As Valentine's Day comes and goes for another year, I stop and think about all the games I play with my significant other, Christina, and I realize that there are plenty of gaming couples out there looking for titles they can enjoy together.
Sure, you can always take turns, but sometimes, you just want to grab your Player 2 and dive into an adventure together. For those moments, I present the top 25 PS4 games to play with the Player 2 in your life!
25 PS4 Games For You and Your Player 2
In no particular order, these are my top picks for the games you should play with your Player 2. Many of these are cooperative, some of them offer a little competition, but all of them can be played sitting next to that special person in your life.
Local co-op is sadly less prevalent than it has been in recent years. There are those of us out there that can afford a second PS4 and a second copy to play online with their loved ones, but many of us just have the one PS4 and two controllers to call our own.
Those who game together, stay together. Let's dive in!
1. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
Borderlands 2, The Pre-Sequel, and all DLC. You can't ask for a better collection of content. This whacky RPG/FPS hybrid is something everyone should experience at some point.
2. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
The king of dungeon crawlers, and a great action RPG on PS4 in its own right. You'll spend tons of time with this excellent game in co-op. If you have a few extra controllers, you can even play with up to four people in the same room!
3. Overcooked 2
This is, hands down, the best cooking game money can buy. It's an intense experience for up to four people in the same room. Rush around creative and unique levels to prepare a variety of dishes by chopping, frying. boiling, and combining ingredients.
Oh, and don't forget to wash the dishes. You think it's bad when you don't do it in real life? Try having a lack of clean plates when your partner has just finished prepping a meal in the game. Yikes!
4. A Way Out
A Way Out is an amazing game when you think about how scarce local co-op has become. This title about two prisoners who team up to escape prison and exact revenge was developed from the ground up for two players.
That's right, you can't play this by yourself, it's impossible. Local co-op is in, and the adventure is well worth the $30 price tag, clocking it at around 8 hours with an awesome story and plenty of unique set-pieces.
Playing online is also possible, and the second player doesn't even need a copy of the game! They can download the demo and play through the game with you so long as you have a full copy! Seriously, games like this should happen more often, so support this idea with your wallet.
5. The Lego Series
The Lego series has been on the rise ever since they released Lego Star Wars years ago. Now, just about any Lego game will guarantee you a good time. They're great puzzle platformers for any age. The best part? They are all split-screen co-op, so go nuts!
6. Earth Defense Force 5
This series has long been a guilty pleasure of mine, and it should be one of your's too. A cheesy sci-fi shooter where you have tons of weapons, fully destructible environments, and unlimited ammo. Fight giant insects, robots, and spaceships and save Earth!
I know it sounds ridiculous, but trust me, my review will explain why this should be on your list.
7. Divinity: Original Sin 2
Divinity: Original Sin 2 doesn't require you to play the first game as it takes place in a different time period of the game's world. This isometric RPG has hundreds of hours of gameplay and hearkens back to the days of Baldur's Gate and other classic RPGs.
It also happens to be one of the only titles in the genre that offers split-screen co-op throughout the entire game. While the turn-based combat may not be for everyone, the vast and detailed story, combined with a rich world full of interesting characters, will make this an easy decision if you're hurting for co-op.
8. The Skylanders Series
Okay, this one can get really expensive, but man, it's worth it. This action adventure series has three titles for choose from on PS4 and allows you to purchase figures that can be placed on a pad to appear in the game.
They each have their own unique attacks and skill trees. Trust me, it will awaken the kid within you. While it's possible we won't see any more games in the series, you can still find the packs and toys for much cheaper than they were at launch.
9. The Trine Series
This side-scrolling fantasy adventure has three games in its belt, and it's good fun for two players. Switch between a knight, wizard, and thief as you navigate perils and puzzles alike!
10. Resident Evil 5/6
Resident Evil 5 and 6 are, for some people, low points in the series. While they're not exactly scary, they're pretty good action games, and cooperative as well! The split screen isn't full, just so you're aware, it's more like 75% of the screen size, but it's still a good time with another player.
11. Rayman Legends
Rayman made his big comeback in this side-scrolling 2D adventure. With gorgeous graphics made possible by the UbiArt engine. Don't let looks fool you, this game will test even the strongest relationships with extreme difficulty and plenty of "YOU GOT ME KILLED!" moments.
Even so, it's really well done, and good fun if you can handle the spikes in difficulty.
12. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
With a story about the power of love, colorful graphics, and intense gameplay where you work together to drive and defend an interstellar vessel, this one is a no-brainer. Just remember to keep a cool head, because it gets intense!
13. Little Big Planet 3
If you're reading this, and you have PlayStation Plus, Little Big Planet 3 is free in the month of February 2017, so go grab it! For everyone else, this fun platformer has a great story mode and limitless levels to play that other people made.
You can even team up to make your own creations!
14. Nidhogg 2
Don't let the simplistic graphics fool you, this is an incredibly tight and fast-paced fighting game for two players. You can only get hit once, and when you're down, the other player must try to rush to their side of the level across several screens of space.
You'll respawn, fight, and play an intense tug of war until someone wins. It's great fun. If you're still not sure, check out our review!
15. Risk of Rain
This is another one of those pixel-style games, but if you look past the simple graphics, you'll find an awesome co-op wave-based game that has you fighting to survive on an alien world against some crazy enemies.
16. Rocket League
Rocket League is one of those games that you would never imagine saw the success it did. It's basically soccer with cars, but people went crazy over it. If you like the idea, this is another competitive gem for solving arguments through gaming.
17. Towerfall Acension
For the many this is THE multiplayer game for couch co-op. It's a 4-player local party game that has fast-paced combat and plenty of things to discover about its hidden strategies. You'll have a lot of fun, but remember that this is easy to learn, and hard to master.
Just about everyone and their grandmother knows what Minecraft is, but if you've never played it, let's discuss. This is a block-based game where you explore, collect, and craft to survive, grow, and flourish as you try to understand its many secrets.
Very similar to Minecraft, but with a 2D twist. Terraria takes a similar approach, but some prefer it. Either way, it's 2-player so it counts for our list.
20. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Plants vs Zombies went full on first-person shooter with the release of the original Garden Warfare, and the second one amps up everything. it's online multiplayer only, but you can bring your Player 2 to defend your side of choice.
This isometric shooter is tough as nails, but if you like these types of games, it's best when you can bring a partner to watch your back...or potentially shoot it on accident.
22. Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
Another isometric shooter, but this time with zombies! This intense action/horror game is great with two people, but always keep your eye's peeled. Zombies can come from anywhere in these darkened levels.
23. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (PlayStation VR)
You would think that VR games are immediately disqualified from this list, but you'd be wrong. In fact, this game can't be played with any less than two people. One person sits in VR and stares down a bomb, while the other uses a manual on the TV to walk them through the steps.
Yeah, it can get pretty intense.
24. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1/2
These games were recently released on PS4, and they offer a great way to experience a Marvel brawler that feels a lot like X-Men Legends or Diablo. They're both great if you want to grab the bundle.
25. Tesla vs Lovecraft
This isometric arcade shooter offers a whacky premise and some slick monsters for you to take down. The wide range of weapons, unique upgrades, and intense difficulties make this a literal blast to play with your player 2.
For more, check out my full review.
Which games do you play with your significant other, or your "Player 2" as I like to call it? Let us know in the comments!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert Date - 2/14/17
Updated - 2/13/19