Can you tell I have a day off? I come alive…! It has been a busy, busy week of flying. Whew. Enjoying coffee, the fireplace, and settling in on a cold and rainy day.
So - as I mentioned in a previous thread, I bought the kids each a PC this year for Christmas. Ages 10 and 12…which is about the age when I got my first PC (a TRS-80! - followed shortly thereafter by a Commodore 64 and a $100 phone bill with my 300 baud modem!)…
I’m trying to compile a list of fun, but somewhat age appropriate multiplayer coop games we can play. That there will be flight sims is a given. Not all on Day 1 as I have to accumulate stuff for them over time…but:
Maybe IL-2 of some fashion - any recommendations on that?
On the gaming side of things:
FIFA 2021 is the only thing for certain at this point. Found a 50% off deal on that (ouch…still costs me near $100 to buy 3 copies of it…sigh…)
Generation Zero looks kind of good for the three of us to play in co-op mode. It has shooting, but it appears to be against robots. I’m not even opposed to shooting games at this point anyway, but I don’t want any “rip the heads off” types of games.
Wreckfest looks like a lot of fun. So waiting to find that on sale.
I never played any of the Portal games, but from what I’m reading, co-op mode in Portal 2 looks pretty fun…and I can probably catch that game on sale pretty cheaply.
Given that me and the kids haven’t really done much mainstream gaming…I can probably go back a decade worth of games to find some cheap but fun MP games that won’t cost an arm and a leg. So I’d love some suggestions you’d have. (Like I never played any of the Halo games or anything like that…)
Arma 3 co-op seems like a no brainer at some point. Not sure if ages 10 and 12 are ready for that yet or not.
Obvious titles like Terraria and Minecraft are easy choices.
Don’t Starve Together (yay or nay?)
The aforementioned Halo - I’ve never played ANY of the games. If the three of were to play it…is coop something that is included in all of the versions? Might be a bit too much gore according to the game description though…but there is a “total version” available: Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Elite Dangerous. Probably - given both boys will have VR headset hand-me-downs. And I’ve only played about 20 minutes of Elite myself.
American Truck Simulator - anyone given the TruckersMP mod a whirl?
Raft looks like it could be fun too. All three of us could play…looks like one of us can save the game and then all three can rejoin and continue when we all have the same time to play.
No Man’s Sky - sounds like it has co-op mode for 2-4 players? This might be a good co-op VR title maybe…?
The Forest in VR / co-op looks like it could be fun down the road…probably a bit too much at this age for now.
MudRunner - again, a game I’ve owned but never played. Looks like it could be fun in co-op with the three of us collaborating to accomplish stuff. Is the original SpinTires any good in MP?
I also see that SpinTires (the predecessor to MudRunner…I think there was a split among the developers and drama drama) is still available for $2.00 (Daily Deal today) and has some DLC. Looks like (glancing at the Steam forum) there were some issues, but the single remaining developer (?) is still working on it and a patch was just released in the last day or two fixing some issues. Some fun looking DLC available for it as well (Sherp and China). Might be an economical buy even if it is a flop.
The Crew 2 - wish I could figure out more about what this offers in terms of coop - if any. Finding information about it is tough. Seems like the original The Crew might have been a bit less glitzy but maybe better gameplay.
Project Cars 2 - VR support…general consensus seems to be that PC3 is terrible…or at least…diverges from the driving experience of PC2. If we all three get it (I actually own it already)…can we all three join in races together in multiplayer? Can I host my own races? More research needed. This one frequently goes on sale too I think.
BAJA: Edge of Control HD - looks like fun.
Star Wars Squadrons - yeah…we’ll need that.
IL-2: 1946 - Multiplayer still working on that?
I would really like a persistent universe, space building game. Looks like maybe Kerbal Space Program 2 might fit that bill next year…
Wow. That was a fun two hours of browsing the internet. Sorry you had to go along for the ride…
Oh…and yeah…the boys are going to become Air Hauler pilots…whether it is X-Plane or MSFS to be determined…probably MSFS though… That should be fun.