A PC gaming experience is incomplete if you haven’t experienced some of the best Co-Op games. These are multiplayer games that as the name suggests, the players have to cooperate in order to progress. So in case, you didn’t know, now you are aware of why so many people like these games. Plus if you have grown up playing coop games with your siblings or friends on a console then you are sure to understand its appeal. So in this guide let us quickly check the best coop multiplayer games for pc to play with your friends.
Best Co-Op Multiplayer Games to Play on PC
Below are my picks of the best co-op games to play with friends on PC. I have tried adding something for everyone so here you can find all sorts of games from shooter to survival to racing. So no matter if you are looking to try something new or are looking for something similar to what you recently played. This list should have you covered. Also remember, since these games are of different types I have not ranked them. The reason for it is, that they are each suited for a different target audience. Now that we have that out of the way let us get into this list.
- Streets Of Rage 4
- Overcooked! All You Can Eat
- Genshin Impact
- Rocket League
- Forza Horizon 5
- Tekken 7
- It Takes Two
Here, is why you might want to give them a try.
Streets of Rage 4
When talking about Co-Op Multiplayer games for PC you should always have an Arcade game to play. These games have been around as the name suggests since arcade machines. The gameplay is quite simple, you beat enemies go to the next area, and repeat. You do this until you fight a boss. After beating the boss, you get a new stage and the same fun of beating enemies and bosses. Repeat this until you complete the game. Sounds fun right, and this is even better in the case of Streets of Rage 4. Not only are the graphics really crisp. It still keeps the gameplay and difficulty (to some extent) like its previous versions.
Overcooked! All You Can Eat
Starting with the game that comes close to UNO for being infamous for breaking friendships, not really though. This game is super fun to play with friends, speaking from experience. If you ever wanted to feel like Gordon Ramsay from Hell’s Kitchen, then this game is for you. As the saying goes the more the merrier, this describes this game perfectly only replace “merrier” here with chaos. But this chaos is what makes it a game that you should definitely play. The reason we recommend this game is because you can play this game both locally and online. Overcooked 2 supports some level of online play while the first game is local only. So you could even consider the other two games.
Are you a fan of difficult run-n-gun games or have grown up playing Contra? If the answer to any or both of them was yes then Cuphead is the game that you don’t want to miss out on. It is a punishing game with difficult boss battles and some run n gun levels that can make you feel like breaking your controller. And while you should not go breaking your controller or any of your other gaming accessories, what you could do is give this game a try. Because once you beat a boss you are sure to feel good. And don’t mistake the game for being unfair, the game gives you the right amount of challenge. Not to mention the visuals are beautiful and are a treat to retro gamers or if you like watching older cartoons.
This list can’t be complete without it having Minecraft in it. You can literally spend hours and hours in this game without realizing where it all went. The game offers two modes Creative and Survival. So no matter if you feel like relaxing or feel like giving yourself a challenge the game has you covered. And now add that fun by playing with your friends. So if you and your friends always wanted to make the Going Merry, Konoha Village, Death Star, or anything else. This game is perfect for you.
Since I have already given some anime references above let us talk about Genshin Impact. This game has characters that have an anime-like art style. Just like Minecraft, this list would have been incomplete without Genshin Impact in it. This is a gacha game that players can play not only on their PC but on PS4 and even on their mobiles. So this is another reason to pick it as you can play it on your PC, while your friends play it on their system, and to add to it the game is also free. This game has a vast and beautiful world and a ton of characters in it.
If you are looking for a game that is silly fun then Rocket League is the best fit for it. You are playing football with cars what else do you need. While there are serious players in this game too, just like Overcooked, this game is fun because it is chaotic.
Valorant is the CS: GO-inspired shooter game with characters that have their unique abilities. You can play this game with 4 other friends, and if you have 10 people then you can also start a Custom match and play 5v5. So if you and your friends are fans of the shooting games then this is a good pick. Alternatively, if you want to remove the confusion of abilities you can also play CS: GO instead. Both of these games are free to play.
Forza Horizon 5
Racing games are one of the best sources of relaxation. And what better way to spend your time than chilling with your friends while driving in the massive open world. Forza Horizon 5 offers its players exactly that. Not to mention if you or your friends are car enthusiasts then it will be even better as there are a ton of cars for you to unlock and ride in. And the best part is it supports cross-platform gameplay. So if your friends play on an Xbox they can join in on the fun as well.
This is an exception in this list because it isn’t exactly a co-op game by definition but if you want to play a fun multiplayer game with your friends then Tekken 7 is a good pick. You will absolutely like this game if you have played any prior Tekken games. And you can also enjoy it even if you are a new player. The reason you have Tekken on this list is because of its 3D aspect. While the other fighting games have their own appeal we cannot deny the complexity and the feel-good factor that 3D adds to this game. Initially, you might not like it but once you get used to the 3D it will add a whole new dimension of fun (pun intended). Although if you are not a big fan of the series or don’t like its characters you can always pick Street Fight V, Mortal Kombat 11, or King of Fighters XV.
It Takes Two – Best Co-op Game for PC
Since you are looking for a co-op game this is the only game on this list that is purely co-op. All the above games have multiplayer functionality but if no one else is there you can still play them by yourself. That isn’t the case here at all. But that isn’t the only selling point here, if that was all it had going then it wouldn’t have won the game of the year award for 2021 by The Game Awards. But enough talking about its feats let’s talk about the gameplay, this game is an action-adventure game that also has plenty of puzzle-solving. And to add to the nostalgia value it is also split-screen multiplayer. There are many different game mechanics for the different levels and require both the players to understand and cooperate with each other. You can play this game both online and locally.
That covers this list of the best Co-op Multiplayer games for PC. If you are looking for more such game recommendations then be sure to check out our Features section.