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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

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supremekai
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 10:11:22 PM
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"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."

I don't get how this relates to split-screen multiplayer..?

Since split-screen is mostly used when you have friends/family over who most likely does not have the console/game...

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Daedusian
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 9:39:02 PM

how does it not relate...?

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drew
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 10:13:36 PM
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Sweet! the newest, coolest co-op game! Oh, but bff, you have go home and play on your tv if you want to play with me.

keep it as an option. it's fun. it might be archaic but it's worth having.

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giant123
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 4:49:13 PM

not to mention... it screws over the people like me that have 4 controllers...

and its fun...
if they got rid of it i wouldnt be able to blam a mistake on screen cheating..

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Dealnightfire
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 10:24:46 PM
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Keep Split screen for in house co-op and leave it for online co-op.
I know for Warhawk I liked the fact that I could split screen and have a buddy jump into battles with me

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 10:25:55 PM
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Never liked it, I always wound up looking at the other player's screen when he goes "Ooooh did you see that!?" and then I die. Give it the ax if it's that hard to code for.

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Nsho
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 10:29:30 PM
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if split-screen goes away, then if me and my friends want to play it then both of us have to buy the same games that we want to play together, and that sucks. the only good thing is that we wont need to buy another controller anymore.

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Jed
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 1:34:20 AM

I dont think sony would mind selling your friend a console instead of selling you a controller

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 10:33:56 PM
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aw cmon. split screen is fine. i remember playing goldeneye multiplayer and it was frickin awesome :)

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Jed
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 1:35:58 AM

Goldeneye. Oh god the memories. I remember playing with 4-player split screen on a 25'' tv. chicks dig eyestrain.

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John Shoemaker
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 11:00:37 PM
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Yes, yes, yes, God ****ing damn YES!

Keep offline co-op play and Offline multiplayer. But make the screens work with it.
That RE5 split screen looks like that God awful COD:WaW game. What are they thinking when they do this? They cut off part of the screen when they do and it makes it hard to see anything on it.

Online co-op is fun and all. But most of my friends don't have internet or a system, so they like to come over and play mulitplayer games on my PS3. So I want this to stay.
And how can this be hard? They have been doing it for years. God I hate Valve. They whine about everything.

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MetalHead09
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 11:00:39 PM
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split sreen gives me a headache and makes it very hard for me to focus on what im doing. the only split crene fun ive had in a long time is shooting nazi zombies with my buddy at his house. we have made it to round 16 but got owned.

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Banky A
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 2:42:43 AM

Yeah split screen Nazi Zombies on COD is cool xD. But for me it's mainly because everything becomes so small (not too small) so that me and my friends can't see and we start laughing and swearing/yelling at eachother when we die haha.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 11:34:16 PM
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im on the fence, i really dislike split-screen i feel it takes away from the game, but for the friends who may not have the game or even a ps3 it needs to be there so i can play with them... for something you wish was there when its not, but you dont always use when it is, should probably stay! so keep it, if it is hard to create well i dont know... but its been around for awhile and you never hear of a game being delayed cus they couldnt get the split screen multi player right (atleast i havnt) so keep it for conveniences sake!

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Fabi
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 11:47:00 PM
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You guys are crazy. Don't you have any friends? There is NOTHING, like playing next to each other talking trash.

Just goes to show how messed up things are...

Human contact people.

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karneli lll
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 11:54:18 PM
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the feature should stay, i know it'll be missed when its gone (like in burnout)

Michael booth is one to talk, he seems to have forgotten he's with valve.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @ 11:57:10 PM
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I don't do online play(and I know I'm not the one that feels this way either), so developers need to keep the split screen for when a bro drops in!

