The 10 best 2 player PS5 games

The 10 best 2 player PS5 games

Sony's powerful next-gen console has now been out in the wild for over a year now (despite scarcity), but many co-op preferring players are still left wondering what the 10 best 2 player PS5 games are exactly. Previously, there wasn't a great number of multiplayer games to dive into, but the selection only continues to grow more and more as the months go on. Don't forget that 99% of the PS4 console's library already works on PS5, too. Knowing this means there's no shortage of great 2 player PS5 console games if you include both libraries. In this list we'll be covering the best of both!

This list of the best 2 player PS5 games isn't limited to just local-play either, we also include online 2 player games as well as those that can just be played locally or via split-screen. Therefore, regardless of your preference, there's sure to be a handful of co-op games to enjoy alongside friends. Check out our best PS5 games page for more of the latest and greatest titles on Sony's flagship console.

The best 2 player PS5 games in 2022:

10. Riders Republic

There are sports games, there are racing games, and then there’s Riders Republic. The latest high-flying, muti-vehicle multiplayer game from Ubisoft, Riders Republic offers racing fans a festival’s worth of competitive delights. Mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, and wingsuit flying are the main modes of choice, letting you and friends compete across a range of colourful courses in a bid to be the best. A staggering 64 players can race one another at the same time on PS5, a massive step up compared to PS4’s maximum of 20. That’s why, if you want to enjoy Riders Republic in its fullest glory, make the PS5 version your 2 player game of choice.

All four racing disciplines have their own progression path, unlocked the more you play and master the style’s of each. Plus, if racing isn’t your thing, the game’s 6-v-6 “Tricks Battle Arena” mode encourages you to pull off as many tricks as possible within the given time limit. It’s the ultimate playground in which to unleash your creativity. All this and more easily renders Riders Republic as one of the best 2 player PS5 games currently out there.

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9. Godfall

Letting up to three friends embark on an epic ancient quest while engaging in deep melee combat, Godfall was one of the most exciting PlayStation 5 launch exclusives. It might not feature local co-op, but it does allow you and three other players online to engage in a sprawling hunt for loot as you take down endless hordes of evil forces. Godfall has also dropped dramatically in price from it's original release on PS5. This makes for a compelling 2 player PS5 game worth checking out if the deal is right.

Though it was a PS5 launch title, Godfall hasn't exactly been met with critical acclaim. It's a fun distraction, but if you're looking for meaningful depth, you're unlikely to find it here.

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8. The Quarry

If you can stomach your horror and want a way to get scared on the couch with friends, look no further than the latest co-op release from Until Dawn and The Dark Pictures Anthology developer, The Quarry. It’s an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure style experience that throws back to schlocky B-movie slashers in the best way, letting you control a group of teens trying to survive the night at a camp when suddenly something in the woods lurks. It’s different to most 2 player PS5 games on this list in that co-op players don’t play at the same time. Instead you will take turns controlling different characters, making decisions to try and keep them alive.

Helping to bring this gruesome story to life is none other than a who’s who cast of Hollywood A-listers. The likes of Disney’s Brenda Song and Modern Family’s Ariel Winter are joined by recognisable icons from horror cinema, including David Arquette (Scream) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens, The Terminator). Such talent only reinforced The Quarry’s commitment to setting in the frights, all of which can be enjoyed as you try and survive the night in glorious local or online co-op.

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7. Outriders

The third game on this list designed to incentivise players by having them find new and improved gear, Outriders is Square Enix's sci-fi loot-shooter that sees you and a squad of two others gun down legions of alien enemies in glorious drop-in-drop-out co-op. It's a bit like if Mass Effect and Borderlands had a baby, partially because it's entirely set within a universe ripe for rich storytelling with equally satisfying shooting.

The game has also seen some pretty large updates making it overall a more enjoyable experience. Adding features such as a transmogrification system to style out your character however you want and adding new end-game content rebalancing to make finding that legendary gear all the more addictive. There is also an expansion aptly named Outriders Worldslayer that released on the 28th June means there's exciting new content available for those of you that want to jump into the world of Outriders. It makes our list of the best 2 player PS5 games because the powers of each class are extremely fun to use, and working your way towards better gear and upgrades with friends is an extra-terrestrial delight.

