The 10 Best Two-Player PS4 Games of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Shooter: Borderlands 3 at Amazon

"Whether you play in the same room or online, you can experience the complete game with a friend."

Best Casual: Overcooked 2 at Amazon

"The simple and cute graphics will appeal to any gamer while the fun and chaos make it an excellent game for any occasion."

Best Online Multiplayer: The Division 2 at Amazon

"Play cooperatively with your friends online or explore the Dark Zone where you’ll take on some of the most difficult challenges."

Best Cinematics: A Way Out at Amazon

"Made with a lot of heart, you and a friend will team up in a deep and compelling story to escape a prison."

Best Team-Based: Don’t Starve Together at Amazon

"It’s a true fact that everyone dies eventually, but seeing how long you can last ... there’s plenty of fun in that."

Best Fighter: Mortal Kombat 11 at Amazon

"Face off in classic and new visually stunning arenas with a brand-new graphics engine."

Best Beat ‘em Up: Castle Crashers at store.playstation.com

"In this zany, 2D side-scroller, you'll face wacky monsters, explore the realm, and overcome evil bosses."

Best Zombie: Dying Light: The Following at Amazon

"Incorporates a day and night cycle that allows enemies to grow more aggressive and fearsome as the sun goes down."

Best Survival: Remnant from the Ashes at PlayStation Store

"An ancient evil from another dimension has come and thrown the world into absolute chaos."

Best JRPG: Tales of Berseria at Amazon

"Tales of Berseria brings classic anime-style designs with stunning visuals that will keep you engaged."

Best Shooter: Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

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Mayhem in the badlands is back with the arrival of Borderlands 3. This destructive shooter gives you all the action, adventure, and loot you could ask for. Plus, a world full of characters to love, hate, and kill. Two Borderlands original classes make an appearance, the Gunner and Siren while giving two new options with the Beastmaster and Operative. And between the bazillion —yes, that’s right bazillion — guns, expansive skill trees, and customization options available, you can trick out your character to be the Vault Hunter of your dreams. 

With tons of missions and all the fun and chaos you can ask for, the best way to enjoy Borderlands is with a partner. Whether you play in the same room or online, you can experience the complete game with a friend in one of the best co-op games available. So get ready to tackle the badlands, face the psychos, and gather all the loot you can carry with you and your favorite Player 2 in the shooter of the year.

Best Casual: Overcooked 2

Think you and your friends can work well under pressure? Then put yourselves to the test in the kitchen. In Overcooked 2, there’s no time to bicker because you've got orders to fill and perfect. Not to mention food to prep and kitchen to keep clean. Pick your role and make sure you pay attention to everything around you while watching the time. You and your friends will love the rush as you work together in these fast-paced levels.

The simple and cute graphics will appeal to any gamer while the fun and chaos make it an excellent game for any occasion. Ramp up the challenge with harder levels and see if your teamwork will earn you stars or tears. Play together in the living room or online, just make sure you know how to communicate.

Best Online Multiplayer: The Division 2

The country is on the verge of collapse and only you and your comrades can help save what remains. Traverse the remnants of a post-pandemic Washington DC with beautiful animation and stunning details as you complete missions. Unite the citizens as they try to rebuild their city, face off against enemy factions, and keep playing new, exciting missions well after you’ve beaten the game. Play cooperatively with your friends online or explore the Dark Zone where you’ll take on some of the most difficult challenges the game can provide and get some seriously sweet loot if you survive. 

With intense graphics and unbelievable gameplay mechanics, The Division 2 offers one of the best online co-op experiences out there.

Best Cinematics: A Way Out

If you’re looking for a game with a solid narrative as well as excellent visual and cinematic effects, A Way Out is exactly what you want. Made with a lot of heart, you and a friend will team up in a deep and compelling story to escape a prison. Designed for split-screen, cooperative multiplayer, A Way Out requires close teamwork to make your escape possible. 

One of the unique aspects of this game is that while one player might be in the middle of a cutscene, the other will have to show up or find a way to intertwine into the story. With elements of stealth, timed sequences, fighting, and even engaging in tactful conversations, your decisions will ultimately affect the ending of the game which, hopefully, concludes with both of you out of prison. Cooperate, strategize, and find a way out.

Best Team-Based: Don’t Starve Together

Do you and your friends have what it takes to survive? Enter the strange and dangerous world of Don't Starve Together, where you and your friends have to find the perfect strategy to survive. And it's more than the elements that work against you. Not only do you have to worry about being fed and safe, but you also have to keep an eye on your dwindling sanity.

Play one of three game modes: Survival, Wilderness, and Endless while deciding if you want to cooperate or compete to be the last survivor. Each mode offers different challenges, tasks, and items to make your survival different every time. 

It’s a true fact that everyone dies eventually, but seeing how long you can last ... there’s plenty of fun in that. Just remember the most important thing, don’t starve.

