The 10 best 2 player Xbox One games 2020

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The Xbox One might be a console known primarily for gritty first-person shooters and other action games, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of 2 player Xbox One games that make it easy for teams of two to settle down and play together. It might be true that you only get one wireless Xbox One controller out of the box when purchasing a console, but the flowing games prove why seeking out a second is well worthwhile.

Whether you want to captain your own pirate ship with a crew of three others or think you can best the realms of hell as a team of four, there’s plenty of co-operative games on Microsoft’s platform that will cater to both tastes. So, without further ado, these are the best 2 player Xbox One games you can currently find.

10. Cuphead

Heavily inspired by classic 1930s cartoons, Cuphead is a meticulously challenging 2D platformer that isn’t afraid to kill you over and over with its cuteness – literally. However, some of that challenge can be offset with the help of a second player, with one taking on the titular role of Cuphead while the other dons the guise of Mugman. Together you’ll fight through multiple stages, taking on all manner of inventive bosses that force you to shake up your attack patterns.

Cuphead might be a difficult game, yes, but you and a friend won’t find it hard to jump back into the game thanks to its beautiful art style that’s entirely hand drawn. Most 2D indie games these days opt for simple pixels, but Cuphead is better described as a homage to the classic cartoon serials of yesteryear. As such, its one of the best 2 player Xbox One games around and a whole lot of fun!

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    9. Sea of Thieves

    Sea of Thieves islandDeveloped from the people that gave us Goldeneye, Perfect Dark and Banjo Kazooie, Sea of Thieves is a fully-fledged pirate simulator that lets you take to the high seas with friends. Whether you prefer to do so with a friend sitting right next to you or via Wi-Fi over the internet. Sea of Thieves is one of the best 2 player Xbox One games because it relies heavily on communication and co-ordination, as you must work together as part of a crew to get your ship working properly.

    Once the sail has been set, you and your crew can go about exploring islands, fighting pirates and wandering around in search of hidden treasure. All of this takes place within a beautifully realised world that boasts an incredibly attractive painterly style, bringing you and your friends closer to the seafaring antics Sea of Thieves provides. Grab a friend and jump into this perfect co-op game on Xbox One.

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    8. Plants Vs Zombies: Battle for Neighbourville

    Sticking with the family-friendly theme, and also making a great case as being one of the best 2 player Xbox One games, is Plants Vs Zombies: Battle for Neighbourville. The series may have gotten its start as a mobile tower defence game, but this third console entry continues the first-person shooter fun that sees the war between flesh-eaters and shrubs rage on.

    This time around it all takes place around the central hub of Neuighbourville, where you and friends can take on challenges, quests and other fun tasks before venturing out into the various maps to complete them. There’s a far greater emphasis on working together now in Plants Vs Zombies: Battle for Neighbourville than there ever was before, where you and your team of either plants or zombies work alongside each other through various PVE events rather than just endless PVP – hence why it makes our list of the 10 best 2 player Xbox One games.

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    7. Warhammer: Vermintide 2

     

    When it comes to cult classic co-op games, the Xbox brand is most synonymous to the anarchic action of the Left 4 Dead series. Sadly, Valve refuses to treat us to a third entry, but luckily one of the best 2 player Xbox One games is a game that riffs of this same idea of first-person co-op and sets it within an incredibly deep fantasy universe. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 sees you and three others fend off endless hordes across 13 intense missions.

    No co-operative play session in Warhammer: Vermintide 2 ever needs to be the same thanks to the wide suite of classes and weapon types available to you. Sure, you can choose to pick up a sword and start hacking rats in the hopes of making an impact, but why not pick up an Elven Spear or a longbow to better keep your distance? This variety is what’ll keep you coming back to Warhammer: Vermintide 2 for more, meaning it easily makes our list on the best 2 player Xbox One games.

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    6. Gears 5

    Gears 5 EscapeThe Gears of War franchise returned with a bang in 2019, charging the story ever-forward by this time focussing on new series protagonist Kait Diaz. Her journey of self-discovering is entirely playable in 2 player co-op, acting as the perfect foundation for you and a friend to wreak havoc amongst hordes of the Locust. This is the original cover shooting series and it doesn’t get better than this native Xbox series that continues to bring vast amounts of action.

