Controller games for the PC.

Controller games that we liked to play on PC.

We decided it was time to break off a section for all of the controller games that you can play with your Xbox controller. In particular, we will be focusing on controller games that allow for couch/party mode. This is the mode that is most highlighted with games such as Smash Brothers on Nintendo consoles where a bunch of people all gather around one unit with a large TV instead of the more traditional LAN party environment where everyone is networked on their own individual PC. Any game that allows for more than one person to play on a single PC and preferably multiple people would qualify as a couch and/or party game.

So to anyone reading this, you are welcome to throw suggestions into the comments below. As we are not as synced with the gaming community as we once were we may miss some gems from the indie game scene which would be awesome to play.

Read on if you want to know more.

What blog posts that started the controller games suggestion catagory.

There is two blogs that people tend to really like on my site dealing with gaming and in particular setting up controllers for the PC for couch/party gaming.

Chinese Xbox wireless receiver title.Chinese Xbox 360 receiver tutorial.

Adapter Cost: $5-$9(USD)*
Controller Cost: $12-$45(USD)*

This is the one that started it all. China is making receivers by the thousands which is really good because there is hundreds of thousands fo Xbox 360 Controllers out there in the wild. With a little bit of driver manipulation your old Xbox 360 controllers hooked up wireless for some professional couch/party action.

XBCD title for blog.XBCD for windows 10 tutorial.

Adapter Cost: $1-$7(USD)*
Controller Cost: $1-$20(USD)*

The original controller which came with the 1st generation Xbox can still be used to this very day! Often times you will find controllers like the Original Xbox at places like thrift stores and used video game stores for ultra cheap as no one wants them anymore. There is a handful of wireless classic Xbox controllers but the wired ones are the cheapest of them all. With a little bit of splicing of USB cables to fit a regular PC port you too can use these blast from the past controllers on all of your modern games.

Other methods not mentioned in blog postings.

Playstation to USB adapterPlayStation 2 to USB Adapter.

Adapter Cost: $7-$12(USD)*
Controller Cost: $5-$15(USD)*

There's also many Playstation 2 to USB adapters. But as mentioned in a blog involving StepMania. There is some known latency depending on what kind of USB chipset these adapters are hooked to. I should note that you can get wireless PlayStation 2 controllers but you will be paying more for those.

This is a cheap and quick alternative for those looking for couch gaming action with their friends.

Xbox One Wireless Adapter.Xbox One Wireless Adapter.

Adapter Cost: $15-$25(USD)*
Controller Cost: $25-$60(USD)*

If you are starting from ground zero when it comes to controllers for your PC and you're willing to spend the cash then an Xbox One Controller paired with a Xbox One Wireless Adapter may be the way for you as well. The latest gen Xbox One Controller corrects the terrible D-Pad issue while also offering a better interface for USB charging. Although it's not necessary to have the wireless Adapter to actually USE the Xbox Controller. It makes the gaming experience that much more enjoyable.

Controllers you will want to avoid.

Knock Off Chinesse Xbox controllers.Chinese Xbox Controllers

Controller Cost: $7-$20(USD)*

If there is one word of caution I will give to anyone reading this is to stay far away from both the wired Chinese controller as well as the wireless Chinese controllers. Although the wireless adapters they make for the OEM Xbox Controllers are good enough these controllers are not to the same level of quality as what you would find on an OEM Xbox controller.

Level of quality

The analog sticks are overly sensitive due to the low-to-high envelope. The analogs use cheap variable resistors which have little middle ground when moving around. The BAXY buttons lack any sort of "click" to them and the lower shoulder buttons that you would think would behave like analogs do not and sometimes the buttons even stick!

Also, note that the wireless adapter given with the wireless controller may not even be 2.4Ghz! It's proprietary and/or it could be dumbed down to radio signal quality! You will note most Chinese Xbox Controller has no "X" symbol on the middle start button. Nowhere on these controllers will you find the word "Microsoft" anywhere on them.

Controller incompatibility issues!

To add insult to injury.  Some of these controllers on eBay don't even sync with an actual Xbox 360 because they give out a USB manufacture ID that doesn't match anything in the dashboard listing. This leaves you to use such controllers on the PC only.

Time to get your money back!

If you get these controllers. My advice to you is to get your money back on them as often times the description they post on eBay for controllers like the ones above is so misleading that you can easily win your money back just off of "Product not described".

If you got one of these from North American company GameStop. It's because the employee can't even tell the difference. Or ,the manager at said GameStop has no soul. Either way get your money back if you can!

Other Crazy notes about these controller suggestions.

"*" - Controller cost can vary from country to country. Low-prices can be based on the used/refurbished market and prices may or may not include shipping and handling. Also note depending on the article such as original Xbox cost is reduced to $1 as often these require hardware do-it-yourself level modification which has a minimum $1 cost set.

Onward to the controller games!

Alright, now with the history out of the way lets dive right into the various games that you can play with controllers on PC. Once again please understand that this is not a complete list and there's plenty more games still out there. We will try to provide as many links as possible to acquire the game.

controlelr games - Broforce.Broforce

Description: This is a side scrolling fully destructive platformer where it can be played in single player or with a party as you run around screaming "MURRICA!". With an almost uncomfortable amount of firepower blowing everything up in your path. Controller wise it simply works! We didn't feel any need to re-map any of the controls for Broforce. Go get it!

controller games - Gang BeastsGang Beasts

  • Maximum Players: 8
  • Network Mode: Unknown (Currently in development)
  • DRM: Unknown (Currently in development)
  • Available on: Steam

Description: 45 degree 3-d fighting game. Although not too much fun in single player mode Gang Beasts has the potential of being the next Smash Brothers for the PC world. With generous abuse of the physics engine your fighters flop around an arena in order to knock each other out. Controls are easy to map but can be a little bizarre to master due to the nature of this game.

controller games - Starwhal.Starwhal

  • Maximum Players: 4
  • Network Mode: No.
  • DRM: Unknown.
  • Available on: Steam

Description: 2-d space jousting game with a lot of retro new-wave artwork. Works really well with just about every controller we hooked up to this game.

controller games - Move Or DieMove or Die

  • Maximum Players: 4
  • Network Mode: Yes.
  • DRM: Unknown.
  • Available on: Steam

Description: 2-d versus game with multiple modes and AI support. Cross-Platform multiplayer support and available for MAC for those who can get their Xbox controller working there.

controller games - Jamestown.Jamestown

  • Maximum Players: 4
  • Network Mode: No.
  • DRM: No.
  • Available on: Steam

Description: Top-Down bullet hell shooter which is fun to play in both single player and multiplayer. Controller support for virtually any controller as it only needs 3 buttons and direction pads to play.

controller games - Bearzerkers.Bearzerkers

  • Maximum Players: 4
  • Network Mode: No.
  • DRM: No.
  • Available on: Steam

Description: 45 degree 3-d game where it's a game about avoidance while throwing your fellow woodland creatures under a bear. Automatically configured for Xbox game controllers so you are good to go.


controller games - Rocket LeagueRocket League

  • Maximum Players: 4 (8-player with another PC network connected)
  • Network Mode: Yes.
  • DRM: Unknown.
  • Available on: Steam

Description: Rocket League is full 3-d with split screen mode for local player support. An additional PC is required for 8 player team-on-team support. This game works very well with the Xbox controller.

Final thoughts.

As stated in the start of this entry this is far from a complete list of PC based Couch/Party games that are available. You are welcome to leave comments below and I shall periodically update this list. I thank you for checking out our little blog and hope you have a wonderful day.


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