The 10 best 2 player PS4 games

The 10 best 2 player PS4 games

Do you want to dip into the very best 2 player PS4 games that the platform has to offer? That’s what I hope to help with in this article. The PlayStation 4 did, after all, quickly become the go-to gaming platform of choice for many people; myself included during the last generation, meaning there's plenty of choice when it comes to games that you can play side-by-side with a buddy. Though you only get one PS4 controller, (also known as the DualShock 4) with each console, the following 2 player PS4 games (that also play great on PS5) should give you some great reasons to grab another.

Whether you're in the mood for rolling the dice on your own fantasy adventure, or want to shoot and loot together across a cell-shaded FPS universe, the PlayStation 4 has plenty of co-op and multiplayer games perfectly primed for pairs to play.
Here are my 10 best 2 player PS4 games both online and local that should whet every duo's appetite.

10. Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

Nintendo Switch fans might have Mario to rely on for their kart racing fix, but back in 2019, PS4 players were treated to some similarly anarchic high-speed antics thanks to the return of Crash Team Racing. Nitro-Fueled is a complete ground-up remake of one of my favourite PlayStation One games. It’s ideal for letting 2 player duos race against one another as a whole host of zany and creative characters. Each character’s karts handle wildly differently, tasking you to boost, bash and speed past your enemies while trying to dodge incoming attacks.

Performing boosts and knowing exactly when to power slide around corners is vital if you want to be successful in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. And better yet, the madcap karting experience has only gotten better thanks to post-release updates that introduced new tracks, vehicles and characters to take advantage of. As a Tiny main then and now, I’m always thrilled to see the hulking tiger skid around the track in the new beautiful and colourful graphics. In fact, watching and playing as all the characters I remember from my childhood faithfully reimagined delivers a powerful blast of nostalgia each time I boot up the game.
Unfortunately, one of the biggest downsides of the original games is present in the remake, too. Nitro-Fueled’s Adventure Mode is strictly single-player only. This means that for big co-op gamers, a huge portion of the game isn’t accessible. Luckily most other modes such as battle mode and standard races support up to four players locally as well as online. While this still makes it one of the best 2 player PS4 games and one of the best racing games on the console, the lack of a co-op campaign unfortunately holds it back from being higher on the list.

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9. Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Split-screen first-person shooters are a rarity in 2022. This is why I still have to list 2015’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III as the best 2 player Call of Duty game. One of the main reasons is because of its full co-op campaign. This addition lets two players fight through the war-torn vision of the future locally together on just one console. Call of Duty's slick gunplay is here in full force, along with blockbuster set pieces, thrilling action and visuals which still hold up on PS4 all these years later.

Unfortunately, there are two reasons why Call of Duty: Black Ops III is so low on this list. The first is because even though its co-op campaign is an incredible time, it’s definitely not the best Call of Duty has to offer, and in truth, isn’t really that memorable. The second is because it’s getting on a bit in age. Explosive set pieces that were impressive in 2015 have since been overshadowed not only by future Call of Duty games, but more recent adventure game titles like the controversial Last of us Part II. However, the fact that it is the most recent Call of Duty game with a co-op campaign that also packs in the renowned PVE zombies mode is enough to cement it at number 9. With a fantastically low price-tag, Black Ops III contains many hours of fun. If you’re looking for a fast shooter to experience with a friend, definitely consider giving Call of Duty: Black Ops III a shot. Even if it is only number 9 on my list of 2 player PS4 games.

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8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge

It's rare when a new beat-em-up game releases to so much fanfare, but that's what's happened with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge. Allowing a staggering 6-player co-op, this is a game full of chaotic fun. Returning to the Turtle’s history of beautiful old-school fighters, each level in Shredder’s Revenge pits you and your team against buildings full of ninjas and other walking punching bags. With their own fighting style and moveset, each Turtle is easy to pick up but a challenge to master. If you want to truly experience the game, you’ll want to go through the levels again and again with each of the 7 playable characters.

That’s right, not only do you get to play as the heroes in a halfshell themselves, but you can also choose to play Splinter, April and Casey Jones as you fight back the Foot Clan and stop Shredder in his tracks. The easy to pick up gameplay coupled with its variety of fun levels is what makes Shredder’s Revenge stand above the crowd. But, even though the replay factor is there as you try out each character on each level, there aren’t too many levels to actually play. If you and your friend take on the game at an average pace and have no interest in replaying, your adventure will clock in to only a couple hours once you’re done. Though Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is an excellent game, it is far too short. For that reason it places no higher than 7 on my list of best 2 player PS4 games.

