As someone who likes to play video games online from time to time, I figured that I would try to make a list of the top 5 best free online multiplayer games on the Switch. Granted, this list could have been 10 games, but at the last minute, I decided on 5 because the other games at the bottom of the list weren't all that great. More of buffer games to be honest. But here are my top 5 free online multiplayer games on the Switch (starting from #5 and going to #1):
Video Game #5: Warface
Coming in at the number 5 spot is the video game Warface. Warface is a free-to-play online first-person shooter game developed by Crytek Kiev, co-produced by Crytek Seoul, and published by My.com.
Warface offers a variety of game modes here on the Nintendo Switch! Battle across 50+ multiplayer PvP maps, tackle tough PvE raids in co-op, and unleash a vast arsenal of 200+ realistic customizable weapons. Also, discover 5 playable classes armed with unique abilities, plus a huge variety of customization options for your equipment!
The reason Warface is on this list is because Warface is literally the only fps tactical game that is similar to Call of Duty. Since Nintendo hasn’t gotten a Call of Duty game since the Nintendo Wii U, us Nintendo fans have to find whatever game that we can on the Switch that can scratch that FPS itch, and honestly, Warface does that for me.
Warface offers multiple modes for the players to enjoy. When it comes to their online PvP modes, Warface offers:
- Battle Royale
- Bag and Tag – Which is like Kill Confirmed in Call of Duty
- Team Deathmatch
- Plant the Bomb
- Free for All
When it comes to the PvE aspect of the game, Warface does offer multiple things for you do, but I didn’t really dabble too much when it came to PvE because I’m just interested in that aspect of Warface, but it is nice of them to add that in the game.
However, while I think Warface is a decent game on the Switch, and that it does scratch the COD itch that I have from time to time, the game can easily be described as a pay 2 win game. The majority of weapons that you can get in this game are definitely hidden behind a paywall. You can “rent” the guns for a specific period of time, but to truly make the weapon yours, you have to buy it, which is scummy, but honestly, you can do just fine with the base weapon that they give you in the game. So at the end of the day, it does suck, but I felt like I was able to compete with people who did have “pay-2-win” weapons.
But besides that fact, Warface is a decent fps game here on the Switch with multiple game modes. The game runs decent in docked and handheld mode, and for the most part, I can find lobbies in a majority of the game modes. So if you are wanting a decent fps experience similar to COD on the Switch, Warface is the game for you!
Video Game #4: Ninjala
Coming in at the number 4 spot is Ninjala, a video game that is developed by GungHo Online. Ninjala was a game that kind of went under the radar due to some issues it had at launch, but after playing this game, it definitely is a fun, fast paced game that gets you on the tips of your toes while you are playing.
Ninjala is a ninja free for all fast paced, high intensity, button mashing, and a whole lot of other things that I can’t fit into this one sentence. Here in Ninjala, you will compete against 7 other ninjas in an all out battle to see who can claim victory at the end. You will have access to a variety of weapons, some normal looking and well, some that aren’t so normal looking, but they get the job done. But your objective is easy, take out the drones, take out your opponents, don’t get knocked out, and claim victory over everyone else.
While Ninjala’s concept seems pretty simple, the game seems to have some learning curves to it that I haven’t mastered quite yet. If I ever get into a battle with someone and we come to stalemate, I usually lose 8 out of 10 times. I’m not sure if I’m just pushing the buttons incorrectly or what, but usually I get blasted around the map.
But the thing is, Ninjala is just a blast to play. Each game is super quick, so it doesn’t feel like you invest a whole lot of time when you play this game. There are things you can unlock by grinding the game, and there are also microtransactions within Ninjala, but nothing too over the top.
But overall, Ninjala is a game that I feel like slipped underneath the radar. When the beta was available, it had some issues for most players, and I think that may have turned people away from the game itself. Ninjala however, is far from a terrible game now. Whenever I play this game, I don’t have any issues with framerate, connection, or whatever else that you can think of when it comes to issues in an online mode.
So, if you want a fast paced fun game here on the Switch that’s free, I really recommend Ninjala. I feel that it’s underappreciated to a certain extent!
Video Game #3: Paladins
Coming in at the number 3 spot is going to be the game Paladins. Paladins is a game developed by Hi-Rez studios, and if you have ever played the game Overwatch, Paladins is typically what you would call a “clone” of Overwatch, but I think that’s a compliment to this game.
Paladins is a free to play objective-base team fps shooter here on the Switch. Paladins offers you the choice to choose from a variety of champions, each with strengths and weaknesses that you must learn and master to truly become a champion in Paladins. Each champion is truly unique here in Paladins, and I firmly believe that there is some character for any type of player here in Paladins. The game does a pretty good job at explaining each and every character’s basic functionality before you enter the game, so you know what you are getting yourself into when you choose your champion.