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Schmitty
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 12:07:42 AM
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not gonna lie...GoW2 horde coop is insaneley fun played it for about 5 hours today at a friends

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chilker
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 12:41:15 AM
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I absolutely love split-screen. And it annoys me so much that developers are ditching it. I understand it's hard... but I believe there's demand for it.
I want it, at least.
Seriously, for times like the holidays, or just whenever I am visiting family, or family is visiting me, we want to play together. I can't say, "Go buy a PS3 and another TV, and then we can play together for the weekend." That's stupid.
I know there are games not made for it. But many games still need it. It's obnoxious that the first Motorstorm didn't have it, and I was relieved to hear they added it for Pacific Rift.
I just really like to play games with the people next to me. It's much less fun (to me) to play with my friends while they're at home, and I'm at home. I'd rather actually BE with my friends or family with whom I am playing games.
I almost never play online (I'm not competitive enough, I suppose) but I really enjoy just playing with people...and it seems to me that playing online is hardly playing WITH people...

But I think I'm in the minority.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 1:52:40 AM
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Sadly I agree

split-screen never looked good once games went 3D with Playstation.

I mean I played split-screen sometimes back in the ps1 days, but most of the time we'd prefer to just pass the controller.

But yeah online and LAN really allows for better co-op gameplay.

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bhindi_bhaji
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 2:01:45 AM
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If a game has a co-op mode then yes there has to be a split screen mode coupled with, LAN and online.

Me and my mates prefer playing on seperate screens, but sometimes it's just a hassle to get two screens and two PS3's set up next to each other.

We spent many an hour playing Resistance:FOM splitscreen, in fact I never played that through on my own.

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somethingrandom
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 2:25:20 AM

Same here, I only finished FOM in co-op play. I didn't finish it in single player because it was so long...

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somethingrandom
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 2:23:42 AM
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Tell me... If you are advocating the loss of split-screen, should I throw my SIXAXIS controllers out (and keep the DS3), and my PS2 controller adapter? How should I go about playing games with friends that don't have a PS3, the same games, OR EVEN a High-speed internet connection? If I have a friend over, must I tell him to go home to play co-op or competitive with him? Must I talk with him over a lousy headset instead of in person?

I'll stop, but the list never ends. They CAN'T reasonably just drop split-screen.

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giant123
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 4:50:25 PM

exactly ^^

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Joe_III
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 3:18:50 AM
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Destructoid, eh? Fuckem

If you don't believe the numbers on games like Halo, GoW2, Rock Band, Guitar Hero, CoD:WaW or other software titles that have had split screen and sold a huge number of games despite being barely above average, look at the sales for the Wii alone. The console built on local multiplayer is the top selling for a reason, and it goes beyond simply casual gaming.

Split screen games are still relevant, and necessary. Particularly in a bad economy, It's not a point of making one a sale instead of two, but it will be whether or not it makes a sale at all.

If Split-Screen goes away, so will the majority of my gaming, because I'm not going to get two consoles and two PSN/XBL accounts and deal with lag just to play a game with my wife.

I know numerous people who feel the same way. Yes online gaming is gaining popularity and allows you to connect with friends from all over the world, but nothing -- NOTHING -- beats having some friends over to play some games while partaking of your favorite chemicals -- the choices there being nicotine and alcohol since this is a legal site.

Split/Shared Screen gaming has always been a fundamental game component, and it will be as necessary as a controller, or multi-channel audio.

Of the 30 titles on my shelf right now, 22 of them have local co-op. Single player games are great, but it's sharing the experience that truly helps a game realize its full potential.

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Phoelix
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 10:31:43 AM

Agreed. My friends and I always play local multiplayer. The view of axing it is only beneficial to people who don't ever hang out with people to play video games.

Is anyone else outraged that Resistance 2 only supports up to 2 player split-screen anything? For crying out loud, the co-op campaign has a 3 class system, and 2 people just isn't enough. I was so excited to play the co-op campaign with 3 of my other friends, and the 2 player limit was a letdown for me. Same goes for WipeOut HD. I was hoping to race 3 of my friends, not 1.

I'd also like to point out that Halo is that much more fun because 4 people can play on Live on one box. 4-player offline is fun, but online, it becomes even more fun.

If I ran the video game world, every game in which it was practical would have a 4-player split-screen offline competitive, co-op, and online. It may be difficult, but it's the difference between a fun game party and an evening spent alone with people I don't even know (who can often be absolutely moronic--I can't tell you all how many times I've failed a co-op mission in Resistance 2 because some ding-dong medic or spec-ops wasn't doing his or her job).

