About 20 years ago, it was easier to play alone than to gather a group to accompany you in the game. After the internet, multiplayer games have become even more popular and nowadays it is almost impossible not to find some multiplayer element, even in games created for only one person to play. Playing online allowed you to play with your friends even when they can’t be present in one place and even make new ones in online matches. That’s why we’ve selected 30 of the best multiplayer games – for all types of platforms – to share with your friends, whether they’re with you or away from you!
Tip: Be sure also to check out our complete list of The 16 best multiplayer games for Android!
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Considered one of the best games for computers and video games in 2016, the first shooter from Blizzard – a giant in multiplayer games – snatched crowds in matches on PC, Xbox One, or Playstation 4. With just over 30 characters with unique abilities and weapons, the success of the game can be attributed to its dynamic matches and all the narrative work done through animations on YouTube and comics, which explain the story of the game, focusing the game only on competitions. Learn more about Overwatch on its official website.
Placing the player as a kind of cybernetic ninja who uses swords and firearms, Warframe is all about exploring scenarios and defeating waves of enemies, collecting materials to upgrade and improve your outfit. Despite being playable alone and free to play, Warframe lets you invite friends into co-op matches, defeating the hordes together and using your skills and weapons in ways that inflict more destruction. Warframe can be played on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Click on the link to learn more about the game, considered one of the 20 online games you should try.
3. Adventure Quest 3D
Available for free for Android and iPhone, Adventure Quest 3D brings a medieval fantasy world that players can explore on the screen of their smartphones or tablets. By creating a character, they can join groups – called guilds or clans – to roam the world and conquer challenges, which can come in the form of dragons, ogres, and sorcerers.
4. Dota 2
Dota 2 is one of the most popular multiplayer games in the world, despite being only downloadable on computers. Sequel to the game that created the genre called MOBA, the game unites teams of people who must compete to destroy each other’s base, while defending their own. For this, each one must choose a character with different characteristics and abilities, working as a team to reach the objective. Click on the link to learn more about the title.
5. Mario Kart 8
Exclusive to the Wii U and recently re-released for the Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart 8 is one of the best multiplayer games of all time. Even though it is difficult to access, since it is necessary to invest in the console and in the game, the franchise cannot be absent from lists like this, as it offers one of the best gaming experiences, whether gathering friends at home or participating in online matches.
6. Clash of Clans
One of the greatest strategy games for Android, Clash of Clans allows players to assemble an army of cartoon characters inspired by Norse mythology. As you set up your base and build your army, you can challenge other players’ bases by invading them and taking their resources as you destroy their buildings.
The title also yielded the competitive Clash Royale, which is also an excellent multiplayer game. Download Clash of Clans on Android via the link or follow this shortcut to download it on Apple mobile devices.
7. Diablo 3
Another franchise well known for its multiplayer capability, Diablo 3 was released in 2012 for PC through the Battle.Net service, in addition to versions for Xbox and Playstation consoles. The title allows players to take on one of the characters in the series to explore dungeons to destroy a great evil being. In online mode, it is possible to join friends or players over the network to explore and conquer treasures in these same places. Visit the official Diablo 3 website to find out how to play it and what expansions have been released for the game.
8. Don’t Starve Together
An expansion to the game Don’t Starve, this title now allows playing other people. One of the best survival games ever released, the dark and artistic title puts the protagonists in a series of parallel and dangerous worlds.
In it, they must find and collect basic elements to spend the night, such as food, water, and materials to build a shelter before dark, while surviving throught all four seasons. Don’t Starve Together is available for PCs and Playstation 4. Click on the link to learn more about the game.
9. Asphalt 8: Airborne
The best multiplayer game option for those who enjoy racing games on their smartphone or tablet. The Asphalt series is the oldest for mobile and reaches its eighth edition with more than 100 cars to be conquered. With them, you can play online races with 11 other players who can be anywhere in the world. Click the link to download the Android version or go to Apple Store for the iPhone or iPad edition.
10. Super Smash Bros.
Another exclusive to Nintendo consoles, there’s no denying that Super Smash Bros is the Japanese giant’s second-best multiplayer game. A fighting game that brings new and old characters from Nintendo itself, the franchise has become immensely popular for bringing a new formula to the plastered titles of the genre. The current version for the Wii U has special appearances by icons from other production companies, such as Sonic, Mega Man, and Ryu, stars of Sega and Capcom games, respectively.
