April Fools' Day

Single-Player Games are Dying (to be Played)

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Single Player is Dead

Single-player is dead and multiplayer killed it.

This is a topic that we have avoided for a long time. However, with OnlySP’s recent upgrade to OnlyMP, now is the best time to do so.

As stated in our announcement post, the advent of games such as FortnitePlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Apex Legends prove that the industry has evolved to multiplayer gaming, and single-player games have become obsolete. In fact, Fortnite—which OnlySP’s Michael Cripe recently described as “straight up the best game ever made” in his review—was recently announced to have reached around 250 million players. I can’t even count that high!

Of course, a statement as obvious as the opening of this article requires proof, so I would like to recount some of the single-player games that killed the industry in 2018.

God of War

For starters: God of War. As OnlySP’s Ben Newman stated in his review, “God of War is a surprise.” By that statement, he likely means that the game was surprisingly dull because you cannot play it with other people, like you can with Fortnite or Apex Legends. Ben ultimately awarded the game High Distinction (5/5), demonstrating how terrible it truly is.

Another game to receive such an awful score in 2018 was Red Dead Redemption 2. OnlySP’s Rhain Radford-Burns described the game’s narrative as “extensive and interweaving,” stating that it “surpasses the original”—which probably means that it is more confusing than the original (I’m not sure. I didn’t read the article; I was busy playing Fortnite). If that does not demonstrate how awful the game is, get this: it won eight awards at OnlySP’s Best of 2018 ceremony, including Best Game! If that does not demonstrate how overrated the game is, I am not sure what will.

Of course, two other games were also awarded with High Distinction in 2018: The Red Strings Club, which OnlySP’s Damien Lawardorn said “will not—can not—appeal to everyone,” so why would you even try?; and GRIS, which Rhain Radford-Burns stated “[presents] a narrative experience unlike any other,” which does not sound very appealing because if it is unlike Fortnite, I need not bother.

Single-player is dead and multiplayer killed it.

OnlySP Best of 2018 - Red Dead Redemption 2

April Fools’! If you were yet to guess: of course this is a joke. As much as we enjoy playing multiplayer games every now and then, we are very well aware that single-player gaming is not dead. If this article proves anything, it is that single-player gaming is alive and well. 2018 offered some of the strongest single-player experiences in recent memory, and 2019 is already set to do the same.

Single-player gaming is far from dead, and we would see the site die before admitting otherwise.

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Rhain Radford-Burns
Rhain discovered a long time ago that mixing one of his passions (video games) with the other (writing) might be a good idea, and now he’s been stuck in the industry for over six years with no means of escaping. His favourite games are those with deep and captivating narratives: while it would take far too long to list them all, some include L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption (and its sequel), Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Last of Us, and the Uncharted series.

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