Live Service Games or Games As a Service is a brand new business model for gaming. These are the kind of games that are ‘alive’ and constantly add new content every season, which includes Battle Passes, Cosmetics, Expansions and of course microtransactions. Controversial as they are, these games have become the forefront of the gaming industry with their enjoyability and massive stream of revenue.
Drop down that battle bus and dominate the cartoonish battlefield with your squad of three. Fortnite: Battle Royale was the game that signalled a new age for young gamers to participate in this non-brutal battle to the death. Packed with an almost endless amount of content every month, unlock new skins and discover the perplexing mysteries in its crazy world. A playscore of 8.35 on the PS4 and followed by the rest of these consoles.
Tactical first person shooter is Siege’s strongest feature. Most FPS titles rely on fast-paced moment to moment action with no room for breathing. In R6: Siege, taking time and planning ahead is a key strategy to win the game.
Grounded on actual CTUs, realism is the main priority in this live-service game from Ubisoft. Gather your squad of 5 and select from over 50 unique operators that can turn the tide of every encounter. Each update adds a new Operation to the game, shifting the meta and bringing along new Operators with game-changing abilities. A playscore of 8.24 on the PC and the rest follows.
Space Ninjas is the easiest way to sum up Warframe. Create your own elite task force of ancient warriors known as Warframes. Select a Frame, customize it to your heart’s content and enter a galaxy full of explorable planets and loot to collect.
Over the years, the developers constantly add new gameplay features aside from the usual grinding and looting. The addition of new Warframes and a few story tidbits keep the lore interesting and alive. A playscore of 8.30 on the PC and here are the rest.
4. Destiny 2
A sequel to Bungie’s first original IP after Halo, travel to distant planets and create your own character and choose from 3 unique classes. Each offer distinct abilities that can help you and your buddies in its multiplayer or single-player modes.
Bungie isn’t stopping with its limitless amount of content, although they did take a dip in quality recently. Nonetheless, each expansion brings a whole new flavor to the raids. Especially with its additional story mode and powerful gear to unlock. The PlayStation 4 version receives a playscore of 8.85 while the rest follow.
Blizzard’s days when it comes to their dungeon-crawling icon, Diablo, has reached a standstill. First released on the PC last 2013, it took a while for Path of Exile to make a name for itself as the ‘Diablo killer’, and now it’s 2020, it has proven itself with its massive playerbase and expansive new content drops.
Grinding Gear Games expanded on the isometric dungeon crawling with online activities that Diablo III didn’t deliver during their launch. It's still going strong today as a free to play title that's also free from the hassle of paywalls. A little daunting for beginners, there's no reason NOT to check it out, with an impressive score of 8.14 on the PC.
Hi-Rez’s very own take on the hero-shooter genre sparked a few controversies during its launch, but over the years it gained its own identity with more heroes and diverse multiplayer modes to choose from.
At launch, Paladins wasn’t free-to-play and it took them almost a year to change their business model. Now a Live Service game, Paladins continue to add new features to the game including a new champion every now and then and some sweet lore.
Also from Hi-Rez, witness the clash of the gods in this MOBA game of epic proportions. The game boasts over 80 deities, figures, and mythological creatures from the world's many lores and religions...along with a few questionable additions.
Whether it is Zeus, Thor, Anubis, or even the newly added Mulan, you're bound to find a god or warrior for you. Whatever game mode you choose, it's always a fight for praise and eternal glory. Smite is still in its active phase, bringing in a new God in every season. A playscore of 8.18 on the PS4 and here are the rest from other consoles.
8. Dota 2
Valve knows how to keep pumping the good stuff. Making its humble beginnings as a WarCraft mod, it was a game that single handedly started the MOBA genre. Valve redeveloped a sequel with overhauled graphics, improved UI, and remodeled heroes.
Despite its vibrant looks, It boasts one of the steepest learning curves. With hundreds of heroes(and counting), and deep mechanics, there’s a lot of things you won’t learn on your first days, weeks, and even years. Its live-service approach come from its constant meta changes and patches, every new update shifts the way heroes play. It’s currently the #1 eSport of this generation with massive prize pools reaching millions and millions of dollars. It has a playscore of 8.63
Another title from Valve. Counter Strike: Source gave birth to a number of shooters from their very own Source engine. Now, Global Offensive was built on the strong foundations of the already established franchise, and slapping it on with updated visuals, improved multiplayers, and a few new modes. Not to mention it recently turned free-to-play for all players.
It provides an intense, skill-based system that even today, it still has an active community and a strong eSports scene. Its latest content, Shattered Web, brings in new equippable agents and a revamped battle pass system.
