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Why EA Is Wrong About Singleplayer Games

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EA recently went on record saying players don't want linear singleplayer experiences anymore. We respectfully disagree. Here's why. Subscribe for more: http://youtube.com/gameranxtv DISCORD: https://discordapp.com/invite/gameranx
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gameranx (2 months ago)
Since we're on the subject...what's your favorite EA singleplayer game?
teribite (28 days ago)
Dragon Age: Origins ^.=.^♪
basshead (1 month ago)
Dragon Age
Biofan813 (1 month ago)
gameranx Im tied between Dead space 1 and kotor 1. Bad company 1 and 2 were great also.
Vavuniya Hutchshop (1 month ago)
Crysis series.. and red alert 2. dont know why they stop making those. red alert 3 is garbage. good strategy singleplayer game needed.
sjsharp2007 (1 month ago)
Brooklyn Swagg I don't know about that as I believe that Bioware are working on another Dragon Age. The only reason why it's all Anthem atm is the fact that Anthem's the next project due out. But after Anthem's out I can see them concentrating on DA then.
Zaori (1 hour ago)
so true.....my favorite games (no specific order): - Secref of Mana (SNES) - Super Metroid (SNES) - Gothic 1 & 2 + Addon - Zelda: A Link to the past - Life is Strange - Witcher 1, 2, 3 - Assassins Creed: Black Flag - Another Metroid 2 Remake - Batman: Arkham Asylum, City, Knight - Darksiders 1 - Far Lone Sails - Monkey Island 3 (Curse of Monkey Island) - Tales from the Borderlands - Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain - Risen 1 - Stardew Valley (Single Player) - Illusion of Time (SNES)
Selrahc Eipoop (4 days ago)
I'll just say this. Personally I haven't enjoyed or bought a single online star wars game. I've placed them at my friends' house, but always saw the limited box I was kept in in order to just purchase one more map or some totally bullshit thing. Now saying that, Ive LOVED every single story based single player star wars games that have ever come out. I can't even think of one I wouldn't love to jump back into and play. The whole industry (for every, or at the very least the vast majority of business) is leaning towards a real scummy way of practice. These companies know full well that the majority of their fanbase and people that can actually pay for these things have been fans of and supporters of them since we were children. That's entire life times and they still show us this little respect. I only wish that people would just not give in and buy their online counterparts. These companies are doing all of this based on consumer reports (Todd Howard literally said they only keep remaking Skyrim because people just keep accepting it and not putting up a stand to just wait for the next elder scrolls) and if people just actually decided to put up a front and refused to buy any bullshit game we don't actually want and instead showed them that we're not just sheep's waiting to be fed, that we're life long supporters and fans and we deserve more, it would actually make a huge impact pretty quickly. Money talks people, and we're holding the money they want. Demand and stop settling
Game Xscape (7 days ago)
Single Playa 4 Life.
4ndris8007 (9 days ago)
EA=Sport-games....That's all.....
Zohaib Shehzad (10 days ago)
Gaming is nothing without single player games. As u said, single player games provide an experience which multiplayer games cannot. Single player games are narrative and immersive. Multiplayer games are just for short time fun with friends or other players whereas single player games are serious business.
baileyjr314 (10 days ago)
My most favorite games are single player. It's my favorite mode of play. God of War, DMC, Gears of War, Shadow of Mordor, Fallout 4, Yakuza 6, Red dead Redemption etc.
Niklas Sp (11 days ago)
The Dragon age franchise
Enigma Productions (13 days ago)
My favorite single player games have always been the Dragon Age series as a whole. I don't even touch the multiplayer in Inquisition. I always go back to it, I even bought DA Origins for my computer just so I could play it again because of how much I love it.
Vincent Ayala (15 days ago)
CrispyChicken44 (16 days ago)
It's a meme, but Half Life, and the first 3 Halo's.
