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.