It’s time for the best co-op games.

Humanity is unlike any other species on Earth. Look around you – look at all we can do. I am typing my brain thoughts on some ethereal electronic space that only exists to us, transferring my ideas to your mind like some arcane telepath. It’s amazing when you really think about it.

Know what else are amazing? Video games. Since the first video game released, technology has improved, fidelity has increased, and the creative ingenuity of the field hasn’t slowed down an ounce. How is all of this possible? Cooperation. Working together is the reason we are the dominant species on our blue sphere, after all. So let’s hold hands and enjoy these collaborative works together.

Here are the 26 best co-op games to play right now.

26. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Blackout

Blackout is the first Battle Royale mode in the Call of Duty franchise that you can play solo or with your friends. Taking all the best multiplayer features from previous games and cramming them into a battle royale map was a genius idea and fans of the mode from other titles such as PUBG and Fortnite are flocking to Blackout.

You can also play Blackout in splitscreen mode, which is perfect for a LAN party with minimal room for TVs.

Trivia: There is a dedicated Zombies mode in Black Ops 4 as well as zombies hidden on the Blackout map.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

25. The Division

What could be more relaxing than taking a trip to snowy New York with your friends in the lead up to Christmas? Well, lots of things if The Division is anything to go by. In Ubisoft’s shooter, money has gone bad. Terrorists have weaponised capitalism, covering banknotes in a deadly virus before waiting for Christmas shoppers to spread it all around.

Only you, a sleeper agent with a gun, can bring peace back to the Big Apple. So grab your friends, choose your best boomstick, hunker down near a yellow taxi, and get ready to shoot some poor people so you can steal their beanie hats.

Trivia: You can find a pair of Sam Fisher’s trifocal goggles from Splinter Cell in a post office in Manhattan.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Further reading: The Division 2 is currently in development.

24. Sonic Mania

Sonic Mania captures the speeding spirit of the blue streak’s 2D heydays. And best of all? You can play it with a pal. Give a friend the second controller and they can fly behind you as Tails, or sulk about as Knuckles.

It’s the perfect co-op game to play with your children, since the screen follows the main player, meaning you don’t have to wait around for them. They still collect rings for you, too. Bonus! After all, Sonic doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to hang about, does he?

Trivia: Sonic Mania is the highest critically rated Sonic game in the last 15 years and it wasn’t even made by Sega.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch.

Further reading: Sonic Mania cheats and extras.

23. Cuphead

Is Sonic a bit too casual for you? Welcome to Cuphead, a relentlessly difficult shoot-’em-up with a visual style inspired by 1930s cartoons, channeling the spirit of Disney and Fleischer Studios in an eye-popping display.

It might look nice, but it is bloody painful to play alone. It is uber hard. Bring a friend, get them to press start on your second controller and they will pop into the world as Mughead, Cuphead’s brother. You get to play a game and you can call your mate a mug the entire time. Win-win.

Trivia: Did you know? Cuphead is actually loads better if you change the controls and put firing on the trigger.

Platforms: PC, Xbox One.

Further reading: Watch someone beat all Cuphead’s bosses without taking damage.

22. Destiny 2

If you have an internet connection, playing Destiny 2 with mates can be a great experience. For the most part, it’s mindless shooting – booming background noise as you chat shit with your friends. You can almost play it on autopilot if you’re just exploring its gorgeous world with pals.

For those looking for a challenge, friends are a must, however. Get a good squad of your online buddies together and tackle a raid. Winning these requires real teamwork, real coordination, and actual concentration. “Dave, shut up going on about how bad The Walking Dead is now, we’re trying to focus here. Why are you even still watching it?”

Trivia: Destiny 2’s live action trailer was shot by Kong: Skull Island’s director.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One.

Further reading: Destiny 2 guide– tips, exotics, subclasses and more.

21. Snipperclips

You might not have even heard of Snipperclips, but many class it among the best games on the Nintendo Switch. In it, you each take control of half a Joy-Con, both of you controlling a test tube-shaped cartoon avatar on-screen. You have to work together to solve puzzles, cutting each other into shapes to catch items, making bridges or ramps, pressing buttons, or squeezing through gaps.

Snipperclips is one of those co-op games that’s best when you are both in the same room, which is why it’s such a perfect fit for the Switch. Sat together, huddled around the TV or the Switch’s portable screen, you will both feel like geniuses when you find an unconventional solution to Snipperclips’ creative puzzles.

Trivia: If you have two Nintendo Switch consoles, there are also four-player co-op puzzles and competitive modes.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Further reading: Nintendo Switch’s online subscription service launches in September 2018.

