Finding the Perfect Game for Christmas – Part 4: Multiplayer Capabilities


Welcome back to the 4th and final installment in our series helping you find the perfect games for yourself or loved ones this holiday season. This last post will focus on multiplayer aspects within games. Before you read on, however, click here to read part 1, click here to read part 2, and click here to read part 3.

The limitations aren’t severe; however, several games have strict multiplayer rules. For instance, games such as Destiny or Titanfall will REQUIRE online services. This means that if you aren’t paying for Xbox Live or Playstation Plus subscriptions, these games are glorified drink coasters to you. There are several ways to figure out the limitations before you buy, however.

Video game developers don’t want you to buy their game and not be able to play it just as much as you don’t want to buy something you won’t be able to play. To get around this, most games guilty of this will print in text at the bottom of the case something to the effect of “This games requires an internet connection to play.” Note that this is code for “Buy an Xbox Live or Playstation Plus subscription to play,” as simply having an internet connection will not be enough. Here is a picture of that signifier on a couple of Xbox One games and a PS4 game.

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Games depicted are The Division on PS4, and Titanfall and Destiny on the Xbox One.

The biggest problem is this is often difficult to see, sometimes even if you’re looking for it. Perhaps the most reliable place to look will be the back of the game case.

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Games depicted are Alien Isolation on the Xbox One and Alekhine’s Gun on the PS4

This is a single player only game. Xbox One puts their information in a chart on the back, however Playstation 4 favors large icons. The “1” next to Players underneath “Xbox One” in the top half indicates that there is only one player mode locally – meaning on the same console. In the bottom half, the “1 Player” icon means there is also only one player local play.

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Games depicted are Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Xbox One and Call of Duty: Black Ops III on the PS4

Here are examples of games with multiplayer options. On the top half, the “1-2” players refers to the amount of player that can play locally. 2 players local multiplayer means that one Xbox One can play two players on the same console, but not online. In the bottom half, “1-2” players indicates the same thing.

Additionally, you can see a lot of other information on the back of the case that doesn’t pertain to multiplayer aspects, such as Kinect capabilities, microphone options, and remote play.

Look for these things, you don’t want to be stuck disappointed and in the return line because you didn’t notice a few words or symbols. They are easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention, but if you know what you’re looking for, you will never make the mistake again.

 

Closing thoughts:

As I close this 4-part blog series, I ask you to keep something in mind: associates at Matt’s Game Exchange are trained to help you. If you have any doubts on ANYTHING listed here, do not be afraid to ask. We are here to help you, and even in the hectic holiday season we will be here for you. The loyal customers of Matt’s Game Exchange are why we prepare for hours, and why I sat here writing these posts. We want you to be informed so you can make the best decision wherever you shop, but if you run into a jam know that we here at Matt’s Game Exchange will help you out. This was a joy to write, and I can only hope it helps someone make a good choice for the holiday season.

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