I thought we realized Naughty Dog made really good multiplayer when they made Crash Team Racing.
Because every game needs multiplayer...
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If you don't like the multiplayer, don't play it. Simple as that. The fact of the matter is that high budget games like these need to sell a lot, and having a multiplayer mode helps sales a lot.
I bought Uncharted 2 for the story but fell in love with the multiplayer. I trust in Naughty Dog.
I don't get why people care. Pretty much all of the best single player, American-developed games (barring those from Bethesda) of this console generation have had multiplayer. They have ranged from totally meaningless (MGS4, GTA4) to kinda neat (ME3, Red Dead, Uncharted 2). In all cases (aside from perhaps ME3), a separate group working on a multiplayer mode has not subtracted from the game in any way.
Naughty Dog has more than proven they are able to balance the two, so shut the hell up with yo internet whining.
Really I don't think the reaction is warranted given that many enjoyed Uncharted multiplayer. But this continued anger at what might seem to be tagged-on multiplayer is silly if you understand the important trends in gaming.
The number of people who are really into single player video game isn't really growing that quickly but the larger group of people who are playing games in general is. The areas that are growing are where the games are becoming a bit more social. Sure social games are growing but so are traditional games that have a more social slant. Call of Duty, and WoW are the obvious winners here. If you want to reach this wider group of consumers you have to make the game more social if only slightly. This works primarily because 1 these people prefer a social experience to a solitary one and 2 a social experience generates markedly more word of mouth which is how a lot of people hear about games.
So expect more multiplayer modes, coop modes, and anything that makes your games more social. It's not my favourite trend either but it's a key trend and will not change. I'm pretty sure this has guided most of Activisions decisions and Epic probably won't make another solely single player experience it's not only a trend it's becoming the norm among the most profitable game companies.
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