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The Best Multiplayer Game

Last updated on July 25, 2019

We looked at the top 10 Multiplayer Games and dug through the reviews from 87 of the most popular review sites including IGN Southeast Asia, Games Radar, Game Crate, Push Square, Destructoid, Playstation Lifestyle and more. The result is a ranking of the best Multiplayer Games.

Best Multiplayer Game

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Our Picks For The Top Multiplayer Games

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Our Take
Experts Included
Pros
Cons
  The Best Overall

PS4

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Overall Take

Multiplayer OptionsPlay with as many as 10 total people with this game's multiplayer option.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus IGN Southeast Asia, Games Radar, Digital Trends, Trusted Reviews, Kotaku, PC Gamer and 3 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.
Pros
" It’s great that Black Ops 4’s full arsenal is viable instead of just one or two weapon classes that everyone has to adhere to."
Cons
"I’ve had a couple of crashes in the week since release but more frustrating are the consistent frame rate skips. Blackout is where they happen the most, but it’s also common in both multiplayer and Zombies. A complete system reboot..."

XBOX ONE

Red Dead Redemption 2

Overall Take

Awesome StorylineA fun multiplayer experience with a fascinating storyline that never gets boring.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus IGN Southeast Asia, Polygon, Games Radar, Pocket-lint, Game Rant, The Guardian and 3 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy.
Pros
" The ability of this game to keep itself fresh after so many hours is extraordinary, and not entirely due to just the size and diversity of the world; it’s how alive all of those places feel."
Cons
"The trouble with presenting a fully interactive world is that, when the internal logic fails, the unrealistic reaction is all the more jarring."
  The Best Value

PS4

Monster Hunter: World

Overall Take

Realistic LandscapesRealistic landscapes and a smooth combat experience make this game easy on the eyes.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus PC Gamer, Games Radar, Trusted Reviews, IGN Southeast Asia, GameSpot, Game Rant and 3 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.
Pros
" Monster Hunter: World is a third-person action game about dominating the food chain and looking good doing it. It's renowned for its endgame grind, where you go on ever more complex and challenging hunts across diverse, tangled open worlds in..."
Cons
"Hunting for rare parts can get repetitive/grindy"

Nintendo Switch

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Overall Take

Crisp AudioCrisp, clear audio and the ability to choose which musical tracks you want to hear while playing make this game super fun with friends.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus IGN Southeast Asia, Tech Radar, Polygon, The Guardian, GameSpot, Digital Trends and 3 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.
Pros
" Ultimate has one of the most impressive libraries of game music I’ve ever seen, and you can hand pick which track a stage plays when you select it."
Cons
"Players are also reporting numerous issues with lag and connection speed – crucial for high-speed competitive play where a few milliseconds could be the difference between dodging an attack or being thrown offscreen."
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The Best Overall

Activision Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Our Expert Score
8.9
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
5,731 user reviews
Our Take

If you're a "Call of Duty" fan, you'll love the multiplayer options built into Activision's "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4." There are several multiplayer modes, including those designed to pit two 5v5 teams against each other on missions. You may find the lack of a single-player campaign disappointing, though, if you plan to play solo sometimes.

