The Most Competitive Online Multiplayer Games in 2019

Apex Legends

Apex Lengends Cover Art with Three Characters.
Released Developer Online Store ATP Rating
2019 Respawn Origin 5 out of 5

Apex legends got a good start just earlier this year and, while it’s one of the newest games on this list, some people will tell you that it’s the worst. But, those people are probably jaded because it was another battle royale in an overcrowded sea. Be that as it may, Apex Legends is actually considered by most battle royale fans as the best in the business. It’s praised for its awesome map and “ping” communication system. We’re also a big fan of the guns and character movement in general. Sure, you can runa cross walls, but you can slide down hills and it works very well. The best part is that Apex Legends is absolutely free to play unless you choose to pony up for cosmetics.

Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow six siege cover art with character weilding a sledge hammer.
Released Developer Online Store ATP Rating
2015 Ubisoft Montreal Humble \ Steam 4 out of 5

Rainbow Six Siege will be five years old as of 2020, but Ubisoft continues to update it regularly with four major updates per year and fixes as necessary to keep the game running as well as possible. Over the past four years, Ubisoft has added a lot of “extras” from characters to gadgets, guns, and even maps, so it’s starting to feel a little clustered and there is quite a learning curve to it now. The good news is that the multiplayer aspect of the game is rather crisp and while hit detection is quite as sharp as that of other games, it makes perfect timing and coordinated teamwork necessary but rewarding.

Overwatch

Overwatch coverart with all characters together in a group
Released Developer Online Store ATP Rating
2016 Blizzard Battle.net 3.5 out of 5
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Overwatch is a damn good game in the aspect that you have a lot of different ways to play. The cast of characters seems to be infinitely growing and, as of the time of this writing, there are 27 characters to choose from – all of which cater to different gaming styles with different abilities. When Blizzard introduced Overwatch, it gave us something we didn’t really have before – a game full of colorful characters paired with a bright and inclusive world. The only downside, and the reason why we’ve only rated it with a 3.5 is the fact that teamwork is absolutely necessary. Teamwork is rewarding, mind you, but if you’re not a team player, you won’t find yourself at home inside the Overwatch universe.

Fortnite Battle Royale

Fornite Cover Art with two women and two men
Released Developer Online Store ATP Rating
2017 Epic Games Official Website 3 out of 5

The biggest benefit to indulging in Fortnite on a regular basis is the fact that it’s constantly changing. It’s currently in season 10 (will be moving into Season 11 very soon) and there are constantly new weapons, traps, tools, skins, and challenges to enjoy. Seriously; Epic Games updates Fortnite on average of twice per week sometimes and there’s always a new set of challenges each week too. Fortnite did star as a blatant rip off of PUBG but has grown way beyond that and has developed its own cult following. It is an amazing battle royale but, we’re foced to give it a ranking of 3 out of 5 due to the lack of a friendly community. You’ll almost always find yourself stuck in matches with pre-teens or early teenagers and there’s a lot of smack talk to go around. As an adult, it can be a hard place to fit it.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds cover art
Released Developer Online Store ATP Rating
2017 PUBG Corp Humble \ Steam 4 out of 5

Where Fortnite fails PUBG succeeds, and that should come as no surprise as PUBG is considered to be – basically – the founding father of the battle royale game as we know it today. In PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, you’ll join 99 other players as you skydive onto an abandoned but large island. Immediately, you need to scavenge up whatever guns and ammo you can find all while fighting to the death in an attempt to be the last man (or woman) standing. You can play in first- or third-person mode, so it fits into most people’s gaming preferences, and you’ll find that it’s more realistic and not as arcade like as Fortnite. The best part is that the online community is a little more… uhm… mature compared to that of Fortnite as well. So, if you didn’t like Fortnite, don’t give up hope on the battle royale scene yet – you might find that PUBG is exactly what you were looking for.

Rocket League

Rocket League Cover Art
Released Developer Online Store ATP Rating
2015 Psyonic Humble \ Steam 4.5 out of 5

Rocket League has to be the most unique game on this list, basically blending together hockey, soccer, and cars all into one. In a basic sense, you’re trying to get a rather large soccer ball into a goal with a car. The game itself is highly popular thanks to its uniqueness. Despite the fact that it’s going on five years old, players are still inventing new moves and tricks. There is a seemingly infinite skill ceiling and that helps keep the game interesting as time goes on. We’ve rated Rocket League with a 4 out of 5 because it’s so accommodating for everyone, including new players, the latter of which there are always a lot of. Plus, until you get the hang of it, you’ll find that there are more than enough raining modes and bot matches to get you up to speed before you climb into the ring with the big boys. On that note, we did have to dock it a point (dropping it to 4.5 out of 5, instead of a perfect 5) because you really want to have a controller for this one. It is playable with a keyboard and a mouse, but this is one of the few games where most players prefer a controller.

League of Legends

League of Legends Cover Art
Released Developer Online Store ATP Rating
2009 Riot Games Official Website 4 out of 5

We rate League of Legends relatively high thanks to its impressive staying power and ability to adapt to the marketplace over the years. After all, LoL is actually 10 years old yet it is still a favorite in esports. The truth is, it seamlessly blends depth and approachability for newcomers. There’s a massive roster of characters to choose from and, while you could spend literally years learning the ins and outs of the game, it’s less demanding than other MOBA games. Over the years, Riot Games has made pretty significant changes to the map and characters and has managed to continuously upgrade its systems to keep the game running smoothly. There’s always something to learn and that’s part of what makes the game so fun – if you can get into it, you’ll remain entertained for a very long time. The biggest downside is that you really need to play with a group of friends. Sure, you can work with random people in your match, but you’re generally stuck to text chat and, let’s be honest, randoms don’t play the same way your friends would anyway.

Simon Carpenter
Simon Carpenter
Simon Carpenter works as an indie game programmer by day and pro gamer by night. He joined the Addicted to Play Team in October of 2019 and has found his home away from home. His favorite games include The Legend of Zelda, Metroid Prime, and Call of Duty.

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