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6. Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

Gearbox's latest big title is Tiny Tina's Wonderlands. Released on PS5 just this March, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is an exciting departure from Borderlands whilst still maintaining the charm, gunplay and art style of the series. Tiny Tina is your dungeon master as you play through a tabletop inspired game board between missions to get into the looter shooter action you know and love. As with any Borderlands title this game is best-enjoyed co-op with friends as loot showers down all around. Tiny Tina's Wonderlands has a lot more focus on melee and spells than previous Borderlands titles and with 6 new classes to choose from and combine via multiclassing, this is easily one of the best 2 player PS5 games out right now.

If Borderlands 3 was just a bit too more of the same for your liking, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is the spice you need to keep things fresh. Reliable mechanics in a brand new backdrop, you and your partner are sure to enjoy your time in the Wonderlands. If you want a deep story and adventure, you won't find it here. Therefore, Wonderlands sits in a middling spot on the list.

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5. Gotham Knights

One of 2022’s biggest PS5 co-op game releases is none other than Gotham Knights, an entirely original story set in a different universe from the Arkham games that lets you and a buddy prowl the Gotham city streets as either Red Hood, Batgirl, Robin, or Nightwing. All four of Batman’s protégés have to pick up the cowl after the Dark Knight mysteriously dies, which is never a chore thanks to a generous suite of cool abilities unique to each. Red Hood, for example, plays more like a brute, with his guns letting you safely take down enemies from afar (in addition to his mystic, Lazarus pit abilities). Players who prefer to play stealthily, meanwhile, will feel right at home with Robin, excellent for sneaking around before unleashing havoc up-close with his bo staff.

The entirety of the Gotham Knights campaign is fully playable in PS5 online co-op, truly making you feel like a superhero team up we’d usually expect to see from the comics. Batman might no longer be around but there’s plenty of variety found in this exclusive next-gen title, whether you want to compete in timed races, prevent bank heists, or come face-to-face with iconic Batman baddies like Harley Quinn, Mr. Freeze, Clayface, and more. Customise your own Knight and have fun with a friend… Gotham Knights is a better open-world superhero experience when played as a 2 player PS5 game.

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4. Overcooked! All You Can Eat

The culinary chaos continues on PS5 by way of Overcooked! All You Can Eat, a chef-centric compilation that bundles together the first two Overcooked! entries alongside every morsel of DLC ever released. It really is a buffet's worth of co-operative catering to indulge in, tasking you and another payer to cook, serve and clean across a range of wacky stages while keeping your cool. One minute you can be trying to keep orders coming through while on a hot air balloon, the next you'll be sweating it out amidst hot lava. Communication is always key to reaching chef stardom, in a 2 player PS5 game that is a must-play for quirky co-op fans.

While you'll struggle to find better chaotic co-op fun than in Overcooked, it's not for the faint of heart. A lot of co-op games are more relaxed experiences, but Overcooked will often leave you stressed and screaming. It likely won't be a game that you'll always be in the mood to play, and that stops it from ranking higher.

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3. Warhammer Chaosbane: Slayer Edition

There's an abundance of isometric high-fantasy games that let players slash through hordes of orcs, witches, and demons together. However, if you're seeking an authentic experience on PS5 set in the popular Warhammer universe, Chaosbane turns out to be a hack-and-slash delight. Originally released for last-gen consoles, Slayer Edition on the PS5 lets up to four players fight side by side as a handful of different classes, featuring enhanced visuals and all the additional content previously released. Warhammer Chaosbane: Slayer Edition is the ultimate version and one extremely fun 2 player PS5 game.

Nothing is more relaxing than slashing endless hordes of enemies with your friends. Working together to get further into the adventure, it's the perfect co-op game. Easily earning its place in the top three of this list, Warhammer Chaosbane is a great way to spend time with your gaming partner.

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2. Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Breaking away from the LittleBigPlanet idea of Play. Create. Repeat. Sackboy: A Big Adventure sees our eponymous hero venture into true classic 3D platforming territory. It is a clear harken back to the likes of Spyro, Crash Bandicoot and other mascot-platformers, only here you can explore and bash your way through a vibrant world on PlayStation 5 alongside three other friends. While entirely playable alone, Sackboy: A Big Adventure makes our list of the 10 best 2 player PS5 games because it's a co-operative platformer ideal for the whole family.

