Gaming is sometimes best enjoyed with a friend or two. There’s a number of great video game titles to have launched which offers cooperative gameplay. If you’re in the market for a new title to enjoy with a friend then take a look at our favorite picks down below.
Make sure to check back often as we’ll continue to update this list with new titles that we feel make for some great offline co-op gameplay on the PlayStation 4. Also, make note that these games not ranked in any particular order. You’ll find something here for any type of gamer, young and old. If you’re looking to find a game to play with family and friends locally then check out some of these game picks down below. These are not ranked in any particular order as we’re trying to represent several different genres. Hopefully you’ll find something of interest to play with a friend locally.
#45 Star Wars Battlefront 2
The Star Wars Battlefront series has been around for a while but it was during last-generation video game console platforms that the series got picked back up in a slight reboot. Currently, the latest installment for this series is Star Wars Battlefront 2 and it’s what you would expect from these types of games. Outside of the campaign, there are plenty of battles to partake in as you typically play a ground soldier attempting to fight off the opposing side. Did you know that you could play split-screen with this game as well? Unfortunately, it’s limited to offline so that may be a bit of a bummer for those wanting more of an action-packed competitive gameplay experience, but those that are still wanting to dive into two-player gameplay can do so within the Arcade mode. Here you can take part in different iconic scenarios from the Star Wars films or simply create your customized battle to your liking.
#44 Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil is an iconic survival horror franchise and over the years starting it was mainly a single-player experience. However, the later games started to open up co-op as an option in which case we would recommend checking out Resident Evil 5. Now, this game had a bad wrap when it initially launched into the marketplace but over the years things have started to change. It’s looked more fondly as a multiplayer action-horror game. Here players are taking the role of either Chris Redfield or a newcomer protagonist to the series, Sheva Alomar. Set in Africa, the duo begins an investigation over a new virus mutation. As you can expect, there are plenty of enemies to face off against along with a slew of puzzles. It might not be as tough as some of the earlier survival-horror installments to the franchise, but you should have plenty of fun as a third-person shooter.
#43 Towerfall Ascension
Towerfall Ascension is a competitive game you can play locally. In this game, players are starting in a corner of a map with one arrow that they can fire at their enemy. When the game starts, the players are attempting to hit each other with their arrows or avoiding a hit by jumping around the different platforms. Meanwhile, players can pick up arrows to use as ammunition or gather up a powerup found within the map. Similar to a battle royale type of game, when players take too much time the map shrinks in size. This ultimately forces players to get closer together for an attack. It’s a simple game, yet an incredibly addicting party title to enjoy with some friends locally.
#42 Crash Team Racing
Nintendo may have dominated the kart racing genre with Mario Kart over the years but that doesn’t mean there are no alternatives. One of the earlier alternatives to have come out with Crash Team Racing on the original PlayStation, however, years later we received a remastered edition of this game. It’s exactly like what you would expect from a kart racer. Here we have a collection of characters and map designs that are featured from the Crash Bandicoot IP. While racing throughout the course, there are plenty of different buffs you can grab along the way. These will either give players a bit of a speed boost or offers a weapon to use against other racers in the course.
#41 Mortal Kombat 11
We don’t need to go into detail about the Mortal Kombat IP. This is a classic fighting franchise that got started in arcades but continues to find new thrilling installments for modern platforms today. One of the latest installments is Mortal Kombat 11, which is a game that plays on history. As a result, you’re getting a brutal fighting title with these iconic characters. Whether you enjoy button mashing or more technical move combinations, Mortal Kombat 11 caters to a wide audience of players.
#40 Injustice Series
From the development team NetherRealm Studios, we have the Injustice series. These are the folks behind the Mortal Kombat games as of the last several years, but in this game series, we’re dealing with DC Comics characters. It’s not as violent and bloody as Mortal Kombat, but the gameplay, in general, is very much the same. There’s a nice flow to the fighting while players are picking one of several different iconic DC Comics heroes or villains to fight with. Not only will the characters have different level designs to feature the comic setting each character is from but also certain characters will have some unique interactions with each other. Players will find that there are two video game installments readily available today with fans expecting a third installment will be unveiled in the future.
#39 Spelunky 2
Spelunky was a hit indie platformer and it wasn’t much of a surprise to see a sequel come out into the marketplace to further enhance the gameplay experience. In Spelunky 2 players are once again going through a 2D platform as you explore deadly caves that take players into the dark depths of below. This is a procedurally generated video game so not only will the level change up to provide new challenges or pathways that players can take along with plenty of hostile enemies that will pop up to deal with. Players can work together in a local co-op as you attempt to scavenge treasure, watch out for traps, and defeat monsters.
Currently, Nintendo offers the biggest seller when it comes to platform fighters. The Super Smash Bros franchise is highly beloved with players taking control of an iconic video game character as they head into battle. Several different level designs force players to jump around to avoid opponents while making use of the level design to deliver powerful blows. Meanwhile, several unique items will drop down onto the map which offers some kind of a buff whether it’s to reduce the damage you’ve taken already or a weapon that can be used against your opponents. Fortunately, there’s a free alternative that you can pick up on the PlayStation 4 which is Brawlhalla. It’s a game that mimics the Super Smash Bros formula but with a different roster of characters. While there are some unique characters for this game, players will find that there are also crossovers that have happened to bring in more iconic characters for players to use. In the past, we’ve seen franchises such as Rayman, WWE, Adventure Time, The Walking Dead, to Tomb Raider showcased in Brawlhalla.
#37 Trackmania Turbo
The Trackmania games have been incredibly fun. These are over-the-top action-packed racing arcade games. Players essentially are racing through intense speeds going around different courses that are out of this world. They could have big jumps or spirals. One of the popular installments that’s worth checking out is Trackmania Turbo which offers split-screen support. Players can join together and attempt to race against each other with up to four-player support. You could even create your tracks to race around in the level editor so there’s always a new track available to race around in.
#36 Castle Crashers Remastered
Castle Crashers is a pretty iconic beat ‘em up a title that was released as an XBLA game for the Xbox 360 platform. However, there is Castle Crashers Remastered edition available for players that either want to replay this game on the PlayStation 4 or enjoy it for the first time. Within the game, players are taking the role of knights as they seek out to rescue the kingdom’s princess after she was kidnapped by an evil wizard. Throughout the game, players are battling against all sorts of behemoth monsters. It’s a solid title that up to four players locally can join in together.
#35 Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is another indie title that’s featured in this list. Players are working together to operate a spaceship. In this ship, there are four different stations in which players will need to run around the ship to reach a specific station. For instance, if you needed to work the engines, then you would run to the bay that correlates to the engines but the same can be said for shields and weapons. There are more bays than there are players so it’s a constant battle to work with your team of players as you attempt to battle against hostile enemies.
#34 It Takes Two
From the same developer behind A Way Out, Hazelight Studios comes It Takes Two. The game is just like A Way Out in the sense that you need two players to go through the game. While the game narrative is about rekindling the relationship between two characters that have seemingly fallen out of love, the gameplay is where this game shines. It’s full of creativity and it constantly changes up the gameplay so it’s never feeling dull. No matter if it’s platforming, makeshift fighting games, or solving puzzles, the entire game is always centered around both players working together to complete an objective.
Sportsfriends is a bit of a wacky title to play that’s made for at the very least two players. It’s a collection of minigames which are great for when you have some friends together. For instance, players can go through a game where you’re pole vaulting in the air to hit a ball attached to the line. The goal here is to hit the ball into the opposing side’s goal. However, because of the odd physics, it’s tough just reaching the ball and hitting it correctly. You even have a game where players are using motion controllers to keep a steady hand as they listen to classical music. With each player representing an instrument within the band, the focus is attempting to wack the player’s hands while holding the controller in hopes the movement is too fast resulting in their instrument breaking in-game.
Those of you wanting a more simple game to play will want to dive into Nidhogg. It’s a 2D game fighting game where the goal is to reach the end of the level, depending on which way your character faces when the game starts. When you reach the end of the level, you’re sacrificed to a giant monster. However, along the way you’re constantly battling your opponent. Players are dueling each other with swords so it’s a constant battle to parry and sink the sword into your opponent’s body. When you successfully kill the opponent, you move onto the next screen where the player will have respawned and ready to fight again. This process repeats until one player manages to reach the final screen where the monster awaits. If you enjoy the game, then there’s a sequel worth trying out as well.
Speedrunners is a competitive racing game where players are taking the role of characters that have grappling hooks. It’s all about staying ahead of the pack by using your grappling hook to swing forward and jumping over obstacles. Since the camera focuses on whoever is in the lead, the characters that end up getting out of frame are killed off. However, it’s very easy to catch up and gain the lead since the person in front has far less view of what’s coming up ahead. This means those that are in the back have a heads up on just what obstacles they’ll need to avoid going forward.
If you enjoy Souls-like video games and want something of a local co-op split screen experience then give Hellpoint a chance. This is a game that doesn’t throw a bunch of story lore for you but instead lets you come up with what’s going on your own as you progress through the game. It’s a brutal tense battle as you go through this science-fiction game, you have a ton of hellish monsters to battle with. When you die off the game throws in a version of yourself to battle with so the better the gear you had will result in the tougher the fight.
#29 Street Fighter V
Another fighting game worth pointing out that you could pick up and enjoy is Street Fighter V. The Street Fighter franchise, in general, has been around for ages and it’s brought plenty of memorable characters to battle with. We’re waiting on the Street Fighter 6 announcement, but for now, Street Fighter V is the latest release for the mainline franchise that you can pick up and enjoy today. In this game, we have the V Trigger system in place which changes up some of the gameplay. Each character has some kind of an ability to use when the meter is filled. It could be a more powerful attack or a buff that gives a character more opportunity to rank up a combo set. If you remember enjoying the Street Fighter franchise over the past decades then this is a game worth picking up especially for the PlayStation 4 platform as it never made its way to other consoles since it was released.