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7. Streets of Rage 4

Though it came out two years prior, I believe that Streets of Rage 4 is superior to the aforementioned Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge in almost every single way (except the music). Letting co-op preferring players smash and bash their way through legions of bad guys in stylistic fashion, Streets of Rage 4 is a return to form and reignited the beat-em-up genre. This classic stalwart from the 90s sees the return of familiar characters like Axel Stone and Adam Hunter, who are joined with several newcomers all equipped with unique combos and blitz moves.

Ranking Streets of Rage 4 over Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a difficult task. Outside of theme, both games are very similar. They carry the same strengths (easy pick-up, bombastic gameplay), but also its weaknesses too (short length, limited replayability).
The biggest reason I find Streets of Rage 4 to be slightly better than its ninja-filled counterpart is because of the variety of characters you can play as. Each one has their own interesting design and varied moveset. From franchise frontman Axel punching and kicking to fresh-faced Cherry who uses her guitar to bring justice to the dirtied streets. Also, Streets of Rage 4 has a DLC expansion which adds more levels and fighters to the already impressive roster.
Streets of Rage 4 supports up to four players locally while still letting two duke it out together online. Dripping in a gorgeous new comic book aesthetic that strongly suits the environments it sets you in, this stunning PS4 sequel is fun to play alone but is even better with another street fighting buddy by your side. Though it is short, if you are a fan of this genre, it’s definitely a must-play during your next 2 player PS4 session.

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6. Overcooked! 2

The Overcooked games are fantastic co-op experiences that can really test the boundaries of any friendship. Overcooked! 2 was released on PS4 back in 2018 placing you in an adventure of pure chaotic culinary action. You alongside your team of chefs must work together in order to stave off the threat of "The Unbread". Yes, that is exactly what it sounds like, zombie bread!

In Overcooked! 2 you can play online or local couch-co-op as a team and in competitive multiplayer with up to 4 players. The absolute frantic gameplay and highs of excellent teamwork make this one of my favourite multiplayer PS4 games ever. If you can get four friends who work well together (or laugh when things go completely wrong) it is some of the best fun you can have with a game. However, if you’re playing with people who are easily stressed, or aren’t too familiar with video games, the fun can completely drop off. It’s also a game that requires focus and some skill, which isn’t always what you’re looking for in a cooperative game. For those reasons, Overcooked! 2 takes a middling position in this list. It’s great fun, but we recommend whoever you take with you on this catering journey is someone you don't easily fall out with as this game will have you screaming and shouting like no other. On the plus side, it’s an easy way to find out who the Gordan Ramsey in your friendship group is!

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5. Divinity Original Sin II

Fantasy RPGs changed forever when Larian Studios released its highly anticipated sequel to Divinity Original Sin. A sprawling adventure set in the world of Rivellon, Divinity Original Sin 2 takes place centuries after the original game and throws you and a party of three others on a quest to become the region's saviour. What I love about Divinity Original Sin 2 is how much freedom each player has. You and your friends are able to roleplay as your preferred fantasy character. Elves, Dwarves, lizards and even the undead are viable choices, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

Divinity Original Sin 2 sees the story build itself around your personal decisions. Go anywhere, talk to anyone and interact with anything to form your own rewards and consequences. In terms of the multiplayer aspect, drop in/drop out co-op easily makes this one of the best 2 player PS4 games around. Even though Divinity Original Sin 2 is a masterpiece of a game, it’s not at the top of the list due to it being a slow and intricate adventure, which may put off a lot of players who want a quick fun time. But outside of the necessary complexity, if you're looking for the ultimate co-operative game to get lost in on PS4, you can't do much better than Divinity Original Sin 2.

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4. Darksiders Genesis

Darksiders Genesis excelled at taking an existing series and reformatting it to work for the co-operative format. Darksiders Genesis lets PS4 players fight across the realms of the underworld as a pair, with one playing as War and wrecking shop with his mighty chaoseater sword, while the other plays the long game as new horseman Strife who dual-wields two powerful pistols. In many ways, Darksiders Genesis is a perfect co-op game. It’s easy to pick up and master, both characters feel unique and important, and it keeps players coming back to progress the story and fight the next boss. It’s not mechanically complex, it’s not mentally taxing, Darksiders Genesis knows what it is, and does what it does extremely well.

Unlike the other Darksiders games, Genesis plays out from a top-down perspective, making it easy for you and a friend to keep an eye on what's going on. Throughout the course of the game you’ll take down legions of angels and demons, solve all manner of environmental puzzles and fight against screen-sized bosses, upgrading War and Strife until they are almost unbeatable. Though it holds a strong position in this list, the theme of Darksiders Genesis may put some players off. A lot of co-op gamers are looking for a lighthearted romp, and cleaving your way through hellscapes might be a little on the dark side for some.
However, if you’re feeling metal, as far as 2 player PS4 games go, Darksiders Genesis is a head-banging adventure that you shouldn’t pass up.

