While single-player games are all the rage, the popularity of multiplayer video games is not to be overlooked. For this list the qualifiers are simple. It has to have a multiplayer matchmaking mode or cooperative play. It also has to be games I’ve played like my last list of top games of the last decade. Without further adieu, here’s the list!
Call of Duty Modern Warfare / Warzone (2019)
If I’m only going to put one Call of Duty game on this list for the best multiplayer game of the last decade It would be Modern Warfare. Especially when Warzone came out on it. It went back to what made Call of Duty so good since the first original Call of Duty Modern Warfare back in 2007. Its gritty fps realism and over-the-top fast-paced action are all there. It also includes more modes, maps, guns, and operators. Warzone, a newly added battle royale mode, crushed Fortnite as the superior battle royale when it first came to be. As a multiplayer game, you can’t get much better.
This multiplayer-only game is worth it. This FPS Class-based team battle game is better than any of its kind. Yes, that means it’s better than Team Fortress 2. Choose from a huge list of heroes ranging from the tank, damage dealer, and support. This addictive shooter keeps things interesting as the combination of heroes can really diversify the game. Each hero plays differently so you will have to find a few that work for you. It’s one of the most original and unique gaming experiences I’ve ever had.
Halo The Master Chief collection (2014)
This collection brings all the previous halo games and combines them into one. In this sci-fi fps, you are able to play different multiplayer modes on all the different halo games. Pick and choose what you want to play for matchmaking or do a custom map. Custom maps can be made by the in-game forge mode which adds a level of complexity that few other multiplayer games accomplish. I mean it’s Halo. It’s easily one of the most recognizable multiplayer games ever made. This collection is only reinstating the fact that Halo is timeless.
Yes, you can play it solo, but with all the creative content on servers and realms, it’s way better in a group. With the help of some players, you can build anything at your heart’s content. From whole villages to the grandest and complex builds. This game might seem simple but somehow to make videos on youtube will easily show you that this game is anything but. A working computer was made in-game. All through online. Exploring and building with friends has never been this good.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
All your favorite nintendo characters and then some, battling it out. It’s a new era of Super Smash Bros. Beautiful graphics and smooth controls that vary from simple to very complex. Play with friends locally, online, or in physical competitions like esports. The number of competitions for this game are huge. This is easily the best of the series.
Grand Theft Auto Online (2013)
The amount of content in this multiplayer mode is ridiculous. The number of DLC is mind-numbing. Everything from grand heists, to racing to sports mini-games. There is just so much to do. It can be difficult at times but the communities can help you out. Roleplay, group up or take on other online players by yourself.
Diablo 3 (2012)
Another co-op game that had to make the list. The amount of replayability is great. Play the standard campaign online, brawling, adventure or rift. Or even season play where you can unlock content for your character. This game is good solo, but playing with friends is far more enjoyable and gives you the ability to share experience, which means faster level-ups. Diablo 3 is undoubtedly one of the best dungeon crawler smash and hack games to date.
Borderlands Handsome Collection (2015)
This rather attractive collection contains both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands the pre sequel. Both are uniquely stylized first-person shooters. This also includes all of the downloadable content for the two games. Co-op is how to play these games. Unlock better loot and faster experience points. Plus your fellow players can help support you with their many abilities.
TitanFall 2 (2016)
Jet packs, and giant battle mechs, what’s not to love. This sequel to the online-only Titainfall is how to make a fun online sci-fi first-person shooter. Beautiful graphics, fast and sharp gameplay. It also includes bots in the multiplayer mode making you fight both player vs player and player vs bots. Tons of guns and abilities, not to mention all the different robotic mechs you can control. Fight for domination and kill all that stand in your way.
PUBG: Player Unknown Battle Ground (2017)
Just like Warzone or Fortnite, battle in this shooter for top dog. This battle royale mode has all the correct gameplay and a massive, and pretty map. Lots to loot and shoot. The amount of tactics needed to play this game keeps you on your toes.
Mario Kart 8 (2014)
The best kart games ever made have got to be Mario Kart. This one takes the cake for most players, most carts, and other vehicles. Battle and drive as fast as you can to become #1. Simple yet has the ability to be very competitive.
Rainbow Six: Siege (2015)
It’s terrorists vs. anti-terrorist forces. Save hostages, plant bombs, and kill or be killed in this tactical first-person shooter. Everything is destructible which adds a different dynamic than most other shooters. Play as class-based characters that give you different guns and abilities. This game is very tense and very entertaining.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Online (2018)
It’s the cowboy version of Grand Theft Auto but feels like it’s very own type of game. Play on a huge map based on the campaign but with random players roaming around. Team up or gun down other players and see who can be most wanted as long as possible. Other modes are thrown in that keep things interesting and fresh. If you loved Red Dead Redemption 2 you’ll love its multiplayer mode.
I give credit to games when it is due and Fortnite is still one of the most popular multiplayer games of the last decade easily. It has multiple modes including the world-renowned battle royale mode. Fight to be the last man standing, either alone, or in a group of 2, 3, or 4. The graphics are nice even if a bit simple and cartoonish but that doesn’t take away the solid gunplay. Pull off trick shots and special moves for the street cred. Play special limited-time modes that come around often. You can’t hate on it until you try it. It’s fun and has a very good replay value.
Rocket League (2015)
This is a soccer game played by RC cars. As silly of a concept as it might seem, it’s very entertaining. Making trick goals and blocks are super fun and make you feel like one more game. It can be difficult, but the challenge keeps things from going tired. Play with strangers or in your friend group to make the most scores of the game.
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