24 local multiplayer games to play with friends on PC

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Online multiplayer PC games are many. But those that allow you to play locally, oh, those not so much. Even so, they represent an important niche in the world of digital games. After all, there's nothing cooler than sharing your PC screen to play with friends!

So if you want to know which are the best games with local multiplayer for PC, stay with us in this text! See in the list below 24 titles that will make you gather all the guys in your house to spend hours in front of the screen!



1. FIFA

It doesn't matter which version of FIFA you play with your friends. The good thing about this game is that any edition, whether the most current or the oldest, allows you to play it in loco. Of course, it's better to always have the latest edition, as the rosters are up to date and the gameplay is supposedly better.

In this sense, if you are a football fan and your friends are too, invite everyone to play FIFA at home. On PC it's even easier, since you can put adapters for multiple joysticks and play with up to four people at the same time.

2. Stardew Valley

Independent simulator and RPG at the same time, Stardew Valley is the perfect game for anyone who likes farming games. This game is visibly inspired by the classic Harvest Moon, created by a Harvest fan and programmer. He developed everything himself, trying to fill some voids left by other titles of the genre.

In Stardew Valley, therefore, you'll find gameplay with everything a farm requires: buying and raising animals, planting and harvesting, and even mining for materials to expand your farm.



The coolest part of the game is that it can now be played in co-op. You can even form a family with another player, getting married, having children and managing the family together.

3. The Escapists

Many think that A Way Out, a game that puts two players on the run from a prison, is something innovative. It is not! The Escapists came before, with the same proposal, and unites two players in a 2D environment to escape from jail. While they don't escape, they need to manage their time in prison, as well as plan their escape without getting into more trouble.

The longer you and your friend stay in prison, the more chances you have to improve your attributes. Strength, speed and intelligence are some of them. The game has several types of prisons, each with its level of challenge. You can literally spend hours playing.

4. Mortal Kombat 11

The latest title in the most famous fighting franchise of all time could not be left out. Combat mechanics were taken from MK X, but improved and honed in a few points. The game stands out, however, for having a new character customization system, in addition to new fighters.

The main mode's plot is worth mentioning, as it features a new supervillain, Kronika, who messes with time. That's why we have fighters from the past back, like the late Shang-Tsung. He is joined by Sheeva, Cyrax and Sektor and some new faces to brighten up the scenes of blood and brutality.


It goes without saying that in battles against friends, fun is more than guaranteed.

5.Cuphead


Cuphead is so frenetic that sometimes you don't even know what's happening on screen. Keep pressing the buttons and see what the action will lead to. This is even easier to do if played in local multiplayer. After all, two players can easily get confused with so much information bouncing around on the screen.

Anyway, that's really Cuphead's idea. It is a platform run and gun where the sole objective is to eliminate enemies, defeat Bosses and recover your soul from a bet with the Devil. Easy to understand, but not so simple to do.

6.Rocket League

Rocket League has gone higher, but it doesn't lose its majesty. It gathered and still gathers faithful players, who unite in online matches to play football controlling cars. Although the hype is less about local multiplayer, this game is pretty cool when you and your friends play matches against each other offline.

But this is cooler after more car options are already released. Which, unfortunately, ends up requiring more online matches.

7. Street Fighter V

Another fighting game that is indispensable for anyone who wants to play with friends. Despite some bugs in the first few months of release, SFV won the hearts of fans and even those who were not adept at the franchise. It features a revamped battle system, as well as a narrative mode for the first time.


For those who like local multiplayer is a great game. It also has a cross play version between PC and PlayStation 4. Good for when you're tired of beating your friends up and want a bigger challenge.

Overall it has everything a Street Fighter fan needs: classic characters, insane combos and a jaw-dropping graphic. Remembering that SFV received updates, where players can buy new fighters for their collection.


8. Don't Starve Together

Don't Starve Together is an indie simulator, very well designed and developed. The mission is literally not to starve. The games end when the last player dies and becomes a ghost. In multiplayer mode it's more fun, as having the help of a friend can make things easier.

Both must coordinate to collect resources, set up shelters and escape the ghosts of other characters. They suck the vitality and sanity out of your avatars, so it's best not to slack off and stay focused on teamwork.

9. Knight Squad

Knight Squad is a Bomberman with medieval elements, which supports up to 8 players at the same time. There are several game modes, which place these players in arenas to fulfill objectives. The most classic is Capture the Flag.

The arenas are huge, which allows for longer matches, depending on what the objective is. It's cool that you can choose your warrior, and each one has his weapon and his armor.

10. Overcooked 2

Overcooked 2 isn't just for foodies. It is also ideal for those who like frantic challenges, to be accomplished before time runs out. In case, here you should cook with your friends. This can be done in a river of ice, on moving trucks, or in an ordinary kitchen.

The big challenge is to deliver the requested dishes on time, trying to beat not only the clock but also physical obstacles. There are phases where half the team is on one side of the kitchen and the other half is on the other. And in the middle there is a barrier. It takes a lot of coordination for you and your friends not to drop all the food on the floor.

11. Super Bomberman R

Speaking of Bomberman, Super Bomberman R is one of the latest titles in the franchise and one of the coolest. The Campaign Mode can be played cooperatively, which makes the game even more fun. The gameplay style is very similar to the classic titles, with maze stages, in which you and your friend have to kill enemies.

