Sometimes it’s better not to go out there alone, and that’s where the best co-op game come in. Playing a really great game is often made better by pairing up with a buddy or two, whether that’s online or physically next to each other on the sofa. Finding another intrepid digital world explorer to save the world with is incredibly satisfying, and you can go from mad sessions of Overcooked 2 shouting at your mum, to just figuring out how to get out of jail in A Way Out the next minute.
In an attempt to prevent you from arguing which one to play first, we’ve got the top 25 best co-op games right here. So grab your friend (better give them ample warning first, though), and have a glance below at the next title you’ll be tackling together. Oh, and if you need a spare pad, check out our guide on how to buy an extra PS4 controller cheap or Xbox One controller cheap.
Friday the 13th: The Game
A bit of an odd choice for a best of co-op list because of its asymmetrical gameplay, Friday the 13th makes our list because when you’re on team counsellor, working together with other players is not only essential, it makes for some of the most interesting coop interactions in gaming.
From attempting to lure Jason across the map while other players gather critical items, to using Tommy Jarvis as the lynchpin for a desperate attempt to finally take down everyone’s favourite invincible goalie, playing with others at Camp Crystal Lake is (almost) as rewarding as it is dangerous.
There was a time where Grand Theft Auto 5’s style of murderous online meant you needed a friend, preferably several, if you want to just survive for more than a few seconds. Now, however, there’s a vast array of activities and things do, even without simple player created goals like ‘breaking into the army base’ or ‘shooting everyone you can see’. After years of updates and additions, it has become and expansive digital playground of things to do with friends. Everything from team games to bank heists, races, stunt courses and more.
This two-person puzzler’s main gimmick is such a clever idea that you and a friend will easy waste half an hour just playing around with that alone, before even trying to solve anything. You each control a flat 2D character with the ability to cut pieces out of each other according to where you overlap. By using this ability you have to get through levels and solve puzzlers. It’s a simple but incredibly rich concept and something that works perfectly on Switch, with each of you taking one Joy-Con to direct your little paper person about.
Overcooked 2 sounds simple – prepare a bunch of meals as chefs within a certain time limit. Easy. Well, not so much. While there are up to four of you playing, it starts to get tricky to keep track of the game’s various commands and stipulations, as well as avoiding various hazards and pitfalls in the kitchen itself. This can lead to some frantic play, and only the most cohesive of teams will get those dishes out on time.
The levels are insane, the menus increasingly complex and overall this is a mad, mad existence of a game. But, hilarious fun too. Warning: may cause bickering among even the closest friends, partners and family members.
Bungie’s sci-fi epic is built on the ability to join up with other players as much as possible. Part FPS, part MMO, Destiny 2’s outstanding shooting mechanics and tempting loot grinds will keep you and your friends in for the long run, or at least until Destiny 3 inevitably comes out and everyone jumps ship. Not only are there a ton of Adventures, Strikes, Nightfalls, and six-person raids to participate in, but you’ll also find yourself working with random players you encounter in the world.
Public Events literally fall out of the sky, tasking you and anyone nearby to fight off hordes of enemies for that extra piece of loot. If you’ve somehow never jumped on the Destiny train, you still have time to find and friend and become a Guardian pf the galaxy today.