Single player campaigns will always remain crucial to gaming. At least that’s this offline gamers opinion. Find out why!
I'm more offline gamer, so I agree with this. There has to be balance between both. Otherwise, it just going to be unbalanced between both.
2017 is the best year for SP games in probably a decade, publishers tried for years to copy CoD and few found success and many went bankrupt trying. also now with rise of self publishing developers don't have to work according to checklists and just do what they want, big examples are Witcher, Hellblade and Rime. but on the flip-side MP did affect the prospects of big SP franchises like GTA, the story expansions were canceled because of the success of MP monetization.
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Well I don't know if I would say that but that is a matter of perspective. In my opinion this is one of the best years for games in general but I don't know if I would say that specifically just for single player. I mean next year is going to be just as big
The problem with MP games is that it takes more of your time compared to SP games, they tend to make you choose between one another, that's why there's all this CoD vs Battlefield, LoL vs Dota, etc.. we can only focus on a couple of them at a time at the most. With SP games, the more the merrier. There are two or more high scored games in your genre of choice released one after another?? wohoo, dream comes true baby!!
The day when there are no single player experiences in gaming, when gaming is filled with these barebones online multiplayer microtransaction filled cashgrab 'games' (read: fads), will be the day when I will stop gaming on newer systems and instead continue on older systems with true single player offline experiences. Fortunately, despite that ludicrous decision to award the (at the time) barebones Overwatch with the GOTY at the TGA's last year, this year has been jam packed with awesome high rated single player experiences and it's like the industry is giving two fingers to these online fads. Next year will have even more potentially awesome single player experiences.
Nail on the head mate
"There has to be a balance, otherwise it's going to be unbalanced" That's some sage wisdom there
Well no shit. When were they in danger of disappearing?
totally. the guy/girl who figured this out deserves a Nobel prize or something. pure genius (rolls eyes)
They aren't. But publishers like to go on about how important they are for the future, and more attention should be given to them, with less focus on the SP side of things.
Yes single player games are far from over thanks mainly to sony and nintendo.
I play mostly single player. The only system I play on is Xbox. I always have games to play.
@Bigpappy - "I play mostly single player. The only system I play on is Xbox. I always have games to play." Its really unfortunate that your missing out on a lot of the single player experiences that Nintendo & Sony are bringing throughout 2017 (including the top 3 rated single player games of 2017)
poor console choice then. especially Phil just came out and said that ms doesn't believe in sp games for the future. imagine how much more choices you'd if u decide to leave that pond you're in and just get to the sea
"The only system I play on is Xbox. " Ya don't say.
Happy for you. :)
i play and love sp at most.
According to Microsoft, gamers would rather have online service based titles, instead of single player games. Me, I exclusively play single player games. Wouldnt buy or own a system without them and would give up gaming if they disappeared.
Most of the games I play are single player, so yea woo single player games
Nice little read :D
I appreciate both sp and mp... a man must not condemn one for the other .. theres more than enough room for both.. its not always that something must die for the other
@Woolly_ - "theres more than enough room for both.. its not always that something must die for the other" I wish that were true, but unfortunately that is incorrect. The new "games as a service" trend is that a lot of 3rd party pubs & devs are sacrificing the amount of content they put into the SP part of their games in order to focus on more MP content.
While this is true from a basic, philosophical standpoint, devs follow trends. They go where the majority go. So, when they have to choose where most dev time (which is finite) goes, they have a tendency to look at where the most players are and where they feel they can make the most money. In this, online mp makes more sense simply because they can nickel and dime with MT's that are way more crucial to MP gameplay than SP.
My fight card in MvCI says 5 online matches, 180 offline matches. Day 1 purchase. Offline play is not dead. Far from it.
SP games are my bread and butter. MP is an occasional distraction
I like a multiplayer or online game here and there but I am mainly a single player person. Multiplayer is fun with friends and such but personally nothing is like playing in a game world by yourself and being totally immersed and having that feeling of escapism only single player games can , for me anyways .
I agree, plenty of good single player games have come out over the last year.
Single player. Now and always.
I always have more memories for single player games then I do for multiplayer. If anything, my multipalyer gaming memories are usually with friends in co-op games. But yeah, I will always prefer single player games.
Single Player Games will always and forever be part of gaming.
