It’s official. The PS5 is coming. Its November 12 launch date is already penciled in, and while most are already looking forward to enjoying themselves with some of PS5’s highly-anticipated next-gen single-player titles, there are a number of gamers who prefer to play with other people. Therefore, in this article, we have reviewed the best PS5 multiplayer games. These are also some of the best PS5 co-op games.
But, before anything else, we’d like to clarify that our focus is mostly on PS5 multiplayer titles where its multiplayer component plays a huge part in its gameplay. The titles need not necessarily be multiplayer. However, it should add to the overall appearance, and not just be more of an afterthought or a small addition.
Below you’ll find a round-up and proper breakdown of all of the best PS5 multiplayer games available either at launch or some time down the line.
Demon’s Souls (Exclusive)
The new Demon’s Souls is a remake of the father of the “git gud” Souls games. Naturally, it will have a multiplayer component. Previous Souls games offered it too, so this wasn’t really a big surprise.
Anyone who’s ever played online in any of the Souls games knows just how incredibly fun or frustrating it can be. The latter is mostly if you find yourself being victimized by overpowered players. But, of course, being on the other side is just as fun, as you can terrorize enemies and even play with your friends.
If the online multiplayer experience of Dark Souls 3 and Bloodborne are any indication, players should be able to, at the very least, engage in co-op gameplay, battle against each other, and trade items online.
Grand Theft Auto Online
Grand Theft Auto Online was arguably the biggest surprise hit of the 2010s. In fact, you could tell that Rockstar Games never meant for it to be this big of a success. However, nearly a decade since the release of Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar found themselves with an absolute gold mine of a title.
After calling it “dead” months after it first launched, Rockstar Games has now ported Grand Theft Auto Online to multiple platforms. This includes the PlayStation 5 once it comes out. Even better, it’s no longer just a simple online version of arguably the most influential sandbox franchise of all time.
Grand Theft Auto Online has evolved into its very own game. It’s no longer as grounded as it was originally intended as. It’s more. It’s wilder, and yet, at the same time, it’s also boring, but more importantly, it’s over the top and fun.
What GTA Online has become is a giant content platform where players create and share their wildest creations using the surprisingly robust creator tools that’s available to everyone in-game.
Fortnite was initially developed as a third-person survival shooter. Players would play together to defend themselves against hordes of enemies. In addition to weapons, players could build themselves their own forts to help them in their fight. But, later on, a battle royale version was released, which became Fortnite.
Fortnite is the answer to what you’d get if you mixed Minecraft with pretty much any other shooter and turned it into a battle royale title.
The result is a fun and action-filled online multiplayer shooter that once set the record for the highest prize pool in a video game tournament. The Fortnite World Cup back in 2019 had a total prize pool of $30 million.
Ginormous maps, slower-paced tactic-based gameplay, and huge player counts are all the common characteristics of the multiplayer gameplay experience of a Battlefield title. We suspect Battlefield 6 to not be any different.
EA claims that their focus is on “creating epic battles at a scale and fidelity unlike anything you’ve experienced before”, which isn’t impossible given the added power that comes with the next-gen consoles.
It’ll be a while before we receive more details regarding the next Battlefield title. But, from what we can tell, “bigger” and “better” seem to be the goal.
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War
The latest Call of Duty title wants to bring back the fun in the game’s multiplayer. To that end, Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War aims to refine the gameplay experience and improve upon what its predecessors could not.
Currently, the game is in its “Alpha” phase. It also has three traditional multiplayer game modes available across three maps. This includes fan-favourites “Team Deathmatch” and “Kill Confirmed”, as well as the more objective-based game mode, “Domination”. However, the latest FPS title puts its own twist into the classic Call of Duty multiplayer formula.
Black Ops – Cold War introduces its own version of Domination in “Combined Arms: Domination” where instead of the traditional 6v6 setting, squads of 12 will attempt to capture and defend objectives against each other using powerful vehicles like tanks and gunboats in a massive battlefield.
Combined Arms: Domination is currently available across 2 maps.
Call of Duty: Warzone
It was only a matter of time before a AAA title decided to put its own twist into the Battle Royale genre. EA and Respawn Entertainment were one of the first to do so with Apex Legends. Next came Activision with Infinity Ward and Raven Software working together on Call of Duty: Warzone.
Call of Duty: Warzone brought classic Call of Duty elements with it. However, it also added its own unique take on the Battle Royale formula. It’s not just a game where players try to survive. It’s got a huge sprawling map that’s rife with objectives for players to try and complete, including going from one place to another and hunting other players down.
Call of Duty: Warzone is also unique with its take on reviving downed characters. Although it retains the same reviving mechanic where players can revive fallen teammates, it introduces the “Gulag”.
In the Gulag, downed players can get a chance to come back into the game. All they have to do is to win a one-on-one fight in a closed area against another player.
