Teaming up with a friend to take on a new game can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. Unlike single-player games, the best co-op games provide plenty of opportunities to collaborate with other players to overcome challenges. They allow you to exercise your communication muscles, play to each other’s strengths, and of course spark arguments over whose fault it was when things inevitably go awry. 

Whether you’re playing online with a friend located on the other side of the globe or sitting on the same couch, you’ll find there are more co-op experiences available today than ever before. Here, we’ll be highlighting the best games tailored for cooperative play along with their supported platforms. 

We’ve included a mix of co-op staples that never go out of fashion as well as recent releases and some hidden gems that may not be on your radar. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list regularly in the future. And lastly, if you’d like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:

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    Gears 5

    Platform: Xbox One / PC

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    The latest entry in Xbox’s third-person shooter introduces a new protagonist, Kait Diaz, and sees the return of fan favorites such as JD, Del, and Marcus. In addition to a completely new story focused on the origins of the Locust and Kait’s family, Gears 5 introduces a variety of new modes which support both local and online co-op.

    Among these are the main campaign, which can be played with up to three players locally/online. Additionally, Horde mode returns along with a brand-new mode called Escape, which sees players attempting to destroy and escape a Swarm nest after being captured. At a time when many franchises have stopped offering classic couch co-op, The Coalition and Xbox’s commitment to split-screen deserves recognition. 

    Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince

    Platform: Xbox One / PS4 / Switch / PC

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    Trine 4 sees developer Frozenbyte returning to form for the fourth entry of the ongoing puzzle-platformer. The game sees the return of series’ protagonists Amadeus (Wizard), Pontius (Knight), and Zoya (Thief), as they set off on a fantastical quest to rescue a Prince before he succumbs to his dark powers.

    Tailored for cooperative play, Trine 4 features support for up to 4-players locally and online, with each player controlling a different character. Challenges revolve around combining each hero’s diverse abilities to traverse risky environments, defeat foes, and solve puzzles. 

    Borderlands 3

    Platform: Xbox One / PS4 / PC

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    Borderlands 3 offers an updated version of one of the most iconic looter shooters around, supporting both local split-screen and online co-op. Assuming you and your teammates don’t mind over-the-top character classes and cheesy dialogue, BL3 boasts a dynamic weapon generator in which no two guns ever feel quite the same. 

    Set seven years after the events of BL2, the game sees you returning to the planet Pandora, a barren wasteland rumored to have hidden vaults filled with treasure and advanced technology scattered throughout. A plethora of new activities and weapon modifications make Gearbox’s latest installment feel like classic BL with a fresh coat of paint. 

    Forza Horizon 4

    Platform: Xbox One / PC

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    Forza Horizon is regarded as a much more forgiving alternative to the Motorsport series without sacrificing too much of the racing sim charm the series is known for. The most recent entry presents players with a massive open-world comprised of unique locations where they can participate with others in an array of racing challenges with over 450 vehicles.

     Forza Horizon 4‘s environments are brought to life by dynamic weather tech that allows for rotating seasons that dramatically affect driving conditions, unlock new activities, and open up new paths. Additionally, the game includes the highly-requested Route Creator tool, allowing players to design and share their custom racetracks online with other players.

    Cuphead

    Platform: Xbox One / Switch / PC

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    Cuphead is inspired by challenging retro run-and-gun titles where memorizing enemy attack patterns were less of a strategy and more of a necessity for survival. What’s more, this action-platformer does an excellent job of luring you into a false sense of security with its joyful 1930s hand-drawn cartoon visuals before revealing its true sadistic nature.

    In it, you take on the role of Cuphead, who along with his brother Mugman, is forced to defeat a series of bosses to repay an outstanding debt with the devil. These lengthy battles put you and your teammate’s platforming skills to the ultimate test, with environments that constantly shift and bosses who become more aggressive the longer you battle.

    Tools Up!

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

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    Similar to games like Overcooked, Tools Up is a frenetic co-op game in which players race against the clock to pull off renovation jobs in hazardous environments. Requirements vary between contracts but typically involve painting walls, retiling floors, and moving furniture, with the player holding the blueprint given complete control over the in-game camera.  

