Today we are going to look at some of the best multiplayer PS5 games, for those of us lucky enough to actually have a PS5!
… or for those still eager to get one and planning out their game wishlist early.
Video games are a great way to enter into new worlds where you can experience new places and meet a wide array of interesting characters.
But as immersive as these experiences may feel at times, let’s not forget… nothing will ever replace human interaction.
That doesn’t mean you have to put the controller down, though.
There’s a bunch of people, just like us, seeking entertaining game play experiences… not necessarily solo.
So whether we are talking online or side-by-side on the couch, there’s a bunch of really great game options out there for those seeking a multiplayer experience.
1. Riders Republic (2021)
So what game did we give the number one spot on our list of the best multiplayer PS5 games?
Well, if you saw our list of the 10 Best Snowboarding Games, you’d know that we are massive fans of the incredibly amount of fun to be had in this multi-player multi-sport title from Ubisoft.
Riders Republic is one of the best sports games of all time, and easily one of the best multiplayer game for the Playstation 5.
Bikes, skis, snowboards, wingsuits and more. All in massive environments that can be shared with up to 64 players!
The events in Riders Republic are absolute chaos, and we love it.
One second you’re coasting your BMX bike down a dirt hill, the next you are gliding through the air in your wingsuit. And you might have 63 other players trying to squeeze their way past you on the mountain.
It’s a heck of a good time.
We have seen “okay” reviews in the past, but we think those reviewers got it wrong.
Riders Republic is wild, fun, offers a ton of replayability, is constantly updating content, gives players a lot of incentive to keep coming back.
And we think what RR does for massive multiplayer sports games is something that should be recognized and given more credit.
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies (2020)
There are a handful of awesome Call of Duty titles we could have chosen for this list.
But because we want to emphasize playing with friends more than against friends…
Cold War Zombies is our favorite Call of Duty multiplayer experience for the PS5, because you and your buddies can blast some zombies together in exciting online or local multiplayer.
Yup… your friend can be at their home on their PS5… or right next to you playing on the same console.
As splitscreen slowly disappears from from modern games, it’s awesome to see Treyarch keeping the magic alive.
With both horizontal AND vertical splitscreen options, this is such an awesome experience for more than one person in the room.
All with no lag, no framedrop, no sacrifices in game play due to the multiplayer functions being active.
Both players have their own game play experience, their own loot, their own purchase system, their own maps, their own everything… rendered on the same console.
Truly magical stuff. It’s wild what the PS5 can do. And multiplayer absolutely benefits from the current gen technology.
3. Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (2020)
Fighting games have sort of become a big thing for us lately. We have put a lot of time and energy into the genre, and it’s become one of our absolute favorite ways to spend a weekend.
We shared with you the Best Controllers For Fighting Games, Best Anime Fighting Games, Best 2D Fighting Games… lots and lots of fight emphases over here lately.
Well, as we learned on our list of the Best Mortal Kombat Games, the MK franchise is one of our absolute favorite in gaming history.
You know what game took the number one spot on that list? Mortal Kombat 11.
MK11 is the perfect culmination of everything awesome from the modern series of Mortal Kombat games from NetherRealm Studios.
Awesome graphics, incredible mechanics, fatalities, all the blood and gore you might hope for.
And you can play with friends!
Both local and online multiplayer features are available. And obviously… with this being a 2D fighting game, there’s no need for splitscreen. You are both right there ready for battle.
The Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate edition was released in 2020 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S, and featured the original MK11 with all DLC content and three new characters.
That makes Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate arguably the absolute best Mortal Kombat game of all time, and easily one of the best multiplayer games for PS5.
4. It Takes Two (2021)
Honey, I shrunk mommy and daddy.
In this super cute and heartwarming gaming experience, you play as both mom and dad on an epic quest to improve your relationship for the sake of your child. Who happened to curse you to be a tiny wooden doll.
As the name might suggest… in this 3d adventure, you will need two players to truly fulfill the mission of this unique game title from Hazelight.
This game does not have a single-player option at all.
Game play is presented in two-player splitscreen and you must work together to solve 3d puzzles and fight chaotic boss battles.
It Takes Two truly hopes to bring players together and encourage us to work cooperatively.
It Takes Two was a massive hit, and won Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2021 and the 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards. There are also over 7 million copies sold worldwide, which technically adds up to roughly 14 million players? (With online multiplayer, we know that math doesn’t work, but still… it was a good line.)
Seriously… this is a truly amazing game play experience, and a must for our list of best multiplayer on PS5.
5. Gran Turismo 7 (2022)
Gran Turismo 7 is by far one of the best racing games on PS5, and with the intense graphics it entices players to be indulged behind the steering wheels.
A lot of racing games from the past don’t have multiplayer capabilities, but Gran Turismo 7 can go split screen mode like the good old days making it one of the best multiplayer PS5 games of the year.
This game has a wide range of depth, meaning casual players will have lots of fun with high levels of assistance or professionals can come in and really go all out competitive.
You can adjust the amount of assistance per player allowing you to make races as fair as possible.
It’s also a game that can be used for single player or online play, allowing you to get more use out of your investment.
It’s one of the best games of the year, so i highly recommend it, even if you don’t see yourself as a racing gamer.
6. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands (2022)
If you’ve ever experienced a Borderlands game, you know that it’s a chaotic whirlwind of fun.
In Borderlands, Gearbox has created one of the best looter-shooter experiences. It’s the kind of game that keeps you coming back, because you never know what crazy gun you might discover next or what wacky character might be around the corner.
The Borderlands titles always keep the jokes coming and feature some of the best voice acting in games.
Along with some of the smoothest shooting mechanics in a stylized first-person open world with tons and tons of guns (literally billions of possible guns to find).
All that being said… three main titles in, the formula is feeling all too familiar. Still fun, but familiar.
So when Gearbox announced that they were taking one of the most beloved characters from the Borderlands universe and giving her a full medieval of her own… we couldn’t be more excited.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands has the same aesthetic, the same comedic style, familiar characters, but all in a new world with some new features and the best graphics we’ve had from Borderlands.
But let’s be real… you’re still running around with guns blasting fools left and right. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
And you can play out Tina’s crazy fantasy story solo, or in online or local split-screen multiplayer.
7. Destiny 2 (2019)
Destiny is a game series that has taken an interesting path that landed it as one of the best multiplayer games for the PS5.
The original Destiny title was an awesome game, and offered some really great multiplayer features. Some of those features were a bit annoying, because sometimes you don’t want rando’s popping into your game… but there they were.
Destiny uses a shared world system and features both player versus environment (PvE) and player versus player (PvP) type events, if you chose to participate with others.
Or you can go at it solo and just experience the core story-mode, while watching players from around the world running around the same map.
The 2017 release of Destiny 2 saw major improvements to both the storytelling of the franchise, while also expanding on a formula that was already quite incredible.
And in an exciting twist, Destiny 2 became free-to-play in 2019, which means you get the entire Destiny and Destiny 2 collection… f-o-r f-r-e-e.
The gun play is nearly perfect, the sound design is awesome, and the entire experience is just pretty fun.
Absolutely a game worth checking out, and one we had to include in the list of best multiplayer PS5 games.
8. Overcooked! All You Can Eat (2021)
The Overcooked franchise is one that can be overlooked for just how fun it can be.
Overcooked! All You Can Eat is one of the most exciting nights you can have with a bunch of friends sitting around the couch.
It’s one of those games that will have you, the other players and those who are just watching all screaming at each other.
“GO! GET THE CHEESE! GO!! TOMATO! TOMATO! SERVE!!!”
It’s an absolute blast, and one of the games on this list that is almost entirely multiplayer focused.
Three different iterations of the Overcooked series made an appearance on the list of the Best Cooking Games For Nintendo Switch, and we are happy to include Overcooked on this list of the best multiplayer PS5 games.
9. FIFA 22 (2021)
I personally might not be a huge fan of football, aka soccer games. But obviously millions upon millions of gamers out there are.
The FIFA franchise of video games has been one of those mainstays in the sports genre. We get one just about every year, and millions of players cannot wait to get the latest and greatest edition to the long running series.
EA knows a thing or two about making a sports game, and FIFA 22 is one of their most technologically advanced titles to date.
Their new “HyperMotion Technology” uses motion capture data in combination with an advanced machine learning algorithm to create real time movement in each player on the field.
This, along with all of the modern game era graphics and crowd simulation results in a pretty believable experience that will make you feel like you are sitting in the real arena watching real players.
Players that you are in control of.
You can play FIFA 22 in online multiplayer as well as local couchplay (up to four players).
That makes FIFA 22 one of the best multiplayer for the Playstation 5 without a doubt!
10. Dirt 5 (2020)
Is there anything more exciting than an arcade style racing game? How about arcade racing in the mud and rain?
I mean, the name pretty much tells you what to expect. This game is dirty. In a good way.
All the splashing mud, water drops, lens flares and water reflections you would hope for in a modern racing game. Oh… and at 120 Hz refresh rate.
And the reason that Dirt 5 makes our list of best multiplayer PS5 games: four-player splitscreen!
Yeah… a lot of games have online multiplayer, but not a lot of new games are keeping that splitscreen experience alive.
To see a current-gen game have FOUR-player splitscreen… that’s something that needs to be applauded and recognized.
For those times you just have to play alone, there’s a single-player campaign that includes voice acting by Troy Baker and Nolan North.
If you know anything about famous video game voices, that’s a pretty big deal!
11. Sackboy: A Big Adventure (2020)
If you’ve ever played a Little Big Planet title, you know what to expect here: Incredibly fun 3D platforming game play in a super cute world.
The Playstation 5 launch title, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, expanded on the already awesome formula from the LBP series, while making it feel a little more… well… BIG!
This is basically the PS5 version of Super Mario 3D World, and we are 100% onboard with that.
A fun game to play alone, an even better game to play with friends on the couch.
Cooperative platforming and puzzling at its best. The Little Big Planet series is as cute as ever, and “A Big Adventure” is exactly that.
This wouldn’t be a proper list of the best multiplayer PS5 games without Sackboy.
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Anthony has been a video game lover ever since he can remember. He became a fulltime nomad in 2018, living throughout most of Asia. He focused his passion in retro gaming and began creating a game for the Game Boy Color while living in Nara, Japan during the 2020 pandemic. He is now in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he spends most of his time gaming, going on long walks and meeting as many stray dogs as possible.