The PS5 has been a long time coming, but we’re finally here. If you’re one of the lucky few who managed to get their hands on one, you might be wondering what the best PS5 multiplayer games are while you wait for the next Elder Scrolls or Call of Duty.
Well, there are a few multiplayer games already available on the console that, in our opinion, are going to keep you plenty entertained until the next wave of AAA releases hit the shelves.
We want to highlight these games for you and prove that the PS5 doesn’t have the limited discography that many people assume it does — whether that’s brand new games or a whole library of enhanced games from the PS4. So, here are the best multiplayer games on PS5 that have been released so far.
Developer: Lucid Games Publisher: Sony Interactive Enterainment
Destruction AllStars is Rocket League meets Twisted Metal meets Fortnite. We couldn’t come up with an idea that insane if we tried.
The team over at Lucid Games did, though, and what resulted was a 2021 flop that had all the potential in the world, only to be smeared and marred because of invasive microtransactions, repetitive gameplay, and a distinct lack of content.
Destruction Allstars released as a part of PlayStation Plus, with it costing $30 once it leaves the service in April. While that price is far more reasonable than the $70 price tag that Sony had initially announced, it’s still a relatively steep price to pay for a title with such limited gameplay.
Despite that, the core gameplay loop and mechanics have received almost universal praise, serving as a saving grace for a title that would otherwise have been simply forgotten. If you can get your hands on Destruction AllStars during a sale, then do. It’s a chaotically stylized cacophony of carnage that will keep you and your buddies coming back regularly.
14. Override 2: Super Mech League
Developer: Modus Studios Brazil Publisher: Modus Games
Override 2: Super Mech League divided audiences down the middle when it was released in 2020. On the one hand, critics complained that the game not only didn’t learn from the mistakes of the game’s predecessor but actively discarded some of the mechanics that made that game a sleeper hit in the first place.
Alternatively, casual audiences praised Override 2 for its fun gameplay, robust roster of mechs, and availability as a pick up and play party game.
Ironically, the party aspect of the game is where it both excels and falls short. The PvP battles you can have with your friends are incredibly entertaining, but that’s just it: you’re limited to one style of PvP battle.
For an arena fighting game full of different modes and options, not having co-op integration for every setting is massively restricting. There are multi-battles and 2v2 battles that you can’t team up with your pals for, which makes no sense and seems to be more of a time constraint issue rather than a conscious design choice.
Regardless, Override 2: Super Mech League is still one of the most enjoyable casual fighters that we’ve ever seen on console, making it a decent sale purchase.
13. CRSED: F.O.A.D
Developer: Darkflow Software Publisher: Gaijin Distribution KFT
The era of Fortnite brought with it a number of “rip-off” battle royale games that all tried to capitalize on the genre’s popularity. While most of these games were little more than cash-grabs, CRSED: F.O.A.D was developed with a passion that turned it into a viable alternative to the mainstream BR juggernauts.
The full title of the game is Cuisine Royale Second Edition: Fulfilment of All Desires, but it initially released under the title “Cuisine Royale.” The rebrand came out from a direction change in the core game. Initially, CRSED: F.O.A.D was a kitchen utensil-based parody of games like Fortnite and PUBG and actually released as an April Fools’ joke off of the engine that squad-based MMO Enlisted uses.
However, the game was met with enough fanfare for it to be released as a standalone title, eventually dropping the parody kitchen-based gimmick in favor of a comedic Battle Royale that isn’t afraid to revel in the silliness of the genre.
It’s a stylish alternative to the big names out there, so we think it’s more than worth a download if you’re suffering from Fortnite or Warzone fatigue, especially because it’s currently free-to-play on both PS4 and PS5.
12. DIRT 5
Developer: Codemasters Publisher: Codemasters
You should already be familiar with DIRT 5. It’s the eighth entry into the DIRT series in 14 years, so you likely already know what you’re getting.
You get a mix of racing modes, cars, and trucks, including the option of pursuing a career mode. It doesn’t innovate on the series in any major positive ways, but it remains a solid racing game for you to sink a few dozen hours into.
Unfortunately, however, DIRT 5 is very much a farewell to the franchise as fans know it. Developer Codemasters were acquired by EA, leaving the future of the series up in the air in terms of support and quality.
If you’ve been a fan of the DIRT series in the past, it’s worth picking up DIRT 5 as a requiem for the franchise, if nothing else.
Developer: Crema Publisher: Humble Games
Pokémon fans have been begging for an officially supported MMO for years. They haven’t gotten it yet, but the Spanish development team at Crema has beaten Game Freak to the punch.
