The feeling you get when you defeat computer-controlled enemies in single player campaigns doesn’t come close to the thrill of taking down other players in multiplayer mode. Put your skills to the test against human opponents in one of these 10 online multiplayer games.
1. World of Warcraft
In this highly addictive MMORPG, players roam freely around a vast world, exploring their surroundings, battling NPCs as well as other players, upgrading their gear, completing challenging quests, and so much more. It can get a bit expensive, though. Aside from having to purchase expansion packs, WoW is also a subscription-based game, but it’s all worth it. Playing WoW is like living a second, more fascinating life, in which you are rewarded for your well thought-out actions, decision-making, and planning. The best part of all is that it doesn’t take a seasoned gamer to play; even the most novice player can get a hang of it relatively quickly.
2. Halo 4
The campaign mode of this futuristic first-person shooter is extraordinary but the multiplayer is where you’ll find a majority of Halo players, and beware: most are highly competitive. If you’ve never jumped into a Team Slayer match, get ready for a fast-paced, action-packed battle replete with jet-packers, sticky grenades, flying bullets, and so much more. Halo 4 made some impressive improvements to its multiplayer since the release of Halo Reach, including new weapons, new options for character customization, and new armor abilities .
3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The Counter-Strike franchise sort of started by accident, and gamers are sure glad it did. This multiplayer-only FPS was originally created as a mod for Half-Life but ended up becoming its own entity and ultimately going on to become a favorite of millions of gamers worldwide. Players are placed in a match as terrorists, counter-terrorists, or spectators and are tasked to either achieve objectives or defeat all their enemy opponents. Your efforts in each match are rewarded with currency which can then be used to upgrade your arsenal.
4. Call of Duty: Ghosts
Gear up for a new fight in the tenth installment of the Call of Duty series, a leader in the first-person shooter genre and the head honcho of warfare games. You would think after so many years of being on top, the franchise would get stale, but CoD: Ghosts didn’t disappoint, making necessary improvements where needed and bringing fresh new features to the table. The multiplayer maps are bigger and better than ever. There are also new weapons, perks, killstreak rewards, and a new prestige system. And players can now customize their soldier’s appearance, with a newly-added female option, as well as slide and lean around corners. If you’ve never played a game of CoD, get ready for intense combat with a variety of different play styles. Snipers hide in the shadows, run-and-gunners aggressively charge their enemies, and stealthy players sneak up on their opponents for a quick and silent takedown.
5. Grand Theft Auto Online
Released two weeks after Grand Theft Auto V in 2013, GTA Online puts 16 players onto the GTA V map to roam freely, compete with each other in races, complete missions, and much more. When you’re not wreaking havoc on the streets of Los Santos, you can get in a few fun games of tennis, stop by a strip club, or catch a good movie at the theater. You can also customize your character’s appearance, hook them up with the coolest cars, and purchase impressive property. Experience GTA Online for yourself and you’ll find it almost impossible to quit.
6. Battlefield 4
While this first-person shooter’s single-player campaign was somewhat of a flop, its multiplayer mode certainly made up for it. And if you’re looking for Call of Duty-style combat, you’ll only find a small trace of it in Battlefield 4. Rather than just running and gunning, BF4 is more about utilizing all resources to defeat enemy forces, including taking command of vehicles like helicopters, jets, and boats, ordering missile strikes, stealthily eliminating enemy opponents as a sniper, and more.
7. Borderlands 2
The single-player campaign of this FPS, role-playing game is loads of fun and the characters are both interesting and humorous, making it totally awesome that the adventure can also be played online. Four players join forces to complete missions, roam a world full of surprises and suspense, discover awesome new weaponry together, and engage in intense battles.
8. World of Tanks
It’s tank versus tank in this massively multiplayer online game. Select one of over 200 tanks, customize your armored vehicle to your combat style, and take command of your creation on the battlefield to take down enemy players’ tanks. Victory depends on strong teamwork, wise decision-making, tactical use of the terrain, and of course your ability to flank your opponent and attack swiftly and efficiently. If this sounds like something you might enjoy, it gets even better. World of Tanks is completely free to play. What beats that?
9. DotA 2 (Defense of the Ancients)
DotA is a multiplayer online battle arena where players are placed in a five versus five match with the objective of destroying the enemy team’s stronghold, or the “Ancient”. Players select the appropriate “Hero” character to play as for each match based on their distinct abilities and primary properties. Gain experience to level up and earn gold to purchase special items that can shift the match in your favor.
10. Team Fortress 2
This online FPS is simply tons of fun to play. A combination of likable characters, good humor, great graphics, and overall excellent gameplay makes Team Fortress 2 the perfect pick for fans of this genre of gaming. Select from one of nine distinct character classes, outfit your character with new weapons, equipment, and hats to better fit your personality and playing style, and jump into the action. In-depth training and the ability to practice before facing real opponents also make it easier for newcomers to get a hang of the game. And the best feature of all? Team Fortress 2 is totally free.