PSLS’s Game of the Year Awards: Best Multiplayer Game 2022

Finding the best multiplayer game gets harder every year as popular live services and esports games continue to extend their lifespans. It is difficult for a new multiplayer game to break through the wall that is GTA Online, World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Valorant, Fortnite, Apex Legends, CS GO and many others. But in 2022, several titles were able to cut through the noise or maintain their dominance with well-received content. Here are PlayStation LifeStyle’s best multiplayer games of 2022.

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5. Rocket League

Like the little engine that could, Rocket League still has thousands of players despite being released in 2015. Even during this past week, from December 9-15, this vehicular soccer game peaked at nearly 50,000 players and 120,00 viewers on Twitch just based on Steam alone.

Some say the game is dying after its initial peak from when it went free-to-play in September 2020, but it’s the only game on this list that was nominated for Best Esports Game at The Game Awards 2022. It’s an incredible achievement.

4. Final Fantasy XIV

Late last year, Final Fantasy XIV experienced server overload due to its growing popularity. Allegations of sexual harassment at Activision Blizzard and all the subsequent protests lead to players abandoning World of Warcraft, with some searching for a new MMORPG like FFXIV.

The December 2021 Endwalker expansion also brought veteran players back into the fold. Together, Square Enix has been able to carry the momentum through to 2022, with the game winning Best Ongoing Game at TGA 2022, over the likes of even Fortnite.

3. MultiVersus

Despite Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and other formidable fighting games skipping 2022, the fighting genre has remained contentious. But MultiVersus by Player First Games has managed to cut through the competition, including DNF Duel and The King of Fighter 15.

It shows that major publishers such as Warner Bros. who hold the rights to many IPs can risk playing a Smash Bros.-like game and succeed. If it allows us to bring all our crossover battle fantasies to life, who are we to argue?

2. Call of Duty: Warzone 2

Trying to discount the latest Call of Duty games in a category like this is close to stupidity. Compared to its Modern Warfare 2 brethren, Warzone 2 came out on top.

It helps that it’s a completely free-to-play battle royale, and despite the many technical issues at launch, it’s still a good step forward from the first Warzone. The Al Mazrah map is dangerous and the firefights are intense, with the game topping both the UK and US November sales charts.

And the winner is…

1. Overwatch 2

Despite some feeling that Overwatch 2 is really Overwatch 1.5, it currently stands as the most popular game on Twitch among all the games on this list. Its fast-paced 5v5 gameplay, excellent hero reworks, and new heroes like Kiriko have earned it a loyal fanbase. If Blizzard can fill out the roadmap for Overwatch 2 with solid content, it has a chance to win our best multiplayer game award next year as well.

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