25 Best Multiplayer Games On Xbox Game Pass


Gears 5 on Xbox Game Pass

Perhaps the only thing better than gaming by yourself is playing with a friend (or group of friends). Luckily for Xbox Game Pass subscribers, the service has hundreds of great multiplayer titles.

The best multiplayer games on Game Pass are both cooperative and competitive – and span the genres from first-person shooters to racing titles and action-adventure titles. Suffice it to say, there is really something for every friend group on the platform. Whether you’re looking for couch co-op experiences or online adventures, Game Pass’ best multiplayer games have it all (on both console and PC).

Please note that this list will only include one game from a given franchise, but we will add any relevant entries (i.e. prequels, sequels, etc.) too, so make sure to look out for the “Other Great Games In The Franchise” section under select titles.

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The 25 Best Multiplayer Games On Xbox Game Pass:


1. Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Available On: PC & Console
  • Metacritic Score: 85
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • Players: 1-16 / Co-Op & Versus

Description: Humanity is locked in a losing war against a merciless alien collective known as the Covenant, with only the indomitable warrior known as the Master Chief between us and annihilation. His name is John-117, one of the last SPARTAN-II super-soldiers trained since childhood to be the sword and shield of humanity. Now you can experience the Master Chief’s epic journey over four Halo games, collected in a single integrated experience that leverages the power of the Xbox One.

This includes the remastered classic Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Halo 2 Anniversary with new audio and high-definition visuals, the groundbreaking Halo 3, and the start of the Chief’s new journey in Halo 4. Using the integrated interface you can play any of over 100 multiplayer maps, take advantage of our curated cross-game campaign playlists, strive to complete hundreds of new Achievements, or test your skill against the Halo community in score attack and speedrunning leaderboards.

What The Critics Say: “The real treat for fans, of course, will be revisiting Halo 2’s campaign and subsequently reliving the classic multiplayer… For newcomers looking to see what all the fuss is about, Halo is as vibrant now as it was a decade ago, and The Master Chief Collection is essential.” – Joystiq

Other Great Multiplayer Games In The Franchise: Halo 5 Guardians

2. Monster Hunter World

Monster Hunter: World
  • Available On: Console
  • Metacritic Score: 90
  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Players: 1-4 / Co-Op

Description: In Monster Hunter: World, you assume the role of a hunter venturing to a new continent where you track down and slay ferocious beasts in heart-pounding battles. This new land and its diverse inhabitants play a critical role in each quest as you strategically use the surrounding environment including terrain, vegetation, and wildlife to your advantage in battle or become hindered by the hazards they present. As a hunter, you must use your cunning and expertise to track and maneuver your targets throughout the intense, evolving battles.

What The Critics Say: “Whether going solo or joining up with friends online, Monster Hunter World is a top-tier game, and arguably the best entry in the series to date. It manages to be accessible to those new to the series, while also delivering plenty of challenge to keep veterans on their toes. Its monster battles are intense and thrilling, and the wealth of content available should keep players busy for weeks, if not longer. Simply put, Monster Hunter World is a must-play game.” – Game Rant

3. Gears 5

Gears 5
  • Available On: PC & Console
  • Metacritic Score: 84
  • Genre: Third-Person Shooter
  • Players: 1-10 / Co-Op & Versus

Description: Sera is crumbling, your enemies uniting. Humanity’s reliance on technology has become their downfall and enemies are uniting to wipe out all survivors. As Kait, journey back to uncover the origins of the Locust, and fight with your squad to protect what’s left.

What The Critics Say: “What was unexpected is just how effectively it doubles down on story with a character-focused, consequence-filled tale that plays to one of the franchise’s most underappreciated strengths and backs it up with fun, welcome additions to both its gameplay formula and flow. And that’s just the campaign: add in a heavy-hitting multiplayer lineup of Versus, Versus Arcade, Horde, and Escape and it makes Gears 5 one of the best and most versatile action-game packages in recent memory.” – IGN

Other Great Multiplayer Games In The Franchise: Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition, Gears Of War 2, Gears Of War 3, Gears Of War: Judgement, Gears Of War 4

4. Destiny 2

Destiny 2
  • Available On: Console
  • Metacritic Score: 87
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • Players: 1-16 / Co-Op & Versus

Description: In Destiny 2, the last safe city on Earth has fallen and lays in ruins, occupied by a powerful new enemy and his elite army, the Red Legion. Every player creates his own character called a “Guardian,” humanity’s chosen protectors. As a Guardian in Destiny 2, players must master new abilities and weapons to reunite the city’s forces, stand together and fight back to reclaim their home.

