Steam Co-op Games to Gift Someone
The hottest co-op games to gift.
Playing games together is massively better than playing games alone, and it’s especially good when they require you to work together with your friends in order to succeed. So it’ll be a nice surprise for your friends to be gifted a nice co-op game. To help you decide on which one would best fit your friend, we’ve compiled a list including ten different cooperative titles.
#1 - Overcooked! All You Can Eat
Overcooked! All You Can Eat is a great and really fun game to play with your friends or family. Cooking dishes and splitting the work equally is key to winning in this game — it takes good cooperation and requires skill to advance through it. There are a lot of funny and frustrating levels, and it’s an amazing way to test your ability to work together. It’s especially good in order to test whether that guy who always throws and decides to sabotage you constantly should be in the friend group, too. It’s a great game to gift your friend to play with their family as it suits casual players really well and shows who’s truly the better sibling, and can work for a friend group as well.
#2 - Cuphead
Never make a deal with the devil they say. Well, what if you did? And you were a cup? Cuphead is a funny and challenging game focused on fighting bosses and speeding through levels. It’s easy to pick up the base mechanics, but that doesn’t make it an easier game to beat. It takes really good cooperation to progress through the game — bosses have double the health when playing together with someone. If you want to give your friends the most frustrating but rewarding experience they might ever have, Cuphead is what you’re looking for.
#3 - LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga lets you relive all the great moments from the movies inside a videogame. It’s a great and funny experience for anyone who likes the Star Wars franchise, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t? LEGO’s humour-infused approach to the games makes these a nice fresh perspective, and the gameplay is nothing if not fun and simple. While good cooperation isn’t required to beat this game, having someone not know what they’re doing can be really frustrating in this title, so if you’re a sadist and want to watch a friendship be destroyed, this is an amazing pick.
#4 - PlateUp!
Operating a restaurant is hard: you need to take customers’ orders, cook them, serve them, and clean when the customers finish eating. It’s not something a person can do single-handedly, so it’s easily a good co-op game. With every level, you have more orders coming in, but that also means more money. You need to be able to pick the correct upgrades and not spend your money too easily. There are a lot of different dishes to cook and it’s very easy to lose. If just one person doesn’t do their job, everyone fails. Your friend group needs to have perfect cooperation in order to beat this game, so if you think you can act as a well-oiled machine with your friends, why not get them this game and prove it?
#5 - Payday 2
In Payday 2, the sequel to the original Payday, you need to strategise and learn the layout of each level. There are two possible ways to complete almost every level: one is to go in guns blazing and have your friends watch your back, and the other is to carefully plan out everything and execute the plan perfectly, keeping track of where civilians are, where guards are, and where you should be. Getting to the objective in whichever way you pick is really fun and can be really challenging or more casual depending on the levels you’re playing. Overall, it’s a great pick for almost any friend group, as it has multiple possible approaches and huge variance in difficulty levels.
#6 - The Escapists 2
In case you want a break from robbing banks, how about dealing with the consequences of crime? In The Escapists 2, you are stuck in prison and need to escape. There are multiple ways for you to manage escaping the prison with your friends, whether by stealth or by fighting your way out. This game will test your abilities to assign everyone a specific role and follow through on them, as well as plan ahead your escape. With the guards constantly checking where people are and what they’re doing, It’s really hard to escape. Almost always being watched and having to make sure you’re safe all the time just makes your eventual success more rewarding, though. This would be a great gift to give this friend you just know is going to be arrested for the amount of dumb things they do.
#7 - Farming Simulator 22
In case a life of crime doesn’t suit your friend and they just want to make an honest living, Farming Simulator 22 would be nice. All you have to do is just take care of your farm and try to grow and expand it. While it’s a game that lets you calm down and take it easy, there are still some challenges. Players need to toil the soil, plant the crops, harvest, and then transport and sell them. You need the right tools for every action, and you need seeds to plant your crops. It takes good management ability and patience to thrive in this game, so it’s a great pick if you want a low-stakes challenge with your friend.
#8 - DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2
Now, if you have a weeb friend, a great game to surprise them with would be DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2. The game allows you to fight multiple enemies from the Dragon Ball franchise and has an entirely new story. You can work together to ensure your victory over Freeza, Cell, and even Lord Beerus! It’s an amazing experience that lets you level up and earn new skills together with your friend. It has everything a Dragon Ball fan could ask for: good action gameplay, an interesting story set in the world of the franchise, and great graphics for you to enjoy! There is also a PvP mode, in case you get tired of helping your friend, and prefer showing them who’s the carry here…
#9 - Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is a game about planning ahead and strategising, as well as adapting to new knowledge. Cooperating well with your friends would let you take over the world together, but if one of you messes up, you might get conquered by a foreign power. It’s a great game to gift this friend who always pretends to be a strategist to see if together you can truly be as good as they imagine. And in case everything goes south, you can always join the enemies’ side and betray your friend.
#10 - Moving Out 2
Moving Out 2 is a sequel to the original Moving Out, and it’s even wackier this time. This funny title lets you enjoy challenging levels together with your friends and rewards good cooperation. This game has the potential to completely ruin a friendship — just break a single window and none of your friends will ever talk to you again. The progressively absurd levels combined with the unconventional character movement create a perfect feeling of “What the hell is going on here?” while playing this game. Whether you’d like to test your friends’ patience or just want to have a challenging but funny game to play with them, Moving Out 2 is an amazing gift you can give someone.