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7 Online Multiplayer PS4 Games You Must Play Before The Release Of The PS5

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7 Online Multiplayer PS4 Games You Must Play Before The Release Of The PS5
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With the release of the PS5 set for the end of 2020, we look at some of the top, must-play multiplayer games to ever hit the PS4 in a range of different genres.

If there’s one thing better than staving off a horde of zombies, playing football with cars, or launching your controller at the TV after you die for the fifth time in a minute: it’s doing it with friends.

Whether you’re a first-person shooter, battle royale, or action-adventure fan, we’ve collated a list of the top multiplayer PS4 games from a selection of genres.

So while we wait impatiently for the PS5 to hit the shelves, here are 7 incredible online PS4 games you can play right now – either with your squad or some random 14-year-old kid you’ve never met before.

1. Overwatch

First-person shooter

From the creators of World of Warcraft, Blizzard’s quintessential hero shooter is a must-play. Each of the 30+ characters has their own weapons, abilities, and even footstep sounds, making for a truly unique experience.

Work together with up to 5 friends to secure a payload, defend a point, or just go all out in a team deathmatch.

It’s easy to sink countless hours into this game, but your time is rewarded with unlockable skins, sprays, emotes and voice lines.

Not to mention the tiered system in competitive mode which makes you feel like an absolute god as you rise through the ranks.

And if that doesn’t get your trigger finger twitching, rumour has it that the release of Overwatch 2 will be hot on the heels of the eagerly anticipated PS5.

2. Grand Theft Auto V

Action-adventure

Since the release of the first GTA in 1997, each instalment has just got better and better. From the graphics to the story to the gameplay: it’s not hard to see why GTA 5 broke 7 Guinness World Records. That’s why it’s next on our list of PS4 multiplayer games to play before the launch of the PS5.

Whether you enjoy spending hours customising your character, running your own virtual business, or tearing up the streets in your pimped-out car/motorbike/helicopter/plane/boat/hoverbike: GTA 5 has more options than a 2020 gender identity form.

Just try not to lose it when you’re an hour into a mission and the helicopter’s already been crashed 9 times…

3. FIFA 20

Sports/football(soccer)-simulation game

Imagine the World’s Game coming to life on a multiplayer platform where you can manage your favourite team and even build your ultimate squad.

Over 10 million PS4 players are already living the dream, and its popularity continues to grow with each yearly release. 

FIFA 20 also introduced a brand new game mode: VOLTA FOOTBALL. Play street football in playgrounds all over the globe – from an underpass in Amsterdam to a rooftop in Tokyo.

A word to the wise: if you’re a sore loser, don’t play this game with friends, family, workmates, or anyone who you hope to maintain civil relations with.

4. Gran Turismo Sport

Sim racing

It’s official. Gran Turismo 7 is coming to the PS5 – possibly even as a launch title. But until then, you can still get your racing fix here.

With increased detail on the cars, uber-realistic sounds in cockpit mode, and stunning graphics on over 80 track configurations, this is every petrol head’s sim racing dream.

Got a PS4 Pro? Take your gaming experience up a gear with VR. Although this isn’t available in multiplayer, it’s definitely worth a look if you already have a VR headset.

5. Rocket League

Sports/racing

Souped-up cars chasing a giant football might sound like a simple premise, but Rocket League’s winning formula of combining two huge passions (football and cars) draws in around 40,000 players every day.

Join 2 of your buddies for a 3v3 5-minute match where each team tries to score the most goals. The more you play, the more car customisation options you unlock.

And that’s not hard when you’ve got one of the best in-game music playlists pumping in the background (GTA 5 is another classic).

Oh and did we mention, Rocket League now has full cross-platform support, meaning you can play with mates on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam PC. Can I get a ‘hell yeah’?!

6. Apex Legends

First-person shooter battle royale

The last few years have seen a surge in the popularity of battle royale games – think PUBG, Call of Duty: Warzone, and the ever-popular Fortnite.

And whilst Respawn Entertainment may have shelved development on Titanfall 3, their entry into the fray of battle royale games certainly hasn’t been a lost cause.

Apex Legends is in the top 5 most popular multiplayer shooters of 2019-2020 and feels like a more “adult-friendly” Fortnite.

Like most battle royale games, players land on a map, gather weapons and gear from loot boxes and try to survive other players alongside an ever-shrinking gameplay area.

However, it also introduced some great features like the option to respawn dead allies and different classes which all have their own unique abilities. If you haven’t tried a battle royale game yet, this is a great one to start with.

7. Red Dead Redemption 2

Action-adventure

If we said this game has one of the most beautiful, intricately-designed worlds we’ve ever played in, we still wouldn’t be doing it justice.

In fact, it probably should’ve won ‘best picture’ at the Oscars this year; cinematically, it’s just that good.

Made by the creators of GTA 5, RDR2 is similar in gameplay but different in experience. Playing as a gun-toting, lasso-swinging outlaw in the Wild West, you can create or join a posse, set up your own business, hunt fugitives, or just wander around on your horse killing anyone you come into contact with.

While it’s safe to say that the online mode did get off to a slow start, it’s already easy to immerse yourself in this gem for hours on end.

Hopefully, Rockstar pulls out some more irresistible updates and makes this game into one heck of a rival for the GTA series.

And the best news? Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will be backwards compatible with the PS4, so you’ll still be able to play all of these on the PS5.


And that’s our 7 online multiplayer PS4 games you must play before the release of the PS5. Are there any you would like to have seen on the list? If so, leave us a comment below.


Read more about the PS5 HERE.

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    Clare Remus

    September 26, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Oh No!! I just read that Gamestop put up PS5 preorder on their website! They sold out so fast. Oh well, PS4 it is for a while longer. Were you quick enough to get your preorder in?

