Best Xbox Game Pass Co-op Games (Online and Local) Windows Central 2020
Xbox Game Pass is a glorious service giving access to a couple of a hundred games for a modest monthly fee. Xbox Game Pass is available on console as well as PC, but for this article, we’re looking at Xbox Game Pass titles specifically available on Xbox consoles. If you’re looking for a quick-fix co-op game for a gathering or party, or something a little deeper, you can play with friends over a long period, we have you covered.
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For what it lacks in local co-op, it makes up for with some of the most addictive and explosive co-op play this generation. Deep RPG systems, elaborate battles, and gorgeous visuals make this one Game Pass title you can sink your teeth into.
Riverbond is what happens when Diablo meets Minecraft, in this gorgeous 3D pixel-style hack n’ slash from Cococucumber. Players can band together and take on various cutesy threats while upgrading their gear, all on Xbox Game Pass.
Human Fall Flat is a crazy physics puzzle game with local co-op for two friends, and online co-op for up to eight. You’ll guide wobbly physics dudes across surreal levels solving puzzles, armed with the power of gravity and kinetics.
Overcooked! is a hilarious action-puzzle game where teams of up to four players must work together to handle their very own chef’s line. Move food from prep, to oven, to the pass, without setting fire to the kitchen or running out of clean plates. It sounds basic, but crazy events and modifiers make this game maddeningly fun.
State of Decay 2 is an addictive zombie apocalypse sim with online 4-player co-op available in Xbox Game Pass. The fact it’s also available on PC with cross-play makes it a good option for “LAN” parties, too, with friends playing on laptops and consoles together. Scavenge supplies, brave the hordes, and ultimately survive in this gritty adventure.
The value of this one is quite absurd. Halo: MCC comprises every Halo title excluding Halo 5, into a single bundle. Each game has split-screen co-operative play, as well as online play, across a sci-fi saga that popularized shooters on console. Legendary difficulty with a friend still feels awesome in 2020.
Minecraft is also available in Xbox Game Pass, complete with online and split-screen play, as well as cross-platform connectivity for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch players. Minecraft is the quintessential co-op game, crafting massive structures together, or braving the depths of the Nether in survival mode.
What if you could take your crafting and survival ambitions into the cold reaches of unexplored space? That’s the void Astroneer tries to fill. Playable with up to three friends in online co-op, Astroneer imagines what life would be like on the frontiers of our galaxy.
Wargroove is a cute and addictive turn-based tactics style game from Chucklefish, playable in local competitive play or online. In Wargroove, you’re effectively moving gorgeous sprite armies around, engaging in turn-based warfare on a retro-style board. It also has a cool campaign, too.
In what is perhaps Microsoft’s quintessential co-op game, Sea of Thieves is a persistent online open-world title set in a gorgeous Rare-style ocean adventure. Join a crew of up to four players, plunder buried treasure, sink other player’s ships, steal their loot, buy a parrot. Sea of Thieves alone is a great reason to own Game Pass.
Fun with friends (never ends?)
Xbox Game Pass is quite arguably the best deal in gaming right now, and if you’re new to the service, you can even grab it for free as part of a trial to try out any of the games above.
Monster Hunter World being on Game Pass is the easiest way to get into this sprawling RPG, and if you enjoy it, Game Pass also nets you a special offer on the full game to prep for the Iceborne DLC endgame. Monster Hunter World’s base game by itself is simply massive, and if you’re new to the game, it’s incredibly fun to learn with a friend or two (or three, as the case may be).
You can never go wrong with Minecraft either, which has split-screen local co-op, as well as online co-operative play on Xbox One. It also has cross-play for users who subscribe to Minecraft Realms, allowing you to take your multiplayer fun to friends on Nintendo Switch, PC, and PlayStation 4.
If you fancy a fun party game, do not overlook Overcooked! 2 for Xbox, which provides some exciting action-puzzling for up to four friends in local co-op. Food will fly, and friendships will be tested.
There’s no real downside involved with trying any or all of these games, since they’re all included with your Game Pass subscription as of January 2020!
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