As much as some of us prefer single-player games, the history of gaming itself is tied up in the multiplayer experience. Heck, the first commercialized title, Pong, was a two-player game.
But it's been a long time since games' primordial beep-boop beginnings, and multiplayer mechanics have likewise had decades to grow and change. Whether you want to shoot a rival in a gunfight, orchestrate a dragon's death with your friends, or just help the Mario Brothers do their thing with your own sibling, there's a multiplayer experience with your name on it.
What kind of multiplayer game do you prefer? Do you enjoy working towards a common goal with your comrades, or turning your guns on other players?
Back when it was still popular, I was really good at Battlefield 1943. I knew each of the three maps backwards and forwards—I would take off from the aircraft carrier, parachute out near one of the checkpoints to capture it, then run to the command center and launch a bombing raid. I had my timing down to the second.
I've enjoyed plenty of Battlefield games since then—Battlefield One is really good!—but Battlefield 1943 was the one that I was best at. I'm still kind of sad that they never bothered to update it with additional maps.
In any case, I don't know if Battlefield will ever get back to World War II; but if they do, I will be waiting in the front of the line to take on Wake Island again.
I am a master at all games, great and small! None can stand against the hot fire I bring every time I pick up a controller!
It's actuality, I'm decent enough in most online games I play. I'm not amazing at any one thing, but I'm able to switch from Halo, to Quake Champions, to Splatoon 2, to Street Fighter V, and at least hold my own without getting horribly embarrassed. If I had to pick one game though, I'll throw my hat in on Overwatch. That's the multiplayer title I probably put the most time into right now, so consequently, I'll say that's the game I'm "best" at. I'm sure a pro would still wipe the floor with me, but I won't hand your team an immediate "L" if you join me online.
I'm clearly not as enthusiastic about multiplayer games as Mike. I'm old, I'm crusty, and I'm perfectly content to play video games by my lonesome.
That said, I do enjoy the multiplayer experience in the Splatoon games for that reason. So, I get to remain mostly-anonymous, the matches are a few minutes, there's no (decent) voice chat, and we break apart as soon as our duty is done? Sign me the F up, you boneless freaks of nature.
I guess I'll spotlight what I've been playing far too much of recently: Splatoon 2. I wasn't bad at the first Splatoon, but I never really committed to getting good at it. With Splatoon 2 and Switch's portability, I've been playing it nearly every free chance I get. And frankly, I'm not too shabby at it either. I recently hit rank B+ in Splat Zones (though I'm still in rank B for both Rainmaker and Tower Control). I hope I can at least get to the A-tier stuff eventually. But who knows: I could lose a bunch in a row and plummet again, which has already happened a few times unfortunately. Ya win some, ya lose some.
Not to brag, but I'm pretty good at Bungie shooters, whether it's the Halo multiplayer or Destiny. Halo was the very first competitive multiplayer game I played online, so that kind of familiarity with Bungie's space shooters probably just followed me from a young age. Now, I don't know if I'm good enough to compete in any tournaments, but I feel like I won't drag down any team I play on. So y'know, there's that.