I was talking earlier to Kaozz who’s a bit bored with the current MMO offering about maybe trying a single player game for a change. Maybe some people out there are a bit restless about their current MMOs and just don’t know what to play. While the problem might be the MMO itself sometime we only need a change of pace and some fresh air.
Myself, I was raised on single player games and still play a lot of them, almost as much as MMOs and more when I feel less inclined for online gaming. They are my fallback plan whenever I’m pissed at a PuG, had a crummy day or just don’t feel like talking to anyone. While single player games might not have interaction with other people they make up for that with immersive storylines, graphics, gameplay and lot of other little things that make each game unique.
So this post is for all of you who have learned about video games through MMOs and have never tried the single player kind. Don’t worry, they don’t bite. And just to make sure you’re not lost. Here’s a few suggestion based on the famed Bartle test!
Achievers: Collection games and games with leaderboard are right up your alley. In fact, most games where’s there’s a score included have you in mind. Games like Assassin creed and other platformer often have hidden secrets and things to collect scattered all over the place. Casual, downloadable games with leaderboard are perfect for the achievers with more limited time.
Explorers: Explorers are lucky in that they like to try a lot of different games with different playstyles so I’d say pick a game a game that seems interesting to you and just try it out. That said, RPGs with vast worlds to explore are usually good choices.
Killers: First person shooters and fighting games for you. Just pick a game with a lot of people to pwn and own, get the biggest sniper rifle you can and just fight your way to the top of the pile. Starcraft 2 multiplayer, the call of duty games and street fighter 4 are doing as competitive games right now.
Socials: Choices are more limited here but first I’d suggest the RPGs from Bioware who usually offer good interaction with the game characters. RPGs in general can be a good choice too and games that offer online play (not MMO! the point is to try something else!) might help scratch the socializing itch.