The list below is of PC-based online multiplayer games which have been played and tested by China-based expats. Although we are primarily based in Chengdu, we occasionally play with others located across China and generally these connections speeds are fast and reliable. Connecting to players outside of China, not as much, and that is not what we would recommend.
The reason why this lists exists is to:
- Give you a quick list of games which you can know will perform well if you’re based in China
- Show which games we’re playing online, or have played in the past, if you’re looking for others to play with
The first thing to do, if you haven’t already, is to join our CGF Steam Group. This is most commonly the starting point for finding other players to play with.
Join CGF on Steam & Discord
We have groups on both Steam and Discord:
Online Multiplayer Games List
- Goldeneye: Source. A modern remake of the N64 classic, build with the Source engine which powers Valve games like Half-Life 2 and Left 4 Dead. You can download the game via Bit Torrent, but it requires Source SDK 2007, which you can get on Steam.
- Company of Heroes. A WW2-themed real time strategy game which focused on squad-based combat. Requires the original version of the game (as opposed to the “Updated Steam version”) and works via simulated LAN with Evolve.
- Postal: Redux. Co-op isometric gameplay. A remake of the controversial 1997 title, Postal.
- Counter Strike: Global Offensive. The latest version of Valve’s long-running Counter Strike series. Our favorite mode of play is “Arms Race”, which consists of one round with continuous respawns. The winning conditions are the same for both teams. One player from either team must score a kill with the Gold Knife.
- Civilization VI
- Rainbow Six: Siege. Squad-based tactical shooter. Requires a Uplay account, which is free.
- Don’t Starve Together. Stay alive for as long as you can, collecting resources, base building, and cooperating with other players.
- Payday 2. Cooperative bank heists.
- Rust. First person scavenging, crafting and survival game.
- Overwatch. The version that you want to be playing in China is the Netease-published version, available at this link. Although the site is in Chinese, you can change the in-game menus and voice to English.
- Dead by Daylight. A horror-themed asymmetrical pursuit game where one player is the killer and three are the survivors, completing objectives while avoiding the killer to win the round.