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Submitted by shodan74 1220d ago | opinion piece

Dear Developers – Stop Shoving Multiplayer Down Our Throats

When single-player enthusiast Dave McConkey went hands-on with the likes of Halo 4, Crysis 3 and Aliens: Colonial Marines at this year’s Eurogamer Expo, he was left thoroughly unimpressed. Here, the disgruntled gamer explains why the dominance of FPS deathmatching – rather than campaign previews – sent him into a furious rage. (Aliens: Colonial Marines, Crysis 3, Culture, Eurogamer Expo, Far Cry 3, Gears of War Judgment, Halo 4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

josy   1220d ago | Spam
GribbleGrunger  +   1220d ago
I think it would be better to ask reviewers to stop putting games down that don't have multiplayer.
josy   1220d ago | Spam
Blankman85  +   1220d ago
Not true, Batman AA and AC, ME 2, Skyrim, AC2 and a whole host of other well reviewed games say that is not the case. We just like blaming gaming media
C0MPUT3R  +   1220d ago
It is sad. Trying to get some of that cod crowd they waste money and resourses on a tacked on MP Mode that no one plays.
cleft5  +   1220d ago
That CoD crowd is over 10 million strong. No developer in their right mind doesn't attempt to get a piece of that pie. And if there is no MP it becomes really easy to just rent the game and call it a day. Like it or not, MP is an essential component in selling a game new.
TalesFromTheBud  +   1220d ago
Once we figured out how to have online multiplayer I never looked back.. It takes a great one player experience to make me feel like I'm not wasting my time against dumbed down AI.
IIC0mPLeXII  +   1220d ago
Then play on a difficulty higher than casual.
TalesFromTheBud  +   1220d ago
I play on normal or harder always. It doesn't matter to me. The AI would be perfect except they program in flaws so that it seems more human. I'd rather just player against humans although I still play a good story game. Waiting for Dishonored to get here in the mail as I type. I just like the feeling of knowing you bested the enemy because of better tactics or real human error... not simulated human error. If we eventually create actual intelligence like in sci-fi movies then why would I play multiplayer? The computer is less likely to be an assbag. lol But we're not there yet so to me multiplayer tends to be more fun.
cogniveritas  +   1220d ago
I feel like we have dumbed down A.I. because developers aren't putting resources into advancing A.I., but instead they just set up multiplayer arenas and let random people kill each other hoping nobody notices.
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Somebody  +   1220d ago

True. I read years ago about how a superior AI system would take a lot of CPU horsepower to make them act believable against human players. I was excited since I thought game makers are really giving their focus on AI since first gen multi-core CPUs from Intel and AMD were coming out. Pushing the boundaries perhaps.

Instead they focused on graphic. When current gen appear, the same thing: graphic first followed by gameplay. Sure, why not let them establish the graphical knowledge base first before they start with the AI. You wish. Once they have the graphic down, it's all about MPs.

With each passing year, AI skills almost flatlined-they don't get any smarter but not any dumber as well. Only recently we've seen some efforts of improving the AI but it's going to be a tough job in this age of F2Ps and MMOs. The Last of Us have some pretty neat AI but we'll have to see if that innovation is enough to entice everybody else to return to programming spectacular AIs.
telekineticmantis  +   1220d ago
Woah Woah Woah
" I am a genuine games journalist (and not just a semi-literate man-child with a sympathetic friend who runs a website, and is happy to let me vomit out the odd article in the vain hope of someday earning some money for my efforts)."
Who was that directed to?

Anyway if I'm going to get COD, Medal of Honor, or Halo, I'm getting it for Multiplayer, Maybe Medal of Honor can tempt me on it's Single Player. To me anygame with good gameplay that can be attributed to a MP competition should experiment in some sort of MP mode.

We need Innovation and fresh experiences in MP, not just adjustments/upgrades to the same formulas we've been playing for 20 years.
DestinyHeroDoomlord  +   1220d ago
I dont mind tacked on mp as long as its got offline. The only time i down right hate it is when its online only and its mp is better than its sp. Oh and im sure 95% of people who are getting the new splinter cell are doing it for the mp (spy's vs marines? I think) and its sp is the bonus.
TrendyGamers  +   1220d ago
As long as it's done well, I don't mind added multiplayer.
kma2k  +   1220d ago
I can honestly say the only multiplayer i enjoyed was Gears horde mode & Assassins Creed. I have no interest in any of the FPS multiplayers just not my thing. I play games for the most part for the stories, as soon as i finish the Single player i send them back & move on to the next game. I know im a minority but that is just the way i play games!
Kidmyst  +   1220d ago
I personally like SP over MP but do like Coop now better than MP sessions like Borderlands. I knock the difficulty to max but like Uncharted, the main difference is how many hits you can take. AI is still weak compared to what it could be.
3-4-5  +   1220d ago
It's mostly the "people at the top" who demand that they put multiplayer in because " it's hot" or " everyone else has it"

Rich people run companies.

Rich people are uncreative. They wait for somebody else to create something and then they want that too, because they are still spoiled rich kids who get what they want.

And their ego is enormous so when their "idea" failed, they fire people or blame others.

Deny it all you want but this scenario plays out daily.
urwifeminder  +   1220d ago
Just stop shoving singleplayer down our throats i dont play it.
Blacklash93  +   1220d ago
What we should worry about is tacked on modes. Both SP and MP. Both exist and Battlefield 3 is a good example of seemingly tacked on SP.

Seriously, complaining that games like Halo 4 are shoving MP down our throats even is like complaining that water is wet. That's just they are and always have been and you can't fault Microsoft for promoting what it does best.

Both SP and MP have their place in gaming. We'll always have quality games that do one or the other or both. There's no right way to do it other than to make an enjoyable experience.
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