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Best multiplayer games: The top titles you can dig into with your mates

Multiplayer gaming is fast becoming the norm. With developers spending more time and effort on the multiplayer sides of their games and franchises. There are some fantastic offerings in the field, from racers to tactical shooters to sports games. So, we got our heads together at Trusted Reviews to break down some of the very best multiplayer games on offer. 

The titles on this list are great to play with friends. There’s the latest shooter on the market, as well as some older titles

Call of Duty: Warzone

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Pros:

  • COD’s usual polish
  • Satisfying gunplay
  • 150 players!

Cons:

  • Sometimes over-complicated

The latest addition to the Call of Duty universe is a free-to-play battle royale game. Warzone offers the triple-A polish of a COD title with all the popular trappings of battle royale gameplay. There is also a secondary game-mode, Plunder, which invites players to grab as much cash as they can while fighting off the opposition.

As many as 150 players are dropped into a large map which combines a variety of smaller, classic COD maps into one huge landscape. From there, players scavenge for supplies and fight it out.

The map also offers a variety of vehicles, including an ATV, tactical rover truck, an SUV and a cargo truck. Each offers different levels of speed and protection. Excitingly, there’s also a helicopter, which means players also have to beware threats from above.

Notably, players who are already enjoying Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, will see their online progress carried into Warzone mode and the game’s download time reduced.

Destiny 2

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Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Google Stadia

Pros:

  • Satisfying gameplay
  • Plenty of content
  • Both campaign and PVP are entertaining

Cons:

  • Looting could be better

It’s worth finishing off the campaign and some side-quests before diving into Destiny 2’s more competitive player-vs-player multiplayer elements. Both sides of the game are entertaining and take the player into an enthralling sci-fi universe.

We’ve been consistently impressed with Destiny 2 and gave it a four-star rating on release. It’s still holding up well as a great multiplayer experience and it’s a fun one to dive into with friends.

FIFA 20

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Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

Pros:

  • Fantastic presentation
  • Great physics
  • UEFA licenses complete the package
  • Small tweaks benefit the gameplay

Cons:

  • Lack of career mode updates
  • Not a huge upgrade
  • Volta football is an acquired taste

FIFA is the king of football sims. Ultimate Team mode has become a hugely popular online multiplayer game-mode and is the title’s leading light. Players gradually add to their squad and turn it from a bunch of nobodies into an all-star lineup.

Also notable is the addition, new to FIFA 20, of Volta Football. It’s a modern version of the PS2 classic, FIFA Street.

If you want to keep things simple, you can disregard FUT and Volta and just jump straight into a match against a willing online opponent. Good luck!

Hunt: Showdown

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Pros:

  • Gripping tense atmosphere
  • A unique cocktail of game-modes
  • Unusual and appealing historic setting, with weapons to match
  • Interesting player dynamics

Cons:

  • Only two maps at present
  • Good team-play is hard to come by

Crytek’s Hunt: Showdown is the niche outsider on this list, but its unique combination of setting and gameplay formula make it well worth a try.

Players take on the role of a rag-tag bunch of bounty hunters thrown into a swampy American landscape where survival horror is mixed with battle royale thrills. Players face each other, in teams or individually, but they also face the monstrous horrors that haunt the battlefield.

How do you win? First, choose a loadout and spawn in. Then, find three clues, located across the map, which tell you where to find your ‘bounty’ – a huge monster you must kill before escaping. That’s all difficult enough on its own, without other players trying to kill you or hijack the bounty. Overall Hunt: Showdown offers a fantastically tense shooter, in a suitably eerie setting. It’s well worth a try.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Pros:

  • All your favourite characters
  • Accessible fun
  • Great art-style

Cons:

  • Fairly simplistic
  • Multiplayer elements could still be improved

This does what it says on the tin. It could be the ultimate cartoony fighting game, with Mario and co. facing off against the likes of Zelda, Sonic, Pikachu and Pacman. It’s quite a lineup.

Take a look at the gameplay video above to get a taste for the action. This is a great, accessible game, that offers pick-up-and-play fun without any complications. It’s a classic Switch experience.

There is a campaign mode and a single-player mode to compliment the game’s stand-out multiplayer too.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends

Standby for Titanfall…. Wait, we’ve got the wrong game

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Pros:

  • Fast, frantic combat
  • Best-in-class movement
  • Three-dimensional characters
  • Gorgeous art style

Cons:

  • Everyone is a bullet sponge
  • Limited ammo to loot

Apex Legends is still great. A landmark project from Respawn Entertainment, otherwise known as the creators of the beloved Titanfall franchise, this free-to-play title was a surprise launch for PS4, Xbox One and PC, reaching 10 million players in just a matter of days. It’s become a phenomenon, and rightly so since it offers one of the finest battle royale experiences we’ve ever played.

