The Monthly Question: July 2016


We all love video games, whether it’s setting off on a grand open world adventure, or picking up an assault rifle and preparing to shoot your way out of a bad situation. Some play to have fun, and others to escape into a different world.

Sometimes though, there is nothing like playing with other people. Online or couch co-op, playing with other people brings a unpredictability and social aspects that are just so different from many of the other games we play.

To shine a light on the games we are playing, I asked the PS Nation writers:

What is your favorite co-op game?
Keith Dunn-Fernández (PSN ID: son_of_ottie)
Mine is ACT IT OUT! A Game of Charades My husband and I go to his sister and her husband’s apartment every Saturday afternoon. We drink and eat and chat around the dining room table solving ALL the world’s problems. Then, after dinner, we often go to the living room and play this game on the PS4. We laugh and cajole.

I will never, and I MEAN NEVER, get them to allow the camera to be turned on to stream our games. BUT that’s an option that’s available. You have to ACT IT OUT as fast as possible. It’s a great game for couples or larger teams up to 8 players.

There are various categories including Movies, TV Shows, Book, Song, Theater Title, or Phrase, and one category which is random. The time limit is two minutes to act out your clues.

Now, you can play CLASSIC or VARIETY. Classic mode is just acting out clues BUT Variety includes singing, describing or drawing. Singing is all LALALA or humming, Describing mustn’t include any words or phrases that would be obvious and drawing requires you to… um, DRAW on paper like Pictionary! So far, we’ve only done the Classic mode but I hope we’ll branch out.

So YES! This game is so much fun! I HIGHLY recommend it for family gatherings. Just make sure your partner doesn’t forget to hit the CROSS BUTTON as soon as the correct answer is guessed! Time matters!

Ben Palmer (PSN ID: CNPalmer)
My favorite couch co-op game is probably ANY of the LEGO games. The ability to play through various levels with someone and just bash the hell out of anything and everything in the world is mindless fun.

Plus, when my girlfriend plays, she feels the need to collect all of the studs so I never run out of funds to buy the additional characters or vehicles on the march to 100% complete. The gameplay style and mechanics really allow players of any age to pick up the controller and hop in, so the family friendly aspect makes it pretty enjoyable too.

Rey Barrera (PSN ID: sindred)
I would have to absolutely say Champions of Norrath (PlayStation 2). The hours my friends and I put into that game were in the countless category, and the level of detail and customization was incredible for a game on a console of that era.

Taking a character over to a friend’s house was made simple with a friendly “export” option and, unlike a more current favorite Diablo 3, Champions of Norrath actually reflected weapons on your character visually. Meaning, long swords had more reach and switching between bow and sword actually required different play styles.

A super long campaign and amazing replayability makes it stand the test of time. I’m really hoping Sony can bring this, and its sequel, out as PS2 Classics some day.

Chazz Harrington (PSN ID: ChazzH69)
There have been some classics like Burn Zombie Burn, Diablo 3, Magicka 2, Assault Android Cactus, and loads of others, but Alienation has to be the winner for me. The game is so addictive and fun with other players, and the rush for the loot is always a blast.

Shawn Hiers (PSN ID: Smag99)
My favorite co-op game at the moment has to be Star Wars Battlefront. There are two reasons why I’m enjoying it. First, I’ve been playing with other staff members and it’s been fun talking shop while playing and team building.

The other reason is its difficulty. The game is unforgiving and when you get a good kill/death ratio you feel like you’ve accomplished something. Not to mention that the game is beautiful and with the excellent sound design you’re transported into that universe.

Matt Engelbart (PSN ID: WithSwordAndGun)
The Jackbox Party Pack 1 & 2 paired together are perfect for people who do not normally play video games. No one in my family plays video games and they all love these. The real genius behind this is allowing people to use their phones and tablets to play. There are a number of great games in either Party Pack, and they are great for any size party.

Your Turn
These are our favorite co-op games. What are yours? Tell us in the The Monthly Question thread in the PS Nation Forums.

Thanks as always to John Payant for editing.


Written by Matt Engelbart

Matt Engelbart

I love all things video games. When I am not gaming I am watching the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, BBQing, and reading.

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