Grand Theft Auto V’s three-pronged campaign already feels like it should be a perfect fit for coop, but it’s with GTA 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.
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19. Far Cry 5 (PS4)
The Far Cry series has had limited coop 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 in Hope County.
The Division 2 arguably enjoyed the best launch period of a looter shooter this generation, and although things have been a little rocky for Ubisoft's cover-based excursion since, it's still great fun with friends. A detailed, dense open world is the spine of The Division 2, and exploring it as a team can quickly become an addiction — especially when you're being showered with loot. But it's the story and co-op specific missions that really set the game apart, offering up some fantastic firefights.
Streets of Rage was always a great co-op game to play with a pal on Genesis, and that continues with the series' grand return. The gorgeous PS4 sequel is fun playing alone, but with others, it's just a blast — and this time, couch co-op allows up to four players. Online play sticks to the traditional two, but even just with one other, the game's simple-but-satisfying combat makes for a really fun romp.
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. And with the Bedrock update now on PS4, cross-play means you'll never be short of people to play with.