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Why Does Battlefield 4 Have Single-Player?

After the 17-minute "Fishing in Baku" trailer was released, Jeff from Holygrenade wonders why DICE even included a campaign when the game doesn't need it.

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Snookies121216d ago

The trailer looked great, but honestly... I kind of wish they would just focus on multi-player only. (This coming form someone who rarely plays online.) BF4 is most definitely at its best during online battles. The inclusion of single-player only takes away from development time that could have been used for the multi-player portion of the game.

JoGam1216d ago

When that question start getting asked, i start wondering are we losing sight of what makes games great.

Snookies121216d ago

Do not get me wrong. I am EXTREMELY pro single-player games. I would MUCH rather have an amazing single-player campaign than a multi-player portion. However with Battlefield, it's the opposite. The single-player has never really been that good, but the multi-player is amazing.

a_bro1214d ago

@JoGam

Thank you for asking that question.

Dude4201214d ago

Playing skirmishes with bots need to come back...

MikeMyers1214d ago (Edited 1214d ago )

JoGam,
"When that question start getting asked, i start wondering are we losing sight of what makes games great."

Well in the case of Battlefield it's actually the multiplayer. It is the area most gamers prefer. A game like Bioshock is the opposite. Some games are much better for it's single player campaign while others are for the multiplayer. Some can do both well.

SOCOM is another example of a game that doesn't really need a single player campaign. I think the reason why they add it is to justify the $60 price tag. When you have a game that is solely multiplayer like MAG it's harder to convince gamers to pay full price even though that is where gamers will migrate to. So what they should do is sell each portion of the game separately.

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Derekvinyard131215d ago

Bf3 campaign wasn't the best nor the worst but multiplayer was amazing, I do agree with you that bf is a multiplayer game but single player never hurts

Murad1214d ago

I honestly felt like killing myself when playing BF3 single player on hard mode. The campaign is ridiculously repetitive and has little to no good script writing. In all honesty, the Black Ops campaign is easily beats BF3's campaign in a heartbeat without any doubt in my mind. This is very apparent in many reviews that "actually" played the single player mode, for example, Angry Joe's review of BF3 in which he goes in-depth as to how the campaign sucked.

Spenok1214d ago

This is pretty much the way I feel. The SP in BF3 was forgettable, however at least worth playing through once.

A lot of people don't realize the BF franchise was built on MP only.

However the move to console's make the inclusion of SP absolutely necessary. While most of home console owners have access to the internet, there are still a goodly number of people who lack an internet connection. And Dice is thinking about these people who wouldn't have access to the MP. And lets not forget the people who would actually care (or even prefer in some cases) to play a game Single Player.

Sure, you can throw out that other games on consoles in the past have been MP only, such as MAG, Socom: Confrontation and ShadowRun. However we all know how prominent those games are.

While a game like Battlefield might be better as simply a Multiplayer only title, it just doesn't make sense for 'most' games on consoles. So developers and publishers play it safe, and release them with SP as well. Also, Dice have proved themselves with SP games in the past with titles like Bad Company and Mirrors Edge. So, I personally wouldn't judge before you play BF4's SP.

Donnieboi1214d ago

Just because the SP hasn't been good before doesn't mean it can't get better later. And besides, DICE already hired a new story writer. Also, this notion that the multiplayer suffers due to the team working on single player (or vice versa) is utter nonsense. There is no evidence to suggest that that is true.

gedapeleda1214d ago

I agree I'd prefer more maps in mp to sp campaign which will be borring.The only bf campaign that was kind of good was bc1 because it was diffrent, instead of saving the world you're just trying to get rich and steal that precious gold.

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Upbeat1216d ago

Its so people that dont have internet or very poor ocnnections can still play and purchase the game id asume.

MidnytRain1214d ago

Yeah, the typical "let's please everyone" approach. I understand why businesses do it, but the product itself usually suffers...

Shadonic1215d ago

Why does the dark Knight Rises have story? Why not just give us 2-3 hours of batman fighting.

jon12341214d ago

haha thats funny, but battlefield started as a online only game, it would be awesome if all they did was develop MP maps for the game, but knowing EA, they would milk the hell out of it :(

DigitalSmoke1214d ago (Edited 1214d ago )

Single Player shooters for me, have been the biggest snore fests around.
Stupid enemy Ai, tons and tons of the same enemy's, and the new trend in rolercoaster animation sit downs doesn't change anything.

Multiplayer is what Battlefield is about, its a shame Dice isn't using their full team on it.

I think the single player FPS is made for new players who fresh for skilled online play.

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