50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

With the recent pandemic of Covid-19 hitting all countries in the world, people are stuck at home bored out of their minds. With nothing to do outside of working from home or streaming on any streaming platform like Netflix and Hulu, the alternative was gaming. The first few days, people started finishing their backlogs of games, mostly single-player. After playing a while, it became stale and that is where going online or even playing with people you’re bunking with comes in.

Co-Op games, whether online and offline, give a fresh feeling of something new and unexpected. Also being able to converse with people helps with your mental health. So with that in mind, here is a list of games to take your mind off the harsh realities of life.

Best co-op games for PC

Of course, it would be best if we start the list with the PC games, as most of the finest co-op games began there, particularly the online ones. PC games are well-known around game streamers around the world, whereas some of the pioneers of streaming started playing PC games. Some of the games that will be mentioned here are part of the pioneers of game streaming, too! Here are the following:

50. Call of Duty Warzone

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

The AAA title and first-person shooter from Activision, Call of duty is well known all around the world. Though most of the Call of duty franchise focuses on its single-player campaign and its multiplayer playlist, this iteration focuses on the battle royal aspect. Being a free-to-play game with only cosmetics and battle pass requiring the use of cash, it garnered a lot of players from launch to this day. 

Players can choose whether to go solo, duo, or squad and are deployed on a map to loot weapons and equipment and kill other players till they are either the last person or squad standing. It also features vehicles like helicopters, jeeps, and motorcycles to traverse the huge map, and to force the players to meet, the map slowly shrinks as staying outside the safe zone will slowly kill your character. With constant updates and events, even the use of unconventional tactics, Call of duty never gets stale and provides a new experience for its player base.   

49. Escape From Tarkov

Escape from Tarkov is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game by Battlestate Games. The game is set in the fictional Norvinsk region, where a war is taking place between two private military companies (United Security “USEC” and the Battle Encounter Assault Regiment “BEAR”). Players join matches called “raids” in which they fight other players for loot and aim to survive and escape; dying results in the loss of all items the player used and found during that raid with few exceptions. 

The game is well known for its high risk, high reward playstyle wherein you would carry your loadout on a run and you can either lose everything after dying or live and escape with the loadouts of the other player you kill. It is also famous for its complex weapon customization and, according to some, its realistic feel when it comes to gunfights. With quests in the form of tasks adding more to what you can do in the game, randomization of loot, and even rare boss spawns in different maps. 

This game gives its player base fun and exciting experience and keeps in mind it is still in closed beta which begs the question, what updates will be added in its full release.

48. Valiant

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Valorant is a multiplayer first-person hero shooter video game by Riot Games. Originally called by many as the CSGO killer by fans of the game and called by CSGO fans as a copy of CSGO mixed with abilities present in another FPS shooter named Overwatch. 

Since its release on June 2 of 2020, Valorant has grown on people even among CSGO fans, even some of their pro players switched to competitive Valorant. The game has multiple game modes which offer different objectives to win against other players. As of this article, the game features 16 unique heroes with his or her kits to elevate a team’s playstyle and an array of guns fitting the future theme of the game. 

It also has a ranked game mode for those who want to prove they are the best in the region. Although it has only been out for a year, with the growing player base and the very active professional scene, Valorant is a game that will remain relevant for years to come and the game is also free to play so literally anyone with a PC can play.

47. DOTA 2

The sequel to Defense of the Ancients, a map made in warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos, DOTA 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena developed and published by Valve. This game has stood the test of time, remaining relevant to this day since its release on July 9 of 2013. 

It still has a lot of players and is regarded by many as the original MOBA, as its predecessor made the MOBA genre famous. This game is so huge that you have to watch its biggest event known as TI or The international, well known for an event crowdfunded by its fans and in 2019 had a prize pool of $34 million. 

The game itself has a steep learning curve but getting into the game and learning it feels pretty fulfilling in itself. It also features a ranked game mode to test your mettle against the greatest players in the world. The game currently has 121 heroes to play. Learning the matchup and team compositions are a must in this game. This game is free to play and also has its skins market. You can also earn skin customizations while playing the game. 

46. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

The most well-known multiplayer first-person shooter in the world. Counter-strike is a game where you either play for the CT or the terrorist. The objective of the game is if you are on the terrorist site, you either have to plant the C4 on one of the two bomb sites or kill all CT forces while if you play for the CT side, you have to either defuse the planted C4 or eliminate all of the terrorists. 