Destiny 2 is a true looter-shooter. It’s an FPS title that’s basically about looting all of the gear that you can get. It’s just like Diablo, but instead of a fantasy setting where you’re fighting against the lords of hell, you’re playing in a futuristic world where you take control of a Guardian whose goal is to help take back control of the “Last City”.
Similar to other loot-based titles, in Destiny 2, the story takes a backseat. Instead, it’s the looting and shooting that takes the spotlight.
Naturally, this includes playing with other players to clear instanced dungeons and against them in traditional player-versus-player shootouts.
From the makers of the comic-book style looter-shooter franchise, Borderlands, comes Godfall, which is another shooter-looter. The main difference is that it has a fantasy setting featuring knights and magic.
Graphically, Godfall can’t be any more different than Gearbox’s claim-to-fame franchise. However, if we were to hazard a guess, gameplay between the two titles could be incredibly similar. This, naturally, includes the multiplayer component of Godfall, which will reportedly be an online co-op mode between two players as they play through a shared campaign experience.
According to the developers, they have designed Godfall “from the ground-up for co-op”. This includes making sure that players can join in on other player’s games in an instant.
In Godfall, players can reportedly team up to work together to take down difficult bosses and tackle more complex missions.
Gran Turismo 7 (Exclusive)
Gran Turismo’s AI drivers are notorious at this point already. They’re known to not give players an inch and take a mile whenever they’re given a chance by players themselves. “Unforgiving” and “relentless” are definitely the right words to describe the computer-controller Gran Turismo drivers.
But, while driving against computers feels satisfying, especially if you beat them, playing against real and actual people is just different.
Luckily, Gran Turismo 7 will feature an online multiplayer component like its predecessors.
Unfortunately, there’s little information about what exactly the multiplayer gameplay for Gran Turismo 7 will include. But, we reckon it’ll involve letting you race against your friends and some of the best from the rest of the world.
Deathloop was already billed as a unique title based on its plot and premise. After all, where have you ever heard of a game that basically had you replay everything from the start every time because of how you had to complete your entire mission in one go instead of doing it bit by bit?
While that is an over-simplification of Deathloop’s gameplay, it explains everything enough without really going too in-depth.
As an assassin tasked to take out eight different targets in an island that’s stuck on a time loop, Deathloop will have you learning everything pattern of your target and everyone around you just so you can take down all of your targets and finally undo the loop.
This is much easier said than done. There are further complications too. Like, for example, how you’ll find yourself being stalked by someone who’s just as lethal as you.
Basically, in Deathloop, players can go online and take control of an agent whose goal is to make sure that the time loop is safe. As Julianna, the player’s goal is to stop the main character, Colt, at all costs. They can jump into a random player’s game and mess up their gameplay. This lets players effectively play the role of the game’s antagonist.
Just keep in mind that this is all optional. True, Julianna is part of the plot. However, players can turn this feature off. Instead of players controlling Julianna, they can have an AI control the agent.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is one of the more unusual multiplayer shooters out there. Perhaps this explains why it took some time for Ubisoft’s shooter to reach the point as to where it is right now. But, now that it’s here, it’s certainly looking like that it won’t go anywhere anytime soon.
What makes Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege play so different in a world full of shooters is its unique mix of features.
Yes, there are other shooters where tactics and strategy play huge roles. There are even shooters whose operators have asymmetrical roles and complementary abilities. But, you’ll find none that has both and the kind of freedom to destroy pretty much everything where you can use anything to your advantage.
Every match in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege feels like an entirely different thing. So long as Ubisoft continues supporting it, there’s no reason for it to die out anytime soon.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine was originally a game mode for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Previously, the original mode, “Outbreak”, had players team up in three to fight off zombie waves. It experienced tremendous success. Many praised it as a breath of fresh air as it was more of a PvE than the PVP action that Siege specializes in.
Outside of being a three-player co-op shooter and being set in the far future of the in-game universe, not much is known about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine.
Warframe might just be the biggest MMO that you’ve probably never heard of or played. It’s not that it’s bad. It’s just that the developers don’t really spend a lot to market the game. But, if you’re looking for one of the best PS5 multiplayer games, it’s hard not to recommend this third-person shooter with RPG elements.
In that sense, it’s similar to Destiny. However, if you look closely, the two games could not be any more different.
Yes. Both Warframe and Destiny are co-op RPG shooters. But, what sets the former apart is its sandbox approach. You’re not exactly boxed into doing a specific set of objectives. In Warframe, you set your own objectives. This means that you are free to do what you want the game, even if you just want to mess around and lounge about.
This open-ended gameplay isn’t for everybody. The same goes for the grind that Warframe has become so famous for. But, between its massive and sprawling world filled with people with their own stories and attempt to put together a coherent in-game story, Warframe is a game well worth trying if only to find out if it’s worth getting lost in it all.