#28 Rock Band 4
Rock Band is quite the iconic video game that doesn’t get brought up much these days. It was a rhythm-based video game where players played with makeshift instruments in a band. This included a microphone, guitar, bass, and the drums. You can still enjoy this game on the PlayStation 4 with Rock Band 4, which was the latest mainline release from developers Harmonix. It’s a bit older now with the game releasing back in 2015, but overall the gameplay itself remained the same. You had a wide selection of tracks to play with and it’s overall just a solid fun game to play with friends. We might not ever see the huge hype over rhythm games like we did back in the mid-2000s but you’re bound to have some fun if you play this game next time you have a party gathering.
#27 Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a party game that is played with the PSVR although you can get away with it now without a VR headset. With that said, it’s a bit more fun with the VR component. In the game, the player with the VR headset is locked in a room with a timebomb. Located all around the bomb are puzzles with knobs, switches, lights, symbols, and wires. It’s your job to tell the people outside of VR what you’re seeing so that they can view the manual. With a limited amount of time, the players with the manual are not able to see the bomb and must rely on the VR player to explain what they are seeing. By looking at the manual you can tell the player in VR how to disarm the bomb. If you take too long or guess wrong the bomb will detonate.
#26 Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
The Puyo games never really made their way to the western markets all that much compared to the original titles that were released in Japan. However, in 2014 we did receive Puyo Puyo Tetris. If you’re unfamiliar with these games, they match four types of titles where you require gathering four of these colored orbs as they dropped down into the board, very much like Tetris. Meanwhile, Tetris acted very much the same as it has over the past several decades. In Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 we get a new installment that provides more of the crossover type of puzzle competitive game challenge. Players can face each other and attempt to fill their board with blocks in order to win the game.
#25 Moving Out
If you enjoy party games like Overcooked then Moving Out is one title you won’t want to miss. It’s a game that released in 2020 so it’s relatively new and best of all, the game can offer up to four-player support. Similar to Overcooked, the game is all about strategy and working against the clock. Instead of dealing with a kitchen and cooking up particular dishes, Moving Out forces players into a moving company. Your job as a unit is to clear out a house from all the boxes, fragile items, and appliances.
It sounds simple enough but you’re on a time crunch to hit certain awards by clearing the house within a designated time slot. Furthermore, the challenge presents itself by the uniquely shaped furniture that makes it difficult to carry out alone but also incredibly challenging to work alongside a friend. Finding the best ways to take unique shaped furniture is all about working with a friend and plotting away. You can even play a bit risky by throwing items to other players to bypass certain hazards.
#24 Streets of Rage 4
If you owned a Sega Genesis back in the day, you had the Streets of Rage series, or at the very least Streets of Rage 2. The video game franchise is a classic beat ‘em up series that had only three installments available though the gameplay remained the same. In this game, players take on a character that is forced into fighting off all sorts of thugs and criminals as they restore society. While the franchise was quite popular, it would be decades before a new installment released. Now we have Streets of Rage 4 available to enjoy which takes place ten years after the events of Streets of Rage 3.
With a few familiar faces along with some newcomers, players will have to fight off a new crime syndicate that had been brainwashing the city. While the visuals had been tweaked a bit, the gameplay remains very much the same and if you’re familiar with the past installments, you know that this is an excellent cooperative gameplay experience. In Streets of Rage 4, the game can support up to four players offline.
#23 Borderlands 3
The Borderlands franchise has been one that several gamers easily flocked to when wanting to enjoy a cooperative gameplay experience. Fortunately, Borderlands 3 is everything we’ve come to love from the franchise with several big enhancements to keep players awe inspired. If you haven’t played a Borderlands game, then this is a looter shooter. It’s all about taking down enemies while grabbing new gear and there is a vastly wide range of gear to pick up. Unlike before, players will not be stuck just on Pandora but will be going through a variety of unique looking planets full of colorful scenery and wacky characters as you seek out Vaults.
We’re not going to spoil the narrative for you, but what’s most important in this list is the cooperative gameplay. Just as before you will still find the Borderlands franchise will support local co-op and split-screen gameplay. If you’re playing the game on the PlayStation 4 you’ll have the ability to jump into the game with a couple of friends.
#22 Knights and Bikes
Knights and Bikes is a quirky game that takes inspiration from adventure tales such as the cinematic hit, The Goonies. In the game, players take the role of two young girls that strive to explore the island and unearth the secrets it holds. Most of the game is based around puzzle-solving and with the girls having unique abilities, you’ll have to use a combination of their unique attributes in order to complete the tasks that lay ahead. Speaking of abilities, the game also makes use of their different attacks when facing off against an assortment of enemies, with a certain character proving to be more useful in select situations.
#21 Team Sonic Racing
As mentioned the kart racers have mainly been dominated by Mario Kart but if there’s another competitor that can provide the same thrills and fun then it has to go to Sega’s All-Stars Racing series. There have been a few titles in the mix that focuses on Sega properties and characters, but this latest installment features just the Sonic IP. In 2019 we got Team Sonic Racing which only features characters and locations found within the various Sonic the Hedgehog titles so you may be out of luck if you were hoping other Sega IPs would make an appearance in this installment. Players will find that the characters featured are broken down into classes that will either emphasize on areas such as speed or power. Likewise, there are over twenty different tracks which again are designed by the different levels found in the main Sonic titles.
An area that you may find of interest with this game is that the developers included a cooperative gameplay mode which puts players into teams. From there they will race alongside each other as they attempt to win races that factor in how well the team actually works together. Instead of having players simply cross the finish line in first, players will have to work together throughout the race such as providing each other power-ups when needed.
#20 Gang Beasts
If you’re not after a narrative experience and want a little more wacky gameplay then we suggest looking at Gang Beasts. This is a party style brawler beat ‘em up title where players take on the role of a humanoid blob. Your goal is to be the last man standing as you kick, punch and attempt to toss your opponents into hazardous areas scattered throughout the map. Gameplay is addicting and it’s a great time with lighthearted gameplay.
#19 Unravel Two
In Unravel Two players will step into the role of a yarn figurine as you attempt to maneuver around the world and solve puzzles. However, due to being made of yarn and having a restriction on where along with how far you can go will make the game a bit challenging. If you enjoyed the first title then you may want to pick up the sequel as it also supports multiplayer which is the main caveat of the sequel. Players must work together and solve puzzles and overcome obstacles.
Broforce is an explosive four-player co-op platformer follows a group of badasses inspired by action movie heroes such as Bro Hard, Rambro, and Indiana Brones. Players will be clearing out all freedom-hating terrorists as they liberate the innocent civilians. This is one title well worth playing with a group of friends as its simple, addicting and with the map creator, new levels are constantly being added to download.
#17 Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
The sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris offers a new action-adventure for a group of friends to go through. This title plays out similar to its predecessor which is a non-linear arcade style action-adventure where Lara Croft, Carter, Isis, and Horus who are set off to defeat an evil deity known as Set. Played in an isometric camera view, up to four players can join in to go through the narrative campaign which involves combat and puzzle solving.
#16 Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle
Capcom has been around for years. In fact, some of their original games released are likely older than you are right now. But don’t write off these video game titles just yet. Capcom recently put out a new bundle compilation release known as Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle, a collection of seven video game arcade classics. Included in the compilation are Captain Commando, The King of Dragonss, Knights of the Round, Warriors of Fate, Armored Warriors, Battle Circuit, and Final Fight.
#15 A Way Out
A Way Out is an action-adventure journey from Hazelight Studios. This is the second video game to be directed by Josef Fares who you may be familiar with from his previous title, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.
Overall, this is a rather unique action-adventure video game as it will require two players at all times. Players will be taking the role of inmates who must escape their imprisonment. Most would say that the game is a carbon copy at times with the film, Shawshank Redemption. Regardless, the entire game is played out in a split-screen where you’ll work with a friend in an attempt to maneuver around the levels, solve puzzles and progress the story.
#14 Call of Duty Zombies
A number of Call of Duty installments offer a fantastic co-op multiplayer game mode which is often referred to as zombies. Players are often tasked with surviving a wave of zombies and must work together in order to complete tasks or unlock new areas of the map. These game modes are always a fun to play through mindlessly or simply to see just how far you and some friends can make it through the waves of zombies.
#13 Sonic Mania
Sonic the Hedgehog is a staple video game character. Decades have passed and to this day, there are still new Sonic games being pumped out. Sonic Mania is a side-scrolling platformer that fans of the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game will be familiar with. This latest installment at times reboots past levels of the iconic franchise and greatly extends them. Most of the iconic power-ups are available along with a few new ones added into the mix. There is also a wide assortment of boss fights. Overall, this is one of the best installments from the entire franchise and just like the franchise, there is multiplayer here. Players can go through levels together as the secondary character helps Sonic along by gathering up rings and participating in boss battles. Likewise, there is competition modes where players can race each other to see who reaches the end of the level first.
#12 Don’t Starve Together
Don’t Starve Together is an open world survival video game in which players must help keep their protagonist alive through a dark and harsh world. The game offers a day and night cycle in which the day portion puts players into collecting resources such as food and firewood while at night the game tosses monsters for players to avoid. This can be a difficult game for players to go through as well simply due to the fact that your world will be randomly generated and the included permanent death implementation.
Overcooked is a cooking simulator type video game. Developed by Ghost Town Games, players take on the role of a chef who must prepare a variety of meals within the time limit. However, the game is filled with obstacles and hazards forcing players to quickly work together in order to send out the desired meal recipes that come up.
#10 LittleBigPlanet 3
Currently the last installment to the LittleBigPlanet main series, LittleBigPlanet 3 offers gamers a new puzzle-platformer to enjoy with a friend. Overall, the game follows the same gameplay mechanics as the past two main entries of the series. The third installment to the series brings in three additional characters which offers their own unique abilities and that will come to play in solving certain puzzles through the campaign. Luckily, if you complete the game, the development team has allowed user created levels to be uploaded to go through. Likewise, players are able to craft their own levels and upload them for other gamers to enjoy.
Helldivers is set within the future, a specialized combat unit known as the Helldivers are a team sent out to retrieve technology, fight off enemy alien species, along with conducting any other activity that the government feels is important to mankind freedom. While the game does feature a single player campaign, the development team focused on making a more enjoyable multiplayer aspect feature. Combat is chaotic as friendly fire does play a factor which will mean players will have to carefully plan out their every move and combat strategy.