The series began in 1999 and had multiple iterations through the years, Counter-strike Global Offensive being the latest. Even in 2021, with many competitive online shooters available, the game and community are still alive and thriving. CS: Global offensive also features loot crates with weapon skins in them, knives and AWP skins are among the most favored by fans. 

Even with most of the well-known players in CSGO leaving the game for Valorant, The esports scene is still huge and has many viewers both live and online. The game is still awesome but do be warned, while the game is free to play, the prime status can never be gained for free if you are not level 21 before the June 17th update.

45. League of Legends

The biggest competitor of DOTA 2 in the MOBA scene, League of legends first popped up on October 27 of 2009 and it still has a very active player base along with all its regional servers. The game currently has 156 champions all with their unique skills and animations. 

With patches serving as game updates and balancing “broken” champions, LOL serves its players with new-ish feelings with the same content. Being a MOBA, to excel in the game requires knowledge in team compositions, the good and bad matchups per champion, who the meta and the items favor, and the best of fast reactions. 

Even in Season 11, the esports scene is still very active and a very huge Worlds event showing. Do note that in Season 11, the items all had a major overhaul with the introduction of mythic items, and most of the other items are being readjusted and have new visuals. Even streamers as huge as Ninja have started their journey in lol recently. If you ever wonder how high-level LOL looks like, just search YouTube for clips of faker and thank me later.

44. Minecraft

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Let’s be honest, who as of now does not know of Minecraft? This game blew up in 2009, even before its full release in 2011. This is so popular, that well-known game streamers in Twitch and YouTube have played this game. 

The game is a sandbox video offering a lot of freedom in creating well, almost anything. Despite looking like a basic children’s game, it has a lot to offer even when playing in multiplayer. Being ported to almost any console active right now, it has gained the title of the best-selling video game of all time selling well over 200 million copies and 126 million active users monthly as of 2020. 

Almost anything goes in this game, from creating houses, creating death traps, mines, gacha machines, and even hunger games style of battles. 

43. Final Fantasy XIV Online

Now before you go on a rant about how World of Warcraft is better than this, as of this article’s writing, most WOW players left to play FF14 because Blizzard became stale when it comes to releasing content. Even the biggest streamer of World of Warcraft, Asmongold, Left and tried FF14. 

Final fantasy is a well-known title that saved the then-named company Squaresoft, now SquareEnix. Final Fantasy is a fantasy RPG game rich in stories with well-beloved characters like Cloud Strife and Squall Leonhart. Final Fantasy 14 in particular is the 2nd MMORPG by SquareEnix. The game features the staple creatures of final fantasy from Moogles, Coeurls, Cactuars, Chocobos, and many more. 

It has a rich storyline and even incorporates it with the relaunching of the game after its initial releases fail to grab the user’s attention. It is also rich in gameplay when it comes to character customization, tons of quests, raids, fighting espers, and a huge world map with more additions in future updates, including new fights and even new job classes and fully animated stories. The game is subscription-based, so keep in mind when thinking of playing the game.  

42. Apex Legends

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale hero shooter game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. This game is well known for embracing its characters’ quirks and going all-in on the fun and craziness of gun combat instead of the more serious and traditional feel of shooters. 

Being a battle royal game, you along with other players are thrown into a huge map, and whoever is the last squad standing wins. The game focuses more on free moving like sliding while shooting, using zip lines, and fast-paced gunfights. It also features finishing moves to just add a bit of flair when finishing off your opponents. 

It also features 6 game modes with very prominent ones being trios, duos, and ranked league. It also has cosmetics obtained from loot boxes. The only problem with the game as of now is the abundance of cheaters. Respawn has already stated that they are trying their best to fix it, but the player base is already tired of being in a one-sided fight against cheaters. 

41. Phasmophobia

Phasmophobia is an investigative horror game developed and published by an indie game studio, Kinetic Games. It gained huge popularity for being something new, as the game focuses on investigating haunted places. Your task in the game is to ascertain what type of ghost is haunting a place and gather evidence like handprints, using ouija boards, emf detectors or even taunting the ghost by its given name written on the whiteboard at the start of an investigation. 

It is still in early access as of now but it recently just had a visual overhaul when it comes to the player character’s gadgets instead of using free assets on the internet. The game can be played solo or with up to 4 players. If you die in-game, you will lose all the equipment you brought for the investigation. Clearing a level by guessing the right type of ghost by getting all clues grants you cash so you can buy more equipment for harder investigations. It has garnered a lot of attention during its launch due to being released near Halloween and with its spooky and innovative theme. 

