The 30 best online games to play right now
The best online games give you a space to explore new worlds, new challenges, and ultra-rare loot, and to do it all with friends. Meet an old friend for virtual exploration even when you’re miles from each other, or make new friends and start your own clan without ever having to leave your home. Thanks to better internet speeds and the rise of live service games, there are more multiplayer games out there than ever before, but – whisper it – not all are great. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a countdown of the top 30 online games you can play right now.
Here’s how we chose: First, we decided to only include truly online games, which means online connectivity is a major feature. This excludes some single player games with great multiplayer modes, like Uncharted 4. We’re also not including the best MMORPGs because it’s a very specific genre that deserves a separate list. Beyond those two strict regulations, everything from shooting games to story games was eligible for a spot in the top 30 games online. Read on to find out which games did it, then check it out our list of the best co-op games for more fun online, but working together!
30. Death by the light of day
Developer: Interactive behavior
Format (s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS
Back in the days when asymmetric multiplayer games were all the rage (remember Evolve?), A smart developer wondered: what if we recreate classic slasher movies, with a squad of helpless teens and an unstoppable killer. ? The result is Dead by Daylight, which is basically Friday the 13th: The Game (if, you know, that wasn’t its own game already). But where Friday the 13th focuses solely on Jason Voorhees, Dead by Daylight has a wide variety of murderers, ranging from original creations to familiar foes like Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and the Jigsaw Killer. Not for the faint of heart, this one.
Developer: PUBG Corporation
Format (s): PC, Xbox One, PS4, iOS, Android
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUBG for short, helped kick-start the battle royale craze, popularizing some of its most basic rules such as the shrinking safe zone, the big map, and the 100 setup. players. While other battle royale games have gone for a cartoonish aesthetic, PUBG remains grounded in realism (or at least as realistic as a 100-person deathmatch with exploding cars and sometimes wobbly physics). Expect falling bullets and one-hit kills.
28. Tetris 99
Format (s): Nintendo Switch
What’s a free Tetris game doing on this list in the name of all that tessele? You may well ask for this, but if you do, you almost certainly haven’t played Tetris 99, one of the most tense and frenetic multiplayer games of recent years. The concept is great: it’s basically Tetris Battle Royale, and every two lines you clear are sent to one of your 99 competitors, either at random, to those closest to death, to the players who are currently attacking you or those who are closest to victory. It’s a completely original version of a game that debuted almost 40 years ago, and it’s free if you buy a Nintendo Online Pass (which you absolutely should do, if only for play the other Switch games on this list).
27. Red Dead Online
Developer: rock star games
Format (s): PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a masterpiece. Its multiplayer part, Red Dead Online, did not quite win over the same audience as its Grand Theft Auto 5 counterpart (see issue 18), but it’s still a hoot, a good time. You can do whatever you can in the sprawling single-player campaign, like hunt, run stagecoaches, and shave in the back of a saloon, but multiplayer brings some unique activities. There is a full-fledged story to play out, pop-up events, races, and competitive team-ups. Gather some friends and gallop.
26. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Developer: Valve, Hidden Path Entertainment
Format (s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3
There’s a reason Counter-Strike stuck around so long. A quick and hyper-lethal representation of modern military engagements, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (or simply CS: GO for short) is all about being quick on the draw and thinking even faster. Tactics and teamwork will prevail here, as you strive to take out other players or engage in more objective-oriented modes, such as disarming a bomb.
25. Overcooked 2
Developer: Ghost town games
Format (s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
How much do you value your friends? This is the question you need to ask yourself before launching Overcooked 2, because this game will absolutely test the limits of your camaraderie. Just like in the first game, you and several other players take on the role of chef in some of the less plausible cuisines ever cooked up. Think you can cook on an iceberg? How about speeding down the highway? You’ll need to be quick, precise, and coordinated with your teammates to make your customers happy, so try not to lose your mind.
24. Diablo 3
Developer: Snow storm
Format (s): PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch
So many games, from Torchlight to Path of Exile, owe their existence to the Diablo series, and the granddaddy of the hack-and-slash genre is still alive and well. Diablo 3 is eight years old, but its crisp, flashy combat is still as responsive as anything we’ve played. It’s addicting solo, but even better when playing in a party of online adventurers with complementary skills. Each player receives their own loot so you don’t have to fight for legendary items, but you can share whatever you collect between your friends, making it easier than ever to create screen-erasing versions. . Its seven classes offer all-new mechanics to master, and it’s worth playing the campaign with each one. Just be sure to increase the difficulty of what you would use in solo, as you and your crew will soon be tearing apart demons at a frightening rate.
Developer: Kinetic games
Format (s): computer
There are many horror games out there, but very few of them can really capture a sense of dread when playing with others online. Phasmophobia approaches gender with simplicity: a group of no more than four people visit homes, schools, and even a prison to investigate paranormal activity. Your only goal is to observe and document what is going on, following a list of tasks that reward you with more money while using a variety of tools to get the job done.
But it’s incredibly tense. Ghosts can be just as creepy when you can see them as when they hide in plain sight, flicker with switches, throw things in the air, or even sneak up on you to leave you out of use for it. rest of the session. This terrifying experience has the potential to overwhelm you even after you think you’ve seen it all, and the fact that it’s still in Early Access means it will only get better from now on.
22. Gate 2
Format (s): computer
If Portal was the perfect puzzle game, Portal 2 is the complete and delicious meal. In online co-op, you and a friend solve mind-blowing puzzles using portals while laughing at the storytelling of GLaDOS, the eternal enemy of portals. Having four portals between you meant Valve had to make the challenges harder than usual, and trust us, they’re tricky. You’ll have to really rack your brains and coordinate the timings as you hit switches, jump edges, and bounce off brightly colored strips of gel. The game is divided into thematic areas, each one reversing the formula in a new way. It’s a cooperative play wonder, and works great online
21. Chance of rain 2
Developer: Hopoo games
Format (s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
You might have skipped the first Risk of Rain when it released in 2013, but the sequel is bigger and flashier, while still retaining what made the original so special, quite literally. The switch from a 2D perspective to a full 3D perspective was surprising, but perfectly conveys the frantic action of the very peculiar roguelike. Up to four players (or just solo) can unite to defeat wave after wave of enemies choosing from a set of unique characters, each with their own unique weapons and abilities. As you progress through the levels, you earn currency to exchange for items, and that’s where the magic of Risk of Rain 2 is.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a hybrid between a plant and a robot that can crawl across the ground with its roots while simultaneously pulling out seeds, or a rather standard commando that gets progressively faster and more agile? with the right items, then this game is for you. With its procedurally generated nature and engaging “one more game” nature, it’s a must-have to have on hand for long evenings in co-op with friends online.
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