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 10:42:17 AM

Even single player games are more fun with friends. Heavenly Sword I played with two of my best friends. When one person died, it was the next guy's go. It was just so much more fun that sitting alone playing. Uncharted, the exact same thing. Single player missions for R2 and CoD4? Yup! Gamers have FRIENDS! We're not anti-social basement dwellers.

And, yeah, I was extremely disappointed with the offline co-op for R2. Limiting it to two players was a dumb move. And only keeping the XP for one of the players was a dumb move. If I play medic and my buddy plays spec ops and we play long enough to level both up to 5, then he comes back a couple days later and his spec ops is back to 1...who the hell would continue playing that way?

Maybe it's the devs that don't have friends, so they think the game-buying public is the same.

IMO, Warhawk is the first and only game to have a stellar marriage of split-screen and online. Every shooter or racer should follow there example. Combining 4-player split-screen and online is just the shit! I can invite 3 friends over and we can trash EVERYBODY!

I swear, if KZ2 has something like this, I'll jizz my pants.

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FoReVeR_0515
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 4:15:13 AM
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I completely agree with 'somethingrandom'. I also think that if a game has any of the three(split-screen/local, online, and LAN), then it should have the other two as well. You never know what a person's or his friend's situation is.

For example, I'm here in Iraq right now. No high speed internet, therefore no playing online. For some of the games I have, I wish some of them were LAN and/or split-screen/local. I think it just makes sense.

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FoReVeR_0515
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 4:26:16 AM
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This is off the subject, but thought I'd throw it in. I wish that games such as R:FoM and CoD4 had AI bots in the multiplayer offline(along with LAN). How much fun is it to keep playing one-on-one? Not much.

It should be like the good ol' days of GoldenEye 007, with bots in multiplayer. Or like Gears of War 2, UT3, and other games that have it. I'm no programmer, but I'd don't think it'd be that hard to implement.

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jonny_bolton
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 5:11:29 AM

Agreed, see below.

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Zorigo
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 7:09:34 AM

motorstorm 2 has that. judos to them. up to 4 players and 4 AI

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MetalHead09
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 12:38:21 PM

yes agreed, they should deffinately include bots at least for offline multiplayer. me and my brother had loads of fun with red faction and red faction2.

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Wage SLAVES
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 4:51:23 AM
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This is exactly what is missing on the Cod franchise!!!

I guess I'm one of the FEW that got together and linked 4 Xboxes to play some HARDCORE Halo! We had 4 tvs, 4 separate rooms for 4 separate teams. F-ing fun if you haven't tried it...especially in this world of crappy Lag-Fests!

This would be a must for certain titles.

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Arvis
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 12:40:39 PM

As a lifetime Xbox brand hater, I can tell you that you are so right about this. I had some friends that linked two Xboxes together for some 4-on-4 action and it was a damn blast. Exciting, hilarious... good times.

Nothing beats local multiplayer. Nothing.

-Arvis

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Joe_III
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 5:48:40 PM

I remember times when me and my friends would rent a truck to carry 3 other 36" CRT tvs to my g/fs house and we'd set up a tv in the bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom to get down with Halo

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jonny_bolton
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 5:10:53 AM
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I can't believe this is even a discussion. Developers seem to have forgotten that gamers have real life friends. I live in a house with 6 other mates who are more than willing to play a game on the PS3. Currently we only play PES2009, purely becuase there are no other multiplayer games good enough that are offline. We tried with COD4 but due to the lack of bots, the areas are way too big for 3 or 4 people to run around. So I got Burnout Paradise, and lo and behold, that game has no local multiplayer (luckily theres an update with some stuff on though). SKATE too I was dissapointed with the terrible split screen, so I haven't bought anymore games along those lines. If we want to play a good split screen shooter we hit up some old school Timesplitters 2 becuase that game was smart enough to put in AI bots.
Online play is great no doubt, but when I have my PS3 in the lunge so everyone can play I barely get time to play it and so decent local multiplayer would be a godsend. And lets be honest, real life people are a lot better than most of the nobs the online world is filled with.

