What are the best co-op horror games on Steam?

Searching for thrilling horror-themed games to play with your friends? Check out this list compiled by the community containing some of the best multiplayer horror games on Steam. Make sure to check it out with your whole crew!

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    #1The Forest

    The Forest

    The Forest is a terrifying first-person survival horror simulator in which you can be a lone survivor of a passenger jet crash. You will have to survive in a forest full of dangerous cannibals. It also features a co-op mode.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Liu Ma
    Written on March 22, 2019
    "This is an interesting game that has you defending against zombie as well as watching out for attacks from other players. The dread that you will have until you hear that terrifying and piercing scream every 30 minutes is worth it."
  2. 11

    #2Left 4 Dead 2

    Left 4 Dead 2

    Left 4 Dead 2 is the classic cooperative game in which four friends try to survive a zombie apocalypse. Developed by Valve, it has action and horror with a great proactive AI that changes and adapts according to the player's skills.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox 360, Linux

    $9.99

    Jordan Hunter
    Written on March 22, 2019
    "When it comes to horror survival games, Valve is one of the best. They are masters in horror and game design. From the sound to the sudden appearance of a smoker or a tank will have you and your friend in a panic."
  3. 11

    #37 Days to Die

    7 Days to Die

    7 Days to Die is an open-world survival zombie horror first-person shooter video game developed and published by The Fun Pimps Entertainment LLC. This also features a cross-platform multiplayer game mode.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Linux, GameStop

    $24.99

    Michelle Meyer
    Written on March 22, 2019
    "What makes this game different from the many other survival horror games is that sense of urgency and dread as the title of the game already suggests. The multiplayer aspect brings some interesting experiences to the table as you can either cooperate with others or cause each other's demise."

WHAT'S THE MEANING?

Co-operative gameplay is a form of gaming where two or more people team up to complete a game's objectives. Shortened to co-op gameplay, it is different from multiplayer since it involves contending against other players.

DID YOU KNOW?

Co-operative gameplay in video games started as early as 1978 when then-leading game developer Atari Inc. released Fire Truck. Fire Truck is a coin-operated arcade game which required two players to complete the game. The earliest console games that offered co-op modes were Beat 'Em Up games like Streets of Rage and River City Ransom. The co-op mode became famous in the 1980s with titles like Contra, Metal Slug, and Gunstar Heroes. These games became bestsellers along with Quartet and Gauntlet, which catered to at least 4 players. PCEngine then released Dungeon Explorer which allowed up to five players. Sports games that offer co-op modes also became famous. Among those are Madden NFL and NHL Hockey, both released by Electronic Arts. Today, many of the best selling co-op horror games on Steam are free. Although the popular ones still require payment like Left 4 Dead 2, Resident Evil 5, and DayZ. Popularized by the rise of zombie movies like World War Z and I Am Legend, as well as television series of the same genre as The Walking Dead.

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    #4Dead by Daylight

    Dead by Daylight

    Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer survival horror game in which one player controls a deadly assassin as the other four players try to escape from him. This is developed by Behaviour Digital Inc. and was released in June 2016.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    James Richardson
    Written on March 22, 2019
    "This is one of the best multiplayer survival horror games on steam right now. You never know what to expect in this game and the sense of unpredictability only adds to the suspense and thrill that you will get while playing."
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    #5Dying Light: The Following

    Dying Light: The Following

    Dying Light: The Following is an open world first-person action survival game developed by Techland. It's a game player must traverse a zombie-filled city, collecting supplies for crafting tons of weapons to slay the zombies.

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac, Linux

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    Liu Lee
    Written on March 22, 2019
    "I like that when I play with my friend, the progress we made is synced to both of our accounts. We can progress and help each other out in the game's story as well as other activities."
  3. 7

    #6Resident Evil 5

    Resident Evil 5
    Resident Evil 5, also known as Biohazard 5, is a video-game developed by Capcom which features a third-person shooter perspective. This game is available to play on PlayStation, Xbox, and MS PC.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Tom Jia
    Written on March 22, 2019
    "This game marks a welcome shift into cooperative gameplay for the series. It adds a nice new layer of gameplay and how to tackle the game when you have someone to experience it with. If you're looking for a great co-op horror game on steam, this is one to consider."
  4. 7

    #7Don't Starve Together

    Don't Starve Together
    Don't Starve Together is a multiplayer game that was designed for various gaming console platforms. It features co-op mode wherein you can play with your friends in this world where you cannot go hungry.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Linux

    $14.99

    Charles Ryan
    Written on July 22, 2017
    "Don't Starve Together stays true to its title from the very beginning of the game. You literally get throw into the deep end with only one goal; don't starve. I found it a lot of fun to figure out ways to survive in this well animated and quite creepy land. A fun game to play with friends as teamwork is necessary in order for you to, well, not starve together."
  5. 6

    #8Hunt: Showdown

    Hunt: Showdown

    Hunt: Showdown is a multiplayer first-person shooter game developed and published by Crytek (the makers of Crysis). Hunt: Showdown can be played on Microsoft Windows operated computers.

