Friends don’t let friends play alone.
If you’ve spent enough time on our site, you know one thing is for sure: We love co-op games. We spend hours and hours playing them together, stay up way too late to do just one more level together and we buy a lot of games just because we can play them together. Even ones that aren’t so great, looking at you Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom, Dungeon Siege 3 and Realms of Ancient War, make it into our co-op collection. Fortunately for us, 2012 was a great year for co-op games, with more and more games including some form of co-op, making it one of the hardest decisions yet.
In the end, our winner for Best Co-op Game of 2012 is…..
Developer / Publisher: Gearbox Software / 2K Games
Review Score: 9/10
Co-op: 2-4 Player Online / 2 Player Offline
How could Borderlands 2 not be our Best Co-op Game of 2012? It supports up to four player drop-in/drop-out online and two player offline co-op throughout the Campaign, you can use your single player character online or offline with your friends and take everything back to your solo game and to top it all off it’s just as much of an RPG as it is a shooter, and not many RPG’s include any form of co-op. Besides being an awesome game to play cooperatively, it’s just a great game in general, with tons of crazy guns, a vehicle that throws explosive barrels, tons of loot to collect and some of the best characters in any game this year. If you’re looking for a great new co-op game, look no further than Borderlands 2.
Halo 4 - Continuing the trend of being a great co-op series, Halo 4 supports up to four players online in the main Campaign and in the episodic Spartan Ops missions. Some of the best co-op moments we’ve ever had have been while playing Halo and we don’t expect that to stop with Halo 4.
Torchlight 2 - Our main complaint with the original Torchlight was the lack of co-op. With Torchlight 2, Runic Games allowed us to take our characters online and play through the campaign with up to five of our friends. Our favorite part was that everyone saw different loot, so there was no more fighting over who gets what. Specifically, we didn’t have to yell at Pete for taking all the good stuff.
Orcs Must Die 2 - Just like with Torchlight 2, the main thing missing from Orcs Must Die was co-op, and Robot Entertainment fixed that by including two player online co-op throughout all of the modes in the sequel. Nothing says fun like lining the walls with Arrow Walls and building a massive army of Archer Guardians together.
Ghost Recon Future Soldier - We love Tom Clancy games, but Ghost Recon is our favorite when it comes to co-op and with four player online support throughout the Campaign and Guerilla Mode, Future Soldier didn’t disappoint. Now, if only they would allow players to join a level in progress, we’d be all set.
Editor’s Note: The winning game is picked by the entire staff and not based solely on individual review scores.