Modern day gaming takes many various forms to entertain the masses, whether it’s an engaging single player so consuming that you develop a rather unhealthy obsession with the content, (damn you Uncharted) *shakes fist furiously*, or a multiplayer experience that’s far superior and evidently more fun than the single player format. So imagine my surprise when today I ventured down to my generic electrical store to purchase Dead Island, only to discover that the cooperative play is only available online, dum dum dum! Do you realize what this means? 1: That I probably should have done sufficient research on the game before trouncing all the way down the high street to obtain it, and 2: That this bitter blow left me reeling, and it was this lack of offline co-op that directly contributed me terminating the purchase of Dead Island. You probably feel that im being a little to judgemental and yes, perhaps even a tad OTT, but allow me to explain.
I’m not opposed to online gaming, quite the opposite, I am fully aware that the future of the video games industry lies in the online world. For example, who really purchases titles such as Call Of Duty, Battlefield and Portal 2 just to indulge in the one player campaign? Show of hands? Not many, because as important as single player is, it’s the online capabilities that prolong your amusement, but from my own online exposure, you do lose a certain camaraderie when participating online. It all feels a little distant, despite the constant need for communication (especially in the case of Portal 2), and the growing community located throughout PSN. For me personally, Dead Island deciding to focus its co-op attention on the web is a very disappointing decision, as this now leaves me unable to invite friends round to satisfy our basic human rights, by decapitating hordes of cannibalistic zombies on a tropical island, whilst consuming vast quantity’s of Wotsits and beer. It’s these social interactions that make playing games not only more rewarding but additionally more fun, which in a gaming community that’s obsessed with constantly chasing trophy’s and improved high scores can sometimes signify that fun, is sadly disregarded.
The inconvenient truth for me however is that despite my forlorn grumblings, I’m still likely to purchase Dead Island, due to the actuality that I’m an enthusiastic gamer trapped in a world of commercialism, and nothing to do with the fact that, deep down, I’m just another whingeing hypocrite, nope, not at all *cough*.
Is offline multiplayer as important to you? Or do you prefer to play online? Let me know your thoughts and opinions, cheers.