If there is one thing I loved about video games it was the time spent playing with a friend or family member. The joy of the two of you sitting down on a couch in front of the TV playing a game together. So many memories. Recently I tried this again with my brother and my best friend on two different occasions, same results. There are barely any good two player games out nowadays.
Sitting next to each other we were hoping to play a game together and looking through all of our collections we realized that most games only have multiplayer online. This is a bizarre thing to have but yet a lot of people are accepting this, local multiplayer is no longer an option in most games.
Now I’m aware there are great titles like Gears of War and Resident Evil that do in fact offer two player coop campaigns but other games that seem like they should offer two player coop games do not. While my buddy was over we had already completed Gears of War 1 and 2 and we have completed Scott pilgrim vs the world. So we looked through my collection. We figured we would play Ghostbusters because well there are 4 members on the screen so we assume that we can play as someone else (The Wii version does offer local multiplayer). Nope the only multiplayer offered is online which defeats the whole purpose of being side by side. We got desperate and decided to play 50 Cent Blood on the Sand because in that game you have an ally constantly with you and from what I recall you may play with another person. To our surprise you cannot play a co op game together but rather you may play the co op campaign online only and this is a 50 cent game we will not be willing to buy another copy just so e can play as Nate Dogg or anyone else from G-Unit.
Another interesting game that offers online coop campaign only is Dead Rising 2. Can’t play the coop campaign together but we can online. There is no excuse as to why we can’t play together, I mean if we can’t play the Campaign online at least allow two people to play Terror is Reality online, but nope. Now this wouldn’t be a big problem if we can both play a game online from the same couch but this is not an option either. We cannot play Modern Warfare 2 online together if we are next to each other but can play online if we are separate. This is mind boggling! Again we can play Nazi Zombies on World at War but we can not go online together and join two other people in Nazi Zombies….Why?
Keep in mind here that the the console I have been using here is the Xbox 360. Mostly because my collection is bigger for that system. I realize that focusing on something that makes money and Xbox live is the point, but I feel like it’s missing the point when games are not multiplayer. Before multiplayer was in a lot of games or it was a single player game, if you’re going to offer online play at least allow us to play online together. Finding a local game to play together shouldn’t be a game in itself.Nintendo’s Wii seems to be the only console in which playing side by side it still an option; Donkey Kong Country: Returns, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Resident Evil Darkside Chronicles, hell even one player games like Super Mario Galaxy at least has a half-assed two player option, but at least the option is there. It’s so much easier to actually pull out the Wii and play a game with someone since there is a lot to choose from, except a lot of Nintendo Wii games are crap online so side by side play is basically your only bet.
Surprisingly this is real…ish
So the majority of games for the Xbox 360 is online co op, the majority of games for the Nintendo Wii is side by side co op and the Playstation 3…The Playstation 3 just stands there shaking its head.
So what is the problem with this? The problem is that the joy of having a friend sitting next to you is becoming obsolete. There are more options to play together when the friend is at their own home and where the only social interacting is speaking over the microphone. Instead of having them sit side by side. It was free, it was fun and it will be missed. At lease games like Left 4 Dead and NHL2k11 lets you play co op together and online. Meaning the person can be next to you and you both can play online against other people (this is absent in games like Call of Duty which heavily relies on online multiplayer). So maybe sports games are the only 2 player options we have left….that and retro games.
When we run out of options of what games to play together we usually turn to Xbox Live Arcade. At least that offers independent games that offer two player campaigns or versus modes, and since some games are retro or call backs like Comix Zone or Scott Pilgrim VS the World, chances are multiplayer is local player. Hell we’ve played Streets of Rage and Golden Axe from Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection just because there the only games guaranteed to have local multiplayer. so I guess we are stuck in the past, as the present and future of gaming relies on online multiplayer only. Good Times.
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