PGO Blog http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:31:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 A look at FIFA 14 player ratings http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/09/a-look-at-fifa-14-player-ratings/ http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/09/a-look-at-fifa-14-player-ratings/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:31:22 +0000 MikeyS1711 http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/?p=749 (Visited 117 times, 1 visits today)]]> The next installment of the hugely popular EA franchise is right around the corner and to wet fans appetites the guys over at EA Sports have released some of the player ratings for the game and as we here at PlayStation Gamers Online are huge fans of the game we think it is only right that we should dissect and discuss some of the ratings.

Although you will find most of PGO playing in our established FIFA Club, Leavemyarcealona, there are a few who enjoy playing through the career mode therefore each year the ratings of players are an important factor in buying players to build a successful club. Let’s first kick off by looking at the four players rated at 90+ in the game: Messi (94), Cristiano Ronaldo (92), Ribery (90) and Falcao (90). These names will be no surprise to football fans, with the first three players being the finalists of the recent UEFA Best Player in Europe Award – of which Ribery win. My only quarrel with these being the only four players rated 90+ is that Messi is two levels above Ronaldo and whilst he is the best player in the world, I would only put Ronaldo one level below him.

I now want to focus on the Premier League players which have been revealed in the top 50 reveal, of which there are 15. I am quite surprised by this number if I am honest as the Premier League is host to a lot of very good talent. That being said though, when you do look at the list of the full fifty players – which can see see by clicking here – you can see why perhaps Premier League players have been pushed out…

Just before I move on to look at the goalkeepers, I just want to mention a player which appears to be missing from the list of the top 50 in Mario Gotze. Granted, the list goes down to 85 and I am sure there are several others who also are rated this but even so I was surprised not see Gotze.

Anyway moving on to goalkeepers. Alongside the top 50 player reveal, EA also released the list of the top 20 goalkeepers in the game and once again it showed no real surprises. Hugo Lloris is still rated highly (84) in the game as last year and in this writers opinion it is definetly better than last year where he was a staggering 86! De Gea is still rated to low for my liking as well at an 82 (definitely no bias of me being a Manchester United fan there…) although it is an improvement on last year so baby steps I suppose. It’s also good to see that EA are keeping Julio Cesar’s rating high (82) despite being relegated to the Championship as EA tend to not let the smaller clubs have high rated players.

Overall, the reveal of the some of the players ratings have not surprised me at all with the players you would expect to see rated highly there. Are there any players you feel are rated too high? Or perhaps even a player you think is missing from the list? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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The PGO Gran Turismo 5 Championship has begun! http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/09/the-pgo-gran-turismo-5-championship-has-begun/ http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/09/the-pgo-gran-turismo-5-championship-has-begun/#comments Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:35:30 +0000 MikeyS1711 http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/?p=742 (Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)]]> The day was Tuesday, the time just shortly after 21:30 and the dust had settled on the streets of Tokyo as the racers of the PGO Gran Turismo 5 Championship pulled up to the start line.

The first race was taken by Tommy as he raced across the line well ahead of his fellow racers leaving everyone worried about the rest of the championship… A highlight from the race however has to be the battle between Ned and Von for the final place on the podium as having watched the replay Von was pushing all the way round however Ned managed to see of the challenge and claimed third place. It wasn’t all clean racing however, as you will see in some of the pictures below, as there was plenty of collisions with the walls including Morton hitting a tyre wall spreading them across the track meanwhile incidents involving Pogo, Mikey and Gaffer on the second lap.

The second track of the evening was on everyone’s favourite rally course – Eiger Nordwand G Trail. Tommy once again had another good showing however it was Von who sped off the line taking first place by thirteen seconds. As you would expect from a rally course, and of course the members of PGO, the race saw several crashes and smashes. As a result of this the cameramen for this race withdrew from the track therefore no pictures are available for this race. Some people would say this was an excuse for forgetting to save the replay however I do not.

The third race of the evening saw racers return back to Toyko and jumping into their karts to race around Tokyo Bay. Once again the photographers failed to get any of the action for the race and as a result were replaced for the next race by a whole new set. The action itself though was pretty much a case of who can control the kart all the way round with Ned, Gaffer and Von all spinning at some stage costing them dearly. Morton failed to make any mistakes and took the race with a four second lead ahead of Stef.

