Drainwater wrote:Based on my personal experiences, I don't like co-op.
In a co-op game you are not going at your own pace. You are both/all going at a really fast pace trying to outdo each other and you'll almost always be playing with someone who's "already done this level" and he or she will be racing through without explaining what they're doing to open doors or hit switches. Then, since you have no idea what you're doing you'll be killed and the lack of extra firepower will lead to the deaths of everyone else.
That's with a random person or group. With your friends, assuming none of the above is still true, you are at the very least going to be ready to experience the game at different speeds. So you'll be forcing yourself to slow down if your friend wants to stop and admire his reflection in a window. Or you'll be speeding up if your friend doesn't care what the necromancer is saying and just wants to start hammering his face in and get the boss fight over with.
This, for me, is why co-op doesn't work. Multiplayer deathmatches or point captures or whatever are fine, but trying to experience a campaign style story in a video game just does not work if other people are involved. Maybe I have just never played with the right person, but I have played with lots of people and this has been my personal experience.
I would say that not only is it dependant on the people but also dependant on the game itself.
Examples: Co-op campaign on FPS. The general idea is to get to the end point having killed everyone along the way, not too complex, and most shooters are relatively fast paced in any case, and some use teleporting to bring you all back together.
Co-op "Horde mode" The idea is simple. Kill everything without going anywhere.
those two are examples where I don't think that co-op goes wrong, unless you get someone being intentionally malicious.
Then there are games like Splinter Cell Conviction- The co-op modes are excellent, but only if you have a partner that knows the game and takes it seriously, otherwise it all gets completely messy and fails.
I think that destiny should fall into the category with most FPS games, though I can see the issue of people leaving each other behind- however in Destiny, it is not level based in the conventional style, so anything you play should be new for all players, so as long as you have some decent friends I think partying up would be great.