There’s nothing better than signing into Xbox Live, jumping in a party chat with a buddy, and co-operatively shooting some enemy dudes. We’ve rounded up some of the best games that let you do just that.

This article focuses entirely on online non-competitive co-operative games, that can be played over the internet, and thankfully, Xbox has dozens of great options, maybe hundreds. Here are some of our favorite.


  • Astroneer
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Warhammer: Vermintide
  • Gears of War 4
  • Path of Exile
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Divinity Original Sin
  • Minecraft
  • Dying Light
  • Diablo III: Eternal Edition
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • Killing Floor 2
  • Elder Scrolls Online
  • Livelock
  • Zombie Army Trilogy
  • Elite Dangerous

 

Astroneer

Astroneer is still in game preview as of writing, but the in-development space exploration game is still a stellar option for online co-op fans, and it’s cheap too.

Astroneer is set in a procedurally generated universe, where you, as a budding space explorer, must colonize and traverse these strange planetoids, shaping the terrain and researching the local flora and fauna at will. Astroneer is satisfying fun for up to 4 friends online, and it is persistently being updated with new features. Grab it for just $20.

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Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon 3 is a stunning open world racer, exclusive to Xbox and Windows 10. It recently got bumped up to 4K resolution on the Xbox One X, too, and quite honestly, few racing games can compete with the abundance of activities, gorgeous playspace, and tight gameplay.

Forza Horizon 3 is a wonderful title to jump into a squad with a few friends, compete against each other or against the computer, working across the wonderfully realized Australian outback in this industry-leading title. You can grab Forza Horizon 3 for $49.99.

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Warhammer Vermintide

Warhammer: The End Times – Vermintide is a 4-player co-operative extravaganza set in the famous Warhammer universe.

In this Left 4 Dead-style first-person action game, you’ll fight hordes of vicious Scaven rat men across several large map campaigns. You’ll also be able to increase your capabilities with powerful loot and other relics. Vermintide is available for $39.99.

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Gears of War 4

Gears of War 4 is one of the best exclusives the Xbox One has to date, and it is full of content great for co-operative play.

Gears of War 4 is set on the apocalyptic world of Sera, which is overrun with subterranean creatures hell-bent on destroying what remains of humanity. Equip some of the industry’s most iconic weaponry and bring a gory end to the dreaded Swarm, either in the game’s co-operative campaign or 4-player Horde mode. Gears 4 is available for $39.99.

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Path of Exile

Path of Exile is a free-to-play Diablo-style action RPG for up to 5 friends. Don’t let the “free to play” aspect fool you, though, there are no loot crates or hidden charges, the game is funded entirely by cosmetic DLC and completely optional convenience boosters.

In Path of Exile, you and your friends will cut a bloody path across Wraeclast, a dark world inspired by the Lovecraftian mythos and the darker Diablo titles. Customize your character with a massive passive skills tree and customizable abilities, and hey, it’s Xbox One X enhanced too.

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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection brings together a large amount of co-operative first-person shooter content into one high-value package.

Borderlands is a comedic FPS set in a colorful apocalyptic world. Randomly-generated weapons and loot give Borderlands a Diablo-like edge, and its tight shooter combat is addictive and rewarding. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is a great collection for a few friends who just want to kill things. You can grab it for $59.99.

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Tom Clancy’s The Division

While The Division wasn’t particularly great at launch, Ubisoft has worked hard to turn the game into a viable co-operative online experience, full of things to do.

In The Division, you play as a government agent responding to a devastating pandemic. Players can join friends in a persistent online recreation of New York City, defeating criminal elements that have taken advantage of the apocalyptic chaos. You can grab The Division for $49.99.

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Halo Wars 2

Halo Wars 2 is a real-time strategy game spin off of Microsoft’s flagship shooter franchise. In Halo Wars 2, you and a friend can campaign against the Banished, who are a new alien faction attempting to take control of a galactic superweapon.

Halo Wars 2 has a full co-op campaign, but also a viciously addictive Firefight mode where you and up to 2 friends battle waves of increasingly difficult nasties. You can grab Halo Wars 2 for $59.99.

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Divinity Original Sin

Divinity Original Sin is a unique co-op experience that allows two friends to play through a deep and sizeable RPG campaign, with tactical turn-based combat, co-operative branching narrative, and a rich plot full of mystery and intrigue.

In Divinity Original Sin, you play as two Source Hunters seeking illegal evil magic users. A routine murder investigation turns into something far more complicated, however, as you work to unravel a plot that could threaten everything. Divinity Original Sin is available for $39.99, and it’s worth every penny.

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Minecraft

Minecraft is a game that needs little introduction, as a title that recently hit 74 million monthly active users.

Minecraft is the ultimate craft ’em up co-op game, bringing in players from Xbox, PC, phones, tablets, and even Nintendo Switch in large shared worlds called Realms. Players can rent their very own dedicated servers, and build huge structures or simply adventure into the wilderness, across almost every major platform. At just $20, this is one game co-op fans can’t do without.