Gregory Miranda (16 days ago)
Wajdaan Ali (17 days ago)
I barely play online games I only play online games with my friends. I prefer single player games way over online games
Superb Gaming (17 days ago)
I honestly have way more fun and enjoy single player games more than most multiplayer games. People ruin a lot of multiplayer games for me. I can take my time and experience the fullness of the game with a great single player campaign. I can appreciate the entirety of the game. EA just loves to lie and talk bullshit as long as it makes them money.
looper dooper (18 days ago)
I guess hitman
Da Hoodlum (18 days ago)
I still play the hell out of fable tlc
Jose Pena (18 days ago)
Medal of honor series from Before they made the jump to Xbox 360 or ps3
thebajabobusa (18 days ago)
I do single player (Bioshock, Half Life, Doom, Fear, Crysis, Dying Light, Fallout, Metro, Prey, Rage, Spec Ops, System Shock, Wolfenstein, Singularity, Just Cause, Far Cry) etc. This new nickle grubbing MMO thing doesn't work for me. Do a good single player and I will come money in hand! Else.... replay!
kikibortok (19 days ago)
Horizon zero dawn and Sacrifice different games one has great story and the other has great battles mechanics.Best single player games i can remember.
Alex Del (22 days ago)
EA will NEVER tell me what games I can and cannot like. DOWN WITH EA! DOWN WITH CORPORATE PROPAGANDA!!!!!
Matthew Wells (23 days ago)
I don't even pay for PSN, I don't care about multiplayer that much.
gibster (24 days ago)
Hello Again ! (24 days ago)
Companies relies on expert statistics Not individual opinion
melafaire (24 days ago)
I think most people enjoy single player games. Linear games aren't too bad, but open world games like Fallout and Elder Scrolls over at Bethesda are really withstanding the test of time. In the way of MMORPGs, EA is failing because of the roll boxes, where Final Fantasy 14 is still going strong. FF still has people paying for the subscription even. Why is that? Is it because of how FF adds content? EA could do that. Is it because of the fact that FF does offer outfits and mounts without roll boxes? Just a straight up 10 or 15 IRL dollars that gets you the outfit or mount you want? Maybe. The roll boxes is why my husband and I quit Star Wars The Old Republic. We were long time subscribers but adding the roll boxes destroyed the in game economy and made the game less enjoyable for us.
apuppy567 (24 days ago)
Recently, Horizon Zero Dawn.
d10sk0ur01 (25 days ago)
PUBG - THe division - Destiny - EA sports and non there are many we need to boycott seriously. This is CRAP ! We want good qualityt stuff.
d10sk0ur01 (25 days ago)
This is totally wrong: If one wants to make the Witcher 3 it takes at least 5 years of work, you need quality writers, level creators, quest, dialogue writers, innovation, experimentation and yet you can still make people buy new stuff when you create NEW EPISODES expanding the world or just give it for free (as CD project red does). The point is making people waste their time or being someone who actually writes and makes videogames. Too many greedy people in the business nowadays. They should be out.
cj iwertz (25 days ago)
i have a very fast burn out when playing games for a long time, which is why i can't get into mmo's, i like single player games. i don't care if their linear or not. heck my Favorite video game is Kingdom hearts 2, only because i love the way combat is and its convoluted LINEAR story. It is the game that has the highest replay value to me and i expect(hope) Kingdom Hearts 3 will be the same.
Trifler500 (25 days ago)
Sounds like EA really would rather be in the business of making MMOs.
cliff onator (25 days ago)
Because fallout and skyrim weren't popular at all. what?
Iavasechui (25 days ago)
single player games that i constantly go back to.. oh the list is long.... Final Fantasy, Star Ocean, Wild ARMs, Tales of, Baldur's Gate Trilogy, Icewind Dale, Fire Emblem, Masters of Magic (XD this dos game is probably the first game I learned to play), the .hack games, arc the lad, Legend of Dragoon, legend of mana, ect
DanielLike5Pie (25 days ago)
Listen, EA helped make Mass Effect and that it my favorite game of all time. I like it so much that it inspired me to start writing and become a film director
Leo De Stino (25 days ago)
Just look at the sim city franchise. A city builder is a solo experience yet they implemented the multiplayer thing and they literally destroyed the franchise. Cities Skylines took the opportunity and the rest is history.
