EA recently went on record saying players don't want linear singleplayer experiences anymore. We respectfully disagree. Here's why.
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I always end up bored /burnt out on the service games 90% of the time it's because of the intelligence-insulting bad taste those monetization models give. and a service will only last as long as it's profitable then it's gone,(GFWL, Gamespy) a single player experience can be played a lot longer. Mabe its cause I'm older but most of the time I like to move at my own pace through a game.
Devs/publishers love the who here's a big map and stuff. Let the players be the core mechanic. No need to program complex AI or time set pieces precisely. Added bonus, I imagine those dev cycles are shorter too so they can hit quarterly and annual budget reports for shareholders. Its the equivalent of reality tv boom, low production values/insane profit.
I present to EA, exhibit g.f.y.
Just about every winner is a single player game with the exception of overwatch and destiny mostly
I keep going back playing halo mcc campaigns, skyrim, sonic 2, and the uncharted games a lot.
There are a lot of people like me that prefer single player games. I would rather play Fallout 3 then Fallout 76. If people don't like single player games then explain the success of Skyrim years after release?
so true.....my favorite games (no specific order):
- Secref of Mana (SNES)
- Super Metroid (SNES)
- Gothic 1 & 2 + Addon
- Zelda: A Link to the past
- Life is Strange
- Witcher 1, 2, 3
- Assassins Creed: Black Flag
- Another Metroid 2 Remake
- Batman: Arkham Asylum, City, Knight
- Darksiders 1
- Far Lone Sails
- Monkey Island 3 (Curse of Monkey Island)
- Tales from the Borderlands
- Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain
- Risen 1
- Stardew Valley (Single Player)
- Illusion of Time (SNES)
I'll just say this. Personally I haven't enjoyed or bought a single online star wars game. I've placed them at my friends' house, but always saw the limited box I was kept in in order to just purchase one more map or some totally bullshit thing. Now saying that, Ive LOVED every single story based single player star wars games that have ever come out. I can't even think of one I wouldn't love to jump back into and play. The whole industry (for every, or at the very least the vast majority of business) is leaning towards a real scummy way of practice. These companies know full well that the majority of their fanbase and people that can actually pay for these things have been fans of and supporters of them since we were children. That's entire life times and they still show us this little respect. I only wish that people would just not give in and buy their online counterparts. These companies are doing all of this based on consumer reports (Todd Howard literally said they only keep remaking Skyrim because people just keep accepting it and not putting up a stand to just wait for the next elder scrolls) and if people just actually decided to put up a front and refused to buy any bullshit game we don't actually want and instead showed them that we're not just sheep's waiting to be fed, that we're life long supporters and fans and we deserve more, it would actually make a huge impact pretty quickly. Money talks people, and we're holding the money they want. Demand and stop settling
Gaming is nothing without single player games. As u said, single player games provide an experience which multiplayer games cannot. Single player games are narrative and immersive. Multiplayer games are just for short time fun with friends or other players whereas single player games are serious business.
My favorite single player games have always been the Dragon Age series as a whole. I don't even touch the multiplayer in Inquisition. I always go back to it, I even bought DA Origins for my computer just so I could play it again because of how much I love it.
I honestly have way more fun and enjoy single player games more than most multiplayer games. People ruin a lot of multiplayer games for me. I can take my time and experience the fullness of the game with a great single player campaign. I can appreciate the entirety of the game. EA just loves to lie and talk bullshit as long as it makes them money.
I do single player (Bioshock, Half Life, Doom, Fear, Crysis, Dying Light, Fallout, Metro, Prey, Rage, Spec Ops, System Shock, Wolfenstein, Singularity, Just Cause, Far Cry) etc. This new nickle grubbing MMO thing doesn't work for me. Do a good single player and I will come money in hand! Else.... replay!
I think most people enjoy single player games. Linear games aren't too bad, but open world games like Fallout and Elder Scrolls over at Bethesda are really withstanding the test of time. In the way of MMORPGs, EA is failing because of the roll boxes, where Final Fantasy 14 is still going strong. FF still has people paying for the subscription even. Why is that? Is it because of how FF adds content? EA could do that. Is it because of the fact that FF does offer outfits and mounts without roll boxes? Just a straight up 10 or 15 IRL dollars that gets you the outfit or mount you want? Maybe. The roll boxes is why my husband and I quit Star Wars The Old Republic. We were long time subscribers but adding the roll boxes destroyed the in game economy and made the game less enjoyable for us.
This is totally wrong: If one wants to make the Witcher 3 it takes at least 5 years of work, you need quality writers, level creators, quest, dialogue writers, innovation, experimentation and yet you can still make people buy new stuff when you create NEW EPISODES expanding the world or just give it for free (as CD project red does).
The point is making people waste their time or being someone who actually writes and makes videogames.
