Many people are worried about the inclusion of online multiplayer in Dead Space 2. I can see their point, to an extent. How does multiplayer fit into the franchise? The original Dead Space was a single player game only, and it received much of its praised based on its slow, horror-inspiring gameplay. This fits unnaturally with multiplayer, which is generally fast and frantic. In order to pull off online multiplayer in Dead Space 2, Visceral Games is going to have to completely abandon the two things that made the franchise what it is.
But it’s not a poor multiplayer experience that people are afraid of. Rather, the fear is that the time spent tacking on multiplayer to a game that they feel doesn’t need it will take the developers away from their main project, the single player campaign. Many people expect the single player campaign to be worse in Dead Space 2 than it was in Dead Space 1.
As a huge fan of the Dead Space franchise, I am here to tell that those fears are unfounded, and that everything is going to be okay. Dead Space is not the first critically acclaimed single player campaign to have multiplayer tacked on to its sequel. Let’s take a look at some others that have followed the same path.
The first of these is Uncharted, a franchise that was born on its cutscene heavy, action oriented single player campaign that made the player feel like he was playing in an Indiana Jones movie. Without the funny quips, and the action set pieces, what was left of this once marvelous franchise? The answer was an even better franchise. Uncharted 2 improved on the original in every way. The single player game was better, longer, had more wit, and more frantic set pieces. The time the developers spent on the multiplayer aspect of the game did not negatively impact the single player in any way, and as an added bonus the multiplayer was pretty fun in its own right. The end result was 2009’s Game of the Year.
Next on our list is the game that compares most closely to Dead Space. The original Bioshock had many of the same traits as the original dead space game. A slower, atmospheric, fear inducing campaign mode that would be lost in multiplayer. Fortunately, like Uncharted 2 before it, the Bioshock 2 multiplayer actually ended up being pretty fun, and the single player campaign was just as good as the first game. In the end, Bioshock 2 did not get heaps of critical praise like its predecessor, but that had more to do with people being tired of the Rapture setting than it did with the game itself. The time spent working on multiplayer did not seem to affect the single player campaign in any way, which makes sense since an entirely different studio was brought in to work on it.
Lastly we have Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. When multiplayer was announced for Assassin’s Creed, the same question that was posed at the beginning of this article jumped in to everyone’s head. “How can you do multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed?”. Well, the developer figured it out, and the result was an extremely fun multiplayer game and a single player campaign that once again was very good, and did not appear to be negatively impacted by the inclusion of multiplayer in any way.
That brings us back to Dead Space 2. Visceral Games is a great developer, and there is no reason to believe that they can’t follow in the footsteps of the other three franchises that most similarly compare to Dead Space. The demo is already out for Dead Space 2. It is amazing, and I expect no less from the full single player campaign, and don’t believe that that addition of multiplayer will affect that. And who knows, maybe you’ll get a kick out of getting to play as a Necromorph.
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