EA Sports FIFA 21
Despite focusing more on the single-player modes in recent years, EA Sports FIFA remains a true multiplayer title. The latest iteration, FIFA 21, is no exception. In fact, it aims to make the multiplayer component even more integral. This includes the addition of co-op gameplay in “Ultimate Team” where players can team up together in various game modes, like “FUT Friendlies” and more.
Madden NFL 2021
As the only company legally allowed to create sport-simulation titles based on the NFL, EA has little incentive to improve on what has worked for them with the Madden NFL franchise. But, despite the many criticisms, Madden NFL 2021 does come with plenty of improvements outside of the better graphics that comes with being a next-gen title.
For multiplayer, Madden NFL 2021 will still be able to play the “Madden Ultimate Team” mode where they can compete against other players online. However, a new addition is “The Yard”, and fans have quickly flocked to it.
The all-new game mode feels eerily similar to the now-defunct NFL Blitz franchise. It’s a less serious take on the typical Madden NFL gameplay. Although it’s not as over-the-top as NFL Blitz, it has that backyard football energy that many football fans have long wanted in a football-simulation game.
This is all in addition to the already-fun multiplayer game modes available in Madden NFL games.
Every new NBA 2K game is a step-up from its predecessors. It might feel like the same game at times, but the subtle improvements are always there. If you look close, you’ll also see more substantial changes. This is true for NBA 2K21, which not only improves gameplay and graphics but also makes the online multiplayer component more fair and fun.
True, NBA 2K21 still favors players who spend more in “MyTeam” and “MyCareer”, but it is now possible to grind yourself to achieve pretty much everything the game has to offer.
Sure, the grind is long and tedious, but the point remains. You don’t really have to spend more than what you paid to get the game to enjoy it fully.
Besides, NBA 2K continues to do an excellent job in creating moments where gamers feel like the players that they are controlling. Not everyone can be like Lebron James dunking over anyone in their path. Nor can all of us be like Steph Curry dropping bombs from all the way downtown. But, that doesn’t matter, because you can feel like them in NBA 2K.
NBA 2K21 remains the closest we can get to playing a basketball game without actually playing on the court.
For gamers who simply want to play a game of basketball with their friends, that’s all that matters.
Dirt 5 will bring back the multiplayer racing fun of the good old days. Instead of asking players to play against each other in a LAN setting, Dirt 5 lets friends and families compete against each other using a single console. This is because it will bring back split-screen multiplayer gameplay, with up to four players joining together in on the fun.
Additionally, players can also prove their mettle online in Dirt 5 against racers from around the world.
Hood: Outlaws and Legends
Hood: Outlaws and Legends is a unique title, and it’s not just because it’s set in a brutal and harsh medieval world. Rather, it’s because it’s an intense multiplayer game that features both Player vs Player and Player vs Environment.
In the game, players will compete against each other as part of rival gangs as they try to see who’s able to steal treasures first, either by stealth or through brute force.
Opposing teams will have to navigate their way through environments patrolled by AI-controlled guards. To help players, they can choose from a roster of characters that are each fitted with a unique set of skills and other mystical abilities.
Band together to try and force your way to secure unseen treasures, or be a true thief and use stealth to your advantage.
Either way, to the best men, go the spoils.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure (Exclusive)
A rather different approach from their previous LittleBigPlanet titles, the PS5-exclusive, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, will reportedly focus more on its 3D platforming. However, one thing it will have in common with its predecessors is its co-op gameplay. Up to 4 players can play together in Sackboy: A Big Adventure for some real co-op platforming fun.
Destruction All-Stars (Exclusive)
Destruction All-Stars is one of the very few next-gen only titles coming out. It’s also even rarer in that it is exclusive to the PS5. This means that Sony has every bit of a reason to make the gameplay worth the price of admission. However, we’ve had no gameplay footage of the game so far, so we don’t know much about how it will actually look and play out.
So far, what we do know is this: Destruction All-Stars is an arena-based vehicle combat title that players can play on their own or with others.
If the thought of the PlayStation classic Twisted Metal just popped up in your head, then you’re not alone. But, what makes Destruction All-Stars different is that it is a far more colorful type of vehicular warfare.
Not only that, but the combat system doesn’t just involve the vehicles themselves, because the drivers themselves play a key role in combat as they can lure other vehicles into traps, among other things.
Just Dance 2021
The Just Dance franchise doesn’t complicate anything, nor does it try to do more. Instead, it’s a fairly simple concept: it’s a game for solo players, couples, friends, and families to enjoy together.
Just as the name implies, the latest title in the franchise, Just Dance 2021, brings with it an enormous amount of content. This is all designed to get your blood pumping and make you dance. Of course, dancing isn’t a solo affair. This is why the “Co-op” mode gives players the dance floor all to themselves.