20. A Way Out

Created by the team behind the brilliant indie hit Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, A Way Out is a game that is only playable in co-op. That’s right, you can’t play it on your own at all – unless you’re an octopus with thumbs.

Either in couch co-op or online, you and a friend must break out of prison together, each of you working together to achieve your ultimate goal. Activities vary from escaping police in a hospital to playing Connect Four. The critical reception for A Way Out was mixed, but there’s nothing else quite like it.

Trivia: You only need one copy of A Way Out to play it with a friend online.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One.

Further reading: A Way Out reviews.

19. Viscera Cleanup Detail

Lots of games take us to space. There’s something isolating about being cramped inside a steel box. Go outside of these aluminium confines and your insides will also nip outside of their fleshy cage. You are trapped. To make matters worse, game developers love to throw an alien or two into the mix as well. Viscera Cleanup Detail takes a different approach to the dilapidated space station.

You arrive at the scene here in the aftermath of some messy battle. Your objective? To clean it up. Viscera Cleanup Detail is a fun co-op experience where the physical comedy of handling alien intestines, leaving bloody footprints, and spilling buckets is all the entertainment you need.

Trivia: South African-based developer Runestorm started out on the modding scenes of Doom and Quake.

Platforms: PC.

18. Overcooked

If you’ve ever worked in a kitchen, you will know it is probably the closest you can get to hell on Earth. Cooking the same things every day, people ordering food en-masse, time restrictions, complaints, burns, mess, and stress. Overcooked captures all of that – minus the actual burn scars – and turns it into a hilarious co-op game.

You serve food to insatiable monsters, preparing ingredients, washing dishes, cooking, and sending the food out to order, all while bumbling into one another instead of actually getting it done.

Trivia: Don’t work for pub chain kitchens.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch.

17. Payday 2

If cooking doesn’t sound like your thing, perhaps you would like to partake in some man shooting. After all, real video games are all about the act of pushing a metal object through a person’s face at a high velocity.

Payday 2 is all about that long-range violence. In it, you and your team coordinate together to rob banks and jewelry stores as waves of police attempt to stop you. You have to set up defenses at chokepoints and use all of your skills together if you want to walk away rich, or even walk away at all.

Trivia: In 2014, John Wick was added to the game in a promotion. No, he didn’t have a dog with him.

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch.

Further reading: How does Payday 2 run on Nintendo Switch?

16. Far Cry 5

The latest and best Far Cry in a long time allows you to play the entire thing with a friend. You create your own character and head out into Hope County, Montana, to put an end to an army of religious extremists. One minute you are clearing an outpost of enemies like ninja, and the next you are in a field stealing bull bollocks. Yes.

Far Cry 5 is a great multiplayer sandbox because of the tools it gives you. One of you can strafe a compound from the air as the other heads in on foot. You can supply overwatch for each other with snipers. You can give your partner a lift on the roof of a combine harvester. Best of all, you can even work through story missions as a duo.

Trivia: You can complete Far Cry 5 in ten minutes.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One.

Further reading: The VG247 Far Cry 5 review.

15. Killing Floor 2

Tell you what – you wouldn’t want to be playing Viscera Cleanup Detail in the aftermath of a Killing Floor 2 match. Blood and guts fly all over the place with every shot, physically interacting with the scenery and getting stuck in awkward places. You know how, when you drop a glass, everything seems to move in slow motion? Killing Floor 2 is like that, only it’s someone’s liver instead of a glass.

Killing Floor 2 is like what would happen if the people behind the Call of Duty zombies mode had only ever watched The Matrix and nothing else. You work together as a team to take down increasingly difficult waves of zombies and other undead nasties. You do this as stylishly as possible, taking advantage of localised bullet time to line up those perfect headshots. Very few first-person shooters make you feel like such a badass.

Trivia: Killing Floor’s slow-motion mechanic only made it into the game near the end of development.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One.

14. Fortnite

Whether you are squadding up or heading into duos, Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode is an excellent experience to share with friends. Cooperation is a must as you fight against up to 49 other teams to be the last people standing. A bit of savvy building and a revive at the right time can change the course of a match, and you really need to communicate to find the best loot and keep ahead of the deadly storm that’s constantly chasing you.

If you find the Battle Royale portion of the game frustrating, there’s also Save the World. This mode has deeper progression and other players are only there to help you fight off increasingly difficult waves of zombies. You have to build traps and fortifications to keep the enemy at bay, adding a layer of strategy over the top of every precision headshot.

Trivia: Fortnite Battle Royale was developed in just two months.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, mobile.

Further reading: Looking to play Fortnite Mobile? Click that link for compatible devices.

13. Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves is one of those rare co-op games – and yes, it actually is developed by Rare, but I wasn’t going for a pun – that shines when players actually communicate. I don’t mean chatting about their day, I mean actually talking about the game itself. Battling through stormy seas on a galleon, you need someone at the helm steering the ship, someone below deck navigating the voyage by shouting out bearings, someone working the sails, and someone patching up the hull.

Head to an island to look for treasure, and you have to communicate to work out riddles and uncover the lost hoard. On top of all that, the game is full of things you can use to interact with each other, from firing your crewmates out of cannons to joining together in impromptu musical number. Sea of Thieves is one of those games you play with a permanent smile stretched across your face.

Trivia: The skeleton captains you fight in Sea of Thieves are named after members of Rare’s development team.

Platforms: PC, Xbox One.

Further reading: The VG247 Sea of Thieves review.

12. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist

It was a close call between this and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory for this list. While I believe Chaos Theory to be the better game, Blacklist is still fantastic and severely underrated. It is also much easier to play in 2018, so there.

One of the great things about the co-op modes in any Splinter Cell game is how they are not tacked on. In Blacklist, there are missions that are designed specifically for two players. Like any solo mission, you select it from the war map, wait for a buddy to appear, then off you go to stab people in the dark. Little in video games is more satisfying than whistling a guard over before watching your friend strangle them while dangling from some piping.

Trivia: Ubisoft replaced Sam Fisher voice actor Michael Ironside for this game. It was the wrong call.

Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U.

11. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes hands one player a pair of pliers and the other an instruction manual. The goal? To work together to diffuse a bomb. One player carefully clicks away at the contraption while the other screams instructions over their headset or from across the room. It’s one of the best examples of asymmetrical co-op in modern video games.

As the clock ticks down, the threat ramps up in tandem with the panic you and your co-op buddy feel. Their instructions get more rushed, and so do your clicks. Mistakes are made, you die, then you go straight back in to do it all over again.

Trivia: You can play as the bomb handler in VR if you want.

Platforms: PC, PS4, mobile.

10. Vermintide 2

It was a close call between this and Left 4 Dead 2, but Vermintide 2 slightly edges it. Taking the co-op formula developed by Valve for its zombie-slaying co-op game, Vermintide 2 puts each player in the shoes of a distinct character and pushes them through a variety of scenarios as they face off against rat men and burly, otherworldly Vikings.

Because everyone plays as a distinct character with different skills, Vermintide 2 offers more tactical options than it’s undead-murdering inspiration. Keep a swarm of Skaven locked in a corridor with your dwarf and his shield as another player fires spells into the chokepoint. Kite away a massive beast with your assassin as the rest of your team thins the herd. Provide overwatch as an archer and keep your allies’ backs clear of danger. It’s full of variables – team composition and the all-seeing AI director ensures no two battles feel the same.

Trivia: The soundtrack is scored by famous video game music composer Jesper Kyd.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One.

Further reading: Vermintide 2 character guide.

9. LittleBigPlanet 3

There’s nothing quite like the LittleBigPlanet series. On the surface, it’s a platform game that you and your friends can bound through together, jumping, tugging, pulling, and emoting as you go. But beneath all that, LittleBigPlanet 3 represents endless possibilities.

LittleBigPlanet 3 has millions of player created levels. Lots of them aren’t great, but there are some genius creations hidden away. People have created fully functioning calculators, giant mechs with their own control schemes, remakes of famous PlayStation exclusives, reimaginings of Pac-Man, and loads more. Once you’re done exploring, grab a friend and build a creation of your own.

Trivia: By January 2012, there were already over 6 million community created levels.

Platforms: PS4, PS3.

8. Spelunky

Spelunky is a game you can play over and over without ever having the exact same experience. Its systems are designed to interlink, its AI programmed to interact, its rules are predictable, but it’s a wild predictability that can constantly surprise.

Let’s say, for example you visit the game’s shopkeeper, an enemy follows you through and picks up one of his wares. The shopkeeper will go wild and start firing at everything around him because he’s designed to react when players steal from him. It doesn’t matter if it’s an NPC – he just doesn’t like his stuff being touched. Add another player into the mix in couch co-op and things get even more messy.

Trivia: If you find a shotgun near a grave marked “Ash”, this is a reference to horror movie series The Evil Dead.

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360.

7. Divinity: Original Sin 2

Divinity: Original Sin 2 is one of the best RPGs of the past decade and you can play the entire thing with other players. Playing solo, the AI has its own ambitions. A party member may request to speak to an NPC before you do, only to decide to cut their throat mid conversation. It’s shocking when this is a computer controlled character, but imagine if that character was being driven by your friend.

