Est. April 2016. III Version 2.0. III
THE BEST & WORST OF CO-
Where’s ma bro at?
By JAY TEE
The undeniable magic of gaming together, either in a co-
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For me, gaming is a socially driven activity. From my earliest days playing Mario Kart and Star Trek on the SNES, to recent adventures in Sea of Thieves, and A Way Out, playing together with real world friends is the defining thing that makes this hobby so much fun. My experience with co-
Side note: Long live the Gamecube. The greatest console of all time. We'll save that discussion for a future episode…
Halo 2 got it right. The party system Bungie created is arguably to this day still the gold standard. You group up first, enter matchmaking together, and crucially, stay together no matter what. It took DICE six months to get their squad system right after Battlefield 4 launched. And their servers had more rubber banding than a W H Smiths.
Teaming up with friends for competitive multiplayer is just one part of the equation. The best campaign co-
But every now and then, you get games that so nearly get it right, and others that wildly miss the mark. Far Cry 5 is a fascinatingly chaotic sandbox that you can share with a friend… but mission progress for your co-
Fortunately, stuff like Sea of Thieves, Dying Light, Rocket League, and Fortnite comes along to remind us all that playing together can be a stress free experience. And if we could get Sony to revise its stance on cross network play, the landscape of co-
A quick shoutout to Jonny, who kept me hanging on this hook for longer than either of us had planned.
Fun fact: I managed to record the entire thing in two takes. I almost did it in one go, but I somehow said ‘W H Smiths’ wrong, and had to stop and try again.