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7 Playstation 5 Games To Be Excited About

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The release of the PS5 has created a lot of hype and excitement for PlayStation 5 players, 2021 comes with the promise of new and exciting games releases!

Below we’ve listed seven up and coming PlayStation 5 games to look forward to.

1: Horizon Forbidden West

Release date: 2021

Genre: Action, Adventure and RPG

Developer: Guerrilla

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Horizon Forbidden West is the exciting sequel to the hit game – Horizon: Zero Dawn. The original ps5 game attracted many players, and even has its own board game allowing gamers to explore the universe in a new way.

Horizon Forbidden West takes us on a whole new adventure to a far-future America. Where you, the gamer, can encounter new enemies, cultures and characters. It has new mechanical enemies to face, strategic gameplay and enormous human mounted machines. Gamers can take these on using weapons, gear and traps crafted from salvage.

Players can look forward to getting stuck in with the story, strategy, challenge and mystery on offer with this up and coming release. With stunning visuals, Aloy’s new journey proves promising with new secrets and history to unlock.

Horizon Forbidden West trailer

2: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Release date: 2021

Genre: Action, Platform and Shooter

Developer: Insomniac Games

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

A brand new, colourful adventure awaits with this new Ratchet & Clank game.

Ratchet & Clank is a series of third-person shooter and action platformer games. This franchise has many games in the series going as far back as the original PlayStation, with even an animated feature available.

For series fans, this new science fiction adventure promises to make full use of the PS5’s quick load times. Gamers can look forward to travelling through dimensions at high speeds in this new adventure, combined with more outrageous gadgets!

Once again, Ratchet & Clank take on evil forces threatening to take over the world. This time, there’s a twist! A robotic emperor from another reality is working around the clock to destroy all organic life, with Ratchet & Clanks dimension next in line!

With new faces, new gadgets and interdimensional hopping gameplay. Players can enjoy the thrill of gameplay that makes full use of the PS5’s stunning visuals and DualSense™ controller.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart trailer

3: Gran Turismo™ 7

Release Date: 2021

Genre: Racing

Developer: Polyphony Digital Inc.

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Gran Turismo is an old name in the racing genre, and it is hitting the PlayStation 5 games chart with this exciting new release! Gran Turismo 7 promises cultivation of the 22-year history of the franchise, to bring you an experience beyond pure racing. This game takes advantage of the DualSense™ Controller and promises reduced loading times thanks to the increased processing power of the PS5.

With the GT Simulation Mode’s reintroduction, players can embark on a single-player campaign within the game, alongside other features that take it beyond just racing. Gran Turismo 7 includes evolved tuning and customisation of hundreds of cars in the garage. Players can also improve skills and strategies using the games Driving School. Combine this with other classic features such as special events and championships, this game is a promising release.

Gran Turismo 7 trailer

4: Resident Evil Village

Release Date: 2021

Genre: Survival Horror

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

This chilling next chapter to another long-running series will be hitting the PS5 in 2021. Resident Evil Village makes full use of the power of the PS5 to enable gamers to experience horror in a brand new way. This series is set a few years after the events of Resident Evil 7- Biohazard, with character Ethan Winters and his wife building a new life together in peace, just before tragedy hits once more.

With first-person gameplay, players take on the role of Ethan. Gamers uncover the mysteries of this chilling village as they attempt to escape, bumping into new enemies and familiar faces.

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5: Hogwarts Legacy

Release Date: 2021

Genre: Action role-playing

Developer: Avalanche Software

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Fans of the world of Harry Potter are awaiting this big-budget RPG with bated breath. With 105k people following its progress just on Twitter, this ps5 game proves to be an exciting addition to the Harry Potter universe. I am excited to see exactly what kind of structure this game will take.

Set in the late 1800s, players will choose their Hogwarts House and live a Hogwarts student’s life as they attend classes. Hogwarts Legacy promises to be a more immersive and open world for players. With adventure and opportunities to explore renowned locations on offer, players can tame magical beasts, brew potions and master other magical combat abilities.

Hogwarts Legacy trailer

6: Final Fantasy XVI

Release Date: TBC

Genre: Action role-playing

Developer: Square Enix Creative Business Unit lll

Publisher: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XVI is the next up and coming game in the Final Fantasy franchise. This game, for some time, will be a PS5 exclusive.

Set in the fantasy world of Valisthea controlled by six factions on the verge of conflict. The game looks visually fantastic, with a deep storyline from what we can see from the first trailer and pre-release gameplay.

The gameplay and combat system looks more responsive. We can see from the pre-release that a combination of melee-based attacks and magical abilities will be incorporated into the gameplay. Players and fans can hopefully gain more information as it nears its release on ps5.

Final Fantasy XVI trailer

7: Deathloop

Release Date: 21st May 2021

Genre: Action-adventure

Developer: Arkane Studios

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Deathloop offers stunning visuals, fast loading times and adaptive triggers to fully immerse players in this game. Fighting to survive in a hunter vs hunted game, players engage in first-person action that combines weaponry with powers.

This game offers both multi-player gameplay and single-player mode. Players can experience the main storyline, or to take control of assassin character Julianna to sneak into other players campaigns. The aim of the game? Break the time-loop by successfully taking out eight targets before the end of the night.

deathloop trailer

Can’t Wait?

Finding you can’t wait for these new releases? Check out the PlayStation Plus collection! Full list of games and details available HERE including games from the Ratchet & Clank and Resident Evil series for anyone needing to catch up.


And that’s our list of seven PlayStation 5 games to be excited about this year. Which one are you looking forward to most of all? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section below.


Read all about the things we’ve learn’t about the PS5 HERE.

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