Not only does Divinity 2 not always align your characters’ goals, it also has a deep and strategic turn-based battle system. Each of you taking control of a different character, you really need to work together to get through each brutal encounter, combining spells and abilities to get the most out of each turn. And once you’re done with the 100 hour campaign, head into Game Master mode and play it together like it’s a proper pen and paper RPG.

Trivia: If you play as a skeleton, you have to wear a bucket over your head for hours at the start of the game so you don’t scare people.

Platforms: PC.

Further reading: Divinity 2 managed 500,000 sales within days of launching.

6. Rocket League

Mastering the boost in Rocket League is one of gaming’s greatest joys. Sure, you can use it to chase down the ball or to blow up an opponent, but the boost comes into its own when you learn to couple it with the jump. Fire yourself into the air and boost – use it like a rocket’s thruster and angle yourself for the perfect volley. It’s bliss.

When you’re playing Rocket League as a team with friends who have also mastered the intricacies of this motor-powered football game, that pure joy is elevated to the next level. After all, what’s the point in being amazing at something if there’s nobody around to share it with?

Trivia: Football is played with your feet and American football is played with your hands.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch.

Further reading: By last count, Rocket League had over 38 million players.

5. Portal 2

Portal 2 has one of the best co-op campaigns ever designed in video games. It is funny, it is clever, it makes you feel clever, it requires teamwork, and it lets you dick about. Firing a portal directly above your friend before firing one below their feet, sending them into an infinite loop as you wave them off never gets old.

The way the co-op campaign – which is completely separate from the brilliant single-player – evolves is perfect as well. Things start off simply, but you are soon lining up four portals, covering surfaces in different types of liquid, and firing off portals as you send your co-op partner soaring through the sky towards it. It’s not the newest game on this list, but nothing has come close to delivering a pure co-op campaign as inventive as this.

Trivia: Prominent video game actor Nolan North voices some of the game’s turrets and defective personality cores.

Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360.

4. Bloodborne

Here it is – the one you are all going to shout at me about. Bloodborne isn’t a co-op game in the traditional sense. You have to summon in other players via arcane methods to even buddy up, in fact, but it is possible to play through the entire thing with a friend with some careful planning, and it is an incredible experience when you do. Sure, it feels more of an achievement to take out the game’s brutal bosses on your own, but it’s much more fun to share these moments of triumph.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: why is Bloodborne on this list instead of Dark Souls? I’ll let you in on a little secret, dear reader – Bloodborne is better than Dark Souls. Thanks for reading.

Trivia: Bloodborne is better than Dark Souls.

Platforms: PS4.

Further reading: Looking to get started? Here’s the best Bloodborne starting class.

3. GTA Online

GTA Online is many things: a varied sandbox to mess about in, a competitive shooter, a racing game, and even a blank canvas for players to roleplay within. The reason it is so high on this list, however, is the heists.

The heists in GTA Online are multi-layered co-op events that require teamwork and planning to pull off. One weak leak in your chain of physics-enabled avatars and the whole thing will go to shit. Everything needs to align perfectly. Nothing else on this list requires such mass precision. Hit up our GTA Online heists guide for some tips.

Trivia: GTA 5 made its budget back before it was even released because of pre-orders.

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360.

Further reading: How do you hit rank 100 in GTA Online? Be an asshole.

2. Minecraft

There’s a reason Notch lives in a massive house with infinite candy, all alone. He’s goddamn rich. He’s rich because he made a game that appeals to pretty much everyone – a game that can be different things to different people. Whether you play Minecraft as a survival sim or attempt to recreate the Taj Mahal, there’s probably something you will enjoy here.

It’s also the perfect game to play with your kids. Not only can you help them along, but it’s actually a decent way to unlock a child’s creativity. I still remember building a castle with my youngest, creating a little farm near it, and digging a moat to keep the monsters away. It’s a game where you don’t just build structures – you create lasting memories.

Trivia: Notch has nothing to do with Minecraft now, which is great.

Platforms: Everything.

Further reading: Looking for somewhere to spend your time? Here are the best Minecraft seeds.

1. Monster Hunter: World

Monster Hunter: World nails the feeling of smacking a dinosaur in the face with a sword the size of a flagpole. As soon as you make contact, you can almost feel the force – the slight freeze, the grimace in its face, and the dust billowing off at the point of impact. Grabbing three friends who are all equipped with different tools multiplies this satisfaction threefold.

The endgame of Capcom’s beast-slaying epic almost requires you to team up with pals. Sure, the monsters scale in difficulty to how many hunters are slicing at it, but you can bring a range of different weapons and distract it with multiple targets to chew on. When your team composition is perfect, it’s like a beautiful and violent dance.

