First things first. This is a quick opinion piece, I have not thoroughly researched this topic beyond the games I have played. So there, no nasty comments.
I have played multiplayer games all my life. Even before the incarnation of this thing we call ‘The Net’, I was playing winner-stays-on on PES and busting out mine kills on Goldeneye. For me, multiplayer was the real draw to gaming. Having an older brother who was infinitely better than me (was, ha ha) made me want to improve, just so I could see the look on his face when I beat him.
Even when I was older I played two player death matches on Red Faction and Star Wars Battlefront, infact, I even played single player death matches. I now call them training sessions. I had friends, honest.
My point being, as this current generation moves forward there seems to be less and less time spent on offline multiplayer/guest support. For example, the CoD series dropped guest play with MW and has not looked back. I used to stay up way too late getting silly drunk with my good friend Matt playing CoD3. Although not a great game, it was made so much better because of this. Even NFS: Shift (which I reviewed today) has no offline multiplayer. It’s a bloody racing game! Jesus.
Hopefully future games will abort this trend and do what the likes of Bungie have done with Halo3 – allowing guest play on unranked games. Thus making Halo the go-to game when I have friends over – as well as sports and rhythm games. I know CoD cannot implement guest play straight into their game thanks to the ranking system, but it would have been nice to have a mode I could play with friends.
I just worry that Bungie will follow suit if they change their ranking system to something similar to CoD (lord forbid). But, ranking systems are something to get into another day, and that will be a BIG post when I do get round to it.
Nt. Anyone know of any good games for playing with guests? Any opinions?
My list – Left4Dead, Left4Dead2, Halo, Rockband/GH etc, FIFA, Madden.