Gaming is sometimes best enjoyed with a friend or two. There’s a number of great video game titles to have launched which offers cooperative gameplay. If you’re in the market for a new title to enjoy with a friend then take a look at our favorite picks down below. Make sure to check back often as we’ll continue to update this list with new titles that we feel make for some great offline co-op gameplay on the Xbox One platform.
#25 River City Girls
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Amazon Luna
Release Date : September 5, 2019 / Amazon Luna October 20, 2020
Genre: Beat ’em up
You might not recall back to 1989 depending on your age but there was a game called River City Ransom. The title was an open-world action beat ‘em up title that follows two high school students named Alex and Ryan. With Ryan’s girlfriend kidnapped by a person that goes by the name of Slick, the duo battle their way through the city featuring thugs and gangs as they attempt to save her. Years later we got a new installment to that franchise with River City Girls.
As you can imagine, the roles are reversed where two girls are making their way across the town to save the day. Just as before you’ll be beating up countless thugs, gathering weapons, upgrading skills and power-ups along the way. This is a game that goes back to the classic era of beat ‘em up titles where you can enjoy the game fully with a friend.
#24 Unravel Two
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Release Date : PC, PS4, Xbox One June 9, 2018 / Nintendo Switch March 22, 2019
Unravel Two came as a surprise video game release during Electronic Arts 2018 E3 press conference. It was during the conference that the game was shown off and revealed to be not only a single player video game experience but also a title that features a multiplayer local co-op option as well.
Within the game, players will still take control of yarn creatures that must make their way across a series of difficult levels. With a limited amount of yarn attached to their bodies restricting their movement, the levels require a bit of puzzle solving in order to progress.
#23 Resident Evil 5
Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Shield Android TV
Release Date : March 13, 2009
Genre: Third-person shooter
Resident Evil 5 was a bit of a black sheep when it came to the franchise as a whole. After Capcom found success with their changes made to Resident Evil 4, they brought the same style of gameplay mechanics with Resident Evil 5 but made it even more of an action title experience. Here players are taking the role of Chris Redfield, although if you’re joined with a secondary player they will take the role of Chris’ new partner, Sheva Alomar. In this game, Chris and Sheva are working together to figure out what’s causing a new outbreak found in Africa. It’s been a problematic virus spread that has forced the two into fighting off all kinds of hostile infected enemies. While originally this game received a bit of flack, there have been plenty of fans that have now looked back onto the title as a fun action-horror co-op game. You have plenty of action-packed moments and puzzles to solve.
#22 Castle Crashers Remastered
Platform: Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Release Date : September 9, 2015
Castle Crashers was at first a massive arcade-type video game release for the Xbox 360. The players were taking the roles of knights who had to fight off an evil sorcerer who had kidnapped the kingdom’s princess. During this journey, players would have to battle against all kinds of massive boss fights, a bit like Cuphead in a sense. However, since that game has been released, we now have a remastered edition. This four-player co-op title now looks better than ever before and it’s also been released on more platforms. Included is the Xbox One and it’s a title that we highly recommend checking out especially if you didn’t catch this game when it first hit the marketplace back during the Xbox 360 era.
#21 Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Platform: Linux, PC, OS X, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
Release Date : PC, Linux, OS X, Xbox One September 9, 2015 / PS4 February 9, 2016 / Nintendo Switch October 3, 2017
Genre: Action, platform
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is an indie title that came out back in 2015 and continues to still be a fun cooperative game. In this title, players are operating a spaceship with several bays all around it. Each bay controls a specific aspect of the ship whether it’s the engine, weapons, or shields, to name just a few attributes the ship has. With up to four players, the group is having to constantly run from station to station to complete the different objectives. For instance, the game will have players rescuing different creatures out in the open while also having to battle against enemies. There’s plenty of coordination required to get the missions done in this action platformer.
#20 It Takes Two
Platform: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Release Date : March 26, 2021
It Takes Two comes from the development team Hazelight Studios, the folks behind A Way Out. In this game, we are also given another two-player cooperative game again like A Way Out requires two players to go through the game. This time around, we’re following a married couple that is on the brink of divorce when they are suddenly transformed into two small dolls. To return to their normal state, they’ll have to work together. However, this game brings out plenty of different minigames so the title should feel fresh as you progress through the game. As you can expect, it’s another narrative-driven title that has been generally well-received by fans and critics alike.
