(also i have added a list of good games that are fun and have affordable prices below the freeware games section...a few of them are older so you have to search for them maybe in a bargain shop with luck)
super mario war and multihero are playable with 4 gamepads....little fighter supports 2 player with gamepads and 2 on keyboard...streets of rage remake seems to work only with 1 player on gamepad and 1 player on keyboard, maybe playable with 2 gamepads but i couldnt figure it out how...
Super Mario War 1.8
(about 14 MB)
its a multiplayer death match stomping fun game with lots and lots of modes and great playability and gameplay...the new version 1.8 compared to 1.7 offers new features for example the world map like in smb3 and many characters to choose from.
it would be totally awesome if the developers integrate lan and internet game...currently its only playable on one pc, with bots or with friends.
there are 4 match types:
world (offers a map like in super mario bros 3)
here are the 21 game modes:
capture the flag
king of the hill
check out the well done readme that comes along with the game which describes the game modes etc.
(about 10 MB)
very good beat em up/jump n run in the vein of super smash bros brawl with well known characters from different games.
Little Fighter 2
(about 12 MB)
good sidescrolling beat em up ...up to 4 players...2 with gamepad and 2 with keyboard
little fighter 2 screenshot
Streets Of Rage Remake v 4.01b
(about 70 mb)
fantastic remake of the streets of rage series with new modes, moves, graphics...and most important smooth gameplay.
2 player mode available...1 with gamepad, 1 with keyboard.
Current version :
43 locations having multi-path splits
52 enemy types keeping all of their moves
37 different remixes
Options and modes not present in the original
Affordable Recommended Multiplayer Games for PC
2 player coop...these lego titles are plain fun no matter how old you are.
Lego Star Wars (third person action jump n run/ about 15 $)
Lego Indiana Jones (third person action jump n run/ about 30$)
Lego Racers 2 (fun racer / comes in a bundle with the lego racers 1 for 10 $)
Jazz Jackrabbit 2 (action side scrolling jump n run shooter/ coop mode or different battle modes / i think between 2$ and 5 $ )
[1-4 player...you can decide to play local on one computer with 4 gamepads , over the internet or lan]
Future Cop LAPD (third person action with great 2 player battle mode / i think between 2$ and 5 $)
The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
(hack n slash action with funny coop mode / i think between 5$ and 10$)
X-Men Legends II : Rise Of Apocalypse (action rpg which i havent tested by myself but it got very good reviews and looks like great multiplayer fun / about 8$)