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Essays 07 July 2021, 17:00

author: Patrick Manelski

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Best Crossplay Games 2021

If you have a PC and your friend has a PS4, that doesn't mean you can't play together. There are multiplayer crossplay games that you can still play even if you have different hardware. Here's a list of cross-platform games for 2021.

A war of consoles? PC Master Race? Who needs that crap? And for what? Video games across platform borders – that's my new motto!

Crossplay support is great – you can enjoy your favorite games with your friends and players from around the globe, regardless of whether they're using the same platform as you do; PC, Xbox, PlayStation – it's all the same! You all can meet on PC, Xbox, Switch, PS4, PS5 or Xbox Series X. I, for one, love cross-play games, precisely because it's the great equalizer.

Of course, this idea brings some limitations and you have to remember that users of certain platforms may be at an advantage in specific games. For this reason, cross-platform play works well mostly for non-competitive games, or titles that don't exacerbate controller differences. In this article, we take a look at games that support cross-play and pick out the best ones. The list is obviously not definitive, so if you have your own suggestions, please share them in the comments below. After all, it's all about sharing they joy of gaming!

Best cross platform games 2021

Minecraft

Business model: Buy-to-Play

Platforms: PC, PS4, XONE, PS5, XSX, Switch, AND, IOS

If you want to talk about best cross platform games, you have to start with Minecraft. Minecraft needs no introduction. This title is over ten years old and runs on just about anything. It is available on, get it, sixteen platforms – almost like Skyrim! Unlike Bethesda's game, however, Mojang's creation offers fully functional cross-play. No matter which platform you play on, you can immerse yourself into the voxel world with players using any device!

There is of course a catch, and that is the version of the game. The only cross-platform condition Minecraft makes is owning the Bedrock edition, and Java. Other people you want to play with must have the exact same version. Otherwise, cross-play will not be available. It's worth keeping this in mind before organizing a session together.

Genshin Impact

Business Model: Free-to-Play + microtransactions

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, AND, IOS

Genshin Impact was last summer's blockbuster from China that successfully conquered the market. On the one hand, it offered full free-to-play, where no game content was locked in. Added to that were graphics specific for the style of Japanese animations, a pleasant combat system, and an open world. On the other hand, we get the gacha mechanic, which is well known in the Land of the Rising Sun. The attempt to smuggle it into USA was remarkably successful.

One way or another, you don't have to spend a dime in Genshin Impact to have a good time. And you can also do it with friends in cross-play. Note, however, that at this point the multiplayer is limited and does not allow you to perform all activities together. On top of that, you have to unlock the option in the first place, so make sure to get a high enough Adventure Rank before playing Genshin Impact with your friends!

Fortnite

Business Model: Free-to-Play + microtransactions

Platforms: PC, PS4, XONE, PS5, XSX, Nintendo Switch, AND, IOS

What Fortnite is – everyone can see. You can complain about Epic Games and whine about their creation, which has already been in the top of the most popular games for several years. However, it's hard to shrug off this phenomenon or turn a blind eye to the crossovers that take place within it. So, if you're looking for a battle royale and don't mind some building, this is a title worth checking out. It’s one of the best cross platform games ever.

You can play Fortnite on almost anything and with almost anyone. Fully functional cross-play allows you to play cross-platform, or within your own console – you choose. However, nothing prevents you from playing with users of different platforms. Well, with one exception. Currently, iOS users are excluded from this happy circle, all because of Apple's conflict with Epic Games. Also, remember that on iPhone, you will play the old version of Fortnite, because the game is not updated on this platform.

Don't like Fortnite? Other battle royale games are waiting!

Fortnite isn't the only such game out there. You can also check out Apex Legends and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. The former is available for free and the latter is a pay-to-play. You can play on multiple platforms, with PUBG limiting cross-play to consoles alone. Nevertheless, both games are good alternatives if Fortnite wouldn't cut it for you.

Smite

Business Model: Free-to-Play + microtransactions

Platforms: PC, PS4, XONE, Switch

Smite may not be the most popular MOBA in the world, but it's certainly unique in the market. However, here, we will fight with deities from different pantheons. In addition to the hackneyed Egypt or Greece, we also have Arthurian myths, a touch of Slavic, and some Celtic stories. It all adds up to a dynamic production that also features third-person view!

The MOBA from Hi-Rez is primarily characterized by differentiation. Many modes allow you to play with completely different rules, so there is something for everyone. Cross-play, on the other hand, encourages teaming up with users of different platforms. It is worth noting that cross-platform isn't mandatory, so if you do not wish to play with people on consoles, you can opt out in the settings.

Hi-Rez is all about cross-play!

Hi-Rez is not only Smite, but also Paladins, Realm Royale, and Rogue Company. The company has quite a few online games from different genres in its portfolio. All of them, in turn, have one thing in common – cross-play. No matter which production you choose, it will support multiplatform gameplay, allowing you to play through any supported device.

