It has been a very long time since I played some quality single-player games when there’s quite a lot of games that favor multiplayer whether its co-op or PvP to the point of having a brand new era of massacre to which people call battlegrounds. This is popularized by PUBG (Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds) and Fortnite Battle Royale which are spreading the seeds of life to other new titles just around the corner. The titles bring some amusement as well as favoring the social aspects for gaming so there’s no doubt that it’s spreading like a contagious disease at this point. Story? Fuck that shit… we need DLC, we need season pass, lootboxes and more cosmetics to actually make our gaming experience fabulous and while the wallets be filled with butterflies as well as our hopes and dreams that for the love of all that is mighty might never be filled with anything else. The only area in gaming that takes single-player to its advantage would be a more shady area online gambling for example like Bingo, slot machines there is even a list of online slots sites for you to dig into, but playing these sort of games is not eeveryone’s cuppa tea.
Probably the best thing about them is they are fun to watch whether it’s a public game or played competitively. They are the replacement of real life sports to people that aren’t physically able or just doesn’t really care much about them. The sports with the “E” for electronic! And these games are expanding rapidly… from MOBA, fighting games, hero shooters like Overwatch and Paladins, battlegrounds and even real life sports in video games. It’s one huge entertainment whether for the audience or the actual players themselves. And I too am found guilty for watching quite a lot of broadcasts of DOTA 2 Tournaments even though I have never played DOTA 2 after quitting the DOTA scene back in my university days.
Meanwhile single-player has been stagnant and stuck in quicksand for quite a while now. Drop a big budget and its one huge gamble whether it succeeds or fail dramatically. Since you need a good story to keep your audience hooked, unique casts of characters to keep them engrossed and some amazing gameplay mechanics that works well enough to be on par with the story. It’s a lot of work and one that I rather not have to see fail in the long run. Let’s be real here for a second, do we even need AAA-quality visuals, 4K Resolution or higher that you can even see their intestines from afar, famous voice actors as well as mo-cap actors to keep us glued to their movements? Well yeah, I guess I do! But it’s an added bonus not an actual requirement. If a game actually takes around 5-10 hours to finish with no other unlockables, hidden passages, exciting side quests and missions and a whole lot of mess to go around with… it’s never going to sell well enough as you’d be trading them off a week later or just let it collect some dust on your shelf for a good long time while you play Fortnite Battle Royale for the rest of the season.
And this is probably why I am thrilled for Sony’s next move after God of War. The game was a hell lot of fun for a single-player game. And at the very least it’s fresh and quite different from what we grew up with the old Kratos that is more rage induced and as brutal as a little pony that stubbed its hoof on a corner and we all know that is one bad analogy! And since the game killed the retail charts… well except for Japan. Apparently they prefer cardboards even if slightly with the Nintendo Labo. (LOL!) But luckily, Red Dead Redemption 2 is just right around the corner as well as Spiderman which looks amazing BTW! Now if there’s honestly something that I am most excited for from our friends in Japan, it has to be Dragon Quest Builders 2 from Square Enix which I happen to love the first even without it having any sort of multiplayer option although the sequel would provide that and of course New Gundam Breaker, God Eater 3 and Code Vein from my favorite Bamco which again does have multiplayer but it’s an added bonus and not something that overshadows the game themselves which I have to lock on to. And let this be a wake-up call to the devs that single-player is as single as ever! And of course it’s not as dead as the PS Vita!