Trivia: An early prototype of Monster Hunter: World had no monster hunting.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One.

Further reading: Monster Hunter World was great at launch, but its post-launch evolution means it’s better than ever.

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Great games don’t have to be expensive. Even if you’re short on cash, there’s plenty of fun to be had that’s easy on your wallet. Here are our picks of the best free games on PS4 and Xbox One, each one offering hours of entertainment without spending a penny.

There are card games, MMOs and MOBAs, and even triple-A sports and action games on offer, meaning there are tons of free games that are a lot of fun, but also have a lot of variety depending on what you’re after.

Most are supported by premium microtransaction economies, whether that’s cosmetic character or weapon skins, loot boxes or booster packs. Some are more aggressive than others, so we’ll do our best to point out what needs paying for so you can invest your valuable time wisely. Others are unlimited “trial” versions of larger games which you can pay to unlock more of.

If we’ve left anything off, chime in below and we’ll add it to the list.

Best free games on PS4 and Xbox One:

Apex Legends

Despite a slightly uninspiring name, Apex Legends is the latest battle royale from Respawn Entertainment – the development team behind Titanfall that was formed from ex-Infinity Ward employees who worked on COD 4 and MW2. With pedigree like that, it’s no surprise that Apex Legends is tight and slickly designed FPS that incorporates elements of hero shooters like Overwatch to provide a fresh take on the BR genre.

The set-up is pretty standard – 20 squads of three players compete in a 60-player battle royale on a dense and varied map – but the brilliant Ping system makes communicating incredibly painless, even without voice chat.

Apex Legends’ roster of heroes have a variety of different skills that they can deploy on the battlefield, which all feel pretty balanced at this point, and the best guns that you scavenge from the environment feel solid and fun to shoot.

It’s early days, but Apex certainly has potential to be a big player on the F2P scene – especially if the level of support promised in the game’s season roadmap can be maintained. The microtransactions are expensive, and you can spend an infinite amount on loot boxes, but there’s a lot of game to get into here without spending money on cosmetics.

Realm Royale

Platform: Xbox One, PS4

Just like military shooters in the late noughties, battle royale is the hot “me-too” genre right now – with tons of companies looking to grab a piece of the pie. Realm Royale comes from Hi Rez studios of SMITE and Paladins fame, and is actually one of the best around.

It borrows heavily from Fortnite, sure, but brings enough unique features to the team to stand on its own. Chief amongst these is the RPG-like upgrade system, where you gather resources from the large and varied environment to craft stronger equipment and abilities. It’s a fun idea, and makes for tense shootouts around upgrade points.

Realm Royale also plays with time-to-kill in interesting ways. When your health is depleted instead of getting kicked to the lobby your character turns into a speedy chicken – not only giving you a second chance to run away, but also encouraging close-quarters combat and reducing the chance of being melted from miles away.

Again similar to Fortnite, Realm Royale is free-to-play, but has a paid-for “Founder’s Pack”, cosmetic microtransactions paid for with premium virtual currency, and a “Battle Pass” system, which gives players access to unlockable tiers of items over the course of a few weeks.

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Fortnite: Battle Royale

Platform: PS4, Xbox One

The breakout genre of 2017, Fortnite: Battle Royale went from strength-to-strength in 2018 and remains the hottest game in the world right now – with good reason. If you’ve been curious about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – or battle royale in general – but not wanted to pay to test it out, then this is the game for you.

In the main battle royale mode, 100 players drop into a giant map, scavenge weapons and materials, and fight until there’s only one left standing. It’s tenser than the cartoony visuals would suggest, incredibly strategic and a whole lot of fun.

What differentiates Fortnite from other battle royale games is the ability to break down scenery to collect resources which you can then use to build things like barricades that shield you from fire. Fortnite is also set apart by the incredible pace that new content and updates are added to the game, with sweeping changes implemented quarterly, and smaller ones – including new weapons and game modes – coming almost every week.

You can take the game on the go as well, developer Epic Games launched Fortnite Mobile this month, and generated a massive amount of hype.

Fortnite supports cross-platform play on both PS4 and Xbox One, but not together. On PS4, you can play with iOS, PC and Mac players, but not Xbox One. On Xbox One, you can also play with iOS, PC and Mac players, but not PS4.

There’s a PvE story mode in Fortnite too, but you have to pay for that, as well as premium cosmetics that you can buy with real money. These alter the look of your character, the parachute you drop into the arena with and the pickaxe you can use to gather resources, but give no competitive advantages.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 Lite

PES has always offered an unashamedly arcadey and undeniably fun football experience, and its 2019 edition is no exception. The free “Lite” version includes offline single matches – great for a cheap kick-about – as well as Pro Evo’s Ultimate Team analogue “myClub”, where you build a squad from packs of players and face off against others’ online.

