Paladins: Champions of The Realm (Xbox One, Ps4, Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch)
Blizzard’s Overwatch is still the ruler of the “hero shooter” multiplayer genre, but Hi-Rez Studios’ Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a solid alternative for those who don’t want to spend $40 before they’ve even started playing.
Similar to Overwatch, you pick from dozens of various characters going across many classes like “flanker,” “damage,”
“support,” and “front line,” each providing a different style of play that can get your team a victory. The tree-like Grover, for example, does real harm with his ax while also healing nearby allies. The crafty Pip makes use of explosive potions to catch opponents off-guard.
Unlike the set abilities and classes in Overwatch, Paladins lets you customize your heroes with a deck-building system. Also, there are pre-built deck loadouts for those wanting to jump into a match with a solid chance of contributing and with three different modes: onslaught, siege, and team deathmatch. — You’ll get lots of chances to try your abilities out.
Team Fortress 2 (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux)
Possessing well-balanced class system and beautifully created graphics, Team Fortress 2 still entices casual gamers and pros, accruing one of the biggest player bases on the Steam marketplace over seven years after its initial debut. The game is a true combination of intense strategy and fast-paced combat in which each one of the game’s nine classes exhibits its own powerful strengths and crippling weaknesses.
Game modes are clear-cut, basically pitting two teams against each another in an effort to move a cart, capture points, or steal a briefcase. It’s very competitive in nature, but it still is fun for any skill level. Like many multiplayer titles, it’s about targeting the Achilles heel of your opponent while protecting your own, but it has a stylized brand of humor that has become famous for the Team Fortress brand.