When you’re searching for the Top 10 Online Multiplayer games currently available, you’ll be bombarded with options in several genres: First-Person Shooter (FPS), Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO), and online co-op (Co-Op) titles are all extremely popular, and each has several successful video games for you to choose from. The following list is a combination of Free-to-Play (F2P) and Pay-to-Play (P2P) multiplayer online video games – meaning you’ll need Internet access and an applicable platform device to meet up with your friends.
Dungeons & Dragons Online – Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) was originally a P2P subscription MMO that launched a F2P conversion with an in-game store and optional subscription several years ago. It’s been in the Top 10 MMO list for several years on many websites, such as MMORPG.com and IGN, with high scores on the Steam (Valve’s PC “shop” for video games) Metascore. Based on Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition, DDO is a medieval world full of elves and high fantasy, unexplored catacombs, and busy marketplaces. It shares space on this Top 10 list primarily due to frequent updates, a F2P/P2P combination of options, and high fan loyalty.
World of Warcraft – World of Warcraft (WoW) continues to be one of the most successful, most popular, and most infamous MMO options out there. This powerhouse put several popular MMOs out of business after its hyped-up debut, and it has continued to garner a huge fan following. In fact, WoW has become something of a poster-child title in the world of online multiplayer games – people who have never even played an MMO are likely familiar with WoW. Although on the decline in recent years, WoW’s frequent expansion releases attract lots of pre-order attention and continue to spawn “release parties” across the country. As other MMOs come and go, WoW seems to be a go-to MMO for veteran online gamers who need a home they can always return to.
League of Legends – Riot released a winner when League of Legends (LoL) went live. This F2P online video game is in the MOBA genre – Multiplayer Online Battle Arena – and isn’t a true MMO, considering players jump online to play an array of characters against an enemy team, both of which begin at level 1 each competition. There is no exploration; there is no loot collecting (except for custom skins you can buy in the built-in Riot store). Instead, players level up their “Summoner Level” to gain bonus abilities and points for purchasing additional Champions. Although the game has a huge following and professional gamer teams who compete in world-wide tournaments, the community is notorious for being toxic. LoL is a great choice if you want an addictive, F2P game, with a convenient block feature for annoying teammates.
Team Fortress 2 – Team Fortress 2 (TF2) is arguably one of the best multiplayer online video games you can access via Steam, and it’s completely free-to-play. Bonus weapons and other items drop randomly while you play, and you can trade these to other players (or sell them on the Steam Marketplace). It’s fast-paced, with a good variety of class types to choose from, and lots of free servers. Choose from several game modes for even more variety, but consider disabling the built-in voice chat if you prefer a relaxing experience without kids screaming at each other over the vast anonymity of the Internet.
The Elder Scrolls Online – Not since the release of WoW has an MMO caused such a shock-wave of anticipation. The Elder Scrolls Online (TESO) is less than six months old, but already this P2P title has a ravenous following of fans who eagerly defend any of its flaws and shamelessly recruit as many friends onto its servers as possible. Based on The Elder Scrolls video game (the non-MMO original title), ESO whisks players into yet another dark, medieval world, full of dragons and danger, and it offers a decent solo game option in addition to the usual level grind with a group of teammates. Sure to be one of the most popular video games of 2014, TESO is the perfect choice to get in on the ground floor of a new MMO title.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – Final Fantasy XIV (FFXIV:R) is proof that a horrible MMO can be revamped, rebuild, and remade into a worthwhile online multiplayer game if the company is willing to put in the effort and time to do so. Originally considered one of the worst MMOs of the modern age, FFXIV A Realm Reborn has become a leader contender for many MMO-of-the-year awards. The developers built upon amazing graphics and a great storyline while tweaking the controls and cluttered interface to re-release a title worthy of the epic Final Fantasy legacy. Although the servers are still laggy and often unstable, this title is definitely worth visiting – or re-visiting – if you’re a Final Fantasy fan.
Diablo 3 – Few video game franchises have enjoyed the lasting legacy that the Diablo series has generated. When Diablo 3 was announced, fans rushed to pre-order this title, speculating about the changes that would be made with all the new video game technology. Fortunately, Diablo 3 did not disappoint; original fans and newcomers alike have hailed this online multiplayer game as one of the best-of-the-best since its release. Originally released exclusively for computer gamers, Diablo 3 arrived on consoles in 2013, and is slated to process onto the Playstation 4 platform later this year. Highly popular within the Steam community, the flexible of multiple platforms makes Diablo 3 an extremely versatile choice for online gamers.
Borderlands 2 – With numerous awards under its belt, this hit FPS combines the Action genre with modern Role-Playing for one addictive cocktail of mayhem. The downloadable content (DLC) is some of the best available, and the Borderlands 2 Game of the Year edition was released in 2013 on all available platforms – which include PC, Playstation 3 and Vita, Xbox 360, and OS X. Despite its popularity, Borderlands 2 is often feature in fantastic sales from numerous online game vendors (including Steam), making it one of the most frugal choices on this list in terms of investment-to-fun ratio.
Hearthstone – Hearthstone is an online card game similar to Magic the Gathering (MTG), making it a vast change from the standard MMO, FPS, and Role-playing game line-up. Also developed by Blizzard, the masterminds behind WoW, Hearthstone’s classes and world comes directly from that established world. You don’t have to be a WoW player to enjoy Hearthstone, however; long-time fans of graphic card games like MTG will enjoy the nostalgic feel of this title. This online multiplayer game is deceptively difficult – like LoL and similar titles, Hearthstone is easily to learn but very difficult to master. Fortunately, few F2P titles are as addictive as this one – we’re talking a total time sink – so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to get good while challenging other players.