One of the best ways to enjoy video games is with a friend. Whether that entails joining them in an effort to complete a co-op campaign or handing them a few devastating losses in a competitive multiplayer environment, playing a game with your closest chums is always a good time.
Sony’s PlayStation 4 console has been around for a long time now and has amassed an impressive slate of must-play titles. And several of the best ones just so happen to be the types of games that allow for two players or more to enjoy some fun times together. There’s a wealth of genres to find a great multiplayer experience within—fighters, racers, sports games, third- and first-person shooters, puzzlers, etc. Digging into the PS4’s massive library of games and making an effort to find the best ones with multiplayer features can be a long, arduous task. But it doesn’t have to be if you want our expert gaming assistance.
Since we’re always here to help (you’re welcome for putting you onto a bunch of games that are like Overwatch, by the way), we’ve decided to lend PS4 owners a hand in finding 29 of the top multiplayer games that need to be on their playlist. Prepare to laugh, shed a few tears, and scream uncontrollably as you play each and every one of these awesome PS4 multiplayer experiences.
A game that’s all about preparing and cooking food is more fun than you’d think. Overcooked! 2 presents this seemingly regular activity and turns it on its head with some whacky elements. Up to four players have to work together and produce a number of delicious meals while trying to brave the elements across a variety of stages. One minute, you’ll be asked to cook up baked goods in a frosty environment; the next minute, you’ll find yourself and your fellow cooks crafting all sorts of hot delicacies while riding atop neighboring boats. Overcooked! 2 is a fun online four-player game, but it’s even better when experienced in a local co-op setting.
Leo and Vincent are two convicted prison mates who want to retrieve their freedom. Both men have legit reasons as to why they want to get out of their current predicament. A Way Out lets you and another player take on the roles of both characters as they go on a dangerous trek on the road to redemption. The story is told within this third-person adventure is enthralling, which is the main reason why you’ll want to see it through till the very end. A Way Out is jam-packed with all sorts of minigames that present fun co-op/competitive situations that are all worth delving into.
The combination of soccer and rocket-powered cars has morphed into one of the hottest multiplayer games in recent memory. In Rocket League, each player hops into their favorite ride for some exciting matches in massive arenas. The moment-to-moment gameplay makes for some nail-biting player exchanges and successful plays. Cars flip all over the place, boost up to ridiculous speeds and crash into a massive ball in an effort to nab that important extra point during a heated game. Rocket League lets you link up with a team of fellow speed freaks against the AI and enjoy even more hype-inducing online matches against human players.
Anyone old enough to remember the golden age of Xbox Live Arcade definitely has some love in their heart for this beat ‘em up. The Behemoth’s signature animation style was popularized once Castle Crashers landed on the Xbox 360 in 2008. The remastered rendition of this four-player medieval masher arrived on PS4 in 2019, and it’s still as addictive as it was during its last-gen run. Each color-coded knight has access to their own weapon of choice, magic spells, and an oh-so-cute pet to take with them into battle. Get the crew together so you can all run roughshod over the evil wizard’s army.
Epic’s world-renowned battle royale extravaganza seems like it’ll never die. And that’s the perfect reason to hop online and fight for survival with your band of animated scavengers. The main pull of Fortnite is its marquee battle royale mode, which lets you squad up with your people across different gaming platforms. Battle Royale isn’t the only reason to give this third-person shooter a spin, though–you can also hop into the game’s horde mode known as “Save the World.” You can spend hours just mastering your building skills and attempting to become the last man standing or keeping those zombie “husks” from taking down your beloved fort.
Now what we have here is one of the best fighting games ever made. Tekken as a franchise has been going strong since 1994 and has consistently evolved into a complex yet still approachable 3D fighter. The release of Tekken 7 brought with it a bunch of evolutionary mechanics that made it as much fun to play, as it is to watch in action. There are super hype slow-motion camera shots that activate during big moves, flashy super moves to dish out and a fast-paced combat system that will keep you for months/years to come. Tekken 7 features a massive roster full of fan favorites, series newbies, and several surprising guest characters to play around with. So there are plenty of character choices to go around when you’re ready to play an intense set of matches with your local/online rivals. Akuma from Street Fighter vs. Negan from The Walking Dead is entirely possible thanks to Tekken 7.
