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Best 2+ Player Video Games?

Cliff posted more than 7 years ago | from the something-you-and-your-roomies-can-play dept.

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Twinbee asks: "I was wondering what you lot would consider the best 2+ player games of all time. Apart from games for mixed skill players, this has never been asked on Slashdot before, so it would be interesting to see. From my own experience and research, it looks as though a top 50 would include games such as Streetfighter 2, World of Warcraft, Speedball 2, Super Mario Kart, SWIV, Ikaruga, Stunt Car Racer, Super Monkey Ball, Puzzle Fighter, and Mario Party. Whether they are competitive or cooperative, Slippery slope or Perpetual comeback, 2-player or multiplayer, retro or cutting edge, I want to hear them! I would prefer MMOG games not to be included, unless there is a good deal of interaction between the people in the 'same house' (e.g. perhaps they can team up and play against the world)."

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Resident Evil 4 (4, Funny)

myspys (204685) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882164)

without a doubt Resident Evil 4 on the GameCube

one person playing, the other one telling him/her what to do!

Re:Resident Evil 4 (3, Insightful)

Fozzyuw (950608) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882556)

one person playing, the other one telling him/her what to do!

Hehe, reminds me of playing RE4!

I would say that my favorite multiplayer games would be...

  • ToeJam and Earl [wikipedia.org] (GENISIS)- You could walk in any direction freely, the screen would split and come back together if you where close enough to each during your exploration of the map.
  • Rock and Roll Racing [wikipedia.org] (SNES)- If one person won, you both won. So, you could do all kinds of strategy where the other person purposely is trying to take out the other trucks.
  • Metal Warriors [wikipedia.org] (SNES) - I cannot remember then
  • Rampage - the original arcade game. 'Nuff said
  • Any of the old Konami games for NES. LifeForce, Jackle, etc.
  • Techmo Super Bowl for the sports players.

Re: Eternal Darkness for GameCube. (1)

trdrstv (986999) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882766)

For exactly the same reason. Me, and the Ex played through it 'alternating'.

Re:Resident Evil 4 (2, Interesting)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883002)

That really depends on who is playing. If you're inviting over friends who don't play a lot of video games, then something that requires less familiarity with the game would be a lot better. GameCube has lots of titles. Some include Bomberman Generations, Mario Kart, Mario Party. These are great games when playing with those that aren't really into gaming too much.

Hey, don't knock it... (1)

porcupine8 (816071) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883124)

That's how my husband and I play just about every video game. :) Collaborative one-player games are fun.

Re:Resident Evil 4 (1)

Thansal (999464) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883220)

hmmm, that is how I play Metal Gear games with my friend.

Admitedly my commentary just consists of humming jungle boogie.

(for those that don't get it, google Metal pr0n Solid 2: Sons of Libido)

Easy... (4, Informative)

cadaeibfed (912758) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882170)

Super Smash Bros.

Re:Easy... (2, Interesting)

Monkeys!!! (831558) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882316)

Second that.

My gf and I are currently playing through Mario 2 after we completed Super Mario Brothers. We can't play any head to head games as we get too competitive and end up not talking to each other.

Re:Easy... (1)

tolan-b (230077) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882430)

Thirded! One of the best multi-player games of all time IMHO.

Worms 1 Plus was the best (2, Informative)

Rastignac (1014569) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882172)

Thousands of hours, and still fun.
(But forget the following ones; "1 Plus" is the best).

Re:Worms 1 Plus was the best (1)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882240)

(But forget the following ones; "1 Plus" is the best).

That would be Reinforcements, right? With the new graphics in Worms 2, it never felt quite the same. Less brutality, more comedy.

That said, one thing I like about more recent Worms games is how very different they can be depending on weapons selection. Try playing with unlimited Ninja ropes, unlimited shotgun, martial arts techniques, the baseball bat and nothing else. Tense, tactical manoeuvering, all about the accurate shot. Then try playing with everything switched on unlimited and double power. It becomes limited nuclear war, and victory comes through positioning your worms such that any opponent using a WMD against them will also kill some of his own team. The only defence against a Concrete Donkey is to be either directly above or directly below the enemy's worm.

Gauntlet (4, Insightful)

seebs (15766) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882186)

No, not the crappy 3D ones where you're constantly fighting the camera.

Original old-school Gauntlet. You can get copies of it in one of the Capcom greatest hits collections for Gamecube or PS2, I believe.

