Published on January 21, 2023
Updated on January 28, 2023

22 Best PlayStation 4 Split-Screen Games

Nothing matches the feeling of your buddy or a family member coming over to your house to game together. While many may prefer online multiplayer over split-screen gaming, games such as It Takes Two and A Way Out have proven that — despite split-screen gaming functionality being a rare commodity in the industry, it can be entertaining.

What’s better than watching your friend being stuck with a bunch of zombies on Resident Evil 5 as you hurry to rescue them? Or, teaming up together to escape prison in The Escapists 2? How about taking a bunch of goons together in Streets of Rage 4? Split-Screen games offer a peculiar experience. Unlike online multiplayer, having someone beside you doing the same thing adds to the fun.

Across a vast array of genres to choose from, the PlayStation 4 offers a slew of games for you and your buddy to go through. And while it’s impossible to list every good split-screen game on the PS4, we’ve managed to gather what we deem the best PS4 split-screen games. We’ve included games from multiple genres, varying from survival horror, sports, platformers and more. There should be something here to satisfy all tastes, and if not, you can let us know what are your favourite ps4 split-screen games.

Streets of Rage 4


2020
About
Release Date
April 30, 2020
Developer
Guard Crush Games
Publisher
DotEmu
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Graphics
2D
Perspective
Side Scroller
Interaction
Real-Time
Concept
Martial Arts
Players
Online Co-Op, Online PvP, Single Player, Split-Screen Co-Op, Split-Screen PvP
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Canada
PS4 Releases
2020-07-30
2020-07-31

In Streets of Rage 4, your job is to take on a bunch of goons, but not alone. During its inception, the beat’em up genre saw the release of some of the best games in the genre. From Final Fight, and Captain Commando to Streets of Rage, 2D side-scrolling beat ”’em-ups were an essential part of the arcades and consoles.

Streets of Rage 4 is the fourth instalment in the franchise and a strong revival for a series that was dormant for 26 years. Brought with modern colours, strong soundtrack scores, and a retained formula that made the series a blast to go through, Streets of Rage 4 is a compelling co-op experience for anyone seeking something enjoyable.

Rayman Legends


2013
About
Release Date
August 29, 2013
Developer
Ubisoft
Publisher
Ubisoft
Franchise
Rayman
Genre
2D Platformer
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
France
PS4 Releases
2014-02-18
2014-02-20
2014-02-21

Rayman: Legends is an incredibly well-made 2D platformer that deserves all the praise it gets. Its single-player experience was peerless compared to its peers in the genre, but what if you were told that Rayman: Legends is a much better experience with a friend?

Acting as a direct sequel to Rayman: Origins, Rayman: Legends is one of the best things to happen to 2D platforming. With a lavish world full of 120 wonderfully made levels to jump through, incredible cartoon-like graphics, and a memorable co-op experience, Rayman: Legends is a game you mustn’t ignore.

DRAGON BALL FighterZ


2018
About
Release Date
January 26, 2018
Developer
Arc System Works
Publisher
Bandai Namco
Franchise
Dragon Ball
Genre
2D Fighting
Concept
Anime
Players
1v1, Online PvP, Single Player, Split-Screen PvP
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
PS4 Releases
2018-01-26
2018-02-01

Dragon Ball Fighterz is every fan’s dream come true, pitting you against each other as one of you gets to choose their favourite character from the manga. Thanks to its anime-like visuals, fast-paced gameplay, and the attempt by Arc System to emulate the manga in every possible way, makes Dragon Ball Fighterz a worthy recommendation on this list.

Almost every anime fighting game nowadays is fun to play with friends, but Dragon Ball FighterZ takes the cake for being a superior game. Not only because it’s based on a popular franchise, but also because it’s closer to the anime. Its combat system is chaotic and over-the-top, pitting you against friends as you clash blows together, and if you perform a combo, you can send them flying to the other side of the screen. Whether you’re a fan of Dragon Ball or not, just being a fan of fighting games is more than enough to fall in love with the game.

