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My Favorite Recent Local Multiplayer Games

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Local multiplayer games will always hold a special place in my heart. I grew up with siblings that tolerated video games and a dad that loves them just as much as I do, so I have many fond memories of us sitting on the couch, laughing and yelling playing Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros. The video games talked about here are going to be games that I’ve been having a lot of fun with recently but I feel like haven’t gotten much coverage, so let’s jump right in!

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  • Broforce
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Broforce is a game where you play as action movie stars (Indiana Jones, Ripley, Rambo, Blade, etc) trying to reach Satan at the end of the level by shooting or blowing up various enemies or obstacles along the way. What makes Broforce such a fun multiplayer game is the sheer chaos that ensues when two people have rocket launchers, dynamite, or huge guns in a fully destructible environment, not to mention it’s also got very solid platforming elements. Broforce will always be a go-to for me with people who don’t play video games very much because it is a very easy game to pick up and doesn’t take much time learn and start having fun with.

  • Streets of Rogue
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Streets of Rogue is bit more ambitious relying more on the players creativity on completing objectives. The best way to describe Streets of Rogue is a rogue-like action game that also has RPG elements in the form a level system that rewards the player with new skills. For every level you have a few main objectives that are pretty standard such as a retrieving an item, killing someone, or activating switches, but the most interesting part is that you pick your character from a pretty large roster with each character having their own strengths and weaknesses. For example, one person could be thief who has the ability to pick NPC’s pockets and another person could be a vampire who has the ability to drain the blood from NPC’s and you could work together by having the vampire take out the guard and have the thief pickpocket the safe key from a bartender. It’s also coming to the Switch in the Fall!

  • Puyo Puyo Tetris
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I had no expectations when I first downloaded the demo for Puyo Puyo Tetris and it ended up being one of my favorite local multiplayer games ever. It’s a game that is pretty easy to pick up and incredibly hard to master. It might be kind of a hard sell to people because you have to put in some time in order to figure out the best strategies but once you start playing with people who know what to do it becomes a very tense, very fun game of back and forth with players exchanging blows in the form of getting a Tetris or creating large chain attacks in Puyo Puyo.

What are your favorite local multiplayer games? Let me know in the comments!

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