Submitted by Cupid_Viper_3 1172d ago | opinion piece

Is the Single Player Experience Dead or Alive?

Last generation's most successful console, the PS2, didn't have built in online capability. Also, the amount of people with a broadband high speed connection back then wasn't as high as it is today. But with all the capabilities of our consoles this gen, and when taking into account the robust presence of Steam, PSN, and XBOX Live, you can begin to see a clear pattern, and it paints a very gloomy picture for fans of quality Single Player games. Here is a short list of Games that started this generation as Single Player only games, and now includes Multiplayer. (3DS, Assassin's Creed III, Culture, EA, God of War 4, Industry, PC, PS2, PS3, Steam, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE)

NastyLeftHook0  +   1173d ago
alive and kicking, multiplayer games are great though but a single player game is more beneficial for me specifically as a gamer because i enjoy the pure quality and taking my time in a good game and enjoying a good story.
Cupid_Viper_3  +   1173d ago
Same here for me. Multiplayer games clearly have their place in the industry, but I've rarely purchase game due solely on its multiplayer offerings.

@ Below
You hit it spot on. Publishers are trying to get games our as fast as possible, but are now requiring developers to split up the already limited time they have to add multiplayer. Now I'm not saying that this will be the case with Dead Space 3, let's hope not.
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NastyLeftHook0  +   1173d ago
i agree, when it comes to games like battlefield 3, (for me) i usually look for the mp experience first, but when it comes to other titles (for example) the dead space series, i focus on the single-player and hope dead space 3 does too, its a great franchise and it would be a shame if the single player quality was compromised because of multi-player.
Eyeco  +   1172d ago
I used to think multiplayer games were awesome till I realised its the equivelant of cowboys and Indians as a kid.
Which is funny , because I remember back in the day we always used to talk about games of the future and how they might actually match movies, in terms of storytelling and action.
We've finally reached the stage where games are capable of that ,but with a few exceptions gamers and developers would rather focus on virtual cowboy and Indian/ Laser tag games something that has no longevity... Sad

Btw who remembers when multiplayer was going to an arcade and socialising with people you've never met by playing SF2
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ooquis  +   1172d ago
Kurt Russell  +   1172d ago
*lightning strike*
prototypeknuckles  +   1172d ago
its alive but, multiplayer has become an excuse to make games shorter, and for some like ea they believe it needs to be in every game
hadouken182  +   1172d ago
Single player will never die. But since humans are a social creature it will have some hard times and we'll see less n less of it from this point on...it can't ever completely die though.
madeinLeeds  +   1172d ago
It's dying out, I've always played games alone to have a break from people and my choices have been getting less and less, single player is just tacked on with a lot of games now.
bub16  +   1172d ago
i had my fun with multiplayer. i very rarely play multiplayer games any more
fourthpersonview  +   1172d ago
If it weren't for the multiplayer, I would've just pirated games.
ApolloTheBoss  +   1172d ago
It's on life support.
Somebody  +   1172d ago
On the PC, SP is really facing extinction of some sort. There's so much free to play games being endlessly pumped out these days. In the last couple months alone there are tons of classic PC games being revived. Had these revivals/reboots been announced during the "PC is dead" years, that would've the greatest news every. But ALL of them are rebooted with the word Online added at the end of their titles. Classic games, rebooted into F2Ps. With no singleplayer mode whatsoever. That's not what I hope how LC gaming would bounce back.

I enjoy a multiplayer game now and then enjoying a good SP story by myself. Instead, it looks like all PC games in the near future will force you go online and fight it out every night, every time you log on. Frankly that's boring. If there are singleplayer campaigns in F2Ps that would make them basically games with the horrible always online DRMs.
Kran  +   1172d ago
To be honest, 95% of the time its the single player that teaches you the multiplayer; that is if its not a multiplayer only game.
Getowned  +   1172d ago
100% alive, I only play multi player while I wait for a new single player game. With out single player gameing would get boring for me fast.

Actually I would say 75% of the time I'm playing Story mode on some game.
wenaldy  +   1172d ago
It's bleeding but with hemostat patching on it..
paydayp  +   1172d ago
it depends on the game they do need to stop to force a MP mode in almost every game some games just dont need it
urwifeminder  +   1172d ago
Yeah im having lots of trouble playing singleplayer these days skip it most of the time or play on easy im just getting old no games are exciting me anymore i played too much lol.
teedogg80  +   1172d ago
I love single player. I never even touch multiplayer until I have finished the main story.
kesvalk  +   1166d ago
Dead or alive single player is bad, the versus mode is the best part of the game!

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