How good are you at games, really? There’s only one way to find out. And by one we obviously mean hundreds of thousands, because multiplayer gaming is an ever-evolving behemoth that births new titles every day.
Rather than you methodically trying them all – a never-ending task, if ever there was one – perhaps you’d like to read a list of our recommendations? Good. Here are some of the best multiplayer games you can play in 2018. And maybe for years afterwards.
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Fortnite Battle Royale
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Developer: Epic Games
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Epic was very clever in the weeks and months following Fortnite’s release. Witnessing the snowballing popularity of PUBG and the emergence of a whole new genre, they found a way to remix Fortnite’s best assets in the en vogue battle royale. It’s faster-paced than PUBG and adds a new wrinkle with an on-the-fly building system, so rather than crawling around on your belly, you spend the late game hunkered down in a home-made fort.
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Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch
Car football. What could possibly be a better elevator pitch than that? It could have been a horrible mess, of course, if Psyonix hadn’t implemented the physics as expertly as they did. Somehow launching a truck up into the air, pulling off a few barrel rolls and heading (bonneting?) a crossed ball into a goal tended by a dune buggy feels like the most natural and intuitive thing in the world after a few matches.
Now in its fourth year, Rock League has basketball and hockey variants, a strong competitive scene, and accounts for roughly 50% of the world’s Gifs.
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Available on: PC
Picking one phenomenally popular MOBA over the other was always going to throw up some strong emotions, but honestly Dota 2 and League of Legends are both excellent MOBAs. It’s just that people don’t tend to play them both, like you might with PUBG and Fortnite: Battle Royale.
Born of a Warcraft 3 expansion pack mod, Dota 2 doesn’t have much in common with RTS gaming but the micromanagement and split-millisecond decision making are very much still present. Pick a lane, get some last hits, buy some upgrades, and feel like a modern day Garry Kasparov… until you watch the pros do it and realise that it looks like a completely different game at that level.
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