Hey everyone, I hope this article is of some use to you! Short and sweet, here are five, accessible, budget-friendly, co-op, split screen games that you and your SO can play regardless of skill level.

I’ve outlined specific games in franchises here, but feel free to experiment with other games in the series. For instance, you can read up on Resident Evil 6 instead of 5. I listed some of the older titles, as they make for inexpensive gaming nights; dropping $60 for a game and potentially not picking it up again just doesn’t jive well.

Just as a head’s up though, games can change a lot between sequels, so be sure to check out reviews/gameplay before committing to a purchase. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all!

1. Resident Evil 5 (PS3, XBOX 360)


Resident Evil 5 is arguably one of the best modern couch, co-op games. Also, being released in 2009, it can probably be bought used at a reasonable price.

You and your partner take control of Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar, two agents investigating the recent appearance of infected (majini) in an unnamed African region. It has an adjustable difficulty, and unlike many co-op games, the game is built around co-op play. As well, the scares are enough to make things exciting and not heart attack-inducing.

2. Diablo III (PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One)


The grand pappy of all co-op action RPG games, Diablo II was an addicting game in no small part due to its cooperative elements. You could fight hordes of enemies together while grabbing awesome loot. Diablo III is no exception to this.

You control one of the five heroes (customizable gender) above and team-up against the legions of Hell. While it has received criticism from some purists, from a co-op viewpoint, Diablo III is perfect for you and your SO to do some mindless demon-stomping. It’s not exactly split screen, as it is screen sharing, but it’s great nonetheless.

3. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)


My SO and I only touched on this game briefly, but we enjoyed every moment of it. The LEGO games are always fun to play, and this one was no exception. They have enjoyable puzzles to do and are full of humor. The action isn’t as graphic or fast-paced as some of the games above, but sometimes that’s what’s needed on a relaxing evening. As well, there are several other franchises in the LEGO series from which to pick.

4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3, Xbox 360)


Love it or hate it, the CoD series certainly tries to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. Notably, spec-ops missions in MW2 deliver fast paced, co-operative action. The spec-ops missions have little to do with the main campaign of the game. Instead, you and your partner are placed in military scenarios. This is not a bad thing, as the Hollywood-esque scenarios keep the gameplay exciting and new.

You’ll find yourself doing things like engaging in fire fights on bridges to racing down mountains on Ski-Doos. The objectives are outlined pretty clearly and unlike LEGO Harry Potter, there aren’t too many puzzles in this game. Though not as approachable difficulty-wise as the other games on this list, my SO and I still found the spec-ops missions manageable.

5. Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends (PS3, Xbox 360, PS4)

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If you thought the CoD series was tough, then no worries! The Dynasty Warriors series is extremely easy to pickup. It has a wide assortment of difficulty levels available, and even on the normal to hard difficulties, you’ll be wreaking havoc on thousands of Han Dynasty-era soldiers within seconds.

The game’s premise is simple. You pick a kingdom during the Romance of the Three Kingdoms era of China and play through the story mode as that kingdom. You’re given a choice of different officers to play as through the different levels of that kingdom who each offer unique personalities and play styles. Spc Lots of enemies to fight, characters to pick from, questionable dialogue to laugh at, and asses to kick.

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