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3. It Takes Two

Josef Fares is a developer that truly values the high-quality 2 player PS4 experience. Having already done so in both 2013's Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and 2018's A Way Out (see honourable mentions), he returned with a new co-operative platformer called It Takes Two. In it, you and a friend take on the roles of Cody and May, a married couple whose relationship is on the brink. That is until they are shrunken down by the tears of their daughter and forced to work together in their new small-scale universe. This is a co-op game that wants to make players learn things not just about the characters, but about themselves as well. Both players have to work together to solve puzzles and bond. The co-op element is so vital in It Takes Two, that it’s impossible to play alone. It’s rare to find a game with a focus on co-operative storytelling, but it’s even rarer to find one that requires it. As you play, you’ll feel a connection with your character as the gameplay entwines with the story and their emotions. It’s a light-hearted adventure with a good amount of content, yet underneath it all is a heartwarming tale that will stay with you long after the game has finished. 

During each chapter of the story, both characters acquire new abilities and powers that compliment each other. You cannot progress without working with your partner. To emphasise this, the action only ever takes place in split-screen and this dedication alone is enough to make It Takes Two a top pick on my list of the best 2 player PS4 games. In addition to this, only one copy of the game is needed to play with a friend online, which is incredible in this day and age. It Takes Two is a landmark cooperative game, but because it relies so heavily on its story, there’s unfortunately very little replay value. There are mini-games scattered throughout the world that are fun to find and play, but they’re unfortunately not worth going back to once the tale is told. Regardless, It Takes Two is without a doubt a co-operative duo's delight. Constantly surprising and ever joyful, It Takes Two is one of the best co-op games on PS4 games out there.

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2. Sackboy: A Big Adventure

3D platformers are a dime a dozen these days, but that didn't stop developer Sumo Digital from trying to recapture some of this old-school spirit in Sackboy: A Big Adventure. This co-operative LittleBigPlanet spin-off is a delight to play through alone, but is even better when joined by a friend. Both of you must work your way through a series of creative platforming stages, using gadgets and gizmos as a pair in order to stop the evil Vex from taking over Craftworld.

While Sackboy: A Big Adventure doesn't emphasise the creation aspect found in the main LittleBigPlanet series, it instead has more bespoke and exciting levels. With simple controls, an easy to understand goal and some of the best platforming stages on the console, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is an easy contender on my list. With countless collectables, some memorable levels and the chaos that comes with introducing a second player to the world, it’s a blast to come back to again and again. Naturally the story is nothing to write home about, but it’s merely icing on a delicious and enjoyable cake. The true core of the game is the gameplay. No matter the age or skill level of your gaming partner, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is accessible and fun for everyone. Collect bubbles, unlock stickers and purchase a wide range of costumes for both Sackboy and his companions. Thanks to the advertising, many think that Sackboy: A Big Adventure is only available on the PS5, but it is also playable on the PS4, and if you’re looking for the best 2 player PS4 game, this is sure to bring a smile on your face.

 

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1. Borderlands 3

Some looter-shooters may come and go, but for many, the uncontested king of the genre is the madcap Borderlands franchise. Having stayed dormant since 2014's Pre-sequel on PS3, Borderlands 3 exploded back onto the scene in 2019, bringing with it more guns, four new vault hunter classes and several cool ways for players to make this FPS adventure their own. What's more, it retains split-screen co-op play as well as the ability to do so online, which as we established already on this list is a much-needed rarity. Especially in shooters. With all the strengths of a deeply complex RPG without the slow and methodical gameplay, Borderlands 3 allows you to customise your character, including their build and powers and make a name for yourself across the galaxy. With big beasts and bigger bosses, you and your friends will explode your way through the story in what I consider to be the best 2 player PS4 game on the market.

It doesn't take long for Borderlands 3 to immerse you within its beautiful cell-shaded world, where every mission you play with friends makes you feel like you're flicking through the pages of a real-life comic book. New villains will taunt you to no end throughout the story campaign, giving you all the motivation you need to take them down. What Borderlands does best is reward you with loot. Throughout the game you’ll see more guns than you could possibly need. Each with its own modifiers and powers. Have fun using them all alongside up to three other players. Always a blast, Borderlands 3 is the best 2 player PS4 game.

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Honourable mentions

Still craving some excellent co-operative action? If you're someone who's already played all the games I’ve just written about and are hungry for more 2 player PS4 games, you'll find even more recommendations in my dedicated honourable mentions section below. They may not quite represent the best 2 player PS4 games that the platform has to offer, but they will still guarantee you and a friend a fun time.

Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4 is an honourable mention because while the co-op isn’t the focus, hunting exotic beasts and taking down outposts online with a friend is a great time. This multiplayer mode is called Guns for Hire and sees you and a friend freely explore the luscious island of Kyrat, defeating enemies and infiltrating camps. Weapon variety is also top-notch, from assault rifles that deal excessive damage to grenade launchers and flamethrowers that further enable you and a partner to cause that trademark Far Cry chaos.