I can't really think of anything else comparable.

Re:Gauntlet (1)

richy freeway (623503) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882216)

I remember playin that on my C64 with my friend, literally HOURS and HOURS of gameplay.

Re:Gauntlet (1)

NoStrings (622372) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882252)

Speaking of the C64, I remember many hours wasted playing Archon with my buddies. That was a great 2 player game.

Re:Gauntlet (1)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882276)

Original old-school Gauntlet.

That caused so many fights you wouldn't believe it. When your supposed comrade goes off in the opposite direction, jams the scrolling and traps you in a corner with too many monsters...

"Get back over here!"

"No, it's this way - you get over here!"

"I CAN'T! Oh CRAP, you've got me killed now!" * throws punch *

Re:Gauntlet (1)

kria (126207) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882424)

I don't know, I found Gauntlet: Dark Legacy pretty enjoyable (ah, my poor Dreamcast), and the camera wasn't that much of an issue.

The old version (which I seem to remember playing on the Atari computer, maybe?) was certainly enjoyable, however.

Re:Gauntlet (1)

Xest (935314) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882628)

You can get it on XBox live arcade for the 360 for local or XBox live multiplayer play.

Now if only I had friends to play through it with!

Bolo (1)

BortQ (468164) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882192)

Bolo Tank Wars - was an awesome old school multi-player game. Much fun was had.

2 words (3, Insightful)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882198)

monkey ball

Helps if you are drunk too

IRC (4, Funny)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882204)

it's the best multiplayer notepad ever invented

My Freinds and my Top 5 Picks Are: (3)

Tainek (912325) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882206)

Halo 1 (2 we dont enjoy as much, but each to his own) (X-box)
Super Smash Brothers (Game Cube)
Total Annihilation (Also See, Supreme Commander, which will have Co-Op) (Pc)
Monkey Ball (Game Cube, or soon to be Wii)
Eye Toy (PS2)

To be honest for multiplayer in the front room/ House, its usually easyer to go the console route, but for online, the PC is still where its At- but if you have 5 or 6 pc's networked up all the time, PC still works

TBH, its also dependent on if you want Co-Op or 1v1/+

Halo 2 (1)

mikegross9 (972374) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882208)

Considering the amount of my life that I've wasted on this game, I have to say it is the best multiplayer ever!

DEFCON (2, Interesting)

arachnoprobe (945081) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882210)

Try DEFCON: http://www.everybody-dies.com/.

Dogs of War (1)

myspys (204685) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882226)

Who have forgotten this beauty?

The perfect 2-player game. Killing, upgrading of weapons and granades. What more can a man ask for?

Some of my recent favourites... (1)

SIInudeity (822415) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882228)

Starcontrol
Battle for middle earth
Fight night
Rockstars Tabletennis
Command and Conquer Generals
Unreal Tournament
Call of Duty

And if you have the time...
Civilization IV

Hmm... (3, Insightful)

Donniedarkness (895066) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882236)

I've learned a lot since I came to college.

Diablo II is a great deal of fun over TCPIP with a roommate.

Mario Part is the bomb.

Punching to the stomach is more effective than unplugging the controller.

Everyone should have a favorite fighter game (DBZ: Budokai 3, for me and my friends....none of whom can even stand Dragonball).

Halo 2, why not very fun (for me) in single player, actually has a rocking multiplayer mode.

Playing against other people on the room IS better than playing online.

Re:Hmm... (2, Insightful)

Fozzyuw (950608) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882594)

DBZ: Budokai 3,

This is a really good game, even if you didn't know about dragonball before. My friend picked it up and was never a DBZ fan. I was a fan for a while when I was introduced to DBZ and I still enjoy it to a degree. I've recently traded this is for the new Tenkachi 2. The first one was 'ok' but the lack of in game transformations kind of blew. I have hopes this one will be ask enjoyable... or I'll have to go and buy DBZ3 again. hehe (darn it, I just have to wait for the Wii now. I have the stinking game!)

Cheers,
Fozzy

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16882942)

Lemme guess. You're an English major, right?

CTR (1)

crow5599 (994334) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882248)

Crash Team Racing, for the PSX. An excellent, excellent Mario Kart clone, and fun when you're playing against someone around your skill level.

