Cooperative Multiplayer Playstation 2 Games

The following is a list of cooperative, multiplayer games available for the Playstation 2. I've listed all games that have an element of cooperative/team play, so some games are more "cooperative" than others. Cookie and Cream, for example, has 2 player cooperative play for the entire game - it's pretty much the basis of the game. Tekken Tag, however, has a "tag team" mode where one player fights, then "tags in" their friend for help (so it's one player at a time, trading off). ATV Racing involves racing with a friend against other AI opponents (so you can work together to make sure you both come in ahead of the computer).

I've given a rating to the games I've played, then a %, which is an average of a lot of other game site ratings provided by www.GameRankings.com. Clicking on the game name will take you to the GameRankings.com page which has links to other sites' reviews of the game so you can learn more about it!

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Game

Score

Comments

Twisted Metal Black

89%
Players: 2
Screen:
Split-screen (Horizontal/vertical)
Comments: A great "car wars" arena game with high replay value.
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

85%
Players: 2
Screen: Shared-screen
Comments: Fantastic RPG cooperative play, with 3 (plus one unlockable) characters to try. Real-time hack-n-slash, not turn-based.
Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King

87%

Players: 2
Compatibility: Online compatible, but not required for cooperative play.
Screen: Shared-screen
Comments: Fantastic fun!

Conflict: Desert Storm

68%
Players: 2
Comments: You and a friend split control of a 4-team squad. Same missions as single-player mode. Very, very fun!
Half-Life

83%
Players: 2
Screen: Split-screen
(Horizontal)
Comments: Has a cooperative multi-player story mode separate from the single-player story mode!
Champions of Norrath

88%
Players: 2-4
Compatibility: Network adapter compatible (but not required)
Screen: Shared-screen
Comments: Baldur's Gate-esque play! Very fun. The more the players, the less camera control you have. 4 players at the same time is pretty buggy.
TimeSplitters 2

91%

Players: 2
Compatibility: i-Link compatible
Screen: Split-screen (Horizontal)
Comments: Lots of fun - 10 story mode levels, plus lots of different arena games with high replay value. Great graphics!

Time Crisis 2

79%
Players: 2
Compatibility: i-Link compatible, requires Guncon
Screen: Shared OR split-screen
(Vertical)
Comments: Great cooperative mode - you actually see and shoot around your friend! VERY short. Rent it, if you can!

The Adventures of Cookie and Cream

78%
Players: 2
Screen: Split-screen (Vertical)
Comments: Fun, Mario-esque playing. You don't even need a second controller to team up with a friend! The only problem is that sometimes it gets a little too cooperative - you really can't beat any level without working together.

Midnight Club II

87%

Players: 2
Compatibility: Network adapter compatible, but not required
Screen: Split-screen
Comments: Offline, multiplayer mode with 2 AI drivers. Ok, it's a stretch to call this a "cooperative" game, but you can work together to make sure the 2 AI lose, right? You'll need to progress in single-player mode to get access to all the neato special abilities during multiplayer mode.

Sega Soccer Slam

59%

Players: 2-3
Screen: Shared-screen
Comments: Think super-hero soccer.
Gauntlet Dark Legacy

69%
Players: 2-4
Screen: Shared-screen
Comments: Hack n' slash. Gets a bit repetitive after a while. Great for 4-player cooperative play. My main complaint is that, unlike the N64 version of this game, you can't activate and deactivate power-ups at will.
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II

80%
Players: 2
Screen: Shared-screen
Comments: So close, yet so far! I loved everything about this game, except for one big thing: it's much too easy! Even the hardest difficulty setting is a breeze to get through. Bummer!
Tenchu 3: Wrath of Heaven

81%
Players: 2
Screen: Split-screen (Vertical)

Comments: Multiplayer levels not unlocked by default (have to beat in single-player?). Use "L1, R1, L2, R2, Right, Square, L3, R3" at multiplayer mission select screen to unlock.

The vertical screens make it pretty difficult to play. Think ninjas with blinders ;)

Army Men: Air Attack 2

67%
Players: 2
Screen: Shared-screen
Comments: 2 players, flying helicopters around, throwing shoes and the like at other army men. Simple fun, would be great for kids.
Hunter: Wayward

73%
Players: 2
Screen: Shared screen
Comments: Cooperative plot all the way through. Similar gameplay to Baldur's Gate. Careful though, it gets hard!
Defender

73%
Players: 2
Screen: Split-screen (horizontal)
Comments: Cooperative missions. A little difficult, but practice with single-player and you'll be OK.
Tekken Tag Tournament

85%
Comments: Fighting game with tag-team cooperation (one at a time). It's a great game single-player, but not that great multiplayer. The only cooperative interaction is you yelling "Tag me in! Tag me in!"
The Sims Bustin' Out

73%
Players: 2
Compatibility: Requires 2 memory cards
Screen: Split-screen (diagonal)
Comments: If you haven't played a Sims game before, rent it before you buy it.
Project Eden

73%
Players: 2
Screen: Split-screen
Comments: I found this game to be difficult to control. The story has 4 characters to control, so you and your friend each work together to control all 4. Hard to know where to go, what to do. Try it on rental first.

