The new Street Fighter game is out. The fact that I am not a fighting game person aside, I have heard all kinds of stuff from the gamers about it. The reviews have all been glowing. Of course. The day that a major gaming news outlet shits on a game for its problem is the day that my cat takes up playing the fiddle. Gaming outlets are paid for good reviews. Not in the typical way that people think. There was a rather fantastic video about how gaming news works that really took a shit on how crooked it all is.
So yeah, the games media loves this game. The gamers took a dump on it. Whether it was the SJW community spewing their usual bullshit about how “sexualized” female characters are (even though I doubt that any of them actually played this game), or the people who had legitimate complaints, like the fact that the online match-making was broken, or that whole parts of the game were missing. But one thing that I saw was this – there is no single player in this game. There is no Arcade mode or single-player match-making of any kind. This just baffles me. Like Capcom just wants to give a giant finger to the people who aren’t just playing for the e-sports aspect.
I am seeing this quite a lot, lately. The new “Battlefront” had no single player either. It seems like single-player games are being featured less and less. With the new Division coming out, they are saying that there is a legit single player, but everyone who has played the beta has said that even the single player is multi-player. So that’s out too. What’s more, games that only have single player are given a ton of shit too. Like if there’s not a multiplayer element, that’s a bad thing.
Let me make something clear – if a game is multi-player only, that can be fine. But here’s the deal – not if it’s a game that has already had a very integral single player mode. Like EA’s transgression against the name Battlefront. That series once had a very good single player mode. It was made in the day when online gaming was a very different thing. So gamers like myself were just in for the single player. At least if we were on consoles, which I have always been. It’s the land I grew up in. Same deal with Street Fighter V. This series has ALWAYS had an Arcade mode. It’s always had a mode for the people who don’t play games just to fight against other people. Hell, for all its faults, Call of Duty has made sure to have a single player campaign. And not all of them were very bad. Some of them were pretty damn good. Like the one to Modern Warfare 2. The first two acts of that game were fucking amazing! Getting to experience modern warfare on American soil was one of the best moments in gaming I’ve ever had. No joke, that was phenomenal.
This new trend of moving away from single-player games is bothering, to me. Maybe I’m just some old fart and not in touch with the youth of today, but I game for story. And I don’t think its too much to ask for a franchise that has always had a single player to not just turn their back on it in a new entry. There are the games like Planetside 2, which has no single player. And that’s fine. It’s an IP that never did. It’s all about the online space. I got that. Same with the Tribes games. But don’t just take a giant shit on gamers who have made you the multi-billion dollar industry.
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Until next time, a quote,
“Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.” – Joan Collins