The 14 Best Couch Co-Op Games for Xbox Series X|S
While playing Xbox Series X/S games online is fun, the best joy comes from couch co-op. The experience of sitting next to your friends or family and working together to complete a game is unrivaled.
Whether you’re looking for something fast-paced or relaxing, the Xbox Series X/S has a great selection of local co-op games to choose from. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best.
1. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Frankly, you could pick any of the Traveller’s Tales LEGO games and have a wonderful time (they all make for excellent LEGO gifts), but LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is perhaps the best the developer has produced. It collects together all nine Star Wars films in an action-adventure experience designed for co-op, with hundreds of characters and vehicles to try out. You’ll have hours of endless fun.
2. Rocket League
If you’re looking for some kinetic entertainment, you’ll find it with Rocket League. It’s a free-to-play game which puts you in control of fast-paced vehicles that speed on ground and through air to hit a ball in a goal. It’s soccer combined with vehicular chaos. You can either play in couch co-op or against one another.
Rocket League is also one of the best local multiplayer games for PC. In fact, you can compete against PC players online, thanks to the game’s cross compatibility.
3. It Takes Two
Unlike some games that tack local co-op as an afterthought, It Takes Two is exclusively designed for cooperative play. With an incredibly charming visual presentation, It Takes Two sees you and a partner platform and puzzle solve through a variety of interesting locations. If you enjoy this, check out the developer’s equally impressive game A Way Out.
Cuphead is a difficult yet rewarding platformer that lovingly recreates the style of old hand drawn cartoons. It’s inventive and charming, with boss fights so tough that you’ll be glad for support from your friend on the couch. Plus, if you enjoy the game, there’s an equally decent Netflix animated series that you can watch together.
5. Overcooked! All You Can Eat
In Overcooked, you and your friends are the cute chefs that must keep up with the demands of the customers. You’ll soon find that’s much harder than it sounds, with an onslaught of funny obstacles and wacky scenarios to keep you on your toes. You’ll need to work in perfect sync to ensure your kitchen doesn’t go up in flames. Expect arguments.
6. Portal 2
Portal 2 first released in 2011, but this incredible game stands the test of time. While there is a superb single-player story to enjoy, the co-op experience is equally fantastic and fully-fledged. You and your robot chum must use the portal gun to navigate complex physical puzzles and escape the rooms.
7. Stardew Valley
Stardew Valley is a simulation game that puts you in charge of building your own farm from the ground up, looking after crops and vegetables, and exploring the surrounding world and meeting a cast of charming characters. And you can do all of this in couch co-op, with up to four players. It’s a completely relaxing experience, far different from the usual fast-paced shooters.
8. Unravel Two
In Unravel Two, you and a friend take control of Yarnys—two creatures made from yarn, connected by a single thread. You must work together to navigate through a series of treacherous landscapes, solving puzzles and bringing light to the dark lands. This is the perfect Xbox game to play locally with someone who doesn’t usually play many video games.
9. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Whether you’re a Halo novice or veteran, The Master Chief Collection is the ultimate Xbox experience. It bundles six Halo games into a single package. All of them are worth playing—not only to see how they shaped the first-person shooter genre, but just because they’re downright fun, especially when played in couch co-op.
If you have a single creative bone in your body, you’ll enjoy Minecraft. Whatever you imagine, you can build in Minecraft. Don’t let its deceptively simple blocky graphics put you off. You’ll end up spending the whole day with your friends building and exploring, since Minecraft supports up to four players in local co-op.
11. Dirt 5
Nowadays, it’s rare for a racing game to offer split-screen, which is why it’s so delightful that Dirt 5 does. It’s a globe-trotting arcade racer that really gives you the sensation of being behind the wheel of some amazing vehicles, skirting across gravel, ice, and sand as you rev your way to the finish line. While playing Dirt 5 alone is fun, it really comes alive in local co-op.
12. Borderlands 3
Whether you opt for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (which includes Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel) or Borderlands 3, you’re in for some rollicking first-person fun as you shoot and loot with your friends through these hilarious games. Come for the action, stay for the witty characters.
13. Rayman Legends
Rayman is a certified gaming icon and the series has arguably never been better than in Rayman Legends, a 2D platformer that bursts at the seams with creativity and excitement. Not only is the colorful art a feast for the eyes, but the gameplay offers hours of perfectly finessed platforming fun.
14. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
You might know Crash Bandicoot best from his platformers, but Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a loving remake of the 1999 arcade kart racer. Expect mayhem as you race around wild tropical tracks, using wacky items to throw your fellow racers off course. You can play Nitro-Fueled on your Xbox Series X/S with up to four others in local split-screen.
Choose Xbox for Endless Couch Co-Op Entertainment
As you’ve seen, the Xbox Series X/S has a plethora of fabulous local co-op games to choose from, whether you’re in the mood for a relaxing farming sim, frantic first-person shooter, or charming puzzle-platformer. Gaming doesn’t have to be a solitary activity!