Logan Benda (25 days ago)
Can I just say... Fallout? Elder Scrolls? GTA?
Eiko85 (25 days ago)
Goodbye full finished games and a one time payment.
peter glarnø (26 days ago)
Starwars Battlefront || for ps2
Daniel Akke (26 days ago)
The original sly trilogy.
Kingpin1880 (26 days ago)
Ironic really; the only EA games I've ever bought and played are the Sims titles, which are exclusively single player.
Mike Marks (26 days ago)
I would've loved that star wars game
My Favorite Single Player Games is Kingdom Hearts Prince of Persia. Mass Effect Dragon Age. The Naruto Series. Witcher 3 Life is Strange. Mario 64 yeah.
Elon Musk (26 days ago)
My favorite game is the Kerbal Space Program.
Jei Cos (26 days ago)
I literally hate most online multiplayer games..I own 1. ONE! Well technically more, but they aren't really played online. But Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the only one I own that has a real online gamer base. I have the Sword Art Online games, which yes, can be played online with friends, but those games, online, are a freaking disaster, so not many people play them.
Zandor Felok (26 days ago)
I will take Single Player or Coop games over any online only, non-storyline game anytime. I play many of these types of games over and over even years later vs only a short period (relative) of time on an MMO or Online only game.
John Blakemore (26 days ago)
I've playing Psychonouts and Overloard and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic for the 3rd time. I have Deus EX and Fallout 4 on the back burner and most of my games are single player. Mass Effect 1 2 & 3 was my favourite. We're spoilt for choice.
Jay DeWester (26 days ago)
My favorite is star wars knights of the old republic 1&2
AloeKado (26 days ago)
Final Fantasy VII - XII
bringmethebacon666 (27 days ago)
Pokemon sapphire
tahna dana (27 days ago)
since when does those EA executives assholes know anything about gaming?
Sam Politinsky (27 days ago)
I’m a huge dragon age fan
Randal Jeffrey (27 days ago)
Dude, you didn't need a ten minute in depth explanation. All you needed to point out is that EA said it. Everything about EA is wrong and the only reason they aren't boycotted yet is because Trump voters keep deciding mega corperations need more money.
Lawrence Gillespie (27 days ago)
I still play Skyrim and Fallout 4. One of my favourite old games is Wizardry 8 - I played it through several times with different party configurations. More recently, I played Shadow of Mordor quite a bit. I enjoyed Shadow of War much less, even though they tweaked the combat system. It felt a lot more 'grind-y'.
comics geek (27 days ago)
6:14, could anyone tell me the name of the game here?
Michael Filla (27 days ago)
Not interested in single player games? EA are you kidding me.... I will say this much ... if a game says online only (or is mainly online) ... guess what I won't be buying upon release... yeah that online only game. In fact when they re-released the old battlefront 2 on the xbox (which could be played as a single player game if you wanted) I went and bought it because of how good it was and because the online portion was only a small part of the game ... not a mandatory and main part of it (unlike the new online only battlefronts both of which I will never buy). You didn't need an internet connection to play, there were no loot boxes , you didn't need a monthly subscription or anything like that. All you really needed was the game, the console and controller to play it.... maybe even another controller or three (yes it was a four player game) as well if people wanted to join. That perhaps is what EA is missing. Case in point if something is an online only game with no or next to no single player (I'm looking at you new call of duty black ops 4) that game will not see a single Penny of my money. I just don't play online games... except Fortnite... because it's free to play and enjoyable to play. other than that I don't own those type of games at all. and to answer your question some good EA single player games I still play are the saboteur (which is a really well made game) and The godfather (Likewise a really good game) both are EA and there's not a single micro transaction in either of them.... just the way I like it.
Deadline 2002 (27 days ago)
Lol EA... “The face of a cuck”
Fido Kitsune Fox (27 days ago)
It's kinda true that Single Player games can be enjoyable, but does that mean we should just do away with multiplayer games altogether? There are enjoyable multiplayer games out there, you just gotta look in the right places and the right developers.
