The Top 7... Upcoming games that don't need multiplayer

Almost any multiplayer is fun...  initially. That’s why you see such glowing reviews and previews from people like us - we’re playing it in a perfectly populated, cheat-free environment, with no latency. The reality, however, is that most of you will end up playing with potty-mouthed, exploit-happy strangers for about six minutes, then move on to something better in 1/1000th of the time it takes the developers to create a restorative patch.

Above: Whatever your complaints may be, Infinity Ward put a hell of a lot of effort into Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer modes 

You think people are buying Halo and Modern Warfare for the story? True, Bungie and Infinity Ward have set the bar astronomically high, but if you’re not going to devote significant resources to maintaining servers, balance, and an online community… why bother? Wake up, developers! (And you too, you bad-decision-making suits up top!) Multiplayer is more than a bullet point to be sandwiched in between “720p” and “Leaderboards” on the back of the box - it’s not the Spanish language track on a DVD.

The following is a list of games we can’t wait to play, featuring multiplayer we can’t wait to ignore. Hey, prove us wrong, developers!

7. Assassin’s Creed 2.x

Above: One at a time, please 

Why doesn’t Assassin’s Creed need multiplayer? Let’s go ahead and ask Ubisoft Montreal creative director, Patrice Desilets why they didn’t add it in the first place:

“We wanted to make a great game first and foremost but did not want to add a multiplayer mode just for the sake of it. It had to fit with the core gameplay experience, which essentially centers around a solitary assassin.”

BING! Assassin’s Creed II came together as a masterpiece last year by addressing divisive shortfalls found in the original… obviously, multiplayer wasn’t one of them. What AC does better than another game, almost unique unto itself, is cast the player in the role of an acrobatic cat on a parkour playground filled with unwitting mice. So, what are multiple players supposed to do? Take turns waiting to be assassinated?

To be fair, the multiplayer Ubisoft recently announced is some sort of ACII offshoot starring Ezio, and not part of Assassin’s Creed III. But we’ve always applauded Ubisoft for investing millions in platforming perfection alone, with nary a dollar spent on frivolous modes like this diversion could easily be.

6. Dead Rising 2

Hey, know what would be a cool idea for a zombie game? Co-op! Has no one done that before? Is there no precedent for incredible zombie-killin’ co-op? Apparently not, because while Dead Rising 2 co-op sounds crazy fun, they’ve instead decided to include a competitive multiplayer mode in the form of a “reality show” in which contestants compete to kill the most zombies.

Above: You’ve been voted off… uh, yeah, you get the sooo-last-decade reality show joke 

We can’t say it’s the worst idea ever… sure it could be fun, but how much are we really going to play this? The Left 4 Dead series, and even CoD: World at War’s co-op modes have given us with hours of entertainment, but we only give DR2’s game show a few weeks before we go back to the games that set the standard for zombie mutilating co-op.


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  • poosmacker - August 12, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    red dead multiplayer is the best part of the game
  • bazman05 - February 14, 2010 2:45 p.m.

    Great Article. I'm surprised Arkhum Asylum wasn't mentioned. I'd hate multi-player with multiple batman's running around, SACRILEGE!
  • acdcrock - February 7, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    Loved the Tom Cruise comment lol
  • TheWebSwinger - February 6, 2010 11:38 p.m.

    "they’re like anthrax for ambiance" That's a beautifully written line.
  • drunkenrobot23 - February 6, 2010 7:15 a.m.

    hey good job games radar of bashing US armed forces and amputees (they had it coming), because im sure all of your editors have extensive experience of being in a firefight with US and anti coalition forces, right?... right?
  • TedDidlio - February 6, 2010 3:28 a.m.

    While I still trust your journalistic credibility and still dearly love you, I must take issue with the fact that you didn't mention that you can easily change the display settings during a Netflix party to not include the stupid avatar theater.
  • soren7550 - February 5, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    "Did anybody, ANYBODY, really want to experience death matches in a dark, drab tomb, within a game where the most iconic weapons are, arguably, a wrench and a fistful of bees?!" Uh, yeah a lot of people did. (See Game Informer issue 173 & 175 for some of the want for a multiplayer)
  • JakCass47 - February 5, 2010 4:37 a.m.

    sometimes it seems like you guys are really searching to come up with critics of games or trends that are a bit of a stretch really just to have another clever article to put out. Or maybe its just me but I for one was totally stoked to hear that Bioshock 2 was going to include multiplayer and even more so after seeing the previews of it in action. Looks like its going to be a blast to me !!
  • gmilf71 - February 5, 2010 4:02 a.m.