#19 Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Platform: Android, PC, OS X, PS4, Linux, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
Release Date : October 13, 2016
While originally released as a VR title, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes has since been released as a standard video game. In this title, you’ll need at minimum two players and it’s here that one player will be trapped in a room with a bomb while the rest of the players are given a large manual to read through. Each time the game starts up, the bomb will have an assortment of different modules on it which are essentially puzzles. These could be anything from buttons, batteries, to wires. It’s up to the player within the bomb to communicate with the players who have access to the manuals. As you explain what you’re seeing and answer questions from those that have the manual, players will work together to communicate just what the player with the bomb is supposed to do with each module to disarm the bomb. Meanwhile, the bomb is on a countdown so you’ll have to work against the clock and if you get something wrong with a module, the bomb will explode.
#18 Moving Out
Platform: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
Release Date : April 28, 2020
Genre: Puzzle, action
Moving Out looks quite a bit like the Overcooked series and if you enjoyed Overcooked, you might find Moving Out just as fun. Rather than being a cook in a chaotic kitchen preparing dishes, Moving Out puts players into a mover within a company going around clearing buildings. It’s within this game that you’ll need to quickly pick up and bring the objects into the moving truck, but there’s a catch. There is a possibility of breaking fragile items which will result in your ranking when the home is cleared. Likewise, the bigger objects can be moved out quicker with the help of another player. Although, players can take risks to make the move a bit quicker by throwing objects around for players to catch such as launching an item out of a window down to the ground level at another player.
#17 Streets of Rage 4
Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Linux macOS
Release Date : PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One April 30, 2020 / macOS, Linux November 12, 2020
Genre: Beat ’em up
Streets of Rage was an iconic beat ‘em up title that came out during the Sega Genesis era and while we had three installments, we went decades without this franchise ever getting picked back up. That changed in 2020 when we finally got a Streets of Rage 4. Keeping up with the same play mechanics, Streets of Rage 4 once again puts players in control of a group of characters looking to clean up the city from corruption and thugs. The stages are longer, there are more boss battles, and plenty of unlockables to acquire along the way. You also have multiplayer support so you can go through this game with a helping hand. With that said, there’s even a DLC expansion in the works to further bring out more content for this game.
#16 Don’t Starve Together
The popular Don’t Starve video game had players tossed into the role of a scientist named Wilson who was transported into another world. This dark and dreary world was full of monsters and it made it an uphill battle to stay alive from the enemy attacks along with other vitals to keep our little scientist friend alive. This resulted in players having to search for different resources and explore the area for safety. While the game was such a big hit, we received a few DLCs and expansions to add more content to the game. One of those expansions was the release of Don’t Starve Together, a new multiplayer game mode. Overall, the game acted just as it did originally, but now you could work with a friend and attempt to survive together.
#15 A Way Out
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date : March 23, 2018
A Way Out is an action-adventure journey from Hazelight Studios. This is the second video game to be directed by Josef Fares who you may be familiar with from his previous title, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.
Overall, this is a rather unique action-adventure video game as it will require two players at all times as they will be taking the role of inmates who must escape their imprisonment. Most would say that the game is a carbon copy at times with the film, Shawshank Redemption. Regardless, the entire game is played out in a split-screen where you’ll work with a friend in an attempt to maneuver around the levels, solve puzzles and progress the story.
The story will be told simultaneously where one player may be going through a cutscene the co-op player can keep progressing forward to set up the next task.
#14 Sonic Mania
Platform: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Amazon Luna
Release Date : Switch, PS4, Xbox One August 15, 2017 / PC August 29, 2017 / Amazon Luna October 21, 2020
Sonic the Hedgehog is a staple video game character. Decades have passed and to this day, there are still new Sonic games being pumped out. Sonic Mania is a side-scrolling platformer that fans of the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game will be familiar with.
This latest installment at times reboots past levels of the iconic franchise and greatly extends them. Most of the iconic power-ups are available along with a few new ones added into the mix. There is also a wide assortment of boss fights. Overall, this is one of the best installments from the entire franchise. While less of a cooperative game mode, there is multiplayer available in which players will have to race through the different levels in hopes of beating out their opponent.