What other experts liked
It’s great that Black Ops 4’s full arsenal is viable instead of just one or two weapon classes that everyone has to adhere to.
- IGN Southeast Asia
October 19, 2018 | Full review
Previous Call of Duty games have almost always been 6v6, except for the Ground War playlist which was 9v9, or Ranked modes. Now, in an effort to bridge the casual Call of Duty players with the competitive ones, Treyarch has...
- Games Radar
October 19, 2018 | Full review
Multiplayer modes include returning favorites like Hardpoint and Domination, as well as the objective-based Control, which tasks teams with either attacking or defending two points in a similar manner to Overwatch.
- Digital Trends
July 22, 2019 | Full review
It plays to its strengths and delivers enough multiplayer content to make it worth recommending. It’s a strong entry, with fluid shooting.
- Trusted Reviews
October 17, 2018 | Full review
I love the feeling of dropping down to some of my favorite Black Ops locations, while feeling like I’m playing a better and more polished version of PUBG.
- Kotaku
October 15, 2018 | Full review
The whip-sharp precision and reactivity of Blackout’s shooting easily outclasses the slightly-clunky gunplay of PUBG, while the smaller map and the generous distribution of quality loot produce a much faster, more thrilling game that's more akin to Fortnite
- PC Gamer
October 17, 2018 | Full review
Blackout mode has all the hallmarks of a full-fledged battle royale game
- Tech Spot
Black Ops 4‘s multiplayer also benefits from a genuinely great lineup of maps. Hacienda and Icebreaker are standouts, with Icebreaker especially impressive.
- Game Rant
Multiplayer has received some of the biggest changes this year, weaving the familiar bombastic gunplay and some new features that aim to elicit a more tactical approach.
- Tech Radar
October 18, 2018 | Full review
What other experts didn't like
Black Ops 4’s multiplayer certainly has its issues, including a disappointing new mode Control, and some lacking map designs.
- IGN Southeast Asia
October 19, 2018 | Full review
I’ve had a couple of crashes in the week since release but more frustrating are the consistent frame rate skips. Blackout is where they happen the most, but it’s also common in both multiplayer and Zombies. A complete system reboot...
- Games Radar
October 19, 2018 | Full review
For the first time ever in the series, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 doesn’t include a traditional single-player campaign.
- Digital Trends
July 22, 2019 | Full review
However, this year it has cut the single-player campaign in favour of fleshing out its three distinct multiplayer segments, each of which comfortably contains enough content to fill its own full-price release.
- Trusted Reviews
October 17, 2018 | Full review
I did find the Theater could go a bit wonky and stop responding properly if the clip showed a player emoting, tagging, or even spraying heavy gunfire action. A few saved games caused my PlayStation 4 to blue-screen crash every...
- Kotaku
October 15, 2018 | Full review
It’s worth noting that I’ve experienced some serious stability problems while playing the game on my home PC (part of my time playing was also at an Activision review event). Though it runs for hours without incident, I’ve had occasional...
- PC Gamer
October 17, 2018 | Full review
Looting and inventory management clunky on console
- Tech Spot
Some longtime Call of Duty fans may notice no mention of the campaign, and that’s because Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 doesn’t have a single player campaign.
- Game Rant
However, the size does mean buildings are spaced out quite far apart in some sections of the map, so it can take a while to find a weapon if you’re trying to avoid other players touching down in the same...
- Tech Radar
October 18, 2018 | Full review

The Best Bang For Your Buck

Capcom Monster Hunter: World

Our Expert Score
9.5
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
2,178 user reviews
Our Take

Capcom's "Monster Hunter: World" is a third-person action game that brings realistic landscapes to the gaming experience. You can choose between high-resolution display for 4K gaming or framerate gameplay, which gives a smoother combat experience. To use the multiplayer feature in this game, you'll need to create a squad and invite all your friends. From then on, you can search for an active squad when you log in and join games in progress.

What other experts liked
Monster Hunter: World is a third-person action game about dominating the food chain and looking good doing it. It's renowned for its endgame grind, where you go on ever more complex and challenging hunts across diverse, tangled open worlds in search of rare items needed to craft an armor set...
- PC Gamer
A gorgeous game with lush, living ecologies and diverse monsters
- Games Radar
January 25, 2018 | Full review
Capcom’s also done stellar work crafting Monster Hunter’s landscape. Every new world you visit is completely different from the last, but each full of rich detail and plenty to discover.
- Trusted Reviews
October 1, 2018 | Full review
The enhanced versions allow you to prioritize either resolution for 4K displays or framerate for super-smooth combat, but even without these enhancements you can see the slaver falling from the jaws of an exhausted Rathian, and admire the motes of dust sparkling in sunlight in the Ancient Forest.
- IGN Southeast Asia
Comprehensive multiplayer integration
- GameSpot
Playing Monster Hunter World in co-op is the ideal way to experience the game. It allows for more variety in battle strategies, and makes it so less-skilled players can progress through the game easier.
- Game Rant
Capcom has done a pretty good job of keeping players coming back by pumping out free downloadable content updates with new monsters roughly every month. The latest update is probably the biggest yet, an ambitious Final Fantasy crossover in which you take on the iconic Behemoth.
- The Verge
August 9, 2018 | Full review
Grappling is new to the series. World lets you ascend walls, or swing from tree branches to move around quickly. You can also use your grapple to pull yourself back onto a monster if it throws you off during a mount
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
August 11, 2018 | Full review
What other experts didn't like
As you progress further into high rank missions, small mistakes are met with massive punishments, and the study and preparation for a single hunt might require a whole new armor set and weapon. It can be frustrating and slow, especially after the breezy hunts of the story campaign.
- PC Gamer
Hunting for rare parts can get repetitive/grindy
- Games Radar
January 25, 2018 | Full review
The only warning I have about Monster Hunter World’s combat, is to approach its mouse and keyboard controls with care. Capcom’s done a great job making the mouse and keyboard control system completely customisable, but Monster Hunter World is still a game that’s clearly been designed with controllers in mind.
- Trusted Reviews
October 1, 2018 | Full review
Some online-play features are fiddly and need improving
- IGN Southeast Asia
The new verticality of levels occasionally leads to frustrating AI pathing glitches
- GameSpot
Some players that are new to the franchise may become frustrated when they find themselves fighting a particular creature for nearly 30 minutes without any health bar to whittle down, but the monsters in the game don’t need health bars.
- Game Rant
Most of the configuration options you’d expect are present, but there are key PC-specific features missing, like ultrawide support. The game also doesn’t feel very well-optimized for all but the highest-end of hardware.
- The Verge
August 9, 2018 | Full review