What The Critics Say: “Featuring a stellar, albeit easy, single-player campaign, excellent combat and class mechanics, and the most enjoyable cooperative multiplayer I’ve seen in a shooter since Gears of War 4, Destiny 2 is a must-buy.” – Trusted Reviews

5. SoulCalibur VI

SoulCalibur VI
  • Available On: Console
  • Metacritic Score: 84
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Players: 1-2 / Versus

Description: SoulCalibur VI represents the latest entry in the premier weapons-based, head-to-head fighting series, and continues the epic struggle of warriors searching for the legendary Soul Swords. Taking place in the 16th century, revisit the events of the original SoulCalibur to uncover hidden truths.

What The Critics Say: “You owe it to yourself to play SoulCalibur VI if you have even the slightest interest in fighting games.” – TheXboxHub

6. The Jackbox Party Pack 4

The Jackbox Party Pack 4
  • Available On: Console
  • Metacritic Score: 84
  • Genre: Party Game
  • Players: 3-16 / Versus

Description: The biggest and fourthiest addition to this storied party game franchise features not five but FIVE AND A HALF crowd-slaying games!

What The Critics Say: “It’s the perfect set-up for players to say outrageous and inflammatory things, and I found that no matter who I was playing with, we’d invariably have to take breaks so people could compose themselves.” – Gaming Age

7. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
  • Available On: Console
  • Metacritic Score: 85
  • Genre: Battle Royale Shooter
  • Players: Up to 100 / Versus

Description: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a battle royale shooter that pits 100 players against each other in a struggle for survival. Gather supplies and outwit your opponents to become the last person standing.

What The Critics Say: “The tension of a PUBG match that only has 10 or 15 people left is palpable, making it addictive to watch and even more so to experience… Its unique brand of tense, realistic shooting mixed with slow-paced tactical combat manages to stay fresh and exciting even after hundreds of matches.” – IGN

8. Tetris Effect: Connected

Tetris Effect: Connected
  • Available On: PC & Console
  • Metacritic Score: 88 (reviewed on Xbox Series X)
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Players: 1-4 / Co-Op & Versus

Description: Tetris Effect: Connected adds an all-new robust multiplayer expansion to the huge variety of addictive and innovative single-player modes that Tetris Effect is known for with all-new co-op and competitive online and local multiplayer modes. Tetris Effect is Tetris like you’ve never seen it, or heard it, or felt it before – an incredibly addictive, unique, and breathtakingly gorgeous reinvention of one of the most popular puzzle games of all time, from the people who brought you the award-winning Rez Infinite and legendary puzzle game Lumines.

What The Critics Say: “An already spectacular game breaks free of its solo constraints to become the definitive Tetris experience.” – VGC

9. A Way Out

A Way Out
  • Available On: Console
  • Metacritic Score: 79
  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Players: 1-2 / Co-Op

Description: The story of A Way Out begins in prison with two separate inmates, Leo and Vincent, who don’t know each other. While their individual stories progress, players have to build a relationship based on trust as they break both men out of prison into the world beyond. This co-op only experience is meant to be played together with a friend on a couch or online.

A Way Out is a game uniquely tailored for two players to work together no matter the situation. Through a compelling narrative, Leo and Vincent will embark on an emotional adventure, where they live some memorable action moments that they face together including car chases, stealth passages, melee fights, shootouts, and many more.

