September 2, 2011

Thought of the Week: If you had a choice?

It’s the Floridian edition of Thought of the Week, my renewed weekly post trying to get our community talking in the comments; now just so happens I am back in the sunshine state. On to the topic! I had a chat with a few colleagues the other night about which we would prefer to play, single player story driven experiences or strong multiplayer. The majority of us would rather have that strong single player experience but we wouldn’t give the cold shoulder to multiplayer if it was compelling. In this day in age where CoD, Halo, TF2, and other titles are played by millions is there more of a focus by developers to produce a measly 5 hour campaign and push all their focus towards their multiplayer? You have some cases were the single player overbears what could be a compelling multiplayer experience; Red Faction Guerrilla, Red Dead Redemption, and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is great examples of this. Co-Op is something else that is becoming trendy but still encompasses that single player element and allows you to share the story and sense of progression. So the question is what is your poison? Would you rather hoard yourself away from others and enjoy what the single player has to offer or would you rather revel in the destruction of others across the internets? Vote now!


  1. ScrotusKilmystr - September 2, 2011 6:44 pm

    1st Cabbie what do you mean?…. you just left the “sunshine?” state haha
    and now to the discussion,… me I prefer an epic story above all-else and if co-op works for the story then that’s all the better (Borderlands anyone?)

    It use to be that the Multiplayer aspect enhanced the campaign and was part of the story in it’s own right now they’re 2 separate entities having little to do with each other which in my opinion is sad and lacking these days

    Medal of Honor is a good example of this, being that 2 separate dev’s made the single player and multiplayer components and they have little to do with one another while I like the game it would have been more compelling if the 2 parts complimented each other

  2. IronJade - September 2, 2011 2:00 pm

    We have seen a great increase in the Multiplayer Focus…. and indeed some that require the net to play at all being fully multiplayer.

    This format has saddened me a bit as I was always one to play a game with a friend. I loved the co-op in Gears of War and Army of Two. These titles show what should be done in the campaign ways as well as GoW being a Multiplayer blockbuster as well.

    As for single player titles with a grande story, I love them as long as they are progressive in style (RPG) and the player gets a sense of accomplishment from beating the challenges.

    Of every game I have ever played, no game encompasses the best of any genre better than Blizzards’ Diablo II. This game had a wonderful storyline accompanied by CG vids between acts advancing story and it’s ability to co-op multiple people against odds through the story or have all out PvP wars outside of the cities.


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