4 Games In 2014 With Always-On DRM That You'll Probably Play Anyway

Gaming Blend "Four of the biggest games due out in 2014 are actually games you could consider to be always-on titles. They are heavily focused on multiplayer, and even their single-player offerings are still tied to online gameplay. Do you know which games I'm talking about? Well if you do, you have to ask yourself whether or not you're okay with the direction the industry is heading in."

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TheUltimateGamer1619d ago

Personally, I couldn't care much less about Always-On DRM. I'm connected to everything 24/7 as it is. The only issue I could see is issues with internet outages in areas where highspeed is less dependable.

1nsomniac1619d ago (Edited 1619d ago )

I love it when people say things like this. They're usually the ones that make the most noise when the games servers go down (ala 2K/NBA2K) & suddenly its completely ridiculous & people should lose their jobs because of it or pay compensation!

Always online is ridiculous & it doesnt just revolve around you. There is no justification for it no matter how stupid you are!

Anthotis1619d ago

Always Online DRM is a plague.

Amazingly, the polls in that article show quite a lot of support for restrictive DRM, and as long as subhumans are stupid enough to support these draconian policies, game developers will continue to use them.

blackmanone1619d ago

Too true, 1nsomniac. If more people had the forethought to understand this, I would have more respect for the gaming community.

sinjonezp1619d ago

I agree with you guys. Always on is a plague. And for me its not about my home.internet failing, its the network issues with the game companies. The reason i hate it directly is due to what happened with nba2k14. They had server issues for about a week and i could myplayer which is a single.player experience. The game always need to connect to.the server to regester vc transactions, etc. Aftwr that debacle, i do any comoany can employ drm. Im glad to see simcity finally getting an.offline mode. Whem.that update happens ill be sure to pick it up. As gamers we should.fight.with our voice and our dollars against these tactics.

Volkama1619d ago (Edited 1619d ago )

Actually it does revolve around him. He personally doesn't have a problem with always-on DRM. It's his preference, his opinion, who else should it revolve around?

All these "smh" responses, it's not all about you guys either. TheUltimateGamer does not have a responsibility to stand up against online DRM because you feel passionately about it.

The games listed actually all benefit from being always-on. In those cases the connection is fundamental to the game, or at least improves the experience. I don't object to that. I actively embrace it, I encourage the industry to explore the advantages of my connection.

I'm weary as anyone at how they might try to exploit it, but I'll assess that case by case rather than go off the handle about the idea of requiring a connection in the first place.

redwin1619d ago

I find it interesting that when you strongly disagree with someone's opinion, people feel like they have to in insult them. I don't have a problem with the DRM because at the time that something happens and I loose thir trust I'll talk with my wallet , I won't buy product from that company and they'll loose money, because I'm sure I won't be the only person not buying their product. So, I'll buy, but the time you mess up, you loose.

P0werVR1618d ago (Edited 1618d ago )

The article clearly states games that require you to be online anyways. "Multiplayer Online" games is pretty much the new genre and we'll see this transitioning through. If you pay attention to Microsoft's announced titles...nearly if not ALL of it shows not only core element gameplays of multiplayer online, but the utilization of Cloud Computing.

The only problem with multiplayer online gaming is how will they implement the SP elements as a multiplayer feature, which games like Destiny and Titanfall are doing.

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staticdash221619d ago

I just love this response "I'm always connected anyway"

The world doesn't revolve around you smh. No wonder EA and ubisoft are able to sneak this stuff in games, you guys don't care anyway.

cyguration1619d ago

It makes it bad on the rest of us, too.

AngelicIceDiamond1619d ago

@Dash agreed. Bungie, Respawn, and Ubisoft will learn that they're alienating a % of their buyers. To put it simple, no matter how great those are said to be, they'll have a hard time hitting sales milestones or out doing their predecessors with their future sequels.

Majority people play COD or BF for its MP and hardly touch SP. Sure they are always connected but they choose to be and its satisfaction that they can choose the luxury to playing offline even if its not popular now days. Its a small freedom that most hold on to.

FPSFox1619d ago

"I couldn't care much less about Always-On DRM. I'm connected to everything 24/7 as it is."

I guess mute people don't care about freedom of speech, because they can't talk anyways >_>. You purchased a game, you have the right to play YOUR GAME / PROPERTY anyway you like.

Why are some so stupid and still fail to grasp this concept?

TheDrunkenJester1619d ago

Huh? Yeah it's your's, but if the game needs to be online you have no choice regardless if it's yours or not. That's like saying if you buy an iPhone you should be able to turn it into an android because you bought it... anyway I have no problem with online only games, I think all the games listed will be better online, BECAUSE THAT'S HOW IT WAS MADE. When did gamers become so entitled? It's like getting pissed off that a game doesn't let you jump when you should be able to, get over it, or don't play it.

3-4-51619d ago

* Not against Always on, but Always on, should include additional options to also allow me to play 100% of the game offline as well.

* Don't allow my/anyone stats to be uploaded to the multiplayer game once I return to online and you can then prevent people from cheating or boosting

* This allows everyone to maintain their online ID/character, without restricting access to the game for anyone, and additionally allowing a fair game balance for everyone.

I personally prefer offline to online gaming but I do like to play FPS or some RTS games online.

I just enjoy offline more because it's my own unique experience, and nobody can ruin it or interfere and I don't have to worry if my internet is acting up or if other players are trying to ruin my game.

TheSaint1618d ago

Why is something that restricts a good thing?

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kingdip901619d ago

I have no Internet so.... not so much actually

Mega241619d ago (Edited 1619d ago )

How did you post that comment then?

@below Yeah you could have been more specific, other wise people will just label you as a troll,

OT: Always only online is an issue with single player games, people need to specify the problem, but if a game like Titanfall or Destiny, Destiny for instance is supposed to be like a warframe style of co-op and competitive game, blending SP with MP, sometime this ideas prosper, or sometime they don't.

staticdash221619d ago

Maybe he's not at home?

Don't assume people don't go to the library or someone's else's house to use their computers

kingdip901619d ago

Cell phone, I guess I should have been more specific.

I don't have reliable high speed Internet at home and cannot use Internet services on any of my other devices other than my cell, which of course has a very limited gb plan and would cost more to tether with.

KonsoruMasuta1619d ago

You do know that people have cell phones, right? Most of the time you don't need internet in your house to use your cell browser.

Studio-YaMi1619d ago (Edited 1619d ago )

There is a difference about having DRM in an always online multiplayer game like MMOs for example..and forcing DRM on a single player game!

I don't want to be refrained from playing my SINGLE PLAYER game just because my internet got cut off.

Hicken1619d ago

Given that it's from cinemablend, it's probably some harebrained attempt at taking shots at people again. Even before opening the page, I knew it was William Usher. He may be the absolute worst "journalist" in gaming right now.

hiptanaka1619d ago

Any games that are always-online are an automatic boycott from me. I'm not speaking on behalf of anyone but myself, of course.

Grimhammer001619d ago

There's a difference be it slim, between always-on DRM & a game that has a mp continuity that requires Internet to function.

This was always how the industry was going to combat piracy and the used market. Thanks to the consumer deserved backlash....the used market should be spared. (Online passes, bound games to accounts)

So hackers - always the cancer of gaming, ends up being the main reason a always-on connection is fueling the designs of upcoming games.

And these days....I find my gaming coin being limited to best value I can squeeze out of my hobby. That tends to mean if game has no mp I won't buy it. Furthermore, the mp needs to have either an established fanbase (so I have confidence in it) or I see the potential in the ip.

Sp is all but dead. And it's sad.

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