"I can’t be the only one upset about the fact that offline multiplayer in titles isn’t even an afterthought for most developers now; its simply nonexistent."
Left 4 Dead annoyed me the most with this. Awesome game but you could only get the full experience online, only 2 people allowed on multiplayer.
this is why halo is awesome!!! really. developers don't think it's a big deal but a lot of people still have real friends
This is in fact one of the major reasons both halo, and killzone back in the day got popular. Halo had 2 player coop, and 4 player vs each other (plus vehicles) Killzone had 2 player coop or free for all (etc) with bots, which was just as incredibly fun. :) More enemies to kill, but no vehicles :(
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I know, right? Deadreckoning666 said nothing wrong. It's completely true. This is pathetic..
Splitscreen is outdated anyway. Most games just look ridiculous with it.
whats offline co-op? whats offline? whats off? what is? what? ?
Some people have REAL friends. I know it`s shocking....but it`s true.
Ok, I guess someone doesn`t believe people don`t have real friends. LOL.
Borderlands is great with the splitscreen on a Big screen.
I disliked the vertical split-screen. Yet, I played through the entire dam game though that mode. Fun times. Halo is undoubtedly the king of local co-op. Up to 4 players on one console. and the most important part: online multiplayer with split screen at the same time. Totally overlooked feature nowadays.
I'm not big on Halo but this is true Halo is genius when it comes to this feature.
Nice article. Makes me miss the old days of beatem ups
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Thanks a lot man i want some pizza now!!
You just reminded me of the times we called a;; shooters "Shoot 'em ups".
Nintendo's been doing a lot of offline co-op recently. Mario Bros. Wii, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Donkey Kong Country Returns.
As long as the online trend doesn't crossover to handheld gaming...
Rainbow 6 Vegas, Resident Evil 5 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance. Those are the games that I've owned this generation that feature local co-op. As much as xbox live is a huge feature on x360, I believe it has the bigger local co-op library. I'm talking co-op not competitive.
That`s not true at all. Some of the more major titles have co-op but there is a alot of PS3/PSN titles w/ offline/online splitscreen or just co-op single screen like LBP1/2, Warhawk, Flow, Joe Danger, Wipeout, Twisted Metal, R:FOM, RC:A4O and so on and so on.
First of all, the article mentions Splinter Cell as a game lacking offline co-op, despite the fact that the latest one features local co-op. Also, both XBLA and PSN are full of very nice local co-op games, like Castle Crashers, Dishwasher dead samurai, WipeOut HD, the PixelJunk series and Scott Pilgrim vs the world only to name a few. And while I for one love local co-op, it seems alot of people prefer online co-op over local co-op, mostly reviewers it would seem. When the first Kane and Lynch game came out, many reviewers mentioned the lack of online co-op as disappointing, while games with online co-op only usually get a free pass for some odd reason. Finally, there's plenty of local co-op games, too bad many are underwhelming, games like Haze, Army of Two, Kane and Lynch 2, Lost Planet 2 are some of the many mediocre games that seem to have local co-op as their main if not only selling point.
No matter how "Ridiculous" it may seem... we still want SPLIT SCREEN! And we want it on games OTHER than LBP of MNR! WE WANT IT IN SHOOTERS! and with HD support, it'll look THAT MUCH BETTER! I hate saying to my brother... "Oh you can't play right now... it doesn't have split screen..." GRAW had it! Halo has it! GET UR SHAT TOGETHER game devs!
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Now my disgusting friends can stay at their house and drink their own whiskey. While we play worms over xbox live. Now if any girls want to come over, lets get a quick lan match going in borderlands.
It's funny how some of these PSN/XBL titles feature either one or the other. Scott Pilgrim vs the world [favorite game now] has offline co-op but no online. Shank has online but no offline. [? need clarification on this one] Either way what does it take to get this right? I'd assume they didn't have the funds to continue developing an online infrastructure for the SPvW game, and didn't bother with offline [? clarification again] on Shank. At least we are making some progress with a few games of getting local co-op back, generally the best feature in any game. Both online and local would be nice, but I've grown accustomed to local due to friends coming over more now.
online multiplayer every one thought, ah you dont need to be here to play just stay at your place, but the flaw in this is peoples friends might actully interact with a real person strange ha? Anyways me and some friends still get together and order pizza and have a good drink and set the N64 on the old Tube TV and play Goldeneye and the old Playstation and play Twisted medal and the origanl Medal of Honor.
It's bloody annoying how so many developers just ditch co-op....I spent most time playing Resident Evil on offline co-op, yeah the little box screens were annoying but I still had a blast playing through it with an actual person next to me. To be honest, offline co-op is something everyone should be pushing because that's probably the main feature that drags in a new audience.
in a few titles this gen. In particular R:FoM and more recently, the outstanding Borderlands - both of which have the vertical splitscreen on my 40" TV. Dont know why, but I just get on much better with this splitscreen orientation . As for other genres, Motorstorm is a heck of a lot of fun offline coop . Seems its one of the major prerequisites to me investing in many titles as Ive always had the most fun playing alongside my young son - hence my bigging up Borderlands . Its a shame that fewer games do seem to have that option though. Can only think that Devs are most focussed on online and SP campaign with offline coop being the poor relation. Also, there's always the issue of games like Kz2 taking a graphical hit to accommodate splitscreen.
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