There's nothing better than getting lost in someone else's world
you can give a BIG thanks to Sony and the PS series for keeping quality single player games alive. special mention goes to ninty too. shame on anyone that says single player games don't have influence like before.
As I get older I prefer games with stories with a little more nutrition. They don't have to be way deep but they beat fun games that are shallow for me personally. There's a space for junk food gaming, don't get me wrong but over the years the games that have stayed in my memories and were good/great experiences tend to have compelling stories.
More “immersive sims” please.
Prey and Deus Ex HR were awesome. Yes more immersive sims! :) Why the disagrees :\
right? Ultra linear movie stories are cool and all but nothing beats the illusion of choice. You can do ultra linear narratives in any medium, it's the immersive sims that are unique to games. It's not a narrative that is limited by an open world, it tells the story through open ended atmospheric gameplay. Bioshock 1 is still king of storytelling to me.
OH yeah, Bioshock... damnn. We need a current gen one. ;;
Yeah we do. The disagrees are TLOU fanboys, they like watching their games.
They are the definition of video games. Not going anywhere.
And I know myself and millions of others are grateful for that.
This is what I am talking about. Thank you Ken Kutaragi. Thank you Yu Suzuki! Shinji Mikami and H Kamiya. Thank you Team ICO and Mr. Ueda and Japan Studio for telling stories through real time gameplay. Thank you H Kojima. Thank you Naughty Dog. Thank you Sony Santa Monica. Thank you Quantic Dreams and Super Massive. Thank you SIE WW Studios. The champions of storytelling through gameplay! The true game changers. Without these guys video games will still be rrlegated and dismissed as a childs plaything... but no more! Its one thing to design gameplay but to tell a story through gameplay is no easy task and takes alot of creativity, risk, time, effort and costs. Its not your simple kiddie eyecandy games anymore. And these games geard towards adults are criticized the hardest compared to kiddie games which does not need complex storytelling skills to appeal to kids. A score of 10 for God of War can not be compared to a 10 for a Pokemon game.
you forgot to thank the coalition, 343, moon studios, comcept and especially nintendo. All of which helped contribute to the single player story driven games of this generation. Cheers all around.
I’m sorry the coalition and 343 have not made a compelling story yet and the only thing they have done is take the game series of other developers and not lived up to the standard of the previous games
Well said, SuperSonic. Sony has really well and truly helped pioneer this concept. Nintendo opened the door, Sony joined. They are the corporations to thank! :)
You are very very welcome. 😁 Sony is making sure SP storytelling games are here to stay and thrive. They worked very hard during the PS3 era with Uncharted and TLOU, GOW, Gravity Rush, etc now we and they are reaping the benefits.
Agreed. Nintendo is there too of course.
wow you're going to completely ignore Hironobu Sakaguchi?
Forget? I don't think he can name everybody, but Sakaguchi is surely someone to note!
Yoko Taro too. An anomaly under Square Enix, as they seem to have lost the plot. (pun intended)
There will always be single player games because there will always be some demands for it. But saying it's alive and well is like saying being a singer is a good career choice because Taylor Switf make millions. "Yet if we harken back to late 2016, both Dishonored 2 and Watch Dogs 2 failed to set registers ringing despite receiving a positive critical reception (here at WellPlayed we gave them a 9 and 8.5 respectively), with critics labelling poor release timing and an underwhelming predecessor (in Watch Dogs’ case) as reasons for a severe dip in game sales. Fast-forward another twelve months and all of Prey, The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein: The New Colossus suffered from underperforming sales despite reviewing well. EA had closed down Visceral Studios, cancelling their highly-anticipated Star Wars game with it because EA believed the game was too linear and wouldn’t reap the profits it would from a season pass and microtransaction-infested multiplayer title." What has in common Red Dead2, God of War and Spiderman 4? They had tons of exposure, media articles, hype and publicity What has in common all the rest?
There are plenty of well reviewed multiplayer only games that have failed too, pointing out examples of SP games that didn't succeed doesn't mean anything.
Then please name some well-received AAA multiplayer game released in 2018 that failed "Just for your info, crappy Fallout 76 and BF5 are in the top 50 games sold on ps4 in 2018"
Fast forward to now and tell me why most of the game of the years of this gen and last gen were sp games. . . Please don't say flukes. . .