The final course of the evening saw the first of the Formula 1 tracks during the championship, Suzuka Circuit. The first thing to point in the race was Ned’s strange choice to continue using his kart as appose to the AEM S2000 (of course this was a glitch and a highly amusing one at that). Tommy and Von led the race from the start and after another close battle it was a small mistake from Von on the last lap that lead to the second victory for Tommy in the league. As you headed further down the track it was apparent that some of the racers could not control the car with several spinning and sliding all over the place – as you can see in the pictures below.

That concluded the first week of the PGO Championship and it has left the league table with an interesting look with Tommy finishing on the podium on each race. Von, Morton and Ned finished within five points of each other fighting over second. This is only the first of four weeks though and there is plenty to play for over the next three weeks.

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A New Game Mode on The Last of Us http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/08/a-new-game-mode-on-the-last-of-us/ http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/08/a-new-game-mode-on-the-last-of-us/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:40:24 +0000 MikeyS1711 http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/?p=738 (Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)]]> Naughty Dog have announced a brand new game mode for the multiplayer side of their latest hit game The Last of Us.

The new game mode, Interrogation, will become active once players have downloaded the new game patch (1.03) and players will also see a few tweaks have been made to the gameplay to try and improve the overall experience – check out the video Naughty Dog has released for the announcement below.

As mentioned in the video, the new game mode will see players fighting to gain access to the other faction’s lockbox. However, players must first interrogate the opposition five times to learn the location of the lockbox by either performing special executions or shiv kills. The first faction to open the oppositions lockbox is the winner.

As a fan of The Last of Us multiplayer this new mode freshens up the online side of the game and from the video above I certainly will be playing a fair bit of this mode. Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below or over on our forum thread.

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PGO Premier League: Week 3 http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/08/pgo-premier-league-week-3-results/ http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/08/pgo-premier-league-week-3-results/#comments Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:37:33 +0000 MikeyS1711 http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/?p=735 (Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)]]> This week has been a quiet week for the PGO premier league with hardly any fixtures being played – nevertheless here is the update.

The only real noteworthy match for the week comes from the tie between Stef and Ice as the two teams – both of which are tipped to challenge for second place – played to a 2 – 1 win for Stef. The report of the match is as follows:-

This was a pretty close match with a lot of tackles and some decent build up play. The game started with a shocker for Stef, telling his keeper to do a long throw with 80% power but instead deciding to roll it straight to Spong who takes a great first touch to be fair and then finishes nicely on the turn. A fair few shorts on a stint of pressure from Stef followed however it went unrewarded until a fairly non-threatening piece of play on the edge of Ice’s box somehow the ball ends up at the feet of Bodin who slotted home a fairly weak shot. During the end of the first half and much of the second Stef managed to rack up a total of 18 shots, including hitting the post, a goal line scramble where Ice’s keeper managed to knock it onto the post for a second time and another occasion were a ball was cleared off the line from a header. Stef finally managed to clinch the winner in the dying moments of the game which probably felt was a bit of a kick in the sack for Ice unfortunately. But a good game anyways. Berserk_Stef

As I said at the start of the post, there was no much action from this week but as we head into the penultimate week we hope that everyone will get there fixtures played and the league table will provide some excitement as we head into the final week. To check out the current standings of the Premier League and fixtures for this week please head on over to the thread on our forum.

 

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Gamescom 2013: EA Press Conference http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/08/gamescom-2013-ea-press-conference/ http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/08/gamescom-2013-ea-press-conference/#comments Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:06:35 +0000 MikeyS1711 http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/?p=730 (Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)]]> It’s that time of year again as gamescom kicks off in Germany and with it comes press conferences showing off new games, trailers and gameplay. The EA conference has just finished and here is a round-up of what happened.

The show kicked off with the unveil of the Sims 4 and whilst it may not be the type of game the readers of this blog are interested in it I personally was looking forward to seeing what was in store. Unfortunately, for me at least, the game appears to have the same-old same-old from the previous installment and whilst there are a few tweaks here and there for the time being I am fine with playing on the Sims 3 every now and then. The guys who make Command and Conquer were brought out next to the stage and although the live-action gameplay was shown, coupled with a new trailer, I still did not find myself wanting to play the game.

