Nostalgia! It’s a thing that drives gamers’ minds more than most things. Today, we devote this piece to a part of nostalgia that occupies a very special place in our hearts. Do you remember the bygone days of LAN parties? Do you remember coming over to your friends and huddling around the screen to play a game that would probably end with a huge drama?
Well, we’re here to bring these days back! To an extent. Believe it or not, but the days of couch coop and chilling with controllers in your hands aren’t gone, you just have to look a little bit deeper. And this one goes to Sony, because we’re talking PS4.
As is usually the case with Sony’s resume, there are some great exclusives here to talk about. Sony is famously iffy about cross-platform play, but since you’ll be all playing on the same console, this is not a problem right?
Of note is also the PS4-specific feature of Playlink which allows multiple players to use their phones along with the console in order to set up something akin to a game show. You can be sure that given the subject at hand, we’ll be taking a look at some of the games available in that category.
Also, another note: each of the games included on the list can be purchased with Playstation Network Subscription Card via our storefront. As usual, we guarantee best prices and 100% customer satisfaction.
Best Couch Co-Op & Shared or Split screen games
for PS4 list
|Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power||Action||Co-Op for up|
to 3 players
|2018||Buy PSN Card|
|Fighting||Shared Screen||2017||Buy Cheaper!|
|The LEGO NINJAGO||Adventure||Split Screen|
(great for children!)
|EA Sports UFC 3||Fighting||Shared Screen||2018||Buy PSN Card|
|Dragon Ball FighterZ||Fighting||Anime, Shared Screen||2017||Buy Cheaper!|
|PixelJunk Monsters 2||Fantasy||Shared Screen||2018||Buy PSN Card|
|Rayman Legends||Platformer||Side Scroller||2013||Buy Cheaper!|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops III –|
|FPS|| Local cooperative|
|2015||Buy PSN Card|
|Resident Evil: Revelations 2||Survival Horror||Zombies,|
|2015||Buy PSN Card|
|Mortal Kombat XL||Fighting||Shared Screen,|
|2015||Buy PSN Card|
|Fifa 19||Sports||Soccer, Co-Op||2018||Buy Cheaper!|
|Enter the Gungeon||Shoot ’em up||Pixel Graphics||2016||Buy PSN Card|
|10. Overcooked and|
|Cooking||Simulation||2018||Buy PSN Card|
|2016||Buy PSN Card|
|8. Rocket League||Sports||Split-Screen, Soccer||2015||Buy Cheaper!|
|7. Diablo 3||Hack and slash||Dungeon Crawler,|
|2009||Buy PSN Card|
|6. Borderlands: the|
|FPS||Action role-playing||2015||Buy Cheaper!|
|5. Tekken 7||Fighting||Shared Screen||2015||Buy PSN Card|
|4. Hidden Agenda||Action||Adventure||2017||Buy PSN Card|
|3. Call of Duty:|
World War II
|FPS||Couch Co-Op||2017||Buy Cheaper!|
|2. Star Wars Battlefront 2||Action||Split Screen,|
|2017||Buy PSN Card|
|1. A Way Out||Adventure||Third Person,|
|2018||Buy PSN Card|
10. Overcooked and Overcooked 2
|Release year||2016 (sequel 2018)|
What a beautiful Duwang. This feels like a picnic
Let’s start with something simple, yet satisfying. Overcooked was possibly created by Gordon Ramsey himself, or at the very least it was influenced by his subconscious dreams of retribution leaking into the real world. Original Overcooked is a fantastic treat even today, but it should be noted that the sequel that came out very recently expands on the formula with new mechanics and several quality-of-life upgrades, making the game more fun and nuanced.
Functionally, it’s both one of the most chaotic and most rewarding cooperative games out there. It gives a lot of opportunity for players to show off their skills of working under great pressure and save the day with a fantastic play. It may not exactly fall under a “chill” experience, but fun? In spades. This is not exactly split-screen as everything happens in the same, small space, but with moving kitchen walls and characters being often stuck on the other side of the map, it’s quasi-split-screen.