PittBully Gaming (27 days ago)
Adam Crawford (28 days ago)
snipes503 (28 days ago)
I mean "enjoy for a long to time to come" is so subjective. I played through all of the uncharted games twice. Once on normal and then on the hardest difficulty. I have friends that could barely get through one playthrough. I also went through red dead redemption 3 times and made it halfway through a 4th. I'm blind fanboy for Assassin's Creed and it would probably be a little embarrassing if I counted the collective hours in those games. I put about 300ish hours into the mass effect series. I could go on but seriously what makes them think players no longer value single player games? To their credit I have noticed the younger generation being more into multiplayer games. Even if that is what they are referring to, that means they are ignoring older gamers which is a massive mistake.
teribite (28 days ago)
I often find myself struggling with multiplayer games as personally, I'm not the best gamer. Single player games make me feel at least semi component as I don't have to race the ever shifting bar. As for my favorite single player game from an older consul I'd have to go with "Summon Knight Sword Craft Story" for the game boy advanced. It's a fun little game that a lot of people don't know about and I just find myself going back to it to see how much I've grown as a gamer.
Fred Blues (28 days ago)
Sounds like another company deciding what we like and shoving it down our throats whether we like it or not.
TSMiller97 (29 days ago)
I don't play multiplayer that much. The only time I do is when I am at my friends or cousins house. Don't get me wrong. I like multiplayer in games, but I only get into them when I am sitting in the same rooms as my friends. For the most part I a single player only.
Aella Terra (29 days ago)
You are sooo right. Ea should realy rethink theire strategy pff
XERO for Hire (29 days ago)
Oh my god when City of Heroes shut down, it was like they shut down my world. I just can't get into another ongoing online experience like I did when I was playing City of Heroes.
antondennig (29 days ago)
Assasins creed 2
Entinu (29 days ago)
Not at all what they were saying in reference to the single-player Star Wars game. They said "it looked to be too linear which people don't like as much" which is true. I mean, look at The Order 1866: it was a terribly linear third-person-shooter. It was somehow more linear than the Gears of War series.
The Mad Hatter (1 month ago)
I really liked fable 2, probably replayed it like 3 times. I would definitely replay mini ninjas if I still had it. Skyrim though, I've replayed like 5 times....
The Mad Hatter (26 days ago)
Mike Marks No, I've only had like 3 characters that I'll periodically get bored of Skyrim for months and then come back to it.
Mike Marks (26 days ago)
The Mad Hatter dont you mean you've made 5 characters
GhostFlare (1 month ago)
Personally I play single player games almost exclusively. exceptions are mario kart, smash bros, and splatoon 2. Notice a pattern?
Asim Jabbar (1 month ago)
Linear games are not bad but story needs to be strong and immersive
Lucas Armstrong (1 month ago)
Assassin’s creed origins, Witcher 3 and skyrim
Paul (1 month ago)
My favorite game of all time is Final Fantasy VII, but more recently, I like Breath of the Wild, and Blaster Master Zero. Both of which are single player games with great story.
lazerbeam134 (1 month ago)
But seriously what is EA going to say when TES VI sells a shit ton of copies and is GOTY and its going to be a single player game lol
lazerbeam134 (1 month ago)
EA: Nobody like single player games guys. *crickets* Bethesda: We are making Elder Scrolls VI *Crowd goes wild*
Al Baldwin (1 month ago)
EA are poisonous wretched monsters
Twisted Myth (1 month ago)
I occasionally go back to the original Spyro Trilogy, the first three Sly Coopers, Megaman Legends 1+2, Misadventures of Tron Bonne, and have even gotten into old retro games relatively recently. So, yeah, EA is full of shit on this point. In Fact I find myself going back to multiplayer games the least.
gARRETT MONROE (1 month ago)
Knights of the Old Republic. A glorious time, before EA, before the Empire.
Big Fat Al (1 month ago)
The only online multiplayer game I play is FIFA Ultimate team. Apart from that all my games are single player. I’ve played Alien Isolation and the last Of Us countless times. Along with The Outlast series.
