15 Best Online Games to Play with Your Friends 2024

15 Most Popular Online Games 2024

Best Online Games

Stepping back in time, people played games only with home gaming consoles such as Nintendo gaming devices, PlayStations and Xboxes. Now, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and other game consoles are still popular all over the world. At the same time, online games have got more and more popular recently.

A large number of online games are offered for various platforms from Windows and MacOS to Android and iOs as well as the gaming consoles. Users can play the game with international players worldwide online fighting and cooperating with each other. Online games are popular partly because many titles are available for free.

There are too many options to plat online games, so you may wonder which game to start with even though you are interested in trendy games. Today, I’d like to introduce 15 best online games to play with your friends now.

1. Fortnite

Fortnite is one of the most popular survival and battle royale online games developed by Epic Games in 2017. There are 3 type of games in Fortnite: Save the World, Battle Royale and Creative. Fortnite Battle Royale is the player-versus-player game for free with up to 100 players including you. You can play it alone or as a group consisting 2~4 players fighting to the last player (or team). It is unique that players can not only fight with guns and other weapons but also build walls, stairs and other fortifications with various materials.

Release: 2017
Player: 1~4
Platform: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Website: https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/

2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the 5th title of the greatest Super Smash Bros., which started with the first series for Nintendo 64 in 1999. The latest Super Smash Bros. has been played by both Japanese and foreign players since it was released for Nintendo Switch in 2018. From 2 to 4 players fight against each other at the same stage controlling their characters chosen from 82 fighters. The wide range of the character options is one of the main reasons for the popularity of the crossover fighting game, which includes Mario, Yoshi, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Link, Sephiroth and Sora. There are also over 100 versus stages to choose for battles in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Release: 2018
Player: 1~8
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Website: https://www.smashbros.com/en_US/index.html

3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the latest title of the Animal Crossing series, is one of the biggest sellers in Nintendo Switch games released in 2020. A player has his/her own island to develop as a human character, where animal characters live together. The island can be shared with up to 4 players totally, and 8 players can play the online game in the same island simultaneously. The season changes from spring to winter as the real world season does in the social simulation video.

Release: 2020
Player: 1~8
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Website: https://www.animal-crossing.com/new-horizons/

4. Apex Legends

Apex Legends is one of the hottest battle royale games developed by an American game studio Respawn Entertainment, which is also categorized as first-person hero shooter. It has been updated with additional characters, maps and weapons since it was released for free worldside in 2019. Basically, 20 three-person squads battle against each other collecting weapons and supplies to the very last team.

Release: 2019
Player: Up to 60
Platform: Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch
Website: https://www.ea.com/games/apex-legends?setLocale=en-us

5. League of Legends

League of Legends, which is abbreviated to LoL, is a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game made by the American video game developer Riot Games in 2009. It is also known as one of the most popular e-sports games. Player fights as part of a team against another team (each team consists of 5 players) controlling role characters called “champion”. The team aims to win attacking the opposite base.

Release: 2009
Player: 1~10
Platform: Windows, Mac
Website: http://leagueoflegends.com/

6. Splatoon 3

Splatoon 3, a new Nintendo Switch title of the popular Splatoon series, was released in September in 2022. It is one of the most popular third-person shooter games developed by Nintendo. It is the third title following Splatoon released in 2015 for Wii U and Splatoon 2 for Nintendo Switch in 2017. Players control the human-squid hybrid character Inkling and fight other players shooting, covering the ground and swimming with colorful ink. There are 5 battle modes and players as a group of 4 fight against another group.

Release: 2022
Player: 1~8
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Website: https://splatoon.nintendo.com/

7. Among Us

As a popular social deduction game to play online with friends, Among Us is highly recommended to choose these days. Among Us, developed by InnerSloth in 2018, has been offered worldwide for various platforms from computers and smartphones to consoles. Set in space, up to 15 players can enjoy the advanced werewolf game simultaneously, who are divided into Crewmates and Impostors. The game proceeds while the players complete tasks and discuss who they believe is an Impostor.