Dauntless

Business Model: Free-to-Play + microtransactions

Platforms: PC, PS4, XONE, Nintendo Switch

Dauntless is often referred to as a free Monster Hunter: World, and there's actually a lot of truth to that. The creators were clearly inspired by the series, but they also introduced many of their own solutions. So if you are looking for a fight with huge monsters, but served in an accessible and more arcade manner, this will suit you just fine. Especially if you want something to occasionally play with your friends, without the need to invest money, thousands of hours of gaming and reading tons of tutorials.

Dauntless is available on several platforms, with cross-play supported on all. That way, no matter what hardware you want to use to hunt the beast on, a team of hunters can always band together. It's important to note, however, that the game is currently only available for PC on the Epic Games Store – it's not on Steam.

Dead by Daylight

Business model: Buy-to-Play

Platforms: PC, PS4, XONE, PS5, XSX, Switch

Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical multiplayer. What does that mean? In general terms, there's a bloodthirsty killer on one side of the barricade and four people trying to survive on the other. So, we have an unusual combination of competition and cooperation, as a team of players must work together if they want to defeat the much stronger opponent. The latter doesn't have as easy a task, but can effectively hinder the exploits of the fugitives.

It's a nice game of cat and mouse. Dead by Daylight not only allows you to play within a single team, but also offers cross-play battles. Thanks to the specifics of the gameplay here, it doesn't matter if you're playing on PC or console. Consoles, however, do not have keyboard and mouse support – you might want to keep that in mind. Anyway, the game pad is completely sufficient.

Rocket League

Business Model: Free-to-Play + microtransactions

Platforms: PC, PS4, XONE, PS5, XSX, Switch

Rocket League is a game where we play soccer with cars. There's plenty of spectacular acrobatics, curved shots, blocking enemy attempts, and tackling their actions. And all of this will be happening at a deadly-fast pace, so you'll need to constantly stay on the ball (and your steering wheel).

Rocket League has been available for free recently, but on PC you can only find the game on the Epic Games Store. That title has disappeared from Steam, yet people who bought Rocket League there (when it was still a paid game) can still use that platform to play. It doesn't matter where you play or what platform you play on – full cross-play means you can shoot at the goals on any device.

Brawlhalla

Business Model: Free-to-Play + microtransactions

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XONE, XSX, Nintendo Switch, AND, IOS

Brawlhalla is an underrated game that few players take seriously. After all, how do you reckon with a game with such simple graphics, which is just a brawler in addition? I recommend giving it a chance, though, and you'll certainly notice the depth of the gameplay in no time. There's a multitude of heroes, varied weapons, and many game modes to make sure everyone will find something interesting and exciting. Especially if you like dynamic gameplay and competition.

Even regular sparring with friends is a lot of fun. This is because Brawlhalla has mastered the combat system to perfection; on the one hand, it allows a lot of possibilities, but is really accessible on the other. You can try your hand at cross-play on all platforms, including mobile devices (Android, iOS).

Among Us

Business model: Buy-to-Play

Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, AND, IOS

Among Us is a 2018 game that stormed the internet only two years after its original release. But when it did, almost everyone heard about it. It worked perfectly during the global pandemic, allowing people from different generations to play together. Among Us doesn't require outstanding gaming skills – just knowledge of the rules and a desire to participate in the fun.

Among Us is yet to be released on Sony and Microsoft consoles. Temporarily, however, this title has to manage without them. Cross-play, on the other hand, allows you to play together on different platforms. It's worth mentioning that on PC and Switch, the game is buy-to-play, while on mobile devices you can play for free. Additionally, this production doesn't have a built-in voice communicator – it is not required to play, but it's worth thinking about when playing with friends.

Spellbreak

Business Model: Free-to-Play + microtransactions

Platforms: PC, PS4, XONE, Switch

Spellbreak is a battle royale with some surprises. Instead of reaching for the machine gun, we'll wear a magic glove, thanks to which we'll be able to cast spells at other mages. Spellbreak offers a diverse set of spells that can be combined in a number of ways, and tops it off with high-paced action and phenomenal graphics.

The production was initially only available on the Epic Games Store, but has since become available on Steam and on consoles. Plus, Spellbreak supports cross-play, so you can wage magical warfare with your friends across platforms without worry. This title also supports cross-progression, so you can play on different platforms from one account without losing your progress.

Call of Duty Warzone

Business Model: Free-to-Play + microtransactions

Platforms: PC, PS4, XONE, PS5, XSX

Call of Duty has quite successfully settled in market with its free module called Warzone. It's nothing more than a battle royale with some original features. One of them is called the Gulag, which perhaps seems a little insensitive, and the rules are that you don't lose immediately if you're killed. This is complemented by a distinctive shooting model, fast-paced action, special abilities, and a vast map. Definitely worth giving this game a chance!

As if these arguments weren't convincing enough for you, remember that Call of Duty Warzone offers fully functional cross-play on every platform the game is available on. This means you can play against console players or team up with them without any problems.

