I wanted to snipe the 1,000th page reply longer than you know!
It's kind've scary that I made this more than 4 years ago and it's still a place we can chill and talk about something we love.
To comment on a more relevant note to what Morte said, I've always agreed on the point that a game is simply not worth buying if it doesn't have multiplayer. The $60 I spent on Call of Duty 4 may have been the best use of my money ever for the amount of time and fun I had from it. The campaign, although mind-blowing, was like a drop in in the ocean. The same can be said for Gears of War 1. Multiplayer is at this point more important than a campaign. I don't know what I would've thought of that in the Gameboy Pokemon trading days!
The two past games that I did spend $60 on with no multiplayer (I think..) would be Mass Effect 2 and Bioshock 1. Mass Effect 1's campaign was actually so long it bored me to tears after the first go through. Mass Effect 2 was purposely shorter and more epic (more fun) than the first one, but when I finished it, I sighed a painful sigh. Bioshock 1 was engaging and awesome, game of the year from a non multiplayer standpoint, but still a waste of my money.
At this point, even more so than the 2007-2008 era with an online community bustling as great as it is, there is no excuse to not include multiplayer. The technology is there, tried and true.
EDIT: Lol just saw Samsara's pity post towards me for which I'm grateful! :D
This thread got to 20,000 posts before I myself could get 10,000. I am disappoint.
The reason for my lack of activity on here and Xbox has been that no game has taken me by storm like CoD 4, Halo 3, Gears 2, or MW2. Black Ops was cool after a half month but I simply got bored of it. I need another Infinity Ward revelation. Anyone know how good Bulletstorm is? (My current hope for sunshine is Gears 3)