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The Best PS4 Offline Multiplayer Games and the Worst

The video game industry has reached a point where every other video game offers a multiplayer aspect, the quality of which tends to vary quite drastically.

Sony and Microsoft’s growing need to squeeze every dime from their customers has become blindingly clear, demanding that players pay extra for a PlayStation Plus and Xbox Gold Membership, respectively, in order to play online multiplayer with friends or random people. As a result, fewer games allow for good old fashioned offline multiplayer gaming and those extra controllers some people bought might have been left to collect dust.

Thankfully, there are a few options for those hoping to just play their multiplayer PS4 games with a friend. Some of these local video games are brilliant while others should just be forgotten, for everyone’s sake. If you love playing with or against friends and family, and you’re looking for another PS4 offline multiplayer game to add to your collection of arguably family-friendly (depending on your family) multiplayer games, then look no further! Here are just a few of the best PS4 offline multiplayer games that might pique your interest.

OUR BEST

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

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Genre: First Person Shooter
Platform:
 PS4, PC, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360
Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops III

When talking about multiplayer games, the Call of Duty franchise may immediately spring to mind, and for good reason. Since Call of Duty: Finest Hour back in 2004, the CoD franchise has been evolving. The latest iteration, Black Ops III allows for a more engaging experience by giving each player the option to personalize their soldiers and play against a dozen bots. If you and your PS4 couch loving friends (up to 4 of them) are looking for that shared thrill, Call of Duty Black Ops III should definitely be on your list best co-op games to play with friends.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Lara-Croft-and-The-Temple-of-Osiris

Genre: Action Adventure
Platform:
 PS4, PC, Xbox One
Buy Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

For nearly two decades, the Tomb Raider series has offered a multitude of puzzles and beautiful, epically sized…tombs. This particular game, a sequel to 2010’s Tomb Raider and the Guardian of Light, allows up to 4 players players to shoot and think their way through hordes of Egyptian mythological creatures, and numerous death traps. It’s a brilliant game for those seeking a offline game that requires teamwork, all from the comfort of your living room.

Injustice Gods Among Us: Ultimate Edition

injustice-gods-among-us

Genre: Fighting Game
Platform:
 PS4, PC, PS Vita, Xbox 360,
Buy Injustice Gods Among Us

Maybe you don’t get your kicks from littering a map with bodies and bullet holes, maybe a victory over one opponent after a two minute long battle of epic proportions is enough. Initially released for PS3, Xbox, and Wii U, Injustice proved to be everything DC Comic fans wished for in a fighting game, or anyone who is a fan of Mortal Kombat-type fighting games without the excessive blood and gore. You can choose from a large roster of heroes and villains, plus one Mortal Kombat character, and beat your opponent into a bloody pulp. Sure some of it might not make much sense (let’s be honest, the Joker could never beat Superman) and there isn’t much else to the game but, in an offline PS4 multiplayer fighting game, what more do you need?

OUR WORST

Now, though rare, not all PS4 offline multiplayer games are worth playing. Oftentimes you’ll find some that leave you and your friend feeling disappointed, especially after having wasted time, money, and that initial feeling of excitement. Like a really awkward first date. So in your search for the best PS4 co-op games to play, feel free to give these games a pass.

Knack

knack-video-game

Genre: Platform
Platform:
 PS4
Buy Knack

As far as beat-em-up games go, Knack is among the most frustrating, and not in a good way. Combat mechanics are infuriating in single player and it doesn’t any better in two player co-op mode. Players can play as the titular character, Knack, while a second player can join as Robo-Knack, who is able to help heal the main character. It’s definitely a useful skill as you’ll find you’ll face defeat a lot, be it due to annoying off-camera foes or just being forced into vulnerability to get through a passage, you’ll be forced to restart in annoyingly spaced checkpoints. Save yourself the trouble and get yourself a stress-toy instead.

Star Wars Battlefront

starwars-battlefront

Genre: First Person Shooter
Platform:
 PS4, PC, Xbox One
Buy Star Wars Battlefront

A lot of hype was built prior to its release. For more than a decade, fans of the Battlefront II eagerly awaited the release of a new, improved iteration of their beloved game. This time around, it would allow for PS4 couch co-op which was fantastic news. Players could step into the white, tyrannical boots of the Empire’s storm troopers and battle as an army against their friend, donning the humble forest-chic threads of Rebellion soldiers. The fantasy was so much better than the end result which equated to a relatively empty game with admittedly stunning graphics. Despite this, opinions are divided, and for good reason. There’s hope for it yet as DLC is still scheduled for release. For now, however, you’re better off with something a little more complete.

MotoGP 15

motogp motorbike on the track

Genre: Racing
Platform:
 PS4, PC, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360
Buy MotoGP

Maybe you get your rush from smoothly veering around tight corners and overtaking the person ahead of you by knowing just how to ride and manage a vehicle. MotoGP 15, while not vastly different from MotoGP 14, is a great game for competitive players. While it only allows for 2 players to compete offline, the AI provides enough of a challenge but, not enough to justify an entirely new MotoGP. You’re better off where you’re at with MotoGP 14 and playing this with 2 players.

While those might have been the worst, they’re still very much worth playing for those with a craving resilient enough for multiplayer action. So there you have it, our top PS4 Offline Multiplayer Games along with the worst carefully selected from the few out there. Hopefully, this trend of shoving online multiplayer games in our faces will come to an end so we can get back into couch co-op but, still have these gems, praying to the console gods for a truly immersive, action-packed, thought-provoking experience we can share with others but, until Umbrella Corps is released this Summer, we have to take what we can get in terms of PlayStation 4 games that can be played offline.

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