Every year we get tons of multiplayer games from different types of studios for various purposes. Some like Activision are always looking forward to bring us the old-school shooting experience with more improvements and fewer problems compared to the past. On the other hand, some others like Death Stranding try to execute the multiplayer part in a whole new way, though it may fail to be successful enough. But, we are not here to tell which is better than the other one. We are just here to get you a list of best multiplayer games in 2019 that you wouldn’t regret playing.
Game modes: Co-op Behemoth hunting, Escalation, and Trials
Thanks to its day-one cross-play support, Dauntless reached a huge amount of player base soon after its launch. If you want to know what Dauntless is committed to delivering to you, think of a Fortnite and Monster Hunter World mixture in case of gameplay and graphics. In the fictional island of Shatter, you are a skillful giant-slayer who teams-up with other hunters to kill the monsters, aka Behemoth, that are making the island insecure and threatening its existence.
Regarding the different combat styles of the giants, you will have to use various weapons and attacking scenarios to beat down the Behemoth in front of you. As you progress in the game and kill more monsters, you get new upgrades, new weapons, new cosmetics, and new quests to be done. Also, it’s a multiplayer game, you can choose to go hunting on your own if you don’t get satisfied with team attacks.
14. Remnant: From the Ashes
Game modes: Co-operative (up to 3 players)
Known as one of the hardcore co-op titles of the year, Remnant: From the Ashes follows a scenario similar to Dauntless, but in a pretty much different way and atmosphere. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, you are trying to save humanity and the planet from the hordes of some demonic creatures that have invaded the Earth from another dimension. While you follow a certain story in the game, you can team-up with your friends and take down the enemies and bosses with more helping hands, however, as the player number increases in the game, the difficulty level also raises in a corresponding way.
Remnant: From the Ashes allows you to create your own character, upgrade your gears and skills and use both guns and melee weapons as tools for tearing the demons apart. However, the game’s main focus and diversity is set upon the guns and ranged weapons. The game features a considerable number of locations, dozens of various enemies, and many many weapons.
Game modes: Local multiplayer, PvP, and Hosted match
With Chucklefish Games’ controversial comment on Sony’s cross-play policy, Wargroove made a name for itself even before its launch. A turn-based strategy title with a lot of content for both its single-player and multiplayer parts and challenging gameplay that made Steam nominate it for The Best Game You Suck At.
Supporting almost all types of common multiplayer styles, in Wargroove you first choose your faction and then the story begins. Fight against other players or ally with them to destroy other empires, seize new countries, and expand your territory. Don’t expect any detailed political options, it’s just about tactics and wars, so think twice before every move you’re going to make.
Game modes: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Skirmish, Horde, Frontline, and Battle Royale
Usually, we don’t get a lot of multiplayer-only titles with melee-action-based gameplay and first-person view, but this year, Mordhau filled one of the old gaps that was almost forgotten. Spawn in different medieval-era maps, choose one of the many available classes and gear-up yourself with any weapon that you could ever imagine for war in the crusader era.
64 players run through different modes and battles but many of them can’t make it out alive. The huge diversity of maps and character classes makes it take you quite a bit of time to find what weapon suits your playstyle well, but once you find it, you’ll enjoy the crazy immersive experience of hand-to-hand wars. If Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the best in simulating the modern war, Mordhau does the same for the medieval.
11. Borderlands 3
Game modes: Co-op campaign, Proving Grounds, and Circle of Slaughter
Borderlands 3 had almost a controversial launch on Epic Games Store due to its unwelcomed exclusivity, but anyway, it was a great experience in 2019. Not better than the second iteration, but still a worthy one. Although the multiplayer doesn’t feature many modes, playing the game’s lengthy campaign with your friends is one of the greatest experiences you could have in a first-person-shooter game this year.
With an army of 4, you can go out shooting & looting in the game’s vast open-world area. While going through missions on your own sometimes can feel a bit cruel to you, having a badass crew will make it easier to teach some rules to the ugly enemies in a harsh way. Other than that, you can find yourself in Circle of Slaughter to fight against endless enemy hordes or fall down to the Proving Grounds to face with deadly bosses in a dungeon-style way.
10. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
Game modes: Co-op monster-slaying
We are not far away from the second anniversary of Monster Hunter World and the game is still home to a lot of monster slayers and RPG fans. Iceborne is exactly the expansion that Monster Hunter World needed to keep its community engaged with the game for almost another year.
The new DLC brings you the frozen lands of Hoarfrost Reach with many new monsters and a new story that follows the main title. Once again, you are about to pick up your heavy armors and gear with deadly swords for a dangerous journey in the snow-covered mountains of Hoarfrost. Thanks to the addition of 14 new weapons with all-new moves and combos, you have many new ways to slay the monsters and get over them.
9. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
Game modes: MMO
It’s not that easy to bring back a game to life after six years with an expansion, but Shadowbringers did what may seem impossible. The third and probably the final content pack for Final Fantasy XIV arrived this year and welcomed with the overwhelming reception of the fans. The DLC brought many new features and additions to the game, including a brand new realm called First Star.
In Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, as the name implies, you are tasked to bring the darkness to a world sunk in the light. In addition to the new story, you will get your hands on an improved combat system. Also, the are some new features including new races, new jobs, increased level cap, new dungeons, and minor graphical improvements.
8. No Man’s Sky Beyond
Game modes: Co-operative missions and free-roam
Not many developers have the endurance that Hello Games has to turn one of the most disappointing games of the generation into an impressively dense and content-rich open-world adventurer in the industry. When they launched No Man’s Sky, it definitely wasn’t the game that they’d been promising, but after the poor reception, they didn’t leave the game to move on a new project. They stood firm, removed issues one after another, and finally delivered what they meant to, though it took them three years.
