Couch Co-Op on the Xbox One
With the rise of online gaming, couch co-op seems to be falling to the wayside in recent years. Fortunately enough there are still some really great games to play on the Xbox One that allow you to pull up with a buddy on your comfy couch and dive right in.
Overcooked on Xbox One – Overcooked is one seriously intense cooking game. Think Cooking Mama, only with a much higher difficulty, partners yelling expletives at one another, and mad dashes to get dishes complete. It’s a definite good time that’s sure to fill the room, with laughter, yelling, a bit of cursing, then more laughter.
Rocket League – If you haven’t played Rocket League, you definitely need to rectify that. Once you get a hang of the responsive controls and the sick, flipping, rocket powered vehicles, it’s time to dive into some couch co-op multiplayer to take on the world with a buddy. The amount of skill and precision needed really lends itself well to the feeling of accomplishment when you and your friends pull of some insane stunts out on the pitch.
EA Sports – Whether you’re into Madden, FIFA, or any other sport offered by EA, you’re sure to have some fun sitting down for some multiplayer as you and a friend decimate rival teams in some couch co-op. Just pick your favorite sport, sync up a second controller, and get ready for some fun.
Diablo III -Blizzard’s Diablo III is one of the most fun, isometric, action RPGs out there. The best part? It has online and couch co-op. Join your fellow nephalem as you try out different classes, create powerful warriors, and take the fight to hell and heaven. We suggest upping the difficulty to get the most out of this hack and slash experience.
PvZ: Garden Warfare 2 – Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare was a bit of an oddity when it was first introduced. But, over time and with some solid third-person shooter gameplay it quickly became a beloved title on the Xbox One. The second game ups the ante with a wide open world, tons of activities, and fun horde mode action that you can tackle in couch co-op for some multiplayer fun.
Rayman Legends -Top tier platforming? Check. Beautiful visuals? Check. Fun characters racing along to some seriously good music? Double Check. Rayman Legends is a must have on any platform, and the couch co-op just makes it all the more better. Have fun collecting Lums, beating enemies, and just bouncing around in this stellar platformer from Ubisoft.
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Borderlands is a first-person shooter RPG that’s full of endless enemies, gigantic bosses, and tons of loot. While it’s plenty of fun on its own, bringing along a friend for some crazy adventures that include shooting psychos and other dangerous denizens is a real treat.
Castle Crashers – Don’t let the cutesy art style of Castle Crashers fool you. This is one seriously challenging beat ’em up that will have you looking for help at every turn. The best way to find said help is to have a buddy grab a controller and pull up on the couch right next to you. Time to go save some princesses… and collect tons of gold.
Lara Croft: The Temple of Osiris – When looking at the Tomb Raider spin-offs you may not expect a truly great game, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice. These isometric, multiplayer action games are very easy to get sucked into. With constant puzzles and deadly threats, you and a co-op partner will have many hours of fun.
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition -Metroidvania games are amazing, there’s no two ways about it. Combining them with a fully melee focused combat system makes it even better. But you don’t have to dive into this luchador-inspired adventure on your own. How about forming a tag-team with a sibling, significant other, or best friend to prove who’s really the wrestling champion of the underworld.
LEGO games – There’s a long list of LEGO games that you really can’t go wrong on. Covering things like Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Jurassic Park, and many other properties thanks to the likes of LEGO Dimensions. They offer tons of content that is always family friendly, and the fact that you can play couch co-op makes them great for a night with the kids or with just about anyone. It’s not punishing since you can instantly revive after accidents, so it’s all the fun without any frustration.
Divinity: Original Sin – Isometric RPGs are always great for couch multiplayer because they allow a clear view of the action for all players. Divinity: Original Sin takes things a step further with its dynamic hybrid camera that splits up when you and your partner want to go to different areas. Of course, we wouldn’t recommend it solely for the camera. The gameplay is full of healthy challenges, tons of customization, and a true RPG experience for you and your friends.
Enter the Gungeon -Twin-stick shooters, bullet hell, and rogue-likes combine for one seriously extreme indie experience. You can unlock the ability to play couch co-op which ups the ante for an endless stream of bullets and powerful enemies filling your screen.
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition – There’s a reason Minecraft is so huge. It’s a really fun game no matter how you decide to play it. Whether you search for the end or just try to build seemingly impossible structures, it’s all a great experience especially when you bring in a second creative mind. You can even do couch co-op while playing with players from other platforms soon including the Switch, PC, and Mobile alongside the Xbox One.
Star Wars: Battlefront – Star Wars: Battlefront won’t let players dive into the competitive multiplayer side of things from a single couch, but you can go through the different waved-based modes together and have fun wrecking Storm Troopers and anything else that gets in your way. There’s always something to enjoy in Star Wars, so have fun using the force.
