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Scary Co-op Horror Games to Play With Friends

In horror games, you learn to appreciate friendships anew. At the latest when you would be lost in the game without them - maybe because you are already sitting in the corner in fetal position.

Many games have a Co-op feature, and it’s a pleasure for many players to be able to experience the numerous adventures side by side. This also applies to horror, which is why we have made a ranking of the best Co-op horror games for you.

In addition to pure pleasure, there is also the simple desire not to have to face your fears in horror games alone. A friend is a balm for the soul here. He can literally back you up in many situations. Check our ranking for great scary games to play with friends.

 

10. Friday The 13th: The Game

Games like Friday The 13th: The Game contain a survival horror principle, which is extremely popular among fans: From a group of players, there is always one randomly chosen, which slips into the role of Jason Vorhees. The murderer has to find and kill the other players before the time runs out. But the victims are not powerless against him. They can also help themselves with tools such as a bear trap to gain time. However, the killer can teleport himself to other places on the map at any time, which provides an enormous thrill. The five playable maps are also based on the first five films.

A screenshot from Friday The 13th The Game is shown: We see the well-known killer Jason Vorhees with his iconic field hockey mask. He is shown on the left of the image in a long shot, standing at an open green door in an apartment. His gaze falls to the right. In his right hand, he holds a long straight sword and he wears a bloodstained gray jumpsuit. The apartment is very comfortably furnished and consists of a plank floor and white wallpaper. On the left edge of the picture, there is a wooden commode with a white vase and above it a picture and a sconce. In the background of the picture in the other room, there is a wooden desk with a black chair and to the left of it a green chest of drawers. On the right edge of the picture, another green door can be seen in the crop.
Jason Vorhees in Friday The 13th The Game (Source: Illfonic/Gun Interactive)

 

The game offers an online Co-op mode for up to eight players (7vs1). It can be played on PS4/PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and can be purchased for PC via Steam.

 

9. Killing Floor 2

Assemble a squad of six friends, including you, and venture into post-apocalyptic realms with your team. The game is a true hell on earth. Load your weapons and get ready because you can expect increasingly strong waves of zombies, which in this game are called Zeds. The sequel takes place shortly after the events of the first installment. In addition to the classic Co-op mode, there is also the Survival VS mode as a PVP version. Here two teams with up to six players each compete. One team plays as Mercenaries, the other as the Zeds. In this mode, the Zeds also have special abilities that are not available in the normal mode.

The player stands in first-person perspective at the edge of a marketplace on a street. He holds a machine gun with a scope in his hands, which he points at a muscular monster with a wide-open mouth and a bald head. The creature holds a chainsaw in its right hand and is facing the player. It stands in front of the player and is shown in a long shot in the center of the frame. Through the player's night vision device, we glimpse several wooden booths with various canopies in the square behind the creature. To the left of the image is a white truck around which three other smaller creatures can be seen running straight toward the player. Around the marketplace are several apartments, from which flames are coming out of some windows on the right of the picture. At the top left of the image is a tree with a lot of dense leaves.
Killing Floor 2 screenshot (Source: Tripwire Interactive)

 

The game offers an online Co-op mode for up to six players. It can be played on PS4/PS5 and Xbox One. Grab a copy for PC via Steam.

 

8. GTFO

This horror shooter is suitable for all gamers who want to experience a real challenge together with friends. Take on the role of so-called Scavengers and investigate a certain area for data about a creature called The Warden. Of course, the game doesn’t make it easy for you, and you have to face hordes of bloodthirsty zombies in extreme darkness. A superlative thrill and an intense Co-op teamplay adventure await you and your squad.

In this screenshot from GTFO, we see the player from a first-person perspective. He is in a very dark corridor that leads straight into the background to the center of the screen. At the end of the corridor, an opening can be seen through which daylight enters the room. The light reveals the silhouette of a grotesque giant creature on two legs, standing in the middle of the corridor in a long shot. Slightly leaning to the right, it slowly strides towards the player, who holds a submachine gun with a red dot sight in his hands. The avatars of three other players are displayed in the lower left corner in the back white color, and the minimap is shown in the form of a round circle in the upper right.
Screenshot from GTFO (Source: 10 Chambers Collective)

 

GTFO offers an online Co-op mode for up to four players. You can purchase it for PC via Steam.