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 8:35:38 AM

I agree. Lack of bots in CoD4 split-screen was just shoddy work. Shipment was the only board you could play and have a little fun. Hell, I can pull Unreal Tournament for PS2 off the shelf and not only create bots, but define their attributes! That sh** was well thought out.

The problem is, these days "friends" consist of AIM and Yahoo screen names...myspace and facebook profiles. These are people's friends. So it seems completely normal to only interact with them via internet. It's pretty sad.

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Goten
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 5:32:24 AM
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I'd be an extremely annoyed gamer if they started ditching offline co-op. I don't have the luxury of having the internet in my term-time house in university and my 3 housemates are all relatively big gamers. When the eventual boredom that sweeps our house, the four of us often take part in lots of different types of multiplayer.

I think a lot of gamers and even some developers are very quick to forget that a lot of households and families can't afford the internet, a wireless setup or an online subscription (for those with an Xbox) and many parents may barely be able to afford a console between all their children, and offline co-op might be all that they get the chance to play on. I've always had to share my consoles with my little brother and the only reason we've ever had Live at times is because I've paid for it on my own accord with money I've earned.

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ps92117
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 10:25:58 PM

wow wat is ur psn goten123? man this world is small

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 6:28:10 AM
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is it split screen when online?

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Zorigo
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 7:07:50 AM

no, offline

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shindelion
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 6:42:38 AM
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Split screen is the best! Should stay. A few of you guys don't like it but hey your forgetting its an OPTION. you don't have to play with it. tell your friend to leave and get his own gaming box(which would be selfish). But i still enjoy it. I think most games would do very well with it. Damn Epic did not include one in Unreal Tournament 3 for ps3. Friends came over to play UT3 and there was no option for is so we played the old one, sad.

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Zorigo
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 7:04:20 AM
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if split screen goes, social gaming dies. how the hek r u gonna get ppl round ur house to play games when there aren't any to play together. split screen should stay. and the worst parts of split screen going is FPS and Racing. great gameslike BurnoutP MidnightClubLA and i think nfsu, all have no spit screen multiplayer so racing fun really goes down the drain. gaming needs to remain fun and competitive, and the split screen helps this. Take the wii add for MarioKart, if a bit exxagerated, it shows how fun it can be with friends. if split screen goes, everyone becums a lot more anti-social, or stop using their games console for socialising and therefore affecting sales. if a racing game has splitscreen i am more interested.

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 8:28:16 AM
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I've personally made a commitment to not buy any shooters or racers that do not support split-screen play (I've said this before). Playing games with actual real life friends is just too big a part of gaming for me. I agree with Zorigo when he says social gaming dies with split-screen. I mean, playing against people in your "friends" list is cool. But, slowly we're moving away from real life social interactions. Myspace, Facebook, blogs, message boards...these things are wonderful, but they are replacing the act of interacting with living, breathing people. It's scary.

By the way, how dare you entertain the idea that doing away with something because it's "hard" is acceptable! Spending 60 bucks on a video game is "hard." Spending $400 on a console is "hard." Just let me know which devs don't want to step up to the plate and put in the "hard" work. I'll know where not to spend my "hard" earned cash.

Who is John Shepard anyway?

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shindelion
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 9:03:11 AM

My thoughts exactly. I mostly get games if it have has split screen.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 2:47:33 PM

John Shepard writes news for PSXE. :)

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Lairfan
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 8:41:23 AM
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Why is this even a discussion? Of course we still need splitscreen, albeit better than RE5's though.

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whooka
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 9:19:05 AM
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Ja, keep split screen. The few times I've tried to play games via online multiplayer the PSN or whatever is usually crap and I quickly ditch it. I'm not a big one for online multiplayer either, so whomever said they prob aren't alone, you def aren't. too many knobheads out there and i still argue that one of the great things about console gaming is not having to go to the arcades and not having to rely on someone else being around to play a game.

