There’s never been a better time to be an online gamer, with all sorts of co-op and shared world experiences out there, but for some people, multiplayer has always been about one thing: competition. Here, we’re going to look at some of the best competitive multiplayer games ruling the roost, and what makes them stand out amongst the sheer variety of titles out there.
One of the genres that has really been sticking around in the competitive scene is that of the team shooter. While Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch might have truly established the genre, Valorant is the one that’s sticking out as having the depth and moment-to-moment competitive edge to stand the test of time. It’s a real twitch-movement shooter where a single instance of indecision can see you on the losing side of an engagement, so you might want to use software to improve your aim so you can sharpen your skills before diving in.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
While the campaign that dropped might have been something of a stinker, the online community is much happier with MW 3 than they have been with COD in quite some time. It has all the hallmarks of the classic COD experience but sharpened to a modern level of polish. Of course, this means that the typical progression system comes with it, but COD MW3 modded accounts can help you skip that. There’s no need for grinding in a skill-based PvP game, after all.
Street Fighter VI
It’s too easy to keep things firmly in the realm of the FPS, so we’re looking instead to the latest game in the foremost series of fighting games, and, needless to say, it’s the sequel everyone was hoping it would be. With mechanics like the Drive Gauge pushing for a more aggressive and risky style than ever, few fighting games are more exciting to watch the Street Fighter VI, and the modern controls can help you get to grips with your tools before you switch back to classic to practice your combos.
For those lovers of real-time strategy and MOBAs, the title of ‘best’ seems to switch between this and League of Legends on a regular basis but, right now, DOTA 2’s depth is offering competitive gamers the edge. It takes a decent amount of time to learn the strategic depth of the game, so starting off on the safe lane with some of the most popular heroes is a good way to get to grips with it.
While it might seem to some that the auto-battler, or auto-chess, genre truly had its moment two years ago, some of the best in the genre are still going strong, and none stronger than Teamfight Tactics. For those who prefer a thinking gamer’s game over constant action, the set-it-and-watch-it fights of TFT can be a joy to get stuck into.
There are, of course, many more competitive games than this available right now, and it’s worth taking the time to explore the sheer depth of PvP experiences to see which one best suits your style.