The 9 Best Multiplayer PS4 Games to Buy in 2018

Hang out with friends and try these must-play titles

Why just play a game alone? Multiplayer has always been a staple in video games, and the PlayStation 4 (PS4) is no exception. Various multiplayer games can provide the perfect outlet for both gamer’s competitive and conniving spirit along with the joy of working together and cooperation. The PS4 library already has a ton of multiplayer games to experience, so where do you start?

Here you’ll find the best multiplayer PS4 games. The list comes in different sizes and styles that allow players the fantasies of jumping into large-scale Star Wars battles, performing sweat dripping bank heists and even playing virtual boardgames that’ll bring together (or tear apart) the family. Whether you’re looking for a challenge in tactfully extracting hostages with other human teammates or you just want to be Batman and beat someone up, you can, and the multiplayer PS4 games below will make you and someone else’s dreams and nightmares come true. Take a peek below at some of the best multiplayer PS4 games available now.

Best Multiplayer for Being The Bad Guy: Payday 2: The Big Score

Feel like robbing a bank with your friends? Then Payday 2: The Big Score may be up your alley as a better alternative. Gameplay has you set on committing various heists with other players (think robbing banks, rigging an election and even stealing nuclear warheads).

With an emphasis on being rewarded for using stealth, Payday 2: The Big Score is technically a first-person shooter but relies on players to avoid being caught as they sneak around cameras, evade or silently assassinate guards, stop civilians from calling the police and operate quickly without making a scene. Players get the chance to cooperate with three other teammates and select one of 19 characters who each have their own special talents and abilities. If one of you slips up, then an alarm will go off and you’ll have to fight off assault waves of law enforcement (like the DC Police and FBI SWAT) who will make your job that much more intense. Just try not to yell at each other.

Best Multiplayer for Star Wars Fans: Star Wars Battlefront II

With 40 simultaneous players online, Star Wars Battlefront II offers the ultimate, large-scale, war-shooter-style game where players relive famous Star Wars battles from the eponymous films. The game gives players the chance to play their favorite Star Wars character, fly spacecraft and rush into battle side by side with Stormtroopers.

Star Wars Battlefront II includes five multiplayer game modes ranging from small to large where players assume the role of the Rebel Alliance or Galactic Empire. Level progression will give players more chances to customize and outfit their character's specific traits with different weapons and load outs, as well as being able to unlock bigger characters such as Darth Vader, Rey, Yoda, Kylo Ren and more that they’ll be able to play. Varied gameplay modes change up the dynamic; you'll be able to engage in full-scale wars, fight against famous heroes and villains and even pilot X-Wings and Tie Fighters in space battles.

Best Multiplayer for Fighting: Injustice 2

If you're playing Injustice 2, you'll be able to have Batman fight the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat battle against Hellboy. The best multiplayer fighting game for PS4 is loaded with DC superheroes and villains along with a ton of guest stars, customizations and jaw-dropping fights.

Injustice 2 is designed with beautiful graphics and incredible character animation sequences. As you progress in the game and win online matches, your chosen character levels up with increases in strength, ability, defense and health point attributes; you'll even be able to unlock different equipment that changes your appearance and skills. The game also provides an offline versus mode, so you and a friend can settle some scores with your favorite superheroes and villains.

Need some more help finding what you're looking for? Read through our best PS4 fighting games​ article.

Best Multiplayer for Horror Fans: Dead by Daylight

Guaranteed to give you anxiety or bring out your inner masochist, Dead by Daylight takes four players as humans and sets them out to escape from another player who is out to kill them. Gameplay relies on a concoction of teamwork and being sneaky while rescuing other players, avoiding being killed and eventually escaping to freedom. You can be selfish if you want.

Sure, it’s a simple game, but Dead by Daylight does a perfect job of building tension and anxiety as you crouch in a field of corn, hear your heartbeat and see your “friend” in the distance — the monster — run around with a chainsaw chasing after your other “friend” — are you going to save them? Players are rewarded with points that can unlock perks and items by taking chances such as facing their fears, going unseen or fixing machinery correctly. Players playing as humans will get the tactical advantage of a third-person view, while players assuming the role of the killer will see in a first-person view with a terrifying aura ability that makes tracking easier.

