The 10 Best Couch Co-op Games For The PS4.
Historically, one of the best things about game consoles has been the ability to plug in a second controller, flop on the couch with a friend, and have the ultimate pleasure of playing together on the same screen. PC gamers had to throw a LAN party, which was cool but requires a lot of preparation. Players with consoles just had to turn on the console.
Sadly, the days when it comes to home consoles are over. Local multiplayer on one console and screen is rare even on the most popular console of this generation, the PS4. Honestly, sometimes it seems like the only reason to have a second controller for your PS4 is to replace it when the controller’s battery runs out.
Plus, if you know where to look, there are some really awesome PlayStation 4 games that you can play with someone in the same room. Here are 10 PS4 co-op games (unrated) that you can play with whoever you coax them to sit down and grab a controller.
Diablo III: The Immortal Collection
The first Diablo revolutionized the world of PC RPGs, and it even got a console version on the PS1. However, until Diablo III hit consoles, no one really nailed this traditionally mouse-centric genre with a controller.
Diablo III not only successfully brings Diablo to PS4, it is also becoming the best version of the game. Even better than the PC version! Best of all, Diablo III has a great couch co-op mode. Up to four players can play on the same screen, blasting through hordes of demons and other monsters with mind-blowing attacks and abilities.
The only issue with the way this dark fantasy RPG handles local multiplayer is the lack of split screen. All characters must stay close to each other, and worst of all, players must take turns accessing the menu.
There is, however, a quick fix system that helps to reduce the number of such operations. If you want the classic Diablo II on PS4 with a matching independent split screen, consider Titan Quest on PS4. It is somewhat buggy and inconvenient to operate, but still a lot of fun.
Borderlands 3 may be out now and it’s a decent game for Borderlands fans, but Borderlands 2 remains the pinnacle of this thrilling series of marauding shooters. Borderlands 2 with all the DLCs is included with Borderlands The Pre-Sequel.
With an amazingly developed sense of humor, great first-person shooting and incredibly fun split-screen mode, this is an indispensable item for anyone who wants to play something with their friends. Low-gravity Pre-Sequel gameplay may not be for everyone, but consider it a nice bonus in addition to the main course.
Explaining what the Rocket League is can be difficult. You mainly play football in radio controlled cars. Sounds simple, right? In practice, however, Rocket League is a game of extreme skill. Driving your car and getting the ball into the goal is not easy. It’s exciting fun and playing online against experienced opponents can be incredibly rewarding.
You can also play with a friend in local split-screen co-op on the couch, which works incredibly well. Best of all, you can team up and play against other players. Rocket League is fairly inexpensive, but it will give you hours of half-disappointed joy and amazing Ã¢â‚¬Å“have you seen this ?!Ã¢â‚¬Â moments. Definitely deserves a spot on this list.
Minecraft is an absolute phenomenon and remains one of the most popular games to be played online with a group of friends. In case you didn’t know, Minecraft is a unique survival and creativity game. Players can freely build objects from game blocks in creative mode or try their hand at survival in the harsh blocky desert in survival mode. Where you need to create everything you need before the creatures of the Minecraft world get to you.
Console versions of the game (excluding Vita) have an exclusive split-screen mode. This means that you and your buddy can while away the hours chasing vines and build the perfect replica of the USS Enterprise out of mud cubes.
Don’t starve together
The original DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Starve offered us a quirky survival game with an art style reminiscent of Tim Burton and a heavily Lovecraft-centric world. It’s built pretty like this. The only thing fans really wanted out of the game was multiplayer, and the developers ultimately complied with that request. They also decided to package and market it as a new game called DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Starve Together .
In the end, it was justified because the game had to be significantly reworked for multiplayer balance. It’s not particularly expensive, however, if you and your friend want to face a dark and brooding wilderness while keeping your sanity going.
It’s also available as part of the mega-pack, so if you don’t have the original game yet, this is the best deal.
The so-called metroidvania are more popular than ever. A key catch in these games, named after Metroid and Castlevania, is that your progress is blocked by missing certain abilities. This way, you hit a brick wall, back off until you find the strength you want, and then use it again to move forward.
It’s a fun and addictive formula, but Guacamelee (and its sequel) is arguably the best modern take on this genre of game.
Set in a unique Luchador-centered world full of poignant South American charm, this game has great humor and intense action when it comes to platforming and combat. You will die, you will be reborn as a luchador, you must save the maiden.
It’s pretty simple, like an elevator, but you and your buddy will find that Guacamele offers a comedic journey like no other game of its kind. This is simply necessary.
If you are an older player, you may remember a game called The Lost Vikings . It was developed by a small studio called Silicon and Synapse, which later became Blizzard Entertainment. You probably haven’t heard of them.
In The Lost Vikings, you control three characters, each with unique abilities. You must use their unique abilities to reach the end of each level.
Now replace “The Lost Vikings” with “Trine” and you have a pretty good idea of Ã¢â‚¬â€¹Ã¢â‚¬â€¹what this modern game is about. Trine 1 was released back in 2009, but both sequels are also on PS4. It’s packed with quirky storytelling, neat gameplay, and a solid couch co-op mode where each player can take control of a thief, wizard, or knight to solve the puzzle, defeat the villains, and move on to the next section. p>
Even PS4 fans have to admit that there is a certain charm and fun in Nintendo games that is hard to find outside of their walled garden. Overcooked is one of those games that could very well be a Nintendo game in a different universe.
Overcooked is built around local co-op, so it shines when you’re playing with someone else in control. The idea is to work together to fulfill food orders. Dishes need to be stacked with specific ingredients in a specific order. The only way to get it done on time is to work with another person like a well-oiled machine.
It may have cute graphics, but make no mistake about how insane and challenging it can be. At the time of writing, there are two main Overcooked games, each of which is fun to play on the couch with a friend.
Resident Evil is very popular on PS4, especially for remakes of the original games. That said, Resident Evil 5 still has the best split-screen co-op implementation in the entire series.
It also features a unique African setting and intense battles with interesting enemies. If you like great third person action movies and you know someone who also like this kind of stuff, you can’t go wrong with RE 5.
Deity: The Second Original Sin
Renowned as one of the best RPGs of today, Divinity: Original Sin II offers a story-heavy and less insane alternative to Diablo III. Combat is not the main focus of this game, although it is certainly very important. Instead, the emphasis is on role-playing and exploration.
The game has a proper split-screen mode in which each player has independent control over their characters. This game is great as a single player game, but the addition of local co-op actually adds unlimited hours to the already huge playing time offered by the main single player game.
Unfortunately, there is no cross-platform multiplayer here, but you and your local buddy can team up with two other online players to form a group of four, so it’s quite flexible.
Divinity: Original Sin II enjoys near-universal acclaim among professional reviewers and fans alike, so if you’re in the least into PC RPGs, it should already be on your shopping list.