The incredible disappearing multiplayer

The gaming industry can sometimes seem to be in a slump; studios are closing left and right, high-profile games in previously successful series don’t sell as much as expected, and the budgets of games don’t seem to be going down. Something has to give, and it looks like that something is multiplayer.

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kparks2061d ago

Well this is not back in the old days when games had replay value or the campaign was over 15 hours.. If I'm going to be paying 60$ I wanna at least get my money's worth! Not just some 5-6 hour game..

MilkMan2061d ago

I don't particularly care if the multiplayer goes away from every single title except competitive titles. The ones that have historically been designed from the ground up to be that way. Gears, Halo, COD, Battlefield.

Coop play in titles that make sense to have it. NOT Mass Effect (or God of War), but Army of Two or Ghost Recon for example, is always welcomed because there are gamers that do not wish to run around shooting each other, but instead want to experience the campaign with a buddy, like being in a movie.

Tacked on multiplayer is an incredible waste of resources, no matter if the money came from capital budget or auxiliary, SOMEONE has to pay for it and money's must be recouped.

TO say nothing of the massive amounts of moneys waste on trying to "out-do" Worlds of Warcraft. Its no wonder dev teams and entire publishing houses are closing.

If you present more fantastic single player games, maybe this will educate today's younger gamers as to its worth.
There are entire legions of gamers that buy anything with multiplayer and never play the single play game.

This industry makes money, but it is pigeon holed to a few major titles, and the message is EVERYONE WANTS MULTIPLAYER.
This is not the case.

Spread the money more evenly, and the message will be clear. "We like different kinds of games, innovative games, games that make us think, puzzlers, shooters, rpg's and so one. Please stop hurting a potential great game by adding what you think we all want. Look at what made these games great in the beginning and take note."

Baka-akaB2061d ago (Edited 2061d ago )

Still imo you are using truly bad example or tacked on multiplayer . ME3 , GoW-A are rather good in mp , moreso than feared and expected .

While we had to put up with horrible stuff like Deadspace 2 mp very recently .

And at least God of war (or uncharted) didnt suffer one iota in their development from the added mp

MaverickStar72061d ago

I think part of the problem is people assume those that play games like a variety of games, and that just not true. Gaming hit a surge with with Xbox live, Halo 3, and COD4. And that has turned a large portion of the market into the COD crowd. All they care about is COD or another similar online shooter. They don't care about Skyrim or Mass Effect. They might buy the yearly Madden, and that's about it. I'm in my 30's. Gaming since Atari 2600. I love the variety. All my friends however...COD and Halo. That's it. If I tell them about a game they ask "does it have online?". Just look around at all the youtuber and cod esports stuff going on. There are many great single player games to choose from already, and that crowd doesn't care. That's the crowd many devs chase. So many great games only sell a few million copies while COD sells 25 million a copy. Not because it the best game, but because thats all that extra 20 million care about. Not everyone who plays games is a gamer with well rounded interests.

MilkMan2061d ago (Edited 2061d ago )

Couldn't have said it better myself. Thank you for this post.

TheTwelve2061d ago

100% agreed, Milkman. I've bought and enjoyed Far Cry 3, Mass Effect 3, God of War Ascension and the new Lara Croft and have literally never even opened up the multiplayer in any of those games.


dangerousjo332061d ago

thats a good thing b/c more ppl are playing more driven rpg type games

Gimmemorebubblez2061d ago (Edited 2061d ago )

You look dangerous!
Just joking!

greenpowerz2061d ago

Somebody with a babyface that looks happy looks dangerous?

Gotta report this comment.

Gimmemorebubblez2061d ago

For heavens sake DANGEROUSjo33,(Dangerous hint,hint) in the picture you look like a nice person thats why I said JUST JOKING. If it offended anyone I am sincerely sorry.

dangerousjo332059d ago

lol thanks i been working on my dangerous face lol jk

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Roccetarius2061d ago

I'm less likely to buy games with tacked on MP, so this is only good news for me.

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