It took far too long to get another entry in the Soulcalibur series after the disappointment that was Soulcalibur V. Once 2018 rolled around, Bandai Namco Entertainment revived the weapons-fighter and sent fans into a frenzy. Soulcalibur VI brings the band of historical weapons masters back together again, plus the newbies lend themselves well to the long-running franchise’s legacy. The combat is as fast and fluid as ever, plus the added Reversal Edge mechanic provides a fun rock-paper-scissors maneuver that can change the tide of every battle. Soulcalibur VI has the power to make you utter the phrase “just one more” after every battle and force you to sharpen your skills before you hop online to take on the world.
It’s time to go vault hunting and planet-hopping in Borderlands 3. And for anyone who’s been attached to the series since its inception, you already know what you’re getting into with this sequel. Varied character classes, beautiful cel-shaded visuals, a wealth of main/side missions and an overwhelming amount of guns to arm your Vault Hunter with. From a local standpoint, two players can go running and gunning together. But if you’d rather hop online and go all guns blazing, you can link up with three other players and rack up some incredible loot during your travels. The world of Pandora is home to all sorts of locales and hazardous situations. You can brave all of those dangers alongside your most trusted Vault Hunters and finally put an end to the Calypso Twins’ reign of terror.
Everyone has that one gamer friend that always sends them random invites to a game they don’t even own, right? Have you ever been knee-deep in a whole other game and spotted an invitation from your friend who’s addicted to Warframe, for instance? We have. And it was definitely annoying at first…until we finally took the plunge on Digital Extremes’ incredible third-person shooter/action RPG. Warframe is all about countless space ninjas traveling around the galaxy and eliminating anyone unlucky enough to test their mettle. Four players can group up with their leveled-up melee/ranged weapons wielders and save the day. Or you can enter the PvP Conclave and go to war with everyone else’s Tenno warriors.
Once Bungie’s online multiplayer first-person shooter gets its claws in you, they won’t let go. It’s actually a nice problem to have if you ask us. Destiny 2’s strong gunplay, ever-expanding sci-fi universe and rewarding sense of exploration are just some of the best elements that make it such a pleasant experience. Tackling the game’s array of story campaign missions is accomplished by hooking up with two other Guardians. That number increases to five when you get the strength to run into tough Raids with your friends. As for the PvP portion of Destiny 2, it’s just as addictive as the co-op adventures you’ll find your Guardian in. The added campaign missions and a healthy dose of events keep the community more than satisfied. This means you and your Guardians will always be willing to take on new challenges on a daily basis.
There’s going to come a moment where the younger gamer in your household may want to go gallivanting with you in a digital world. And if you’re a respectful gamer, you won’t leave them out in the cold with a controller that’s not even working and make them think that they’re really playing with you. One of the safest multiplayer games you and a child can enjoy together is the Lego line of action/adventure games. If that kid happens to be addicted to the MCU, then this choice should please them. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 lets you and a local partner hop and bop around iconic Marvel destinations as some of your favorite superheroes. Kang the Conqueror must be stopped and the best way to do that is with your little brother/sister by your side.
Now if you and that kid are more inclined to go exploring the DC Universe, then this other local co-op option is a better option. Lego DC Super-Villains features the same slapstick humor, helpful offering of playable characters, and fun puzzle-solving mechanics the Lego games are known for. And the best part about this entry is that you can do all of those activities while running around with members of DC’s infamous rogue gallery. But the cool twist comes in in the form of a villain creation system that feeds into the young creative minds of your little gamer buddy. The expansive world of Lego DC Super-Villains allows for plenty of anarchy and laughs, which makes it a worthy option on our list.
