As good as online connectivity is, it’s frustrating that it has largely come at the cost of sacrificing split screen co-operative in many games. Even Halo; the series that made couch co-op as synonymous with college life as beer pong and 2 minute ramen recently waved goodbye to split-screen in favor of a more online PVP focus.
Clearly, the developers have crunched the numbers and local multiplayer isn’t in the equation. But iIf you ask us, nothing beats good ol’ couch co-op! I mean, who doesn’t want the chance to laugh, shout, scream, and throw things at each other over some hardcore co-op action in the living room?
From Black Ops III to Rayman Legends, Twinfinite has compiled 25 of the must-play couch co-operative games on the PlayStation 4:
Nobody could possibly have predicted that Rocket League, a game in which you play soccer with rocket powered cars, would become such a phenomenon, but here we are. On paper, it all sounds rather silly, but in practice, it’s utterly brilliant. In cooperative mode, especially, Rocket League is a total hoot; a game that succeeds because it is both easy to pick up and difficult to master. But even when the giggles are replaced by competitiveness, Rocket League still measures up as an accomplished sports game. A must play.
The death of competitive split screen has been a tough pill to swallow for many CoD fans, but at least developer Treyarch is behind couch cooperative. In Call Of Duty Black Ops III, players can enjoy a full co-op campaign, as well as a multiplayer specific zombie mode. So while there’s no more competitive split screen action, at least the shouting matches will be in the name of mutual progress, rather than furious screen watching accusations.
Rayman Legends is the total cooperative package. A hugely entertaining platformer with an endearing aesthetic and a wide range of levels and activities. There’s even a whole stack of remastered levels from the original Rayman that can also be played. Rayman Legends supports up to four players locally, with each player being able to select from the many colorful variations of Rayman and his companions.
Overcooked is frantic. Overcooked is mad. Quite simply, Overcooked is one of the most entertaining couch co-op games ever made. This endearing indie title is like a digital Hell’s Kitchen where players will have to work together to cook up a storm while navigating some of the most poorly designed kitchens ever conceived. Of course, it’s all fun and games until your teammate goes all Gordon Ramsay over your sloppy culinary skills!
EA has been tweaking the FIFA formula for decades, but the game still features couch cooperative gameplay for up to four players. Each year brings new features and changes to FIFA’s physics, pushing it further toward simulation than the more arcadey-feeling entries of yesteryear. While this has sometimes spoiled the fluidity of gameplay in the past, FIFA 17 is absolutely one of the best versions ever made. A vast improvement over 16, the Frostbite-powered latest game demands more skill and precision without feeling too stiff.
The sports title that started it all is still producing top-notch football simulations. Like FIFA for soccer, Madden is the go-to sports franchise for football fans, and it’s a go-to couch cooperative game for many, too. Up to four players can enjoy local multiplayer. Just remember that taking a sneak peek at your opposition’s call is still cheating!
Couch co-op is where Helldivers’ twin stick shooting gameplay really stands out. Up to four players are landed on the game’s varied maps, tasked with completing objectives and surviving enemy encounters. There’s plenty of diversity in its missions, requiring teammates to coordinate different roles, and each mission features lots of different vehicles and weapons – some designed specifically for cooperative play.
Resident Evil 5 received a lot of flak when it released back in 2011 on PS3. Capcom’s iconic franchise that once focused heavily on survival horror displeased many fans when it dropped that tradition for more action oriented gameplay. But one thing that RE5 did get right was its couch co-op, allowing a buddy to jump in and out of the main campaign. Now remastered on PS4, RE5 is now one of the most entertaining cooperative shooters on the system.
Towerfall Ascension is a real indie gem, featuring 2D arena style combat that echoes Smash Bros’ awesome gameplay formula. Although its PVP play is arguably Towerfall’s better multiplayer mode, there’s plenty of fun to be had in cooperative mode, too. Players can look forward to hours of entertaining and downright hilarious action defending against waves of enemies.
The devilishly popular Diablo III made its way to PS4 in 2014, and aside from stunning us with its awesome campaign and online modes, it also features a sweet two-player local cooperative mode. But it gets even better: both of you can simultaneously join an online session from the same console.
Couch Co-op Games on PS4
So we’ve compiled 25 of the must-play couch co-operative games on the PlayStation 4. Here they are.
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