12. Portal 2

Portal 2 is already a classic of exploration, action and puzzle games. It is developed by the same developer as Half-Life, which makes this game in itself something great. It's all about using your logical thinking to solve dozens of puzzles. The objective is to open portals to go to the later stages.

This is even more fun when you play with a friend. Everything is easier that way, but at the same time more difficult if the two of you don't have much coordination together.

13. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2

Not everyone knows, but Plants vs. Zombies spawned a bigger and just as insane game. Here you and your friend can play against each other or cooperatively, with split screen. There are several characters you can choose from, each with their own characteristics.

The game is completely in first person, shooter style, and the idea is the same as the original games: mutant plants facing zombies.

14.Tekken 7

The Tekken franchise has been present in virtually all generations of video games. It was the first title to use the Unreal Engine 4 engine, which gave the game wonderful graphics. As for the gameplay, new mechanics were introduced in the battles, but without losing the traditional concept of the series.

What really impresses in Tekken 7 is the absurd amount of characters. There are more than 30! That's why it's one of the best fighting titles for those who want to have fun with friends. It certainly won't be a match between two equal fighters.

15. Never Alone

Never Alone is an artwork style game. He is certainly the most different of all on this list, as he intends to spread the culture of the Iñupiaq people, who have inhabited Alaska since prehistoric times. This game brings several historical references of this people, with religious symbolism, in a very similar way to Journey.

It can be played cooperatively. One of the players chooses a little girl, while the other chooses a white fox. Both must solve puzzles, while exploring the ancestry of the Iñupiaq.

16. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris can be considered one of the most different in the franchise. Firstly because it brings an isometric, Diablo-style perspective. In addition, it is cooperative, allowing players to control not only the famous Lara, but also her rival, Carter Bell.

Another fun point of this game is that you will receive help from two Egyptian gods: Horus and Isis. Together, the four of you must resurrect Osiris, to prevent his brother Seth from controlling the entire world.

17. Jamestown+

Jamestown+ is very Atari, Mega Drive and Nintendo, with simple graphics, in 2D. And he's a little spaceship, similar to Space Invaders. In other words: it's the perfect recipe for the most nostalgic to spend hours and hours playing this title. The game supports up to 4 players, in 7 stages, with many battles around the planet Mars.

There are 8 unique ships in all, offering 40 different battle styles.

18. Battleborn

Anyone who likes games like Dota and League of Legends will feel familiar with Battleborn. It's a shooter, which unites different heroes in battle arenas. They must work together to defeat minions and a giant robot, which is the boss of each level. Nothing too innovative, but certainly fun guaranteed.

If you want, you and a friend can tackle the main campaign together.

19. Child of Light

Another masterpiece game you need to play. It follows the beautiful story of Aurora. She died and woke up in a world apart, Lemuria. In this "world of the dead" Aurora needs to recover the stars, the moon and the sun, which are in the hands of the Queen of the Night. Only in this way can she come back to life.

The world of Lemuria is full of secrets, fierce enemies and puzzles to solve. The game's visuals are beautiful, well designed, and being able to play it in cooperative mode makes everything even more interesting.

20. Titan quest

Anyone who likes RPG definitely needs to play Titan Quest. It's a game reminiscent of the Diablo franchise, mainly because you command a warrior who must face dozens of beasts out there. I mean, nothing out there: Greece, Ancient Egypt, Asia and other regions of the world. There are many historical references for you to discover.

The game is already a little old, from 2006, so don't expect elaborate graphics. But facing mythological creatures and giant titans alongside a friend makes up for any trouble in that regard.

21. How to Survive 2

Survival games in a post-apocalyptic world with zombies are nothing new. But How to Survive 2 can be a different tack if you bet on co-op multiplayer.

The idea is to survive on an island full of brain eaters. For that you and your friend must collect resources, build defenses and kill as many zombies as possible.

22. Brawlhalla

Brawlhalla is a kind of fighting game with some platform elements. In it you choose a warrior and fight against another one or against other warriors in a small arena. It has some platforms for the characters to stand on while battling. The objective is to knock the enemies out of these spaces and make them fall into the abyss.

Whoever kills the most enemies at the end of "x" time wins. During battles, random weapons appear in the arena, which give the characters more attack power. It can be played both locally and online.

23. Worms Armageddon

Worms Armageddon is one of the best guerrilla worms games. It's from the 90's but worth every penny spent. Mainly because the game's online servers are still updated. In other words: you're tired of beating your friends, you can go for an experience that offers more adrenaline.

Well, this Worms is all we already know. The worms are armed to the teeth (if they had teeth, of course), with grenades, knives, flamethrowers dozens of ways to kill your enemies. Use your creativity to choose your favorite method of assassination and head to the battle arenas.

24. Forza Motorsport 7

Of course, the list could not miss a racing game. Forza Motorsport 7 was chosen because it is one of the most extensive racing games on PC. There are over 700 cars, 32 track locations and over 200 different configurations to race. You can spend several hours on the weekend with friends vying for first place.

See also:

  • Multiplayer PC games you need to know!
  • The best online co-op games for PC!
  • The best Steam co-op games to play together!
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