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I still think that couch co-op is one of the most fun way to play video games.
Unfortunately, the release of new couch coop and splitscreen games have been declining.
Luckily, there are still some great couch co-op games that you can play on Xbox One and the Xbox Series consoles.
So I’ve compiled a list below of some of the best couch co-op games for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
Hopefully, this will help you to decide on something to play so that you’ll have an amazing time.
1. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundles together many classic Halo titles. You’ll be able to play Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo: Reach.
There are many different campaign modes that you can play with your friends. This title will give you access to many hours of couch co-op fun.
Once you beat all of the games on legendary and collect all of the skulls, you’ll still be able to enjoy the game by playing local multiplayer matches. It’s easy to form teams and face off in two versus two contests.
With so many campaign modes to go through, you’ll be busy with the standard couch co-op experience for a long time, though. If you have Xbox Game Pass, then this should be an easy choice to download.
Read more on crossplay in Halo MCC here.
Cuphead is one of the most unique and innovative games that has been released in years. It’s a side-scrolling run and gun title that is essentially a series of boss battles.
You’ll control either Cuphead or Mugman as you seek to claim the souls of bosses who owe The Devil. It’s a bit more light-hearted than it sounds, and the graphics of this game invoke 1930s-era animation.
This is a truly gorgeous game to look at. You can team up with a friend in couch co-op to try to take down the bosses. It certainly isn’t an easy game, but you can get better as you continue to play.
Some might get frustrated and want to give up, but those who stick with it will be rewarded with an all-time classic title.
3. Diablo III
Diablo III is definitely one that you’ll enjoy playing in couch co-op. You can play with up to four players on one screen from the comfort of home.
If you have a small group of friends that want to go adventuring, then playing Diablo III will work out nicely. Pick your characters wisely and work your way through this well-loved game.
Replaying the game can be a lot of fun as well. You have many characters to choose from, and they all have different abilities.
After finishing the game as one character a few times, you might be ready to move on and try someone new. You and your friends should enjoy this one.
You can read more on cross-platform play in Diablo III here.
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Minecraft is the go-to chill co-op experience for many gamers. You can play this game in couch co-op, and you can also invite friends to join you online if you want to.
Build houses, go searching for resources and try to survive against dangerous foes. This is one of the most popular games ever made for a reason.
There’s a lot to do in Minecraft that will keep you and your friend busy. You can simply enjoy building something in the world or you can try to gather enough resources to be able to enter the Nether.
No matter what, you’re going to have fun working together and exploring. Few games can match the sense of wonder that this game provides.
Check out all my other articles on Minecraft here.
5. Enter the Gungeon
Enter the Gungeon is a rogue-like video game that many people adore. You’ll be going through and fighting enemies while dodging bullets to the best of your ability.
You can play this title with a friend in couch co-op to have double the fun. In many ways, this title takes inspiration from bullet hell shooters, and this means that things can get hectic quickly.
6. Castle Crashers Remastered
Castle Crashers Remastered is an updated version of the beat ’em up title that so many people enjoyed on the Xbox 360.
This was a very common Xbox Live Arcade title that people downloaded back in the day, and it’s back for you and your friends to enjoy once more.
Pick a knight and go out in search of the kidnapped princesses. You’ll need to fight many bosses, level up your knight, and spend attribute points wisely.
The sense of humor in Castle Crashers helps it to stand out. You’ll get some laughs out of this game, but you’ll also be very engaged in your quest to save the kingdom.
Up to four players can play together in couch co-op. It’s a perfect game when you have four people who all want to play at the same time.
Read more on crossplay in Castle Crashers here.
7. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is a legendary title that went away for quite some time. It came out on the Xbox 360 many years ago, but it was delisted due to rights issues.
Now it has returned and you get all of the DLC for the original game in one tidy download.
The game has a great soundtrack composed and performed by Anamanaguchi, and it’s simply one of the most entertaining belt-scrolling brawlers of its generation.
Fight the seven evil exes and grow more powerful as you level up. Spend the coins dropped by enemies to further increase your stats.
Up to four friends can enjoy this game in couch co-op. It’ll be a memorable experience that you won’t want to miss.
8. Gears of War 5
Perhaps you’re in the mood to shoot things and create some carnage. In that case, playing Gears of War 5 will be a good choice.
This is a third-person shooting in the long-running Gears of War series. It has the familiar cover-based shooting mechanics that fans of the series know and love.
There are all sorts of modes that you can enjoy in couch co-op. You can play through the campaign with friends in co-op, and you can even play with a combination of couch co-op players and online players.
There are also other multiplayer modes where you can work cooperatively. Anyone who owns an Xbox One or an Xbox Series X|S should download this game.
Battletoads is a legendary game from the NES days. The title was famous for being difficult, but it was also a lot of fun.
In 2020, a new version of Battletoads was released for the Xbox consoles, and it includes couch co-op.
This is a game that you’ll love having instant access to via Xbox Game Pass. It has classic beat ’em up gameplay, and there are some different sections that mix things up as well.
Play this game with a couple of your closest friends and have a great time.
10. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
How about something much different than the other games on this list? Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is a remaster of the classic Xbox 360 JRPG.
The game has gotten updated graphics, a great story, and memorable characters. You can play this game in couch co-op so long as you have a second controller.
Player two can take control of one of the party members during combat. You can work together to slay monsters and beat the hardest bosses that Vesperia has to offer.
Player one will be controlling all of the overworld sections of the game, and this means that it’ll be a pretty passive experience for player two outside of battle.
Regardless, this could be fun if your friend is also interested in experiencing the story of this game.
I hope you found this list of some of the best couch coop games for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S useful?
As I said in the introduction, unfortunately the release of new great couch co-op games have steadily declined for some time now – even though a lot of people still like to play video games like this. – It’s just a more social experience.
At least there are still some available on the market, and I have written about some of the best here. If you’re into sports video games, you could also check out some of the many sports titles like FIFA and Madden or other from EA Sports.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jan has played video games since the early 1980s. He loves getting immersed in video games as a way to take his mind off stuff when the outside world gets too scary. A lifelong gamer, the big interest led to a job as a lecturer on game sound at the University of Copenhagen and several written articles on video games for magazines.