It’s awards season here at Twinfinite, and as is our custom, we rank our favorite games of the year from each genre based on the number of votes our staff voted. Here we run through what we think is that The best online multiplayer games of 2022 and crown a champion.
Editor-in-Chief, Chris Jecks: In a list largely dominated by sequels, Rainbow Six Extraction stands out as a semi-sequel of sorts. Taking the core gameplay of Rainbow Six Siege and blending it into a new PvE experience, Extraction made me think back to the days of spending hours playing the Terrorist Hunt game mode in Rainbow Six Vegas 2 with friends. That tense feeling of not knowing what’s around the corner or finding a creative, stealthy way to take out patrolling enemies.
Extraction feels much the same, albeit with a plethora of operator abilities and weapons to deploy, and the enemies are instead an assortment of unsettling alien creatures who would love nothing more than to eat your face.
Each of the 12 different maps has its own set of objectives that you must complete as you sneakily or stealthily take down the various aliens lurking in the Safe Zone and tackle them with a few friends by your side far more fun than grinding down targets and maps on your own over and over again. In fact, that was my main complaint with the game in my review.
While some additional objectives and maps would certainly have helped give Extraction a little more longevity, this is well worth checking out if you’re looking for a more tactical multiplayer shooter game where you work with your friends instead of killing them .
Honorable Mention: Evil Dead: The Game
Weekend Editor Keenan McCall: While the concept of a horror multiplayer game is well established at this point, few titles do it better than Evil Dead: The Game.
Blending all of the creepiest and cheesiest elements of the Evil Dead franchise with asymmetric PvP matchmaking, the game is exactly what it advertises itself as. Players can dive in as either Humans or Deadites, and work to defeat their opponents using brutal weaponry, sneaky magic, and lots of running around while trying not to die.
This can also be done using a variety of different cards. Each carries the spookier ambience of the Evil Dead series’ best takes while also significantly influencing how both sides can approach the game.
Along the way, players must complete quests ranging from finding items to killing and possessing the opponents in order to create an unwilling ally. Although they fall in the usual camp of duties designed to mess up gameplay, these feel like natural and necessary components to matches and keep them feeling fresh even after you’ve done them a thousand times .
This is made all the better by the fact that the gameplay feels so damn good. Aside from a bit of launch glitches, the title is one of the best-played horror multiplayer titles thanks to its responsive controls, impactful combat, and exhilarating minute-by-minute gameplay.
It’s everything fans could have hoped for and the game will easily be one of the best horror multiplayer titles for years to come.
Second Runner-Up: Modern Warfare II
Editor-in-Chief, Chris Jecks: Every year we get a new Call of Duty experience. This year it was Infinity Ward’s turn to bring the next installment in its rebooted Modern Warfare franchise to the table. And yes, while the promotional material has put a lot of focus on the iconic characters returning to the campaign, it’s the multiplayer that’s been pouring me countless hours into Modern Warfare 2 this year, and probably pouring many, many more into the future becomes.
Rather than sit on its laurels and leave the gameplay untouched, Infinity Ward has been busy refining movement mechanics, overhauling weapon progression and unlock systems, and even adding new and exciting game modes – including a third-person mode – to the existing lineup to introduce . All of this makes Modern Warfare 2 feel noticeably different, and with the promise of more weapons, maps, and cosmetics coming in future “seasons,” there’s ample reason to be optimistic about this year’s CoD multiplayer offering to be.
There are some downsides, like the overzealous team-based matchmaking that dish outs a healthy dose of whiplash when switching between easier or even matches and incredibly tough matches, but as long as you can grit your teeth and laugh about it instead of crying, you’ll still get one have good old days Grab a group of friends, fire up Modern Warfare 2, get the snacks, and you’ve got a recipe for an incredibly fun evening…weekend…week?
Second Runner-Up: Overwatch 2
Review Editor, Zhiqing Wan: Despite all the controversy that surrounded Overwatch 2 during its launch period, there is no doubt that it has held its ground as one of the best hero shooters out there.
The switch to the 5v5 format seemed questionable at first, but quickly turned out to be a refreshing change in the pace of the game. The insufferable shield metas are gone, matches go by a lot faster now, and honestly every hero feels in a pretty decent place right now. That couldn’t have been said at any point in the life of Overwatch, which is a testament to how balanced Overwatch 2 feels.
There have been some missteps along the way, like the removal of iconic cards like Hanamura, but the introduction of the new Push mode and interesting heroes like Kiriko, Sojourn, and Junker Queen have certainly helped breathe new life into Blizzard’s iconic shooter. There are still a few issues to work out – the Battle Pass system is understandably polarizing and still locks heroes behind a high tier – but the only thing stopping Overwatch 2 from regaining prominence is Blizzard itself.
Winner: Warzone 2.0
Managing Editor, Alex Gibson: Warzone 2.0 draws on the same blueprint that made the original such a mega hit over the past few years. There are a number of tweaks and changes, of course, but they’re not huge – it doesn’t reinvent itself, let alone something new specifically for shooters as a genre. And yet, after a long day at work, it’s still the game we can’t wait to hit the couch and boot up for a session with friends.
Sure, the slower movement has divided the community, and the new Al Mazrah map has also received mixed reviews, but Warzone 2.0 still evokes the same excitement as ever. It’s signature Call of Duty gunplay paired with the evergreen fun of battle royale design. There’s also the new DMZ stuff to dig into, which introduces an addictive Escape from Tarkhov-style grinding loop into the equation. For those who also play Modern Warfare II, it’s obviously built into that experience as well, resulting in a robust multiplayer package that we can see playing for many months to come.
Warzone 2.0 might be a familiar experience, but when communication is good and the thrill of making the top 5 increases, there is little else that puts a big grin on our faces!
Congratulations to the Warzone 2.0 development team on winning the Twinfinite award for Best Online Multiplayer Game 2022!
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