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Hot Topic - Are Single-Player Experiences a Dying Breed?

X360A writes:

"The release of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood this month marked the wave of a new era where predominantly single-player experiences started to introduce an online component. BioShock 2 led the charge earlier this year, receiving mixed results in the process, while Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood followed much later, but to a much warmer response. Next year Dead Space 2 is set to continue that trend in January 2011 and even Mass Effect is rumoured to be having a dabble. So what we have here is four huge single-player franchises, all of which are/may be setting their sights on the multiplayer arena."

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metsgaming2456d ago (Edited 2456d ago )

I sure F'in hope you were joking

RankFTW2456d ago

Leave and don't come back.

VenomProject2456d ago

If that's a serious comment, you're part of the cancer that is killing gaming.

blitz06232456d ago

If SP dies then I quit gaming

VenomProject2456d ago

Bunch of Halo/CoD kids that think multiplayer is mandatory in a video game.

Cancer, I say. Cancer.

HolyOrangeCows2456d ago (Edited 2456d ago )

A suggestion that a loopy xbox site might suggest, but not a reality.

This year was filled with great SP only games....ones that many people consider GOTY (IE GOW3 and ME2).

seinfan2456d ago

I'm very much enjoying Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. The online is actually unique, but I'm too engrossed in the SP right now, I just won't go back to the MP until I complete the SP 100%.

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SIX2456d ago

The day this happens is the day I quit gaming.

InvaderZim2456d ago

@SIX: same here bro. IMO The end of single player will mark the end of gaming. Fortunately, there is still hope in the form of ME2 and (future) JRPG ;) I don't like most WRPG.

xXxSeTTriPxXx2456d ago

they are sadly.vanquished is a great example, the game is greatness yet it's not getting the commercial success it deserves.

Enate2456d ago

Honestly Settrip I just didn't feel like it was a game I would buy. Dead Space 2 however single player only would have been top of my list come January. Now though I think I'm gonna give it a gamefly before I decide. Honestly I think the only reason Dead Space 2 has multiplayer is because EA wants to put project $10 on it. Not a single person on my friends list was even half thrilled after playing the beta including me. It just doesn't feel right, they maybe could have gotten away with co-op. Though I honestly could not even stand a full game of the multiplayer. This coming from someone who bought DS1 and was planning to get DS2 oh well.

HolyOrangeCows2456d ago (Edited 2456d ago )

Jim Sterling did the best review on Vanquish; the game pushed for confrontational combat, but the fast-working draining system and hectic nature made it difficult and wonky to play it the "right" way (Dev suggested that playing it as a 3rd person cover shooter was playing it "the wrong way"). It defeats its OWN PURPOSE. And then what does it become? Just another cover-based TPS, but with rocket boots and bullet time.

Vanquished got EXACTLY what it deserved.

SuicidalTendencies2457d ago

What's funny is that most of these games that have multiplayer are usually dead after a couple of months. Killed by Halo, Call of Duty, or Battlefield that most gamers eventually go back to play. So what's the damn point of even adding a muliplayer? Just focus on the single player and to hell with the multiplayer. Or at least give us some offline muliplayer bots to keep us playing.

metsgaming2456d ago

it even worse when they add trophies, not only are people just playing for trophies and not working together. Soon there is no community and its impossible to get the trophies. Im renting MOH and i cant get some trophies because i cant get into a certain game mode type because virtually no one plays it, it maybe matchmaking issue also in this case.

randomwiz2456d ago (Edited 2456d ago )

Its all for sales. A lot of people this gen are wary of spending $60 for a single player only game.

I hate how some games just tack on a multiplayer, and because of that, spend less time on the single player experience. I think single player experiences are the best part of gaming, and I wish that publishers will realize that having an awesome story, and a single player campaign thats good in length will lead to good sales(see AC2. One of my favorite, if not my most favorite game this gen)

Merivigian2457d ago

Story mode and single player is all I care about, to me, multiplayer is the gimmick here.

-Alpha2456d ago (Edited 2456d ago )

GTA IV, MGS IV, iNFamous, Uncharted, LA Noire, Red Dead, Gran Turismo, Forza, Burnout, Demon's Souls, Valkyria Chronicles, Bioshock, Elder Scrolls, FL0WER-- and many more beg to differ.

Some of these games have also added a MP component without hurting themselves IMO.

The thing though, is that MP games last longer than SP games. This is natural. As a result they tend to get more attention. When you beat a scripted SP game, you are usually done with it. A MP game is much more dynamic in that sense, hence why people come back to it.

One Hour with a SP game stays with me much longer than 500 hours put into COD. That's not to say I haven't enjoyed my MP gaming, but single player is the backbone of gaming as an art, IMO, and it will never die. There is an irreplaceable aspect to playing a well crafted story in a well crafted SP game that MP cant achieve. They are two sides to an amazing coin.

They've taken a back seat to MP, but this is very well expected with the console-internet generation.

The only issue with Single Player games this gen is that people are turned off by this generation's high entry fee and shorter SP games usually result in people waiting for price drops, skipping SP games, or buying them used which can screw SP developers.

MP isn't affected by this because many people seem to justify price as "virtually infinite", and with things like online passes, dlc, etc. MP gaming will continue be the source of extra profit.

cooperdnizzle2456d ago

Yea i read an article just like this like every two to three months.. Yea there fucking stupid. Never going to happen i buy games for the story and only for story.. This will never be taken from games