What are the best multiplayer games on steam?

The best multiplayer games on steam

Here’s a list of the best multiplayer games on steam. All of these are available now!

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Do you have a library full of games that are now boring? I know that feeling. You don’t want to waste money, so here’s a list of all the best multiplayer games on steam that are available right now.

A lot of these games are available on all platforms not just PC/Steam.
 
This list features both Triple-A titles and indie games. High quality games don’t always have to come at a price.
 
Here I will be discussing the best multiplayer games on steam. The prices listed below are at full RRP. You will always be able to get them cheaper on G2A. You can also learn how to get steam games cheaper.

 

GameDeveloperPopular User Defined TagsPrice 
Counter-Strike:Global OffensiveValveFPS, Multiplayer, Shooter, Team based, Action$14.99Steam Store
PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDSBluehole IncEarly Access, Survival, Shooter, Multiplayer$29.99Steam Store
H1Z1: King Of The KillDaybreak Game CompanyEarly Access, Survival, Massively Multiplayer, PVP$19.99Steam Store
Ark: Survival EvolvedStudio WildcardEarly Access, Survivial, Dinosaurs, Open World$29.99Steam Store
Grand Theft Auto VRockstar NorthOpen world, Action, Multiplayer, First Person$59.99Steam Store
Rocket LeaguePsyonix IncMultiplayer, Racing, Soccer, Sports, Football$19.99Steam Store
Borderlands 2Gearbox SoftwareFPS, Co-op, Action, RPG, Loot, Shooter$19.99Steam Store
Garry's ModFacepunch StudiosSandbox, Multiplayer, Funny, Moddable, Co-op$9.99Steam Store
Payday 2OVERKILLCo-op, Action, FPS, Heist, Online Co-op$29.99Steam Store
Arma 3Bohemia InteractiveSimulation, Military, Multiplayer, Tactical, Action$39.99Steam Store
Dota 2ValveFree To Play, Moba, Strategy, Multiplayer, PVPFREESteam Store
RustFacepunch StudiosEarly Access, Survival, Crafting, Multiplayer$19.99Steam Store
Team Fortress 2ValveFree To Play, Multiplayer, FPS, Action, ShooterFREESteam Store
Now that you have read the list, it’s about time we go over each game listing the good and the bad. While every game on this list is great, some will be more suited to your tastes than others.

In no particular order, lets take a further look at the best multiplayer games on steam!

1. Counter-Strike:Global Offensive – Tactical Team Based First Person Shooter

Counter-Strike Global Offensive - Best Multiplayer games on steam

The first game on our list is one of the most popular. If you haven’t heard of Counter-Strike:Global Offensive I will be massively surprised.
 
CSGO caters to many different players. It doesn’t matter if you want to play casual or competitively, you’ll be able to get your fix from CS.
 
Jump into a casual community server and play one of the many other game modes like surf, kz, football, Jailbreak and more.
 
Why not fill your craving for competition? Jump right into Counter-Strike:Global Offensive’s “Competitive” 5v5 tactical team based game mode. A bomb plant/defuse scenario where you play up to 30 rounds and the team that wins the most rounds is victorious.
 
I’m not going to lie, it’s going to take a lot of time until you become good a the game. But you will absolutely love it if you play with friends and give it time.

Can you run it?

Pros
  • Competitive Gameplay
  • Team Play & Communication (This can be a negative experience too)
  • Many different 3rd party pick up game providers
  • Community Servers
Cons
  • Huge learning curve (I have 1800 hours invested and I’m loving it, you may not though.)
  • You’ll need to invest in a mouse/mouse pad if you want to get serious.

 2. PLAYER UNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – Survive until you don’t…

PUBG The best survival game on steam?

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS aka PUBG is still in early access. PUBG is perhaps the most popular indie title ever to release on steam. The man behind this game has plenty of experience already in the battle royale genre. You may have heard of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S Battle Royale (Arma Mod).
 
Running, looting, driving and most importantly… bloodshed. Team up with your friends or be the lone wolf, your only goal is to survive. There’s both a Zombies mode and a PVP mode, whatever you need to enjoy survival you will find it in PUBG.
 
The community are driving this game forward. At the time of writing this article PUBG had peaked at 314,000 players. This game can only improve, you’d be wrong not to get involved.

Can you run it?

