In a year where everyone around the world has had to stay apart, multiplayer video games have been an indispensable tool to keep people together. While modern communication methods like Discord and Zoom are great ways to talk to friends, loved ones, and co-workers, the magic of video games provides a different level of much-needed fun and interactivity.
Up until recently, wide-sweeping crossplay was a fever dream for gamers. Even multiplayer games that were available on both the respective Xbox and PlayStation console families were generally isolated to their respective ecosystems and networks. However, this had begun to change.
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Recent years have been far more generous in regards to allowing crossplay, however, as Microsoft, Sony, and even Nintendo have taken massive strides in allowing gamers to play among other console families. Here are the best crossplay games that have come out in 2020.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020: Call of Duty: Warzone
Though technically an extension of 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer, Call of Duty: Warzone essentially operates as a standalone game, and it also has connections with this year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Warzone isn’t Call of Duty’s first foray into battle royale, with 2018’s Black Ops 4’s Blackout game mode setting the initial groundwork, but it has several important differences and is entirely free-to-play.
Featuring the iconic first-person shooter gameplay that put the series on the map, Warzone adopts many unique features that sets it apart from other examples in the highly-saturated battle royale genre. For instance, Warzone’s currency system allows players to purchase classic killstreak-type rewards, revives, and equipment, and its Gulag mechanic provides players with the chance to revive upon death. Call of Duty: Warzone can be played on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
For those looking for a more traditional Call of Duty experience, there’s Black Ops Cold War. Bringing back the storyline (notably absent from Black Ops 4) that was started all the way back in 2008 with Call of Duty: World at War, Cold War fleshes out the Cold War-era plot introduced in Black Ops and Black Ops II.
The game also features the return of Zombies, a series mainstay absent from 2019’s Modern Warfare, as well as the series’ archetypal multiplayer with some new twists and game modes. Black Ops Cold War is available on the same consoles as Warzone – PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020: Rogue Company
From Smite, Realm Royale, and Paladins developer Hi-Rez Studios, Rogue Company is a tactical third-person hero shooter that takes major cues from games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valorant, and Overwatch. Featuring six classes that are comprised of 16 heroes with a range of unique abilities and quirks, players compete to accomplish various tasks and missions among the game’s three game modes.
Players can play among each other on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Switch, and PC, though parties with any PC players will only be matched up with other PC players.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020: Star Wars: Squadrons
Part spaceflight simulator, part hardcore Star Wars fan’s ultimate dream, EA’s Star Wars: Squadrons is about as immersive of a Star Wars experience as can be imagined. Set after the events of Return of the Jedi, Squadrons lets players have intense dogfights in classic Star Wars ships.
The game also offers VR and HOTAS support. While Squadrons features a campaign, the main attractions are its two multiplayer modes which allow players on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC to duke it out among the stars.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020: Genshin Impact
Comparable in many ways to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gameplay-wise, Genshin Impact is a free-to-play open-world RPG from developer miHiYo. Players explore a large fantasy world replete with countless weapons, enemies, and god-like bosses.
With its anime-like aesthetics and action JRPG gameplay, it’s a unique fixture on this list as it’s a story-based role-playing game. Still, Genshin Impact features region-locked four-player co-op gameplay that can be played between PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, and mobile devices.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020: Minecraft Dungeons
Drawing clear inspiration from the likes of Diablo, Mojang’s Minecraft Dungeons is an isometric hack-and-slash dungeon crawler, serving as a creative departure from the series’ sandbox building roots. Unlike other similar games, Minecraft Dungeons features no class system, allowing players to use any weapons and gear that they find.
Featuring procedurally generated dungeons, players can explore, loot, and fight with one another on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Switch, and PC.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020: Spellbreak
Developer Proletariat’s Spellbreak may seem like just another free-to-play battle royale game among countless others in 2020, but it brings some interesting and unique twists. Rather than fighting with guns, players in Spellbreak engage in combat with spells and abilities in a fantasy environment.
Still, the basic elements of modern battle royale games remain – hectic combat, plenty of loot, and a constantly shrinking map. Spellbreak also has a battle pass system, providing players with the ability to unlock rewards like experience boosts and cosmetics. Players can fling spells at one another on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Switch, and PC.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020 Honorable Mention: Among Us
Though technically released in 2018, Among Us was met with very little attention until 2020 upon which it took the world by storm. In a world where people are forced to keep their distance from one another, Among Us managed to be hugely impactful, entering just about every facet of culture, including winning Best Multiplayer and Best Mobile Game at the 2020 Game Awards.
