The PS5 has been available for a while now and it has received great reviews. It features a number of quality of life improvements over its predecessor, the PlayStation 4, including faster loading times, a powerful solid-state drive (SSD), and a redesigned DualSense controller. That said, a console is only as strong as the games it can play.
The PS5 offers a large library of local multiplayer games, thanks in part to the console’s backward compatibility with PlayStation 4 games. However, as online games grow in popularity, people looking for the right cooperative game to play with friends or with family and friends now have fewer alternatives.
Fortunately, some creators still recognize the importance of local split-screens and cooperative multiplayer.
Here are the 10 best multiplayer PS5 games in 2022
10) Dirt 5
Dirt 5 is perhaps one of the greatest multiplayer racing games recently released, and it’s a great game to play with friends or family. It features a huge number of automobiles, along with exciting and challenging courses, and a range of game modes and objectives to keep players busy for hours.
Split-screens have always been an important feature of racing games, and Dirt 5 is no exception. The game offers a variety of screen sizes and, unlike many other split-screen games, scales the field of view accordingly rather than keeping the original aspect ratio and covering the empty area with bars black.
9) Call of Duty: Vanguard
Call of Duty: Vanguard continues the legacy of its predecessors by delivering a high-octane combat system and one of the best FPS multiplayer experiences available. The single-player narrative is pretty good too, though as has become usual by this point it’s overshadowed by the multiplayer mayhem.
With new maps being introduced on a semi-regular basis, Vanguard is quickly becoming one of the biggest entries in the franchise.
8) FIFA 22
FIFA 22’s HyperMotion technology helps the game feel like a true next-gen game, making it one of the most authentic football games ever made, both in terms of gameplay and aesthetics. Offline, the game can be played by up to four local players, while two players can play it online.
Only one of these players will need a PlayStation Plus subscription, while the other can join as a guest by pressing the Triangle button, like in some other co-op games that feature online multiplayer. Local co-op is available in nearly every game mode, including Volta, Kick-Off, and FIFA Ultimate Team, which rely heavily on microtransactions.
Fortnite was a massive propellant in kick-starting the battle royale craze. It’s currently one of the most successful and profitable video games of all time, with Epic Games, the game’s creator and publisher, earning billions of dollars.
While some players may have opted for a slightly wider field of view than character portraits, Fortnite’s split-screen feature is well displayed. However, this is probably a much better approach than just leaving the screen blank or blank like so many other editors do.
6) Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
The game places players in the 1980s during the Cold War, where they will engage in a campaign based on true events. The mission, however, isn’t the only reason to play. Players will also be able to experience zombies in their own storyline, which can be played solo or with others. Players can upgrade from PS4 to PS5 for free.
Since its release in late 2020, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War has been a massive hit on current and next-gen consoles. Despite mixed reactions from audiences, the latest installment in the long-running first-person shooter franchise sold exceptionally well and received excellent reviews.
5) Borderlands 3
Since its release in late 2009, Gearbox Software’s Borderlands franchise has hardly changed. The latest installment has the same carnage and loot-focused gameplay that made previous installments so exciting.
While some may complain about the lack of innovation, they may be happy that the treasures are still available for free rather than tied to unscrupulous microtransactions.
The game supports both horizontal and vertical play, and up to four people can participate at the same time, only on next-gen consoles. Additional players can join the session when playing online, however, the largest majority of participants at any given time is four.
4) Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, the Definitive Edition of the original, is available now on PS5. MK11 Ultimate is a PS5 bundle that includes the main fighting game, Kombat Packs 1 and 2, and Aftermath DLC.
Players who have the previous generation PS4 version can get a free upgrade to PS5. Dynamic 4K resolution, faster load times, and cross-gen/cross-platform play are all included in the Next-Gen Edition.
The Mortal Kombat series is a timeless classic, and this installment ups the ante in virtually every aspect, bringing together legendary warriors such as Rambo and The Terminator while presenting a compelling story. It’s a fighting game you can’t miss.
3) NBA 2K22
NBA 2K22 is one of the PS5’s standout games, not only in terms of aesthetics, but also in terms of its use of DualSense’s haptic feedback elements. NBA 2K22 is the best basketball game to date. It can be played online with up to nine other players.
The next-gen version supports 4K at 60fps and has an updated gamut along with better gaming features. One of the main foundations of the game is competition, which players can enjoy with or against friends online or in local multiplayer modes.
NBA 2K22 is the perfect game for anyone looking for a full display of the PS5’s capabilities. The game features a fully functional WNBA career mode in addition to the entertaining online component.
2) It takes two
It Takes Two manages to strike the right tone for the most part, despite the fact that games created specifically for co-op play are often a mixed bag. It has a beautiful aesthetic, requires critical thinking, and encourages collaboration and cooperation among its participants.
The game also lives up to its name, as it emphasizes the need for teamwork. This idea is prevalent in both gameplay and plot since both must always be there for their daughter. The best part is that players only need one copy to play each, including a pass that allows them to play with a friend without needing to purchase two copies.
1) WWE 2K22
The WWE 2K Series made a victorious return in early 2022 after a year-long hiatus. Granted, WWE 2K22 isn’t the best wrestling game ever made, but it’s far from anything the WWE 2K franchise has had to deliver in nearly a decade.
Despite the fact that most game modes are geared towards a single-player experience, Exhibition mode allows for a wide range of multiplayer mayhem. There are an absurd amount of match types to choose from, and players can tweak and change the rules and settings to their liking. This is a must-have title for wrestling fans.