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Tim
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 9:31:53 AM
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Split-screen is absolutely worth the effort as far as I am concerned. Playing across the couch is the reason I buy many of the games I do. Especially FPS, racing, and arcade-ish games. I would be lukewarm to RE5 if not for split-screen, and now I am itching to buy it!

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PS3_Wizard
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 9:39:47 AM
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Army of Two was my favorite split screen game this generation. I Can't get high speed internet because of where I live so I NEED offline Co-op games. I miss the days of the PS2 when they had a multitude of split-screen games.

Developers need to atleast wait until broadband becomes more widely available. Plus, I think online only is for anti-social freaks are too afraid of the outside world. I have lots of friends who want a PS3 but can't afford it, so I buy any co-op offline game I can find.

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Fabi
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 10:30:44 AM
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I'm so glad all you agree on keeping split screen, the first few posters had me wondering if I was the only one left...

I don't play online, not because I'm not competitive. But because I like to know who I'm competing against.

I don't get a rush from just knowing I'm competing against some freak named "frag_DeAth_33_killa". I like to talk trash and get inside people's head when I'm playing locally.

@Joe III - Exactly.

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tlpn99
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 10:54:47 AM
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If they don't do splitscreen and you wanna play together co-op unless your playing via the net your gonna need 2 telly's and its so much a pain.

I myself personally don't like split screen as it makes the playing area smaller plus I always end up looking at the other screen anyway and getting distracted which means I sometimes end up getting killed.

Besides which I hardly ever play co-op anyway I would rather battle alone as it were unless I am playing online with others.

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dirdiggler
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 11:20:26 AM
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I for 1 love split-screen co-op or any co-op game, nothing like sitting beside some friends playing games an actually interacting with people while i play, this bullshit of online co-op jamming it down my throat that i play with some jackass's online is for garbage.. Just like R2 i was so pumped for that game an then they went a fkd it up an made it online. i also like co-op games where its 1 screen if its so hard to make spilt screen just make it 1 screen..

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dirdiggler
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 11:23:17 AM
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Love hearing RE5 is split screen co-op an also the new 50cent game is co-op. Can't wait for these games now..

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 1:19:38 PM

You can't wait for the new 50 Cent game?!!?

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King James
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 9:02:35 PM

lol...U'll be Tony Yayo and I'll be Lloyd Banks!

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Jed
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 1:43:58 AM

I laughed so hard when I herd about the new 50 cent game. I think it was in game informer a few months ago. It had a pic of 50 holding his guns sideways like a gangsta while he was fighting soldiers. I would love to see that situation in real life.

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Cuetes
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 11:33:17 AM
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Me and my lady play everything together, Co-op or not. Its because of the lack of Co-op that we've decided to get another ps3. Yeah I know my girls the shiznit.

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Arvis
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 12:42:24 PM

She really is. Hang on to her.

-Arvis

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xnonsuchx
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 12:31:04 PM
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Yes, dumb idea to totally get rid of the option for those (many?) who want to use it. Complain about it when it's poorly implemented, but don't suggest developers not even make it an option (when plausible). Many people LOVE playing some Wii games at parties w/ split-screens...and that's not even HD resolution! I think you'd be bothering and turning off too many people to never even offer the option -- people who DON'T like it never have to look at it if they don't want to. Now making split screen the ONLY multiplayer option...then you'd have something to bi*** about.

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TheRaPtuRe
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 12:52:31 PM
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pretty stupid article

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StrategicGnomer
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 1:06:23 PM
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I personally hate when games DON'T have split screen options, because I have many friends, none of whom have a ps3 so it's nice to be able to play with them at my house. Also, just doing the online thing is stupid, it makes for such small amount of human contact while gaming and makes us all seem quite antisocial. Having a party element is always for the good, it's why the Wii is so popular. And I'm quite glad they have that option, i'm certainly going to utilize it a lot.

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NiteKrawler
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 3:42:27 PM

Ditto.

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ZubraZap
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 3:09:47 PM
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I could care less what this article claims about RE5's split-screen co-op. There is a line of friends willing to play RE5 co op with me..while passing around a steaming hot bowl...

