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Don't forget about local multiplayer

When someone says that they are going to play a multiplayer game, it is automatically assumed that person is going to play online. Whether it is with friends or complete strangers often times multiplayer is played on a server. Local multiplayer has been a big part of my life growing up with a Nintendo 64, and for some of the older gamers reading this it was probably a big part of your childhood too.

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Jaqen_Hghar700d ago

The main reason a man got wiiu is because of local MP support

RantandRave700d ago

I absolutely agree with this article. It is a shame that there aren't more offline multi-player games out there on next gen. I picked up Knack and Rayman (besides my usual sports games of course)for that very reason. It would be nice to see reboots of multi-player games like Timesplitters on next gen.

kingdip90700d ago

It's because the focus has become so internet centric. There is more money to be had by people owning multiple copies of a game playing online vs people playing one copy of a game together in a living room.

It's sad.... Some of my best gaming memories was with friends on mario cart and even sari ware smooth moves

RantandRave700d ago

@Kingdip90

I completely understand your reasoning and agree with it. I meant playing with family via multi-player though. When you or they get bored then back to the solo online grind.

Ark_700d ago

Interesting thought; I never connected the decline of couch-coop to possibly lower salesnumbers.

christian hour700d ago

Local MP is my bread and butter, no online game can compare to couch gaming with some friends (or a lan party for that matter)

Local co-op and LAN options seem to be disappearingly at an alarming rate lately from a lot of games. Trine 2 had local co-op but only the player one profile could unlock achievements which totally killed playing it locally for me and some friends.

Couch/LAN MP > Online MP every time, for me anyway. Having a destiny LAN on saturday, well by LAN I mean of course we're both connecting to the internet in the same apartment, closest I can get to a LAN this gen :P

Am_Ryder700d ago

As others have said, the Wii U and a lot of indie/ downloadable titles are keeping the tradition alive right now.

My best mate came over a couple of weeks ago with his Wii U. I hadn't played it yet: but we played 6 games, all of them fantastic, all of them AMAZING with two or three controllers.

I don't think local co-op titles will ever disappear. There will ALWAYS be a market for local co-op; but the big bucks these days will only ever be made in online MP.

christian hour700d ago

@am_ryder

I look forward to pickign up my wii u at some point down the line, I bought a gamecube just for Wind Waker (and resi 1 remake... and MGS1 remake... ahem... and Pikmin, but mostly wind waker!), i passed on the Wii (though my sis bought one) because I'd already played twilight princess on Gamecube, but after e3 2014 I am SOLD on the wii u, can't wait to join the party, then after that I'll be setting my sights on the XB1 once it has the halos and a more focused idea on where they're going with the console, instead of this constant back peddling and zero apologies for their behaviour and conduct towards the gaming community. I refuse to let Microsofts behaviour let this be the first generation where I don't have all consoles.

N4g_null700d ago

The wiiu is made for this from cod letting you have your own screen along with bayo2 it would seem.

xX-StolenSoul-Xx700d ago

Local multiplayer is something I enjoyed as a kid having 4 brothers and sisters who all played video games. Nothing like playing halo 1 together or old wrestling games.
Honestly I don't bother with it anymore ever since we grew up and even all my friends we all just get the same games and play. Only games I play local multiplayer in really is just my fighting games like injustice or tekken tag 2.
More games need local but I don't think i'll use it much

kingdip90700d ago

You are right, why would you and your friends get together and interact in person having a laugh and a joke and a fantastic night together when you can sit at home alone speaking over a headset completely lacking in the fun human interaction aspect of multiplayer video games....

xX-StolenSoul-Xx700d ago (Edited 700d ago )

We do that with fighting game tournaments which honestly fighting games is my most played genre so we do it often. A few times a month playing smash bros brawl is a blast with the friends. Oh yeah and Mario Kart 8 has been great aswell. We even stream alot of it on twitch with big groups @schenectadysmash on twitch. Good times for sure. I'm not saying its not.

ichizon700d ago (Edited 700d ago )

There are some multiplayer games out there. I'm not sure I agree entirely with the article. Thinking back, while many games did have 2-player multiplayer, I don't recall coming back to that many games then either. A handful of the best of them was enough. We'd take turns playing the others.

Games like Bomberman and Worms exist today as well, and there are some "new" franchises like Spelunky and Towerfall which seem to do very well on the multiplayer front. Games like Castlevania HD do very well in including both local and online multiplayer. I had loads of fun playing Trine and Trine 2 with my friends. Mario Kart 8 recently came out, and even Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS had great local (network) multiplayer. Even CoD: Ghosts has local split-screen.

You can still play some old games through eShop and PSN if you miss those. I think the old 2D platformer genre is not as prevalent today as it was back then. 3D platformers have not traditionally had multiplayer support, although some did battle modes, like Conker's Bad Fur Day.

While it certainly would be great to see all the games that could have local multiplayer implement it, there are various reasons to why it doesn't happen. There might be constraints on the hardware for games that would require split-screen, while others might simply not have been developed with multiplayer in mind.

Am_Ryder700d ago

I agree. Local MP isn't as dead as people think.

It is, however, pretty dead in the AAA-budget sphere. Which is a pity.

One of Uncharted 3's nicest aspects was split screen co-op and competitive, but unfortunately it made the screen so small the gameplay was hard to really enjoy. And the co-op campaign wasn't amazing. I tried to convert several people with it, and the response wasn't good.

KingPin700d ago

local multiplayer was fun.

i remember playing def jam: fight for NY on the original xbox with friends.

good times.

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