15 Best PS5 Multiplayer Games in 2021

Despite its young age, the PS5 already has a ton of multiplayer games for you to try out. Whether it’s online or via local multiplayer, the best PS5 multiplayer games will let you have fun with your friends regardless of where they are in the world.

In the list below, we’ve rounded up the very best PS5 multiplayer games so that you don’t have to worry about choosing.

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War

Release date: November 13, 2020 | Developer: Treyarch and Raven Software | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+ View on Amazon

Any best PS5 multiplayer games list wouldn’t be complete without a Call of Duty game. Naturally, our recommendation is the most recent entry, Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War.

As is the usual MO of Call of Duty games, the campaign isn’t the reason why you’ll stick around for a year. It’s the multiplayer mode, which comes with the usual fanfare of zombies mode, an ever-growing list of maps and weapons, as well as a rotating playlist of things that have been around for years but never seem to get old for some reason.

Plus, on the PS5, playing against others online has never been better. Players can enjoy the game with 120 FPS gameplay (at 1080p resolution) on Sony’s next-gen console.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

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

Sackboy: A Big Adventure is an excellent family-friendly platformer game filled with non-violent combat and several challenges for children, as well as adults alike, to complete and hurdle. However, while it’s perfectly playable in single player, the LittleBigPlanet spinoff shines best in multiplayer.

As a matter of fact, some of the best levels of A Big Adventure can only be played with two or more players. Then again, the game is generally just more fun to play with a friend or two (or three as the game supports four-player co-op).

At the same time, you and your friends can also compete against each other by racing to see who can collect the most orbs from every level.

Warframe

Release date: November 26, 2020 | Developer: Digital Extremes | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+ View on Play Station

The PS5 upgrade of the third-person co-op action game, Warframe, is an evolution in every sense of the word. It extends a new lease of life to the nearly decade-old title by offering a huge visual and functional improvement, along with cross-play and cross-save functionality for a happier fanbase.

With support for the haptic feedback on the DualSense and the ability to run at 4K resolution (at 60 frames per second), the general action of the space-faring shooter feels much more immersive, especially in combat.

The almost non-existent loading times also guarantee that there are little to no distractions to pull you away from spending hundreds of hours playing the notoriously grin-heavy looter-shooter.

Dirt 5

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Codemasters | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone View on Amazon

DIRT 5 becomes its best version yet on the PS5 as the decision to forgo a more traditional racing sim feel in favor of an arcade racer plays to its advantage thanks to its support for the DualSense.

The haptic feedback and adaptive triggers work seamlessly together to make you feel every bump and scrape for the ultimate driving experience. In addition to this, the handling, performance, visuals, and sound of DIRT 5 on the PS5 feel so different that you might as well be playing DIRT 6 at that point.

As a multiplayer title, DIRT 5 has several fun game modes to play with friends, both via local co-op and online. This includes the more traditional races all across the game’s 10 locations, as well as modes like Vampire, King, and Transporter, among others. On top of this, DIRT 5 supports cross-gen and cross-platform matchmaking.

NBA 2K21

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Visual Concepts | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone View on Amazon

The next-gen version of NBA 2K21 is a massive slam dunk for PS5 owners. It’s the perfect purchase for casual NBA fans who haven’t bought an NBA 2K game in a while and a worthy upgrade even for those who buy every yearly iteration as soon as they come out. Even if you bought the last-gen version, the next-gen NBA 2K21 on the PS5 is well worth the added price of admission.

Gameplay-wise, nothing is different between the last-gen and next-gen versions. The W was a nice touch and The City is still a work in progress. Meanwhile, MyCareer remains a treat and combining both MyGM and MyLeague under the MyNBA mode was an ingenious move. However, what makes the next-gen NBA 2K21 so great is the huge leap in visual fidelity from its last-gen version.

To say that an NBA 2K game has never looked as NBA 2K21 has on the PS5 is no exaggeration. Although the online experience remains riddled with microtransactions, it won’t stop you from having fun with friends for a game or two.

