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The Best Multiplayer Games of 2017

Dec 22, 2017

By: Max Cannon

In 2017, gamers were swimming in awesome video game releases. The Nintendo Switch hit store shelves, long-awaited games finally released, and most of the titles that came out maintained a surprisingly high quality. Here are our favorite multiplayer games of 2017.

3. Cuphead

Players could enjoy Cuphead on their own but you're likely to have an even better time if you're playing with some that'll share the pain with you. Cuphead's gameplay is inspired by the side-scrolling shoot-em-up's of yesteryear like Contra while the game's stylish visuals are hand drawn to emulate the style of classic cartoons like "Steamboat Willie " Most people will know this game as the cartoon with the jazz soundtrack but the stellar gameplay is enough to recommend this title.

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Smooth gameplay, precise shooting, and well-designed bosses will demand a pretty high level of skill from the player and teaming up with a buddy could save you a few headaches. And if one player needs to take a little time to practice, they won't feel as if they're dragging down the entire team when they play as a simple jump on the player's ghost will return them to fight. If you've got the opportunity to play Cuphead, especially with a friend, don't hesitate to try out this stylish side-scrolling shooter. 

Cuphead's visuals are enough to grab the attention of gamers.Cuphead's visuals are enough to grab the attention of gamers.

2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Even the most casual of gamers can simply pick up and play any of the Mario Kart games and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe refines everything to deliver the perfect karting experience. There aren't any drastically new ideas thrown at the franchise with this release, especially considering it's a mere rerelease of the Wii U's Mario Kart but on Switch, but everything here works as good as it possibly could. Customizing, karting, flying, using items, playing Battle Mode, literally everything that Mario Kart 8 tries here works.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's graphic are the cherry on top of this game's excellent gameplay.Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's graphic are the cherry on top of this game's excellent gameplay.

What's so great about Mario Kart on the Switch is that the console's design encourages local play because every Switch owner has at least 2 controllers. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's use of double-items and balancing will make sure a race never feels unwinnable, even if you make a rough mistake and get off on the wrong foot. Anyone can enjoy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and if you're a Switch owner the game should be on anyone's system.

Splatoon 2, another great 2017 multiplayer game, brings over some of its characters.Splatoon 2, another great 2017 multiplayer game, brings over some of its characters.

1. Fortnite: Battle Royale

Of course, Player Unknown's Battlegrounds is the game that really took the world by storm this year but Fortnite may have surpassed its inspiration, depending on who you're talking to. Fortnite throws 100 players onto a map, requires that they find their own tools to survive, and rewards the last one standing. What sets this game apart from the competition is the cartoonish art style and the ability to mine and build but the game is most accessible because it is completely free-to-play.

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Rounds feel intense and things wrap up quickly enough that you'll always have time for "one more round." Running in guns blazing, hiding in a bush or house, or slowly building up your fortress are all valid playstyles and almost anything could garner you a win. With the addition of new modes like 50 v 50 it seems like Fornite may just be getting started.

Have Your Say!

Fortnite is our favorite multiplayer game of the year but which is your favorite? Is there something we missed? Share your thoughts below!