ByPeter Moulding, writer at
"How the little piglets would grunt if they knew how the old boar suffered."
Peter Moulding

What is it that keeps bringing you back to play multiplayer on FIFA 17, Battlefield 1 and Rocket League? It's a question developers love to ask, but find little solace in the answer. Sure, decent graphics and addictive gameplay will give you a good foundation. But, ultimately, gamers just want a platform that will let them interact in a tangible and enjoyable way.

The Best Multiplayer Games Out There

Thus, 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 with, are few and far between. Sometimes these particular have been designed down to the most minute detail with in mind to allow for truly unforgettable experiences, but other times you can tell that they just work really, really well on the side.

1. 'Mario Kart 8'

Some jaw dropping visuals. [Credits: Mario Kart 8/Nintendo EAD]
Some jaw dropping visuals. [Credits: Mario Kart 8/Nintendo EAD]
  • Developer: Nintendo EAD
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: Wii U

This is the eighth installment of , 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 allows for much more customization than we have ever seen before, which means you'll be spending a lot of time finding your very own perfectly shaped combination of character, vehicle, parts and tyres. Boosts and drifting are also two core elements that have recieved some attention. Now, all you'll need is the tap of one button and your own skill at adjusting the angle to perform the perfect manoeuvres to get past your opponents.

Mario Kart 8 offers more creative tracks, absolutely stunning graphics, insane anti-gravity transformations and even more intense gameplay than its predecessors. This is quite easily one of the best multiplayer games for kids and adults alike!

2. 'Fifa 17'

An atmosphere to give you goosebumps. [Credits: FIFA 17/EA]
An atmosphere to give you goosebumps. [Credits: FIFA 17/EA]
  • Developer: EA Canada
  • Publisher: EA Sports
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

Probably the best pick up and play game you can get, 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.

One of the biggest differences that players (including me) have been struggling to get to grips with are the changes that have been made to the defending system. As a multiplayer online game, it is much more difficult with these changes implemented. For new players who want to get to the top I would recommend actually using the tactics (as in previous games you might not have needed to) and making sure you control the opposition in their attack.

3. 'GTA V'

Go anywhere, do anything. [Credits: GTA V/Rockstar North]
Go anywhere, do anything. [Credits: GTA V/Rockstar North]
  • Developer: Rockstar North
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

Not quite as family-friendly as the previous two on this list, 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! You can create your own character, join a gang, buy an apartment, pretend to be in the police, race each other off-road and much more. GTA Online is just an extension of the world you'll find in singleplayer, but by giving it over to an online community it has become one of the best decisions Rockstar ever made.

4. 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection'

Throwback to the original. [Credits: Halo: Combat Evolved/343 Industries]
Throwback to the original. [Credits: Halo: Combat Evolved/343 Industries]
  • Developer: 343 Industries
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: Xbox One

For me, the original Halo: Combat Evolved has always been the best multiplayer game. It encapsulated what multiplayer shooting games should aim to deliver: intense and varied action that never gets old. Each 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.

Halo 2 gave us the original multiplayer online experience, which in turn meant that the whole multiplayer experience was revamped. This is when we were first introduced to medals, rankings and matchmaking. Also, we mustn't forget how Halo 3 was the first game in the series to allow gamers to play the singleplayer mode cooperatively online. What Halo 4 did was give us Dominion, a memorable new multiplayer mode that allowed players to build and reinforce their own bases.

Watch the Master Chief Collection Trailer here!

5. 'Rocket League'

Explosive action. [Credits: Rocket League/Psyonix]
Explosive action. [Credits: Rocket League/Psyonix]
  • Developer: Psyonix
  • Publisher: Psyonix
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, OS X, Linux

, which was released in 2015, is one of those multiplayer 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?

6. 'Battlefield 1'

A truly immense multiplayer experience! [Credits: Battlefield 1/EA DICE]
A truly immense multiplayer experience! [Credits: Battlefield 1/EA DICE]
  • Developer: EA DICE
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Like its predecessors, masters the combat experience, making it one of the best multiplayer games out there. It is set in the grim depths of World War 1, which means players fight with historic rifles and bayonets in maps that range from the horrific mud-filled trenches of 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.

You have the choice between several different game modes including Conquest (a no messing around multiplayer mode), Rush, War Pigeons, Team Deathmatch, Domination and my personal favorite, Operations. This last game mode, which seems pretty chaotic at first, is something pretty unique to this game. It's more of a campaign based on real historic battles, rather than a thoroughbred multiplayer match, actually making it feel like there is much more on the line than in other modes.

You can watch the trailer here.

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