Now let’s get this straight – MULTIPLAYER IS KING!
Now that’s not to say that single-player games are lesser than – they’re just as amazing to get fully immersed in. But when we’re in the mood to really raise a game’s fun factor, we prefer to do it with a friend sitting right next to us or from a couple of miles away through online servers. The Xbox One has an abundance of incredible multiplayer-centric titles that provide hours upon hours of fun. A ton of genres are covered in that regard – fighters, racers, shooters, sports simulators, and so much more offer up worthwhile multiplayer experiences. With so many multiplayer games available on Xbox One that offer up local/online options, it can get a bit overwhelming to find the very best.
We’re going to do all the heavy lifting here and showcase 30 of the best multiplayer Xbox One games.
At launch, this definitive edition of the Halo franchise let everyone down when it came to the massive multiplayer suite. But after years and years of further updates, Halo: The Master Chief Collection has improved its online multiplayer suite and fulfilled its original grand vision. Playing through the iconic Halo maps and modes across six games is a must-play experience for Xbox One owners, plus there’s some co-op fun to be had across many of those games’ campaigns.
If you adore the fighting game genre, then you already know how much of a high-quality fighter the rebooted Killer Instinct is. It retains the furious combos, beloved throwback characters, and fire soundtrack from the old games while adding in likable new combatants, deeper battle mechanics, and awesome guest characters to boot. Killer Instinct lets you hop online or keep it local for some heated sets with whoever wants to pull up with their amazing Fulgure skills.
Cuphead looks like the sweetest, most approachable run ‘n gun shooter the world has ever seen. But don’t let its inviting demeanor have you fooled – Cuphead is one of the hardest games ever made. If you know someone that you’d trust with your life, then tell ‘em to come through and help you get through all the insanely difficult boss fights and side-scrolling stages Cuphead has to offer. Just make sure your game plan is strong so you and your couch co-op buddy have a slither of a chance at overcoming The Devil himself.
It doesn’t matter how young or old you are – Minecraft’s gameplay formula is enjoyable for all ages. Its fun factor increases tenfold whenever you choose to hop onto a multiplayer server to get caught up in some friendly building efforts and also do some fun dungeon crawling. Getting into some local splitscreen multiplayer fun can also be done, so pull up with three buddies of yours and enjoy the stress-free gaming experience Minecraft has to offer.
Hazelight Studios has developed an affinity for producing co-op experiences that deliver deeply affective storylines and intriguing gameplay concepts. A Way Out is proof of that – it throws two players into the shoes of Leo and Vincent, two convicted prisoners who must work together to break out and stay ahead of the authorities. There’s way more to this game than running from the cops, however – you’ll get caught up in a bunch of surprising minigames and cooperate in interesting ways whenever the situation calls for them.
So with this two-game compilation, you’ll be gifted with Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Both games are lengthy and packed with content, so the low price for this looter shooter package is pretty much a steal. Both games offer online, four-player co-op play that’s all about upgrading your characters, discovering a whole bunch of unique firearms, and shooting anything that moves within your vicinity.
Destiny 2 has been holding strong since 2017 and is still adding on tons of extra content to keep all of its guardians fulfilled. If you haven’t hopped into this universe-spanning shooter yet, then do yourself a favor and give it a chance. The main campaign, Strikes, Patrol Zones, and Black Armory Forges lets you run with two other Guardians. The far more challenging Raids and the Menagerie allows you to link up with five other players. And when you’re in the mood to shoot down some other players, the competitive Crucible is there for you to hop into.
When Castle Crashers originally launched, it was acknowledged as one of the pillars that helped Xbox Live Arcade blossom into something more. Thankfully, that immensely entertaining beat ‘em up has gotten the remastered treatments for modern-day consoles. This hilarious hack and slasher offers four-player co-op through local and online means, so feel free to aid your friends as you attempt to save your kingdom and its princess.
The original version of World War Z was already a fun entry into the sub-genre of zombie shooters that challenge players to survive against the undead hordes. The newly updated rendition goes above and beyond to present itself as a stronger experience overall. World War Z: Aftermath comes with new campaign locales, a first-person mode option, the new Horde Mode XL game mode, and so much more to enjoy with three other survivors.
