What are the best PS4 local multiplayer games? While many titles offer great online experiences, nothing quite beats local multiplayer together with friends and family in the same room. Finding the right game can quickly turn four best mates into mortal enemies, or turn the group into a hysterical mess of laughter, screams, and joy. Luckily, the PS4 has enjoyed a bountiful resurgence of such titles. From stone-cold classics to utterly unique hidden gems, here's a list of titles to play with others that'll get everyone leaping out of their seats with excitement.
In this guide, we're looking at both competitive and cooperative offline multiplayer experiences, but if you're specifically looking for the Best PS4 Co-Op Games, you can find our list through the link.
The music game boom may have died faster than rap metal, but there’s no doubt that Rock Band 4 is still a great co-op experience. With the multi-instrument format lending itself brilliantly to extended party sessions, and an enormous catalogue spanning hundreds of bands and genres, this remains the best multiplayer musical experience you’ll find on the PS4 right now.
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This crazy, chaotic dodgeball game seemed to come out of nowhere in 2016, offering up a fast-paced, grin-inducing spin on the sport. Up to four players can duke it out in teams or in free-for-all as they aim to smack each other out of a selection of unusual arenas. The controls are very simple but there's just enough nuance to keep things competitive, and the whimsical presentation will keep the laughs rolling.
18. Nidhogg 2 (PS4)
The first game laid down an incredibly solid foundation of frenetic fencing mixed with tug of war, but Nidhogg 2 adds a sprinkling of extras that make it even more entertaining. With a striking new art style, lots of new weapon types, and a much larger roster of levels to fight through, this sequel has plenty to keep you busy. Face off in one-on-one duels, or use the tournament mode to see who among your chums is truly worthy of being eaten by a giant sky serpent. Be sure to give this a try for some unique, compelling multiplayer.
17. That's You (PS4)
Sony has been making a concerted effort to make gaming more accessible with its range of PlayLink titles, and our pick of the bunch is That's You. Using smartphones as controllers, a group of players is asked questions about each person, naturally leading to some hilarious outcomes. You'll also be snapping selfies, drawing on each other, and second-guessing your opponents as you strive for victory. A great multiplayer title for the non-gamers in your life.
How can you go wrong with a name like Ultimate Chicken Horse? This is a 2D platformer with an ingenious twist -- you build the level as you play it. Laying down traps and obstacles may slow your opponents down, but you'll have to navigate them too if you're to win. There's a great sense of strategy to this title that balances perfectly between careful planning and royally screwing everyone over.