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Best 2+ Player Video Games? 279

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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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Best 2+ Player Video Games?

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  • by myspys (204685) * on Friday November 17, 2006 @08:20AM (#16882164) Homepage
    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 (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Fozzyuw (950608) on Friday November 17, 2006 @09:11AM (#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: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by xtracto (837672)
        Interesting list, I agree about Rock&Roll racing, it is one of the games I played with my brother long time after SNES emulators (with networking) appeared, over telephone lines.

        This ask slashdot question is quite convenient, I have been wandering which games to play. My girlfriend likes playing video games but we have had hard time finding good multiplayer games.

        The ones we usually play are N64 ones (yep, in emulator, yep pir8ed, yep so what?):
        - Worms Armaggedon (we even managed to get one absoluteley
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by Fozzyuw (950608)

          Ohh! and dont forget the SNES racing game which you could play with up to 4 friends, what is its name? you participated in races in the sand (top view) with trucks. That was quite fun...

          Are you reffering to the Off-Road series [allgame.com] of games? I use to love these as well. Infact, I bought (well, at this point in my life, more like begged my parents) for the 4-player multi-tap for the NES.

          I realized that I never finished my comment on the game "Metal Warriors [wikipedia.org]". This game was awesome for the fact that in 2-pl

          • by xtracto (837672)
            Of course, who could forget the TMNT arcade game [wikipedia.org] and all the numerous 4-player clone games after it... like the Xmen and Simpsons version of the games (which had either 2, 4 or 6 player coin-ops).

            Yep, I used to love that game to the point that I bought (ahem... also begged to my parents =op) the NES port of it TMNT II for the NES... lots of fun ahhh those days..

            Oh and there was also the RCPro-AM series... I played that on my brother's rich friend house who had the golden Zelda cartdrige...
      • Bubble bobble (Score:4, Interesting)

        by phorm (591458) on Friday November 17, 2006 @12:50PM (#16885816) Journal
        Bubble bobble [wikipedia.org] is a bit dated now, but still fun and engaging. If you can somehow find it, bubble-bobble two is also multiplayer (I think up to 4), has some more up-to-date graphics+sound, and is as equally addicting as the original.
    • For exactly the same reason. Me, and the Ex played through it 'alternating'.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by CastrTroy (595695)
      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.
    • That's how my husband and I play just about every video game. :) Collaborative one-player games are fun.
    • by Thansal (999464)
      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)
    • one person playing, the other one telling him/her what to do!

      XG -- Xtreme Gameplaying!
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by AugstWest (79042)
      Rampart, Rampart and Rampart.

      Someone really needs to write a net-enabled version of it.

      Ready? Aim? FIRE!!!!!

  • Easy... (Score:4, Informative)

    by cadaeibfed (912758) on Friday November 17, 2006 @08:20AM (#16882170)
    Super Smash Bros.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Monkeys!!! (831558)
      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.
      • by jeffmeden (135043)
        Did you read 'super mario bros' instead of 'super smash bros'? SSB is a frighteningly competitive game, fun; sure, but there were numerous sessions that ended in me storming off in defeat, having lost DK to a guy playing as Ness...
        • by steveo777 (183629)
          Just do what I do. Grab Ness' punk ass and walk off the cliff. "Self Destruct" can be honorable.
    • by tolan-b (230077)
      Thirded! One of the best multi-player games of all time IMHO.
  • Gauntlet (Score:5, Insightful)

    by seebs (15766) on Friday November 17, 2006 @08:21AM (#16882186) Homepage
    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.
    • 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 *

    • by kria (126207)
      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: (Score:3, Informative)

      by CronoCloud (590650)
      You'll find Gauntlet in the Midway Collections because Gauntlet was by Atari (Midway)

  • by BortQ (468164)
    Bolo Tank Wars - was an awesome old school multi-player game. Much fun was had.
    • Oh man, Bolo! At my middle school, they offered a CS elective before the first period of the day. I didn't learn a thing beyond Hello World, and the blame lies solely on our LAN games of Bolo.
  • 2 words (Score:4, Insightful)

    by antifoidulus (807088) on Friday November 17, 2006 @08:23AM (#16882198) Homepage Journal
    monkey ball

    Helps if you are drunk too
  • IRC (Score:5, Funny)

    by El_Muerte_TDS (592157) <.elmuerte. .at. .drunksnipers.com.> on Friday November 17, 2006 @08:23AM (#16882204) Homepage
    it's the best multiplayer notepad ever invented
  • by Tainek (912325) on Friday November 17, 2006 @08:23AM (#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/+
  • DEFCON (Score:2, Interesting)

    by arachnoprobe (945081)
    Try DEFCON: http://www.everybody-dies.com/.
  • Who have forgotten this beauty?

