Friends! Wouldn’t it be nice to have some. We’d imagine, nowadays, you would take a long, masked walk with such a person, talking about the things friends talk about. Maybe it’s a phone call. Or, more likely, you just like each other’s tweets and heart one another’s Instagram posts, nary a word spoken save for the occasional, “Cute!”
Here’s something else you can do with friends: play video games! How fun. You don’t even need to be together in person anymore. Instead of crowding around a hundred-pound cube just to shoot a pixely enemy, you can work some Wi-Fi sorcery to link up with a buddy, anywhere in the world. You might tag-team to cook burritos in Overcooked!, kart around in Crash Team Racing, or slay some mythical beasts in Elder Scrolls.
Maybe you don’t feel like being social all the time, but when you do, we have a list of the 25 best multiplayer games of PS4 out there at the ready.
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Listen folks, I’ve been predicting this would be Game of the Year 2020 for months, and now that it’s out, I’m holding to it. Fall Guys is the most accessible battle royale. It’s just good, obnoxious fun, and adorable as all holy hell. Between the simple platforming, the lightening fast rounds, and the dumb luck, Mediatonic whipped up a drug of a game. Beyond all else, it’s only 15 bucks, and it’s completely free for PlayStation Plus members until the end of the month. Download the game, but don’t get in my way. —C.S.
Red Dead Redemption 2
If you can find some friends to play with who won’t sneak up behind you, throw a lasso around your neck, and drag your corpse across the desert for a full hour, then Red Dead Redemption 2’s multiplayer is surprisingly a great time. Rockstar managed to do the impossible, converting the game’s single-player open world into a multiplayer romp that’s just as satisfying. —B.L.
Destiny has gotten a lot of crap over the years. Yes, it had a rough launch back in 2017. But now that the Vanilla version is free to play and the expansions are genuinely fun, along with the support for cross-platform play, there’s never been a better time for Destiny. I’ve sunk hours into this game, what with the addictive combat and the constant loot grind. It’s so easy to squad up and lose days in the world of the guardians. —C.S.
Risk of Rain 2
Defining “zero to a hundred,” this game sees you and your fire team play through waves of enemies, trying to collect power-ups. But the longer you stay on a level, the harder it gets. It’s all about balancing greed and skill, in mobs made of some of your good friends. The art style is remarkably energetic and unique, and the unlockables will keep you running the waves over and over again. —C.S.
Grand Theft Auto V
Admit it: At some point, even if it was around your thousandth hour with Grand Theft Auto V, you grew tired of running over pedestrians and infiltrating the military base. Thankfully, the game’s multiplayer mode offers, you know, actual things to do for those who’ve wrapped up the single-player experience. Race your friends, climb a mountain, learn how to fly a plane. Too busy for you? Play a round of golf. —B.L.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
The only kart racer worth its weight besides Mario Kart, Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is a melding of all the past CTR games with much more content and enough fan service to bring a tear to your eye. It’s no secret that we love that radical bandicoot, and this game just proves why. Plus, with Crash 4 on the way, I’m sure you’re looking for anything to get in the bandicoot spirit. —C.S.
I’ll play it cool, as if I don’t enjoy the hell out of this dumb baby game, and I won’t admit that it’s actually a blast, filled with insane crossovers and addictive gameplay. I don’t love this game at all, I just play it ironically with my little brother. Obviously. But, I mean, see you on the battle bus, if you want. —C.S.
Until Gauntlet Dark Legacy comes back, this game will fill the void. Diablo—a pillar of gaming dating all the way back to 1997—is a class-based, hack-and-slash, dungeon-crawling looter, which back in the day was all the rage. It is also a remarkably necessary title for those who are looking for anything to play besides shooters. There’s a reason this dungeon crawler has been the one to stand the test of time, and with Diablo 4 on the horizon, you’ll want to get your inventories in order. —C.S.
Overcooked! + Overcooked! 2
I’ve never worked in a kitchen before, but Overcooked! has to be what it’s like, right? In it, you bump shoulders with a buddy in a kitchen, taking in, putting together, and serving food orders. One hour of Overcooked! will honestly wear you out. And make you hungry. Have a snack first. —B.L.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
“I wish I could make my own character and play with my friends like in RuneScape,” is what 13-year-old me said after playing myriad Final Fantasy games. Well kid, now you can. Final Fantasy XIV online brings all the glorious worlds and wild storytelling of the Final Fantasy series straight into an MMORPG. The title is expansive and has thousands of hours of content, just like any good MMO should. It’s a truly thrilling world to take part in, and easily one of the best MMOs of our lifetime. —C.S.
Monster Hunter World
If you’re unfamiliar with Monster Hunter, I can clue you in real quick on what it’s about: hunting, monsters. The game pits you and a team of four against massive, reckless, inventive monsters, like something straight out of an action movie. There seems to be endless content with both amazing single-player, and multiplayer that gives a whole new meaning to teamwork. Seriously, your team can either monster hunt like a well-oiled machine, or it can make your life miserable. The game also features some cool crossovers from Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, and Mega Man—and even lets you dress up as Geralt from The Witcher or Alloy from Horizon Zero Dawn (a coveted exclusive on PS4). Be prepared, though. These hunts take a minimum of 30 minutes and can be failed in the blink of an eye. —C.S.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty is the gun game. It may have fallen from grace in recent years, but Modern Warfare—and the wildly popular (and free-to-play) Warzone—have allowed COD to reclaim its place on the throne. The competition is fierce and the campers are rampant. I can’t survive more than a couple of minutes without getting obliterated, but it’s weirdly comforting to be obliterated in COD once again. Now that it is back on its game, the newly teased Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War actually has me excited. Sounds like it’s going to be Russian zombies this time, though. —C.S.