Best co-op games for Xbox

Consoles are known to be best played at most times with a friend for many decades. Thanks to the faster speeds of the internet nowadays, we can play games on our consoles through online servers so then we can get a playmate right away. Xbox is one of those games that have awesome co-op games to enjoy. Here are some of them:

40. Gears of War 5

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Gears 5 is a third-person shooter from The Coalition. It is the 6th entry in the Gears franchise and still has an active online co-op community even after 2 yrs since its release. Aside from the online aspect, it also features a three-player split-screen co-op for those that want to play locally in the campaign of the game. The game is still as gory as it can be as we all have used the chainsaw bayonet attachment on enemies for fighting close range. 

This iteration of Gears focuses on Kait Diaz, shifting the MC role from JD Fenix from gears 4 because the story focuses on Kait’s family background and what it will do in the present war against the swarm. With an arsenal of weapons ranging from lancers to the hammer of dawn, will the COG beat the swarm or will humanity finally fall against the swarm and its new queen? 

39. Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow six siege is an online tactical shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal. The game features ranked and unranked game modes and at times have events with very fresh gameplay and look. For example, during Halloween, they released an event known as Sugar Fright where characters looked like muppets and instead of blood, the candy would pop out when shot and killed. 

The core gameplay of this shooter hits hard and fast as one bullet to the head means you’re dead, unlike other online shooters. Currently, the game has 60 Operators to choose from with their unique look, loadout, and gadget. This game requires Teamwork and coordination with how you approach a gunfight and with breaching. 

The game also features multiple maps and has 3 match types. The bomb is a match type where attackers have to plant a diffuser on one of two bomb sites while the defenders have to either take out all attackers or destroy the defuser. Hostage requires attackers to extract the hostage to a safe zone from the defender’s spawn. The last one is a secure area where players like the name say must secure the area.

38. Call of Duty: Warzone

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

The AAA title and first-person shooter from Activision, Call of duty is well known all around the world. Though most of the Call of duty franchise focuses on its single-player campaign and its multiplayer playlist, this iteration focuses on the battle royal aspect. Being a free-to-play game with only cosmetics and battle pass requiring the use of cash, it garnered a lot of players from launch to this day. 

Players can choose whether to go solo, duo, or squad and are deployed on a map to loot weapons and equipment and kill other players till they are either the last person or squad standing. It also features vehicles like helicopters, jeeps, and motorcycles to traverse the huge map, and to force the players to meet, the map slowly shrinks as staying outside the safe zone will slowly kill your character. With constant updates and events, even the use of unconventional tactics, Call of duty never gets stale and provides a new experience for its player base.  

37. Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves is a first-person action-adventure game developed by Rare and published by Microsoft Studios. In the game, players cooperate with others to explore an open world via a pirate ship. The game is described as a “shared-world adventure game”, which means groups of players will encounter each other regularly during their adventures, sometimes forming alliances, sometimes going head-to-head. 

The player assumes the role of a pirate who completes voyages from different trading companies to become the ultimate pirate legend. Players need to become at least level 50 with 3 of the trading companies to become a Pirate Legend. It’s pretty much an open-world game where you can either do a quest or just piss off other players trying to do their quest by raiding their ship after doing multiple tedious tasks. 

The theme of the game is piracy after all so you can let other players fight the bosses and then before they can turn in the treasure at a settlement, raid their treasury, sink their ship, and take all the glory for your crew. It also features events being the most recent one related to Pirates of the Caribbean.

36. No Man’s Sky

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

No Man’s Sky is a survival game developed and published by Hello Games. The game is built around four pillars: exploration, survival, combat, and trading. Players are free to perform within the entirety of a procedurally generated deterministic open-world universe, which includes over 18 quintillion planets. 

Through the game’s procedural generation system, planets have their ecosystems with unique forms of flora and fauna, and various alien species may engage the player in combat or trade within planetary systems. 

Players advance in the game by mining for resources to power and improve their equipment, buying and selling resources using credits earned by documenting flora and fauna, building planetary bases and expanding space fleets, or otherwise following the game’s overarching plot by seeking out the mystery around the Atlas, an entity at the center of the galaxy. Initially, the co-op was non-existent but after the updates, Co-op is now available only online.

35. Rocket League

Rocket League is a vehicular soccer video game developed and published by Psyonix. Described as “soccer, but with rocket-powered cars”, Rocket League has up to eight players assigned to each of the two teams, using rocket-powered vehicles to hit a ball into their opponent’s goal and score points throughout a match. 

