Whether you’re playing online or locally via couch co-op, there’s nothing like teaming up with a buddy and take on new challenges. And while single-player games can be a lot of fun, just about every game becomes enjoyable when you bring a friend along.

So here we’ve highlighted some of the best cooperative multiplayer games, including options for both local and online co-op. We’ll also be updating this list in the future, so make sure to check back.

GTA Online

Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | PC | PS3 | Xbox 360

best coop games gta 5Although 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 where players can work together to earn cash and cause mayhem.

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

Destiny 2

Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | PCbest coop games destiny 2Destiny 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’d want in an FPS in addition to an arsenal of powerful weaponry and three unique character classes—Hunter, Warlock, and Titan.

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Although the game was fairly well received at launch, the months that followed saw the game panned for lacking quality end-game content. Since then, Bungie has been working hard to steer things in the right direction. The most recent Forsaken update completely overhauled Destiny 2’s weapon system, allowing players to use different weapon types in each slot and included better story content than previous expansions.

Astroneer

Platform: Xbox One | PC

best coop games astroneerAstroneer is an online space exploration and survival game where up to 4-players can work together to colonize an alien planet, mining its resources and using them to craft a variety of tools and vehicles. The game doesn’t follow a pre-determined story or contain any scripted events, granting you and your friends the opportunity to carve out your own adventures.

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The game’s bright and colorful visuals blend nicely with its low-poly graphics, especially when using your landscaping tool to terraform environments. Additionally, a recent 1.0 update added a new solar system to explore in addition to new suits, environmental hazards, vehicles, and items to craft.

Snipperclips

Platform: Switch 

best coop games snipperclipsReleased as a launch title for the Switch, Snipperclips is still considered a great local multiplayer game that can be both fun and challenging for just about everyone. The game has up to four friends working together to complete puzzles that require them to snip characters’ paper bodies into different shapes, usually to carry a certain object or activate special levers.

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Having to communicate to solve problems is what can make multiplayer games feel so dynamic and entertaining. In Snipperclips, you can choose to work together in order to trim your friend down to the perfect size or be a jerk and intentionally chop them up till there’s nothing left. After all, with great power comes great responsibility.

Overcooked 2

Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | PC

best coop games overcooked 2Overcooked 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.

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The sequel adds 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 link with your friends.

Kirby Star Allies

Platform: Switch

best coop games kirbyKirby Star Allies is a 2D action platformer that supports up to 4-player local co-op. It’s the first Kirby game to release on Switch and includes many improvements for the longstanding franchise such as upgraded visuals and new playable characters.

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In it, one player controls the titular protagonist Kirby, an adorable pink creature that can suck-up enemies to gain new abilities or throw hearts to turn them into allies. The variety of superpowers Kirby can obtain as well as the ability to combine powers with other players makes Star Allies a great game to play with friends.

Guacamelee! 2

Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | PC

best coop games guacameleeGuacamelee! 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.

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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.

Portal Knights

Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | PC

best coop games portal knightsPortal Knights is a block-building sandbox game that can be played with up to 4-players online as well as 2-players via local split-screen co-op. The game has you creating an original character and choosing from three different classes at the start—Ranger, Warrior, and Mage. From there, you’re free to set out and craft your own adventure as you explore procedurally-generated worlds filled with valuable minerals and ores in addition to dangerous monsters.

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Flexibility is great in a multiplayer game, especially when each player is interested in completing different tasks. In Portal Knights, you can choose to focus on expanding and upgrading your farm while your buddy hops from world to world collecting gold; or maybe your team decides to come together and take down an especially tough boss.

Monster Hunter: World

Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

best coop games monster hunter worldMonster Hunter: World streamlines many of the creature slaying franchise’s features in order 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.

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Quests can be completed with up to four players and scale in difficulty depending on how many players are in a squad. World’s 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.

Dead by Daylight

Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

best coop games dead by daylightDead By Daylight is an online asymmetrical multiplayer horror game where four players work together to escape from a vicious killer, controlled by a fifth player. The survivors are tasked with repairing generators and using environmental traps while constantly being hunted.

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Although outnumbered, the player controlling the killer has access to an array of supernatural abilities and traps that can give them a slight edge and help track down their next victim. The game keeps things interesting by allowing players to rescue their teammates even after they’ve been captured by the killer.

Far Cry New Dawn

Platform: Xbox One | PS4 | PC

best coop games new dawnFar Cry New Dawn is a spin-off game based on Ubisoft’s long-running open-world FPS series. The game shares the same setting as Far Cry 5 only 17 years in the future following a nuclear war that’s drastically changed Hope County.

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You play as a completely new, customizable protagonist tasked with eliminating the Highwaymen, a sadistic army of bandits that have seized control over the region. Just like with most Far Cry installments, New Dawn supports online 2-player co-op, allowing you and a friend to play through the campaign together from start to finish.

Deep Rock Galactic

Platform: Xbox One | PC

best coop games deep rock galacticDeep Rock Galactic is an online co-op shooter that has a team of 4-players controlling foul-mouthed dwarves and 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.

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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.

The Division 2

Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

best coop games division 2The Division 2 is a culmination of everything developer Massive Entertainment has learned from player feedback regarding the first game, containing 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.

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Players can team-up in online multiplayer with a squad of four and explore dynamic environments brimming with enemies. Additionally, The Division 2’s PvP component has been reworked and now includes multiple ‘Dark Zones’ where players can face-off against one another to earn more powerful loot. With a recent update that added a brand-new 8-player raid, Ubisoft has plans to support the game long-term, meaning you and your friends won’t have to worry about finding a new game for quite some time.

World War Z

Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

best coop games wwzWorld 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.

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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

best coop games vermintide 2Vermintide 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.

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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

best coop games sea of thievesSea 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 including, steering, hoisting sails, navigation, and firing cannons.

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Teams 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. Additionally, the game is one of the few that supports cross-play, meaning PC and Xbox One buddies can play together.

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