Ridding the world of demons from a top-down perspective as a powerful custom crusader is the name of the game with the Diablo series. Diablo 3: Eternal Collection is a content-rich package that combines everything featured in the Ultimate Evil Edition and Rise of the Necromancer. With seven character classes to choose from, plenty of loot to collect, and a whole bunch of beasties to vanquish, this game has so much to offer to you and your three friends.
Goku vs. Vegeta. Yamcha vs. Krillin. Frieza vs. Cell. Those superpowered battles look so great and play even better thanks to the masterful battle mechanics featured in this Arc System Works gem. Dragon Ball FighterZ hits on every level possible due to the 3v3 fights, crisp anime visuals, and huge roster of iconic Dragon Ball characters. There’s plenty of fun to be had here against your local rivals and random online competitors.
At this point, Grand Theft Auto Online has blossomed into one of the most rewarding online multiplayer experiences of all time. With your custom character, you can practically do anything and everything as you venture through the seedy underbelly of Los Santos and Blaine County. There’s a ton of jobs, races, heists, bikers, sports, and a whole host of other features you can busy yourself with within GTA’s online component.
Gears of War has always been at the forefront of multiplayer games that deliver a near-limitless serving of content to stay busy with. Gears 5 keeps that goodwill going with its fans due to four main factors – the co-op campaign, Escape Mode, Horde Mode, and competitive multiplayer suite. Shooting down rival COG Gears and The Swarm never grows stale thanks to the tight cover-based movement and intense gunplay.
We got another quality co-op release from Hazelight Studios to speak highly of here! And that game is It Takes Two, which is the perfect game for couples that are going through a bit of a rough patch and want to repair it. And yes, we’re serious when we say that! The premise of this spirited action/adventure game is all about a married couple being turned into dolls and making their way through a variety of environments & playstyles in order to return to their human selves.
Taking down massive creatures such as the Rajang and Alatreon is all the more enjoyable when you do it alongside three other formidable hunters. Monster Hunter: World offers that type of engrossing experience with a wealth of monsters to hunt down, defeat, and take apart in order to get the items needed to craft amazing gear sets. The base game and the Iceborne expansion give you a ton of monster hunting to stay busy with alongside your three friends.
The Overcooked franchise lends itself well to the party atmosphere that’s perfect for any and all gamers. Both games and all of their additional content are included in this definitive package for everyone to enjoy. Up to four players can enjoy some hectic cooperative cooking across a wild variety of stages that will have you & your friends running rampant as miniature chefs. Prepare yourself for the type of game that lets you cook up delicious delicacies while floating atop huge blocks of ice.
At launch, Sea of Thieves was a bit lacking in the content department. But after years and years of constant updates, the pirate life simulator has successfully transformed into one of the most rewarding co-op games on the Xbox One. Gather three of your online buds and set sails for the harsh seas that exist within this game full of treasure hunting and vast questing. Just be sure to keep your eyes peeled for rival pirate parties that want to take your valuable loot for their own.
It took way too long to get another Streets of Rage game. But in 2020, Sega’s classic beat ‘em up series came back strong with a fourth official entry thanks to the combined efforts of Dotemu, Lizardcube, and Guard Crush Games. Streets of Rage 4 lets you beat up some random thugs with four friends in a local setting and two in an online one. You can tackle the main campaign with your good people and even hop into the game’s survival mode to truly test your combo skills. Beating up your friends in the game’s Battle Mode is another fun diversion, by the way.
The battle royale sub-genre is filled with some quality titles that have thrived for years since the rise of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. EA and Respawn hopped on the hot trend to deliver their own take, which has arguably taken the top spot on most gamer’s best-of lists. That game is Apex Legends, a battle-royale first-person shooter that incorporates Titanfall’s smooth movement and furious gunplay. Hopping online to enjoy some three-player action within Apex Legends’ vast battle map is definitely worth a shot.