Endgame


59%

Players: 2
Compatibility: Requires guncon
Screen: Shared-screen
Comments: This one is pretty bad - to access multiplayer you need to beat the game and unlock a two gun mode. Rent it, if you want...
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
93%
Compatibility: Network adapter required for cooperative gameplay?
Comments:
Apparently there is team-based cooperative play online.
Madden NFL 2003
91%
Winning Eleven 6
91%
NBA Street Vol. 2
89%
SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs
88%
Players: 2-8
Compatibility: Requires broadband, network adapter for cooperative play.
Comments:
You can use a headset with this for giving orders via speech-recognition!
Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore
88%
Screen: Shared-screen
Comments: Fighting game with tag-team cooperation (one at a time).
NFL 2K3
88%
007: Everything or Nothing
86%
SOCOM: US Navy Seals
86%
Compatibility: Requires network adapter for cooperative play.
Comments: You can use a headset with this for giving orders via speech-recognition!
Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy
85%
Comments: One player controls movement, the other weapons.
Wakeboarding Unleashed
84%
Comments: One player is on the wakeboard while the other drives the boat!
Sega Sports Tennis
84%
TimeSplitters
83%
Screen: Split-screen
ATV Offroad Fury 2
83%
Compatibility: i-Link compatible
Screen: Split-screen
Comments: Allows multiplayer racing with AI opponents.
ATV Offroad Fury
83%
Screen: Split-screen
Comments: Allows multiplayer racing with AI opponents.
Def Jam Vendetta
83%
Screen: Shared-screen
Comments: Tag-team mode...?
NBA Live 2003
82%
Dynasty Warriors 4
81%
Screen: Split-screen
Time Crisis 3
81%
Compatibility: Requires guncon.
Screen: Split-screen
Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
81%
Screen: Split-screen
Quake III: Revolution
81%
Screen: Split-screen
Comments: Cooperative teamplay against AI bots.
Rumble Racing
81%
Comments: Two-player cooperative play for all single-player modes.
The Sims
81%
Screen: Split-screen (Diagonal)
NFL Street
80%
Compatibility: Network adapter compatibile.
James Bond 007: Nightfire
80%
Comments: Cooperative teamplay against AI bots.
Everquest Online Adventures: Frontiers
78%
Compatibility: Requires network adapter. $10/month subscription fee
Everquest Online Adventures
78%
Compatibility: Requires network adapter. $10/month subscription fee
Dynasty Warriors 3
77%
Screen: Split-screen
Contra: Shattered Soldier
77%
Screen: Shared screen
Comments: I tried this briefly at the Sony store, and it looked like a game that would be better to rent rather than buy.
Crimson Sea 2
77%
Screen: Split-screen
Comments: Cooperative play though any of the single-player missions that the player has already completed.
Unreal Tournament
77%
Compatibility: i-Link compatible
Screen: Split-screen
EyeToy: Groove
76%
Comments: Contains cooperative games.
Gladius
75%
Players: 2
Conflict: Desert Storm II
75%
Screen: Split-screen
Tribes Aerial Assault
75%
Compatibility: Network adapter compatible
Comments: Cooperative teamplay against AI bots.
Shrek 2
74%
Players: 2-4
Armored Core 3
74%
Compatibility: i-Link compatible
Comments: Team play against AIs.
Armored Core 2: Another Age
74%
Compatibility: i-Link compatible
Comments: Cooperative missions.

Resident Evil: Outbreak

73%
Players: 2-4
Compatibility:
Network adapter required for cooperative play.
Comments: Cooperative mode.

Battle Engine Aquila

73%
Comments: Cooperative mode.
Rainbow Six 3
72%
Comments: Have to beat the levels first in single player.
SWAT: Global Strike Team
71%
Comments: Ten co-op levels that are roughly based on some of the main game's levels.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
71%
Comments: No cooperative missions. Only cooperative "survival" mode, like a fancy Space Invaders.
Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm
70%
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun
69%
Comments: Story mode cooperative play.
Winback
69%
Comments: Cooperative teamplay against AI bots.
Serious Sam
67%
Vampire Night
66%
Compatibility: Requires Guncon, i-Link compatible
Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain
66%
Compatibility: Requires network adapter for cooperative play.
World Destruction League: Thunder Tanks
66%
Compatibility: Cooperative teamplay against AI bots.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
65%
Screen: Shared-screen
Comments: Cooperative teamplay against AI bots.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation vs. Zeon
65%
Comments: Cooperative teamplay against AI bots.
Ghost Recon
65%
Compatibility: i-Link compatible
Comments: Apparently, to play a level in cooperative multiplayer mode you must first beat it in single player mode.
Siphon Filter: The Omega Strain
65%
Players: 4
Compatibility:
Online only
Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
64%
Players: 2
Screen: Shared-screen
Comments: Like a futuristic Baldur's Gate.
Silent Scope 2
64%
Compatibility: i-Link required for 2 player, cooperative play
Mystic Heroes
63%
Deer Hunter
61%
Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu
59%
Screen: Shared-screen
Ninja Assault
59%
Compatibility: Requires guncon
Soldier of Fortune Gold
57%
Comments: Cooperative teamplay against AI bots.
The Legend of Alon D'ar
43%
Screen: Shared-screen
Army Men: Green Rogue
37%
Hidden Invasion
36%
Screen: Shared-screen
McFarlane's Evil Prophecy
35%
Comments: No cooperative story mode, just fight together against monsters as long as you can.