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The announcement that God of War: Ascension would add
multiplayer to the classically single-player
experience brought forth a number of conflicting feelings from gamers around
the globe, including myself.
This is not the first time a franchise known for its
single-player experience has walked down the competitive multiplayer path.
Uncharted, Mass Effect, Dead Space, Assassin's Creed, BioShock, Max Payne, and
even Grand Theft Auto have expanded past the boundaries
While some reacted positively to the news of God of
War's new addition, many boiled with unbridled Internet rage.
Some proclaimed they wouldn't buy it, and others
complained that every game doesn't need multiplayer, but reader Alex Hanavan
perfectly summarized the frustration longtime solo gamers face by asking,
"Is multiplayer mandatory now for every single new game?"
Gamers are a smart and passionate group, so it is easy
to see why players are wary that the addition of multiplayer could lead to
lesser investments in the single-player experience. I, too, can't get that
nagging thought out of my brain.
Of course, there is no proof that adding multiplayer to
a game reduces a developer's investment in the single-player experience. Since
it is basically impossible for a developer to make both at the same time with
equal budgets and talent behind the titles, we will never really know the
answer to the question.
Gamers in the single-player camp will always point to
the millions spent on multiplayer as a waste of money that could have made the
single-player experience better, while multiplayer fans will sometimes wonder
why there is a single-player experience at all (see Battlefield 3).
Neither group is right or wrong, but I know there will
always be a thought in the back of my head when a single-player game falls
short (or vice versa), that game developers are trying too hard to appease
everyone when focused effort on a single discipline would offer better results.
Some developers and publishers are capable of doing it all, as we have seen in
many blockbuster titles featuring amazing single- and multiplayer experiences.
But whenever someone falls short, gamers will be there to ridicule and cast
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Nice blog but ME3 doesn't have competitive multiplayer, but co-op.
You're a great writer Andy. We wanna hear more from you!
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