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The best multiplayer games on PC

Multiplayer video games have come a long way since the days of Pong. Improved hardware and lightning-fast internet connections have given developers the ability to create connected experiences we wouldn’t have dreamed of just a few short decades ago. Nowhere is that more evident than on PC, as developers have pushed the boundaries of the medium and given players some truly incredible multiplayer experiences.

Many of the best multiplayer titles on PC are free-to-play games, and some are even crossplay enabled so you can enjoy the action with friends on PlayStation 5 or Xbox One. Whether you’re looking for your next competitive challenge or a fun way to relax at the end of the day, there’s bound to be a game with your name on it. Here are the best multiplayer titles currently available on PC.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
82 %
M
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac
Genre Shooter, Tactical
Developer Hidden Path Entertainment, Valve Corporation
Publisher Valve Corporation
Release August 21, 2012
It may have started as a premium pay-to-play title, but Counter-Strike: Global Offense has pivoted to become an entirely free experience. The latest installment in the storied franchise continues to dominate the Steam charts despite being several years old, and Valve is adamant about constantly pumping fresh content into the game. Multiple game modes have been added over time, but the core five-versus-five competitive experience remains the primary attraction. One team is charged with either rescuing hostages or planting a bomb, and the other must do everything in their power to prevent it. There’s nothing else quite like it on the market, and it’s easily one of the most competitive games you’ll ever play.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Trailer

Rocket League

Rocket League
83 %
E
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Racing, Sport, Indie
Developer Psyonix
Publisher Psyonix
Release July 07, 2015
Customize your own rocket-powered car before hitting the pitch and attempting to guide a massive ball into the opponent’s goal. Casual players will easily pick up the core mechanics, but it’ll take an expert to pull off aerial stunts and give their team an advantage. It revolves around a ridiculous concept, but somehow Rocket League was a cultural phenomenon when it launched in 2015. Even today, it remains as popular as ever and — like Counter-Strike before it — is shifting gears later this summer and transitioning to a free-to-play title.
Rocket League® - OMG It Has Everything!

Dota 2

Dota 2
80 %
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac
Genre Strategy, MOBA
Developer Valve Corporation
Publisher Valve Corporation
Release July 09, 2013
Although it may not have the friendliest community, it’s impossible to deny the popularity of Dota 2. The original game was a simple community mod of Warcraft III, but Dota 2 takes everything that made the first one so popular and turns it up to 11. Two teams of five compete to destroy each other’s Ancient while simultaneously protecting their own. Players can choose between more than 100 heroes to play as, each with their own skills and abilities that can help turn the tide of battle. It’s not for the faint of heart, but anyone looking for a deep strategic experience will love everything Dota 2 has to offer.
Dota 2 Gamescom Trailer

World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft
85 %
3.5/5
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher Blizzard Entertainment
Release November 23, 2004
It’s the most popular MMORPG for a reason — great gameplay, a lengthy narrative, and consistent content patches that keep players coming back for more. Dozens of raids, dungeons, and quests are just the tip of the iceberg, and it’s easy to sink thousands of hours into fleshing out your character. If you’re intimidated by everything World of Warcraft has to offer, you can instead opt for World of Warcraft Classic. When it launched in 2019, Classic sought to recreate the game in its initial form before any expansions were released. It has since added new content to closely replicate the original experience, and its servers are always bustling with players.
Read our full World of Warcraft review
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Fortnite

Fortnite
68 %
4/5
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Strategy
Developer Epic Games
Publisher Epic Games
Release July 25, 2017
Fortnite wasn’t the first battle royale game on the market, but it’s definitely become the most popular. Quirky graphics, catchy dance moves, and a wonderfully clunky building mechanic helped propel this game into the mainstream’s consciousness. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Fortnite is a cultural phenomenon. Epic Games certainly found the secret formula for hooking players and keeping them engaged, and there’s no telling where the game will go next. The company is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Apple over distribution rights on the App Store, yet somehow, we think it’s only going to help the game’s popularity.
Read our full Fortnite review
Fortnite Trailer

Apex Legends

Apex Legends
78 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter
Developer Respawn Entertainment
Publisher Electronic Arts
Release February 04, 2019
Think of Apex Legends as Fortnite‘s big brother. It’s grittier, it’s a bit more mature, and its first-person action is much more ruthless than Fortnite‘s cartoonish skirmishes. Players will join forces with up to two other combatants as they battle to be the last squad standing across one of two maps, both of which are incredibly well designed. Games are offered in both Ranked and Casual, but no matter which you pick, you’ll slowly be progressing your Battle Pass. Rewards vary by season; however, they’re always a great incentive to keep diving back into Kings Canyon.
Apex Legends Official Launch Trailer