Overall Product Rankings

1. Activision Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Overall Score: 9.6
Reviews Included: 12

2. Rockstar Red Dead Redemption 2

Overall Score: 9.5
Reviews Included: 12

3. Capcom Monster Hunter: World

Overall Score: 9.4
Reviews Included: 12

4. Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Overall Score: 9.3
Reviews Included: 12

5. XBOX ONE Grand Theft Auto V

Overall Score: 9.2
Reviews Included: 11

6. XBOX ONE Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Overall Score: 8.9
Reviews Included: 12

7. PS4 Injustice: Gods Among Us

Overall Score: 8.2
Reviews Included: 12

8. PS4 Days Gone (Bend Studio)

Overall Score: 8.0
Reviews Included: 10

9. PS4 Jump Force

Overall Score: 6.7
Reviews Included: 12

10. PS4 Fallout 76

Overall Score: 5.4
Reviews Included: 12

Our Findings

Activision Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Best Overall

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - PlayStation 4 Standard Edition (Video Game)


Manufacturer:  Activision Inc.
ESRB Rating:  Mature
Platform:  PlayStation 4
Genre:  First Person Shooter
List Price: $59.99 USD
New From: $34.50 USD In Stock
Used from: $27.95 USD In Stock

What We Liked: If you’re a “Call of Duty” fan, you’ll love the multiplayer options built into Activision’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.” There are several multiplayer modes, including those designed to pit two 5v5 teams against each other on missions. You may find the lack of a single-player campaign disappointing, though, if you plan to play solo sometimes.

Capcom Monster Hunter: World

Best Value

Monster Hunter: World - PlayStation 4 Standard Edition (Video Game)


Manufacturer:  Capcom
ESRB Rating:  Teen
Platform:  PlayStation 4
Genre:  role-playing-game-genre
List Price: $29.99 USD
New From: $16.84 USD In Stock
Used from: $12.84 USD In Stock

What We Liked: Capcom’s “Monster Hunter: World” is a third-person action game that brings realistic landscapes to the gaming experience. You can choose between high-resolution display for 4K gaming or framerate gameplay, which gives a smoother combat experience. To use the multiplayer feature in this game, you’ll need to create a squad and invite all your friends. From then on, you can search for an active squad when you log in and join games in progress.

Rockstar Red Dead Redemption 2

Also Consider

Red Dead Redemption 2 Xbox One (Video Game)


Manufacturer:  2K
ESRB Rating:  Mature
Platform:  Xbox One
Genre:  Action and Adventure
List Price: $59.99 USD
New From: $39.38 USD In Stock
Used from: $39.30 USD In Stock

What We Liked: The constant twist and turns in the storyline ensure Rockstar’s
Red Dead Redemption 2″ never gets old, no matter how many hours you play. If you’re looking for a multiplayer experience, you’ll have the option of either Free Roam, where you invite others to hang out while you play, or joining a posse to commit missions together. One of the best things about “Red Dead Redemption 2” is the realistic renderings of various American landscapes.

Our Multiplayer Game Buying Guide

You’ve been a gamer for years, honing your skills and dominating at even the higher levels. Only competing against yourself can get old, though. Your competitive spirit wants to go head to head with other gamers at your skill level.

At one time, playing against someone else meant sitting side by side, sharing a console. That isn’t always practical, though, especially as you get older and your gaming time is limited. Fortunately, the internet has made multiplayer gaming virtual. From the comfort of your home, you can compete against players on the other side of the world.

