Online multiplayer gaming changed the entire concept of playing video games with friends, family, and even strangers. With the introduction of online gaming, people living hundreds of miles apart could then game together in the blink of an eye. The following online games are the absolute best of all time.
10. Tribes: Aerial Assault
The port of the Tribes PC games to console wasn’t the best-selling game of all time, but it was certainly filled with fun. Tribes was innovative with its use of jet packs in an online game. Plus, the Tribes: Aerial Assault case had “Goodbye Halo” written on it, that boast alone earns some bonus points.
9. Metal Gear Online 2
The Metal Gear Online spin-offs are impressive mainly because they are online games based on a world renowned single player series. There is no other video game series that has hour long cutscenes as well as an online mode to play with friends.
Killzone is one of, if not the best Sony exclusive first-person shooters. Having the game set in a sci-fi world allows for unique “specials” for each character class that can’t be in a realistic FPS. The ISA and Helghast story in campaign mode is also one of the best campaigns for a game primarily known for its online multiplayer.
7. Gears of War
Gears of War was the first big name online third-person shooter for Microsoft. It didn’t disappoint with a fun online and campaign mode. Marcus Fenix still remains one of the coolest characters in gaming. The graphics were also top of the line for a game released at that time.
6. Madden 25
Madden 25 is the most recent and best installment of the franchise yet. Every year Madden improves upon the previous year’s version with all new gaming features and added realism. The Madden online mode is a chess match between two players trying to select the perfect plays to catch their opponent off-guard. Madden offers the best online experience of any sports franchise.
5. Star Wars: Battlefront 2
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 greatly improved upon the original by adding new maps, game play modes, space combat, and availability of heroes. Battlefront 2 is the premiere “Star Wars” online multiplayer game. With a variety of classes, maps, and modes it’s impossible to get bored.
4. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is one of the best Battlefield games in the franchise. Battlefield sets itself apart from other online multiplayer games because of a focus on teamwork and vehicle use. There are no bonuses for individual achievements in an online match. Vehicles are also more prominent, adding another dimension that isn’t typically available in a FPS game.
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 remains one of the best-selling games of all time. Modern Warfare 2 put the Call of Duty series on the map as the best FPS franchise. Every Call of Duty game that has been released since is expected to be a best-seller based on the success that started with Modern Warfare 2. The bonuses offered in the Call of Duty series for individual performances are a unique and innovative feature for any online game.
2. Socom 2
Socom 2 is still revered by many gamers as one of the best online games of all time. There is no comparison when it comes to third person online exclusives for the Sony consoles. Unfortunately, none of the installments afterward were able to stack up to Socom 2. Fans of Socom 2 would undoubtedly buy an HD version, even if it required an expensive yearly maintenance fee, just so they could play this game again. Even in future installments, the most popular maps from Socom 2 were either included with the game or made available via DLC. When the Socom 2 servers were shut down it marked the end of an era for many gamers.
1. Halo 3
Halo 3 is arguably the best game in the Halo series. What can’t be argued is that the Halo series is one of the most beloved online multiplayer series in the world, and without a doubt the best Microsoft exclusive FPS. Halo 3 was the game that could get people to buy an Xbox 360 on its own based on the reputation of the Halo series, along with visually stunning trailers. Halo’s futuristic weapons and terrain makes for an unparalleled experience.