Dragon Age Inquisition was the first of the next-gen games to be showcased during the conference and whilst many gamers were hoping to see some gameplay for the upcoming RPG we were instead given a developer diary which you can see below – this game hits during Autumn 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgzTlyw9w_E

The guys at Popcap then took over the stage for a bit and gave details on a new addition to Plants vs Zombies 2 which has just been released called “Far Future” which received a mild applause from the audience. As was previously known, the franchise will also be heading onto next-gen consoles and it was revealed that players will be able to take control of zombies in the upcoming Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare before we were then given a brand new video looking at the playable zombie classes (video below). Special mention has to go to the Engineer class simply for just giving us that little bit more than we wanted to see. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare will hit the Xbox One in Spring 2014 before being released on PS4 at a later date.

EA Sports headed out onto stage next with three games in their arsenal: UFC, Need for Speed Rivals and FIFA14. UFC was first up and the voice of UFC was there to bring out the creative director of the game and the head of UFC in Europe. After a bit of chat about how UFC is the fastest growing sport on the planet gamers were treated with a pre-alpha gameplay video. Next up from the guys at EA Sports came Need for Speed Rivals and having played Need for Speed Most Wanted thanks to it being the latest game from PlayStation Plus I was not expecting much from the game. Sadly, from what I saw in the videos this was confirmed and the only real talking point for me is that fact that the undercover police car has “Police” on the registration plate and that a Ferrari was coming back into the game after a long hiatus. FIFA 14 was the third game to hit from EA Sports and although there was tweaks to gameplay the game on current-gen consoles looks like it is going to be a £40 squad update – although the video was voiced by Patrick Stewart which made the game seem ten times more awesome… (the first video below). However, FIFA 14 on next-gen consoles does look like it is going to feel different with stadiums being brought to life, new cut scenes at corners, goal kicks and free-kicks and the various other tweaks to the gameplay – it might just be me but FIFA 14 next-gen looks like it is going to take the franchise to a whole new level. Check out the next-gen video in the second video below.

Titanfall was also shown at the conference and whilst this is going to be an Xbox One exclusive it does look good therefore I thought I would give it a little mention. The conference then finished off, as expected, with new information about Battlefield 4. The first piece of news is that the beta for the game will go live in early October. Levolution was then discussed and players were told that, thanks to the next frostbite engine, every game will feel unique with a variety of different events occurring in each game from flooding the streets to cutting power in buildings before players got a chance to see this in action in a brand-new video (check it out below). Talk then moved onto Battlefield 4 premium which looks very similar to that of Battlefield 3 premium therefore nothing new to report. The show ended with a new game mode and map being revealed Battlefield 4 in which players must fight for control of a bomb to take out the oppositions target. This new game mode was showcased on the brand new map called Paracel Storm – check out the video of that in the second one below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZQi4jOF3bw

With that, the EA conference was over. Personally, I was hoping to see some information about Battlefront but not everyone can be happy I suppose. Let us know what you thought of the conference below in the comments!

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PGO Premier League: Week 2 http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/08/pgo-premier-league-week-2/ http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/08/pgo-premier-league-week-2/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:05:15 +0000 MikeyS1711 http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/?p=728 (Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)]]> First off, my apologies for the late post – I’ve been busy this week however that hasn’t stopped the PGO Premier League ticking over.

As we headed into the second week Gaffer was sitting at the top of the table with a seven points, closely followed by Mikey on six – how would things alter over the week?

The week saw a low amount of games played – apart from Gaffer who managed to fit the rest of his fixtures for the league in this week. Our commentary teams around the grounds didn’t really have much to talk about this week with most games finishing with as little as two goals. One report that came in from the team watching the Morcambe versus Accrington Stanley was as follows:-

This has got to be one the worst games ever played in the existence of the beautiful game. A total shambles of which Accrington possibly didn’t manage a shot on goal due the fact that the forward line just doesn’t bother moving forward when they are in a attacking third of the pitch. That being said, Morecambe did defend well and had more of the clear cut chances. Regarding the goal, let’s just say the game was that boring the commentary team fell asleep and missed it. cmonuspurs

Luckily, the week was saved by the sheer amount of games which Gaffer played, scoring plenty of goals over the games he played with highlights including five goals being put past Mikey as well as scoring eight against irish-sid in his first game of the season. Gaffer went into his final game of the season needing a win to secure the league and he did not let down hitting the net five times against Ice.