#8 Enter The Gungeon
Enter the Gungeon can be a punishing adventure to take on. Players will be going through a series of procedural-generated levels as they hunt down loot and face against an array of enemies. While you may find yourself taking quite a few deaths along the journey, the game’s ability to reward players with powerful weaponry will entice you into returning for more. Best of all, the game offers a co-op mode to help aid in the journey into the gungeon.
#7 Ultimate Chicken Horse
Those looking to get some competitive gameplay in then you can’t go wrong with Ultimate Chick Horse. It’s a fun little party platformer where players take the role of animal and race through a series of difficult levels in hopes of racking up points. Each level is filled with obstacles and hazards which makes it tough to maneuver through in a race to reach the finish line first. This is also a very quick game with rounds only lasting a minute which means that not only are you racing to reach the end first but you’ll also have to deal with a timer. It’s a simple party game that you’ll likely have a blast playing with family and friends.
#6 Diablo III
The third installment of the Diablo series by developers Blizzard Entertainment made its way to PC, but also consoles. Playing out much like its predecessors, gamers pick one of six possible character classes and begin their journey of taking on quests and grabbing up precious loot. Of course, the game works best when you gather a group of friends to go through this action RPG hack-and-slash title.
#5 Shovel Knight
Shovel Knight is a side-scrolling 2D hit that looks as if it belongs as a classic hit for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. It’s clear that the developers created this game after the love and joy from those early 2D side-scrolling platformers along with beat ‘em up video game titles. Even if you didn’t enjoy the early years of Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Sega Genesis, this is still very much a must-play video game. We’re thrilled for the upcoming expansion Shovel Knight: King of Cards, but we can’t help but wonder if the development team will be giving this game an official sequel in the near future.
#4 Divinity: Original Sin 2
Divinity: Original Sin 2 takes place after the first installment. During a time of wars and religious persecution, Bishop Alexandar the Innocent declares all Sorcerers to be criminals. Now a group of four Sorcerers embarks on a journey to defeat the Bishop. Players can join together in a party as well making the journey cooperative.
The game did originally release on the PC platform back in 2017 where it was a massive hit from both critics and fans alike. It’s worth noting that this is a turn-based combat RPG which may be a turnoff for some gamers. However, if you enjoy the game then the development team has included support for mods which will allow players to create new content for others to enjoy. Those of you after a thrilling co-op RPG where players can join in and control a member of a party shouldn’t pass this title up.
Minecraft continues to bring in plenty of gamers to enjoy the endless crafting and exploring of a randomly generated world. The video game has been around since 2011 where players are set to survive in a pixelated block world. In order to do so, the game will have players seek out various resources while building a shelter that would protect the player from the hostile enemies that spawn in the world. This is not only a fun game to enjoy at any age but one that’s also great to enjoy with young gamers as well.
#2 Rocket League
It doesn’t take very much to describe Rocket League. The game quickly exploded in popularity when it launched back in 2015. The following year, 2016, developers Psyonix launched the game for the Xbox One where its popularity still holds strong to this day. Essentially, Rocket League is a soccer title though played with fast vehicles that can launch into the air to either block or knock the ball into a goal post. Now the game is available for several platforms and is free-to-play so you can give it a shot and play with or against some friends.
#1 Rayman Legends
Rayman is back with Rayman Legends. This time around Rayman and his friends discover mysterious paintings that have transported them into a new mythical world. This installment features local multiplayer with up to four-player co-op. At any point within the game, three other friends can jump into the campaign seamlessly or there’s even a series of different challenge-based modes. To top it off there are plenty of featured Rayman Origins levels with improved visuals.
The 10 Best Local Multiplayer Games for the PS4
Online multiplayer is part of nearly every major game release these days. However, local multiplayer, which was once wildly popular, has sadly become less prominent in recent years.
Thankfully, even though local multiplayer isn't that common on current-gen consoles, you can still enjoy a great time playing with friends on one system in one room. And with that in mind, here are the best local multiplayer games on PS4, in no particular order...
1. Rocket League
Rocket League is a popular sports game that has you playing soccer with rocket-powered cars. You'll need to master its physics to get the hang of boosting, flipping, and scoring goals.
For offline fun, Rocket League lets local players join and start an exhibition match. You and a friend can also compete against others online, if you prefer. The pick-up-and-play competitive nature of this game makes it perfect for novices and veterans alike. We also think it's one of the best PS4 games for kids.
Buy:Rocket League ($19.99)
2. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
Borderlands is an open-world loot-based shooter series. The Handsome Collection bundles Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for hundreds of hours of content to enjoy.
You can play both games in local multiplayer with up to four players. In fact, Borderlands works best in multiplayer, so this is the ideal way to play the game.
This is a title your non-gaming friends probably won't appreciate. But if you want to sink your teeth into a long adventure with roommates, it's a perfect pick.
Buy:Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
3. TowerFall Ascension
TowerFall nails what a multiplayer party game is all about: friendly competition where victory is never guaranteed. It's a 2D pixel-art battle royale where you shoot the other contenders with arrows.
However, you have a limited supply in your quiver, so you'll have to retrieve arrows from walls to stay in the fight. A variety of gameplay options keep the experience fresh every time, and there are co-op modes if you'd rather team up.
If you're looking for a Super Smash Bros.-like experience that will have you hurling insults at your buddies all night, this is the game for you. As the developer states:
"TowerFall is best played competitively with friends, cross-legged on the floor within punching distance of each other."
Buy:TowerFall Ascension ($14.99)
4. Rayman Legends
Rayman isn't as well-known as Mario or Sonic, but that's no excuse to miss this game. Rayman Legends is one of the best platformers of all time, with gorgeous graphics, excellent level design, and a kicking soundtrack.
While the adventure is great in single-player, Legends supports playing the whole game with up to four players in local co-op. You can work together to reach the end of each level, but depending on your companions, you may hurt each other more than help.
If you need a break, try the Kung Foot minigame. It's a basic match of soccer with the same controls as the main game, and is surprisingly enjoyable on its own.
Buy:Rayman Legends ($19.99)
5. Diablo 3
Diablo 3 is a dungeon-crawling action game; the series is one of Blizzard's most popular. For the right audience, it's the perfect co-op multiplayer game.
Like Borderlands, we definitely don't recommend this one for playing with casual gaming friends or kids. Diablo is a complex game and by the time you explain everything to a newcomer, the night will be over. This is a game to grind through over a long time with your significant other.
We've previously published some Diablo 3 tips and tricks which you should check out if you'd like to read more about this fantastic game.
Buy:Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition ($29.99)
6. Overcooked / Overcooked 2
Overcooked is a truly special multiplayer game. It tasks up to four players with cooperating in a restaurant kitchen to complete orders. What starts off as a simple premise soon turns into a chaotic mess with conveyor belts, flickering lights, floors that break apart, and more.
Anyone can grasp the concept of the game, but the coordination required will test even the best of friends. Give it a try if you like teaming up more than competing and don't mind a little stress. Our list of Overcooked tips and tricks should help you succeed.
If you enjoy the original, the sequel is largely more of the same with some extra polish. And if you like the mania of Overcooked, check out our guide to Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.
Buy:Overcooked: Gourmet Edition ($19.99)
Buy:Overcooked 2 ($24.99)
7. Everybody's Golf (2017)
Everybody's Golf is exactly what it sounds like: a family-friendly golf game for up to four players. Due to the nature of golf gameplay, you can take turns with just one controller. This makes it a good choice if you don't have extra controllers sitting around.
You don't have to enjoy golf in real life to get a kick out of this game. It has a great character customization tool, simple controls, and the cartoony graphics keep it lighthearted.
Buy:Everybody's Golf ($19.99)
8. The Jackbox Party Pack (Series)
If you like the idea of a local multiplayer experience that's less of a video game and more like a party board game, give Jackbox a look. Once you start a game on your PS4, Jackbox allows everyone to join with just their smartphone or tablet---great for remote play with your PS4 party friends. This makes it a great pick for large groups, or if you don't have a lot of controllers.
At the time of writing, Jackbox offers six Party Packs, each containing five games. While you should avoid the first pack, each of the others has high and low points. Check out WhatNerd's guide to every Jackbox game for more information. If you're not sure where to start, we think Party Pack 3 is a great first choice.
Due to some suggestive content, some of these games can be inappropriate for young players. Most have a family-friendly option to filter the worst elements, though.
Buy:The Jackbox Party Pack 3 ($24.99)
9. Puyo Puyo Tetris
Do you love puzzle games and want to see who among your friends is sharpest? Puyo Puyo Tetris combines two classic puzzle games into one, and has great options for local multiplayer.
You can keep it simple and compete in basic matches of Puyo Puyo or Tetris. But the game also includes a variety of combination modes, including one where you regularly switch between a board for each mode, and another where you play them both at the same time.
Whether you're a fan of one or both of these series, there's a lot for traditional puzzle fans to love here.
Buy:Puyo Puyo Tetris ($19.99)
10. Nidhogg / Nidhogg 2
Nidhogg has simple visuals, but its tug-of-war gameplay makes for great competition. It pits two players in an arena, where the goal is to push your opponent back. You have a sword to fight with, but getting one kill isn't the end. It takes several victories to earn the crown.
Like the best multiplayer titles, it's simple but endlessly enticing. A night with this great two-player multiplayer game will settle any outstanding feuds between friends for sure. And if you enjoy the original, try Nidhogg 2 for more weapons, updated graphics, and more.
Buy:Nidhogg 2 ($14.99)
A Night of Fun With Local Multiplayer PS4 Games
While local multiplayer isn't as prevalent as online play today, you can still find awesome experiences with a bit of digging---some are even available with PlayStation Now. Each of these local multiplayer games for PS4 supports various numbers of players and differing skill levels. With the right game for the right crowd, the hours will tick by without you ever noticing.
Don't forget about the wealth of other titles on the PS4: We've rounded up the best PS4 exclusives you should definitely check out. And if you're ready for some more multiplayer experiences, have a look at these local multiplayer games for Android and iOS.
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The best split screen PS4 games in 2021
The best split screen PS4 games are a perfect choice for gaming with a friend or family member. While plenty of great PS4 games offer multiplayer components, games that offer split screen functionality in particular are a little bit rarer. There are plenty of good reasons for this, including the fact that split screen multiplayer modes are difficult to program, and their utility is limited in a world that seems to prefer online gaming to couch co-op anyway.
