Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical multiplayer game that’s mutated into a celebration of all things horror. The title succeeds by pairing iconic villains like Leatherface and Freddy Krueger with a legitimately pulsating gameplay loop, where survivors must outthink their pursuer in order to escape their grasp. Whether you’re on a murderous spree or attempting to slip by unnoticed, there’s a competitive edge to this unique online experience that rewards practice, patience, and preparation.
Grand Theft Auto V's online component, Grand Theft Auto Online, started off in a pretty poor state, but over the years, it's gone from strength to strength, and is now immensely popular. Entirely separate from the single player game, it features a continually evolving world chock full of stuff to do. You can even create your own custom missions for others to play together. There's so much in GTA Online, you may never need to play anything else.
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The latest in DICE's long-running series, Battlefield V takes the fight to World War II. As multiplayer experts, the studio has crafted yet another highly entertaining online shooter, with matches epic in scale and plenty of ways to enjoy the game. The suite of modes is set to grow, too, with a Battle Royale mode named Firestorm coming soon and more post-launch content besides.
12. Fall Guys (PS4)
Many of the games on this list are pretty violent, but what if you want your competitive multiplayer games to have a friendlier vibe? Fall Guys swaps guns and takedowns for obstacle courses and soft shapes. It's a 60-player online game that whittles down the numbers in a series of elimination rounds until just one remains. With dozens of mini games to play and chaotic interactions with competitors, this is a family friendly title that's addictive and hilarious. With seasonal updates introducing new rounds and costumes to unlock, it's only getting better, too.
11. Overwatch (PS4)
Overwatch is PS4's best hero shooter by a mile, and remains a popular online multiplayer title. Each of the characters has its own weapons and abilities to utilise during objective-based modes, and it's a joy to play, particularly with friends. If you're looking for an online shooter to play with pals, this should be your first stop.