With so many games to choose from, it can be difficult to find the best multiplayer games to play with your friends. With stores such as Steam and Epic being filled with great multiplayer games, your choices are almost endless.
It’s worth noting that while some games will support crossplay, letting you play with friends no matter what platform they play on, many will require you and your friends to use the same platform. It’s always worth checking for crossplay-enabled games when choosing a multiplayer game on PC.
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The Best Multiplayer Games on Steam
Steam is the most popular gaming platform on the planet, with an incredible 125 Million + registered users. As a result, the platform gets an impressive number of game releases.
While having an abundance of choices is great, sometimes it can make it more difficult to find the right multiplayer game for you and your friends.
Sons of The Forest
Sons of The Forest is the sequel to the hit survival game, The Forest. Play with up to eight friends, as you try to solve the mysteries of the forest while taking on mutants and cannibals.
Players are able to build massive bases, explore hidden caves as well as find and craft new items to help them survive. Sons of The Forest also features a dynamic weather system, making the game much more challenging as players must fight to survive the elements too.
As well as playing with friends, you also get two AI friendlies that will help make Sons of The Forest a little more survivable, as well as humorous, in Kelvin’s case.
At the time of writing, Sons of The Forest does not feature dedicated servers, meaning the host must be online for all other players to be able to join the multiplayer game.
Ark: Survival Evolved
While Ark was released some time ago now, it’s still one of the most popular survival games out there. With a choice of PVE or PVP servers, players must survive the ark, co-habiting with other players as well as a wide range of dinosaurs and even mythical creatures.
Ark: Survival Evolved can be a difficult game for new players, but once you’ve learned to level up quicker, tame some creatures, and build your base, it can quickly become one of the most addictive survival games on Steam.
7 Days to Die
7 Days to Die is an exciting, yet brutal crafting survival game, where players attempt to survive hordes of zombies. Every 7 days players are faced with a blood moon, where massive waves of zombies will attack them, with each wave becoming increasingly difficult.
Players must build a base, create traps and use their wits to survive, while trying to loot the harsh environment, constantly trying to prepare for the next, even more deadly blood moon.
With frequent large updates, 7 Days to Die feels is a multiplayer game that you just keep on coming back to, exploring new content, and finding new ways to survive the horde each time.
You can play 7 Days to Die on single-player, locally, or by renting your very own dedicated server. Just like Sons of The Forest, locally hosted games require the host to be online for others to be able to join.
Dead by Daylight
If you’re a fan of horror games, Dead by Daylight is one of the best multiplayer games on Steam. The game features 4 survivors attempting to escape a fifth player who plays the role of a killer.
Dead by Daylight is an intense 4 v 1 game, where you can choose to be part of a small group of survivors or go it alone as the killer, attempting to stop the survivors from escaping.
With multiple DLC to choose from, Dead by Daylight keeps things fresh by offering tons of interesting killers, all with their own unique abilities and weapons, as well as each having their own difficulty level to play.
Dead by Daylight is also free to play, with only the extra DLC killers and skins costing real money to purchase, making it a great game to grab for free and enjoy with friends.
So far this list has mainly comprised of high-octane games, but if you’re looking for something a little more chilled out, Ranch Sim is a great simulator game with multiplayer.
Players are able to build their own ranch, go hunting, complete quests, buy and sell, and much more. The game gets much more interesting as players start to stockpile meat and cooking utensils and work out cooking recipes to increase their profits.
While Ranch Sim is currently still in early access, the game still gets regular updates, adding new building items, animals, farming, and much more.
The Best Multiplayer Games on Epic
Epic is quickly becoming one of the best places for multiplayer games. With tons of free-to-play games, and as well as paid games, gamers are spoiled for choice.
If you like battle royale games Fortnite is a great option. With multiple modes, including the standard experience with building, zero build, and tons of custom modes, there’s plenty to enjoy with your friends.
Fortnite can be played with up to three friends, allowing solo’s, duo’s, trio’s and squads. Or, you can simply team up with a group of strangers at any time.
While Fortnite is a free-to-play game, players can choose to pick up the battle pass, letting them unlock new skins along the way, although this isn’t needed to enjoy the game.
Fornite is an addictive, fast-paced action game that changes regularly with constant updates and new seasons. Each season brings new weapons, challenges, and even new areas to the map.
Dead Island 2
More than a decade after the release of the original Dead Island, the sequel improves on the first game in every way possible, making it an excellent story-based multiplayer game to enjoy with your friends.
Work together to fight through the infected streets of LA, crafting ingenious weapons to wreak havoc upon hordes of infected enemies.
Dead Island 2 is a brutal game, filled with gore, bad language, and other mature content, making it a great multiplayer game for older gamers looking for their next game to enjoy together.
If you’re looking for a more family-friendly multiplayer game on Epic, Falls Guys is the perfect choice for gamers of all ages. Up to 100 players are pitted against each other in rounds of obstacle courses, fighting to come first and win the crown.
Just be careful when playing with younger players, as Fall Guys is another free-to-play game that comes with a season pass, as well as tons of other cosmetic micro-transactions.
Evil Dead: The Game
Evil Dead: The Game is an ideal choice for horror fans, as well as fans of the Evil Dead franchise. Players can choose between multiple fan favorites from the movies, and TV series, as well as a wide selection of Deadites.
The game comes with multiple modes, including a new battle royale mode, as well as a few single-player missions which let players unlock new skins.
Evil Dead: The Game is a brutal game, which isn’t suitable for a younger audience. It features bad language, and tons of gore, as well as plenty of scares to keep you on the edge of your seat.