The game includes single-player and multiplayer modes that can be played both locally and online, including cross-platform play between all versions. Later updates for the game enabled the ability to modify core rules and added new game modes, including ones based on ice hockey and basketball. The game also features customization on your car to make you stand out among others when playing. 

34. Forza Horizon 4

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Forza Horizon 4 is a racing video game set in an open world environment based in a fictionalized Great Britain, with regions that include condensed representations of Edinburgh, the Lake District (including Derwentwater), Ambleside, and the Cotswolds (including Broadway), Bamburgh among others. 

The game features a route creator which enables players to create races using completely customized routes. The game takes place in a synchronized shared world so if you are online, you can play with other players in one shared world. If you don’t feel like racing, you can just drive around with an assortment of cars through the world map, experiencing changing weather and accessing other routes that are not available before (when in winter you drive through frozen lakes).

33. Warframe

In Warframe, players control members of the Tenno, a race of ancient warriors who have awoken from centuries of suspended animation far into Earth’s future to find themselves at war in the planetary system with different factions. The Tenno use their powered Warframes along with a variety of weapons and abilities to complete missions. 

While many of the game’s missions use procedurally-generated levels, newer updates have included large open-world areas similar to other massively multiplayer online games as well as some story-specific missions with fixed level design. The game includes elements of shooting and melee games, parkour, and role-playing to allow players to advance their Tenno with improved gear. The game includes both players versus environment and player versus player elements. It is supported by microtransactions, which lets players purchase in-game items using real money, but also offers the option to earn them at no cost through grinding.

32. Diablo 3

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Diablo III is a hack-and-slash action role-playing game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment as the third installment in the Diablo franchise. Set 20 years after the events of Diablo II, players choose to play as one of seven character classes – Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Necromancer, Witch Doctor, or Wizard – and are tasked with defeating the Lord of Terror, Diablo, as in previous games in the series. 

In 2019, Blizzard announced its sequel Diablo 4 in 2019, and until now is still under development. For those who want a harder version of the game, you can opt to play hardcore mode which features permanent death when your character dies. It also features PVP, an auction house, and drop-in and out-of-sessions of cooperative play with other players.

31. Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is an online action role-playing video game developed by Massive Entertainment and published by Ubisoft. It is set in a near-future Washington, D.C. in the aftermath of a genetically engineered virus known as “Green Poison” being released, and follows an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division as they try to rebuild the city. 

Played from a third-person perspective, the game is a cover-based third-person shooter with up to four players being able to complete missions together. The game takes place in Washington D.C. seven months after its predecessor, in which a civil war between survivors and villainous bands of marauders breaks out. At the beginning of the game, players create their own Division agent by customizing the character’s gender and appearance. 

In the game, players are equipped with different firearms, including assault rifles, sniper rifles, and Submachine guns, and explosives like grenades to defeat enemies. These weapons are classified into different tiers and rarity. You can repeat missions to possibly earn a higher level and higher tier weapons. Aside from the long campaign and its DLC’s, Players can also fight in squads when entering very dangerous areas called Dark Zones where fellow division agents can kill each other for the loot.

Best co-op games for PS

Of course, this list would be lame if we do not include the PlayStation games. Sony’s PlayStation is a widely-played gaming console by many groups of friends ever since the PlayStation One. Nowadays, you can play a lot of games with other people online, too. With the huge number of games they have, we listed these top games instead:

30. Grand Theft Auto V

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

While the main game is very good, it is pretty much single player. Multiplayer comes in the form of GTA Online. Set within the fictional state of San Andreas (based in Southern California), Grand Theft Auto Online allows up to 30 players to explore its open-world environment and engage in cooperative or competitive game matches. 

The open-world design lets players freely roam San Andreas, which includes open countryside and the fictional city of Los Santos (based on Los Angeles). Players control a customizable silent protagonist in their journey to become a prominent criminal, building up their syndicate as they complete increasingly difficult tasks. 

Set both months before and a few years after the single-player campaign, Grand Theft Auto Online comprises cooperative missions where multiple players complete tasks to advance the narrative. The game also features numerous side missions and events, including the more advanced “Heists”, and various businesses that players can purchase with in-game money to generate income.

29. Call Of Duty Cold War

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a 2020 first-person shooter video game developed by Treyarch and Raven Software and published by Activision. Black Ops Cold War’s campaign is set during the early 1980s of the Cold War, taking place between Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010) and Black Ops II (2012) chronologically. 