Why settle? (1)

Constantine XVI (880691) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882444)

Why play a clone of MarioKart when you can play the real thing?
(Note: I suggest the DS version)

Re:Why settle? (1)

Rastignac (1014569) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882900)

MarioKartDS suffers from the "snaking cheaters"; they ruin the game.

Re:Why settle? (1)

Constantine XVI (880691) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883096)

Nintendo said they knew about snaking before it shipped. Snaking isin't any different from rocket jumping or shock combos in shooters. Anyways, if you're playing with people in (gasp) real life, like I usually do (It's more fun to see your opponents in person), you can just agree to not snake if you don't like it

An oldie but a goodie (2)

regular_gonzalez (926606) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882250)

Warlords for the Atari 2600. Seriously, it is the most fun I've ever had with a multiplayer console game.

Atari 2600 Warlords (1)

Shrubber (552857) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882586)

Warlords without a doubt. With two sets of paddle controllers you have 4 player goodness. I still have my Atari 2600 and break it out every few years for some 4 player Warlords and the multiplayer "Pong" derivatives.

Re:An oldie but a goodie (1)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883298)

Best pre-Nintendo two player game I ever played was Sea Battle for the Intellivision. My brother and I learned some fairly complex 'anti-standoff' strategies from that game. I still have it and a functional Intellivision. Controler 2 is a little flaky, but I suspect I can find a schematic one of these days and possibly fix that problem.

For large groups... (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882284)

Singstar [singstargame.com] Buzz I'm told DDR is pretty cool too.

All good games that allow lots of swapping of players, so don't leave anyone out.

My List (4, Interesting)

zr-rifle (677585) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882286)

- Herzog Zwei : Genesis - Windjammers : Neo Geo - Neverwinter Nights Coop : PC - River City Ransom : NES - System Shock 2 Coop : PC - Double Dragon 2 : Arcade - Pro Evolution Soccer (any version): PS2 (my friends play this all the time) - Gauntlet 2 : Arcade / Amiga / Genesis - Spy vs. Spy : C64 - Gran Turismo (any version) : PSX / PS2 - Goal! : Amiga - King of Fighters (any version) : Neo Geo and, of course... - Bubble Bobble!

Re:My List (1)

lisaparratt (752068) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882352)

I second Bubble Bobble - truly awesome 2 player.

Re:My List (1)

chrismcdirty (677039) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882514)

I second Windjammers. One of the best and most addictive arcade games ever.

Re:My List (1)

airos4 (82561) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882730)

Second for River City Ransom. To date the only game I've actually not only gotten my mom to play, but gotten her to enjoy enough that she would ask ME if we could play it for a while.

pfft (4, Interesting)

gregtron (1009171) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882304)

I remember having a blast playing Uniracers with my little brother on the SNES.

But for all out, beer fueled, geeky faux machismo, nothing promotes high fives and trash talk better than Halo 2.

forced subject is stupid. (1)

Dance_Dance_Karnov (793804) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882310)

MvC2, Soul cal 1&2, Mario kart, Goldeneye, bomberman, mario party, mario tennis, advance wars, final fantasy crystal chronicles, table tennis on the 360.

Re:forced subject is stupid. (1)

ogar572 (531320) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883082)

I would have to agree with goldeneye because I cant count the time where about 10 of us got drunk and played goldeneye for 10-12 hours straight

Lego Star Wars I or II (1)

TransDermNitro (264204) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882322)

Everyone in the family likes this one. Anyone can come by drop in, play around, drop out. My wife likes it, my son likes it, it's clearly the best multi-player game in our collection.

Re:Lego Star Wars I or II (1)

oneiros27 (46144) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883086)

I only wish it were a 4 player game.

I play it with my roommate, neighbors, and with my neighbor's 6 year old. (I went through first and unlocked stuff, so he wouldn't get overly frustrated in trying to solve the puzzles)

X-Men Legends is another good one, but the parents of the 6yr old don't want him to play that violent of a game.

I'm pretty sure id Software made it. (5, Interesting)

gameforge (965493) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882328)

I'm not sure if Doom qualifies as a derivative of Wolf3D, or if Quake qualifies as a derivative of Doom. But I'm pretty sure whatever the best multiplayer game is, it was either made by id Software, or got the concept from a game by id Software. The only other game I've had as much fun with would have to be Streetfighter 2, but that was in the list in the summary. I suppose Tetris would have to be in there somewhere; it can be entertaining with the right people in the right state of "fun". But not "hours and hours on end" type fun.