Also – remember – if you don’t like the battle royale idea, you can always try Call of Duty Modern Warfare. COD MW has cross-platform support as well.

No Man's Sky

Business model: Buy-to-Play

Platforms: PC, PS4, XONE, PS5, XSX

No Man's Sky has come a really long way. Granted, it still doesn't offer all it promised, but it's definitely worthwhile at the moment. Regular updates, new content, lots of fixes, and a full-fledged multiplayer. Flying in space still needs more variety, but exploring new planets and local flora and fauna is really a lot of fun.

It is said that no one can hear you scream in space, so you should always gather a party before venturing into the galaxy. And since No Man's Sky offers full cross-play, it would be a shame not to take advantage of it! Users of all platforms can play against each other without any interference. It's worth taking your friends on a tour of the next planet, as joint exploration is a significant advantage in this game!

Final Fantasy XIV

Business Model: Pay-to-Play

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5

Final Fantasy XIV needed a complete reboot and creation from scratch to succeed. Square Enix, however, managed to do the trick – the result is one of the best MMORPGs on the market, one that has been sustained for years by a paid subscription model. It's not a game for everyone, though, as it puts a strong emphasis on the story campaign, and the combat system can seem stiff to some players.

This is due to the fact that Final Fantasy XIV is available not only on PC, but also on PlayStation, and cross-play is definitely possible. This, however, imposed some compromises on the combat system to also accommodate game pads. Still, a disadvantage for some turned out to be an advantage for many – there's no shortage of abilities to use in FFXIV, and cross-platform ensures that there will always be people willing to play.

Another cross-play MMORPG?

If you are looking for another MMORPG that offers cross-play, then Albion Online is also worth considering. Currently, this title is available on PC and mobile devices. Consoles will also be added in the future! Those who prefer more open gameplay, PvP, competition, and an emphasis on team-based play should definitely give Albion Online a chance. Especially since you can easily play even from your smartphone!

Sea of Thieves

Business model: Buy-to-Play

Platform: PC, XONE

Pirate Voyages from Rare studio has been with us for three years now, and the title has been thriving the whole time. It would seem that Sea of Thieves' golden age has passed, but it actually hasn't – indeed, it's yet to come, as evidenced by the ever-growing number of players. No wonder, as it is a perfect game to relax with friends. There's no rush at all, you don't need to do anything specific, and no character progress encourages casual fun.

Nevertheless, it's worth remembering that the charm of Sea of Thieves is in the collaboration. Managing the boat together, putting out fires, patching the hull, setting sails, fighting with other players, or searching for treasure – it all keeps boredom at bay like lemons keep scurvy – as long as you have your own crew. Fortunately, cross-play between PC and Xbox One makes it significantly easier to find pirates willing to join.

Hearthstone

Business Model: Free-to-Play + microtransactions

Platforms: PC, AND, iOS

Hearthstone has undoubtedly dominated the virtual card game market. Simple and accessible gameplay, combined with a well-known and well-loved universe, have created an explosive combination. Sure, sometimes the random elements get in your way, sometimes the balance is a mess, but it's hard to find another game that's this accessible. Without spending any money!

In Hearthstone, it doesn't matter what you're playing on – whether it's a PC or a mobile device, the game will pick the right opponent without a fuss. Alternatively, you'll be able to compete with a friend in a friendly skirmish or play Hearthstone Battlegrounds, which is a specific card variation of Auto Chess.

Sit at the table!

Hearthstone is not the alpha and omega of the card-games world! There's plenty of other games you can try, like Gwent or Magic: The Gathering Arena, which are also free-to-play titles. On top of that, they support cross-play between platforms, so if the Blizzard game doesn't suit you, these productions are worth considering.

MLB The Show 21

Business model: Buy-to-Play

Platforms: PS4, XONE, PS5, XSX

You can’t talk about the best crossplay games without MLB The Show 21. Baseball fans know which title they should reach for if they're hoping for a sports thrill on consoles. MLB The Show 21 offers the same things as usual, but in a better, improved edition. All the teams and players are based on the official license, and we will have to manage not only the squad, but also control our charges during the match.

MLB The Show 21 marks a subtle revolution in the series, as it is available on Microsoft consoles for the very first time. As if that wasn't enough, this installment is also available on Xbox Game Pass! On top of that, this title offers cross-play, so nothing stops users of these rivaling consoles from playing together, or rather – against each other!

Patrick Manelski | Gamepressure.com

Minecraft

Minecraft

Call of Duty: Warzone

Call of Duty: Warzone

Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact

Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves

No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky

Among Us

Among Us

Rocket League

Rocket League

Fortnite

Fortnite

Smite

Smite

Dauntless

Dauntless

MLB: The Show 21

MLB: The Show 21

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

No one really cares about crossplay
No one really cares about crossplay

The great console war has recently witnessed the opening of a new front. This time, the struggle focused on cross-platform play, and the shortest straw was drawn by Sony, which received a healthy dose of criticism. But is it really that much of an issue?

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