 

7. Resident Evil 5

The franchise has long been known and loved for its pure singleplayer horror. The fifth installment caused mixed feelings because it brought Co-op gameplay into the series for the first time. For all Co-op horror fans, this is a real reason to rejoice, as the scary success can now be enjoyed with up to 4 players, making it one of the highly recommended scary games to play with friends. Take on the roles of Sheva or Chris and fight off tons of infected creatures embedded in a very exciting story. The game offers an online Co-op as well as a split-screen mode.

With Resident Evil 5 you have found one of the highly recommended co-op horror games. This screenshot shows a cinematic from the game. The two main characters can be seen here in the medium close-up in the center of the picture, looking in different directions with drawn weapons. They are in a very sandy market place during the day. The female character has black hair tied back, has a southern taint and wears a purple top. The male character to her right wears a dark green combat uniform with numerous straps. In the background is a house with a red roof and behind it a sandy mountain range.
Screenshot of Resident Evil 5 (Source: Capcom)

 

The title has an online Co-op mode for up to four players as well as a split-screen mode for up to two players. It can be played on PS3/PS4/PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, and can be purchased for PC via Steam.

 

6. Hunt: Showdown

In this multiplayer FPS spectacle, you can team up with your friends or go solo in Bounty Hunt mode to kill the four beasts: The Assassin, The Spider, The Scrapbeak, or The Butcher. But there are also rivals as real players in the game, which makes the show even more exciting. Besides the bounty hunting, the game also offers you a battle royale mode, in which you’ll have to try to find an energy source while you fight numerous enemies.

In this screenshot from Hunt: Showdown, the first-person player is in a dark, dense forest at night. The moon shines towards us from the background and illuminates the silhouettes of several zombies walking in the background. These are on their way to two cowboy characters shown in the center of the image, seen in silhouette at the edge of the forest. The person on the left is aiming a rifle at the zombie, while the person on the right has a revolver. We as players hold a revolver in our right hand.
Zombies in Hunt: Showdown (Source: Crytek)

 

Hunt: Showdown offers an online Co-op mode for up to three players. It can be played on PS4/PS5, and Xbox One, and you can purchase it for PC via Steam.

 

5. Dead By Daylight

It is one of the horror Co-op games where teamwork is more than required! In this title, you are either the hunted or the prey. Team up with up to three friends and turn on several generators on the map to escape through the exit. A race against time begins because one additional player is a bloodthirsty killer who wants to find and murder you. Watch out for Ghostface, Michael Myers, or Freddy Krueger.

In this screenshot from Dead by Daylight, a female playable character can be seen in the foreground of the image from the front in a long shot, crawling along a street in our direction. The person is wearing a light blue blouse and has shoulder-length blonde hair. The scene takes place in a section of forest in the autumn season at night. Leaves are lying on the road. In the background stands another playable character in the guise of Michael Myers with his iconic white mask and a large kitchen knife, ready to kill his victim. To the right of him is an American police car with blue glowing lights. It casts a red spotlight on a tree on the right side of the image. We can also make out the black silhouettes of individual tree trunks on the left edge of the picture.
Michael Myers in Dead by Daylight (Source: Behaviour Interactive)

 

The game offers an online Co-op mode for up to five players (4vs1). It can be played on PS4/PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and can be purchased for PC via Steam.

 

4. Dead Island

In this game, a vacation oasis turns into a nightmarish place where you’ll have to fight and shoot your way through hordes of zombies. Dead Island from Techland offers a unique and exciting horror scenario. Surely one of the most beautiful scary games you can play with friends. In the face of numerous undead, you should definitely have a companion by your side. Up to three other players can join you and help you keep the annoying monsters away.

In horror co-op games like Dead Island, you experience the absolute nightmare even on dream beaches, as illustrated in this screenshot: On the right side of the image in the foreground, we see a playable female character in the daytime in a wide shot, just trying to push away a muscular zombie with short dark green pants and a bare torso, who is trying to bite the character. The two are standing in turquoise water on a sandy beach. In the background are numerous palm trees and tropical wooden huts with thatched roofs. Behind them, we recognize a rocky mountain and a glass skyscraper rising up in the upper right corner. Above it, we glimpse the bright blue sky. If you are looking for scary games to play with friends, this title is very suitable.
Beatiful beaches in Dead Island (Source: Techland)

 

Dead Island offers an online Co-op mode for up to four players. It can be played on PS3, Xbox 360, and you can purchase it for PC via Steam.

