Best PS4 co-op games for kids and families to play during coronavirus lockdown
As government officials meet to discuss how much longer the self-isolation response to the Covid-19 outbreak should go on for, more people are getting into videogames.
Efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 mean self-isolation, quarantine, social distancing and people generally having to stay indoors as the weather outside gets nicer.
As cinemas, gyms, pubs, clubs, restaurants and even parks continue to remain out of bounds for families in the UK and around the world, we're seeing videogames really come into their own – even the WHO recommends games to keep you sane at the moment!
Netflix and other streaming services are seeing their bitrates get cut as the media companies try and ease the strain on internet service providers, so if you want to be a good neighbour and not gobble up all that data gaming really is a good option.
So if you're trying to keep the kids entertained and distract yourself for the lovely weather outside – or even if you just want something to play with your mates – here are the best PS4 games you can enjoy co-operatively.
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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2
We think playing a Lego game, co-operatively, with the loved ones in your life should be an experience everyone experiences.
Whilst there's a slew of Lego games to cater for all tastes available on PS4 (there's Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Jurassic Park and more besides!) we can't help but think that Marvel has the most universal appeal.
Play as just about any one – even Stan Lee – from the extensive Marvel universe, visit the most memorable locations from the comics and films, and laugh at the goofy, silly humour that has become iconic of the Lego games.
Great for gamers of all skill levels.
LittleBigPlanet 3 is a puzzle-platformer video game that's concerned more with making you think creatively than it is with trying to make you fail.
A group of players can get together and make their way through a slew of arts-and-crafts worlds, all themed up to make it feel like you're going on a massive adventure around the world.
The game introduces new characters to your previous Sackboy protagonist, meaning you can swoop into the game as a bird, chase around as a dog or switch sizes as a strange sack creature as you poke at the world seeing what secrets there are to uncover.
If playing through levels isn't your jam, you can enjoy the incredibly robust creation suite the game has to offer, too – and it really does a good job of getting those creative juices flowing.
The fifth main title in the Rayman series comes with major improvements and a wealth of content that'll take even the most seasoned platformer veteran a good 30+ hours to complete.
Jump and fight your way through each varied, exciting world to save the day and discover the secrets of every legendary painting in this expansive game. Rayman Legends features all the levels from previous game, Rayman Origins, too.
You can play in co-op, too, meaning that smaller and less dexterous players can come along for the ride as you explore and tick off all the secrets in every level – you never know, younger eyes might be keener and more secret-hungry than yours!
You can usually find this quite cheap, too, since it launched back in 2013 – but that doesn't mean it's not worth picking up. It's ageing like a fine French wine.
If you don't mind a game that can sometimes be excruciatingly irritating and incredibly hard, Spelunky may be for you.
Don't get us wrong – yes, the game can be tricky and it can throw obstacles at you like nobody's business, but when it's good (and you manage to clear one of its pesky dungeon levels) the feeling of achievement is like nothing else.
The game tasks you with exploring randomly-generated caves and plunder loot as you go.
It can be played solo, but we recommend playing it with friends of loved ones – it makes the grind much easier.
- PS4 News
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