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 / Resident Evil 5


2015 / 2009
About
Release Date
February 24, 2015
Developer
Capcom
Publisher
Capcom
Franchise
Resident Evil
Genre
Survival Horror
Concept
Zombie
Players
Online Co-Op, Single Player, Split-Screen Co-Op
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
PS4 Releases
2015-02-24
2015-03-17
2015-03-19
2015-03-20
About
Release Date
March 05, 2009
Developer
Capcom
Publisher
Capcom
Franchise
Resident Evil
Genre
Survival Horror
Concept
Zombie
Players
Co-Op, Couch Co-Op, Online Co-Op, Single Player, Split-Screen Co-Op
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
PS4 Releases
2016-06-27
2016-07-12
2016-12-01
2016-12-02

Resident Evil’s terrifying zombies may be intimidating, but what if you can call a friend and blast these creatures together? While the game began to veer from its survival horror roots, it doesn’t make these two games bad at all.

The best aspect of both games is the ability to go split-screen with a friend or someone else. Having someone watching your back as you both try to survive the waves of enemies the game keeps throwing at you adds a sense of thrill to the experience. And if both of these aren’t enough to quench your thirst, you can always give Resident Evil 6 a shot.

A Way Out


2018
About
Release Date
March 23, 2018
Developer
Hazelight
Publisher
Hazelight
Genre
Action Adventure
Graphics
3D
Perspective
Third-Person
Concept
Crime
Players
Online Co-Op, Split-Screen Co-Op
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Sweden
PS4 Releases
2018-03-23

A Way Out is one of the smartest ideas to ever come out from Hazelight. The developers took split-screen co-op gaming seriously in order to deliver what will many deem a unique experience. With a huge emphasis on co-op, players take control of Leo and Vincent, two convicts who attempt to break out of prison. Together they cooperate to survive stressful situations and progress further.

Leo and Vincent must work together throughout the course of the game, either by distracting enemies, escaping situations or solving puzzles. The blend of action, stealth and puzzle-based gameplay makes A Way Out an original attempt by Hazelight to break into a fertile domain.

It Takes Two


2021
About
Release Date
March 25, 2021
Developer
Hazelight
Publisher
Electronic Arts
Genre
Action Adventure
Concept
Fantasy
Players
Online Co-Op, Split-Screen Co-Op
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Sweden
PS4 Releases
2021-03-26

It Takes Two is the second game by Hazelight to attempt split-screen gaming, and to everybody’s surprise, the game was a step above its sibling, A Way Out. Being a co-op-only game didn’t make It Takes Two any less recommended. Players have to rely on each other’s expertise in order to tackle all difficulties.

The game’s plot sees you venturing with two married couples Cody and May on the brink of divorce. The two of them are later trapped inside the bodies of two dolls owned by their daughter, Rose. Consequently, they’re forced to cooperate in order to break free from this curse, an adventure that would reunite their relationship, and create a stronger bond once again. It Takes Two’s original plot is both charming and sad, however, the developers have succeeded in delivering an adventurous tale you won’t find anywhere.

Minecraft


2011
About
Release Date
August 15, 2011
Developer
Mojang Studios
Publisher
Mojang Studios
Genre
Survival
Players
Co-Op, Multiplayer, Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Sweden
PS4 Releases
2014-10-03
2014-10-07
2014-11-06
2015-12-03

Minecraft is a survival game that everybody has heard about at this point. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Minecraft still holds the title of one of the best-selling games of all time. Not much could be said about Minecraft other than the fact that PS4’s split-screen supports up to four players. Players work together to survive by building houses, searching for resources, and surviving encounters with creatures such as giant black spiders.

LEGO Star Wars™ The Skywalker Saga


2022
About
Release Date
April 05, 2022
Developer
Traveller's Tales
Publisher
Warner Bros Games
Genre
Action Adventure
Graphics
3D
Perspective
Third-Person
Interaction
Real-Time
Concept
Sci-Fi
Players
Single Player, Split-Screen Co-Op
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
United States
PS4 Releases
2022-04-05

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is one of the finest ways to enjoy the best Star Wars has to offer. And what’s a better alternative other than a charming Lego game with an array of fantastic characters to choose from?