But, this game offers three different game modes which are: Team Deathmatch, Siege, and Onslaught. Each of these three games modes are slightly different from one another, and with three different game modes, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
- Team deathmatch is just like any other tdm in a fps game. You and your team must work together in order to defeat the other team by collectively earning 40 kills as a team. Once you do this, your team will win the game. One of my favorite things about tdm in Paladins is that despite it being a more “individual” game mode, champion selection is still somewhat important, and if you have a team that knows what they are doing, you can easily destroy the competition.
- Siege is a game mode that involves you and your teammates capturing a series of objectives. To start off, you and your teammates will battle the other team in order to secure the middle objective, or what I like to call the payload. Whoever secures the payload then has to move that object all the way to the other team’s point in their spawn. The team that loses the payload then has to defend for a certain amount of time in order to win the round. If you have ever played Overwatch or Team Fortress 2, this game mode should look very familiar. Also, this is where teamwork is crucial. Failure to work as a team will get you and your team absolutely destroyed. Trust me, in the games I played recently, I had a team that wouldn’t go for the objective and well, let’s just say it was a total nightmare. Also, there are certain things you can purchase within the game to help boost your abilities. Capturing, defending, or pushing the payload can help earn you the crystals that will allow you to buy enhancements for your champion.
- And last but not least is onslaught. In my own words, I’d compare onslaught to something like king of the hill. There is one objective in the middle of the map, and both teams fight over that objective until a team reaches 400 points combined. Again, you can earn crystals as well in this game mode, and these crystals can be used to purchase enhancements for your champion during the duration of the game. Also, this is another gamemode that requires teamwork, and well, if your team isn’t going for the objective, it becomes a total nightmare when it's 1 versus 5 and you are getting obliterated out of spawn.
Overall, Paladins here on the Nintendo Switch is a solid pick up for those of you who are looking for a solid fps game on the Nintendo Switch. Paladins offers a variety of champions and game modes, and if you try this game out, I’m sure you will find something that you really enjoy in this game!
Video Game #2: Rocket League
Coming in at number 2 is going to be Rocket League, a video game that you used to have to pay for, but over the course of the year 2020, it became a free to play game for all to enjoy! And well, let me tell you something, Rocket League is an online game that I thought I wouldn’t have any interest in playing, but after sitting down and putting some time into the game, i have really come to enjoy and love Rocket League for what it is, and it’s literally pure chaos for the entire time that you are playing this game.
Rocket League combines a childhood imagination and puts it on a screen. Soccer and cars…. I mean what else could go wrong! The goal is simple here in Rocket League, score more goals than your opponent, and you will win the game. However, you will not have to do this alone!
Rocket League on the Switch offers a multitude of game modes spanning from 1v1’s, 2v2’s, the traditional 3v3 format, and the chaotic 4v4 format, which is a lot of fun until your teammates start running you over for the ball. There are also other games modes such as
My favorite thing about Rocket League is that the game is actually somewhat difficult if you want to get good at it. I found myself narrowly missing goals, jumping at the ball and missing it by a fraction of an inch, and I just sat there thinking to myself that I wanted to take the time out of my day to learn how to become better at this game. Rocket League may have a simple concept, but the game’s mechanics are a lot more diverse and difficult than I thought they would have been. It’s definitely a breath of fresh air to play a game that requires a skill gap that I think I can bridge one day.
Video Game #1: Rogue Company
And last but not least, coming in at the number 1 spot is Rogue Company. Rogue Company is a free to play 4v4 multiplayer tactical third person hero shooter video game developed by First Watch Games and published by Hi-Rez Studios.
For me personally, I played a lot of Socom Fireteam Bravo 2 on the PSP, and Rogue Company reminds me of those great times I had on Socom all of those years ago.
Rogue Company offers three different modes for online multiplayer.
- One mode they offer is demolition. In demolition, the attacking team is tasked with planting and defending the bomb. The defending team is tasked with finding and disarming the bomb and the winner of the match is determined once the bomb goes off, or the opposing team has been eliminated. So in essence, this game mode is very similar to what you see from search and destroy in Call of Duty.
- Another mode that they offer is strikeout. In strikeout, both teams fight for control of a single capture point that rotates from round to round. To capture the objective, players must hold it for thirty seconds. Each team has a total of twelve tickets per round. Once all lives have been depleted, the affected team will be unable to respawn. A team is declared the winner of a round once all lives of the opposing team have been depleted and all enemy players are eliminated.
- Extraction is yet another game mode here in Rogue Company. In extraction, there is a single, neutral objective mode where teams attempt to activate a device and defend it from the enemy team. In order to win, you have to defeat the other team and activate the device.
On top of the game modes, here in Rogue Company, you play as Rogues, which are categorized in different roles. Each rogue has their own unique looks, abilities, and will be highly customizable. The great thing about the Rogues in this game is that there are plenty of rogues and abilities to choose from in this game, so you have the ability to choose whatever playstyle that best suits you!!
Overall, this is my list that I have come up with. Games like Vigor, Dauntless, etc may not necessarily be bad, but I didn't feel like that they deserved to be in my top 5. Let me know what free online games that you guys are playing! (I'm not a fan of warframe, or any battle royale game for that matter, got burnt out on battle royale games during the height of Fortnite)
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