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The 10 best 2 player PS5 games 2020

By Aaron Potter

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Sony’s eagerly anticipated next-gen console is almost upon us, which has left many co-op preferring players wondering what exactly will be the 10 best 2 player PS5 games. Unfortunately, it being so early on within the console’s lifecycle means there’s not a great number of local multiplayer games to dive into around launch, but we expect this list to only grow and evolve as the months go on. The good news is that 99% of the PS4’s library has been confirmed to work on PS5, so there’ll be no shortage of great 2 player PS5 games – you just may have played a lot of them already.

Please bear this in mind when scanning through the following list of the 10 best 2 player PS5 games. Luckily, we also tend to include online 2 player games as well as those that can just be played locally, so regardless of your preference there’s sure to be a handful of co-op games to enjoy alongside friends on November 19th when the console releases here in the UK. Here’s our tentative list of the best 2 player PS5 games. 

10. Divinity: Original Sin II (Backwards Compatible)

Kicking off with our handful of PS4 backwards compatible games that are known to work on PS5, when it comes to co-operative fantasy adventures you can’t do much better than Divinity: Original Sin II. Letting you and a party of three friends to explore, fight and make decisions within a deep and engrossing setting, Divinity: Original Sin II lets two players player locally and four players play online together. It might be just the PS4 version until Larian Studios releases an update, but it’s instantly one of the best 2 player PS5 games.

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9. Borderlands 3 (Backwards Compatible)

2K announced some weeks ago that owners of Borderlands 3 on PS4 would be receiving a PS5 upgrade for free, introducing 3 and 4-player split-screen playable locally and 4K visuals at 60fps when playing the single-player campaign. Borderlands 3 has already proven itself to be one of the most fun and chaotic ways to share shooting antics with friends on PlayStation, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that it makes out list of the 10 best 2 player PS5 games. Borderlands 3 continues to be supported with new events and weapons, all of which translate seamlessly to PlayStation 5.

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8. Godfall (PS5 Launch Game)

Letting up to three friends embark on an epic ancient quest while engaging in deep melee combat, Godfall acts as one of the most exciting PlayStation 5 launch exclusives. It might not feature local co-op, but thanks to three-player online you and others can engage on a sprawling hunt for loot as you take down endless hordes of evil forces. All this you do in the hunt for loot, fleshing out your character build with better improved armour and better weapons. All this makes it one of the best 2 player PS5 games worth keeping an eye on.

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7. Outriders (February 2021)

The third game on this list designed to incentivize players by having them finding 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. Gameplay previews have likened it to Mass Effect mixed in with Borderlands, partially because it’s entirely set within a universe ripe for rich storytelling but the shooting is equally satisfying. It doesn’t arrive on PS5 until February, but it’s one to watch if you like 2 player PS5 games.

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6. Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS5 Launch Game)

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’s a clear harken back to the likes of Spyro, Crash Bandicoot and other mascots, only here you can explore and bash your way through a vibrant world exclusively 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.

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5. Destruction: All Stars (PS5 Launch Game)

Destruction: All Stars challenges players to rev up and speed off as a range of madcap and cartoony characters in this exciting vehicular combat game. A multiplayer extravaganza available on PlayStation 5 from day one, there are 16 all stars to play as in total each featuring their own unique powers and abilities. Enter online matches with friends who also pick up a PS5 and you can look forward to unlocking multiple character skins, completing unique objectives and mastering mayhem behind the wheel of a car.

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4. Minecraft (Backwards Compatible)

One of the industry’s most popular and bestselling franchises ever again makes our list of the 10 best 2 player PS5 games, simply because being creative alongside friends is an experience so few games often capture. Minecraft is confirmed to be playable on PlayStation 5 via built-in backwards compatibility, but we don’t imagine it’ll be too long before Microsoft release a truly next-gen version – ideally with that 4K texture pack that’s been stuck in the development throws. Minecraft on PS5 is guaranteed to be a guaranteed good time for 2 friends.

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3. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Early 2021)

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 will almost certainly be one of the best 2 player PS5 games upon release.

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2. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 (December 2020)

Introducing a new story, new modes and new characters to play as, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is ideal for our list of the 10 best 2 player PS5 games as it pits you and a friend against one another in heated head-to-head battles. Whether stacking up and clearing traditional Tetris blocks or doing so with gooey Puyo Puyo blobs. This choice between the two is what lent the original Puyo Puyo Tetris game its charm, only this sequel includes a fleshed-out adventure mode that lets players progress through an overworld and engage in challenging skill battles.

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1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (PS5 Launch Game)

Though Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s campaign won’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 promises all manner of improvements. Cold War’s Zombies mode will look better than ever as the first entry on PS5, making it one of the best 2 player PS5 games at launch.

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