    Gears 5 features the same great mix of single-player campaign and competitive multiplayer, but also making a return is the series’ infamous horde mode. Here, you and a team of three others face off against endless waves of Locust seeing for how long you can last. Then new for Gears 5 is the Escape mode, which equally centres around quick reflexes and co-operation but challenges you to escape while doing it. Gears 5 is one of the best Xbox One games and one of the best 2 player Xbox One games, too.

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    5. Resident Evil Revelations 2

    Two-player pairs looking to set in the creep factor will find what they’re looking for with Resident Evil Revelations 2, the second spin-off entry into the widely popular survival horror series from Capcom. This one differs wildly from the first, however, in that there’s a strong emphasis on co-operative play, as one player takes point with a gun while the other boasts a special skill useful for dodging flesh-eaters and other demons of the night.

    The entire game is episodic, too, meaning that it’s easier than ever for two players to enjoyed bite-sized chunks of zombie-slaying action, as opposed to a long drawn out campaign. Only by working side by side will you to be able to unearth the mystery of the Wesker family, putting their reign to end for good in one of the best 2 player Xbox One games. Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a unique opportunity to jump into a horror game with a friend, letting you share the grizzly scares together.

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    4. A Way Out

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    Few 2 player Xbox One games are as inventive as 2018’s A Way Out, a third-person adventure that takes heavy inspiration from Prison Break fiction to set two players on the ultimate co-op adventure where the TV remains in split-screen mode the entire time. One of you will take on the role of Vincent, while the other steps into the shoes of Leo, and from here the unlawful pair undertake a cinematic adventure where you remain on the run and are required to work together to escape successfully.

    One of the perks of A Way Out is that only one copy of the game is needed for two players to play together. Simply have your intended partner download the Xbox One demo, and both of you will be able to play through the entirety of the story without fear. It’s simply one of the most creative 2 player games on Xbox One, not least because co-op is the only way it can be experienced, preferably in one sitting where you and a friend will be invested from beginning to end.

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    3. Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is an absolute must for any die-hard fan of this always great Xbox series, bringing together every single one of the mainline entries and sprinkling in various new features that helps bring them up to date. The first three Halo game fully supports 2 player split-screen play, which makes taking the fight to the Flood and Covenant in an effort to save the world all the more fun.

    For as good as all the more recent Halo games are, the second entry is the unabashed centrepiece of this selection. The full game has been completely redeveloped from the ground up with new gameplay elements and graphics so that it looks just like it released now rather than 10 years ago. The cutscenes have also been redone by the I world-renowned Blur studio, making it an essential play for co-operative buddies and one of the best 2 player Xbox One games.

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    2. Forza Horizon 4

    Forza Horizon 4Open-world racing games don’t get much better than the Forza Horizon series, and in Forza Horizon 4 developer Playground games has created the best entry yet. It sets you and one other person off within a fully explorable rendition of the UK, seeing you race through locations like Scotland, the Cotswolds and many others as the seasons consistently change.

    Not only is the game compatible with local split-screen multiplayer, but Forza Horizon 4’s online element makes engaging in races, limited-time events and objectives incredibly fulfilling. There are also so many cars for you to get behind the wheel of too, letting you put pedal to the metal and prove just how fast you can punch it in one of the best 2 player Xbox One games you can find.

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    1. Borderlands 3

    Borderlands 3 charactersThe cell-shaded hilarity and loot-shooting happiness of Borderlands returned in 2019, bringing with it four new vault hunters with which to wreak havoc. Of course, with a brand-new Borderlands games comes a whole host of new procedurally weapons to fire, including those capable of shooting themselves. All these death-dealing tools feature alternate functions to try out and plenty of planets to do it on. Borderlands 3 is bigger and better than the franchise has ever been.

    With Handsome Jack defeated in the previous game, Borderlands 3 throws two new baddies in the mix in The Calypso Twins. These talkative twins are sirens capable of unleashing immense power, so its always better to go at it with a friend in glorious split-screen co-op, donning the guise of any of the four vault hunters and using their unique combat abilities to take down the Calypsos. Borderlands 3 is a rollicking good time for first-person shooter fans and one of the best 2 player Xbox One games.

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    Aaron Potter

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