The staff is split on this one. Many prefer online over local, but Todd, Perry and I love that one of a kind feeling you get with living room party gaming. But how much multiplayer does a game need before you consider it awesome? Speaking only for myself I want the whole shebang. Local and online at the same time. Every game I play avidly has both. I have friends and family over, we play on my machine, then hook up with online friends.