Up For Debate - Do you still play the single player campaigns of popular FPS titles?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Dec 5, 2021 12:00 PM
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With the next chapter of the Halo series finally launching its single player campaign this week on PC and consoles simultaneously, we thought it would be interesting to see/revisit how many of us still play the single player campaigns of popular FPS titles, and whether there is any excitement for the Halo Infinite campaign.

The debate mainly comes around the fact that many multiplayer-focused games that launched without a single player campaign have garnered significant controversy around the decision, despite the most popular aspect of those games always being the multiplayer. Battlefield 2042 comes to mind as a recent example of that.

The truth is that you’d think with less time spent on a campaign and more time spent on the multiplayer (which is where the majority of players will spend their time anyway) it would result in better quality all-round, but that certainly isn’t the case for Battlefield at the moment. Plus, the argument of less content = less value, which in turn should mean a cheaper product, usually comes up at the same time.

Obviously this mainly concerns games where the multiplayer part is the most popular, like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Halo to name a few. Of course games like DOOM Eternal are built for the campaign, and the multiplayer is simply an added feature. Whereas nowadays that seems to be flipped round.

So with Halo Infinite’s campaign finally coming out this week, will you be getting it? Or is the free-to-play Halo Infinite Multiplayer portion more enticing to you? Do you enjoy having single player campaigns for popular multiplayer FPS titles? Or are you not bothered when they are left out? Let's debate!

What is the main reason you are excited for the Halo Infinite campaign if at all?

Do you normally play the campaigns of popular multiplayer FPS titles?

How do you feel when a multiplayer focused FPS title does not have a single player campaign?

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01:44 Dec-07-2021

Most FPS games started as Single-player Campaigns with multiplayer added, just seems like extra hours playing a 60 dollar game is expected and appreciated.

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23:31 Dec-06-2021

Campaigns are for single player games.

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18:26 Dec-06-2021

I don't bother with MP unless I'm playing with my friends (playing with randoms sucks, IMO), so SP is where it's at for me most of the time.

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04:20 Dec-06-2021

I only play Single Player Campaigns, not fan of Multiplayer.

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23:16 Dec-05-2021

If game has singleplayer campaign, I usually will play it. Because why not. For Halo, I would be interested in what direction they take story and stuff.


As for multiplayer focused games having singleplayer campaign, I definitely do like to see it, but I am not bothered too badly if it is not there. I rather either see them do it right or not, instead of just some quickly thrown together thing that basically feels like just it is there to check that checkbox. And while yes, it does add additional value, it also isn't where I would spend 99% of my playtime. I used to be more on side of being annoyed by it, but then I came to the point that just made me realize there is no point in forcing it, because it never ends well and they might as well put their effort in multiplayer and bugfixes instead. But if they do make it and it is great, than it definitely adds to the value.

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22:31 Dec-05-2021

I played battlefield V sometime ago, as it was free, as i have an ea play pro subscription (mainly for fifa)


And there i found that DICE actually can write some pretty decent stories for a fps game.


I said to an irl friend, that they should just release 1 battlefield game with an extensive story, as it is something they could do.


So yes, i play the story always when i play a multiplayer shooter, and honestly, i dont care about multiplayer for shooters at all.


The only multiplayer games i play are fifa ultimate team (the pvp aspect) and lotro (pve aspect)

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21:00 Dec-05-2021

I have no interest in Multiplayer at all, Single player campaign is the only determining factor in playing FPS.

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17:36 Dec-05-2021

Yes I play them only for the campaign. I don't care if its realistic or cheesy as both have their fun factor. This is the reason I will never play Bullsh!tfield 2042 or Black Ops 4.

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17:21 Dec-05-2021

Y E S

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16:40 Dec-05-2021

Been a Halo fan since long. I am very excited for Infinite's campaign. And, yes, I do every now and then play through all the campaigns in the series. I also do so for some other fps titles. I just enjoy a fun campaign.

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16:03 Dec-05-2021

For a game like halo, where campaigns were always top quality, it must have it. But if previous campaigns were just horrible like in battlefield 1 and 5, then i don't care if they skip it.

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22:23 Dec-05-2021

since when did battlefield 1 and 5 have bad campaigns?


i enjoyed thos small stories much more then the regular CoD and Battlefield ones

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17:50 Dec-06-2021

I mean, it was just a fight against AI on a MP map (at least most of it) and some cutscenes, Cool that you liked it, but it's undeniable, that it was low effort. Compare that to bf3 (SP for bf4 was already in decline) or mw 2019 (only cod I played in last few years, so can't speak for the rest) and you will see the diffenrence in quality.

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15:59 Dec-05-2021

I am a SP player all of my life.MP in a game doesn't bother me one bit,but the lack of campaing angers me and i tend to skip the next studio/developer game even if it have SP mode.

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