Will couch co-op games make a big return?

Relix

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I somehow expected couch co-op to come back early this gen for some reason. I swore Killzone Shadow Fall would be couch co-op like KZ3 was but... Nop. Online Co Op only. I absolutely love inviting pals over, having a beer and eating pizza while we play some co-op games but it seems developers are either oblivious to it or just don't care. I mean... what's the excuse? KZ3 pulled back certain effects and draw distance, and yes the FPS took a hit, but we had a blast. Why couldn't they do the same this time? I wouldn't have cared. Kinda disappointing. Looking at the PS4 release list, at least aside from FIFA 14 there are no couch co op games it seems. I hope developers take this into consideration. Gears of Wars and Halo were fantastic, and something simple like Castle Crashers with 4 buddies is the best thing ever, true and perfect gaming bliss. Hell, even RE6 is passable with a pal (just because we make fun at the insane/stupid story).

Developers... take not. Bring Couch Co-Op back, even if it doesn't make sense story wise or whatever.
 
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Looking at the PS4 release list, at least aside from FIFA 14 there are no couch co op games it seems.
Lego Marvel too. Do we know if Ghosts supports split-screen/split-screen+online like the recent PS3 CoDs yet?
But yeah, makes me sad as well :( Sucks that Killzone and Need for Speed have both dropped split-screen elements in recent years, as have many others. Probably one of the worst losses of the generation for me.
 
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Apparently. That's why I am buying all Nintendo games with co-op. Additionally Rayman Legends was PERFECT for us. Just a blast
There really is nothing more fun in video games, for me, than sitting down and playing with a bunch of friends or your significant other. I'm glad at least one of the big three is still paying attention to it.
 
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I think that there's hope yet for couch co-op. We didn't see much of it because everyone was hopped up on presentation but what with games actually being able to hit 60 frames per second in multiplayer this generation there's a great chance we'll see more couch co-op titles, maybe with framerate or visual hits but it's a lot more likely than last generations (where many developers struggled to get their engines to run 30 frames at 720p in singleplayer...)
 
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How does 4-player local Diablo 3 fare on the consoles? I read in reviews that for the most part, the framerate is stable. There's hope yet.
It's a bunch of fun. Only bummer is that you have to take turns opening menus to equip gear/skills and sell stuff.

edit: Would be perfect to play if everyone had a WiiU pad of their own they could use, or interface to a tablet or something to take care of the inventory and character side of things without stopping the action for everyone else.
 

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Downside of all these games with incredible graphics. Still, if Uncharted 3 could turn down the fidelity a bit to support splitscreen, I'd hope we'd see some more like that before too long.
 
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Halo never stopped offering this. Neither did Call of Duty. Neither did Gears of War. Neither did the Lego games. Neither did New Super Mario Bros.


.....so....yeah. Didn't go anywhere. Killzone is an expensive franchise but it's not really a hugely popular, successful one. I suspect a co-op mode would make it more successful.
 
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It's a dying part of video games unfortunately.

It'll always be there with niche or extremely casual products so it'll never truly die but it's not going to have a surge in core popularity ever again.
 
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The best times of my childhood were spent in front of a 26" CRT TV playing 4 player Goldeneye and Timesplitters.

I was under the impression that games now are too demanding for console hardware for split screen multiplayer. Or am I talking out of my ass?
 
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There really is nothing more fun in video games, for me, than sitting down and playing with a bunch of friends or your significant other. I'm glad at least one of the big three is still paying attention to it.
Just to add to this, if you have kids, local co-op is a great way of bonding with your son/daughter. Much more interactive and fun than watching a movie. And I agree with what others have said - Wii U is great for this. Other than Lego City, pretty much every other game we have has local co-op.
 

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No.

The living room as we once knew it is dead, thus couch co-op is dead. Instead of being forced into one room to consume media from a TV we have it anywhere we want via wi-fi/cellular, smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, handhelds, whatever.

Recognizing this I find Microsoft's push into TV with the Xbox One nothing short of mind-boggling. They're questing for the holy grail of convergence, something that is no longer possible.
 

sclpls

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...except it's up to developers to include local multiplayer in a game? Not the big bad Sony and Microsoft.
Sure, but developers listen to publishers who, strange as it may sound, are sometimes known to take into consideration incentives of a financial nature. Naturally, developers sometimes tell publishers and other business partners to take a hike... but sometimes they don't.
 

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Had you played NSMBU before that? Thinking of picking up Rayman but we have just been playing Mario and I'm worried it'll be too similar
Oh yes. NSMBU was the game I bought the WiiU with back in the Summer. Trust me, they are platformers... but Rayman is just too intense and original. Fantastic game. They are different sides of the same coin. Do it!
 
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Wii U has this in spades. It is a big reason why I love the console. I can see how those who have no one to play with would have significantly less fun with the system.
 
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Oh. My. God. That's fantastic. So many developers are gonna receive money soon :p!
Here's another site I've checked out before. I think they do PC/Xbox/PS3: http://www.co-optimus.com/

edit: yep they do...just go to the co-op games drop down, find by system, choose a system, then check the couch co-op box filter.

Too bad they don't appear to have Wii U.
 
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KInect party games(and Wii/Eyetoy) fit that bill, but of course that isn't what most people are talking about.

I played some some Diablo 3 couch co-op with a friend the other day, and I have to say, I wanted my TV back.

A long time ago I had a friend who would have game nights and he would setup multiple TVs which was the best.

In this case it was a friend from out of town, but I think if I had someone coming over local I'd have them bring their box and grab my monitor and hook it up. Together but separate, will be my marketing slogan for the digital future.
 
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Recognizing this I find Microsoft's push into TV with the Xbox One nothing short of mind-boggling. They're questing for the holy grail of convergence, something that is no longer possible.
As I remember, that's why they got into the whole video game thing to begin with.
But, I suppose that's more a discussion for another topic.
 
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Halo never stopped offering this. Neither did Call of Duty. Neither did Gears of War. Neither did the Lego games. Neither did New Super Mario Bros.


.....so....yeah. Didn't go anywhere. Killzone is an expensive franchise but it's not really a hugely popular, successful one. I suspect a co-op mode would make it more successful.
Best post in this thread. Anyone claiming local co-op was hard to find this gen doesn't know what they're talking about.

I had some incredibly fun co-op gaming with Gears/Halo/MUA2/NSMB Wii/XBLA Games/etc this gen. The games are there
 
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I wish. Unfortunately, it seems that online multiplayer is more valued (i.e. more profitable) for mainstream publishers, and so mainstream devs are being told to sacrifice splitscreen in order to put out the fanciest graphics (something else that the mainstream highly values). Features get cut in order to have the widest appeal and largest profit margin. It's not this simple, of course, but it seems to be a trend. Even in Halo 4, the latest in a series wherein splitscreen gaming has been a core feature, the game lags like hell when played splitscreen, especially on Forge maps.
 

Relix

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Best post in this thread. Anyone claiming local co-op was hard to find this gen doesn't know what they're talking about.

I had some incredibly fun co-op gaming with Gears/Halo/MUA2/NSMB Wii/XBLA Games/etc this gen. The game are there
Played them all. WANT MOOOOORE
 

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Pikmin 3 Mission Mode is pretty much the best same-sofa co-op game I've ever played.

My 5 yo son and I play it every weekend.