FIFA 21

Release date: December 4, 2020 | Developer: Electronic Arts | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone View on Amazon

FIFA sits atop the throne of football sims. It is a legitimate sports title and the latest iteration, FIFA 21, is its best yet.

Despite the controversies, the Ultimate Team mode remains just as popular as ever. Now, there’s co-op on top of FUT, as well as an improved Volta Football mode that now lets you join up with up to three friends online and join other communities.

As a bonus, the PS5 version of FIFA 21 looks a lot better. It runs at a native 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with matches that load faster than ever. There’s also support for haptic feedback that makes buttons become harder to press the deeper you are into the game and the more tired they are.

Destiny 2

Release date: December 8, 2020 | Developer: Bungie | ESRB Age Rating: Teen View on Play Station Store

Destiny 2 is the closest thing we have to the ideal first-person shooter MMO and each subsequent update takes it one step closer to becoming Bungie’s Magnus Opus that the first game was initially billed as.

With its excellent shooting mechanics, as well as expansive and content-rich planet-based overworlds, Destiny 2 is a great game to play on your own that becomes exponentially better when played with friends and strangers online.

If nothing else, you can download the PS5 version for free and try it out. The worst-case scenario is that you get hooked and buy the rest of the expansions as you fall in love with the 4K visuals and 120 frames per second gameplay (on Crucible) of Destiny 2.

Guilty Gear -STRIVE-

Release date: June 8, 2021 | Developer: Arc System Works | ESRB Age Rating: Teen View on Amazon

The Guilty Gear series is widely considered one of the definitive fighting game series around. Its latest entry, Guilty Gear -STRIVE-, lives up to the series’ reputation. At the same time, -STRIVE- sets the bar for the franchise higher while also subverting expectations.

The latest Guilty Gear game is just as technical and nuanced as ever, but it is far more accessible than its predecessors. It’s arguably the first Guilty Gear game that newcomers can just pick up on a whim and enjoy. But, of course, as a multiplayer game, we wouldn’t recommend jumping into rounds fighting against other players just yet if you’re a beginner.

On the off-chance that a complete neophyte finds itself pitted against other players online, -STRIVE- has learned a lot from the online functionality shortcomings of its genre brothers. At the very least, you can only blame your lack of skill should you rack up losses (and hours) without even noticing it.

Rainbow Six Siege

Release date: December 1, 2020 | Developer: Ubisoft | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+ View on Amazon

Rainbow Six Siege is the thinking man’s shooter. It’s a high-stakes multiplayer game where two teams of five people (more or less, depending on the game mode) have to learn how to work together, often on the fly, to wage close-range warfare against each other.

In Siege, you’re not just fighting against each other using an arsenal of weapons and unique abilities. The destructible environments mean that you can create paths to outflank enemies and catch them off their guards. This is all in the name of extracting a hostage successfully or defending a particular objective.

Playing Siege on the PS5 makes for a game-changing experience. It lets you choose to either play the game in dynamic 4K at 120 frames per second or native 4k at 60 frames per second. Either way makes what was already a thrilling game even more nail-biting, especially if you can find a constant five-man squad to play with you.

Borderlands 3

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Gearbox Software | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+ View on Amazon

The Borderlands games are a solid series of loot-based first-person shooters with solid campaigns, but who are kidding? These games are best enjoyed by a couple of friends and Borderlands 3 is no exception.

In addition to being able to play with and against your friends, the PS5 version of Borderlands 3 supports four-player split-screen co-op gameplay. This should bring back a lot of memories for those who were able to enjoy games like GoldenEye 007 on the N64 with friends. Meanwhile, next-gen Borderlands 3 also supports 120 FPS gameplay if your display monitor supports it, which is always a good thing for a shooter.

With continued support since its release years ago, you’ll never run out of things to do, enemies to shoot and loot to, well, loot playing Borderlands 3 on the PS5 with your friends.

Fortnite

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Epic Games | ESRB Age Rating: Teen View on Amazon

People either hate Fortnite or love it. Regardless of where you stand, Fortnite’s place in pop culture is undeniable. Both as a shooter and as a multiplayer game, Fortnite is also one of the best to do it.