I view the rise of online gaming much like board-gaming such as Cluedo or Monopoly, limited pieces and left to play with them. In my honest opinion, online gaming such as CoD, DayZ, PUBG, Overwatch (or whatever game is the fad of the month). It's a step back from what we achieved with making games cinematic and more focused, most would say linear, but you don't hear people saying that a movie or a book is linear. It also gives a chance to flesh out a world with focused artistic direction than give a sample of about 4 different environments and give you an illusion of a toybox, I understand there is online communities, but not all online games live forever, they're fads, everyone moves onto the next one and leaves the game online game dead to become like a board game with missing pieces which nobody can play. In short, online gaming is disposable and single player games can be archived, like movies, they might get old, but you'll never find one with pieces missing which means you can't play them.
very good and well thought out comment. yes i view sp games like a movie, except you get that much more freedom to explore and interact. yes i agree multi player games will disappear, while sp games you could always get back to
Truth!!! This explains why the focus has become MP for many devs. It simply takes less in terms of artistic and creative intensity. There's a pretty direct formula to create MP focused games. Sure, devs will add here and there. But, for the most part, it's kinda the same. For a SP experience devs can create with a much broader brush, as you said, focusing on an exact experience that they want to convey each and every time the game is played. None of this is to say that I don't enjoy MP games. It's just, in general, I know what to expect.
The day MP games take over is the day I quit gaming. I play SP games to get away from the real world, I don't wanna constantly download updates of MP crap.
Cannot understand the premise ?? Why would the single player be over at all?? They make games so consumers can enjoy their stories,..
If Single player dies i will stop gaming
That's good for me then :)
As long as there is Sony/Playstation in the gaming industry i absolutely have no fear for the amazing single player games.
The day single player games stop happening is the day I stop gaming.
I'm single for life! *single player, that is. :D
Witcher 3.. Enough said.
2018 will be even better year for SP games than 2017.
Yup we still have nintendo and sony, not to mention all the thirds who embrace sp gaming! If there only were mp games the consumers would either focus on a handful of popular titles(like it is kinda already today) leaving a minimal playerbase for other titles. Or the consumers would be spread across countless mp titles, leaving small playerbases for every game. I mean how many mp games can one person play on the regular to justify an mp only future?
That's why I love my PS4 Pro because sp games are abundant on it and to me those games offer more value for my money. I don't need an internet connection just to play the game and the stories that drive the games are often interesting and immerse me in them. Going forward Phil Spencer seems to want sub based online only games and independent studios putting out games for free for Xbox.....just shows how cheap and lazy he has become on the game side of things. All he has done is cancel and delay much needed first party efforts for them. So with that kind of effort don't expect him to back up his talk of investing in studios and first party games like he did after saying they would not be buying exclusive deals with third party in favor of that instead. Talk is cheap Phil and your lack of new games is the real proof and shows just how full of shit you really are. More interested in MAU's and online sub based mmo's instead of what you really need.....compelling new creative First party ip's.
The day they stop making single player is the day I stop gaming
They are all I play really. Now I like MMO's and the like but single player games sell and sell well as this year proves!
Who said that single-player campaigns are out? Last I checked, companies mentioned that they also had to focus on long-term aspect like online component instead of just a single player campaign to be profitable. And they are right, Look at the last Uncharted game, there's a huge focus on online mode, same with GTA5 and MGS5 And these games do have an incredible single player experience as well.
They day quality single player campaigns are over I'll finally hang up my controllers and quit gaming for good.
Speaking of SP games, my most eagerly anticipated game of the second half of year, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, is rapidly approaching. Single-player experiences will always be where it's at for me, though, I occasionally get pumped for the odd online focused game like Titanfall, and Anthem. Next year is shaping up to be even more bountiful with God of War, Detroit: Become Human, Day's Gone, Spiderman, and quite possibly TLOU 2 and Death Stranding as well. That's strictly Sony as well, which is not to mention Metro: Exodus, and whatever single-player games MS and Nintendo have in store.
single player games were never dead, or even in the threat of being dead lol there will always be both, because not everyone wants to play with others/online.
I think most ppl play a variety of both single player and multi.and games who Do both well are gems like red dead will likely be or monster hunter world with its no doubt great coop
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