The game is a blast to go through alone, but it’s even better with a friend or a loved one via split-screen Co-op. Together you take the slew of enemies that litter the screen while enjoying over nine movies worth of storytelling. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will keep you company for a very long time, and that’s a good thing.

Helldivers


2015
About
Release Date
March 03, 2015
Developer
Arrowhead Game Studios
Publisher
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Genre
Top-Down Shooter
Graphics
2D
Perspective
Top-Down
Interaction
Real-Time
Concept
Sci-Fi
Players
Online Co-Op, Single Player, Split-Screen PvP
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Sweden
PS4 Releases
2015-03-03
2015-08-18
2015-08-26
2015-08-28
2015-10-01

Helldivers is an over-the-top twin-stick shooter developed by Arrowhead Game Studios and published by Sony Computer Entertainment back in 2015. The game is more than a top-down shooter as it incorporates co-op gameplay to deliver an intense action-packed experience like no other.

Boasting over 100 hours of gameplay, Helldivers doesn’t get stale. The game prides itself on its intense co-op gameplay that can adopt up to 4 co-op players on one screen. In addition to this, the game feels solid thanks to its tight controls, incredible visual effects, and streamlined experience that captivates the players in the first few hours of the game.

Darksiders Genesis


2019
About
Release Date
December 05, 2019
Developer
Airship Syndicate
Publisher
THQ Nordic
Franchise
Darksiders
Genre
Action RPG
Concept
Fantasy
Players
Online Co-Op, Single Player, Split-Screen Co-Op
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
United States
PS4 Releases
2020-02-14

Darksiders: Genesis is the latest instalment in the critically acclaimed Darksiders franchise.  Although it veered away from the traditional hacking and slash gameplay previous instalments were renowned for, THQ’s decision wasn’t a bad idea at all. Darksiders: Genesis manages to pride itself as one of the best top-down co-op experiences to date with lots of action happening on-screen.

Acting as a spin-off to the franchise, Genesis is the first game to introduce Strife as a playable character. Working side by side with his brother, War, the horsemen of the apocalypse are ready to blast and tear anything that moves. Thanks to the co-op implementation, players can have fun together, riding horses as they shoot down legions of demons, and taking on fierce bosses that will put their skills to the test.

Wipeout Omega Collection


2017
About
Release Date
June 06, 2017
Developer
PlayStation Studios
Publisher
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Franchise
Wipeout
Genre
Arcade Racing
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
United Kingdom
PS4 Releases
2017-06-06
2017-06-07

Wipeout Omega Collection is a compilation of three sci-fi racing experiences: Wipeout 2048, Wipeout HD Fury, and Wipeout HD, all running wonderfully on the PS4. Each instalment feels quite different, with each game introducing a new fresh idea to the experience.

For instance, Wipeout HD is a robust anti-gravity racing game thanks to its tight fast-paced gameplay. On the other hand, Wipeout Fury’s charm lies within its emphasis on offering a stimulating combat experience. And lastly, Wipeout 2048 is a different bread compared to its predecessors, but not too far from the series’s roots. With a slew of tracks, game mods to choose from and solid controls, the Wipeout Omega Collection is the definitive way for newcomers to get into the series.

Cuphead


2017
About
Release Date
September 29, 2017
Developer
Studio MDHR
Publisher
Studio MDHR
Genre
Shoot 'Em Up
Graphics
2D
Perspective
Side Scroller
Interaction
Real-Time
Concept
Fantasy
Players
Single Player, Split-Screen Co-Op
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Canada
PS4 Releases
2020-07-28
2022-12-06

Cuphead is a fiendishly difficult game that is best played with a friend. You can either finish off the boss together or watch yourself fail only to start all over again. Moments like these are priceless in the sense that both the players experience this feeling of accomplishment as they finally manage to complete a boss fight that probably took a few attempts.

Cuphead’s dynamic gameplay nudges players to get better to progress further. The blend of run & gun shooting and platforming offers a potent experience, emphasising quick reflexes that funnel into the well-made visuals that ooze with style.