Epic Games’ battle royale has a unique and inimitable way of letting you build and shoot your way to a victory royale. It’s also grown to become more than just a battle royale title. It’s become a complete gaming experience, allowing gamers to build games inside Fortnite using the game’s mechanics as a foundation.

As Fortnite continues to evolve, playing it on the PS5 will only get better. Right now, PS5 owners can enjoy Fortnite with better textures, faster loading screens, and up to 4K resolution and 120 frames per second.

No Man’s Sky

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Gearbox Software | ESRB Age Rating: Teen View on Amazon

No Man’s Sky went to the No Man’s Land equivalent of gaming and came back as a better game. It was arguably the most overhyped game of the past decade and fell flat on its face at launch. However, No Man’s Sky has only continued to improve since. Dare we say, it’s become the game that it initially set out to be.

This undeniable truth is most evident playing No Man’s Sky on the PS5. The next-gen version utilizes the added hardware to create more realistic environments complete with thicker and more lush terrain, as well as the ability to revel in it all in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. On top of this, No Man’s Sky now supports 32-player multiplayer, which makes the game feel more alive than ever.

At this point, No Man’s Sky is no longer just an open-world game. It’s an open-universe title that lets you explore 18 quintillion worlds (and counting!). It is also best enjoyed with friends that will help keep you safe as you go out exploring planets while you help each other build planet-sized bases.

Overcooked!: All You Can Eat

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Ghost Town Games Ltd. | ESRB Age Rating: Everyone View on Amazon

Tensions can get pretty high in the Overcooked! Games. Everyone’s got something to do and somehow, everyone is almost always at least one step behind. Keeping hungry customers fed is no easy task. Yet, you still happily do it. This is the gameplay loop that makes the Overcooked! games so stressful and so addictive.

Overcooked! All You Can Eat makes both titles look prettier and pack them full of content. In addition to 4K visuals, the games now come with all the post-launch expansions and other new content. The next-gen version also updates the game’s accessibility and adds cross-platform play. Co-op play is also even more chaotic than ever before now that you can play with three others locally and/or online.

Demon’s Souls

Release date: November 12, 2020 | Developer: Bluepoint Games | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+ View on Amazon

The Dark Souls game doesn’t really come to mind when talking about the best multiplayer games. However, online multiplayer is part of the game’s appeal. Demon’s Souls is no exception. The PS5-exclusive title is best enjoyed when you’re playing with and against other people online, as well as defending yourself from enemy invaders.

In online play, Demon’s Souls is a completely different game. You’ll have to watch your back from other players. At the same time, asking for help is always a good idea, especially when up against some of the most difficult bosses in the game.

Just don’t forget that Demon’s Souls knows how much easier some bosses become with extra help. This is why it has balanced things so that bosses become more difficult to take down when you’ve got other real players with you. 

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate

Release date: November 17, 2020 | Developer: NetherRealm Studios | ESRB Age Rating: Mature 17+ View on Amazon

Mortal Kombat 11 is one of the best fighting games to date and Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is its best edition yet.

The PS5-exclusive bundle comes with the base Mortal Kombat 11 game, as well as other post-launch content such as the Kombat Packs 1 and 2 plus the Aftermath DLC. So, aside from dynamic 4K and cross-platform/cross-generation play, PS5 owners can enjoy everything that Mortal Kombat 11 has to offer.

Pulling off gory Fatalities has never looked and felt so better on the PS5 now that you can play with and against your friends on other platforms. As a bonus, you get a chance to play as The Terminator and Rambo, among others, too.

Conclusion

The PS4 was known for its single-player titles. Games like Spider-Man, God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Bloodborne, and Uncharted 4, basically defined the PlayStation 4. However, the PS5 is looking to have more balance in terms of both great multiplayer and single-player games as our round-up of the best PS5 multiplayer games above proved.

Our list of the best PS5 multiplayer games represents plenty of genres. This includes first-person and third-person shooters, racing and sports simulations, action games, role-playing games, and more. We guarantee that there’s something here that will suit your needs and preferences. Just don’t forget to make sure that you have an extra DualSense controller and or a good internet connection of at least 3 Mbps.

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