Multiplayer gaming truly is an ancient, well-crafted art, dating back to the very first video games like Tennis or Pong. With the rise of technology, multiplayer has mostly moved online, and players will sit alone in their room talking to their friends (or their enemies) via a text chat or over a headset microphone.
Online multiplayer does give you more screen space, sure, but it just doesn’t have that same feeling as the good old days of Goldeneye 64 or Halo. In fact, a lot of younger gamers may be deprived of the same sorts of gaming experiences millions of us look back on so fondly.
If this sounds like you, then behold: The definitive list of every local multiplayer game you should add to your library. Some will bring friends closer together, some may almost drive them apart, but all provide solid hours of entertainment through the beauty of real human interaction.
Honourable mentions go to: Minecraft, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Rocket League, Gang Beasts and Battleblock Theatre. No doubt there are countless other great local multiplayer games that haven’t quite made the list, namely fighting games, and I’d love to hear about your favourites in the comments below.
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