Check out our other reviews of the best PS4 horror games available on the market today.

Best Multiplayer for Families: Hasbro Family Fun Pack

The Hasbro Family Fun Pack is four games in one: Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk and Trivial Pursuit all in virtual form without the need for setup and cleanup. With up to four players, families can get together and pick one of the four classic titles that all come to life in a 1080p high definition display.

The family game night is alive, and the Hasbro Family Fun Pack makes it easy for anyone to pick up a PS4 controller and jump right into the action. Monopoly gives a beautiful visual presentation set in a 3D world where the board comes to life as you roll dice and narrowly avoid your sister’s hotel property on Boardwalk. Risk will turn your son into a young Napoleon as the family competes for fun-filled global domination. Trivial Pursuit will test the brains with general knowledge and pop culture questions, while Scrabble will unveil Mom’s wordsmith power. Hasbro Family Fun Pack brings kids and parents together by combining a video game with board games that’ll sure to entertain, form bonds and create grudges.

Best Multiplayer Tactical Shooter: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Designed around multiplayer, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is a fun and addictive, first-person, tactical shooter that requires your utmost cooperation and communication. The team-based strategy game pits five against five where one group must infiltrate and the other must defend.

Sure, it’s difficult, but Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege can be rather rewarding when you pick it up since it challenges players to scout out areas, be familiar with their settings, pinpoint locations and set up strategies to overcome their opponents. Players will get the chance to select 38 different characters that fit their play style, each with their own unique abilities, custom load outs for weapons and utility equipment along with speed and armor ratings. Players will be matched head-to-head based on their skill level in online casual or competitive matches or take it easy by playing cooperatively in a terrorist hunt mode where they fight off enemy AI.

Best Multiplayer Co-Op Story Mode: Far Cry 5

The highly-talked-about, action-adventure, first-person shooter game is the best PS4 title you’ll find on the list where you and a partner can venture through the main story together. Far Cry 5 does an amazing job as a video game with highly detailed environments, a unique and crazy plot and nonstop action where you’ll be ambushed by everything, including cult members to wildlife.

Played cooperatively online, Far Cry 5 puts you and your friend together as U.S. Marshals set forth on investigating a mysterious cult in the middle of nowhere. The story-driven plot unfolds as you both remain stranded in a forest and have to work together using a variety of weapons to fight against enemies, complete objectives and avoid the wrath of the wild that will occasionally try to kill you. Far Cry 5 takes dedication and will take you and your friend about 25 more hours to complete, but you’ll enjoy every minute of it as you both drive away in your getaway car, sick your dog on enemy combatants, evade explosions and even get in fistfights with bobcats, bears and boars.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best PS4 co-op games can help you find what you're looking for.

Best Multiplayer 2D Platforming: Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends is one of the best 2D platforming games around for PS4 and lets you and three other players jump into a cooperative quest together seamlessly. The game received critical acclaim upon release with praise towards its gorgeous visuals, level design, controls, soundtrack and gameplay.

Family-friendly and full of charming and quirky characters, Rayman Legends has you and your friends simultaneously traverse through over 120 levels full of various enemies, traps and puzzles that require collective teamwork. Unique to its play style, the game includes timed rhythm effects where players can interact with their environment (for example, jumping to the beat of a drum or zip-lining to a guitar riff). Rayman Legends is also one of the most easy-going PS4 gaming experiences with forgiving gameplay that grants players infinite lives and a design focused solely on enjoyment without too much struggle.

Best Multiplayer for Sports: NBA 2K18

It’s time to finally settle the score with your friends in deciding which basketball team is the greatest of all time with NBA 2K18. The game allows for both a cooperative and versus mode with up to four players as they select some of their favorite current season basketball teams, including classics like Phil Jackson’s legendary 1990s Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan and the Los Angeles Lakers during their Showtime era. Players will get to perform passes, fake-outs and other abilities to change up their style while taking well-timed and precision shots. NBA 2K18 shines with its attention to detail in real life character and court models, animations, sounds and physics that gives off one of the most realistic PS4 gaming experiences.

Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best PS4 sports games

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