Why the decline of Splitscreen gaming is absurd Why splitscreen gaming is still relevant, and why the decline of a splitscreen mode in many games sucks.

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Snookies122274d ago

Splitscreen is at least 10x better than online can ever hope to achieve. It's just not the same without actually having friends get together in the same room and just have a blast playing some co-op or beating the hell out of each other.

Online is a good substitute if you can't get together and play something, but when you "can" it's a real drag to realize a game is only multiplayer online...

attilayavuzer2274d ago

Or the useless travesty that's system link co-op...

Pushagree2274d ago

I can't say I miss split screen gaming myself. It's an archaic and broken concept in this day and age. Anyone who has a screen looker for a friend will know what i'm talking about.

Tyrus_912274d ago

As much as screen-cheating was so not cool back in the day, don't you think splitscreen is still relevant for couples who want to play campaign co-op together, or friends who want to come over and enjoy the same match of Call of Duty or Halo or whatever they play in the same room?

Larry L2274d ago (Edited 2274d ago )

I'm personally not a fan of split-screen gaming. Never have been and I've been a gamer since the early days of console gaming (well, not EARLY days, but pre-NES). It just always gives me a headache with the shrunken screen and other movement on the screen not related to my movements. Split-screen is just NOT for me (though I must say the PlayStation 3-D monitor/screen dealie could completely change that for me since it gives you your own screen ostesibly).

All that being said though......I constantly hear people complaining about how split-screen is dying, or it's not in enough games, and that devs in general just aren't doing it as much as they used to. Well, I think that's complete bunk. TONS of games this generation have had split-screen. Just as many that used to have it, really.

Just off the top of my head

Killzone 3 (Killzone HD will have splitscreen as well)
Unreal Tournament 3
All 3 Motorstorm games
Gran Turismo 5
(in fact just about every single racing game out there has split-screen)
Like....every Dynasty Warriors game
Far Cry 3
Lost Planet 2 (i didn't play 1 to know if that had it)
Portal 2
Team Fortress 2 has it, right?
Army of 2
Ghost Recon Future
the Rainbow 6 games
Resident Evil 5 (I'm sure 6 will have it too)
Aliens Colonial Marines is going to have it


Twisted Metal has it, right?
Uncharted 3
All the CoDs after 4 I think (tho I havn't played CoD since 4 to know if they ALL had it)

This is just me thinking off the top of my head, I can't imagine how many more there are that I don't even know of because they aren't games I care to even be informed about. I havn't even mentioned any downloadable games, many of which have......

WipeOut HD
both Kayne and Lynch games......sorry just thought of those while typing

.......many downloadable games have split-screen. Not to mention all the games that have shared screen local multi-player like EVERY LEGO game.

I mean....give me a break. There are SO many friggin games with split-screen. You people just aren't buying them obviously. More proof positive that people on the internet who complain about stuff are so full of crap that it's rediculous.

This whole damned generation you people have been crying about games not having split-screen anymore, and it's completely made up non-sense. There have probably been more split-screen games this generation than any generation before.

Larry L2274d ago (Edited 2274d ago )

Edit- sense arguing with non-sense

beerkeg2274d ago

'It's an archaic and broken concept in this day and age.'

So it's archaic to enjoy playing against friends in your own living room? And how the hell is it a broken concept when it is a concept that works well?

You have some strange ideas about what broken and archaic actually mean.

EVILDEAD3602274d ago

Split-screen is what we all came up on..but it doesnt beat Online MP at ALL.

I remember the hours and hours of System link with the original Halo. IMO that was the pinnacle of splitcreen. I remember being amazed at how fun the co-op campign was.

Playing the first two Gears of war on my old big screen TV was Epic. (no pun intended)

But, nothing beats playing online even co-op with you best friends and family and having the entire screen.

Going back to Anniversary and playing co-op without losing half of the screen was priceless.

Playing Halo 3's campaign with 3 other players over and over was a turning point this gen.

I know my house is set-up to play online MP from more than one 360. But I get someone who has kids and they only have one system.

But, I won't lie and say this is always the case in gaming. As Sports games like Madden and NBA 2K are still the most fun from the same living room.

Just my humble take on the subject.


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Blankman852274d ago

Online multiplayer is wicked! Split screen multiplayer is awesome! Online split screen multiplayer is wicked awesome!!
That is why I love Halo! Me and my bro can take our Halo head shooting skills online on the same console. Doesn't get a whole lot better than that.
What I do miss is the choice to split the screen horizontally or vertically. Personally I prefer vertical split but most games only offer across the middle instead of down the middle.
I wish Battlefield 3/Bad Company 2 had an offline multiplayer, that would be hours of fun.

MariaHelFutura2274d ago

Simulview was a step in the right direction. I just got the Ps Tv the other day, the screen is unreal.

neogeo2274d ago

at least WiiU is a step in the right direction with support for 2 players using 2 screens or 4 players.

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cpayne932274d ago

Really does suck, we need more local mp games. At least halo 4, ps all stars, and lbp karting is coming.

Tyrus_912274d ago

@Snookies 12: That's what I feel. The competitive element as well as the enjoyment you get when playing with friends and experiencing the same hardships, bosses, or awesome killstreaks or whatever together, that can't be replaced.

I love online gaming as well, but I'd just like to have both options continually offered from my favourite games. Cost and technical stuff are factors, but yeah, some games that have skipped splitscreen mode (such as Dead Island, Binary Domain, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier) have baffled me.

TiM_FeRNo2274d ago

Ah, split screen. The only excuse noobs have for sucking: "Oh, wait! Which screen am I again? I didn't know that was my screen. I thought I was winning!"

BitbyDeath2274d ago

Don't knock the classics :-p

WiiLovePS3602274d ago

It depends, in my opinion.

On one hand, having mates over to play together split-screen is awesome. On the other hand, as you get older and move out of home and start working full-time, the need for split-screen greatly diminishes in my experience.

I used to have friends over after school nearly every day to play Playstation and then Playstation 2. Then I went to uni and maybe once a week people would come round. Then when I moved out and got a job it started happening less and less. When people come round now they don't really want to play games, we just hang out and chat and have some drinks/watch football etc. Then they go home and we play games like Borderlands online together.

In my experience, split screen is a necessity when you're a kid but pretty much ignored as you get older.

LinLeigh2274d ago

Or you marry a gamer and split scree is awesome again.

Especially if the entire campaign is possible in co-op.

WiiLovePS3602274d ago

That certainly would be a good middle ground!

Having said that, if they were a "gamer" they'd probably own the console as well, in which case I would prefer to have our own screen each and play over Live co-op in the same room.

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