I've had little more fun than wasting my boss on the LAN at the office in Quake and/or Duke Nukem 3D (I don't think Duke3D could take its multiplayer credit without mentioning id Software). The nice thing about Duke3D was of course Build; it was a piece of cake to make a cool looking fortress that resembled your office (or whatever) to play around in.

Note: I don't play MMORPG's.

Re:I'm pretty sure id Software made it. (1)

bidule (173941) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882794)


I'm sorry*, but I'm a rabid Bungie fan, so I have to disagree. I spent hours in Marathon and Doom, and Marathon won hands down. That didn't stop me from having fun in others, thought.

* not really, but hey!

Guitar Hero (3, Informative)

ender- (42944) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882340)

Why, Guitar Hero 2 of course. GH1 was mediocre at best as a two player game, but GH2 is sweet as a two player game thanks to both cooperative multiplayer and the new pro-face off. It's easy to learn, challenging as hell, and each player can play at their skill level so nobody feels like they're just wasting their time.

It makes a great party game.

Serious Sam: The Second Encounter is pretty cool on cooperative multiplayer too.

Board Games (4, Interesting)

gus goose (306978) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882364)

Takes a lot to beat things like:
Monopoly - very competitive....
Scrabble
Chess
Canasta

Sure, you don't need a TV/Console to play these, but pausing them is a whole lot easier, and you get to drink and play simultaneously.

Additionally, you could get your parents to play too.

gus

P.S. There was no specification to ensure they were "computer" games.... ;-)

Re:Board Games (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16882480)

P.S. There was no specification to ensure they were "computer" games.... ;-)

Apart from the whole "Best 2+ Player Video Games?" headline?

you can drink and play video games together (1)

512k (125874) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882558)

oops, I died in Halo..time for more beer

oh look, I stuck a grenade to my teammate, and we both died...since the respawn time for suicides is extra long, I might as well finish off this beer.

Re:you can drink and play video games together (1)

Corlawc (939990) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882814)

Beer?

If you suicide, take a shot. Losers of the round take 2 shots. Repeat. I think I was making up trash-talking words by the end of the night, but in retrospect, my Halo game improved massively after about 3-4 rounds. :D

Re:Board Games (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882884)

Monopoly - very competitive...

Annoying. Most people use house rules, which makes the game last forever. While it's possible to be tactical, too many people treat it as a zero sum game, making trades a lot rarer than thy should be.

Most of the Spiel Des Jahres award winners are much better.

Scrabble

I love this game. Can cause a fight though, when there's an argument about whether sequitur, for example, is a valid word.

chess

One of the greatest games ever, but also something of an acquired taste, I'd say.

Canasta

Not played it myself, but you can have a lot of fun with a simple deck of playing cards.

I agree with you though. A friend of mine holds weekly boardgaming sessions, which are a lot of fun and much more sociable than most video games.

best video game evaaaar!!! (1)

PSUdaemon (204822) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882396)

Super Bomber Man!!!

Who thought about this...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16882402)

Secret of mana was something really special!

Way more fun playing it with a friend.

Pong. (1)

Bootsy Collins (549938) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882408)

Pong.

Scorched Earth (1)

datadriven (699893) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882418)

Played for hours, usually with 4-5 people.

Geaaaaaaars of Waaaaaarrrrr (1)

Simon (S2) (600188) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882420)

See Subject.

A litte game called.... (2)

otacon (445694) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882426)

Counter-Strike

also, Goldeneye on the N64,and lanning any version of Quake in the late 90's early 00's

Ballblazer - C64 (2, Interesting)

acvh (120205) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882432)

Ballblazer was my favorite. early 3d, quick games, fast paced play, and you could sneak looks at the other half of the screen to check out your opponent.

Spy vs Spy (1)

siDDis (961791) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882438)

Me and an old friend had a great time with this game. It's a game that test your friendship, how mean can you be with your friend? :p

One word (1)

maglor_83 (856254) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882446)

Worms

but of course... (4, Insightful)

Masa (74401) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882458)

Worms and Worms 3D. These are all-time classics. In my opinion these will provide most fun and you can't take these games too seriously.

i cant belive you guys (2)

ruzkie (1028574) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882474)

How can one forget golden eye for n64. It almost brings tears to my eyes.

