Best Xbox One Party Games Windows Central 2020
While a lot of gamers tend to prefer playing solo, it can also be incredibly fun to get a group of people together, either in your living room or online, to play some games as a party. Thankfully, the Xbox One console is home to tons of great party games. Here's a list of what we think are some of the best.
- ★ Featured favorite: Halo: The Master Chief Collection
- Get movin' and groovin': Just Dance 2020
- Sandbox fun: Minecraft
- A classic reimagined: Monopoly PLUS
- Teamwork is key: Overcooked! 2
- Party platforming: Rayman Legends
- Ready? Fight!: Rivals of Aether
- Variety option: The Jackbox Party Pack 5
- Arcade adventure: Castle Crashers: Remastered
- MMO-style: Full Metal Furies
Halo: The Master Chief Collection (MCC) gathers Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 into one cohesive package, and for $10, you can also add Halo: Reach to it as well. You and your friends can either roam the matchmaking servers as a team with Xbox Live or simply play custom multiplayer matches yourselves. The MCC also lets you play all four of the campaigns and local multiplayer in two-player split-screen mode, making it a fantastic choice if you have a buddy over.
If you love to dance with your friends, Just Dance 2020 will be right up your alley. Using your smartphone, you can have the game track your moves and keep score of how well you emulate the dance moves shown on-screen as you groove to today's hit music. You and several of your friends can then compete against one another to get the highest score.
Minecraft is fantastic, but when working with others, it gets even better. Up to four people can play on a single television, and when this happens, the possibilities of sandbox creation are endless. You can also purchase special Realms, which are always accessible to you and your friends regardless of who's online, and there's even cross-play with the Nintendo Switch.
Monopoly PLUS is the latest virtual iteration of the legendary board game, and the first to feature an animated city in the middle of the board. You can play it with up to five other friends locally or online, making it a great option if you have a lot of people to entertain. Ultimately, this is the classic you know and love.
In this strategy game, you and three other players work closely together in a grid-based kitchen to prepare, plate, and serve various meals to customers. It gets surprisingly difficult later on in the game, so if you and some pals are in for a teamwork challenge, then Overcooked! 2 is perfect for you.
Rayman Legends is a hectic and chaotic platformer where you and three friends team up to fight nightmare monsters in several action-packed levels. If you want something on the crazy side, then this is a must-own.
In this fighting game, you and three other players can duke it out locally or over Xbox Live. Everyone controls a unique creature that uses one of the four elements (water, fire, air, and earth) to attack foes, and learning each character is quite fun.
The latest in the Jackbox Party Jack series features five brand new weird, wacky, and fun minigames available for up to eight players to play in local multiplayer. If you're not sure what you want to play with your group, this is a great variety choice.
Castle Crashers is a charming and engaging hack-and-slash adventure where you and three pals take on various types of evil enemies, all while leveling up and unlocking new types of abilities to use in combat. It got remastered for Xbox One, which gave the game updated visuals.
Full Metal Furies is similar to Castle Crashers, but its designed differently. Everyone on the team plays as a traditional MMO-style character, including tank, warrior, support, and ranged damage dealer. Everyone has an important job, so teamwork and communication are pretty essential.
Get the party started
Party games are one of the best ways to keep gatherings active and fun. When you're looking to entertain a crowd, these games are sure to please.
Every game on this list is a ton of fun, but my personal favorite is Halo: The MCC simply because I'm a gargantuan Halo fan. Board game fans will enjoy Monopoly PLUS, and people who come from an MMO background will get a kick out of Full Metal Furies.
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