The PS4 is generally used for its online platform, but many people don’t realize it is also great for playing split-screen multiplayer games. These games vary in genre, but they all have one thing in common: you and a friend can play in your home on the same exact couch. Your friends may not own a PS4, or you only have one console in your residence, but these games allow the fun to continue when you and your buddy get together.
There are plenty of these types of games on the system. However, several of them clearly rise above the others in terms of fun and intrigue. As such, they deserve the spotlight. So, here are the best split-screen titles the PS4 has to offer.
Updated January 22, 2023 By Ben Jessey: Even though its predecessor has already launched, the PlayStation 4 remains a great console. And the system has been out so long that it has cultivated a large collection of games.
As such, it has got everything you want, regardless of the types of games you like to play. For example, if you desire enjoyable split-screen adventures, the console certainly offers that. This list is proof of that fact, even more so now as we’ve added a few more entries to the piece.
27 Earth Defense Force 5
Anyone who has played an Earth Defense Force game in the past will know what to expect with EDF 5. Every mission in this wild game is about surviving hordes of enemies. And this isn’t like any regular horde.
There are always an incredible amount of beasts coming your way. These are not tiny soldiers, either. They’re all giant monsters that tower over you and your buddies. Thankfully, you can have some great weaponry at your disposal to take them out, depending on your character class. Whatever gun you have, though, battles are guaranteed to be wild and wonderful.
26 Escape Academy
Escape Academy is about a school where students learn to become masters at completing escape rooms. Their main form of teaching seems to be through practical assignments, as you and a friend spend the entire game solving escape room-like puzzles.
There’s not much more to explain about the game, as the premise is very simple. But the puzzles are not, as there are plenty of head-scratching ones. And there is a lot of variation to them, which helps keep things interesting.
25 The Escapists 2
Many games include exciting prison break sequences, but Escapists 2 revolves around the concept. Each level tasks you with you figuring out creative ways to escape your confinement and then pull it off.
It’s not all done on a whim, though, as careful planning is often required, as you need to right gear and opportunity to leave the prison. The benefit of the second game is that it has co-op, meaning you can make these daring escapes with a buddy or three. If you do, you will have to utilize teamwork to make sure things go smoothly.
24 Resident Evil: Revelations 2
A few Resident Evil games contain split-screen co-op play, but Revelations 2 differs from the rest because it’s asymmetric. Claire controls like the typical RE protagonist, as she has a range of guns to kill any monster in her path. Her partner, Moira, doesn’t use guns. She can attack with a crowbar, but her main role is to use a flashlight to find things.
The other team of protagonists functions in a similar way, as Barry is there to shoot people while Natalia finds things. Therefore, working together is important for progressing and surviving in this episodic horror game.
23 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
By this point, the LEGO series has mastered the art of cooperative play, and that’s proven in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. The game contains all of the most famous characters in the Marvel Universe. And the heroes all team together in an attempt to stop villains like Loki and Galactus from conquering Earth.
It plays mostly like the standard LEGO game, as you go through each level defeating enemies and solving puzzles. However, the superheroes obviously get to use their signature powers, too. So, Spider-Man gets to swing, and Mr. Fantastic can use his stretching abilities. There is also a cool free-roam element to the game that allows you to explore the LEGO version of New York.
22 Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3
The Call Of Duty series has had an inconsistent relationship with split-screen co-op, as the feature only makes it into some entries.
Black Ops 3 offers one of the best co-op experiences in the series because you can play the entire campaign with a buddy. It features a futuristic story, which might not be the most original tale ever told, but it moves along nicely. On top of the campaign, the game’s exciting zombie mode is also playable with a friend. So, the title offers plenty of co-op-based content.
21 Human: Fall Flat
In this puzzle platforming game, you play as a supposed human, and the objective of every level is to reach the exit. The game is very hands-off, as it gives you complete freedom to experiment and figure out what to do.
So, the main obstacles are your own brain and the game’s intentionally wacky physics. For each level, you can bring a friend along for the ride in local split-screen co-op. You can have more teammates if you opt for online play.
20 Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition
The RPG genre isn’t known for its split-screen co-op experiences. Therefore, Divinity Original Sin 2 immediately stands out for being unique. Its greatness doesn’t just come from its originality, though. The title also provides a wonderful story about a large threat that the protagonists must stop.
During the tale, you and your co-op partner make plenty of important decisions that impact the trajectory of the story. As for the combat, it uses a turn-based system that often forces you to be tactical to survive.
19 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Not many video games can manage to condense nine movies’ worth of storytelling into one sprawling adventure, but that is precisely what Traveller’s Tales has accomplished with their latest Lego Star Wars game.
