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. 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.

  2. 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


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