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS5, Xbox Series X/S
Release Date : PC, PS4, Xbox One 2 August 2016 / Nintendo Switch 27 July 2017 / Xbox Series S/X 10 November 2020 / PS5 12 November 2020
Overcooked is a cooking simulator type video game. Developed by Ghost Town Games, players take on the role of a chef who must prepare a variety of meals within the time limit. However, the game is filled with obstacles and hazards forcing players to quickly work together in order to send out the desired meal recipes that come up. You’ll need to work your group of players to finish a dish correctly and on time as you constantly get stuck behind certain stations of a kitchen.
#12 Overcooked 2
Platform: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac, Linux, Xbox Series X/S, Amazon Luna
Release Date : August 7, 2018
Speaking of Overcooked, we have a sequel that released on the latest generation platforms this year. Essentially, the game builds on top of the original Overcooked video game but with brand new restaurants and recipes to finish while going through wacky levels. There’s also the added ability to throw dishes and if you enjoyed the first game then you’ll find just as much enjoyment with the sequel. With that said, you could just jump right into Overcooked 2 without having played the first game.
#11 Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date : February 23, 2016
Genre: Tower defense, third-person shooter
Playing out similar to its predecessor is Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2. Developed by PopCap Games, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is a tower defense third-person shooter where players will go against one another in a variety of game modes.
Speaking of the game modes, all of the previous title’s game modes have returned outside of Taco Bandits with the addition of several new modes with there being over ten to choose from.
In regards to the campaign narrative, Garden Warfare 2 takes place after the events of the first title where Dr. Edgar George Zomboss has reached out to his future self in order to use new technology advances against the Plants.
#10 Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Platform: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox Cloud Gaming
Release Date : Xbox One November 11, 2014 / PC December 3, 2019 / Xbox Series X/S November 17, 2020
Genre: First-person shooter
Bungie really created a hit when they first released Halo: Combat Evolved and we can’t help but add a great collection that’s currently available on the Xbox One. This collection comes packed with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, along with Halo 3: ODST. As a result you’ll probably spend a quite a bit of time going through the video games which will also give players enough time to catch up on the narrative story without having to rely on past hardware and software.
Likewise, this series featured cooperative gameplay throughout the series and you can expect the same gameplay options in this compilation collection. Furthermore, there’s the online multiplayer aspect which has a variety of game modes such as the traditional free-for-all to more player-generated custom maps if you decide to take your gameplay online.
#9 Diablo III
Platform: PC, OS X, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release Date : PC, OS X, May 15, 2012 / PS3, Xbox 360 September 3, 2013 / PS4, Xbox One August 19, 2014 Nintendo Switch November 2, 2018
Genre: Action role-playing, hack and slash
The third installment of the Diablo series by developers Blizzard Entertainment made its way to PC, but also consoles. Playing out much like its predecessors, gamers pick one of six possible character classes and begin their journey of taking on quests and grabbing up precious loot. Of course, the game works best when you gather a group of friends to go through this action RPG hack-and-slash title.
#8 Shovel Knight
Platform: Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
Release Date : June 26, 2014
Genre: Action, Adventure, Platformer
Shovel Knight is a side-scrolling 2D hit that looks as if it belongs as a classic hit for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. It’s clear that the developers created this game after the love and joy from those early 2D side-scrolling platformers along with beat ‘em up video game titles.
The retro feel and vibe works perfectly along with tight controls, this is one game that you will not be able to put down easily. This title has been out for a number of years now with there being a few additional campaigns to enjoy.
Even if you didn’t enjoy the early years of Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Sega Genesis, this is still very much a must-play video game. There is a cooperative game mode as well which came through the Treasure Trove upgrade so if you can go through the game with a friend.
