Although many people may not have heard of LAN parties, they have been around for quite some time. For those of you who have never heard of LAN games, we will give a quick definition before entering our list of games. LAN gaming is where two or more people connect their computers, usually laptops, to a local area network so that they can play multiplayer video games together.

The reason you see so many people asking for a list of good LAN games is the problems that always seem to crop up at a LAN party. When it comes to LAN gaming, everyone has a different computer with different hardware and software. Some will have a newer computer, while others will have an older computer. For this reason, it can be difficult to find a game, or games, that can be played by many people, with different computers and different skill levels. Below is my list of great LAN party games, as always with lists like this, I’m sure some people will disagree with my picks.

1. At the top of my list of best LAN games is anyone from the COD franchise. There are several reasons why I have chosen this game. First, these are fun games to play with great graphics. Next, most people have played one or more of these iconic war games, so there isn’t a huge learning curve for most players. There are also many maps, weapons, game modes and up to 32 people can play together. Another bonus is that people who have their own copy of the game can join in on the fun from off-site.

2. The next game on the list is Team Fortress 2. This game is fun to play. The only real downside is that everyone has to download the game on their individual computer and no one can join from off-site.

3. In the third position is Freelancer. One of the main reasons I have chosen this game is that it has some of the best graphics and 32 people can play it. It also has cooperative and versus modes, any computer can handle the game and it is easy to learn. The only problem is that when large groups are playing, it can be difficult to stay alive. When you die they take you back to the beginning of the game, this can get boring after a while.

4. Battlefield 2 is my next option because it has huge maps, tons of vehicles and player kits, and it has good graphics. It is a fun game that can be played in cooperative mode against bots or in versus mode. The number one advantage of this game is that up to 64 people can join the carnage. The downsides are that older computers will not be able to handle the game due to system requirements and the installation of the game takes a long time.

5. The last of my best games is Dungeon Siege. This is a great game and it is fun to play. It’s easy to learn, the controls are mostly just point and click. It has good graphics with many different areas to explore. The system requirements are low, so most machines should be able to handle this game.