If you own a Playstation... (3, Interesting)

marsu_k (701360) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882486)

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo [wikipedia.org] . But on Linux you've got to try Frozen Bubble [frozen-bubble.org] - the latest version offers multiplayer mode with up to 5 players, over the Internet or LAN.

Nerds! (1)

badasscat (563442) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882506)

So far, everybody's mentioned mostly hardcore gamer games. Gears of War? Please! That ain't a party game.

Samba De Amigo, now there's your prototypical "2+" player game. I realize that probably not a lot of people here have played it, but those of you who have know what I'm talkin' about. That's a party game if there ever was one.

It's better than DDR (which is another good party game) because it's not as technical, i.e. you don't need to be extremely coordinated to play it, and half the fun is just watching other people make fools of themselves. The spectators have almost as much fun as the players. It's fun enough that it appeals to hardcore gamers but it also appeals to non-gamers and even (gasp) girls. In fact, it's the only game some girls I know ever want to play, even still.

I wish there were more 2 Player RPG types. (1)

haplo21112 (184264) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882520)

My wife loved playing LOTR:Third Age with me, but I have been unable to find a similar RPG (in the FF vein) since.

Best 2+ Player game (1)

ipinkus (238283) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882534)

Quake 1 deathmatch... and it's never looked better [icculus.org] .

Soul Calibur 2 (1)

SoVeryTired (967875) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882540)

Soul calibur 2 is amazing. You can get away with button-bashing if you're inexperienced (which it makes it fun for beginners), but once you really learn the game it's incredibly skillful.
You need good strategy and excellent reflexes to do well, and the possibility of a ring-out can have you flinging your controller at your opponent's head.

M.U.L.E. (2, Insightful)

Filik (578890) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882554)

Why hasn't M.U.L.E. been mentioned yet? It's awesome and unique. 4-player for the Commodore 64.

Starcraft should probably also be mentioned, one of the most played games ever released.

-Filik

Muppets Party Cruise (1)

iamjoltman (883526) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882574)

A Gamecube game, it's more-or-less a Mario Party rip-off, but I actually prefer it to Mario Party. And not to mention the fact that I always get to play as my idol Animal :)
It's definitely fun, and it's got funny parts as well from Muppets sound bytes.

Interactive Fiction (1)

jonadab (583620) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882578)

Interactive Fiction works great for a group of people to play together, as a team. You can take turns being at the keyboard, or just leave one person there, in which case it kind of works like people hanging over your shoulder helping you play solitaire, except that good IF is much more interesting than solitaire, and having additional people help is much more useful, especially for difficult works (e.g., some of the Infocom classics).

I think Curses works particularly well for several people to play together, and you can easily get a number of gaming sessions out of it, if nobody in the group has ever played it through before.

Mario Kart on SNES (2, Informative)

Chaffar (670874) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882582)

Battle Kart powaaa !!!

Other than that I don't think any game has kept my friends (and me) in front of a tv as much as Winning Eleven :)

Good, old pc games... (2, Interesting)

pdboddy (620164) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882608)

Warlords, WarCraft (I, II or III), StarCraft, Half-Life, Aliens vs Predator, Counter Strike... these are all classic games, which should run well on older pcs. Half-Life is a particular favourite of mine, and my gaming group. Every now and then it degenerates in to a game of whack-whack sticks (what we call the crowbars). :P

Guitar hero (ps2) (1)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882620)

I've never seen more intense concentration or more swearing than in a group of friends playing guitar hero (taking turns, we don't even have two controllers for it). Great fun.

Re:Guitar Hero II (ps2) (1)

trdrstv (986999) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882806)

Guitar Hero II improves on an already great game. One of the best additions is that you cna play co-op and each player can play at a different difficulty at the same time. Which makes it evan more party friendly than the original.

Conquest... (1)

IckySplat (218140) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882622)

Once upon a time ago, in a land far away....
Conquest was a cheapie DOS based VGA game based on the boardgame Risk.
The number of Friday nights and beers lost to this game were unreal.
Up to seven of us, sharing one PC for several hour straight.
I had to replace the mouse every 2-3 months.

