The best co-op games in Xbox Series X/S
Looking for some great co-op games to play on Xbox Series X or Series S? Look no further – we’ve compiled a list of the best Xbox Series X/S games that let you play with a friend or more via local co-op. We understand that preferences vary, so we didn’t rank these games in any particular order. Just feel free to choose the game that will give you hours of enjoyment.
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What are the best co-op games on Xbox Series X/S?
A way out
Hazelight Studio’s A Way Out requires intense cooperation and trust between two players. You play as two people who plan to escape from prison and stay out of it while the police are chasing you. There are lots of things to do here, including fun mini-games. The game emphasizes storytelling, so expect to see a lot of cutscenes – even when players are separated from each other at certain times.
Crash Team Racing Nitro powered
This racing game is crazy enough to fill your gaming nights with lots of fun. You can play as the game’s titular Bandicoot or any of his frenemies and race against each other in different race tracks. Pick up items and use them to gain an advantage or slow down those in front of you. It is a wild racing game that everyone will enjoy.
With a distinct art style and notorious difficulty settings, Cuphead might be the best co-op game for you if you like side-scrolling action. You and a friend play as the titular Cuphead and his sidekick Mugman as you battle enemies across multiple levels.
Dirt 5 is one of the few racing games that still offers split screen mode for local co-op. The best of the Dirt game series lets you get behind the wheel of some of the best vehicles and race around the world on different race tracks. You will drive over varying terrain, including ice, sand and gravel, as you make your way to the finish line.
Divinity Original Sin 2
DOS2 is a role-playing game that immerses you in a deep narrative. You can play as characters with their own agendas, or even create your own character from scratch. You and your friends can then decide to go together or go separately and only join each other in important parts of the game. It’s an RPG that gives you a lot of freedom to do what you want.
Gears 5 is a fast-paced third-person action shooter that won’t let you take breaks unless you press pause. You and up to 2 friends go up against hordes of Swarm enemies in a local co-op couch. Shoot them with your guns or hack them with chainsaw bayonets – it’s all up to you.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
The Master Chief Collection lets you and some friends enjoy the entire main Halo story in one package. It also lets you engage each other in the series’ legendary multiplayer modes, where you can shoot each other at close range or simply sneak your way to victory.
Human: Fall Flat
While Human: Fall Flat was not originally released for the Xbox Series X/S, it has been ported to the consoles so that more players can enjoy the gameplay and design. Players will take control of wobbly humanoid things to solve puzzles, traverse unique worlds and reach the exit. The premise is quite simple, but will require players to train their skills to win.
It takes two
It Takes Two puts two players in the shoes of a married couple who, in addition to their impending divorce, are mysteriously transformed into small toys. The journey to return to normal cannot be done alone; however, both must work together to succeed in their quest. Will they emerge victorious? Or will their crumbling marriage prevent them from returning to normal? You’ll have to play to find out.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Skywalker Saga is the best Lego game from the developer Traveller’s Tales. It takes all nine Star Wars movies, turns them all into Lego versions, and even includes a few parodies to keep you entertained. Designed for co-op play, The Skywalker Saga gives you hours of fun playing as different characters, driving different vehicles and just trying out everything you can in the game.
Mojang’s sandbox masterpiece can be played alone, but it’s even more fun when played with friends in local co-op. You get to explore worlds together, hunt for materials, build things, etc. As a plus, you can compete to do many things within the comfort of split-screen gaming. Also, you can simply stick with the game if you don’t want to kill enemies.
The Xbox alternative to Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros., MultiVersus is a great fighting game to add to your library. It lets you engage in 1v1 or 2v2 brawls using popular characters like Shaggy from Scooby Doo, Batman, Rick and Morty, and even Gizmo from Gremlins. It’s fun, fresh and can give you hours of fast-paced combat.
Overcooked! All you can eat!
Overcooked! All you can eat! lets you enjoy the chaotic and stressful yet fun mechanics of both Overcooked! Game. Here you and up to 3 friends have to work in the kitchen to quickly whip up varying dishes within a set time period. Adding to the mayhem are level challenges that can change the way you play – like an earthquake that splits the kitchen in half. It’s chaotic, but a lot of fun!
This masterpiece allows you to enjoy the wonders of Portal and Portal 2’s single player mode, but with two players. You and a friend play as two test robots who must work together to solve puzzles and overcome the challenges GlaDOS has set. It’s smart, witty and humorous. This game is great when played alone, but even better when played with a friend. It’s a must for anyone who wants co-op on an Xbox.
Rocket League is a fun and unique title that combines ball games and car racing. Here you drive a car while playing football with other players. The game is fast-paced and the skill ceiling is high, meaning you need to keep practicing your skills to improve. The game also has other modes, including a basketball mode.
Stardew Valley could be the perfect co-op game for those who love the slow pace of farming sims. This highly acclaimed indie lets you and up to three friends build your own farm, grow crops, go on adventures and interact with charming characters. It’s a great way to hang out with each other while doing something fun.
Streets of Rage 4
Streets of Rage 4 is a beat-em-up that has the same principles of its predecessors, but adds a few things like improved graphics. Choose who you want to play as among several characters, each with different characteristics that affect your playstyle. This is perfect for those who want to enjoy the simplicity and fun of local couch co-op the way the series’ creators want it.
This game allows up to eight people to play as camp counselors who are placed in life-or-death situations the night before summer camp ends. The choices you make in this game will determine who gets to go home or not. Although the game is not split screen, it is co-op, technically speaking.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
A spin-off of the Borderlands series, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands combines shooting, adventure, fantasy and RPG themes to create a different experience. You can create custom characters, complete quests, collect procedurally generated loot, and embark on a journey in a world that D&D fans are sure to enjoy. While this isn’t for everyone, it’s a fun game that everyone can enjoy.
Unravel Two is a great way to introduce others to the wonderful world of video games. You and a friend play as two creatures made of yarn. Interestingly, the two are also connected by a thread of yarn. You must work together to solve puzzles, cross dangerous landscapes and bring light to dark lands.
And there you have it: this is our list of the best co-op games for Xbox Series X/S. We understand that there are many great games out there, but these are the ones we would recommend to those looking for something fun to play with friends at home. If you have any suggestions, please leave comments below. Have fun playing!