Nowadays, everyone is more interested in playing games online with players from around the world for a competitive experience. However, there are still gamers who prefer playing local co-op games or couch co-op games along with their friends/kids/significant others. Split-screen games are going out of the scene and being replaced by flashy online multiplayer games. Many games that did offer split-screen modes in previous releases have completely removed the mode in latest titles (Looking at you Halo 5!). However, there are some great split-screen games that actually deserve some recognition and attention. If you are interested in playing some split-screen games on your PC, we bring you the 15 best split-screen games for PC:
If wacky racing games are your jam then Blur is definitely one of the best games out there that fulfills the thirst for racing while also letting you blow other cars up. Blur actually finely mixes the exciting racing action from Project Gotham Racing with some explosive weaponry to give you a more Mario Kart like gameplay, just more serious and explosive in nature. The game offers up to 4-player split screen multiplayer mode where you can duke it out with friends in one of the 5 game modes. Some modes focus heavily on the racing part while other modes are focused on damaging your enemies and destroying their vehicles. Blur is more like an arcade racer similar to Mario Kart and offers an exciting multiplayer experience.
So, first of all, Guacamelee is not a split-screen game in the traditional sense because you don’t actually get half of the screen for your gameplay instead you get to share the same screen with your partner. However, in terms of local co-op games (couch co-op), Guacamelee definitely tops the list as one of the most fun beat-em-up titles. You get to enjoy the exciting platformer adventure along with heavy beat’em up action. Also, the game doesn’t have a multiplayer mode or option, instead you will have to play through the game for a few minutes in the beginning as a single player and then the game will ask you if a second player would like to join the game, this is when you press a button on the second controller to have a friend join you in this luchador adventure.
3. Call of Duty 4
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is considered one of the best Call of Duty games in the entire series. Even though most Call of Duty games have a local split-screen mode, Call of Duty 4 just provides the best shooter experience you will ever get in a split-screen game. This game is more like an arcade shooter where you get to duke it out with other players in one of the many available modes. Different weapons and tools help you keep your enemies at bay. You can go head to head against your friends in the split-screen mode or team up with them to go against other players in the multiplayer mode. If you are looking for a first-person shooter split-screen game then this is definitely must try.
Awesomenauts is a unique take on the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) genre. It brings platforming and fighting game elements to the mix, along with 2D graphics instead of the standard top-to-bottom view of MOBAs. Awesomenauts offers exciting graphics style with amazing voice work. Each awesomenaut is uniquely created with top-notch voiceovers and unique abilities. Also, each awesomenaut has different health, attack, speed, and special moves that make each one different from the others and fit a specific role on the team. If you are into MOBAs but want a split-screen adventure with your friend in a light-hearted game then this is a perfect choice.
5. Castle Crashers
Get your armors up and sharpen your blades because it’s time for some serious hack n slash. In Castle Crashers, hack n slash your way through multiple levels and crash some castles to save your princess. Team up with your friends in up to 4 players multiplayer mode and crash all the castle parties in barbarian style. Slash anyone who gets in your way. The game offers a beautiful cartoony graphics style and a cheesy background soundtrack that really makes the entire gameplay experience more immersive. If you are looking for a hack n slash adventure along with your friends then this is definitely an amazing game for you to try.
6. DiRT 3
Experience the most exhilarating and exciting race you have ever been part of. DiRT 3 is all about racing through tough weather conditions, be it snow, rain, or just dust storms. You get to enjoy the terrain and the environment while racing against your opponents. DiRT 3 offers a cool split-screen multiplayer mode where you can go toe-to-toe against your friends and see who’s the best racer in this game. There are numerous cars with some raw horsepower under the hood. Choose your car and go up against your friends in an exciting split-screen racing adventure. DiRT 3 is a real racing game to the core with real-time physics and perfect details. If you are into racing sims then DiRT 3 should be on your list to play.
7. LEGO Batman 2
Just pick any LEGO game and you will find that most of the LEGO games are built solely for the purpose of having fun along with your kids or even your significant other. You can even play with a friend, but LEGO actually caters to the younger gamers. LEGO Batman 2 offers a dynamic split-screen experience where you get to control the slightly humorous LEGO Batman and Robin along with their superhero friends from other DC comics and cartoons. Running around Gotham city and beating bad guys has never been more fun. You can now serve justice to the criminals in the city along with your trusted sidekick. This game works really well for a parent/kid gaming session because it’s family friendly and boasts a very easy gameplay which anyone can learn in minutes.
8. Portal 2
Portal 2 is all about solving puzzles and going through different dimensions for solving each part of the puzzle. Even though the multiplayer mode in Portal 2 is not as intriguing and exciting as the single-player campaign, if you are with your friend and want to shoot some portals around then it’s the perfect one. Just by adding a second player to the game, you get to experience such fun and complex puzzles that are not even possible in the single player mode. You need to work together with your friend in the split-screen mode to solve all the puzzles and overcome each obstacle along the way. Definitely, a must try for puzzle enthusiasts.
