The 10 best 2 player PS4 games

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Seeking the very best 2 player PS4 games currently available to play? Fear not because you're not alone. After all, the PlayStation 4 quickly became the go-to gaming platform of choice for many people during the last genertion, boasting a library full of great exclusives and multiplatform titles it’s – playing them side-by-side with a friend only makes them better. The PS4 controller is officially called the Dualshock 4, and though you only get one of them out of the box, the following 2 player PS4 games listed below are a great reason to have a second one going spare.

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

10. Crash Bandicoot Nitro-Fueled

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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 the PlayStation One original, ideal for letting 2 player duos race against one another as a whole host of zany and creative characters. All feature karts that 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 prove vital for being successful in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. And better yet, the madcap karting experience has only gotten better thanks to post-release updates that introduce new tracks, vehicles and characters to take advantage of. Justo bear in mind that Nitro-Fueled’s Adventure mode is strictly single-player, but local battle mode supports up to four players, instantly making it one of the best 2 player PS4 games – especially when it comes to racers.

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9. LittleBigPlanet 3

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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 in 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. This is in addition to a carefully crafted single-player mode that includes the voice talents of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, made using the same tools available to players. Whether you want to get in and create together or just play through other's inventions with friends, LittleBigPlanet 3 is one of the best 2 player PS4 games that can't be played anywhere else.

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8. Guacamelee! 2

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The first Guacamelee was a side-scrolling fiesta treat, arriving at a time when metroidvanias weren’t anywhere near as common to cast you 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 collides.

Guacamelee! 2 still holds its place as one of the best 2 player PS4 games out there, not least because the co-operative element supports local play, allowing you and others to complete rigorous platform challenges and upgrading your characters in the effort to stop the evil Salvador. Plus, once you’ve finished the 6–8-hour campaign, there are plenty of worthwhile collectibles to seek out and challenge rooms to complete. You can purchase Guacamelee! 2 separately, but the One-Two Punch Collection below will see you pick both games up for one affordable price.

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7. Streets of Rage 4

2020 turned out to be the year where side-scrolling beat-em-ups came back in a big way, letting co-op preferring players smash and bash their way through legions of bad guys in stylistic fashion. And leading this charge wasn’t a new franchise, but rather a classic stalwart from the 90s in Streets of Rage. This fourth canonical entry sees the return of familiar characters like Axel Stone and Adam Hunter, who are joined with several newcomers all equipped with unique blitz moves.

It’s on our official list of 2 player PS4 games, though Streets of Rage 4 actually supports up to four players locally while still letting two duke it out together online. Dripping in 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. Don’t forget Streets of Rage 4 when it comes to the best 2 player PS4 games.

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6. 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, that there’s sure to be one based on a license perfectly suited to your tastes. For this list 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.

Sending you and another PS4 player through an original Marvel storyline written exclusively for this game, you’ll jump between characters like Spider-Man, Wolverine, Daredevil and more, doing battle against Doctor Doom to prevent his evil plan. LEGO Marvel Superheroes is one of the best 2 player PS4 games for all these reasons and many more, being the ultimate love-letter to a world so many kids and kids at heart have grown to love. It’s pure 3D platforming joy with a superhero spin and should not be missed my co-operative players.

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5. Divinity Original Sin II

Fantasy RPGs changed forever when Larian Studios released itshighly 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 to set you and a party of three others on a quest to become the region’s saviour. One of the most notable aspects is just how much freedom players have, with each party member able to roleplay as their preferred fantasy character. Elves, lizards, sorcerers and even undead humans are all playable.

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. But why stop there? Up to four players can fight and explore side by side. If you’re looking for the ultimate co-operative game to get lost in on PS4, you can’t do much better.

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4. 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’s back at it again 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.

Both characters acquire new abilities and powers the more this miniscule adventure goes on, as the action only ever takes place in split-screen. This dedication alone is enough to make It Takes Two easily a top pick on our list of the best 2 player PS4 games. Plus, when you taking into account that only one copy of the game is needed to play with a friend locally or online, this colourful action-adventure should be a co-operative duo’s delight. Constantly surprising and ever joyful, It Takes Two is one of the best co-op PS4 games out there.

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3. Minecraft

Quickly coming up on its 10-year anniversary, it might seem like an obvious candidate but Minecraft continues to inspire generations of creators via its addictive block-building gameplay. It’s remained a 2 player PS4 mainstay simply because you can create whatever you imagine, and doing so with a friend by your side acts as the perfect way to collaborate on an inventive level. Build whatever you want in Minecraft’s sandbox mode using endless resources. Or, alternatively, find out how long you can both last in the much more challenging survival mode.

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 u 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 likely missing out.

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2. Darksiders Genesis

The most recent 2 player PS4 game on this list is also one of the best, not least because it 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 duel wields two powerful pistols.

Darksiders Genesis differs from previous entries in that the action plays out entirely from a top-down point of view this time, making it easy for you and a friend to always keep an eye on what’s going on. 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 so that they are almost unbeatable. As far as 2 player PS4 games go, Darksiders Genesis is a hellish romp.

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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 earlier this year – 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.

It doesn’t take long for Borderlands 3 to immerse you within a 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 The Calypso Twins will taunt you to no end throughout the story campaign, giving you all the motivation you need to take them down. Loot as many guns as possible and have fun doing it, all while having up to three other players fighting by your side.

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Honourable mentions

Still craving some excellent co-operative action? If you’re someone who’s already played our official top 10 or are simply hungry for more 2 player PS4 games, you’ll find even more recommendations in our dedicated honourable mentions section below. They may not quite represent the best 2 player PS4 games that the platform has to offer, but still guarantee you and a friend a fun time.

Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4 makes our list of the 10 best 2 player PS4 games because hunting exotic beasts and taking down outposts in online co-op simultaneously raises the stakes and makes events more thrilling. This multiplayer mode is explicitly called “Guns for Hire” and sees you and friend free to explore the luscious island of Kyrat, defeating enemies and infiltrating camps. Weapon variety is also top-notch, from assault rifles that deal excessive damage fast to grenade launchers and flamethrowers that further enables you and a partner to cause that trademark Far Cry chaos.

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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 friends 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 2 player PS4 adventure that is extremely cinematic. It all kicks off in a prison, sure, until eventually the two are swept up in their own crime thriller. 

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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 a colourful stage, 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. 

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The Division 2

Shared-world shooters are a great way to stay in touch with friends. And while it may have been Destiny to first kick the door down for this genre, it was really Ubisoft’s The Division to fully take advantage. This sequel sets you and a squad of others within a post-apocalyptic Washington DC, fending off other groups for vital supplies ands ammunition. It’s playable solo but best experienced with another friend by your side. The Division 2 just barely misses our list of the best 2 player PS4 games.

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