Playing games by yourself is great, but sometimes adding a social element to the mix can bring a dose of fun 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 games can be a blast. The only problem? It’s not always easy to find games that support multiple players in any meaningful way.
Below, we look at some of the very best PlayStation 3 games that let up to four players participate simultaneously. The one thing they have in common is that playing with friends adds a lot to the experience. So call up a group of friends and dive into these fantastic games.
Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One
For most of its history, the Ratchet and Clank series has been primarily a solo affair. The games are about a furry Lombax and his robotic sidekick traveling the universe and using cartoonish weapons to bring evil empires to their knees.
With All 4 One, up to four players can work together to do the exact same thing. While you’ll spend much of the game blasting through swarms of deadly aliens with your buddies, it’s the interactive puzzles that add a dash of new ideas to the action. That’s because all four players have to work together and do their part to solve them. The result is a top-notch multiplayer game that’s tons of fun for any group of players you can rally together.
Guitar Hero 5
So many music games came out in the 2000s that Guitar Hero 5 couldn’t help but feel a little stale when it launched in 2009. But that was then, and this is now. Since we’ve had half a decade to clean our palates, what was old feels brand new again. In short, it’s great to rock out with your friends. Just put a microphone or plastic instrument in front of people and let the fun begin.
This installment is particularly well suited for groups of varying experience, thanks to its “Party Play” mode. Party Play simply starts a stream of songs and lets anyone join in on any instrument they want to play. No one can fail, and the songs keep going whether four people are playing or zero. Music games have always been great for multiplayer, but thanks to the new mode, Guitar Hero 5 is ultimate party game.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
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 treasure chests are scattered around everywhere, and they’re 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.
Diablo III: 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 if you can. 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?
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
If you and your friends would rather do your dungeon crawling through a superhero universe, then you’ll want to pick up Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. This game has you and your friends control the likes of Wolverine, Spider-Man, Deadpool, Captain America, and others as you use your unique powers to plow through an army of robots and super villains.
And although the game came out before The Avengers took over the cinematic landscape, it tells the story of Marvel’s Civil War, a narrative the films are currently gearing up to tell. Which means now is a great time to play this superpowered four-player game.
No one wants to keep things serious all the time. And if you’re looking to add some comic frivolity to your life, Rayman Legends has you covered. 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 charming — whether it’s a tickle monster, a giant luchador, 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 to be found in any game out there. Multiplayer fans shouldn’t sleep on this one.