You’re the proud owner of a PS5, you lucky thing. And now you want some couch co-op games to play with friends. Hopefully we can help.
If you’ve made the leap from PS4 to PS5, good news: the vast majority of your PS4 games are playable on your new console thanks to backwards compatibility. So, chances are you may already own some of the best couch co-op games on PS5. If a game is compatible, you’ll simply be able to download it from your library. If it isn’t, a small ‘no entry’ sign will appear in the corner of the game’s icon.
But along with backwards-compatible titles, there are some brand new PS5 titles that play excellently in co-op too. On this list of the best couch co-op games on PS5, we’ve only included games that have native PS5 versions. Even better, we’ll keep updating it as more PS5 games are released. So read on to see our picks of the best local multiplayer games on PS5 that you can play right now. If you have friends over, you really need to play one or more of these games. You won’t regret it.
1. Super Crazy Rhythm Castle
Chances are you’ve never played anything like Super Crazy Rhythm Castle before, but there’s one thing for certain: it’s one of the best couch co-op games on PS5.
Super Crazy Rhythm Castle well and truly lives up to its name. It’s a rhythm game, it’s set in a castle, and it’s super crazy. It’s not simply a rhythm game, however. While it does often demand that players press buttons in time to music tracks, it also incorporates many other elements. As you explore the castle you’ll sometimes need to solve puzzles, for example. And in situations where rhythm is involved, you generally have to perform other tasks, too, whether it’s fighting off enemies or destroying objects with tools charged by hitting notes.
With support for up to four players, Super Crazy Rhythm Castle might actually be the best couch co-op game on PS5. To play it is to love it, thanks to its action-packed gameplay, colourful visuals and lashings of humour. Go on, give it a try.
2. It Takes Two
Remember Honey, I Shrunk the Kids? This time it’s Honey, I shrunk the parents. In It Takes Two, players take on the role of Cody and May, a married couple on the brink of divorce. Some weird and wonderful magic turns them into a pair of dolls – and as tiny versions of themselves, a wonderfully kooky adventure is afoot, seeing the pair tackle all manner of puzzles, action and adventure.
It Takes Two is the latest game from Hazelight Studios, the team behind A Way Out (which you’ll also find further down this list). It Takes Two is actually the perfect co-op game, not least because you can only play it in co-op. That’s right – there’s not a single-player mode in sight.
Making a game strictly co-op is a risky move, but it’s one that Hazelight Studios has whole-heartedly embraced. And so far, it’s working out pretty well for it. The joy of a game designed solely to be played in co-op is that it can really nail the mechanics; there’s never any feel of a player simply tagging along for the ride. It’s one of the best couch co-op games on PS5 for many reasons: it looks fantastic, it’s heart-warming and hilarious, and it truly embraces co-operative play.
3. Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Remember the LittleBigPlanet games, and the adorable protagonist Sackboy? Well, he’s back – but this time he has an adventure all of his own. A launch title for PS5, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is an adorable 3D platformer filled with imagination, adventure and so much cuteness.
While it’s playable in single player, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is much more fun in local co-op. In fact, there are a handful of levels that can only be played in co-op, requiring two or more players to help each other pass through obstacles or reach new heights. Every single level in the game can be played with up to four players though, and it’s great for kids and adults alike. You’ll work together to reach the end of the level, but there’s a bit of competition involved; whoever collects the most orbs on a level will be crowned the winner.
It’s one of the most fun platform games we’ve played in a long time, and the fact that friends can play together only makes it more enjoyable. If you’re looking for the best couch co-op games on PS5, then Sackboy: A Big Adventure absolutely needs to be on your list.
4. Baldur’s Gate 3
The legendary RPG series is back, and this time players haven’t had to wait years upon years for it to make its way to console. Baldur’s Gate 3 is absolutely great on PS5, and thanks to local co-op you don’t have to play it alone.
