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5 Best Co-Op Horror Games for Halloween



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The frightening world of horror games, like many other genres, can always be aided by the presence of a friend. This can be seen not only in the prevalence of fantastic Co-Op Horror games. But also in the unforgettable memories players can create within them. These are games that attempt to rachet up the tension and fear factor. Which, in turn, makes them perfect to fill the time around your Halloween schedule. To highlight the best of the best, enjoy our picks for the 5 Best Co-Op Horror Games for Halloween.


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We are kicking off today's list of the best Co-Op Horror games for Halloween with a bang. Here, we have GTFO. For players looking for a highly cooperative FPS experience, this title certainly fits the bill. Players will have to fend for themselves against an assortment of creatures that would keep anyone up at night. In doing so, players will have to use their communication skills, as well as a decent dose of strategy, in order to overcome the overwhelming odds put before them. Luckily enough for those without a full roster, the game also fills these spots in with competent AI.

This means that no matter your headcount, you will always have enough players to have a great time. For players who enjoy earning and flaunting cosmetic rewards, this game also has you covered in this regard. But it is within the tense, tactical gameplay that this game truly shines. There are a number of expeditions to complete in the game, each of which flavors the experience in its own way. In short, GTFO is one of the best Co-Op Horror games you can play for Halloween this year.

4. The Outlast Trials

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For the next entry on our list of the best Co-Op Horror games you can play for Halloween. Here, we have The Outlast Trials. For those unfamiliar with the Outlast franchise, allow us to explain briefly. This horror game is set in the Cold War era and sees players participating in positively frightening medical trials. This not only gives the game a strong sense of horror and foreboding. But the legwork the developers have done to make the world feel authentic and immersive is impressive as well. There is a great emphasis placed on the player's ability to survive in this harsh environment, either with friends or solo.

In addition to the core experience, there are also more challenging experiences players can choose to complete. These challenges often feature modifiers that significantly affect the overall difficulty. Players will have to use their communication skills in order to overcome the immense challenge put forth in this game as well. For fans of in-depth character customization and skill allocation, this game also features these mechanics as well. All in all, if you are looking for one of the most frightening and best Co-Op Horror games for Halloween this year, check out The Outlast Trials.

3. Sons of the Forest

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We are staying somewhat in the same vein for the next entry on our list. Here, we have Sons of the Forest. For players looking for an immersive survival horror experience with plenty of crafting elements, this title is right up your alley. In addition to this, the game has been built from the ground up to accommodate and improve the overall cooperative experience significantly. This is something that is not only reflected in the gameplay. But it is also seen in the helpful community surrounding this game. The ability to play the game cooperatively with friends allows it to be an absolute smash for Halloween gaming sessions.

One of the most significant aspects of Sons of the Forest is its sandbox elements. Players aren't explicitly instructed what to do, giving them tremendous freedom over their actions. This not only dramatically encourages team play but does so in a way that feels meaningful. In addition to this, the game's seasonal system allows players to experience multiple seasons, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. While it may still be in an Early Access state, Sons of the Forest is undoubtedly one of the best Co-Op Horror games you can play.

2. Phasmophobia

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We are following up on our last entry with another fantastic Co-Op Horror game. Phasmophobia has a cooperative nature at its core. This can be seen in how the roles in-game are allocated so that no one person can do everything. Despite being in Early Access, this title is already content-rich and features many different experiences for the player to enjoy. In Phasmophobia, players must investigate many paranormal occurrences as part of a team. In doing so, they will be able to communicate with the spirits with their headsets actively. This feature is at the heart of what makes Phasmophobia so great.

This not only makes the game more immersive but, coupled with the game's stellar sound design, makes for a horror experience that can be downright chilling. Available in online Co-Op as well as VR, this title uses voice recognition technology to significant effect. A constant stream of new content to the game is added weekly, as well as five different difficulty settings. In closing, Phasmophobia is, without a doubt, one of the best Co-Op Horror games available.

1. Left 4 Dead 2

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We are rounding out today's list of the best Co-Op Horror games with an absolute classic. Left 4 Dead 2, in many ways, is still the premier cooperative horror experience. Despite being released all the way back in 2009, this title has remained relevant with a shocking amount of longevity. This longevity is not only a testament to the solidity of the game's design but also the skill and passion of its outstanding modding community. For those unaware, the core premise of Left 4 Dead 2 is simple: you fight against swathes of zombies in order to make it out alive.

In doing so, players can join up with friends in groups of up to four players. Each of the game's main characters has their own quirks and specialties, making them feel distinct as well. The game dramatically rewards teamwork, as learning how to overcome the zombie horde is a challenge in and of itself. Featuring an evergreen gameplay loop that only shines brighter today, Left 4 Dead 2 is a stellar experience for all to enjoy. For these reasons, we consider Left 4 Dead 2 to be one of the best Co-Op Horror games on the market today.

So, what's your take on our picks for the 5 Best Co-Op Horror Games for Halloween? What are some of your favorite spine-tingling Horror Games? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.