There are countless video games that people are looking forward to on various different game consoles in 2018. But when it comes down to Windows 10 PC one of the top titles that many people are anxious to see is Age of Empires IV developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios. This real time strategy game is most likely going to be one of the most popular games of 2018.
The reason why Age of Empires IV is a title worth looking forward to is because it’s a game that is over a decade in the making. The last big title that we saw in the see was in October 2005 when Age of Empires III was released for on PC and since then many people have wondered whether or not there would ever be an Age of Empires IV. While the exact release date has not been revealed there are still many people who are looking forward to Age of Empires IV in 2018.
There is no doubt that Splatoon is arguably one of the most popular shooter games that is currently on the Nintendo Switch right now. This third person shooter title has gained a lot of mainstream attention since its release for the Nintendo Switch back in July 2017 and has sold close to five million units worldwide since its release. Not too long ago it was revealed that Splatoon 2 has top two million units worldwide in sales in the country of Japan.
The fact that Splatoon 2 has sold over 2 million units in Japan is impressive considering the fact that it exceeded the expectations of many people. Also, Splatoon 2 was probably the main third person shooter game that was constantly promoted for the Nintendo Switch throughout 2017. There is no doubt that Splatoon 2 will continue to be one of the top selling games on the Nintendo Switch. However, it’s questionable on whether or not Splatoon 2 can hit 3 million units in terms of sales in Japan before 2019.
There were so many cool action RPG games that came out during the 16 bit era. However, when we look at memorable action RPG titles they generally were featured on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System opposed to the Mega Drive or the Sega Genesis. However, when it comes down to the Mega Drive/Genesis console one of the few action RPG titles that people remembers is Swords of Vermillion back in December of 1989.
Along with having an interesting plot where players have to free Vermillion from Darkness the game had some interesting features. An example, would be that players were able to play Swords of Vermillion from servers different views including Town, Battle, Boss and Dungeon which really made the game itself unique. As interesting as it was to see an action RPG title like Swords of Vermillion on the Genesis console some would probably question why the game never received a sequel despite being critically acclaimed by a few publications back in the early 90’s.
There is no doubt that the Final Fantasy VII Remake is one of the most anticipated games of 2018. The development of the Final Fantasy VII Remake goes all the back to 2014 and its a game that many people have wanted to see for over a decade.
In terms if whether or not Final Fantasy VII: Remake is going to sell more than Final Fantasy XV is something that is hard to predict at this time. But considering the fact that Final Fantasy VII is generally placed on the same level as Kingdom Hearts III in terms IV popularity involving upcoming RPG’s of 2018; there is a good chance that it might actually surpass FF XV in terms of sales.
After all when it comes down to Final Fantasy VII in general we are talking about the best selling RPG title for the PS1. In fact Final Fantasy VII was probably one the best selling RPG titles of the 90’s in general. Not to take anything away from Final Fantasy XV which was praised by fans and critics alike following its release back in November 2016.
Not to long ago it was reported that Final Fantasy XV as sold at least 6.5 million units worldwide and is seen by some as one of the most popular RPG titles of the 10’s decade. It will be interesting to see how well Final Fantasy VII does in terms of sales during 2018-2019 and whether or not it will be able to reach similar numbers to that of Final Fantasy XV.
When it comes down to RPG titles of the early 00’s Golden Sun was a title that stands out to many retro gamers who owned a Game Boy Advance back in the day. As a GBA title Golden Sun was probably one of the coolest RPG titles that one would ever play. In America Golden Sun was not only critically acclaimed as an RPG title but it the game had managed to sell roughly three quarters of a million copies within the country.
On the SNES console Golden Sun could of ended up being more popular than it was during the early 00’s. But at the same time there were countless RPG titles such a Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Illusion of Gaia that Golden Sun would have to compete with back in the 90’s. It’s quite possible that Golden Sun could have been easily overshadowed if it was released back in the 16 bit era of gaming.
We have seen many big action adventure games over the years on various game consoles. But when we look at the late 00’s early 10’s time period the gaming world had the chance to see some incredible titles in the action adventure genre of gaming such as Batman: Arkham Asylum along with Tomb Raider.
Ever since Batman: Arkham Asylum was released during the second half of 2009 it was not only critically acclaimed but it was also seen as one of the best superhero video games of the 00’s decade. In fact, some might go even a step further and argue that its one of the best superhero games of all time. Almost everything from the voice acting and animation all the way down to the combat system was praised various gaming publications. Since its release Batman: Arkham Asylum has managed to sell over 2 million units worldwide and was eventually ported for the PS4 and the Xbox One in 2016 after it was originally released for the PS3 and the Xbox 360.
As popular as the Batman series is in the world of gaming Tomb Raider has also been popular since the mid 90’s. When Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix has released Tomb Raider in 2013 it was critically acclaimed for its visual presentation among other things such as character development and the gameplay as players took control of Lara Croft.
Ever since 2013, Tomb Raider has been released in various game consoles such as the PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and the PS4. Also, since the Spring of 2013 the game has managed to sell over 11 million copies worldwide which is an impressive feat. In fact the Tomb Raider game was so popular that a film adaptation of the game was developed and is set to be released in March 2018. In terms of which game is more popular between Tomb Raider and Batman: Arkham Asylum is debatable since it’s hard for some to choose one over the other.
There is no doubt that 2017 was a pretty good year in the gaming world. We got to see so many cool action adventure titles throughout the course of 2017. However, when many people look back at 2017 and think about the action adventure genre of gaming there a few titles that instantly comes to mind. One of the many action adventure titles that stood out the most in 2017 was the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which was released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
Before the Nintendo Switch was even released The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was one of the most anticipated games of 2017. Since its release on the Switch console the game has managed sell well over six million units worldwide since its release back in March 2017. As an action adventure game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has received numerous accolades from various gaming publications and is arguably one of the best titles in the entire Zelda series.
When we look at Horizon Zero Dawn which was released exclusively for the PS4 it was also another game that critics where throughly impressed by. Horizon Zero Dawn was also another highly anticipated action adventure game that was released in 2017. The development of Horizon Zero Dawn started all the way back in 2011 and the very first E3 trailer of the game itself appeared back in 2015.
After watching the trailers for Horizon Zero Dawn between 2015 and 2016 the graphics looked outstanding on the Decima game engine. Ever since Horizon Zero Dawn was released in Spring 2017 the game had managed to sell over 4 million units worldwide on the PlayStation 4. Also, Guerrilla Games has been praised by critics for the visuals along with storytelling aspect of Horizon Zero Dawn. In terms of which game is more popular some people might be inclined to give the edge to Zelda: Breath of the Wild since it managed to sell more the Horizon Zero Dawn. But then others can argue that the visuals for Horizon Zero Dawn is more superior than Zelda: Breath of the Wild.