Rayman Legends might be a little long in the tooth now, but its local co-op is still grin-inducing fun. Running, jumping, and punching your way through each gorgeous level with a few friends is highly entertaining, not least because you can scrap with each other as you compete for collecting the most lums. Also included is Kung Foot, a surprisingly brilliant football mini-game that could last you almost as long as the main campaign. Colourful, silly, and effortlessly playable, this comes highly recommended.
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This is a collection of clever party games you can play with your smartphone with up to seven others, depending on which game you pick. With a selection of madcap titles like You Don't Know Jack, Mad Verse City, Patently Stupid, and more, there's plenty here to keep everyone entertained, and almost endless potential for laughs. Hilarious, bizarre, and fun for all, The Jackbox Party Pack 5 should be on any social gamer's multiplayer party plan.
Isn’t it nice when a game comes along that takes the unique attributes of the medium and utilises them in a unique way? Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a deeply social game, and it’s at its best when played with the most antisocial hardware of all: PlayStation VR. While you no longer require Sony’s pricey headset for this cunningly communicative game, the different perspectives it enables mean it plays best in virtual reality. The premise, then? You’ve got a bomb to defuse, and only your allies can read the instructions. You need to relay information between you in order to make the right decisions, otherwise – as the title alludes – you’ll all go boom.
You can play through the entirety of Divinity: Original Sin II with a friend, and it's really quite an achievement. This is a very traditional, complex RPG, and adding a pal to the mix can make it even more engrossing than it already is. Indeed, player choice applies to both of you, and a robust character creation system gives you ample room to role-play and really embed yourself in the game's fantasy world. Playing through the whole thing with a pal is certainly a commitment, but it's difficult to deny the allure once you've tried it.
In an age of online multiplayer, the days of Goldeneye 007 split-screen may seem antiquated, but Borderlands: The Handsome Collection supports up to four local players brilliantly. The co-operative loot shooter compilation – which bundles two remasters with hundreds of hours of gameplay – is the perfect fodder for lazy afternoons on the sofa, as you grind out new gear and defeat all manner of bandits with buddies by your side. While you obviously can play online as well, Gearbox really invested serious effort into the local multiplayer options, making this a great choice for some couch co-op.