I was jumping through a few games tonight playing online in various modes and had an urge to write something about co-op and competitive multiplayer game modes. I really find myself liking co-op a hell of a lot more than competitive. I don’t always have a lot of time to dedicate to one game, nor do I really want to. I like jumping around, playing different things often. I just don’t have the patience to play call of duty for 30+ hours just so I can compete with some middle schoolers who have nothing but free time.
When I think of my favorite gaming moments, they always have to do with working with friends to overcome the AI. The best examples I can think of are Left 4 Dead, Gears of War series, Saints Row the third, Resistance 3, Splinter cell Conviction, Resident Evil 5, Ninja Gaiden 3, and Borderlands 2. All Games that have in my opinion great co-op. The Gears of War series has a co-op story, but Horde mode blows the competitive part out of the water. Ninja Gaiden 3 while not everyone’s cup of tea was a blast to join another fellow Ninja and take on waves of enemies to fight to the death. The other games I listed either have a co-op story or some other type of co-op mode made specifically for the players to work together.
Two racing games I really enjoy, Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed: Most Wanted have this online component where you can race online if you want, or you and seven other friends can drive around anywhere doing challenges together or just messing around. Open world car games at their finest. I really like this approach instead of having to race people and be competitive if I go online.
Now not to be confused, I do like playing competitive. I enjoy Call of Duty Black Ops, Halo, Killzone, Playstation All-Stars, etc. It’s just I feel like there is a fine line between enjoying one’s self and tossing the game because you don’t stand a chance. Call of Duty specifically, I hold my own all right, but there are some players that blow my mind with how good they play, then I see their player card and have 7 days’ worth of playing. I’d be awesome to if I spent a full week of my life in a game.
Honestly, the only game series I like the competitive multiplayer better is Uncharted. I like the co-op, it just feel like there isn’t enough there. The co-op adventures are nice but short and why are survival waves limited to ten? Make it like gears where some friends and I have to fight through 50 waves or better yet, make it endless.
I’m probably wrong, but I feel like there needs to be two rooms for players. One for players who have played the game under 24 hours, and another room for the 24+ hours. Give or take some hours, I don’t have it down to a science. I feel like this would separate the players that jump on occasional to play with the hardcore of the hardcore players.
This is why I shy away from fighting games. I want to play with people and have fun, but I don’t want to lose every time and I don’t have the time to invest into one fighting game like some people. I’m barely able to hold my own in Playstation All-stars, if you want to count that as a fighter.
Anyway that’s just my thoughts about the multiplayer aspect of games. Let me know your fond memories or hit me up online at KoopaKingJr87 and we’ll make some new ones.