Bored of playing games alone? You and your friends need a few games to smash out together? Well, I’ve decided to compile a list of five of the greatest multiplayer games to play with your mates, either locally or online. Grab a cuppa, sit back, have a read, and get your game on!
Broforce should suck. It’s got the trademarks of being a typical indie-hipster game: cutesy pixel graphics; gratuitous violence; cheesy music – but it just doesn’t suck.
It’s a game about taking control of a huge bunch of tough guys with glistening abs and fighting through level upon level of terrorists, mechs, tanks, helicopters, aliens, demons – and even Satan himself – in a blood-filled bullet hell of epic proportions.
It’s got explosions. It’s got 80s action heroes (Rambro, anyone?). It’s got blood and gore. It’s got cheesy 80s catchphrases, and the announcer screams like Arnie. What else do you want from a game?!
Broforce is available for PS4, PC, Mac and Linux – and it’s pretty damn cheap, too.
#4 Civilization V
Now, everybody loves Civilization! There’s nothing more fun than sitting down for around ten to fifteen minutes (read: hours) and building your civilization from a humble village to an empire that rivals even the Romans; and with friends, it’s even better.
Take control of your favourite empire and build your empire, create trade routes, have small skirmishes with barbarians or full-out total war with your friends, or even go for the peaceful win and build a spaceship to Alpha Centauri to win the game! With lots of strategies and different ways to win, this game will consume you – I mean, your time.
Oh, and for a bit of extra challenge, stick an AI Gandhi in there on the hardest difficulty. You’ll see why.
Civilization V is available for PC, Mac and Linux
#3 Halo Series
The Halo series has always been a favourite multiplayer game for Xbox players. From the phenomenal local co-op campaigns to the fantastic custom games of Halo 3 onwards, the series has always been at the forefront of multiplayer gaming.
Who else fondly remembers the days of Fat Man on Foundry, or Duck Hunt, or even the gamemode Halo, and the hours upon hours everyone spent laughing their heads off on custom games? Who else can remember trying to unlock all the skulls on Legendary Halo 2 and 3 with three friends, and failing on the final levels of both thousands of times? I can, and by God does it make me weep with the bitter, bitter tears of nostalgia.
Do yourself a favour and pick up these Xbox exclusive games. Grab a few friends, some beer, and get yourself a Halo night on the go. Maybe you’ll even have fun!
#2 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Possibly one of the biggest gaming phenomena of all time, the Counter-Strike series has had a huge impact on the world of online gaming. Pitting two teams of five together in a stressful skill-based situation, each team battles to plant/defuse a bomb, or defend/rescue hostages as either Terrorists or Counter Terrorists.
This competitive game is an absolutely blast with a full team of five friends as you strategically take objectives, use fantastically balanced weapons and shoot the shit out of other people.
Great maps, great teamwork, and some absolutely hilarious trash talk can make you lose an hour or ten on this game.
Available on PC and Xbox 360.
#1 Super Smash Bros Series
I fondly remember days spent in front of an old tube television with friends having tournaments on a beat-up GameCube playing Super Smash Bros Brawl. The laughs we had pale in comparison to the rage quits, the arguments and the sharp and brutal wit of a ten-year-old who has just lost to Kirby (ie. “Your mum!”.). Cheers Kevin.
This game pits a group of Nintendo characters against each other in platformer-style levels, bashing the absolute crap out of each other with a variety of unique abilities and power-ups. It’s hectic, it’s fast, and it’s fucking fun to pound your friend into the ground (or knock them off the edge into the abyss on the last round. You know who you are) with a bizarre combination of button-bashing and loose strategy.
The series is timeless, and the gameplay is fun and nuanced with a sprinkle of skill decorating the top, like a beautiful beat-‘em-up sundae. Get your friends around with a few beers (or Panda Pops if you’re underage!) and some pizza, and get fighting!
The series is available for a huge variety of consoles, such as the Nintendo 64, the GameCube, the Wii, the Wii U (and on and on).
I hope you’ve enjoyed this incredibly small fraction of fantastic multiplayer games to bash out with your friends. I sure had fun playing them! Tell us what your favourite multiplayer is via @Noobgrind on Twitter, or in the comments below.