We’ve been playing multiplayer games for decades now. Beginning in the comfort of our own homes where we’d play split-screen on one console, it has since evolved significantly and now millions of gamers play with each other online from various locations around the world.
Over the years, we’ve seen some amazing multiplayer experiences take the world by storm. Many of these games have single player components as well, but for this list we’ll be focusing on titles that are either multiplayer-only titles, or are heavily geared towards their multiplayer mode.
Here are five great multiplayer games.
Let’s kick things off with arguably the biggest multiplayer title around at the moment. Launching as a co-op sandbox survival game, Fortnite eventually launched its own battle royale mode to compete with the massively popular Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, and one could argue that it’s surpassed it in both popularity and quality.
Strengthened by a determined development team that provides consistent, worthwhile updates to the game, Fortnite has managed to remain interesting to players for almost a year now. They’ve provided a wealth of cosmetic items for players to unlock (as well as ones that players can purchase). They’ve also made significant changes to the map as time’s gone by, although it would be good to see a brand-new map at some point.
Fortnite is a juggernaut at the moment, and with its weekly playlists and additional content, it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
Like Fortnite, Overwatch is another multiplayer giant that’s attracted a large fanbase, and it deserves it. Prior to its release, I (and possibly many others) often had a hard time differentiating between Battleborn and Overwatch. But by the time both were released, there were many that had already forgotten Battleborn existed as Overwatch had taken the world by storm.
A hero-based multiplayer shooter, Overwatch launched with a clear focus on objective gameplay and effective teamwork, allowing the game to develop a strong competitive scene. Couple this with an amazing selection of heroes to use and a wealth of cosmetic items to unlock, it’s no surprise that Blizzard produced such a quality title that players of all skill levels can enjoy.
Blizzard have kept the game fresh with frequent updates to the game, as well as the addition of new heroes. They’ve also implemented seasonal events, which introduce new modes and unlockable items to players that are keen on returning to the game.
While it’s not a competitive game like the others listed, it’s hard to create a list of great multiplayer titles without including Minecraft.
Minecraft had the full attention of gamers around the world upon its full release in 2011, and has since gone on to become the second best-selling video game of all time. As a procedurally generated sandbox game, Minecraft gives players the ability to adventure out on their own in an attempt to survive and build their own structures or even communities. It was a tonne of fun playing by yourself, but the experience is on another level when you’re playing with friends.
Whether it’s trying to survive together, or building your latest project in creative mode, Minecraft has more than enough variety to keep you and your friends entertained for hours on end.
Rocket League (2015)
Much like Minecraft and Fortnite, it almost seemed like just about everyone was playing Rocket League at one point. Rocket League released as a Playstation Plus title alongside its PC release in July 2015 and it had players hooked in an instant.
Tasking players with using their rocket-powered cars to knock a soccer ball into their opponent’s goal, Rocket League allowed for some highly competitive and tense matchups to take place.
Since its release, the game has expanded significantly, appearing on new platforms as well as adding new modes, customisation items and more. While it may not be the talk of the town these days, Rocket League still has a dedicated and active community that play the game each and every day.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
Unlike other entries on the list, Siege wasn’t a massive hit when it first released. Critically it was fine, but sales were underwhelming. However, in the time since it was released, Siege has grown to establish a community of dedicated fans.
Much of its success can be attributed to its objective-focused, tense gameplay that makes it feel unlike any other game around at the moment. Whether you’re on offense or defence, and no matter what operator you choose, each player has a role to play and a simple mistake could cost your team the round or even the entire match.
Ubisoft have supported the game heavily since its release, with frequent additions of maps and new operators for players to master. Admittedly, unlocking these operators without paying real money requires a significant amount of time dedication, but the fact remains that Ubisoft have given fans of Siege a variety of ways to play the game.