The Best Xbox 360 Co-Op Offline Split Screen Games

The Top Xbox Split Screen Games for Co-Op Play

This guide is the final word on great Xbox 360 local split screen games you can play with your friends on the same console. I've made a list with brief descriptions of the games to help you pick which ones you'd like to try. I have played all these myself and definitely recommend them.

If you know of any other games not featured on this list, please share in the comment section below!


Lilith the siren (left) and Mordecai the hunter (far right) prepare to attack the Rakk Hive, one of the enemies in Borderlands.
Lilith the siren (left) and Mordecai the hunter (far right) prepare to attack the Rakk Hive, one of the enemies in Borderlands. | Source

Borderlands I & II

These are 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 the game's epic ending. The arsenal includes hundreds of thousands of weapons and vehicle-to-vehicle combat is intense.

Borderlands Pre-Sequel is just out, with backstory behind Borderlands 2’s villain, Handsome Jack. If you plan to check that one out, play the originals first!

Gears of War

Damon Baird, the snarky lieutenant from Gears of War 1.
Damon Baird, the snarky lieutenant from Gears of War 1. | Source

Gears of War 1, 2, & 3

This is a great third-person shooter series that will bring you hundreds of hours of fun in either campaign or horde/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 games are 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.

Call of Duty

Harper, comrade-in-arms to operative David Mason in Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Harper, comrade-in-arms to operative David Mason in Call of Duty: Black Ops. | Source

Call of Duty: Black Ops

This game's Zombie mode offers many hours of fun killing. Plus, if you get three others, you can do some nice multiplayer play. Don't screen-cheat!

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Set in the year 2025, this is the next intsallation 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. There are Zombies split screens as always, and it is possible for up to eight players to play.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Another COD. Needless to say, the new Survival or Special Ops modes are a lot of fun to play with a friend. I put over 60 hours with my friend in the first two weeks I had the game. Yes, I'm a fanboy. Kinda.

Halo Reach Split Screen

Halo: Combat Evolved

The series that started it all for Xbox. Great co-op campaigns in military science fiction style. An interstellar war has broken out between humanity and the Covenant, a religious alliance of aliens. Combat Evolved is the first in the series and is still one of the best video games of all time.

Halo 3

The fantastic conclusion to the story set into motion in Combat Evolved.

Halo Reach

Another first-person shooter game similar to Combat Evolved but with a great new addition: firefight.

Halo 4

From the next great stop in the Halo series, Reclaimer. This game has four-player split screen for some modes and is definitely the best in the series (in my opinion).

Left 4 Dead


Left 4 Dead 1 & 2

These games feature great zombie-killing fun. In split screen mode, two players can play together. In versus mode, four people can play at the same time. This is a must-have for all fans of zombie-killing. Join your friends to play as survivors in a post-Apocalyptic world. Fights hordes of diseased zombie-like people.

Left 4 Dead 2 is a sequel with five new campaigns, each with three to five separate levels, as survivors try to get to safe zones away from the diseased.

Earth Defense Force


Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

This is a lower-budget series made by a Japanese company, but still a lot of fun. The Earth Defense Force must protect the planet from potentially hostile alien beings. The EDF must defend New Detroit with help from bio-engineered terrestrial insects. Players go by the name "Lightning Alpha," and lead an elite team of fighters, known as "Strike Force Lightning."

Insect Armageddon is the fourth game in the Earth Defense Force series and the first one to enable online co-op play.

Dungeon Defenders

Dungeon Defenders is a very fun strategy Xbox Live Arcade series. The games combine tower defense, role play, and action/fantasy. With help from a band of wizards and warriors, you control a hero that fights to protect crystals from waves of goblins and other enemies. Up to four players can play split screen.

Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter


Tom Clancy's series of Ghost Recon games feature shooting as part of a U.S. Special Forces unit. The games begin in Russia, but Advanced Warfighter takes place in Mexico City and features next-generation weapons, graphics, and combat mechanics. Advanced Warfighter is third in the Ghost Recon series. Players work as tactical shooters, taking cover behind objects to stay alive.

More Games to Play Co-Op

  • Splinter Cell: Conviction Great stealth, third-person shooter action. Really addictive and fun.
  • Army of Two Another shooter that's decent co-op fun. Either like it or you don't.
  • Rainbow Six: Vegas A first-person shooter game that is really one of my favorite split screen games. Give this one a shot.
  • Kane & Lynch A pretty horrible game, but the co-op features are a lot of fun.
  • Resident Evil 5 The shooting isn't the greatest, but it's a pretty good game that you should try.
  • All Zombies Must Die A Xbox live arcade game that is really fun for the price. Totally worth the download.
  • Portal 2 Addictive and challenging puzzle game. Try this for sure.
  • Dead Island Not a split screen game, but you can system link it with a friend for a lot of fun.
  • Castle Crashers Xbox live arcade featuring four-player split screen with a lot of (immature) fun.
  • Fable 3 A role playing, hack-slash type game, really fun for many hours.
  • Resident Evil 6 In my top five favorite games. It has great horror, action, and gameplay with a pretty big campaign.

