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Best multiplayer games on GamesNostalgia

Multiplayer games are titles where two or more players can join to compete or, in some cases, to collaborate.

The first multiplayer games were played on the same computer, with two joysticks attached, or even four, when the hardware supported it.

Two milestones of video game history, such as Dyna Blaster and M.U.L.E., are two great examples. Some turn-based games implemented an "hotseat" mode, where players could alternate on the same computer.

With the broader use of LAN and the Internet, we moved from playing local multiplayer games on the same screen to playing online multiplayer games. Warcraft is not the first RTS to introduce multiplayer. But with new features like wild monsters and a memorable world of Azeroth, it became a classic. On the other side of the game genre, there is Quake. It’s supposedly the first competitive multiplayer FPS game. It introduced terms many modern esports players are familiar with, like bunny hopping and strafing.

The world of multiplayer games only grew, and many games of different genres introduced multiplayer game modes, including strategies like Command & Conquer and Diablo, which started as a single-player RPG and then eventually transformed into an online-only game.

In this category, we list only generic multiplayer games for three or more players; for two-players games, check the tag 2 players.

Halo: Combat Evolved windowsmac-osx

Halo: Combat Evolved is a sci-fi first-person shooter created by Bungie Studios for Microsoft and released for the Xbox in 2001. GearBox later ported it to Windows and Macintosh in 2003.

Year: 2003 Genre: Shooter

aliens first-person multiplayer science fiction shooter war

Need for Speed II: Special Edition windows

Need for Speed 2 is the second game in the popular series of racing games created by Electronic Arts starting with The Need for Speed. It was released in 1997 for PlayStation. An...

Year: 1997 Genre: Racing

3d acceleration automobile driving multiplayer racing street racing vehicle simulator

Quake II windows

Quake II doesn't need any introduction. The first-person shooter created by id Software was released in December 1997. The legendary John Carmack worked personally on coding this gem, that was not planned to be a sequel to Quake.

Year: 1997 Genre: Shooter

3d first-person fps multiplayer science fiction shooter texture map

Claw windows

Claw is a 2D platformer developed and published by Monolith Productions as a PC exclusive in 1997. Despite the fanmade adaptations and the repeated attempts to continue the story officially, it did not receive any sequel.

Year: 1997 Genre: Platformer

2d cartoon multiplayer pirates platformer side-scrolling

Midtown Madness windows

Midtown Madness is a racing sim created by Angel Studios for Windows and published by Microsoft in 1999. The game allows you to drive different vehicles in four different single-player modes: Blitz, Circuit, Checkpoint, and Cruise.

Year: 1999 Genre: Racing

3d automobile multiplayer north america open world racing street racing vehicle simulator

Quake dos

Quake is a first-person shooter developed by id Software and published by GT Interactive in 1996. With the success it had with Doom in 1993, id Software decided to capitalize its m...

Year: 1996 Genre: Shooter

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WarCraft: Orcs & Humans dos

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, also known as Warcraft I, is the first game in the popular Warcraft series created by Blizzard Entertainment. It's a fantasy real-time strategy game (RTS) ...

Year: 1994 Genre: Strategy

fantasy multiplayer real-time rts strategy war

Dyna Blaster amiganes

Bomberman, or as it's known in Europe, Dyna Blaster, is one of my all-time favorites games. Originally created in 1983 for the PC Engine, it was later ported to the Atari ST and the Amiga.

Year: 1991 Genre: Arcade

arcade competitive maze multiplayer top-down

Bundesliga Manager Hattrick amiga

Bundesliga Manager Hattrick is the third game in the Bundesliga Manager series created by Kron Simulation Software. It was released in 1994 for PC and Amiga AGA machines. Designed ...

Year: 1994 Genre: Sports

aga german only games hotseat management multiplayer soccer sports

Stunt Rally windowsdos

Stunt Rally is a free racing game featuring 167 tracks in 34 sceneries, 19 cars + 4 vehicles and a Track Editor..

Year: 2014 Genre: Racing

3d freeware multiplayer off-roading racing

Sensible World of Soccer 96/97 amiga

Sensible World of Soccer '96/'97 is the fourth and final release of the popular soccer game created by Sensible Software. Released in 1996 for PC and Amiga, it's mostly an updated ...

Year: 1996 Genre: Sports

2 players birds-eye view football multiplayer real-time soccer sport management sports top-down

Championship Manager 2 dos

Championship Manager is the second chapter of the famous football manager series, developed by Sports Interactive and published by Domark in 1995. Compared to the first chapter, C...

Year: 1995 Genre: Sports

football hotseat management multiplayer soccer sport management sports

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 windows

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 is a side-scrolling platformer produced by Epic Games (at that time under Epic MegaGames). After Arjan Brussee accidentally confirmed its existence in 1994, it was published for Windows in 1998.

Year: 1998 Genre: Platformer

2 players cartoon multiplayer platform-shooter platformer side-scrolling split-screen

Pinball Fantasies amiga

Pinball Fantasies, the sequel to Pinball Dreams, is a pinball game initially developed for the Amiga by Digital Illusions in 1992. It was later ported to DOS, Playstation, and many other platforms.

Year: 1992 Genre: Arcade

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