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

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

Only online/multiplayer games have always had an impact on the games industry, but more so now with seasoned developers such as Bungie creating games with an online, co-op focus for every aspect of the game. Massive Multiplayer Online games are released spanning years of content and some big first person shooters are focusing entirely on multiplayer. Regularly, we wish some of our favourite multiplayer games were single player instead, often so the developers could be more focused on content and story rather than creating an online infrastructure and worrying about match-making. On that note, here are our top 5 multiplayer games which we think, would make good single player games.


Titanfall

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

Titanfall was the first big multiplayer only game to hit this generation, causing quite the stir among the video game community. It was marketed as not only the first big first person shooter to be multiplayer only, but the reason behind owning an Xbox over a PlayStation. A system built on the gameplay mechanics of pilots on foot, versing giant Titans, led to tight game play, with open yet varied maps and locations, and some of the best moments multiplayer gaming had to offer.

But for many, without a single player campaign the game felt empty, just a part of an expected experience for gamers. And with little content, slow levelling and low equipment unlocks for multiplayer, the player base died quicker than most multiplayer games. So why not a single player version of Titanfall? An epic campaign, where players have the chance to use the fantastic game mechanics created by Respawn Entertainment, explore more of the galaxy and continue the fight between the IMC and Militia.

Campaign levels spread across large sections of planets in large military battles. Using the same mechanics, but in even bigger levels, with multiple routes to the solution and target. As a massive Titanfall fan, it would be great just to see more Titanfall, but having an extensive campaign with meaningful characters and motivations would make the experience even better.

Guild Wars 2

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

Massively Multiplayer Online games are an important genre in the video game industry. Although it has dwindled at times, it has seen a bit of a revival with games such the free to play turncoat, Star Wars: The Old Republic, or the colourful Wildstar, and even titles such as The Secret World have pushed the genre into new territory. These games often have millions of players inhabiting their worlds, creating expansive communities and feature incredible stories, spanning hundreds of hours of missions and events, and content created for players for years after released. However the MMO genre can be too much for many gamers, myself included. With thousands of players running around it’s hard to become immersed in the story, while already established communities makes it hard to break into the fold.

Therefore, it would be great for more single player games to have these types of ecosystems for players, where developers stick around and keep creating content for a game instead of moving on at the first chance. Guild Wars 2 is a great example of a game single player fans would love. Interesting lore with multiple races, including different story lines, tons of content and areas to explore and featuring tight combat mechanics and meaningful skill trees and abilities. Sounds like the perfect single player game to me.

Star Wars Battlefront

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

 

Take one of the most well-known, beloved movie-based games and create a current generation experience. Welcome Star Wars Battlefront from EA. Now, I know this has been a sore issue in the media and gaming community, but the constant judgement and grief without a second of gameplay is incredibly unfair for DICE. But I haven’t added SWB to complain about the lack of iron sights or planned downloadable content. Just asking for a single player game. Small ask.

Although there is sort of a single player mode, it’s not quite the same as the outstanding and enduring Galactic Conquest which was in previous editions of the Battlefront series. So many great memories for myself and for others I’m sure, of tight battles and strategic maneuvering of your fleets and forces to secure a planet you really needed. Pure fun, and fun you will often only have while playing against bots. In regards to the announced changes so far, I can understand changing certain features or taking out one part of a battle type to allow for focus on another element, but not having any substantial, standalone single player modes would be a real loss to an exceptional series. But who knows, there is sure to be more announcements of modes before the release later this year, maybe we will get lucky.

League of Legends

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

One of the fastest growing original games and still one of the most played multiplayer games after years, League of Legends obviously has a strong following, and it’s not just for its industry leading combat and mechanics. The characters and background stories are a large part of what makes League of Legends so interesting and varied. Champions all have their own stories and conflicts from the past, defining who they are, their appearance and how they fight. Therefore, wouldn’t it be great to explore the stories behind these characters and the world of LOL through a single player game.

A game in the similar vein of the old Warcraft games, an overhead view, with heavy story focus and RPG mechanics. Although somewhat of a dramatic switch for a MOBA series, its something I’m sure many fans of the game would enjoy, seeing their favorite champions in a new setting and learning more about them through their experiences.

Destiny

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

Truly a game built for greatness. It simply couldn’t be anything but a success with the talent and experience behind such a project. Bungie created something magical and beautiful, a universe with such potential it could be stretched out into ten years of games and add-on content as promised. Unfortunately many fans found Destiny to have a very distinct multiplayer grind gameplay focus, with such a lack of disrespect for the lore around it.

As a single player game lover, there is nothing more I would love to see than a single player game created in the Destiny series. Keeping the same solid shooting mechanics and stunning visuals, but replacing the party load times and repetitive missions with stories exploring the history and lore of the now darkened galaxy. As any fan would say, there is much potential for the series to grow and expand, but hopefully Bungie learns from their mistakes and do it with meaningful story oriented missions with real significance to the worlds around us.


So what do you think single players? Are these multiplayer games you would love to see as single player games? Let us know in the comments and be sure to follow Only SP for more Top 5 Tuesday articles on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Gamer of every genre, but often prefers just buying games and looking at them and the pretty covers rather than ever playing them. A writer from Australia, currently studying Journalism and hoping to make it big one day in writing.

