If you’re wondering what are the best couch co-op games on Xbox Series X/S, look no further.
Xbox Games come in many shapes and sizes, but if you’re looking for something to play with a friend or family member, you’ll want something specific. Ideally, you’ll want something you can play together, helping each other out along the way. And so let us help you find that: we’ve rounded up the best couch co-op games on Xbox Series X/S.
Many games on this list have been enhanced for Xbox Series X/S, meaning that they’ll look and play wonderfully on your shiny Series console. And we’ve included a range of genres, from shooters, to puzzle games and anything in between.
So no matter what type of game you and your friends enjoy playing, we’re confident you’ll find a local co-op game you love.
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1. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
If you’re a Borderlands fan, you’re going to absolutely love Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. Even if you’re not, we think you should give it a go. Especially if you get a kick out of tabletop RPGs. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is set in the world of Borderlands, but you play as a character engaging in a Dungeons & Dragons-style game with Tiny Tina.
As you can imagine, it’s packed with humour and madness. There are plenty of guns and ‘splosions galore, and with lots of missions to work through – each one as engaging as the last – there’s a great time to be had. It’s an even better time if you have a couch co-op compadre to join you. Or three: up to four players can play Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands in local co-op on Xbox Series X/S.
2. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
You just can’t have a list of best local co-op games without including a LEGO game. And finally, after more than two years of waiting, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is here. Is it the best LEGO game ever made? It might be. But it’s certainly the biggest, packing in the stories of all nine mainline Star Wars movies.
LEGO games have always offered an excellent way to play locally with friends. A second player can drop in and out at any time, joining in the action. And what action it is! Developer Traveller’s Tales has refined the gameplay for The Skywalker Saga, honing in third-person action and better shooting mechanics to make it more enjoyable than ever. Of course, the usual fun of smashing up thousands of LEGO pieces still remains.
3. It Takes Two
It Takes Two is magical. No really – it’s literally magical; you play as a married couple who inadvertently get turned into dolls by their daughter. You see, they’re on the brink of divorce, and she wishes for a way to keep them together. And now, as a pair of tiny, handmade dolls who can walk, talk and run, they’ve got a huge world of adventures ahead of them. Working together might be the way to help them through their marital problems…
This really is one of the best couch co-op games on Xbox Series X/S, not least because co-op is the only way you can play it. That’s right; there’s no single-player option, so everything has been designed with co-operative play in mind. That allows for some really clever gameplay sections and, with a friend or partner by your side you’ll enjoy every moment of it. From combat, to aerial action, to running, jumping, solving puzzles and exploring all manner of environments, every moment is simply joyful.
4. Gears 5
We couldn’t have a list of best couch co-op games on Xbox Series X/S without including a Gears of War game. And although Gears 5 first released on Xbox One, it’s since received an update for Series X/S, optimising it for the newest consoles. With up to 4K resolution, improved textures and framerates, it simply looks and plays better than ever.
In Gears 5, players take control of Kait Diaz, JD Fenix, and Del Walker, who together form the ‘Delta Squad’. Loaded with weapons and various abilities, it’s up to Kait and co. to take down the threat of the Locusts. There’s a gripping story to follow, tonnes of enemies to take down and some sumptuous visuals to take in – and with a local co-op buddy by your side, it’s even more enjoyable.
5. Overcooked! All You Can Eat
You might have already played either of Overcooked! or Overcooked! 2, but now the series has got bigger and better. Overcooked! All You Can Eat bundles both games together along with all their DLC. And since this collection was originally made for Xbox Series X/S, it looks and plays better than ever, too, thanks to enhanced visuals and native 4K.
If you’re new to the Overcooked! series, you’re in for a treat. A manic, crazy treat, but a treat all the same. Playable with up to four players, you’re all working together in a kitchen, trying to fulfil as many orders as possible. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, it would be, if your kitchen wasn’t split into two across a main road. Or built on the top of an erupting volcano. Or on the back of a sinking ship. You get the picture. Succeeding at Overcooked! means working together quickly and effectively, and navigating all kinds of crazy obstacles.
Overcooked! All You Can Eat is a lot of fun, and that’s why it’s one of the best couch co-op games on Xbox Series X/S. It also might cause arguments to break out between you and your friends… but that’s all part of the experience.
6. Warhammer: Chaosbane – Slayer Edition
If you and your local co-op buddies enjoy hacking, slashing, shooting and looting, then Warhammer: Chaosbane – Slayer Edition is undoubtedly the game for you. A souped-up version of 2019’s Warhammer: Chaosbane, the Slayer Edition has been specifically upgraded for Xbox Series X/S. Not only does it boast better visuals and a 4K resolution, it also bundles in all DLC and additional content. It’s the ultimate version of the game.
