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The best online games that you play right now with your friends

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For Honor

Developer: Ubisoft, Blue Byte
Format(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One

Swordplay shouldn’t feel as brutal and hard-hitting as it does in For Honor, but there’s no denying the sense of impact these blades and clubs have. Combat in For Honor is in-your-face, meaty, and satisfying. Choose the Vikings, Knights, or Samurai faction and pick a class, then go head to armored head with three companions against a team of four foes in seven different modes. You’ve got your standard deathmatch and king-of-the-hill types, but also the more unique Breach mode, where players must successfully siege and invade an enemy fort. Whatever you play, you’ll know For Honor’s unique joy when you send a giant mace crashing into some poor sucker’s ribcage. Just watch out for those pitfalls…

 Dauntless

Developer: Phoenix Labs
Format(s): PC, consoles (TBD)

Think Monster Hunter, but a bit more streamlined. Instead of a storied setup and long bouts of exposition, Dauntless immediately plops you and three other players onto islands which hover in the clouds to hunt and slay enormous beasts known as Behemoths. Your class is defined by your weapon, and hunts are as much about figuring out a creature’s weaknesses as it is hitting your combos. So if Dauntless is basically “Monster Hunter but…”, why didn’t we just choose the most recent entry in that series, Monster Hunter: World? While that’s also a fine choice for online fun, you can just as easily experience what Capcom’s RPG has to offer solo. In the case of Dauntless, online play is the whole point.

PUBG

Developer: PUBG Corporation
Format(s): PC, Xbox One, iOS, Android

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUBG for short, helped kickstart the battle royale craze, popularizing some of its most foundational rules such as the shrinking safe zone, large map, and 100-player setup. While many other battle royale games have gone for a more cartoonish or stylized aesthetic, PUBG remains grounded in realism (or at least as realistic as a 100-person deathmatch with exploding cars and sometimes-wonky physics can be).

Minecraft

Developer: Mojang, Microsoft Studios
Format(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android

All this death and killing – wouldn’t it be nice if there was a game that was all about being constructive and creative while fostering a sense of community and cooperation? Oh wait, that’s exactly what Minecraft is. Don’t let the simple graphics fool you: Minecraft is a complex beast of a survival game, where you’ll need to harvest resources in order to tame the wilderness and make a home. Or, just drop into the free build mode and construct whatever you can imagine; players have already made everything from King’s Landing to functioning computers. And yeah, you could do this alone – but where’s the fun in that?

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