The Best Xbox 360 Co-Op Offline Split-Screen Games
This guide includes 15 of the greatest Xbox 360 local split-screen games you can play with your friends on the same console. Each entry includes a brief description to help you pick which ones you’d like to try.
I’ve also included some bonus games towards the bottom of the article for those that are fun but didn’t quite make the cut. I have played all these myself and definitely recommend them!
If you know of any other great split-screen games not featured on this list, please share them in the comment section below!
1. Borderlands 1, 2, & 3
Release Year: 2009 / 2012 / 2019
Publisher: 2K Games
This series is one of my personal favorites. Borderlands combines first-person shooter action with role-playing game character progression. Players can choose between four characters, each with their own skill tree. Players complete quests and missions, leveling up to each game’s epic ending. The arsenal includes hundreds of thousands of weapons, and vehicle-to-vehicle combat is intense.
If you’re interested, Borderlands Pre-Sequel includes the backstory behind Borderlands 2’s villain, Handsome Jack. So if you plan to check that one out, play the originals first!
2. Gears of War 1, 2, & 3
Release Year: 2006 / 2008 / 2011
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
This is a great third-person shooter series that will bring you hundreds of hours of fun in either campaign, horde, or versus modes. Follow the troops of Delta Squad as they make their last-ditch effort to save the planet Sera from the subterranean Locust Hordes and their mutant counterparts, the Lambent.
For good reason, the Gears of War series is among the most played on Xbox Live. Each game features cover-based combat, so players can hide behind objects to avoid gunfire. Each one also offers several different multiplayer modes, allowing players to compete against one another or team up to battle AI opponents.
3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 & 2
Release Year: 2010 / 2012
Set in the year 2025, this is the next installation in the COD series. Black Ops 2 has a lot of changes and improvements that set it above the earlier episodes and make it shine. The Zombies mode can be played split-screen or with up to four players online. In other modes, it is possible for up to eight players to play online.
Zombies mode offers many hours of fun killing. Plus, if you get three other players, you can do some nice multiplayer play. Don’t screen-cheat! Working together, you can create a strategy—build “zombie trains,” utilize perks, Pack-a-Punch your weapons, and pick them off one by one. Once you’ve got it down, try searching for the Easter eggs scattered across each map!
4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Release Year: 2011
Yet another COD game. Can you blame me? The series just hosts co-op play so well. Needless to say, the Survival or Special Ops modes are a lot of fun to play with a friend. In Survival mode, you and your partner can earn in-game money to purchase new weapons, upgrades, etc. The more enemies you kill, the more XP you’ll earn, which then unlocks even more purchasable options. I put in over 60 hours with my friend in the first two weeks I had the game. Yes, I’m a fanboy. Kinda.
This game takes place right after Modern Warfare 2, and similarly follows Task Force 141. They must work together to hunt down the Russian terrorist—and main antagonist of the last game—Vladimir Makarov.
5. Halo: Combat Evolved
Release Year: 2001
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
The introduction of this series definitely boosted Xbox sales. The game has great co-op campaigns, heavily influenced by military and science fiction. An interstellar war has broken out between humanity and the Covenant, a religious alliance of aliens. In the main campaign, it’s up to you, Master Chief, to stop them.
Combat Evolved is the first in the series, and it is still one of the best video games of all time. Though it doesn’t look as pretty as newer Halo games, creative weapons with unique purposes, dual melee item/weapon functionality, and powerful AI allies (when not playing split-screen) proved that it was way ahead of its time.