As a new generation dawns, are the days of traditional single-player modes numbered?
Depends on what the Devs are going for. But, I really do think games that are Always Online, should be clearly marked on their box somewhere, so someone doesn't go unwittingly purchasing it without an internet connection.
they're usually marked quite clearly on the back of the box
If there's no single player. The game should have local co-op at least. We should choose when we want to go online. Games in general shouldn't be required to be 'always online'
If a dev wants to make it that way then that's up to them but i don't ever see the singleplayer experience ever going anywhere. If all games were always online it would alienate alot of people.
I think they should be priced accordingly as well. If they're going for MP only, make it $40. Warhawk on PS3 was MP only, $40 got you the game and a Bluetooth headset. Fair pricing, they knew they were saving money from resources not spent on SP.
My thoughts exactly. Certain games have a place in always online - CoD style multiplayer games and MMOs basically. My problem with online in games is when devs feel they NEED a multiplayer to keep gamers hooked, and cut the single player content in half to make it.
Ask us again in 2020, the answer will probably be yes. But for now. Hell no.
Why would the answer be yes in 2020? There are always going to be people who want and prefer singleplayer, no matter what the year is, lol.
I was thinking in the situation where all games went always online for what ever reason, fibre roll out should (hopefully) be in full flux by 2020 so it wouldn't actually matter. @Rusted, was just using my own ballpark, that's hopefully when I'll be fibre but who knows judging by BTs roll out plan.
Simple, and yet so true answer. The only online-only games i'm playing, is pretty much MMO's.
There will always be a market for single player games.
Nope, because it sucks being always online and there is no point to it at all
Heck no! Why should I have to be online just to play a single player game?
For multiplayer only games yes,but for single player games no,it would just be a coaster in the long run.
The answer is "no". While an "always connected" is the future, a large chunk of people are still without a convenient internet solution. I tried to get Time Warner to run cable to my house (a service area is only 1mile away) and they won't do it. That leaves me stuck with satellite intenet, which is expensive, slow, and from my understanding, useless for online gaming. This may be a small demographic, but it is a demographic none the less. Hell, I have 4g phone that I can't even maintain a constant 3g/4g signal with.
Single player isn't going anywhere, people need something to play while online game servers are down.
Single player is the reason i play games, not multi player, i rarely play multi player.
My problem with always online games, digital downloads and DLC is that there is no guarantee the service in which you purchase the content will be available for ever and if the service shuts down then all your purchases will be lost, essentially having wasted your hard earn REAL money on VIRTUAL media. So as long as companies like Nintendo, Bethesda and Rockstar keep making complete games and releasing them through physical media (I wish every company would do this), gaming will continue to be my favorite hobby.
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