We’re at the end of another year. At this time of the year I like to drop multiple top 10 list on my blog and this year is no different. Here is my top 10 multiplayer games of 2018!
10. Madden 19 (PC)
Madden finally made it’s way to PC this year and even though it didn’t crack my top 10 it is an honorable mention because I did have a lot of fun playing this game. EA, once again, did the minimum required of them in a new Madden game, but since this is my first Madden game since 15 I really liked it. The story mode is horrible, but playing head to head against a friend or random opponent online is where this game shines. MUT is a fun as hell mode that I love to play against people and if someone I know is brave enough to face me in this game I’ll gladly put up 50 points against them.
9. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (PC)
My first experience with this series was a good one. I love this game and so does my wife. We’ve put over 50 hours in this game this year and I can see us going back to play it some more since she has a new PC now. Fighting off hordes of enemies never gets old and working as a team to overcome impossible odds is what this game is all about. If you haven’t played it yet you should.
8. Fallout 76 (PC)
This game has made two of my top 10 list this year. It’s a “bad” game though so it probably shouldn’t be right? Fallout 76 is fun. It’s not perfect, but I think it has a ton of potential to be something great. I look at this game like I looked at ESO at launch. I actually like this game more than I did ESO at launch. Fallout 76 is really fun to play in a group and by myself. I’ve enjoyed the 30+ hours I’ve sunk into this game so far and I plan on playing a bunch more before I quit and wait for more content to release for the game.
7. Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode 5
There’s a lot to like about PSO2 now. Episodes 1-3 are gone. You can still do the story missions, in a new more streamlined way, by talking to a specific NPC, but the horrible way of advancing through the story is gone. Episode 5 started off strong and I want to see what happens next to my character and how the hell we’re going to battle a black hole. The gameplay is great and this game has aged really well in my opinion. It’s still one of the best MMOs out there and I plan on putting a bunch of hours into it with my wife next year.
Dauntless is the new Monster Hunter clone on the block. It’s currently in open beta and it’s much better than I thought it would be. I expected a pay to win game with Monster Hunter elements and I’ve been proven wrong. That’s a good thing though. My wife and I love playing this game. It’s not as deep as Monster Hunter and doesn’t have as much to do as Monster Hunter, but I can see this game becoming something special in the future. It’s faster than Monster Hunter and it’s easier to grind for the components you need to craft good gear. The behemoths that I’ve gone up against so far are all well designed and take different strategies (and some times loadouts) to defeat. This game is a lot of fun and I’m glad my wife and I decided to try it out.
5. Monster Hunter World (PS4)
As good as Dauntless is it doesn’t come close to excellence that is Monster Hunter World. Capcom has had years to refine this series and even though it didn’t make my top 10 games this year I still had a blast playing it. I simply didn’t play it enough to place it on my top 10 because I want to play this game on PC instead of PS4. Monster Hunter World has a great variety of monsters to hunt, gear, weapons, and amazing co op. It’s an awesome game that I can’t wait to play more of.
4. Soul Calibur VI (PS4)
I LOVE this game. It’s my runner up for game of the year and it’s always awesome playing with a group of family or friends to determine who’s the best (me) at fighting games. I’ve destroyed both my family members and complete strangers at this game online. It’s a blast to play and I can literally play it all day long if my wife lets me.
3. Warriors Orochi 4 (PS4)
Warriors Orochi 4 is so much fun. I play this game by myself or with a family member. It doesn’t matter, but since this is a best “multiplayer” list I’m obviously here to tell how how great the multiplayer is in this game. Well… it’s fantastic! I, and whoever I play with (my brother), both get to choose a team of 3 fighters to take on a sortie. I main (right now anway) Yukimura, Hanzo, and Guan Yu. There are so many characters to choose from that I’m constantly switching between them and trying out new lineups. I love this game and it’s so good when you have someone to experience it with. It runs pretty smoothly on the PS4 Pro too.
2. Dynasty Warriors 9 (PC)
Here’s another game that got a lot of hate when it released. A lot of people really hate this game because it’s not like the older musou games. It was also really buggy, but, like Fallout 76, I think this game is really good. A lot has been added to this game since it’s release. It started off as a single player game and now it has full local co op. The first open world Dynasty Warriors game can now be experienced with someone… and it’s awesome. I really liked the game before co op was added and now that it’s here I like it that much more.
1. The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset
ESO got another huge expansion this year. For the first time (since Arena) we got to go to Summerset Isles. It’s a full new region with plenty of quest, dungeons, skills, and adventure. ESO is fantastic. It’s grown so much over the last few years and it’s one of my favorite Elder Scrolls games. I have hundreds of hours in this game and whenever I take a break I know it’s not for long because new content is always right around the corner. Last year this game was my runner up for multiplayer game of the year. It easily takes it this year and if another meaty expansion releases next year it’ll probably top 2019’s list too.
What are the best multiplayer games you’ve played this year?