Cooperative games have an exclusive space in the midst of so many genres and fashions in current games. With a focus on helping rather than competition, these games aim to bring together players who want to help each other to achieve the same goal, making quests, combats, escapes, and activities in general much more fun. Below, we’ve put together the 19 best online co-op games in 2021 for those who want to advance as a group. Check out!
Attention: we selected games whose cooperative modes are extremely relevant or even the only way to play. We leave out games that, even big ones, don’t have a prominent cooperative mode.
Monster Hunter World
Monster Hunter World is another one of the great games today that have an extremely fun online co-op mode. In it, you can create rooms with specific filters to select the ideal partners for your monster hunts. It is possible to invite friends to groups or even join random players around the world. Both quests and raid bosses have their difficulty level adapted according to the level of players.
Don’t Starve Together
The cooperative game par excellence. Don’t Starve Together is one of the most popular survival games today, surpassing even the “vanilla” version, Don’t Starve. For those who don’t know, here you appear on an island and need to find ways to survive as long as possible. The game was specially developed to be played together and allows you to create servers with your own rules. That way, you can invite friends or join random people to share tasks such as farming materials, hunting animals, crafting items, etc.
Gears 5 remains one of the most exciting shooters today. The game is the latest title in the Gears of Wars franchise and is full of action, explosions, blood, flying body parts, and more. For those who appreciate a good story, the game also offers a great plot full of political and existential issues mixed with futuristic and sci-fi elements. Regarding the cooperative mode, the game allows up to 3 players to join a group, either online or even split-screen.
The game that stole the show in the second half of 2020, Among Us, is an interesting choice for that list. Gameplay revolves around social interaction between players (whether through accusations, arguments, defenses, or lies) it is never possible to really know if your “partner” is actually playing cooperatively. Even so, there’s no denying that the object of the game is to fix a spaceship together with other players while others try to kill everyone.
Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves is a pirate-themed 1st person online adventure game. The game takes place in a giant open world where players can complete various missions with the goal of becoming legendary pirates. The game is not an MMORPG as it lacks many classic elements of the genre, but still revolves around missions that players can team up to complete, but nothing prevents the same players from having to face each other on future occasions.
Far Cry 5
Another heavyweight title, Far Cry 5 can be played entirely in cooperative mode, with the exception of the introduction and tutorial. After that, all missions can be played in pairs, and it is possible to share resources like ammo, medicine, etc. Exploring the vast open-world of Far Cry, with all its tension and franchise-typical action, becomes even more fun with 2 players.
One of the most acclaimed indie games of all time. With its vintage aesthetic and simple gameplay, Cuphead deceives more like a platform game. In fact, the game is extremely difficult and frustrating, being aimed exclusively at players looking for big challenges. To make things a little easier, the game also features a cooperative mode in which two players can continue through the stages, complementing their skills or preventing their partner from dying.
Diablo III’s co-op mode is already very well known. The most diabolical hack and slash in the world allow up to 4 players to join forces to explore the world ravaged by monsters and other macabre creatures that make Diablo a successful franchise. The biggest advantage of the mode is that it can combine and coordinate skills from different classes.
Stardew Valley is an extremely captivating RPG mixed with a farming simulator. In addition to the very immersive single-player experience, the game features a local or online cooperative games mode that allows up to 4 players to play in the same world. Thus, it is possible to share resources, money and even marry with other players.
Left 4 Dead 2
Left 4 Dead 2 is a horror FPS with multiple game modes. All of them are multiplayer-focused, as even the campaign can be played with 4 players. It is also possible to join the same number of players in a Survival mode in which the objective is to survive as long as possible.
Borderlands 3 is among the most unique FPS available today. With its extremely original story and visual identity, the game offers a very captivating experience with its quirky humor and frenetic action. Here it is also possible to join other players in cooperative mode, both in the campaign and in other faster modes for those who just want a little game.
Portal 2 is one of the most fun and original puzzle games ever. Here you must use a portal weapon to solve various puzzles that involve moving and relocating objects. It takes a lot of patience and a sense of space to overcome each level. The cooperative mode supports 2 players and features levels not featured in single-player mode.
Divinity: Original Sin 2
Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an RPG with all the classic elements of the genre. In addition to offering several characters already created, you can create your own choosing all the characteristics and even its story. In co-op mode, up to 4 players can team up to defeat tough bosses, share items or money, or just split up to more easily complete quests.
Overcooked 2 is an extremely original and fun cooking simulator. Here, up to 4 players can team up to cook together and share tasks such as cutting or washing ingredients, cooking, seasoning, etc. The problem is that restaurants and kitchens have their own obstacles that hinder the preparation of dishes. It’s up to the players to coordinate and deliver the meals on time.
Towerfall Ascension is a platform of cooperative games with minimalist graphics in which up to 4 players get together in a small scene to kill each other. However, co-op mode allows up to 2 players to join in a new quest-filled adventure. The game is meant to be played with friends in the same place, fitting into the genre called couch co-op.
Payday 2 is a co-op FPS gameplay focused on a series of robberies. Here, up to 3 players team up to carry out bank robberies, drug trafficking, nuclear weapons theft, etc. As you earn money, you can upgrade your character and weapons. The game concept is simple but the variety of options you have to carry out the robberies is the main attraction of the game.
Killing Floor 2
Yet another FPS co-op, Killing Floor 2 allows up to 6 players to come together in a ghoulish scenario to survive several hordes of monster zombies, each more difficult than the next. There is also an “Objective Mode” in which players can complete missions and earn in-game money to perform upgrades and buy new equipment.
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
Trine 4 is a 2.5D platform game (mixing 2D and 3D elements) with lots of RPG elements. Here, up to 4 players can choose from typical genre classes such as warrior, archer, and wizard, and can join forces to solve puzzles and defeat bosses. The game has a great combat system and very well-built and designed scenarios.
The Way Out
A Way Out is one of the uniquely cooperative games that tell the story of two characters (Leo and Vincent) as they escape from prison. Each player will take control of one of the characters, so it is not possible to play in a single player. The game is also specifically designed to be played on split-screen, and players must coordinate to pass each stage and proceed on the breakout.