Submitted by kube00 1557d ago | article

Split screen co-op is dying

Split screen co-op and local multiplayer are becoming something from the past. Games like the Halo series and Rock Band 3 sort of fill that void. What happened to cramming a bunch of gamers into a room with two TVs and doing a system link match in Halo? Where have the all night Goldeneye matches gone? Like the arcades of gamers' youth, local multiplayer and co-op bonding experience has been replaced with individual gamers and a network (Arcade, Guitar Hero World Tour, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo: Reach, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, PS3, Retro, Rock Band 3, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360)

Shok  +   1557d ago
Split-screen is awesome, and I wish devs would utilize it as much as they did back in the day. But games like Halo, Killzone 3, Conduit 2, Mario Kart, and Goldeneye Wii are still keeping it alive. If only it was in more games...

And even some of the games that have splitscreen don't have co-op splitscreen. I hate that.
-Alpha  +   1557d ago
Agreed. I was so disappointed back in the beginning when games like Burnout dropped it. Then Killzone didn't have it (understandably), and Bad Company 2 didn't support it. Halo, throughout this gen, was the only series to ever support it so strongly and to the max (4 player, with custom games and full online support with personal log ins)

But I think Split-screen is doing well now. Glad Killzone is supporting it, hoping they give us split-screen MP. If they can do co-op offline then they can do co-op online and MP. I'm just waiting for that to be revealed. Resistance and Halo have always supported it along with COD.

Now I see Killzone jumping in and I'm sure Uncharted will follow. Those two games are big for me.

I loved Bungie for the longest time because of it. They are awesome for supporting 4 player split-screen and they stuck through. A lot of multiplayer games are bringing back the social fun of local multiplayer and I'm so proud because it was indeed being shafted constantly and it's by far one of my favorite features.

Killzone 3
Uncharted 3 (hopefully)

Waiting for Bad Company 3 and a new Burnout game to jump in. The new SSX game BETTER have it!
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DORMIN  +   1557d ago
X-men Arcade's 6 player local co-op on PS3 says "Hai"
TheLastGuardian  +   1557d ago
It shouldn't die. Split screen co-op can be really fun.
peowpeow  +   1557d ago
Gears of War co-op splitscreen! That and halo are my best early 360 memories. Played both with a best friend many times over :)
Timesplitter14  +   1557d ago
There are more split-screen games this gen than last gen. I think the situation is improving
toaster  +   1557d ago
Wat... you sure you played games last gen? There were significantly more splitscreen games then.
ReservoirDog316  +   1557d ago
Well I wouldn't say that. But there has been more split screen co op games lately.
mastiffchild  +   1557d ago
There were more games with splitscreen last gen than at the start of this gen but , lately, devs have listened and it's making a comeback-the article is about a year late imho.

Halo, MK and Resistance always kept the flag flying but just recently things seem to be taking a more splitscren friendly route-maybe because we asked for more and/or maybe because devs are now more comfy with the hardware and their visuals taking a little hit due to splitting? IDK.
Vherostar  +   1557d ago
I prefer split screen to online as do most gamers it seems as I reckon that's why wii is doing so damn well. Nothing better than 4 player timesplitters or 8 player Mario Kart DD. Oh the fun I had playing those! No game since then has been able to match them in terms of entertainment.
Koolno  +   1557d ago
Split screen is ugly (visualy), online coop is much better..

but if some people are happy with it, good for them...
jha1223  +   1557d ago
I think it's a little ironic too that as average screen size has gone up, it seems that split screen co-op has gone down.

Alternatively, and this may be due to me getting older, but I rarely invite people over to game. It's more convenient to just hop on and MP. As online MP has gotten better (availability not quality), maybe the need for SS co-op is diminishing?

That's not to say that there aren't a number of people that still desire it, just that dev time is not seen as profitable on co-op perhaps?
kube00  +   1557d ago
I truly miss games like Twisted Metal 2 and the original Halo
TheLastGuardian  +   1557d ago
I had countless hours of fun playing Twisted Metal games on the couch with my buddies back in the day. Good news for us TM fans. The new Twisted Metal will have the same classic gameplay, and it's confirmed to support splitscreen co-op, as well as two and four-player multiplayer offline, two-player splitscreen online and as many as 16-players online. I couldn't be more excited.
Christopher  +   1557d ago
I honestly haven't utilized split-screen co-op since the days of the original GoldenEye 007. Though I have played a good number of non-split-screen co-op games (Lego, LBP, etc.).

As to why it's going away? Most people play online and not with another person sitting next to them. Back in the day when the Internet wasn't available, it was very common to play with others at the same time. Now? I can completely see how the focus is put on the most used features.
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gcolley  +   1557d ago
one reason no body ever says is widescreen was the begining of the end, especially for FPS. both horizontal and verticle widescreen split-screen sucked compared to horizontal split-screen in 4:3. then there were games that didnt give you a choice and the whole thing just went away.

that and online gaming of course. but that was the beginning for me.

doesn't leave parents anywhere to go but buying another console and TV for the kids.
SnakeMustDie  +   1557d ago
Halo Combat Evolved is awesome.
R_aVe_N  +   1557d ago
Sadly it is, but I love me some split screen co-op. I will buy games that have it and it usually does not even matter what review score it got. Split screen co-op has always been a selling point for me. I just hope at least some games still support it.
dkgshiz  +   1557d ago
Developers don't implement split screen into their games because they think people don't have real friends to play with.
TheDigitalNinja  +   1557d ago
I hear all these publishers talking about the death of single player. For me the biggest reason for this is lack of split-screen coop in most games. Sure all our AAA titles have them, but any game trying to call itself a single player cant really survive the replayability test without it.
dkgshiz  +   1557d ago
Death of SP? How? Maybe in FPS games. That in itself is hard to believe.
Christopher  +   1557d ago
***but any game trying to call itself a single player cant really survive the replayability test without it. ***

I think you generalize way too much. Perhaps single player FPS and TPS would do better on replay with it, but most other games tend to do well enough if designed properly. Especially RPGs.

