The Top 5 Local Multiplayer Games

Some of my fondest gaming memories are sitting on the couch with my friends, playing a split-screen game on a day off from school. Split-screen games represent communal gaming, with real-world interaction, something that is sorely lacking in the gaming industry today. So, without further ado, here are my top five local multiplayer games.

5. Resistance 2

Despite having only two-player splits-screen options, Resistance 2 had some of the best co-op action I’ve experienced in a long time. Specifically, the eight-player “campaign-lite” mode was always fun, with lots of cinematic action. This mode requires lots of teamwork and tactical play, but the results are gratifying. Taking down one of the several giant “boss” Chimera was always a great feeling, as was defeating a particularly large horde of enemies. As a series in general, Resistance does a great job of making guns that are very interesting and handle well, and this transfers quite nicely to co-op play. Having unique guns allows players to play unique roles, and encourages teamwork, an important element of the fun in any co-op game.

4. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (and its sequels)

Call of Duty, while not being my favorite shooter, is one of the only ones in the next generation that has preserved quality split-screen play. While the maps aren’t particularly creative, the games are always tense, competitive, and entertaining, and the game itself is reasonably well-made. Call of Duty has become one of the only constants on the local multiplayer front. Nothing to write home about, but hey, it’s a shooter, it’s split-screen, it’s on next-gen consoles, and it’s half-decent. What more could you want?

3. Rainbow Six: Vegas 2

Well, you might want this instead. While Call of Duty is your classic split-screen shooter, Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 provides endless split-screen fun with its cooperative “Terrorist Hunt” mode, where two players are pitted against 50 AI terrorists. This mode requires lots of communication, precision, and planning, and it is incredibly satisfying.

2. Worms (and its sequels)

Worms is a very unique game, in that it is turn-based. This fighting game features lots of wacky weapons, interesting maps, and promises lots of fun with friends. Whether it is giving your worms wacky names or blowing your friends sky-high with the “Buffalo of Lies” (yes, this is an actual weapon in Worms 2: Armageddon), this game doesn’t get old.

1. Super Smash Bros: Melee

This timeless Gamecube classic simply had to top this list, solely on the nostalgia factor. The majority of my aforementioned fond gaming memories come from playing Smash with my friends for hours on end. With a multitude of characters and play styles, Smash is a very accessible game, and it has certainly become THE ubiquitous local multiplayer game.

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