Nevertheless, split screen games offer a special kind of cooperative or competitive experience, as you can go anywhere you want and do anything you want, while letting your partner on the couch do the same thing. It’s all the best parts of a multiplayer experience without the restrictions that often go along with local multiplayer.
There are many genres represented among the best split screen PS4 games. Whether you want to play first-person shooters, racing games, RPGs, action games or even horror games, there should be something here to suit your tastes. Just be sure to pick up an extra controller first.
What are the best split screen PS4 games?
Naturally, the best split screen PS4 games will vary, depending on what exactly you want to play. And remember: When you start up a split screen game, it’s not just about you; your partner’s preferences come into play, too. If you want to blast each other in a competitive shooter and your friend wants to cooperate to solve puzzles and advance a story, you’re not going to find much common ground. As such, your first question should be what kind of game you both want to play — or, at least what kind of game you both wouldn’t mind playing.
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is a relatively safe bet, particularly since you can play with up to four people. Not many split screen games offer that kind of functionality. But the Borderlands games combine a lot of disparate elements into something that will please almost any kind of gamer. The core of the experience is an FPS, but it’s an FPS that’s dependent on leveling up, improving your skills and finding better equipment over time. There are also lots of quests to complete and areas to explore, meaning that it’s not just about shooting.
A Way Out is one of the more interesting games on the list, in that it’s one of the few asymmetrical titles. You and your partner won’t be controlling the same kind of characters, doing the same kinds of activities. Leo and Vincent, the game’s two protagonists, each have different skills and roles in the story, so playing as each one confers a pretty different experience. You may want to tackle the game twice.
Be aware that the PS5 now here, so there won't be many more split-screen games coming out for PS4. However, you'll be able to play all of these games on a PS5, and even use your DualShock 4 controllers for them. Read our full PS5 review for further details.
The best split screen PS4 games you can buy today
1. Ark: Survival Evolved
Ark: Survival Evolved was an early-access game on Steam for a long time, but it finally got a full release on the PC, the Xbox One and, of course, the PS4. The game is all about surviving in a harsh wilderness, crafting tools, clothes, food, shelter and whatever else you may need to thrive in a challenging environment. And in order to get those resources, you’ll need to battle the native wildlife.
Where Ark sets itself apart from the rest of the genre, though, is that its world is populated primarily by enormous dinosaurs. Whereas most survival games pit you against humans or mundane animals, things can get a little more outlandish in Ark. If you want to mount a T-rex and strap laser cannons to the beast, you're more than welcome, and it's even more fun with a friend.
2. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
In case you've never played it, Borderlands is a series of compulsively playable FPS/RPGs that cast you as a treasure hunter on a harsh planet, full of dangers both human and alien. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection on PS4 collects both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and both of them allow two, three or four players to share a local split screen.
In fact, this is arguably the best way to play the game, since each player can choose a different character class, and co-op partners will make relatively short work of the game's myriad challenges. But even if you only have two players at your disposal, you’ll both enjoy the game’s addictive mix of gunning down foes and gathering new gear. It’s somewhat twitch-based and somewhat strategic, and doesn’t require too much training to pick up.
3. Call of Duty: WWII
While you can't experience the cinematic campaign in Call of Duty: WWII with another player, it’s one of the best split screen PS4 games for every other mode. Whether you want to oppose each other or team up in multiplayer matches, you can do it from a split screen perspective. You can hone your skills against one another, against bots, or against other players online. While it’s a little challenging without the full screen at your disposal, it’s arguably better than playing alone.
Even better: You can collaborate in the game's zombie mode, which lets you and a friend experience a campy, imaginative horror story with the tried-and-true Call of Duty control scheme. If you have fond memories of playing split screen Halo with friends after school, this isn't terribly different; just a little more grounded in 1940s technology.
4. Divinity: Original Sin
Old-school RPGs with couch co-op are pretty rare to begin with, but one with split screen functionality is almost unheard of. Divinity: Original Sin delivers a single-player experience that most other games in the genre would envy, then goes a little further by offering the entire thing in split screen co-op. That’s more than the old-school games could claim.
You and your friend/partner/sibling/person you grabbed off the street will each create a Source Hunter: a powerful warrior who can use both conventional weapons and magic to save the world from evil magicians known as Sourcerers. The turn-based combat manages to be both breezy and strategic, but you'll need to invest a long time to finish this adventure. If you don’t live with your co-op partner, that might be challenging — or it might be a good excuse to spend a few hours together every week.
5. Divinity: Original Sin II
One of the best PS4 RPGs overall is also one of the best split screen PS4 games. The first Divinity: Original Sin had couch co-op; you didn't really think the developers would take that feature away, did you? This RPG sequel — which received even more critical and fan acclaim than the first — casts you once again as a "Sourcerer," who can channel divine magic in order to become better combatants or cast fantastical spells.
This time, the player is in contact with a mysterious entity known as the "Godwoken," who guides him or her on a perilous quest across a broken land. There's adventure, intrigue and friendship — which is appropriate, since you can play the whole thing, start-to-finish, with two players, each of whom has a customized character to control. Since you’re not tethered to each other, you can each complete quests in the way you see fit.
6. Don't Starve Together
Don't Starve is one of those games whose title is also its instruction manual. The premise is pretty straightforward: You're stuck in a harsh world, full of dangerous beasts, adverse weather conditions and unpredictable terrain, and you need to somehow find food, shelter and the weapons needed to take down hostile monsters.
Don't Starve Together lets you and one other person collaborate, as you share your resources and do your best to survive together. You'll double your output, sure, but remember: You'll also need twice as many supplies to survive. You can try your luck with other players online, or keep it to just the two of you. There are three different modes to try, including a standard Survival mode, a more open-ended Wilderness mode and an Endless mode that’s more about exploration than challenge. As survival titles go, it’s one of the best split screen PS4 games.
7. Gran Turismo Sport
You can't write a list of split screen games and not include a racing title. Gran Turismo Sport is, first and foremost, a stunningly gorgeous game, featuring meticulous re-creations of more than 160 real-life cars and 17 imaginative racecourses. You’ll be able to drive some of the fastest cars around from companies like Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and more. The racetracks will take you from California, to Belgium, to Austria, to Japan, to England and beyond.
Tight controls and a focus on realism should help racing-game aficionados and novices alike find something to suit their tastes. Beyond that, there's not too much to say; Gran Turismo Sport lets you race two digital cars against each other, very fast, just like you've been doing since the dawn of video games. And sometimes, that's all you need.
8. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Finding something to play split screen with a younger audience can be a challenge, but Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 does a good job of appealing to kids and adults alike. You'll take control of the titular plants and zombies from the popular tower-defense game, but this time, you'll control them directly rather than play the role of an unseen tactician.
This third-person shooter is an easy way to play either competitively or cooperatively, and the more you play, the more characters and collectibles you'll unlock. There are plenty of roles available, whether you want to play as the time-traveling orange Citron, the beefy warrior Super Brainz or the mystical spellcaster Rose. Just be aware that the game has optional microtransactions, but most players attest that you don’t really need to spend money to gain a competitive advantage.
Great couch multiplayer PS4 games to enjoy with friends and family
Get your hands on a massive variety of cooperative or competitive games that don’t need an online connection to play.
ESRB EVERYONE: Mild Lyrics
Competitive, 1-4 players
How quick is a game session? Each match is five minutes of mayhem.
Welcome to the high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem. Customize your car, hit the field and compete in one of the most critically acclaimed sports games of all time.
Best played with: Your most reliable teammates and your greatest rivals.
Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 + 2
ESRB TEEN: Lyrics
Competitive, 2 players
How quick is a game session? Sessions should be no more than a few minutes.
Drop back in with the most iconic skateboarding games ever made, now fully remastered for PS4. Join the Birdman and a roster bursting with pro skaters and go head to head with a friend to pull off the biggest tricks and claim the highest scores.
Best played with: someone who can sing along with the iconic soundtrack.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
ESRB EVERYONE: Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Lyrics
Co-op, 2-4 players
How quick is a game session? An average level is about 20 minutes
The Knitted Knight returns to take on the dastardly machinations of Vex and his warped aspirations for Craftworld. Many hands make light work in this charming adventure, so rope in a couple of friends and stitch up Vex good and proper.
Best played with: A few family and friends
Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War
ESRB MATURE 17: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs
Co-oeprative and competitve, 2 players
How quick is a game session? Multiplayer will last as long as the round lasts, but Zombies mode will usually require a longer session.
Keeping up with the series' long tradition of split-screen multiplayer options, Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War allows you and a friend to fight it out in online multiplayer or go up against droves of the undead in Zombies mode, together.
Best played with: The trigger-happy tactician who's always got your back.
It Takes Two
ESRB TEEN: Animated Blood, Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence, Language
Co-op, 2 players only
How quick is a game session? Put aside at least an hour.
From the creative minds behind Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons comes an adventure absolutely dedicated to teamwork. Play as one half of a struggling married couple transported to a world both extraordinary and familiar and fight your way through a gameplay experience that's as expansive and unique as it is charming.
Best played with: Someone who gets you.
ESRB EVERYONE: Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Language
Competitive, 1-4 players
How quick is a game session? 10-20 minutes depending on course length.
Prepare to pitch and putt your way through this cute and colourful golf simulator with accessible gameplay that anyone can pick up. Customise your golfer and explore free-roaming courses, play a few games with your buddies, or drive around in a golf cart. This game is fun even when you’re not golfing!
Best played with: People who prefer a relaxing game session.
Can't Drive This
ESRB EVERYONE: Fantasy Violence
Co-op and competitive, 2-4 players
How quick is a game session? Anything from 10 seconds to 15 minutes - depends how good you are.
A unique asymmetical multiplayer driving experience, in Can't Drive This you'll need to get behind the wheel while your friends are still building the road. But here's the catch: drive too slow and the truck explodes. Work with your friend to keep the truck moving and the road expanding.
Best played with: People you can trust!
Guilty Gear -Strive-
ESRB TEEN: lood, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
Competitive, 2 players
How quick is a game session? A single match should take no more than five minutes.
