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9 years ago when I found MMO's I thought single player games were dead and gone and I would never look back.
I really feel that the single player games being released to date (on all platforms) are really pushing boundaries and from my own personal experience, nearly all my hard core MMO gamer mates have migrated back to the single player market.
- MMO's are just not evolving fast enough. Too many cookie cutters
- Hype versus payoff. Unfortunately for the past 5 years not one game has lived up to their hype WAR, SWTOR, Vanguard, AoC list goes on...
- Dumbing down of genre from the true RPG throw back to the D&D paper based gaming etc. Crafting is watered down alongside exploration etc.
Single Player Games
- Have gone through several evolution steps for all platforms, graphics and sound.
- Story lines have been developed and supported by in-depth extensive worlds
- online capabilities that still allow for co-op, multi player, score boards etc.
- Immersion is incredible.
I would consider myself a hardcore MMO lover but for the past year I have only played MMO games in between single player titles e.g. Modern Warfare 4, Red Dead Remption, Far Cry 3 now (incredible game), XCOM, Skyrim, Civ 5.
Maybe its a time/age thing but it seems myself and ALL my friends are returning back to single player games, table top and board games for the interaction. We all play MMO's still but we are all really in a holding pattern waiting to see when they will evolve past their current form and most of us are losing interest fast.
Either way I feel single player games are leading the way in development and MMO's are just not keeping up.