And, having said that, most games that lack replayability wouldn't increase it with split-screen. Can't see myself playing Enslaved or Castlevania anymore than usual just because of split-screen or non-split-screen co-op.
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Arup02  +   1557d ago
For me, the definition of multiplayer is you and your friends in the same room playing in split-screen . I miss these times, it was so cool sit with your friends and play a nice game. Now everyone is only playing multiplayer with people they never knew...
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CrzyFooL  +   1557d ago
Kane and Lynch 2 had awesome split screen co-op. Yeah, it did.
OhReginald  +   1557d ago
and since killzone 3 will include splitscreen only co-op...people in a year will be saying...."Waaaa!! online co-op is dying"
bananlol  +   1557d ago
Why would it only support splitscreen offline? Its way easier to implement online coop. The hardest thing to get working is 2p campain coop, and the managed that so we might even get 4p mp splitscreen.
Skynetone  +   1557d ago
Most of my friends are gamers. so split screen is very welcome
LordMarius  +   1557d ago
Nah, I think its actually making a comeback
BILLYGATEZ  +   1557d ago
Resistance 3 and Killzone 3 both have it, so I'd say at least Sony is getting it.
strickers  +   1557d ago
And Twisted Metal.
granthinds  +   1557d ago
NOOOO! Split-screen co-op is NOT dying! I come from South Africa and in 3rd world countries like ours, the console install base is large but our internet infrastructure is rubbish. So having a split-screen function usually makes or breaks a game in many ways to a consumer. Plus there's no replacing a buddy on the same couch as you jamming Gears or Resistance.
Huwmor  +   1557d ago
I like the comeback of local multiplayer is making this year. LBP2, KZ3, I doubt they are gonna drop it from Resistance 3 or motorstorm:A, I almost forgot R&C:All4one. It's the main attraction for me in the sony exclusives this year. I know this guy is talking about co-op but anything with me and a mate playing a game on one screen is fine with me as long as it's enjoyable!
Spenok  +   1557d ago
Lol i could have told you this at the beginning of LAST generation.
Silber  +   1557d ago
there are many coop games out there. not only split screen.

army of two
Army of two two
kane and lynch
kane and lynch two
splolsion man
sacred two
castle crashers
the eden games on psn. dont know all the nea.
gears of war
geaes of war two
super mario broa
mario kart
nearly any wii game
magic the gathering
dynasty warriors
warriors orochi
tales of vesperia
eternal sonata
perfect dark zero
all halo games
lost planet two
resident evil five
and im sure there are a lot more
Dysmorphic  +   1557d ago
There is nothing quite like gathering around a cramped couch filled with friends; screaming profanity at the television and at each other; mocking the loser of the round as he passes his sweat-laden controller to the next victim; squinting until you eyes start to water from staring at a 15cm box for hours; and having a quick intermission filled with so much fat and sugar it'd make both a dentist and dietitian blush.

If the day ever comes when I can't do that, I will stop gaming. With all the extra power that this generation of consoles allow there should be an influx of split-screen games. I know there are some(as I own most of them) but there's always room for more. Now, where the hell is my TimeSplitters 4?
darkdoom3000  +   1557d ago
I would have agreed but 2011 is looking really splitscreen friendly

-LBP2 (4p)
-KZ2 (2p)
-Motorstorm 2 (4p)
-Resistance 3 (?p)
-Twisted Metal (2/4?p)
-Ratchet: all 4 one (4p)

And from the looks of it, uncharted 2 is gonna have co-op. and If it can pull 3D, then it can pull splitscreen (both require double rendering of the graphics)
bumnut  +   1557d ago
Not a huge fan of split screen, i don't mind local multiplayer where all players are on the same screen like fifa.

Split screen was what we had in the 90's before online gaming took off.
BYE  +   1557d ago
I disagree, I think ridiculous that in most games I can't even play with people that are sitting next to me, but with total strangers on the internet it's no problem.

Split screen is fun, I'd take it over online multiplayer any day. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 and Resident Evil 5 are two of the most played games I have bought this gen.
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strickers  +   1557d ago
I prefer online co op now(in L4D1/2 we played in 4 player LAN though.Lots of fun shouting).I have kids,so joining friends is difficult,also split screen kills your view.I did love it once but I'll go online if poss.Don't forget Dead Nation has local co op too.
Sugreev2001  +   1557d ago
I used to play Split/Screen with my friends until the PS2 era,but of late I find it near impossible to enjoy it...particularly as much as I enjoy playing online.
ChickeyCantor  +   1556d ago
Well blame Internetz.
I mean most people rather chat on MSN/Skype/Yahoo something/ etc etc than to actually get together.

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