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SKATE 4: ULTIMATE
Skate 2 had couch co-op (splitscreen). Skate 3, while an AWESOME game, was made horrible in the aspect that ALL co-op had to be done ONLINE. So, introduce Skate 4: Ultimate Skating. Here, you get all the cool moves and modes of Skate 3, plus new and improved ones (someone think of something, we can’t think of EVERYTHING), PLUS you can do it all in either single player OR split-screen. Ollies!
TOM CLANCY’S SPLINTER CELL: DUALITY
Yes, we know that both Conviction and Blacklist in this series had some co-op split-screen play, though Conviction was only a side campaign and Blacklist was fun but not what we are after. We want a full-fledge co-op story. In this one, we would shy away from the original main character in a sense, and focus on an elite team created by Sam Fisher to take his position (Sam’s getting old, even in the series). The game would still deal in stealth, and would require a headset to receive communications (which would NOT play through the television). Each player would receive their own instructions, which also leaves open the option for inception, because one player’s communication could be that the other player is a mole, and the instructions could be to take him out in a specific fashion. Do you follow the order, or do you inform your partner? That would be a great concept.
BATMAN: GOTHAM MULTIVERSE
Yes, Batman is notoriously a solo kind of superhero (in video games especially). But what if a cataclysmic event or a mad scientist toying with the space-time continuum changed all that? Both players could be a different incarnation of Batman from different dimensions or universal timelines, OR just from different story arcs that include Batman. This would also open up the Villain characters as good guys because of the ever so backward Bizarro characters, where personal favorites like Harley Quinn could be used to fight alongside Batman, or even Nightwing. Imagine the possibilities for storylines and character pairings (and toys).
STAR WARS: THE GRAY FORCE
This would be an AWESOME split-screen option. EVERYONE, at some point in their lives, has wanted to be a Jedi. This game would introduce the ‘Grey Side’ of the Force, where not only can players get their wish to be a Jedi, but the game could work in a fashion similar to Skyrim in which a player’s allegiance and actions determine how the game is revealed. So, one player could ally with the Light, while the other allied with the Dark, and so they could never be in the same area without either having to fight each other or help each other out of challenging situations. The premise for this one is the Grey Jedi trying to combine the total force of the galaxy (Jedi, Sith, Rebels, Empire and all aliens races) to fight an even bigger, more destructive force from a sister galaxy. And then would come the movies.
So many currently or soon-to-be released games have great potential and their sales would surely INCREASE with a split-screen/shared screen play option: FarCry: Primal, Tom Clancy’s The Division, even Halo 5 are just a few. All of those could and would have benefited from split-screen co-op play.
What do you think? Are you are fan of on the couch play with friends? What are some titles that you’ve played that would be better with split-screen? Let us know in the comments below.