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Guest Post: Stories vs. Multiplayers

Hello Everyone!

SBK is back! He’s going to talk to you guys about the pros and cons of today’s gaming style. Are story games better than multiplayer games? Will gaming industry giants ever go back to offline games? Will multiplayer games ever improve their stories? It’s all here in his post! Have a read, and I’ll see you on the other side.

Just A Little About SBK

SBK is a gamer, YouTube vlogger and a very good friend of mine. He has written for this blog before, and if you haven’t checked it out, you should. You can find the link below:

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He will be a frequent guest here, and maybe end up taking over a spot of his own! So watch out for him!


GAMES: STORY v MULTIPLAYER

Video games, one of the biggest industries in the world, in fact it makes more money than the film industry and maybe the music industry combined. But the further technology develops, the more the gameplay develops especially when it comes to its look and feel.

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My first ever console was the PlayStation One, which is one of my all-time favorite consoles, because it allowed me to experience storytelling and gameplay mechanics that I never knew was possible. Sadly, I only owned four and a half games on the PlayStation One: Beyblade, Final Fantasy 7, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Atlantis: The Video Game (and about 100 PlayStation One magazine demo discs). Now looking back, I feel old as hell.  However, without this console, we wouldn’t have gotten his son, the Sony PlayStation 2.

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The Sony PlayStation 2 is, by far, one of the greatest consoles ever. Period. Why? Its range of exclusive character and story driven games that’s why. Don’t get me wrong the Xbox and GameCube were amazing consoles, but there is a reason why the Sony PlayStation was the one gaming system that everyone owned. If you made a list of the best childhood games in history, they are either PlayStation exclusive or linked to it, such as: the God of War series and Shadow of Colossuses, Kingdom hearts, Tekken, etc.

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Back in the day, despite having some form of online facility, the developers focused more on the story of video game, thus creating the video game revolution. Now, with the online aspects of our current gaming industry, it feels like we have lost the latest generation of gaming, which brings me back to the point of this topic: are story games better than multiplayer (PvP or AI) games?

Story: The Foundation of our Lives

Story: one of the main reasons we buy games. It is because of our desire to experience a new playable world that we seek to immerse ourselves in games. From being a badass demon slayer, to a god killer with daddy issues, we experience these characters’ amazing stories and play in their shoes. We make choices that affect them; from the way they battle, to the way they speak to other characters, video gaming stories are like reading an interactive novel.

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When we look into the past ten years (from the release of the PlayStations 3 and 4), which games can we name, off the top of our heads that we would play over and over again, just for the story? Yes, we can say the Uncharted series, Last of Us, and Gears of War, but we can name only a few true success stories; while the games from the early 2000s can be named instantly.

For example, as research, I went through the PlayStation Plus store and found a game called Destroy All Humans. It has a funny and strange story (you’re basically an alien and your only ambition is to kill humans), and now I really want to play it. On a side note…even if it’s been almost ten years, I still want to play Shadow of Colossus (still waiting for a re-mastered version for the PlayStation 4).

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Multiplayer: nothing beats saying to someone “I’m better than you” than one of these games. From leading someone towards the corner in a fighting game, to who has the better quick scoping and no scoping from Call of Duty, multiplayer games are a very important aspect in gaming, due to its ability to connect us with other people around the world. It also tests your skills and prove to both you and your opponent, who’s better. Nowadays, all games seem to feature some form of multiplayer, almost as if it’s required, in order to make some form of money. After all video games spend as much money on one title as a high budget film trilogy! Insane right!

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One of my fondest memories of these games, is playing Call of Duty, especially four to six. I even had a group of friends, that formed a clan called GX! Call of Duty: Modern Warfare had a balance of a good story and amazing multiplayer facilities, but when the series progressed it seemed to have focused more on the online and just threw random stories together. Don’t get me wrong, I do prefer the Call of Duty multiplayer aspects than its story, but when I see a game with an amazing story, quickly put together for the online experience, it annoys me to the point that I think, why?

Lately in the game industry, multiplayer has been an excuse to inflate the worth of their game, since they’re “giving us more content”, even though the extra layer is often unplayable, and therefore often left un-played.

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Their sole purpose is to draw out the game length, to make it seem more worth the money. I believe that if it were a choice, many would rather buy the game cheaper but without the online ability, or without the campaign (since it’s only natural to want to pay for what you want to play). If this option existed this would give the developers a reason to make both the online and story mode objects of desire, instead of just being a bullet point on the back of the box.

Pick One and Be Grateful

I believe games should focus on one or the other. However, if they are gonna do both, then they should work hard and deliver the best. Looking into this year and next year I’m excited to see the new worlds that will be created and explored. I’d like to see the new ways I can play with my friends: from fighting heroes and villains in Injustice 2, to befriending a bird dog in Last Guardian. So for all the people reading this, when you buy a game, buy it for what you want to play, a single player experience or a multiplayer one, don’t try and get both, because you may only get one side of a good game.


What A Journey!

So what did you guys think? Do you enjoy story games more than multiplayer games? Personally, I’m a Story fan! I love the idea of being put into someone else’s shoes and exploring their world! After all, you never know what you’ll find.

Anyway, if you want to learn more about SBK and his multitude of projects, click on the links below, and discover what he is capable of!

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Well, that’s it from us today, we’ll see you next time, when SBK will talk to you about his favorite childhood games! So get ready to snuggle down and reminisce with him in…

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So what do you think? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll see you all soon!

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