ByMarcus O'Shea, writer at Creators.co
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Marcus O'Shea

If you ask me, the greatest joy of is always going to be teaming up with your friends for some action, sure, chilling out with a game on your own after a long day is nice, but it's got nothing on the shared triumph of overcoming adversity together. Nintendo may have laid claim to being the party console company, but these days there's plenty of awesome co-op action on the .

The Best Co-op Xbox One Games

From manic cooking adventures with friends to clandestine black ops military campaigns and even horrifying delves into the depths of secret bio-research, we've put together a list for whatever co-op style you want on the Xbox One.

1. 'Overcooked'

[Credit: Team17]
[Credit: Team17]
  • Developer: Ghost Town Games
  • Publisher: Team17
  • Players: 1-4

A personal favorite of mine, Overcooked captures the manic and crazy environment of working together in a kitchen without any of the risk of cuts, burns or other physical hazards (that is, unless one of your team takes the game way too seriously). Players each take control of one of a variety of cute and cuddly cartoon chefs and try to work together to feed the hungry masses, often while attempting to navigate the unique hazards and obstacles each level provides.

2. 'Gears of War 4'

[Credit: Microsoft Studio]
[Credit: Microsoft Studio]
  • Developer: The Coalition
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Players: 1-4

The Gears of War series has always been a go-to game for folks looking to cooperatively shoot things in the face. It always felt like a series that was designed from the ground up to be played together on a couch, eating greasy take-out pizza and drinking way too much caffeine. While the latest entry may have received a few knocks for a lackluster story, it still delivers the same thrills and spills in multiplayer as ever. Plus, who can fault a game that involves chainsaw bayonets.

3. 'Portal 2'

[Credit: Valve Corporation]
[Credit: Valve Corporation]
  • Developer: Valve Corporation
  • Publisher: Valve Corporation
  • Players: 1-2

The co-op mode of is really something special. Instead of playing the main storyline as regular protagonist Chell, players are thrust into the roles of a pair of bumbling test robots: Atlas, a round blue little guy, and P-body, a tall and somewhat slimmer orange bot who resembles one of the oddly polite turrets from the regular campaign.

Each of you is equipped with your own color of portal gun, so you'll have to work together to solve the increasingly fiendish puzzles placed in your way. The co-op campaign contains plenty of the dry, dark humor that the series is known for, and is a blast to puzzle your way through with a buddy.

4. 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3'

[Credit: Activision]
[Credit: Activision]
  • Developers: Treyarch, Beenox, Raven Software, Mercenary Technology
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Players: 1-4

While there's a newer entry into the Call of Duty franchise, it lacks the unbelievably awesome 4 player co-op campaign of , which is why Treyarch's title gets its spot of this list. Players can sit down with three buddies and play through a rip-roaring military action adventure, or buckle down against hordes of Nazi zombies in the game's other awesome co-op multiplayer mode.

5. 'Rocket League'

[Credit: Psyonix]
[Credit: Psyonix]
  • Publisher: Psyonix
  • Developer: Psyonix
  • Players: 1-4

There's very few sensations on this earthly plane as bad-ass as working together with your friend to score a goal using rocket powered cars. is a game I've gushed about before and it's no less awesome when shared with a friend, either split-screen or online.

The greatest joy of co-op Rocket League is the short game length, while other co-op games demand sitting down together for long sessions (and having to wait for your friend to continue so you don't ruin the story), Rocket League lets you co-op in quick 5 minute bursts of awesome action.

6. 'Resident Evil 5'

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Players: 1-2

Resident Evil 5 may catch some slack for giving up on the horror of the Resident Evil series in favor of campy action (as well as a few terrible costume choices), but it's still an absolute blast to play with a friend. Team up together to take on the infected and never again have to worry about the CPU controlled version of Sheva wasting all your good ammo and dying like the jerk she is.

7. 'Child of Light'

[Credit: Ubisoft]
[Credit: Ubisoft]
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Players: 1-2

Even without the excellent co-op support, Child of Light would be an unconditional recommend from me. It's a game that beautifully balances simplicity of use and mechanical depth to create an experience that everyone should check out. The beautiful and unique hand-drawn aesthetic also bears mentioning as well.

The co-op in Child of Light takes an asymmetric form, with one player controlling the heroine Aurora and the other player controlling her spirit companion, who can buff, heal and cast a host of spells to aid her. It's a great co-op system for switching back and forth, especially if you've got a friend you trust not to hog the controller.

8. 'Resident Evil: Revelations 2'

[Credit: Capcom]
[Credit: Capcom]
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Players: 1-2

If you want some co-op horror fun, but you're looking for something a bit less goofy and over the top than Resident Evil 5, then check out Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Like Child of Light, Revelations 2 boasts an asymmetric co-op mode. This time one player takes control of an armed character, either Claire Redfield or Barry Burton depending on the point in the story, while the other player controls an unarmed partner who must use their flashlight to distract enemies, find treasure and help solve puzzles. It's a great experience, especially if one of you is too much of a 'fraidy cat to shoot straight under pressure.

9. 'Castle Crashers Remastered'

[Credit: The Behemoth]
[Credit: The Behemoth]
  • Developer: The Behemoth
  • Publishers: The Behemoth, Microsoft Studios, Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Players: 1-4

Originally released for Xbox 360, Castle Crashers is back in remastered form on the Xbox One and it's still just as awesome as it was back in 2008. For those of you who haven't played this indie gem, it's an old school beat-em-up throwback to classic games like Battletoads and Final Fight, but with a dose of modern design and a ton of different characters, weapons and gameplay modes to choose from.

10. 'Borderlands: The Handsome Jack Collection'

[Credit: 2K Games]
[Credit: 2K Games]
  • Developers: Gearbox Software, Iron Galaxy, Armature Studio
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Players: 1-4

Not just one, but two awesome co-op games for you and your friend to play. Borderlands: The Handsome Jack Collection includes both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, two hilarious and pulse pounding FPS games (technically, they're FPSARPGs, but that's a mouthful). These two titles are perfect for some mindless blasting and looting with a buddy. Best of all, they support split-screen, so you and your friends can play together without leaving the couch.

Any games you think we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments!

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