Like FIFA Ultimate Team, you’re heavily, heavily incentivised to pour real money into myClub, which is probably why Konami are bundling it in as part of their free offering.

However, this is easily the cheapest way to enjoy a current season sports game on PS4 and Xbox One, without investing in something that’ll be obsolete in a few months.

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Warframe

Platform: PS4, Xbox One

Warframe is a third-person, action-sci-fi MMO based around space-age combat-suits equipped with a stacked arsenal of swords, rifles, knives, lasers and bows. There’s capable gun-play, as well as slick parkour and melee fighting across a variety of missions, which, combined with the option to use stealthier weaponry, means that you can approach the game with a multitude of different play-styles.

While the action is fun, Warframe is quite complicated. There are deep crafting and upgrade systems for your suit and weapons, on top of tonnes of loot and customisation options to sink your teeth into.

It uses a premium currency called Platinum bought using real-world money. Platinum is primarily used for cosmetic items and colours, but can also be used to buy new weapons and warframes without gathering the necessary resources.

Warframe has come a long way since it first dropped in 2014. What was once a promising, but stodgily paced and cold experience is now a much more open, fully-featured game with a hardcore fan-base and dedicated development team. The recent Plains of Eidolon expansion added a large open world area to Warframe, along with new methods of traversal. This marked improvement speaks volumes of Digital Extremes’ commitment to Warframe. If you pick this one up, you might not put it down again.

World of Tanks

Platform: PS4, Xbox One

World of Tanks is something really different in the online war shooter space. Piloting one from a vast array of more than 500 tanks, you can battle other players online or take on a PvE story mode featuring comic-book style cutscenes.

Patience is key. World of Tanks isn’t a twitch-shooter like Call of Duty, your firing reticle tightens slowly, while the limited manoeuvrability means that it feels like nothing else out there.

It’s also worth mentioning that the latest version of World of Tanks on PS4 is an especially chunky 50GB download, so make sure you’ve got space to spare.

World of Tanks’ microtransactions are also particularly aggressive, with gameplay affecting tanks and ammunition available for purchase on top of cosmetics. However, there’s still a lot to enjoy for free in World of Tanks, like its extensive upgrade system, where you gain experience by playing with certain tanks and move up through a flowchart of iterative models until you reach the most powerful.

The console version of World of Tanks isn’t the best out there though. On PC, Wargaming recently released World of Tanks 1.0, which overhauls the game’s graphics with a completely new engine. The new tech doesn’t really affect the gameplay, so don’t worry about missing out too much, but if you love a good looking game then check out the PC version – the minimum specs are incredibly low.

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Brawlhalla

Platform: PS4

Brawlhalla is a free-to-play fighting game that’ll feel instantly familiar to anyone who’s played Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo Consoles.

The aim of the game is to knock other characters – called legends – out of the arena to score points by dealing damage to them with various attacks and combos. Weapons and items are added to the mix to ratchet up the chaos, while each character uses their unique strengths and weaknesses to gain the upper hand.

The hitboxes take a little while to get used to, but Brawlhalla quickly becomes frantic fun both online and in local co-op.

More characters are available to unlock via currency earnt in-game, or you can pay a one-time purchase fee to unlock all present and future legends. There’s also a premium currency that’s paid for with real money, which you can use to unlock skins and other cosmetic items like taunts and KO effects. Purchases are refundable if you change your mind though, so developer Blue Mammoth Games certainly earn some points there.

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Trove

Platform: PS4, Xbox One

While it might look simple, Trove is a surprisingly fun online sandbox RPG that blends elements of builder games like Minecraft with features of more traditional role-playing games.

You can choose from a good variety of classes to start, ranging from the melee-focused warrior to the range-wielding gunslinger, and explore cute, blocky environments fighting enemies, clearing dungeons and sniffing out loot.

The quick gratification of loot drops from dungeons is addictive and there are a decent amount of quests to get through. You can also break down blocks and scenery in the world for parts to build your own home with, as well as reach high places.

The monetisation of Trove is quite aggressive, however; when you open up the menu to access your inventory, the icon it defaults to is the in-game store. Once you’ve picked a starting class, others have to be unlocked using premium credits, and there are tonnes of items, chests and mounts that have to be bought – although you can grind for some with in-game coins.

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Orcs Must Die: Unchained

Platform: PS4, Xbox One

Orcs Must Die is an interesting take on a tower defence game, where you take control of one of a varied cast of heroes from a third-person perspective, laying traps for an onslaught of baddies to haplessly wander into.