What The Critics Say: “I implore you to find a friend who owns it or to buy it yourself and share the experience with someone else. Honestly, don’t miss A Way Out, for it’s the purest form of co-op out there and a truly innovative game.” – TheXboxHub

10. Overcooked! 2

Overcooked! 2
  • Available On: PC & Console
  • Metacritic Score: 83
  • Genre: Simulation / Strategy
  • Players: 1-4 / Co-Op & Versus

Description: Overcooked returns with a brand-new helping of chaotic cooking action! Journey back to the Onion Kingdom and assemble your team of chefs in classic couch co-op or online play for up to four players. Hold onto your aprons… it’s time to save the world (again)!

What The Critics Say: “Overcooked! 2 is simply brilliant. It comes with a massive story mode that is full of various recipe types to keep you busy, an arcade option for those wanting to hone their skills, and a versus mode which sees the very best chefs pitting themselves up against one another in a cook off to the death. All that combined means that it is a must purchase game… especially for those looking for some multiplayer madness.” – TheXboxHub

11. Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4
  • Available On: PC & Console
  • Metacritic Score: 92
  • Genre: Racing
  • Players: 1-12 / Versus

Description: For the first time in the racing and driving genre, experience dynamic seasons in a shared open-world. Explore beautiful scenery, collect over 450 cars, and become a Horizon Superstar in historic Britain.

What The Critics Say: “This game is a beautiful experience. As driving games go, it’s the best I’ve ever played, not only because of its irresistible scenery, exhilarating driving, and perfectly-recreated cars, but because spending time with it puts me in a lasting good mood. It is uncomplicated and thrilling escapism in a shared driving paradise.” – Guardian

Other Great Multiplayer Games In The Franchise: Forza Motorsport 7

12. Sea Of Thieves

Sea Of Thieves
  • Available On: PC & Console
  • Metacritic Score: 69
  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Players: Up to 24

Description: With musket loaded and grog in hand, the freedom of the pirate life awaits. What will your legend be? An epic multiplayer adventure. Crew up and set sail on memorable voyages. Make and break your pirates’ code on the Sea of Thieves. A treacherous shared world. Plot your course and set sail for hidden riches. Navigate the perils of a fantastical world and the danger of rival crews.

What The Critics Say: “If you allow yourself to be diverted to the gameplay options besides the voyages, you and your friends will have a lot of fun playing Sea of Thieves. At its core, Sea of Thieves is a fun, innocent experience that rewards spontaneity and imagination, but becomes rather dull and repetitive if you want a linear experience. As part of Xbox Game Pass, Rare’s Sea of Thieves is more than worth the time you will put into it.” – TheXboxHub

13. Streets Of Rage 4

Streets Of Rage 4
  • Available On: PC & Console
  • Metacritic Score: 82
  • Genre: Beat ’em Up
  • Players: 1-2 / Co-Op

Description: Streets of Rage 4 recalls classic gameplay but it stands as an entirely original arcade-style romp thanks to the expertise of developer Guard Crush Games and publisher Dotemu. Whether players gang up with a friend or clean up the city solo, Streets of Rage 4 is a skull-bashing, chicken-chomping delight all set to a thumping soundtrack sure to get your blood pumping.

What The Critics Say: “Taking a franchise as treasured as Streets of Rage and updating it was never going to be an easy task, but we can’t imagine that any self-respecting fan of the series will be displeased with what has been achieved here. Streets of Rage 4 walks that fine line between paying tribute to its predecessors and forging its own unique path and feels like an evolution and a revolution at the same time. The gameplay is unmistakably faithful to the originals, but the addictive combo-heavy mechanics, gorgeous presentation, and robust multiplayer options add a whole new layer of complexity, resulting in a game that fans and newcomers alike will enjoy no end. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another 26 years for a sequel.” – Pure Xbox

14. Tekken 7

Tekken 7
  • Available On: Console
  • Metacritic Score: 81
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Players: 1-8 / Versus

Description: Love, Revenge, Pride. Each one of us has a reason to fight. Values are what define us and make us human, regardless of our strengths or weaknesses. There are no wrong motives, just the paths we choose to take. Experience the conclusion of the Mishima clan and unravel the reasons behind each step of their ceaseless fight.