Destiny 2

Destiny 2
74 %
4.5/5
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Tactical, Adventure
Developer Bungie
Publisher Activision
Release September 06, 2017
The world of Destiny has seen some incredible changes over the years, the best of which turned the game into a free title. Now, anyone can pick up Bungie’s polished MMOFPS and start banishing the Darkness. While it’s possible to play most of the game on your own, it’s best to experience the world with a few companions by your side. Raids are virtually impossible to complete without some great teammates, and much of the most exciting content requires you to join a party.
Read our full Destiny 2 review
Destiny 2 - A Long Day Trailer (Official)

Warframe

Warframe
76 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Digital Extremes
Publisher Digital Extremes
Release March 25, 2013
Its competitive scene might be lacking, but the cooperative experience in Warframe is unlike any other. Players can interact with one other in massive hub worlds before setting off on missions that accommodate up to four players. The action is akin to the famous Dynasty Warriors franchise, pitting players against hundreds of enemies, and it’s not unusual for higher levels to see players working together to defeat more than 1,000 foes. It’s fast, it’s visceral, and it’s a multiplayer experience that you don’t want to miss.
Warframe | Open Beta Launch Trailer

Minecraft

Minecraft
84 %
E10
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac
Genre Adventure, Arcade
Developer Mojang Studios
Publisher Mojang Studios
Release November 18, 2011
At this point, nearly everyone on the planet has probably played — or at least heard of — Minecraft. It’s the blocky adventure game that is a virtual Lego set come to life, letting you build and explore to your heart’s content. This game has been out for more than 10 years, yet the manufacturers are still pushing out updates to keep players hooked. You’ll be able to revitalize your base game with various mods that make it look like an entirely different version of the game. If you’re out of practice with Minecraft, now is as good a time as ever to get back into the game. The Nether Update, recently released by Minecraft, provides more opportunities for player interaction as players explore the expanded Nether region.
Official Minecraft Trailer

Call of Duty: Warzone

Call of Duty: Warzone
73 %
4.5/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre Shooter
Developer Infinity Ward
Publisher Activision
Release March 10, 2020
Take Call of Duty‘s frantic, fast-paced gunplay, throw in dozens of vehicles, merge it with the popular battle royale format, and you’ve got Warzone. From incredibly deep gun customization options to killstreaks, Warzone is no doubt a Call of Duty game at heart — but the gigantic maps and hundreds of enemies offer a unique twist to its aging formula. Call of Duty: Warzone has seen constant updates since launching years ago and has only become more popular in recent months. New weapons, operators, and map adjustments ensure the action never gets stale, and its thriving community ensures you always have competitive matches to jump into.
Call of Duty®: Warzone - Official Trailer

Splitgate

Splitgate
72 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter
Developer 1047 Games
Publisher 1047 Games
Release May 22, 2019
Splitgate is a love letter to games from another era. Its simplistic, team-based combat is a perfect amalgam of Halo and Portal — and it’s just as fun as it sounds. Besides a variety of powerful guns, you can make use of portals to quickly navigate the map or land a shotgun blast on enemies thousands of feet away. This quickly leads to some of the most strategic gameplay you’ll encounter all year — and there’s no shortage of ways to quickly climb the leaderboard. What started as a niche indie project has blossomed into a breakout hit of 2021, as Splitgate garnered millions of downloads after the FPS community finally stumbled upon the hidden gem. Big plans are in store for the title, too, as new investments in the project should lead to plenty of content over the next few years.
Splitgate - Official Console Release Date Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2021

Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition

Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition
95 %
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre Shooter, Racing, Sport, Adventure
Developer Rockstar Games
Publisher Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive
Release April 20, 2018
While we wait for news about GTA VI, thousands of players continue to dive into GTA Online — and for good reason. Rockstar has not only crafted one of the best open worlds in gaming with Los Santos, but its robust multiplayer offerings include competitive PvP, cooperative heists, and the ability to simply roam around with a few buddies causing mayhem. Whether you’re duking it out in tense, cover-based firefights, or schlepping around the desert in tanks blowing up everything in sight, GTA Online is some of the most fun you’ll have with a multiplayer game. If you’ve played the single-player story of GTA V, you’ll already know the basics of GTA Online. We may not see GTA VI any time soon, but at least there’s plenty of fun to be had with GTA V‘s robust online multiplayer.

PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS

PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS
74 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia
Genre Shooter, Indie
Developer PUBG Corp
Publisher Bluehole Studio, Microsoft Studios
Release December 20, 2017
Arguably the game that kicked off the battle royale frenzy, PUBG Battlegrounds continues to be one of the most popular multiplayer games on the market. Gather supplies, trek across an expansive map, and pick off opponents one by one as you try to be the last soldier standing. Although it doesn’t get the fanfare of Fortnite or Apex Legends, PUBG Battlegrounds still has a dedicated community — and one that benefits from constant updates and gameplay reworks. The game also has a popular mobile spin-off, which lets you get your PUBG fix while away from your computer.
PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS - "BATTLE ROYALE" Trailer

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
80 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Shooter, Tactical
Developer Ubisoft Montreal
Release December 01, 2015
It’s not the easiest game on the list, but if you’re looking for a challenge you can’t do much better than Rainbow Six Siege. The latest entry in the storied franchise pits a team of Attackers against a team of Defenders, as they try to defuse bombs or rescue hostages. Each side can choose from a variety of unique characters that bring a special skill to the battlefield — and its roster continues to grow with each new season. Teamwork and careful planning are the keys to success in Siege, and running off on your own is a recipe for disaster. Since you’re only given one life per round, you need to be incredibly careful with your movements. If you can get over the steep learning curve, Rainbow Six Siege is one of the best FPS games on PC.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege - Gameplay Trailer (Official)

The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online
72 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer ZeniMax Online Studios
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Release April 04, 2014
The Elder Scrolls Online is several years old now, and it’s better than ever thanks to the One Tamriel Update. This gave players instant access to all areas of the game by removing level gates and scaling enemies to their current rank. That means anyone who jumps into ESO today has more than five years of dungeons, quests, and PvP content to enjoy without the need for endless grinding. Featuring fully voiced characters, thousands of quests, dozens of PvE dungeons, and a surprisingly active PvP community, ESO offers everything you’d want in an MMORPG. ZeniMax continues to update the title regularly, and there’s always a new reason to dive into the action.
The Elder Scrolls Online - PvP Trailer

Lost Ark

Lost Ark
72 %
4/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows)
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer Tripod Studio
Publisher Smilegate RPG, Amazon Game Studios, GameOn, My.com
Release December 04, 2018
Lost Ark first arrived in select regions before getting a global release. That means players who dive into the MMO today are treated to a wealth of competitive and cooperative action. Things play out from a top-down perspective, and combat is reminiscent of ARPGs such as Diablo or Torchlight. However, the ability to group up with others to tackle challenging bosses makes Lost Ark a rather unique experience. There’s also a robust crafting system and player-driven marketplace, giving you lots to discover when you’re not on the battlefield.
Read our full Lost Ark review
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Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter Rise
95 %
4.5/5
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer Capcom
Publisher Capcom
Release March 25, 2021
First launched on Switch before making its way to PC, Monster Hunter Rise adds plenty of new systems to the iconic series. Most noticeable is the Wirebug — a nifty gadget that lets you tie down towering monsters or quickly climb to safety. It’s a bit like a grappling hook, and it’s surprisingly useful while out on a hunt. Then there’s the mountable Palamute, which gives you the ability to cruise around each map at a breakneck pace. The core cycle of looting, crafting, and hunting, however, is entirely intact. And the ability to party up with a few friends makes Rise all the more exciting.
Monster Hunter Rise - Announcement Trailer

Among Us

Among Us
73 %
E10
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Strategy, Indie
Developer InnerSloth
Publisher InnerSloth
Release June 15, 2018
The Among Us frenzy has died down considerably, but the quirky game remains an excellent option for those seeking a unique multiplayer experience. You and a large group of players will set out to accomplish a rather mundane list of tasks (such as throwing switches or cleaning filters), but one player is secretly out to sabotage your mission. It’ll be up to the group to root out the imposter before they take down the rest of your crew.
Among Us Steam Release Trailer

Elden Ring

Elden Ring
95 %
4/5
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG)
Developer FromSoftware
Publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release February 25, 2022
While you can experience the majority of Elden Ring as a solo player, the Lands Between are much less daunting with a friend by your side. Your cooperative buddy can help you tackle challenging bosses, exploring unforgiving sections of the map, or just help keep enemy eyes off you while you plunder a treasure chest. Jumping into cooperative play also opens you up to invasions — which sees another player sneak into your world for some competitive action.
Read our full Elden Ring review
ELDEN RING - E3 Announcement Trailer

Total War: Warhammer III

Total War: Warhammer III
82 %
T
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac
Genre Real Time Strategy (RTS), Strategy
Developer The Creative Assembly
Publisher Sega, Feral Interactive
Release February 17, 2022
Total War: Warhammer 3 gives you multiple ways to jump into a multiplayer session. Whether you’re looking to run through a campaign with seven other players or enjoy a sandbox-like experience, there are plenty of scenarios to keep you busy. There’s also a new Domination Mode, which sees you and a few other players vying for control of specific sections of the battlefield. There are plenty of tactical multiplayer games to sink your teeth into on PC, but Total War: Warhammer 3 is among the best.
Total War: WARHAMMER III Announce Trailer - Conquer Your Daemons | Coming 2022

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