More Co-Op Xbox Games to Check Out

  • Dynasty Warriors 6 A JRPG hack and slash game. Fun for those kinds of players.
  • Tekken 6 An arcade fighting game to show you can beat up your friend. Pretty fun.
  • Rage FPS Co-op Missions that are really fun but it'll only take a few hours to beat it all.
  • Outfit A very cheap game that is actually very fun. Give this one a try for sure.
  • Lost Planet 2 Third-person shooter game that is kind of annoying, but the co-op is pretty good.
  • Dungeon Siege 3 RPG that is pretty fun if you're into RPGs; if not don't try it.
  • Unreal Tournament 3 It has great FPS campaign that comes in different modes like CTF, TD, warfare, and many others. It also has vehicles which add a lot of fun to this game.
  • Mortal Kombat Arcade fighting game with pretty good co-op gameplay in ladders and even online matches.
  • The Expendables 2 Great XBL Arcade game that features four-player split screen co-op.
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Great arcade fighting game that you and a friend can dominate and work together to defeat other teams around the world for great competition.
  • Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse Has pretty fun split screen co-op, but it is very short and you'll finish within 5-6 hours and never play again. So this game would be great to rent or borrow, but definitely not buy.

Dynasty Warrior 6 Gameplay

Pick your favorite one.

What's your favorite?

  • Borderlands
  • Halo 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Dungeon Siege III
  • Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon
  • Rage
  • Hunted: The Demon's Forge
  • Gears of Wars 1-3
  • Left For Dead 1 & 2
  • Halo Reach
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Army of Two
  • Rainbow Six: Vegas
  • Kane & Lynch
  • Resident Evil 5
  • All Zombies Must Die
  • Portal 2
  • Dead Island
  • Dynasty Warriors 6
  • Tekken 6
  • Outfit
  • Dungeon Defenders
  • Minecraft
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Have Suggestions for a Split Screen Game You Don't See Here? 31 comments

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ImmatureEntrepr 4 years ago

Very cool idea for a lens! Some great games here too.

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fugeecat lm 4 years ago

great lens all of the games are great.

shoefiend 4 years ago

Those are all sick split screen game I play zombies way too much level 57 is my highest

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Nicholas Weller 4 years ago Author

@shoefiend: Thanks, and yeah that game is addicting.

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fitnessdad70 4 years ago

Fruit ninja on kinect is fun and a good workout

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jupiter justice 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Great work on this Lens!

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Nicholas Weller 4 years ago Author

@jupiter justice: Thank you!

JCSmandy 4 years ago

nice lens... perfect

rauntyan 4 years ago

nice lens

gbugmenot 4 years ago

Great lens

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Nicholas Weller 4 years ago Author

@gbugmenot: Thanks!

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jaclocla3 4 years ago

Thanks so much for this great info! My son and I love to play XBox together. Our favorite is actually Star Wars Battlefront 2. I sure am sad they never made another game like that.

anonymous 4 years ago

Well done and useful. Great Lens. You've got a little minecraft mixed in there. If you're into indies, check my

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: upcoming indie games lens:

(guess it didn't come through the first time.)

anonymous 4 years ago

Fable 2?

In my opion is better than fable 3 in the co-op perspective

anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Wooooow 56 here

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takkhisa 3 years ago

It is great to see your game list.

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RainDefence LM 3 years ago

Dead Space 3 is another that should be added to this list. Admittedly I've not played it yet, but if it's like the previous 2 and I'm sure it will be then it's got to be worth a look.

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Nicholas Weller 3 years ago Author

@RainDefence LM: It doesn't have split screen capabilities. :(

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marvmac 3 years ago

The best game i played so far on the list would be the Left 4 Dead series.

anonymous 3 years ago

@shoefiend: 59 , not to brag

anonymous 3 years ago

@ImmatureEntrepr: you cute

pauloa-pedroso 2 years ago

bomberman? just dance?

Annonymous 22 months ago

No Far Cry 3?

F34R Arch Angel 22 months ago

107 in moon is my highest round :D ill have to check my stats for the others lol

SOMI4GAMES 21 months ago

Titanfall Gameplay Walkthrough Part 1 Part 2

TechnoDork437 20 months ago

I would have liked to have seen Mercenaries 2 a split screen co op as well as Too Human.

dtru d1rtym3x 17 months ago

I would pay big money to have state of decay a two player. It's a great game, challenging and nerve racking. It trips me out when a zombie jumps on me from behind lol its crazy.

Lula fink 14 months ago

Serious Sam 3 excellent splitscreen co-op game.

Tronix 11 months ago

Perfect Dark Zero?

Joe 8 months ago

Age Of Booty is a very fun pirates RTS Xbox 360 Marketplace game with online multiplayer for 8 players and 4 player splitscreen multiplayer. Its only £3.40 and is compatible with Xbox One consoles.

Metacritic rating: 73/100

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