Only Single Player

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OnlySP was created out of a simple idea: We want to focus solely on the single-player aspects of video games. That includes storylines, character development, campaign concept & design, and interviewing developers about how they plan and create their games’ single-player experience, among many other aspects of the single-player development cycle.

98 Published Reviews

In Other Waters

Switch
8.00
George YangApr 03, 2020
These drawbacks do not outweigh the aspects of what In Other Waters does right. The game brilliantly uses music and colors to bring forth life to a point-and-click adventure on a mysterious planet. As players explore Gliese 677Cc, learning about the different species can be just as enticing along the way as they discover the planet’s dark history.

Iron Danger

PC
8.00
Mitchell Ryan AkhurstMar 25, 2020
Iron Danger feels like several different games smashed together, but also like no other game out there, and its tactical battles are a treat for any fan of, well, PC RPGs and tactics games. If we get another chance to explore its vast fantasy world, I will be in for that, too.

Twin Breaker: A Sacred Symbols Adventure

PS VitaPS4
8.00
Daniel PereiraMar 23, 2020
Twin Breaker accomplishes something that few games have done before; it finds a way to make an older style of gameplay fun again and relevant. The game contains a plethora of content that rivals many AAA titles of recent memory. A 40-stage story mode combined with six additional game modes to create an endless stream of content makes Twin Breaker: A Sacred Symbols Adventure a must buy for every PlayStation owner.

DOOM Eternal

PS4
8.00
Michael CripeMar 17, 2020
DOOM Eternal may sound like it has some flaws worth talking about, but it is not quite that simple. A chunk adding up to maybe 10 hours of this game is worth the asking price of USD$60, let alone three times that much content. id has crafted an FPS masterpiece fitted with enough content to satisfy DOOM fans but still leave them wanting more—DOOM Eternal is a single player’s dream.

THE LONGING

PC
6.00
Rebecca Hills-DutyMar 11, 2020
The design approach taken by The Longing is bold, but it is not something everyone will appreciate. We live in an era of endless distractions, with many different forms of both work and entertainment clamouring for our time. Perhaps the developers behind The Longing have a point that it’s worth it to slow down once in a while.

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

PC
6.00
Steve CarmanDec 10, 2019
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries delivers a fun, combat-adventure game and a worthy sequel within the franchise. The movement controls, backing action music, and combat mechanics offer a thrilling, Mech-based action game. However, the inconsistent narrative design, demanding PC specifications, and frustrating repair mechanic detract from the game’s potential. In its current state, players may find Titanfall 2 the more appealing mech-centric choice.

Darksiders Genesis

PC
8.00
Amy CampbellDec 04, 2019
Darksiders Genesis may be a spin-off, but it is a star in its own right. The classic looting, shooting, and stabbing style of the game feels of another era in the best way possible. Airship Syndicate has delivered a game truthful to its origins, yet fresh for a modern appetite. Players willing to forgive its minor mishaps will delight in the heavenly romp through Hell that Darksiders Genesis has to offer.

Sparklite

PS4
8.00
Steve CarmanNov 30, 2019
Sparklite is a fascinating and enjoyable rogue-lite adventure title ripe with nostalgic elements for 2D Zelda fans without feeling like a rip-off. Geodia’s world maps are stunning, and the time-loop mechanism allows for almost infinite exploration without boredom setting in. Sparklite carves its own place in the rogue-lite genre and offers an almost perfect balance of gameplay.

Shenmue 3

PC
4.00
Amy DavidsonNov 29, 2019
The game tells a high-stakes plot at a snail’s pace, with terrible writing and acting. The clever combat system of the previous games has devolved into a button-mashing mess. The title does have moments of brightness: the actual story beats are great, the setting is fascinating, and it features the best forklift simulation on the market. However, with such incredibly dated gameplay, only the most ardent fans will enjoy Shenmue III. Even then, it is easily the weakest link in the franchise.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts

PC
6.00
Damien LawardornNov 25, 2019
When Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts works, it works amazingly well. The process of spotting, planning, and sniping makes for a tense, engaging experience, especially given the expansive maps that almost always provide multiple vantage points and approaches. However, the game too often demands that players close the gap and suffers as a result. Although Seeker’s toolkit is filled with toys, too many rely on noise, and the enemies flock to the slightest sign of the player’s presence, making the game tougher than will likely be enjoyable for many.

Golem

PS4
4.00
Rebecca Hills-DutyNov 22, 2019
Some amazing elements of an action-exploration game are present in Golem, but the design decisions largely spoil the experience. Players with an ocean of patience and the fortune of not suffering from motion sickness might find a worthy experience, but it is hidden beneath layers of counter-intuitive systems.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

PS4
8.00
Chris HepburnNov 20, 2019
The story is meant to be controversial, pulling on the heartstrings of the player to tell a story of why war today is so much more convoluted than it used to be. In the story, many characters go through challenging moments that make the player ask whether they can handle making the hard decisions. While the story gets dark with instances of torture and terrorist attacks, the game feels like it was scared to go all the way, holding back when situations should have pushed for more.The story is meant to be controversial, pulling on the heartstrings of the player to tell a story of why war today is so much more convoluted than it used to be. In the story, many characters go through challenging moments that make the player ask whether they can handle making the hard decisions. While the story gets dark with instances of torture and terrorist attacks, the game feels like it was scared to go all the way, holding back when situations should have pushed for more.