Baldur’s Gate 3 is a vast game, featuring an expansive world where your actions and choices really matter. Chances are you’ll agonise over the creation of your character, and then agonise even more over their development throughout the course of the game. Do you favour might or magic? Are you a force of good or evil? These are just some of the choices you’ll have to make, but sometimes not everything is so clear cut. And things get even more complicated if you play with a friend or family member in tow.
Baldur’s Gate 3 makes playing in couch co-op easy. But at the same time, it also adds another dynamic. Do you discuss major decisions with one another, or does one person take control? That’s for you to decide, but either way you’re in for an epic journey.
5. The Quarry
If you and your friends are lovers of horror, then The Quarry is one of the best PS5 couch co-op games you can play. Made by Supermassive Games, of Until Dawn fame, this is a phenomenal-looking game; the character models are out of this world, and it’s easy to believe you’re simply playing through an interactive movie at times.
Telling the story of a group of camp counsellors stuck at camp for one extra night, it’s up to you to try and have them all survive through the night. You see, something terrible is lurking in the woods. There are two main multiplayer modes available: there’s an online multiplayer option, but the one you should be most interested in is a pass-the-controller style mode available where up to eight people can play together. Each player will take the fate of a specific character, or characters into their hands. Gory, scary and thrilling, The Quarry isn’t for the faint of heart. But we love it.
6. Overcooked! All You Can Eat
You might have already played either of Overcooked! or Overcooked! 2, but now the series has got bigger and better. Overcooked! All You Can Eat bundles both games together along with all their DLC in a made-for-PS5 edition. That means it looks and plays better than ever, too, thanks to enhanced visuals and native 4K.
If you’re new to the Overcooked! series, you’re in for a treat. A manic, crazy treat, but a treat all the same. Playable with up to four players, you’re all working together in a kitchen, trying to fulfil as many orders as possible. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, it would be, if your kitchen wasn’t split into two across a main road. Or built on the top of an erupting volcano. Or on the back of a sinking ship. You get the picture. Succeeding at Overcooked! means working together quickly and effectively, and navigating all kinds of crazy obstacles.
If you thrive under pressure, Overcooked! All You Can Eat is an absolute blast to play with friends, and that’s why it’s one of the best couch co-op games on PS5. It also might cause arguments to break out… but that’s all part of the experience.
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aren’t strangers to chaotic side-scrolling action, but Shredder’s Revenge proves to be their most exciting outing yet. And like most beat ’em ups it’s best enjoyed in local co-op, with multiple friends or family members by your side.
Easy to pick up but hard to master, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge features a decently sized campaign as well as an arcade mode, letting players decide how they play. Whichever they choose, however, they’re in for an action-packed time, with stages absolutely crammed full of enemies. Playing as one of the four turtles or their friends, including April O’Neil, the gameplay here really shines, being fast, fluid and rewarding.
What really makes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge one of the best couch co-op games on PS5 is the inclusion of team attacks, truly making it beneficial to play together. It’s another dynamic that simply adds to the fun.
8. Diablo 4
The wait for Diablo 4 was long. But it was worth it. With the biggest, most engrossing campaign in the series yet, this is an absolute treat for dark action RPG fans. And just like Diablo 3 before it, it’s playable in couch co-op.
Set years after the events of Diablo 3, the world of Sanctuary finds itself threatened once more. Lilith, daughter of Mephisto, has been summoned via a dark ritual, and wherever she goes chaos follows. But you have the power to stop her. Choosing from one of five classes, you’ll create a character and explore a vast open world, completing quests and slaying a wide variety of foes. Even better, thanks to a live-service element, there’s always something new to do.
Diablo 4 is a huge amount of fun when played alone, but it’s even better when played in co-op. Travel the world together while sat on your couch, defeat fearsome bosses, and build a character that’s a force to be reckoned with. Just be aware that you’ll need to be connected to the internet to play.
9. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a new LEGO Star Wars was announced. And finally, it’s here. Covering the complete Skywalker saga – that’s nine films – this is a sizeable game, and one that’s best enjoyed with a friend or family member on the couch.