It was a good win for Dagenham with Elito finishing the season with his 2nd hat trick in a final push to finish as top scorer (11 goals). The woodwork stood in the way of Dagenham furthering the scoreline with around five shots rebounding off the post, however two of them was converted. The_Gaffer57

The third week of the league is well underway, with plenty of games still to get in before the deadline. For the latest on week three, check out the thread over on www.pgo-clan.co.uk

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PGO Premier League: Week 1 http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/08/pgo-premier-league-week-1/ http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/08/pgo-premier-league-week-1/#comments Sun, 04 Aug 2013 11:41:04 +0000 MikeyS1711 http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/?p=716 (Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)]]> The first week of the PGO Premier League has come to an end and we have seen goals goals goals! Although we don’t have the team like Sky Sports do, we here at the PGO Blog have a small team bringing you the match reports from around the ground.

The first fixture of the PGO Premier League saw The_Gaffer57 take on worthyxhitman which ended in a goal draw at one a piece:

Gaffer was perhaps feeling a little hard done by given that the shot count was 13 to 2 to him. In fact, he didn’t score with a shot all game, as what looked like a perfectly weighted chip over the onrushing goalkeeper from Elito was actually the worst/best first touch of the whole game. Elito then followed up with the classic accidental chip after the ball 6 yards out off a rebound, which he duly spooned over. Around the 50th minute one of Gaffer players was pulled down right on the edge of the box with the proceeding free kick being blazed over the bar. Worthy countered from the goal kick, breaking off down the wing with someone who was surprisingly quick for a ginger irishman, with the cross being converted by Brennan with a well placed header. Toward the end of the match there was a controversial disallowed goal after Williams converted a rebound only to be found to be a nanometer offside. The_Gaffer57 

A flurry of other results were coming in each day, with many teams recording a victory and a loss in the two fixtures with the exception of being MikeyS1711 who picked up two victories against worthy and o_IceAssassiN_o. However, there was one match which really stood out as Pogo_05 took on BerSerk_Stef which ended in a battering for one team:

Yes, the mighty Morecambe start the season on a flyer but the score line looks very flattening as it was quite a close match with Pogo edging it on possession with 51%. The difference was the finishing and getting the shots on target. Pogo had 66% shot accuracy with 6 out of 9 being on target with Stefs very poor 21% with only 3 on target out of 14 however he did hit the post on two occasions though. It was the pace of the Morecambe forward line that Stef’s defence couldn’t cope and when they made a mistake it punished him. Similarily, Pogo’s defenders were proving tough to pass with only really allowing for longish ranged shots and quick snapshots that often sailed harmlessly over or wide. The goal of the game was the 2nd one when defender Parrish (Morecambe) was allowed to control and then beautifully helped the ball into the net with a lovely half volley using the outside of his boot. It actually should have been in a premiership match as the finish was sublime. Pogo_05

That concludes the first week, there were two fixtures which were outstanding and Gaffer and Stef played an extra game due to the absence of Gaffer in a few weeks. For full results of this week then head on over to our forums now!

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PGO Premier League Kick Off http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/07/pgo-premier-league-kick-off/ http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/07/pgo-premier-league-kick-off/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 08:49:49 +0000 MikeyS1711 http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/?p=687 (Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)]]> Today marks the first day of the season in the PGO Premier League on FIFA13 and to mark the occasion the PGO blog is looking at what is in store for the season.

To determine the teams for the season the community decided they would be randomly allocated from a list of one star teams – something which you do not often see in a premier division. This meant that there were a variety of leagues being represented in the PGO Premier league including three teams from the English League 2 and two from the Saudi Pro League.

Once teams were allocated the fixtures were released, which you can view below. Looking at the fixtures there are some interesting derby matches between the players which includes the battle to be the top Saudi team in week three of the season as cmonuspurs takes on MikeyS1711 and on the final game week of the season we see the Pogacic Cup taking place between the two Pogacic brothers.

