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There are a number of multiplayer game titles for the PC. Usually, these are game titles with a single player game, and then a multiplayer mode alongside it which provide a variety of options for multiplayer gaming either on-line or with the AI. Thanks to networking you can battle it out on-line with a number of other players. The PC was the original platform for networked multiplayer gaming, and so there have been a number of great multiplayer PC game titles.
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World of Warcraft
When it comes to multiplayer gaming World of Warcraft is the PC game of choice. World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer on-line role playing game. MMORPGs are on-line role play games that are usually based on traditional fantasy themes. This game has over 10 million subscribers, which is a Guinness world record. This is comfortably ahead of other alternative games such as Guild Wars. Further expansions packs to World of Warcraft include Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and Cataclysm that have refined Warcraft’s gameplay and 3D graphics engine ensuring that it remains the best MMORPG today. For further details this World of Warcraft Cataclysm review is worth noting.
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Command and Conquer
The Command and Conquer game series remains one of the most loved RTS games for the PC. Although it’s single player campaigns are undoubtedly a big part of the game, its multiplayer modes have also been a big factor in gaining the series many fans. Whichever Command and Conquer game is your favorite, you can be sure that there is an extensive multiplayer mode with a variety of maps to battle it out on with tanks, aircraft, battleships, variety of soldiers, and even nukes if all else fails. Overall, it was one of the first RTS games to include competitive on-line multiplayer modes. Command and Conquer multiplayer leagues usually provide various ranks for players, and so as more wins are recorded, higher ranks can be gained. Even without on-line play, multiplayer mode can also still be played against the AI. As such, Command and Conquer is one of the great multiplayer RTS games.
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Call of Duty
Call of Duty is one of the best FPS (first person shooter) game titles for the PC. There have been several games in the series to date with an eighth also scheduled. These include more historical games which were largely set in the 1940s, and the modern warfare series which has a modern setting and weaponry. These Call of Duty games have had some of the best multiplayer game modes for FPS games. More recent Call of Duty games such as Call of Duty 4 include both team-based and death-match multiplayer modes to shoot-it-out on and reach objectives. In these multiplayer games the player who reaches a certain points target first wins, or alternatively if the time expires, the player with the highest points total wins. Overall, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is one of the highest grossing PC games partly thanks to its great multiplayer mode, and this Bright Hub review gives it a top rating.
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StarCraft, along with Command and Conquer, is one of the best RTS games for the PC. This science-fiction game includes three factions to battle it out on in multiplayer mode: the Zerg, Terran, and Protoss. While StarCraft has a great single player game the multiplayer mode is very competitive, especially in Asia where some big StarCraft tournaments are staged. StarCraft's sequel has also provided a number of additions to its multiplayer mode such as enhancements to Battle.net (the game server) and a competitive ladder system for ranked games.
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Doom was one of the first PC games to really take advantage of network gaming in the early ‘90s, and is still regarded as one of the finest FPS games for the PC. As such, its multiplayer modes, which include both death-match and cooperative modes, have provided a benchmark for other Doom clones that have followed it. The Doom series continues today with a Doom 4 scheduled.
These are five of the best multiplayer games for PC. StarCraft, Doom, Command and Conquer, Call of Duty, and the World of Warcraft series have had a number of great multiplayer game titles and game modes. All these game series remain among the foremost PC game titles with further additions and expansions expected that will surely provide some more great multiplayer action.