Playing’s better with friends, so they say. But the people that said that never got shot in the face during a tense deathmatch by their so-called best mate who’s not only camping we sweartogodhe’stotallycheating... wait, sorry, lost ourselves there. Where were we? Oh yes, so as you’ve just read over the previous pages, our favourite gaming console was very much made with multiplayer fun in mind, and the Xbox has given us so many great multiplayer experiences, co-operatively or competitively. Here we round up our very favourite multiplayer classics, both split-screen and online, in no particular order. We’ve spent many, many hours playing these games with mates – and they still keep giving.
10 HALO 2
Have we mentioned Halo 2 yet? We feel like we maybe didn’t talk about it enough. This is the game that literally set the foundations of online gaming that the entire industry builds on today. It created concepts like skill-based matchmaking and made them the standard to which every other game had to live up to. It’s the godfather of the modern online shooter. Oh, and it’s bloody good fun, too. Incredible map design paired with fantastic physics and a wondrous set of weapons and vehicles make multiplayer a joy to explore – especially for those that fell in love with Halo: Combat Evolved. And don’t get us started on Ivory Tower. We could talk about that map for hours.
09 TIMESPLITTERS 2
When the brains behind the N64’s legendary GoldenEye 007 shooter left Rare to form Free Radical, there was notable excitement about what they might create. The answer was TimeSplitters, a series about time-travelling aliens. The single-player in this sequel is great fun, but the multiplayer is outstanding. You can play as a tiny monkey (which is generally accepted as cheating among friends). You can lob bricks at each other. And there are 16 game modes to choose from, including Shrink, which sees your character getting smaller as you slip down the leaderboard. If it was this good in local split-screen, imagine what it could’ve done on Xbox Live. Sadly, the series never got a proper shot at modern multiplayer.
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