Compared to single-player games, multiplayer is an entirely different experience. There’s nothing quite like being in a virtual world shared by other people. If you’re looking for some gaming tips on the latest releases, or you need something a little different from the typical games you play, read on for 11 games that are either recent releases, modern classics, or both!
1. Back 4 Blood
Back 4 Blood is considered the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead. It’s a four-person co-op shooter with zombies galore. With over 6 million players since its release in October 2021, Back 4 Blood has garnered a dedicated following due to experienced developers and high-quality gameplay.
Players must stick together through multiple levels of zombie-killing action. There are numerous enemy types to face, and plenty of weapons to experiment with. Back 4 Blood’s shooting mechanics have been praised for solid feedback and a punchy soundscape. The voice acting isn’t too shabby either, with quips and running jokes in spades.
2. Battlefield 2042
Everyone’s favorite military shooter is back. EA’s Battlefield series is well-known for its one-of-a-kind moments, and Battlefield 2042 seeks to up the ante by hosting 128-player large-scale battles.
Unlike other popular modern shooters, vehicles, aircraft, and grappling hooks make verticality a true strategic consideration. The sound design and graphic fidelity are incredible, and Battlefield 2042 is truly one of the most immersive games out there, at least when it comes to modern military shooters.
3. FIFA 22
Another year, another massively popular FIFA game. You probably know whether or not football games are for you, but if you don’t then now is the perfect time to give it a go. After all, there may not be another new FIFA on the horizon, at least until EA and the FIFA governing body settle their differences.
What can we say about FIFA that you haven’t already heard? You know that it’s the premier football video game, that even pro football players love it. It’s got great graphics, a good career mode, updated player rosters, and plenty of card packs to buy. Ultimately, if you like football, you’ll like FIFA. It’s as simple as that.
4. Final Fantasy XIV: ENDWALKER
Developed by Square Enix, the original Final Fantasy XIV was rebuilt from the ground up in 2013, a mere three years after its initial release. That would end up being a wise move, as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is currently one the most popular MMORPGs on the planet.
By October 2021, FFXIV reached a total of 24 million registered players. It’s the most successful Final Fantasy game to date and has been praised for solid mechanics and a well-written main story. The game has seen consistent updates to date, with numerous expansions released since 2013. The fourth major expansion, Endwalker, will be released in December 2021.
5. Genshin Impact
Completely free-to-play, Genshin Impact uses ‘gacha’ game mechanics in an open-world sandbox. The anime art style and action-based combat system are extremely well-polished for a free-to-play title. The game is a critical and commercial success and came from a relatively unknown developer at the time of its release.
Genshin Impact takes place in the fantasy world of Teyvat. You are the Traveler, a hero looking for your lost sibling. Your journey will take you across the seven nations of Teyvat and, along with your companion Paimon, you will gradually unravel the mystery behind your sibling’s disappearance.
6. Halo: Infinite
The return of Master Chief has been a long-awaited event for Halo fans. To the internet’s surprise and delight, Microsoft released Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode well before its intended release date. The best part about the surprise? Halo’s multiplayer is completely free-to-play.
Simply head to your favorite storefront, grab Halo, install it and you’re good to go. Before you know it you’ll be back fighting the Covenant and the Flood, albeit without Cortana at your side. With the free multiplayer you get complete access to all unlocks, as well as a battle pass that doles out rewards based on progression.
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7. Mario kart tour
The 14th release of Mario Kart has embraced live-service gaming more than any other Nintendo game in history. Biweekly downloadable content means there’s always new content to explore, and the multiplayer-centric design makes playing with friends easier than ever before.
Mario Kart Tour features several tracks based on real-world cities, such as Paris, Tokyo, New York, London, and more. With each tour lasting two weeks, Nintendo appears to have figured out how to keep players coming back. The gameplay loop is ridiculously fun, and consistent content updates ensure that Mario Kart continues to enjoy phenomenal success.
8. New World
Set in the 17th century, New World is about journeying to an unknown land, discovering all there is to see, fighting monsters, and laying claim to the exciting world that Amazon Games has built. New World isn’t subscription-based like most MMOs, instead opting for a buy-to-play payment model.
Amazon’s attempt at an MMORPG has mainly had a positive reception, with a few unexpected development delays along the way. There’s a lot of work to be done to make the game a true ‘WoW contender’, but it’s certainly off to a good start if player engagement is anything to go by.
Outriders take the looter-shooter elements of franchises like Borderlands and the sci-fi fantasy of games like Destiny, to breathe new life into the action-shooter genre. With cover-based gameplay akin to Gears of War, and tanky enemies like the bullet sponges of The Division, Outriders takes the best mechanics from some of the most popular games to great effect.
Choose from the Trickster, Pyromancer, Devastator, or Technomancer class. Each class has unique abilities and special skills. There are plenty of weapon types to choose from, including shotguns, assault rifles, dual pistols, and more. Engage in a dramatic RPG story as you progress through over 50 hours of dynamic third-person co-op action gameplay.
Phasmophobia’s unique party game mechanics have led to it becoming extremely popular on Twitch and YouTube. The supernatural thriller/horror game was so successful it became the top-selling game on Steam global charts for several weeks in October and November of 2021.
Played from a first-person perspective, Phasmophobia uses an investigative survival loop. Once players have joined a lobby and prepared their equipment, the round gets underway. Phasmophobia has seven different environments to choose from with varying map sizes. There are twenty ghosts for you and your team to discover and document, with the aim being to get your team out of the haunted location safe and sound.
11. PUBG Battlegrounds
Who would’ve thought that frying pans and chicken dinners would become so popular? Released in 2017, PUBG Battlegrounds remains one of the most-played games on any gaming platform. It’s often been cited as the true pioneer of battle royale video games. Each match consists of 100 players parachuting onto a large island, and the winner is the last player standing.
While the original game sold over 70 million copies since its release, the mobile version of PUBG is by far the most successful version. PUBG Mobile has been downloaded more than a billion times. The game has won several awards including multiple Game of the Year awards.