As I get older, I keep finding myself not enjoying gaming as much as I used to, unless I’m playing with friends. Some of my fondest memories are playing FIFA or Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 back in the day. But a lot of people don’t want to pay so much money for these games. Finding new and cheap multiplayer games to play with your friends can prove to be quite a challenge. That’s why I comprised a list of some of the most underrated FREE Multiplayer Games that you can play with your friends!
Quick note, I tried to not focus on some of the games that everyone already knows, such as League of Legends, CS:GO, Among Us, etc. This list is fully devoted to free multiplayer games that I think are flying under the radar. So let’s get right into it!
1. The Expendabros
Have you ever wondered what happens when you combine the action platform game Broforce, with the Blockbuster hit movie Expendables? Yeah, you guessed it, you get the Expendabros. The game was created on the same game engine as the original platformer. It is also based on the same mechanics and the same pixel art with a familiar goal: kill all the enemies and destroy half the level in the process.
All the playable characters in the game are based on familiar characters in the movies. You can play as Bro Caesar, Bronar Jenson, Bro Christmas, and more. All characters have their own unique weapons and special attacks. If you don’t feel like paying $15 for Broforce on Steam, this is the game for you.
2. Puzzle Together
In Puzzle Together, you can work together with your friends to complete a jigsaw! The game apparently allows for 2-100 players to play together, which is insane. You can select the size of your jigsaw, anywhere between 12 and 2000 pieces. You can choose between 6 different free jigsaws, and you can join your friends’ jigsaw by entering their room. The game also saves your progress, so you can leave and come back at any time! This is the perfect game get in your voice call with your friends and just chill while working together on an objective.
3. Project: Playtime
Project Playtime is a multiplayer horror game, where 6 players attempt to survive by doing tasks, while the 7th player controls the monster. The atmosphere is just right in this game. It’s creepy and spooky, truly everything you would want from a horror game. The graphics are amazing too, which really puts you in the shoes of your character. Although the monster sometimes feels a bit overpowered, I think the game has tons of potential. It could definitely be one of the best free multiplayer games one day.
4. KartRider: Drift
KartRider Drift looks like Mario Kart and plays like Mario Kart, but there are some unique twists. The game offers the classic fun high-speed competition of its inspiration but includes some unique gameplay elements that keep things fresh. Players can race across beautiful tracks while collecting power-ups, which they get to use against their competition. The controls feel really smooth, and the graphics look great as well, but the AI can be very unforgiving at times.
5. Fall Guys
Do you remember when Fall Guys took over the gaming world for those 2 weeks back in 2020? While the player base did die out shortly after that, the game eventually went free-to-play and is still super fun. It is a massive multiplayer battle royale obstacle course game, where up to 60 players fight to be the last one standing. The game offers cross-platform play as well, so you can connect with your buddies on consoles too.
You pilot a small jelly-bean character that you can customize, and your job is to navigate different obstacle courses and sometimes even fight other players to ensure your survival. It is the most popular game on this list, but I just had to include it because I think too many people forgot about it. Out of all the free multiplayer games on this list, Fall Guys is my personal favorite, and you definitely should check it out.
6. Fishing Planet
Are you looking for a break from all the fast-paced games and grinding for a change? Then Fishing Planet is definitely for you. This is probably one of the most advanced and realistic open-world fishing games on Steam, especially if you consider its free. The developers created the game out of their own love for fishing and they keep adding new content.
I know that for a lot of people this game sounds kind of boring, but sometimes it’s nice to relax and enjoy some virtual fishing. There are over 25 different locations for you to catch fish and over 200 kinds of them! Even the fish AI is complex, as the fish change their behavior based on many different factors.
This open-world survival game is all about surviving on an island and PvP. In Beached, your character wakes up on the beach and you must look for resources to survive and defend yourself from other players, animals, and the environment. Each server has its own set of rules to make every game a bit more interesting. You can easily browse the list of servers to choose the right one for you. Just like in Rust, the game is a constant struggle and the players that get the better loot have a better chance of survival. If you like hardcore survival games, you should include this game on your bucket list.
Unturned is some kind of blend between DayZ, Minecraft, and Roblox. The game is actually quite popular and can easily provide you with hundreds if not thousands of hours of fun. You can fight zombies, build bases, scavenge towns, and even drive vehicles. You also have the option to set up a private server to play only with your friends, but I think the best experience can be achieved by meeting random people in this world. Fighting other people in PvP and competing is one of the main reasons I would play this game.
9. We Were Here
In We Were Here, you find yourself lost in a frozen wasteland and split from your partner inside an abandoned castle. The only thing on your person is a walkie talky, which you can use to talk with your friend on the other side.
The game goes up to 2 people maximum. One person will play a librarian, while the other will assume the role of an explorer. You will have to communicate and work together to solve the puzzles and ultimately escape the castle. The puzzles can sometimes be quite tricky, but you can find some clues and tips around if you search hard enough.
Deceit is one of the most popular games on this list. This is an amazing game to play with your friends, as I guarantee you every game will end with arguments and trust issues. There are 6 players in each round, and two of them have been infected. If you are innocent your job is to gather loot, solve puzzles, and progress through the map to eventually escape while avoiding the infected. The infected player’s main goal at the start is to act innocent and feed on blood whenever nobody is looking. Eventually, the goal is to pick off the innocents one by one until no one is left standing.
It feels like Among Us but with more of a horror vibe. The graphics are actually really amazing considering the game is free. The game even has over 80,000 reviews on Steam, so it’s definitely not underrated.
11. Will to Live
Will to Live is an MMORPG first-person shooter, that takes place in a crazy postapocalyptic world. You get to explore the world, scavenge loot, and fight for your survival against mutants and other people. You can form clans with your friends and prove together you are the most likely one to survive in an apocalyptic wasteland.
The game was developed by AlphaSoft LLC and released in 2018, and it provides a similar experience to Rust or DayZ. The graphics are great for a free game, the world is immersive with a ton of dungeons to explore, different classes to choose from, and even character customization. But these are only some of the great things this game has to offer. The game can be a bit grindy, but if you choose the right squad to accompany you, it can quickly turn into an addiction.
Which one of these free multiplayer games will you play with your friends this weekend? Let us know in the comments below and who knows, we might even join you!