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth – The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a good enough game on its own thanks to the rogue-like mechanics, twisted imagery, and brutal challenge it presents to players. You don’t have to live through the nightmare alone though. You can bring a friend and both suffer at the horrors of hell and Isaac’s vivid imagination as you escape the clutches of dear ‘ol mom.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch – If you thought controlling Octodad on your own was difficult, plug in a second controller for some couch co-op play. As you each take on half of the protagonists body you’ll have to coordinate in order to move through the world and complete challenges without raising too much suspicion. It’s a test in patience and wits and makes for one damn good time.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III – While many wouldn’t expect it from a Call of Duty game, all of the modes in Black Ops III support split-screen, couch co-op as well as online multiplayer. You can play through the campaign with a friend, or even dive into zombies and competitive multiplayer. It scratches several different types of itches allowing you to have some fun while hanging out at home with some friends.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition – You actually have several options when it comes to Gears of War and couch co-op on the Xbox One. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition offers up the original games for you to dive into, and the brand-new Gears of War 4 lets you take the fight to the Swarm with a buddy to watch your back.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection – While Halo 5: Guardians may have skipped over the feature, the previous Halo games offered some couch multiplayer to let local players experience the epic story. Thankfully, the full series was remastered and released on the Xbox One as the Master Chief collection so you have all the games in one neat package.
Tumblestone – Tumblestone is a very fast paced game that plays like a cross between Tetris and your favorite match-three puzzle game. While it looks like a simple puzzle game, it actually has a story full of challenges (including boss battles) that you can tackle with a friend.
Lovers in a Dangerous Space Time – While many cooperative games give each player their very own vessel to pilot or their own mini-screen, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime forces players to work together aboard one ship as they manage its systems and man the guns around the vehicle in order to fight off enemies in a cool, neon-colored world. It’s pretty, fun, and challenging, which is perfect for a game to play while hanging out.
Kalimba – Kalimba is not for the faint of heart. It’s a tough puzzle platformer that has you simultaneously controlling two totems as you navigate tricky stages. One slip up, and you’re done. Throw in another player and it becomes even more challenging, which happens to be part of its charm. Communication, and a high level of skill are required, so if you and a friend feel you got both in spades, put it to the test and see if your totems (and your friendship) survives.
Resident Evil on Xbox One- There are a few Resident Evil games that let you team up with a friend locally to face the infected masses, such as RE5 and RE6. Communicating with someone nearby and giving your once useless partner a bit of purpose definitely makes for a far better experience than playing either of those two titles alone.
TowerFall Ascension – TowerFall is a game that was built for couch co-op, so there was no way we could complete a list without it. Its fast paced, frenetic gameplay makes for fun, challenging levels that push player skill and reflexes to their limits. The fact that you can “accidentally” kill your partner just adds to the tension.
7 Days to Die
Surviving harsh environments while being accosted by deadly, flesh-eating monsters is always fun. 7 Days to Die provides plenty of means to do this, and you can even bring a friend along for some couch-co-op when playing on the Xbox One.
BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition
Love puzzles set in a stark,, overbearing world where even the slightest mistake can send you to your doom? Love bringing along another player so you can have help figuring said puzzles out while you laugh at each other’s demise? Pick up BADLAND and see just how good at navigating dark worlds you are.
Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires
Dynasty Warriors has always provided endless fun with all of its hack and slash mayhem. You can a friend can play locally and become enthralled in all of the fancy attacks and massive combos as you decimate entire armies with ease.
Dungeon Defenders II
Dungeon Defenders II mixes a few genres together in order to make a solid, horde fighting, RPG experience that uses tower defense mechanics as well. You and a friend can come up with strategies and coordinate efforts to stop enemies trying to destroy your Eternia Crystal.
Hyper Light Drifter
Hyper Light Drifter is a challenging game that tests your reflexes and ability to fight under pressure. With death being easy, but combat being so fun it’s easy to not want to put the controller down even, even when you have company. Thankfully, there’s couch co-op to let any guests dive in and share in the fun encounters.
Gunscape lets players create FPS levels and fill them with various threats and enemies to take out. You can then share them with the world as you yourself try out the levels created by others with your friends.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
While the competitive aspect of Geometry Wars 3 is hard to resists, you can stop trying to dwarf your friends’ scores from time to time to engage in some fun couch co-op
You know what’s more fun than running around a city causing mayhem as a goat? Bringing along some friends to partake in the action. Goat Simulator lets you and some local buddies tear up the town as you lick, bash, and ram your way to a high score.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
If you’re into action RPGs that offer large rosters of characters to use and level up, you may want to give Marvel Ultimate Alliance a gander. You and up to three friends can take on the world as some of your favorite Marvel heroes, coordinating your abilities for massive damage and deciding once and for all who’s the best of them all.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
The second game in the series keeps things pretty similar with a few additions. One of the biggest is fusion attacks which let two players combine their attacks to create a new, stronger ability. It adds some more strategy to the experience while keeping the focus on team action.
Portal Knights mixes elements of a few different games to provide a fun experience for either solo players or groups of friends. You can explore and build your world like in Minecraft, but at the core is a solid RPG that will keep you and your friends fighting for hours to get stronger.
Super Dungeon Bros
Take a bunch of rocking bros out into some classic hack and slash action reminiscent of games like Gauntlet and Diablo. There’s a bit more humor here, and it isn’t as deep as the previously mentioned games, but there is fun to be had.
Super Mutant Alien Assault
Bring a friend as you take on powerful waves of enemies that just don’t quit. Endless, challenging, fast-paced combat will keep you and your buddies on your toes as you destroy alien scum in beautiful, 2D levels.
Another action RPG that’s all about kicking ass, leveling up, and grabbing epic loot. These experiences never get old, and bringing a friend just makes it all the more fun.
Like Minecraft in the sense that you build you harvest resources in order to build just about anything you can imagine. However, this 2D experience houses even more threats and bigger monsters to contend with as you fight to make a home and not get killed in the process.
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