    Completing tasks can get quite intense at times, especially when you factor in hazards like slippery-icy floors, piping-hot trenches of lava, and somewhat clumsy controls. However, even in the event of failure, Tools Up still manages to deliver a unique couch co-op experience that’s sure to make you and your friends laugh, cry, and frequently argue over who’s the worst of the bunch. 

    Stardew Valley

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC / iOS / Android

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    With the roll-out of Stardew Valley‘s multiplayer update, players finally have a hassle-free method for visiting each other’s farms and going on new adventures. You and your friend can work together to create and care for a plot of land by growing various crops and constructing buildings for handling production. 

    If you’re playing on PC, there are even more options available via modding, allowing you and your friend to get nuts by adding new story content, crops, and tools to help speed up activities cultivation and resource gathering. Stardew is the perfect game to play when you want to relax and have some lighthearted fun with friends online. 

    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order 

    Platform: Switch

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    Ultimate Alliance was one of the first superhero games to offer players a way to combine their favorite heroes to create the ultimate four-man wrecking crew. Even though it’s been a decade since the last entry released, UA 3: The Black Order plays just like you remember while featuring brand-new cel-shaded visuals tailored for the Nintendo Switch’s hardware. 

    The game sees heroes and villains from across the galaxy assembling to prevent Thanos and his cronies from gathering the six Infinity Stones and using them for evil. Boasting a roster of 34 playable characters (and counting), there are a myriad of different combinations that grant unique bonuses in battle. UA 3 supports co-op for up to four friends locally and online.

    Dragon Quest Builders 2

    Platform: PS4 / Switch

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    Dragon Quest Builders 2 sets out to be more ambitious than the original at every turn. The game has you rebuilding civilization in a world where nearly every person has lost the ability to build things. Reprising your role as the legendary builder, you’ll obtain necessary tools along with some useful companions and restore the world to its former glory.

    The sequel introduces a host of new features including environments with more natural landscapes, the ability to glide, dive underwater, collect and fill areas with water, a higher cap for stacking blocks expanded character customization, and online multiplayer for up to 4-players. In co-op, players can visit each other’s island and start building together or just check out their friend’s creations. 

    The Division 2

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

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    The Division 2 is a culmination of everything developer Massive Entertainment has learned from player feedback regarding the first game and contained a lot more content at launch than the original. The game is set in Washington D.C. seven months after the events of The Division and sees your character caught in the middle of a civil war between survivors and deadly enemy factions.

    Players team-up online with a squad of four and explore dynamic environments brimming with increasingly powerful enemies and loot. The game’s PvP component has been reworked to now include multiple ‘Dark Zones’ where players can face-off against one another to earn better rewards. A recent update introduced a new 8-player raid, and Ubisoft has plans to continue supporting the game long-term.

    GTA Online

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

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    Although GTA games have included online multiplayer in the past, none have offered the same breadth of content as GTA 5. Separate from the game’s single-player story, GTA Online features an array of criminal activities that allow players to work together (or against one another) to earn cash and cause mayhem.

    Chief among these are the Heists, which have a squad of players completing elaborate missions with multiple parts. These challenging operations require hours of planning and coordination but can yield some of the best rewards for a clever team.

    Destiny 2

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

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    Destiny 2 is one of those online games that become exponentially more fun when you’re playing with friends. The game features some of the best shooting mechanics you can find in a first-person shooter in addition to an arsenal of powerful weaponry and three diverse character classes—Hunter, Warlock, and Titan.

    Although the game was fairly well-received at launch, the months that followed saw players criticizing Destiny 2 for lacking quality end-game content. Since then, Bungie has been working hard to steer things in the right direction. The most recent update, Shadowkeep, reworks the way armor and weapon upgrades function in addition to providing new story content.

    Overcooked 2

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

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    Overcooked 2 is a co-op focused cooking simulator that has teams of up to 4-players attempting to work together to prepare and cook food orders in kitchens with ridiculous layouts. Levels are filled with multiple stations designated for different tasks like chopping, frying, boiling, and plating, and become increasingly difficult to perform as orders stack up and environmental hazards come into play.