    Games

    Windows

    $29.99

    Gustavo Borges
    Written on February 23, 2018
    "Hunt: Showdown is a competitive first-person PvP bounty hunting game with heavy PvE elements, from the makers of Crysis. Set in the darkest corners of the world, it packs the thrill of survival games into a match-based format."
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    #9Resident Evil Revelations 2

    Resident Evil Revelations 2

    Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a cooperative horror game that explains what happened to Claire Redfield after the events of RE Code Veronica. It also offers a co-op mode wherein you can play with your friends.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One

    $5.99

    Liu Cao
    Written on February 24, 2017
    "I would think the bot would link to a steam curator of only horror games, or a steam category of horror games, but it instead just showed one game. I for one do not understand why would it do this, as even the question has game in the plural tense. The bot needs to link to a whole library of games relating to the topic, not this one game. So this was no satisfactory."
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    #10Friday the 13th: The Game

    Friday the 13th: The Game
    Friday the 13th: The Game is a thriller horror game for various consoles. Players have the opportunity to finally be Jason Voorhees and stalk camp counselors across Crystal Lake. It was developed by IllFonic and published by Gun Media.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, GameStop

    $39.99

    Laura Hawkins
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "Friday the 13th: The Game is a co-op horror game on Steam. Is it one of the best? I'd definitely say no. This is one of the glitchiest games I've played in quite a while and updates to fix these problems are very slow. I don't even like the game play. It's sad because I was very willing to give this game a chance and looked forward to horror co-op, but this game failed."
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    #11System Shock 2

    System Shock 2

    System Shock 2 is a first-person action role-playing video game, the sequel to System Shock and one of the most famous video games ever. It was developed by Irrational Games and Looking Glass Studios and was published by Nightdive Studios.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99

    Steven Walters
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "This is one of the best co-op horror games out there. I may not be the best but it is really good."
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    #12Dead Space 2

    Dead Space 2

    Dead Space 2 is a shooter horror and thriller game developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts. It features tons of exciting experiences as well as a co-op mode wherein you and your friends can play this game.

    Games

    Windows

    $19.99

    Christopher Martinez
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "When I was looking for a co-op horror game to play on Steam, I found Dead Space 2, and this game was incredibly entertaining. The game succeeds for me on two fronts: The first of which is the co-op playability works perfectly. The controls are seamless for co-op play. Lastly, the gameplay itself along with its horror aspect is just what I expect from a horror title. "
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    #13Shadowgrounds

    Shadowgrounds

    Shadowgrounds is a fast-paced top-down shooter game developed by Frozenbyte which is set on a space colony on Ganymede that is being attacked by aliens. This game is reminiscent of the Alien Breed series.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $6.99

    Jordan Garrett
    Written on September 20, 2018
    "Thought this was exclusive on mobile and had to bear the crap controls on the touchscreen, i was so exited when i found out that this one is on steam as well! now i can play this with a mouse and a keyboard and not that crappy touch screen that alwasy makes me lose online matches!"
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    #14Killing Floor 2

    Killing Floor 2

    Killing Floor 2 is a first-person zombie shooter with a full-featured co-op campaign that takes advantage of super realistic attacks through multiple contact points on the models, giving a very realistic feel to the combat.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $29.99

    Huang Dong
    Written on March 22, 2019
    "This game is suspenseful, gory mayhem from start to finish with a heavy metal soundtrack to accompany all the zeds that you and your friends will face in one of the fun and best multiplayer horror games on steam."
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    #15State of Decay: YOSE

    State of Decay: YOSE
    State of Decay: YOSE is the ultimate third-person action zombie horror survival-fantasy game. Explore an open world full of dangers and opportunities, and do whatever it takes to live another day.
    Games

    Windows, Xbox One

    $29.99

    Nathan Bishop
    Written on March 22, 2019
    "The co-op works in this game is quite interesting in that you can drop into their gameplay at any time and be part of their story and help them progress and perform activities in the game and in return, you get influence point which you can use for upgrades to your own base."
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    #16Rise of Nations

    Rise of Nations
    Rise of Nations is a strategy video game developed by Big Huge Games and SkyBox Labs. It features single-player and multi-player game modes. This video game has taken concepts from other turn-based strategy games. 
    Games

    Windows

    $19.99

    Ivy Dong
    Written on October 28, 2017
    "I was looking for a good co-op horror game. I checked out Steam and found Rise of Nations: Extended Edition. I thought I would love it, and so did my friends, but we hated it. The "enhanced" features aren't that interesting. The game-play is mediocre. And the graphics are sub-par. I would not recommend this game to anyone that loves horror co-op games. There are much better games out there."

Summary

Best What are the best co-op horror games on Steam
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The ForestGames 14 Paid
2Left 4 Dead 2Games 11 Paid
37 Days to DieGames 11 Paid
4Dead by DaylightGames 9 Paid
5Dying Light: The FollowingGames 9 Paid
6Resident Evil 5Games 7 Paid
7Don't Starve TogetherGames 7 Paid
8Hunt: ShowdownGames 6 Paid
9Resident Evil Revelations 2Games 6 Paid
10Friday the 13th: The GameGames 6 Paid
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