Best Offline Co-op Games For Xbox One

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.

#16 Minecraft Dungeons

  • Developer: Mojang Studios, Double Eleven
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platforms: NS, PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: May 26, 2020
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Minecraft is a game that you’re already familiar with. It’s a title that’s been out for years that caters to players both young and old. You can easily get lost in the adventure of building up resources during the day and fighting off baddies in the night. With that said, there is plenty of creative minds out there that spend countless hours working on new builds or even reproductions of cities, buildings to even art through the Creative mode of Minecraft. Now a new title spin-off title is available to pick up. We’re referring to Minecraft Dungeons, a title that is based around classic dungeon crawling.

Instead of placing blocks or building worlds, the development studio at Mojang is building up the game to be a dungeon crawler where your goal is to head deep within the ruins in search of loot. Players will find that the game offers procedurally generated worlds so you’ll constantly guess where to venture off into the abyss. In fact, there is some differences in this particular installment that you would find in other dungeon crawlers. This is a very easy starter experience for players new to the genre. You won’t have any class based locks which means that any equipment you come across is usable with every member of you party.

#15 A Way Out
  • Developer: Hazelight Studios
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: March 23, 2018
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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. We recently covered this game in our Before You Buy which can be viewed above.

#14 Sonic Mania
  • Developer: PagodaWest Games, Headcannon
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PC, XBO, PS4, NS
  • Release: August 15, 2017
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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.

#13 Overcooked
  • Developer: Ghost Town Games
  • Publisher: Team17
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: August 3, 2016

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.

#12 Overcooked 2
  • Developer: Ghost Town Games
  • Publisher: Team17
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: 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.

#11 Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2
  • Developer: PopCap Games
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: February 23, 2016

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
  • Developer: 343 Industries
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: XBO
  • Release: November 11, 2014

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
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, X360, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: August 19, 2014 (XBO)

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
  • Developer: Yacht Club Games
  • Publisher: Yacht Club Games
  • Platforms: PC, 3DS, NS, PS4, PS4, PSV, Wii U, XBO
  • Release: April 29, 2015 (XBO)

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. We’re thrilled for the upcoming expansion Shovel Knight: King of Cards, but we can’t help but wonder if the development team will be giving this game an official sequel in the near future.

#7 Borderlands 3

  • Developer: Gearbox Software
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: September 13, 2019
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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.

Borderlands marks as one of the best FPS wacky cooperative focus games over the console generations right now. If you’re new to the series you can still find an enjoyable experience with this third mainline installment. We’ll even throw in our Before You Buy episode upload on Borderlands 3 above so you can get a bit more insight on the gameplay and our overall impressions of the title so far.

#6 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

  • Developer: Treyarch, Raven Software
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX/S
  • Release: November 13, 2020
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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.

#5 Cuphead

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.

#4 Minecraft
  • Developer: Mojang
  • Publisher: Mojang, Microsoft Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, Android, iOS, X360, XBO, PS3, PS4, PSV, Wii U, 3DS, NS
  • Release: September 5, 2014 (XBO)

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
  • Developer: Psyonix
  • Publisher: Psyonix
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: February 17, 2016 ( XBO)

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.

#2 Towerfall Ascension
  • Developer: Matt Makes Games
  • Publisher: Matt Makes Games
  • Platforms: PS4, PSV, PC, XBO, NS
  • Release: January 25, 2017

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
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, NS, PS3, PS4, PSV, Wii U, X360, XBO
  • Release: February 18, 2014

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.

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River City Girls

  • Developer: WayForward Technologies
  • Publisher: Arc System Works
  • Platforms: PS4, XBO, NS, PC
  • Release: September 5, 2019

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.

Unravel Two
  • Developer: Coldwood Interactive
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: June 9, 2018

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.

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