The game is sometimes best enjoyed with a friend or two. There are a number of great video game titles to have launched that feature cooperative gameplay. If you're looking for a new title to enjoy with a friend, take a look at our favorite picks below. Be sure to check back often as we'll continue to update this list with new titles that we believe enable great offline co-op gameplay on the Xbox One platform.
#25 River City Girls
You might not remember 1989 based on your age, but there was a game called River City Ransom. The title was an open-world action title that follows two high school kids named Alex and Ryan. With Ryan's girlfriend kidnapped by someone named Slick, the duo fight their way through town with thugs and gangs as they try to save her. Years later, we got another installment of that franchise with River City Girls.
As you can imagine, the tables are turned when two girls cross town to save the day. Just like before, you'll battle countless thugs, gather weapons, level up your skills and boosts along the way. It's a game that dates back to the classic era of beat 'em up titles where you can fully enjoy the game with a friend.
#24 Untangle two
Unravel Two came as a surprise video game release during the Electronic Arts 2022 E3 press conference. It was during the conference that the game was showcased and found to be not only a single-player video game experience, but a title that also features a local co-op multiplayer option.
In the game, players will always take control of thread creatures that must fight their way through a series of challenging levels. With a limited amount of wire attached to their bodies restricting their movement, the levels require a bit of puzzle solving to progress.
#23 Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil 5 was a bit of a black sheep when it came to the franchise as a whole. After Capcom found success with the changes to Resident Evil 4, they brought the same style of game mechanics with Resident Evil 5 but made it even more of an action title experience. Here players take on the role of Chris Redfield, although if you are joined by a secondary player they will take on the role of Chris's new partner, Sheva Alomar. In this game, Chris and Sheva work together to figure out what's causing a new outbreak found in Africa. It's a problematic spread of the virus that has forced the two to fight all sorts of hostile infected enemies. While originally this game received quite a bit of criticism, many fans have now considered the title to be a fun co-op action-horror game. You have plenty of action-packed moments and puzzles to solve.
#22 Castle Crashers remasterisé
Castle Crashers was originally a massive arcade-style video game release for the Xbox 360. Players took on the role of knights who had to fight an evil wizard who had kidnapped the princess of the kingdom. On this journey, players would have to fight all sorts of massive boss fights, much like Cuphead in a way. However, since this game was released, we now have a remastered edition. This four-player co-op title now looks better than ever, and it's released on more platforms, too. Xbox One is included and it's a title we highly recommend checking out, especially if you didn't catch this game when it hit the market back in the Xbox 360 era.
#21 Lovers in a dangerous space-time
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is an indie title that released in 2022 and continues to be a fun co-op game. In this title, players operate a spaceship with multiple bays all around. Each bay controls a specific aspect of the ship, be it engine, weapons, or shields, to name a few attributes of the ship. With up to four players, the party must constantly race from station to station to complete the various objectives. For example, the game will allow players to rescue different creatures in the open while battling enemies. There is a lot of coordination needed to complete the missions in this action platform game.
#20 It Takes Two
It Takes Two comes from the Hazelight Studios development team, the folks behind A Way Out. In this game we are also offered another two player cooperative game like A Way Out requires two players to run through the game. This time we follow a married couple on the verge of divorce when they suddenly turn into two little dolls. To return to their normal state, they will have to work together. However, this game features many different mini-games, so the title should feel fresh as you progress through the game. As you might expect, this is another narrative title that has been generally well received by fans and critics.
#19 Keep talking and no one explodes
Although originally released as a VR title, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes has since been released as a standard video game. In this title you will need at least two players and it is here that one player will be trapped in a room with a bomb while the other players will be given a large manual to read. Each time the game starts, the bomb will have an assortment of different modules which are basically puzzles. It can be buttons, batteries, wires. It is up to the player in the bomb to communicate with players who have access to the manuals. As you explain what you see and answer questions from those who have the manual, players will work together to communicate exactly what the player with the bomb is supposed to do with each module to disarm the bomb. During this time the bomb is on a countdown, so you will have to work against the clock and if you encounter a problem with a module, the bomb will explode.
