The 25 best co-op games to play right now

Overcooked 2

Turns out that even in games, two heads - and two pads - are better than one. Saving the world, or running a kitchen, or breaking out of prison, or mowing down zombies is a big job and why not get a mate to help if you can? It might even be more fun. 

Whether it's mad sessions of Overcooked 2 shouting at your mum, or just figuring out how to get out of jail in A Way Out. It's nice to have a bit of company every now and then. 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. 

Check out our video for the best co-op games below:

25. Spelunky

Co-op type: Local

What's better than exploring a randomly-generated series of caves filled with dangerous creatures and obstacles? Well, er, quite a few things, actually. The answer we were looking for is: exploring a randomly-generated series of caves filled with dangerous creatures and obstacles with a friend. Yeah? Ok, this joke has out-stayed its welcome.

Grinding through Spelunky solo is a tough gig, as the game can be unforgiving at times, so taking a buddy along for the ride is a good call - especially if you make use of the various abilities they can bring.

Play it on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

24. Gears of War 4

Co-op type: Local and online

Gears of War 4's campaign demands to be played with a friend. While the tone of this game is darker than the original trilogy, there are still epic set-pieces and golden opportunities for cooperative butchery. In fact, the campaign is very much designed for co-op play, with many more branching paths and alternative vantage points than previous games. 

On top of that Gears 4 lets you and a bunch of buddies carve up Locust in the series' now infamous horde mode, which sees you facing down waves of enemies together. 

Play it on: Xbox One, PC

23. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Co-op type: Local and online

Few feelings in gaming are sweeter than shooting massive guns and collecting loot with your buddies. That's exactly what Borderlands 2 brings with its drop in, drop out co-op. For the more casual gaming session, you can just rock up and shoot through some grunts, sharing out their kit for later trade-ins. Hey, maybe you level up a little: whatever. 

However, you can also kick it up a notch and tackle some of the game's mega-bosses by getting properly coordinated with both kit and tactics. Those who do often reap the rewards of mega-rare loot drops and - more importantly - you get to reminisce with real friends about that time you took down Crawmerax The Invincible with only a sliver of health remaining. Good times.

Play it on: PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita

22. Far Cry 5

Co-op type: Online

You might want to call your dad. You're in a cult. Or, at least fighting one. As you explore the violent-rocked landscape of Montana in Far Cry 5 , it might be safest to rope in a friend. With drug-fuelled cultists ready to kill you with a baseball bat, others setting anyone who doesn't believe on fire and eating them, or even just willing die for Eden's Gate leader Joseph Seed, turns out this place is a dangerous one. 

Fight bears, fly planes, soar across the treetops in a wingsuit... whatever you do is only better - and safer - with a friend in toe. And what fun you'll have.

Play it on: PC, PS4, Xbox One

21. Don't Starve Together

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. 

Play it on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

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