Top 10 Games with Underrated Multiplayer

Script written by Dimitri Vadrahanis These games were awesome, but nobody ever played the multiplayer - and they really missed out! Welcome to http://WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Games With UNDERRATED Multiplayer Modes! Special thanks to our user “Dan Paradis” for suggesting this topic using our interactive suggestion tool at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Underrated Multiplayer in Video Games

Some of the best experiences come from unlikely sources. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our Top 10 Underrated Multiplayer in Video Games.

With so many games flooding the markets in dozens of different genres and styles, it’s hard to keep up with the ones that suit your needs. Thankfully, some titles are extremely capable at more than just one thing and may be deserving of a little more attention than you might have thought. Our list is counting down those games that, whether they were simply overshadowed or overlooked, had the mostunderrated multiplayer.

#10: “Dead Space 2” (2011)

While all the attention and praise of this second entry in Visceral Games’ sci-fi horror shooter is placed on its haunting single player campaign, the multiplayer on offer here is perhaps near the peak of asymmetric gameplay. With players taking sides as either the Sprawl Security Forces or the Necromorphs, battles rage across a variety of scenarios that keep the action as high tempo and suspenseful as anything that comes through the main story of the game. Isaac Clarke may get the headlines, but players around the world spent countless hours completing team objectives in the Outbreak mode.

#9: “Deus Ex” (2000)

Officially supported in the Game of the Year edition of this PC classic, the multiplayer on offer is something distinctly unique, especially considering the competition of its’ time. While it didn’t have much in the way of map variety or player count even in its’ prime, this stealth shooter managed to weave in single player elements like hacking and stealth to the traditional frenzied multiplayer chaos. With a game of this caliber, a multiplayer mode wasn’t even a necessity, but the fact that it’s present and surprisingly good, as limited as it is, leaves it depressingly underrated in the PC gaming community.

#8: “007 Nightfire” (2002)

Bond titles have a certain notoriety when it comes to multiplayer since the legendary Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64, but the follow up entries never really got the mainstream attention that, when it comes to this entry at least, they definitely deserved. With a vast cast of characters to choose from, a hefty arsenal of weapons, and tons of maps and modes, Nightfire’s multiplayer had a healthy, dedicated community that gunned each other down day in and day out. The servers may be far emptier almost fifteen years later, but even if you haven’t got any friends to run around with, the bots still may give you a run for your money.

#7: “Star Fox Assault” (2005)

The adventures of Fox McCloud and his anthropomorphic friends were never particular complicated affairs, and it’s perhaps that very same reason why the multiplayer had seemed woefully uninspired for the most part of the series. Despite being rightfully overlooked for the first few installments, sci-fi battles with friends in the Lylat System are anything but boring in Fox’s Gamecube adventure. Joining the traditional Arwing and Landmaster battles, the ability to pick up and swap weapons on foot encourages strategy, reflexes, and skill that are required to get the better of your foes and helps keep it playable even to this day.

#6: “Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy” (2003)

There are countless numbers of games that let you run around killing fellow players in battles to the death, but almost none let you do it with a freaking lightsaber, and even fewer do it well. Throwing six modes, character creation, and force powers all into the mix leaves an end result that is unique, intense, and remarkably satisfying. There are few better feelings than taking someone out with your own custom built lightsaber, and having it done in a duel one-on-one thanks to superior skill is just the cherry on top. People might love the story and characters that fill the world in the single player campaign, but we’ll take the LAN combat any day.

#5: “Pikmin 3” (2013)

Lugging and leading Pikmin through the treacherous landscapes was rewarding enough when completed solo, but the satisfaction that comes from doing it all with a partner sitting next you to is on another level. Collecting treasure, bludgeoning hordes of enemies, and rushing through the bosses together is a test of patience and frustration that can leave even the best of friends hating one another. Thankfully, the fully-featured and time-absorbing Bingo Battle lets players go head to head collecting items, providing a therapeutic medium for releasing all that pent up rage.

#4: “Max Payne 3” (2012)

Spend a little time in the dark, gritty world of the noir series and it’s easy to see why not every gamer immediately hit the multiplayer option from the title screen. While it may seem like a typical third person shooter at first glance, the dynamic alterations that happen to the maps in the middle of matches keep gameplay fresh and exciting, and joining a crew to help them rank up the online leaderboards is a surprisingly addicting way to keep people playing. Considering how fleshed out and fun the modes are, it’s almost a shame the main game was so good.

#3: “Mass Effect 3” (2013)

The rich, story-filled world of the sci-fi RPG series might give off the impression that any multiplayer is simply a throwaway effort, but that’s certainly not the case here. With full, co-op specific missions affecting the main story of the game depending on their successful completion, gamers are actually encouraged to step away from their own unique Commander Shepard and into the boots of a new soldier, finding allies in their fights across the galaxy. While the mode is not necessary for anything unique to happen in the main story, a lot of thought and detail went into the subsequent DLC, and it’s definitely worth giving a shot next time you’re struggling to get that perfect ending.


#2: “Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception” (2011)

Following up with their previous entry, Naughty Dog seemingly threw restraint out the window when packing in features to this multiplayer mode. While gamers have come to expect an exciting story, rich environments, and fun characters from the series, they perhaps weren’t expecting the complete mayhem that waited for them just outside the comfort of the narrative. With in-game events triggering in the middle of matches, comeback mechanics designed to aid the losing teams, special unlockable abilities and so much more, this is definitely a mode that perhaps didn’t get the due attention it deserved when it was first released.


Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few Honorable Mentions:

“Metal Warriors” (1995)

“Bioshock 2” (2010)

“The Last of Us” (2013)

#1: “Conker’s Bad Fur Day” (2001)

In a genre best known for solo adventures, Rare bucked the trend and crammed in seven different modes ranging from stealing baby raptor eggs, storming the beaches in a D-Day knockoff, or just a good old fashioned deathmatch mode from a third person perspective. Gamers could play these modes for hours, never touching the main story and still find enough variety and fun to keep them from getting bored, something multiplayer-only games still struggle to do. The terrible Xbox version may have tarnished the memories for some, but when it comes to the original on the Nintendo 64, no multiplayeris more criminally underrated than the plethora of modes on this deceptively mature, furry platformer.

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