Nothing brings people together better than fear, right? Well, the following best co-op horror games are your opportunity to get together with old friends and new and scream your lungs out in unison.
These 15 titles will have you all cowering together, suffering from racing hearts and sweaty palms as you battle through or hide from unspeakable evils. They’ll leave you laughing nervously as the horrors close in and fighting selfishly for supplies when things get tough.
By the time you’re done, you’ll know who you can trust in a real apocalyptic crisis and who will throw you in the gaping maw of an unholy beast if it meant saving their hide. It’s all in good fun, though, right?
The Best Co-Op Horror Games
Developer: Baseline Publisher: Baseline
Few co-op experiences require you to consider whether or not you can trust your teammates. Deceit breaks the mold and thrusts players into uncertainty by infecting a fraction of them with a virus. Those that aren’t infected must work together to escape to safety, all while the infected work to impede progress, drink from blood bags, and remain undetected.
If they make it to the end of a zone without being exposed, the infected players mutate into deadly monstrosities and pursue their former colleagues. With no need for deception, the game becomes frantic as the innocent survivors struggle to avoid the grasp of their former companions.
Deceit is a game of trust and finding ways to impede your fellow players without turning them on to the fact that you’re infected.
14. The Blackout Club
Developer: Question Publisher: Question
Remember when you and your friends gathered in a treehouse to talk about your town’s deepest, darkest conspiracies? In The Blackout Club, you won’t just discuss them. You’ll act out on the oddities brewing beneath the streets.
Up to four players join forces in this co-op experience to stop the evils that have been taking children. Using an array of gadgets and your wits, you’ll need to outsmart the adults that have the town under their thumb.
Together, you’ll accomplish missions to uncover the secrets haunting the quaint town all while escaping its deadly inhabitants and the unseen, supernatural Shape. Choose your path across each night and experiment with different solutions to find the one that exposes the truth haunting The Blackout Club.
13. Resident Evil Revelations 2
Developer: Capcom Publisher: Capcom
What if how you handled fear was what separated you from the survivors and those that succumbed? Breaking away from the franchise’s typical viruses, Resident Evil Revelations 2 infects fan-favorite Claire Redfield and newcomer Moira Burton with a strain that reacts to how afraid they are. Those that let their fear consume them become one of the “Afflicted.”
In Revelations 2, players can team up as Claire and Moira in their escape from the clutches of the Overseer. The two-part narrative often shifts focus to Barry Burton, who returns to the series to save his daughter. He’s joined by Natalia, a young girl with strange powers.
The two sides of the narrative offer two very different experiences. As Claire and Moira, players will have to use their wits to evade the Afflicted. With Natalia’s help, Barry can combat the island’s monstrosities. It’s the survival horror co-op experience fans have wanted from the series since Resident Evil 5 shifted the series into the realm of action.
12. Dead Space 3
Developer: Visceral Games Publisher: Electronic Arts
Many would claim this is where the Dead Space series went off the rails, but it’s really not bad at all. Its shift from a strict horror experience to something more akin to an action title helped integrate a co-op mode that saw series’ protagonist Isaac Clarke teaming up with Sergeant John Carver.
The game introduces human enemies to amp up the action, but there is no shortage of Necromorphs to dismember. Dead Space 3 has players work together to battle the scourge and swarms of religious fanatics seeking salvation from the Markers.
Yes, Dead Space 3 was a clear departure from its predecessors, but it’s not a game worth writing off. Quite the contrary, actually, as it offers something new that you and a friend can enjoy together.
Developer: Shawn Hitchock Publisher: SKH Apps
Never enter a haunted house alone. That’s one thing I’ve learned from countless hours of horror movies. Pacify sends you and up to four friends into a mysterious house on the search for evidence of the paranormal. As a member of Paranormal Activity Helpers Incorporated, you take what equipment you have to uncover the truth behind the home’s spectral inhabitants.
It doesn’t take long for the evil’s brewing beneath the floorboards to emerge, sending you on a frantic quest for survival. You and your friends will have to scour the house in search of items to pacify the spirit of the young girl. All you can do is hope that what you’ve found is enough to keep her from dragging you into the afterlife.
10. Hunt: Showdown
Developer: Crytek Publisher: Crytek
Go on the hunt of a lifetime with a friend armed and ready to help you take down your prey in Hunt: Showdown. There’s a world of supernatural horrors waiting to meet the business end of your arsenal. Some may fall easily, giving you a false sense of power. Then you’ll meet the true horror that serves as your primary target.
Hunt: Showdown is a period piece that pits you against grisly monstrosities. Use your wits and an assortment of firearms and gadgets to bring down even the most brutish game. You and your partner aren’t the only ones on the hunt. Other humans armed to the teeth will stand in your way and soak up the bullets intended for the beasts that stalk the world of Hunt: Showdown.
9. Friday the 13th: The Video Game
Developer: IllFonic Publisher: Gun Media
Could you survive the clutches of the infamous Jason Voorhees? Let’s face it, probably not, but Friday the 13th: The Video Game gives you a chance to find out. The asymmetrical multiplayer horror title teams you up with three other players in a fight for survival against Camp Crystal Lake’s most dubious camper.
Set in the middle of memorable locations from the film series, Friday the 13th charges players with trying to escape, either by waiting out the clock, calling the police, or fixing a car or boat. Every step of the way, Jason is one step behind you and your companions, ready to split you in two or jam a machete through your back.