Moving Out is a bit like the Overcooked series and if you liked Overcooked, you might find Moving Out just as fun. Rather than being a cook in a chaotic kitchen preparing food, Moving Out puts players in a mover within a company cleaning out buildings. It is in this game that you will have to quickly pick up and bring the objects to the moving truck, but there is a catch. There is a possibility of breaking fragile items which will result in your ranking when the house is cleaned. Likewise, larger objects can be moved faster with the help of another player. However, players can take risks to speed up movement a bit by throwing objects for players to grab, such as throwing an object through a window to ground level at another player.
#17 Streets of Rage 4
Streets of Rage was an iconic beat 'em up title that came out during the Sega Genesis era and although we had three installments, we went decades without this franchise ever being picked up. That changed in 2022 when we finally got a Streets of Rage 4. Following the same gameplay mechanics, Streets of Rage 4 once again puts players in control of a cast of characters seeking to cleanse the city of corruption and thugs. Stages are longer, there are more boss fights, 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. That said, there's even a DLC expansion in the works to bring out more content for this game.
#16 Don't Starve Together
The popular video game Don't Starve had players cast in the role of a scientist named Wilson who was transported to another world. This dark and dreary world was full of monsters and it was hard to stay alive against enemy attacks as well as other vitals to keep our little scientist friend alive. This required players to search for different resources and explore the area for safety. Although the game was such a 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 exactly like the original, but now you can work with a friend and try to survive together.
#15 An outing
A Way Out is an action-adventure journey from Hazelight Studios. This is the second video game directed by Josef Fares who you may know from his previous title, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.
Overall, this is quite a unique action-adventure video game as it will require two players at all times as they will take on the role of inmates who need to escape their imprisonment. Most would say that the game is sometimes a carbon copy of the movie, Shawshank Redemption. Either way, the entire game takes place in split-screen where you'll work with a friend to try and maneuver through levels, solve puzzles, and advance the story.
The story will be told simultaneously where a player can go through a cutscene, the cooperative player can keep progressing to set up the next task.
#14 Sonic Mania
Sonic the Hedgehog is an essential character in video games. Decades have passed and to this day there are still new Sonic games being produced. Sonic Mania is a side-scrolling platformer that fans of the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game will be familiar with.
This latest installment occasionally reboots earlier levels of the iconic franchise and expands them considerably. Most of the iconic power-ups are available with a few new ones added to the mix. There is also a wide range of boss fights. Overall, it's one of the best installments in the entire franchise. Although it is less of a cooperative game mode, there is a multiplayer mode in which players will have to go through the different levels in the hope of beating their opponent.
Overcooked is a cooking simulator video game. Developed by Ghost Town Games, players take on the role of a chef who must prepare a variety of meals within the given time. However, the game is filled with obstacles and dangers forcing players to quickly work together in order to send desired meal recipes. You will have to work your group of players to finish a dish correctly and on time as you are constantly stuck behind certain stations in a kitchen.
#12 Overcooked 2
Speaking of Overcooked, we have a sequel that released on last-gen platforms this year. Essentially, the game builds on the original Overcooked video game, but with all-new restaurants and recipes to complete while going through wacky levels. There's also the added ability to toss dishes and if you enjoyed the first game, you'll find just as much fun with the sequel. That said, you can just jump straight into Overcooked 2 without having played the first game.
#11 Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is similar to its predecessor. Developed by PopCap Games, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is a tower defense third-person shooter where players will compete in a variety of game modes.
Speaking of game modes, all game modes from the previous title have returned outside of Taco Bandits with the addition of several new modes including over ten to choose from.
As for the campaign narrative, Garden Warfare 2 is set after the events of the first title where Dr. Edgar George Zomboss has reached out to his future self in order to use new technological advancements against the plants.
#10 Halo : La collection Master Chief
Bungie really created a hit when releasing Halo: Combat Evolved and we can't help but add a great collection that's currently available on Xbox One. This collection includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, as well as Halo 3: ODST. As a result, you'll likely spend quite a bit of time browsing through video games, which will also give gamers plenty of time to catch up on the narrative story without having to rely on earlier hardware and software.
Likewise, this series has featured cooperative gameplay throughout the series and you can expect the same gameplay options in this compilation collection. Additionally, there is the online multiplayer aspect which offers a variety of game modes such as traditional custom maps for all or more custom player generated ones if you decide to play online.