Let this be your first dirt house
Sony has famously stated it is best to play Fortnite on their platform. I can only assume that the same message extends to Minecraft since there is absolutely no possibility for cross-play between PS4 and other platforms. Baring that, this game would be very high on our list, but I can’t in good conscience put it any higher, when I know you can throw a party with Xbox and PC and have a throng of players all working together at the same time on a big project, some of whom can even play on their Switches.
But even despite that, Minecraft is still a great purchase for an adamant PS4 fan who wants to play with their friends. The game features up to 4 player split-screen coop and to date remains one of the most popular games on any platform, including Playstation. I don’t think I have to explain Minecraft t you: you wake up stranded, get up, punch a tree and go on to recreate to-scale Statue of Liberty. Or mess around with red-stone and set-up a full symphonic performance. Or create a fully autonomous factory of diamond pickaxes. Possibilities are endless.
8. Rocket League
Combining racing and soccer in a macho-man fantasy of the generation
The idea behind Rocket League, which is—you kick a ball, but with a car, is something that we’ve been trying to realize for a long, long time. However only Rocket League managed to do it right. With up to 4 players occupying the same space, you can invite the whole gang and turn this into a tournament of sorts. Matches usually take about 5 minutes and are very, very intense, which is perfectly suited for a party setting.
Moreover, there’s a lot of ways to change up the game with special modes that shift the rules. Lowering gravity, changing speeds, increasing ball velocity, there’s a whole lot of ways you can spice things up. It’s an easy game to get in, hard to master and in the long run, almost impossible to get bored by. The fantastic multiplayer options make it truly shine, but you will find yourself coming back to it again and again even if you’re playing alone.
7. Diablo 3
|Genre||Hack & Slash|
The minions of hell grow stronger
Ah, yes, Diablo. It is fitting for this game to be on this list, one filled with nostalgia, as many of us have grown up with its gilded predecessor. Diablo is a Hack & Slash series of much renown and the 3rd part certainly lives up to that lineage. This time around, you can take up to 4 of your friends to fill in all the classes and fight the demons of hell in a glorious cooperation. Also of note: a very fun game to play with a girlfriend/boyfriend/non-binaryfriend.
Diablo 3 is the kind of game you can come back to again and again in a lot of different permutations. The basic mechanics of blasting through waves of monsters are truly addictive and the visual presentation is on point, really hammering home this hell-fighting fantasy. With 7 playable classes (2 added in the expansion) you can explore the minutia of this game for a long, long time and still find something new.
6. Borderlands: the Handsome Collection
No rest for the wicked
See that genre? It’s technically not an official industry term yet, but it has enough of defining features and presence that people have started to describe games like this one with that term. And the original Borderlands is arguably responsible for creating that genre in the first place. The sequel (and the convoluted pre-sequel) is in all ways an improvement from the original with better graphics, combat, story and of course, more guns.
So what is Borderlands about? In short: guns! In long: GUNS, GUNS, GUNS! Borderlands features an ingenious technique of loot generation where guns will spawn with several random elements, completely changing their functionality, with some Legendary weapons forcing a playstyle entirely on their own. Add to that several fantastically designed classes (with several more unique to the pre-sequel) and you have a game you could play potentially forever. While it gets grindy when playing alone, with friends it truly shines and its hilarious story and sense of style serves as the icing on this marvelous cake.
5. Tekken 7
Finally with Sonic the Hedgehog (for real tho)
No, seriously, Sonic is finally in Tekken. What a strange world to live in right? But, that’s just one of the things that are great about this one. I don’t think I have to explain Tekken to you, it’s one of the trifecta of fighting games holding all of us captive with their varying degree of competitive charm. Notably for multiplayer, you can pick which specific side of the screen you want to be bound to, making the entire process easier.