Very simple game. Very simple game play.
Many happy hours of shouting and cursing as someone destroyed your carefully built armies
I think all the beer helped :)

http://www.bluechillies.com/register.html?sid=1395 4 [bluechillies.com]
http://www.windowsgames.co.uk/conquest.html [windowsgames.co.uk]

number 1 sheer best game ever... (1)

Harin_Teb (1005123) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882638)

Super Smash Brothers. Good heavens that game led to some fun times in undergrad. Aside from that I'd throw up Super Mario 3, Goldeneye, and the gamecube. yes I know the GameCube is not a "game" per say, but it beats out the other two systems of its gen becase it had the best party games and playing with 4 of your buddies in your living room beats out playing with 16 strangers over the internet ANY day of the week.

There's multiplayer, and then there's party (1)

Shrubber (552857) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882642)

To me there's a big difference in whether its a game that you're playing with one other person or with 4+ other people. A good version of Bomberman is by far one of my top choices, although you have to go back a few game systems before you actually get a version worth playing. I think the one I played on the TurboDuo, 5 player, was my favorite. It's unfortunate that the franchise has lost the best part of what made it fun over the years and instead has turned into single player adventures with a token crappy multiplayer mode. Almost anything that can be played with 4 people at the same time has the potential for fun since you're less at the mercy of the game to provide you entertainment and instead start drawing entertaining from the other people playing the game.

Re:There's multiplayer, and then there's party (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883064)

A good version of Bomberman is by far one of my top choices, although you have to go back a few game systems before you actually get a version worth playing
You can get Bomberman Generations for the GameCube. It's a great game, and the multiplayer version isn't far off from the original bomberman. My GF loved the original bomberman, and loves bomberman generations. The story mode isn't so much fun, but the mulitplayer stays true to the original. It is extremely hard to find though. You can get it on eBay, but finding it any other way is almost impossible. Me, I don't shop on eBay. I know more than a few people who have been screwed over and that's not my idea of a good shopping experience.

What about... (1)

Phydeaux314 (866996) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882656)

...the role-playing games? Neverwinter Nights, NWN2, Diablo I and II, Dungeon Siege I and II, among various others. They make wonderful 2+ games, especially the NWN series and Diablo II.

don't forget teh x360 (2, Informative)

PrescriptionWarning (932687) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882658)

Gears of War - excellent 2 player co-op and 8-player deathmatch
Perfect Dark - decent co-op and deathmatch
Call of Duty 3 - some of the best multiplayer i've played on the 360 (24 players max) 4 player split screen (no co-op)

and then there's plenty of sports games and racing games (Project Gotham Racing 3 and Test Drive Unlimited are excellent)

good co-op (1)

alchemy101 (961551) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882670)

Had a collection of co-op games for the Famicom: Jackal, Rush n' Attack, Twin Bee great fun
It's great that we can play online and all, but its not quite the same as having everyone in the same room with you and there's a lack of good co-op games that can be played in the one room on the one screen with only the one machine.

I hear that... (1)

sdaemon (25357) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882688)

I hear that World of Warcraft has more than 2 players, and seems to be kind of popular.

Additions (1)

sevenoverzero (740419) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882694)

I browsed the comments and didn't notice anyone mentioning:

-The X-Men arcade game
-TMNT2 for the NES

Tetris Attack/Pokemon Puzzle League (1)

ProppaT (557551) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882714)

Seriously guys, if you want a fast passed puzzler, pick one of these two titles up. Added bonus, if you get Pokemon Puzzle League instead of Tetris Attack proper, all the people who aren't playing and sit back and giggle and the bad voices.

Other than that, it's all about Mario Kart, Bomberman, and Power Stone 2.

YEEEEEESSSSSS!!! (1)

porcupine8 (816071) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883300)

The only reason I was scrolling through all the comments was to see if anyone had mentioned Tetris Attack yet. Most addicting game ever. Hopefully they'll put it on the Wii virtual console so it can have a new life, because my SNES won't live forever.

My other picks would be Mario Kart, Soul Calibur, and Bubble Bobble (which, admittedly, I had forgotten about until someone mentioned it above).

Bomberman/DynaBlaster! (1)

SpodBoy (315119) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882734)

(10?) player on the saturn. Awesome fun, oh and double dragon/golden axe/streets of rage and the like.

Serious Sam (2, Informative)

rlp (11898) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882740)

Serious Sam and Serious Sam 2nd Encounter on two PC's in cooperative game mode. Both great games and a lot of fun right up to (but NOT including) the end-game.

