I remember a few years back my dad calling me and my brothers for what he dubbed “Team Games” This was his word for 4 way split- screen multplayer, and to be honest, it was the closest we got to a proper conversation. For the next hour and a half; the air in our games room would be punctured with shouts of “SCREEN CHEATER”, the poor X-Box 360 kiling itself in the corner and my truimphant shouts as I won yet again. Back then I could not give a damn about online, it could never beat the entertainment and chaos of local multiplayer. So when yet another game is released without splt-screen, it understandably saddens me.
It was Doom that made me reach the conclusion that I took the exclusion of this game type far too harshly. Now, I love doom, but I would have loved to share the experience of it’s outstounding campaign with a friend. Or even some of it’s multiplayer stuff. The Halo series used to know this, and too this day I have never the played the campaign of any Halo on my own, ever
But is this a bad thing? Well maybe not as much as I previously thought. I don’t mean that what you read above was untrue, not in the slightest. But I do feel that this can be seen as a positive change. With the increase i multiplayer only games, I feel that local multiplayer, is just not needed as much anymore, online is the obvious step forward, and it has already produced some multiplayer gems, for instance, Rainbow 6 siege.
However, I feel that every campaign should almost always have a split screen option. Imagine how much the dullness of Rainbow 6’s situations would be improved if you could play with a friend who is actually there with you. One of my favourite things about the Borderlands series was this feature, and it added so much value to the game for me. And it’s very rare we ge that luxury anymore. When thinking about it, the fact I used the word luxury to describe this feature proves my point.
So when I looking at the shying away from local mltiplayer by the majority of this industry, I know it is a change that is necessary, but it is also a change I shall miss.