What are the best co-op games on PS4? If you’re reading this article then we’re guessing that one of your preferred pastimes is playing the PlayStation 4 with pals. But what are the top co-operative titles on the console? We’ve compiled a list of our favourites that no PS4 co-op session could be complete without.
Developer: Naughty Dog
Release Date: 10th May, 2016
Also available as part of ‘Chlodine’ spin-off story The Lost Legacy, co-op mode Survival is just one small slice of the overall Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End puzzle. But it’s an enjoyable one, taking the series’ signature manoeuvrability and shoe-horning it into 50 waves of intense three-player third-person action. There are enough twists on the traditional Horde format to make this feature standout, and thus it's deserving of its place on our list.
Publisher: Metanet Software
Developer: Metanet Software
Release Date: 28th July, 2015
If you ever do reach the end of this game’s ridiculous amount of single player content, there’s a lengthy co-op mode to try your hand at too. This tricky platformer’s bespoke co-operative levels force you to work together to reach the goal, with switches only accessible to one player, or the need for self sacrifice to allow the other to reach the end. It’s difficult, and it could end longstanding friendships, but instant restarts and the satisfaction of success will keep you glued to the screen.
#18: Grand Theft Auto V
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Developer: Rockstar North
Release Date: 18th November, 2014
Grand Theft Auto V’s three-pronged campaign already feels like it should be a perfect fit for co-op, but it’s with Grand Theft Auto Online’s Heist missions that developer Rockstar North has at last realised the juggernaut series’ collaborative potential. With each player assuming a different cog in an increasingly complicated criminal crusade, this is some of the most compelling co-op you’ll find on the PS4.
#17: Rayman Legends
Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
Release Date: 18th February, 2014
Rayman’s most recent adventure is excellent when playing solo, but introducing more players to the mix turns the fun factor up to 11. You can either work together to find collectibles and make navigation easier, or you can drive your buddies mad with some needless slaps to the face. However you decide to play, this quality platformer will entertain you and your friends for hours.
Developer: Massive Entertainment
Release Date: 8th March, 2016
Designed to rival the dominance of loot shooters like Destiny, it could be argued that Tom Clancy’s The Division was held back by its grounded, modern military setting. But while unlocking stat-boosting khaki combat trousers will never quite be as exciting as an elaborate new piece of armour, Ubisoft’s commitment to updating this title – as well as some sturdy shooter foundations – mean that you could do worse than sending your squad onto the freezing streets of New York.
Release Date: 2nd September, 2014
There are plenty of ways to play Minecraft, but arguably the most enjoyable way is with a few pals. Working together to mine for resources, build structures, and fend off those pesky creepers can lead to some hilarious outcomes. Playing either locally or online and with endless possibilities, this is one co-op game you can always keep coming back to.
Publisher: Klei Entertainment
Developer: Klei Entertainment
Release Date: 21st April, 2016
Don’t Starve Together takes the addictive gameplay loop from the original survival title and applies it to multiplayer. Playing locally or online, you’ll both be gathering resources, building equipment, and (trying) to stay out of harm’s way as you explore the wilderness. A second player can both help and hinder your chances, so communication is key to making progress in this fun, challenging game.
#13: Far Cry 5
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Release Date: 27th March, 2018
Far Cry has had co-op before, but Far Cry 5 goes all-in with the ability to play with a buddy through the entire game. You can tackle the main missions or outposts, but the best way to play is to simply free roam causing as much havoc as you like. With Far Cry's plentiful dynamic systems, there's no limit to the crazy scenarios you and a friend will create for yourselves.
Publisher: Ubisoft Developer: Ubisoft Paris Release Date: 7th March, 2017
Playing Wildlands co-operatively is absolutely the best way to experience it. Having a squad of buddies means you can talk tactics and plan out your attacks, or simply fumble your way through together. Whatever your approach, the game’s huge sandbox and open-ended objectives make for a decent co-op experience that can provide some excellent, explosive moments.
#11: Rock Band 4
Publisher: Harmonix Developer: Harmonix Release Date: 6th October, 2015
In many ways, Rock Band 4 is the ultimate co-op game – after all, who doesn’t want to form a music group with friends. This new-gen edition of Harmonix’s plastic instruments fad may have failed to rekindle the commercial glories of past instalments, but it’s still pretty bloody fun – and it’s packing an enormous song selection to boot.
Our countdown of the best co-op titles on PS4 continues over the page, as we run down our full top ten. Which titles have made the cut?