Pros
  • Huge player base
  • Satisfying UI & Loot system
  • Brand new release with a lot more to come
  • Early Access games are always a slight risk, however PUBG is in a great place already.
Cons
  • Hard to run. You’ll need a good PC.
  • Slower than H1Z1 – (This isn’t necessarily bad. People have different preferences).

3. H1Z1: King Of The Kill – BTEC PUBG

H1Z1 KOTK

I’m kidding. H1Z1 is a decent game and when it was first released had bags of potential. Depending on who you ask, people may say it lived up to it. It’s a game that you can play both fast and slow.
 
The pace is controlled by you the player. If you want to hit popular cities it’s almost certain you’ll take part in mass PVP. Should you want to play around the edge of the gas to survive and avoid enemies until there is few left you can.
 
Gun handling is nice and you’ll definitely have to learn to shoot. Though the lack of gun customisation is definitely disappointing. You’ll be stuck with using third person or Iron sights trying to shoot someone that’s far away.
 
If you can spend the extra money on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS I would buy it. Though when on sale H1Z1 is a very good pickup for its price.

Can you run it?

Pros
  • Fast paced
  • Very simple UI
  • Easy to find good loot
Cons
  • Only 3 primary weapons and a lack of weapon customisation
  • Queue times are considerably long

4. Ark: Survival Evolved – Dinosaurs are sick!

Ark Survival Evolved Logo

A truly unique concept brought to your screens. Ark Survival takes you back to a time where dinosaurs roamed the land. When it was first released, Ark had its issues. To this day it still does, but the uniqueness is what makes the game great.
 
You’re stranded, standing naked on an Island called Ark. You will need to farm, hunt, harvest and more to survive. Keep in mind that you’ll need to do this while surviving on the same land as 70+ different dinosaurs. They’re not all out to get you though.
 
On Ark you are able to tame dinosaurs and keep them as pets. Depending on how successful your attempt at taming them has gone you will be able to command them to do many different things. Such as carrying your inventory, prey & even let you ride them!
 
Dinosaurs aren’t the only challenge. It’s not just you trying to survive. Other people will also survive at all costs.

Can you run it?

Pros
  • Private Server gameplay with friends is unbelievably fun
  • Graphics are beautiful (if you have a good enough PC)
  • Many different weapons
Cons
  • Poor optimisation
  • Developers released paid DLC way before the game was anywhere near completion

5. Grand Theft Auto V – A more exciting life.

Grand Theft Auto V available on Steam

GTA V is a game that doesn’t need any introductions. While the game has been criticised heavily since TakeTwo decided to try and bring an end to modding. While OpenIV is back, the community hasn’t forgotten TakeTwo’s attempts.
 
The game is very enjoyable. Single Player is one of the most enjoyable story modes that I have played in a long time and Online is great too.
 
There is a couple of downsides with online play, it’s plagued with cheaters. This can be both good and bad as some will drop you money, others will make your life a living nightmare. Secondly, there’s an online economy which is fuelled by micro-transactions. Unless cheaters drop you money or you buy “Shark Cards” you will be doing missions & heists for the rest of your days.
 
If you have access to both Single Player & Offline you will not get bored for a long time. The game depth is amazing and you’ll find yourself racking up the hours.
Pros
  • A huge amount of content
  • Frequent updates and seasonal events
  • Enjoyable Story mode with great character depth
Cons
  • Modding support is very limited and TakeTwo aren’t keen on it.
  • Hackers/Cheaters plaguing online
  • Micro-transactions

6. Rocket League – Car Football

Rocket league best competitive game on steam?

So, you’re not a fan of football/soccer? Why not spice things up and try playing it with cars? Forza attempted this concept and as much as I enjoyed it, it was very slow as you had to use Range Rovers. Pysonix seems to have gotten the balance right.
 
The cars are equipped with a boost system which allows you to jump, flip and boost yourself across the map. It’s a simple arena game where you can play 1v1, 2v2, 3v3. Both competitive and casual modes are available. Competitive is vanilla football matches. Casual is more adventurous with modes such as Hockey & Basketball available.
 
Many developers are integrating drop systems & further customisation options into their games. Rocket League is no different. You receive a drop after every match and you are able to both trade and sell these with other community members.
 
The trading system is in-game only and leaves a lot to be desired. It doesn’t utilise the steam inventory & trading system.

