Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a bloody, cooperative shooter developed by the team at Fatshark. It takes place in the dystopian city of Tertium, which has been overrun by corrupted individuals — and it's your job to reclaim the urban jungle and stop a mysterious new force from taking control of its streets.
Warhammer 40,000 had a loaded release schedule throughout 2022, with both Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters and Shootas, Blood & Teef launching ahead of Darktide. But without a doubt, Darktide was the most anticipated of the trio — and it didn't disappoint. The game pulled in an impressive Metascore thanks to striking graphics, violent gameplay, and impressive replayability, and fans of cooperative adventures should find hundreds of hours of gory action in the latest 40K outing.
Besides frantic combat and the enrapturing setting of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, Darktide gives you a surprisingly deep RPG system to tinker with, making it easy to customize your character to your playstyle. Not only can you change skills or upgrade weapons, but you can also alter your in-game appearance. And like any good cooperative game, there's a dynamic system that alters your mission to ensure no two runs every play out exactly the same.
As fun as Darktide is, there are plenty of other cooperative shooters worthy of your time. This includes other titles in the Warhammer library such as Vermintide 2, along with such big names as Deep Rock Galactic and Back 4 Blood.
Here are 10 games like Warhammer 40,000: Darktide to play next, listed by Metascore.
Best for: Fans of zombies
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Left 4 Dead 2 is one of the most iconic cooperative shooters ever made. It pits you and three friends up against endless hordes of zombies, with the singular goal of making it to the next safe room. The FPS gives you plenty of useful weapons to fend off the undead, including firearms, melee weapons, and explosives — but it's your communication skills that are the most important weapon in your arsenal. Moving as a team and watching each other's back is crucial to your success. The cooperative campaign has plenty of content to keep you busy (thanks to a Director mechanic that changes up each playthrough), but there's also a thrilling competitive mode if you need a change of pace.
"Whichever you prefer, playing versus with friends or cooperatively against the improved Director, there is almost no fault to Left 4 Dead 2." — GameWatcher
Deep Rock Galactic stands out in a crowded FPS marketplace thanks to its colorful graphics, quirky cast of dwarven characters, and procedurally-generated environments that are fully destructible. That means you'll get to carve your own path through its treacherous caverns as you search for valuable resources and try to make it back to base in one piece. You and your team will get to pick from four unique classes (such as the Gunner that excels at tearing through enemies or the Driller that's great for blowing up the environment) before heading out on your mission — and learning to effectively utilize each team member is the only way to beat some of Deep Rock's most challenging quests.
"Ghost Ship Games' debut title is cooperative bliss, and a must-play for all fans of the genre." — Attack of the Fanboy
Best for: Fans of sci-fi FPS games
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If you're looking for an FPS that offers a bit of everything, Destiny 2 deserves some space on your hard drive. Not only does it offer a wide variety of PvE options (such as raids and lengthy campaigns), but there's a thriving competitive scene that lets you face off against other players. Regardless of how you decide to play Destiny 2, you'll be treated to smooth gunplay, gorgeous graphics, deep RPG mechanics, and a world that's constantly changing thanks to continuous updates. The game has been around since 2017, but the years ahead are shaping up to be some of its best.
"Destiny 2 realizes the FPS-RPG dream with a richness, warmth, and player-minded benevolence that needs to be played to be truly understood." — GamesRadar+
Best for: Fans seeking more cooperative, Warhammer action
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Darktide is essentially a sequel to Vermintide 2, and that means you'll find a lot of similarities between the two titles. Like its successor, Vermintide 2 is a cooperative action game with a heavy emphasis on melee combat. You'll get to play five different characters that each offer their own set skill tree to master, along with an assortment of more than 50 weapons to help you tear through the hordes of enemies blocking your path. Its fantasy setting is radically different from the sci-fi world of Darktide, but if you don't mind the new aesthetic, you'll find a brutal co-op that's bursting with replayability.