Diablo III

Just marginally missing out on a top 10 spot, few co-operative hack-and-slashers are better than Diablo III. This is especially the case since the PS4 version also comes with the Reaper of Souls DLC, giving you and up to three friends even more of a reason to pick a class, gain skills and gradually fight your way through hell. Procedural level layouts always ensure no single Diablo III playthrough is the same, too, making this a 2 player PS4 game you can play over and over again.

Knack 2

The original Knack was an early PS4 exclusive that took advantage of the hardware's impressive particle tech. Having a protagonist that could use the environment to either grow large or shrink very small was an entertaining idea, and this was greatly expanded upon in the 2017 sequel. Knack 2 is a pretty forgettable game, but if you’re playing with a younger player, it’s still fun to run through this Pixar-like adventure together. 

A Way Out

A Way Out is the ultimate co-op experience for those wondering what it would be like to conduct a prison break. Centring on two cellmates, Leo and Vincent who are both attempting to put the past behind them, you and a friend must play through this adventure entirely in split screen, solving puzzles and completing platform challenges in a cinematic 2 player PS4 adventure. It all kicks off in a prison, sure, until eventually the two are swept up into their own crime thriller. If you liked It Takes Two, definitely give A Way Out a shot as well.

Rayman Legends

Often hailed as one of the best side-scrolling 2D platformers ever made, Rayman Legends touts a wholly colourful art style that makes it a fun adventure for all family members. You'll be hopping, jumping and skidding your way through many colourful stages, attempting to work together while trying to find various collectibles. It works well in 2 player co-op on PS4 but actually supports up to 4 players, letting you extend the fun in one of the tightest-feeling platformers of modern years.

The Division 2

Shared-world shooters are a great way to stay in touch with friends. And there’s something enthralling about the world of Ubisoft's The Division. This sequel sets you and a squad of others within a post-apocalyptic Washington DC, fending off other groups for vital supplies and ammunition. It's playable solo but best experienced with another friend by your side. 

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

The second entry in the third-person take of Plants vs. Zombies allows you to team up with friends to fight as or against the zombie horde. A colourful and unique game, it's fun for the whole family with some in-depth mechanics and skill-based gameplay to boot. You'll need more than a few braaiinns if you want to demolish the other team and claim victory.

LittleBigPlanet 3

Side-scrolling puzzle-platformers simply don't get more charming than LittleBigPlanet 3. It expanded on the previous two games by adding in another three cute characters to the mix, each of which combine with the abilities of Sackboy to make sitting on the sofa and playing this with friends even more fun. OddSock, Swoop and Toggle all play differently, jumping, swimming, swinging, grabbing across an endless collection of player-created levels. All previous user-generated stages from LittleBigPlanet and LittleBigPlanet 2 carry over into this one, meaning you'll never be at a loss for things to do.

Minecraft

Minecraft as a series has seen various spin-offs by this point, but not one of them has managed to usurp the original game. That's because 2 player PS4 games don't get better than those that riff on your own imagination. You don't even have to be a builder per se, but rather an explorer eager to set foot on other players' servers to see what they have come up with. Whether you're a PS4 player that wants to build, create or just plain witness, if you haven't yet played Minecraft with a friend you're definitely missing out.

LEGO Marvel Superheroes

The LEGO games are great for co-op because they appeal to players both young and old. And better yet, TT Games has been hard at work creating titles around some of pop culture's most recognisable media for almost 15 years now. There's sure to be one based on a licence perfectly suited to your tastes. For an honourable mention, we've gone for the first LEGO Marvel Superheroes, not least because it features over 100 characters from the comic book world and lets you roam a fully LEGO-fied version of New York City. Complete a wacky original story with your favourite heroes like Spider-Man, Wolverine, Daredevil and more. 

Gran Turismo 7

If you're a car lover who fancies some high-stakes competitive racing, Gran Turismo 7 is a great option for a 2 player PS4 game. The latest in Sony's premier driving experience has both local split-screen and online multiplayer for you to go head to head to find out who is truly the best behind the wheel. With over 420 cars to choose from and 34 tracks to master, there are plenty of good times to be had here with your friends on PS4, and also PS5 thanks to the game's cross-play.

Guacamelee! 2

The first Guacamelee was a side-scrolling fiesta treat, arriving at a time when metroidvanias weren't anywhere near as common. You're cast as a superhero luchador in search of his lost love. This fun concept was revived once again a few years later and brought to PS4, when Guacamelee! 2 introduced 4-player co-operative play to let you and friends bash, crash and suplex your way through a Mexico-inspired world where wrestling and the supernatural collide.

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