#9 Diablo III
The third installment in the Diablo series from developers Blizzard Entertainment has made its way to PC, but also to consoles. Playing much like its predecessors, players choose one of six possible character classes and begin their journey of undertaking quests and collecting valuable loot. Of course, the game works best when you gather a group of friends to blast through this action RPG hack-and-slash title.
#8 Shovel Knight
Shovel Knight is a side-scrolling 2D hit that looks like it belongs on a classic hit from the original Nintendo Entertainment System. It's clear that the developers created this game after the love and joy of those early 2D side-scrolling platformers as well as beat 'em up video game titles.
The retro feel and vibe works perfectly with tight controls, this is a game you won't be able to put down easily. This title has been out for several years now and there are a few more campaigns to enjoy.
Even if you didn't enjoy the early years of the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or Sega Genesis, it's still a must-have video game. There is also a cooperative game mode through the Treasure Trove upgrade, so if you can play the game with a friend.
#7 Borderlands 3
The Borderlands franchise has been around for quite a while now and we just got the third main installment. Overall the game is still pretty much the same, it's a looter shooter. You'll dive into different planets, fight a multitude of enemies, and collect all kinds of goods along the way. There's a narrative story to follow and while you can enjoy the game solo, most find the Borderlands experience more enjoyable when you add a friend to the gameplay. There are also options for online and local cooperative play. Additionally, there is plenty of loot available to players with even a few drops dedicated to different players and their max levels in the game.
#6 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launched in 2022, where players are immersed in the Cold War era. It's set in the early 1980s, where the main storyline appears to follow a black op with CIA officer Russell Adler as he attempts to track down and eliminate a suspected Soviet spy known only as Perseus. That said, fans of the Black Ops franchise will also see returning faces from IP such as Frank Woods.
Unfortunately, the campaign is single-player only, but there are also multiplayer game modes. One of the biggest multiplayer modes in the franchise is Zombies. It is a game mode present in this opus, where players can fight hordes of zombies in cooperation while trying to achieve various objectives.
#5 Cutting head
Cuphead, developed by StudioMDHR Entertainment, is a run and gun platform indie title. Overall, the tale 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 looks like our protagonist duo can save themselves if they go out and collect debt.
The devil has a number of souls owed to him by other sad cartoon characters. If Cuphead and Mugman can go out and collect all the souls, the devil can just let them keep their own souls back. However, debt collection is easier said than done, Cuphead and Mugman will have a tough road ahead of them.
As mentioned, this is more of a run and gun style video game. Most of the levels are made up of full boss fights which can be very difficult at times. Players will need to memorize the patterns the boss will follow to progress through the game.
# 4 Minecraft
Minecraft continues to attract many players to enjoy crafting and endless exploration of a randomly generated world. The video game has been around since 2022 where gamers are ready to survive in a world of pixelated blocks. To do this, the game will require players to search for various resources while building a shelter that would protect the player from hostile enemies that appear in the world.
It's not only a fun game to enjoy at any age, but also an enjoyable game to enjoy with younger players. Most platforms now offer the ability to log in and build or explore with a friend.
#3 Rocket League
It doesn't take much to describe Rocket League. The game quickly exploded in popularity when it launched in 2022. The following year, 2022, developers Psyonix released the game for the Xbox One where its popularity is still strong to this day. Essentially, Rocket League is a football title played with fast-moving vehicles that can launch through the air to block or kick the ball into a goal post. This title has also become free, so you can try it now.
#2 Climbing the Chute de la Tour
TowerFall Ascension is a game designed for local multiplayer. Inspired by the Combat video game, TowerFall Ascension is a fast-paced, fiercely combat-based archery title. Players are thrown into maps where they must shoot each other while collecting various bonuses on the map. With a limited number of arrows, players can only continue the fight by circling the arena and collecting previously fired arrows. Again, this particular video game is designed with the expectations of multiplayer rather than entering the game alone.
#1 Rayman Legends
Rayman is back with Rayman Legends. This time, Rayman and his friends discover mysterious paintings that have transported them to a new mythical world. To get home, Rayman and his company of comrades must jump, run and fight their way through each world.
What makes it an especially fun game for local multiplayer is that Rayman Legends features four-player co-op. At any point in 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 Rayman Origins levels with enhanced visuals.