These days, it is harder than ever to find games that put cooperation as a priority. We had a lot more games that included couch co-op on PS2 or PS3. My beloved series like Army of Two is no longer developed on PS4 or PS5 systems. In this article, I will take a look at the best games that you can play on PS5 today, either as a full release or via Backward Compatibility from PS4 systems. Hopefully, you will find something for yourself. Here are some of the Best Co-Op Games on PS5.

Importance of Local Co-Op Games Overall

Local Co-Op adventures are a completely different experience from normal gaming.

You get the factor of a living human being sitting right next to you, and apart from just hearing your voices like in online multiplayer or co-op, you are also able to see each other's faces, gestures, and overall expressions. Local Co-Op is also known as Couch Co-Op and comes from times where not everybody had a console, and sometimes friends would come to one another to play video games together on a couch.

For many people, it is still the best way to experience a story, and/or gameplay. During lockdown times, many people wanted to get into new hobbies and video games are a great one to pick. Living with your roommate or partner can introduce you to the co-op genre, and it is only fair to see what options do you have for a new generation. So, let's take a look at the best co-op games on PS5 that are available for purchase right now.

Best Co-Op Games on PS5

It Takes Two [PS5]

Best Co-Op Games on PS5

First of all, the newest game on the list. It Takes Two is a wonderful adventure from Hazelight. They also created A Way Out and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. The developers have experience in creating cooperation-driven games, and they prove their quality once again. This is a phenomenal game, and the list is in no particular order, but I had to put It Takes Two first.

The game’s story and gameplay make it unforgettable if you played with someone. The game once again explores a variety of new and original mechanics that break up the gameplay. The game also plays with perspectives and the storytelling throughout is both subtle and evident. There are a lot of little nods to the player.

The game is longer than A Way Out and can take easily more than 10 hours to complete. The graphical presentation is amazing with both the background environment and characters you meet or play as.

It Takes Two tells the story of a girl’s parents that want to split. Players control Rose’s parents that wanted to get a divorce for some time now. The girl is very sad and creates two dolls - one from clay and the second one from wood. Their purpose is to represent her parents. For unknown reasons, her father and mother's consciousnesses are transferred into the bodies of the dolls. Every player plays as one parent. Their goal is to come back to their bodies, but during the journey, they need to work together to overcome the obstacles. Not only one of the best co-op games on PS5 but also of all time.

Borderlands Franchise [PS5 and Backward Compatibility]

I have included the whole franchise on the list that contains: Borderlands 1: GOTY, Borderlands: Handsome Collection that are available on PS5 via Backward Compatibility, and Borderlands 3 that got a full release on a new console on November 12, 2021.

Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: Pre-Sequel is included in Borderlands: Handsome Collection. The game is a very addictive looter shooter that can make your farm for loot for hundreds of hours. However, it is also a series worth experiencing for the story itself. If you just want to play the games and enjoy some shooting without giving too much time to it, it is still a lot of fun, especially that you have 4 games to beat.

There are countless weapons to get, from common, through rare and epic, to legendary.

The characters you meet along the way are likable and you are likely to create a bond with them while playing the games. In addition, you can also play Tales from the Borderlands, which recently got re-released. It does not have a co-op but is a great addition for Borderlands fans. There is also a movie on the way, that is set in the same universe.

Diablo 3: Eternal Collection [Backward Compatibility]

Diablo 3: Eternal Collection is available on PS5 via Backward Compatibility.

The game is not fully released on the PS5 system, but is definitely worth looking into. It is an awesome hack-and-slash with new seasons adding to replayability every three months. It is the third installment in a series that nobody needs an introduction to. The game had its issues on the release, but was constantly fixed and improved upon to what right now is a very fun game, with many various builds and pieces of gear to use and farm for.

Overcooked: All You Can Eat [PS5]


A more casual title on the list, that is all about gameplay.

You and your friends are responsible for preparing meals at a certain time. That is about it. However, the gameplay is very addictive, and the sheer amount of fun you get out of this game is enormous.

Overcooked: All You Can Eat contains both games in a series: Overcooked 1 and Overcooked 2 with its DLCs. It is available fully on PS5 and supports cooperation with up to 4 players.

It’s all about timing and coordination. One player has to take care of the bread, for example, while the second one cuts tomatoes, and the third one gives out orders.

The environment is also different depending on the map. Every single map plays differently, due to moving pieces, or just the setup of the objects on it. You earn a star rating that can be improved upon, so you can master levels and replay them over and over again. It is one of the best co-op games on PS5 that got a full release.

Divinity: Original Sin Series [Backward Compatibility]

A huge game series, with a lot of hours to sink into. I included the whole series because there are 2 installments: Divinity: Original Sin and Divinity: Original Sin 2. They are both genius games, inspired by classical Role-Playing Games. The story and world created by the developers Larian Studios are stunning and very interesting. You get to choose your class, race, and it will all impact the story.

The biggest takeaway from the game is how much impact you have on the game. You can finish the quest in various ways, either peacefully, aggressively, or creatively. There is a number of ways to finish any main and side quest that reward you for your ideas, and if you think that logically something should work, it probably will. One of the best series I have ever played and Local Co-Op just adds to it.

A Way Out [Backward Compatibility]

This is a previous game from Hazelight studio, the people behind It Takes Two. It tells a story of two friends that met each other in prison, and a common enemy made them cooperate to escape, and get revenge.

The game introduces a lot of original ideas that impact gameplay and immersion. A Way Out is created specifically for cooperation, and you always need a friend to complete the game, either online or locally.

There are many camera cuts, and screen shifts that highlight the perspective of one of the characters: Vincent and Leo. The story is very immersive, and the game has great pacing throughout the story - from action-packed scenes to more sneaky or chill moments that build the connection between the characters in-game and players in real life.

Trine Franchise [Backward Compatibility]

It is a beautiful series, with 4 games in it that tell the story of various characters. There is Pontius, who is great with fighting enemies using his shield, Zoya is an archer that can control enemies from afar and swing using her grappling hook, and Amadeus is a wizard that can make objects levitate.

Cooperation between players and characters is required to defeat the enemies and solve puzzles. The game is a platformer with an environment that resembles a stunning tale, with vibrant colors and a fantastic background.

Best Co-Op Games on PS5 – More Than You Think

Even though there are not as many titles as there were before on previous systems, there are still a lot of games worth checking out.

Hopefully, you saw some titles that made you want to play some cooperation games either with a friend, partner, or whoever you want. It is an experience that can not be described. If you haven’t played that way, go and do it now; you have a lot of games to choose from. These were the best Co-Op Games on PS5.

All the games are out now on PS5 and other platforms.

For more lists, check out my 5 Best DLCs.

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