There’re loads of traps to experiment with and upgrade, as well as plenty of laughs from the genuinely funny script. Boss monsters and chaos trials – which place outlandish modifiers on the player, like forcing you to dance every time a boss is defeated – add even more to the mix, and while most of the emphasis is on teaming up with friends, you can play solo too.

In terms of monetisation, most of the items you collect, as well as hero skins, are obtained from loot boxes that are paid for with real money. You are given some through normal play, but paying is much quicker. The only way to upgrade traps is by getting a certain amount of them in loot chests, and you have to buy keys for chaos trials too. Orcs Must Die is worth your time – there’s certainly a decent amount of stuff on offer for free – but expect to be hassled to pay often.

What’s quite sad though is that this game isn’t going to be around forever, after the dev team announced that it’ll be closing – along with a couple of its publisher’s other games – in April 2019. So enjoy this one while it lasts.

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Smite

Platform: PS4, Xbox One

Smite is a multiplayer online battle arena, or MOBA, themed around gods and religious mythology.

With a huge player base and deep metagame, Smite is a great choice to get into MOBAs on console, boasting a massive list of gods to choose from, each with their own unique abilities, and a few distinct character classes and roles to learn. There are front-line warriors, nippy assassins, tanky guardians and range-focused hunters and mages.

There are multiple game modes to choose from as well, and thankfully, you get some high-tier characters for free, so you’re not going to get stomped by people who’ve paid for access to more stuff.

Smite’s premium currency is called gems and is used to unlock additional gods – although you can grind to get them too – as well as skins, emotes and voice packs for characters.

Planetside 2

Platform: PS4

Planetside 2 delivers same the kind of intense online multiplayer shooting that you’d expect from some of the biggest triple-A names in the business, but with an MMO-twist.

After choosing your empire, you fight alongside other players for control of the wider planet in real time in both boots-on-the-ground and vehicular skirmishes.

With a keen community, as well as a variety of classes and weapons to choose from, Planetside 2 is definitely one of the best free games on PS4.

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Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

Platform: PS4, Xbox One

Starting life as a mini-game in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, stand-alone Gwent is a revised and expanded iteration of the addictive one-on-one card game.

The aim of Gwent is to win two out of three rounds by having a higher score on your side of the board than your opponent. Different cards have different effects, like dealing damage to other cards or summoning copies of themselves.

Fans of the main Witcher series of RPGs will love the nostalgic sound effects and brilliantly animated card designs, and there are single-player adventures, challenges and timed events to go with the player-versus-player action.

You can buy more cards with real money via “card kegs”, but the game’s more generous than most with dishing them out for free.

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Path of Exile

Platform: Xbox One

Path of Exile is an action-RPG in the classic mould of games like Diablo and Torchlight, where you play as an Exile on the road to revenge in a dark fantasy world.

Path of Exile has a massive range of possible character builds because of its mix-and-match skill gem system, while also offering a seriously meaty (we’re talking 30-70 hours here) story campaign.

Path of Exile is supported by a premium currency bought with real money, which you can use to buy cosmetic items like pets, weapon and armour effects, and decorations, as well as upgrades for your in-game stash.

If you’re into dungeon-crawling, loot, or just RPGs in general, then Path of Exile is worth your time – let alone for free.

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Paladins

Platform: PS4, Xbox One

Paladins is a first-person hero shooter, similar to Overwatch, and is developed by Hi-Rez Studios, the same company as Smite.

It’s currently in early access beta, so a little rough around the edges, with simpler maps and less polish than pay-to-play games in the genre, but still captures the same need for quick decisions and intense team fights.

The microtransactions are a little heavy-handed, with many heroes locked behind a pay-wall, which can leave you feeling like you don’t have a counter to some opposing characters. While the recently implemented card system – which can increase damage or reduce the cooldown of abilities – gives players with upgraded cards a demonstrable advantage in-game. The only way to upgrade cards is to open duplicates of them in loot chests, so people that pay will feel more powerful much, much quicker.

With that said, there’s no substitute for skill – and these effects are capped in ranked play – so if you like the look of Paladins, there’s definite fun to be had.

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Let it Die

Platform: PS4

From madcap game director Suda51, Let it Die is a third-person hack-and-slash full of punk rock and ’80s action movie-inspired charm. Under the guidance of skateboarding grim reaper Uncle Death, players must climb the mysterious Tower of Barbs, overcoming progressively more deadly traps and adversaries.

Let it Die is best described as a “rogue-lite”. There’s permadeath – you control disposable “fighters” of varying types who can be upgraded as you advance – as well as elements of procedural generation and randomised loot.

