Player or Multi Player? What drives you to purchase first
person shooters? JediKnightII.net's second mail bag question
is asking just that about JKII. Send us your thoughts regarding
Jedi Knight II's single and multi player features. Once you
finish sending us an e-mail, be sure to add your vote in our
current quick poll. We will post your comments in two weeks.
What should have more emphasis in Jedi Knight II, Single Player
or Multi Player?
"As many have said before, the factor that initially
drives people (and what drove me) to purchasing games is the
single-player factor. In recent years, it would seem as if
games such as Q3A and other clones have valued multiplayer
over single player which, in my opinion, is a bad mistake.
I purchased Jedi Knight for its single player story and action
- not even knowing, at the time, that there was a multiplayer
option. It was only after I played and beat the game that
I found out about the many possibilities for multiplayer gameplay.
I think that Raven and LucasArts understand (hopefully) that
the computer gaming market is constantly evolving - many of
us who played Jedi Knight as a kid are finding less and less
time for games as the challenges of college life and a career
start to become factors. Much of today's gaming community
will, in ten years, be a mere fraction of the future's gaming
community. As a result, I believe that the gaming companies
need to understand that new gamers will buy games for their
single-player options and will only later branch out into
multiplayer. Making a game strong in multiplayer but weak
in singleplayer will hook the experienced gamer, but will
most probably intimidate the new gamer. Many multiplayer games
are violent towards "newbies", which makes a lot
of these "newbies" turn to singleplayer until they
feel comfortable with the game. Being intimidated in a game
where multiplayer is favored will cause the "newbie"
gamer to move on to another game where they can practice and
have fun offline before they feel comfortable playing online.
Having a weak singleplayer option but strong multilplayer
option will cut off much of the future's gaming community.
As a result, the game would not be nearly as timeless and
successful as Jedi Knight is.
Due to these circumstances, I hope that the game sports a
very robust single player portion with an addicting, yet not
overpowering, multiplayer feature. I look foward to having
fun in the singleplayer campaign, yet also continuing the
experience in multiplayer. If the game is able to attract
many people with its single player campaign, this will most
probably lead to an increase in the number of people that
play multiplayer online. I, personally, would enjoy a large
amount of people playing online, but I believe that an addicting
singleplayer option is the key to this result. Both facets
of the game are equally valuable, but I believe that singleplayer
would be more important than multiplayer - singleplayer naturally
leads into multiplayer, whereas it's not very likely that
someone would begin playing the multiplayer option of a game
while totally ignoring singleplayer."
Buff writes: "I
beleive that Raven and LucasArts should put as much emphasis
as possible on both Multi-Player and Single-Player game functions.
However, if I had to decide one of the game modes that the
JK II Team should put more emphasis on, it would be Single-Player
because some gamers may not have the ability to access the
Internet or dial a friend via modem. Furthermore, Single-Player
games can be played without tying up the phone line for those
who have only one phone line. So, even though both game modes
are important, Single-Player, in my opinion, deserves more
writes: "I've got to got with single player mode. Multiplayer
is fantastic and all, but when I want star wars multiplayer...I'm
probably going to go with Star Wars Galaxies. And of course
I'll play Jedi Outcast whenever I just need to kill or blow
Jana Tkacova writes:
"Single player, cause that's the base of the game and
if the single player game hasn't a good look and punch, the
multiplayer won't seem to be matching to the rest of the game."
To my surprise, the majority of people
who responded to our mail bag wanted the single player portion
of the game to shine. Sorry we didn't get to post everyone's
comments. Thanks for those who wrote in, we'll have another
mail bag in the near future. -- zX