Whether you’re playing online or local split-screen couch co-op, there’s nothing like teaming up with a buddy and taking on new challenges in a game. And while single-player experience can be a blast, just about every game becomes more fun when you bring a friend or two along.
So here we’ve highlighted some of the best cooperative multiplayer games, including options for both local and online co-op. We’ll be keeping this list updated, so make sure to check back.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (Switch)
Ultimate Alliance was one of the first superhero games to offer players a way to combine their favorite heroes and create their very own four-man wrecking crew. Following a decade long gap since the last entry’s release, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order provides an updated version of the original formula along with an expanded roster of 34 playable characters.
The game has you using your team’s special abilities in tandem with one another in order to pull off powerful combos and take out waves of enemies as you explore familiar Marvel locations, including The Avengers Tower and The X-Mansion. Ultimate Alliance 3 supports co-op for up to four friends locally and online, giving you plenty of ways to team-up and prevent Thanos and his Black Order from collecting the six infinity stones.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 (PS4, Switch)
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.
Riverbond (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Riverbond is a chaotic, voxel-based hack n’ slash action game that supports up to 4-player co-op. In it, you embark on a heroic quest to acquire better gear and defeat waves of enemies in various destructible environments.
The game feels reminiscent of classic dungeon-crawlers like Diablo and features a host of customization options including crossover character skins from popular indie titles like Shovel Knight, Enter the Gungeon, and Bastion. With simple controls and straightforward combat, Riverbond is great for the casual-minded player.
The Division 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
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 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.
GTA Online (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
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 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
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’d want from a first-person shooter in addition to an arsenal of powerful weaponry and three unique 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, Forsaken, 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.
Blazing Chrome (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Inspired by retro side-scrollers like Contra and Metal Slug, Blazing Chrome brings back classic run n’ gun action for up to 2-players. In it, you play as either Mavra, a human rebel soldier, or Doyle, a lethal insurgent robot, on a suicide mission to destroy an AI-controlled power plant.
Standing in your path are hundreds of robotic enemies just waiting to be destroyed by your arsenal of powerful and explosive weapons. The game features epic boss battles with giant mechanical foes as well as fully functional jetpacks and hoverbikes, allowing you to explore levels in style.
Astroneer (Xbox One, PC)
Astroneer 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.
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.
Released as a launch title for the Switch, Snipperclips is 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.
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 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
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 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
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 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Monster 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.
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.
Far Cry New Dawn (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Far Cry New Dawn is a spin-off game based on Ubisoft’s long-running open-world FPS. 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.
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 (Xbox One, PC)
Deep 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.
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.
Full Metal Furies (Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Full Metal Furies is the second game to come from developer Cellar Door Games, best known for creating Rogue Legacy. The game is a co-op based action RPG that supports up to 4-player local/online co-op and has you and your friends trying to save a war-torn world from destruction.
Each of the four playable characters has a unique pool of abilities that can be combined to bring down even the most powerful of enemies. Flexible party and upgrade systems ensure you’re able to try different approaches and find out what works best for you and your team.
World War Z (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
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 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
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 (Xbox One, PC)
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 in order to steer, hoist sails, navigate, and fire cannons.
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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