Among Us is a social deduction game in which players attempt to deduce who among them is an Impostor looking to sabotage and kill the other Crewmates aboard their spaceship, similar to the likes of Mafia or Werewolf. Among Us is available on Switch, PC, and mobile devices, with Xbox One and Xbox Series X versions set to come out in 2021.
Crossplay gaming is finally breaking out in the way players have long-wanted it to, and it couldn’t have happened at a more apt time. The console wars will continue to rage as they always have, but allowing an Xbox player to play with their PlayStation-owning friend across the country is certainly a bright spot in an otherwise difficult year.
Author: Dimitri Gedevanishvili
Dimitri is a freelance video game writer for Screen Rant. He is a lover of movies and video games and an even bigger lover of writing about them. In addition to writing, he is a video producer and Partnered Twitch streamer. Growing up in the Seattle area, he attended Washington State University and enjoys watching the Seahawks and the Sounders (usually) win.
Next Week on Xbox: January 17 to 21
Welcome to Next Week on Xbox! In this weekly feature, we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC as well as upcoming Xbox Game Pass and soon-to-be released [email protected] games! You can get more details on these games below and click their profiles for pre-order details when available (release dates are subject to change). Let’s jump in!
Nobody Saves the World – January 18 – Xbox Game Pass ● PC Game Pass ● Optimized for Xbox Series X|S ● Smart Delivery
Available on day one with Game Pass. When the ancient Calamity re-awakens, who can save the world? Nobody! (That’s you, you’re Nobody.) Master the art of transformation to become a Slug, Ghost, Dragon, and more. Combine your forms to create powerful hybrids and defeat the forces of evil. Join a friend for online co-op and save the world together! Available on Cloud, Console, and PC.
Dysmantle – January 19 – Optimized for Xbox Series X|S ● Smart Delivery
As you ascend from your shelter after many years, a brave new old world awaits you. A world inhabited with nasty and vile creatures. A world with no other human soul to be seen. A world with nature in reigns now. You need to find a way to escape the wretched island… But before that, enjoy the bittersweet apocalypse.
Blackwind – January 20 – Optimized for Xbox Series X|S ● Smart Delivery
A top-down sci-fi action game that puts you in the shoes of a teenager trapped inside a prototype battle armor suit during an alien invasion. Face off against enemies, cut through their ranks, and fight back to stop a planetary invasion.
The Mountain awaits. Face complex, tricky courses as you make your way further and further down the mountain’s slopes. Are you fast enough? Are you skilled enough? There’s only one way to find out.
New 5×5, 15×15, and 20×20 puzzles have been added along with the puzzles from the smartphone app Hatsune Miku Logic Paint – Mikuogi –. Use the numbers to the top and left to fill in the squares and complete the image and clear the stages to collect artwork of Miku and friends.
Available on day one with Game Pass. This dog photography game puts your love for pups to the test. As you take better photos, you’ll unlock new breeds, camera lenses, chew toys, and accessories to dress up dogs with. Don’t just pet and play fetch – save your memories of those very good boys and girls on film. Available on Cloud, Console, and PC.
RPGolf Legends – January 20 – Optimized for Xbox Series X|S ● Smart Delivery
Join forces with the spirit of a golf club and embark on a fantastic action-golfing adventure to save golf in the world! Travel around in a unique open world where monsters and golf coexist, get your best scores in 6 unique environments, and beat monsters!
Rise of the Third Power is a retro-themed, console-style roleplaying game, loosely based on the political climate of Europe in the late 1930s. The story takes place in the land of Rin during the height of the Age of Sail, following the events that would lead to the greatest war in human history.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction – January 20 – Xbox Game Pass ● PC Game Pass ● Optimized for Xbox Series X|S ● Smart Delivery
Available on day one with Game Pass. A tactical 1 to 3 player co-op PvE FPS where you’ll unite the elite Operators from Rainbow Six Siege against a deadly alien threat known as the Archaens. Assemble your team, coordinate your assault, and risk everything to make sure that no one gets left behind! Pre-order now for the bonus pack, Orbital Decay Bundle. Available on Cloud, Console, and PC.