There admittedly isn’t too much more to Temtem than that, but there doesn’t need to be. It’s an MMO creature-collection game that has been directly influenced by Pokémon, according to the development team.
That’s not to say it attempts to replicate the style of Pokémon because that’s far from the truth. Temtem has a tone to it that is completely its own. Its world and animations are unique, and in most cases, are actually better than what Game Freak has been putting out recently.
The game takes advantage of the hardware advantage the PS5 has over the Switch, and it shows. Temtem is already a tremendously fun and promising game, especially when you consider the fact that it’s still in early access.
10. Worms Rumble
Developer: Team17 Publisher: Team17
It’s safe to assume that almost every gamer over the age of 16 has played a Worms game at some point in their life. It’s been a longstanding party favorite thanks to its quirky and easy-to-follow turn-based PvP gameplay – a formula that has seen the series remain in relatively good standing for over 25 years.
Worms Rumble is more of a spin-off than a main-series entry. Primarily because it ditches the familiar turn-based combat in favor of an RTA system.
As you could imagine, this results in some seriously chaotic gameplay that takes place over multiple game modes and maps. There is a range of typical Worms weaponry and tools for you to make use of, all in a way that feels both different and remarkably similar to what you’re used to.
Worms Rumble isn’t the kind of game that you’re going to sink 40 hours into over the course of one week, but it is a great title to have on your hard drive to play with your friends, although only online multiplayer is supported at the moment, meaning no couch co-op. However, there is cross-play, so it’s not all bad.
9. Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
Developer: NetherRealm Studios Publisher: WB Games
Like Worms, Mortal Kombat is a prestigious series that dates all the way back to the early 90s. Mortal Kombat is well known for being the franchise that resulted in the ESRB rating scheme being implemented in gaming. That should tell you about what level of gore and violence each game entails.
MK11, despite being the eleventh entry in the series, still managed to impress fans and critics alike when it launched in 2019. It was praised for the quality of its story mode, which has been a highlight of the last three Mortal Kombat games, as well as its immensely improved online net code and finely tuned gameplay.
However, the game has drawn criticism thanks to NetherRealm doubling down on the microtransactions that had begun to present themselves in Mortal Kombat X.
If you’re willing to look past the content that is locked behind a paywall, MK11 is one of those titles that you both pick up and play every now and again or dedicate hundreds of hours to, no matter what system you’re playing it on.
Dead by Daylight was initially released in 2016 for PC. The fact that the game got a PS5 port at the end of 2020 is indicative of how popular and impressive this multiplayer horror truly is. There are very few indie games that have seen the level of support and success Dead by Daylight has.
Not only does the game have a player base of over 20 million people, but it’s been so successful that it has had several mainstream horror-related DLC tie-ins with the likes of Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Scream, Halloween, Left 4 Dead, and Stranger Things.
The core gameplay of Dead by Daylight is simple: four survivors taking on one killer. The survivors are trying to power generators around the map to unlock the exit, while the killer tries to stop them, sacrificing them to a mysterious “entity” in the process.
The gameplay mechanics go far deeper than that explanation but covering how well put together the game is would require an essay as opposed to an entry on a list. The meta is far more complex than “killer go stab”.
Dead by Daylight is one of the most successful indie games in recent memory for a reason. You can experience it first hand by downloading it from the PS5 store, w
While it’s played competitively on PC, it gives console players a chance to experience the slow-paced tactical FPS gameplay that CS:GO became so well renowned for.
A game of Siege features ten players – 5 v 5. There is a team of attackers and a team of defenders, both of which are fighting over two bomb sites located on the map, though players may also compete over a hostage.
Where Rainbow differs from the formula is in its hero-based gameplay. Each player picks an operator with unique weapons, stats, and abilities. This adds a layer of depth to R6S that turns it from a fun novelty into one of the most advanced tactical shooters ever created.
If Call of Duty is starting to lose its appeal, then Rainbow Six Siege is a perfect candidate to replace it on your shelf.
6. Destiny 2
Developer: Bungie Publisher: Bungie
The story of Destiny is one that most gamers are familiar with. What was initially meant to be Bungie’s magnum opus departure from the Halo series was marred by internal disputes, ultimately resulting in a hollow and half-finished game that still managed to be incredibly fun and addicting.
When the sequel, Destiny 2, was released, many people hoped that it would be the game we were promised the first time around. It wasn’t, but through the release of several content updates and DLCs, Bungie has managed to turn the title into one worthy of the developer’s revered name.
