From online to the comfort of your sofa, these are the best co-op games to play with friends
The best co-op games are those that have the power to bring people together – either across the internet or right next to each other on the sofa. There”s something for all gaming duos here in our best co-op games list, from strategic to silly, so enjoy the best co-op games for all the family.
This list is the one to grab if you want to know what the 25 very best co-op games are, so you can skip that part where you argue over what”s worth do.w.n.lo.ading or try three or four terrible games before finding a winner.
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. And, if you”re feeling frugal there”s always the best free PS4 games help spread the cost.
Check out our video for the best co-op games below:
Rainbow Six Siege is known for its tense, tactical PvP fights, but its co-op Terrorist Hunt mode, a staple of the series, is deserving of an evening or two of your time. Just like in previous instalments, your job is to clear your chosen level of terrorists as quickly as you can. Don’t expect to go in all guns blazing: you’ll have to clear traps, use your abilities and coordinate timings with up to four squadmates if you want to down all your foes.
Our advice is to dial up the difficulty as high as you can bear it. The greater the challenge, the more you’ll have to rely on teamwork, and this mode is at its best when you’re forced to create detailed plans and execute them flawlessly. Round by round, you’ll feel yourself improving, until eventually you’re able to sweep through a map like a real-life SWAT team.
Play it on: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Co-op type: Local
Unless you”ve invested in a VR headset, you probably haven”t even heard of this one. However, it”s a uniquely brilliant take on co-op play, and demands your attention. One person wears the VR headset, while a number of other people sit – in the real world – and look at a booklet of bomb-defusal documents.
The person inside the VR headset sees a briefcase with a bomb in it, and various devices to disarm, which he/she describes to the people in the real world. The idea is to use the bomb disposal docs to defuse the device by… actually talking to each other and cooperating. It”s all set to a time limit to add tension, and bombs get increasingly tricky to dismantle as you play. It”s brilliant fun, and a perfect party game.
Plus, it”s now on Switch, so one of you will have the console in your hands, the other the instruction manual. It”s a great piece of teamwork, and a word of warning, may ruin families.
Play it on: PC, PS4, PS VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Nintendo Switch
Co-op type: Local and online
The threat of permadeath is somehow softened when it’s shared. I mean, you’ll all still die but at least there’s comfort, and blame, when you’re playing co-op. Don’t Starve’s resource gathering, base building challenge was already great fun, but it’s even more so with a friend. Especially as you can split the workload and responsibilities as you tend to your home or farm, and explore the world to find more of whatever you need to make it through another day.