Taking place in the same universe as Titanfall, you and two squadmates must compete in a hugely-popular deathmatch known as Apex Legends. Sporting a selection of heroes similar to Blizzard’s Overwatch, each character comes with a slew of abilities that will prove valuable in battle.

It’s all about being the last squad standing, and the journey to this is a brilliant one thanks to silky smooth movement, punchy gunplay and a wonderful sense of style to the entire affair. Respawn is definitely onto a winner with this one.

Overcooked 2

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Where’s the lamb sauce?!

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Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

Pros:

  • Throwing mechanic expands core gameplay
  • Diverse, charming character designs
  • Another helping of one of the best co-op games around

Cons:

  • Finale feels underwhelming visually

As a well-oiled team of chefs, you and up to three friends must chop, cook, and plate yummy meals for demanding customers—all in kitchens that are designed to make you trip up. You’ll have to throw carrots through portals, chuck plates of fries over long drops, and make sure someone’s on washing up duty to stop the orders piling up.

When it comes together, and everyone sticks to their station, it’s a dream—but it’s even more fun when it starts going wrong. Expect to go red in the face at your teammates’ apparent stupidity and then immediately laugh about it after. Get some friends round, order a takeaway, and get stuck into Overcooked 2.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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The Blue Shell will continue to ruin friendships in MK8 Deluxe

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Platforms: Nintendo Switch (Mario Kart 8 is available on Wii U)

Pros:

  • Looks gorgeous on Nintendo Switch and the TV
  • Battle Mode is a superb addition
  • Plenty of challenge here for all skill levels
  • New assists for beginners work a treat
  • So many tracks and racers

Cons:

  • Some will want a brand-new Mario Kart on Switch

This enhanced version of 2014’s Mario Kart 8, which came out on the Wii U, is the most fun you can have on four wheels. Whether you’ve been racing around Mario Kart tracks for decades or you’re new to the series, it’s got everything you need, including plenty of driving assists for beginners and a 200cc mode that only the most experienced drivers will be able to handle.

It looks gorgeous on both the Switch’s portable screen or your TV, and the PvP Battle Mode—absent from the Wii U original—is a blast. You can play it locally, connecting to seven other consoles for an old-school LAN party, or take on racers around the world.

Divinity: Original Sin 2

Explore dungeons with friends in this stunning dungeon crawler

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Pros:

  • Very well-written
  • Wicked sense of humour
  • Incredibly deep RPG systems
  • Lots of replayability value

Cons:

  • Can be hard to penetrate
  • Occasional graphical bugs

A complex, text-heavy RPG doesn’t seem like the most natural fit for co-op play, but Original Sin 2 is essentially built to play with a buddy—even when you play single-player, you control two characters. When a tough decision is to be made in co-op, you and a friend can argue out the best way forward and decide the solution in a fun mini-game, letting you craft a distinct personality for your character.

Its flexible combat system is the best in any isometric RPG, and playing as a pair comes with hundreds of ways to combine powers and fiddle with its elemental magic system. Combine oil with fire, water with electricity, or if your partner is undead, then lob a flask of poison to heal them and take out nearby enemies in the process.

Fortnite Battle Royale

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It’s what all the kids are into these days *dabs*

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Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Pros:

  • Building system adds valuable depth
  • Simple gunplay is immediately fun
  • Combat mechanics feel polished
  • Limited time events

Cons:

  • Cheaters can be a problem
  • Atmosphere feels jarring

Fortnite Battle Royale is as close as you’ll get to guaranteed fun—and it’s completely free unless you want to buy fancy outfits. Its 100-player rounds are short and full of action, with a small map full of high-level loot encouraging constant firefights.

Beneath the bright cartoony visuals is a remarkably complex game with a high skill ceiling. The building system sets it apart: it’s intuitive, letting you lay down cover or construct a shelter in no time, but once you master the mechanics of the system, you’ll be building full-on towers filled with traps, escape routes and windows to snipe out of.

It’s best played in a squad with friends that you can share battle stories with later, but it’s fun to play solo, too.

Overwatch

Blizzard’s multiplayer shooter keeps on growing with new maps, heroes and events.

