What could possibly be better then taking on a horde of zombies? Taking on a horde of zombies with your best buddy! Or shooting some cowboys, firing off a few disks, stealing a princess, and zerging your enemies into oblivion!
If you haven’t noticed I’m a big fan of multiplayer, and more over co-operative multiplayer. I mainly go for co-op since one-on-one I usually fall flat on my face. Besides, it’s so much more satisfying slaughtering the innocent together.
In my humblest of opinions, any game that has an amazing story mode that gives you the option (yet another rant) to play through with someone else, both split-screen or shared-screen and online, is top-notch in my books.
I’ll leave this space here since I can’t think of any that do that specifically off the top of my head. We can always expand this later. (>^_^)>
A step down would be limiting a game to just split or shared screen, since you could then, you know, socialize while you play. Halo, Gears of War, GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, New Super Marion Bros., just to name a few. The reason I say these “same system” games are better then online co-op is probably because that’s what I grew up with. I love Red Dead Redemption, but I’d rather break out my Nintendo 64 and pop in Perfect Dark and play along-side my wife, brother, or any of my friends.
Have you ever played a game with a multiplayer mode that just felt… “tacked on”? When I heard a Robotech game was coming out for my beloved GameCube, I was overjoyed. Macross was one of the first Anime’s my brother and I got into when we were little (aside from the already mainstream shows at the time). We bought the game the day it came out and we’re very pleased with it, aside from the multiplayer. You only had deathmatch. I don’t mind deathmatch, but that’s all it had. I love options but when you have a beautiful game with a last-minute multiplayer mode thrown on just so you can get the illustrious “2 controller” symbol on your game package, really burns me up.
Always online DRM. This peeves me off to no end. I understand that companies want to protect their products, but do I have to be online when I’m trying to play through Diablo 3 on my freaking own? I have also been hearing SimCity 5 might employ this same tactic as well. One of my first thoughts was, what about the country gamers? What about people with a bad internet connection, or worse… Dial-Up? It can be easy to overlook a life without “high-speed” internet these days. Just imagine if they tried to pull this stunt 10 years ago. A company would be burned at the steak for even suggesting anything of the sort.
Overall I kind of made myself mad writing this, but then I remembered I still have Halo 1 and 2 somewhere and my trusty old N64, not to mention our numerous SNES games! So if the gaming industry ticks you off a certain way just remember the games that make you smile, laugh, or piss yourself that New-Years party you drank to much!