#7 Borderlands 3
Platform: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, macOS, Stadia, Xbox Series X/S
Release Date : PC, macOS, PS4, Xbox One 13 September 2017 / Stadia 17 December 2019 / Xbox Series X/S 10 November 2020 / PS5 12 November 2020
Genre: Action role-playing, first-person shooter
The Borderlands franchise has been around for a good while now and we recently just received the third mainline installment. Overall, the game is still very much the same its a looter shooter. You’re going to dive into different planets, fight off a slew of enemies, and gather all sorts of goods along the way. There is a narrative story to follow and while you can enjoy the game a solo experience, most find that the Borderlands experience is most enjoyable when you add in a friend into the gameplay. There are options for both cooperative gameplay online and local as well. Furthermore, there is plenty of loot available for players with even some drops being dedicated to the various players and their level caps that they are at within the game.
#6 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Platform: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Release Date : November 13, 2020
Genre: First-person shooter
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launched in 2020 where players are tossed into the Cold War era. This is set during the early 1980s where the main storyline seems to follow a black operation with CIA officer Russell Adler as he attempts to track down and take out a believed soviet spy known only as Perseus. With that said, fans of the Black Ops franchise will also see some returning faces from the IP such as Frank Woods.
Unfortunately, the campaign is just single-player, but there are multiplayer game modes as well. One of the biggest multiplayer modes from the franchise is Zombies. It’s a game mode that’s present in this installment, where players can fight off hordes of zombies in co-op while attempting to complete various objectives.
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, macOS, Nintendo Switch
Release Date : PC, Xbox One September 29, 2017 / macOS October 19, 2018 / Nintendo Switch April 18, 2019 / PS4 July 28, 2020
Genre: Run and gun
Cuphead, developed by StudioMDHR Entertainment, is a run and gun platform indie title. Overall, the narrative follows Cuphead and his brother Mugman, as they end up making a terrible bet against the devil. Losing the bet, Cuphead and Mugman are forced to give their souls to the devil, but it seems that our protagonist duo can save themselves if they go out and collect debts.
The devil has a number of souls that are owed to him by other sorrowful cartoon characters. If Cuphead and Mugman can go out and collect all the souls then the devil may just allow them to keep their own souls in return. However, debt collecting is easier said than done, both Cuphead and Mugman will have a difficult road ahead of themselves.
As mentioned, this is more of a run and gun style video game. Most of the levels are made up of completely boss fights which can be very challenging at times. Players will need to memorize patterns that the boss will go through in order to progress through the game.
Minecraft continues to bring in plenty of gamers to enjoy the endless crafting and exploring of a randomly generated world. The video game has been around since 2011 where players are set to survive in a pixelated block world. In order to do so, the game will have players seek out various resources while building a shelter that would protect the player from the hostile enemies that spawn in the world.
This is not only a fun game to enjoy at any age but one that’s also great to enjoy with young gamers as well. Most platforms now offer the ability to log in and build or explore with a friend.
#3 Rocket League
Platform: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, macOS[c], Linux[c], Nintendo Switch
Release Date : July 7, 2015 PC, PS4 July 7, 2015 / Xbox One February 17, 2016 / macOS, Linux September 8, 2016 / Nintendo Switch November 14, 2017
It doesn’t take very much to describe Rocket League. The game quickly exploded in popularity when it launched back in 2015. The following year, 2016, developers Psyonix launched the game for the Xbox One where its popularity still holds strong to this day. Essentially, Rocket League is a soccer title though played with fast vehicles that can launch into the air to either block or knock the ball into a goal post. This title has also went free-to-play so you can try it out right now.
#2 Towerfall Ascension
TowerFall Ascension is a game made in mind for local multiplayer. Inspired from the video game Combat, TowerFall Ascension is a fast pace and combat fierce title that is based around archery. Players are tossed into maps where they must fire upon each other while collecting various power-ups throughout the map. With a limited number of arrows, players can only continue the fight by going around the arena and collecting previously shot arrows. Again, this particular video game is made with the expectations of multiplayer rather than going into the game by your lonesome.
#1 Rayman Legends
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Release Date : September 3, 2013
Rayman is back with Rayman Legends. This time around Rayman and his friends discover mysterious paintings that have transported them into a new mythical world. In order to get home, Rayman and his company of fellow compadres must jump, run, and slap their way through each world.
What makes this a particular fun game for local multiplayer is that Rayman Legends features a four-player co-op. At any point within the game, three other friends can jump into the campaign seamlessly or there’s even a series of different challenge-based modes. To top it off there are plenty of featured Rayman Origins levels with improved visuals.