Capcom’s monster-bashing series has had a high barrier of entry since its inception. Monster Hunter: World does a fantastic job of streamlining the franchise’s more difficult mechanics and makes it far more approachable than ever before. When the time comes for you to take down an enormous beast, you can choose to go it alone or align yourself with three other powerful hunters to do the job. Let that SOS Flare fly and you’ll be ready for anything once your four-man army goes to work. Slaying massive Elder Dragons with a squad, then heading back to base camp to build new gear from your last successful hunt is always better with a friend.
Blizzard’s 6v6 online multiplayer shooter has maintained its pull of players ever since it launched in 2016. And ever since then, Overwatch has constantly been updated with new heroes, maps, and character skins. Along with those awesome updates, the game’s meta has changed in major ways and given the community new methods of attaining victory. When you’re ready to hop into a Control or Escort match, you can choose to work out the kinks in your team play within AI practice matches and hop into a live online match soon after. Teamwork most definitely makes the dream work in Overwatch—choose your online friends wisely if you want to see the victory screen pop up more than usual.
Survival is the name of the game in Apex Legends. Like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, Respawn Entertainment’s FPS is purely a battle royale experience. You and two other players must choose their respective class-based characters and then rocket down onto a map filled with plenty of other competing three-person squads. Scavenging for weapons and other essential items is key as you work together with your online friends and try to claim the top spot during heated matches. The gunplay feels amazing (which comes as no surprise since it comes from the studio behind the Titanfall games) and the seasonal updates/balance adjustments keep Apex Legends alive and well.
FINISH HIM! FINISH HER! Those extremely loud phrases always signal the arrival of a painful Fatality within the Mortal Kombat games. NetherRealm Studios went above and beyond on the gruesome scale with the 11th official entry in their long-running fighting game series. Mortal Kombat 11 brings back a ton of beloved roster members, throws in a few awesome newcomers, and also includes a fun collection of surprising guest characters. Hopping online to show off your custom variations of each character is just part of the fun. You can link up with other players to take on special tower challenges, get into some hard-fought King of the Hill battles and even compete in some private matches with your most competitive rivals.
Don’t sleep on golf games, people. The simulation-based golf games may be a bore, but there are a few arcade golfing titles that are more fun than you’d initially think. One of those games is the PS4 exclusive, Everybody’s Golf. This selection should be familiar to fans of the Hot Shots Golf series since it’s inexplicably tied to those games. You can put your golfing superiority on display in local/online multiplayer matches and enjoy the game’s standout Turf War mode with a few friends. Driving golf carts around each course, picking your spot, and trying to get a hole in one can be replicated in a local/online setting with this addictive digital golfer.
Arc System Works knows a thing or two about crafting amazing anime fighters. When Bandai Namco Entertainment approached the studio in hopes of them making one for Dragon Ball, they made sure to rise to the occasion. One of the most visually explosive fighters on the market today is none other than the 3v3 hype fest known as Dragon Ball FighterZ. Super Saiyans, androids, human martial artists, a God of Destruction, and several other Dragon Ball archetypes come together to send out beam attacks and blow up mountains. Hours upon hours of heated gaming sessions with this amazing anime fighter are to be expected. Simply put, Dragon Ball FighterZ is a manga/anime fan’s dream.
The Street Fighter V you see today is miles ahead of the one that launched back in 2016. The Arcade Edition update that arrived in 2018 helped the fledgling fighter rise from mediocrity and introduce the type of updates that fans had been requesting for ages. Nowadays, the game’s roster is massive—familiar faces like Ryu and Sagat are on hand, as well as fresh faces such as Ed and Laura. The combat mechanics allow for some fun matches full of double-digit combos, epic comebacks, and flashy uses of each character’s V-Trigger special. Throwing a local tournament in your basement or hopping online to increase your rank are both possible with Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition.
