The PlayStation 3 certainly had its fair share of multiplayer games, but these kinds of games didn’t hit their stride until the PlayStation 4. Thankfully, multiplayer games are once again at the forefront of the best games on PS5. Despite the system being relatively new, there are already a ton of games to try out — whether via online or local multiplayer co-op games. Before picking up a new PS5, you might be wondering what kind of multiplayer games Sony’s new system has to offer.
There are lots to choose from, but for this list, we’ve rounded up the very best multiplayer games available on the PS5 right now.
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When Splitgate launched over the summer of 2021, it took the industry by storm, with tens of thousands of players flocking to it over the course of a couple of days. This led to server overflow, causing queue times to be hours long just to get into the game! Splitgate is a mashup of Halo and Portal, with fast, frenetic movement at the forefront. Of course, players have fallen in love with its portal mechanics, allowing players to place them all along surfaces to outplay and outsmart opponents. Even if your shooting skills aren’t the best, you can get the drop on your enemies with the use of a well-timed portal, giving you a fighting chance to come out ahead. The game simply feels good to play, with fluid locomotion and satisfying shooting tying everything together. Best of all is that Splitgate is free to play!
Serving as one of the most inventive cooperative games of the past decade, It Takes Two is not playable solo. Designed with co-op multiplayer in mind, this is a game about two parents who are on the brink of divorce. While the story itself might leave a little to be desired, the gameplay is outstanding, offering smart puzzles and obstacles that must be overcome through jolly cooperation. The setpieces are wild, the gameplay is varied, and the sheer imaginative design is unlike anything we’ve seen in recent memory. This game is true to its name, too, as it drives home the idea of working together. This theme is presented in the gameplay, as well as in the story, as the two still have to be there for their daughter. The best thing is that you only need one copy to play — each one comes with a pass so you can enjoy it with a friend without having to purchase two.
There’s never been a better time to dive into Destiny 2, a game that has come a long way since its launch in 2017. It’s even better on PS5, running at 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. While you can definitely play Destiny 2 solo, much of it is designed with multiplayer in mind — whether you join friends to take on a raid or fight against them in the game’s PvP mode, The Crucible. Destiny 2‘s greatest selling point is its gameplay loop, which constantly encourages you to grind to collect more loot. Beyond that, it simply feels incredible — we’d expect nothing less from Bungie, the creators of Halo. Though Destiny 2 was available for $60 at launch, it has since been converted to a free-to-play game, with paid expansions available periodically. But that means you can dive in and try it out without spending a dime.
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