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Now that you are ready and pimped, let’s talk about multi player games.
A brief overview and history of Multiplayer Games
Multiplayer video games enable more than one users to play the same game in the very same environment at the same time. Generally video games are designed for singular play and involve the pitting of a player against some pre-programmed and pre-defined challenges, or they come with computer generated opponents with Artificial Intelligence, but these opponents do lack the kind of flexibility in thought that humans have.
To create a better playing experience for gamers, multiplayer games were introduced which allow the players to interact with each other, these interactions may involve inter-player partnership or rivalry depending on the game.
This allows the players to have a kind of social communication which is completely absent in the games designed for single player. These games usually require all the players in the game to share a game system, with advancement in technology and networking, players can now play the same game at the same time over long distances.
There are two types of multiplayer games:
Non-networked: When these multi-player games were introduced, all were non-networked games played on a single system by two or more players. In 1973, the first platform on which real time multiplayer games were developed was PLATO system. The earliest two-player video games were predominantly sports games like Tennis and Pong, after that shooter games like ‘Spacewar!’ were introduced. The famous and popular games developed on this system were ‘Empire’, which came out in 1973 and the first-person shooter ‘Spasim’ in 1974.
Networked: Games with modes for networked gaming or as they are popularly known as ‘Netplay’, came much later, after the internet boom. The first video game to offer a LAN mode was released in 1991, it was Spectre and was designed and developed for Apple’s Macintosh. The next game which has to be mentioned as a pioneer of network play is Doom, which was released in 1993 and its first version allowed four players to simultaneously play on a network. Networked games using LAN for the connection do not have the problem of Lag which can be mortally frustrating.
Some multi-player games use email for the communication between multiple computers, these are called ‘Play-by-email’ games. Other network games in which players don’t need to be simultaneously online are called ‘Play-by-post gaming’ and ‘Play-by-Internet’ games.
Another kind of network game which is played by a huge number of gamers at once (Massively multiplayer). There are two types of massively-multiplayer game genres, these are MMORPG and MMORTS.
Here are the different types of Multiplayer online games, with the popular titles listed with them:
- Street Fighter series
- Ultimate Marvel v/s Capcom 3
- Mortal Kombat series
- UFC series
- WWE series
- NFL series
- FIFA series
- NBA series
- NHL series
Older online games
- Sega Meganet titles
- Minecraft series
- Battlefield series
- Resistance series
- Unreal Tournament series
- Quake series
- Team Fortress series
- Call of Duty series
Strategy video games
- Warcraft 3
- Plants v/s Zombies
Multiplayer online battle arena
- Defence of the Ancients
- Heroes of Newerth
- League of Legends
- Dota 2
The first console with the capability to allow its users to play with their friends over a network was the NetLink, it was released by Sega in 1996. After that in 1997 came Game.com and in 2000, the Dreamcast. All these consoles supported the use of LAN or internet for network gaming. Now mobile devices and handheld consoles even offer wireless gaming.
Of all the gaming consoles available today, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 stands out for multiplayer gaming, this can be attributed to its online service Xbox Live, which is the world’s largest and most lively gaming community.
Best Multiplayer Games for Xbox 360 (2016)
Below is a list of the most enjoyable multiplayer games available for Xbox 360, if you want to check out all the Multiplayer games available for the console, you can find a comprehensive list here.
Here is the list of best Xbox 360 multiplayer games out there:
#10 Street Fighter Series
Capcom’s Street Fighter or SF as it is commonly known as, is a multiplayer fighting game. The game showcases characters with different origins with each player having his/her unique style of fighting. Capcom released it for the first time in 1987 and has been its second best-selling game franchise loved all over the world. The different version of the game are:
- 1987 – Street Fighter
- 1991 – Street Fighter II series
- 1995 – Street Fighter Alpha series
- 1996 – Street Fighter EX series
- 1996 – Capcom Crossover series
- 1997 – Street Fighter III series
- 2008 – Street Fighter IV series
- 2016 (scheduled) – Street Fighter V
Now the game comes with additional multiplayer resonant modes like: Team Battle, in which up to 8 players can fight it out together; an Endless Battle mode, in which a group of 8 players are rotated again and again to fight each other. Originally panned by early critics for seeming like nothing more than a quick cash grab, Capcom certainly proved them wrong with the game’s success both online and in console arcades.
