15 Best PS5 Co-Op Games of 2022

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Those who want to experience gaming at its finest in its most enjoyable state on the PS5 may seek to play co-op games with friends and family members. In retrospect, playing Solo adheres to some significant restrictions, including lack of support and sometimes outright boredom after a while. Solo gaming can also be challenging for those who are rather into combining their gaming skills and work with others.

While playing Solo has its merits, it cannot substitute the thrill of enjoying a co-op game with friends and family. This is especially true on the PlayStation 5. Hence, today, we will be shedding light on the best PS5 Co-op games. We have included both PS5 exclusive and non-exclusive co-op gaming titles. This includes ps5 split-screen games, ps5 couch co-ops, as well as so both online and local ps5 co-op options.

There will be no whatsoever biases toward any title, which means be it PVE, or PVP, the facts will be the only thing determining its ranking amongst the other competitive titles. These PS5 Co-Op games are simply incredible and most of them warrant several playthroughs.

Demon’s Souls

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Bluepoint Games and Japan Studio | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+

Demon’s Souls is the first PS5 exclusive title on the list and features mesmerizing landscapes and lets you unravel the narrative while you spend timing grinding for materials. The game tests your patience and requires you to endlessly roam around areas teaming with beasts and monsters. You get to collect souls from the killed enemies and use them to upgrade essentials like weapons and skillsets. For what it’s worth, a single death means losing all the gathered souls. In order to retrieve them, you will have to grind all the way back to your corpse. The game’s notorious difficulty inspired numerous developers to create even more challenging games in the upcoming years.

Although the game is pretty great in a single-player, the whole experience is more enthralling when shared with others. All you need is a connecting password to let your friend join in, and then both of you can fight for the glory. Not to mention, the title has a unique narrative of corrupted worlds and gives you 100% freedom to choose your path and playstyle. But with every choice, there’s a consequence you need to face.

Haven

Release date: December 3rd, 2020 | Developer: The Game Bakers | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+

Being rich in mesmerizing world design, great dialogue, and a wholesome relationship are just the basic ingredients of Haven— A romantic RPG that has in store, countless escapades for the young protagonist couple as well as for the players who will help them fight for their love. 

Haven takes you on a daring quest on a planet unbeknownst to us. It is a game that shouts co-op mode. Playing co-op means having more fun in its turn-based combat system and in choosing dialogues of your liking to further the relationship between Yu and Kay. It is due to such unique aspects of the game that makes Haven stands in the light of its own. 

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Sumo Digital | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone

Are you a fan of Super Mario 3D world? Or 3D platformers? Then the Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a game for you. The title quickly became popular within the gaming community and it is especially enjoyable when played with peers and friends. The Sackboy: A Big adventure may seem like a watered-down version of the other LittleBigPlanet games, but it has much more to offer in terms of refined mechanics. The game has a withstanding gameplay style that allows the players to jump around, run, find collectibles, climb walls, craftoutfits, experience energetic background music, and destroy enemies with cute little weapons.

Not to mention, the animated assets inside the world of the Sackboy are very aesthetically pleasing. It makes the game more visually inviting, especially when you have an eye for art. To sum it up, anyone can enjoy Sackboy regardless of their age. It’s a versatile title with a myriad of puzzle-induced areas that would keep you on your toes.

It Takes Two

Release date: March 26, 2021 | Developer: Hazelight | ESRB Age Rating: Teen 13+

It Takes two is another fantastic game developed by the same studio, Hazelight, that brought us a masterpiece known as “A Way out.”In the world of somewhat repetitive titles, their ideas are quite innovative and refreshing. It Takes two follows a couple, Cody and May, who are out of nowhere turned into pea-sized humans, small enough to be trampled on. But what’s the Co-Op element to the game? Did you just assume that you would be playing with either of the characters? No, you definitely need a friend alongside you (you’ll be controlling either May or Cody and your friend, the other one), which is something you could’ve presumed based on the title’s name.

What made the game more exciting was its on-point essentials like gliding, jumping, and air-dashing. You can even ridicule your other partner while doing puzzles. Anyways, you do need to remember that the key element of It Takes Two is shared responsibilities. You need to work as one to overcome all the obstacles ahead of you.

Destiny 2

Release date: September 6, 2017 | Developer: Bungie Inc | ESRB Age Rating: Teen 13+

The predecessors shouldn’t identify sequels, and this is what Destiny 2 has taught the gaming community. After the remarkable failure of Destiny, Bungie decided to ingrain the second title with more activity in terms of public events and a riveting narrative. The players can catapult themselves into the ever-expanding space and fight for the light. For what it’s worth, the gamers can choose from three different classes, namely: Warlock, Hunter, and Titan. Each of them is laid out with a unique set of skills and gameplay style.