Few titles on this list are so popular that there’s an entire league where the game’s best players battle it out for IRL cash, but Overwatch is that big of a sensation. Blizzard’s first-person shooter is just as fun as it is tough to master. You won’t see anyone from Esquire running and gunning on an arena stage with the pros anytime soon. —B.L.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
If I shoot my team in this game one more time, I will never earn XP again. I don’t mean to, I just have no trigger discipline, as some good friends always remind me. Rainbow Six Siege has been around for what seems like forever, and it will continue on since it’s slated to be a launch title for the next gen. The game has teams of five take on specified objectives, which is a change from the standard death match mode in shooters. Rainbow Six also maintains a steady stream of new content and operatives to keep the game fresh. —C.S.
The Elder Scrolls Online
You know Skyrim. It’s literally on everything, including your smart home device. Well, you can play that with your friends online, too. Granted, it’s not exactly Skyrim, but it’s still a damn good MMO that takes place in that same universe. The days of MMORPGS have come and gone, but The Elder Scrolls Online encapsulates all that fun and gritty wonder that mesmerized us back in the early 2000s, only it’s much better and more polished now. —C.S.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a game on this list stranger, more anxiety-inducing, and more addicting than Rocket League—which, if you’re unfamiliar, is soccer, with cars. That’s about it. But the combo is more than enough to kill three hours of calling LilJimmy232 a big baby because you just dropped five goals on his ass. —B.L.
All those SNES platformers that you and your friends wished had co-op may never get them, but Shovel Knight can easily step up. Following the Wii U exclusive, now everyone gets a shovel friend. Shovel Knight is geared towards retro lovers, and the co-op does everything a good co-op should by making the game both easier and harder, depending on your comrade’s skill level. It has so much heart and imagination in it that exploring the world with a friend for the first time is sure to pull on the nostalgia strings. —C.S.
Chances are you’ve played Borderlands by now. It’s like Destiny, but absolutely ridiculous. And it came first. This is the game that brought class-based loot shooters into the lime light, and Borderlands 3 expands and polishes everything that’s great from the series—its hilarious story, easy drop-in/drop-out, both local and online play, and combat system. —C.S.
Streets of Rage 4
Minecraft seems deceptively simple; it’s about mining and crafting. But it’s one of those games that sends you on a trip. All of the sudden, eight hours have passed, and you have no clue how. The game primarily focuses on survival and creative modes, where you craft what you can to survive or build a world free of rules. Minecraft at this point has also transcended gaming, playing host to graduation parties and getting used as an educational tool. So whether you and your friends want to build a replica of the Death Star, survive the long night, or I guess host a graduation ceremony, Minecraft’s the game to pick. —C.S.
Hey, here’s something you really shouldn’t be doing right now: putting your grubby, germy hands on a soccer ball and dribbling around with your friends. Until this nightmare is over, get your fix in FIFA 2020—a soccer simulator so authentic that you might start to prefer it over the real thing. —B.L.
If you’ve gotten the chance to play the beta of Avengers, you know we’re all in for a superhero-filled treat. Avengers beta isn’t without its flaws, which people are all too quick to point out, but we collectively need to remember that it’s still a beta, and a good one at that. This upcoming title promises some exciting, squad-based combat with all the hero heavyweights. Better yet, if you play on PlayStation, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will join the fray. Marvel’s Avengers comes out in just a few weeks, and it seems to have some more surprises in store. —C.S.
Untitled Goose Game
Buckle up, nerds. Goose Game is getting multiplayer. What’s worse than one tyrannical, maniacal fowl ruining a friendly suburb? That’s right: It’s two of them. The multiplayer mode arrives in a free update this September and seems to basically just add a second goose. Which, if you ask me, is all I ever wanted. But, add two more and we could have a full party. —C.S.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
Speaking of that totally tubular bandicoot, Crash 4 is coming out, and it features some form of four-person multiplayer. What it’ll look like is anybody’s guess. But I got some play-time with a handful of levels in a Crash 4 demo last month, and it was a hoot and holler. PlayStation is sorely missing a good co-op multiplayer platformer, and Crash 4 has all the potential and then some to fill that void. —C.S.
Ghost of Tsushima
Though technically not a multiplayer game yet, Ghost of Tsushima will be soon, and I couldn’t be more pumped. This is one of the most beautiful, but more importantly fun, games I’ve played in a long time. The promise that come fall I’ll be able to take on Folklore Legends with my friends has me just as excited as I get for some full game launches. The multiplayer trailer that debuted earlier this week showed a little bit of gameplay, and while it was mostly cinematic, it got my gamer heart stirring. Ghost of Tsushima really lets you decide the kind of samurai you want to be, so I can only imagine the online mode will expand that even further. —C.S.
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