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Asynchronous Multiplayer

Multiplayer games are fun because you go head to head against another person. Whether they are sat next to you on the couch or miles away over the internet, it's instant intense competition.

Asynchronous multiplayer games, create this sense of simultaneous competition when you can't play at the same time. Perhaps your opponent is in a different time zone, you are playing years after the person you are competing against, or perhaps you have a job or family commitments that the only game time is when the person you are playing against is in bed.

In these asynchronous multiplayer games, you usually see the other player as a ghost representation of how they played the level or circuit. Perhaps it's in Forza where you race against representations of real-world opponents. Perhaps it's in Horizon Chase Turbo where you see the ghosted cars of your Nintendo Switch friends who have raced the circuit you are on Or, perhaps you see the failed attempts of people you don't know in a temple in Phantom Abyss.

However the game provides this, it does so to give you the feel of playing against someone at the same time, although they actually played some time (maybe seconds, maybe hours or maybe years) ago. There have even been stories of teenagers discovering the ghost laps of deceased parents and being able to race them as if they were still alive.

This list includes 13 games from the last 29 years, with 299 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play someone with a different schedule.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 16+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Simulation and Sports
Total Likes: 299
 

 

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active, Racing and Sports

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @VelanVentures

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Mario Kart Live, Mario Kart Home Circuit) is a kart racing game with a difference. You play on the Switch but use it to control a real life Mario kart that races around...

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018

Price: 26% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.

It Takes Two

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 26/03/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @HazelightGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

It Takes Two is a running, jumping and exploring game that tells a story of a young girl, Rose, whose parents are divorcing. The girl creates two dolls to represent her parents, which unexpectedly trap the clashing-couple in them. You and a friend...

New Super Mario Bros. U

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 18/11/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

New Super Mario Bros. U is platform game where you play with 4 main players (and an optional assistant player) to traverse from one side of the level to the other. Along with the usual running, jumping, stomping and collecting you are racing other...

Forza Horizon 4 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Price: 12% off

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World and Racing

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: @WeArePlayground

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 72 players online

Forza Horizon 4 is a thrilling racing game where you race all manner of vehicles across a wide range of landscapes. This fourth iteration is set in the United Kingdom, with Edinburgh’s narrow streets, the Lake District’s hills and rainfall and the...

Forza Motorsport 7 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 03/10/2017

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Developer: @Turn10Studios

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 24 players online

Forza Motorsport 7 immerses players in the exhilarating thrill of competitive racing. From mastering the new motorsport-inspired campaign to collecting a wide range of cars to experiencing the excitement of driving at the limit, this is Forza reimagined.

Mirror's Edge (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/11/2014, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Developer: @EA_DICE

Players: This is a single player game

Mirror's Edge and the follow up, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst are free-running games where you traverse a futuristic city using aspects of urban exploration and parkour movements to complete missions and evade or fight enemies. The focus is on this...

Horizon Chase Turbo

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 08/11/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Developer: @AquirisGS

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

This is an arcade racing game with the focus on competitive fun rather than realism; its graphics make it look like it was plucked from the nineties’ arcades, with a nod to Outrun and Lotus Turbo Challenge. It balances modern affordances with retro...

Rayman Legends

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 29/07/2013, updated in 2017

Price: 56% off

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

Rayman Legends is a platform game, the sequel to Rayman Origins, where you get sucked into a painting that takes you to a fantasy world with all sorts of creative running and jumping challenges.

Spooky Chase

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 23/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @QubyteGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Spooky Chase is a running, jumping game where you play a ghost collecting a series of flags. However, each route you take to a flag is then followed by enemies when you go after the next one. You play each level multiple times to collect each flag, but...

Game & Wario

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 28/06/2013

Platforms: Wii U

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

Game & Wario is a series of small games designed for families to enjoy. Like NintendoLand it shows off the different sorts of game you can play on the Wii U not possible on other systems. Because of this the quality and depth...

Gran Turismo (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2017

Platforms: PS3, PS4 and PSP

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @TheGranTurismo

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Gran Turismo is a driving simulator that focuses on a photo-realistic driving experience. Players race real-world cars where bodywork and interiors are perfectly modelled. Whether hatchbacks or super cars, this game lets you step into the world of the...

Phantom Abyss

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/06/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Puzzle and Sports

Developer: @PhantomAbyss

Players: This is a single player game

Phantom Abyss is a running and jumping game where you charge through temples to get to the exit. Your only tool is a whip that interacts with objects and can propel you forward. Along the way are numerous traps and difficult jumps to avoid. There are...


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