 

3. Resident Evil Revelations 2

In this game, you can play with a friend both the story of Barry and Natalia and of Moira and Claire. Exciting riddles and intense boss fights await you. After the very extensive two-part campaign, you can also hunt numerous monsters in raid mode and level up various characters. Due to its scope, this installment is one of the most recommendable Co-op horror games and a real insider tip.

In Resident Evil: Revelations 2, one of the highly recommended co-op horror games, you fight again with different weapons against the undead, as shown in this screenshot: Barry, one of the playable characters, can be seen in half-profile in semi-total view in the bottom right of the image. He is wearing a red jacket equipped with numerous brown pockets and wears brown pants. His brown hair is combed back. He is aiming through a brown sniper rifle at the head of an approaching decomposed zombie, which can be seen in the foreground on the left. The character is in some sort of dark sewer. In the background is a huge grate with metal bars running horizontally, behind which is another room. This installment in particular is one of the very good scary games to play with friends.
Screenshot of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (Source: Capcom)

 

Play the game in two-player split-screen mode (campaign) or together with a friend in online Co-op (Raid-mode). You can get it for Nintendo Switch, Playstation Vita, PS3/PS4/PS5, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and it can be purchased for PC via Steam.

 

2. Cry of Fear

This game is free-to-play and a total conversion of the engine and assets from the first Half-Life. Nevertheless, Team Psykskallar has created one of the best Co-op horror games with this title. Live through a never-ending nightmare as the young boy Simon in singleplayer, or play this horror scenario together with up to three friends as policemen in Co-op. It’s one of the best scary games to play with friends that won’t let you go anytime soon. Be prepared to keep many memories from it for quite a long time.

We see the protagonist Simon on this sceenshot, from Cry of Fear. He can be seen in the semi-close-up on the right side of the picture on a sidewalk. Only a few streetlights illuminate the scene, which otherwise looks quite dark. In the background, the street can be seen in the crop, which leads into the background to the right. At the roadside, we see a yellow car and a police car. Simon wears a light gray hoody and looks with serious mine in the foreground past us. At the bottom of the image, the following subtitle is written in yellow letters: "SIMON: Oh, Shit!". Relive Simon's nightmares and play one of the most spooky co-op horror games. It is one of the scary games to better play with friends.
Cry of Fear Screenshot (Source: Team Psykskallar)

 

Play the game in online Co-op with up to three players on PC. You can get it for free via Steam.

 

1. Dying Light 2

Want to hunt zombies in a huge post-apocalyptic open world with friends, including parkour mechanics? Then you should definitely check out Dying Light 2. The sequel builds on the success of its predecessor and offers an even more polished horror-like gameplay experience. Craft, upgrade and modify melee or ranged weapons as you climb and jump across the numerous rooftops. Dive into an emotional and action-packed story with friends in one of the most in-demand horror Co-op games of our time.

In this screenshot from Dying Light 2: Stay Human, we look from the first-person perspective directly into the pale face of an infected person, which is covered by numerous red veins. He jumps at us with his mouth wide open and grim eyes, and we raise our left hand to fight him off. The scene takes place at night and the image is heavily blurry towards the edges due to motion blur. Experience one of the most rewarding co-op horror games.
Zombies in Dying Light 2: Stay Human (Source: Techland)

 

The game offers an online Co-op mode for up to four players. It is available for PS4/PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and you can buy it for PC via Steam.

 

The creepiness does not have to end here

Do you want to search a little further to find what you are looking for? Maybe these rankings of Free Horror Games, or Indie Horror Games offer that certain something.

If you’ve had enough of being creeped out and are perhaps looking for a nice role-playing experience again, we recommend our Lost Ark Guide. With a bit of knowledge advantage, the hack-and-slashing will be a breeze.

If Metroid and Castlevania are not foreign words to you (or maybe just because of that), make sure to check out the Best Metroidvania Games.

 

What’s your favorite way to eliminate the spawn of hell? Feel free to tell us in the comments below.


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