    The perfect 2-player game. Killing, upgrading of weapons and granades. What more can a man ask for?
  • Hmm... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Donniedarkness (895066) <Donniedarkness@g ... il.com minus bsd> on Friday November 17, 2006 @08:28AM (#16882236) Homepage
    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: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Fozzyuw (950608)

      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

  • Warlords for the Atari 2600. Seriously, it is the most fun I've ever had with a multiplayer console game.
    • by steveo777 (183629)
      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.
    • by LDoggg_ (659725)
      Mod parent way up. Couldn't agree more. The game is 25 years old, but it's the first game that came to mind after reading the topic.
      Me and my buddies spent hours on this game.

      The graphics were definetly 80's, and gameply was so incredibly simple, but it was perfect.

      Here's [wikipedia.org] the wikipedia page about the game.

      Anyone know of a tcp/ip multiplayer updated version?
  • My List (Score:5, Interesting)

    by zr-rifle (677585) <zedr AT zedr DOT com> on Friday November 17, 2006 @08:36AM (#16882286) Homepage
    - 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!
  • pfft (Score:4, Interesting)

    by gregtron (1009171) on Friday November 17, 2006 @08:38AM (#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.
  • MvC2, Soul cal 1&2, Mario kart, Goldeneye, bomberman, mario party, mario tennis, advance wars, final fantasy crystal chronicles, table tennis on the 360.
  • by gameforge (965493) on Friday November 17, 2006 @08:41AM (#16882328) Journal
    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.
    • by bidule (173941)

      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!
    • by BiggyP (466507)
      I must agree, the ID games have always been great fun for multiplayer, be it accross a serial cable between two machines barely qualified to play Doom or modern online gaming.

      One of my current favourites uses ID's opensource quake3 engine, Tremulous [tremulous.net] is a surprisingly well designed multiplayer team FPS with a twist. It's Free, in the freedom sense, and the dozens of servers are _never_ short of players, whatever time you connect.
  • Guitar Hero (Score:3, Informative)

    by ender- (42944) <doubletwist&fearthepenguin,net> on Friday November 17, 2006 @08:42AM (#16882340) Homepage Journal
    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 (Score:5, Interesting)

    by gus goose (306978) on Friday November 17, 2006 @08:45AM (#16882364) Journal
    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.... ;-)
    • 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.
    • RISK

      I can't get tired of playing this darn game with my friends. It is really cool =o)
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by trip11 (160832) *
        Axis & Allies. Or AAA the open source version being developed at sf.net. It's like risk but biger, longer, more complicated, and with way cooler looking pieces. Seriously, try it out if you like RISK.
        • by bigdavex (155746)

          Axis & Allies. Or AAA the open source version being developed at sf.net. It's like risk but biger, longer, more complicated, and with way cooler looking pieces. Seriously, try it out if you like RISK.

          Seconded. I always liked Risk before I played A&A, but I always thought it would be fun to have boats and such. Axis & Allies is just one notch more detailed. (It's still nothing like a simulation.)
    • by iapetus (24050)
      <shudder>

      Seriously, why don't people recommend good board games at times like this?

      Try:

      Ticket to Ride: Marklin Edition
      Puerto Rico
      Settlers of Catan
      Fury of Dracula
      Warhammer Quest
      Tigris and Euphrates
      • I was introduced to that game early this year, and have been playing it frequently with friends/relatives ever since. One of the things that is so great about it is the flexibility of the number of players. It is still really fun with 2, 3, or 4 people. With some expansion sets, you can get up to 5 or 6, but I haven't played with that many yet.
    • by Per Wigren (5315)
      You forgot Mah-Jong [wikipedia.org]! The most entertaining board/tile game you can play IMHO. It's a 4-player game but you can play it on three (skip one wind and have more tiles on the wall instead) or even two (each one play as two players).

      It's very easy to learn how to play, the hardest part is calculating the points after each round but you have a cheat-sheet and a calculator for that. :)
  • Pong.
  • Counter-Strike

    also, Goldeneye on the N64,and lanning any version of Quake in the late 90's early 00's
  • Ballblazer - C64 (Score:3, Interesting)

    by acvh (120205) <geek AT mscigars DOT com> on Friday November 17, 2006 @08:54AM (#16882432) Homepage
    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.
  • but of course... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Masa (74401) on Friday November 17, 2006 @08:58AM (#16882458) Journal
    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 couldnt agree more. The Worms series is GREAT for multiplayer. Also, the You Dont Know Jack series is a lot of fun, and some of those songs get in your head. Warcraft I, II, and III were a ton of fun to play on a little local network. Street Fighter II filled a lot of drunken nights in college. I used to drive them crazy by playing and winning with Zangeif (the bare-chested Russian). The Lost Vikings was a lot of fun for multiplayer, as was Rock & Roll Racing (two more Blizzard titles).