Gang Beasts


2017
About
Release Date
December 12, 2017
Developer
Boneloaf
Publisher
Boneloaf
Genre
Party
Players
Online PvP, Split-Screen PvP
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
United Kingdom
PS4 Releases
2017-12-12
2019-12-06

Gang Beasts may look like yet another generic indie junk at first glance, but this simplistic party game is fun and addictive. With gameplay reminiscent of Fall Guys, Gang Beasts sees you controlling adorable colourful characters battling each other. Each stage is filled with challenges for players to tackle, and they’ll need to do anything at their disposal to knock the opposing opponent out of the field in the funniest ways possible.

Overcooked!: All You Can Eat


2020
About
Release Date
November 10, 2020
Developer
Ghost Town Games
Publisher
Team17
Genre
Party
Players
Co-Op, Multiplayer, Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
United Kingdom
PS4 Releases
2021-03-23
2021-04-22

Overcooked All You Can Eat is a wacky cooking party simulator game with lots of fun, and a tactical bent to it. Overcooked’s gameplay revolves around preparing oodles of meals within a time limit. However, it won’t be an easy task as the game will throw challenges at the players, forcing them to cooperate in order to finish the meal in time. As deceiving as it may look, Overcooked is a blast to play with friends. It helps to note that even if you’re not a gamer, you can enjoy Overcooked either with a friend, family member or even your wife on the couch.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled


2019 Remake
About
Release Date
June 21, 2019
Initial Release: September 30, 1999
Developer
Beenox
Publisher
Activision
Franchise
Crash Bandicoot
Genre
Arcade Racing
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
United States
PS4 Releases
2019-06-21

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a remake of the critically acclaimed Crash Team Racing, which was essentially released on the original PlayStation. Remade to a full-blown kart racing game, Nitro-Fueled is a nod back to the iconic mascot’s heyday.

With up to 56 characters to choose from, players compete with each other on a racing field. And throughout the race, players get to pick up different buffs that either boost their speed or grant them a weapon to use against opposing opponents.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes


2019 トラヴィス ストライクス アゲイン: ノーモア★ヒーローズ (Toravu~isu Sutoraikusu Agein: Nōmoa hīrōzu)
About
Release Date
January 18, 2019
Developer
Grasshopper Manufacture
Publisher
Grasshopper Manufacture
Franchise
No More Heroes
Genre
Hack & Slash
Graphics
3D
Perspective
Top-Down
Interaction
Real-Time
Concept
Sci-Fi
Players
Single Player, Split-Screen Co-Op
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
PS4 Releases
2019-10-17

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes may not be as memorable as its predecessors, but it’s darn fun via split-screen Co-Op. In case nobody has told you yet, you get to play as both Travis Touchdown from the No More Heroes franchise, and Badman from the renowned Hotline Miami series. Both are sucked into the world of a demonic console known as the Death Drive where they vanquish an array of digital bugs that are standing in their way.

Aside from the game’s split-screen Co-op gameplay, Travis Strikes Again shines with its humble selection of excellent soundtracks to keep you entertained throughout the rest of the game. If you’re looking for a game to play with a friend, Travis Strikes Again is a recommended choice.

Broforce


2015
About
Release Date
October 15, 2015
Developer
Free Lives
Publisher
Devolver Digital
Genre
Shoot 'Em Up
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
United States
PS4 Releases
2015-10-15

Broforce takes the old-gold run & run genre with all its insane on-screen action and attempts to make it even crazier. And the results? Priceless. A game made by the bros for the bros, and one that is best played with bros.

Players take control of a bunch of renowned action figures such as Rambo, the Terminator, and Kill Bill to take out a bunch of ruthless terrorists. Every level in the game is nothing short but a blast, with explosions all over the place, and destructive firepower that blows your enemies to pieces. But the best feeling? leaving the level via a helicopter as you watch everything explode to nothingness.

Jamestown+


2015 Remaster
About
Release Date
March 17, 2015
Initial Release: June 08, 2011
Developer
Final Form Games
Publisher
Final Form Games
Genre
Shoot 'Em Up
Concept
Sci-Fi
Players
Single Player, Split-Screen Co-Op, Split-Screen PvP
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
United States
PS4 Releases
2015-03-17

Jamestown Plus is a vertical shoot’em up released for the PlayStation 4 and acts as a remaster of the originally released game on Steam. Set in the 17th-century British colonial Mars, players control various ships as they shoot their way through an array of enemy ships.

