With Halloween well and truly behind us, the world has been plunged into an eternal night of seasonal depression and those Christmas decorations every store has had up for a month now.
"It's still November!" a chat member exclaims before getting flooded in a sea of Resident Sleepers and 'NO GAME ANDY's. While I can't solve the Christmas problem just yet, I can solve those sleepers! Chat needs some time off the leash, so here are a few games you can get the audience involved in.
Let's start off strong: Noita is a magical roguelite with crazy spells, incomprehensible enemies (and names, looking at you Sähikäismenninkäinen!), and an excellent physics system where every single pixel is simulated.
The game is pretty intricate, so if you haven't played it already, I recommend getting used to the unique systems before streaming it!
If you live for chaos like me, you'll likely want to try out the built-in Twitch integration Noita offers. Before you do though, here's an idea: try Evaisa's "Twitch Extended" mods instead. They're a massive upgrade to the built-in integration. Instead of voting in chat, viewers can redeem channel points or donate bits to cause events.
Every event (including 61 brand new ones) is grouped into tiers with the more chaotic ones at the top so any regulars and big spenders can show their appreciation for their favorite streamer.
For your sake, I hope you don't have anyone with a lot of points capable of rolling the "End of Everything" event. :;)
9. Warhammer: Vermintide 2
You know that 4-player co-op game Left 4 Dead 2? Vermintide 2 is essentially that, but instead of killing zombies, you fend off a tide of vermin (get it?) and chaos-worshipping Northmen seeking to bring about the End Times. To do so, you play as a ragtag band of some of the Empire's last heroes.
The game has solid built-in Twitch integration. All you have to do to enable it is link a Twitch chat for the game to read and off you go! Occasionally, a poll will pop up at the bottom of the screen, and then chat will vote with the appropriate hashtag. Sometimes they can summon a group of Skaven Packmasters to drag you off to who-knows-where, or they can gift a special tool that will help you later.
It's currently on a big sale since the Warhammer 40k spin on the genre Darktide releases November 30th, so try it out with some friends! Hopefully the new entry comes with Twitch integration, because I've had a blast playing this one.
Deathwatch is one of the few games on this list I've never heard of until now, but it's definitely earned its spot on my wish list.
In it, you are a paranormal investigator tasked with observing haunted locations. Look out for and log any spooky events and use whatever you have available to gather information on any threats and exterminate them if it comes to it.
If you're familiar with the "I'm on Observation Duty" series, Deathwatch is on par with that. If you aren't, it's somewhat similar to Five Nights at Freddy's if it involved ghost hunting.
It even includes VR support to fully immerse yourself in the horror! Twitch chat is integrated as a third monitor in the game and potentially lets viewers disrupt your gameplay.
7. The Binding of Isaac: Repentance
Trust me when I say this, Binding of Isaac is and always will be the greatest roguelike to ever be birthed onto Steam's store and, subsequently, my library. It's a randomly generated bullet hell with thousands of hours of replayability.
Every item in the game affects your appearance and playstyle in the most bizarre fashions possible. The game has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a flash game in 2011.
To get chat involved in the game, you'll need to download "Isaac On Twitch Reloaded." It's a simple workshop mod that gives viewers about the same level of interaction as Noita's built-in integration.
Polls appear, chat votes, and events occur. Binding of Isaac already has a substantial amount of content, so this simple mod is just perfect.
6. One Finger Death Punch 2 (or 1)
If you've ever touched a fighting game in your life, you've probably mashed those buttons until your phalanges felt inflamed (translation: ouch fingies hurt). One Finger Death Punch actively punishes you for doing so, but that only adds to how cool this two-button kung-fu game is.
No really. All it uses is two buttons. It's so simple, yet it's stylish brutality is rhythmically mesmerizing. I know multiple people who have gone into this game a mere mortal and come out a cracked martial artist with carpal tunnel.
I recommend everyone try this game because it is very different from just watching gameplay. However if you do want to watch, hopefully your streamer has the option turned on for you to show up as enemies in the game (hint).
5. Human: Fall Flat
I really just wanted to add this game to the list. There are no integration or chat functions. All it is is a silly puzzle game you can attempt to play with viewers.
I can't guarantee everyone will cooperate, but I'm sure there's fun to be had in the resulting mess.
4. Payday 2
It's everyone's favorite and probably the only bank robbing game pushed to new limits. I personally don't mod this game and likely never will because it feels like I'm committing a crime (ironically). Even so, this would be something I'd try for at least one stream.
The Twitch mod featured for this game is extremely customizable, and everything operates on channel point redeems. Enemy spawns, FOV and color grading changes, even the ability to litter your screen with dead pixels can be under chat's control.
If you've played the game before, why not give it a shot? It even works with friends!
Rimworld is a weird strategic survival game where you must survive on a strange planet with three random bums. The events in the game are random, but you have some choice in the flavor of random through your choice of AI storyteller.
For example, one will aim to create rising tension while another is completely balls to the wall. I wouldn't know, I haven't played the game.
One adds in the standard features to let chat become the storytellers while the other puts viewers in the game. Pawns with viewers names even say what they say in chat!
Now this next one might be a little controversial—
2. Any Activity
Oh yea. I'm going to be that guy.
I'm a firm believer that you can get chat involved with a lot of things. You don't even need an integration feature to let viewers feel like they're a part of the stream. If none of these games are fun and you aren't vibing with it, you'll be hard-pressed to see viewers who will.
There are plenty of games that don't have integration that you can still play and get chat involved in. Put yourself in the standpoint of an active viewer—active in chat, that is.
Do you feel more part of the stream as a vote in a game, or would you rather the streamer involve you in the game in their own way?
1. Don't Shit On My #!$@& Roof!
Just kidding. There are pigeons. They want to sh*t on your roof. Don't let them.
It's a charming little bullet hell in the style of Vampire Survivors and Enter the Gungeon and a load of fun for less than three dollars. It is in early access, so do mind the occasional jankiness that comes with these games. If you link your Twitch account in game, any spectators will appear as names under pigeons.
That's about it on my end. This list was made without any order in mind.
If none of these games are your style, you can always search "Twitch integration" on Steam or come up with your own unique ways to get chat involved.
Now if you'll excuse me, I hear a swarm of pigeons ruthlessly cooing at my doorstep.