Can you run it?

Pros
  • Competitive Gameplay
  • Team Play & Communication (This can be a negative experience too)
  • Fun for everyone, casual or competitive.
Cons
  • Just like any other competitive game a community with toxic players is to be expected
  • A surprisingly big learning curve. How hard can hitting a ball towards goal be in a car? Surprisingly tricky.

7. Borderlands 2 Game Of The Year – Cartoon Carnage

Borderlands 2 goty

Borderlands 2 is a great game that grants you both an amazing offline and online experience. Like any other RPG, Borderlands 2 is time consuming but is a lot quicker to reward you.
 
I know people that have both criticised and praised the Borderlands art style. It’s very cartoon like, exaggerated and full of colour. This adds a lot more to the game than you’d imagine, creating a very fun atmosphere for you and any friends you play with.
 
The gameplay is what makes Borderlands 2 special. Unlike other grind-heavy RPG’s you can travel the map quick enough to be fun and slow enough so that it’s not too dull.
You will get many hours of fun out of this game. There’s endless content in the regular version. Though I suggest buying the GOTY edition. You will not regret it.

Can you run it?

Pros
  • Art style makes this game truly unique and very enjoyable
  • Co-op with friend is unbelievably fun
  • The single player experience is just as good
Cons
  • Can be a little buggy in places.

8. Garry’s Mod – I’ll be anything you want me to be

Garrys Mod

Where to start? Garry’s mod is a huge game, chances are you’ve probably hear about this game. It may have even been the reason you set your eyes on PC gaming. It’s crazy to think that this game was released as far back as 2004.
 
Garry’s mod isn’t graphically outstanding. Though you can download mods that will make it look somewhat better. Garry’s mod isn’t all about the graphics anyway. You play it for the endless content and fun with friends & communities from all around the world.
 
The gameplay opportunities are endless, A true sandbox game. Are you into Roleplay? Jump into one of the many Dark RP servers and live your life anyway you want. Jailbreak is also another great RP game mode that I have sunk many hours into. Not to mention Prop Hunt. Prop hunt is a fun mode that other titles such as Modern Warfare Remastered include in time limited playlists.
 
Finally, Trouble in terrorist town. You may have heard of the party game called Mafia, it is pretty much that but in a video game. A small group of traitors is chosen and together they have to work to kill innocents. The innocents do not know who is a traitor but some are able to become detectives and see who is evil.
 
Garry’s Mod at full price is only $9.99 and can be bought on sale much cheaper.

Can you run it?

Pros
  • Content is endless
  • Fun with friends
  • Is unbelievably easy to run (Source engine)
Cons
  • It’s a game that attracts screaming children. You will have to use the mute function.

9. Payday 2 – Nice and stealthy… awh f**k

Payday 2 heist game

This game may come as a surprise to many. It’s a great game but it’s not one which is particularly in your face popular. Despite that, it’s in the top 10 “current player count” pretty often. It was free for a limited time so perhaps that’s why so many own the game and continue to play it.
 
Payday 2 is best played online with friends. Single Player is fun and will pass the time no problem. I’ve enjoyed Payday the most with friends working strategically through heists. If you go online as a low level player, you’re going to get flamed and even kicked from lobbies before you start the game. The community can be somewhat toxic.
 
You can stealthily complete heists without any bother from police. If you want to go guns blazing you will find yourself fighting hordes of swat teams. This makes the missions much harder.

Can you run it?

Pros
  • Constant updates/fixes
  • Highly Moddable
  • Fun with friends
  • Lots of content
Cons
  • Like almost any other online game, the community can be toxic. More frequent in this game than most others though
  • The graphics are becoming a little outdated (Mod packs are available)

10. Arma 3 – I can do whatever I like

Arma 3 Best Steam Game

Perhaps one of my favourites on this list. I’ve racked up so many hours on both Arma 2 & Arma 3 yet I still feel like I should play it even more! The custom missions make the game for me. Single player is also great fun if you are looking for a mil-sim experience.
 
The possibilities are endless with Arma 3. DayZ & PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS both originally started out as mods for Arma. Wasteland and Altis Life RP are also other mods that you may have heard about.  You can even create your own missions and scenarios. In-game editors are very quick and easy to use.
 
Full steam workshop support also allows for great fun with friends. Downloading other peoples scenarios and playing through them can be exciting.
 
