Eight awesome couch co-op games on PlayStation 4
Guacamelee feature

Couch co-op games are starting to become a thing of the past, much to the disappointment of gamers everywhere. But some developers are keeping the flag flying.

Playing a video game while sitting next to your best buddy has always been an experience that we value, and believe it or not, there are still some awesome video games that cater to that need.

Here are eight of the best co-operative experiences on PlayStation 4.

Mercenary Kings

Mercenary Kings

Whether it’s online or locally, Mercenary Kings allows you to link up with your friends to wreak havoc on unsuspecting CLAW Corporation bad guys, who are the main antagonists of the game.

It’s a throwback side-scrolling shooter that combines riotous hack-n-slashing with familiar 8-bit graphics to create both an exciting co-operative party shooter, and a fun nostalgia trip.

Simple controls, straightforward mechanics, and gigantic boss fights. Think Castle Crashers in the jungle.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Borderlands Handsome

Borderlands is considered the king of co-op play by many, and if you’ve ever played this game through with a friend, you’ll be able to see why.

The Handsome Collection will allow you to download both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, along with all DLC for the games, meaning that you and one lucky friend will have hours and hours of cooperative play waiting for you to enjoy.

Remember: it features “87 bazillion guns”.

TowerFall Ascension

TowerFall Ascension

Super Smash Bros. meets Bomberman, is how we’d describe TowerFall Ascension, as the art style screams early 8-bit fashion, but the battle-arena gameplay brings back memories of Super Smash Bros. clashes.

There’s a ‘Quest Mode’ DLC, that will allow you to up your maximum player count to four, or you can stick with the regular two player modes, and compete either against or with each other.

Quest or Arena, TowerFall will provide hours and hours of medieval destruction.

LittleBigPlanet 3

LittleBigPlanet 3

As puzzle-platformers go, LittleBigPlanet became one of the names-to-beat upon its initial release in 2008, and by now, it’s one of Sony’s selling points.

We don’t think we need to explain the extent of cooperative fun that you can have with a friend or two on LittleBigPlanet 3, and if you haven’t played this game with a friend, we urge you to do so – even if it’s just to ruin their intricate creations.

Which is always fun.

Helldivers

Helldivers

Helldivers is a Diablo-esque top-down shooter that allows for four player couch co-op, and many hours of bullet-churning fun.

These kinds of games are ridiculously replayable, and Helldivers is no exception, encouraging true teamwork while providing a real challenge.

Couch co-op games were invented to give us an opportunity to gather three of our mates, and blast through some hectic and well designed levels. This obliges wonderfully.

Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends

Rejoice in the colourful joy of one of the best 2D platformers around. Rayman Legends’ gameplay consists of 48 levels, all of which are uniquely designed, and full of quirky touches.

Stages can be puzzling, fast-paced or hilarious, and when playing co-operatively, Rayman Legends functions more like an outright party game than an adventure-platformer. Team work has never been more fun.

Guacamelee!

Guacamelee

Juan and Tostada, two Latin-American wrestlers, are you and your friend’s avatars in Guacamelee!, a game that we think warrants purchase for its name alone.

Shock and horror sweep the land when El Presidente’s daughter is captured by the forces evil, and there’s only a shirtless hero (or two) that can save the day.

Pure, simplistic, hyperbolic fun.

Nidhogg

Nidhogg

It’s a side-scrolling, pixelated video game about… fencing? Yes, that is what this game is, and trust us, it’s a lot more fun to sit down an play with a friend than it is to describe it. There are multiple arenas, a catalogue of moves, and literally no limit to what your little stick guy will do to survive.

Lose you sword? He’ll fist fight to the death. Believe us, Tekken is dead, it’s all about Nidhogg.

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