Best co-op games: Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, It Takes Two, Overcooked, Streets of Rage, MORE | Games | Entertainment
Online multiplayer games typically see players face off in battles for death and glory, whether it’s the fast-paced warfare of Call of Duty or the high-speed action of Gran Turismo 7. However , some of the best (and funniest) multiplayer games see friends and family teaming up to achieve a common goal. Overcooked’s frantic kitchen-based shenanigans are as hilarious as they are chaotic, and there’s nothing quite like solving one of It Takes Two’s diabolical puzzles before your partner does. If you’re looking for game recommendations to play with friends and family, check out our list of the best co-op games below.
The wonders of Tiny Tina…
Depending on your tastes, you can very easily replace Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands with any of the Borderlands games it’s based on. Personally, however, I love the dungeons and dragons adventures found in the latest version of Gearbox.
A silly, over-the-top, hilarious experience that’s absolutely littered with fantasy references, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is a first-person shooter inspired by classic tabletop games. It’s also packed with weapons and magic, mixing shotguns and sniper rifles, with spells like exploding marshmallows and fire-breathing dragons. This is in addition to the weapons you can swing, such as towering hammers and legendary swords.
While you can play Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands solo, it’s definitely a lot more fun enjoying the action with a friend, whether in split-screen or online. Not only can your partner revive you after being defeated by a goblin army, but they can also explain to you what all the references mean.
Overcooked: All You Can Eat…
Forget about traditional team-building exercises like building towers or solving “fox, chicken, and grain” puzzles, if you really want to boost teamwork, just hand out four controllers and put on Overcooked: All you Can. Eat.
At its core, Overcooked tasks players with preparing, cooking, and serving foods such as burgers, sushi, fish and chips, and pizza. Add transforming stages, dishes, cooking fires, and even pesky rodents, and the result is one of the most frenetic gaming experiences you’ll ever have. The only way to succeed is to work as a team, so be prepared to yell and yell at your fellow chefs as you attempt to complete as many orders as physically possible.
Overcooked: All You Can Eat contains the original Overcooked and its sequel, plus all post-release DLC and expansion packs. If you’re playing on PS5, you’ll also appreciate the new DualSense features, which alert you when food is burning or coming in too late.
Streets of Rage 4…
If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, chances are you’ve played your fair share of beat-em-ups, where the goal is to smash bad guys and defeat bosses, usually with the goal from rescuing a loved one or dabbing a criminal gang.
Chief among these games was Streets of Rage (SoR 2, in particular), which saw Axel, Blaze and others battle a criminal organization led by the evil MX After falling out of fashion once 3D graphics became more Important, -ups are back on the radar, and there really isn’t anything better than 2020’s Streets of Rage 4.
The great thing about Streets of Rage 4 is that while it can be difficult to master, the premise itself is basic enough that most people will understand it, regardless of your playing experience. After a few hours To beat the black and blue gang members using basic punches, kicks, and throws, you’ll quickly learn how to perform complex combos using all of your character’s abilities. Just make sure your rookie teammate knows not to steal the last chicken when your health is low.
It takes two…
Arguably the best two-player co-op game on this list, It Takes Two is a rather heartwarming tale that centers on an estranged couple who must work together and mend their relationship after being turned into a pair of handmade dolls.
Not only is the storytelling and voice acting top notch, It Takes Two contains some of the best cooperative puzzles ever assembled in a video game. Talking to your playmate is key to solving some of the toughest puzzles, and you’ll need to coordinate timings and use your complementary abilities to overcome obstacles like killer wasps, a moon baboon, and a giant beetle .
It’s also a fairly simple game to master, meaning you could potentially play with a friend or family member who doesn’t play. Even better, It Takes Two is available on Xbox Game Pass, meaning subscribers can play without shelling out any extra cash.
One of the most relaxing games on the list, Stardew Valley sees players swapping life in a big city with the pleasures of the countryside. You can progress at your own pace, choosing to farm, raise cattle and earn a ton of money, or relax, go fishing and meet the locals in the pub.
A second player certainly isn’t essential, but it’s a great way to make your farm run more smoothly and get more done every day. You can send your companion to the mines to harvest ore to upgrade your tools, while you head into the forest to collect enough wood to add a stable to the farm.
It might not sound like the most exciting game, but there’s an unmistakable charm to Stardew Valley that makes it hard to put down, especially when playing with a friend.
Sea of thieves…
If you’ve ever dreamed of living the life of a pirate with your skull and crossbones in the air, then Sea of Thieves is the game for you. With your pirate crew in tow, Sea of Thieves tasks players with finding buried treasure, battling massive sea monsters, and making sure rival pirates don’t plunder your hard-earned loot.
Despite criticism for its lack of content at launch, Sea of Thieves has gone on to become one of the biggest and best games in the Xbox family of consoles. Whether you just want to sail the high seas or get stuck on one of the game’s many quests, Sea of Thieves is fantastic fun.
Nintendo Switch Sports…
Much like Wii Sports before it, Nintendo Switch Sports is one of those games that anyone can play, regardless of experience. And while it’s best as a competitive game, you can just as easily team up with friends and family for a match of doubles tennis or volleyball.
It’s very intuitive, using motion controls similar to the original Wii Sports. You swing your Joy-Con like you would a tennis racket and sting a volleyball just like in real life. With golf being a free summer update, Nintendo Switch Sports is a great party game that should keep you busy for years.