Co-op Games: The Hard Truth (The end of Split Screen?)

Xbox Live is flourishing, but must we lose split-screen gaming as a result?

While it seems like eons ago, the first Halo really set the stage for cooperative style gaming on Xbox. The offline first-person shooter, created by the Mac and PC developer Bungie, brought over the communal aspect of computer gaming, free-flowing multiplayer frag-fests to be specific, that started so long ago with games like id Software's original LAN-supported Doom. But who knew then that Bungie would execute such an excellent two-player offline cooperative game -- and in the process create one of the biggest franchises ever?

Needless to say, the big console hub-bub that started seven years ago is now flourishing on Xbox Live. In 2007, the state of Xbox Live is thriving with millions of Xbox subscribers. But much to the chagrin of hardcore Xbox fans, the state of offline co-op games isn't. And one has to wonder if the two aren't related...

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PS360WII5704d ago

I really hope they won't retire the split screen co-op. Granted Gears online co-op is awesome I do love the full screen but I also do enjoy having people over and playing some games. Split screen is still a big part in this industry

The BS Police5704d ago

I actually enjoy co-op offline rather than online.

I remember the day Halo 2 launched in November, 2004,I invited one of my best firnds over and we had a blast playing Halo 2 on co-op for the first time.

Heres hoping Offline Co-Op doesn't go away!

techie5704d ago

I've only got what am I to do when my friends come round!? In fact even if I could go online, what would I do when my friends come round!? Just let them watch me!!!?? That's sh'te

Black Republican5704d ago

split screen should not be removed, some ppl do not have an online account
this will mean they cannot play multiplayer with friends at home

The Snake5704d ago

I personally hate playing in split screen but it should definitely still be an option for those of us unfortunate enough to not have Xbox Live.

calderra5704d ago

As said- the option should be there. Even as tremandous as Xbox Live is, the option for offline co-op needs to be there.

There are few things more fun than hauling a bunch of Xboxes to a friend's house to have a roomfull of LAN action.

gogators5704d ago

But it still seems that split-screen or even 4 player support is dying. I would still like to host game nights, but soo few games allow for a Lan set-up beyond 4 people. Still remember playing Halo 2 with 16 people at a time all scattered through out the house. I assume that companies don't want to spend the time or resources to incorporate such features any more.

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