You’ll play as one of several character classes, each with their own abilities and skills. The Slayer, for example, dual-wields two axes for up-close-and-personal damage. And the Witch Hunter can switch between melee weapons and guns for truly varied combat. Whichever character you choose though, you’ll have a lot of fun making your way through various environments, killing hordes of enemies as you go. And of course, finding plenty of loot. Up to four players can play together, making this one of the best couch co-op games on Xbox Series X/S.
7. DIRT 5
A racing game as one of the best couch co-op games on Xbox Series X/S? Yes – hear us out! DIRT 5, Codemasters’ latest rally game, brings back the classic split screen mode that many modern racing games have left behind. But rather than being a separate mode, DIRT 5 allows you and a friend to play through the entire campaign together in split screen. Now that’s a real treat.
If you’re a racing game fan, they don’t come much better than DIRT 5. With events spread across multiple locations from all around the world, you’ll be in Norway one minute and China the next. Each location looks fantastic, too, thanks to Xbox Series X optimisations including better textures and 4K resolutions. And if your TV supports it, you can even play DIRT 5 at a blistering 120fps. Phew. Even without the bells and whistles though, this is an excellent racing game, and one that’s made even better by being able to play with a friend.
8. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
While it launched with a number of issues, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is now essential for all Xbox owners. It bundles together all numbered iterations of the Halo series, remastering them to look better than ever. While it’s an Xbox One game, if you’re playing on Xbox Series X, you’ll benefit from the extra power of the console, too.
While Halo and Halo 2 only allow for two local players, Halo 3 and Halo 4 allow up to four players to get in on the action on the same screen. The more the merrier!
If you love first-person shooters Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a must-have. Bundling several games into one, it’s one of the best value games available, and it’s also one of the best couch co-op games on Xbox Series X/S.
9. Streets of Rage 4
After 26 years, the Streets of Rage series is back, and it’s just as good as it ever was. Streets of Rage 4 features sumptuous graphics, a killer soundtrack and addictive brawler gameplay. It’s got plenty of content, too, with 12 stages in which to pummel enemies and a whopping 17 playable characters if you include the 12 unlockable retro fighters. You can even play along to music from the original Streets of Rage and its sequel if you remember it fondly.
While it’s already immensely enjoyable in single-player, Streets of Rage 4 is even better when enjoyed in local co-op. Up for four players can work together locally – though watch out if friendly fire is turned on as you’ll no doubt end up injuring each other. It’s a good job there’s a versus battle mode to settle any grudges!
In any case, if you like some brawling action, Streets of Rage 4 is undoubtedly one of the best couch co-op games on Xbox Series X/S.
10. A Way Out
Like It Takes Two which appeared higher up, A Way Out is another that can only be played in co-op. It’s not surprisingly, really, considering the two games are from the same developer.
With no single player option whatsoever, working with another player is integral to the A Way Out experience. One player takes on the role of Vincent, while the other steps into the shoes of Leo. Both have wound up in prison for different reasons, but they’ve hatched a play to break out.
Both players will work together to carry out Vincent and Leo’s escape plan, but once they’re out of the prison’s walls, A Way Out is only just beginning. Next comes an epic adventure of being on the run, avoiding capture, taking part in epic firefights and more. The way the game has both players work together is truly unique, and the fact it’s so different is what makes A Way Out one of the best couch co-op games on Xbox Series X/S.
11. Diablo III: Eternal Collection
Diablo III is without a doubt a must-play local co-op experience. While you can have a lot of fun destroying demons and monsters by yourself, Diablo III comes into its own when you enjoy it in co-op. Up to four people can join in on the same screen for some serious monster-hunting madness. Better yet, co-operative play is completely seamless, so players can come and go as they like without ever interrupting the flow of the game.
The difficulty of Diablo III scales depending how many people are playing, so with a full roster of four, your enemies are going to be much tougher than if you were fighting them alone. The only downside to sharing a screen is when one player opens their inventory, everyone else is left twiddling their thumbs until they’re done.
Playable on the console thanks to backwards compatibility, Diablo III is one of the best couch co-op games on Xbox Series X/S. So grab some friends and set off on an intrepid journey to the depths of hell.
12. The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes
If you and your local co-op friends love horror, then The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes is for you. The game’s ‘movie night’ mode allows up to five people to play together locally, passing the controller around as they take control of different characters.
This is the third game in the Dark Pictures Anthology, and in our opinion the best so far. It tells the story of American and Iraqi soldiers who find themselves trapped in an underground cave system. It doesn’t take them long to realise they’re not alone: terrible monsters lurk in the shadows, and if you want to survive, you need to keep your wits about you. The choices you make will determine who lives or who dies, so tread carefully.
It’s essentially an interactive horror movie that lets you make choices as you play, and that alone makes it one of the best couch co-op games on Xbox Series X/S.