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Single Player Games: Are they Still Necessary?

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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

 

Evolution

Value

 

Evolution

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 is 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 the 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 in 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 multiplayer games.

 

Value

I am aware that the point Value is very subjective by nature meaning “Whatever is valuable to me or someother 

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

“Price”.

 

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, screen writers, 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 espescially 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 im glad you did ) you should have noticed that I have a Strong Bias towards Single

Player Games and this stems from my up bringing (Since I grew up playing single player games like Prince of Perisa)

coupled with the rage from my 5 consecutive loses in Destiny the other day. But all jokes aside, Gaming has broadened

its audience and as a result, we see more Multiplyer 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 Obselete

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

involved.

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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That’s all I have to say for now. Hope you enjoyed reading my post!! If you enjoyed it don’t forget to share this with your

friends or anyone that may be interested in amazing reads!!

 

Until Next Time

 

Peace

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8 Comments

  1. Strahinja

    Hello Kemdi and thank you for this amazing article. It was such a pleasant read. I am big gaming fan and I still loving video games although I am not as young as I was when I first started :).

    I always loved single player games and enjoyed them more then anything. Good shooting games were always my thing. However I must say that game I truly started enjoying single mode the most was the Jedi Knight 2 – Jedi Outcast. 

    This game still brings one of the best memories of my life. That is why I still think single games are needed and to me are going to always be fun – not matter the trends.

    I really appriciate you listing your thougts on certain games.

    Love your website design also.

    Strahinja

    • Kemdi

      Thanks so much!! 

      I also Love Single Player games as well thats why it’ll be sad to see them fade away 

  2. Miguel

    Hi Kemdi,

    Yeah, single player games are still the ones I enjoy playing the most due to also being brought up playing these (back in the day there were no multiplayer games lol) but definitely not the ones I play the most nowadays. Nowadays I play mostly multiplayer with my friends but sometimes that can get a bit stressful and overly competitive.

    Anyway, great article!

    Cheers,

    Miguel

    • Kemdi

      Thanks Miguel 

      Your Right, playing Multiplayer games with friends is sweet but after a while, it becomes stressful and too competitive just as you mentioned thats why Single player games take the W  for me as well 

  3. olamyde

    I like to say for real your post gives me more awareness all about single player game because of it’s trends in the society.

    Though I do not have flare for games but my brother does which is what gaves the idea of the trend in single player game. Again i have seen single player games are beginning to get much attention from gamers and gaming companies in general also. 

    • Kemdi

      I’m so glad i was able to get part of your awareness to gaming. Also, i know Single player games get the attention they deserve but what im saying is if Multiplayer games continue to dominate the charts, then we might start to see the fall of Single player games in the near future 

  4. CravenATAT

    This has been one of the biggest debates between myself and friends, as they lean to more multiplayer games where I like a lot of storyline before diving into multiplayer games. It seems that the $60 you mention for a game is only part of the price, as you have to pay for DLC and other add-ons later. I love your comparison between Destiny and Final Fantasy, as Final Fantasy XV has far more value (in my opinion) than Destiny. Multiplayer games, like you mentioned, are dependent on others helping you succeed, whereas single player games grant you more “quality time”. Quality beats quantity 10 times out of 10 in my book for the reasons you mentioned.

    • Kemdi

      Thanks For your insightful comment Craven

      i also like arguing this topic with my friends a lot!! which is part of the things that inspired me to write this post!!. I am a  believer in quality and not quantity which is why i love Single Player games  because you get to enjoy the game at your own pace unlike multiplayer games where having Fun in the game Strictly depends on how good your teammates are.

      Am also aware that the price of gaming  tends to fluctuate these day from the original $60 due to DLC and other add-ons just as you mentioned but since that wasn’t my main issue this time, i consciously chose to ignore it because it would feel like im flogging a dead horse.

      Once again thanks so much for your comment Really appreciate it !! 

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