Destiny 2 is the closest thing we’ve gotten to an FPS MMO, with it being set over a series of different planet-based overworlds, each loaded with quests and missions.
The game has maintained a strong player base over all these years and through all of the issues for a reason: it has all the potential in the world. If you haven’t played it yet, the PS5 version is free to download without any of the DLC. This gives you a chance to experience the world for yourself before you decide to invest any money in it.
For those of you who have played it but put your guardian to rest some time ago, there has never been a better time to get back involved with the series.
Developer: Digital Extremes Publisher: Digital Extremes
If you thought 2015 was old for a PS5 port, it’d come as a bit of a shocker to discover that Warframe was released in 2013. A nearly 10-year-old game that came out before the PlayStation 4 has been ported to the PS5. It’s exceedingly rare, if not unheard of, for a game to get ported through two generations of hardware, so that should tell you all you need to know about the quality of Warframe.
It’s a multiplayer third-person shooter that blends open-world map design with procedurally generated missions to create a gameplay loop that stays entertaining for longer than a lot of games similar to Warframe.
The age of the game also means that it has had a number of content releases, overhauls, and updates, with more to come. If you dive into Warframe for the PS5 now, you’re getting eight years’ worth of gameplay all at once.
Apex Legends was touted as a Fortnite killer when it was first released. Seemingly overnight, the free FPS game took over the top page on Twitch with the likes of Ninja gushing about how great the game was.
That steam eventually died out thanks to a lack of content updates from developers Respawn Entertainment, but that didn’t change the fact that it had core mechanics so good it was considered a better BR than Fortnite when that game was at its peak.
While it’s too late for Apex to capitalize on the hype it once had, that hasn’t stopped the Respawn team from finally rolling out content for the game, including roadmaps and battle passes.
Had Apex, which is free-to-play, released in the state it’s in now, it would have put Fortnite in a grave, and we would be looking at a much different gaming landscape.
3. Rocket League
Developer: Psyonix Publisher: Epic Games
Rocket League is the best underdog story since Rocky. Dead By Daylight might be among the most successful indie games of all time, but Rocket League comes pretty damn close to taking that crown itself.
It was developed and published by a small American game studio called Psyonix in July of 2015. In a stroke of genius, the game was offered free that month for PlayStation Plus members. The addicting casual multiplayer gameplay, combined with getting the title into the hands of millions of players worldwide, turned Rocket League into an overnight sensation that has continued to ride that hype thanks to an acquisition of Psyonix by Epic Games.
Rocket League is free-to-play on PS5 and maintains both a solid casual fanbase as well as a thriving competitive one. So, even if you have no aspirations to play RL Esports yourself, there’s no harm in putting the game on your hard drive for when you and your friends are bored.
Developer: Epic Games Publisher: Epic Games
Can we tell you anything about Fortnite that you don’t already know? It’s arguably the most important title in the history of modern gaming gaming. It propelled the medium into the mainstream with merchandise sales, news coverage, and even social events (we all remember that Ninja New Year).
Not only that, but Fortnite had a massive impact on the gaming industry internally, showing publishers that it was possible to turn a free-to-play game into a golden goose with nothing more than cosmetic microtransactions rather than the loot box system that had been so prevalent.
Regardless of what your thoughts on Fortnite are, you can’t deny that it’s got some seriously fun and addicting gameplay. The building style combat isn’t for everyone, but it’s unbelievably unique and unlike anything, we had seen before or have seen since.
Fortnite is forever going to be a staple of the gaming world, so we wouldn’t be surprised if it popped up on a PS6 list in six or seven years.
1. Call of Duty: Warzone
Developer: Infinity Ward Publisher: Activision
Being called a Fortnite killer and actually succeeding as one are two entirely different things. Many titles bore the name of the former, but only Warzone actually became the latter.
While Fortnite is still going strong, Warzone has presented a genuinely viable alternative to the game, at times matching it in popularity on streaming platforms and giving streamers a battle royale that they could play and enjoy away from the hyper-competitiveness that had become Fortnite.
Warzone offers players a more mature battle royale experience. It’s that Call of Duty gameplay we all know and love, packaged into a massive map full of vehicles, buildings, and objectives.
There isn’t much we can tell you about Warzone that you don’t already know, and there’s a reason for that. The PlayStation 5 might still be relatively new, but Warzone is going to remain one of the best multiplayer games on the platform until it’s put out of commission.
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