Victor Capel (1 month ago)
EA makes games for kids and simpeltons. Seriously. Take a good look at witch friends that still plays EA-titles  A good chance they are under 20 or not your brightest friends.
xcfencer99 (1 month ago)
Golden Sun 1 and 2. they had a great story that carried over games. and if they were remastered with a better transfer mechanic between the two i could definitely see them doing much better.
Llywylln Gryffyn (1 month ago)
I have no faith in the Executives of EA games and it goes back to their decision to cancel the UO2 project. Back in 2001, Ultima Online had been going for 4+ years and its fan base had slipped down to under 150K subscribers. EA had been developing UO2 for almost that entire time. UO was a 2d top down isomorphic view game, not unlike Diablo. UO2 was a full 3d engine with record breaking cutting edge 3d animations done with motion capture. They put out a teaser video of the upcoming UO2 and it blew my mind how good it looked for the time and especially how awesome thier 3d animation was. They also had a great background story and new Lore-Friendly story that would make UO2 its own 'place' in the Ultima universe and give players a TON of replay potential. ... After 4 years and millions of dollars invested, the EA suits decided to cancel that project and handed over its assets to the UO team. They put out a very cheesy and forget-able DLC for UO, reducing the new lands and new characters etc... down to a new continent for UO . All of the 3d 'Magic' they had done was lost and 99% of the story work. Basically all they got was a few 2d models. The EA bosses said that they "Didn't want to compete with their own UO property" Totally foolish. Had they put it out, it was already a higher quality product than EQ2 and WOW and they didn't coe out for a few more years. So basically if that company could do something so bone-headedly stupid, nothing dumb they do after will surprise me.
sgspacemonkey (1 month ago)
My partner and myself have been complaining for a while now about how many PVP games there are. We prefer single player games, but would also like to see more cooperative ones. I like a lot of horror games like Alien Isolation, Outlast, Amnesia and The Evil Within. I know there are multiplayer horror games available, but I can't imagine them feeling quite as intense as going through a scary experience on your own.
Umartopia (1 month ago)
I still player the original Fable trilogy (The lost chapters, 2 & 3) and its my fondest gaming memories as a kid. Now the tomb raider franchise is killing it but im worried about their high production costs and its sustainability in the long run
HarbingerIV (1 month ago)
Litterally half the gaming time spent by most my female friends is at "Sims" games. Pretty sure those single player games are pretty popular.
NTRG (1 month ago)
I love single player and multiplayer. There are some single player classics, like Mario 64 and half life, and multiplayer classics like Halo and Mortal Kombat
Azzy (1 month ago)
I am a very casual gamer. I choose my games entirely based on the narrative because I am NOT competitive. I want a story to play through as though I'm reading a book or watching a movie. You get me involved in online play, and I get trounced so hard that I'm red in the face and swearing off video games forever within a matter of minutes. Almost all of the fun I've ever had with video games has come from single player experiences. That's why I haven't bought a video game in years. There's no market for people like me anymore.
Vasquez Crest (1 month ago)
Better watch out Falcon, EA gonna send the loot box jackals to off you.
Greg (1 month ago)
So I guess they will quit making Madden NFL games since its more single player game. Its ok with me, there better studios that will make that game better.
Gamana (1 month ago)
The only multi player games I like are the free online ones where you can get all the loot boxes for free. XD But no really all the games I play are single player and all inclusive -meaning I don't have to shell out for more content. I am always of a mind of I spent money on a game; it should be a whole game- beginning, middle and end.