It is centered around a pursuit of the alleged Soviet spy Perseus, whose stated goal is to subvert the United States and tilt the balance of power toward the Soviet Union. For the campaign, the player takes control of “Bell”, who is recruited by CIA officer Russell Adler into a multinational task force created to hunt down Perseus. The campaign also sees the return of Black Ops characters Alex Mason, Frank Woods, and Jason Hudson, alongside Mason as a playable character in certain missions. 

The game’s multiplayer introduced new game modes as well as new map dynamics and elements. It features a seasonal content system similar to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019), which includes a battle pass as well as free maps and weapons added every season.

28. Rainbow Six Siege

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Rainbow six siege is an online tactical shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal. The game features ranked and unranked game modes and at times have events with very fresh gameplay and look. For example, during Halloween, they released an event known as Sugar Fright where characters looked like muppets and instead of blood, the candy would pop out when shot and killed. The core gameplay of this shooter hits hard and fast as one bullet to the head means you’re dead, unlike other online shooters. 

Currently, the game has 60 Operators to choose from with their unique look, loadout, and gadget. This game requires Teamwork and coordination with how you approach a gunfight and with breaching. The game also features multiple maps and has 3 match types. The bomb is a match type where attackers have to plant a diffuser on one of two bomb sites while the defenders have to either take out all attackers or destroy the defuser. Hostage requires attackers to extract the hostage to a safe zone from the defender’s spawn. The last one is a secure area where players, like the name suggests, must secure the area.

27. Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight is an asymmetric survival horror video game developed by Behaviour Interactive. Regarded as an all-star game for horror icons simply because they managed to put the likes of Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Freddy Kreuger from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, Ashley J. Williams from the Evil Dead Franchise, and the latest movie character in Pinhead from the Hellraiser franchise. 

Aside from movie characters, the game has also collaborated with other horror games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil. They also have their original killers and survivors with unique perks and lore. The goal of a match is to escape the killer by fixing 5 generators and activating the exit gate. As a killer, your goal is to down the survivors and put them on hooks to sacrifice them to the Entity. Also, watch out for seasonal events which give cosmetics for both killers and survivors.

26. Resident Evil 5

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

RE5 is a third-person shooter video game developed and published by Capcom. The plot involves an investigation of a terrorist threat by Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance agents Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar in Kijuju, a fictional region of Africa. Chris learns that he must confront his past in the form of an old enemy, Albert Wesker, and his former partner, Jill Valentine. 

The gameplay of Resident Evil 5 is similar to that of the previous installment, though it is the first in the series designed for two-player cooperative gameplay. It has also been considered the first game in the main series to depart from the survival horror genre, with critics saying it bore more resemblance to an action game. Players have enjoyed this Resident Evil’s drop-in, drop-out co-op. The campaign is chapter-based and you can only access the shop either at the start of a chapter or when continuing after dying.

25. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a 2019 kart racing video game developed by Beenox and published by Activision. The game is a remastered version of Crash Team Racing and focuses on players using one of several characters from the Crash Bandicoot series to tackle races, each of which includes power-ups to help with combatting opponents. 

The game includes additional content from Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing, alongside adjustments to the original gameplay, including kart customization, two variations of adventure modes, and an in-game shop. If you liked the CTR game from the PS1 then you are gonna enjoy this game.

24. Borderlands 3

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Borderlands 3 is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games. Players complete quests and side missions, in single-player or multiplayer, as one of four classes. When killed, enemies may drop weapons and gear which can be equipped. New abilities are unlocked as the player gains experience. 

The plot is centered on four new Vault Hunters recruited by the Crimson Raiders of Pandora to stop twins Troy and Tyreen Calypso and their insane cult followers from harnessing the power of the alien Vaults spread across the galaxy. This is classified by fans as a looter shooter, a shooting game where you need to loot and level up to progress the story. Aside from an array of weapons, the game features skill trees so you can make a build for a specific character class. Though a fun game, The main story is disappointing. If you are a fan of both Borderlands 1 and 2 characters and are invested in them, you will be pissed. Krieg deserved better.

23. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is an expansion pack developed and published by Capcom for the 2018 action role-playing game Monster Hunter: World. It introduces new monsters, improved gameplay mechanics, and a new story set in Hoarfrost Reach, an arctic-themed region. Similar to the base game, Iceborne the player takes the role of a Hunter, slaying or trapping large monsters solo or cooperatively with other players. Iceborne features a new arctic ecosystem named Hoarfrost Reach, said to be one of the largest maps created by the team, where players will encounter both new and returning creatures.

