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Is Splitscreen Dying?

Remember the time when almost every game had a splitscreen option? Some even had bots to play against so you and a friend could either run over all the bots or get smashed, there wasn’t really an inbetween for difficulties!

 

Splitscreen gaming is something most gamers who experienced the original Xbox and Playstation 2 and all consoles prior. There were some games that were splitscreen on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, but they were more like afterthoughts in an online dominated era. There are actually very few decent split screen co-op games, you could only really find online co-op games, particularly towards the end of the Xbox 360/Playstation 3 era.

Halo has classically been known as a splitscreen game, there has always been at least 2 player splitscreen available on every game and 4 player splitscreen multiplayer. Your friends could even play as a guest online via splitscreen, this was how I got into online gaming with Halo 2. Halo 5: Guardians has been announced as having no splitscreen in any mode at all! This goes against all Halo FPS tradition, but, at least there is an option for online co-op and online multiplayer will as always be included, just don’t expect to bring your guests along like you would normally.

There will still be some games with decent splitscreen co-op, the new Gears of War games show no signs of not having local co-op and there will no doubt be some indie developers who will notice the gap in the market developing for local co-op games. As has been discovered many times before, the indie developers know how to make great games as they are normally avid gamers themselves. I have faith in the community. I don’t place faith in the world of graphics over gameplay any more though. I’d rather a game be amazing to play rather than amazing to look at, sacrificing splitscreen is not the way forward in gaming.

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Microsoft E3

Microsoft may have nailed their presentation of E3, from pretty much handing console dominance to Sony 2 years ago Microsoft sure have learnt their lesson and have come out this year all guns blazing! Here’s what I’m looking forward to!

Gears of War, both the Ultimate Edition and 4. I found myself falling out of love from the Gears of War games, I felt that the first two overshadow the last 2, Gears 3 had no replay value for me and then I had no intention of buying judgement. I want to replay the good old days of classic gears of war online, 4v4, one life per round, carnage for the sniper rifle and the inevitable long winded 1v1 that ends the round. Gears made you play the game more tactically, instead of the Call of Duty run and gun, you had to be careful of where you went, a very unique multiplayer that I look forward to playing once again! Gears of War 4 will probably take the franchise back in good direction too, they wouldn’t bring it back if they felt that it would harm the series, at least that’s what I hope for.

Halo 5 and the gameplay from Locke’s fireteam Osiris. I’m very skeptical about Halo 5 taking the gameplay away from Master Chief, I know its been done successfully in the past with Reach and ODST but those games were designed to never needed Master Chief at any point (until the end of reach). Still though, the Halo games are a must purchase for anyone who has played the campaign 1 through to 4 at least, finish the fight, hunt the truth and all that malarkey!

My favorite new game was probably Sea of Theives, me and my friend discussed a lack of a pirate game about a month ago, our prayers have been answered. Little is known about this game, but it looks like it could end up being a gem! Its set to be an MMO pirate game which sounds awesome, on top of that though, there are classic Rare jokes and wonderful looking graphics, keep an eye on this one!

Backwards compatibility for Xbox One came as a bit of an under the radar addition. From the moment the Xbox one and PS4 were announced, there was a general consensus that the consoles lacked a simple backwards compatibility feature, Sony went in first with their expensive version of bringing you old games, Microsoft has outdone them offering your old games, both digital and disc for free (just check the availability list!)

I would add the Hololens into this but I cannot see that being viable for much more than Minecraft at the moment, I hope I’m wrong because the demonstration looked amazing!

My personal highlights from microsoft. I will try to get a blog a day this week. Everything is coming thick and fast though! Have a good e3 everyone!

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