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The best multiplayer games on the PS5

The PlayStation 3 certainly had its fair share of multiplayer games, but these kinds of games didn’t hit their stride until the PS4. Thankfully, multiplayer games will once again be at the forefront with the PS5, and despite the system being so new, there are already a ton of games to try out — whether via online or local multiplayer. 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 in this list, we’ve rounded up the very best multiplayer games available on the PS5 right now.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Of course, what best-of multiplayer list would be complete without Call of Duty? For this entry, we recommend Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the newest game in the series — and one that Activision and Treyarch intend to fully support for at least the next year. As the name suggests, this game sends you to the 1980s during the Cold War, where you’ll go through a campaign inspired by real events. Though, the campaign isn’t the reason to stick around.

As with most Treyarch Call of Duty games, Black Ops Cold War features the beloved multiplayer and zombies modes, full of different options for how to play. With multiplayer, there are various modes you know and love, and with a rotating playlist, things will never get old. You’ll also be able to enjoy zombies, which features its own story that can be played with friends or solo. But let’s be real, it’s definitely more fun with friends. Keep in mind, you can upgrade from PS4 to PS5 for free.

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate

Perhaps fighting games are more your jam. If so, you’ll be happy to know that Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is available on PS5, serving as the definitive edition of the original. MK11 Ultimate features the base game, Kombat Packs 1 and 2, and the Aftermath DLC — all in one package for PS5. Remember, if you own the last-gen PS4 version, you can upgrade to PS5 for free. The next-gen version includes 4K dynamic resolution, faster load times, and cross-gen/cross-platform play.

This means you can play with friends on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, or PS4 while playing on PS5. You’ll now have so many different ways to unleash deadly Fatalities upon your friends and foes, regardless of their platform. Or, you can destroy the competition in local couch multiplayer. The Mortal Kombat series is an absolute classic, and this one ups the ante in nearly every way — bringing together famous fighters like Rambo and The Terminator while telling an interesting story.

Borderlands 3

The famous loot-based first-person shooter has made its way to next-gen, giving you more reasons than one to jump back into Borderlands 3 on PS5. For starters, those who owned the PS4 version will gain access to the game on PS5 for free. The next-gen version will feature up to four-player split-screen cooperative gameplay, 4K visuals at 60 frames per second in single-player or online multiplayer modes, and all the latest updates.

Speaking of which, Borderlands 3 has received multiple content drops since its release last year, so you’ll have no shortage of things to do when you jump in on PS5. As with many games, Borderlands 3 is best experienced with friends, and, thankfully, there are multiple options for doing so. There’s something so immensely satisfying about running around with your buddies on the quest for loot, and Borderlands 3 sure delivers on that front.

Godfall

Godfall

Godfall on PS5 certainly isn’t the best reason to get a PS5, but despite its flaws, it’s a fun action game when played with friends. Referred to as a “looter-slasher,” Godfall takes the familiar loot-based mechanics popularized by Diablo, Borderlands, and Destiny and mixes in some fun, fluid melee combat. You can play in groups of three while taking down enemies, bosses, and, of course, gathering loot.

A healthy mixture of light and heavy attacks with a simple yet effective parry system help to make Godfall feel great, even if it’s a tad repetitive at times. It’s ever-so-satisfying to see those numbers go up when you find new gear, and that’s what makes this game fun. Just ignore the bland story, reused level design, and mission structure, and you’ll have a good time — more so with friends.

Fortnite

Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t deny the importance of Fortnite, and on PS5, it will be playable in 4K at up to 60 fps across all game modes. You’ll also find better textures and improved performance thanks to the PS5’s solid-state drive — whether you play online or in split-screen multiplayer. Fortnite is one of those comfort food games that always feels great to jump back into. You don’t always need to stay on top of the latest updates to have fun, but if you do, you’ll be rewarded handsomely.

It’s a great game to boot up, play a couple of matches with friends, and then move onto something else. Even if you don’t secure a victory, it’s still a load of fun to see how long you and your squad can survive. Plus, it’s free, so there isn’t much of a downside to downloading it.

No Man’s Sky: The Next Generation

You’ve probably seen us praise No Man’s Sky ad nauseam, but the PS5 version, titled The Next Generation, is worthy of even more praise. The next-gen version features more assets spread out across the terrain to make for a thicker, more realistic-looking environment, the ability to build larger bases, cross-play, transferrable saves, 4K visuals at 60 fps, and most importantly, 32-player multiplayer. The large-scale multiplayer functionality is huge, making No Man’s Sky feel even more populated than ever before.

To be frank, there isn’t anything like No Man’s Sky. Being able to explore 18 quintillion (that’s 18 with 18 more zeroes after it) procedurally-generated planets that mostly feel unique is a wild experience — whether you play solo or with friends. But really, you’ll probably have a better time if you’ve got some buddies to help you stay safe from the harsh, hazardous weather found on many planets you’ll come across. The PS5 upgrade is free to all who own the game on PS4.

NBA 2K21

NBA 2K21 is one of the highlights of the PS5, not just in its visuals but in the way it utilizes the DualSense’s haptic feedback features. Playable with up to nine other players online, NBA 2K21 is the best-looking basketball game to date, with a ton of modes to sink your teeth into. The next-gen version is playable in 4K at 60 fps and features the new City mode, which serves as a social setting full of things to do.

Competition is one of the core pillars of NBA 2K, and you can enjoy it with — or against — your friends online or in local couch multiplayer modes. If you want something that is a well-rounded showcase for what the PS5 can do, look no further than NBA 2K21.

Overcooked: All You Can Eat

Games like Mario Party and Monopoly have always been known for destroying friendships, but those pale in comparison to Overcooked! All You Can Eat. This definitive version of Overcooked! features both games and all their DLC, along with new content, such as 4K visuals, updated accessibility options, and cross-platform play coming in 2021. This package is ripe with content and is great for the whole family — provided you don’t kill each other in the process.

Overcooked! is a game about — wait for it — cooking. In it, you need to effectively prepare and serve orders while making sure they’re made accurately. You can play it with up to three other players in local and online multiplayer modes. It’s one of those games that will likely make you laugh throughout, even if you’re losing, because it’s so much chaotic fun.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

If you’d like a family-friendly game that’s less chaotic but still playable in co-op, then you should check out Sackboy: A Big Adventure. Built on the foundation of LittleBig Planet, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a 3D platformer, similar to the beloved Mario games. It features gorgeous, vibrant visuals, light puzzles, and all the quirkiness you could hope for.

Currently, the game is playable with up to four players in couch co-op, with an online multiplayer mode coming later this year. If you’ve got younger gamers at home or players who simply want a fun platformer to enjoy with or without friends, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is for you.

Demon’s Souls

You might not immediately think of multiplayer when discussing Demon’s Souls, but online play is at the heart of this game. Whether you’re being invaded by an enemy player, getting help from a friend, or utilizing the community to manipulate the game’s World Tendency, Demon’s Souls for PS5 is best played in multiplayer. And trust us, you’re going to need the help when trying to get past the game’s toughest bosses.

You’ve probably heard of how notoriously difficult the Souls games are, and Demon’s Souls for PS5 is no different. Remember, though, when bringing in real players to help, the bosses gain extra health, so keep that in mind before you go on a summoning spree. Typically one additional player is all you’ll need to take down a difficult foe. Do make sure you keep your eyes peeled for enemy invaders, though, as they can easily take you down from behind if you aren’t paying attention.

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