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Most popular: Fortnite at Epic Games Store
"The biggest game in the world."
Best Competitive Multiplayer: Rocket League at Amazon
"Pull off flips and tricks that look YouTube-worthy."
Runner-Up, Best Competitive Multiplayer: Killer Queen Black at Amazon
"One of the most popular arcade cabinets in recent years comes home to consoles."
Best Sports Game: Super Mega Baseball 2 at Steam
"A wonderful, cartoony, arcadey baseball game."
Best Creation Tool: Minecraft at Amazon
"There’s something for every type of player to enjoy."
Best Co-op: Dauntless at Epic Games Store
"An accessible alternative to Monster Hunter thanks to its streamlined gameplay and free-to-play entry point."
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Active player base
Fortnite is the biggest game in the world, with hundreds of millions of people dipping their toes into the battle royale phenomenon from Epic Games. Due to its extreme popularity, it’s one of the games that broke Sony down on its strict cross-platform restrictions. Fortnite now supports full cross-platform play, meaning you can go for the Victory Royale against players on Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, or mobile regardless of what you’re playing on. Like Rocket League and Dauntless, Fortnite consistently receives new content packs to keep you interested, including crossovers with Marvel, DC, Marshmello, the NFL, and more.
In Fortnite, 100 players drop on an island with one common goal: be the last player standing. You land on the island with no weapons, and you have to scavenge and scrounge to find gear, all while being on the lookout for other players trying to hunt you down. To add to the tension, the map shrinks throughout the match, forcing all of the remaining players into tighter confines. It’s an intense and addicting experience, and there’s a reason it has become such a worldwide phenomenon.
Cool crossover events
Rocket League was one of the first major games to support cross-platform on all platforms. Whether you’re playing on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, or PC, you can play Psyonix’s soccer-sports car mashup with players who own it on a completely different platform. And, with Rocket League’s addictive and rewarding gameplay, you’ll surely spend hours playing online with friends and strangers alike. Rocket League’s community has become one of the largest in gaming, and Psyonix routinely updates the game with new crossover promotions, and you can race in cars from franchises like Super Mario (Only on Switch!), Hot Wheels, DC, and more.
In Rocket League, you work as a team of up to four drivers trying to score a soccer ball into the other team’s goal. The physics engine in Rocket League is extremely satisfying, and you’ll pull off flips and tricks that look YouTube-worthy.
An arcade classic at home
Unique multiplayer with distinct roles
Makes some sacrifices from the arcade version
Killer Queen has been one of the most popular arcade cabinets in recent years, and the competitive game finally made its way to consoles in 2019 with a slightly altered version, Killer Queen Black. The game’s console release heavily relies on online multiplayer, so the developers wisely included cross-platform functionality between Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, and Mac. The console port makes some sacrifices, including lowering the player count from 5v5 to 4v4, but it’s not too difficult to adjust to the new style.
Players take on different roles on their team of bees in Killer Queen Black, which range from worker to soldier to the mighty queen. Each of these roles has unique abilities and responsibilities while the team pursues one of the three victory conditions. To win, your team has to either kill the other team’s queen, ride the slow snail from one side of the map to the other, or fill up your wall with berries. Because of the multiple paths to victory, communication is key while you manage the chaos. While it’s not as satisfying as playing with people right next to you, voice chat is automatically enabled in Killer Queen Black so you can create a gameplan with your teammates. Killer Queen Black’s gameplay is extremely addictive and satisfying, and it’s great that it finally has a home on consoles.
Fun arcadey gameplay
Crossplay limited to one mode
Super Mega Baseball 2 is a wonderful, cartoony, arcadey baseball game that supports cross-platform between PC, Switch, Xbox One, and PS4. Apart from the Sony-exclusive MLB The Show series, Super Mega Baseball 2 is the best baseball game on consoles, and you can compete against players on all consoles in the Pennant Race mode—just select a team and play through a season. Unfortunately, this mode is the only way to play against players on other consoles, as there’s no option to match up in a quick exhibition contest. Still, it’s exciting to see a smaller title like Super Mega Baseball 2 receive cross-platform support on all platforms.
Super Mega Baseball 2 perfectly synthesizes arcadey baseball gameplay with amazing customization options. You can spend hours tweaking the appearance of your players and uniforms, as well as their stats and attributes. Then you can quickly try out your new team out on the field, either against bots, a friend in the same room as you, or against players online. Super Mega Baseball 2 is a must-play for fans of classic baseball video games, and the cross-platform functionality is the cherry on top of a fantastic baseball experience.
Something for everyone
Endless creative opportunities
The classic building game Minecraft still dominates YouTube streams and online servers today, even after a Microsoft acquisition that cost the company 2.5 billion dollars. Fortunately, you can team up with your friends to make your wildest building projects a reality with cross-platform functionality on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Sony hasn’t allowed Minecraft cross-platform on PlayStation 4, so Sony fans are unfortunately left out of the fun for now.
Whether it’s crafting, building, or fighting, there’s something for every type of player to enjoy in Minecraft. You can build, explore, and learn to live off the land in the game’s survival mode, or you can build whatever you fancy with unlimited resources in Minecraft’s creative mode. Plus, Minecraft continues to get new content on a regular basis. New biomes, mobs, and materials keep the experience fresh, even after you’ve spent dozens (or hundreds) of hours building and battling with your friends.
Dauntless appears to be a Monster Hunter clone on the surface, and it largely is, but due to Monster Hunter World’s unfortunate lack of cross-platform capabilities, it’s the best place to hunt giant creatures with your friends across multiple platforms. Additionally, Dauntless is far more accessible than Capcom’s dragon-slaying franchise, thanks to its streamlined gameplay and free-to-play entry point.
Dauntless takes the gameplay elements that work in Monster Hunter and runs with them. You’ll hunt monsters to craft stronger gear that will give you the skills and defense you need to hunt even stronger monsters. Dauntless’ suite of creatures are colorful and intriguing, and each fight plays out differently depending on what type of monster you’re battling. There are microtransactions since the game is free-to-play, but they mostly revolve around cosmetics, not pay-to-win upgrades.