Now, No Man’s Sky Beyond is one of the best-in-class titles of the list, with infinite planets to explore, VR support, and all-new multiplayer features. Up to eight-player co-operative missions, along with opportunities to interact with other players and NPCs, and trade with them has brought the online features into a new level to break the game’s initial isolated atmosphere and give it a life to live.
7. The Division 2
Game modes: Co-op (campaign and quests) and PvEvP (Dark Zones and Conflict)
Now that Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is nothing but a shameful mess, Ubisoft should be so happy for The Division 2. Refining all its major problems in the last title, The Division 2 carves its name on the board for the best shooter-looters of the year. Taking the battle from New York City to Washington D.C., The Division 2 represents a solid shooter experience with a lot of missions and quests that all could be done with your crew of Division agents.
Although the story is still nothing but a loose background to connect the missions, the multiplayer focus has braved an engaging experience for both co-op fans and PvP enthusiasts. Aside from that, the endgame content and free post-launch expansions help out the game to keep the community busy with various objectives and activities.
6. Hunt: Showdown
Game modes: Quick Play and Bounty Hunt
Almost a year after launching as an Early-access title on Steam, Crytek released the final version of Hunt: Showdown back in May this year. With more polished graphics and more available content, Hunt: Showdown truly is a worthy choice for those who are looking for an all-in-one multiplayer at a reasonable price.
Set in the 1890s, Hunt: Showdown is about the cowboys who are hunting monsters. Thanks to the stunning visuals of the game, generated by CryEngine, there is a heavy horror atmosphere lying behind the silence of the woods in Showdown. At the beginning of the match, slaying the demonic creatures is the priority for each player. Once the monsters died, only one player can leave the woods alive.
5. Apex Legends
Game modes: Battle Royale
Both Titanfall entries released with extremely addictive multiplayer parts but none of them received the amount of community it deserved. However, with Apex Legends, Respawn kept the core gameplay of Titanfall alive, added some brand new features to it, and improved the fast-paced gunplay to the point that became the most popular first-person Battle Royale game of the year. The game received a huge amount of players soon after its launch. Apex even took over Fortnite in the number of players and streams, though it didn’t last too much.
Currently, Respawn’s hero-based Battle Royale is in the third season with three new characters compared to its launch, and a large amount of added items, weapons, and cosmetics to the game. According to the developer, there is a long road ahead of Apex Legends and the team behind it has prepared a detailed roadmap to keep it the best available FPS Battle Royale as long as they can.
4. Gears 5
Game modes: King of the Hill, Team Deathmatch, Guardian, Escalation, Horde, Escape, and Execution
The fifth iteration of the famous Xbox-exclusive franchise arrived this summer, with some quality-of-life improvements on level design, world creation, and multiplayer modes. Gears 5 is exactly the game that Microsoft needed to ignite the first sparkles of a successful era for itself. The game sees tangible overhaul in all the parts including Multiplayer.
In addition to the typical Deathmatch and Capture-the-Flag modes, Gears 5 introduced some new tastes such as Horde mode, in which you are holding your position against the waves of enemies, and Escape mode, in which you design your own map and then jump in with your friends to survive along the road until you reach the exit gate. The game is currently available in Xbox Game Pass for both Xbox One and PC, which makes it a decent option for playing in the Holidays.
3. Halo: Reach
Game modes: Arena, Headhunter, Invasion, Rumble Pit, Stockpile, Firefight, Slayer, Crazy King, and Oddball
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is now more complete than ever with the addition of Halo: Reach. The game was originally launched in 2010 as a prequel to Halo: Combat Evolved, but Halo: Reach is mostly known for its incredibly entertaining multiplayer section than its story-driven campaign.
Probably as the best gift you can get before Christmas, Halo: Reach is now available with enhanced graphics and improved progression-system for Xbox One and PC. The game features most of the memorable modes including Invasion and Firefight, while some others like Forge and Theater will be available later in 2020. The customization system is still as detailed as the old days, and over 20 maps are prepared for breath-taking PvP battles.
2. FIFA 20
Game modes: Ultimate Team, Seasons, Pro Clubs, and Volta Football
Personally, I didn’t like to place FIFA 20 as the second-best on the list, but it surely is one of the best choices for playing online and you can’t deny it. Huge player-base, detailed license for almost every famous club, league, and tournament in the world, and extremely addictive Ultimate Team mode are some of the major reasons for you to enjoy playing FIFA 20, especially, with the addition of brand-new Volta Football mode to the game this year, it’s really tough to forget about FIFA.
Aside from making minor improvements to Career mode and Ultimate Team, now you have Volta Football with its own online and story modes. Customize your players and grab new ones, take part in multiple urban areas around the world, and compete against the real-world legends of the Volta Football.
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Game modes: Team Deathmatch, Cyber Attack, Gunfight, NVG, Realism, Cranked, Ground Wars, Special Ops, Domination, Search and Destroy, and Headquarters
Unlike FIFA 20, it’s not really surprising to see Call of Duty: Modern Warfare standing on the top of the list. Eight years after the final part for Modern Warfare trilogy, the series is back again. Although the game might stumble a bit upon delivering a story as intense as the original iterations, it definitely reaches a new milestone in terms of multiplayer.
The combination of fast-paced gunplay and multiple game modes make for an extremely competitive experience that traps you in a loop of repeating the game again and again without getting tired of it. Night Vision Goggles, Realism, Gunfight, Cranked, Cyber Attack, and Ground War are some of the new and decent additions to Modern Warfare’s multiplayer, which makes it harder for the next Call of Duty game to meet the expectations. Don’t miss our Modern Warfare review if you haven’t read it yet.
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