There is always something oddly alluring about playing online with your friends. These days, it seems to be the easiest and least expensive way of getting together and having a good time by causing mayhem in whichever game you decide to play. Playing alone, however, can be a little bit of a dicey issue as some games have a truly toxic community that is filled with rage quitters and some truly appalling human beings.
It is no wonder that companies develop games with a huge online foundation. It allows them to make more money and also allows you as the gamer to achieve more whilst playing those games instead of relying on an AI that really is only used as a filler. So with that being said, here are 15 of the best online multiplayer games for the Xbox One, listed in no particular order.
The huge online world of GTA V is arguably the perfect blueprint for online gaming. The world is packed full of activities and even allows you to become a CEO of a company or establish and run your own motorcycle club. But what makes GTA V so addictive is the planning and co-operation needed to pull off the heists that the online game includes. Doing these with friends is not only rewarding, but a lot of fun as you are all on the same page and can play to each other’s strengths. Playing with randomers can be slightly awkward, but with enough time and patience, it still pays off in the end.
With regular free updates and content drops from Rockstar, it seems that GTA Online isn’t going anywhere and each update makes the experience more and more entertaining. With Red Dead Redemption 2 on the way later this year, we can expect the same thing, but in a huge Wild West landscape.
Although Rare’s huge online game is a little bare when it comes to content, that does not take anything away from just how fun it is when you’re playing with people you know. I have had a huge amount of fun hanging out in the game world with the guys I play with whether that’s sailing across the ocean or blowing up other ships.
What sets Sea of Thieves apart from other online games is it is actually a lot of fun to spend time in the game world. It feels like nothing is taken seriously, from drinking in the tavern until you throw up in your bucket or locking someone in the brig and having other crew members play them music as the entertainment.
It is the fact that Sea of Thieves allows you to have fun while playing this game, but also requires you to be serious during certain activities. If Rare can keep that aspect going throughout post-launch development, then we could potentially have one of the greatest multiplayer games of all time.
Putting the huge amount of controversy that this game caused to one side, Star Wars Battlefront 2 is actually a solid online multiplayer game. Featuring huge battles set in the Star Wars universe that is built on a base capturing format, it throws two teams of ten players against each other, often resulting in utter chaos.
If you overlook the issues that surround this game, it can actually be a lot of fun. There are space battles, Hero versus Villain modes as well the standard squad battles which really allow you to mix it up a bit, making the game both different and interesting every time you play it.
Minecraft is still one of the most addictive games out on the market and although it is a lot of fun to play on your own, it is even better to play with friends. Creative mode allows you to go online with a group of people and create whatever you want.
The Minecraft community have recreated worlds from shows such as Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and even real cities, including some of the most well-known landmarks. There are also numerous patches and add-ons you can buy to allow yourself to build medieval and even futuristic themed worlds.
Fortnite has taken the world by storm with game clips appearing all over social media and even in the mainstream media. There are two versions of this game; the first is the Battle Royale version, which is free-to-play, and the true release, Save The World, which is a co-op resource gathering game. Both of them a stupidly addictive.
Fortnite Battle Royale is a game that requires you to survive in till you are the last one standing, building structures to avoid being killed. It is played by people of all ages and is actually a hell of a lot of fun, requiring you to learn how the game works and master the mechanics in order to come out the last man standing.
With its free to play status, Fortnite is a game everyone can download and play. By jumping on the same map as your friends, it can be a huge amount of fun and equally frustrating.
If you haven’t played Rocket League yet then I suggest you hurry out and get a copy. The premise sounds utterly bonkers; rocket powered cars playing soccer, but once you start playing it, you soon realise that it is an insane amount of fun. Rocket League is extremely fast paced and requires a certain amount of skill and a bucket load of luck.
Although it does have local co-op, when you take Rocket League online, you can really put your skills to the test against some truly outstanding players. It also serves as a great source of entertainment as its faced paced action means you truly have no idea what’s going to happen next. It is also worth noting that Rocket League was one of the games that paved the way for competitive gaming, a testament to just how fantastic this game is.
Arguably the most successful and widely known Game Preview title to grace the Xbox One console, PUBG is another battle royale style game that has a huge following. Structured in a similar fashion to Fortnite, you must battle it out with other players in order to be the last man standing and pick up the coveted ‘Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner’ title.
