While playing the trainwreck of a game that is Power Rangers: Mega Battle my mind wandered somewhat. Or a lot, given that the game itself wasn’t exactly engaging. While I wouldn’t want to put my friends through that game, I did wistfully think back on some of the better co-op games that I’ve played with friends over the past few years.

So I resolved to make myself feel better by using this week’s Weekly Words to make a list highlighting some of the better co-op experiences you can have, right now, on PS4 and Xbox One. Check out the list below, grab a few friends and prepare for some good times.

I am in no way stalling because I’m still putting together research for the actual topic I wanted to discuss…

Towerfall Ascension

Platforms PC, PS4, XBO, PSV
Developer Matt Thorson
Publisher Matt Makes Games
Original Release Date March 11, 2014

Towerfall Ascension is one of my favourite games of all time, and although this is largely on the back of its addictive, fantastically realised competitive multiplayer, the game features a solid campaign mode that is backed by some fun co-op. Towerfall is a game that will keep you hooked for hours regardless of which modes you’re playing, with a surprising amount of depth to its mechanics and its “just one more match” addiction. The only thing missing from the game is online functionality, with the game only playable in local multiplayer.

Overcooked

Platforms PC, PS4, XBO
Developer Ghost Town Games
Publisher Team 17
Original Release Date August 3, 2016

While Overcooked may be a bit of a drag when played solo, co-operative multiplayer is where this absurdist kitchen simulator comes to frantic life. What starts out as a deceptively simple, easy to manage game quickly becomes more and more challenging. Recipes become more complex, levels quickly become devious and suddenly, kitchen management becomes a game of shouting at your friends for not washing the dishes fast enough. Overcooked is an awesome co-op game (that is unfortunately missing online play) that may ruin friendships.

Helldivers

Platforms PC, PS4, PSV, PS3
Developer Arrowhead Game Studios
Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment
Original Release Date March 4, 2015

Helldivers is basically Starship Troopers: The Video Game. Sure, there are other enemies you can fight besides the bugs, but its similarities to Starship Troopers don’t end with its insect-based enemies. In co-op, you’ll be fighting your way across the surface of a random planet in the interests of Super Earth, mowing down bad guys with an assortment of weapons or deployable equipment. Truth be told, you’ll be doing more damage to each other than your enemies are, as friendly fire is well and truly enabled here. Just remember – it’s okay to crush your buddy under a supply drop. As long as you get the job done.

Aragami

Platforms PC, PS4
Developer Lince Works
Publisher Lince Works
Original Release Date October 4, 2016

The only thing that makes Aragami’s pure stealth experience more entertaining is playing through with a friend. Or, attempting to play through with a friend. It may just be the type of friends I have, but “pure stealth” isn’t exactly conducive to adding a second person into the mix. Spending ten minutes planning out your routes and then adapting on the fly, in a panic as your plans almost immediately fall apart is a heck of a lot of fun.

Reosgun

Platforms PS4, PSV, PS3
Developer Housemarque
Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment
Original Release Date November 29, 2013

Resogun was a Playstation 4 launch game, one of the first two PS Plus games on the system and still holds up as one of PS4’s best exclusives. Truth be told co-operative play in Resogun doesn’t really change the game in any fundamental way, it simply lets you play through its levels with a friend. The strength of Resogun’s co-op is the strength of Resogun – it’s an addictive, awesomely fun arcade game that is just as much fun when shared with friends.

Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes

Platforms PC, PS4, PSVR, Vive, Oculus
Developer Steel Crate Games
Publisher Steel Crate Games
Original Release Date July 16, 2015

Whether you’re playing Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes in virtual reality or not (I’d say the VR experience has an edge thanks to its level of immersion), this is one of the best co-operative games in existence. One player takes on the role of bomb defuser – they’re the only person who can see the bomb and its various panels, wires, buttons, circuits and more. Everyone else has access to the bomb defusal manual, which details exactly how to defuse any type of bomb. Players need to communicate and work together to make sure that nobody explodes. Which they probably will.

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

Platforms PC, PS4, XBO
Developer Asteroid Base
Publisher Asteroid Base
Original Release Date September 9, 2015

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a great way to fall out with your friends (as are all the best co-op games). Players are tasked with working together to operate a spaceship, piloting it through various hazards and waves of enemies. There are plenty of stations that need to be manned – navigation, weapons, shields and more, but there aren’t enough of you to man everything. You’ll need to work together to make sure your maiden voyage doesn’t end in you crashing into the first piece of space debris you’ll come across, trying not to plunge into death while bickering about who gets to do what.

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