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Are Single Player Games Better Than Multiplayer Games?

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Our reliance on computers for both work and play has given us an entirely new perspective on entertainment and how we utilize it. Online gaming has positioned itself as one significant facet of our online entertainment, displaying incredible growth over the last decade. With the advent of single player and multiplayer game modes taking the online world by storm, fans of gaming can now choose their preferred mode and entertainment environment. In turn, according to tech gurus and fanatics of gaming alike, trends point to single player games quickly taking precedence in the online space.

What are Single Player Games and Multiplayer Games?

Single player video games are those that can only be played by one single person at a time. “Single player mode” usually refers to games that are specifically designed for single players, although, they often do have “multiplayer mode” options available as well. Unlike multiplayer games, these require little to no bandwidth, making them easily downloadable and streamable in almost all cases.

Multiplayer games consist of a type of gameplay where multiple gamers can play within the same environment and at the same time. Gamers can play on “multiplayer mode” either cooperatively, as a team, or competitively, against each other. Typically, multiplayer games require gamers to share a game system or play together via a networking technology like, the internet. Typically, multiplayer games take up a significant amount of bandwidth as they require connectivity with other players.

What Kinds of Games Do Each Offer?

Single player games are available with a variety of concepts and multiple options, tailoring to the needs of any player with certain preferences. Themes from action-adventure, space, survival, horror, stealth, sports, first person shooters and, casino games like bingo, among other options, are all accessible to fans of the single mode option.

Some of the industry’s top single player games include:

*Assassin’s Creed – http://assassinscreed.ubi.com/en-gb/home/

*Skyrim – http://www.elderscrolls.com/

*Dragon’s Inquisition – http://www.dragonage.com/en_US/home

*Shadows of Mordor – https://www.shadowofmordor.com/

* Popular bingo games – http://www.cheersbingo.com/

 

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Skyrim has been established as one of the most popular single player games of all-time

Multiplayer games are slightly more limited in their options, due to their reliance on multiple players participating simultaneously. Unlike single player games, these entail a considerable more elaborate mode and technical system, able to support themes and a gameplay on a highly sophisticated level and thus, eliminating some options that those who enjoy single player games can enjoy. Multiplayer games are usually tailored around sporting themes, racing concepts, shooter themes, warzones and, other group scenarios, which also narrows the portfolio of games available to those who prefer these, quite drastically. Some of the most popular multiplayer games include League of Legends (see Image 2), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Eve Online, World of Warcraft, Roulette games on casino sites and, many more similar concepts.

Top 5 Multiplayer Only Games Which Would Make Good Single Player Games

Fans of multiplayer games enjoy the competitive and cooperative aspects of games like the well-known, League of Legends.

The Debate: Which is Better?

The social aspect of multiplayer games is their main point of attraction for players. By enabling comradery among online gamers, individuals meet and learn how to leverage their own skills for the benefit of the team. In the case of competitive multiplayer gaming, players seem to thrive off of the general sense of accomplishment, knowing that their skills outmatch other gaming savants. Additionally, players enjoy the aspect of the game which allows them the opportunity to experience a sort of “chosen one” life, where they are at the helm of a world confiding in their skill and know-how to move forward.

Multiplayer games make it difficult for gamers to experience this, as they tend to compete with many other “chosen ones” at once. Many state this to be a point of annoyance and frustration. The nuances of the game often get lost when players start competing heavily, shouting at each other and sabotaging their strategy for the sake of it. Further, multiplayer modes are generally more sophisticated for developers to program and thus, are somewhat arduous when it comes to tweaking code and can be slightly glitchy, at times. Gamers are more likely to experience grieving in a multiplayer setting as well, which entails players using aspects of the game in unintended ways in order to harass and irritate other players involved.

The narrative, conflicts and stories in single player games are all computerized which gives players an additional take on gaming that’s lacking in multiplayer games. Because single player games cannot rely on social interaction and team rapports to keep environments exciting, they are primarily known for their storytelling and sophisticated graphics. Humans are unpredictable, and so is their behavior, so games cannot rely on them to carry a game in the right direction or elaborate on a particular narrative.

In essence, most single player games are known for their compelling stories. It’s also noted that single player games give individuals the ability to make autonomous decisions. Players are given reign to control the destinies of other worlds, stop wars and even decide on how to best spend their bets in autonomous casino games like bingo, which offers a sense of full authority over the experience that is otherwise lost in multiplayer settings. Studies have shown that single player games, for many regular gamers, increase confidence due to autonomous play and forced decision making to maintain strategy. Further, for individuals with specific mindsets, strategies and preferences, single player games allows them to freedom to play at whim which adds a sense of adventure.

Gamers have a multitude of factors to consider when deciding which online games to commit to. The defining elements segmenting the portfolio of online games are whether they function on a multiplayer mode or single player mode. Unlike most games, both types offer significantly different experiences, leading to heated discussions in the gaming world. However, with their vast variety of options, compelling storytelling, premium autonomous decision-making experience and, great reviews, single player games seem to win this debate, hands down.

