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2015: The Year That Proves Single-Player Is A Timeless Staple

For a while there, it really looked like multiplayer wanted to dominate the world.

Some could argue the online multiplayer explosion had a profoundly negative impact on the quality of single-player campaigns. I don't believe that, personally, but I do know that when a developer has a limited budget, and they obviously spend the majority of it on multiplayer, it's clear to all.

This year, I think we're starting to see a single-player resurgence. We're fresh off the release of one of the most accomplished and satisfying single-player-driven experiences out there; Bloodborne can be played with others but as everyone knows, it's best experienced solo. Interestingly enough, although it was a missed opportunity, I think Visceral Games did put a lot of effort into the Battlefield: Hardline campaign.

And people can whine all they want about The Order: 1886; it remains a linear, narrative-driven adventure the likes of which we haven't seen in some time (and due to the critical reception, might not see again). There are more examples coming in 2015; The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight are right around the corner, and those titles will also thrive on single-player entertainment. Toward the end of the year, there are games like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Final Fantasy XV as well.

I just like to see things finally leveling out, you know?

Tags: single player games, 2015 video games, video game campaigns

4/8/2015 9:52:29 PM Ben Dutka

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 @ 11:29:33 PM
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yeah we are having a single player fest this year so far i'd like it to continue and be the dominate thing this year would be a nice change of pace for a lil while before the multiplayer games kick into gear

happy gaming

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 @ 11:38:30 PM
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Timeless is the right word, multiplayer portions and games eventually die, get replaced by the sequel, or become pay to win.

It's also cool to see experiments in replayable single player games like Life is Strange. That game is incredible in so many ways.

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Bio
Thursday, April 09, 2015 @ 4:05:34 AM
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We get tons of big, quality, single player games every year. This year is no different.

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Beamboom
Thursday, April 09, 2015 @ 4:11:09 AM
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I always thought those worries were completely blown out of proportions.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 09, 2015 @ 9:49:52 AM

Maybe, but console gamers scare easy.

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bamf
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 9:55:28 PM
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Single player rules. Seriously though I'm not into the whole online experience whether that's multiplayer against one another or in co-op. I can enjoy my games in single player campaign when I want to (or have the time). Not saying I wouldn't give it a shot if every game lost the single player and focused ii online world's like destiny or gta 5 online. If the game is good enough for me but I'm happy in single player heaven

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