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5 Best Multiplayer Party Games To Break Out This Christmas

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The festive season has finally landed, meaning families all over the globe are weaving together for social gatherings both locally and in the multiplayer world. And the best part is, with the likes of Game Pass and PlayStation Now stocking up their libraries with party games that cater up to four, eight, and even twelve players, nobody will be short on entertainment this week.

So, with that said — it's time to draw the curtains, bust out the Christmas traditions, and boot up a console. Assemble your finest team, and be ready to go to war with your friends and families, because we're serving up five of the most trending party games on the market right now.

5. Gang Beasts

Gang Beasts Trailer

Gang Beasts isn't your usual party game, that much is true. It is, however, a one-of-a-kind experience that provides both belly laughs and bizarre levels, and is of course twice as fun with more and more players. And while you won't be answering questions or pinging a buzzer as such, you will be made to go toe-to-toe with your rivals, whether it be in a football match or all-out warfare on a remote helipad.

If you've ever played Octodad: Dadliest Catch, or any simulator for that matter, then you'll already know what to expect when sinking into Gang Beasts. Elasticated characters, tricky controls and impossible goals; basically everything that provides both a challenge and a few laughs when tackling with friends by your side. And while it won't fill an entire calendar, it will give your household a few hours of harmless fun. And the good news is, it's available for free on Game Pass, and supports up to eight players online, and four locally.

 

4. Overcooked! All You Can Eat

Overcooked! All You Can Eat - Announcement Trailer | PS5

Overcooked has been grilling up quite the banquet on the market over the last five years, with players all over the world coming together to rustle up some of the strangest menus for even stranger customers. And the best part is, it's so stuffed with DLC that our appetites are pretty much always satisfied and our thirsts are always quenched.

Overcooked! All You Can Eat dishes up the perfect dining experience for up to four local players, complete with over 200 unique levels and 80 chefs, as well as all the trimmings from both Overcooked 1 + 2. Your goal, of course, remains the same: work as a unit to prepare and produce award-winning dishes for hungry customers. However, with tricks and traps loitering around every corner, those menus can soon dissolve into sour-tasting treats, and that kitchen of yours, well, let's just say it can very well collapse at any given moment. Clock's ticking!

 

3. Rubber Bandits

Rubber Bandits | Announcement Trailer

One of the latest party games that has been keeping the online front stocked up with active players is Rubber Bandits, the party hit that allows you to steal your way to everlasting victory…in style. With up to four players in tow, you too can sink into the criminal underworld as a rowdy thief and betray your friends for the ultimate score. And if theft isn't to your liking, then perhaps brawling with your friends or racing will suffice.

The goal is simple: steal as much cash as possible, and make a dash for the exit once it becomes available. Simple enough, right? Wrong. So very, very wrong. Thanks to your buddies and only a small amount of cash ($10, to be exact), there isn't really enough to split, meaning you'll have to betray your friends by any means necessary. Hit them with a book, a chair, or just drag them down an icy slope into an endless snowy abyss. Whatever you do, just make it look as stylish as possible.

 

2. Lumberhill

Lumberhill | Release Date Announcement Trailer

I'm not entirely sure if being a lumberjack was on your to-do list for 2022, but if for whatever reason it was, then you'll be glad to know that its specialized training programme, known locally as Lumberhill, is already available at the touch of a button. Mind you, it might not portray the profession in the most accurate way, seeing as dinosaurs strangely play a small role in the day-to-day side of things. But, you know, details, details.

Lumberhill asks that you assemble a team of four players for an all-out session of wacky woodland wonders, where you'll have to carry out your daily routines as forestry workers while fending off nature as it tries to strike back. That, of course, means having to hold back certain threats in order to get the job done, like dueling pirates or dodging rampaging rhinos. You know, all the usual stuff you'd expect to see on the job.

 

1. Super Reliable Delivery Service

Totally Reliable Delivery Service Launch Trailer

Super Reliable Delivery Service (S.R.D.S, for short) is a ragdoll physics simulation game that sees up to four players bind together to deliver packages in the most unorthodox ways possible. Because let's face it, walking is overrated, and the best way to get the job done is by thinking outside of the box. Literally.

With split-screen enabled, you too can join the delivery service and kickstart your career as one of the worst couriers in the history of video games. Just pull a lever, grab your parcel (if you can), and get it to its destination no matter the cost — even if it means hurling yourself off a cliff at warp speed. Yes — warp speed.

So, what did we miss? What games would you recommend playing this Christmas? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

 

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Jord is acting Team Leader at gaming.net. If he isn't blabbering on in his daily listicles, then he's probably out writing fantasy novels or scraping Game Pass of all its slept on indies.