10 Essential Multiplayer Experiences on PC
One of the best parts of playing games on PC is the rich multiplayer communities that are set up around games new and old. From LAN parties to Steam groups, teaming up and throwing down has always had a home on PC. We put together a list, in no particular order, of some of the best multiplayer experiences on PC, sure to bring hours of white-knuckle gameplay with friends in a room, or friends across the globe.
These are not necessarily the best multiplayer games on PC. That is so personal that it’s almost impossible to make into a list. Instead, these are games that we believe to be essential to getting a well-rounded multiplayer experience on PC.
Overwatch is one of those games that is synonymous with PC gaming at this point. While the console counterpart brings in the crowd, Overwatch is a multiplayer title that needs to be played on PC to be truly experienced. Blizzard once again shows us that they are the master of making all types of games, especially those with a heavy multiplayer aspect.
Overwatch isn’t for everyone, but it is for most. This fast and ruthless FPS meets MOBA is an essential experience for multiplayer fans on PC.
Left 4 Dead is one of those games that can be played alone, but really shouldn’t be. This gory zombie killing fest is something that needs to be experienced with a group of friends. Playing through each campaign with a group of friends shows a perfection of co-op mechanics not matched by many other games out there.
Thankfully, the second game still has a large active user base, so the zombie slaying can keep on keeping on. Combine the amazing co-op mechanics with a massive amount of modding capabilities via the Steam Workshop, and Left 4 Dead 2 is the game that keeps on giving.
If there’s any game that I can lose myself in for a completely irresponsible amount of time, it’s Rocket League. This massively fun blend of combat and sports is addictive beyond words. Match after match, unlock after unlock, and goal after goal, Rocket League just never seems to get old.
Originally, I was reluctant to jump on the hype train of Rocket League, thinking it was just a multiplayer fad. I was wrong. Rocket League is a tremendously fun and addictive multiplay game, and one that begs to be played for hours on end.
This one may get into a little bit of trouble. While most would agree that Shogun 2 is an incredible game, many may argue that it is not an “essential” multiplayer experience. However, Shogun 2 proves time and time again that for RTS fans, it doesn’t get much better. Shogun 2 works so well due to massive battles, deep systems, and classic Total War gameplay.
The reason it’s an essential multiplayer experience is because of what is needed to get started. Most RTS games take a lot of time to get ahold of, with countless hours being poured into failed matches, often resulting in giving up at the game altogether. Shogun 2 strikes a beautiful balance, being very accessible for new players, all while still have deep combat mechanics that can be implemented to take your game to the next level.
Killing Floor 2 is as addictive as multiplayer games come. Think Left 4 Dead, but so much deeper. Killing Floor 2‘s round based gameplay is something I can never seem to pull away from, offering hours and hours of fun. Additionally, the specialized perks make your team unique and allow everyone to work together to destroy hoards of Zeds.
The only downside here is the lack of bosses at the end of each stage. These boss battles get very boring after only a little bit of time. However, this is offset by frequent free content updates, each holding enough content to justify seperate DLC. Killing Floor 2 is an amazing shooter, and is still being supported (I mean, they just released a new content pack for the game a couple weeks back).
We received some flak for including CS: GO and not Source or 1.6 in our best FPS list. However, we’re including CS: GO again for two reasons. It’s the most recent (and complete) Counter-Strike experience, and it’s what’s being played in the e-sports circuit. With that being said, every PC gamer should be required to play Counter-Strike in some fashion upon building a PC.
The insanely competitive gameplay is sure to offers hours of multiplayer fun, with palms sweating and all. CS: GO is one of those games that you can lose yourself in, day after day, for hours on end.
Keeping on the e-sports trend, one of the largest games out there (the one most of the top grossing players compete in) is Dota 2. This free MOBA is highly competitive, endlessly addictive, and essential to see what multiplayer gaming on PC is all about.
If there was any series that deserved to be revived, it was XCOM. This most recent addition still features the excellent turn-based gameplay, and deep character customization.
The campaign is fantastic, but there’s nothing quite like the multiplayer. Like futuristic chess with guns, XCOM 2 requires skill, concentration, and patience to be successful. However, all of this pays off when you go up in multiplayer.
If XCOM 2 is Chess, Starcraft is Soccer. Starcraft 2 not only requires a lot of concentration and skill, it also requires that you act quickly. Unlike Shogun 2, Starcraft 2 is worthless to new players out of the gate. While the matchmaking system does work well to pair you up with someone of your skill level, most players are just really good. Or, I suck. Probably both.
No matter how many matches I lose, I always seem to circle back to Starcraft 2. Now, I’m going to go construct some additional pylons.
Ah, good ol’ Team Fortress 2. This free-to-play multiplayer-only shooter is one of the best out there. Much like CS: GO, Team Fortress 2 can require quite a bit of skill to get good at. Thankfully, it’s inviting enough that you can jump in and play right away without completely having your ass handed to you.
Team Fortress 2 has one of the most diverse casts of characters, making the experience individual to each player who wants to jump in. Every time I show a friend this game, they always land on a different character. It’s a blast finding your character and going into battle.
So, that’s our list! This is by no means every great multiplayer game on PC. There are way too many to list. These are just some of our favorites!
With that being said, leave what you think are essential multiplayer experiernces on PC in the commentes below!