Love it or hate, [Star Wars: Battlefront](tag:2684021)'s noteworthy release brought with it something that had slowly been eroding from video games, or at least felt like it. Couch co-op, or playing a game together with mates on the same sofa, has seen a decline in availability in games, because, well, you can't really monetize couch co-op, can you?
But the last few years have seen many games that really screamed to be caressed by the Gods of co-op, and seen the bountiful splendor of face-to-face multiplayer appear in their menus. Rendering them even better than they were before. Games like:
1. Dark Souls 3
Okay so I know Dark Souls 3 already has a genre-defining multiplayer system that works hilariously well. But imagine taking to your or a friend's sofa and the two of you embarking on an adventure through frustration. Maybe double the number of enemies to not make the game, you know, too easy.
But, in saying that, I guess having two characters from the start would defeat the whole "you're born alone, you die alone" allegory that drips from the bloodied scythe of the Souls series' morals..
2. TMNT: Mutants In Manhattan
PlatinumGames' Transformers: Devastation-styled take on the Heroes in a Half-Shell is wonderfully draped in nostalgia, and the tense and rewarding combat style would easily make the brothers Turtle proud.
But the joys of being able to corral your friends to the nearest TV and all play as your favorite Ninja Turtles on one console have been lost on this game. Yes you can team up online and attempt to step on the Foot Clan, but this title was made for couch co-op. So pour one out for the sorry omission.
3. Dragon Age: Inquisition
What's this? A fantasy game with a party of four protagonists that could be perfect for co-op? There's no denying that Inquisition is a terrific game packed to the brim with interesting characters, a myriad of missions and thrilling combat. But imagine being able to secure the safety of Thedas with 3 buddies at your side, instead of simply being the face of the Inquisition alone?
4. GTA 5
Yeah, okay I understand that GTA Online more than makes up for the game's lack of couch co-op, but just imagine popping behind the masks of either Franklin, Michael or Trevor and pulling off the game's spectacular heists as this trio of sociopaths?
5. Need For Speed
Okay so the latest entry in this classic, supercharged series didn't have particularly much going for it. Which is why I'm surprised the game didn't include at least a 2-player function to give it some added replayability. Because, honestly, it's pretty boring driving alone in the world of NFS.
Throw two players onto the track at different points on the map, outrun the police together and even enter races against the AI and other racers online. Now that would've been awesome!
6. Batman: Arkham Knight
Ever a stickler for working alone, especially in the final chapter of the brilliant Arkham series, Batman's all-nighter, fun-fest could've been made all the more awesome with a friend or friends taking to your side as the Batfamily. I mean, who wouldn't want to leap across rooftops as Azreal?
And finally...imagine...just imagine the carnage and the amazing stylistic kills and moves you could pull off if Corvo had assistance from a buddy IRL?
What do you think?
Which games do you think sorely miss couch co-op?