15+ Remarkable Multiplayer RPGs for Wii, Xbox, and PlayStation Consoles

Three Decades of Online and Local Multiplayer RPGs, And How to Play Them Today

Growing up, hanging out as a family often meant we were sitting around the TV watching my dad play Zelda, Final Fantasy, or Dragon Warrior. While we also dabbled in multiplayer games on occasion—we loved all of the Mario games, and I enjoyed destroying all of my opponents with Chun Li in Street Fighter—there was nothing quite like the heroic adventure and puzzle-solving of an RPG to bring us all together for an evening that was much more interactive than watching a sitcom or movie.

As I got older, I embarked on my own heroic quests with new and old characters. I battled as Cloud in Final Fantasy 7, took on the Skull Kid with—and without—the Fierce Deity’s Mask as Link in Majora’s Mask, and listened to Deckard Cain’s stories in the original Diablo. And while I loved embarking on these adventures on my own, I craved the ability to share them more fully with my family. I craved multiplayer RPGs, but they were rare.

Multiplayer RPGs are rare, but there are a few gems that have been released over the last three decades that allow you to grab a couple controllers and embark on a hero’s journey with a partner. The multiplayer RPGs below are some of the best of all time. Read on to learn how you can share them with a loved one today.


1. Secret of Mana

Released in 1993 on the SNES, Secret of Mana is a real-time combat RPG that allows up to three players to fight against the empire as it attempts to take over the world. The game begins as single-player, but as you make your way through the world, you make two friends—a girl and a sprite—that can be controlled either by the game’s AI or by your gaming partners.

Play It Today: Secret of Mana is available through Nintendo’s Virtual Console for the Wii and Wii U consoles. Multiplayer is local, single-console co-op using shared-screen.


2. Fable 2

Fable 2 is a multiplayer RPGs with gameplay similar to Skyrim. The choices both you and your partner make affect the events that take place as you make your way through the world. You battle enemies and fulfill quests, but you can also get married, take a job, and choose whether to serve the world for good or evil. A partner can drop into and leave your game at any time, so you can both play together or individually.

Play It Today: Fable 2 can be played on Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. Multiplayer is local, single-console co-op using shared-screen, and online multiplayer is available as well.


3. Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition

Cooperative RPGs are rare, and so are modern RPGs that utilize turn-based combat. As such, Divinity: Original Sin is a diamond, offering an entirely cooperative campaign that features a turn-based combat system. It’s a modern version of the traditional RPG: finite experience points and abilities means no unnecessary grinding, and the game still offers at least 80 hours of gameplay. It’s no hack and slash, and the game doesn’t hold your hand, so it’s best for fans of old-school RPGs looking for a modern twist. Read our review.

Play It Today: Divinity: Original Sin can be played on the Xbox One and PS4 consoles. Multiplayer is local, single-console co-op using split-screen, and online multiplayer is available as well.


4. Borderlands & Borderlands 2

While the Borderlands games are technically first-person shooters, they utilize a lot of the elements of RPGs. While you battle enemies by shooting them and collect rare and exciting guns, you also engage in leveling up your character, discover treasure while exploring the land, and fulfill a nearly endless number of quests. And while Borderlands strays from the combat systems of traditional RPGs, the story is just as engaging, and the game is just as lengthy and progressive as any other rightful RPG.

Play It Today: Borderlands multiplayer is local, single-console co-op using split-screen, and online multiplayer is available as well. It’s available for the following consoles: 

  • Borderlands and Borderlands 2 can be played on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PS3.
  • The Original Borderlands can be played on the PS4 with a PlayStation Now subscription.
  • Borderlands 2 can be played on the PS4 with Borderlands: The Handsome Collection.

5. Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 1 & 2

The Baldur’s Gate games are hack and slash RPGs that use elements fans of both Diablo and Dungeons and Dragons will recognize and enjoy. In the original Dark Alliance, you can choose from three character classes: fighter, archer, or sorceress. In the second, choose between a barbarian, monk, necromancer, rogue, or cleric. The Baldur’s Gate games aren’t open-world. There’s a direct questline you follow and a few side quests, so it’s good for RPG fans that prefer directed gameplay over open world.

Play It Today: You can play Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance and Dark Alliance 2 on an Xbox 360 using the original Xbox discs with backwards compatibility. Multiplayer is local, single-console co-op using shared-screen.



6. Child of Light

Child of Light is a platforming RPG that’s a great introduction to video games for new players. With less complex systems than your typical RPG, it’s accessible to novice gamers, but its striking watercolor graphics make the game appealing to advanced players. The only downside of Child of Light is that it is very short compared to the other games on this list, offering an average of ten hours of gameplay. However, its low price makes it worth pairing up with a friend and saving the sun, moon, and stars.

Play It Today: Child of Light can be played on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and Wii U consoles. Multiplayer is local, single-console co-op using shared-screen.


7. Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition

Dying Light is an open-world, survival-horror, action-adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world. Using melee weapons, parkour movements, and traps, you attempt to survive days and nights without being killed by zombies. Survival is the goal of the game. It’s simple during the day, and difficult at night when zombies are more aware, mobile, and pose the most threat. Throughout the game, you level your character up to enhance your skills and abilities and craft better weapons and gear.

Play It Today: The Enhanced Edition of Dying Light: The Following can be played on Xbox One or PS4. It’s an online-only multiplayer, so you can only play it with a friend/partner if you have multiple consoles. Additionally, cross-platform play isn’t available, so you’ll need to have two Xbox One or two PS4 consoles to play together.


8. Diablo 3

Diablo 3 is a combination hack and slash and action RPG. You battle swarms of enemies and bosses, using character abilities that can be altered and refined as you level up. Along your journey, you collect tons of treasure—armor, weapons, and accessories that can be improved through crafting at the jeweler, blacksmith, and mystic. Many different difficulty levels are also available. Mow through enemies on easy, or choose hardcore where dying erases your entire character and resets your progress. Read our review.

