Having been the smaller sibling for many years now, multiplayer games were a big part of my child hood.
In fact, these games were vital for me otherwise I never would have had a go on the good ol’ PS2!
But today, we face the challenges of wanting to buy the most incredible games but a lot of them barely have any multiplayer function; annoying!
So, today, I decided to concoct a list of all the modern multiplayers that you can play with your younger brothers or sisters or even just your friends online:
No Man’s Sky
Ha, just kidding, we’ll start the article now.
As previously mentioned for its excellent DLCs, Destiny is also equipped with a brilliant multiplayer mode.
Just like many mainstream games, this game has the option for online competitive play in “The Crucible” which, from my experience, is incredibly fast paced!
But not only that, you can also complete the campaign with a “Fireteam”. This is 2 or 3 of you team up to tackle the darkness together.
I feel like I need to exaggerate this more:
You don’t have to complete the story alone anymore. You don’t have to share the controller around between mates. You can do the whole thing playing together at the same time.
For me, this is revolutionary.
It solves the problem of repetitive play.
Instead of always playing Team Deathmatch in Nuke Town, you can continue to explore different areas of planets completing a variety of missions.
Now if you don’t have any friends to play with (don’t worry, I’m not judging), you can always play in public events where you and other guardians work together to defeat a hefty boss level.
No matter what platform you are playing this game on, it still serves a fantastic multiplayer function.
With split screen and online play, you can compete against racers from around the world to drive against along wacky courses.
This game could create hours of family fun or a dispute the size of a Monopoly fallout.
This game served many useful purposes for me and my friends, mainly as a problem decider.
If we weren’t happy with something, we would play a round on rainbow road and who ever wins has the deciding vote on what we do.
Or, if we were at a party, someone would end up bringing mario kart with them and we would be playing split screen until early hours of the morning.
Little Big Planet
This game differs slightly from other games on this list.
Up to 4 people can pursue through the story together like Destiny without having to endure split screen (being a 2D platform game, split screen seems a bit redundant).
As well as this, you can create your own levels for players online to enjoy. These can be in the form of mini games involving your favourite characters, not only from littlebigplanet, as well as full blown, adventure maps.
If that’s not good enough, you can even create quirky levels with friends online and offline.
Here’s my favourite bit:
Some of the levels include little easter eggs that can only be completed with a certain number of players; there will usually be a stamp on the map to tell you how many people you need.
With these, you can collect extra outfits for your sack boy, stickers, materials and more!
In order to get these items, you’d have to complete a quirky puzzle first.
Seeing as my brother wasn’t a big fan of this game (he thought he was too manly for it), I would usually have two controllers on the go and I would control both sack boys myself! While it proved difficult, I still managed to complete some of the puzzles.
By now, you must have seen at least one youtuber play this game.
And it’s for a good reason.
Rocket league offers a fun, affordable way to experience multiplayer gaming.
You play as a small vehicle and it is your job, with your team, to get the ball in the opposing team’s net.
So …it’s football but …you’re a car.
As silly of a concept as it might sound, it is still ridiculously entertaining.
Similar to Mario Kart, Rocket League can either allow you and your friends to have a great time, or, you can seriously piss someone off.
What I recommend you do, if you have not watched gameplay before, is to search for Rocket League on Youtube as the game is still fun even when you’re watching and not playing!
This game is only for local co-op with 1-4 players.
However, it is one of the most intense multiplayer games out there.
Looking at the gameplay for it, you’d think it’s a kids game but do not be so naive; this game can be well suited for adults too!
With high pace action, you and your friends are a group of chefs in weird and wonderful surroundings trying to complete a food order before the time is up and the customer leaves “in a huff”!
Reading reviews for this game on steam:
Overcooked is hands down one of the best couch party games ever made. It’s the perfect balance of chaos that can be conquered with skill.
If you looking for a game to entertain you and guests one evening, try this one!
Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One
This game is slightly different from the rest being a bit older but I still had to include it on my list because of this one reason:
This game was built for multiplayer.
Instead of playing with friends, getting to the cutscene and then only having player 1 in the cut scene, this game includes all 4 players.
Including the main characters, Ratchet and Clank, participants can also decide to play as Captain Qwark and Doctor Nefarious; two characters that feature heavily throughout the Ratchet and Clank series.
You can still collect the awesome guns that would appear in previous games but you can also collect new items to complete a number of functions.
To top it all off, this game also doesn’t have split screen so you can all stare at the same screen and not worry about having one small tiny portion of the TV.
It includes a special function so that if you find that you and a friend separate in the game, you can leash on to one another to be reunited.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
I know I keep saying that every game is different to the rest on this list but nothing differs as much as this one.
This is a local multiplayer game where only one player is actually controlling the game.
The player on the computer is confronted with a bomb and no knowledge on how to diffuse it. However, you friends are equipped with a manual and the only way of getting out of the situation is through lots of communication.
You have to describe exactly what is in front of you so that your friends can then tell you what to do and I must say: it’s pretty intense!
You can even enjoy this game in VR so that you can truly believe there is a live bomb in front of you.
I don’t think I’d be any good at this; I would freak out way to easily and just accept the fact I was gonna blow up.
How could we write an article on multiplayer games and not mention Minecraft?
This game is a multi-terrain survival where you construct shelters with materials you scavange to survive the monsters that come out at night.
It is a cool, creative game where you can see what awesome mansion you can make out of all the materials you would ever need.
The multiplayer function can be served as local play or online (mainly online)
Minecraft is an excellent multiplayer game as you can construct buildings together, kill mobs together, and most importantly, try out new mods together.
It’s a game that doesn’t restrict you to a finite story but allows to explore as far and wide as the map will take you and test your creativity.
And it only increases in enjoyment when you and friends build something huge.
So there you have it, these are the best games for having a great time with mates.
These are the games that allowed me t0 become the gamer that I am today (otherwise, I never would have been allowed a go).