11. Borderlands 2
With a formula that mixes RPG, open-world shooters, and highly charismatic characters, Borderlands 2 is one of the most played multiplayer games to date, even though its launch took place in 2012. In an open world full of missions and treasures, you can team up with a friend online or at home to explore this universe. Borderlands 2 can be played on computers or on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles.
12. Head Soccer
With a cartoonish style and closer to comedy, Head Soccer is a soccer game for iPhone, iPad and Android focused on simple and fun matches. Without sticking to reality, the title allows players to use special kicks, even allowing the ball to catch fire with a kick or even turning it into a frozen ball for their opponents to catch. In addition to single-player tournaments, it is possible to play with others online.
13. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
One of the first games to feature a professional competitive scene in the past decade. Counter-Strike evolved into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and established its reign as the most played and competitive shooter in the world, with tournaments earning thousands of dollars for competing teams.
Away from the competitive scene, the dispute between terrorists versus counter-terrorists continues to be fought on the producer’s servers, maintaining the entire base of the series, but with new maps and the possibility of getting customizations for your weapons, which can even be exchanged or sold on the Steam store. Click on the link to learn more about Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, one of the best shooting games for PC.
A game to destroy friendships. Or bring even more togetherness for you and the person you are playing with. A cooperative game, Overcooked puts the group to command the kitchen of a restaurant in the best Hell’s Kitchen style. You must organize to deliver orders in time to defeat a great evil that plagues the kingdom. Yes, instead of fighting evil, you will have to go through the kingdom’s kitchens to feed it and get rid of it. Learn more about the unusual game for PC on its Steam page.
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15. Critical Ops
It is possible to think of Critical Ops as a kind of mobile Counter-Strike. Like the game we used as a comparison, Critical Ops separates the matches into teams of terrorist and counter-terrorist players.
Another relevant point that makes it one of the best options on mobile devices is that, even though it’s free, the game’s weapons don’t give players advantages, only making aesthetic changes that don’t spoil their balance. Critical Ops is available on Google Play for Android and the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
16. Pokémon Sun & Moon
The seventh and last generation released of the famous pocket monsters – which returned to fever in 2016 with Pokémon GO -, Pokémon Sun & Moon returns to its traditional formula, that is, no going out with your Nintendo 3DS to capture monsters on the streets. However, the structure of the series is altered by taking players to a new continent inspired by the Hawaiian Islands and introducing different versions of the traditional little monsters.
The elements that make it one of the best multiplayer games of all time also remain there: exchanges between players, the possibility of playing battles, and even participating in in-person or online championships are some of the possibilities of the title. Its only setback is being exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS handheld.
18. Gears of War 4
One of the most exciting initiatives for PC gamers is Xbox Play Anywhere, which allowed Windows 10 PC users to play Xbox One exclusives on their machines, without having to buy the console – or allowing them to play on either one or the other, if you have both. This advantage is reflected in the release of Gears of War 4 last year, which brought the third-person shooter to both platforms. Discover the multiplayer of the latest release in the series on its Windows 10 App Store page.
19. Apex Legends
An amazing battle royale game that’s available on nearly all platforms, Apex Legends deserves a spot in this list. In it, you’ll play in a team of 3 players, and the matches have 60 players. As sucjh, you need to overcome 57 enemies to win!
Cooperation is a must, pinging enemies, chatting with teammates and helping one another find the best weapons. The game has cross play on PC, Xbox and PlayStation, and you can also play on mobile with other mobile players with cross play between Android and iOS. Check it out!
20. Team Fortress 2
Fans say Overwatch was directly inspired by this classic released by the company that also handles Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Unlike its “relative”, Team Fortress 2 matches do not have the slightest intention of simulating real armed conflicts, exchanging realism for cartoonish and charismatic characters, each with their own style of play.
Released in 2008 and still receiving updates, Team Fortress 2 has a multitude of weapons and customization items in the form of hats, including references to many other games. In addition to guaranteed fun and comedy, the desktop title runs on almost any computer and can be downloaded without worries. Click on the link to learn more about the game.