Players will find weekly reports of the progress of the league here on the PGO Blog along with the latest news and gossip of players who are taking part therefore check back here every Monday to get the latest in the PGO Premier League!

Note: Those who are taking part in the league please ensure you have read the main thread so that you know all of the rules of the league

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The Last of Us Review http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/07/the-last-of-us-review/ http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/07/the-last-of-us-review/#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:58:58 +0000 JD-Cloud http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/?p=606 (Visited 414 times, 1 visits today)]]> Let me start by saying – ‘The Last of Us’ is the greatest gaming experience I’ve ever had… The story is about a man (Joel) who must go on a mission with a young girl (Ellie). The game is set in a post apocalyptic North America that has been devastated by a parasitic fungus called Cordyceps. This fungus takes over the brain and essentially turns people into “zombies”. The clever thing though is that Naughty Dog didn’t make this fungus up- it is real! Now before you’re on the phone to the doctor, asking for your Cordyceps injection, this fungus doesn’t attack humans (Not yet anyway). See for yourself!

I finished this game 3 days ago and since then I’ve not stopped thinking about it. I was in ASDA today, in the fresh fruit section, checking for a ripe mango and all I could think about was something Joel said during the game. Which then led me to believe that Joel might have once tried to, or at least thought about killing himself. I can’t really expand on that without spoiling the game for anybody not yet played it, but that’s one of the many great things Naughty Dog have done with this game. There is no right or wrong answer, it’s our own interpretation of what we think happened.

The gameplay is brilliant. You can go for all out combat or you can go all stealth. It’s totally up to you. That said though, it isn’t a moral choice. Stealth isn’t the good Joel and all out killing isn’t the bad Joel. It’s more a calculated decision. I played on hard and there were times I was low on ammo, so I didn’t really want to go all out and waste it knowing a group of clickers could be waiting around the next corner.

What I also love is that it isn’t full of the generic video game cliché’s. It’s a very scary game at times but it isn’t done with the usual “jump scares”. There’s no creeping in the dark, in silence, the music slowly building to a climatic bang and a zombie jumping out of the wardrobe… No cheap scares in it. There was a part of this game were I had to get through some kind of office, full of clickers and b?????, as I’m creeping around, I’m on the edge of my seat, holding my breath just hoping I didn’t ripped apart. When I got to the end, I can see the b????? coming for me and I’m actually saying out loud “get out, get out, get out!!!”. When I did get out, it was sheer relief. Not because the part was so hard and tedious that I was glad to beat it, but because it was terrifying and I was glad to be out of that room…

Seriously, for me, clickers are the most scariest things ever. They look like your run-of-the-mill video game monsters, but what sets them apart is the clicking noise they make… Oh my god, is that noise scary. The thing with these clickers is that they are blind, they get around using this clicking noise which they then get feedback from so they know where they are going… Like a bat. These clickers are hard to kill, usually come in groups and are “one hit kills” – they grab you, you’re dead. Now this is the scary part – when you’re creeping through them, you can hear when one is close to you. Every instinct in your body is telling you to look back or, if you can see the exit, to run for it… Inevitable death… That’s were the fear came in for me. Not the sight of them, but the sound of them. The thought of them.

That’s how the game is, it weighs heavy on you. It’s wall-to-wall tension with few moments of release. Even when you think you’re safe, you’re still cautious of everything and everyone. There was a section of the game where I was looking for supplies and then I heard this funny noise… First reaction was to crouch, find cover and go into listen mode to find out what it was – Turned out to be Ellie trying to whistle… Your always on alert. Every noise you hear, you’re just hoping it isn’t a clicker.

The real beauty of this game though is the relationship between Joel & Ellie, and the way it draws you in. This is the first video game ever that I have truly cared about the characters. When Ellie gets into a bit of trouble, I genuinely got worried. There are multiple times where you could cry or at least get choked up. Obviously you’ve got the opening scene, but for me, without spoiling it for anybody, the scene that really got to me was the “Jurassic Park” moment… I was speechless. Every horrible thing I’ve been through for the last 12+ hours of playing is topped off with what is the most beautiful moment in game history. Again, Naughty Dog are very smart with it, and leave something up to you… It’s true brilliance. They are very subtle in the way they do it and nothing is shoved down your throat. They understand that we, as gamers, know what’s going on so there is no need for that big flashing sign to tell us what we already know.

