I wanted to carry on the conversation from last week a little bit, considering what I’m about to discuss resonates with a similarly annoying frequency. In fact, I’d consider this even more annoying than day one downloads. Yup, time to talk about the dreaded ‘online’ word.
Online multiplayer is a video game staple. No matter the game, you can bet that something internet based will be shoehorned in there to cater for those whose only interest is to compete against other players somewhere around the world. Some work, like Grand Theft Auto, Destiny or pretty much any MMO, but others leave a sour taste in our mouths that, in turn, taints whatever worth there was left in its single player mode (e.g. Dead Space 2, the recent Tomb Raider reboot, etc.)
I’ll make something rather clear before I continue. There’s nothing wrong with online gaming. Some titles have benefited greatly from its inclusion, especially the Pokemon franchise. Since we don’t all have four or eight friends to compete with personally on a daily basis, it’s great to be able to connect at any time to finish the mission. Better yet, many of us have many friends out of those strangers we first met on the Battlefield.