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The new issue of Game Informer celebrates the best in co-op gaming. In this podcast, we discuss our picks and the reasoning behind our Top 30 Co-Op Games of All-Time list.Excerpt]
Host Matt Helgeson is joined by GI's Ben Reeves, Matt Miller, Andy Reiner, and editor in chief Andy McNamara for a freewheeling segment on the joys of playing together.
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I've been wondering myself what are some great co-op games are, new or old, so that I could do some work with a friend. ^_^
Borderlands. It's in a league of it's own.
I'm just going to assume that no one talked about SEGA's Gain Ground. A meh game in single player (although a cool idea; a puzzle-shooter hybrid with tons of unique characters), but a PHENOMENALLY fun game in 2 player co-op. Definitely an idea that should be revisited. And it definitely stands up today; I never even heard of it until I played it on the Wii Virtual Console.
No one gives that game the credit it deserves.
Another fun game that no one gives enough credit to? Crash of the Titans - Radical Entertainment's second Crash Bandicoot game (after Crash Tag Team Racing and before Crash: Mind over Mutant). Had a really fun co-op mode where you could play as Crash and a "White tiger" palette swap clone of Crash. But anytime you hit the down on the dpad (for the Wii version), you'd jump into the other Crash's backpack. So far, so good - it's kind of like in New Super Mario Bros., where a good player can pick up a worse player to help them through a tough section of level, except in a 3D platformer. But what was cool, fun, and unique was the "leapfrog" version of this mode. Where every time you jumped and landed, the players switched control. So if 1P was in charge of "running Crash" and 2P was in charge of "backpack Crash" (basically doing nothing), and 1P jumped, then when you landed, 2P would be in charge of "Running Crash" and 1P would be in the backpack.
It took me and friends about two worlds to figure out what was going on:) We kept thinking it was some sort of...synchronized thing, so we'd be calling out, "1, 2, 3 - JUMP!" to make sure we did it. But even when we figured out what was going on, the game still forces a really fun version of coordination. It's a really cool mode.
I love the list, and I love the discussion. Good job guys!
Great show guys. So glad Turtles in Time got a shout out. I loved that game as a kid, though, I never played it in the arcade, I just played on the SNES.
cool different game great interesting Co-Op game see game
i liked the co op in secret of mana
Yep, these are all pretty good picks- to no great surprise. ;-)
Just got my issue today. So excited to go through it.
I wonder if Lost Planet 2 will be one of the games? Probably not, but it is most certainly one of the most underrated co-op games from recent history.