These days it seems like couch co-op is a rarity in gaming. I mean sure, there’s online multiplayer and all that that jazz. But sometimes your friends are povo and can’t afford a console, or you just want to socialize in person (shock horror!). The following games are perfect for jamming out with your mates on the couch.
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil (Up to Four Players)
On console, Diablo III has co-op with up to four players all on the one screen. Now, I love me some shared-screen action and Diablo III is pretty flawless. You can play through the entire campaign together, or even have friends drop-in and out. There is something very cathartic about running around dungeons and slaughtering hordes of enemies with a crew by your side.
The only downside for me is inventory management. This is a pretty big part of the game and can only be done by one player at a time. This can turn into a total pain in the ass, but patience is a virtue I suppose.
Available on: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light/Temple Of Osiris (Two Players/Up to Four Players)
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was a revelation when it came out on 2010, not only was it a change of pace for the character but was also a super fun co-op experience. Lara and her companion Toltec must solve puzzles, shoot shit and make mad jumps. This experience was improved in the Temple of Osiris with more players and even more tomb raiding action.
The only downside is when your slow ass friend keeps getting squished by goddamn boulders while you’re trying to do a time trial and unlock a sweet gold-plated shotgun.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light available on: PS3 and Xbox 360
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris available on: PS4 and Xbox One
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Up to Four Players)
This 2D beat ‘em up game has a special place in my heart. Many a night was wiled away in the grips of pixelated punching and side-scrolling action. Supporting up to four players, you and your friends can play as Scott and his friends as they punch, kick and collect coins on their way through seven evil exes.
The only downside for me is that you can be picked up and thrown by your comrades, which is really fucking annoying Joel stop it.
Available on: PS3 and Xbox 360*
* When researching this I found out that Scott Pilgrim is unavailable in some/all stores/regions due to licensing expiration. It’s still fun though. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Resident Evil 5 (Two Players)
There’s something about killing zombies that is so much more fun with a friend. I have very fond memories of playing Resident Evil 5 with my sister (me as Sheva, natch). This split-screen experience makes the whole game for me.
Instead of a dopey AI companion messing things up you get to yell at the person sitting beside you while she keeps getting killed by the fucking chainsaw guy.
You can also co-op on Resident Evil 6 but I’m pretty sure we got stuck on a level and I have blocked it out of my memory.
Available on: PS3 and Xbox 360 with a re-release on PS4 and Xbox One coming Summer 2016!
Dead Nation (Two Players)
Dead Nation is another zombie favourite. In this top-down shooter, teamwork really shines. You work with your partner to plow through undead hordes, setting off car alarms to distract, throwing grenades and working together.
But be warned, if one of you dies there’s no respawn until the next checkpoint. This can lead to very tense moments of truth as one person runs and screams through the rest of the level. But that’s just part of the charm, and this twin-stick shooter is fun as fuck.
Available on: PS3 and PS4
Note: spiritual successor Alienation was just released on PS4 without local co-op available on launch. Sigh.
Borderlands 2 (Two players)
I wasn’t going to include this, mostly because I’m a bit shit at it. But Borderlands 2 is a great splitscreen FPS experience. Full of life and action there’s nothing better then when you bring a friend along for the ride. You can even join other friends online, or spend your time roaming Pandora, failing at driving, and trying to pick up the all that phat lootz before your teammate.
The only downside is that you might not be very good at it.
Available on: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
These are just some of the co-op games that I love to play. But I’m sure I’m missing out on some good ones. Did I miss something that you love? Let me know in the comments.