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webrunner
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08:05:14 AM Jan 26th 2011
I have a few elements of co-op games that I'm not sure how to add with the categories the way they are:

- Games in which the second player is always there even in single player (eg, Gears of War, Halo 3, Red Alert 3, Dead Rising 2 Case West) is kind of part way between individual or tag along - both characters have the same agency and abilities, but the 'main character' is still player one and that character (eg, Marcus, Master Chief, the Commander, and Chuck) are the only playable character in single player.

- Some games, like the new Lara Croft game, change the game mechanics slightly in co-op. In co-op players need to work together, but in single player Lara gets all of the Guardian's abilities such as the javelin.

- Some games have co-op secondary campaigns, etc, like the upcoming Portal 2, and Uncharted 2.

- I really want to put in the term "Bro op" somewhere, because games like "Army of Two", "Gears of War", "Kayne and Lynch" have a lot in common, in that the actual game itself focuses on the relationship between the two coop characters. The game is thematically a co-op game, as a result.
Masterweaver
10:01:51 AM Jan 19th 2012
You're forgetting Bifrucated Co-Op, wherein the two players have two different skill sets and the game is designed from the ground up to accommodate both simultaneously. Rare? Yes. Impossible? Hell no.
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