Growing up in the age of video games, I’ve had the opportunity to play a plethora of different games, from good to bad, from online to offline, from roleplaying games to first person shooter games. By far, online multiplayer games take the cake when it comes to a good amount of fun. Here are my top ten favorite online multiplayer games, in no particular order.
Few games have quite caught on with as large of a community as Minecraft. Its simplistic design and wide array of creative options make it appeal to just about anyone. In Minecraft, there is no storyline beyond what you make-up yourself. There are no goals other than what you make-up yourself. But even without that guidance, it’s quite easy to sink hundreds, even thousands of hours into a single Minecraft map. By going online to one of the thousands of user servers, you can get creative with your friends, either surviving against zombies, or building some pretty intense buildings or anything else you can imagine building.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
The front-runner in the AAA free-to-play massive multiplayer games, Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) puts you in the shoes of your own player designed character. From Jedi’s fighting for the common good, to mercenaries fighting for the highest payout, or even Dark Side Force users, the possibilities are limitless. With a strong and dedicated fan base, SWTOR provides the ability to act out your Star Wars fantasies in a beautifully rendered three dimensional world at your fingertips.
Formula One: 2013
A unique cooperative mode that allows you and a friend to compete with simulated real world drivers from the popular racing industry, Formula One: 2013 is an exciting game. By starting a cooperative game, you race for points which go towards your own placement in the race season, as well as your teams place. The sheer speed the cars unleash will keep you on the edge of your seat, forcing extreme concentration in order to even complete a lap, let alone complete and win a race.
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Counter Strike has been a strong player in the first person shooter genre for over a decade, a position that is made abundantly clear in Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), arguably one of the most popular first person online tactical shooting games on the market. Providing several different game modes to fit your play style, CS:GO builds upon the Counter Strike titles that proceeded it by introducing new maps, new weapons, and new tactics to be mastered.
No online multiplayer round-up would be complete without DayZ, the mod-turned-standalone game featuring around surviving a zombie apocalypse. Providing a realistic environment, simulated hunger and fatigue, as well as pulse elevating shootouts, DayZ has become the go-to place for zombie fans. By opening the game world up to people from around the world, DayZ has managed to give a glimpse into some realities of the human psyche that only a zombie apocalypse could showcase. Will you be a scavenger to survive, or will you be a murderer? The choice is yours.
Grand Theft Auto Online
With the recent release of Grand Theft Auto V, Grand Theft Auto stepped-up its game with amazing visuals, new more realistic gameplay, and a modern-day setting. Jumping into its online world, set in the same place as its online counterpart, Grand Theft Auto Online provides the ability for players to do as they please in a fully fleshed-out digital world larger than some real-world countries.
Exploring the galaxy is just so much more fun with friends. That’s an experience you can have with EVE Online, a massive multiplayer online game that puts every subscriber in the same huge galaxy, and lets them do as they please. From fighting gargantuan wars, to peacefully exploring areas that no one has seen before, EVE Online’s galaxy is waiting for you.
Lord of the Rings Online
First released in 2007, this now free-to-play massive multiplayer online game might be aged, but it’s community is very strong. Throwing you into Tolkiens Middle Earth, Lord of the Rings Online features many familiar settings, an open-world environment, and even some familiar faces from the movies and books. For those new to Tolkiens pieces, there is content from the Hobbit movies in the game as well.
Few games have gone through quite the up and down cycle that RuneScape has. When it first released in 2001, it quickly became a hit being played by many youth all over the world. Unfortunately, it quickly began having issues, from overzealous administration, to player abuse. Today, RuneScape has re-launched itself, having fixed many of the problems that caused it trouble before. Featuring an original map, more freedom than the first iteration, and extremely better graphics, todays RuneScape should not be missed by the online gamer.
Star Trek Online
As a long-time Star Trek fan, I’ll admit that when Star Trek Online first came out I was onboard ready to play a Starfleet Captain, something I’d been waiting years to do. Focused primarily on the J.J. Abrams iterations of Star Trek, Star Trek Online does a fantastic job of recreating many of the subtle details of the two recent movies, as well as providing plenty of nostalgia for those with older tastes. Featuring space travel, as well as first person combat and the ability to walk around your own starship, it is a game like no other.