A comparison between the joys of playing a game with a group of friends and the struggles of competing against online foes.
It'll always be better than online...
I really wish local multiplayer was still a big thing. I loved having friends over and play zombies or LBP or just plain Halo or CoD. Being able to yell at my friends and calling the a**holes in person was the greatest.
Nope, online is better. If you are referring to splitting the screen and sharing the same couch that is not better than online. Multiple TVs, multiple game systems, and multiple chairs is of course better. But no, it is not better if you are sharing the same screen.
pre internet- dragging your PC to a mates house to play weekends worth of Doom etc Way too much fun :)
LAN Parties back when I was in college were awesome! Chips, pizza, beer, expensive tequila... Oh, and of course BYOTv. I miss those days!
Too many games these days lack up to 4 player local play, plus my internet connection is too crap house for online play. I love having two or three friends over and playing the N64 or playing games and networking several xboxs together (I wish more games on the PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xone did this).
Well it can't be better if it barely exists in today's games. Some games can easily do local and online but choose not to which is pretty unfortunate.
It is definitely coming back though. Broforce, Towerfall, Isaac Rebirth, Crypt of the Necrodancer, Nuclear Throne, etc.... are all local coop only and amazing games
I know treyarc was pretty adamant about it as well, even if it's only 4 for zombies and 2 for campaign. Battlefront will also have the missions against AI be available for split screen play. I actually signed a petition for it to be in destiny but they're too ignorant -_-
When given the option i will always chose local, just like i would rather hang out with someone over chatting on the phone. Of course, Most of the time i don't have the option.
Gears of War 3 Local Without Retro Lancer
RB4 HERE I COME I CANT WAIT!!!!!
halo 2 half life 2 perfect dark 007 mario party for 64 half life 2 those were the dayz of local online
Timesplitters would be on that list as well for me.
i forget about how, I had a lot of fun with time splitters 1& 2
Twisted Metal 2 Those were the days...
SharePlay successfully combines the two experiences
Man, my internet providers (both AT&T and Time Warner, I've been with both) don't even have the upload speed to run SharePlay. It's ridiculous how ISPs are holding back gaming so much.
That's odd, I can run it on MK X quite smoothly up in Canada and we're known for having s*** connection
share play doesn't do that when it can turn out bad if the host doesn't have a good upload speed to share it and share play makes the game have 30fps for the receiver so I wouldn't say it successfully combines the two experiences at all.
Nothing beats online and dedicated servers.
Nothing, apart from singleplayer and local multiplayer. ;)
Always has been, always will be. I never play online. Even in singleplayer based games like Dark Souls II... if someone tries to invade my world and disrupt my game, I disconnect my PS4 from the internet immediately before they even get a chance to find me. lol I like playing Mario Kart 8 and Diablo III RoS locally, as they are great couch coop/vs fun.
I miss local multiplayer games, the good ones i meant. I remember the PS2 days, specifically the Conflict:Desert Storm series something about it i loved the coop. On the PS3 it was Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas and 2 had me hooked with my brother. It kinda sucks playing with someone who doesn't play as good tho but it was fun
No it's not better. It's just local. Whereas online multiplayer is online. There are benefits to both. There obviously isn't anything offensive or racism or anal lone wolf types to deal with locally, but you also can't do something like Battlefield unless it's online. You're never going to test your competitive skills without playing against players from all over the world at any given time. I grew up starting with Intellivision. I've been gaming since arcades were still a thing. I know what local gaming is all about. But what I don't like is when people avoid online multiplayer like the plague just because it's not offline, or when people talk badly about it like it's actually a bad thing.
Thank you!. I Agree. It's not better, it's just different. I wish more games offer both options. On one hand Nintendo offers great local MP, but zero online support and for people like me that mostly plays alone at home with friends online, the online option of doing that would be greatly appreciated.
Sitting next to and "accidentally" elbowing your friends when things are getting heated will never be improved on. The only thing it lacks now is the ability to pull your opponents controller out of the console.
If possible, (some experiences must be online, like Journey) then usually, yes. But not always and it's not for everyone, which is why both, plus LAN, should be available options if possible. Quit being Sith, guys.
Although local multiplayer is good, it's not as good as online. Online is just more practical, as we get older and have other responsibilities it's very difficult to get a group of you in the same room to play games for a few hours. Personally I can only manage that once every couple of months at the grand old age of 26 (27 next week :S) and it's just going to get worse. I am quite surprised that the BIGGEST issue of couch-co-op hasn't been mentioned yet, looking at your friends part of the screen to find them! Can't do that online, which makes it more tense = more fun!
Miss clicked on disagree, meant to agree since this happened to me too. As your elder (year of '87) I can foresee it getting worse to host couch co op. Last time we did co op was half a year ago and that was on someones birthday. Online multiplayer saves you a lot of time when you grow older. It's there when you need it and almost as quick ( with the right internet ) as couch multiplayer. And playing something like Battlefield is something where you need your own screen. I had tons of fun with a couple of friends with an earpiece playing competitive and fooling around with repair tool.
"Online multiplayer saves you a lot of time when you grow older. It's there when you need it and almost as quick ( with the right internet ) as couch multiplayer" Exactly! I can manage to play online with my mates a couple of times a week for an hour or so, but trying to get 5 of us in the same room at the same time is incredibly difficult, we normally plan it a month or 2 in advance lol (also, no worries about the disagree, I managed to agree with yours though lol)
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