If you love playing from the shadows, then the hunter class is for you. If barging your way inside and surprising your enemies is what excites you, then the Titan class will suit your taste buds. In comparison, the warlock class tests your endurance. Whatever be the case, Destiny 2 is a game that should be played on Co-Op because alone, you won’t be able to successfully clear all the Play strikes. To get exotic equipment, you need a solid team to clear dungeons teeming with enemies.

Call Of Duty: Vanguard/ Warzone

Release date: September 10th, 2021 | Developer: Sledgehammer Games | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+

Call of Duty Vanguard/Warzone sets itself in the World War 2 era. The very first mission will urge you to put on your war face as the conflict between the Allied forces and Axis escalate. Vanguard has a tetra dynamic where you’ll complete missions with not one but four leading protagonists, serving the Allied forces— all four of which have been chosen to be a part of the world’s first special forces unit— belonging to the nationalities of Britain, Soviet Union, Australia, and the USA. 

Disappointing to say that Vanguard does not support a co-op campaign. On top of that, there is little to no innovation for the multiplayer modes. However, the brand new multiplayer mode called, “Champion Hill,” is an absolute success. COD Zombies retains its reputation for being an amazing co-op mode. Clear hordes of the Third Reich zombies and keep pushing onto the next level. Even though we expected more brainstorming from Sledgehammer Games, the co-op mode and other multiplayer activities are still fast-paced and immersive as always. Overall, Vanguard is a fitting addition for the year 2021.

Back 4 Blood

Release date: October 12th, 2021 | Developer: Turtle Rock Studios | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+

The long-awaited Left 4 dead 3 is here at last— no wait I mean, “Back 4 Blood.” From the creators of Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood comes embedded with the same nostalgic formula of Left 4 Dead games. Hopefully, your apocalypse form hasn’t gone rusty because it is about to rain zombies as you and your 3 other teammates retaliate with a range of firearms for survival.

The firing feels amazing. Whether you are using a light machine gun, shotgun, magnums, or an assault rifle. The difficulty levels, however, might have to get nerfed. The sudden spike in difficulty when shifting from recruit to veteran difficulty seems rather unconventional. Besides that, Back 4 Blood comes with content-rich chapters: each chapter has a set of missions. It is the perfect horde wiping co-op game you have been looking for this year. 

Borderlands 3

Release date: September 13, 2019 | Developer: Gearbox Software, and Gearbox Studio Quebec | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+

Borderlands 3 had been in development for around 7 years but, when it finally came out, it made quite an impression on gamers. The title made a profound impact on FPS fans because of the number of weapons available. Each weapon and power brought in fabulous changes that made the gameplay more exciting and engrossing.

The game motivates players to tag along with others because this is the only way to reach advanced bounties, bandits, weapons, and monsters. The gameplay is so fast-paced that it can leave you exhausted, but it has its own advantages. For example, when you are thrust with hundreds of enemies at once, you call for arms and combine your powers to blast your way through. It’s a title you must try if the looter shooter genre is your cup of tea.

Elden Ring

Release date: February 25th 2022 | Developer: FromSoftware Inc. | ESRB Age Rating: Mature

Elden Ring is not just a game, it is a universal challenge for all the hardcore gamers who have what it takes to retrieve the Elden Ring from the depths of an unknown map. A map filled with intimidating foes and ruthless bosses who would test your skills beyond the borders of sanity and magnanimity. FromSoftware’s sincere efforts set Elden Ring apart from any other dungeon crawler game that you might have played before. Elden Ring introduces free to roam in a melancholic yet riveting world design where you’ll experience an arduous adventure. Carrying the title of a Tarnished, you will emerge as a chosen champion.

The storyline of Elden Ring is vague, but the smooth story progression makes it less enigmatic. The combat system relies heavily on critical timing to successfully perform guard counters. Amid combat, you will also need to keep an eye on the stamina meter and constantly evade AOE as well as single-target attacks. The difficulty of the bosses will make you nail-bite, but it is the sheer pleasure that comes with slaying them after countless attempts that makes Elden Ring so much fun. Marching into fights impetuously will always result in death— patience is key in order to decipher the weak openings in every boss fight. From free-roaming to facing uniquely and creatively designed bosses, from honing the flexible combat mechanics to showing your might in competitive PVP, and from finally achieving the end-game goal to going on a co-op spree, Elden Ring is a “must play” game of the year.

Tribes Of Midgard

Release date: July 27th, 2021 | Developer: Norsfell Games Inc | ESRB Age Rating: Teen 13+

The giants are knocking on the gates of your humble abode! Chosen as a champion by the gods themselves, the fate of your Tribe lies in the hands of your leadership skills. Protect the seed of Yggdrasil with all thy might by venturing out into the wilderness, gathering essential supplies and materials, and modifying them to upgrade the defenses of your keep— Craft and loot superior weapons and armors for yourself as well as for your tribe members. 

Tribes of Midgard keeps you on your Nordic toes at all times. The sheer thrill and adrenaline of plundering resources with your tribesmen and the epic battles fought to safeguard the future of your people is what qualifies Tribes of Midgard to be an excellent example of an engaging co-op game. 

