Adding Co-op mode to a game may not always make a game better, but in my experience it always adds interest. I haven’t played a lot of co-op over the years, usually opting for single player or competitive multiplayer, but the times when Co-op has crossed my path, it’s always been a very interesting, if not fun experience.
The first game that I spent any significant time playing cooperatively was Halo 3. I was skeptical at first, figuring that playing the game with more people would dilute the experience rather than enhance it, but the result was the complete opposite. working with other players brought new strategy and tactics into the mix. It made the standard action of dealing with enemies (head on with brute force) into something more (coordinating for the quickest strike or most stealthy approach). Indeed, Halo 3 cooperative play accounts for some of my most fond gaming memories, the attempts at the “Annual” achievement in particular (it was difficult and arduous, but dang was it fun!).
The experience with Halo 3 convinced me of the value and effect of cooperative mode. Were it not for coop I would have passed on games like Killzone 3 and Ghost Recon 2 . Both games were a little lacking when it came to their single player campaigns, but the addition of coop made them both quite enjoyable.
Coop may not have the power to make a bad game good or an average game exceptional, but it can make the experience each offers enjoyable. Coordinating and sharing an experience with another person can make any gaming experience more enjoyable. You don’t have to rely on the game to have fun, you get to make your own fun, your own jokes, you can make new games out of the old.
Indeed, coop modes don’t necessarily make a game any better but they definitely definitely make a game more fun.
What do you think? What effect have coop modes had on your gaming experience?