What are the best PS4 local multiplayer games? Which couch multiplayer games should you play on PS4? 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 transform 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 that list through the link. Also pay attention to our Best PS4 Family Games guide if you're looking for something to play specifically with your siblings and parents. For a more general guide to the Best PS4 Games, check it out through the link. Finally, a list of the Best PS5 Local Multiplayer Games is now up and running, but it's worth bearing in mind that all the games shown here are also playable on the new console.

Best PS4 Local Multiplayer Games

Below is a full list of the best PS4 local multiplayer games. Presented in no particular order, these are our favourites, and have sparked many a heated discussion in Push Square Towers.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS4)

Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS4)Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS4)
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: Sumo Digital
Release Date: 12th Nov 2020 (USA) / 12th Nov 2020 (UK/EU)

Max number of local players: 4

You know what? Sackboy: A Big Adventure is just a joy. It's great fun to play this platformer on your own, but with a few pals along for the ride, it's even better. Jostling for prize bubbles, slapping each other around, and customising your Sackpeople is a great laugh with buddies. There are even levels only accessible with at least two people, so you're highly encouraged to spread the love. A cracking 3D platformer for the whole family.

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Laser League (PS4)

Laser League (PS4)Laser League (PS4)
Publisher: 505 Games / Developer: Roll7
Release Date: 10th May 2018 (USA) / 10th May 2018 (UK/EU)

Max number of local players: 4

Laser League might not be the most populated game online, but there's no denying it's a brilliant multiplayer title. Four-player local matches let you duke it out in two teams of two, and the game quickly gets everyone frantic with its rapid pace, neon aesthetic, and simple controls. This is a unique title that's deserving of your attention during multiplayer gaming sessions.

Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure (PS4)

Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure (PS4)Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure (PS4)
Publisher: Game Swing / Developer: Game Swing
Release Date: 5th Apr 2016 (USA) / 5th Apr 2016 (UK/EU)

Max number of local players: 4

This crazy, chaotic dodgeball game came out of absolutely 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.

Ultimate Chicken Horse (PS4)

Ultimate Chicken Horse (PS4)Ultimate Chicken Horse (PS4)
Publisher: Clever Endeavour / Developer: Clever Endeavour
Release Date: 12th Dec 2017 (USA) / 12th Dec 2017 (UK/EU)

Max number of local players: 4

With a name like Ultimate Chicken Horse, how can you go wrong? 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.

It Takes Two (PS4)

It Takes Two (PS4)It Takes Two (PS4)
Publisher: Electronic Arts / Developer: Hazelight
Release Date: 26th Mar 2021 (USA) / 26th Mar 2021 (UK/EU)

Max number of local players: 2

It Takes Two is from Hazelight, a game studio that specialises in co-op experiences, and this game is its best effort to date. It's a two-player game built with co-op in mind, meaning you must work together with a buddy to get through the story. Playing as estranged parents shrunk down into toys, the pair have to settle their differences to return to normal. Absolutely packed with imagination, memorable stages, and standout moments, this is a brilliant local multiplayer title that entertains all the way through.