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

3. Dead Space 2

As much as we dig the idea of blazin’ bullet battles in Zero G, that’s not necessarily what defines Dead Space. Ambience? Take a look at the multiplayer maps we scientifically proved to be the greatest of all time… do you see any mention of “atmosphere” when talking about de_dust or Sandtrap? These are simple, generally well-lit environments that don’t resemble the claustrophobic corridors of derelict space ships.

Much more importantly, let’s recall the combat mechanic that made Dead Space stand out in the first place: Dismemberment. How exactly does one fire a weapon of extremely limited ammunition with no arm? Now, add the crucial ability to slow time, and you’ve got yourself online match fit for a Monty Python sketch. Seriously, if we wanted to engage in losing firefights with missing limbs, we’d join the US military.


2. Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show

Wait a minute, GamesRadar, Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show isn’t a game, you silly geese! Are you trying to pull a fast one on us?

Watching movies on your console is super-fantasmical, but what the experience doesn’t need is the equivalent of being on the phone with your dumbass friend while watching the same thing on TV. And while it isn’t technically a game, the 360 likes to suggest it is by pointing out who else is “playing” Netflix every time you open it. Maybe we should get Achievements for watching documentaries?


Above: This is just here because out-of-context video stills are funny

Anyway, the last thing we want is a bunch of goofy avatars chattering on while we try to enjoy the exasperated musings of Vince Vaughn and his Livestrong-bracelet-wearing friends. The upcoming Netflix implementation on Wii will probably lack this functionality, because, you know, the Wii is as capable as Jay Leno is funny, but we’d love to see them and their 16-digit codes try, just for our amusement.

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67 comments

  • 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%

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