The best co-op PC games 2019: top games to play with friends

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Take your pick of the best co-op PC games 2019 has on offer. They’re proof that there are few PC gaming experiences quite as giddy as playing alongside a friend. 

Whether you’re navigating an RPG that will take months to complete or anxiously creeping through a permadeath rogue-like, playing together pulls the game out of the screen and brings it into reality as you laugh, scream and bicker together.

The PC is very well-catered for co-op games these days, and here are our picks for the best co-op PC games that will cause no end of bonding experiences and rifts between you and your friends.

Also, make sure you check out our list of the very best PC games you can play in 2019.

1.  Grand Theft Auto V Online

Grand Theft Auto V Online

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What began as a barebones online mode some six years ago has grown into one of the best co-op PC games. While playing with strangers tends to be shambolic, gather a crew of friends and you’ll have all the madness of San Andreas at your fingertips.

You can run around the world freely causing general mayhem or take on competing crews in dedicated missions. The best co-op experiences, however, are in the bank heists. There’s nothing like robbing a bank and running out to an alley where your driver screeches up right on cue, then fleeing for the hills with police klaxons in your rear-view mirror.

2. Path of Exile

Path of Exile

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What better way to get your attention than with a freebie? Path of Exile is a free-to-play action-RPG with one of the most complex and robust character development systems around. What’s more, the game becomes a whole lot more entertaining when played cooperatively, as monsters scale up and you need to coordinate your attacks with your pals.

If you’ve played Diablo, then you’ll settle right into the click-heavy mouse-controlled groove of Path of Exile. It’s a similarly dark theme, though Path of Exile is slower, with a deeper combat system and a challenging endgame. There are plenty of leagues to compete in too, and it’s great fun to jump into one of these at the start and compete against millions of other players for the top stashes.

3. Rocket League

Rocket League

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The mass hysteria and weekly highlight reels on gaming sites may have died down, but the incomparable physics-based rocket-car footy game remains to be one of the most popular online games – not to mention, among the best co-op PC games right now.

Matches range from 1-v-1 to 4-v-4, so there’s a lot of flexibility when it comes to gathering your friends for co-op play. It’s a game that requires ceaseless communication, as you try to coordinate your team into a speeding carousel of goalkeeping, defending and attacking. There’s a league-based system online, so you get a nice sense of progression as your team grows from a fumbling mess into a well-oiled machine.

4. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 

Warhammer: Vermintide 2

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Bring Left 4 Dead 2 into the present generation, then swap the guns and zombies in for warhammers, magic and anthropomorphic rat-people, and you have Vermintide 2. It’s one of the greatest games at making first-person melee combat feel weighty and impactful, as you crush, dismember and magically disembowel the streams of Skaven running you down.

Vermintide 2 works best as a co-op game – one of the best co-op PC games, in fact – letting you and up to three friends pick from three characters, each of whom has three distinct ‘careers’ to develop into. It’s dark, funny, and you can get a good sense of progression whether you play in short, vicious bursts or multi-hour mayhem marathons.

5. Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves

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A stirring example of a game that hit the ground stumbling but really caught the wind in its sails over the years. Sea of Thieves tasks up to four players with manning a ship, and sailing around a vibrant, cartoon Caribbean in search of plunder, adventure and notoriety.

Where the game used to feel loose and a little purposeless, it’s filled out to become an ever-evolving world of possibilities. You follow maps to skeleton-infested coves, fight mythical sea creatures, and even take on other player-controlled ships and crews.

Sea of Thieves is the ultimate freewheeling pirate fantasy, designed purposely to be played alongside a motley crew of scurvy-infested sea rats you call your friends. Is it a wonder that this is among the best co-op PC games to play in 2019.

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