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Three Single-Player Games to Watch Out for in July 2019

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Three Single Player Games (July 2019) - Sea of Solitude, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Wolfenstein Youngblood

July, the middle of winter down here in Australia. Even in the bizarre New South Wales climate, the biting cold makes for a great excuse to stay inside and play games. 

Weirdly for single players, quite a few prestige games this month include additional co-op modes. With acclaimed designers behind them, such games will hopefully avoid the pitfalls of accommodating multiple players, as too many games have done in the past.

Sea of Solitude

Release Date: July 5, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

At first blush, Sea of Solitude looks like yet another story of a young adult struggling with questions of identity and mental health while exploring a beautiful but harsh fantasy world.

Actually, that’s what it is. ‘Quirky, life affirming indie adventure’ is a whole cottage industry these days, but the fact that such games are now more prevalent should never dismay.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was a masterpiece of refined design and storytelling, and Sea of Solitude appears be something similar—this time dealing with a fantastical vision of depression that turns ordinary people into literal monsters.

Players take charge of Kay, who has sought out the eponymous Sea—or rather, a flooded city based on Berlin—in the hope that there is a cure for monstrosity. However, despite its name, she is not the only person in the Sea. Avoiding the other monsters of the Sea seems to be a major part of the gameplay. These tense encounters are likely to provide rhythm and variety to the adventure and keep it from being a just walking simulator. (Not that being a walking simulator is inherently a problem.)

Although published by EA Originals, one would do well to remember that EA the company does not actually profit off the Originals that they publish. With a focused story and themes that still are not often explored in bigger games, Sea of Solitude should be of great interest to single player fans in a month otherwise dominated by multiplayer titles.

 

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Platform: Nintendo Switch

Almost certainly the biggest single player release of the month, and tied with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 as another massive Switch exclusive, Fire Emblem: Three Houses might be exactly what single players need right now.

Lately the Fire Emblem franchise has exploded in both its popular profile and sales success, buoyed by a hunger for both deep anime RPGs and polished tactics games. Three Houses seems to have doubled down on exciting trends and features in both genres: particularly a Persona/Harry Potter inspired magic school setting and an even deeper tactical battle system that ditches the rock-paper-scissors for more nuanced character progression options. As with many Japanese RPGs, the story is also a major focus and hinges upon a time-jump.

The early part casts the player as a teacher at the Officer’s Academy, situated in the center of the game world and attended by students from the three most powerful nations. Five years later, the second and likely larger part concerns the drama between the player’s teacher and their former students, whose nations are now locked in a massive three-way conflict.

As is to be expected for a series finally coming back to consoles after a long time on the 3DS, Three Houses is a massive technical leap over its predecessors. The game boasts better realised battlefields, more detailed armies, and a slick animated style that appears much more consistent compared with the three or four different art styles on the 3DS.

With such improvements, as well as the overall pedigree of the Fire Emblem brand, Three Houses should have no trouble satisfying single player fans looking for a meaty middle-of-the-year RPG.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

The recent Wolfenstein revival series is such a remarkable achievement in traditional shooter design and great, if goofy, sci-fi worldbuilding that the co-op focus of this latest instalment is somewhat disappointing.

Yes, as with F.E.A.R. 3 and Dead Space 3, following a well-received second chapter the Wolfenstein series now pivots to a co-operative focused chapter. Though the game is not a mandatory multiplayer experience, combat encounters and puzzles have been redesigned to accommodate the two player mode, giving single players an AI-controlled partner and bullet sponge enemies.

However, all hope is not lost for Wolfenstein: why else would it be the third game on the list? The narrative has been pushed forward in time, as B.J.’s twin daughters are now in their adolescence, now giving players a glimpse at the 1980s of Wolfenstein‘s skewed universe. Additionally, the level design itself is more freeform thanks to development assistance from Arkane, the developers of the Dishonored series.

Will Wolfenstein: Youngblood successfully deliver more of the series’s goofy charm and crazy alternate reality? Almost certainly. On the other hand, will the game be as fun to play alone as in multiplayer? That remains to be seen. Last month’s E3 demo that raised such concerns was naturally only a snapshot of a game in development, so MachineGames and Arkane have had plenty of time to resolve these potential downsides to a co-op focused game.

Those are our three big single player games to look out for this month. Other interesting titles coming soon include Stranger Things 3 on July 4 and Attack on Titan 2 on July 5, both games hitting Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

On July 12 we will see the sequel to an almost-fantastic Minecraft-like RPG spinoff, Dragon Quest Builders 2 on Switch and PlayStation 4, as well as the Switch port of “anime Monster Hunter”, God Eater 3

The week after, July 19 brings us Switch-exclusive Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and at an undetermined time during the month Klei Entertainment’s anticipated survival-sim Oxygen Not Included will finally leave early access on PC.

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