"Vermintide 2's co-op delights are gruesome fun, especially if you have a dedicated group of friends to take on the horde of monsters and level up your characters." — Game Informer
Best for: Fans of planning the perfect heist
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Payday 2 tasks you and a small crew with pulling of a series of increasingly difficult heists. Plan properly, and you'll slip in and out without running into any resistance. But make one mistake, and you'll need to shoot your way through waves of security as they try to put a stop to your criminal activities. Combat is fast-paced, but you'll have access to a variety of upgradable skills to help you get out of trouble and back to your headquarters. With plenty of missions to tackle, a variety of difficulty settings, and dozens of unlockable items, Payday 2 is a deep game that'll keep you busy for a very long time.
"Pulling off a frictionless heist is the exception to the rule in Payday 2, but the tension is still palpable as you try to orchestrate a robbery without getting caught." — Game Informer
Best for: Fans of challenging co-op games
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In case the acronym didn't make it clear, GTFO isn't a lighthearted game. The cooperative FPS has you and three other players attempting to complete a deadly mission and escape with all your limbs intact. You'll be up against some of the most horrific monsters in gaming — and making it out alive requires fast reflexes, careful planning, and impeccable communication. Stealth also plays a big part in survival, as avoiding conflicts with overpowered enemies is often a viable tactic. Toss in a deep customization system and frequent updates, and it's easy to see why GTFO has a dedicated following of players.
"GTFO is hard, mean, and exacting in its demands — but there are few co-op shooters that scratch the same itch." — IGN
Best for: Fans of team-based shooters
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Grab a few friends and prepare for a gory adventure because Back 4 Blood tasks you with slaying hundreds of undead in frantic, FPS action. Beyond its fluid gunplay and need for cooperative, the game gives you access to a flexible Card System, which lets you customize your playstyle before diving into a mission. There's also an AI Director that changes up each level based on your performance. The end result is impressive replayability, as running the same mission twice will often result in radically different encounters. When you get tired of mowing through zombies, you can dive into a competitive mode that lets you play as one of the undead as you try to eliminate a group of survivors.
"Back 4 Blood…delivers a solid co-op shooter that oozes charm and prioritizes fun with friends over everything else." — Twinfinite
Best for: Fans of post-apocalyptic action
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Dying Light 2: Stay Human builds on the success of the original Dying Light by offering a more immersive world, a more intriguing story, and a combat system that gives you plenty of reasons to get excited for your next encounter. The game takes place in a world overrun by zombies, and it follows Aiden Caldwell as he searches for his missing sister. Brutal combat and a fluid parkour system are largely responsible for its impressive Metascore, and the ability to experience the journey together with three other players only makes it more compelling. It can be a bit rough around the edges, but those minor flaws are easy to look past when the overall gameplay is so enthralling.
"Everything fans loved about the original title is still very much present, but now with a bigger story, new features, and a vast open-world filled with areas to explore and loot." — DualShockers
Best for: Fans of third-person shooters
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Although it's largely a single-player experience, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is a great choice for fans of the brutal, futuristic world offered by the franchise. You'll take on the role of Captain Titus as he blasts through Orks using a deep inventory of over-the-top weaponry. The narrative revolves around the invasion of an Imperial Forge World, and it'll be up to Titus to repel the invasion and unravel a mystery that's more terrifying than it first seems. Space Marine still looks great despite launching more than a decade ago, and its visceral third-person combat makes it an excellent alternative to Darktide.
"By looking to its own fiction for inspiration, Relic has crafted a fun, exciting shooter that effectively differentiates itself from other games in the genre." — Giant Bomb
Best for: Fans of looter-shooters
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Outriders takes place in a future where the Earth is no longer inhabitable. Climate change has devastated its ecosystems, and now it's up to the Enoch Colonization Authority to transport what remains of humanity to the mysterious planet of Enoch. The narrative is intriguing on its own, but what makes Outriders even more exciting is a constant flow of loot and frenetic gameplay. Every mission you complete and just about every enemy you slay will award you with heaps of new gear, giving you a constant sense of progression. The game can be played solo, although teaming up with a few friends is the best way to experience the hostile world of Enoch.
"Outriders' excellent class abilities, aggressive combat, and engaging loot systems allow it to stand toe to toe with some of the genre's greats." — WellPlayed