Streets of Rage 4 (PS4)

Streets of Rage 4 (PS4)Streets of Rage 4 (PS4)
Publisher: Dotemu / Developer: Guard Crush Games
Release Date: 30th Apr 2020 (USA) / 30th Apr 2020 (UK/EU)

Max number of local players: 4

SEGA's beat-'em-up series has always been a great game to play with pals, but the latest iteration is maybe the best yet. Streets of Rage 4 lets you play with up to three others in local multiplayer as you join forces to lay waste to hordes of henchmen. The combat is cracking, and smashing skulls with friends is always entertaining. In addition to the co-op is a versus mode that lets you beat the snot out of each other instead of the AI. The new Survival mode introduced with the Mr. X Nightmare DLC is fantastic fun as well. If you want some arcade thrills and spills, this is one of the best.

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Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition (PS4)

Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition (PS4)Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition (PS4)
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Larian Studios
Release Date: 31st Aug 2018 (USA) / 31st Aug 2018 (UK/EU)

Max number of local players: 2

You can play through the entirety of Divinity: Original Sin II with a friend, and it's really quite an achievement. This is a very traditional, complex RPG, and adding a pal to the mix can make it even more engrossing than it already is. Indeed, player choice applies to both of you, and a robust character creation system gives you ample room to role-play and really embed yourself in the game's fantasy world. Playing through the whole thing with a pal is certainly a commitment, but it's difficult to deny the allure once you've tried it.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4)

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4)Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4)
Publisher: 2K Games / Developer: Gearbox Software
Release Date: 24th Mar 2015 (USA) / 27th Mar 2015 (UK/EU)

Max number of local players: 4

In an age of online multiplayer, the days of Goldeneye 007 split-screen may seem antiquated, but Borderlands: The Handsome Collection supports up to four local players brilliantly. The co-operative loot shooter compilation – which bundles two remasters with hundreds of hours of gameplay – is the perfect fodder for lazy afternoons on the sofa, as you grind out new gear and defeat all manner of bandits with buddies by your side. While you obviously can play online as well, Gearbox really invested serious effort into the local multiplayer options, making this a great choice for some couch co-op.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (PS4)

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (PS4)Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (PS4)
Publisher: Activision / Developer: Beenox
Release Date: 21st Jun 2019 (USA) / 21st Jun 2019 (UK/EU)

Max number of local players: 4

Part of what makes CTR great is its lengthy Adventure mode, but no kart racer is complete without a suite of local multiplayer options. Nitro-Fueled has them in spades; single races, cups, and lots of battle modes are available for up to four player split-screen. With lots of tracks and options to tweak, and more content each month with the Grand Prix events, PS4's best kart racer is a real blast with a few friends.

FIFA 22 (PS4)

FIFA 22 (PS4)FIFA 22 (PS4)
Publisher: EA Sports / Developer: EA Vancouver
Release Date: 1st Oct 2021 (USA) / 1st Oct 2021 (UK/EU)

Max number of local players: 4

FIFA has always presented an impressive array of options when playing locally, and FIFA 22 is no different. Your pals can jump in at almost any time, taking to the pitch together through co-op play. Joining your friend's game is as simple as adding your controller, and you can even play through whole seasons or specific tournaments side by side on the sofa. The best part is that FIFA allows for a huge number of difficulty options and simplified control schemes, meaning that anyone can get in on the fun.

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