As PUBG is a Game Preview title, it is full of bugs, glitches and sometimes an appalling rendering rate, but this seems to work in its favour; the rough and ready look suits this game’s overall appeal. It has also spawned some of the most hilarious and often frustrating trolling moments that gaming has seen in sometime. Although I enjoy playing this game, I find myself becoming frustrated with just how unfair this game can feel.
It has also recently been released on mobile, just showing to the world how truly popular and successful the battle royale genre has become.
Blizzard’s hugely successful and immensely fun online FPS has gathered a serious following since its release. With numerous characters to pick from that have been tuned to suit everyone’s style of play, no pay to win loot boxes and a fair matchmaking system seem to be a recipe for success when it comes to online gaming.
Once you have mastered how the game works and taken the time to develop the skill required to really take it to the other players, I find it hard to find an online game that is as satisfying and rewarding as Overwatch.
Overwatch has recently broken into eSports, which makes it a great time to grab yourself a copy of this game and see what all the hype is about.
Battlefield 1 came around at a time when the FPS genre needed a revival. Providing us with brutal combat, a superb, although short campaign and engaging characters, it did a lot of good for the FPS and war genre in one swoop.
Battlefield 1’s online mode is utterly chaotic with sometimes up to forty players on the map in one go, all of them trying to take control of the command points scattered around the map. Sure, the matchmaking is a little sticky and some of the other gamers playing this game are really good, but it still doesn’t take away just how awesome the online mode truly is.
I have fond memories of playing this with my brother and getting our asses handed to us every round, but I still had fun and, for an online game, I think that is all that matters.
Ubisoft’s newest instalment in their Far Cry franchise not only features and engaging story mode, but also features a solid online mode as well. Allowing you to jump on with other players and help them out in their campaign or travel with them as you explore the hidden regions on the map seems to add a new layer to a game I didn’t think had one.
The world of Far Cry 5 is like any other entry in the series; utterly mental, and that becomes worse when you have someone playing next to you. Co-op allows you to take an outpost with total stealth or just ride around as a passenger with an RPG, it really doesn’t seem to have any limits.
Although Far Cry 5 does have a huge focus on single player, there will eventually be numerous DLC packs released and also Arcade, making this a bright and refreshing addition to an already beloved franchise.
Rainbow Six Siege seems to be one of the largest multiplayer games on the Xbox One. Placing you and your friends in the shoes of attackers or defenders, you must work together to free the hostages and bring the bad guys to justice or to be the bad guys.
Although this game does contain an insane amount of microtransactions, it has earned a place on this list because it is a true co-op game. Playing Siege solo is a waste of time and stupidly difficult, but by working together with people and utilising each other’s strengths and weaknesses, Rainbow Six Siege can be a huge amount of fun and highly satisfying.
Ubisoft also released a time-limited zombies version of this game too, capitalising on the success of COD and with the promise that Siege will be supported for at least the next 12 months, it is a game that is worthy of any online gamer’s collection.
Titanfall 2 is easily one of the most underappreciated games of 2016. Not only does it feature a truly stellar single-player campaign, but the online mode is a hell of a lot of fun. The format has been expanded from the first game where you have bots and pilots running around a map, dropping titans and just generally trying to score enough points to carry the day.
One of the nicest things about Titanfall 2 is that everyone scores a kill due to the number of AI bots running around the field. By doing this, the developers have made sure that all the weapons and titans will eventually become available to everybody who picked up a copy of this game.
What also makes this title a little gem is you can either play it with friends or go solo against randomers and the game quality remains the same.
Payday 2 is a game where you and three other friends can get together and rob banks or jewellery stores with the aim of amassing enough cash to become legendary. While playing on your own is possible, it is ridiculously hard and always ends up in the bank you are robbing being stormed by the police and you getting your ass handed to you.
However, playing Payday 2 with friends is actually a lot of fun. It features everything that may happen in the event of a heist such as crowd control, disabling CCTV equipment and even the ability to case the building beforehand.
The missions in Payday 2 are wide and varied, featuring anything from drug trafficking to stealing valuable pieces of art. Each mission does not take long and the rewards, if done correctly, are many.
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