As the player slowly progresses in the story, more areas in Hoarfrost Reach will be opened up for players to explore. As it is set in a cold environment, players need to consume hot drinks or visit hot springs so that their stamina would not deplete. Snow would also slow down the player’s movement. the expansion features a new fast travel system called Raider Rides, allowing players to tame and ride on smaller creatures to either travel to a designed point on the map or to track a monster, with the player still gathering certain resources while in transit.

22. The Dark Pictures Anthology

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

The Dark Pictures Anthology is a series of interactive drama survival horror video games developed by Supermassive Games and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The series premiered with Man of Medan in 2019, which is followed by Little Hope and the in-development House of Ashes. The game is most notable for its storytelling and most of its gameplay aspect focuses on exploration and choices.

The co-op for this game allows players to control different characters to give the story the feel of unexpected actions because you are not in control of all characters. Basic choices, even small ones, can have a butterfly effect leading to the death of another character at certain points in the game, so think carefully before acting. Games like this are very effective when scaring people on their first playthrough but suffer from replayability. All in all a good series, also do keep in mind that they announced the anthology would have 8 games.

21. Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Online is an online multiplayer action-adventure game developed and published by Rockstar Games as the online component of Red Dead Redemption 2. In Red Dead Online, players control a customizable silent protagonist who is freed from prison after being framed for murder and tasked with taking revenge in exchange for proving their innocence. 

Set in 1898, one year before the events of Red Dead Redemption 2, the game comprises story missions where up to four players can complete tasks to advance the narrative, as well as various side missions and events. Like the single-player game, Red Dead Online is presented through both first and third-person perspectives, and players may freely roam in its interactive open world. Gameplay elements include shootouts, hunting, horseback riding, interacting with non-player characters, and maintaining the character’s honor rating through moral choices and deeds. 

A bounty system governs the response of law enforcement and bounty hunters to crimes committed by players. Players can traverse the open world alone or in a posse of up to seven players, with or against whom they can partake in organized activities. It draws similar experiences from GTA Online.

Best co-op games for Switch

The Nintendo Switch’s capability to allow people to play online made it a massive hit among many gamers around the world. After all, it would be pretty convenient to play outside if we cannot be at home from time to time, so why not spend those moments with friends instead? Here are the best co-op games you can play with the Switch:

20. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a 2020 life simulation game developed and published by Nintendo. In New Horizons, the player controls a character who moves to a deserted island after purchasing a getaway package from Tom Nook, playing the game in a nonlinear fashion and developing the island as they choose. They can gather and craft items, customize the island, and form it into a community of anthropomorphic animals. Co-op comes in the form of visiting other people’s islands. 

19. Super Mario Party

Super Mario Party is a party video game developed by NDcube and published by Nintendo. Super Mario Party returns to the traditional turn-based Mario Party-style of gameplay for the first time in over a decade, a format that had remained absent from home console entries ever since Mario Party 8. The game is played with one Joy-Con controller per player, with other players needing additional controllers for multiplayer. 

The standard game mode, “Mario Party”, features up to four players taking turns independently navigating the game board. Upon the player’s turn, a dice block is rolled to determine how many spaces the player moves on the board, and items collected can be used to alter how many spaces the player can move. Each space has a unique function, such as blue and red spaces giving and taking three coins respectively, and good luck and bad luck spaces granting the player helpful or unhelpful consequences. After each player takes their turn, everyone competes in a minigame that awards coins based on their placement. The main goal is to finish with the most stars.

18. Stardew Valley

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Stardew Valley is a simulation role-playing video game developed by Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone. Players take the role of a character who takes over their deceased grandfather’s dilapidated farm in a place known as Stardew Valley. The game is open-ended, allowing players to take on activities such as growing crops, raising livestock, crafting goods, mining for ores, selling produce, and socializing with the townspeople, including marriage and having children. It also allows up to three other players to play together online. This game is heavily inspired by the Harvest Moon series. 

At the start of the game, players create a character, who becomes the recipient of a plot of land and a small house once owned by their grandfather in a small town called Pelican Town. Players may select from several different farm types, each with a unique theme and different benefits and drawbacks. The farmland is initially overrun with boulders, trees, stumps, and weeds, and players must work to clear them to restart the farm, tending to crops and livestock to generate revenue and further expand the farm’s buildings and facilities. Players may also interact with non-player characters that inhabit the town, including engaging in relationships with them; this can culminate in marriage, which results in the NPC helping the player’s character to tend the farm. 

Players can also engage in fishing, cooking, crafting, and exploring procedurally generated caves with materials and ores to mine or creatures to combat. Players can take on various quests to earn additional money or complete specific collections of materials to restore the town’s Community Center.

17. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 is a kart racing video game developed and published by Nintendo. It retains Mario Kart series game mechanics, where players control Mario franchise characters in kart racing, collecting a variety of items to hinder opponents or gain advantages in the race. Mario Kart 8 introduces anti-gravity driving on walls or ceilings and allows players to bump into each other for a short boost. 

Mario Kart 8 has single-player and multiplayer modes, including online via the Nintendo Network. Deluxe includes all previously released DLC, additional content, gameplay tweaks, 1080p graphics while docked, and 720p in handheld mode. You can play with up to 4 players in a single switch device sporting the split-screen co-op.

16. Overcooked 2

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Overcooked 2 is a cooperative cooking simulation video game developed by Team17 alongside Ghost Town Games, and published by Team17. Teams of up to four players cooperatively prepare and cook orders in absurd restaurants. Players gather, chop, and cook ingredients, combine them on plates, serving dishes, and wash dishes. 

Between coordinating short orders and bumping into each other’s characters, the game tends to overwhelm. The sequel builds atop the original game, which was released in 2016, with new interactive levels, restaurant themes, chef costumes, and recipes. Some levels have moving floors and other obstacles that complicate the cooking process, including portals, moving walkways, and impassable fires. 

Other levels transition between settings and recipes, such as one that begins with preparing salads in a hot air balloon and ends crash-landed in a sushi kitchen. The sequel introduces ingredient tossing, such that players can throw items to another chef or pot from far away, and online multiplayer,​ in which teams can connect either across a local wireless network or through online matchmaking.

15. Just Dance 2021

Just Dance 2021 is a dance rhythm game developed by Ubisoft. As with the previous installments of the franchise, players must mimic the on-screen dancer’s choreography to a chosen song using either motion controllers or the game’s associated smartphone app. Its user interface and features are largely identical to 2019 and 2020, although with few changes with the World Dance Floor being a 3-song competitive tournament. 

The tournament matches a player’s level with other players of a similar level, as well as a new scoring system after dancing to a song to keep track of who is the highest rank dancer for each available song, giving players extra incentive to improve their rhythmic skills. The game also features a new mode known as “Quick Play Mode” in which the game randomly shuffles a song to make it easy for players to jump right into dancing without struggling to choose a song to dance to.

14. Splatoon 2

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Splatoon 2 is a 2017 third-person shooter game developed and published by Nintendo. Like its predecessor, Splatoon 2 is a third-person shooter in which players control characters, known as Inklings and Octolings, and use colored ink as ammunition. Ink is also used to cover the ground, or any paintable surface, to swim or refill their ink tanks. 

Inklings and Octolings can morph between humanoid, or kid form, where they switch from walking and shooting, into squid from where they can quickly swim through ink of their color, and replenish their ink supply, as well as return to full health. Co-op is played in other modes in a team-based battle.

13. Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey is a 2017 platform game developed and published by Nintendo. Super Mario Odyssey is a platform game in which players control Mario as he travels across many different worlds, known as “Kingdoms” within the game, on the hat-shaped ship Odyssey, to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser, who plans to forcibly marry her. Another player can control Cappy.

12. Monster Hunter Rise

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

The Monster Hunter franchise is a set of action role-playing games developed and published by Capcom. As with previous Monster Hunter titles, Monster Hunter Rise has the player take the role of a Hunter, tasked with slaying or capturing large monsters using a variety of weapons, tools, and environmental features to damage and weaken them while surviving their attacks. 

Successful completion of the offered quests provides loot, typically in the form of various monster parts from the monster, which is used to forge new armor and weapons that can be used to take on more powerful monsters, forming the series’ notable core loop. Several of the series’ monsters return along with a host of new monsters developed for Rise. 

All fourteen weapon types that have been present in both Monster Hunter Generations and World, which mix archetypes of swords, shields, staves, bows, and guns, are present in Rise.

11. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

MUA3 is a 2019 action role-playing video game developed by Koei Tecmo’s Team Ninja and published by Nintendo. Like the previous two entries, the gameplay is reminiscent of a top-down dungeon crawler with an emphasis on cooperative play. Up to four players can play the game cooperatively locally either on the same screen with a single docked Nintendo Switch system or undocked with up to four systems, or online with friends or random player lobbies. 

Players choose four characters from various Marvel families to traverse linear stages, fight enemies, and defeat bosses. Certain passive buffs are acquired with particular character combinations. Each character’s controls are fundamentally identical; each has a jump, light attack, heavy attack, dodge, block, and four special abilities. Special abilities can be synced with the other three members for a synergy boost, with an especially powerful attack unleashed if all four party members sync up simultaneously. 