The latest entry in the long-running fighting game franchise delivers a diverse roster of characters featuring old favourites and new contenders. If you and a friend love going head-to-head in the arena, then look no further, with a range of abilities and moves that make play easy to grasp but difficult to master.
Best played with: Your most competitive friends.
Crash™ Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
ESRB EVERYONE 10+: Comic Mischief, Cartoon Violence / In-Game Purchases
Co-op and competitive, 2-4 players
How quick is a game session? Around three minutes per race.
Jump into the driving seat as the most famous bandicoot in the world, in a vibrant remake of the wacky PlayStation classic. Staying true to its roots, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled delivers a high-speed, four-player split screen option in its single races, cups, time trials, and battle modes.
Best played with: Friends who love their kart racing fast, fun and colourful.
ESRB MATURE 17+: Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Blood and Gore, Intense Violence / In-Game Purchases, Users Interact
Co-op, 2 players
How quick is a game session? Stay sharp and you could be battling for over an hour.
Gearbox Software’s raucous sci-fi looter shooter lets you team up with a friend for split screen destruction across a variety of new planets. Not only that, but Borderlands 3 also introduces several options that make working with a pal more harmonious, including item and weapon drops unique to each player.
Best played with: Those who like their shooters with a dash of tongue-in-cheek madness.
Streets of Rage 4
ESRB TEEN: Cartoon Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes
Co-op, 2-4 players
How quick is a game session? Put aside an hour for a good session.
Reconnect with gaming's retro roots and experience the modern continuation of a franchise that was synonymous with co-op multiplayer in the 90s. Clean up the streets of a crime ridden city in a classic side-scrolling beat 'em up brought to life with modern hand-drawn visuals.
Best played with: Someone you knew back then.
Mortal Kombat 11
ESRB MATURE 17+: Strong Language, Blood and Gore, Intense Violence / In-Game Purchases, Users Interact
Competitive, 2 players
How quick is a game session? A three-round fight can be played in under five minutes.
There are few beat ‘em ups in gaming history that can hang with the iconic NeatherRealm Studios series, delivering some of the most brutal competitive fighting available on PlayStation.
Best played with: Old school action movie fans who need to unwind after a frustrating day at work.
ESRB EVERYONE: Mild Cartoon Violence
Co-op, 2-4 players
How quick is a game session? Around 10 minutes.
Putting the literal couch into 'couch co-op', Moving Out is a ridiculous, physics-based moving simulator for up to four friends. As a conscientious band of furniture removal specialists you and your team will have to coordinate your efforts to relocate folks around the town of Packmore with the minimum level of mayhem!
Best played with: The biggest trouble causers you know.
ESRB EVERYONE 10+: Fantasy Violence
Co-op, 2 player
How quick is a game session? 10 minutes.
The action continues as Knack returns to clobber a new mechanised foe - and with player two joining for drop-in-drop-out co-op fun, you'll form an unstoppable wrecking crew.
Best played with: Young players with a taste for action.
WipEout Omega Collection
ESRB EVERYONE 10+: Fantasy Violence
Competitive, 2 players
How quick is a game session? Five minutes or so for a race.
Roar around futuristic racetracks in rocket-like ships, using skill and well-aimed weaponry to beat your opponents to the finishing line.
Best played with: The sci-fi fan who is impatiently waiting to experience the future.
Gran Turismo Sport
ESRB EVERYONE: Use of Alcohol and Tobacco
Competitive, 2 player
How quick is a game session? A quick whizz around the track will take you five minutes.
Go head-to-head in the ultimate motorsport duel, as you and a friend get behind some of the world's most powerful sports cars in a race to the finish line.
Best played with: That petrolhead with hundreds of car magazines in their garage.
Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown
Competitive, 2 player
How quick is a game session? A single match should only take a few minutes
Return to SEGA's iconic fighting franchise in a modern recreation of Virtua Fighter 5, featuring pristine new visuals and range of additional modes. Revisit old grudges as you go head to head with classic characters and vie for the crown of the Virtua Fighter legend.
Best played with: The old arcade crew from back way back when.
Madden NFL 21
ESRB EVERYONE: In-Game Purchases, Users Interact
Co-op and competitive, 2-4 players
How quick is a game session? Around five minutes.
A new generation is leaving its mark in the NFL. Will you rise to the occasion? Change the game and take control of your own legacy. Madden NFL 21 delivers new features and modes and couch multiplayer for up to four players.
Best played with: That group of friends who always talk a good game...
EA Sports FIFA 21
ESRB EVERYONE: In-Game Purchases, Users Interact
Co-op and competitive, 2-4 players
How quick is a game session? Around five minutes.
Win as one in the latest season of EA SPORTS’ world-renowned series. Squad up and show off your skill moves on the street, or take it to the stadium with over 17,000 of the world’s best players and the chance to lift the iconic UEFA Champions League trophy.
Best played with: Anyone obsessed with the sport, especially your fantasy football rivals…
Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition
ESRB MATURE 17+: Sexual Themes, Violence, Blood and Gore, Language / Users Interact
Cooperative, 1-4 players
How quick is a game session? About an hour or two.
Team up with a friend and explore a living, breathing RPG world filled with dangerous creatures, dastardly enemies and chests of glorious loot.
Best played with: A close friend or partner with a hint of magic about them...
Team Sonic Racing
ESRB EVERYONE: Mild Cartoon Violence
Competitive, 1-4 players
How quick is a game session? A single race shouldn't last more than 10 minutes.
Join the Sonic and his friends in the fast lane for a colorful kart-racing experience set in the world of Sega's best-known platforming franchise. With support for up to four players on a single system you can get a real showdown across the dozens of tracks and available rides.
Best played with: a naturally competitive group of friends
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session!
ESRB EVERYONE 10+: Crude Humor, Mild Violence / In-Game Purchases
Competitive, 1-2 players
How quick is a game session? Songs last between two and four minutes, play as many or as few as you like!
The ultimate battle of the beats; grab your 'don' and keep time with some of Japan's most memorable music from games, anime, pop culture, and more.
Best played with: That one friend or family member who's always drumming on the table.
Overcooked! All You Can Eat Edition
ESRB EVERYONE: Users Interact
Co-op and competitive, 2-4 players
How quick is a game session? Five minutes.
Work with (or against) your friends as you try to cook in a chaotic kitchen that constantly moves around you. Fight off the Unbread, save the Onion Kingdom... and likely shout at your loved ones while doing it.
Best played with: Anyone who doesn’t mind a messy kitchen.
A Way Out
ESRB Mature 17+: Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB, Sexual Content, Strong Language
Cooperative, 2 players
How quick is a game session? Settle in for a good long story.
Design exclusively for cooperative play, A Way Out, puts you and one other player in charge of Leo and Vincent as they embark on a daring prison break. Work together to overcome security systems, prison wardens and more in a bid for freedom.
Best played with: the kind of friend you trust to have your back.
ESRB EVERYONE 10+: Fantasy Violence
Co-op, 2-4 players
How quick is a game session? Set aside at least half an hour to conquer a dungeon.
Fight your way through an action-adventure inspired by classic dungeon crawlers and set in the Minecraft universe! Team up with up to three friends and battle together through action-packed, treasure-stuffed, wildly varied levels – all in an epic quest to save the villagers and take down the evil Arch-Illager!
Best played with: friends, family and younger siblings.
Diablo III: Eternal Collection
ESRB Mature 17+: Blood and Gore, Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB, Partial Nudity, Violence
Co-op, 4 players
How quick is a game session? Drop in and out of the adventure whenever you like.
Hell itself has broken loose, threatening to plunge Sanctuary into an era of darkness and demonic rule. Take up arms against the hordes of Hell, bringing up to three trusted friends into the fray with you. Conquer gruelling dungeon and, grotesque bosses while discovering legendary loot as one of seven playable classes - teleporting back to safety whenever you need to take a break.
Best played with: A hardened group of gaming buddies.
Don't Starve Together: Console Edition
ESRB TEEN: Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB
Co-op and competitive, 2 players
How quick is a game session? That depends entirely on your ability to survive.
If you're looking for a gaming experience that will bring out deeper bonds with another, look no further than the standalone multiplayer expansion of wilderness survival game, Don't Starve. Though it's not an experience for the faint of heart, Don't Starve is a tough but rewarding experince - and with a friend in tow, the adventure only gets more tense.
Best played with: someone who can stay calm under pressure.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
ESRB EVERYONE 10+: Mild Violence
Co-op, the number of players is only limited by how many people can see the manual
How quick is a game session? Each bomb timer is set to five minutes.
This ingenious ''asymmetrical' PS VR multiplayer game has one player using the headset to tackle a ticking bomb, while the others desperately use the supplied manual to search for clues on how to defuse it. Tense, original, and a perfect night in with friends.
Please review and follow all safety guidelines for use of PlayStation®VR. PlayStation®VR is not for use by children under age 12. PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation®VR and PlayStation®Camera are required to experience VR functionality.
Best played with: Only those with a steady hand and calm disposition need apply...
ESRB TEEN: Blood, Simulated Gambling, Violence
Co-op and competitive, 2-4 players
How quick is a game session? Sub-two minute speedruns have been known...
Grab ropes, bombs, eggplants and whatever else you need to make a perfect run through the caverns of Spelunky 2 with a fellow adventurer. You’ll definitely need nerves of steel and sharp reflexes though, as this addictive platformer is not for the faint-hearted.
Best played with: Someone who doesn't mind sharing their stash of bombs (and isn't going to upset the shopkeeper).
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
ESRB EVERYONE 10+: Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence
Cooperative, 2 players
How quick is a game session? Around 20-30 minutes for a single round
Join the newest bloom in the age-old battle between plants and zombies with 20 fully customizable classes at launch, including a Team Play class for each faction. Bring the unique abilities of each character class to six PvP modes, including the new Battle Arena with two-player split screen across all game modes.
Best played with: Someone with the penchant for horticultural warfare
ESRB EVERYONE 10+: Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Alcohol Reference
Cooperative, 1-4 players
How quick is a game session? It's a big game to explore but players can drop-in and drop-out as desired.
The sequel to 2013's brilliant luchador-themed combat platformer lets you bring a chum along for the ride. Unlock abilities, grapple all manner of monsters and restore order to your homeland.