Overlooked by the general gaming public, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is an excellently fun game that you shouldn't miss. While it does lack the endless replayability of previous LittleBigPlanet games, it more than makes up for it with its bespoke and layered level design.

 

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1. It Takes Two

If you and a friend have ever wanted to star in your own 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids' movie, this latest co-op adventure from Hazelight Studios should scratch that itch. It Takes Two is a 2 player PS5 game that looks and plays great, especially since you play as two main characters that have been shrunken down to the size of an insect. Returning to normal size and getting back to their daughter in time requires them to navigate gardens, household equipment, toys and more, all while working together to solve various creative puzzles.

Spinning a story that gives both players agency, It Takes Two is exactly what co-op players should be looking for. An experience that not only teaches you about the characters but might just teach you about yourselves. It Takes Two is co-op only but plays great on Sony's next-gen console in either local or online sessions, hence why it takes the top spot on our best 2 player PS5 games list.

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Honourable mentions

FIFA 23

You can always depend on EA's annual football effort to allow you to kick back with friends and play a couple of matches either locally or via online multiplayer. New this time around for FIFA 23 is what's known as HyperMotion 2.0, an improvement on new form of technology from last year that captures real-life player movements to depict them in game more realistically than ever before. Whether squadding up in the same team or playing competitively, the PS5 version of FIFA 23 is sure to be a treat with friends.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Though developer TT Games has tackled every mainline Star Wars movie and LEGO-fied them into a video game before, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a complete reinvention of all nine moves. Because of this, teams of two with a fondness for that galaxy far, far away can play through the epic saga using an all-new lens. Sporting that trademark whimsical humour and fun gameplay almost every LEGO game is known for, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is one of the best 2 player PS5 games upon release.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Though Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's campaign doesn't feature co-operative multiplayer, it does feature the return of one of the franchise's classic modes: Zombies. It's here where teams of four must gun down legions of the undead while surviving for as long as possible, and this latest incarnation of the heavyweight military shooter boasts all manner of improvements. Cold War's Zombies mode also looks better than ever as the first entry on PS5.

Dirt 5

Three years after Dirt 4 skidded onto consoles, Codemasters' rally-themed off-road racing series makes a return on both current and next-gen systems. And not only that, but Dirt 5 launched on PS5 as one of the most complete driving experiences yet, being the perfect platform in which to put pedal to the metal for co-operative players thanks to four-player drop-in and drop-out split-screen multiplayer. This is in addition to a narrative-focused career mode featuring the voice talents of Troy Baker and Nolan North.

Tribes of Midgard

Top-down hack-and-slash action meets challenging survival game in the Norse-inspired Tribes of Midgard, which tasks you with protecting the sacred seed of Yggdrasil by scavenging, upgrading, and defending your territory. Attempting this alone is fun, sure, but even better is jumping online in glorious 10-player co-op to take on all kinds of mythological beasties. While releasing not long too long ago on PS5, this game has already been well supported with a battle pass system and new updates, encouraging you and your friends to venture back to this Viking adventure over and over again.

Borderlands 3

The FREE PS5 upgrade for Borderlands' third official go-around not only introduced 4k visuals at 60fps when playing single player, but 3 and 4-player split-screen capability as well. This cell-shaded looter-shooter already proved itself to be one of the most fun and chaotic ways to share explosive antics with friends back on PlayStation 4, so it shouldn't be a surprise to learn that it also makes our list of the 10 best 2 player PS5 games. Borderlands 3 has since been updated with new events and weapons, all of which translate seamlessly to PlayStation 5, cementing it as the definitive co-op shooter on next-gen.

Call of Duty: Vanguard

Whilst the campaign in Call of Duty: Vanguard does not support local co-op there are plenty of other game modes that can be enjoyed in this manner. This of course includes the beloved zombie mode which is Call of Duty's premier co-op experience as you play with friends to fend off waves of undead. The zombies mode in Call of Duty Vanguard is as packed with content as ever featuring tonnes of weapons, power-ups and also multiple maps to choose from. If first-person shooter variety is the spice of life Call of Duty: Vanguard has you covered as one of the best 2 player PS5 games for you and a buddy to give a shot.

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