    The sequel introduces the ability to throw ingredients at your fellow chefs from far away, which will either be a benefit or total disaster depending on your teammates. The game is great in that it supports both local and online multiplayer, making it easy to team-up with friends.

    Guacamelee! 2

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

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    Guacamelee! 2 is a 2D Metroidvania that supports local 4-player co-op. The sequel takes place seven years after the events of the first Guacamelee! and sees a much older and out of shape luchador Juan called back into action when a new enemy from a different timeline threatens to destroy the entire Mexiverse.

    While the game retains a lot of the mechanics from the original, there have been some improvements made to the game’s progression system and chicken transformations, which now allow players to use a completely different moveset than their human form. A host of new features like more enemy types, abilities, and much larger environments make Guacamelee! 2 an amazing couch co-op game.

    Monster Hunter: World

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

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    Monster Hunter: World streamlines many of the creature slaying franchise’s features to appeal to a larger audience. While it may not always deliver on this promise when it comes to its antiquated online matchmaking systems, once you and your friends assemble, everything else is smooth sailing.

    Quests can be completed with up to four players and scale in difficulty depending on how many players are in a squad. Worlds already satisfying combat and crafting systems become infinitely more fun and approachable when you have teammates calling out whenever they find a rare material or spot the monster you’re attempting to hunt.

    Deep Rock Galactic

    Platform: Xbox One / PC

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    Deep Rock Galactic is an online co-op shooter in which teams of up to 4-players a control foul-mouthed dwarves tasked with completing contracts for an intergalactic mining company. Missions are focused on exploring diverse underground biomes filled with hostile creatures while collecting valuable resources that can be used for upgrading equipment and acquiring new skills.

    The game features four character classes—Driller, Engineer, Gunner, and Scout, with each specializing in a different field. Indie developer Ghost Ship Games has been supporting the game ever since its release, frequently adding new maps, enemy types, and timed events for players to check out.

    World War Z

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

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    World War Z is an online third-person shooter where up to 4-players team up to take on missions around the world in diverse environments infested with massive zombie hordes. The game features six character classes—Gunslinger, Hellraiser, Slasher, Medic, Fixer, and Exterminator, with each having unique perks and playstyles that can be further customized.

    Additionally, the game allows you to customize your weapons with different attachments like silencers, higher magazine size, etc. Aside from standard undead enemies, WWZ features special enemy types that will keep you on your toes, such as the “Lurker”, a sneaky zombie type that hides around corners waiting to pounce on players.

    Warhammer: Vermintide 2

    Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

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    Vermintide 2 is a first-person action game that supports 4-player online co-op. The game is set in the Warhammer universe and centered on fighting waves of rat-like men called the “Skaven” in brutal and bloody battles across a wide range of maps including damp swamps and lush forests.

    Combat in Vermintide 2 is satisfyingly crunchy, with each character class having access to unique medieval weaponry, including two-handed broadswords, powerful axes and maces, and even spell-casting. If you’re looking for a game that will make you and your friends feel like unstoppable killing machines, you’ve found it.

    Sea of Thieves

    Platform: Xbox One / PC

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    Sea of Thieves is an action-adventure title where up to 4-players can come together online and live out their wildest swash-buckling pirate dreams. And we recommend getting as many of your friends as you can because a majority of the ships you’ll want to use are fairly complex, requiring multiple players to man different stations to steer, hoist sails, navigate, and fire cannons.

    Players embark on quests that see them searching for buried treasure underwater or on islands filled with undead enemies and possibly other human players. And by possibly, we mean you should be prepared for battle at all times since Sea of Thieves features a shared universe. 

    Minecraft

    Platform: Xbox One / PS4 / Switch / PC / Android / iOS

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    By now, most players are very familiar with Minecraft‘s premise: break blocks and use them to construct tools, weapons, food, decorative items, just about anything you can imagine. While the game is already pretty enjoyable as a solo endeavor, meeting up with a friend in the same server provides even more opportunities for emergent play as the two of you carve out your own journeys. 

    The survival sandbox’s appeal is made even better by messing around with mods which can drastically alter the experience visually and gameplay-wise. Flexible in-game goals, a great soundtrack, and addictive gameplay make it one of the best and most relaxing co-op experiences around. 

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