The world just wants to tear us all apart. Whether it’s politics, yanny, or a black and blue dress, life conspires to make enemies of friends. Video games are always a great escape from the rigors of the real world, but what about if you can bring your pals along for the ride with the best PS4 co-op games?
Whether you just want to dick around in New York City or work in a bustling kitchen together, co-op games on the PlayStation 4 have what you need for some cathartic bit of bonding. Those who say these types of games are dying a death with the focus from many being on PVP are just cynical at best. Really, when you look at the gamut of different options we have now, we may actually be in the best spot ever for co-operative play.
The games you will find below require your partner to have a controller of their own, but many narrative games, such as Telltale’s output (rest in peace), could probably fall under the same umbrella. Without further ado, it’s adventure time — c’mon grab your friends and dive into the best PS4 co-op games.
The Best PS4 Co-Op Games
Developer: Ghost Town Games Ltd. Publisher: Team 17 Online/Offline Co-Op: Offline
Co-op games are meant to be great for bonding. Overcooked, meanwhile, is intended to ruin Christmas for everyone. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll probably end up hurling expletives at your aunt, just like if you worked in a real-life kitchen.
Grab three friends and get to grips with the hustle and bustle of running a kitchen and all the stresses that come with it. Despite its cutesy looks, it’s one of the most stressful games you’re ever likely to pay. Before too long, you’ll become as cynical and jaded as real chefs. If you can handle the game at its toughest points, Overcooked can be a real thrill despite it having such a simple hook.
2. A Way Out
Developer: Hazelight Publisher: EA Originals Online/Offline Co-Op: Both
Sure, some of the writing may be rote, but you won’t find a more surprisingly emotional game that slowly creeps up on you in how much of yourself you invest into it. Over the course of six or so hours, you learn to love Leo and Vincent: two criminals looking to escape from prison together.
Playable locally or online, A Way Out has players pick the character they want and then work with the other through some interesting gameplay mechanics. It’s a cinematic adventure full of heart and quirks that most developers wouldn’t even attempt, but never mind any of that: it lets you play Connect Four. Worth the entry fee on that alone.
A game so long in the tooth that it probably predates the internet and all life as we know it, Payday 2 has been able to stick around for so long despite such a straightforward premise for a very simple reason: its community. Who knew playing banks and robbers could bring so many people together?
Payday 2 is a great distraction for you and friends as you scope out a bank (or something bigger) for a big score before swooping in and swooping out with as little fuss as possible. If you’ve ever seen a heist movie then you’ll know that things will go awry. In Payday 2, when things go wrong, it’s usually because your friend is an idiot and did it on purpose for the laughs.
Developer: Techland Publisher: Techland/WB Games Online/Offline Co-Op: Online
We’ve said it many, many times but we’re going to say it one more time for the people at the back. Dying Light is one of the most underrated games of this generation. If you’re writing it off as you’re sick of zombie games, that’s fair, but Techland managed to created something that even the most jaded of gamers would probably enjoy.
It’s even better with friends, allowing you to dropkick and decapitate your way across Harran to your heart’s content. In the daytime, amble around and parkour your way through some The Office references. At night, prepare to run and scream like crazed banshees as the terrifying Virals close in. You can team up with up to three friends to explore the delights that Dying Light has to offer and with it now being very cheap and a sequel on the way, there couldn’t be a better time to jump in.
The country of Bolivia is a playground for you and your squad in this open world destruction simulator. Those expecting a Ghost Recon game will be disappointed in Wildlands as it strays far from its predecessors, though the fun factor of griefing your friends can’t be denied.
There are missions and important burly dude things to do, but that’s not what you’re here for. Wildlands is an excuse to pull off ridiculous stunts and explore with your friends. The world may be somewhat empty, as is the Ubisoft way, but that just gives you more room in which to treat your loved ones with the utmost of disrespect.
“Despite the minor and not so minor technical hiccups that can briefly stymie the experience, Ghost Recon Wildlands is the most fun I have ever had in a multiplayer game and the glitches, while frustrating, never served to hamper my fun for more than a few minutes.”