Outriders

Release date: April 1, 2021 | Developers: People Can Fly and Square Enix | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+

Outriders is a third-person shooter adventure game you can enjoy with online friends. What makes the game enticing is its RPG elements. As you progress through the story, things might not make sense initially due to its idiosyncratic narrative. But don’t worry because, after a while, you will catch up with everything. The most inviting thing about the Outriders is its post-apocalyptic setting. You get to play with an outsider who embarks on a journey to unravel the reasons behind the already broke-out civil war on the planet.

The compulsory course of action required by the Outrider was to not let the new planet face the same faith as the ruined Earth. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the game is its sub-class system that allows you to pick from a myriad of playstyles, including pyromancer and devastator. As previously mentioned, the story is probably its biggest flaw. At times, it can be extremely skewed and unreasonably irrational. Outrider is a great pastime for a group of friends. Let them join in and have fun together as the game is more rewarding on Co-Op due to its lackluster single-player narrative.

Marvel’s Avengers

Release date: September 4, 2020 | Developers: Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montreal, Crystal Northwest, Nixxes Software BV, Eidos Interactive | ESRB Age Rating: Teen 13+

Marvel’s Avengers is a quite dynamic game because of its plethora of heroes. Co-Op, in particular, is a great experience, especially on the PS5. Not to mention, the game sheds light on the very peculiar concept of perfectionism. The ideal heroes are, in reality, not so perfect and thus, we get to experience the story from a very different perspective. You get to play with Kamala Khan, a to-be superhero that aids the avengers in fulfilling their goals. On your way, you encounter hordes of new villains, areas, and a thrilling campaign that will constantly require you to level up your skillset to for competition.

With Marvel’s Avengers, the grind is real, and it’s totally worth it if you are playing the game with your friends or peers. It’s also true that the endgame quickly becomes repetitive and is a major disappointment, but the merits of finding better equipment are overhauling. So, it sorts of balances out.

No Man’s Sky

Release date: August 9, 2016 | Developer: Hello Games | ESRB Age Rating: Teen 13+

When initially launched, No Man’s Sky was one of the worst titles of all time, but with constant updates and tweaks, the game has become incredibly fun. No Man’s Sky is a title that will keep you thrilled and ravenous for the new content. Imagine surfing through space and countless planets. No Man’s Sky’s map has around 18 quintillion planets on a 31,7000,000,000,000,000,000,000 km2.This makes it one of the largest video game worlds. It will take you months and even years to search every nook and cranny.

The sheer size of the world is exactly why you should play No Man’s Sky with your friends on the PS5. Not only does it allows collective exploration, but it also gives freedom to the players to choose a planet randomly from the solar system. You can find exotic animals, and new species, build your civilization from scratch, and even farm and unearth extraordinary metals from the ground.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human

Release date: December 7th 2021 | Developer: Techland | ESRB Age Rating: Mature

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is the definition of “survival of the fittest.” In this survival horror, you will be dragged out of your comfort zone, and you’ll be forced to delve inside dark buildings that are inhabited by zombies. Set in a post-apocalyptic world as you can imagine, Dying Light 2 Stay Human efficiently captures the core aspects of an action role-playing game. The free roam feels generously flexible alongside a riveting post-apocalyptic setting that complements it well. And to make things even spicier, our new protagonist, Aiden Caldwell, is well-rehearsed in his parkour skills.

Endless sprinting, risky jumps, treading along fragile steps, and making quick slides while being chased by a horde of zombies delivers an exhilarating and adrenaline-driven taste of what it is like to have your life on the line. The first-person shooter action feels robust concurrently with the punching and kicking. However, despite having implemented fine parkour gameplay and a satisfactory setting, Techland’s Dying Light 2 Stay Human fails abysmally at character development and is a prey to many bugs. 

Overcooked! All You Can Eat

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Ghost Town Games | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone

Although you can play this game solo, it’s not recommended because Overcooked! All you can eat requires high analytical skills, on-point time management, and multitasking. Because of that, it is much better to play the game with a friend. Get your apron and start working in the kitchen that’s bustling with countless orders. This title is the combination of both Overcooked 1 and Overcooked 2, which means now you can experience both the masterpieces released years ago in a single package.

Initially, it might seem like an easy title where you have to get the orders, cook the food, and serve them to the awaited customers. But it’s quite the opposite. With each ticking tock of the clock, your customers become grumpy, and for a high success rate, you need positive reviews. How would you manage all of this alone? Well, call in your friend, and start polishing your cooking skills together. As the game progresses, the orders will get overwhelmingly difficult to follow, but this is what the game is about.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, these are the best PS5 co-op games you can currently play with your friends and family. We have made sure to include a variety of options to choose from spanning several PS5 gaming genres. Now all you have to do is pick the co-op game the most interests you and your friends or family, and let the fun ensue.

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