Tekken isn’t particularly difficult to get into, but the skill ceiling is really high, allowing a competent player to unleash a fantastic display of prowess. If you can get friends as competent as you to play on the couch, it can turn into an amazing, tactical jig. The roster of characters is varied and their various unique aspects make learning each one of them a great journey. And to top it all off, you can establish a full, structured tournament in game if you want a veneer of professionalism. Can’t go wrong with this one.
4. Hidden Agenda
Our PlayLink representative comes in the form of a pretty innovative Hidden Agenda. Part investigative thriller, part interactive movie, part a test of your reflexes, Hidden Agenda is a little bit like a game of Mafia (or it’s more modern version you might be aware of: Secret Hitler). One of the players sits down with the controller and is tasked with solving a crime scene, while other players can use their phones to vote for a specific course of action. At some point, one of the players will receive special instructions though, forcing them to change the direction of the investigation.
Without players knowing how to go about solving the crime, they have to be able to argue their points and doubly so for the one person that received their titular hidden agenda. The real fun lies in lies, so to speak and the thriller itself is tangential to the conflict between the players happening in front of the console. It’s one of the more innovative games (a testament to which are the awards it has won) to utilize the feature and it’s fairly unique in the way it plays out. It technically does have the solo mode, but it’s simply not really designed for it, which for the purposes of this list, is not an issue.
3. Call of Duty: World War II
CoD. CoD never changes
While I will be the first to decry playing competitive shooters on consoles as just a bad idea in general, if cooperative fun is what you care for, there’s no denying that this one got you covered. Supporting a two-player split-screen, CoD: WW II allows you and your friend to stand together and tackle on the rest of the World.
Moreover, the zombie mode in this one has been polished to perfection and functions as its own, separate, cooperative mode of play. There’s also a plethora of side activities and modes, including a global lobby where you can hang around and chill. And honestly, what could possibly bring two people together more than blasting Nazi zombies to bits? Nothing! Nothing I tell you.
2. Star Wars Battlefront 2
Stay on that highground
Certainly a controversial title, a year in and after many, many changes, Battlefront 2 is at the stage where we can honestly say that it’s a good game. It had its issues, but these have been solved and it is now thoroughly enjoyable. The game functions as a multiplayer shooter with a wide selection of character classes fighting on both sides of the conflict taking place in the galaxy far, far away. Moreover it breaks up the formula by adding segments of starship combat as varied and enjoyable as the typical ground war.
The split-screen coop component is available for 2 players and it has its own selection of arcade game modes such as always popular horde mode. Unfortunately the game lacks this functionality when it comes to online multiplayer, which arguably makes sense as 2 players sitting next to each other would have a huge advantage against other players. With a great wealth of customization, Battlefront 2 is also a very fun game to brag about to your friends, showing off your various, cosmetic unlocks.
1. A Way Out
The creation of possibly the most insane man in the industry
This game had to be at the very top list of this list for a very simple reason: this one was custom built and designed for split-screen coop. Created by the man behind Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons (and possibly the gaming equivalent of like a bizarro-world version of Tommy Wiseau that is actually talented), A Way Out is a story-driven game about two convicts escaping a prison.
It’s a game about trust in more ways than one. It masterfully juggles tension, conflict and levity, creating a really captivating mix. Like I said, this game is designed for coop, it is literally impossible to play it alone and playing it with a good friend is greatly advised as it turns the game from a good one into a fantastic one, through the course of which you’ll actually learn a lot about each other.
You can put the controllers back in your hands now
This concludes my entirely objective list, of objectively greatest split-screen games for PlayStation 4. They are objectively great, because I’ve chosen the metrics and these games fulfill them objectively. Let me know in the comments how I’m wrong because true objectivism doesn’t exist, to which I will gladly respond with Ayn Rand quotes. This Atlas is certainly shrugging.
There’re also two more lists for you if PS4 isn’t your thing (I hear some folks have almost ideological bone to pick with them, what is that all about, something about cross play?), featuring the best coop shared/split screen and competitive games for Xbox and PC. The one for PC is of course not objective, because I didn’t write it, my buddy did. And he said himself it’s not objective, so he’s objectively correct.
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