What are the best local multiplayer games on PS5? Video games have always had multiplayer, and playing them together with pals is some of the most fun you can have. There are so many great examples on PS5, and we need your help to find the best local multiplayer on the platform.
As mentioned, local multiplayer is as old as games themselves, and the ability to play together in the same room remains a staple despite the arrival of online play. On PS5, there are hundreds of games featuring local multiplayer options, and thus the variety of experiences is off the charts.
Fans of various sports are well catered for, with games like FIFA 22, Madden NFL 22, NBA 2K22, and other annual franchises offering local multiplayer. Similarly, if you enjoy a bit of racing, you can go split-screen with titles such as DIRT 5, Hot Wheels Unleashed, and WRC 10.
However, there's more to local multiplayer than sports and cars. It Takes Two, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Borderlands 3, and many more games offer excellent experiences for more than one player, and of course there are fighting games like Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate for when things get serious.
PS5 is a great place for fans of local multiplayer games, then, but which ones are the best? Well, that's where you come in. Below is our list of the best local multiplayer games on PS5, and it's entirely determined by our community. This list is ranked and rated solely by you lot, based entirely on your user scores for each game.
If you disagree with the order, or think a deserving game is missing, it's down to you to change things. Below is a search bar where you can type in any PS5 game with support for more than one player, and then award those games a rating from 1 to 10. Alternatively, you can click the star on any game's page to do the same and make yourself heard. These ratings are fed into this list, so have your say and watch it change over time!
Any game will need at least 20 ratings before it appears on this page. If there's a game you feel is missing from this list, it's possible the title just hasn't been rated enough times, so make sure you cast your votes.
Alright, let's have at it. Here's our list of the best local multiplayer games on PS5, as determined by you.
30. FIFA 22 (PS5)
FIFA 22 feels like real football, and it’s all the better for it. Impressive improvements to player positioning, ball physics, and animations make for a supremely satisfying simulation that underpins each of the franchise’s flagship modes. Career Mode doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but the ability to create a club is entertaining, and the changes to Player Careers are overdue. Microtransactions still rule supreme in Ultimate Team, and you’ll already have your own personal opinions on that, but there’s so much to do in the game that you could easily invest hundreds of hours into it without seeing a single loot box.
29. FIFA 23 (PS5)
The last FIFA game to actually have FIFA in the title, FIFA 23 sees the branding go out on a relative high, with some welcome gameplay adjustments further refining the annual formula. And look, we've learned to never expect sweeping changes to EA Sports' yearly football sim, but at this point, the overall package is hard to fault, and FIFA 23 is arguably the most finely tuned instalment in recent times.
MLB The Show 21 feels like a half-step into the PS5 generation, because its industry leading presentation has stagnated somewhat. Make no mistake, though, this has some of the best gameplay in the genre and one of the deepest Franchise modes available, with only NBA 2K22 really rivalling it. Despite this, Diamond Dynasty is the true star: this generous card collecting mode is absolutely jam-packed with content, and unlike other options in the genre, you don’t need to spend a cent to make the most of it.
27. The Ascent (PS5)
The Ascent is a compelling mix — take punchy twin stick shooter combat, throw in some loot and RPG elements, and place it in a shockingly detailed cyberpunk setting, and you've got a pretty great recipe. The good news is that it's just as tasty as it sounds, especially when played in local or online co-op with some pals. The action and mission design can be a little repetitive at times, but the core loop can keep you engaged for hours.
26. DIRT 5 (PS5)
DIRT 5 comes from a Codemasters team made up of many Evolution Studios alumni, giving this off-road racer a slight MotorStorm flavour. The festival vibes are alive and well here, with colourful presentation and a great soundtrack providing the background for a varied and fun racing calendar. Unlike its DiRT Rally cousins, this game is unabashedly arcadey, putting the emphasis on sliding sideways through the mud, across the ice, and into clouds of dust. An unintrusive storyline featuring characters voiced by Nolan North and Troy Baker carries you through the single player, while a level editor and some neat multiplayer modes are waiting for you too. A slick, well presented racing game with real energy.
Mortal Kombat 1 revamps the storyline of this enduring fighting game series, with all the characters you know and love reimagined in a new timeline. This makes for a brilliant (and violent) romp, turning unlikely pairs into firm allies in a high quality story mode. Once you're done with that, the game has plenty more to do: experiment with the new Kameo system; play the board game-like Invasion mode; and get a bit more lore on all the fighters in the arcade-like Tower mode. While the core fighting hasn't evolved all that much, this is still arguably the best Mortal Kombat yet, and will certainly be supported for a long time.
24. WRC 10 (PS5)
There are a few strong options on PS5 for rally fans, but if you're looking for the genuine article, WRC 10 is where it's at. This is the latest officially licensed rally racer, featuring the courses, cars, and drivers you recognise from the real motorsport. Importantly, though, the game itself is rollicking good fun. It really captures the danger and thrill of screaming through narrow tracks, always a hair's breadth from disaster. An in-depth career mode will keep you going for a long time, and it's supplemented with single rallies, online play, and historical events. Excellent support of DualSense's features is the cherry on top of a very tasty, messy cake.
Gearbox's popular looter shooter is back in typical style with Borderlands 3, and it looks and plays better than ever on PS5. While it doesn't innovate on older entries all that much, the third game in the franchise is probably the best. Improved gameplay makes the act of firing weapons a joy, there's a tonne of variety in quests and guns, and that signature love-or-hate humour is very much in place. It shines brightest on Sony's current-gen machine, too, thanks to boosted visuals and up to 120 frames-per-second on the right display. There are few better co-op shooters out there — this is an absolute blast with friends, whether playing locally or online.
King of Fighters XV is very much a return to form for the long-running SNK series. The three-on-three fighter boasts a sizeable character roster and a respectable suite of gameplay modes, complete with smooth rollback netcode, should you decide to test your skills online. A pleasingly robust fighting game package.
If you've ever owned a toy car or two, Hot Wheels Unleashed will hold some appeal. Coming from Milestone, the studio known for its motorbike racing titles like MotoGP and RIDE, this game sees the Italian team go in a brand new direction. This is a colourful arcade racer, pitting those die-cast vehicles against each other on that famous bright orange track across various settings. The handling is excellent and provides some surprisingly competitive and gratifying racing, while the courses are treacherous, winding things that see you driving on the ceiling and through the air. The game is impressively robust too, with a big campaign, split-screen and online multiplayer, a full track editor, and hundreds of cars to collect. If you're a fan of Hot Wheels, or just arcade racing games generally, this is worth checking out.