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Communication is a big part of why video games are enjoyable. Games provide this in different ways: voice chat, text chat or maybe just limiting it to pings or bleeps.

Voice chat is most useful in games where you need to quickly coordinate with teammates. Games provide this communication in different ways. Maybe you can only speak to one other person you select or your whole squad, or perhaps you can communicate with other squads.

Proximity chat extends the realism of using your voice to communicate by mimicking how sound travels in real life. The closer you are to another player, the louder you hear their voice. This not only means you need to be close to a teammate for them to hear you, but you also need to be careful about what opponents may overhear (or maybe you'll let them think they've overheard you to mislead or delay them).
 
This list includes 24 games from the last 10 years, with 1,223 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to use your voice tactically.

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Sea of Thieves

Release Date: 20/03/2018, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather

Sea of Thieves is an online game where you play a pirate searching for treasure and adventure. Cast into a large open sea you work with other online players to crew your ship and find treasure. The game has a main story but really focuses on creating...

Valorant

Release Date: 02/06/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Valorant is a team-based online shooting game, where two teams of five compete under the role of agents with unique abilities. It's designed to be competitive and requires considerable skill and practice to win matches. Between rounds, players spend...

Big Walk

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Big Walk is a traversal game where you head into a wide-open world with online friends. You decide where to go together by following your nose while taking on challenges, puzzles and making discoveries. It stands out for its focus on the journey and the...

Barotrauma

Release Date: 13/03/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Barotrauma is a cooperative space-submarine adventure set after humanity has fled to Jupiter's moon. You work with other players to steer your submarine, work the ageing machinery, fight monsters and fix the endless leaks. It's a game that revels in not...

Roblox (Series)

Release Date: 15/06/2016, updated in 2022

Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Roblox is a series of games where amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The...

Crab Game

Release Date: 29/10/2021

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Crab Game is a competitive action game where you play mini-games based on the Squid Game Netflix show challenges. Similar to Fall Guys, each requires you to be the last player standing to claim the win. Here, however, the game has a darker feel with...

Ark: Survival Evolved

Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Persistant World

Ark: Survival Evolved is an adventure simulation game that offers hunting-and-harvesting gameplay in a primal setting. Although not as polished or streamlined as a game like Horizon Zero Dawn, this is a more ambitiously open world where you can choose...

Lethal Company

Release Date: 23/10/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Lethal Company is a stealth role-play game where you work with friends to scavenge abandoned moons for scrap. To play you creep through the environment hunting scrap and on the lookout for lurking meat dogs, thumpers and other horrors. It's brilliant at...

Rust

Release Date: 08/02/2018

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Persistant World

Rust (also, Rust: Console Edition) is an online survival game set in the wilderness. You explore, gather and craft materials to manage hunger, thirst, health and protection. The preparation is to ward off the threat of bears, wolves and (more commonly)...

Phasmophobia

Release Date: 18/09/2020

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Phasmophobia (Phasmophobia VR) is a horror survival game where you and your team investigate paranormal activity. It focuses on creating a realistic world built to get your heart racing, through interactive ghost-hunting equipment and teamwork.

Free Fire

Release Date: 29/10/2018

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Free Fire (also called Free Fire Battlegrounds, Free Fire, Garena Free Fire-New Beginning) is a shooting game like Fortnite but only played on mobile phones and tablet devices. It is highly popular for its online battles where 50 players search for...

BattleBit Remastered

Release Date: 20/02/2022

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Blocks, Day and Night and Open World

BattleBit Remastered is a multiplayer shooting game where teams of over 100 players compete in environments where almost everything is destructible. The simple visuals and fragility of architecture result in opportunities to launch surprise attacks, and...

Destiny 2

Release Date: 09/09/2014

Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Open World and Persistant World

Destiny 2 is a shooting game set in space. You have to play online as it focuses on grand sci-fi adventures with other players. From the same developer, it takes Halo towards a bigger online role-play experience.

DayZ

Release Date: 03/07/2019

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather

DayZis a post-apocalyptic open-world survival game. The population are infected with an unknown virus and you play as one of the few who are immune. You fight other survivors for limited resources and weapons. However, If you die there are no extra...

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Release Date: 20/12/2017, updated in 2018

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One and iOS

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a battle-royale shooting game where you take on 100 players. Like a more realistic version of Fortnite, you collect supplies and out-strategize your opponents to become the last person...

Back 4 Blood

Release Date: 12/10/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D Third-Person

Back 4 Blood is a multiplayer shooting game where a team of four players work together to survive zombie-infested areas.

First Class Trouble

Release Date: 08/04/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Components: 3D Third-Person

First Class Trouble is a survival puzzle game where six players must work together and against each other to survive a disaster. It's a social deduction game, like Among Us, so the real trick to surviving is working out which players are robot Personoids.

New World

Release Date: 31/08/2021

Out Now: PC

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

New World is an online role-playing game where you colonise fictional land modelled after 1600s colonial America in the Atlantic Ocean. The world is persistent and accommodates 1000s of players to create a living breathing eco-system in MMO (Masively...

Hell Let Loose

Release Date: 27/07/2021, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D First-Person

Hell Let Loose is a tactical shooting game set during the battles of the Western and Eastern Fronts of World War 2. It focuses on the structure of warfare with large numbers of troops through chain of command communication. You must work with other...

Hunt: Showdown

Release Date: 20/09/2019

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Components: 3D First-Person

Hunt: Showdown is a high stakes shooting game set in the 1895 swamps of Louisiana, where you are hunting savage, nightmarish monsters. Either alone or in teams you search for clues to find and defeat the target before other players. You are then...

Goose Goose Duck

Release Date: 03/10/2021

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon

Goose Goose Duck is a strategy communication game where you work with your fellow geese while completing missions. While you do, try and spot the malicious mallards who have infiltrated your team to stop you. Then, after the task, you get to vote out...

Dread Hunger

Release Date: 26/01/2022

Out Now: PC

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Dread Hunger is a strategy survival game where you venture into the arctic wastes to find coal and food to keep your ship running, while trying to uncover the players who are two secret killers. In many ways like the hugely popular [link to...

V Rising

Release Date: 17/05/2022

Out Now: PC

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Persistant World

V Rising is an survival adventure game about vampires. You wake as a weak vampire and must hunt for blood whilst evading the sun to slowly rebuild your castle. This is played out in a living open world full of mystery. Gain allies online and conquer...

Blox Fruits (Roblox)

Release Date: 16/01/2019, updated in 2023

Out Now: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Blox Fruits (Roblox) is a role-play game inspired by One Piece anima cartoon series where you are a pirate who collects fruits to gain special abilities. You pick a team and run around the world to earn game currency, find the fruits and battle enemies...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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