If you are a gamer, chances are you have some gamer friends as well (I am not saying how big these changes are). And while gaming on your own is awesome, enjoying a game with friends is probably even better! Here are some of my (Nicky) favourite games to play together from different genres. Curious as I am, be sure to comment and share your favourite multiplayer game below or on our socials!
1. Valheim: Viking friends are the best friends?
Let’s start with an awesome survival game set in the Viking age named Valheim. This game currently has five world bosses but there might be added more. Each boss you slay unlocks something else in the game which makes you and your gamer friends progress. But slaying bosses isn’t the only objective of the game. At first you start out with nothing but a leather outfit and soon you will be chopping trees and building homes. Which makes me really excited because if you ask me (and yes you are asking) the real fun of Valheim is building and designing houses, and villages, and towns and even castles! You can even have a garden and some pets, like cute little boars and mighty wolves.
Valheim and friends
The most fun I’ve had with friends in Valheim was touring the world on a longship and building an emergency home at a new location to farm. This was before getting killed by a giant buffalo called a Lox. By the way the Lox can be killed for meat to make all kinds of food and you can use its skin for a rug in your bedroom (Viking does not equal Vegan I guess).
The game had a huge hype created around it when it first launched. Does it live up to it? Yes it does! And the game is still expanding with lots of content to be released in the (near?) future. This is one of the reasons why I al ready mentioned the game in an other article about games to play to escape from covid (read this article here). So if you or your friends haven’t played Valheim yet, go check it out!
2. Overwatch: six or five players?
If you have lots of friends or are interested in making new ones I would recommend Overwatch. Why? The PVP mode of the game consists of teams of 6 people! Now that is definitely a multiplayer. In this team based first player shooter game your objective is to complete the map specific goals within a set amount of time. You and your friends choose your own hero from a large roster of heroes, each with its own set of special skills and roles. If you are into cosmetic items you can also buy a lot of lootboxes to gear out your hero.
Blizzard announced the sequel, Overwatch 2, in 2019. But currently it’s set to launch in 2023 and it will release the PVP mode of the game first (at least a beta version). The teams will be smaller though. According to the latest Blizzard news the Overwatch teams will be reduces to five players. Who needs more than four friends right?
3. Phasmophobia: friends who co-op together stay together
If you and your friends are more into horror, try out Phasmaphobia! In this horror co-op game you have to record evidence of ghosts (Be like Zak Baggans!) all while playing as a team of paranormal investigators. Take up your ghost-hunting equipment and head inside to identify the type of ghost haunting the specific site.
You can communicate via voice-chat, and since the game uses voice-recognition, the game might even react to what you say… all this may of course impact your sanity, and when your sanity is too low, the ghost may come out and try to kill you… for real. So enjoy sleeping tonight. I would recommend a real life sleepover with your friends. Better safe than sorry!
4. Don’t starve together: a gloomy end to a friendship
Another game in the horror theme (similar but different) is Don’t Starve together. While technically a survival game, the setting of this game is a dark, gloomy world called the Constant. Your main goal as players is to keep yourself alive, fed and mentally stable while you encounter a variety of creepy and supernatural things that try to kill you.
During the day-time of this multiplayer game you and your friends spend your time collecting resources and crafting stuff. During the night-time of the game you try to avoid getting killed for as long as possible. And even if you do reach the end of the game, it is not going to end well. In conclusion, lots of fun guaranteed!
5. Jackbox: a party multiplayer
Jackbox isn’t really ‘a’ multiplayer game. Every edition of Jackbox contains five different multiplayer games for you and your friends to enjoy. Most of these games are most fun with at least four players. Some games are similar to board games you can play with friends at home, some games are similar to gameshows you see on tv. But one thing is for sure, these games are hilarious! Even the ‘horror-themed’ game Trivia Murder Party is funny as hell. Why? Because your fellow contestants on the show can actually be killed off, and you can return and win the game while being a ghost. Because of the great variety, we will sum up some of our favourite editions and games.
- Drawfull (party pack 1, and the sequel Drawfull 2 in party pack 8)
- Make a drawing (in which you can’t erase anything) about an unusual prompt. Then have others guess what you had to draw and then try to find the correct title of the drawing. And believe me It’s really difficult to draw ‘You’re out of the band’ or ‘Magic Janitor’. So lots of fun ensured.
- Tee-K-o (party pack 3)
- Also a drawing game. In this game you get more colour options and you get to erase your lines, so you can actually create some awesome art. However, me and my friends mostly end up with really derpy things. As players you have to draw three random things you can find on a t-shirt and write as many t-shirt slogans you can come up with. Those get mixed together and you get to design a t-shirt with someone else’s picture and slogan (most fun design wins).
- Dictionarium (party pack 6)
- Want to come up with the definition of words? Dictionarium is your game! You get to create a dictionary entry for a made-up word, than come up with a synonym for the word and finally use the word in a sentence.
- JobJob (party pack 8)
- In Job-Job, you have to apply for a job. How do you do that? By writing down the answer to a question and later using someone else’s words (from their answers) to create new answers! The funniest answer wins and you get bonus points for the sources your words originate in (other players, or even the game itself). Really funny if you play it with others who have a good sense of humor (so you need funny friends). Also just funny to see the amazing WordArt used in the game (Thnx, Microsoft).
- So that was quite te list! What are your favourite multiplayer games to play with your friends. Or do you have recommendations that we missed? Let us know in the comments!