RE5 Split-Screen Begs The Question: Do We Need This Anymore?
These days, it's almost impossible to satisfy everyone. With so many options regarding multiplayer, ranging from ad-hoc on the PSP to cooperative offline to competitive online, developers need to provide gamers with choices.
But as Destructoid pointed out, gamers may not think too highly of the co-op split-screen option for Resident Evil 5. It doesn't look so hot, and although a bigger TV typically makes things a whole lot better, we now realize just how far the industry has come in recent years. With the advent of online co-op, we've kinda left split-screen behind, and many developers probably like the transition. According to Left 4 Dead lead designer Michael Booth, who recently spoke to MTV Multiplayer, the process of creating a split-screen mode is, quite simply, "hard." So the question is, should we just abandon this aging multiplayer option and move on to all-Internet multiplayer foundations? Online co-op is super fun...and everyone can use the entirety of their television screens. We're certainly not implying that this potential drawback should discourage you from buying RE5 - the game will rule, plain and simple - but it does raise legitimate questions. Sometimes, it's just best to leave the past behind and focus on the future.
At the same time, doesn't this screw over those old-school gamers who like to sit side-by-side on a couch and play? Depending on your setup at home, you can approach multiplayer in a variety of different ways, and so can developers. It can be difficult to come together in perfect harmony...
Related Game(s): Resident Evil 5
12/30/2008 John Shepard