Monday, May 9, 2011

Single Player Campaigns


So, with PSN down, I've decided to become familiar with single player campaigns again. I've traded in some of my once loved games for Crysis 2 and Portal 2. I've heard that both have fantastic story-telling, something that's been overlooked in games lately.

Since the rise of the current generation consoles, online play has been the primary mode of gameplay, with single player campaigns as an accessory to the game. It's understandable...online play is thrilling. You're connected to a global network, and could be playing with anyone across the world (soon universe). But have you noticed now that, single player campaigns are on average, about 10-12 hours long?

I remember spending at least a couple months playing Super Mario 64, and Zelda: Ocarina of time? I never traded that. I must've played through it at least 5 times when I owned it. Donkey Kong 64 was so big, it came with an expansion pak (spelling is correct, look it up). It harnessed a good 65 hours of gameplay.

Okay, so maybe Banjo Kazooie didn't have the greatest story, but it was definitely worth the 70 bucks when it came out. At least I think so. Games hardly ever got traded. They had a lasting appeal and were made to play the crap out of.

That being said, I've just started up Portal 2. I'll let you know how it goes. Should take me, oh I dunno, a few days...


Image source: www.gamespot.com

22 comments:

  1. Portal 2 is a revival of everything awesome about games. I loved it, and so will you. ♥

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  2. N64 Nostalgia, I had the pokemon one.

    It does seem that with the growth of online multi-player single story campaigns are being neglected.

    Take Call of duty for example, maybe a 3-4 hour story, vs the N64's 007 Goldeneye, both offer good stories and multi-player, but the latter kept me rapt with attention trying to complete perfect agent for months. The hardest difficulty on CoD is a few days at best.

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  3. yea single player has fallen to the wayside they still make some good ones tho, take fallout series

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  4. Oh man it looks so pretty green :) i miss the n64 days...

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  5. So much love for N64! And the background you picked for this blog is pretty sweet too lol

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  6. If only Portal 2 is as good as the first one.

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  7. That picture is brimming with nostalgia.

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  8. That brings back hella memories.

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  9. I really want portal 2. Especially the fact that Steve Merchant voices Wheatley!

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  10. Awesome blog. Following + Donkey Kong <3

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  11. Nostalgia post ahhhh!
    It's been a nice break from the PS3.... This is a great post keep it up! :D

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  12. Portal 2 was good but far too short.

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  13. Totally agree with you! Always loved spending time beating the single-player campaign. That's an especially cool N64 bundle!

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  14. you're right, banjo Kazooie was amazing, so was DK 64 :D

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  15. Games really aren't long enough anymore. It's most likely because of all the effort that has to go into the graphics now. We have standards that are pretty high. I know Ocarina of Time took me at least 3 weeks and that was playing constantly with a friend.

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  16. man, my best friend in the 4th grade had this. shit was cash

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