The base game may not look so attractive, however Arma 3 is what you make it.
 
Make an effort to try out different mods and custom scenarios and you will love the game. It really is one of the best multiplayer games on steam to date.

Can you run it?

Pros
  • Constant updates/fixes
  • Highly Moddable
  • Fun with friends
  • Graphically beautiful
Cons
  • Sounds leave a lot to be desired. Shots will often come from a completely different place than audio suggests.
  • If you’re playing on a server with DLC in-game and don’t own it, advertisements will cover your screen. (Still allows you to play with the content though, bittersweet.)

11. Dota 2 – Misery Simulator

Image result for Dota 2 icon

Another game that I’ve invested so many hours into. Moba’s are a genre that some people absolutely hate, while others can’t get enough of them. There’s a significant different between each game in this genre. If you find Dota 2 isn’t for you, League Of Legends, Heroes Of The Storm & Smite might be.
 
First of all, Dota 2 has the Free-To-Play/Micro-Transaction system 100% right. Every hero is available for free. The only thing that the micro-transactions give you are cosmetic items. These can be applied in-game and show off to friends and enemies.
 
I don’t believe you’ll ever have such a love hate relationship with any other game. Dota 2 one minute can be the best thing you have ever played and the next make you feel like trash. Each server region has their own player-base that is ridiculed for being bad, not speaking the same language and generally obnoxious. This is a stereo-type you’ll soon notice.
 
The gameplay will meet your competitive needs and more. Recently Valve integrated community mod support. This allows you to play custom game modes when you are feeling you need something a little different.

Can you run it?

Pros
  • Forever changing meta
  • Custom game modes
  • Competitive ladder system
  • It’s fun playing barbie dress-up if you have the money…
Cons
  • These types of games are always full of different mechanics you need to master to become a great player. Dota 2 is no different.
  • As I’ve listed for other games, the community is very hit and miss.

12. Rust – Look at me, I’m naked!

Rust on Steam

Made by Facepunch studios, the creator of Garry’s Mod. Rust hasn’t seen the same success but it is still very, very popular. What’s weird is that it’s still in Alpha and it’s coming up to 4 years old. It’s frequently updated and forever changing.
 
The idea of rust is the same as any other survival game… survive. You are spawned into the map naked with a rock in hand. You’ll need to overcome hunger, thirst, coldness and while protecting yourself from Animals and other human beings. You can form an alliance with other players but you better believe that they’ll stab you in the back at some point.
 
It’s a great concept, looks graphically amazing (poorly optimised in places) and has a very solid combat and crafting system. If you can pick this game up definitely do so!

Can you run it?

Pros
  • Constant updates
  • Developers communicate & write constant blogs
  • Graphics
  • Modding is very easy and accessible to most
Cons
  • The feeling when you get killed after 5 hours of long grinding
  • Runs very poorly at times, especially bad for those that don’t have a top of the range PC.

13. Team Fortress 2 – Where hats are hats.

Image result for TF2 Icon

Turning 10 years old on October the 10th, TF2 has been forever popular. You would think within those 10 years it may have died off especially with newer game releases, specifically Overwatch.
 
The gameplay is still surprisingly fun and fresh. There’s been a bunch of games that have tried to mimic TF2 with a slight twist however none have been able to take over. It has 9 classes of characters all of which play completely differently. The number of maps also adds variety and means that no game will ever be the same.
 
Crafting cosmetic items is becoming easier too as the price of refined metal continues to drop. Meaning that you don’t need to spend a lot of time on idle servers, trading or even paying out of your own pocket to play barbie dress up.
 
TF2 also comes with achievements that are both fun and challenging to get so you’ll never get bored.
 
As it’s free-to-play, there’s literally no harm in trying it out. Worst case scenario you uninstall it.

Can you run it?

Pros
  • Free-To-Play
  • Frequent Updates
  • A very social community. Lots of people to chat to
  • Many different game modes & community servers available
Cons
  • People are getting bored, granted it’s after many, many years of playing.

Those are the best multiplayer games on steam…

And I suggest you go out and buy the ones that interest you. You will not be disappointed whatsoever. If you buy the games through steam you will be able to refund as long as you keep your play time under 2 hours.

Let me know what you think are the best multiplayer games on steam! Maybe they’ll get added to the list?

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