Best played with: Nimble-thumbed platformer enthusiasts and/or taco-loving pro wrestlers.
Street Fighter® V
ESRB TEEN: Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes
Competitive, 2 player
How quick is a game session? Under five minutes.
Capcom's illustrious fighting franchise is at the top of its game with the feature and character-filled Arcade version. There's a fighter and style to fit everyone's taste, while the game's colourful visuals will entertain curious onlookers.
Best played with: The martial arts master who needs to sharpen their Shoryuken.
Knights and Bikes
ESRB EVERYONE 10+: Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Alcohol Reference / Users Interact
Co-op, 1-2 players
How quick is a game session? Drop in and out whenever you like.
Play as Nessa & Demelza – the sole members of the Penfurzy Rebel Bicycle Club, along with their trusty pet goose, Captain Honkers - in this charming Goonies-inspired adventure full of friendship, legendary treasures, and ancient curses.
Best played with: A close friend with a quirky sense of humour and a taste for adventure.
ESRB Mature: Blood & Gore, Partial Nudity, Violence
Co-op, 2 players
How quick is a game session? As long as you'd like - Outward is a vast adventure, but co-op play is drop-in, drop-out.
Set out into an immense, sprawling wilderness and battle raiders, monsters, brutal weather conditions and even hunger and disease as you carve your own legend in the land of Aurai. Friends can drop in at any time with their own character to help conquer dungeons, haul back loot or simply wander the world.
Best played with: Someone who's close by - Outward is an adventure worth sharing.
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30 Best Local Multiplayer PS4 Games Of All Time (Ranked)
Narrative-driven single-players games are great. Engaging. Even inspiring.
But the best stories are the ones that we write ourselves, or so they say.
The multiplayer experience changed a lot in the past few years. But online multiplayer didn’t put an end to local multiplayer.
On the contrary, the rise of online games actually prompted developers to come up with creative ideas that could rival the massive online experiences.
There is a lot of variety out there now too. Who would have thought that a virtual cooking contest could be so much fun? Or that shifting virtual furniture wouldn’t kill you with boredom?
Whether you’re looking for something innovative or more traditional, the PlayStation 4 library is more than able to satisfy all of your multiplayer needs.
Unless you’re looking for a local battle royale game: for that, you’ll probably have to head outside.
30. Gang Beasts
Fighting games are like chess games: every action has a precise outcome and a set amount of counteractions.
Changing this results in the chaos seen in Gang Beasts.
Gang Beasts is a multiplayer game that’s just perfect for when you just want to have some silly fun.
Doing away with the precise physics of most major fighting games, Gang Beasts uses rag-doll physics that make the action hilarious, as it does not take much to send characters flying all over the arena.
Coupled with very simple controls and mechanics, this makes Gang Beast a great experience if you and your friends are not looking for anything too involving. Or if you had one drink too many.
29. Worms W.M.D
Worms are back, and they are more dangerous than ever in Worms W.M.D.
Worms W.M.D is the culmination of the classic series, with a much better weapon selection, bigger explosions, a crafting system, and the ultimate refinement of the classic turn-based mechanics that makes it perfect for multiplayer sessions with more than two players.
And if you thought that the original Worms was wacky, wait until you see the Concrete Donkey weapon in action: your opponents will die with a curse on their lips and smile on their faces.
28. Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle
Arcades may be a thing of the past. But the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle brings us straight back to one of them, allowing us to embrace once again long-forgotten feelings.
The Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle includes seven different arcade beat’em ups, ranging from the popular Final Fight to the lesser-known Knights of the Round with its rewarding parry system, and Battle Circuit with its great character design and deep fighting mechanics.
Sure, much of the tension of losing your last life is gone with a console-based version.
But these games are great to spend an evening with your friends, reminiscing how life was much simpler back then. Even in video games land.
27. Sonic Mania
Playing Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with a friend was a frustrating experience. Tails was constantly getting left behind (somewhat fairly).
28 years have passed, and Tails continues to be left behind. And we still love every second of it.
Sonic Mania is the game fans of the blue hedgehog have been waiting for years, as it faithfully recreates the classic Sonic 2D experience. Complete with improved co-op multiplayer features, like unique abilities for Tails that finally don’t make him feel dead weight.
It also offers excellent level selection including reworked classic stages and brand new ones, and incredibly slick controls that just feel right (even outside of the PS4).
Sonic Mania will make you and your friend feel like you are still in the early 90s, playing on the SEGA Genesis. And you can even bump up the fun here with some mods if you’re on Steam.
26. Ultimate Chicken Horse
Ultimate Chicken Horse is a little crazy, a bit gimmicky, and somewhat childish.
And this is why it’s so good.
Ultimate Chicken Horse catches your attention from the get-go with its pastel tones and anthropomorphic animal characters that are far from being generic kid material.
And it keeps this with a great multiplayer experience that sees players controlling one of these characters to the end of each stage.
You know where you start and where you have to go, but how you get there is up to you.
Effectively allowing you to create the each stage on the fly and forcing you to come up with strategies that can also prevent the other players from reaching the end of the stage. It’s a surprisingly fun experience.
25. Secret of Mana
30 years after its original release, Secret of Mana is still showing how even role-playing games can make for great multiplayer experiences.
Secret of Mana on PlayStation 4 is an extremely faithful remake which still sees Randi, Primm, and Popoi journey through a beautiful fantasy land filled with colorful but dangerous enemies.
All in an attempt to restore the Mana Sword to its full power and save the world.
While the game’s action RPG mechanics do feel dated, the game still plays great in multiplayer co-op. Especially since you don’t have to deal with the sometimes dumb AI.
24. Street Fighter V
Street Fighter II ignited the imagination of thousands of 90s’ kids, making them wish they could throw fireballs screaming their lungs out.
They gave up, thankfully, but it doesn’t mean that they still can’t have fun today with Ryu, Ken and Chun-Li on PS4.
Street Fighter V’s latest version, the Championship Edition, fixes everything that was wrong at launch. Offering everything one would want from a local multiplayer game: 40 characters, including iconic mainstays and great newcomers, tons of stages, and solid gameplay mechanics.
Dramatic Mode and all those unique multiplayer modes that introduced co-op are sadly gone. But you don’t really any help defeat your opponents, do you?
If you think working inside dark mines is dangerous, you are right. Spelunky makes it clear as day in just a few minutes.
Spelunky is among the most popular 2D platform games around, and for good reason.
With its procedurally generated levels, no run will ever feel the same.
Snd the high challenge level makes even placing a single bomb quite tense.
Even more so when playing with a friend, since players can damage one another with any of the tools at their own disposal. Spelunky is a game that you definitely do not want to play to make up for a fight. But if you’re looking for an experience that will help you improve your coordination and teamwork, well look no further.
Video games have shown what the future of sports may be like.
And what a bright future it may be, if it will be anything like Windjammers.
Windjammers is pure, unadulterated, classic arcade fun.
Controlling over the top characters right out of a 90s cartoon show, players will have to throw a frisbee back and forth until one of them fails to catch it.
A few throws are enough for Windjammers to show why it is such a great multiplayer game: controls are buttery smooth, graphics are flashy, and the mechanics (while simple to understand) hide a surprising amount of depth.
A great arcade multiplayer experience in the comfort of your living room without the need to spend quarters on an arcade machine. What else can you ask for?
21. Dragon’s Crown
Players have become more sophisticated over the course of the years. Random swords and axes just don’t cut it anymore to beat up hordes of goblins.
Dragon’s Crown is the spiritual successor to the Dungeons & Dragons brawlers released in the 90s.
In this game, teams of up to four adventurers have traverse a variety of 2D rendered high-fantasy locations beating up all manners of weird creatures. Plus collecting new equipment that can be used to explore even more dangerous locations. Fun!
With an excellent variety of classes coming with unique skills and special moves, ranging from the Warrior to the Sorceress, not to mention great graphics, Dragon’s Crown will satisfy your need for adventuring with a pinch of nostalgia and quite a bit of non-human blood.
20. Tekken 7
Do you remember those long afternoons spent playing Tekken 3 beating your friends while controlling a bear?
Well stop living in the past and start doing it again in Tekken 7.
The latest entry in the popular series offers the definitive Tekken experience, with updated combat mechanics like Rage Arts, flashy desperation moves that can turn the tide of battle.
Local 1 versus 1 matches feel more intense than ever thanks to the cinematic camera and the incredibly varied character roster, which includes a selection of popular guest characters as well.
And if you want to turn things really silly, customize your character’s appearance by picking items from a very ludicrous selection.
19. Guacamelee! 2
Fancy exploring a colorful world inspired by Mexican folklore and juggling the undead in the air with the help of your friends?
Guacamelee! 2 sees retired luchador Juan Aguacate return to the ring to defeat a powerful enemy bent on world domination.
While the game is mostly a single-player, progression-driven platform-adventure experience featuring an excellent combat system, up to four players can join in at any time, helping Juan solve clever but straightforward puzzles and beat an army of bad guys.
You’ll be meeting the fearsome members of the Chicken Illuminati in the process. Just a fair warning.
Aliens are trying to conquer the planet?
No problem, wannabe heroes of the endangered Earth. Grab your guns and start wreak some real havoc.
Being an isometric twin-stick shooter, Alienation is a great game for local multiplayer featuring three character classes with unique weapons and improvable abilities.
You’ll also get flashy explosions, fierce unrelenting enemies, great map designs, and online community tools that improve the local co-op experience.
If you and the rest of your squad are in for something a little more fulfilling than mindless shooting, like saving the entire human race, Alienation is your game.
17. Jackbox Party Pack 6
Every Halloween a new Jackbox Party Pack is there to liven up the celebrations with silly mini-games that will make even the grumpiest zombie laugh its rotting head out.
Jackbox Party Pack 6 includes five accessible mini-games with very silly premises.
Like Trivia Murder Part 2 where an escaping serial killer is asking questions.
Or Role Models, where players have to describe one another using set options.
And who could forget Joke Boat, where players must complete jokes for a stand-up comedy session. No, I’m not joking.
All of the five games in Jackbox Party Pack 6 take very little time to complete, making them perfect to spice up any sort of gathering.
