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Ten Co-op Games You Have to Play

The holiday season is all about friends, family, sharing, exchanging gifts on Christmas and above all, working together. One thing everyone can agree on is achieving the same goals, and this is definitely the case in the world of video games, and especially co-op games.

If you're going be putting in some good ole’ family time between the cooked turkeys and Christmas playlists in the coming month, nothing pulls your close ones together like a good multiplayer game. So we have compiled a list that reveals the best co-op / multiplayer games to play with your friends and family on Christmas.

Army of Two: The 40th Day

What’s better than a game that also has co-op? A game built for co-op. The Army of Two series is the pinnacle of virtual teamwork and is the perfect title to put your trust and cooperative nature to the test. While the first title pushed cooperative mechanics in the genre, the sequel, Army of Two: The 40th Day, solidified it.


FIFA players so often battle it out with one another in order to see who’s the best and attain bragging rights. A neglected part of the FIFA series is the chance to play alongside your best friends and family (who are so often your rivals). So grab four controllers, jump on the same team, and time some perfect through-balls and crosses that result in awesome high-fivage.

Gears of War 3

Marcus Fenix and his fellow COG’s represent comradery and teamwork in the finest, yet grizzliest, of manners. Whether it’s saving your downed buddy by chainsawing an enemy Locust in half, or covering your partner while they dash for cover, The Gears of War series is one unparalleled badass co-op experience.

Gears of War 3 not only offers an intense campaign, but teamwork in Horde mode will keep you bonding for hours.

Wii Sports

Wii Sports Wii Sports

Every Wii owner has Wii Sports ('cause it’s bundled with the console, duh!?) and it contains a wealth of games that, although simplistic, are heaps of fun to play with your family. Bowling with your sibling? Baseball with your cat? Boxing with your Gran? Your choice.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

While Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’s epic single-player story is wowing gamers around the globe, there is a highly neglected part of the game which should be highlighted. Uncharted 3 features online and split-screen co-op. Players can take our favourite treasure-hunter and his friends into some great cooperative action which even fills in never-seen-before gaps in the Uncharted story-arc.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

The Call of Duty series took a strange turn when it decided to ditch the co-op campaign options since they were last featured in World at War. In its defense, Call of Duty now includes one of the most addicting and instantly satisfying modes today – Spec Ops. Spec Ops allows two-players to team up and play through fast and intense segments inspired by the campaign or previous games.

Resident Evil 5

Survival-Horrors are some of the greatest games around. Surviving with your buddy is even better. Resident Evil 5
supports full local and online co-op play which was a first for the series, but it turned out better than anyone could’ve imagined. Killing zombies / possessed / infected / (insert appropriate definition here) or any other biting creature with a friend is some of the best holiday time you can have.

Burnout 3

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Adrenaline-pumping, heart pounding racing with over-the-top crashes in some of the best tracks and locations around; how can Burnout 3 get any better? The answer: split-screen. Burnout 3 was hands-down one of the best racing games of all time, and the fact you could go head-to-head in a number of split-screen modes made every crash and nitro-burst just that much better.

Guitar Hero: World Tour

Even though this series may seem clichéd now, Guitar Hero is fun. Everyone has the dream of being a rock star, and what would make it even better is doing this with your family. Whether you want your mom on bass, your dad on drums or your baby sister leading the vocals, Guitar Hero: World Tour is the perfect game to get a family together… and then possibly fight over the tour bus, drugs and lead singer’s alcoholism.

Fighting Force

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Maybe one of the best beat ‘em up’s of all time alongside Streets of Rage, Fighting Force stood tall as a progressive title on the original Playstation. Up to four player co-op allowed a group of friends (or family) to fight everything from cops to nano-soldiers while using guns, bottles, cars and their bare fists. Sadly, Fighting Force went in a bit of a strange direction with a negatively-received sequel, but Fighting Force is still one of the most fun and awesome co-op games out there.

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