ByPeter Moulding, writer at
Peter Moulding

Good multiplayer games are everywhere, but really good multiplayer games, the ones where you and your mates can get seriously engrossed for hours on end, are few and far between. Sometimes these particular #VideoGames have been designed down to the most minute detail with multiplayer in mind to allow for truly unforgettable experiences, but other times you can tell that they just work really, really well on the side.

The Best Multiplayer Games Out There

In the list below you will find a selection of games from all different genres and platforms, but all of them are multiplayer classics in their own right which you should definitely check out. These are the best of the best.

Mario Kart 8

Some jaw dropping visuals
Some jaw dropping visuals
  • Developer: Nintendo EAD
  • Publisher: Nintendo

This is the eighth installment of #MarioKart, taking the beloved series to new, thrilling heights. Essentially, this game is a Nintendo themed kart racer with added obstacles, special characters and gravity defying tracks. But its the sheer simplicity that makes this game so fun to play. The latest installment, which was released in 2014, beefs up all these core elements to create a truly exciting and fast-paced multiplayer game.

Mario Kart 8 offers more creative tracks, absolutely stunning graphics, insane anti-gravity transformations and even more intense gameplay than its predecessors.

Platforms: Wii U

Fifa 17

An atmosphere to give you goosebumps
An atmosphere to give you goosebumps
  • Developer: EA Canada
  • Publisher: EA Sports

Probably the best pick up and play game you can get, #FIFA is another absolute classic in the multiplayer category. I remember when I was first introduced to the game back when I was a teenager, every single match felt surreal. We would play local multiplayer, because that's all we had, and have immense fun playing a quick match against each other or even conquering a season together in the career mode. With every installment the game becomes more realistic and impressive, and FIFA 17 is no different.

There have been several major changes to the multiplayer experience this year including set piece re-writes, an active intelligence system, new attacking techniques and an overhaul of the physical play. All of these mean that each match will be more unique, and no-doubt more memorable too.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

Check the trailer out below!


Go anywhere, do anything
Go anywhere, do anything
  • Developer: Rockstar North
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games

Not quite as family-friendly as the previous two on this list, #GTAV is an open world game that lets you be the homicidal maniac that you know you really are. Like all of the GTA games, it has a long and award-winning singleplayer mode. The best thing though is GTA V online, the insane multiplayer part of the game, which allows you to run riot with all your mates and a bunch of strangers too.

The best things to do in GTA V online include robberies, heists, races and death matches. Have a blast!

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Throwback to the original
Throwback to the original
  • Developer: 343 Industries
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios

For me, the original Halo: Combat Evolved has always been the ultimate multiplayer game. It encapsulated what multiplayer games should aim to deliver: intense and varied action that never gets old. Each #Halo game built on the previous by broadening and diversifying the game types, the customization elements and the maps.

These games defined the multiplayer stage and Halo: The Master Chief Collection combines the first four together, with each game receiving some sort of graphical or audial upgrade. On top of that, the collection brings Xbox Live to Halo: Combat Evolved, although I would definitely recommend trying out Blood Gulch on split-screen first before diving in online.

Platforms: Xbox One

Watch the Master Chief Collection Trailer here!

Rocket League

Explosive action
Explosive action
  • Developer: Psyonix
  • Publisher: Psyonix

#RocketLeague, which was released in 2015, is one of those games that just works. It's a highly explosive and rocket-fueled sports game where you and your mates battle it out on the field, trying to pummel a massive ball toward the opposition's goal. Imagine what it would be like to try and play a game of football at a demolition derby, and then you're almost there.

With your car you are able to drive up the sides of the walls, speed boost across the pitch, destroy your opponent's vehicle and even jump or dive to hit the ball. Sounds pretty mental, right?

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, OS X, Linux

Battlefield 1

An immense multiplayer experience
An immense multiplayer experience
  • Developer: EA DICE
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts

Like its predecessors, #Battlefield1 masters the multiplayer combat experience. It is set in the grim depths of World War 1, which means players fight with rifles and bayonets in maps that range from the horrific mud-filled trenches on the Western Front to the blistering heat of the Sinai desert in Egypt.

The Battlefield franchise is renowned for its super realistic gameplay and graphics, as well as its focus on teamwork. Battlefield 1 is one of the best looking games this year, but it's the interesting array of maps, customizable elements and new guns and vehicles that'll mean you won't be able to peel yourself away.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

You can watch the trailer here.

What would you add to the list?