In Friday the 13th, working together means working quickly and, at times, separately to find the necessary supplies needed for survival. It’s not your average co-op experience when playing as a counselor, but one that deserves your time.
8. Dead Island
Developer: Techland Publisher: Deep Silver
Slow-moving zombies aren’t so much of a nuisance that you can’t take them on by yourself, right? Maybe if this were a Romero movie, but the lumbering beasts of Dead Island will swarm you, leaving you to wish you had a gun-toting companion at your side.
Techland’s Dead Island delivers on a zombie game that stands out among the rest. Its slower pace lends to an experience that’s tense and fits well within the horror genre. Take on the hordes of the undead on the island of Banoi and assist survivors as you all just try to survive the spreading infection.
Dead Island is bloody and beautiful and the kind of game worth experiencing with another person.
7. Last Year: The Nightmare
Developer: Elastic Games Publisher: Elastic Games
Asymmetrical horror follows you to school in this six-player multiplayer experience. You and four others must work together in order to escape the clutches of a deadly fiend. If you don’t team up against the ever-changing killer, you’ll find yourself facing a grisly death on the grounds of your school. No one should have to go out like that.
Last Year: The Nightmare launches you into a never-ending nightmare, spawned by playing an occult card game. Can you escape the clutches of the Fiend? Or will you and your fellow classmates become a supernatural fixture roaming the streets of your hometown? It will take plenty of coordination and teamwork to outsmart the Fiend and avoid becoming its latest prey.
You’ve heard the stories of the SCP Foundation. Now, explore the underbelly of its laboratory in SCP: Secret Laboratory. While many players will opt to control one of the deadly SCP entities, others will want to take control of foundation scientists or test subjects fighting to survive this subterranean nightmare.
Deep within the underbelly of the SCP lab, you’ll need to work with other D-Class personnel or scientists to escape the monstrosities that have escaped their holding cells. Humans battle against humans as the Foundation’s lab rats rise up against the scientists that kept them locked in with the mysterious SCPs.
Choose your role and work with others like you to survive the horrors waiting within the SCP labs.
5. Cry of Fear
Developer: Team Psykskallar Publisher: Team Psykskallar
With a friend at your side, can you survive a deserted town full of living nightmares in Cry of Fear? A full-length co-op campaign allows you to team up with three other players and battle through hordes of horrendous monsters.
Cry of Fear will keep you on your feet and will make it impossible to feel comfortable, even with friends battling alongside you. The atmospheric experience toys with your mind, leaving you to wonder if you can even trust those fighting with you.
Originally built from a Half-Life mod, Cry of Fear evolved into a delightfully frightening game that you can enjoy with friends and family.
GTFO is the kind of game you only want to play with other people. The endless string of horrifying beasts would otherwise leave you cowering in a corner, squeezing the trigger until only the click of an empty magazine was left. Well, even with other players joining you in the firefight, you’re sure to find yourself in that position at least once.
GTFO is relentless, throwing waves upon waves of monsters your way. All you can do is survive. Equipped with an arsenal of firearms, explosives, and tools, you’ll need to coordinate with your fireteam to perfect your plan of defense and complete objectives to escape the underground complex alive.
It’s a fight to the finish between killers and their prey in this asymmetrical multiplayer experience. In order to survive, the four human players will need to work together to escape the realm of the Entity, an overseer with a thirst for souls.
While on the run from their deadly stalkers, the survivors must boot up a scattering of generators to reveal their exit. It’s not a goal any one person can achieve on their own, so it will take teamwork to outsmart the supernatural forces and familiar slayers working for the Entity.
Dead by Daylight features recognizable characters like Lorie Strode, Ghostface, Michael Myers, Ashley Williams, and Freddy Krueger, who join a cast of original horrors sure to make your heart skip a beat. Only with others will you survive the unspeakable terror that is Dead by Daylight.
2. The Forest
Developer: Endnight Games Publisher: Endnight Games
When you awake from the plane crash that isolates you in the middle of a haunting forest, your son is pulled from the wreckage by a mysterious figure. Alone and with no supplies, you’re left to scour the forest and nearby beaches for the tools needed to survive. Unfortunately, it’s not just the elements you’ll need to battle.
The Forest pits you and one other player against cannibalistic mutants that have overtaken the peninsula. From the nothing you start with, you have to build an encampment, fashion weapons out of sticks and rocks, and improve your defenses. Otherwise, you’ll succumb to the horrors that emerge come nightfall.
The Forest is a tense survival experience sure to toy with your nerves. Even as you upgrade your basic weapons and structures, the deadly cannibals come at you with even more terrifying mutations that will haunt your nightmares and prevent you from finding your missing son.
1. Left 4 Dead 2
Developer: Valve Publisher: Valve
Is it safe to say that Left 4 Dead 2 is the ultimate horror co-op experience? Some may cry foul and claim it’s not a horror game, but you try saying that with a straight face when the Witch’s cries and haunting score fill your speakers. Or when a Tank plows through your teammates with ease and a Jockey takes control of movements.
In case you’ve been out of the loop, Left 4 Dead 2 pits four players against a horde of the undead. Along with basic infected, expansive, detailed maps are filled with special zombies like the Licker, Spitter, or Hunter, all of which can make your life a living hell.
It’s a rush to the safe house as you blast through countless waves of zombies together. There is no working alone as the ravenous fiends attack mercilessly, forcing you to provide cover to one another at all times. It’s one of the best bonding experiences you’ll ever have in a video game.