Multiplayer games have been a saving grace to gamers during this whole pandemic. We’re able to chat with friends and enter different worlds with them. Games like Apex Legends, Warzone, Fall Guys, Among Us, and GTA Online have been thriving and keeping communities alive and strong. Even though titles like these are the main ones garnering attention and in the spotlight of everyone’s latest tweets there are some hidden gems out there that have been also cultivating their small communities and thriving in their way. We wanted to highlight a few of these games because we feel that they should be enjoyed by as many eyes as possible. These are games that thrive in their way and bring something a little different to the table. From board games made into video games to completely new IPs that are bringing something revolutionary to the multiplayer scene, these are ten underrated multiplayer games that you can play with your friends right now.
Jack Box Party 8
Jackbox Party 8 is a must-have on any game night with your friends. It’s not so much as underrated as it is just underappreciated. There are very few games doing what Jackbox Party is doing and the 8th game in the series only expands on what Jackbox is known for. The animations have received an upgrade this time around and you can tell that each game has a ton of love put into it. Games like Poll Mine and Job Job allow up to ten different players to join up so that no one is missing out on the fun. They also can be a little bit chaotic because games like Poll Mine require you to work with a team. Jackbox shines when you’re with a group that has the same sense of humor as you.
Godfall is bringing new things to the looter, multiplayer formula. It’s a looter-slasher that is set in a fantasy-filled environment with magic and knights. It’s an action RPG that allows players to use melee combat and explore the world to look for armor and weapons. It’s something completely different when it comes to player looter games with friends. Instead of bringing guns, it’s giant swords and lances. The world itself is beautiful to look at and truly unique.
Gang Beasts is a game that anyone can get into. It’s a game that uses ragdoll physics as the center of the gameplay. The controls are very simple. One button controls one hand of each doll and the other one controls the other hand. Tap it once to punch and hold it to grab onto people. Learn that and then let the hilarity commence. People will be laughing as they throw each other over a boat.
Love Mario Party but want something with a little more blood and gore, than Pummel Party is right up your alley. It features a ton of mini-games, weapons, and plenty of gore so be ready to have some heated battles with your friends. Also, be ready to lose a few if they can’t handle how intense and competitive Pummel Party can get.
For The King
Have you ever wanted to play a tabletop RPG on your console? Well For The King might be one of the closest you can get to that without having to sink hundreds of hours on a single playthrough. For The King lets you and up to two other players go on an adventure to explore the kingdom. It has turn-based combat and the map is presented in tile form just like a tabletop game board.
Risk of Rain 2
Risk of Rain 2 is the cream of the crop when it comes to rogue-like games. It’s quick-paced, the gameplay is easy to learn, and there is a ton of content for players to explore. It’s a four-player-cooperative game that has you and three others crash land onto an unusual planet where you must explore and find upgrades to help improve various stats. There are a ton of items in this game that can completely change the way you play. There is an item that gives you an extra jump and you can stack multiple times. So your character can jump over five times which may seem like a lot but you will need it because some of these battles get very hectic.
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th is every Jason Vorhees fan’s dream game. It’s one of the most fun survival-horror games we’ve ever played and because the game is so true to the movies it has been able to amass a genuine fan base and a ton of fun to play.
Overcooked: All You Can Eat
If you enjoy the chaotic nature of Gang Beasts then you will love Overcooked instead this time you won’t be fighting with each other, you’ll be doing your best to help each other. Well, that may also lead to some fighting. Overcooked: All You Can Eat places you and your friends in a battle to save the world by cooking. To do this you’ll have to create different dishes to please the customers, but you can’t do it alone. Some ingredients are only reachable to certain players while some of the cook utensils are also limited to certain players. This means communication is vital if you want to succeed. Some of the levels get intense so make sure you bring plenty of patience with you.
Castle Crashers wasn’t underrated when it first came out, but it’s been a while since then so we wanted to shine some light on it once more with the remastered edition. It’s a side-scrolling brawler where you play as four knights and try to save the princesses. It’s a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is a ton of fun.
Another game that’s modeled after a board game but works incredibly well. Armello has one simple goal, take control of the kingdom from the Evil King in any way possible. Players draw different cards that they can play at different times to give themselves an upper hand. There are multiple ways to win and various characters with different skills to choose from.