The pandemic might have limited the number of activities that we could do with our friends over the last year or so, however due to online games at least we’ve been able to remain active.
Online gaming has always posted impressive numbers, but last year it grew exponentially. By the end of 2021, the online gaming market’s value is expected to reach $23 billion. Since more players have switched to online gaming, developers are creating better titles and improving support for existing ones. In fact, most of the games that they’ve been working on currently have significant social features.
That being said, here are some of the best online PC games you can play with your friends.
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You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of Among Us—the big-hit online deduction game with some follow-the-instruction elements from the classic Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes tabletop title. The goal is to keep the spaceship running while deciding who the alien is among you before said imposter kills everybody on board. Each round can accommodate 4-10 players, and you can make private rooms so only you and your friends can play. All of you will need a digital copy of the game, which you can get for $5 on steam.
If you and your friends are looking for a quick game, then online poker might be more up your alley. And among the many options available, Zynga Poker is your best bet. Zynga Poker is a social poker site, which means that users create an account so that they can play online poker with friends instead of playing in tournaments on some of the other super competitive poker sites online. In fact, Zynga Poker is a play money platform, so there are zero risks involved. To play with your friends, you just need to add them via friend code or Facebook. If both you and your friends’ Facebook accounts are connected, your account will automatically notify you if one of them is online. This is great for spontaneous gaming.
For friend groups that want to flaunt their creative skills, Skribbl.io provides a platform for you to do so. This platform is a Pictionary spin-off, so it’s a game where one player draws and the other people have to guess the word. Much like Zynga Poker, it’s browser-based, which means that no download is needed and access to it is free. The team can then customize several parameters from the number of rounds to the time allotted for guesses. You can also include custom words for those inside references and jokes. Each room can accommodate up to 8 players.
If you and your friends are not into competing with one another, look into Genshin Impact—an open-world RPG that allows you to play co-op with up to three other players. To unlock co-op mode, however, you first need to level up your Adventurer rank to 16. This may take anywhere from two days to a whole week depending on how often you game but the experience is worth it. There’s a private chat system available in-game, but you can host calls on a third-party communication app like Discord for real-time coordination.
There are many online PC games you and your friends can choose from, whether you’re looking for a quick competitive game like poker or an online co-op RPG. There’s a lot of replay value to them as well, so you’ll never grow bored.
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