In the past ten years, online gaming modes have gone from been an added bonus to players to an absolutely essential component of their gaming experience. Of the two-and-a-half billion people that gamed last year, over half of those people played online.
It’s easy to see why too as gaming online allows you to test your skills at a higher level than playing against the CPU and gives you a chance to socialise with your friends. Now, more than ever, people are turning to online games to maintain their personal relationships and reduce their stress levels.
But what are the most fun and exciting games to play online with your friends?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Recent releases in the Call of Duty franchise have been criticised by players for either being too unrealistic or too slow and clunky. The latest release, Modern Warfare, marks a return to the nirvana of video games for developers Infinity Ward.
The classic online multiplayer feature returns with the added extra of special content from previous Modern Warfare releases. In addition to that players can take advantage of cross play, allowing them to play with their friends on different consoles or on PC.
The jewel in the crown of this latest COD release though is the Warzone feature, which is free to download. Warzone mimics the Battle Royale theme of Fortnite and allows you to fight it out to the last squad standing with your friends.
It’s a great way to socialise and catch up with your friends whilst having a bit of fun too.
Pro tip: To improve your chances of winning Warzone or beating your friend’s K/D ratio, increase your stick sensitivity from 5 to 10.
Pay particular attention to your custom loadout to gain the edge in Warzone and hold up your team
Gambling is one of the most popular pastimes in the world and it has never been easier to play. If dressing up and driving down to the casino sounds like too much hard work for you then why not give online blackjack a go?
It’s the quick, easy to pick up, fun casino game that will keep you entertained for hours and hopefully, help to boost your bank balance.
If you want to play competitively, do your research and find an online provider with a high customer rating. If, however, you’re just looking for a easy to play blackjack game that you can enjoy with your friends, download a free to play app onto your smartphone, invite your friends and play away.
You can wager real money or play just for fun, whatever suits you and your buddies.
Pro tip: Spend some time researching blackjack strategies to make sure you’re prepared for every eventuality.
Beat your friends to 21 and win real money or just simply play for bragging rights
Soccer is by far the most popular sport in the world, but here in the United States it is criminally underappreciated. In fairness, the quality on show in MLS doesn’t really do much to get the juices flowing for spectators.
If you want the perfect gateway into the planet’s most popular game, you should give EA Sports FIFA 20 a go. The game is available on both Xbox and PS4 as well as PC and is very easy to pick up and play.
The game’s online features like the highly acclaimed Ultimate Team are great and will keep you occupied for hours. But if you’re looking to play with friends and socialise make sure you give Pro Clubs a go.
This mode allows you to make your own team and play as individual players. You can fill the whole roster of 11 players or just play with 2 or 3 of you and allow the computer to control the unassigned players.
It’s a great game mode to keep in touch with your friends and to also make new pals as you can put out calls for new recruits.
Pro tip: Set-pieces are key in real world soccer and it’s no different on FIFA, so make sure you practice your free-kicks and corners in the arena.
Words With Friends 2
Not all gaming fans have access to a console or PC and instead prefer to play games on their smartphones. If you are one of those people and are looking for a game that you can play with your friends and family, you need look no further!
Words With Friends 2, the sequel to the game of the same name is the perfect mobile game to play with your buddies. The game is essentially the mobile version of the classic boardgame Scrabble.
You can play anywhere and anytime you want, making it more laid-back and chilled than the other entries in this article. It’s also accessible to people of all ages so you can use it to reconnect with family members far and wide.
Pro tip: Be prepared to sacrifice points for positioning, it will help you in the long run.
Words With Friends 2 is the perfect laid-back and chill game to bring you closer to your friends
This epic building game appeals to gamers of all generations and demographics and has been undergoing somewhat of a renaissance in the past year. Up to eight players can join up together and build whatever they can imagine in the awesome creative mode.
If you feel like your creative juices haven’t been satisfied recently then Minecraft is the perfect outlet. You can play on Xbox, PS4, PC and mobile for as little as $20. Once you get hooked, you’ll also be able to join in with the multiple online communities of avid Minecraft players.
Pro tip: Hostile mobs will attack you at night in survival mode, prioritise finding light to keep the wolf from the door.