21. The Division
Another shooter, The Division may resemble the structure of Borderlands 2, as it brings an open world and the possibility of cooperative play. On the other hand, the game pulls more towards the simulation side, bringing a New York taken by an epidemic that spread and threw civilization into chaos.
As a member of The Division organization, you must participate in missions to bring order again, investigating the motives behind the plague while protecting the city from criminals. The game is available for computers, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Learn more about the game on its website.
One of the few games that can be played on both PC and mobile devices, Hearthstone is a digital card game based on the World of Warcraft universe. Simulating a kind of card game played in the taverns of the franchise universe, you must build a deck with the main characters and magic of the game world to duel against opponents.
The objective is to reduce their life points to zero or make them use up all their cards before you do. Check out more about the game on its page, where you can download both the computer version and the Android or iOS version.
23. Mortal Kombat X
The tenth edition of Mortal Kombat managed to surpass all the previous ones and is considered by many – this writer included – as the best Mortal Kombat ever released. Taking place 20 years after the original story, the game features children of iconic characters like Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade along with well-known figures like Scorpion and Raiden fighting a new threat to the planet. Its multiplayer mode allows local matches against friends or online disputes with players around the world. Online events are also hosted frequently and bring variations to “kombats”.
The title can be played on PC, Xbox One, or PS4, and its mobile version is also a fighting game, but with a different feel, allowing you to collect characters like a mobile card game and assemble teams of three to overcome challenges. The mobile edition of Mortal Kombat X can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store.
24. Rocket League
One of the most unusual multiplayer games to be released in recent years. Mixing racing games with ball sports, in Rocket League your objective is to score goals against the opposing team. However, instead of players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, and Neymar, you will use cars capable of performing different types of stunts to get the ball to the goal. Rocket League can be played on PC, Xbox One, or Playstation 4.
25. 8 Ball Pool
Leaving the maddening cars that play football, we return to a simpler proposal: a game of pool. Available for Android and Apple mobile devices, 8 Ball Pool brings a digital version of the well-known sport, allowing you to play alone or participate in online disputes. The title also has a list of friends, allowing you to invite them to a game whenever you want.
One of the biggest phenomena today, there is no platform that does not have a version of Minecraft. Despite the graphics considered ugly, the title allows its players to build anything with the blocks available around the world where their character is located.
You hardly know a child who has never played Minecraft, although the exercise of creativity is also recommended for people of all ages. Learn more about Minecraft on its official website and find out which version is best for you.
27. Unreal Tournament
One of the oldest multiplayer games on this list, released in 1999. Despite being quite old, Unreal Tournament is one of the most traditional shooters for PC, being played on servers to this day. Without using cartoon characters but without the intention of being a realistic simulator, Unreal Tournament is only concerned with delivering a violent, bloodthirsty, and quite fun experience. The game has so many supporters that a new free version is being produced. Click on the link to learn more about the game.
28. Payday 2
Among the multiplayer games featured on this list, Payday 2 is one of the most teamwork-intensive, as it was built on that foundation. As a member of a gang that robs banks, you must organize, plan and execute the crimes accurately so you can walk away unharmed – and rich. Although it can be played alone with allies ruled by artificial intelligence, more than half of the fun is lost with it.
With each challenge won, a new, more protected bank appears for your team. Click on the link and learn more about Payday 2, available for computers, Nintendo Switch, and the last two Xbox and Playstation consoles.
29. Starcraft 2
One of the most competitive multiplayer games, Starcraft 2 can be said to be the most popular among real-time strategy games. Sequel to the classic released in 1998, Starcraft 2 continues the story started by the first game, bringing new developments. Multiplayer matches can be played alone or in teams, with the aim of assembling a base and creating an army to subdue your opponents. Check out more about the PC-exclusive game by visiting the link.
30. Portal 2
Unlike most multiplayer games on this list, Portal 2 is a game that requires intelligence, and quick thinking and is focused on problem-solving. The title brings challenges that must be overcome cooperatively, with each player carrying a weapon that creates teleport portals from one corner to another.
Each new stage brings more dangers to the crossing, demanding more and more reasoning from each one. Portal 2 is available for PCs, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. Click on the link to learn more about the title.
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What are your favorite multiplayer games to play with friends?
After these suggestions, we are sure that one of these options will please you and your gang – or at least allow you to find people to play online with. So go on and have fun!