Split-screen games can be few and far between nowadays, with good ones being even more rare. So if you have an Xbox 360 and don’t like playing online or don’t have an internet connections, here are some great games you can play with a friend on the same TV screen.
5. Rainbow Six: Vegas
I had a lot of fun with this game in split-screen multiplayer despite that it does lack some polish. The game is extraordinarily hard and some of the options are a bit limited, but the actual game pulls off co-op quite well. It’s sometimes a bit of a fleeting enjoyment, but considering how cheap the game is, not a bad choice at all.
4. Splosion Man
Speaking of cheap, good choices, the Xbox Live Arcade game, Splosion Man, offers fantastic co-op for just $10. It’s very difficult and requires a lot of cooperation, but it’s a great experience that’s easily among my favorite multi-player games on the console despite being just an Xbox Live Arcade game. There are 50 multiplayer co-op levels, and each takes anywhere between 1-4 minutes to complete. However, that’s if you don’t die at all. And you will die. A lot. Some of the later levels are so difficult that they require almost half an hour to get through, and I’d say the entire co-op campaign will easily last you 5-8 hours, depending on your skill level. Although it’s good enough to be at #1, the nature of the game (lots of puzzles that aren’t quite as interesting the second time through) make it less replayable than the next few games on the list.
3. Unreal Tournament III
This game is so much fun in multi-player that it’s easy to tell that it was made for it. There really isn’t much of a single player campaign, but the multi-player features are extensively detailed and the maps are all incredibly unique and interesting. The game includes plenty of bots to add, as well as some cool features like slow motion whenever you get a kill (which is much less annoying than it sounds), and the typical big head features. The game is purely designed for the players to have as much fun as possible, and though it’s all a bit shallow, it’s a ton of fun. And since this game is also pretty cheap now, there’s really no excuse not to get it.
2. Splinter Cell: Conviction
Though this game suffers some of the same replayability problems as Splosion Man because there’s no adversarial multiplayer, the co-op is so fantastic that it makes up for that fault. The game has a 5 or 6 hour separate co-op campaign, as well as different game modes on each of the maps. The map expansion pack also adds some great maps, which adds to the game’s replay value considerably.
1. Gears of War 2
Gears of War 1 had good split-screen multiplayer, but had one huge fault – there were no bots. Gears 2 fixed that in a spectacular way, allowing you to add 14 bots to the game, all of which are smart and behave very realistically. And given the abundant options available in Gears (the addition of Horde mode also adds tons of value, since that mode is amazing) allow for it to be called what I consider the best split-screen multi-player experience on the Xbox 360, easily.
If you prefer split-screen gaming, I would highly recommend you check out these games. You and a friend will have a lot of fun with them, and will probably be playing them for a while. Happy gaming!