Additional characters are unlocked by story progression or optional Infinity Rift challenges, with more characters currently planned as free or paid downloadable content. Character progression is handled similarly to traditional role-playing games, with party members leveling up by defeating enemies and bosses. In addition to stat increases, passive buffs can be attached to characters by equipping ISO-8 crystals. A sprawling skill tree is also present, which allows characters to gain permanent stat increases by acquiring and spending in-game currency.

Best co-op games for Mobile

Even non-gamers are having a great time playing with their friends when playing co-op games with their phones. Well, even some gamers are also having a good time playing with other gamers when grinding to the following mobile games:

10. Call of Duty Mobile

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Call of Duty: Mobile is a free-to-play shooter game developed by TiMi Studio Group and published by Activision. Players can choose to play ranked or non-ranked matches in multiplayer mode. It has two types of in-game currencies: “Credits”, which are earned through playing the game, and “COD Points”, which have to be bought with real-world money. 

It is possible to play the full game without paying, though some exclusive character and weapon skins can only be bought with COD Points. Apart from standard matchmaking, a private room for both the multiplayer and battle royale modes can also be accessed where players can invite and battle with just their in-game friends. The multiplayer mode is the basic first-person shooter, similar to the previous Call of Duty games on other platforms along with old maps.

9. League of Legends: Wildrift

LoL: Wildrift is a multiplayer online battle arena mobile game developed and published by Riot Games. This is the mobile port of the very successful League of Legends on PC.

8. Mobile Legends Bang Bang

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game designed for mobile phones. The two opposing teams fight to reach and destroy the enemy’s base while defending their base for control of a path, the three “lanes” known as “top”, “middle”, and “bottom”, which connect the bases. Weaker computer-controlled characters, called “minions”, spawn at team bases and follow the three lanes to the opposite team’s base, fighting enemies and turrets.

7. PUBG Mobile

The mobile port Of PUBG. Players Unknown Battlegrounds was one of the first games on pc to be successful as a battle royale type of game.

6. Marvel Super War

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Marvel Super War is similar to other MOBA games in which players can choose between several game modes. It is usually 5v5 players, and the characters consist of 6 classes: Fighter, Energy, Marksman, Assassin, Tank, and Support. Players can go solo or in a group, and each player can select 2 of 10 tactics available in the game to support the selected character. it is a MOBA with marvel characters, need I say more?

5. Marvel Future Revelations

Marvel’s first Open World action RPG on mobile. You pick a character and go through quests leveling them up and fighting bosses the likes of Thanos, yellowjacket, Obsidian Cull, and many more.

4. Genshin Impact

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Genshin Impact is an open-world action role-playing game that allows the player to control one of four interchangeable characters in a party. Switching between characters can be done quickly during combat, allowing the player to use several different combinations of skills and attacks. Characters may have their strengths enhanced in various ways, such as increasing a character’s level and improving artifacts and the weapons that the character equips. 

In addition to exploration, the player can attempt various challenges for rewards. Scattered across Teyvat are bosses and challenges that reward highly valuable resources, such as Stormterror and the Electro Hypostasis, but claiming them uses up a currency called resin, which slowly regenerates over time. Completing these challenges grants the player progress towards increasing their Adventure Rank, which in turn unlocks new quests, challenges, and raises the World Level. The World Level is a measure of how strong the enemies within the world are and the rarity of rewards that defeating them gives.

3. Among Us

Among Us is a multiplayer game for four to fifteen players. Up to three players are randomly chosen to be the impostor(s) in each round. A round can take place on one of four maps: a spaceship called “The Skeld”; a headquarters building called “MIRA HQ”; a planet base called “Polus”; or “The Airship”, which is based on Innersloth’s Henry Stickmin series. You either play as a crewmate who has to do tasks and eject the impostors while the impostors must sabotage the other players and kill them and sow seeds of doubt amongst those left.

2. Ragnarok X: Next Generations

50 Best Co-Op Games to Play With Your Friends in 2021 (PC, Xbox, PS, Mobile, Switch)

Ragnarok X is the newest port to mobile of the original MMORPG made by Gravity. You create a character and level them up and choose from 6 basic job classes. It has a lot of features including Guild Wars and Boss Hunts.

1. Pokemon Unite

A pokemon MOBA that focuses more on scoring than destroying an enemy base. The characters you choose are from the Pokemon franchise. It also features Unite moves.

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