Chucking a friend into proceedings can help any game, but we were hardly bereft of choice when it came to some quality multiplayer offerings this year as the list below demonstrates.
"It hasn’t been a smooth launch for its multiplayer component, and the single player campaign still won’t win any awards, but the latest effort from DICE is certainly the best Battlefield experience we’ve seen for a quite a while. Thanks to a rather shiny Frostbite 3 engine, and an array of social features with Battlelog, Battlefield 4 on PC might well be one of the best multiplayer titles of the year." - 8/10
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Though something of a hot mess on last-gen console, Ghosts found its own on PS4 and Xbox One, delivering an impressively stacked content package, a ludicrously overblown singleplayer campaign (COD in spaaaace!), and a multiplayer component that fixed a number of prevailing issues, proved immediately accessible, and delivered more meaningful customisation options in terms of progression than ever before.
"An incredibly elegant game when it comes to both the game design and the mechanisms that power it, Monaco is a glorious gem of a game that manages to capture both the sophisticated strategy of planning the perfect heist along with the frantic, delirious fun of the crime caper. A unique co-op marvel in the right hands." - 8/10
"When played with a reliable crew, PayDay 2 is one of the most exciting cooperative games on the planet. Annoying quirks and rough edges abound, but so long as you can trust (and talk to) the criminals at your back, you'll be having far too much fun to notice." - 8/10
"Pokemon X and Y set a brave new standard for the series on its new platform, delivering a host of new features, expressive 3D visuals and sensational online functionality for future games to build on. Regardless of age, ability, gender or tastes, there is something here for you, another charming adventure that's both nostalgic and newly revitalised. Or in other words: it's Pokemon. Choose it." - 8/10
"It's effortlessly charming, fiendishly challenging, mechanically sublime, and stuffed with enough content to keep us coming back for more long into the winter months. It's a blast solo or with friends, whether you're playing together directly, or trying to best one another's scores in asynchronous fashion in the challenges. Put simply, Rayman Legends isn't just one of the best platformers we've seen in twenty years, but one of the very best games. Absolutely stunning." - 10/10
"Ubisoft promised us they knew what they were doing and hats off to them, they really did. Blacklist could well be the series highlight thanks to the huge amount of options you have at your disposal. Stages feature multiple routes and enemies can be engaged or ignored as you please. Co-op means you’ll be playing long after finishing the story and fan-favourite Spies Vs Mercs could become loved by more players than ever before. Good to have you back Sam." - 9/10
Best Multiplayer Game 2013 | Rayman Legends
So originally, this was a straight toss-up between Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Rayman Legends. But given that DICE released a game so broken that they've had to abandon all other projects in order to fix it, and given that Ghosts is awful on anything other than next-gen consoles, the winner by default is Rayman Legends.
But that achievement shouldn't be undermined by such a fact. Ubisoft released a nigh-on perfect game this year, boasting both synchronous and asynchronous multiplayer (not to mention weekly, ghost-ridden challenges and time trials), in both co-operative and competitive flavours, brimming with personality, outstanding level design, a plethora of game modes, and of course Kung Foot.
But that's just us. What about you guys? Vote for your Best Multiplayer Game of 2013 below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.