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In video game design, a bot (short for robot) is a computer-controlled player. Bots are distinct from NPCs (including mobs) in that mobs have limited behavior, whereas bots have all the same abilities as the player, which leads to unpredictability. Bots are used for a variety of reasons, chief among them being opponents in training modes for many genres such as fighters or shooters. Bots are almost always available offline without an Internet connection, so players can keep playing the multiplayer portion of a game long after the servers have shut down or the playerbase has moved on to another game, and players don't have to pay extra money for an online multiplayer subscription on consoles. Most players praise bots for allowing newcomers to be able to learn the core mechanics of a game, for casual gameplay without competitive pressure to be the best in an online setting, and for the aforementioned bonus of allowing players to continue playing a game after its online servers have been shut down or the playerbase moves on to a different game. Others criticize bots primarily for not giving the same multiplayer experience as a live human player, but this point seems to be subjective. Some bots are simple, only following specific paths around a set environment and attacking enemy players, while others display more complex behaviors, like capturing in-game objectives. Some bots even grow and evolve due to advancements made in machine learning. Bots are also usually present within the "Custom/Private Match" section of a game's multiplayer, allowing for extensive customization. This also prevents other malicious players from ruining a relaxed multiplayer experience. All in all, offline bots are a very important addition to any game with multiplayer.

Examples of Singleplayer/Splitscreen Offline Bots include:

Oral Tradition, Folklore, Myths and Legends

Action Adventure

Action

Adventure

Beat 'em Ups

Fighting

First-Person Shooters

Hack and Slash

MMORPG

Party

Platformers

Puzzle

Racing

RPGS

Shoot 'em Ups

Stealth Based

Survival Horror

Third-Person Shooters

Other

Unsorted

  • Pretty much every fighting game ever made allows you to fight against computer-controlled opponents, which are usually denoted by "CPU" or "COM".
    • Same with card games like Yu-Gi-Oh! or Magic: The Gathering.
    • This is also the case with most real-time strategy titles.
    • And let's not forget racing games.
  • Every Call of Duty title released after Modern Warfare 2 (with the exception of Modern Warfare 3 and Modern Warfare 2 Remastered) has had bot support.
  • The first four PC-only Battlefield titles (1942,Vietnam,2,2142) featured offline bots. Unfortunately, these would be the only four games in the series to support offline bots. Thankfully, it was recently announced that the newest upcoming title in the series, Battlefield 2042, will bring back bot support, though DICE has not stated whether or not the bots will be available offline.
  • Battlestations Pacific has a singleplayer mode where players can play the multiplayer with bots.
  • Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades allows for recruitment of AI partners if no Internet connection is present.
  • The main Gears of War titles except the first game in the series and Gears Tactics feature bots. Alarmingly, bots were not included in the remaster of the first game like they were in Call of Duty 4 Remastered.
  • Harms Way allows for bots to fill in empty slots when playing splitscreen.
  • Kane and Lynch 2 has an "Arcade Mode" which can be played offline.
  • Games in the LEGO franchise all have drop-in, drop-out co-op play. When a player is playing solo, the other player is controlled by the computer.
  • Lost Planet 2 has an "Arena" mode where players can face off against bots.
  • Rocket League allows for offline bot play.
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight II and III both have bot support, though III lacks splitscreen support when playing on the Xbox One and Series X.
  • The Star Wars: Battlefront series is well-known and lauded for its offline bot support, and the two new games from DICE are no exception. In Battlefront (2015), players can fight bots in "Skirmish Mode", while players of Battlefront II (2017) can play against them in "Instant Action", a staple of the franchise.
  • Verdun and Tannenberg both have offline bot support.
  • The Unreal series has consistently provided support for offline bots.
  • Zone of the Enders HD Collection has a multiplayer mode in each game unlockable after completing the game. The mode allows you to play against the computer.

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