Release: 2018
Player: 4-15
Platform: Windows, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch
Website: https://www.innersloth.com/games/among-us/

8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the newest game of the classic series, was released for Nintendo Switch in 2017. The popular kart racing game is perfect for any types of players including kids, family and game beginners and advanced users. There are over 40 Nintendo characters you can play with, which consist of Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser and other new and classic characters. Up to 12 players play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe together online.

Release: 2017
Player: 1~12
Platform: Wii U, Nintendo Switch
Website: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/mario-kart-8-deluxe-switch/

9. Call of Duty

Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game series with the theme of war. The first title of Call of Duty was released in 2003, and there are now about 20 titles in the Call of Duty series. The setting depends on the title but the worlds are inspired by history such as WWII and the Cold War. You can play the series with friends online. The recent video game title Call of Duty:Modern Warfare accepts 1-64 players and Call of Duty: Mobile offers 100-multiplayer battle royale.

Release: 2003
Player: 1~8
Platform: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, etc
Website: https://www.callofduty.com/home

10. Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight, which was developed by a Canadian game development studio Behaviour Interactive in 2016, is recommended if you like horror and thriller games. The asymmetric survival game is played by 5 players who are divided into 4 Survivors and 1 Killer. The Survivors try to complete several tasks and escape from the stage while the Killer is designed to hunt and sacrifice them to the Entity, which is the evil existence creating the world.

Release: 2016
Player: 5
Platform: Windows, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch
Website: https://deadbydaylight.com/en

11. Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV (FF14) is the online game from the famous Japanese game series Final Fantasy, developed by Square Enix in 2013. FF14 is the second MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) following the first one Final Fantasy XI (FF11). You can enjoy the story and fight enemies with your friends. The role-playing online game also includes other game options such as building your house and chatting with friends. A part of the game is offered with a free trial option.

Release: 2013
Player: 1~8
Platform: Windows, Mac, PS4
Website: https://www.finalfantasyxiv.com/

12. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which is also known as PUBG, was developed by the South Korean video game company’s subsidiary PUBG Corporation in 2017. It offers players battle royale games with either first-person or third-person perspective. Players fight to the last person standing. There are also games modes for two-player teams and four-player squads.

Release: 2018
Player: 1~100
Platform: Windows, Android, iOS, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia
Website: https://www.pubg.com/

13. Minecraft

Minecraft, one of the most famous and popular video games in the world, is a free-form adventure sandbox game. It was officially released as Minecraft: Java Edition in 2011 for Windows, Mac and Linux, offered for a variety of devices including popular game consoles now. As its website says “”If you can dream it, you can build it”, you can enjoy architecture building your original world with blocks with Creative Mode. Multiplayer is available online.

Release: 2011
Player: 1~8
Platform: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, etc
Website: https://minecraft.net/

14. Destiny 2

Destiny 2 is a modern multiplayer first-person shooter game developed by an American game studio Bungie. It was released in 2017 as the sequel to the first Destiny series in 2014. You can mainly play two types – PvE (player versus environment) and PvP (player versus player), and up to six players in a raid mode can play at the same time.

Release: 2017
Player: 1~6
Platform: Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S
Website: https://www.bungie.net/7/en/Destiny/NewLight

15. Super Mario Party

Super Mario Party, the most popular Japanese party video game around the world, was released in 2018 as the 11th title of the classic Mario Party series for Nintendo Switch. You can play Super Mario Party with family and friends in a group of 4 players online. There are 20 Mario characters for players to choose, and they take turns and navigate the board playing 80 minigames.

Release: 2018
Player: 1~4
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Website: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/super-mario-party-switch/

Those online games are quite popular all over the glove and are highly recommended to online game beginners! Please be noted that you may obsessively play the online games once you start some.

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