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5 Best Co-Op Games on Xbox Game Pass (November 2023)

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Pirates stand cheerfully against a sunset in Sea of Thieves.

With Xbox Game Pass being one of the premier services for online gaming, there are tons of titles to choose from. Through Xbox Game Pass, players are able to enjoy a number of excellent titles for one fee. This model allows players to play some fantastic games they might not otherwise pick up. Among these titles are stellar cooperative titles that place a tremendous amount of emphasis on teamwork and communication. To highlight some of the best of the best, here are the 5 Best Co-Op Games on Xbox Game Pass

5. Monster Hunter: Rise

Monster Hunter Rise - Launch Trailer | Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows, Game Pass

For the first entry on our list of the best Co-Op games on Xbox Game Pass, here we have Monster Hunter: Rise. If you are a fan of the Monster Hunter franchise, there are a ton of improvements within this title. For newer players, however, allow us to run down what new players can expect briefly. In Monster Hunter: Rise, players take up the role of Hunters. In doing so, you are able to choose from a wide array of weaponry and team up with your friends in order to take down ferocious and increasingly challenging monsters.

Each of the monsters within this title not only has their own distinct fighting patterns but individual quirks for the player to learn. In doing so, the game dramatically rewards players who utilize teamwork and synergize based on each other's loadouts. There are fourteen different weapon types to choose from, ensuring that there is something here for everyone. The gameplay loop of this title is stellar and perfect for Co-Op play. In short, Monster Hunter: Rise is one of the best Co-Op games available on Xbox Game Pass.

4. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands launch trailer

We are straying away from the world of monsters and hunters for a bit. We are introducing a different genre of game with our next entry. Here, we have Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, as is expected of the long-running Ghost Recon franchise. There is a distinct vision for this game and an emphasis on methodical and tactical gameplay. However, the beautiful thing about Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is that there is also a remarkable incorporation of open-world sandbox mechanics. This essentially turns the world of Bolivia, as depicted in the game, into a massive sandbox for players to experiment with different tactics and weapons.

This not only makes it a game that is simple enough for casual fans to pick up and play. But it also manages, through its variable difficulty system, to allow veterans of these games to ramp up the difficulty. This makes the overall experience on offer here incredibly customizable. As far as the game's immersive elements go, the ability to reduce the amount of HUD elements dramatically increases not only player immersion but also the need for communication and teamwork. For these aspects and much more, we consider this title one of the best Co-Op games Xbox Game Pass has to offer.

3. Wartales

Wartales | Official Release Trailer

We are following up on our last entry with another phenomenal title. Here, we have Wartales. Despite being the most recently released entry on our list, Wartales has made quite a splash. The medieval tactics-based title allows players to control a band of mercenaries. Through the power of online Co-Op, players can partake in the game's fantastic combat and world. The world of the game is one that not only manages to feel realistic but also does a wonderful job of immersing the player in its landscapes. In aiding with this feeling of immersion, the game is feature-rich and has many systems supporting its phenomenal gameplay.

For example, the game has an in-depth crafting system. This system allows players to take resources from the world and create wonderful items with them. This is done in such a way that each of these items feels impactful in their own way to the player's overall experience, additionally, with the ability for players to play up to four-person Co-Op. There is plenty of fun to be had within Wartales. If you are looking for a more grounded experience, Wartales is one of the best Co-Op games on Xbox Game Pass.

2. Payday 2: Crimewave Edition

Payday 2 - Gameplay Trailer

We are switching things up considerably for our next entry. Here, we have Payday 2: Crimewave Edition. For players looking to play a more content-rich version of the Payday franchise, many have turned to this version of the game. While the latest entry in the Payday franchise, Payday 3, has recently been released with all its bells & whistles. Its predecessor still holds up incredibly well. In addition to this, the game has had the added benefit of being around for around a decade at this point. However, this game has never lost its luster in all that time.

It has managed to do this not only through the solid nature of its core mechanics but also its endlessly replayable gameplay loop. Players are able to team up in groups of four, meaning there often is plenty of room for everyone. In addition to this, you will be taking your group on various heisting missions, each of which is more challenging than the last. This not only dramatically incentivizes teamwork but does so in a meaningful way. To close, Payday 2: Crimewave Edition remains one of the best Co-Op games on Xbox Game Pass.

1. Sea of Thieves 2023 Edition

Sea of Thieves: A Pirate's Life - Announcement Trailer

We are closing out today's list of the best Co-Op games on Xbox Game Pass with Sea of Thieves 2023 Edition. For the Sea of Thieves faithful, this game's inclusion on today's list should come as no surprise. This is due not only to the immersive and cooperative nature of the game. But also in how the game's community and developers have nurtured that cooperative nature. Simply put, in terms of both its cooperative content and community. Sea of Thieves is one of the most thriving games on the Xbox roster.

One of the most significant aspects of the 2023 edition of the game is that it comes with all of the content that has been added to the game. This makes it, in many ways, the definitive way to experience Sea of Thieves. In Sea of Thieves, players will sail the high seas in search of vast treasures and riches. The game manages to incentivize this wonderfully through its in-depth questing mechanics. In closing, if you are looking to play one of the best Co-Op games on Xbox Game Pass, make sure you check out Sea of Thieves 2023 Edition.

So, what's your take on our picks for the 5 Best Co-Op Games on Xbox Game Pass? What are some of your favorite Co-Op Xbox Games? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.