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Is Single Player dead?

First of all, shout out to @RK1Apocalypse (who incidentally hates EA with the burning passion of 1,000 suns) for giving me a heads up on this garbage.

 Via IGN.com

“I volunteer you to speak to EA’s studio heads; they’ll tell you the same thing,” Gibeau continued, “They’re very comfortable moving the discussion towards how we make connected gameplay – be it co-operative or multiplayer or online services – as opposed to fire-and-forget, packaged goods only, single-player, 25-hours-and you’re out. I think that model is finished.”

While Multiplayer games are highly popular especially in the FPS and MMO genres, Single player games are not dead. In fact, personally, I’d take an amazing SP game over lame uninteresting MP any day. But on the other hand I know plenty of people who will only buy a game that has MP. It’s personal preference of course but to say that the SP “model is finished” is just ridiculous.

So let me just highlight a few amazing games that stood solely on their SP to make my point.

Bioshock– I could go on forever about how much I loved this game. It has an engaging story with such breathtaking graphics that I consider the game a work of art. No need for a MP to hold this game up. While its sequel (which was also awesome) does have a MP it could have also stood on it’s own with out it.

Assassin’s Creed– Another one of my favorite sans-MP games. A beautiful setting and story with plenty of side quests to keep you at the game for hours. MP in this game would be a distraction from the great SP. While this games sequels also included MP this series sells for its SP.

Fallout 3– Holy crap I put epic amounts of hours into this game. An insanely large environment coupled with the 74234729 (exaggeration) quests and side quests kept me glued to this game. Add the DLC and you have a SP game that keeps on giving.

I’m not saying that series like Call of Duty and other games that thrive on MP aren’t awesome. My frequent readers will tell you I’m a major COD head. But SP is no where near dead, in my opinion.

To keep a SP game from becoming “fire-and-forget” it has to suck a player in. Good SP games have excellent replay value. They are games that people want to keep in their collection for a future play through instead of playing it once and trading it in before the value drops.

So to tie up this rant, SP games are not dead. MP is not a necessity in all games to make them great. And while it is a wildly popular feature to many games some do just fine(or even better) without it.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2010 in Assassin's Creed, Bioshock, call of duty, Fallout

 

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Bioshock Infinite Gamplay footage!!!

I don’t even have words for this…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0fDEA0BFSM

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2010 in Bioshock

 

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OMG!!! Another Bioshock!!

I am beyond excited for this game. Bioshock(the original) Is pretty much my all time favorite game. I know, I know hard to believe giving the amount of love I give to COD. But Bioshock is more than just a game, it’s a freakin work of art. The colors, the images, the feel, the stories, just all of it is amazing.

Here a little taste of what’s ahead…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV_TDxl2UIo

So to the skies we go from the watery depths of Rapture. A new canvas to spread the Bioshock awesomeness. We might lose that dark and rusty color but I look forward to the new venue. I have a lot of faith in this franchise and their ability to give the gamers an epic story.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2010 in Bioshock

 

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Do we need Bioshock 2 DLC?

Now I wasn’t crazy about the idea of Bioshock 2 even having an MP mode in the first place. I felt that such an amazing story driven game had no use for Multiplayer. I still stand by my original thoughts but the MP was not a total waste. It’s an enjoyable little extra but I would never give it the amount of time I put into a Call of Duty MP.

So is it really worth putting out DLC for this game? This week was supposed to be the release of the second pack of DLC entitled the “Rapture Metro Pack”. It has been delayed but in reality does anybody really care? I’m not trying to be cruel towards Bioshock in any way. Heck I shelled out the cash for the special edition. But the MP is not what I bought the game for.

I do admit that I bought the first DLC, Sinclair Solutions. At the time, I was pretty into playing the MP because I just couldn’t get enough of the game. And I’m sure half of the people that bought it shared my feelings. But now we at months later. If players haven’t traded the game in already, it’s collecting dust in their game rack until they feel like picking it up again. It’s just the inevitable path for games.

2K  made an amazing series with Bioshock. But we buy it and keep it for the story. For the replay value of the single player campaign. The MP was just lack luster in comparison.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMCACvvcoJY

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2010 in Xbox

 

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