What makes playing video games even better? Playing with our friends.

As someone who has played quite a few games, I can safely say that playing with friends makes the experience much less lonely as compared to playing alone. The occasional banter makes playing so much more enjoyable especially during long periods of gaming. 

So here are some of the best online multiplayer games to play together when you have an online gathering.  

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

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Everyone has heard of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and it’s pretty much a no-brainer that it should be on this list. Released in 2017, PUBG took the gaming world by storm with its unique gameplay which modelled after the Hunger Games. 

This battle royale style genre gained traction all over the world and even received a few Game of The Year nominations. Personally, playing with friends provides a huge advantage over playing solo. The best part about the game is that anyone can pick it up and still have a shot at winning. The different playstyles are endless and I’ve seen people win just by hiding throughout the entirety of the match. If you’re looking for a fun game to play with friends, PUBG should be on your list.

 

 

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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This game needs no introduction. Counter-Strike started out as a “Half-Life” mod and has thrived ever since being picked up by Valve to be developed as a full standalone title 

Boasting a thriving e-sports scene, the venerable title has proven to have a hardcore base of fans that have stubbornly stuck with Counter-Strike through thick and thin.

Be warned though, if you are new to this game, it is brutally unforgiving and can be frustrating as the learning curve is steep. Basically, be prepared to die. A lot.

Either way, the game is free-to-play on Steam and is a great pick-up for anyone interested in the FPS genre. 

Overcooked

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Overcooked 2 has a simple premise: follow the cooking steps and finish your dish. In spite of such simple gameplay, the Overcooked series still manages to deliver a ton of fun in a cartoonish setting. If I’ve learnt anything, communication is the key to successfully completing each level as everyone has a different job to do in order to make the time limit. 

This game is definitely a test of friendship and whether it can last the constant shouting between friends. The sense of accomplishment after every level is extremely rewarding as it really isn’t as easy as it sounds. I’ve had a lot of great memories playing this game over Discord and I’m sure many gamers will too.

Payday 2

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Let’s face it, we all thought of robbing a bank at some point in our lives. Anyone who’s watched Money Heist on Netflix will probably know what I’m talking about. Of course, nobody is going to do that in real life so Payday 2 is your next best alternative.

Form a team of up to 4 players and rob various banks across the game. The fun lies in how flexible the game is and how you decide to clear each bank. There is no fixed method to robbing a bank and Payday 2 lets you experiment with your strategies and see if they work. You have the option of going in guns blazing or just sneak your way around a multitude of guards. Each playstyle has its merits and it’s completely up to you and your friends!

FIFA 20

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If you’re a football fan, FIFA 20 is the perfect game to play with your friends. Not everyone can become a professional footballer, but anyone can play the beautiful game on PC. There are a ton of modes to choose from, be it 11-a-side or futsal, FIFA 20 has managed to pack every football fan’s dream into a single gaming experience.

The 1v1 matches between friends are often the most exciting and competitive, especially when bragging rights are on the line. FIFA never gets old and the getting to heckle your friends over a win is always going to be fun

 

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