Most multiplayer games will match you with others who have a similar skillset. You can even form a team that you regularly play. This team may be made up of strangers, friends or a combination of both, but knowing they might be online brings a social element to gaming that you wouldn’t have in single-player mode. One of the best things about multiplayer mode is that some games let you chat with your fellow players, so make sure your game features this before you buy.

Of course, the top decider when you’re looking for a multiplayer game will relate to how well you like the game itself. Many big-name games now offer multiplayer mode, so chances are you can find a game you like that will give you this feature. For multiplayer mode, though, you’ll need to make sure the storyline is built for working in teams. If not, you may find the experience is less than satisfying.

If you have a mobile gaming device like a Nintendo Switch, you’ll find the multiplayer options are more flexible. You’ll be more likely to be playing your team in person, so it will be set up to accommodate that as well as the option of playing online. Look into the multiplayer options for games that sound interesting to you and choose one that seems like it would be fun.

DWYM Fun Fact

If you have a Nintendo Switch, multiplayer mode is part of a suite of features designed to bring friends together. Even when you aren’t playing, you can launch a chat with one of your online friends, although you’ll need a mobile app to do so. You can also pair one of your Joy-Cons with your Android phone, Mac or PC and play there. You’ll need a Nintendo Online subscription to go online and play in multiplayer mode. But once you’re set up, you can input the friend code of the person you want to play with, and they’ll receive an invitation to join you.

The Multiplayer Game Tips and Advice

  • If you want the game with the best multiplayer experience, check out PS4’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.” You’ll get the choice of several different modes, including Control, which pits two teams against each other to alternate between attack and defense. Heist has two 5v5 teams that compete to capture a bag of cash, and Hardpoint puts two 5v5 teams against each other to capture and hold various objectives on the map.
  • XBOX ONE’s “Red Dead Redemption 2” has a new online multiplayer experience, which brings other players into the game. You’ll have the choice of joining a posse to complete missions together or play in Free Roam mode, where you can invite people to your session if you want to hang out while playing. If you choose the Quick Join option, you can quickly be matched with someone who can join you on missions.
  • If you want to participate in PS4’s “Monster Hunter: World’s” multiplayer options, you first should create a squad. Invite all the people you want on your squad and choose a clever name. You’ll then be set up to join a session in progress. You’ll just select Squad Session Search and, if one is in progress, jump right in if you want.
  • With Nintendo Switch’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” you have multiple options for joining others in your gameplay. If you’re in person, you can launch a local wireless game with up to eight players by linking up your Nintendo Switches. Online play gives you the option of playing against up to four players, matched based on your preferred rules and Global Smash Power. If you want to play with friends, just set up a private room, or you can play against only one friend who also has a Switch by setting up a single console and playing online in two-player mode.
  • “Call of Duty” has long been a gamer favorite, but PS4’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” is better than ever. Not only does it provide multiplayer mode, but it has fluid shooting and a smaller map that intensifies the game. With this release, multiplayer moves to the next level, combining great gunplay with the ability to be more tactical in your gameplay.
  • One of the best things about XBOX ONE’s “Red Dead Redemption 2” is that no matter how many hours you play, it never gets old. The story is full of twists and turns, ensuring that no two gaming sessions will be alike. One of the best things about XBOX ONE’s “Red Dead Redemption 2,” though, is the beautiful, vast, realistic depictions of various American landscapes. You’ll truly feel immersed in the world.
  • PS4’s “Monster Hunter: World” is also impressive for its landscapes. This third-person action game will let you choose between high-resolution gameplay, if you have a 4K display or framerate gameplay to ensure your combat is as smooth as possible. In addition to the breathtaking visual detail, you’ll also enjoy the ongoing downloadable content updates you’ll get once you buy the game, ensuring you’ll always have something to anticipate.
  • Impressive, customizable music sets Nintendo Switch’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” apart from competitors. Choose what you want to hear and start playing. You’ll also get familiar characters and fast, fluid action that will keep even the most experienced gamers satisfied.
  • One complaint with PS4’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” is that its quest to dominate the multiplayer experience has come at the expense of single-player mode. PS4’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” doesn’t have a single-player campaign. If you plan to play in single-player mode, you may be disappointed. The overall goal of the developers is to eventually have a game that you can play solo or in groups and do completely away with the single/multiplayer binary.

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Stephanie Faris 

Stephanie Faris is a former information technology professional who spent most of her career working with computers and printers. Now a novelist and professional writer, her writings on electronics have been published on top tech sites. When she isn't writing about technology, she's often checking out the latest news on the upcoming iPhone release.