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Staff Blog: Single Player or Multiplayer?

It's no secret around GameGrin that I can be a little antisocial with my gaming habits, much preferring to play single player games than multiplayer ones. What isn't so well known however are my reasons behind this train of thought, so I thought I would share them with you all.

My first reason is that single player games are far more immersing to me. This will come as no surprise to those who know me but for the benefit of those that don't, I'm a massive RPG fan. I like my games deep and meaningful with beautifully crafted stories, large sprawling world maps to adventure and explore and bad ass bosses which take some strategy to kill but offer up epic loot!

Take for example the recently released Skyrim, the world is quite literally your oyster. After the initial quest line you are dumped into the world and can choose to continue however you damn please be that through the storyline or through the hundreds, maybe even thousands of side quests you can do. Offering up a kind of depth that is completely unrivaled by any co-op/multiplayer game I've ever come across.

My second reason, most multiplayer/co-op games happen to be in a genre that I am absolutely horrific at. I'm looking at you, FPS. Whilst I do enjoy having a bash at these games every now and again, I find I struggle with them. Take Left 4 Dead 1+2 for example, two games that I am actually very fond of as they are a lot of fun to play with friends. The trouble is, they are about team work, something I don't feel I can properly provide due to my crippling ineptitude when it comes to aiming and shooting at things so as a result, I feel I am somewhat gimping their game which is no fun at all when you feel like the one ruining other players fun.

I'd like to take this opportunity to mention one co-op game that I do want to have a bash at, but sadly cannot. Payday: The Heist - A game I have been assured is massively fun, but I cannot touch with a 50 foot bargepole due to a phobia of clowns, I see them, I cry and freak out which isn't ideal when all the main characters are wearing clown masks...patch their faces for the love of god!!

Moving on, my last real reason is the cost vs. what you get from them. I will never, ever buy a solely multiplayer game at full price because I personally do not feel it is worth it at all. That's not to say that multiplayer games are bad and don't deserve a full retail price because that's just not true. There are some amazing games out there that are well made and absolutely deserve to be bought at full price, just not by me.

I find a lot of these games are a fad, for example 4 people buy a certain game, play the hell out of it then in 2 weeks time forget it exists, moving on to the next one. I don't mind that so much when the games are cheap as chips (thank you Steam sales) but the idea of buying a game you are only going to play a few times and is entirely dependant on whether people are still playing or not at full price seems like a waste to me. I would sooner go and spend that money on a good solid RPG and sink a couple of hundred hours into that.

With all of the above being said, I will admit now that there is one multiplayer game I play a lot of, World of Warcraft.

"But Sarah, doesn't that completely contradict what you have just said?", I hear you cry! No it doesn't. WoW, and other MMO's have a great balance between being single player and multiplayer, a balance that suits me perfectly. MMO's come with massively open worlds allowing you to roam and do whatever you wish, be that questing, leveling up professions, doing some dungeons with friends or just plain exploring meaning you can play solo or as a team which gives you access to both multiplayer and single player gaming. Not to mention that there are always content updates bringing you new and exciting things to do, and for £8.99 a month its cheaper than the vast majority of multiplayer and co-op games around.

So there you have it, there are my reasons!

Pop a comment in the section below and let me know if you agree with any of my points or whether I'm just an antisocial witch! I'm intrigued to hear your views on this.

Angelfromabove | 1st December, 2011
Hairy's picture
Currently giving Borderlands a good bit of play time. Picking it up for just a fiver on Steam for the game plus all expansions represents stupidly good value. Not even got to level 30 yet on the original game and already knocked up over 40 hours. Good for some of that 4 player co-op mentioned, even got a couple of hours in at the LAN this time round.
Betty_Swallocks's picture
I couldn't agree more Sarah. I suck at FPS games as all who have played with me at lans will agree.
I much prefer single player games. I'm currently splitting my time between Overlord and Fable 3.
Borderlands is one I keep going back to as well. There's something inherently satisfying about blowing a skag to bits with a headshot.
Listy's picture
i dont play well with others :P
Angelfromabove's picture
Yeah I adore Borderlands, and its probably the one multiplayer title that I wouldnt mind spending the money on because there just so much content with it. Not to mention is a RPG hybrid so satisfies my want for an actual back story other that go there, shoot this :S

Glad to hear im not the only antisocial one among us though!
Hairy's picture
Originally Posted by Angelfromabove View Post
Glad to hear im not the only antisocial one among us though!
That's why I like the co-op games so much - It's kinda like an expanded single player game that has single player goals a lot of the time, but you actually play with friends
Dead Alive's picture
I don't mind multi-player games, but only co-op efforts; I don't like competitive games, partly because I'm crap at them, partly because they just bore me. I'd say BF was the exception as I ploughed ridiculous hours into BF2, but I can't even get into BF3, I haven't touched it since release week.

Games like Magicka are more my thing, and since playing the TOR beta, games like that, where the option of PVP is there, but unless you're on a specific server, only if you want it. Else it's either play on your own or with friends or randoms if you want. TOR suits my needs perfectly for that, because other than being Star Wars it's heavily story driven unlike any MMO I've played where text = story. Assuming I'm in the mood I can either find friends playing or ask some randoms for help with a flashpoint, or just enjoy the game on my own at my own pace and not be penalised for it, thanks to the companions acting as allies.

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