Too many greedy people in the business nowadays. They should be out.
i have a very fast burn out when playing games for a long time, which is why i can't get into mmo's, i like single player games. i don't care if their linear or not. heck my Favorite video game is Kingdom hearts 2, only because i love the way combat is and its convoluted LINEAR story. It is the game that has the highest replay value to me and i expect(hope) Kingdom Hearts 3 will be the same.
single player games that i constantly go back to.. oh the list is long.... Final Fantasy, Star Ocean, Wild ARMs, Tales of, Baldur's Gate Trilogy, Icewind Dale, Fire Emblem, Masters of Magic (XD this dos game is probably the first game I learned to play), the .hack games, arc the lad, Legend of Dragoon, legend of mana, ect
Just look at the sim city franchise. A city builder is a solo experience yet they implemented the multiplayer thing and they literally destroyed the franchise. Cities Skylines took the opportunity and the rest is history.
I literally hate most online multiplayer games..I own 1. ONE! Well technically more, but they aren't really played online. But Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the only one I own that has a real online gamer base. I have the Sword Art Online games, which yes, can be played online with friends, but those games, online, are a freaking disaster, so not many people play them.
I will take Single Player or Coop games over any online only, non-storyline game anytime.
I play many of these types of games over and over even years later vs only a short period (relative) of time on an MMO or Online only game.
I've playing Psychonouts and Overloard and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic for the 3rd time. I have Deus EX and Fallout 4 on the back burner and most of my games are single player. Mass Effect 1 2 & 3 was my favourite. We're spoilt for choice.
Dude, you didn't need a ten minute in depth explanation. All you needed to point out is that EA said it. Everything about EA is wrong and the only reason they aren't boycotted yet is because Trump voters keep deciding mega corperations need more money.
I still play Skyrim and Fallout 4. One of my favourite old games is Wizardry 8 - I played it through several times with different party configurations. More recently, I played Shadow of Mordor quite a bit. I enjoyed Shadow of War much less, even though they tweaked the combat system. It felt a lot more 'grind-y'.
Not interested in single player games? EA are you kidding me.... I will say this much ... if a game says online only (or is mainly online) ... guess what I won't be buying upon release... yeah that online only game. In fact when they re-released the old battlefront 2 on the xbox (which could be played as a single player game if you wanted) I went and bought it because of how good it was and because the online portion was only a small part of the game ... not a mandatory and main part of it (unlike the new online only battlefronts both of which I will never buy). You didn't need an internet connection to play, there were no loot boxes , you didn't need a monthly subscription or anything like that. All you really needed was the game, the console and controller to play it.... maybe even another controller or three (yes it was a four player game) as well if people wanted to join. That perhaps is what EA is missing.
Case in point if something is an online only game with no or next to no single player (I'm looking at you new call of duty black ops 4) that game will not see a single Penny of my money. I just don't play online games... except Fortnite... because it's free to play and enjoyable to play. other than that I don't own those type of games at all.
and to answer your question some good EA single player games I still play are the saboteur (which is a really well made game) and The godfather (Likewise a really good game) both are EA and there's not a single micro transaction in either of them.... just the way I like it.
It's kinda true that Single Player games can be enjoyable, but does that mean we should just do away with multiplayer games altogether? There are enjoyable multiplayer games out there, you just gotta look in the right places and the right developers.
I mean "enjoy for a long to time to come" is so subjective. I played through all of the uncharted games twice. Once on normal and then on the hardest difficulty. I have friends that could barely get through one playthrough. I also went through red dead redemption 3 times and made it halfway through a 4th. I'm blind fanboy for Assassin's Creed and it would probably be a little embarrassing if I counted the collective hours in those games. I put about 300ish hours into the mass effect series. I could go on but seriously what makes them think players no longer value single player games? To their credit I have noticed the younger generation being more into multiplayer games. Even if that is what they are referring to, that means they are ignoring older gamers which is a massive mistake.
I often find myself struggling with multiplayer games as personally, I'm not the best gamer. Single player games make me feel at least semi component as I don't have to race the ever shifting bar.
As for my favorite single player game from an older consul I'd have to go with "Summon Knight Sword Craft Story" for the game boy advanced. It's a fun little game that a lot of people don't know about and I just find myself going back to it to see how much I've grown as a gamer.
I don't play multiplayer that much. The only time I do is when I am at my friends or cousins house. Don't get me wrong. I like multiplayer in games, but I only get into them when I am sitting in the same rooms as my friends. For the most part I a single player only.
Not at all what they were saying in reference to the single-player Star Wars game. They said "it looked to be too linear which people don't like as much" which is true. I mean, look at The Order 1866: it was a terribly linear third-person-shooter. It was somehow more linear than the Gears of War series.
I occasionally go back to the original Spyro Trilogy, the first three Sly Coopers, Megaman Legends 1+2, Misadventures of Tron Bonne, and have even gotten into old retro games relatively recently. So, yeah, EA is full of shit on this point. In Fact I find myself going back to multiplayer games the least.
The only online multiplayer game I play is FIFA Ultimate team. Apart from that all my games are single player. I’ve played Alien Isolation and the last Of Us countless times. Along with The Outlast series.