The game not only sports a shiny new look made possible by the use of a bespoke engine, but it also boasts some of the funniest gags seen in a Lego game. Then there is its vast roster of Star Wars characters like Master Yoda or Obi-Wan Kenobi that you can play across the entire adventure. And the fact that you can do so with somebody else through drop-in and drop-out split-screen co-op is just icing on an already delicious cake.
18 Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
The Borderlands games have always placed a heavy emphasis on co-op, so it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that the same is true of the latest spin-off title.
In Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, up to four players can play together co-operatively, which is how you’d want to tackle the game given its Dungeons & Dragons-inspired story and gameplay. The co-op action is limited to just two players on the PS4 version though, so worth keeping in mind if you’re planning a four-player LAN party.
17 Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
What started out as a riff on the popular first-person shooters of the day quickly grew to become a veritable competitive shooter in its own right with Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.
The development team at PopCap Games basically took all the feedback from the first Garden Warfare and used it as a basis to craft a sequel that improved on the original in nearly every way. The result is a game that lived up to its title by providing countless hours of lighthearted mayhem while remaining fun to play.
16 Resident Evil 5
Say what you will about Chris Redfield and his boulder-punching antics, but Resident Evil 5 is actually a pretty decent game that builds upon much of what fans loved about Resident Evil 4.
The game might have veered away from its survival horror roots, but that doesn’t make it any less intense to play. And arguably the best aspect of the entire thing is the option to play through it in split-screen mode with someone else. This lends some of its already tense scenarios an even greater sense of urgency as you both try to keep each other alive as you face wave after wave of enemies.
15 It Takes Two
Released in March 2021, It Takes Two is an action-adventure game developed by Hazelight Studios. The game was designed to be a split-screen cooperative multiplayer, and as such, it does not have a single-player mode.
The game traces the adventures of Cody and May, a married couple on the verge of getting a divorce. The two are forced to work together after they are trapped inside the bodies of two dolls owned by their daughter, a development that would cause them to reexamine their relationship.
14 FIFA 22
FIFA 22 is, technically speaking, not a split-screen game, although it is built for local multiplayer. Generally, people who play this enjoy the game of soccer and the teamwork needed to score on your opponents.
It allows you and your friend to team up against the competition online or you can play head-to-head matches. There are so many teams to choose from and a variety of opponents to defeat, and you and your friends will have a blast discovering it all.
13 Sonic Mania
Sonic Mania is a fun game with retro graphics that should be perfect for anyone who enjoys 2D platformers. You can play as Knuckles, Sonic, or Tails. In the Competition Mode, you’ll be able to go head-to-head with your friends and compete to see who can come out on top.
It is considered one of the best Sonic games released as of late, and it includes some classic levels — such as Green Hill — remixed and better than ever. There are also tough bosses to defeat and fun minigames to unlock.
If you enjoy Minecraft and games like it, then you should consider giving Terraria a chance. It is a very popular sandbox game that allows its players to create and build their own imaginative worlds by digging, constructing, and working together to bring your vision to life.
You can explore for resources, hunt down weapons, protect your home from invaders, throw parties, and even change the type of biome you’re building inside. There are tons of different events, bosses, and NPCs to keep the game interesting and you can easily sink dozens of hours into Terraria.
11 Ark: Survival Evolved
As the name suggests, Ark: Survival Evolved is an intense survival video game set in a prehistoric era that allows both single-player and multiplayer gameplay. It is an open-world game that allows players to try and survive in a deserted landscape with tons of dinosaurs and other dangerous creatures running around.
There are more than 140 different species present in the game. Once you tame animals, you’ll even be able to ride on them, and you’ll want to collect powerful weapons to keep yourself safe. There are different modes in the game depending on your preferred difficulty.
10 WipEout Omega Collection
WipEout Omega Collection is a great futuristic racing game where players control anti-gravity ships through a myriad of different modes and tracks. Every ship comes with its own special characteristics and add-ons. You’ll be able to customize and earn different updates as you play the game and collect items.
It contains remasters of the original games of the series and will keep you busy as you learn to navigate the tracks and execute hairpin turns. Plus, it has a really cool soundtrack that is sure to get your blood pumping.
9 A Way Out
A Way Out is a really cool co-op split-screen game that actually requires you to play in split-screen with either local multiplayer or online. You and the other player will take on the characters of Leo and Vincent. Your goal will be to execute a prison break.
What makes the game so unique and interesting is that you play consecutively and must work together. That means one player might have to distract someone while the other finds what they’re looking for. You’ll either sink or swim, but no matter what it will be together.
8 Gran Turismo Sport
Gran Turismo Sport is mostly an online game, but players love the offline arcade as they can play split-screen with their friends. People love racing games and this one doesn’t disappoint, as you and your friend can customize your cars and race each other as you try and beat the clock.
This game is ranked so low because although the racing feature is awesome, they set the view to be vertical rather than horizontal. The split-screen mode also doesn’t offer any AI to race against, but you and your friend will still have a blast as you both zoom across the finish line.