From Uncharted to Assassins Creed getting multiplayer, it’s a sure sign of the future. Publishers and Developers alike are thinking multiplayer is what makes a game a buy or pass. If they don’t have it, people won’t buy their games, at least that’s what their minds come too. Their putting less effort into the stories and more time into the online, or just tacking on a multiplayer mode (when they could be polishing/adding more to the game) just to try and get more sales, without understanding that not every game needs multiplayer to sell millions. Just look at Fallout, Assassin’s Creed, Mass Effect, Bioshock and more, they all sold over a million and they are great games without any multiplayer at all.
Could you even imagine games like God of War 3, Heavy Rain, Alan Wake and ect. with a multiplayer component? (If you can, just please stop right there, because games like those don’t need to be ruined with multiplayer)
Don’t get me wrong, I love multiplayer (I put over 22 days on Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and was ranked in the top 3,000s), but now I don’t have countless hours to play a ton of games that include multiplayer, because when I play a game with multiplayer I want to stick to it and enjoy it. There are only a couple games a year I’ll buy for the multiplayer aspect, but otherwise I enjoy the rest of my games for the single player and if they ruin the single player of their games, than that just means they don’t get my money.
I don’t want to sit down and play a heartless game, because some publisher/developer thinks multiplayer is the key to the games success. That’s completely not true; there are a lot of gamers out there (including me) who would love to enjoy a game just for the story, not a game with a boring story and an OK/lame multiplayer. Games like that don’t get my hard earned money, its games like Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted 1 & 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Borderlands, and ect. that get my money.
Games with rich, amazing stories catch my attention and make me read every ounce of news and watch every video (at least until closer to release). They give me what I enjoy; entertainment and that’s why I am a gamer. NOT because of some online mode where I can shoot my friends countless times and gain experience to unlock a new gun or gear (its fun once in a while), but because of the campaign.
That’s why this generation has been the best, because this generation I have had the honor of enjoying so many entertaining and amazing games; like Metal Gear Solid 4, Heavenly Sword, Uncharted 1 & 2, and so many more and soon I’ll be enjoying games like Heavy Rain, Bioshock 2 and God of War 3, but what after that? What’s in store for me? The Last Guardian? Gaming needs more story driven games, not games like Modern Warfare 2 or Borderlands (which was an awesome game, just not the story part of it).
Sometimes, I wish there wasn’t even multiplayer, so developers could focus solely on single player, but still have PSN/XBL so developers could add to and in rich their games more, instead of just making another game.
So, please, if any developers/publisher that my happen to be reading this, don’t just tack on multiplayer if it doesn’t add to the game and make your games more story driven.
Reader Questions: Are you a story or multiplayer type of guy (or girl)? Does adding an online aspect to the game make you want to buy the game more? What story driven games have you enjoyed the most? What is your thought on Assassin’s Creed having multiplayer? What story driven game are you looking forward to the most?