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Gamers still want single-player campaigns

May 24, 2018

We all know how popular online multiplayer games are; who hasn't heard of Fortnite, Overwatch, and PUBG at this point? Just the other day I went down to Rehoboth and saw Fortnite hoodies for sale in one of the shops on the Boardwalk.

While a lot of gamers are really into online multiplayer games, there's still a large chunk of us who are not. Sure, many gamers play single-player games and still enjoy online multiplayer, but some people, like me, almost exclusively play single-player games.

The last multiplayer game I played was the amazing couch co-op game, A Way Out, which my husband and I really enjoyed. It was a fresh, new take on the multiplayer genre and something I'd love to see more of. Plus, seeing an EA game with no microtransactions was a breath of fresh air.

Remember last year when EA shut down Visceral Games and took my dream of an Uncharted-like single-player Star Wars game and turned it into a multiplayer game because "people don't like linear games today as much as they did five or 10 years ago"?

Honestly, I can see where they are coming from here; many people who play Fortnite Battle Royale and PUBG have never even played a good single-player game. A lot of them are casual gamers who are jumping on the bandwagon to play a game with their friends. Look, I get it.

But EA, there are a lot of us who are still craving linear single-player experiences; you just aren't looking hard enough.

Just look at some of the most critically acclaimed games in recent memory: God of War, Far Cry 5 (yes, I know it has multiplayer), Super Mario Odyssey, Celeste ... the list goes on, but you see what I mean.

Not to mention the highly anticipated single-player games like Detroit: Become Human (which will be out by the time you read this!), Death Stranding, Spider-Man, Days Gone, The Last of Us 2, and so many more. The popularity and critical acclaim of these games proves that many, many people still want games like this.

I bring all this up because I recently learned that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will not have a single-player campaign. I know a lot of people who really enjoy COD's single-player campaigns.

I understand that canning the campaign in Black Ops 4 was a budgetary decision, but I think it's a mistake. In the end, multiplayer games are a fad; people play them for a while, and then the next big thing comes out and they move on.

Now, now...don't run to Twitter to crucify me before I get a chance to explain myself. All I mean is that most online multiplayer games don't have a lot of longevity; they have a strong player base at launch, then it dips when newer games come out, then they release some new map packs and other DLC that brings the player base up a little, and the cycle repeats.

Not to mention, old and inactive multiplayer servers get shut down after a while ... so if you need some multiplayer trophies or achievements, you have to make sure you get them before the servers are shut down. On the flip side, I can go back and play an excellent single-player game from 20 years and still enjoy it just as much as I did back then.

I respect multiplayer games and I think they definitely have their place in the market.

I don't respect multiplayer gaming practices present in games like Battlefront II, but that's a topic for another day. But I will always be an advocate for single-player games with fun gameplay and memorable campaigns I'll remember for a lifetime.

To me, single-player games just hold so much more value. Online multiplayer games are just not for me, and I hope gamers like me aren't forgotten about in the future.

  • Cassie Gotto-White is a gamer, communications professional and coffee lover. She discovered her passion for video games at age six when she was given an NES Top Loader. Her current main console is a PlayStation 4, but she also owns a Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. She considers herself to be a single-player games advocate, and some of her favorite games are The Last of Us, the Uncharted series, the Yakuza series and Night in the Woods. Follow her at cgottowhite on Instagram and Twitter, and add her on PSN: unleash-the-bats.

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