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Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Pros:

  • Fun and diverse cast of heroes
  • Deep and engaging lore
  • Addictive and endlessly rewarding to play
  • Seasonal events are a regular treat

Cons:

  • Bad team composition can be frustrating

Overwatch is the best team-based shooter since TF2, and it’s expanding all the time. Its growing roster of 28 heroes contains, among others, a beam-based flying healer, a cyborg ninja with a deadly blade, and a giant gorilla with an energy gun. There’s something for everyone, whether you want to play a support class or rack up kills.

The game modes cater to every need, too. If you want to just jump on a chilled-out server to test a character, you can do that, but it’s in 6v6 competitive play that Overwatch excels. Teamwork is essential, and there are countless opportunities to co-ordinate hero abilities. Once you start improving and your rank ticks slowly up, it’s near-impossible to tear yourself away, and regular seasonal events keep it feeling fresh. I can’t help but get excited for Lucioball year after year.

Rainbow Six Siege

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Breach and clear.

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Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Pros:

  • Deeply engrossing tactical shooter
  • Teamwork is not only encouraged but necessary
  • A diverse and well-balanced cast of operators
  • Consistent updates and additions

Cons:

  • Can seem impenetrable to newcomers

To a beginner, 5v5 FPS Rainbow Six Siege is mercilessly intimidating. Its diverse arenas are rabbit warrens, and you always seem to get shot from an enemy peeking out of a tiny hole in the wall from across the map. It’s a shooter you’ve got to work at if you want to improve—but don’t worry, that investment is paid back later, revealing an endlessly rewarding tactical shooter that nails the feeling of working with your teammates.

Each of the 40 operators has distinct strengths and weaknesses, and working out how to best counter the enemy team at hand, whether you’re attacking or defending, is a frantic, thrilling puzzle. The heroes are (mostly) balanced to perfection (sorry, Tachanka fans), and Ubisoft is constantly making tweaks to iron out any kinks, as well as adding new operators to play around with. Start with casual play, and make sure to watch some tutorials beforehand.

Rocket League

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Rocket-powered cars and football happen to make a great match

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Pros:

  • Easy to pick up and play
  • Complete control over your car in the air or on the ground
  • Lots of varied game modes

Cons:

  • I got nothing…

It’s football, but with cars—and yes, it’s as fun as it sounds. The joy of Rocket League comes from the freedom with which you can control your vehicle as you roam the pitch. You can powerslide, hop into the air, double flip, corkscrew, and all the while use two huge rocket boosters on your bumper to reach breakneck speeds.

If your cars were tied to the ground, it’d still be fun, but the sense of verticality you get from zooming above the pitch opens up new opportunities for creativity—for swooping saves, spinning assists and last-minute winners. It’s immediately fun to pick up and play, but you could spend 500 hours with it and still be learning new tricks (pro matches are joyous to watch).

Dead by Daylight

Dead By Daylight

This one gives us the willies…

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Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

Pros:

  • Genuinely tense and nerve-wracking
  • Clever balancing between the two sides
  • Never predictable
  • Experience systems and unlocks add depth

Cons:

  • Lobby and connection issues

A wonderfully-balanced asynchronous multiplayer game that pits three survivors against one maniacal masked killer in a twisted game of hide-and-seek. Playing as a survivor and slowly edging your way towards the escape point, wondering whether Freddy Krueger is breathing down your neck, is palm-sweatingly tense, and the abilities and perks that both sides have made rounds unpredictable.

Matches will feel completely different depending on which killer is stalking the shadows—there’s 13 in total, with more on the horizon. It’s still going strong with regular updates, making now as good a time as any to jump into Dead By Daylight.

Monster Hunter: World

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What’s that coming over the hill?

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Pros:

  • Incredibly deep and rewarding gameplay
  • Beautiful and varied worlds
  • So much depth to its systems
  • Each monster is a new challenge
  • The story is engaging

Cons:

  • Multiplayer matches can be fiddly to set up

If you want to know just how good Monster Hunter: World is, look no further than Trusted Review’s perfect 10/10 score, which few games have ever attained. It offers a stunning world packed with dangerous beasts big and small (mainly big) to slay. The combat is fluid and responsive, but the real joy of it is in what happens after you kill the beasts.

The loot and upgrade system is an analyst’s dream: every weapon, item, armour piece, attack and skill has numbers attached to it, and tweaking your build is addictive. Best of all, you can play it all through with a friend, comparing shiny new swords and glinting armour pieces as you go.

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