When it comes to multiplayer games, fans certainly have a lot of different choices to pick from and 2016 did not make things any easier. This year saw the return of some major AAA franchises, while some new IPs fought for a slice of the pie. But even with huge single player focused games like Quantum Break or Dishonored 2 launching this year and managing to grab plenty of attention, there were also some impressive multiplayer games released this year
While incredibly popular and probably the first genre to come to mind, first person shooters are not the only ones to have made the list below. Multiplayer games in our list run the gamut of shooters, to party favorites, and everything in between.
Though the game may not have rocketed off to such a hot start thanks in large part to its less than ideal release date, Titanfall 2 is what most sequels strive to be. Not only does the game expand upon what works well in the first game, such as the satisfying controls and a unique movement system, but Respawn Entertainment has also made sure to add a lot more to what players love about the title.
In addition to new game modes like Bounty Hunt, players can customize just about anything in the game by applying a ton of different skins to their character, their titan, and even the guns themselves. Loadouts have been tweaked with more options to pick from, there’s a progression system on just about most things like weapons, titans, and the player themselves, and players can choose to unlock things early thanks to a credits system. With free DLC having just arrived including more on the way, it’s clear that Respawn and EA plan to continue evolving the experience well into 2017.
Shooters in 2016 don’t get much bigger than Battlefield 1, which saw the franchise return it its roots in the past. Unlike many shooters, which continue to push further into the future, Battlefield 1 takes things back to World War I, an underutilized timeline for most games. The risk seems to have paid off as the game has quickly vaulted into the top spots of most sales charts and best of lists as well.
After a massively successful beta period and record setting numbers on its debut reveal trailer, Battlefield 1 thankfully launched to stable servers, something the previous DICE games had troubles with. Featuring a bevy of classic game modes like Conquest and Rush, the game also introduces the dynamic and objective heavy Operations mode, where the outcome of a match affects the next round.
While most will play the game for its generous single player content and incredible visuals, Forza Horizon 3 is also the most connected game in the franchise. Leaderboards continue to be a staple element, letting friends try and top one another to see who can complete events fastest, Forza Horizon 3 adds a suite of multiplayer based modes from Flag Rush and King of the Hill which make up part of the competitive side, to co-op modes which let players tackle the campaign together or just free roam around the huge open world.
Creative players have a wealth of options as well, letting cars, liveries, or other items be put up for virtual sale. Players can also create and share events with others as well, including Bucket List challenges, and other race style events. All of these features alongside upcoming downloadable content will help keep players racing for a long time to come in Forza Horizon 3.