I was reading an interesting article in PC gamer magazine where 2 guys were debating on whether single player and multiplayer modes should be sold separately, and honestly I kind of have favor for both sides.
The first guy (we'll call him Mario) thinks that buying single and multiplayer modes gives him more for his money, plus he explains that game developers can make mega-bucks selling to a wider and combined audience.The second guy (we'll call him Luigi) disagrees and says:
"games don't need "mega-development" dollars" to be excellent values. Do you know of anyone that played COD:Black Ops for its single player, or its pitiful zombies co-op mode? They're back of the box bullet points, meant to give the impression that your're getting alot of content for your $60. That doesn't benifit gamers, it means overpaying for access to the piece of the game you actually want to play."
Then Mario says:
"You're looking a gift horse in the mouth, you ingrate! Separating single-player and multiplayer modes into two purchases won't guarantee you'll save a penny. In fact, you'll probably be getting less for more! Look at Bioshock and Dead Space: both are single player only games that sold for full price. If their sequels had sold their new multiplayer modes separately, they would've still been full price for single player, then an extra $20 or so for the multiplayer DLC..."
I like to get more for my money as well , but for myself, I buy a game mostly because of the campaign, and if the campaign isn't good I could care less about the multiplayer because usually most multi-players are shoot-em-up and I'm not the best at those, but I play here and there just so I can laugh at how horrible I am, but If I know a game on hand that I will enjoy the single player mode as well as the multiplayer, for example, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, then I would definitely buy it together because I enjoy both modes.
So in conclusion I would love to save money on games if I wasn't playing one mode, but is it possible? And if so, should single-player and multiplayer get a divorce? Or should some games just stick to being good at one mode, for example, only make call of duty a multiplayer game only, and other games like dead space a single player only. I can say for sure and you can agree that some games have no business being multi-players.