'Are single-player only games on the verge of becoming extinct?'

All hail multiplayer?

On this week's mailbox we've got a letter from Robert King from Tipperary, Ireland, who is worried that single-player games might soon go the way of the dinosaur.

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Scrolling through my Xbox Live friends list recently I saw that only two, out of my 20+ friends online, were playing single-player games. This has got me wondering about single-player games. Are they in decline?

Many developers seem to be thinking the same thing with more and more single-player games, such as BioShock 2 and Mass Effect 3, having multiplayer shoehorned into them. In my opinion it just doesn't work. The multiplayer doesn't feel as natural as it should.

On the flip side of this, the friends I spoke to said that they were not prepared to shell out full price for a new game if it didn't have multiplayer to add longevity. So what do you guys think? Are single-player only games on the verge of becoming extinct?

GamesMaster says: No need to panic. Firstly, games like Assassin's Creed 2, Max Payne 3, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Spec Ops: The Line all had brilliant single-player modes unhindered by their less involving competitive multiplayer. We've also got Tomb Raider, Dishonored and The Last of Us on the horizon. Single-player FTW!

CVG says: It's important to remember that some of those friends may be playing multiplayer titles as filler games in between releases or perhaps getting some downtime from a single-player game with a bit of online gaming. We certainly don't think single-player games are at risk, as GamesMaster notes, we've got some cracking multiplayerless games on the way.