MultiplayerMania Is Running Wild

Posted: April 26, 2012 by Jason M Green in Video Games

By. Jason Green

The Call of Duty Elite logo

We live in the age of connectivity; the age where we can find out what anybody, anywhere is doing, even your ex girlfriend. Since so many things are connected via the large expansive Internet, game developers have jumped on this bandwagon too.

All of you readers already know that games have been going online for about 12 years now. The Sega Dreamcast was the first game console to have games go online but that was very primitive. Four years later when Halo 2 was released, Xbox launched their new online service called Xbox Live and that ended up becoming a milestone when it comes to online gaming. Finally gamers have a service they could call their own, a service that connects all of their games into one, single, social media service.

Nowadays it seems every game comes with some sort of online multiplayer connectivity so, this begs the question: Does every game need to have an online multiplayer component? The answer is no.

In my opinion, there are a number of games out there that have “tacked” on online multiplayer; multiplayer that seems forced and doesn’t need to be in the game. Some games that come to mind are Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted 2 and 3, Mass Effect 3, Resident Evil 5 and Dead Space 2. All of those games pride themselves in their single player experiences, in their progressive adventurous that only their main character experiences. Why would you put an online multiplayer component into that?

Yes. Even Jesus plays online

Dead Space 2 and Resident Evil 5 are my prime examples. Both games, especially Dead Space, claim to be survival horror games. Well nothing is scarier than being alone, right? Why put the ability to play with friends? Granted I have nothing against playing a game with a friend, but if you’re mister popular than those experiences are better shared on a game that’s catered towards multiplayer, such as Call of Duty or Battlefield.

I will give Mass Effect 3, Resident Evil 5, and Uncharted 2 and 3 credit for making better-than-expected cooperative and competitive multiplayer experiences, but I still stand by my statement that they shouldn’t of been included. I understand that including multiplayer is a way to stop gamers from getting bored of their game and trading it in, but that’s what DLC (downloadable content) is for and spending all of that money on an intricate multiplayer mode could hinder the production of the single player experience.

That’s right… I’m looking at YOU Bioware. Thanks for that awesome Mass Effect 3 ending!

Playing with friends is always fun, but if you’d like to play some great single player games, or don’t have any friends, I suggest trying out the games I just mentioned.


  1. gd2525 says:

    Nice photo, Sniper Jesus is the best!

  2. jasonmgreen says:

    Reblogged this on Gameternity.

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