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Top 5 Xbox One Exclusive Indie Games We Can’t Wait to Hear More About at E3 2015

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Top 5 Upcoming Xbox One Single Player Indie Games for E3

Indies have become a prominent part of the video game industry in the past few years with both Sony and Microsoft reaching out to indie developers extensively, with Sony originally leading the way, and Microsoft playing catch up. Now, in the lead up to E3 this year, there are as many Indie games as there are triple A titles that we can’t wait to hear about. Last week I talked about the Top 5 Sony Indies we hope to hear about at E3, but for this week we are looking at Xbox One Indies which are kicking up a storm. Here are the top 5 upcoming Xbox One indie games we can’t wait to hear more about at E3.

Disclaimer – (Although a number of these games have console exclusivity to Xbox One, these are often just timed, meaning they may come to other consoles at a later date, and there is a strong possibility of them coming to PC platforms at any time.)


Below

Top 5 Upcoming Xbox One Single Player Indie Games for E3

Another game looking to set itself apart in a market flooded with rogue-likes, Below is a beautiful and mysterious game with great experience behind it.

A title which caught my attention quicker than any other indie before, was the beautiful and intriguing Below. From the developers who brought gamers the delightful and explosive Super Time Force last year, Capybara Games, comes the rogue adventure game with simple yet almost breath-taking artwork. Originally shown for the first time in Microsoft’s E3 press conference back in 2013, before the current generation consoles were even released, the game is played from a top down perspective, with the player controlling a small warrior exploring the depths of a mysterious island.

Featuring many rouge-like mechanics, including randomly generated levels and permanent death, it’s a familiar take on the recently popularized rouge genre. However, it is the art style and tone which ultimately sets it apart, making it onto our top five Xbox One indie list. With no release date announced yet and little details given since 2013, we hope there will be some concise information at this year’s Microsoft press conference.

Blues and Bullets

Top 5 Upcoming Xbox One Single Player Indie Games for E3

Blues and Bullets looks and sounds interesting and hopefully will see more of it soon.

With the episodic game formula becoming popularized by developer Telltale Games, it’s not surprising we are seeing a number of developers trying the structure for their own game ideas. The newest developers giving it a try is A Crow of Monsters, with their action-adventure detective game Blues and Bullets. The story follows Eliot Ness, an agent who jailed the infamous Al Capone, but after going into retirement is told Capone needs him to find his kidnapped granddaughter as his former nemesis is the only person he can trust. Players will need to search and find clues through investigations at crime scenes and match clues with suspects in order to solve crimes.

Another game which in concept is simple, but is set apart by its contrasting graphics. The noire style with tinges of colour occasionally to attract attention such as blood, acts as a dramatic and immersive mechanic. Blues and Bullets is another title which has caught our attention and we’ll be sure to investigate ourselves. The game was awarded Excellence in Story and Storytelling at the recent Game Connection Development awards. Set to be released onto Xbox One through the ID@Xbox publishing program, the first episode will be coming soon, with hopefully more details to come at E3.

Cuphead

Top 5 Upcoming Xbox One Single Player Indie Games for E3

A strange game with an art style replicating cartoons from the 30s and classic platforming action.

Set to be one of the strangest yet interesting games we’ve seen in a while, Cuphead aims to revisit older times with 30s cartoon art style and classic run and gun gameplay which centres around 1-on-1 fights. Players will face a multitude of enemies and bosses in order to repay a debt to the devil gained from gambling. Cuphead is the first game from developers Studio MDHR, consisting of brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer. Development began in 2010 and is inspired by “subversive and surrealist” elements in regards to the art style in particular. The developers aim to mix up the style of game by having unlimited lives, but the game is continuous, in the sense it is one boss fight right after the other.

Cuphead stands out for its art style, dating back the original styles of Disney and other comics from the 30s. A title which is sure to turn a few heads and surprise many, we hope to see more of it at E3, with the game set to come out sometime in 2015.

Inside

Top 5 Upcoming Xbox One Single Player Indie Games for E3

A dark and dystopian setting, dark colours and themes and clever puzzles to boot. Its easy to be excited for Inside when the developers behind the game created the magnificent Limbo.

Limbo surprised many with its deep puzzle mechanics and simple storytelling when it released back in 2010. However, the art style and theme of hopelessness, darkness and light were what drew gamers in and immersed them in the experience. The developers behind Limbo, PlayDead, are aiming for a similar feeling with their new title, Inside, a 2.5 puzzler and platforming game where you must guide a child through dystopian environments  Although hard details remain thin since the original announcement, Inside follows the story of a small boy, living in a dystopian society of drones, as he hides, runs and investigates the people around him.

The players must slowly piece together and learn about the culture and civilization the boy lives in as he traverses the plain and seemingly government controlled world. Inside looks interesting so far to say the least, with an Early 2015 release date set on the website, there’s a strong possibility it will be coming out in 2015.

SuperHOT

Top 5 Upcoming Xbox One Single Player Indie Games for E3

Superhot a First Person Shooter which innovates in the genre with one unique mechanic, nothing moves unless you do.

Continuing the theme of unique art styles and themes comes the fast and furious, SuperHOT. The game is a first person shooter, but with a unique element to the shooting mechanics. Bullets and other projectiles only move when the player moves, meaning you can freeze time by standing still. Along with the unique game mechanic comes a unique art style with simple colour schemes used to make enemies stand out for the player. It allows for players to focus on the skill needed to complete levels in the short time limits given. The idea came out of a game jam from a group of friends, but has since taken on a whole new life.

SuperHOT was remade from scratch, but with the core concept intact, after which the game was greenlit, kickstarted and is now set to come to Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program this Summer. Although there is a continuous influx of first person shooters in the industry, it’s nice to see developers innovating on core mechanics, leading to unique experiences such as SuperHOT on consoles.


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