Saturn Bomberman (2, Informative)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882748)

Even if you have to find a used copy of the game, Saturn console, 2 multitaps, and 10 controllers to play it in all its glory, it is far worth it. Without any sort of networking mumbo-jumbo, you can play with up to 10 players! 10 player Bomberman is great. 8 player is better with a bigger variety of levels. Anyone can pick up Bomberman in a few minutes to play it and from what I've always seen, newbies are pretty evenly matched to seasoned players because the seasoned players get cocky and make more mistakes. And instead of the usual droll of bombermen in different colors, in multiplayer you get to choose characters from previous Hudsonsoft games like Bonk or Milon or Master Hudson (from Adventure Island). It's a shame it came to the US a system with such little popularity. I pull out my Saturn far more often than any other old system I have (including Dreamcast) just so I can play the ultimate manifestation of 2D Bomberman (and Legend of Oasis but that's not a multiplayer game).

Air Warrior (1)

hb253 (764272) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882754)

I used to love playing Air Warrior on Compuserve in the mid-90's. You could have 75 or more people dogfighting in World War II aircraft.

Lego Star Wars I/II (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16882768)

Because the games are damn fun, and my girlfriend loves them too. That helps a lot!

Bubble Bobble (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16882816)

Bubble Bobble!

And Contra!

M.U.L.E. (4, Insightful)

JoeWalsh (32530) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882866)

One of the best multiplayer games ever was M.U.L.E., one of the many innovative games produced by the old Electronic Arts (back when they promoted programmers and game designers like rock stars).

Another good one, as many have mentioned, was the original Gauntlet. Along the same lines, the Baldur's Gate games for the PS2 were pretty good.

One Word... (1)

Meatloaf Surprise (1017210) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882936)

Starcraft.

Super Smash Brothers!!!!! (1)

drgonjo (746794) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882976)

Super Smash Brothers and its sequel are without a doubt the most fun I've ever had with my friends in front of a TV. Easy to pick up, near impossible to master and fun every second Smash Brothers kept me and my friends hooked for years and they're not even really gamers! The game has a depth to it that goes unnoticed at first but once you get good the possible tricks are endless. Lobbing a shell at your buddy after your other friend has knocked him up in the air FTW is way more fun than it really should be.

Look for the fun (1)

Admodieus (918728) | more than 7 years ago | (#16882988)

Any Mario Kart will do, but Mario Kart 64 especially. And I must say, Gears of War has a pretty kicking co-op game going for it.

CSS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16883198)

Counter Strike:Source has been a constant source of fun for me and my relatives, the friends system in it is nice, if I am playing after 9 pm, than I almost always have a friend in my list to team up with.
 
How far can you stretch the terminology of two player? cause i'd have to say that with a small group of people Burnout 3 is pretty fun due to the races being so short, no one ever gets bored.
 
Tiger Woods Golf is also a lot of fun with a few people.

Guitar Hero 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16883282)

For mixed skills, it's impossible to beat one person playing easy while the other plays hard.

It's simply the best 2 person experience I've ever had. In a game I mean.

2 player co-operative (1)

zoeblade (600058) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883314)

Probably not the best, but certainly an underrated two player co-operative game is Uo Poko. It's ideal for playing with your lover or with friends you get on really well with. Here's my review of it:

Uo Poko is a coloured-object-matching game, comparable to Columns or Puyo Puyo. So what makes this one stand out? One very simple thing: the co-operative two player mode.

Many games have a two player mode. That's certainly not a rare thing. Some have a co-operative two player mode, where the goal is to help each other out rather than try to outwit each other. What makes this game truly stand out is that the two player mode isn't an afterthought: it's really, in my opinion, by far the best way to play it.

The gameplay runs like this: one of you plays a cute yellow cat, the other one a cute pink cat (kawaii!). You both hold down your joystick for a short while to make your cat pull a chain which determines how far across the screen a coloured sphere is flung. You have to make your spheres touch other ones of the same colour to make them disappear. You get bonus points for chain reactions, and the point of each level is to clear the screen of all the spheres.

It's something you really have to play with at least a friend, but preferably your partner. To play it well, you actually have to communicate with each other. You can talk to each other to work out when you should both take your turn so your spheres don't collide with each other, and to work out a plan together. To this extent, Uo Poko is the most co-operative two player game I have played.

Besides, it's fun to do an impression of the yellow cat tapping the joystick and smiling happily.

Sadly, it's almost impossible for most people to play this game legally - export or operation of the arcade cabinet outside of Japan is illegal, and violators will be "prosecutedt to the full extent of the jam."

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