    GR, you're too picky. Bioshock multi looks awsome.
  • GrandMoffBubbles - February 4, 2010 11:38 p.m.

    I'm kind of a Bioshock purist so I don't think that Bioshock 2 needs a multiplayer mode. I'll still check it out thought (it might be good).
  • FreekinIdiot - February 3, 2010 3:58 p.m.

    Red Dead Revolver - Cowboys Vs Indians?? What's not to love as a multiplayer experience??!
  • killemall - February 3, 2010 3:57 p.m.

    Honestly, i'm only interested in multiplayer that's not online. I don't want to have to send my friends home to play video games with them, and i live in a group house, in a college town so i know i'm not the only one with that predicament. I would love to be able to play a game with one of my roommates, without having to send them back to their own rooms or have each one of us with an x-box. When are those games coming out? reCaptcha: three than
  • MaynardJ - February 3, 2010 1:58 p.m.

    That last screenshot should have had the word "What" underneath it.:-)
  • Samael - February 3, 2010 4:13 a.m.

    The US military thing was just a crappy joke. Nothing to get worked up about. Good article all around. 60% of the reason I bought Halo 3 was for the story though.
  • TheTrooper424 - February 3, 2010 2:06 a.m.

    @Magician & Starhaw After I posted my comment I read through and saw you all's comments. I agree fully with you guys lol
  • TheTrooper424 - February 3, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    Great article but was the comment about the United States Military necessary? There are soldiers dying every day to protect the rights we have today and the last thing they need is little slandering remarks like that.
  • lovinmyps3 - February 3, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    I think Assassin's Creed multiplayer could work. If the players were lowly assassins that looked like civilians and were confined to a small area it would be cool. The players aren't sure who's an assassin and who is a civilian and your looking for signs like someone running through a crowd, and then you chase them down or sneak up on them once they're identified and kill them. That's basically the same idea I came up with when thinking of ideas for Hitman multiplayer. But even that idea could fail miserably.
  • SpaZ - February 2, 2010 10:53 p.m.

    assassins creed 2 was definatly one of the most unique and awesome games to come out last year but i think that if you could run around the city with a friend and just have fun would be an EPIC experiance...also it would be sick go into a fight with TWO assassins
  • Tasty_Pasta - February 2, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    Well I liked all of the entries aside from Red Dead Redemption. Seriously, I've put 400+ hours into GTA IV, where at LEAST 200 hours was all in Free Roam with my friends. Now I'll be the first to say, the competitive multiplayer in GTA IV was garbage, BUT I got soooooooooooooooooo much play time out of the Free Roam. Now I don't really care about them adding a lot of competitive modes to Red Dead Redemption (although I did love the split-screen quick draws from Red Dead Revolver), but if they don't at least have Free Roam, I'm gonna be outraged! (And multiplayer is confirmed for it. If you go to the RDR website, there's a big banner saying "Multiplayer info coming soon")
  • starhaw - February 2, 2010 10:26 p.m.

    I AGREE WITH TheMagician WTH!!!!! NO REALLY WTH GAMES RADAR? "if we wanted to engage in losing firefights with missing limbs, we’d join the US military." WHAT IN THE WORLD DO YOU MEAN BY THAT HUH?...IDC WHO THE HECK YOU ARE OR YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE WAR, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO SUPPORTING MY COUNTRIES TROOPS I SUPPORT THEM 1000000%....YOU SAY THAT AS IF THEIR LIVES DON'T MATTER! THAT IS HONESTLY THE MOST DISRESPECTFUL THING I HAVE EVER HEARD GR SAY AND FROM GR US ...WTH!?!?!?!?!?!!? IF YOU DON'T SUPPORT THE WAR THATS FINE WITH ME ( I DON'T SUPPORT IT EITHER) BUT IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS THEN PLEASE BY ALL MEANS STAND INFRONT OF THEM. I'm just expressing my freedom of speech as you guys do with this site...I like this site don't get me wrong but what you said I found to be the most disrespectful thing I have ever read on this site.....PLEASE why don't you join the army or the marines and go to IRAQ or Afghanistan and serve a few tours THEN COME BACK AND SAY THAT....JEEZE I HAVE GOOD friends putting their lives on the line, not because anyone asked them to but because they felt it was their duty and I do EVERYTHING I can to show them as much respect and thanks......the comment you made.. "if we wanted to engage in losing firefights with missing limbs, we’d join the US military." ......wth is all I really have to say to it. TheMagician...I agree with you 100%