6 Best Video Games To Play With Friends, According To Twitch Streamers

6 Best Video Games To Play With Friends, According To Twitch Streamers

There is a week-long silence in the group chat. After another round of bland Netflix suggestions and fuzzy photos of everyone’s dinner, you’ve officially run out of things to talk about. If getting together isn’t an option, there are other ways to connect with your friends from afar without Zoom, such as gaming. Even if you haven’t thought about your Game Boy since it ran out of battery in a sleeper camp in 1998, there are plenty of video games you can jump into, rusty thumbs and all. The best video games to play with friends will lead to healthy competition and a lot of crap, which might be just what you need to revive group morale.

According to seasoned Twitch gamers, playing video games with friends is a surprisingly connecting experience. “It’s just fun to hang out in a video game, especially since a lot of us stay indoors,” Bee, 32, a Final Fantasy streamer, tells Bustle. “My friends and I often hang out in voice chats while we also play together,” Bee says, adding that gaming with friends is like talking on the phone without the pressure to lead the conversation. “Sometimes we don’t even play the same game, we just hang out in voice chat, play in parallel, just to keep in touch,” she says.

Gaming is so popular that Instagram noted its popularity in a 2022 trend report, sharing that 40% of teens and young adults expect to see more video game trends in 2022. Read: If ever there was a time to get your old console, it’s now. Plus, there are tons of popular games that you can play online or on your phone. No need to cramp the fingers of the controller.

Here are six video games to play with your friends to shake things up.

League of Legends

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League of Legends, a battle arena role-playing game, is one of the most popular games on Twitch. People like it because it’s free and somewhat intuitive to figure out, plus you can just play from the website and don’t need any equipment. Multi-game player Jasmine, 27, says she has a love-hate relationship with the game, which makes it even more interesting to play with cress. “It’s fun to play with friends because it’s such a team-driven game – you bond over voice communication and talk about how much you hate the game but can’t stop.”

Phasmophobia

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Get your crew together to embark on a world where you’ll be cast as a team of paranormal investigators, working together to stay alive long enough to figure out what kind of ghosts you’re dealing with. Bee says this game is especially entertaining for friends to play together because it has a lot of interaction. “I’ve had so many funny moments in that game with friends – almost every game something chaotic happens.” You can buy Plasmophobia for $13.99 on Steam for Microsoft Windows.

Mario World

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If you haven’t played a video game since the days when you had to blow into the cartridge to clean it, go back in time and play your favorite Mario games. Jasmine says she prefers playing Mario games in person with friends because the “personal connection and nostalgia factor” makes the experience surprisingly sentimental and comforting. There are several websites that let you play Mario games for free in addition to mobile apps, although relying on your keyboard as a controller isn’t easy. If you’re determined to play Mario in the format you grew up in, get your hands on a Nintendo Switch.

Animal Crossing

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Animal Crossing is a social simulation game played on Nintendo Switch, with a free limited mobile version (Pocket Camp) on the App Store and Google Play. In all versions you can build a life in an idyllic world where animals are your friends. “There are so many fun things you can do together, like fishing, visiting Brewster’s Cafe in the museum, and going on a coffee date,” says Alissa, 23, a gamer who also streams her graphic art on Twitch. While this game is definitely fun to play alone, Alissa says you can do creative things in the Animal Crossing world when you’re with friends, like playing hide-and-seek and doing fashion shows.

Stardew Valley

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Available on the App Store and Google Play for $4.99, Stardew Valley is a role-playing game that puts you at the center of a world where you’ve just inherited your grandfather’s farm and you’re just starting your new life. According to Alissa, farm life is much more fun with friends. “If you choose multiplayer, you can do co-op farms and play with up to four people – there’s a farm map called four corners with quadrants for each player, making it the perfect hangout game.”

Pokémon Unite

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If you’re in the mood to use your brain a little but play a relatively low stakes game, Alissa suggests Pokémon Unite, a free battle arena game available on the App Store and Google Play. “When you play with friends, you can compete with your team in different arenas, each of you is a Pokémon trainer and can choose the Pokemon you want to fight with, scoring energy points on the goals of the other teams. It’s so much fun strategizing with your team on how to beat the other team,” she says.

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