Just Dance 2021 also lets players challenge each other into dance battles, and it has a child-friendly “Kids” mode for the younger audiences.
With artists like Billie Elish, Dua Lipa, and Lizzo sharing their tunes in Just Dance 2021, the game will have you up on your feet and dancing like you have never before in your life in no time.
The latest in the Ride franchise, Ride 4 shouldn’t have to do much to improve on Ride 3. This is because its predecessors multiplayer was perfect if basic. Sure, it had weekly challenges. It even had a leaderboard. However, what really mattered was that it let you race against other players in the bike of your choice and on your favorite tracks.
The only way for Ride 4 to improve on that is to make online multiplayer a smoother and better experience. Ride 4 will reportedly have dedicated services for multiplayer. This means that smooth online gameplay should not be a problem.
Overcooked!: All You Can Eat
Overcooked! and Overcooked! 2 was some of the most fun most of us had on the PlayStation 4. It was also one of the most frustrating experiences, as it forced us to learn to how to work together with our friends and family. All that argument over who dropped the plates and fell on their plates while tripping over various obstacles made for a hilarious and wild time.
Now, the PlayStation 5 will get just that with Overcooked: All You Can Eat.
Bringing with it its signature teamwork oriented gameplay as it will continue to force players to find ways to work with each other to keep the restaurant running like a well-oiled machine, Overcooked! All You Can Eat combines both of the first two games in the series. Literally.
Overcooked!: All You Can Eat also comes with 7 entire new levels for gamers to play through with 3 new chefs to choose from. Every existing chef will also receive a new skin. Plus, in terms of graphics, the full remaster will be able to run at 60fps at 40k resolution, with online play available and crossplay as well.
All in all, Overcooked! All You Can Eat will give players more than 200 levels to play in and 120 different chefs to choose from.
Guilty Gear -Strive-
Guilty Gear has always been a niche title in a niche genre. Everyone plays fighting games, but not everyone likes it. Not everyone is a fan of them either, and certainly, not everyone likes the complexity that Guilty Gear adds to what’s usually a button-mashing affair.
Guilty Gear -Strive- should, thus, not fare any better than its predecessors among mainstream audiences. However, from what we can tell, the developers are no longer thinking about the masses. Instead, they want to create something that true fans of the franchise will love, and the latest title will look to try and continue that.
Creator Daisuke Ishiwatari describes Guilty Gear -Strive- as a “completely new Guilty Gear” and with its stylish but over-the-top combat returning, it’ll be exciting to see what kind of additions it will bring with it.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is a direct sequel to Puyo Puyo Tetris. It’s a unique take on the classic Tetris formula. It’s not just Tetris that you’re playing, but it has a hint of Puyo Puyo in it, which is a tile-matching game that’s incredibly popular in Japan.
Players can choose to play either just Puyo Puyo or Tetris. They can also mix both together for an incredibly fun but challenging time. The game has plenty of offline playability, but it’s the multiplayer component that really makes it stand out. It allows gamers to compete against each other in local co-op or online against other players.
We recommend playing Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 as it is meant to be. As a mixed puzzler of these two popular titles while competing against three other players in a 4-way battle.
No need to go to your local poker club to get the same social experience and gambling high anymore. The game, Poker Club, will let you gamble and practice your poker face, figuratively speaking, right from the comforts of your very home.
Naturally, Poker Club is not a single-player experience. The game is focused on connecting players with “friends and poker fans around the world”. True to this, the game will reportedly have tournaments that can have hundreds of players competing against each other for the top prize.
Players can even create their own clubs or join one in Poker Club, as well as compete in private tournaments and earn chip bonuses to unlock rewards.
To further increase its playing community, Poker Club will have cross-play. This means that players across all platforms it’s released in will be able to play with or against each other. This includes the PlayStation 5. But, if in case you’re not really used to gambling just yet, the game does have a “Career” mode for solo players to use to learn how to play the game.
Apparently, the Battle Royale bug has bitten an actual bug. This is because the Worms franchise is deciding to do away with its turn-based formula for now. In return, they’re going with a more contemporary formula with Worms Rumble.
Worms Rumble is a battle royale title based on the Worms franchise. It’ll feature 32 players clashing against each other in real-time multiplayer combat.
Of course, being that it is a Worms game, don’t expect to find fast-paced combat here. There’ll still be plenty of action if that’s your concern. But, the game will incorporate its own unique take on the genre.
This includes having multiple game modes available at launch, customizable player skins, and even a “Stamina” component that determines just how much you’ll be able to move around in-game.
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. But, it’s not like the PS4 didn’t have its fair share of multiplayer titles. Also, as our round-up of the best PS5 multiplayer games proved, the PS5 isn’t just all about the single-player experience as well.
Our list of the best PS5 multiplayer games represents plenty of genres. It has many types of games. 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.