With a gameplay style reminiscent of old-school shmups like Battle Garegga, Capcom’s 1942, Batsugun and other classics, Jamestown+ was made to be played with friends (up to 4 players). The game is fairly not-so-difficult to get into, but if you or your buddies love some challenge, the game offers a wide array of difficulty levels for newcomers and hardcore players alike to enjoy.

Brawlhalla


2017
About
Release Date
October 17, 2017
Developer
Blue Mammoth Games
Publisher
Ubisoft
Genre
2D Fighting
Players
1v1, Co-Op, Multiplayer
Monetization
Free to Play
Country of Origin
United States
PS4 Releases
2017-10-17
2019-09-05

Brawlhalla is a great free-to-play alternative to Smash Bros Ultimate in case your friend doesn’t own the game. With no pay-to-win features and oodles of characters to pick up from, Brawlhalla is a fun 2D brawler you should try.

Brawlhalla boasts solid gameplay mechanics, cartoony graphics and adorable fighters to choose from, but the game shines with its split-screen co-op gameplay during online matches. You can either fight against your friends or team up together to defeat any opponent you may stumble against online.

Castle Crashers: Remastered


2015 Remaster
About
Release Date
September 09, 2015
Initial Release: August 27, 2008
Developer
The Behemoth
Publisher
The Behemoth
Genre
Beat 'Em Up
Players
Crossplay, Online Co-Op, Online PvP, Single Player, Split-Screen Co-Op
Country of Origin
United States
PS4 Releases
2015-09-17

Castle Crashers is a traditional 2D beat’em up, in the sense that it sticks to the roots that made classic brawlers fun to button-mash your controller for. However, the game is much better with, you know who, friends!

Brought to you by the same developer behind the popular Alien Hominid game, Castle Crashers sees you controlling one of the several colourful characters as you guide them through intense battles. You can either hack, slash, and smash your way to victory alone or with friends. Boasting a multitude of game modes, a fluid combo system and captivating visuals, make Castle Crashers Remastered a recommended game on the list.

Hyper Jam


2019
About
Release Date
February 12, 2019
Developer
Bit Dragon
Publisher
Bit Dragon
Genre
Top-Down Shooter
Concept
Sci-Fi
Players
Crossplay, Online PvP, Split-Screen PvP
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Australia
PS4 Releases
2019-02-12

Hyper Jam is yet another top-down shooter only a few talk about, and that’s a shame because the game has a lot to offer to the player. Developed by Bit Dragon, Hyper Jam is the developer’s foray into the gaming industry. And for such a start, Bit Dragon shows greater potential. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for the future.

With a gameplay style that pays homage to classic twin-stick shooters like Smash TV, Hyper Jam doesn’t disappoint. In this battle arena brawler game that oozes with style, you are pitted against other players, each equipped with lethal weapons. The cyberpunk-Esque visuals add a sheen to the game, making it look gorgeous to look at. Plus, the arcade vibe, fast-paced gameplay, and intense battles can make the experience get pretty hectic.

Rocket League


2015
About
Release Date
July 07, 2015
Developer
Psyonix
Publisher
Psyonix
Genre
Soccer
Concept
Sci-Fi
Players
Crossplay, Online Co-Op, Online PvP, Single Player, Split-Screen Co-Op, Split-Screen PvP
Monetization
Free to Play
Country of Origin
United States
PS4 Releases
2015-07-07

Rocket League is basically just soccer but instead of using feet to kick the ball, players use wheels to do so in stylish ways. Not too much can be said about Rocket League other than the fact that it was an indie hit during its initial release.

The game’s premise is simple: players are thrown to a futuristic soccer field, and the aim is to guide a massive ball to the opposing player’s goal. Controls take some time to get used to, but once you get the hang of it, the game is an enjoyable experience. Two players can either team up or confront each other in competitive mode.

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