@CHX H8 ME,
I too had posted in that other thread, with the atypical reasons for including bots, such as offline play, and MP oriented target and map practice, but I guess I didn’t really share my experience with bots in other games, and how I enjoyed them there, so I will here.
As I said in the other thread, I didn’t get Xbox Live until about a month before Halo 4’s release, and the LAN party that I went to had dispersed by 2008.
Late 2008 I met a good friend who enjoys video games like me. I had an Xbox, he had a PS2, GameCube, and a Wii.
We shared Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars Battlefront 2, and 007 Nightfire between the systems we had. He had the Super Smash Bros series and I had the Halo series.
We almost never played Halo. It was no fun only being able to play 1v1s that I would always own him at.
We often played Super Smash Bros, which he would own me at, but I was able to enjoy it more because we could team up against the bots in that game. We could not do that in Halo, due to its lack of bots.
We also played a lot of the SWBF series and 007 Nightfire games that I had mentioned. These games were a blast to play, thanks to their bot modes for MP. The AI were dumb, but they played the game well enough to make it a challenge, and it was fun to team up against them with my friend.
I had a much more social and fun experience playing these other games than Halo because they had bots and Halo didn’t.
Fast forward to several months ago, when Gears of War was free for Gold. I got the game, beat the story, and then had nothing to do with it after that. Gears of War MP is dead these days, with no bots, and with only pros left to frustrate new players. Being so new to the series, I had no intention of getting owned in a game that I had no experience with. So I did not play its MP.
A few months later, Gears 2 and 3 are on sale, I didn’t want to buy them for only story, since I was inexperienced with its MP, but a couple of my friends recommended them because they had offline playable modes such as Horde, Beast, and Versus bots.
So I got the the two games, and enjoyed them much more because I could play them offline and practice against the bots.
Eventually, I was confident enough to venture into online MP, and enjoyed it a bit more because I had been able to practice against the bots.
(Continued in next post)