With 100+ million active players in two, it’s clear that Call of Duty’s battle royale spinoff mode has captured damn near everyone’s imagination. Warzone has been holding strong since the release of 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and has been included as part of that game’s follow-ups ever since. Warzone features the traditional battle royale experience, plus it switches things up via its Plunder and Resurgence modes. Get you and your three-man squad together to emerge as the ultimate survivors in Warzone!
Ripping the roads within a fictionalized rendition of Great Britain never grows old. Forza Horizon 4 provides that dream scenario for gearheads and it’s still worth playing to this day. Tackling Forzathon Live events and competing in co-op races with your friends is the bulk of the multiplayer experience featured within this amazing racer. As the seasons change, you’ll get to tackle a wealth of different races and challenges across various biomes.
It’s procedurally generated. It’s a first-person shooter. And it offers four-player co-op. Deep Rock Galactic is a game you shouldn’t ignore due to those three amazing features. You and three other dwarven space miners will go on some fun excavations to get embroiled in some treasure hunting and shoot down some alien threats. Deep Rock Galactic requires efficient teamwork, so make sure you and your fellow elves are up to par.
Rayman Legends is one of the greatest platformers of all time. Its art design is fascinating, its characters are wholesome, and its stage layouts provide a decent challenge but are far from overwhelming. The multiplayer option featured in this game provides four-player local co-op, which means you and the homies can pick your own characters to engage in some fun hopping and bopping. Collecting Lums, knocking back enemies, and playing a few rounds of Kung Foot offers a near unlimited amount of replay value.
Mortal Kombat has always provided a competitive two-player experience that drops everyone’s jaws thanks to its insane levels of violence and gore. The 11th entry in the long-running fighter goes above and beyond to blow you and your opponent’s mind. The graphics are more photorealistic than ever before, which makes all the extra brutal X-Rays, Fatalities, and Brutalities hit that much harder. And with a roster full of beloved MK characters and guests such as The Terminator and Rambo, you’ll have all the fun in the world going head to head with your rivals.
Once you’re done pouring hours of playtime into Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, then you and your fellow Vault Hunters will probably want to move on to do even more of it. Borderlands 3 will scratch that looter shooter itch of yours by offering new character types to upgrade, a whole bunch of new guns to acquire, and a vast collection of cult followers & creatures to shoot down. Getting into Borderlands 3 now is definitely worth a shot now thanks to all of its extra “Director’s Cut” content.
The surprising smash-hit game known as Rocket League is still going strong thanks to a healthy community of players and constant updates. The whole act of using a wealth of cars to push a soccer ball into the opponent’s goal is pretty hype and will always have you on the edge of your seat. Rocket League’s wild physics engine lends itself well to showcasing some wild moments that you’ll want to experience with your online teammates.
The Lego games have always been an absolute pleasure to play. The huge roster of playable minifigs, the varied stage selection, and the use of licensed properties have resulted in the Lego line of action platformers being a regular go-to for gamers of all ages. This Marvel Comics-themed Lego romp is the perfect game for those looking to play as their favorite heroes and villains with a couch co-op buddy. It’s time to take down Kang the Conqueror.
If you and your most reliable co-op partner prefer the world of DC Comics a lot more, then it’s definitely worth hopping into this quality Lego game too. Lego DC Super-Villains gives you the power to create your own baddie and enter an open-world themed after DC’s most famous landmarks. Taking on the role of your very own villain alongside your local co-op partner’s own custom baddie yields a ton of fun moments to enjoy.
Surviving in the unrelenting wilderness on your own is quite a tall task. Doing it with a party of fellow survivors slightly raises your chances of staying alive, though! Don’t Starve Together: Console Edition provides a multiplayer expansion for the popular survival game – you can do some local scavenging with a friend or enter the online wilderness with five other players to test your survival skills.
Fortnite is split into two parts – you can choose to “Save the World” with three other online players and build a fortress and survive against the vicious Husks. Plus you can enter the game’s ever-expanding Battle Royale component to compete against 99 other players, where much of Fortnite’s fun truly lies. With a wealth of modes such as Solos, Duos, Squads, Trios, Battle Lab, Party Royale, and Team Rumble, you have plenty of options when it comes to online multiplayer play within Fortnite.