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10 Best Local Co-Op Games on PlayStation 5 (2024)

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Gaming is always more fun and engaging when playing alongside your friends. And for an even more competitive feel, having an offline couch multiplayer is an epic choice. Local co-op games offer great bonding experience to both players and the cheering squad. 

Understandably, local co-op games are fewer today and increasingly rare. However, even as a classical experience, PlayStation 5 has some epic titles that are still offering this feature. In the list of local co-op games to select from, here are the top ten that make for memorable gaming experiences with friends.

10. Chicory: A Colorful Tale

Chicory: A Colorful Tale - Official Trailer | PS5, PS4

Chicory: A Colorful Tale is a simple game that offers a relaxed gaming experience. It is set in a coloring book world featuring diverse environments, animals, characters, and other diverse elements, just like the real world.

Unfortunately, the coloring book world loses its color and life when the main artist, Chicory, goes missing. It is now up to the players to wield Chicory’s powerful brush and paint life back into everything. Besides painting, the gameplay also involves solving puzzles and unlocking new painting abilities and environments.

9. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga - Launch Trailer

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is arguably the best of all Lego games. It is also the largest of all Lego games, featuring a vast world with tons of details. For example, it offers more than 380 playable characters, each featuring unique traits. It also incorporates stories from all the main Star Wars movies.

The skill and accuracy behind the game’s in-depth mechanics are also impressive, making the gaming experience flawless. While Lego games may be an acquired taste for many players, this game’s unique design makes it fun to play with friends.

8. Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Sackboy: A Big Adventure - Story Trailer | PS5

The lovable and iconic PS character Sackboy is back in full 3D in Sackboy: A Big Adventure. Sackboy can now use his robust movements in any direction as he explores the stunning and colorful Craftworld in 4K clarity. However, Craftworld is under threat by Vex, who plans to turn it into a barren land. It is now up to you and your friends to guide Sackboy and other characters through the world to find Vex and stop him. Interestingly, some stages in this game are only playable in multiplayer mode.

7. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands | Official Story Trailer

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is a spin-off of Gearbox’s popular Borderlands series, building upon the ideas of Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep. It is a first-person shooter game with a local co-op mode that supports two to four players on one split screen.

In the game, it is Tiny Tina’s mission to find and stop the Dragon Lord, a tyrant with diabolical plans for the world. She faces many dangers on her noble quest, including bizarre monsters. However, she can also collect lots of loot along the way.

6. WRC Generations

WRC Generations - Announcement Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games

World Rally Championship: Generations is a fun game for racing enthusiasts. It is incredibly detailed, based on real-life rally racing championships. The vehicles’ performance is also accurate, making it feel like a simulation. Moreover, the surrounding environments are detailed and feature crystal-clear graphics, and the various tracks are both challenging and thrilling. The gameplay is simple: drive as fast as you can to finish first. Its multiplayer mode supports two players and splits the screen vertically.

5. Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 | Official Reveal Trailer | PS4

Borderlands 3 doesn’t differ much from the previous versions in the series. However, it features a wider variety of weapons and quests, better graphics with a 120 FPS display, and overall better gameplay. It also maintains the series’ iconic love-or-hate humor. The goal also remains the same: shoot your way through enemies and collect as much loot as you can. The game supports up to four players in local co-op mode, splitting the screen vertically or horizontally.

4. It Takes Two

It Takes Two – Official “We’re Better Together” Trailer

It Takes Two is specifically designed for co-op playing. As its title suggests, the game requires two players to kick-start. The game is based on a heartbreaking story about a small girl dealing with her parents’ divorce by playing with her rug dolls.

The girl’s tears magically infuse her parents’ souls into the two dolls, which then become the main characters for you and a friend to play. The objective is to make the dolls mend their broken relationship by exploring magical realms, completing platforming challenges, solving environmental puzzles, and more.

3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Gameplay Reveal Trailer | Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 maintains its signature high-octane shooting action. It offers a variety of powerful weapons and delivers a seamless gunfight experience. It also features multiple enemies, including zombies, on which you can use your weapons. The missions in the campaign mode are intense, and you can undertake other challenges in other modes. However, it is worth noting that not all modes support split-screen, including the main campaign and zombies modes.

2. Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur's Gate 3 - Reveal Trailer | PS5 Games

Baldur’s Gate 3 is based on Dungeons & Dragons and currently ranks among the best RPG games. It features explosive combat and also delivers in every other aspect, including storytelling, customization, and cooperation. To this end, two players can share one PS5 console and screen in local co-op mode. It also features an online multiplayer mode that supports up to four players. This version also features more dialogue options, characters, and environments than the previous modes.

1. The Quarry

The Quarry - Official Launch Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games

The Quarry makes for a fun and exciting playing experience, despite being a horror game. The story takes some time to understand because of the narrative-heavy approach, but the gameplay is easy to master. The local co-op mode is unique, as everyone gets their turn to play their character for a few minutes before passing the controller to the next player. The goal is to survive your turn before the next player takes the controller, and watching your friends survive narrow misses or fail can be funny and exhilarating.

So, what’s your take on these picks for the ten best local co-op games on PlayStation 5? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below. 

Cynthia Wambui is a gamer who has a knack for writing video gaming content. Blending words to express one of my biggest interests keeps me in the loop on trendy gaming topics. Aside from gaming and writing, Cynthia is a tech nerd and coding enthusiast.