Best Fighter: Mortal Kombat 11

Test your might and challenge your friends to the ultimate fight. The classic fighting game is back and better than ever. Play as your favorites or have complete customization control to make them your own. From skins to abilities to even taunts, you can build the fighter of your dreams and put your enemies to shame as you beat them down. Face off in classic and new visually stunning arenas with a brand-new graphics engine and enjoy your deadly victories in unbelievable detail. Your favorite game has never looked better than in this latest addition to the Mortal Kombat series. 

When you're not playing with your friends, experience an expansive story mode that's 25 years in the making. Play as new and old characters in a time-bending story that will keep you playing for hours on end. But, nothing will be more satisfying than getting that spine-ripping victory over your friends.

Best Beat ‘em Up: Castle Crashers

Castle Crashers Remastered

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It all started when a royal party went royally awry. It's pretty on-brand: an evil wizard, a priceless gem, and four princesses captured. But, thankfully, you and your friends are going to save the day. Play as one of four royal knights to go on an epic adventure to get back what was taken from the king. In this zany, 2D side-scroller, you'll face wacky monsters, explore the realm, and overcome evil bosses. While you take on enemies you can level up, get loot, and even tame animal companions. Castle Crashers also comes with minigames including a PvP (player versus player) mode where you and your friends can face off against one another for glory and bragging rights. 

With fun graphics and silly yet endearing character builds, you and your friends can hack and slash your way to the end to compete for a princess' kiss. Don your armor, mount your steed, and prepare to save the kingdom.

Best Zombie: Dying Light: The Following

Dying Light: The Following

Dying Light: The Following is what you get when you take the post-apocalyptic environment of Mad Max and add zombies. This expansion to the Dying Light series is an open-world, first-person, survival game that puts you and other players in situations where cooperation is the key to survival. Fend off hordes of zombies and investigate a mysterious cult to find a cure while taking on various missions that take you through the vast open world. This game also incorporates a day and night cycle that allows enemies to grow more aggressive and fearsome as the sun goes down.

Grab your weapons and get ready as you climb, jump, and perform stylistic combat attacks and rage against zombie hordes. You and your comrades will spend the next 20 hours going through quests, discovering new areas, picking up new weapons, and interacting with a cast of characters that unveil a mysterious plot. Zombie survival has never looked so good and been more thrilling. 

Best Survival: Remnant from the Ashes

REMNANT: FROM THE ASHES - PS4 (DIGITAL CODE) - PLAYSTATION NETWORK

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An ancient evil from another dimension has come and thrown the world into absolute chaos. Humanity is barely hanging on, leveraging unique technology to open portals to other realms and realities. Travel through portals with your friends to figure out where the ancient evil came from, find the resources needed for survival, and discover a shred of hope for humanity's survival. With stunning graphics, the evil creatures will come to life on your screen as you and your companions fight for your lives in the otherworlds. 

Explore ever-changing worlds while facing hundreds of deadly enemies plus the epic final bosses that could destroy everything. Gather your own wicked arsenal of powerful weapons, armor, and mods that can adapt to any situation.

Best JRPG: Tales of Berseria

For over 20 years the "Tales" franchise has produced a series of JRPGs with engaging stories and endearing graphics. But the latest game really takes it all. The prequel to Tales of Zestiria, Tales of Berseria puts you in the role of Velvet Crowe, a girl who has lost everything and gained the powers of a demon. Considered a villain, Velvet will traverse the lands to get revenge for her beloved younger brother while facing the righteous Shepherd.

So what makes this game a great two-player experience? Throughout her travels, Velvet will gather her own crew allowing you and up to three other friends to join in on the action, playing as any of the six characters who fit your fighting style. Plus, the new linear motion battle system makes ever battle smooth and free of the camera issues from which some of the other games have suffered. Fight the beasts overcome with malevolence and unlock martial and mystic arts as you and your friends fight side-by-side in this quest for vengeance. 

Tales of Berseria brings classic anime-style designs with stunning visuals that will keep you engaged for the 70 hours it takes to complete your quest. And like with other Tales of games, there are plenty of sidequests, minigames, and, of course, the always popular skits. This is the perfect entry point to the series if you and your favorite player two are new to the franchise.

What to Look for in a Two-Player PS4 Game

Rating - Before you buy a video game, check the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating, which can help you pick something age-appropriate. The ratings have three parts: rating categories (“E” for everyone, “E10+” for ages 10 and up, “T” for teens, “M” for mature 17+, and “A” for adults only); content descriptors (comic mischief, mild language, etc.); and interactive elements (in-game purchases, users interact, shares location, unrestricted internet, etc.).

Gameplay - Gameplay defines how players interact with the game and its challenges. In asymmetric video games, for instance, you and a friend inhabit the same environment at the same time. Linear games have a series of challenges that must be completed in a certain order, and nonlinear games allow for more creative playing. In cooperative gameplay, the two of you work together, while competitive gameplay pits you against each other. Gameplay is a matter of personal preference, but it will largely impact your gaming experience.

Graphics - While gameplay dictates how the game is played, graphics and sound effects are a whole other element. You can opt for a game with realistic characters and environments with feedback sounds or go the animated cartoon route. The choice is yours!