Latest Version: Street Fighter IV
- While it retains its old-school Classic “2D” gameplay, it comes with a 3D engine, and showcases stunning environments and characters
- It has a number of special moves that will blow any fan’s mind, these include: Focus attacks, Super Combos, and the Ultra Combo, which is fuelled by revenge
- Favourites like Guile, Chun-Li, Ryu and Ken have returned to the game with many new Street Fighter characters which were created exclusively for the latest version
- Many new amazing locations have been added to the game
- The developers have done an exquisite job of mixing the classic gameplay of this genre-defining game with newer unique gameplay systems
- It comes with additional online gaming modes which allow you to instantly connect to online challenges or play in a tournament etc.
Minecraft was developed by Markus “Notch” Persson as a single player sandbox video game, it was then picked by Mojang to be published across different platforms. The game creative depth of the game and the flawlessly fluent design of the game makes it very invigorating. It enabes its players to creatively use the environment provided and construct buildings using just but textured cubes. The game also offers activities like: gathering, exploration and combat etc.
Minecraft was first released for Xbox 360 in 2012 end, the title for consoles is co-published by 4J Studios. The first version of the game on Xbox was also a single player game, but soon multiplayer mode was added which became the most played multiplayer game on Xbox 360.
The popularity of this game is mainly due to the fact that it can be enjoyed by the whole family. The multiplayer mode of the game has garnered good reviews from vaious site like Metacritic which scored it to be 82, IGN scored it an overall 8.5/10.
- IGN Score: 8.5/10
- GameSpot: 7.0/10
- The new interface introduced is very compliant for crafting and is very easy to set up too.
- Some rate the game poorly on the graphics, but the visual satisfaction the iconic game visuals give, is very rare. The sound is also very good.
- Games borrowed from PC to consoles usually don’t satisfy the players, but the intuitive gameplay of Minecraft allows you to be as creative as you can.
- Getting addicted to it is easier than getting addicted to cocaine.
#8 Left 4 Dead Series
Left 4 Dead was developed by Turtle Rock Studios as a co-operative FPS. It has survival and horror elements. The game is published by Valve Corporation and it uses its in-house Source engine.
From the publishers of some great co-op games this one is set in the aftermath of a pandemic, which destroyed the world. It has four protagonists or the Survivors, which are pitted against a horde of infected people.
The different game modes available in the game are:
- Single-player mode: In this mode you control one of the four characters and all others are controlled by AI
- A four-player, co-op campaign mode: This is the most enjoyable mode, as you can play it with your friends
- An eight-player online versus mode: In this mode there are 4 boss Zombies or Infected people which are also controlled by players
- A four-player survival mode
Latest Version: Left 4 Dead 2
- It boasts of one of the finest co-operative gameplays. The tactical teamwork needed in the game makes it one of the best multiplayer game.
- Not only the gameplay in Left 4 Dead 2 has improved, the number of game modes available have increased too. The visual style has also seen an improvement.
- The game stands head and shoulders above any game, when it comes to the emphasis of teamwork and strategy, and treats the players with one of the best team-based multiplayer gaming experience.
#7 Red Dead Series
Red Dead is developed by Rockstar Games, it is a western styled action-adventure video game series. It is distributed by the company named Take-Two Interactive. The franchise which is distributed by Take-Two Interactive has sold more than 14 million units worldwide.
Games in this series include the following games:
- Red Dead Revolver is set in the late 1800s, the story follows the life story of Red Harlow, who is a bounty hunter. The plot is based on a revenge story, where Harlow finds out the plot and people responsible for killing his parents. It was originally designed and developed by Capcom, and then it was bought by Rockstar Games.
- Red Dead Redemption & Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare – This is the second game of the series and its extension episode. The game takes place in year 1911. The gameplay, visuals, story and music of is terrific and is praised by critics and fans. The storyline follows John Marston, a former outlaw hell bent on exact revenge from his former friends and gang members.
The Good: The multiplayer mode of the game is an entirely different game experience altogether. It introduces the Rockstar’s trademark ‘free roam’ mode for the game, which can be thoroughly enjoyable. There are two modes of co-operative gameplay and a competitive gameplay, in the multiplayer mode, which allows up to 16 players.
#6 Forza Motorsport Series
Forza Motorsport is developed by Turn 10 studios, it is one of the most critically acclaimed racing game franchise. It is published by Microsoft Studios. The developers of the game wanted to create an emulation which is as near to the handling characteristics and performance of a real race car as possible.
The motorsport series had a limited accessibility, to overcome this, the franchise came up with Forza Horizon which attempts to increase its accessibility by setting the game in a racing festival, happening in Colorado, the racing festival is named ‘Horizon’. This series offers open-world environments which can be explored by the players. The realistic physics and the wide variety of cars available for the players makes the gaming experience very nice. The graphics of the game are top-notch and give that additional immersive experience.