There are a ton of multiplayer only games to choose from these days and all of them are priced differently. I’m not here to write about those. I’m here to write about games like Battlefront, and Overwatch.
Some big news happened about Overwatch today. Apparently it’s coming to both the Xbox One, and PS4. That’s big news because we know those consoles, especially the PS4, can use some new games, but it also comes with a catch… it’s $60 and that got me thinking about multiplayer games in general and whether or not I think it’s fair to charge us that much money to play a game that doesn’t even offer us a campaign of sorts.
I played the Battlefield beta and it was fun. I really enjoyed myself and graphics blew me away, but at the end of the day it’s not a day one purchase for me because it doesn’t have a campaign like the previous Battlefront games. Instead we’re getting short missions that we can play online or splitscreen with someone. It’s nice that we’re able to do that in Battlefront since there aren’t many games that let us do that anymore, but when Lunaliah and I sat down and really thought about Battlefront we realized that it’s not worth $60 to play a few missions together in a multiplayer only game.
Games like Diablo III cost half as much and is twice as fun to us. Overwatch looks like it’s a really fun game too, but the same thing applies to it. I’m not going to throw $60 at it just to play a game similar to Team Fortress 2. I understand games like Call of Duty, and Battlefield being $60. I will never buy a Cod game for that much money, but I understand it because they do have single player campaigns to go along with the multiplayer aspect of the game, but when a game doesn’t give us a campaign of any sort and just expects to play the same game modes over and over again I question whether or not it’s worth it in the end. My answer is a no, but I know there are people that would disagree with that.
I’ll put down $30 for a good multiplayer only game. I did it for Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare and I don’t regret it. That game was a lot of fun to play, but I will not support a multiplayer only game that cost $60.
I don’t look at MMO’s the same way because there’s usually a lot of content to go along with the price tag. MMO’s are rarely $60 to buy anyway. The only MMO I ever purchased for that amount of money was Guild Wars 2 and that was one of the best games I’ve ever played.
Multiplayer only games are hard to sell because at the end of the day a good amount of us want more then fast paced multiplayer action. I’ll take Halo, or Gears of War for their co op campaigns over Titanfall or Battlefield any day because it’s more fun to me.
Multiplayer games are good and they offer a few hours of fun for me, but I know when it’s all said and done they’re very short lived. Just look at Evolve and Titanfall.