Cooperative modes have been a part of the modern gaming industry for quite some time as plenty of people want to experience their favorite games alongside a friend, either locally or online.
As such, in the same week, we were treated with two great games that emphasize co-op action: Borderlands 2
and Torchlight 2
While, at a glance, they seem quite different, one being a stylized shooter while the other is a medieval fantasy dungeon crawler, in the end they’re both role-playing games with an emphasis on loot and are much better experienced alongside your friends.
Sadly, playing cooperatively can pose a number of challenges, mainly because you’re dealing with other human beings. As such, you and your buddies need to synchronize schedules, make sacrifices, and try to stay dedicated to the game.
While these challenges may not seem like much, they become quite hard to complete based on a number of factors. Synchronization can be tricky when all of the players need to work or study during the day, making sacrifices becomes harder when someone has a family to spend time with, and staying dedicated to a game can become tiresome if it doesn’t bring any excitement as you progress through it.
What’s more, technical challenges can also rear their ugly head. These include bugs with the game, problems with the actual cooperative mode, or issues with a player’s connection.
I recently ran into some of these problems while trying to play Borderlands 2 alongside my wife on the PC. We recently moved and our Internet provider hasn’t set up an actual connection. As such, we were thankful for Borderlands 2’s support for offline LAN, but it turns out it’s not that simple to play alongside another person offline. I had to go through several threads on the game’s forums in order to find out that you need to set up a port forwarding rule on your router if you want two computers on the same network to play together.
Eventually, however, we have managed to achieve this and after completing the rest of the challenges, we can reward ourselves with some quality Borderlands 2 cooperative action.