While online multiplayer has become the king of gaming over the last few generations of consoles, it’s still great to sit down with family and friends and enjoy games together the old-fashioned way. 2021 brought some wonderful experiences of couch co-op and local and competitive multiplayer. We analyzed data from our sister site Metacritic to bring together the top performing local cooperative and competitive multiplayer games of 2021.
Travel through hostile skies, make life hell for the airport staff, and pick up a few friends for the ride, as Fly Together is a great moment where you get immersed in the chaotic mix of the game of trying to keep the traffic going. atmospheric fluid. Essentially an air traffic controller simulator, Fly Together features precise teamwork built around the high stakes of ensuring that a passenger air tube does not meet an untimely end.
The idea may sound crazy, but it works surprisingly well when you start to coordinate your efforts properly to create a well-oiled, smooth-running airlift machine, quickly adapting to handle surprise airliners, rogue fighter jets. and occasional natural disasters. Fun solo, the appeal of Fly Together is amplified once you join a team of stressed-out air traffic controllers. Fly Together is a Nintendo Switch exclusive.
Dodge ball academy
EA and Velan Studios’ Knockout City may have made dodgeball headlines this year, but for those of you who were looking for a more original approach to dodge, dodge, dive, dive and dodge again, Dodgeball Academia was another great option. Already great fun and loaded with Saturday morning cartoon visuals, the Dodgeball Academia package is bolstered by local two-player multiplayer.
While it lacks the depth of the main campaign’s RPG elements, multiplayer is a fun diversion that turns the game’s enticing gist into a test of stamina and dodge. For a quick fight with a friend on a lazy afternoon, Dodgeball Academia’s multiplayer is a beautiful semester of frenzied competition. Dodgeball Academia is available on consoles and PC.
MLB The Show 21
After years of batting solely for the Sony console team, MLB The Show 21 finally gave Xbox gamers a chance to step onto the pitch in one of the best baseball sims ever. Outside of the always fun single player, MLB The Show 21 wasn’t too drastic compared to previous games in the series, but then again, it didn’t need to change much to hit a few multiplayer circuits. That next-gen charm may be missing in the visual department right now, but this year’s baseball game is still an impressive, detailed dive into everyone’s favorite ball game.
Metanote: 81 | Read our review of MLB The Show 21.
Resurrection of ghosts and goblins
Ghosts’ n Goblins Resurrection is a retro surprise that other remakes might learn a lesson or two from. The core DNA of Capcom’s macabre classic has been preserved, and anyone who spent a small fortune on the arcade original will instantly wake up the dormant muscle memory they thought they had lost over the years. Besides looking like a million bucks with its dynamic art direction, Ghosts’ n Goblins Resurrection also lets you team up for an experience that makes gaming more fun.
Instead of just having a second Sir Arthur throwing spears at enemies, Ghosts’ n Goblins Resurrection allows a second player to inhabit the spectral form of one of Arthur’s three ancestors to support him. Each Sage can use a different magical power as well as attack with projectiles, resulting in cooperative action that takes a playful new twist to the classic Ghosts’ n Goblins formula. It is available on consoles and PC.
Metanote: 85 | Read our review of Ghosts’ n Goblins Resurrection.
Fighting games have always been best when you’re in the company of a good friend or loved one, only so you can brag when the friendly competition turns into a few rounds of intense action. You know it’s serious when one of you leans forward. If you had to pick just one fighting game in 2021, the latest Guilty Gear is a no-brainer thanks to its easy-to-learn nature, amazing visuals, and over-the-top special moves that will make you want an overpowered anime butt kicker.
While its selection of online modes is premium content, this is the local co-op where this game really shines, and with a selection of modes on offer, you and your best friend will be happy to beat it with a collection of characters. fascinating through magnificent scenes while one of the best soundtracks of the year plays in the background. Guilty Gear Strive is available on PlayStation and PC.
Metanote: 87 | Read our Guilty Gear Strive review.
Codemasters latest F1 game is high speed sport at its best with precise handling, great visuals and a fun campaign mode. Outside of that content, F1 2021’s multiplayer offering recreates the one-two dynamics of the sport’s racing setup, allowing a pair of players to team up and work their way through a racing season while facing other players and against each other. It’s a delicate balance of professionalism and good old-fashioned track rivalry, but like everything F1 2021 has to offer, it’s handled with sleek style and blazing speed. F1 2021 is available on PlayStation, Xbox and PC.
Overcooked! All you can eat
Teamwork makes the dream work, but in Overcooked: All You Can Eat, it’s only a matter of time before this culinary fantasy turns into a kitchen nightmare. While you don’t have to worry about Gordon Ramsay slapping a side of bread on either side of your head and calling you a silly sandwich, you’ll have to be very careful about the orders you and your friends receive while you prepare. good food. Combining all Overcooked has to offer in a massive collection of games and downloadable content, the All You Can Eat version of this game is a three-course meal that will leave everyone on your couch satisfied until the final order is served. Overcooked: All You Can Eat is playable on consoles and PC.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is really two games in one. 3D World, a gem of the Wii U, has been masterfully ported to Switch with enhanced features and new content. Plus, you get the Bowser’s Fury campaign, a brief but fun open-world game that shows a new side of the Mario platform. While both of these games are great for playing solo, they’re even more fun when you team up with family and friends.
Super Mario 3D World features local four-player co-op, so you and your friends can play the entire campaign together. 3D World co-op is definitely the most appealing part of the package if you are looking for local co-op play, especially if you want to get the whole family involved. You can play as Mario, Luigi, Peach Toad, or Rosalina.
Meanwhile, Bowser’s Fury supports up to two players, with one player controlling Mario and the other moving as Bowser Jr. The player who takes on the role of Bowser Jr. doesn’t have to do as much as Mario, but that makes it ideal for young people who may not yet be platform experts (think Cappy in Super Mario Odyssey). Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a Switch exclusive.
Metanote: 89 | Read our review of Super Mario World + Bowser’s Fury.
It takes two
It Takes Two from developer Hazelight was one of the biggest highlights of 2021. It offers an emotional journey through the strained relationships of narrated reality through a fantastic lens that’s simply breathtaking to see. In addition to looking fantastic and delivering emotional uppercuts on a regular basis, It Takes Two uses the idea of cooperative gameplay with incredible effect, regularly challenging friends, partners and strangers online to challenge to work. together to overcome a range of imaginative puzzles and platforming sequences.
Considering Hazelight’s pedigree for co-op action, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the studio knocked out another winner in this genre, but they also raised the bar for what the entire genre is capable of with any of the most awesome games of 2021. It Takes Two is available to play on PlayStation, Xbox and PC. Also, this is only a co-op program, which is quite unique.
Metanote: 89 | Read our It Takes Two review.
Chicory: a colorful tale
Chicory: A Colorful Tale is a gripping single-player adventure, which tells a heartwarming story of not living up to the expectations and the power of art. As a cooperative game? It’s a fun coloring book that combines its unique approach to painting to break out of sneaky puzzles with a collaborative approach. A second player controls a floating brush, and while you imagine two people throwing cool acrylic and left colors all over the place would make puzzles impossible to solve, Chicory’s laid back nature makes it work in some way. other.
If you have a creative family member who would love to bring some color to the world, Chicory is a great game for them to unleash their artistic side without you having to worry about your home looking like one of Jackson’s paintings. Pollock. Chicory is playable on PlayStation and PC.
Metanote: 90 | Read our review of Chicory: A Colorful Tale.