9. Rock of Ages
Even though the name implies that this game will be about some rock music concerts or bands, it’s the complete opposite. It’s literally about rocks…or boulders to be specific. The main objective of the game is to destroy your opponents castle with a giant boulder that you control. In the split-screen mode, both you and your opponent control a giant boulder and a castle. You have to use the boulder to crush, destroy, and exterminate your opponent and their castle while making sure that your castle is completely fortified and safe from the enemy’s attacks. It’s all about the perfect strategy and gameplay to outsmart your opponent in this entertaining game.
10. Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed
While Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed is considered a Mario Kart rip-off or clone by many, this game offers some unique gameplay elements that make it stand out. Although, the game is definitely inspired by Nintendo’s very popular franchise, the best thing about Sonic All Stars Racing is the fact that it’s easily available on PC and you can enjoy it with your friends in amazing split-screen modes for maximum enjoyment. You get to choose different racers from the Sonic universe, including but not limited to the popular ones like Sonic himself, Knuckles, Tails, and much more. If you like a more cartoony style racing game then this is definitely a good try.
11. Rocket League
Everyone knows Rocket League, it’s one of the most popular sports titles out there. When you merge Football (Soccer) with racing cars and add some janky physics to the mix then you get a perfectly exciting game called Rocket League. The split-screen experience in this game is just perfect. You can team up with your friend in split-screen mode and go against other players from the world in 2v2 online matches. It’s fast paced racing game where the main objective is to hit the ball in the opponent’s goal post. Whoever scores the most goals in 5-minutes wins. If you are looking for an exciting game to play along with your friend then you should definitely try this out.
12. Resident Evil 6
Resident Evil 6 didn’t receive higher reviews than its predecessor Resident Evil 5, but it is still a fun game for the split-screen multiplayer purpose. You got to control Leon Kennedy (who actually was made famous by the popularity of Resident Evil 4) as well as other famous characters from the series. The split-screen mode lets you control two characters along with your friend. You have to fend off all the infected people and save humanity from this horrendous fate. The game lets you explore and discover the stories of different characters and learn how every one of them is playing their part in this game. If you are a fan of adventure-based shooters then this is definitely a must try. You can alsp try Resident Evil 5, which offers a split-screen mode but comes with a very cheesy storyline.
13. Worms Armageddon
Worms Armageddon is another not-your-typical split-screen title. Instead, it’s more of a local co-op game. However, Worms Armageddon is considered to be one of the best local multiplayer games that provides an immense amount of fun and entertainment for everyone. Even watching the game is really fun, but playing it with your friends is beyond exciting. Use a plethora of weird and funny weapons and tools to dismantle your enemies and blow them to oblivion. Create a team of different players and go head-to-head in a team versus match. Enjoy the hilarious battles and crazy sound effects along with your friends. Worms Armageddon is definitely a must try if you’re having friends over for game night.
14. Left 4 Dead 2
The original Left 4 Dead game introduced the zombie-killing adventure that two players can enjoy together. Nothing beats the fun and excitement of bashing zombie skulls with a plethora of different weapons while working together with a friend in split-screen mode. You can even play with 4 players at a time in the “Versus” mode. Join forces with your friend in the post-apocalyptic world and start bashing some zombie skulls to survive in this world. Left 4 Dead 2 also offers exciting new campaigns and modes to further expand the story and gives you, even more, zombies to kill. A must have for all zombie-killing fans out there.
Take control of DeathSpank, the ultimate hero who is searching for the most powerful artifact. Take on the dark demonic forces and destroy them in your quest to find this mysterious artifact. You can recruit one of your friend to be your sidekick in this amazing adventure and together you can defeat the forces for the dark lord and bring the artifact home. DeathSpank is a funny game with Ron Gilbert’s witty humour and crazy dialogues making the gameplay and storyline hilariously amazing. If you are looking for a good laugh and some light-hearted adventuring then this is your game to go.
Try Out The Best Split Screen Games For Your PC
Before you start commenting “A few games are not SPLIT-SCREEN” and bring your pitchforks, I’d personally like to explain that most split-screen games share the same genre, gameplay, etc. Halo The Master Chief Collection offers split-screen, but it plays similar to Call of Duty since both are arcade shooters. Same goes for Borderlands. Most racers have split-screen, so we can’t put them all but we tried to cover different racing styles ranging from arcade to simulation etc. We have actually opted for a few games that serve the same purpose as split-screen games, which is couch co-op experience on a single shared screen. Still, if you think there are some other amazing split-screen games out there then feel free to mention them in the comments below and we’ll probably put up an honorable mentions section for them.