9 of the Best 4-Player Video Games on PlayStation 4
There’s nothing wrong with playing games solo, but sometimes a social element can add a lot to the experience. Whether you and your friends are working together to take down vicious enemies or battling it out to see who reigns supreme, multiplayer gaming can be a blast. The only problem? It’s not always easy to find games that support multiplayer in any meaningful way.
Below, we take a look at some of the very best games that let four players team up to work together for a common goal. The one thing they have in common is that playing with friends adds a lot to the experience. So grab some friends, hand out some controllers, and get your game on.
1. Rocket League
Rocket League is basically soccer, but played by cars instead of humans. Once you accept the ridiculousness of the premise and move on, you’ll find that the game is delightfully fast-paced and enjoyable. Thanks to the arena-style playing field, you don’t have to worry about keeping the ball in-bounds, nor are there fouls or anything else that would slow down the action.
Up to four players can speed into the action at a time, revving their engines and skillfully passing the ball toward the opponent’s goal. You can play with friends online or on the couch, thanks to the split-screen mode. Really, Rocket League offers some of the most high-octane fun you can have on a PS4 with other people.
Evolve is a four-player co-op shooter that pits your team of specialized soldiers against an enormous beast. The twist is that a fifth player controls the beast.
Designed by the team behind the Left 4 Dead series — so they know their way around a cooperative shooter — Evolve delivers some of the most nail-biting action you’re likely to find anywhere, provided everyone knows what they’re doing. It’s a game with a high learning curve, but when everyone plays to the strengths of their roles, it’s a ton of fun.
3. Mercenary Kings
In this run-and-jump shooter, you and your mercenary buddies team up to take down a vile organization called CLAW. It plays a lot like the NES classics Contra or Mega Man, but with lots of modern gameplay ideas layered on top. For instance, you collect materials as you play that you can use to create all kinds of crazy new weapons.
Things really kick into gear when you bring other players into the mix. You can team up to take down a screenful of enemies, and work together to tackle large bosses. The game is fun on its own, but as with most things, it’s better to play with a friend (or two, or three).
4. Dragon Age: Inquisition
In addition to packing around over 100 hours of fantasy action role-playing, the makers of Dragon Age: Inquisition have also loaded it up with a fully fleshed out co-op mode. Up to four players can team up to go dungeon crawling through bite-sized environments made up of semi-randomized rooms.
Loot is the important part here, because between outings you can spend the gold you collect to open treasure chests that contain potions, equipment, item recipes, and the like. Then you can gear up for another romp in the caverns.
5. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
Are you ready to go back to Pandora? This series of first-person shooters offers some of the most satisfying gameplay around, with big, gorgeous vistas to explore and tons of nasty enemies to pump full of lead.
One of the keys to the series’ popularity is that you’ll find treasure chests scattered around everywhere, full of sweet, sweet loot. The game has hundreds of gun types, all with randomized stats, so it quickly becomes your mission to find and equip the best gear possible.
When you play with a group of friends, you’ll have to grab as much loot as you can, because it’s first come, first served. Sure, you can give your buddy the high-powered rifle you just found, but what’s he going to give you in exchange? There’s no better way to experience this game than with a party of four.
6. Rayman Legends
Rayman Legends is full of unique charm. Like the best Pixar movies, this side-scroller is overflowing with personality. From the hand-painted backdrops to the lovingly exaggerated animations, Rayman and his pals are practically guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
The goal is always to make your way from point A to point B, but what you’ll find in between is totally bizarre and delightful — whether it’s a tickle monster, a giant Mexican wrestler, or the song “Eye of the Tiger” being played on a kazoo. If that doesn’t brighten your day, nothing will.
Up to four players can leap around on the screen at once, creating some of the most off-the-wall hilarity you’ll find on the platform.
7. LittleBigPlanet 3
The LittleBigPlanet series is comprised of adorable side-scrolling platformers that star a stuffed doll named Sackboy. In the third installment, Sackboy (or Sackgirl) is joined by a handful of equally soft buddies, each of whom has unique abilities to help you through the environmental challenges.
Up to four players can join the fun, either locally or online, to take part in all kinds of chaotic platforming.
8. Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition
This insanely addictive hack-and-slash dungeon crawler lets you play with up to three friends, either online or on your couch. While it’s fun to play on your own, rampaging through dungeons with four people is definitely the way to go. There’s nothing that solidifies friendships like the mass slaughter of an entire demon army.
Better yet, when you play with others the difficult level ramps up, which makes the combat much more strategic and enjoyable. But like Borderlands, you’ll want to make sure you get to the loot drops before your friends do. A game this demonic can’t be all about friendship and altruism, right?
9. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
This multiplayer-focused title has very little to do with the Tomb Raider remake that’s getting a sequel this year. Instead, it’s a sequel to the excellent 2010 game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. The basic idea of that game was that you and a buddy get together to explore exotic locales, slaying beasts and navigating environmental puzzles and traps on your way to finding treasure.
This time around, four players can join in the fun, doing many of the same things, only in Egypt. But it’s not all flowers, hearts, and cooperation. Like the recent Mario games for Wii U, multiple players can and will work together in the game, but they can also compete to see who can collect the most goodies. Check this game out if you like helping your friends right up to the point where you throw them under the bus.