Reahastar Kitty (1 month ago)
currently replaying Skyrim Special Edition, also play Black Desert and Skyforge
AuroraLalune (1 month ago)
Not even a little interested in the push for online games or mmorpgs. Not just from ea... But i was super excited about Bethesda coming out with a new fallout game but then they went to the whole "online" thing... No. Just no. I don't mind games having options like how mass effect 3 has these team battles you can do but completely optional and no hindrance playing the game offline otherwise. I don't mind stuff like that. But making that the entire game...? Hell no. I don't care what your calling it or what franchise you think is going to be able to carry this shit. Just no. One big huge ass NOPE. The game loses storytelling value when they do this shit and frankly, makes me deal with people... Kinda defeats the purpose when your blowing off steam because you have to deal with shitty people and be polite to them anyway but then your tossed into mmorpg where MORE shitty people ABOUND all the fuck around. Very few otherwise. While that's all well and good for a time, they basically end up same game as every other with dif characters etc... But the game doesn't change. They go same game on mmorpgs and it bites. They get so focused on making this crap work that it's just crap with shit for story. If your forcing multiplayer or making it in any way neccessary, your not getting my money. Period. I've zero interest in that shit. Now if it's something like mass effect or fallout 3 with multiple possibilities... Actually i even feel like they could improve on the variations and how much certain choices matter but yeah... That's what I want. I deal with shitty people already. I don't need to have to deal with shitty people plus ten year olds whose parents somehow thought said mature rated game was somehow appropriate for said ten year old. So then not only shitty ppl of the more grown variety but then you get pint sized assholes whose parents apparently don't wanna adult/parent... No thanks. Bites the big one. Plus micro transactions and pay to win... Just ugh! At least our pint sized asshole won't be on games like that till he is both old enough to know better and able to handle the content... Age appropriate content and not anything online at this point. Too young and needs constant vigilance on that... Gawd not adding online to that. Just no. He can school to asses when her older. Seriously? Do some of these parents even care what's in some of the games they let there kids have? And not just have but play unsupervised and with m ratings...? If it's rated m it's rated for adults. NOT for kids. And there's a reason or several for this differentiation. Ugh... But please no forced multi player or online experiences... Please just no. Disclaimer: our "pint sized asshole" is sweet most of the time, we promise, and we actually love him quite dearly... We just acknowledge that he's nowhwere near mature enough and also that kids a couple years or so older aren't really mature enough or truly able to handle that shit(game or "online interactions"- particularly without supervision) either. We're firmly in the "know what your kid is doing/playing/being exposed to because that's your job not everyone elses" camp.
Alex and the monsters (1 month ago)
max payne
fooxik (1 month ago)
EA is making money not games...
Jay WingsOfFire (1 month ago)
I got back and replay each of the original 3 spyro the dragon games each year.
Jay WingsOfFire (1 month ago)
I find their opinion hilarious because I NEVER play multiplayer games, I simply don't have time to keep up and despise the loot box based systems that are normally present. Single player adventures are my favourite.
Ace Futura (1 month ago)
a year-long estimate is called a 'projection'
Grasshopper (1 month ago)
The original Dragon Age is one of my favorite games of all time and it was single player. Linear games can be good too. The problem with sandbox games is a lot of times story and lore is sacrificed for freedom of game play. I think Dragon Age had a good design. It was linear but you still had paths to choose and decisions mattered. I want to see more depth in games.
shannon kinnaird (1 month ago)
Just look at the sw battlefront 2 community to see how wrong ea are
Pokemon... Single and multiplayer in one, EA is just greedy bastards circle jerking each other. Dark souls; single and multiplayer. Any others? Probably
TheSpiral01 (1 month ago)
I play and replay these PS 2 single player games like Socom all 4, Syphon Filter Dark Mirror/logans Shadow, Splinter Cell trilogy plus Double Agent, Conflict Desert Storm 1 and 2, Spider Man, The Thing, Extermination, Resident Evil Outbreak/Code Veronica etc etc...
Praexil (1 month ago)
If it is done good and done right, a single player game can be played for a long time. And while I get that the studio can't sell me loot boxes for a single player game, they can sell me DLC. I still play the Mass Effect trilogy. I love that series. And if they came out with new DLC for any of those titles today, I would buy them and play them. But again, the games have to be done right and done well because while I MIGHT buy DLC for Andromeda, I would look at reviews first because I did not enjoy that game. But i wouldn't think twice about buying DLC for the original trilogy.
James gooper (1 month ago)
vampire the masquerade bloodlines I have sooo many hours into that game.

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