What The Critics Say: “Its diverse roster is packed with a wide range of personalities and fighting styles, bolstered by a raucous attitude that begs to be taken seriously while simultaneously mocking its more peculiar whims in the process. Tekken fans will find their next favorite game – one that’s the product of decades’ worth of refinement. And while some of this depth will be lost or out of reach for newcomers, there’s enough fun to be had outside of hardcore competition to keep players from all walks of gaming thoroughly entertained.” – GameSpot

15. Death Squared

Death Squared
  • Available On: Console
  • Metacritic Score: 80
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Players: 1-4 / Co-Op

Description: Death Squared is a multiplayer puzzle game about cooperation, communication, and robot explosions.

What The Critics Say: “If you are normally on the fence about puzzle games, this just might be the one to convince you. Whether you want an entertaining solo challenge or a fun new game to play with friends on the couch, you won’t need to look further than this.” – XBLA Fans

16. Minecraft

Minecraft
  • Available On: Console
  • Metacritic Score: 88
  • Genre: Sandbox / Action-Adventure
  • Players: Up to 30

Description: Explore randomly generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Play in creative mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off the dangerous mobs.

What The Critics Say: “[The game’s] goals don’t change when you bring friends in, but whether you’re cooperating or trying to outdo each other with larger, grander creations, having other people there makes Minecraft more rewarding. The PS4 and Xbox One versions of Minecraft allow two- to four-player split-screen play, and there’s an online mode that accommodates up to eight. Joining other people’s worlds is easy, too, thanks to a simple, easy-to-use lobby.” – IGN

17. Moving Out

Moving Out
  • Available On: PC & Console
  • Metacritic Score: 78
  • Genre: Simulation / Strategy
  • Players: 1-4 / Co-Op

Description: Moving Out is a ridiculous physics-based moving simulator that brings new meaning to “couch co-op!”

Are you ready for an exciting career in furniture? As a newly certified Furniture Arrangement & Relocation Technician, you’ll take on moving jobs all across the busy town of Packmore. Smooth Moves may not be the biggest moving company, but there’s no task too dangerous or strange for this busy team of go-getters. Grow your business to brave new heights, recruit colorful customizable characters, and save your town from furniture peril!

What The Critics Say: “As far as party games go, Moving Out is one of the best of recent years. And like any good co-op game, it’s not the winning that counts; it’s the weird and hilarious situations that you and your fellow players will find yourself in.” – GameSpew

18. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville
  • Available On: Console
  • Metacritic Score: 76
  • Genre: Third-Person Shooter
  • Players: Up to 24 / Co-Op & Versus

Description: Welcome to Neighborville, where all is well. Except that a crazy new coniferous conflict between brain-less and botanicals is brewing! What are you gonna do – call the crops? Soil your plants? It’s time to kick some grass in the wackiest shooter experience between plants and zombies yet: Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville.

What The Critics Say: “Whether you play on your own, in co-op with friends or against strangers in competitive multiplayer, you’ll be impressed with Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville‘s glorious visuals that are bright and full of character. It’s hard not to adore both the Plants and Zombies as they’re both brought to life so wonderfully. But more crucially, the game performs and plays perfectly.” – GameSpew

Other Great Multiplayer Games In The Franchise: Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

19. The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Available On: Console
  • Metacritic Score: 77
  • Genre: MMORPG
  • Players: N/A

Description: Experience this epic adventure on your own or together with your friends, guild mates, and thousands of alliance members. Explore dangerous caves and dungeons, embark upon adventurous quests across Tamriel, and engage in massive player versus player battles, where the victors reap the spoils of war.

What The Critics Say: “The Elder Scrolls Online: TU‘s combat handles well on a gamepad, making it a great way to experience all this content.” – IGN

20. Wargroove

Wargroove
  • Available On: PC & Console
  • Metacritic Score: 81
  • Genre: Tactical RPG
  • Players: 1-4 / Co-Op & Versus

Description: Take to the battlefield with Wargroove, a strategy game for up to four players. Choose your Commander and wage turn-based war on battling factions. Design and share maps, cut-scenes, and campaigns with easy-to-use editors and in-depth customization tools.

