Best Couch Co-Op Games for PS4 and PS5


The Playstation brand has been incredibly popular for a long time. So many people bought the PS4 and the PS5 is already successful even though it has only been out for one year at the time of writing.

Unfortunately, the number of new couch coop games have been declining in recent years.

I still love a good couch co-op splitscreen game though, so I’ve compiled a list of options for you to check out.

Read on to learn about the best couch co-op games for PS4 and PS5.

1. It Takes Two

It Takes Two is a charming game that wound up becoming highly successful. This is a video game that comes from the creative minds of the people over at Hazelight.

You play as a couple that is going through a divorce when their minds are transported into paper dolls that were made by their daughter.

Working together will be the only way to get out of this situation, and it’ll be a perfect couch co-op title for you and your significant other to check out.

Read more about crossplay in It Takes Two.

2. Streets of Rage 4

Streets of Rage 4 might be one of the greatest beat ’em up titles ever made. This title revives the iconic Sega series from the Genesis days and updates everything for modern times.

You can play with up to four friends in couch co-op, and there are many characters to choose from. This is a stellar game because it’s easy to pick up and play, but it also has a level of complexity that veterans of the genre will appreciate.

As you continue to play, you’ll be able to unlock more characters. This gives the game a lot of replay value.

Also, this title has DLC that offers even more game modes and characters. You could wind up playing this one for a very long time.

3. River City Girls

Another excellent beat ’em up title that you should try is River City Girls. This is certainly a brawler, but it also has RPG elements since you level up and increase your stats by purchasing snacks and equipping clothing items.

You’ll have a blast playing this game with a friend, and the soundtrack is something that you’ll likely have stuck in your head for a long time. Megan McDuffee did an amazing job composing the soundtrack, and she sings on many of the most memorable tracks.

River City Girls is stylish, addictive, and one of the most memorable brawlers that you’ll ever play. A sequel to this game is in development as well. If you wind up loving this game, then it’ll be worthwhile to seek out the next title in the series when it drops.

4. Broforce

Broforce is such an interesting game. It stars a bunch of characters that are inspired by action heroes from movie franchises. You’ll be playing as characters that resemble Rambo, The Terminator, Indiana Jones, and so many other iconic bros.

This is a retro-style game where your goal is to fight your way to the goal while shooting and cutting your way through swaths of enemies. It’s a charming title that might be a bit frustrating at times, but it’s sure to bring you and your couch co-op partner tons of laughs.

5. Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 is an amazing game for anyone who wants a long couch co-op experience. There is so much to do in Borderlands 3 that it can be overwhelming.

You can choose a Vault Hunter and start working alongside a friend in local co-op. Along the way, you’ll be collecting bigger and better guns while leveling up your chosen character. The sense of humor will continually make you laugh, and you’ll very likely be hooked until the end.

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This is perfect for those who are looking for a longer couch co-op experience. It will likely take you several weekends to get through this game.

The gameplay is tight and the story is engaging enough to make you care about playing until the end credits roll. Since this game has been out for a little while, it should be relatively simple to find it at a low price, too.

If you’re into video game music like me, you’d be glad to know that much of the music is composed by Jesper Kyd – one of my favorite video game composers. I LOVED his work in Assassin’s Creed II! His is from Denmark like myself, so I might be biased though!

Read more on crossplay in Borderlands 3 here.

6. A Way Out

A Way Out was developed by the same studio as It Takes Two. This game sees you playing as one of two men who need to break out of a prison.

You’ll form a bond with your co-op partner as you work together to survive and get through many harrowing situations. The story is something that you have to experience for yourself, and it’d be a disservice to spoil too much.

Working together in split-screen will be crucial to finding success in this game. If you want to reach the conclusion, communication with your partner should be a priority.

Those who can’t find a couch co-op partner will also be able to play this title online. It’s a highly recommended game that won many awards for its innovation.

Man, prison break games have come a long way since I played The Great Escape on the Commodore 64 in 1986!

7. Resogun

Resogun is a class defender-style game that came out alongside the PS4 when it launched. At the time, people considered it to be the must-play title.

It’s fun to play this game in single-player mode, but it can be even more satisfying to play it with a friend. Rescuing people and fighting off waves of enemies with your ships will be a great time.

8. Rock Band 4

The Rock Band series is all about making you feel as if you’re a rock star. You’ll be grabbing plastic instruments and playing some of the most iconic songs of all time. As a musician and drummer myself, I really enjoy these games!

Playing this game at parties or just when you have a few friends over will be fun. It can still be fun to enjoy this game alone, but it really does get a lot better when you add the social element to the mix.

Create a fictional band and start working on mastering your chosen instruments. If someone in your group is bold enough, then they can even choose to plug in the USB microphone and sing. Just make sure not to bother your neighbors too much.

9. Overcooked

Overcooked is one of the modern games that are most famous for keeping couch co-op alive. Many people love this game because of how simple but hectic it is.

You’ll be playing as a chef in a kitchen that needs to cook dishes to fulfill orders. Getting things done on time without messing up can be harder than it seems.

You can learn to work together with your couch co-op chefs to find success. One person might be tasked with making certain food items while another will need to throw ingredients around.

There are two Overcooked games that you can buy, and they can also be purchased in a bundle digitally, called Overcooked All You Can Eat which includes both games.

Both games are well worth your time if you and your friends are looking to experience some crazy kitchen antics.

Read more on crossplay in Overcooked All You Can Eat here.

10. Moving Out

Moving Out is sort of like Overcooked in certain ways. You’ll be playing as a mover and trying to move items out of a house and into a moving truck.

While doing this, you need to avoid damaging things as much as possible while keeping an eye on the time.

This sounds a lot easier than it really is, and you’re going to have some craziness ensue.

Up to four players can enjoy this game in couch co-op. You and your group of friends can strive to become the best movers that you can be.

This is a fast-paced game that anyone can learn how to play. With a bit of practice, this just might become one of your favorite couch co-op experiences.

Closing thoughts

I hope you’ve found this list of the best couch co-op games for PS4 and PS5 useful?

As I mentioned in the beginning, couch co-op and splitscreen gaming has been on a decline in recent years.

I still cry about the loss of couch co-op in my favorite snowboard series SSX. I loved playing that as couch coop on the PS2, and it’s been pretty much downhill (no pun intended) from there… Yes, I’m looking at you SSX3 (2003) and you Steep (2016)!

Unfortunately, this trend is not limited to snowboard games, so for those of you who still enjoy playing together with friends, I hope you found this list helpful.

Bonus tip: you could also check out some of the many sports titles like FIFA and Madden or other from EA Sports.

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Jan has played video games since the early 1980s. He loves getting immersed in video games as a way to take his mind off stuff when the outside world gets too scary. A lifelong gamer, the big interest led to a job as a lecturer on game sound at the University of Copenhagen and several written articles on video games for magazines.

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