      A good friend o
  • How can one forget golden eye for n64. It almost brings tears to my eyes.
  • by marsu_k (701360) on Friday November 17, 2006 @09:01AM (#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.
  • 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 watc
  • My wife loved playing LOTR:Third Age with me, but I have been unable to find a similar RPG (in the FF vein) since.
  • M.U.L.E. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Filik (578890)
    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

  • 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.
  • Mario Kart on SNES (Score:3, Informative)

    by Chaffar (670874) on Friday November 17, 2006 @09:14AM (#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 :)
  • by pdboddy (620164) <[pdboddy] [at] [gmail.com]> on Friday November 17, 2006 @09:17AM (#16882608) Homepage Journal
    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
  • 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)
  • 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.
    • 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).

      • by ProppaT (557551)
        Heh, glad to see someone shares in my enthusiasm. When Tetris Attack came out back in high school, we couldn't sleep half of the time...we'd close our eyes and see blocks. Damn you blocks, get out of my head.

        I'd really like to see Tetris Attack or Puzzle League on the DS with online play. That would be killer.
  • Serious Sam (Score:3, Informative)

    by rlp (11898) on Friday November 17, 2006 @09:35AM (#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.
    • And you can actually play split-screen on one PC, though this usually means some players will be usings joypads or something.

      For team versus - UT2004 onslaught or assault. Great for co-op against bots or full team-vs-team if you have a lot of friends.

      For 1 on 1 - Tekken.

      Free-for-all - Total Annihilation.
  • Saturn Bomberman (Score:3, Informative)

    by hal2814 (725639) on Friday November 17, 2006 @09:36AM (#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).
  • 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.
  • M.U.L.E. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by JoeWalsh (32530) on Friday November 17, 2006 @09:47AM (#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.

  • 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

  • by Psx29 (538840)
    Marvel vs Capcom 2 Virtua Tennis (either the first or the sequel) Goldeneye (Can't believe I didn't see anyone mention this browsing at +3) Super Monkey Ball 1+2 Powerstone 2
  • Sex! (Score:3, Funny)

    by nastybastard (918354) on Friday November 17, 2006 @10:31AM (#16883396)
    Sex! It's the best 2 player game ever invented! :)
  • 1-4 players. Each player takes a turn driving a car into busy traffic and causing the most damage. No multitap needed, as you just hand the controller over to the other player.
  • We played a lot of Chu Chu Rocket, Ooga Booga, and Powerstone 1 and 2. I really wish Sega would release these on a newer platform if only so we don't have to keep lugging out the DC to play 'em. Especially Chu Chu Rocket, as it tended to get the 'non-gamers' in our group involved since it was simple and had great play mechanics for beginners.
  • Lemmings (original or Lemmings 2) had simply FANTASTIC multiplayer on an Amiga with two mice. The fun of digging a hole that starts draining all your opponent's lemmings into a pit while they're busy elsewhere was amazing. It was so good, at an Amiga DevCon a bunch of Commodore employees and a few developers all dressed up as Lemmings as a surprise to the attendees and "acted out" a Lemmings skit.

    MULE was groundbreaking on the C64. Simple as sin on the surface, but plain fun for 4.

    Gauntlet - fast and fu
  • by tbannist (230135) on Friday November 17, 2006 @10:54AM (#16883786)
    Like someone else said, it all depends on what you like and what you have available (as a platform). I'm only including games that I've played and liked. Each section is roughly ordered from best to worst game.