The combat is an acquired taste, with deliberately rigid animations and pacing. It’s cliche to say something has Souls-like combat nowadays, but here the comparison’s apt. If you’re into high difficulty games that take patience to master, then Let it Die is for you.

As for microtransactions, you can buy in-game food, power-up items and armour – but the main thing is a premium currency called “Death Metal”. Death Metal act as continues, letting you come back to life when you’d normally lose a fighter. Death Metal is given out routinely as a log-in bonus, but given the difficulty of the game, these are something you’ll be tempted with a lot.

Armored Warfare

Platform: PS4

If you’re a fan of rolling war machines, but unconvinced by World of Tanks, then Armored Warfare could be worth a shot. It’s a bit quicker and more arcadey than World of Tanks, and the general consensus is that there’s less grinding involved.

Originally developed by Obsidian Entertainment – makers of Fallout: New Vegas and South Park: The Stick of Truth – before being taken over by Mail.ru, Armored Warfare has both PvP and a fleshed out PvE mode where teams of players fight against AI opponents in various missions.

There are fewer tanks to collect in Armored Warfare than World of Tanks, but that also means there are fewer to learn – which is useful if you haven’t got a ton of free time to pour into the game.

On the microtransaction front, Armored Warfare is quite overtly monetised with premium currency, tanks, staff, decals and loot boxes. These won’t give you a massive advantage in battle though, and there’s no premium ammo. Premium tanks are balanced to be less powerful than fully-upgraded versions of tanks in the same tier for example. So although you might have to grind to upgrade your vehicle, you’re not going to run into players that have paid for weapons that are simply better than yours and always will be.

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H1Z1

Platform: PS4

H1Z1 is a battle royale PC giant that has finally made its way onto PS4. It’s a free-to-play open beta right now, and will eventually have all the battle royale essentials – customisable gear, daily challenges, as well as Solo, Duos and team play.

The UI and inventory screens have been redesigned to work well on a controller, so you’ll be seeing a lot more radial menus. The H1Z1 HUD has been simplified, but the biggest change is that the game doesn’t feature a crafting system on PS4.

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

Platform: PS4, Xbox One

Announced way back at E3, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is a standalone story in the Life is Strange universe. This narrative experience stars Chris, a ten-year-old boy with a big imagination.

As seen in the trailer, Chris will actually become part of a supernatural experience not unlike what he’s always imagined in his head. The story of Captain Spirit will have links to the upcoming story of Life is Strange 2.

Fallout Shelter

Platform: PS4, Xbox One

Fallout Shelter is the successful free-to-play spin-off from the Fallout franchise. Combining pay-to-win with play-to-win, you’ll need to compete against Raiders, Radroaches and declining power levels to succeed. Bethesda has continued to roll out updates for Fallout Shelter, including new quests, the Overseer’s office and customisable characters.

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4A Games has provided a list of minimum and recommended Metro Exodus PC specs along with a performance chart for quick reference.

Along with providing a list of minimum and recommended Metro Exodus PC specs, 4A Games also revealed what you’ll need to run the game in 4K, 60fps with Extreme settings.

You should give the performance chart below the once over too in case bullet lists do your head in. We like bullet list, but we’re also a bit weird like that.

Metro Exodus will also support ray-traced global illumination on Nvidia GeForce RTX series hardware.  RTX-specific performance profiles will released by 4A in the “coming days,” it said. Windows 10 RS5 (Build 1809) or newer and DirectX 12 is required for RTX features.

The game also features a Photo Mode which will work on all PCs, but it can also be used in combination with Nvidia’s Ansel.

Without further ado, let’s get to it.

Metro Exodus PC specs
Minimum

OS: Windows 7 (SP1 or newer) | 8 (9200 or newer) | 8.1 (9600 or newer) | 10
CPU: Intel Core I5-4440 or equivalent
RAM: 8GB
GPU: GeForce GTX 670 | GeForce GTX 1050 | AMD Radeon HD 7870
VRAM: 2 GB
Direct X: 11 |12

Recommended

OS: Windows 10
CPU: Intel Core I7-4770K or equivalent
RAM: 8GB
GPU: GeForce GTX 1070 | GeForce RTX 2060 | AMD RX Vega 56
VRAM: 8 GB
Direct X: 12

High

OS: Windows 10
CPU: Intel Core I7-8700K or equivalent
RAM: 16GB
GPU: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti | GeForce RTX 2070 | AMD RX Vega 64
VRAM: 8 GB
Direct X: 12

Extreme

OS: Windows 10
CPU: Intel Core I9-9900K or equivalent
RAM: 16GB
GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
VRAM: 11 GB
Direct X: 12

Metro Exodus releases February 15 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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