That's not really disproving his point though considering there's been more SP games that have also failed as the OP is saying. Even the SP games that have been nominated for GOTY is exactly what Onion is saying that they all have in common, huge hype, tons of exposure, big media behind it and lots of publicity. Doesn't leave much room for any other SP game to shine and possibly get that coveted GOTY award.
Your argument is ridiculous because not every single player game is going to succeed just like not every mp game is going to succeed. We have had more single player successes than failures this gen to prove that single player is here to stay. Horizon,Spider-Man,gow,Uc 4,breath of the wild, Mario odyssey all did ten plus million while Detroit,ratchet and clank,bloodborne,infamous second son,killzone shadow fall,witcher 3,ac origins and odyssey,far cry 5 etc have all sold millions of copies too.
Most of my comment came from the article itself mentioning that a lot of single player game suffers from underperforming sales despite reviewing well. But since single player is so healthy, I'm sure you can answer us why a publisher like Activision went from publishing 10 to 20 titles prior to 2015 to now only 2 in 2018 (COD and Spyro) or why Konami one of last gen Pioneer in single playing game stopped making game (except winning eleven in Japan)?
Maybe they wanted more money and sp games weren't given Activision that. With konami I can only assume bad management. It happens. Again. . Why are most of the goty awards hype related instead of quality related. You guys are cherry picking the hype metric like multiplayer games have no hype even though they tend to sell more and have loads of hype like pubg or a number of the free to play games that also underperform. Maybe just maybe as the gaming consumers age is on average is getting older, so are their tastes. Games like Detroit, persona 5. Nioh, gravity rush relied on quality driven hype. People knew way less about those games than they did a horizon or God of war. Using hype as your reason doesn't explain why the smaller lesser known titles have been revered. I shouldn't have to disprove a disprove. The article is there to be disproved. Quality. . Some people prefer one and done more often over seasonal games. There's space for both but it's clear sp and story driven games are just as important as they've ever been. There will be sp games that aren't up to scratch and they can suffer but that isn't unique to sp games.
The answer to your question is because both of those companies are not being run well by leadership. Konami even last gen was mostly known for just mgs and pes and with Kojima gone they don’t know what to do with metal gear so they haven’t been a bastion of single player for a long time. Activision might have had token campaigns for COD until the most recent one but ever since COD hit big they’ve been mostly focused on MP games with throwaway campaigns and token single player games with no effort put into them. Dont you find it funny how much trouble activision is in nowadays because of their business choices? Single player is alive and healthy which dozens upon dozens of games these last two or three years have shown.
How I miss thee Squaresoft
Not really. Single player games have always had a market and there's a huge variety to choose from. If you want story focussed games you can find them, and if you want a specific style of gameplay you can find that too. I think that the "SP games dying out" is easily the biggest fake narrative of this generation. Somehow people have convinced themselves there was some truth to it and then act surprised when a SP game does well.
For some reason we have to be reminded over and over again that SP games are not dead despite there being SP games released through out this whole gen. There was this false flag of SP games dying only because a lot of developers expressed interest in MP and tried their hands in it. For some unknown reason this caused a lot of folks to freak out and pretend everything was moving to GaaS or MP.
Torment Tides of Numenera has my favorite story of this gen tbh. Gameplay wasn't great though.
That game was terrible. I came off the heels of playing the first Divinity and was looking for something similar gameplay wise so I Gamfly'd Tides....thank God for Gamefly!
It really wasn't good gameplay wise. More of a book than game tbh. But a really good book.
That was your problem for not doing research and expecting torment to be like divinity because they are nothing alike besides being isometric and in no way is torment a bad game.
Thanks to PlayStation, Sony and PS users.
Great article! Good read! Learned alot. Well played! Heart warming read. Didn't know Kratos was Dad of the Year 2018! Awesome
Man, 2008 was the first time a video game made me really feel emotion for characters & actually had me cry. The game was Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Such a fun game, with believable characters (which I had not felt for game characters at all before) and since then Sony & it’s amazingly talented & passionate developers (and the actors they hire for their story driven games) have continued to bring even more remarkable games throughout the PS3 lifecycle. And the PS4 has had some of my favorite stories experienced this gen with God of War, Detroit, Uncharted 4, Spiderman, The Order 1886 to name a few. It’s been an incredible generation for PS gamers so far, and with a few more big story driven games still to come, I can barely contain my excitement lol.
