Did you know that before there was Nintendo, PlayStation, or Xbox, there was “Brown Box” first?
We’re talking about none other than the first-ever multiplayer, video game prototype.
It’s the Brown Box that we have to thank for all the electronic and video games that we now have today.
It’s the father of today’s video games that more than 166 million Americans spend time and money on. It’s what spawned the best multiplayer games that you can beat your friends in to show who’s the boss. From that bulky, literally brown box came today’s massive multiplayer online games.
And this 2019, we have even more multiplayer games to look forward to. In the meantime, here are the top multiplayer titles that you should be playing with the gang now.
1. Apex Legends
If a Battle Royale is what you’re looking for, then look no further than Apex Legends. With sixty players divided into teams of three, this game takes the meaning of co-op games to a whole new level. It’s kind of like Breakout Games, but rather than searching for clues, your squad hunts for weapons.
What makes it stand out from other Battle Royal multiplayer games is its “Legend” feature. They’re pre-defined heroes, each of which boasts their own unique strengths and abilities. You can choose your Legend’s specialization, be it “Offense” “Defense”, “Recon”, or “Support”.
Once all teams are on the island, they combat with other squads while scavenging for weapons. As the game progresses, the play area also gets smaller and smaller. This goes on until there’s only one squad left, and once this happens, the match ends.
By the way, to prove just how fun Apex Legends is, know that it made a staggering $92 million in its first month alone.
2. F1 2019
If riding shotgun isn’t your thing, then show your friends who should be behind the wheel with F1 2019. Granted, this racing game is the 11th installment of the popular franchise. It does, however, have loads of people and stuff you won’t find in the other installments.
For one, you can choose among all the 20 drivers from the actual Formula One World Championship. You can then race with your friends on all 21 different circuits, also based on the real-life race. Best of all, you can drive any of the 18 Formula 1 cars used between the 1972 and 2010 F1 seasons.
If you’ve ever dreamed of being an F1 driver, then this is one of the multi-player PC games you shouldn’t miss.
Mordhau is one of the top MMO games this 2019 because, for starters, it’s realistic and medieval at the same time. It’ll transport you back to the time where it was all about hand-to-hand combat. Yes, by that we mean kicking, blocking, dodging, and of course, using swords, shields, spears, and bows.
There are also five different multiplayer game modes, including Battle Royale and Frontlines. In both modes, up to 64 players can join, although the former pits you against all other 63 players. Whereas the Frontlines mode divide players into two teams.
Did we mention this game also lets you ride horses on your way to where the chaos is?
4. Dota Underlords
This list won’t be complete without mentioning Dota, simply one of the best MOBA games on the planet. This year, Valve released Dota Underlords, an auto battler that incorporates chess-like elements. It’s based on Dota 2’s community-developed game “Dota Auto Chess”.
True to its gameplay, Dota Underlord’s battlefield consists of an 8×8 grid. Here, players set and prepare their heroes for combat by coming up with fight strategies. As soon as both parties are ready, the heroes then fight the other team on an “auto-pilot” mode.
Winners then earn EXP points as well as gold, which they can use to get upgrades for their heroes.
5. Monster Hunter World
With over 13 million copies sold, Monster Hunter World is now Capcom’s best-seller. That should be enough to prompt you to get your own copy of the game.
What is it exactly though? Well, as the name suggests, it’s all about hunting uber-powerful monsters. Creatures that, like your character, also increase in strength as the game progresses. The more powerful the creatures are, the more awesome the loot you can get from them.
And, as the name once again suggests, Monster Hunter World’s map isn’t only open — it’s also monstrous in size.
If you love Advance Wars, then we’re pretty sure you’ll love Wargroove too. This turn-based strategy game is as cute as it’s interesting, complete with a fantasy theme. It takes place in Aurania, an island continent.
In this game, you’ll assume the role of one of the 15 pre-set commanders. Each of these characters come with unique personalities, goals, and campaigns.
The goal is to build, fortify, and command armies. You and your friends then take turns guiding your forces through a top-down map. Once you see the opposition, it’s time to topple them.
7. Doom Eternal
Doom definitely wasn’t the first first-person shooter, but it’s no doubt the one that placed FPS on the map. After all, back then (1993), it was reportedly making $100,000 a day.
Being the father of FPS is also the reason it deserves a spot on this list, even though it’s not out yet.
It will be soon, specifically on the 22nd of November this year. This year, by the way, marks the title’s 26th year of existence.
In Doom Eternal, players will once again imagine themselves as Doom Slayer. It keeps the traditional first-person POV, which is what we all loved about it in the first place.
It’s a continuation of the 2016 Doom reboot, with Doom Slayer once again faced with the forces of hell. Of course, as the “hero”, he’ll be back to save the day and the human race. But as he does, Heaven turns its back on him.
What’s even more fun about Demon Eternal is its multiplayer mode, “Invasion”. Here, players who’ll enter another single-player’s campaign will play as demons. If you don’t fancy that, you can choose among the other standard multiplayer modes the game will come with.
You can get your hands on a copy before the rest does by pre-ordering it from Bethesda.
Play the Best Multiplayer Games with the Squad Now
There you have it, seven of the best multiplayer games that are worth every penny and every second of your time. What’s more, many of these titles also come with single-player modes. So, whether you’re a lone wolf or you want to hone your team-building skills, these are some of the best games for you.
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