Any good new splitscreen xbox games?
March 21, 2011 4:48 AM   Subscribe

What are some good multiplayer xbox360 games that can be played on one TV screen? Co-op preferred...

I've done a search but the closest similiar question's from a while ago.

My friend and I like to play in his living room, so on one screen only. 2 player versus modes when we're both in the same room are kind of boring so we've been having more fun with co-op modes - mostly all the Halo Games.

We tried the latest Tomb Raider (with the co-op campaign) but didn't much care for it.

Any suggestions for games we could try? My experience is all with PC games!
posted by Silentgoldfish to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Great games with split-screen co-op:
Left 4 Dead 1 and 2
Castle Crashers
EDF 2017
Modern Warfare 2 has a bunch of Spec Ops levels (one-off missions), all(?) of which can be done 2-player co-op in split-screen. You can't play the campaign co-op, but the Spec Op missions should last you a while.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:01 AM on March 21, 2011

Oh, and all of the Lego games (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman, Harry Potter) have co-op. As far as I can tell the gameplay in all is pretty much identical (i.e. fun!) so just choose which ever franchise you prefer.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:05 AM on March 21, 2011

posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:10 AM on March 21, 2011

Here's the full list.

I found the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games to be pretty fun co-op, as well as the aforementioned Castle Crashers and EDF.
posted by graventy at 5:16 AM on March 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

I'm not much of a gamer these days, but if you're not averse to a bit of mindless (and totally homoerotic) action, you might enjoy blasting through Gears of War and its sequel in co-op mode.

You might also enjoy Resident Evil 5 if you're interested in a (very slightly) more cerebral experience, terrible voice acting or playing as a girl.
posted by Ted Maul at 5:45 AM on March 21, 2011

Earth Defense 2017, mentioned above, is some damn fine co-op.
posted by pilibeen at 6:07 AM on March 21, 2011

I'm a huge fan of Borderlands. Fast paced FPS-RPG with coop main campaign and expansions. There's also some optional PvP arenas, but you have to go to specific places so you friend can't frag you randomly.
posted by jmd82 at 6:09 AM on March 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

If it sounds fun co-operatively blowing up giant insects, colossal laser-wielding robots, countless innocent buildings, and the occasional Godzilla or immense hovering mothership, all while panicked anonymous soldiers scream in Japanese over your radio, I heartily recommend the Earth Defense Force series. There ought to be a new one coming out very, very soon:

Definitely one of the most fun game series I've ever played :D
posted by Jinkeez at 6:48 AM on March 21, 2011

Since the last few questions like this, there have been some XBLA titles out that have splitscreen. Monday Night Combat is a cool tower defense shooty game, you can play co-op online with both screens, or play vs waves of bots. Toy Soldiers is also tower-defensy game where you take over turrets or drive little vehicles, its vs only. Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter has splitscreen co-op old school shooty goodness, I havent tried it on the 360 yet but heard good things though.

On Xbox Live Indie Games, there is a little gem called "Protect Me Knight" its up to 4 players, same screen, and has this awesome 8-bit aesthetic. The excellent radiangames titles on XBLIG usually have same screen twin stick shooter options. These games are like $1 each and have demos.

Huge Borderlands fan here, it's awesome co-op, but a warning that the menus are kind of hard to deal with in splitscreen. I do heartily recommend Castle Crashers, and a new Earth Defense Force is coming out in a month or so, I assume that'll have splitscreen and be a little more polished than the old one (though the old one is ridiculously goofy). Also, Burnout Revenge is great, it's the last Burnout that has splitscreen.
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 7:17 AM on March 21, 2011

Dunno if either of these games would be up your alley, but Fable 3 and Plants Vs. Zombies both feature non-splitscreen co-op play.
posted by trunk muffins at 7:37 AM on March 21, 2011

Call of Duty Black Ops has a really great zombie mode.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 8:04 AM on March 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

a new Earth Defense Force is coming out in a month or so, I assume that'll have splitscreen and be a little more polished than the old one

It's not being developed by Sandlot, and thus I'm not expecting it to be better than 2017, to be honest. I sure hope I'm wrong, though.

(though the old one is ridiculously goofy)

Yes, it is, and this is a very good thing. EDF! EDF!
posted by Bangaioh at 10:01 AM on March 21, 2011

Sorry for the double-post, forgot to add that EDF 2017 is also available via Games on Demand.
posted by Bangaioh at 10:08 AM on March 21, 2011

My boyfriend and I have the same problem finding stuff we like to play together, but the Left for Deads are really fun, as well as the Army of 2 games, if you're good at first person shooters (I'm not particularly haha) its also pretty fun if you have a live account you can piggy back on COD: Black Ops and both play for the same team, which I think is really fun!
posted by Quincy at 12:27 PM on March 21, 2011

Dynasty Warriors 6 (note that 7 comes out in about a week) and Samurai Warriors 2 are great fun with 2 player local coop. Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 has local coop os well.

In terms of XBLA games I also have Castle Crashers (coop) of course, as well as Carcassone (competetive), Toy Soldiers (competetive), Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers (coop).
posted by Riemann at 6:28 PM on March 21, 2011

Response by poster: Castle Crashers is awesome as it turns out!
posted by Silentgoldfish at 4:41 PM on April 1, 2011

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