Single Player Games: Are they Still Necessary?
Before I proceed any further, I will like to point out something very important. When I use the words “Single Player
Games” in my heading, you should be aware that it also includes games such as Uncharted, The last of Us, Gears of
War, Halo and many other games like these that have Multiplayer components added to them, even though they ’re originally
made to be played by one person. Now that’s out of the way, we can hop into the main gist of the post.
Whether you’re a Hardcore Gamer or not, you’ll be aware that there’s been a rapid emergence of multiplayer games,
which can be seen in new genres like the Battle Royale mode with games such as Player Unknown Battle Grounds,
Fortnite and the recently released Black ops 4 Blackout mode. However, because of this new trend, Single player games
are beginning to get lesser attention from gamers and gaming companies in general. Even though some may argue that
they are still as popular as they were in the past thanks to new releases like Marvel Spiderman, Assassin’s Creed
Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2, I still beg the differ and that’s because if you compare the two categories (Single
and Multiplayer) side by side in terms of Sales, you’ll discover that on average, Multiplayer games always outsell Single
player games with some exceptions like the ones listed above. Moreover, this has gotten to a point where gaming
companies such as EA have begun proposing the discontinuation of single player games since they’ve gotten less popular
in addition to Treyarch’s decision to cut out the single player mode in the recently released Black ops 4 since most Call of
Duty players enjoy playing multiplayer with their friends & ignore the Campaign mode.
Honestly, I am saddened in the direction things are headed and if nothing is done to rectify this pending issue, it can become
a major problem that can possibly mark the end of Gaming as we all know it. Which is why I truly believe Single
player games are still necessary for today’s gaming space and I’m gonna prove this with just 2 simple reasons which are
Just as Human beings have grown and evolved over time, Video games have also, in turn, evolved and developed over
the years and this growth are mostly thanks to the emphasis laid on Single Player Games.
What do I mean?
Well, one could argue that single-player Games have always been the Benchmark for Gaming since the early days of Sega,
Nintendo and even Sony’s Playstations. With each passing year, Gaming has always improved in terms of Storytelling,
longer play hours and most importantly Graphics and its mostly thanks to Single Player Games. A great example of this
can be seen with the game God of War3. During the PS3 era, Sony was having trouble selling consoles due to the fact that
the Xbox 360 had launched a year before Sony’s Playstation 3. However once God of war dropped, it began to
sell like “Hot Cakes” and that’s because the system (PS3) was made with God of war in mind and thus, it was able to
push the PS3 to its limit, which produced a great game with amazing graphics (at its time) and made lots of sales for Sony
which marked the beginning of their “Come back” in the console Wars. This means that without the help of a Single Player
Game (God of War 3), The PS3 won’t have been able to “Evolve” and reach its maximum potential which proves my point that
Single-player games are still necessary for our gaming Spaces. However, my last reason for supporting the point that single-player
games still deserve to be in today’s gaming space stems from the fact that they have more “Value” (in my opinion) than
I am aware that the point Value is very subjective by nature meaning “Whatever is valuable to me or some other
person might be insignificant to another & Vice Versa”. However, I am still going to stand by my opinion which is Single
Player Games offer more value than Multiplayer games but, that’s as a result of something fundamental & important which is
Once again, What do I mean ?
The current price for games in the United States is $60 (excluding tax). However, in some cases, a game might sell for less due
to the fact that it offers less content which often equates to Multiplayer only. Moreover, the cost for making single-player
games is most times Expensive since they have to get so many elements like Actors, directors, screenwriters, and
all this, excludes the fact that the game has to be developed with the best engine which requires Time, Money and Effort.
Nonetheless, some may still disagree with my point entirely and go with the notion that Multiplayer games offer more value
to gamers in general since more Time is spent playing the game overall. But I would firmly disagree with this point and
that’s because I believe in Quality and not Quantity.
Let me explain
When you play a Single Player game like Final Fanatsy XV you are sure to get the most of your time and the reason for
this is you enjoy yourself while playing the game which I personally regard as Quality Time spent. On the flip side when
playing a Multiplayer game like Destiny, it all depends on the team you play with and the weapon chosen in order to have
any fun playing the game especially in game modes like Competitive in Crucible. In other words, it doesn’t matter the
Quantity of Time you spend, if at the end of the day you don’t have any fun at all (quality time). Which is why I believer
Single Player Games have more value than Multiplayer Games and as a result, should not just be seen as a nesecity rather
as a Requirement in today’s gaming space.
My Final Thoughts
If you’ve read up to this point (which I’m glad you did ) you should have noticed that I have a Strong Bias towards Single
Player Games and this stems from my upbringing (Since I grew up playing single-player games like Prince of Persia)
coupled with the rage from my 5 consecutive losses in Destiny the other day. But all jokes aside, Gaming has broadened
its audience and as a result, we see more Multiplayer than Single-Player Games these days. More Gamers are excited
playing Overwatch and Fornite which makes companies start to think that Single Player Games are becoming Obsolete
thus, reducing the rate by which they are produced (EA). All I’m asking is for a Balance in the gaming circle so Companies
don’t go into Panic mode and stop making Single Player games forever because at the end of the day, Money talks and
Time equals money. Meaning the more money and time spent on Multiplayer games, the less reason for Gaming
companies and publishers to produce Single Player Games which will, in turn, make them unnecessary to all parties
But that’s enough regarding my thoughts on this matter. I would love to know down in the comments what you guys and
girls think about Single Player Games. Do you think they are still popular and should still be required or they should be
shelved and gotten rid of since the times have changed and more gamers appeal to MultiPlayer than Single Player Games.
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