The Last of Us is a true work of art. Responsive and fun gameplay, visually stunning scenery, heart wrenching story and the most likeable and memorable characters ever in a video game. You play as Joel, but Ellie is the star of the show. In-terms of gaming characters, she’s up there with Nathan Drake, Solid Snake and Lara Croft. The voice acting is second to none, even for the characters you meet along the way, and it just makes them feel all the more real. There are no clear-cut heroes and villains, they are just real, believable people trying survive the apocalypse…

I honestly can’t say enough good things about this game, it is simply a stroke of genius by Naughty Dog. I can’t imagine any other game topping the experience I got from this. At least not anytime soon. You need to play this game!

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Thought of the Week: Teamwork http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/06/thought-of-the-week-teamwork/ http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/2013/06/thought-of-the-week-teamwork/#comments Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:30:42 +0000 MikeyS1711 http://www.pgo-clan.co.uk/PGOBlog/?p=568 (Visited 106 times, 1 visits today)]]> Last week the eagerly anticipated The Last of Us released onto the PlayStation 3 and it is the multiplayer mode of the game gave me the idea for this weeks ‘Thought of the Week’ which is looking at the use of teamwork in online multiplayer on a variety of games. I know what you are thinking, using teamwork in a multiplayer game where two teams are pitted against each other it makes perfect logical sense however for some reason the masses, on the PlayStation at least, do not seem to share this logic.

The multiplayer aspect of gaming has perhaps become one of the most important features within games. As accessibility to the internet has increased the wanting for people to play against fellow gamers on their favourite games has increased. Looking back through gaming on consoles, the PlayStation 2 and original Xbox were the first to bring in online multiplayer elements before then being furthered into what we know multiplayer to be today with the launch of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Nowadays games come packaged a variety of multiplayer modes, with some developers focussing primarily on this side of gaming. Looking at the games currently on the market it can be argued that the biggest multiplayer game out there is the Call of Duty franchise and it also happens to be a prime example of lack of teamwork online.

You ask most people who play the Call of Duty games and a lot will come back with a similar response which is that the game is full of screaming kids who just run around like headless chickens. Whilst these ‘headless chickens’ are not ideal for working as I team I think the attitude of those who say this could also be partly to blame. If you have the mindset that the people you are playing with are not going to work as a team surely you yourself will not be willing to work as a team?

The second reason I think could be responsible to the lack of teamwork is communication (or should I say lack of it). If you go online on the PlayStation 3 you will not find every person with a microphone which is crucial for a team to work together. Just because you have a microphone does not necessarily mean that you have fluid communication however as there could also be a language barrier. With the PlayStation 4 just around the corner however hopefully the microphone will not be an issue as Sony have confirmed that some form a microphone will be shipped with the console.

The third and final reason I can see for people not wanting to work as a team on games comes in the form of players wanting to play for fun. Whilst for some people, including myself, working as a team is fun and enjoyable – especially when you are playing together with friends – other people prefer to do their own thing. It is for this reason we have seen clans and gaming communities, such as ourselves, appear and develop. Those who want to play with friends will actively go out and seek this whereas those that do not will not.

Right at the start of this article I mentioned that it was The Last of Us that gave me the idea for this weeks thought as in the multiplayer mode, to me at least, it is essential players work as a team to achieve victory with the need to revive each other and using tactics to outwit the opponent. Another game which springs to mind where teamwork is essential aspect is SOCOM Confrontation. The slow-paced nature of both games perhaps aids in the need to work as a team in the sense that those who enjoy ‘running around like headless chickens’ are not able to do it in this style of game. The use of tactics in these styles of games is key to ensuring your team survive and you secure victory.

Overall, for this gamer the element of teamwork in gaming has made the online experience for me far more enjoyable. There is nothing better than coming online with a few friends, sticking on a mic and taking on the opposition of team. However, there is a downside to this as now when I am playing alone I tend to get frustrated with people as there does not seem to be this unity making the online experience that little less exciting. That being said however, it will not stop me playing online multiplayer games so it looks like I am just going to have to accept it. Let us know what your thoughts are on people using teamwork online in the comments below! I’ll leave you with an image which made me chuckle…

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