    If you like brawling action:
    Ratchet: Deadlocked (PS2)
    Gauntlet: Dark Legacy (GC, PS2, Xbox)
    Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (GC, PS2, Xbox)
    Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (GC, PS2, Xbox)
    Batman: The Rise of Sin Tzu (GC, PC, PS2, Xbox)
    Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows (PC, PS2, Xbox)

    If you like quasi-rpg brawlers:
    X-Men Legends (PS2, Xbox, GC)
    X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse (GC, PS2, Xbox)
    Champions of Norrath (PS2)
    Champions of Norrath 2: Return to Arms (PS2)
    Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (GC, PS2, Xbox)
    Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2 (PS2, Xbox)
    Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (GC)
    Hunter the Reckoning (GC, Xbox)
    Hunter the Reckoning: Wayward (PS2)
    Hunter the Reckoning: Redeemer (Xbox)
    Fallout Brotherhood of Steel (PS2, Xbox)

    If you like racing games:
    Super Monkey Ball (GC)
    Gran Tourismo 3 & 4 (PS2)
    Jak X Combat Racing (PS2)

    If you like first person shooters:
    Halo (PC, Xbox)
    Halo 2 (PC, Xbox)
    Half-Life (PS2)

    If you like Roleplaying Games:
    World of Warcraft (PC x2)
    Valkerie Profile 2: Silmeria (PS2)
    Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (PS2)

    If you like RTS games:
    Starcraft (PC x2)
    Warcraft III (PC x2)
    Total Annihilation (PC x2)
    Warcraft II (PC x2)
    Warcraft I (PC x2)

    If you like strategy games:
    Civilization III & IV (PC)
    Alpha Centauri (+ Alien Crossfire Expansion) (PC)
    Master of Orion II (PC)
    Master of Magic (PC)

    I know I'm missing quite a few games from that list, but those are the ones I've played and enjoyed playing.
  • The entire Myst series. Especially Uru. (Uru Live is a bonus.)

    "That's not multiplayer."

    True, they weren't truly multiplayer, but they were the most fun when trying to solve the REALLY hard puzzles with a friend or group of friends. In Kadish (Uru), there is a puzzle towards the end. There ended up being about 5 of us in the TeamSpeak chat. 2 from the US, 1 from UK, 1 from Norway and 1 unspecified. We spent a few hours figuring it out, and had a total blast. The 2 of us from the US and the guy from No
  • Secret of Mana (Score:3, Informative)

    by Golgothaa86 (948550) on Friday November 17, 2006 @11:45AM (#16884668)
    One of the most fun 2-3 player RPG game (1 player till 30 minutes into the game, then its 2-3 player from there) i have ever played. Real time fighting, leveling up weapons, its a game where im dissapointed Squaresoft/Square Enix doesnt make sequel games with the same gameplay. Its a game i would snatch up instantly if it just had new weapons/storyline/bosses and just had the same gameplay.
  • The original (I think) driving/shooting game for the Playstation called Twisted Metal. Jumping gaps between buildings only to have your opponent's missile hit you in mid-air, sending you plummeting into the streets below. It was an open-map (no track) driving game where different cars had different weapons, most pretty fun to use. Just crazy good fun, laughing with my brother.

    Driver (thinking of car games), though mostly single-player, my Dad and I would swap on missions, then watch the "movie-style" pla
  • Why, Bomberman, of course.

    I'll leave it to you guys to argue over which particular release in the Bomberman franchise is the best of them.
  • Didn't see it listed. Apologies if I missed it. But it's the best/easiest 2P game I've ever played. It's supposed to be available on the Wii's Virtual Console.
  • 4-player simultaneous gaming in what, 1980?

    It used 4 paddles, and each player had their own corner to defend, a la Breakout/Arkonoid.

    It brought about some of the best inter-player fights, arguments and alliances I've ever seen, on par with Rampart (AWESOME multiplayer game, someone needs to make a new internet-capable version) and Bomberman.

    The only problem is you need 4 paddles hooked up, and systems + paddles are getting hard to come by.

  • The nice thing about this is the top skill player can help keep the lesser skilled players alive with advice and tactics, while the lot of them join an even more skilled players mission and play in a larger group.
  • by Webz (210489) on Friday November 17, 2006 @12:57PM (#16885956)
    All hail the power of the multi-tap! Play as the Boy, Girl, and the Sprite, or...

    Face each other in the four-for-all (with CPU as fill-in) in Bomberman or Smash Brothers
  • Mario Kart 64 (Score:3, Insightful)

    by dave1g (680091) on Friday November 17, 2006 @03:05PM (#16888258) Journal
    That game was one of the best especially since im not too great at fighting games, making smash bros less attractive to me.
  • YDKJ and worms (Score:3, Informative)

    by imsabbel (611519) on Saturday November 18, 2006 @08:32AM (#16895340)
    All the "you dont know jack" games, and the 2d worms games were absolutely perfect to even get absolute non-gamers playing.
    Sadly, the 3D Worms sucks... (the concept is just completely incompatible with a 3d playfield. I just wish the designers would get that idea, too, and make a sequel one can actually enjoy)

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