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Today's worst multiplayer experiences

Prey


Above: No one is playing this

Number of people playing this game: Zero (0).


Dark Sector


Above: No one is playing this either

Number of people playing Dark Sector and Prey online: Zero to the power of nobody.


The Darkness


Above: Yeah, there’s no one here, either

Number of people playing The Darkness, Dark Sector, and Prey online:  How many crustaceans have won the Nobel Peace Prize?


Lost Planet

While its multiplayer was pretty fun, again, it’s too old to have enough active players to make it feasibly enjoyable without a group of friends. Those who are still playing are either very good enthusiasts, or just killing time.


Above: It’s still fun, if you can find anyone to play 

Chance we’ll joke that the planet is so lost, no one can find it: 100%, we just did.


The surprise victors

Beautiful Katamari: Shockingly, we rocketed into an active world on our first try, played a couple matches, and actually had a good time. We could have sworn that when we tried a year ago, the game was as desolate as Dark Sector. Perhaps it was a fluke?


Above: Maybe it was…a few hours later and the universe was abandoned. Still, this game is too damn cute to bash

Rainbow Six Vegas: While it was stupidly laggy, there were still plenty of players online enjoying all kinds of tactical death-dealing. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 was likewise active.


Above: Stupidest-looking characters ever? 

FarCry 2: Not only were there plenty of players at 10:00 a.m. PST, the bit of deathmatch we played was actually fun. It wasn’t quite as polished and intricate as some of the more popular online shooters, but it did its job well enough, and we played a few more rounds than we actually had to.


Above: And it looks pretty too

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48 comments

  • HankVenture - November 17, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    I'm .. super late, but I just found this while searching around and no one will probably ever read this but I gotta say, I love Shadowrun me and my Xbox friends met on this game and we still play it from time to time just for the fun of it all. That is my opinion I can understand why people don't like it and it really does have no community, I've played the same exact teams over and over again before on different days, but it is still a great experience I think I mean hell I use to fall asleep playing this game into the day
  • epenn03 - February 2, 2010 2:33 p.m.

    Army of Two as well had a bad multiplayer
  • DARK_SIDE - January 3, 2010 4:03 p.m.

    Ha ha ha, funny stuff I liked the no one here thing and stupid character and "gleefully giftwraping our asses" also the alchol poisioning.
  • QWERTYCommander - December 20, 2009 11:16 p.m.

    Where's the DiRT series?
  • Ironarm - December 20, 2009 9:46 p.m.

    Say what you will, but the multiplayer for Kane and Lynch was surprisingly fun when I played it last. Granted I played it about a year ago but I still remember having a heck of a good time.
  • DoctorProfessor - December 18, 2009 1:50 p.m.

    Re:AuthorityFigure If you don't want to spend money it's called a private server and it's free
  • IIIIIACEIIIII - December 17, 2009 1:35 p.m.

    Conkers bad fur day reloaded: people still play it.
  • xXxbigshotxXx - December 16, 2009 3:37 a.m.

    frontlines shouldnt be added to this list it should b added to laggiest multiplayer and so should battle field bad company but both are still fun when theres that split second there not laggy =p
  • TheWebSwinger - December 14, 2009 11:07 p.m.

    This article is friggin' hilarious. Though, Tyler, your picture kind of makes you look insane. @GameManiac: Why in the world do you think Multiplayer will die off? If anything, the only thing this article suggests is that multiplayer will become conglomerated into the Halos and CoDs.
  • vitoruss - December 14, 2009 10:55 p.m.

    I remember being surprised recently by the number of people playing Splinter Cell: Double Agent online. Well, it wasn't THAT recently, it was probably half a year ago, but nonetheless I expected that game to be deader than dead. How is GTA4 doing? It's been a while since I gave that multiplayer a whirl.
  • Tfish - December 14, 2009 7:01 p.m.

    Re:AuthorityFigure How is world of warcraft a temporary fad game? They just celebrated the 5 year anniversary of that game a week ago and it has 11 million paying subscribers right now. The warcraft franchise itself is 15 years old now. I'm sure 5 years from now world of warcraft may not be as populated as it is now, but it is in no way a temporary fad game.
  • AuthorityFigure - December 14, 2009 9:26 a.m.

    Re-write this article in 5 years and you'll be adding World of Warcraft. I'm glad *I'm*not shelling out money to play temporary fad games.
  • Smeggs - December 14, 2009 4:32 a.m.

    I remember when I rented Dark Sector... Probably about two or three weeks after its release. After I beat the campaign I decided to hop into some multiplayer, expecting things like everyone having a Glaive but they just can't control its trajectory like in the campaing. I get into a game and it is already critically laggy, I'm popping around the map and freezing in place, people are shooting at each other with no affect. And finally right when I realized they had no Glaive in the multiplayer at all I just left right there.
  • Cwf2008 - December 14, 2009 3:16 a.m.

    Since you mentioned ace combat 6, i thought HAWX should get an honorable mention. Even though it is populated it takes a while to find a match now
  • CountFenring - December 14, 2009 1:23 a.m.

    I might go back and play some FC2 soon, certain modes of that great, but I forgot about it a while ago. I felt the mp had style I don't find in many games.
  • demonslayer76 - December 13, 2009 3:09 p.m.

    is anyone still playing conduit? i haven't played it in a while cause the Wii sucks online also, I sucked at it
  • Bryce2552 - December 12, 2009 9:21 p.m.

    i think NFS undercover should be on here. never seen anyone in that game. recaptcha- 14-week seamen
  • linkganon - December 12, 2009 4:47 p.m.

    one thing i have to add, although you can connect most of the time, the wii's multiplayer gaming lags when you are connected. took me 5 to 10 minutes to finish a game that only had a counter at 2 minutes.
  • joabbuac - December 12, 2009 4:21 p.m.

    Dark Sector had fun multiplayer
  • ELpork - December 12, 2009 11:34 a.m.

    Liking the Neck beard on your Rainbow six guy.

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