As a child, I was surrounded by my siblings, who also played games. Given there was only so much time to share between us, I ended up watching a lot more games than I played. I found this to be really fun. I liked the collaboration between us as one of us would play through a game, or the insights we’d share about these games. I even found when playing games myself, having a copilot was a lot of fun.
More recently, inspired by the giant bomb Hitmas Special they produced one year for goty, I’ve been doing the same for all of the hitman maps with some of my friends. We’ll take an evening, pick a map, and run through the challenges ourselves. I even wrote a small script to generated scenarios for us. Often the best part is watching someone else get a really tough prompt, and collaborating on how to get through.
Additionally, I’ve been watching a friend play through the Shenmue series recently, and while a game I’d have never picked up myself, its been a ton of fun being a copilot through the whole thing.
Sometimes there’s just something to sharing the single player game experience with others that makes a game all that much better.
So this week, I want to know:
- Do you enjoy playing through single player games with others, whether piloting or watching along?
- Are there certain games you find you prefer this sort of collaborative play experience with?