Drake's Fortune was an eye opener for me as well! That was the first time I just got lost in the characters and the story. I feel in love with Nathan, Elena and Sully. Growing up in the 80's this was the perfect callback to Raiders of the Lost Ark and other adventure films. I still play the Nathan Drake Collection and I'll always have fond memories of that whole series! I'd always has a PlayStation but I was late to the PS3 party because the 360 came out first and my wife wouldn't let me spend the cash on a new PS3 at the time. But after three RRD's and the game variety becoming more shooter oriented I got the first PS3 Slim in 09 and oh my god was I in for a treat! While the PS2 era had some solid games like Jak, Ratchet, GOW, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus etc I wasn't expecting the level of quality Sony had brought. Igot Drake's Fortune, Among Theives(absolutely incredible game) Resistance, Infamous, Folklore, Killzone 2, Heavy Rain and MGS4 and I was in heaven! They just kept em coming too. Most of those games had more sequels and the gen ended with a bang with The Last of Us. That game means so much to me and my wife isn't a gamer but she loves watching me play these narrative driven games. When we hear TLOU theme music we tear up s little!
That’s awesome! I’m right there with you with the fond memories of the Uncharted series. Better late than never bud. So glad you got to experience what PS3 had to offer. And I agree. Uncharted 2’s an incredible game, and is still one of my absolute fav stories in games, along with being one of the finest games ever made. LOve those other games you mentioned, except folklore, never heard of that. I think that’s such an amazing thing, to have your wife (who isn’t a gamer) loved watching you play it & just story driven games in general. It’s a really beautiful thing to see non gamers engrossed in the art of video games when someone else is playing them. My girlfriend finds them entertaining, but can’t stand when i cry at a video game during an intense/emotional moment. It annoys her. But I think that’s good that the theme brings that emotion out’ve you & your wife when you hear it. I assume she’s excited to see you play the sequel?
She is indeed! Man Folklore is an action RPG that had an incredible art style and I wish it would get a sequel. Yeah we've really bonded over these games the last decade or so. Before she didn't like me gaming as much but she loves these narrative driven games! I get emotional at times too with these games. During the prologue of A Theif's End I had both chills and tears as I looked back on the entirety of that series and what the characters had been through. I feel in love with Aloy almost right away as I played as her. She was so adorable as a child and even then you could see she was special and I was not expecting HZD to have the cohesive narrative it did. Truly remarkable what GG did with that gen. Can't wait for the sequel! God of War is probably the most recent game that hit me hard. It made me reflect on mine and my fathers complicated relationship and made me look at mine and my sons relationships too. Hell Spider-Man chocked me up because I grew up reading the comics. The Shadow of the Colossus remake impacted me all over again because it was so well done. That's why I'm a PlayStation fan. They consistently deliver the games I think about long after the console is off!
Hmmm, I’ll check out folklore gameplay I YouTube sometime. Yeah, that prologue, realizing no more ND. Horizon was such a big surprise. And Aloy is indeed one of my favorite characters in gaming. A joy to have experienced her story. So excited to play the sequel too. Can’t imagine it visually on PS5... I totally get that & can relate. God of War had me reflecting on my relationship with my son too. That SOTC remake is so beautifully done. I love that “They consistently deliver the games I think about long after the console is off!” True words spoken, my friend!
Shout out to folklore. Underappreciated I think.
I've been gaming for 34 years and as I get older I really lean towards narrative driven games. I just can't get enough of them but it doesn't always have to be super deep. Really glad Sony, CDPR and others deliver such quality SP titles! Just so many great memories from the last few decades or so since narrative/character driven games have gotten more elaborate. Looking forward to what new adventures await in the future!
Dont forget the awesome battle system.
Lol there are sure a lot on this site that would beg to differ. Pathetically implying playstation exclusives have no substance and use cinematics to compensate a lack of integrity in the gameplay, it's just funny to read.
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