What The Critics Say: “Wargroove is a modern masterpiece in the turn-based tactics genre.” – Screen Rant

21. Unravel Two

Unravel Two
  • Available On: Console
  • Metacritic Score: 81
  • Genre: Action-Adventure / Platforming
  • Players: 1-2 / Co-Op

Description: In Unravel 2, you play as two Yarnys (tiny magical creatures made of yarn and joined by a thread) in a puzzle-platforming adventure. Run, jump, swing, and solve your way through a world of natural beauty and shadowy dangers, either on your own or with a friend in local co-op.

What The Critics Say: “With thoughtful gameplay, seamless co-op, a breezy campaign, and challenges geared towards gameplay masters, Unravel Two delivers a strong platforming experience for players of all skill levels. Whether you want a unique side-scroller to play alone or a teamwork-emphasizing experience to play with a friend, this is worth a look.” – Game Informer

22. Streets Of Rogue

Streets Of Rogue
  • Available On: PC & Console
  • Metacritic Score: 82
  • Genre: Action RPG / Roguelike
  • Players: 1-4 / Co-Op

Description: Fight, sneak, and hack your way through randomly generated cities. It’s an anarchy riddled Twin-Stick, Rogue-lite, RPG, Immersive Sim, that goes completely insane.

What The Critics Say: “Streets of Rogue is one such game, mixing the roguelike action of something akin to The Binding of Isaac with the strategy and immersive possibilities of Deus Ex. It is a mostly well done and solid mash-up that accomplishes the goal of giving the player a deep and varied gameplay experience that is ripe for replayability as well as multiplayer fun.” – TheXboxHub

23. Star Wars Battlefront II

Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Available On: Console
  • Metacritic Score: 66
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • Players: Up to 40 / Co-Op & Versus

Description: Star Wars Battlefront II allows players to experience the untold story of an Imperial elite special forces soldier in an all-new single player campaign. In epic multiplayer battles, players pilot a First Order TIE fighter through intense dogfights in space, and play as ground troopers or iconic heroes and villains, such as Yoda and Darth Maul, across all three Star Wars eras

What The Critics Say: “Star Wars Battlefront II offers a sizable improvement over the first game in almost every way.” – Twinfinite

24. Journey To The Savage Planet

Journey To The Savage Planet
  • Available On: Console
  • Metacritic Score: 76
  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Players: 1-2 / Co-Op

Description: In this colorful, co-op adventure game you play as the newest recruit to Kindred Aerospace. Dropped onto an uncharted planet with little equipment, you must determine if this planet is fit for human habitation but perhaps you are not the first to set foot here…

What The Critics Say: “With solid mechanics, one of the most imaginative game worlds we’ve seen in a long time and a killer sense of humor, Journey to the Savage Planet is pure joy from start to finish.” – GameSpew

25. Grounded

Grounded
  • Available On: PC & Console
  • Metacritic Score: N/A
  • Genre: Sandbox / Action-Adventure
  • Players: 1-4 / Co-Op

Description: The world is a vast, beautiful and dangerous place especially when you have been shrunk to the size of an ant. Explore, build and survive together in this first person, multiplayer, survival-adventure. Can you thrive alongside the hordes of giant insects, fighting to survive the perils of the backyard?

What The Critics Say: “Even at this early stage, Grounded is an incredibly fun adventure with exciting combat and creative survival gameplay.” – Windows Central

Honorable Mentions

Honestly, this list was pretty difficult to condense into only 25 entries as there are still plenty of great multiplayer options on the service that we haven’t discussed. So, if you’re still looking for a few more titles to check out, here are a handful of additional recommendations:

  • Battlefield V
  • River City Girls
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • Titanfall II
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Those are our picks, but with hundreds of games on Xbox Game Pass, there are always going to some quality titles left off the list. If your favorite game didn’t quite make it into our recommended pile, make sure to let us know in the comments and tell everyone why it is worth checking out.

Bobby Anhalt

Bobby is the founder of Retro Game Buyer. He adores video games and is passionate about sharing his knowledge, thoughts, and opinions on nostalgic retro titles.

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