There’s no doubt in our minds that the PS4 is the modern king of gaming. With a wide selection of great titles available, in genres as diverse as FPS, JRPG, Battle Royal, and others, there’s never been a better time to own what many claim is Sony’s best console since the original Playstation.
Despite this, we’ve all got friends who have yet to see the light, whether they’ve been loyal followers of Nintendo or Microsoft for years, or have spent a ton customizing their rig and don’t see the need for a console. We don’t need to severe ties and create bad blood by ending these relationships (that’s what killstreaks are for!), so it’s fortunate that there are several great games on the market right now that we can enjoy with our friends, no matter their platform of choice.
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
A global phenomenon that’s taken the gaming world by storm, Epic Game’s online juggernaut has grown to more than 125 unique players, with more than 40 million logging on at least once per month to play. Offering both a battle royal and co-op survival mode, Fortnite draws players in with gameplay that’s smooth and simple, but capable of immense depth, offering a host of different strategies to help, or hinder, your fellow players. Currently in its fifth season of DLC, Fortnite is an online experience the likes of which few have ever matched, no matter your preferred system.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Available on: PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
First introduced in 2015 to a lukewarm reception and modest sales, R6S has become one of the most unbelievable comeback stories, and one of the best multiplayer FPS’s, in gaming history, boasting over 35 million players as of June 2018. In contrast to the Call of Duty series, R6:S requires players to work together as a team and implement a decisive strategy to obtain victory. With the ability to shoot through nearly every surface in the game, and with players having to spectate for the remainder of the match upon death, R6S, with its slower, more tactical approach, is a breath of fresh air in a genre oversaturated with adrenaline and Michael Bay moments.
Aside from dominating the living room, R6S has begun to move into the esports arena, sponsoring incredible teams, sporting the best gear, and offering huge cash prizes to the teams who prove their skill.
Available on: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC (Coming to Nintendo Switch Q3 2018)
The latest from a series long regarded as one of the best in gaming history, Diablo III is another amazing game that nearly crashed at the get-go. Plagued by bugs, and a nearly reviled auction house, when it launched in 2012, Diablo III has evolved to become one of the best western RPGs on the market. While originating on the PC, Diablo III has implemented a control scheme that’s simple, responsive, and effective no matter what platform you play on. With Blizzard’s Battle.net service, players can drop in and out of co-op sessions seamlessly, allowing you to play with friends for tough areas before striking out on your own if you so choose. The only downside is that, regardless of system, Diablo III requires you to be always-online, even for its single player component, due to Blizzard’s DRM policies. Despite this drawback, and a rocky start, Diablo III is an excellent dark fantasy RPG, that more than lives up to the standard set by its predecessors.
Grand Theft Auto Online
Available On: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
If the fact that it’s the fastest-selling entertainment product in history doesn’t tell you all you need to know about Rockstar Games’ masterpiece, there’s not much else we can say to convince you. With over $6 billion in revenue, GTAV is also one of the best entries in the long-running GTA series. Offering the ability to shift between three distinct and unforgettable protagonists, and the ability to shoot, punch, detonate, drive, swim, and fly through any obstacles in their path, GTAV elevates the zany, offensive, and downright insane open world gameplay the series is known for to new heights of extreme. The game’s online mode allows players to share in that mayhem with others all over the world, and is constantly being updated with new content. Robbing banks never felt so good.