The couch co-op scene has been underdeveloped as a genre in the last few years. So, it can be tricky to find a title to sit down and play with your pals. Well, that’s why we are here to help with a list of the best co-op friendly games that are perfect for playing in 2020. Check it out.
10. Gang Beasts
First up we have what Super Smash Bros would look like if your character was a ragdoll made of jelly. In this title, you take control of a wobbly little guy and your sole purpose is to remain standing while trying to sabotage your fellow combatants. The arenas all have their own pitfalls and perks, making this game a frantic frenzy for survival.
You can play with up to four others and as you would imagine, the gameplay can get pretty intense. Especially when it’s down to the final two players. If you haven’t tried this one, you need to get your hands on it.
9. Moving Out
Next, we have a game that is produced by the developers of Overcooked. This time instead of cooking up a storm, you’ll be hauling furniture as fast as you can in perhaps the most stress inducing move of your life. You’ll have to complete a series of tasks as fast as possible and in situations like this, it’s always best to have someone in the van who can lend a hand.
So with your buddy, you can conduct the most insane moving day in the history of the activity. Plus, with that same vibrant and wacky style that Overcooked boasts, players will feel right at home crossing over to this one. Be sure to give this one a go.
8. Super Mario Bros Deluxe Edition
When in search of a great multiplayer experience, consulting the classics is a must. Thankfully, in a gaming landscape that is constantly changing and evolving, Mario always remains and offers the same familiar experience with just enough tweaks to keep it feeling fresh. Super Mario Deluxe Edition is the most up to date iteration in the Super Mario Bros series, offering up to four players to opportunity to traverse each level.
The action is the usual frantic and chaotic fun that we have come to expect from the series. So if you want a blast from the past with a new age twist. This is the one for you.
7. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Remember the game from September that took over the world for a few weeks. Well, it’s still going strong and well into its second season already. For those unaware, this game sees you take control of a little tic-tac creature and has you complete a series of tasks akin to a Japanese game show in the hope of being the last one standing.
It’s a game that is perfect for playing with a party of friends. You’ll be able to help each other race to the finish, sabotage other players. Then when it comes to crunch time in the end game, it’s every man for themselves. It’s high-intensity fun and an experience that you should definitely share with others.
6. Sackboy: A Big Adventure
The PS5 has been a joy to behold over the last two months or so that we have had access to it. However, co-op experiences have been rather limited since launch day. Thankfully though, there are still nuggets of couch co-op enjoyment to be had on the new hardware. One such game is Sackboy: A Big Adventure.
This game sees you take control of the PlayStation mascot of LittleBigPlanet fame and has you work with others to overcome bosses, solve puzzles and traverse the more intricate platforming sections with teamwork being key to your success. So if you want a game that offers what is arguably the best co-op experience of the next generation of gaming so far, you need to try this one.
So maybe you want to move away from the family friendly content and want a game with added challenge. Well, we have just the thing for you. Cuphead, the game affectionately referred to as the Dark Souls of run and gun action games, is a must try for gamers looking for a difficult hurdle to overcome. You’ll face a series of tricky bosses, witness some of the most inspired visuals of last generation and best of all, you will be able to share the experience with a friend.
However, don’t expect it to be a walk in the park just because you have some assistance on your journey. You’ll both need to be flawless in battle. So, if you’re up to the challenge, pick this one up and add it to your library.
4. Overcooked: All You Can Eat
Now we have a title that adds chaos and calamity to a cuisine setting. It’s of course, the Overcooked series. This one is best played with a group of buddies and asks the player to cook meals and serve orders to the paying customers. It sounds rather mundane on paper but in actuality, the vibrant colours, frantic gameplay, cute animations and crazy scenarios you’ll find yourself in make this one a game that will hold your attention for hours on end.
We list Overcooked: All You Can Eat as our choice due to its optimisation for next-gen consoles. Plus, if you’re brand new to Overcooked, you’ll gain access to both titles in the series and all the additional content ever released for the series. So, this is the best place to start and real value for money. Be sure to pick this one up for guaranteed family fun.
3. Rocket League
When we say ‘Rocket-propelled battle cars playing soccer’ what do you immediately think? If your answer wasn’t ‘immense fun’ you may need to rethink your life choices. This title sees you take control of zippy little RC cars with the goal of scoring the most insane goals possible in gargantuan soccer arenas housing the madness.
You’ll be able to play online with up to teams of four. Or if you want to keep things off the grid, you can also play local split-screen and even customise the house rules to offer a game with a difference. Rocket League sprang to popularity in 2015 and has become a fixture of the Esports community, so maybe it’s about time you found out why. It’s even free to play so no excuses, go check this one out today!
2. Stardew Valley
Now we have a game that is wholesome content exemplified. For those that love Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon or Slime Rancher, this game is an amalgamation of all of these titles. You’ll meet incredible characters with surprisingly deep backstories, discover the secrets of the sleepy town you find yourself in. Plus, you’ll be able to farm to your heart’s content.
The best part though is that you can build your farm with your pal via the co-op feature. Admittedly, this will require two consoles at time of writing. However, it is reported that Eric Barone, the Stardew Valley creator, is adding a split-screen feature very soon. So keep your eye on this one and prepare for a relaxing and heart-warming time.
1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
At number 1, if you’re looking for the most comprehensive and star stuffed four-way battle royale on the market, then you need to check out Super Smash Ultimate. This format has been around since the late nineties, however, since then the quality has risen exponentially, now offering a multiplayer combat experience like no other.
You’ll be able to take the action online or simply compete with those around you in a free for all for survival. Plus, you’ll have access to members of video game royalty who make up the fighting roster. Which is all the more reason to invest. Be sure to get involved in this one!