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Jed
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 1:45:15 AM

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NiteKrawler
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 3:41:26 PM
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Definitely keep it. I'm seriously starting to think that developers want to cut more and more corners as time goes on. So what if it's hard? It's your damn job! If you don't want to work, gtfo! I have a friend who doesn't have a PS3 or 360, but he loves RE. If there was no split screen, I wouldn't be able to play with him. Keep it.

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daus26
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 4:46:17 PM
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What????? I cant believe this was even mentioned. It was digital downloads n now this? We need to realize that not everything we try to do to improve doesnt necessarily make things better. Instead of getting rid of it (split screen), why not improve it?

Keep Split Screen, end of story.

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shaydey77
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 8:22:10 PM
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Splitscreen is vital.Me,my friends,a few cans,a few laughs and a few females nowhere in sight!!:L
This is guys night EVERY friday night!This is why we need splitscreen!
4 men..1 mission..to bond as allies or disperse as enemies all in the name of good old fashioned fun!

Its hard to programme?I heard that about a certain console last year too..now look where we are..

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OU812
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 8:22:11 PM
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Personally, could never get used to it. Too distracting and always ending up looking at the other screen; and then dohhh!!!!!!

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Jed
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 9:22:59 PM
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Remember when motorstorm came out and everybody was pissed off that there was no split screen?

You have to keep split screen. Think of all the households with 2 or 3 kids that can only afford one console. I grew up playing split screen with my family and friends. Online is a huge market, but not the only market.

John, I think it screws the old school gamers and people that can only get 1 console and expect their kids to be able to share.

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Daedusian
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 @ 9:47:01 PM
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Split coop is SO much better than online. Not even comparable. I love to talk trash and lawl with my friends. We always bash games while we play them, no matter how good they are.. it's so much fun!

My last favorite game that had great split screen mp was Medal of Honor: Rising Sun. Because it had BOTS! WTF happened to that anyways.. crap game but fun ass mp!

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ZubraZap
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 12:03:03 AM
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I'm a huge BOT proponent too Dae, it should of became the requirement of the day. Now its treated like a trend. Unreal Tournament 3 for the PS3 is one of the most underrated console shooters of all time. It allows Bots and Downloadable MODs.

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Jed
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 1:39:54 AM
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The only good reason there is to purge splitscreen is to get rid of the unranked "player 2" in online matches, which usually sucks, but in some situations will murder everybody.

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slayerkillemall
Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 2:48:06 AM
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in simple terms,no split screen,no buy.....

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LegendarySai
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 5:45:58 AM
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u guys r kinda forgettin about everyone that doesnt live in america. i live in south africa, and almost nobody here has high-speed internet (i hav adsl and it only runs at like 30kbs/s anyway). split screen is amazingly useful here. without it, i would never be able 2 go 2 my friend's house n play halo n stuf. we need split screen here. without it games would never be as fun. basically, its still 2 early 2 get rid of split screen.

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Shatterday
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 8:16:21 AM
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Giving up split screen and going to online only is the stupidest idea I have ever heard.

Ever.

I like having friends come over and playing through Co-op or head to head.

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HANZ64
Friday, January 02, 2009 @ 5:35:13 PM
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The more choices we have, the better. Even if the multiplayer slit screen sucks, it's still worth having the option. Something is always better than nothing.

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orangpelupa
Sunday, January 04, 2009 @ 4:41:55 AM
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split screen is NEEDED.

atleast, racing games really benefit from split screen offline co-op.

i miss ps1 and ps2. .. they have a lot of split screen games.

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s360s
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 8:25:20 PM
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The day they stop making split screen games, is the day I stop playing video games.

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TAG
Monday, November 30, 2009 @ 8:07:23 PM
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Personally I've been pissed off that there aren't more two-people-in-the-same-room multiplayer games. What they should do is keep the full-view split screen...BUT ADD the ability to output the split to a SECOND TV. Very few people will buy two of the same consoles and games in order to play together online. But I'll haul a computer monitor, laptop, or second TV over to my PS3 so my girlfriend and I can play together.

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