Multiplayer has steadily become the rule, as opposed the exception, when it comes to modern gaming. In our super-connected age, solo experiences alone simply don’t offer enough to keep players interested. There’s no question that adding real people to the fray offers a degree of chaos that can’t be replicated by AI and helps to make games more exciting. But MMOs have come a long way from their usual haunts in role-playing games and can now be found in a wide variety of genres that includes shooters and beyond. One of the best examples of this multiplayer mayhem can be found in Bungie’s MMO, shared-world shooter, Destiny. … [Read more...] about Keeping Fans Happy is Crucial for Multiplayer Games
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I’m not in favor of limiting the definition by the number of people playing at once or the like; the point of an MMO isn’t simply how many people you have in the same space at once, it’s about creating a space that multiple players share rather than one which others can jump in and out of. There are always going to be corner cases, naturally, and things that raise one’s eyebrows, which is why I think the nature of the game itself needs to be considered. It’s possible to play huge amounts of Star Wars: The Old Republic while solo, but I don’t think there’s really any way to argue that it isn’t an MMO; it just doesn’t necessitate direct interaction with other players at all times. Conversely, these days I play Saints Row games chiefly in multiplayer mode, but I wouldn’t argue that the games themselves are meant to be MMO-style spaces (also the world there isn’t persistent, but that’s a different element altogether … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Just how massive is massively multiplayer?
• Explore a variety of crazy maps with different playstyles: Feel right at home on a futuristic farm, explore mountains in distant planets, survive the desert of the lambs, experience hair-rising fear at the horror well, wander adrift the space station, or encounter mind-boggling randomness at the medieval village — among others! … [Read more...] about – Multiplayer shooter with goats discovered on Steam
Perhaps the most interesting note for MOBAs is that longer matches equates to longer average playtimes equates to higher play rates. While match times are fairly similar for other genres, there is a big disparity in MOBAs. Battlerite is a fast game, but it appears more people would rather play a longer DOTA 2 match than 3-4 short Battlerite matches. Additionally, Project: Gorgon and Final Fantasy XIV are more old school – requiring more time to get anything done. Their play rates and playtimes are both fairly healthy. Perhaps being able to login for a quick 10 minute activity isn’t best for a game’s optimal health? … [Read more...] about The Statistically Most Casual Multiplayer Genres
Sounds interesting. Looks great too if the official gameplay trailer below is any indication. Unfortunately, Vigor will be an Xbox One exclusive title. If you’re interested, then you might want to check out the trailer before you go running out to buy yourself an Xbox One. You can also head over to the Vigor official site to learn more about the upcoming game. … [Read more...] about Bohemia Interactive Reveals A New Multiplayer Survival Shooter At E3 2018 Titled ‘Vigor’