16. That’s You
That’s You is the game that will reveal what others think of you.
You may not like it, but you’ll have fun, at least. Probably.
That’s You is an incredibly clever party game that is played using smartphones to take selfies, complete drawings, and answer hilarious questions that reveal what your friends really think of you.
The variety of themes makes the game fun even for long sessions, and its great accessibility make it perfect for non-gamer friends as well.
Just do not take any of it personally, even if they think you would be the first one in the group to get arrested in a foreign country. They’re just joking. Probably.
15. FIFA 20
Sports games are always great multiplayer experiences.
FIFA 20 is no different, delivering a huge amount of options to please all couch multiplayer afacinados.
FIFA 20 offers not only the best football simulation on PlayStation 4, complete with all the teams that you can think of… but also a huge variety of multiplayer options ranging from competitive modes to co-op modes.
This even includes Co-Op Seasons that brings the local multiplayer experience online.
While local multiplayer is limited to just two players, FIFA 20 offers a varied multiplayer experience that very few sports games can boast of.
14. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
Shoot first, fight over loot then ask questions. This is the Borderlands way.
Multiply it tenfold and you get The Handsome Collection experience.
The remastered versions of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel are among the best local multiplayer games available on PlayStation 4.
They include all of the explosive first-person role-playing game action, and crazy weapons seen in the original releases, enhanced by the ability to play with 3 other players locally in a split-screen mode that works just as you’d expect.
Enemies will have more health and improved stats, sure.
But can you really say no to the wonderful chaos that will erupt when it will be the time to decide who will get their grubby hands on that sweet high-level weapon?
13. Moving Out
Moving has got to be the most stressful experience ever by trying to pack, organize, and move everything super carefully.
That’s exactly what does not happen in Moving Out.
Wrecking stuff in Moving Out is actually the way to win at the game, as up to four players must pack furniture on a truck as quickly as possible.
Some of it can be carried solo, while bigger objects like couches require the help of other players.
No matter how big, it’s always possible to throw stuff around with the game’s physics making everything a hilarious experience.
And if you want to bring your moving out skills to the next level, the unforgiving medal system will force you to refine them to the point where you could become a professional mover.
If you stop throwing furniture from the window, that is.
12. Divinity: Original Sin 2
Complex role-playing games hardly make great multiplayer games. This used to be fact, until Divinity: Original Sin 2 launched.
Divinity Original Sin 2 features great writing, beautiful locations and a lot of customization options that become even better when the experience is shared with another.
Shared is the only term that can be used describe the game’s co-op mode.
As not only you will control a custom character in the turn based tactical battles, but you’ll also have a say during quest progression.
If two players cannot find an agreement, an in-game dispute will be triggered. And it’ll be your weapons and magic that do the talking.
The same will likely happen when loot will have to be divided, making the game feel so life-like: have you ever not argued with anyone on who gets the last fry?
11. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Defusing bombs is not easy.
Defusing bombs when the manual is in the hands of your friends is hell. Say your prayers and hope for the best.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a multiplayer game like few others that takes advantage of the PlayStation VR headset in a very clever way.
The player wearing the headset will try to disarm the bomb, while the others will have to guide the bomb defuser with the help of hard to understand manuals.
Each bomb features different puzzles of increasing complexity, ranging from simply cutting the correct wires to understanding morse code, which get changed every time a level is played.
This exponentially increases replay value and keeps the game fresh.
And the number times your hands will start sweating as the countdown gets dangerously low.
People all over the world have learned the art of survival thanks to Minecraft.
But you probably know this already unless you’ve been living under a rock or quit gaming in the past 10 years.
Minecraft is a sandbox game that gives players unprecedented levels of freedom.
Played from a first-person view, players can explore sprawling user-generated worlds, gather resources, fight enemies, and generally expand their horizons.
While the experience is mostly geared towards online multiplayer, the local drop-in, drop-out multiplayer for up to four players makes it nice to be enjoyed on the fly even for just a couple minutes.
Not that it’ll ever be just a couple minutes.
Minecraft is quite an addictive experience that takes you in and hardly lets you go.
9. Rayman Legends
Despite having starred in very solid games, Rayman wasn’t considered on the same level as Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Everything finally changed with Rayman Legends, giving its main character the chance to ascend to iconic status.
Rayman Legends is one of the best platform games on PlayStation 4, thanks to its great 2D art style and level design.
But what makes it even better is the ability to play almost any stage in the game together with up to three other players, who can join in at any time.
The experience is perfectly balanced as well, allowing players of all skill levels to enjoy themselves. Coupled with a level design that incentives teamwork, this makes Rayman Legends the perfect game to play for a relaxing evening. No hardcore competitive play in this title (unless you really want it…)
8. Rock Band 4
Ever wanted to put together a band and rock the world out?
Get your plastic instruments tuned and ready to go, Rock Band is back.
As far as rhythm games go, there’s nothing better than Rock Band 4 on PlayStation 4. Especially for the wealth of multiplayer features.
Alongside regular local co-op which allows up to four players to play any of the featured songs in Quickplay mode, and a series of songs in Shows mode, Rock Band 4 also allows multiple players to play through the interesting Band Tour career mode.
This makes everyone feel like true rock stars on their way to fame.
And if your singer sucks, you can replace them with a better one online (that’s the biz, kid).
This is one of the few games that allows a unique combination of local and online multiplayer in the same game mode.
7. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Crash Team Racing still stands as one of the best local multiplayer experiences of all times. So how do you top the best?
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled features the same intense kart-racing experience of the original PlayStation game, enhanced by a wealth of new play modes. Plus new content taken from Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing.
While most of the new play modes are single-player only, the game features a classic Arcade Mode for intense local multiplayer races in split-screen. And a Battle Mode for when you feel particularly competitive.
With a variety of game types to play, including a Capture the Flag mode which is uber fun, you’ll be able to show your friends in style how your skills haven’t rusted at all since the days of the original game.
6. Rocket League
You have no idea what hectic arcade experience really means until you’ve played Rocket League: one of the best, if not the best, local multiplayer games released in recent years.
Rocket League’s premise is simple but extremely fun.
Controlling rocket-powered cars, two teams of two players play a variety of sports, ranging from a football match to a basketball variant to a floor-breaking mode.
No matter the mode, the game is incredibly easy to pick up and play, making it a great casual local multiplayer experience even for non-gamers.
But the high skill ceiling also makes it perfect for those who are looking for a deeper experience that will pay off in the long run. Kind of feels like Smash Bros in this way.
If this is the future of sports, sign me up right now!
5. Dragon Ball FighterZ
Dragon Ball Z fighting games ranged from utterly bad to somewhat acceptable, until Dragon Ball FighterZ launched to dominate them all with its over 9000 power level.
Dragon Ball FighterZ is the game that Dragon Ball Z and Marvel Vs. Capcom fans have been waiting for quite some time.
With a tag-team system that allows players to create teams of three fighters, this is one for the record books. It’s got gameplay mechanics that are easy to understand, but harder to master.
And devastating special attacks that can trigger spectacular cinematics with incredible graphics.
Dragon Ball FighterZ is the fighting game that will put an end to any power level dispute you have with your friends. Especially if you can defeat Super Saiyan Goku or Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku with base Goku.
4. Diablo III
The original Diablo changed dungeon-crawling forever, finally giving us the chance to blame our companions for an expedition gone wrong.
Diablo III perfectly continues this tradition: the worst monsters continue to be the ones we keep close.
Despite the amount of micromanaging required to play the game properly, playing Diablo III with another player locally is a real joy, hacking enemies with flashy special skills and gathering loot along the way.
The lack of a split-screen mode is inconvenient, as the camera will not always follow the action properly.
But if you want to make the end-game content more interesting then playing it together with another player will give the experience a whole different flavor.
3. A Way Out
A Way Out is a game that says all that needs to be said in its title.
What it does not say is how great the experience is.
The game has been cleverly designed around co-op multiplayer, and the two prisoners Leo and Vincent will not be able to escape the prison they are locked in without solid teamwork.
There will be times when one prisoner will have to pass an item to the other. And there will be others when they will have to choose how to approach a certain situation, which often results in disagreements that have to be solved outside of the game.
That means a lot of yelling and fighting… with smiles!
With a strong narrative supporting the game, A Way Out is the game to play if you’re looking not just for a multiplayer game, but for a truly shared experience.
2. Overcooked 2
Maybe you think your cooking skills are so great that pros would ask you for advice.
You’ve tried getting into a cooking show, but you miserably failed. Well maybe you’d be working at that 5-star restaurant by now if you had spent hours upon hours playing Overcooked 2.
This game can’t fix your taste buds, but it will teach you speed.
It puts up to four players inside a variety of themed kitchens and tasks them to score the most points at the end of each match. You do this by delivering orders correctly and as quickly as possible.
But things are not exactly simple, as the kitchens feature a lot of obstacles that constantly see players getting in the way of one another. This includes moving walkways, fires, and portals.
Yes, portals. For when your cooking is so otherworldy that no other human on this planet could truly appreciate it.
But this is a lot of fun and truly worth a try, even for non-gamers. I’d consider this not just a great multiplayer PS4 game, but arguably one of the best cooking-themed video games of all time.
1. Towerfall: Ascension
Let’s not mince words here. Very few multiplayer games are on Towerfall: Ascension’s level.
The game has been designed for local multiplayer only, and it shows.
Towerfall: Ascension features a wealth of multiplayer modes that can make your couch multiplayer sessions last for hours.
The co-op campaign is perfect to get a feel for the game and prepare you for the mayhem that is the main versus mode.
No matter the play mode, the basics remain the same: controlling one of the greatly designed characters in the game, players have to shoot arrows at other players.
Starting with just three arrows, the matches tempo is a crescendo that leads to full-blown symphony of mayhem and destruction. All this gets enhanced by buttery smooth controls and flashy evasive maneuvers.
Orderly chaos that no other game has managed to achieve. That’s what many of us love in a solid multiplayer title.
17 Best PS4 Games That Don't Require An Internet Connection
In the modern gaming landscape, most games either focus heavily on a multiplayer component or else playing alone still requires some sort of internet activity. Sony's dedication to beefy single-player campaigns shows in their large catalog of quality titles where one doesn't need to connect to a network for enjoyment.