While its punishing learning curve might be too much for newcomers, the grind is always worth it, it has a playscore of 8.46 on the PC.
Survive a harsh yet massive battlefield with up to 150 other players that might be insanely good or monumentally bad. As of the moment the game has two modes that are as good as the other. Go Battle Royale and be the last man standing, or Plunder as you go on a race against time to deliver a bag of moolah.
As a live-service title, it’s still in its fresh start, so expect a few improvements coming along the way with more game modes. cosmetics and maps. If you can get past its massive 80-100gb game size, you’ll be ok. A playscore of 8.32 on the PS4, 7.08 on the Xbox One and as for PC, no playscore yet. Although you could help it by giving it a review on our website!
11. Apex Legends
Titanfall spin-off takes you to a sadistic arena with a ragtag group of characters.
Gather your squad of three, select your champion and begin the hunt. It shares the same hero-based strategy from Blizzard’s Overwatch, but the action is quicker as time pushes everyone to keep moving forward.
As far as Battle Royales go, become the last squad standing in an arena of 60 people. Whether you want to take it slow, or aggressively, the choice is up to you. EA’s continuous support for this game brings in more content every month. Its latest hero, Revenant, adds a harrowing presence to the arena. A playscore of 8.44 on the PlayStation 4.
Over its 6-year run, the game still plays the same. Control a deck and choose among the 9 iconic classes and characters from the Warcraft universe. Each has their own unique abilities that shape the battlefield, and it’s up to you to outsmart your opponent.
Maximize your turn by dealing the most efficient damage to your enemy and watch them concede when you play your cards well. With expansions and balance changes coming in every season, it’s a good game for a casually fun card-battling experience. A playscore of 8.41 on the Android.
13. Fallout: Shelter
Looks like Bethesda’s Fallout spin-off made it to the list, and others might not be too happy about this. A quirky social commentary about the effects of nuclear war, become the overseer and build your own underground Fallout bunker.
Rebuild civilization the bowels of the earth. Repopulate your citizens and create a thriving community capable of sustaining their day to day activities, except for any incoming Raider or Deathclaw attack.
The main Fallout titles may have suffered a literal fallout in quality, but this casual simulation offers fresh content every month. It’s currently free on the PC, Android and the iOS and it receives a playscore of 7.98, 8.51 and 8.17 respectively.
14. Rocket League
The goal (pun intended) of the game is simple. Use your rocket-powered vehicle to control one giant ball, race across the pitch and score a goal. It’s literally soccer with a big hauling metal twist.
It has become a notable inclusion to the eSports scene and to this day, developer Psyonix continues to support the game with Rocket Passes, competitive seasons and a bigger eSport tournament in the future. It has a playscore of 8.84 on the PS4 and here are for the other consoles.
Blizzard hit the jackpot when their team-based hero-shooter dominated the market when it released. Overwatch, to this day, is still alive and kicking, although their numbers aren’t quite record-breaking as it was before.
Blizzard is currently focusing on their hero-based composition up until now, over the years its live service feature has presented new gameplay changes into the mix including their latest role-lock and the upcoming new DPS hero, Echo.
Of course, these are all but preparations for their most anticipated sequel, Overwatch 2, on which the details are still a mystery as of the moment. It receives a playscore of 8.62 on the PS4, 8.57 on the PC and 8.07 on the Xbox One.
PLAYERUNKNOWN’s BATTLEGROUNDS. When Fortnite is too cartoony, there’s always Bluehole’s realistic Battle Royale. Be the last man standing in a battlefield of 100 players and get that chicken dinner. Its recent updates range from weapon balance and bug fixes.
League Of Legends. Riot Game’s very own MOBA is something, but its parade of abysmal reviews turned this game’s playscore upside down. Nonetheless, it’s still hailed as one of the most played game in the world, despite its… community.
GWENT: The Witcher Card Game. It couldn’t really compete with the big CGs just yet, but CD Projekt Red’s standalone version of Witcher III’s Gwent is shaping up to be a strong competitive card game in the eSports scene. CDPR constantly adds new cards to its expansions every season.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Square Enix’s prodigal son returns and its massive overhaul gave birth to a rising number of new players. This MMORPG takes you to the world of Final Fantasy oozing with spellbinding magic and adorable chocobos. Its latest expansion, Shadowbringers, changes everything we know about XIV.
World Of Warships. Wargaming’s free-to-play battleship game is still racking up a strong playerbase. Navigate the high seas with your team of explorers and battle it out with destroyers, cruisers, and battleships. It’s a high-stakes all-out war, complete with history's iconic vessels from around the globe.