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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.

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PopRocks3591165d 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.

Septic1165d ago

Well said. I don't think any more needs to be said to be honest.

DatNJDom811165d 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.

Theyellowflash301165d ago

Very well said. It goes both ways.

Dirtnapstor1164d ago (Edited 1164d 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.

KnightRobby1165d 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!

Somebody1165d ago (Edited 1165d 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.

Theyellowflash301165d 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.

ziggurcat1165d ago (Edited 1165d 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.

FunAndGun1165d ago (Edited 1165d 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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supersonicjerry1165d 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.

RFornillos41165d ago (Edited 1165d 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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