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The following list will present the ten best PlayStation 4 games where one can unplug from the world and still get the complete package. Of course, beforehand an update may be necessary, but after that, it is smooth, disconnected sailing. Not all of these are exclusive to the console, but the IP at least has a strong link to the PlayStation brand.
Updated On August 14th, 2021, by Jason Wojnar: Even though the PlayStation 5 has been out for well over half a year, plenty of people are still having trouble finding one. With this in mind, plenty of gamers are still looking for the best games they can find on the PS4 that don't require an internet connection. We are coming back to this list of offline PS4 games to update the status of the series and make people aware of any new patches that might improve the experience. Even though these are all playable offline, they still benefit from a downloadable patch.
17 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2
Though there is online functionality and leaderboards for this majestic remake, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 is fully enjoyable offline. It perfectly recreates the levels from the first two entries of the franchise while including the best gameplay enhancements from the later entries such as reverts, spine transfers, and wallplants. Split-screen multiplayer works excellently in this version as well, letting fans recreate those same memories from the late 90s and early aughts when the originals came out. It is rare to find a PS4 game with such extensive offline options, but this remake has it.
16 Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Media Molecule has moved on from Little Big Planet to Dreams. Sumo Digital picked up the series' torch and created Sackboy: A Big Adventure. The 3D platformer removes the creation aspects of the series in favor of a more fleshed-out, creative campaign.
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It came out on the PS5 as well, but the PS4 version runs smoothly. The entire campaign is playable with up to four players cooperatively offline, making the game a great choice for a get-together with some friends who are experienced in the platforming genre.
15 Ratchet And Clank
When the movie adaptation of Insomniac's long-running Ratchet and Clank franchise hit theaters, a remake of the first game came to PS4. It also serves as a companion piece to the film, using scenes from it during cinematics.
The game saw far better reception than the film, which came and went at the box office. The series dabbled with multiplayer in the past, but it is noted for its jolly single-player experience. Few mascots from the early 2000s persist today, and the two characters deserve praise for that fact alone.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apartis one of the few PS5 exclusives, and it truly feels like a next-generation title. All the same, the 2016 remake for the PS4 is still worth playing. It received a PS5 patch letting it run at 60 frames per second on the new console. Once the patch is downloaded, it can still be played offline on the PS5.
Insomniac is the only developer with two games on this list, and it is a well-deserved achievement. Along with the recent Batman games, Marvel's Spider-Manstands as one of the best comic book video games ever released, and it is only on PS4.
Dealing with such a revered character was no small feat, but the developer managed to knock it out of the park in every way. Movement is perfect, combat is engaging, and the story is a surprisingly heartfelt tale.
A remaster for the PS5 came out alongside the semi-sequel, Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The upgrades it makes to the graphics almost make it look like the game was made for the PS5 in the first place. Some took issue with the new face for Peter Parker, however. With no multiplayer to speak of, all the Insomniac Spider-Man games are wonderful offline options for the PS4 or PS5.
13 Yakuza 6
The Yakuza series has only recently started gaining recognition in the west. The recent remakes and sequels have helped newcomers catch up on Kazuma Kiryu's saga. Yakuza 6 wraps up his story with a bang on a new graphics engine, taking full advantage of the PS4's capabilities. Beating up thugs on the Kamurocho streets never looked so pretty or felt so brutal.
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The game's impressive length is also its biggest drawback. Not everybody wants to jump into such a long adventure, especially in a relatively niche genre. Those who do take the plunge, however, find their effort rewarded handsomely.
Though Yakuza 6 ends Kiryu's story, the franchise is nowhere near over. Yakuza: Like a Dragon follows a new protagonist and changes the genre from a beat 'em up to a turn-based RPG. this genre shift was massively successful and is probably where the series will go in the future.
12 Until Dawn
Supermassive Games' narrative-driven horror experience, Until Dawn, sends chills through players from start to finish. One playthrough alone sits between eight to ten hours, but the myriad of possible outcomes and twists throughout the story beg for multiple replays.
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One time the player will try to get everyone out alive, and other times they will do their best to send them all to the grave. The company recently split from Sony and is working on an anthology series, The Dark Pictures. This new series is on multiple consoles, giving more people the opportunity to experience the developer's unique games.
11 Horizon: Zero Dawn
Guerrilla Games made a name for themselves with the Killzone series. While the franchise never reached the same heights as its FPS competitors like Halo, they are great in their own right. After leaving it behind, they went on to make Horizon: Zero Dawn, a massive open-world single-player game set in a beautifully unique landscape.
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The enigma surrounding the mixture of stone-aged aesthetic and robotic dinosaurs was more than enough to get people on board, and the experience delivered in full. Now fans are anxiously awaiting a sequel, which will surely come out on the PS5.
The sequel, Horizon: Forbidden West is also set to come out on PS4 as well as PS5. It is currently slated for a 2021 release, though many speculate it will be pushed into 2022. However much time the developer needs to craft a perfect sequel is all the time they should take.
10 The Order: 1886
Some decry this title's short length, but quality over quantity applies in this situation. The Order: 1886 is gorgeous, looking better than most games today more than four years after release. Its unique steampunk setting and gripping plot are more than enough to get its hooks into players for the dense five-hour campaign.
One can also play with the photo mode settings to create some unique visuals. If a short campaign is good enough, people will have no problem going through it two or three times.
9 Spyro: Reignited Trilogy
Besides the controversy surrounding much of the content not actually being on disc, one can eschew the internet after the initial install. These remakes of the classic 3D platformers bring all the charm from the originals while adding some subtle quality of life changes.
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Instead of controlling the camera with the shoulder buttons, the right analog stick now takes that responsibility. The old games were exclusive to the PS1, and while the new versions are available on a myriad of platforms, the purple dragon still feels more at home on a PlayStation console.
8 Shadow Of The Colossus
Looking back at the original PS2 Shadow of the Colossus, it is clearly a mere shell of what the creators wanted the game to look like. Thankfully, Bluepoint games remade the classic from the ground up, taking full advantage of the PS4 hardware.
It is a faithful recreation, instilling the same feeling of wonder and loneliness while traveling the barren earth hunting these gargantuan beasts. Riding Agro throughout the adventure creates a wordless bond between the player and their equine companion, making for one of the most memorable relationships in gaming.
Bluepoint Games outdoes itself with each of their remakes. For the launch of the PS5, it was at the ready with Demon's Souls. Even though it is a remake, it managed to be one of the most beautiful games of 2020 and a great reason to own a PS5 from day one.
7 Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Like Spyro, this trilogy is on multiple consoles, but the originals were PS1 exclusives, making the character a part of the PlayStation lineage. These remakes take the gameplay almost exactly as it was more than twenty years ago and simply remade the levels with a new coat of paint.
The jumping mechanic sees slight alteration, putting the movement from Crash Bandicoot 3 into the whole trilogy, but their faithfulness to the level design shows just how well the series holds up.
In October 2020, Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time came out to rave reviews. It was billed as the first proper sequel to the original Naughty Dog trilogy. Crash 4 feels different in some ways but is a worthy successor to the original classics that is also a joy to play while unplugged from the Internet.
6 God Of War
No one was sure how anybody could ever top the original God of War games, but Cory Barlog and the team at Santa Monica Studios managed to bring an already legendary franchise to new heights. The new camera and weapons change everything fans thought they knew about the games while also retaining the same spirit.
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The plot and relationship between Kratos and Atreus shine a new light on the character, who was admittedly unlikable in the old games. After God of War: Ascension's mediocre reception, people were unsure about the series' status in modern gaming, but the 2018 title re-established Kratos' relevance and made the brand stronger than ever.
A sequel is currently in development for both PS4 and PS5. Considering the 2018 title's massive success, following it up is going to be a huge challenge.
5 Last Of Us Remastered
Joel's arduous adventure with Ellie first came out on the PS3 in 2013. The following year Naughty Dog brought the game to the PlayStation 4 with numerous enhancements. The graphics could fool someone into thinking it was built for the ground up on the PS4. While a multiplayer mode is a part of the package, one can enjoy the campaign several times over without so much as thinking about the competitive modes.
This PS4 launch title did not get a fair shake. Mark Cerny hyped up this game hard during the console's initial showing, and it ended up becoming something of a punch line for the generation. Do not let a negative reception deter you; Knack is a solid 3D platformer with simple, yet enjoyable combat. It also offers local cooperative play for a friend.
3 The Last Guardian
Few games have had even half as tumultuous a development history as The Last Guardian. Originally slated for the PS3, Sony's third console simply could not run the game in any acceptable form, so they had to wait until something more powerful came along. The finished product had some detractors, but anybody who loves Fumito Ueda's prior two efforts, Icoand Shadow of the Colossus, will be equally as satisfied with The Last Guardian.
2 Ghost Of Tsushima
What may end up being the console's swan song, Ghost of Tsushima is a gorgeous open-world journey through thirteenth-century Japan as a lone samurai defends his home from a Mongol invasion. Players less interested in large open worlds will still find a solid fifteen hours worth of content with the story missions. Those who like clearing off those checklists will easily spend between thirty-five and fifty hours exploring the beautiful landmass and experimenting with the numerous tools at Jin Sakai's disposal.
Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut is coming out on August 20th for both PS4 and PS5. In addition to a new expansion taking place on a different island, it will also provide proper lip-synching for the Japanese voice track. While this update is exciting, some are questioning the ethics behind paying for a lip-synching feature when other games include it from the start.
1 The Last Of Us Part II
Naughty Dog consistently outdoes itself with each subsequent release. Just like the first game looked like it could have come out on the PS4, The Last of Us Part II could fool someone into thinking it was a PS5 launch title. This is only half the game's appeal, however. The narrative is a brutal journey following two characters on their quest for vengeance, which connects to the first game in a surprising way.
A PS5 patch was released for The Last of Us Part II several months ago. As if the game could not look any better, the patch makes the game run at a locked 60 frames per second on Sony's most recent machine. It is worth playing through again for this feature alone.
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When not writing about video games and movies, Jason Wojnar is studying music and the Ukrainian language. Additionally, he writes songs and regularly gigs at open mics and events.
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