You’re free to jump in at the start of any of the three trilogies included in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. So, you can start with the prequel trilogy if you wish, or jump straight to the more recent one. And while each film has numerous levels for you to play through, it’s the open world of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga that proves to be the biggest draw. You’re free to travel to planets as you unlock them, and discover the secrets they have in store. You can even fly through space in a range of ships if you like. Add in hundreds of characters to unlock and play as, and you have a game that will keep you occupied for tens of hours.
Needless to say, if you’re a fan of Star Wars you’ll love LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. And as one of the best couch co-op games on PS5, you’ll love it even more if you enjoy playing games locally with others.
10. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
This latest entry in the Borderlands series might just be the best yet. And, thanks to it being a spin-off, you can enjoy it without having played previous Borderlands games. The fact that it looks great and plays well is a bonus.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands finds you creating a character and choosing a starting class for them before engaging in a game of Tiny Tina’s favourite: Bunkers and Badasses. With the story being created in Tiny Tina’s head on the fly, you’re treated to some over-the-top set-pieces as well as a wide variety of enemies and locations. And the fantasy angle means that its guns are a bit more out of the ordinary. You have access to melee weapons and spells, too. Oh, and there are plenty of dragons.
While Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is fun to play alone, it’s better when played with others. Online co-op is possible, but there’s also support for up to four-player split-screen on PS5. That means you and up to three friends or family members can all play on one screen. Granted, managing your inventory can be a pain when you have limited screen space, but the hilarity that results from multiple players working together in the same room makes up for it. That’s why Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is one of the best couch co-op games on PS5.
11. DIRT 5
A racing game as one of the best couch co-op games on PS5? Yes – hear us out! DIRT 5, Codemasters’ latest game in the long-running rally franchise, brings back the classic split screen mode that many modern racing games have left behind. But rather than being a separate mode, DIRT 5 allows you and a friend to play through the entire campaign together in split screen. Now that’s a real treat.
If you’re a racing game fan, they don’t come much better than DIRT 5. With events spread across multiple locations from all around the world, you’ll be in Norway one minute and China the next. Each location looks fantastic, too, thanks to PS5 optimisations including better textures and 4K resolutions. And if your TV supports it, you can even play DIRT 5 at a blistering 120fps. Phew. Even without the bells and whistles though, this is an excellent racing game, and one that’s made even better by being able to play with a friend.
12. The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes
Here’s another co-op horror game if you’re up for more scares. Essentially an interactive movie, House of Ashes is the third entry in The Dark Pictures Anthology. If you haven’t played the previous entries, however, don’t let it put you off. Each tells its own story with a unique setting and characters. House of Ashes follows a team of soldiers searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But after a conducting a raid, they find themselves trapped underground, in an ancient Akkadian temple.
Play House of Ashes in Movie Night mode, and each of its cast of characters can be controlled by a different player. But be careful, as no one is safe. As you pass the controller around between scenes, the choices and actions players make will determine if they survive the ordeal, or end up dead. And there are plenty of scares along the way.
If you like local co-op games and horror, definitely consider adding House of Ashes to your library of PS5 games. It’s easily the best entry in The Dark Pictures Anthology to date, and so far it’s the only one to make use of the power of the PS5.
13. Tesla Force
Twin-stick shooters are often a good choice for some couch co-op fun, and Tesla Force is the first to land on PS5.
In Tesla Force, Lovecraftian monstrosities are ravaging Earth, and so it’s up to Tesla and his friends to put a stop to them. That means engaging them in combat across multiple areas, while completing a range of objectives. In one mission you might need to close rifts, for example, while others might task you with taking down a boss or gathering information. But there are always hordes of monsters out to ruin your efforts.
With Rogue-like elements in play, you’ll certainly be glad to have someone fighting by your side. Though be careful of moving too far away from each other – the camera will zoom out to accommodate, making your characters even harder to see on a hectic screen. Still, if you’re after the best couch co-op games on PS5, you should definitely check it out. It’s fairly cheap, too.