Weekend Open Forum: Do you prefer single or multiplayer gaming?

By Shawn Knight ยท 78 replies
May 10, 2013
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  1. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 953   +515

    Prefer singleplayer, but love multiplayer when playing with friends. Don't mind multiplayer otherwise...
  2. TechGamer

    TechGamer TS Guru Posts: 370   +40

    Singleplayer is fun but multiplayer takes the experience to a far better one as u can play and interact with friends in battles and have fun together instead of sometimes ending grinding for hours alone u actually will have someone to talk with and chat
  3. Ivan Franco

    Ivan Franco TechSpot Staff Posts: 140   +6

    Nothing better than a great game with friends, without a doubt!
  4. Olo1602

    Olo1602 TS Rookie

    I like playing singleplayer games recently. It is peacefull way of enterntaiment.
  5. Single play or no play. It is that simple.
  6. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Multiplayer. It's fun to play with other players.
  7. Multi/coop. Single-player gets stale. I remember playing Bungie's Marathon (quite some time ago) and it was fantastic. There were regular updates, people built custom maps, etc., and occasionally the game really surprised. But then the graphics started to get better, while the "AI" (as everyone calls it) didn't. The last single player campaign I've played was COD Black-Ops, and it was just tedious. They're trying to turn it into a movie, but unfortunately the script never changes. OTOH Black-Ops' multi-player experience is also quite bad (on a mac). Still, MP it is, for me.
  8. R6exR6

    R6exR6 TS Rookie

    I just want to have some fun. Multiplayer is too competitive and has no story.
  9. highlander84

    highlander84 TS Booster Posts: 108   +30

    Multiplier is indeed more fun...However...its sometimes hard to get past the ***** window lickers messing my games up because their stupidity.... I did play World of Tanks every day...but now its like once a week because I get so annoyed with the *****s on my team being...well *****s....
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  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Single player without a doubt. If it's a multiplayer game, I take no further interest.
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,719   +3,697

    It's not the in-experienced that ruin a multi-player game, it's the ones that get annoyed. This is the main reason, I prefer single-player games.
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  12. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    Just to add, one issue with multiplayer.

    #crazylocos that can't control them self and act like adults *cough* (I was one of them once upon a time, only in certain situations though).
  13. trgz

    trgz TS Addict Posts: 221   +50

    SP 73%, Co-op (2-4player against AI) 25%, MP 2%.
    I'd happily replay a good SP, given the time and if it had a bit of diversity in it's story threads (ie Dishonoured); I have great fun with the LAN type co-op modes in R6Vegas, Far Cry3, Bulletstorm, HL2/Singularity; and would play more MP if it weren't for the 'high **** quotient' that permeates many accessible games (and the fact that I'm not that good), or the vast amount of time to get into the likes of Eve given that I have a life already, though I am interested in the standalone version of DayZ.
  14. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Posts: 322   +65

    While I do enjoy playing multiplayer with my friends from time to time, I always buy games hoping that I get a truly good singleplayer campaign. For me, the singleplayer mode makes or breaks a game.
  15. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    Depends how you really define "multiplayer" I'm going to say, because co-op based things are always fun usually. I tend to play solely alone because really, my PC isn't all that great at handling newer games. Even with some of the older MMOs and such, I find it all just the same drab repeated nonsense.

    Online shooters are just meh, with the constant plague of hackers and more. It's why really I stick to solo experiences, or with friends only to avoid conflicts of interest. Since all you get are more headaches then you want, because all I've experienced is trouble.
  16. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Evangelist Posts: 463   +136

    The guy who writes them (Matthew) is ill at the moment, but they should be back soon.
  17. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 381   +86

    I'm glad I am not the only one who prefers single player. I've had fun with some online shooters in the Battlefield series, but generally I just prefer single player, at my own pace, without getting slaughtered by people much more experienced than me. Also, with kids in the house, I tend to get interrupted a lot, and there is no pause key in MP. :)
  18. I do 1 play though of single player, then move over to multiplayer where I can get owned real good. LOL I just dont have time to get good enough at most online games. But I do make for good target practice.
  19. dotVezz

    dotVezz TS Booster Posts: 112

    It depends a lot on the genre that I'm playing. I really enjoy MOBA games, but I have a (huge) thing for JRPG's and similar single-player, character-driven stories that unfold as I play. Some MMO's have also provided a surprisingly satisfying amount of character-driven plot development, like GW2 -- especially with Seiran and Logan.

    I'm on the fence, but leaning toward single player. Playing with strangers doesn't interest me, but playing with friends can make MMO's and other online games worth playing.
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  20. dotVezz

    dotVezz TS Booster Posts: 112

    This is so true. When I play MOBAs, and there's an inexperienced or unskilled player on my team, I cringe when other teammates get negative and blame him for every bad move. It's not the unskilled at playing who make Multiplayer a detrimental experience (sometimes), it's the unskilled at communicating who do this.
    BlueDrake likes this.
  21. danhodge

    danhodge TS Member Posts: 80   +13

    Depends on the genre. In shooters, the single player is pointless to most people. Its all about multi player/coop games.

    However, with games like RPG's, I much prefer single player. Until an MMO with combat that rivals that of any single player RPG comes around, I will stay away from them.
    So, basically, until ESO is released ;)
  22. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Maniac Posts: 350   +112

    A bit of both. Multiplayer games are much more fun than single player when you've got a good group of mates to mess about with. Unfortunately, it can be rather difficult to get a group of friends to all play at the same time, which is when single player games shine.

    If I had to pick one, I'd probably go single player.
  23. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    Quite true. People are so negative, if they have someone unskilled. They wonder why people have a serious burnout, and many other problems that come after. The negativity in multiplayer games really is hurting, where new players don't join in as long.

    If you can actually properly communicate with them, and at least help them out then it might not be so bad. Someone might be just experienced at other things, but still new and rough around the edges at that game / genre of games. Also able to build up a trust over time, as they get more experienced. So you have other new friends to play with, and able to share your knowledge with someone else.
  24. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    Singleplayer. I'll play multiplayer for a little bit, but to me it gets boring.
  25. Demigod001

    Demigod001 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Single player.

    I do play mmo's and the odd me3 and unrealT / quake3 match but other than that the macho twelve year olds put me off.

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