Play It Today: Diablo 3 can be played on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 consoles. Multiplayer is local, single-console co-op using shared-screen, and online multiplayer is available as well.


9. Destiny: The Taken King

Destiny: The Taken King is another first-person shooter with strong RPG elements that make it appealing to fans of both genres. Shooter fans will enjoy battling other players in PVP, while RPG fans will enjoy conquering stories, strikes, and special bounties to acquire amazing new weapons, armor, and artifacts. It takes a long time to get your character up to maximum level, and Bungie releases DLCs and updates frequently. In the end, it’s the kind of game that you can play together for years to come. Read our review.

Play It Today: Destiny: The Taken King can be played on Xbox One or PS4. It’s an online-only multiplayer, so you can only play it with a friend/partner if you have multiple consoles. Additionally, cross-platform play isn’t available, so you’ll need to have two Xbox One or two PS4 consoles to play together.


10. Champions of Norrath & Champions: Return to Arms

Like Diablo and Baldur’s Gate, the games in the Champions series are hack and slash RPGs with a dedicated questline. You discover and purchase weapons to take down your enemies on a quest to save the world. Along the way, you level your character up, applying experience to upgrade your character and learn new skills and spells. Play through as a warrior, ranger, cleric, wizard, or shadowknight in the first game, with the additional character types of berserkers and shamans added in the second.

Play It Today: You can play the Champions games on an 80GB PS3 using the PS2 disc with backwards compatibility. Multiplayer is local, single console co-op using shared-screen. Online multiplayer only works when playing on an original PS2 console—not when playing with backwards compatibility on a PS3.


11. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a hack and slash RPG that takes place in the same timeline as Frodo’s legendary journey. However, while you’ll run into Frodo and some of his companions—as well as some characters from The Hobbit—the story follows characters that weren’t portrayed in the movies. LOTR: War in the North is a simplistic RPG that hardcore gamers may find lackluster, but it’s a great introduction for new RPG players, especially if they’re fans of Tolkien.

Play It Today: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North can be played on Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles. Multiplayer is local, single-console co-op using split-screen, and online multiplayer is available as well.


12. Castle Crashers

Technically more of a beat ‘em up than an RPG, Castle Crashers offers enough RPG elements to merit a spot on this list. Yes, there’s a lot of button mashing, which can be a turn off for dedicated gamers. But you also collect coins that can be used to level up your character in classic RPG fashion. It’s a great intro to RPGs for novices because the controls are very basic. If you’re trying to convince a non-gaming friend of the merits of playing RPGs, Castle Crashers might just be the game that does it.

Play It Today: Castle Crashers can be played on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PS3 consoles. Multiplayer is local, single-console co-op using shared-screen, and online multiplayer is available as well.


13. Terraria

While it’s technically an action-adventure game, Terraria has enough elements of an RPG to merit a spot on this list. The major difference between Terraria and typical RPGs is that Terraria has no storyline. You’re dropped into a world that needs to be explored and defended, but there’s no explanation as to why. You dig deep underground, discover treasures, battle enemies, and mine ore that can be used to craft improved weapons, tools, accessories. While you’re exploring, expect the occasional boss as well. Read our review.

Play It Today: Terraria can be played on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Wii U consoles. Multiplayer is local, single-console co-op using split-screen, and online multiplayer is available as well.


14. Sacred 2: Fallen Angel

Sacred 2 is an action RPG that allows you to choose from seven different character classes and embark on either a journey of light or darkness. On the path of light, you make your way through the world, defending towns from attack and assisting townsfolk in delivering goods, rescuing children, and finding lost teddy bears. On the path of darkness, you wreak havoc in the world, empowering the bad guys and assaulting towns.

Play It Today: Sacred 2: Fallen Angel can be played on Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles. Multiplayer is local, single-console co-op using shared-screen, and online multiplayer is available as well.


15. The Elder Scrolls Online

As an MMORPG, Elder Scrolls Online is designed for people who like to go online and play games with large groups, but it’s also fun with only two connected players. As an open-world RPG, you choose what you want to do, where you want to go, and what skills and quests you want to focus on. For those that enjoy the game, there is a nearly unlimited number of hours of play available for you to make your ultimate character and destroy your enemies.

Play It Today: Elder Scrolls Online can be played on Xbox One or PS4. It’s an online-only multiplayer, so you can only play it with a friend/partner if you have multiple consoles. Additionally, cross-platform play isn’t available, so you’ll need to have two Xbox One or two PS4 consoles to play together.


Bonus: The Tales Series

The Tales series is a collection of fantasy RPGs with 16 main games. Of those, Tales of Symphonia is considered the most popular, and is an exceptional introduction to the series for new fans. If you enjoy Tales of Symphonia, you’ll enjoy the other popular multiplayer titles in the series: Tales of Graces F, Tales of Xillia 1 and 2, and Tales of Vesperia. Perfect for fans of both RPGs and manga, the Tales series is regarded alongside major titles like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest in Japan where the series originated.

Note: The Tales series games are in the bonus section because the multiplayer capabilities are relegated to battles. When just exploring the world, the first player is in control of all character actions, so the campaign isn’t 100% multiplayer.

Play It Today: The Tales multiplayer games are local, single-console co-op using shared-screen. The games are available on the following consoles:

  • Tales of Symphonia can be played using the original GameCube disc on either a GameCube console, or on the original Wii with backwards compatibility.
  • Tales of Graces F, Tales of Xillia, and Tales of Xillia 2 can be played on a PS3 console.
  • Tales of Vesperia can be played on the PS3 and Xbox 360.