Crash Bandicoot’s comeback to modern-day gaming has been joyous, to say the least. His first three platforming adventures got the remake treatment and now his kart racing ventures have been revived with an HD coat of paint. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled acts as a best-of collection that compiles the most memorable characters and standout tracks from the original Crash Team Racing, Crash Nitro Kart, and Crash Tag Team Racing. The game’s Grand Prix updates regularly provide it with even more characters and additional tracks, so you’ll always have a wealth of content to race through with your friends. You can also hop into the game’s battle mode for some explosive mischief, which just adds to the high replay value this remake thrives on.
Capcom’s library of IPs has a few dope beat ‘em ups littered among them. In an effort to showcase a few of them to a new audience and reintroduce them to longtime fans, the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle was unleashed. There’s no need to drop $20 in quarters here to continue on after getting squashed by a cheap boss—this treasure trove of brawlers allows for free drop-in/drop-out co-op play on your PS4. You can bash in the brains of Mad Gear Gang members in Final Fight, take down robotic goons in Armored Warriors, and beat up all sorts of other baddies in Capcom’s 7-game beat ‘em up compilation.
If you’re an old head who came up during the days of “SEGA Does What Nintendon’t,” then you probably have an affinity for classic 16-bit games. Sitting on your living room carpet while you and your crew of neighborhood friends go wild as Sonic the Hedgehog hits top speeds brings back warm memories, doesn’t it? It’s possible to relive those retro days by copping the SEGA Genesis Classics compilation. Fifty games come included with this throwback collection, plus a number of them have co-op and competitive multiplayer modes for you to enjoy. Feel free to compete in head-to-head races in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, beat down some baddies with a friend in Streets of Rage & Golden Axe, and even pull off a few risky co-op heists in Bonanza Bros. Local and online multiplayer can be accessed here, so you can go either way if you want to step back into a bygone era of 16-bit gaming.
In short, Fall Guys is amazing. Released in August of 2020, the last man standing style game provides gamers with a much-needed spin on the ubiquitous battle royale. Up to 60 players participate in a series of mini-games in a quest to be the last man standing. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, vividly colorful, and new, then look no further than Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.
We could catch a little flak for putting this game so low on the list, but the ranking is mostly due to its antiquity. That said, GTA V’s massive appeal 7 years out from its release is merely a testament to the game’s unbelievable playability and Rockstar’s unwavering commitment to constantly updating and remastering the game. It’s just as fun as it was in 2013, and the online mode still provides gamers with one of the greatest outlets for playing with friends that you could ask for.
Titanfall 2 is one of the older games on this list, but still packs a punch. Although Respawn Entertainment may be better known in 2020 for Apex Legends (number 15 on the list), the Titanfall series was previously one of their most successful titles. The game allows you to take on the role of a titan pilot, operating a dynamic exoskeleton in a fast-paced first-person shooter setting. For lovers of Apex who want to mix it up, Titanfall is definitely worth returning to.
Fighting games rule and everyone knows it. Injustice 2 is a great iteration of the tried and true fighting game format, employing characters from the DC Universe in the sequel to 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us. The game is more customizable than its predecessor, and the franchise’s invocation of a slew of iconic superheroes makes it a great activity for comic book aficionados and fighting-game fanatics alike.
Although Dead by Daylight came out three years ago, it remains one of the best asymmetric survival horror video games ever released. For those who have never played, the game takes on a one versus four online multiplayer mode, where one player takes on the role of a savage killer. The other four play as survivors, attempting to escape the killer, making it a perfect game for playing with a group of friends.
Ultimately, all the FIFA games of the last five or so years are pretty interchangeable. Aside from minor tweaks in controls and graphics, the games have remained fairly static in their playability and massive popularity. We’d be remiss to not include such a legendary game on the list, and it is still one of the greatest multiplayer PS4 games of all time for gamers and soccer fans alike.
Where would this list be without Warzone? Although the franchise’s battle Royale iteration has certainly pumped new blood into the iconic series, Call of Duty has long been one of the most played, most culturally relevant games across all platforms. PS4 is no different. Touting a massive battle royale mode (and constant updates and tweaks, with new modes to keep you busy), Call of Duty: Warzone is a must-play for those looking for a good PS4 game to jump into with friends.