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Submitted by Theyellowflash30 737d ago | opinion piece

Is Online Multiplayer Ruining the Single-Player Portion of Games?

Playeressence's Furious Francis discusses how some of his favorite gaming franchises, have been diluted by the inclusion of online multiplayer. (God of War: Ascension, Mass Effect 3, Ninja Gaiden 3, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)

PopRocks359  +   737d ago
Maybe not in every case. Some games are developed with two separate teams creating each mode. Though in other cases (usually ones with smaller budgets involved) it can negatively be impacted one way or the other.

Not every game needs to be Halo or CoD and some are outright better off without some tacked on online multiplayer mode. Now on the flip side, take Nintendo's games which now often do have good quality multiplayer... but often no online functionality. There's a flip side to every coin, ladies and gentlemen. This is one of them.
Septic  +   737d ago
Well said. I don't think any more needs to be said to be honest.
DatNJDom81  +   736d ago
I think it has. BUT BUT BUT..... God of War Ascension's multiplayer is one of the most addictive, fun, and interesting multiplayer additions since Uncharted 3. It feels fresh, new and is showing that it can coesxist with an EPIC single player game.
Theyellowflash30  +   737d ago
Very well said. It goes both ways.
Dirtnapstor  +   736d ago
Agreed. MP is valuable when a series calls for it, obviously games like Battlefield and COD... But everyone's jumping into the MP wagon only to realize the horse was designed for the SP experience.
Have yet to play GOW:A, but games like Tomb Raider need more SP not MP. I'm sure it would work for GOW also. Maybe the MP aspect of GOW:A should have been a downloadable bonus like the Hitman Sharp Shooter?!
From what has been said thus far, sounds like Bungie/Destiny has a plan of attack that will keep the players returning for more...without the spent MP modes, with the new DLC, over and over and over again.
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KnightRobby  +   736d ago
I think it would be ideal of companies started open surveys years before implementing any major features that cost time and money.

For example, would you all rather have a much longer singleplayer experience, cooperative play, or multiplayer?

I personally think there is something unique there with the current multiplayer. Naturally, I have only had a few hours of quality time with it, but I am thrilled it isn't another FPS game (FPS fatigue - that's all).

However, I'd love to see a GoW game with coop that does not interrupt the experience that is already here. Can you imagine climbing a Titan with a buddy? That would be...well, insane!
Somebody  +   736d ago
If they had asked the question several years ago I might answer no. It's great having to extend the gaming experience. Now, though, almost every games must have multiplayer aspect just so the publisher/developer can tack on some social features and mp DLCs.

Just look at Max Payne 3 and Tomb Raider. Both were originally singlplayer games but now their reboots both have multiplayer. MP3 has tons of DLCs...skins and map packs only. There was a noir filter for all game modes but that's much to get excited about since you'll just be replaying the singleplayer all over again with no new content. Recently it was announced that Tomb Raider's DLCs will be for multiplayer content only. There's nothing wrong adding mp for these two games but the mp-only DLC plans for them virtually cut out any content for extra singleplayer experience.
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Theyellowflash30  +   736d ago
Or you can looks at Skyrim, thats packed up of single player content and sells like Crazy.

Multiplayer has gotten in the way of single player. Tomb Raider was ok, but if the developers would have just focused on single player and gave more missions and co-op, I would have liked that more. But, its just my opinion.
ziggurcat  +   736d ago
if devs would stop wasting resources tacking on mediocre MP functionality, and focusing more on making a better single player experience, i'd be all for that.

GOW MP was a bad idea, and should never have happened.
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FunAndGun  +   736d ago
GoW MP is freaking awesome!

It is fresh and original in every sense. It has depth, is competitive, and stands on its own.

The MP in GoW didn't take anything away from the SP as the same size team worked on Ascension as GoW3.

I haven't even played the SP in GoW Ascension yet and have been addicted to MP since day 1.

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supersonicjerry  +   736d ago
How can you say that the MP didn't take anything away from the SP if you have yet to play the SP? I can tell you now that GoW3 graphics are better then Ascension.
RFornillos4  +   736d ago
personally, i love the single-player aspect of games (or typically campaign), and what i miss most are those full-on 2-4 player games (or recently co-op). so my take would really be that companies should look into what fits into the game and what doesn't. some games are just made for single-player experience; some would benefit a full co-op mode as well; while some may or may not feel natural with multiplayer modes. i've seen a couple of games wherein multiplayer feels like it was just "forced" into the game, just so you can have "multiplayer" in it.
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USMC_POLICE  +   736d ago
I'd say yes like mass effect and god of war don't need mp. Racing games too because everyone uses the fastest car and it gets pointless.
Philoctetes  +   736d ago
Honestly, the Uncharted franchise is the only one I can think of that didn't seem to be diminished by the inclusion of multiplayer. And the multiplayer was pretty good too, not just an afterthought. Every other game I can think of that tacked on a multiplayer mode (e.g. Dead Space, Mass Effect, Bioshock) seemed the worsed for it.

Edit: Actually, Demon's Souls / Dark Souls is another exception, but the multiplayer functionality in that game is so unique that I tend to not even think about it.
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Theyellowflash30  +   736d ago
Mass Effect 3's ending was botched because of all the time and effort put in the multiplayer.
Grimhammer00  +   736d ago
Bioshock infinite.

A perfect example of who knows?
They said they had the sp game done for a year before this Tuesday. They were working on mp and they themselves (Ken Levine) said they couldn't get it to work.

How does a big budget game with tons of talent not get a good mp portion to work?

Am I glad they scrapped it? Yes. Concentrate on what you do best. But I do wish that a mp bioshock that is much better than bio2 mp could've been made.
Kirnisorey  +   736d ago
Anybody ever thought that was meant to be a mp game with a tacked on sp. Just sayin...
T3MPL3TON  +   736d ago
Yes. This God of War was extremely boring and you can tell they took time away from it to do the crappy multiplayer.
ZILLA  +   736d ago
NOT IN MY HOUSE!!
As far as ASCENSION is concerned the multiplayer is pure madnesssss!!its kinda like CoD meets SOUL CALIBER.I wish they would have added online years ago.
Omar91  +   736d ago
I honestly thought the multiplayer for GOW would fail hardcore... After playing the online, I have regretted thinking this way because the online is freaking insane! its addicting and so much fun especially with friends. I did not expect to get into the online but I cant stop playing it.
Roccetarius  +   736d ago
Multiplayer has definitely poisoned SP games. It's just so the publishers can sell you map DLC etc. Mass Effect 3's MP was pretty much P2W, because of the gambling packs people bought. People thought it was free DLC, but those packs paid for it too.

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