What are the best online multiplayer games on PS5? We've been enjoying games together online for a long time now, and these connected experiences are more popular and varied than ever. There are so many online games to play on PS5, but we need your help in finding the best of the bunch.
Whether they're competitive or cooperative, playing online games is a brilliant way to engage with friends and other like-minded players. The most popular online multiplayer titles tend to be shooters, such as Fortnite and Call of Duty: Vanguard. However, the range of online experiences is much broader than just that, appealing to all kinds of tastes.
Racing games like Gran Turismo 7 also have very popular online multiplayer modes, as do sports titles such as FIFA 23. While these types of experiences have endured for years, more modern games use online multiplayer to present more unusual options. Fall Guys turns platforming party games into a competition, for instance, while Knockout City offers a unique spin on dodgeball. The variety is pretty crazy.
That's before we look at the more co-op oriented games, too. It Takes Two works wonderfully online, Overcooked: All You Can Eat is a treat, and Death Stranding Director's Cut offers an asynchronous online experience to get players working together.
Anyway, what we're saying is there are hundreds of PS5 games featuring online multiplayer of some kind, and we need your help to find the best. Yep — the Push Square community will be deciding which games appear on this list, and in what order. Using the user rating system, you can directly impact how this list of games looks. Just use the below search bar to find a game you want to rate, then click the star and click a rating from 1 to 10. All these rankings will be put towards the order of this list!
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So, with all that out of the way, let's get into the best online multiplayer games on PS5, as voted by you lot.
Gearbox's popular looter shooter is back in typical style with Borderlands 3, and it looks and plays better than ever on PS5. While it doesn't innovate on older entries all that much, the third game in the franchise is probably the best. Improved gameplay makes the act of firing weapons a joy, there's a tonne of variety in quests and guns, and that signature love-or-hate humour is very much in place. It shines brightest on Sony's current-gen machine, too, thanks to boosted visuals and up to 120 frames-per-second on the right display. There are few better co-op shooters out there — this is an absolute blast with friends, whether playing locally or online.
Not every game needs to be revelatory, and Sniper Elite 5 proves that knowing your audience is sometimes all it takes. Gruff protagonist Karl Fairburne’s fifth outing takes him to occupied France, where he must put a stop to a MacGuffin plot named Operation Kraken. A mix of stealth and long-range skirmishes makes for a supremely satisfying blend, with Rebellion’s dense, vertical level design truly on target here. New wrinkles include an Axis Invasion mechanic, which allows competing players to infiltrate your single player campaign, upping the tension immensely. This a familiar outing overall, but a well-executed one – Sniper Elite just doesn’t miss.
Team Ninja puts its action RPG experience to good use in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. While it shares some of its DNA with the Nioh series, this game makes enough changes to stand apart. With a heavier emphasis on parrying and poise, the combat is intense and frantic, though no less challenging. Based loosely on the famed Romance of the Three Kingdoms, you'll team up with many legendary warriors as you fight against an evil force. Once you get used to this game's rhythms, it delivers some truly satisfying action.
27. Deathloop (PS5)
Arkane Studios is known for its immersive sims like Dishonored, and with Deathloop, the developer takes that formula in a bold new direction. Playing as an assassin caught in a time loop on an island filled with disdainful characters, it's your job to eliminate all of them within one cycle, else you'll need to start again. The joy of the game is in slowly figuring out the right sequence of events that need to take place in order for you to crack the code and break the loop. A higher emphasis on action combined with some super fun powers makes this feel like a supercharged Dishonored. The loop mechanic and threat of player invasions provides some tension, and it's all delivered with a fantastic 60s aesthetic.
26. Wreckfest (PS5)
Few things are more fun than crashing cars: Sony learned that in 1995 with Destruction Derby, a smashmouth PS1 racer that became a cult classic on account of its reckless disregard for motorsport safety. Fast forward to the present day and Wreckfest is a modern reimagining of Psygnosis’s iconic T-bone-‘em-up. Running at 60 frames-per-second, this is far more responsive than its PS4 predecessor, and regular content updates have made the scale of the package anything but a write-off.
25. WRC 9 (PS5)
Released in time for the PS5's launch, WRC 9 is a rock solid racing sim. This officially licensed rally racer gives the DIRT Rally series a run for its money. With all the real world routes and vehicles, an in-depth career mode, and thrilling driving, this will have any racing fan on the edge of their seat. It excels on Sony's new console thanks to excellent DualSense support; you'll feel every bump in the road with the haptic feedback, and the triggers simulate the gas and brake pedals wonderfully. There are also lots of ways to play, including online championships.
24. Destiny 2 (PS5)
Bungie's online shooter is still at the top of the pile when it comes to gunplay, although there's no denying that Destiny 2 is a tough nut to crack if you're completely new to the sci-fi sequel. Get stuck in, though, and you'll find an abundance of quality content to chew on. Campaigns, co-op missions, competitive multiplayer — it's a game that feels like it's fit to burst at points, and the aforementioned action is the glue that holds everything together.
23. Fall Guys (PS5)
What if there was a platformer in which up to 60 players compete in chaotic obstacle courses simultaneously? Turns out this madcap idea is genius, because Fall Guys is a cracking online multiplayer madhouse. Playing as a jellybean-shaped clutz, you're up against numerous others through a series of randomly chosen stages, featuring all kinds of platforming challenges. By process of elimination, the winner will be the last one standing, and success earns you lots of excellent costumes and bragging rights. Whether you play solo or team up with friends, this is a hilarious title for all ages, and the best bit? It's free-to-play.
It took nearly 10 years to materialise, but against all odds, Dead Island 2 is a great zombie-slaying adventure. Set in Los Angeles, you work your way through various open levels as you fend off the undead with a wide variety of weapons and abilities. The story isn't anything too special, but the game makes up for it with gloriously gory action and a rounded, well-realised setting. If you just want to smash open some zombie skulls, look no further.
The initially rough reception of No Man's Sky can safely be put to bed. Hello Games has stayed fully committed to its procedurally generated space exploration adventure, fleshing it out with a staggering number of huge updates. Not only does the game look and run much better these days, it's bursting with things to see and do, and that's without considering the 18 quintillion planets waiting to be discovered. The PS5 release is the best version you can play on console, too, with minimised load times, great DualSense integration, and now even optional PSVR2 support.