10 co-op games to play when you have an MMO burnout

ByJose A. York

Mar 14, 2022

At MMORPG, we consider MMOs to be the pinnacle of social gaming, with players meeting their friends online several times a week to do quests, slay mobs, and take on dungeon and raid bosses in search of gold and treasure. ‘equipment. However, MMOs can be a huge waste of time, with static groups, raid schedules, and guild obligations that must be met regardless of what’s going on in the real world.

What’s a person to do when your MMO commitments get too demanding and you just want to take a break without giving up the social aspect of the game? The answer is simple – grab a few friends and join in for some co-op multiplayer action. By getting the most out of your multiplayer experience, you get rid of the commitment and obligations of following hundreds or thousands of other players. If one or two members of your MMO raid party can’t make it, it’s a wasted day. If someone can’t make it to your regular Wednesday night co-op session, who cares? Play without letting them know they won’t fall behind if they’re not there.

With so many casual co-op games (compared to MMOs), which one should you check out with your friends? We’ve put together a list of the 10 best co-op games to play when you’re exhausted from MMOs. To make sure you’re not too far off from your favorite genre, we’ve focused on games that include many of the same elements you’d find in an MMO. That means everything from crafting, building, fighting, even a little role-playing. So don’t expect to find Overcooked or It Takes Two on this list (although those are great games too). And be sure to let us know which games we overlooked in the comments.

Borderlands 3

If crude humor and fart jokes are your style, then Borderlands 3 could be the perfect shooter for you and your friends. Don’t think for a second that you won’t find a full fledged looter shooter here. Nope, Borderlands 3 offers a story full of colorful characters, fast-paced action, and more loot than you’ll know what to do with. And with four Vault Hunters to choose from, you and your friends are sure to have a great time battling through Pandora and beyond. And just in case you want a bit of D&D with your Borderlands, be sure to check it out Tiny Tina’s Wonderland when it is released on March 25.

Destiny 2

With the release of its latest expansion, Destiny 2 is back in the spotlight. Bungie worked diligently to address all of the concerns expressed by players when it first launched in 2017, and reviewers almost unanimously agree that The Witch Queen expansion is the pinnacle of the franchise (check out our review here). There really has never been a better time to jump into the looter shooter. If you’re not quite ready to trust the reviews and shell out $40 on view, you can download the free version and find out what Destiny 2 has to offer for yourself.

The Division 2

In a post-apocalyptic world, you want someone to support you. And whether you’re taking a pleasant afternoon stroll through DC or trying to knock off the New York Warlords, the more firepower you can bring to the fight, the better. Like most shooters, teams of 4 players will suffice to take on most of this The Division 2 will throw you, but a party of 8 will be needed if you want to take on the toughest raids and earn the best gear for your character.

Demoo

Not only Demoo offers an excellent recreation of a tabletop RPG experience, but it also does so in virtual reality. Demoo is not Dungeons & Dragons, however. With a simpler set of rules and the lack of a large overworld campaign setting, Demoo offers dungeon explorations closer to those found in board games like HeroQuest or the venerable arcade game Glove. With the ability to shrink your avatar to miniature size and see the board and pieces up close and personal, Demoo offers a level of immersion that you can’t find in ordinary table setting. With crossplay, you can round up your friends for a static group or join a random group, whether they’re playing through PC VR or Quest, and your friends who don’t own a headset will be able to play when non-VR PC version hits Steam on April 7.

Valheim

When the indie survival game Valheim launched on February 2, 2021, it has taken the world by storm. While the popular Vikings theme doesn’t hurt, from Valheim increased accessibility through things like intuitive crafting and replacing the negative effects (including death) of not eating and drinking with positive buffs for doing so made it such a quick hit. It’s fine to play solo, but the fun really begins when you join a party of up to 10 players to gather, craft, build, and slay some of Odin’s greatest foes while striving to earn favor with the Allfather.

Minecraft

I played there. You played it (don’t try to deny it). Everyone played it. With over 200 million sold across consoles, PCs and mobile devices, it’s hard to believe there’s a gamer out there who hasn’t played. Minecraft at one time or another. But did you play it with a group of friends? If not, you should. I mean, when you went to the park and played in the sandbox, wasn’t it more fun when other kids played alongside you? The same goes for the ultimate sandbox game.

Satisfying

Satisfying is quite the unicorn in the base building genre. You don’t have to defend yourself against waves of enemies. You don’t need to rush production to prepare for a Zerg. In fact, aside from a few creatures to farm for resources, the only thing that can kill you in Satisfying is an accidental fall from the top of a building or cliff. Satisfying is not a question of number security, so why is it better to play cooperatively rather than solo? Because there’s so much to build that you’ll go crazy trying to do it all on your own. That, and you’ll want to have a Steve to blame when your factory isn’t running at peak efficiency. It’s always Steve’s fault.

Don’t starve together

Due to the supplication and begging of fans of don’t starve, Klei Entertainment has taken its original take on the survival genre and added multiplayer support so you can take along five of your closest friends as you try not to, well, starve. And if you don’t have five friends, you can always take your game public and recruit new best friends while exploring a world weird enough to make you fear the dark.

Back 4 Blood

Turtle Rock Studio, the creators of the left for dead franchise, are back with more first-person shooter mayhem in Back 4 Blood. You and three of your friends are Cleaners, the few remaining humans who are immune to the parasite that has turned the rest of humanity into Mounted. Each of the eight available cleaners comes with its own customizable characteristics that will help your team fight through multiple missions, each more challenging than the last.

terrariums

At first glance, terrariums might look like a 2D version of Minecraft. There’s a lot of crafting, base building, and digging involved, and digging straight in can quickly lead to an untimely death. Don’t let the primitive 2D graphics fool you, though; terrariums packs a lot more than it initially looks. There are NPCs to rescue that will move towards your base. terrariums also contains a ton of weapons and some of them are fantastic because they are weird. And you will need these weapons to beat all the encounters and bosses you come across. So grab some friends and start digging!

Bonus Game – Minecraft Dungeons

You’ve probably noticed the lack of classic ARPGs on this list, and there’s a good reason for that. Generally speaking, cooperation in games like Diablo, Path of exile, and any other ARPG is an afterthought that does little to improve the gameplay. Out of the genre, I add Minecraft Dungeons as a bonus game for one simple reason: it’s a great gateway game to introduce the rest of your family to the “real” game. Valmost everyone played Minecraftso MC Dungeons provides a familiarity that can coax family members and friends into other genres, and once they get a taste of what games other than Minecraft has to offer, you can introduce them to your favorite co-op game with a real chance they’ll stick around.