Plenty of games out there have a single player and a multiplayer option, but some games are simply better with friends. The list is in no particular order, but they’re games everyone should try with a buddy (or multiple).
Ark: Survival Evolved
Ark: Survival Evolved has online servers of course, but it’s also got single player. However, you can also start up your own little world with your friends and if you ask me, catching Dinos is an activity best done with others. Besides, if you play alone, who will you tranq for fun?
Divinity: Original Sin 2
A high fantasy RPG is great alone, but what about if you have another Godwoken at your side? I don’t mean the in-game companions, who although fantastic, aren’t the same as another real player. Campaign based games are a blast with friends, especially a game like Divinity where choices matter. And who else will go pickpocket the townspeople behind your back when all you want to do is ascend?
Saints Row: The Third
Another story based game, although significantly more absurd than the last. The game is an absolute riot alone, it’s silly and the story will make your stomach ache from laughing so hard. But, enjoying the plot with someone else just adds another layer of chaos to the mix. What’s better than one person jumping around as a toilet in a virtual simulation? Two people jumping around as toilets of course!
Sid Meier’s Civilization V
Most of the other games on this list the players are allies, but if you’re looking for some good, healthy competition Civ V might be worth a shot. Although this game is playable alone against AI, what better way to strengthen the bond between friends than by becoming warring civilizations competing to become the most advanced? I suppose you could be allies, but is that really any fun?
A world of endless creativity means endless shenanigans. With up to eight players in a multiplayer world those shenanigans are only multiplied. From mass breeding thousands of sheep to building complex structures or even just going on a fishing trip, Minecraft is a game that lends itself perfectly to multiplayer.
Most people use farming sims like this one to relax and unwind, but what if you play with three others? Not so relaxing then is it? Depending on the friends you play with you can unleash some chaos in peaceful Pelican Town. Alright, “unleash chaos” might be an exaggeration, but playing with friends really does make it more enjoyable. If you share the bank account you might notice some of your money go mysteriously missing…
This 2D pixel world is best enjoyed with others. Sure you can play alone, but with others you can diversify your classes, gather gear for each other and take down the bosses together. Killing a giant wall of flesh just isn’t the same alone.
The game is still in early access, but it has no shortage of gameplay. “Survive on a raft with your friends,” they said, “it’ll be fun,” they said. While this is true, it’s also chaotic and mildly stressful, but it’s an absolute joy. Screaming at your friends to get back on the raft so they don’t get eaten by a shark is a lovely way to spend the day, right?
Honourable Mention: Portal 2
The only reason this is an honourable mention rather than on the list proper is because the co-op is an entirely different experience than the single player. The other games follow the same story or maintain the same gameplay, whereas Portal 2 co-op has its own story, and it’s incredibly enjoyable. Why let GLaDOS bully and berate you alone? Invite a friend!
What’s your favourite game to play with friends? Let us know in the comments below, and while you’re here why not check out our article on Bad Dads in RPGs!
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