stealing that 1-up that Luigi so desperately needed. Of course, the keyword here is CO-OPERATE, so at least make some attempt to help each other out. It’s jammed packed with fun levels and it still retains that Mario charm. Pick it up as soon as possible.
- Portal 2 for PS3 and Xbox 360
Time put your minds to work and gain some communication skills. Tell your friend to put their portal over to where you’re pointing. See if that works. Some levels you’ll find way too easy and you’ll just blow through them. But every now and then you’ll hit a wall. Nice work, genius. Now what do you do? You might even spend over an hour trying to figure out the stupid puzzle, but nothing beats the satisfaction of completing that one room that got you stumped. Except maybe cake.
- Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy for Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox 360
Lego Star Wars takes the loveable sci-fi series and makes it even more loveable. An expansive selection of characters, levels, and customization makes for a great game for you and a friend to enjoy. Play through some of your favorite scenes from the movies, like flying around on Hoth, shooting stormtroopers in the Death Star, and working with the Ewoks on Endor. With simple drop-in/drop-out capability, co-op makes for an enjoyable experience.
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network
You invite a friend over to play some good ol’ co-op games, only to find that one of your controllers is dead (or you only own one controller). Fret not, young gamers! Brother: A Tale of Two Sons is a co-op game that only uses one controller. Use the left stick and trigger to control one brother, and the right stick and trigger to control the other brother. Work your way through this exciting adventure of puzzles and more puzzles, as you try and find the Tree of Life to save your father. Good luck!
- Castle Crashers for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Hands down the best side-scrolling beat-em’-up out there. Perform your righteous duty as a knight and save the king’s daughters from peril. Fight diverse enemies in diverse worlds as you and up to four buddies crash some castles and beat up some baddies. And, after every princess you save, you get to fight your friends for a chance to kiss the princess! Don’t screw this up. I’m counting on you to kick butt and take the title of “Greatest Knight Ever”
There! Five games to keep you and your friends occupied. Now unplug that modem and grab a second controller for your pal.