Available on day one with Game Pass. The best flying disc game of all time is back! With amazing hand-drawn graphics, crazy new moves, gameplay mechanics and awesome new characters and stages, Windjammers 2 is the sequel you’ve been dreaming of. Available on Cloud, Console, and PC.
Welcome to the futuristic anti-gravity arcade racer with a twist. Racing competition takes place on tunnel tracks for super-fast 360-degree Zero G racing where skill and precision piloting are required to follow the optimum line, along with strategic use of pickups, powerups, and weapons to progress through the race series.
The sinister Dr. Voo Doom has kidnapped the Princess of Ririland and incited a civil war! It’s up to repairman extraordinaire, Jack, and his boomerang hat to save her and restore peace! Jump through 20+ huge levels, collecting crystals, stars and more!
A game where two elemental friends overcome obstacles to return to their island. Push boxes, use electricity to connect objects, break ice blocks, blow things up, and more in this cute and colorful game!
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Get Ready for the Mushroom Wars 2 Competitive Scene
Mushroom Wars 2 is a highly competitive real-time strategy game, where you control handsome little mushroom units. Each battle is short, usually only around five minutes, but it’s a very intensive collision between you and another player. It requires full immersion!
You can prepare yourself by playing the story-driven campaign solo, but none of the computer opponents can compete with the cunning mind of a real human counterpart.
Mushroom Wars 2, a time-proven eSports game, is now available on modern consoles. We asked our community manager for some tips on basic aspects of the game that could be helpful for novice Mushroom Generals.
Attack and Defence
At first glance, the game seems to be all about maths and numbers: IDE with more units should win the battle. But it’s not that simple.
There are defence and attack multipliers, which play a huge role in the game. By getting advantage over your opponent, you can “trade” less units in micro fights.
Ways to increase protection and attack indexes:
– leveling up the building for higher defence
– getting a higher level of morale
– using heroes’ skills, such as Rudo’s Defensive Walls or Ayner’s Rage
– building forges
Since the amount of units in opponents’ buildings is hidden, it’s hard to predict if you succeed in an attack, but not impossible. Luckily, there is a bar at the top of the match screen, which shows the sum of troops each player has. It won’t tell you the exact number in each building, but it could give an average value by dividing by the amount of buildings they own.
Morale might be the most important aspect of the game that prevents the snowball effect. The morale is shown right below the troops amount bar at the top of the battle screen. Levels of morale are visualized with stars.
As it was said before, the more morale you have, the higher attack and defence indexes you get. In addition, the speed of your units is also increasing that affects damage per second coefficient of your army.
What you need to remember: never attack an opponent with two morale levels advantage. It’s very likely that your attack won’t succeed, you’ll just ‘feed’ your enemy and give a free win in most cases.
To increase morale you need to:
– capture buildings
– defend opponent’s attacks
– upgrade buildings
– use some heroes’ active skills
You are losing morale when the following happens:
– your units die on the battlefield
– you lose a building
There is a way to send units much more efficiently in a very tight line, and it’s not cheating! It was a bug in the original Mushroom Wars but became a feature in the sequel.
We call this snaking. Snaking can make your attacks more powerful and unpredictable.
To perform snaking you need to:
- Choose a building you want to send units from and make sure it has less than 35 units inside.
- Choose a building you want to send units to by holding the right bumper button.
- Press the B button as fast as you can on the requested building.
We hope that these tips will help you to show your real skill in 1v1 or 2v2 battles. Good luck newborn Mushroom General!
Mushroom Wars 2
Mushroom Wars 2 is an award-winning sequel to the critically acclaimed RTS hit built upon the core gameplay experience that made the original Mushroom Wars so enjoyable.
Learning the ropes of mushroom warfare is easy with simple and intuitive controls as well as gamepad support. But the journey to become a fearsome commander requires fast reflexes, an eye for strategy, and the ability to oversee up to thousands of units at once.
Once you’re confident in your skills, putting your mushroom army against other players is the best way to improve. Mushroom Wars 2 comes tournament-ready, with a league system and ranked matches that make for fierce competition. In addition replay feature, and spectator mode make it easy to enter the competitive scene. Just want to enjoy a friendly skirmish with your friends? Custom games let you try out new strategies with up to three friends in free-for-all or team-based matches.
Whether you are battling enemy hordes in the the depths of the single-player campaign, or competing against your friends in various multiplayer modes, Mushroom Wars 2 provides intense, fast-paced short-session battles!
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