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels

PC
4.00
Damien LawardornNov 19, 2019
Despite everything written so far, Narcos: Rise of the Cartels does exactly what it aims to. The game is not an attempt to rewrite the strategy rulebook, but rather a gateway drug for anyone not familiar with the genre who is already hooked on Narcos. In that context, the title is solid: an entry-level strategy game that eases players in. The shallowness stems from the mass appeal and, as such, is a strength. However, those concessions will not spark joy for strategy veterans or anyone looking for a meaty, engaging experience.

Planet Zoo

PC
8.00
Amy DavidsonNov 15, 2019
Planet Zoo has some balancing issues and explains certain concepts poorly. Once the game is understood, however, it offers such loveable inhabitants and deep simulation that its shortcomings can be forgiven. The game shows how difficult running a zoo ethically can be, but also convinces the player how worthwhile that endeavour is by offering adorable animals at every turn. It is clever, complicated, and perfect for animal lovers.

Woven

PC
4.00
Damien LawardornNov 14, 2019
Like its protagonist then, Woven is an odd beast. Alterego has succeeded in making something distinct—the game certainly stands out from the crowd. However, that uniqueness comes with concessions. Every charming feature is offset by a fumble: a fun premise by a non-existent story, a stunning aesthetic by burdensome exploration, solid puzzles by technical issues. Nevertheless, the game is fully functional and will certainly be worthwhile purchase for young children or anyone else who enjoys the simple pleasures.

RUNE II

PC
8.00
Damien LawardornNov 12, 2019
RUNE II lacks the wow factor to be a serious contender in most Game of the Year lists, but that does not mean it should be overlooked. The game is solid and dependable, its faults never quite enough to sink it. Moreover, Human Head should be celebrated for daring to take a different approach to its open world. Where many games try to drive engagement through more quests, more distractions, more collectibles, more everything, RUNE II pares that drive back to its bare essentials.

stikir

PC
8.00
Amy DavidsonOct 30, 2019
Stikir is a short game, taking roughly an hour to complete. While brief, the constant stream of new ideas and gameplay experiences utilises the time well. The short form also works well for the random style of humour, with quick flashes of absurdity that could grow tiresome in a longer game, but remain funny throughout. It is a fun look at the creative process of designing a game, and all of the ideas that get altered or discarded along the way.

Only After

PC
2.00
Amy DavidsonOct 23, 2019
Only After has a great deal of potential, but fumbles in the execution of its ideas. Featuring a decision-heavy gameplay when the choices do not matter, a clever ending with very little build-up, and the worst control scheme of 2019, Only After sabotages itself at every turn.

The Outer Worlds

PS4
8.00
Michael CripeOct 22, 2019
Lackluster combat is only one flaw, but when players are spending nearly half of their time taking part in the flaw, its problems are unavoidable. Still though, Obsidian has crafted something special that fits right up there with its contemporaries. The Outer Worlds completely succeeds in its mission to take players on an interplanetary adventure in ways that have not been seen in gaming for some time. Hopefully, other titles will follow in its footsteps when taking players to brand new worlds.

Disco Elysium

PC
8.00
Rebecca Hills-DutyOct 21, 2019
Disco Elysium is a sprawling, multi-layered game full of twists and turns. The game’s characters explore highbrow themes such as existentialism, political theory, and psychology, all wrapped around a twin mystery of murder and identity. Disco Elysium is a very strange game, deeply cerebral almost to the point of pretentiousness, but it’s periodic dips into both surrealism and self-deprecation save it from being too hipster to endure. Those who value depth of character and storytelling are very likely to enjoy this title, despite its flaws.

Pine

PC
6.00
Amy DavidsonOct 10, 2019
If the communication issues and bugs can be cleared up, Pine has the potential to be really special. When everything works, the little sandbox of Albamare is a delightful place to explore. In Pine‘s current state, though, a great deal of patience is required to deal with the poor platforming, obtuse writing, and strange AI behaviour. Should one push through these issues, however, they will find a charming adventure that creates a beautiful blend of seemingly incompatible ideas.

GRID

PS4
6.00
Steve CarmanOct 09, 2019
GRID has firmly nailed its place in the market as one of the best arcade racing series and will remain a ferocious competitor to the Forza and Gran Turismo franchises. The cars and tracks have been beautifully crafted with explicit detail, and when coupled with the delicate handling model, command-based communication, and the Nemesis system, all create a unique, thoroughly enjoyable racing experience. However, the game suffers from engagement issues, which could be improved by implementing a photo mode and racing soundtracks.

John Wick Hex

PC
8.00
Amy CampbellOct 08, 2019
Bithell wanted to create a game filled with suspense, where actions acted as dialogue in a way that was truthful to the movies. Even though these aspects can be overwhelming for new players, it is the exact same reason that will keep them coming back. John Wick Hex is absurdly addictive. The thrill of the action, the fast-paced decision making, and the pride of overcoming difficult levels are all why this game succeeds on so many levels. Bithell Games promised players the chance to be John Wick, and by choosing the genre least expected, it has delivered on that promise.

Code Vein

PC
4.00
Rebecca Hills-DutyOct 04, 2019
Code Vein tries hard to overcome its flaws with anime style and flamboyance—and in many areas almost succeeds. The character creation and Code-based upgrade system are intriguing, but the combat and partner AI are too inconsistent to overcome the uneven pacing and difficulty. Code Vein has its positives, but is flawed as a single-player experience.

Neo Cab

PC
8.00
Amy DavidsonOct 03, 2019
Neo Cab is a smart, engaging visual novel. Containing light survival mechanics, emotional manipulation, and customer service, this combination of short stories and overarching plot choices create a unique voice in the visual novel genre.