For years now many gamers have wondered whether or not Sony was finished with backwards compatibility in relation to their game consoles. Even though, the PS4 did not have backwards compatibility with older generation games for the PS3 it was still a huge success and ended up becoming the best selling game console of the 10’s decade. While it seems like Sony does not need backwards compatibility they are bringing at back for the PS5 which has many people excited. There are too many PS4 titles such as God Of War, Monster Hunter World, Horizon Zero Dawn and others that people still enjoy and not having backwards compatibility for the PS5 would probably be a mistake.
In addition, to backwards compatibility it has been revealed Sony representatives that the PlayStation 5 will also include features such as split-second loading times along with processing power which will be amplified by “ray tracking” in a recent article published by Wired. The new features that will be included with the PS5 along with the upcoming release of the PSVR 2 is something that people really looking forward to. However, we are still waiting for an official release date for the PlayStation 5 which is something that Sony will hopefully reveal before the end of 2019.
There have been many exciting announcements so far in relation to upcoming video games that are set to appear on multiple game consoles during the later part of 2019. As far as upcoming video games within the sports genre is concerned many people are excited to hear about Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which was recently announced by Sega to appear on the Nintendo Switch. The news regarding the Mario & Sonic Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was revealed at the annual Sega Fes 2019 event. For those who do not know Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is supposed to be the direct sequel to Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 which was released for the Wii-U, Nintendo 3DS along with various arcade centers worldwide that same year.
While Mario & Sonic Tokyo Rio 2016 was a decent game it was one that was generally criticized for being to similar Mario & Sonic Winter Games 2014 and other preceding titles. Hopefully, the gameplay for Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be better and have more to offer the players than it previous installments. From what we know there will be multiple versions of this game including Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Arcade Edition, Olympic Games The Official Video Game for the PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC along with the IPhone/Android port Sonic At The Olympic Games-Tokyo 2020. It will be interesting to see how popular this game becomes in 2019.
There have been so many interesting announcements in regards to upcoming video games so far and news about Wolfenstein: Youngblood coming to the Nintendo Switch is something that has many people excited. For those who do not know Wolfenstein: Youngblood Will be developed by MachineGames and Arkane Studios is supposed to be the direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Wolfenstein: The New Colossus II released back in 2017. The feature in Wolfenstein: Youngblood that has everyone talking is the co-op mode included in this game. Also, the storyline for Wolfenstein: Youngblood is something that players can sink their teeth into as they take control of either Jess or Soph the two daughters of BJ Blazkowicz who goes missing a Nazi-occupied setting of Paris, France during the 80’s.
For those who decide to purchase the Deluxe Edition of Wolfenstein: Youngblood you be able to purchase “Buddy Pass” which allows players to have a friend join them in their adventure by being to download game even if they do not have it themselves. In addition, to solid co-op gameplay Wolfenstein: Youngblood has RPG elements where players will be able to level up while taking on Nazis while learning new abilities and gathering more attachments to weapons they already own. Wolfenstein: Youngblood is expected to launch on July 26th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows on Bethesda Softworks. The Deluxe Edition of Wolfenstein: Youngblood will be priced at $39.99 while pre-orders for the basic edition of the game will be priced at $29.99.
When we think about high profile video games from the GaneCube era of the early 2000’s one of the few titles that instantly comes to mind is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker which was initially released in Japan back in December 2002 before appearing in America during March of 2003. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was considered to be very unique following its release due to the fact that it was very different from its predecessors in terms of visuals and gameplay. Unlike, Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker had featured cel-shaded graphics along with heavy emphasis on travel through sea opposed to land. Back in the early 00’s cel-shaded graphics was something that was not too common in many video games which made Wind Waker special.
Also, the story for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was great and full of twists, turns and surprises that kept players on the edge of their seats. In Wind Waker players go from attempting to rescue Link’s sister Tetra after being captured by Helmaroc King to discovering that he works for Ganon who is trying to rule the world by utilizing the Triforce. Throughout, the game players visit various locations including the Forsaken Fortress, Windfall Island (where Link meets the King of the Red Lions), Tower of the Gods along with the Kingdom of Hyrule which was submerged underwater by an ancient goddess many years before the setting of the game took place. While Link’s mission was to search for the Hero of Time’s power in order to retrieve the Master Sword located within the underwater kingdom of Hyrule he was also charged with the task of searching for the three Pearls of Goddesses before doing so.
In his quest to thwart Ganon’s plans players had to learn how to master the Wind Waker baton in order to play various melodies. The melodies learned by Link in this game allows him to not only utilize the Wind Requiem to manipulate the wind’s direction; but also provides him with additional abilities such as warping to different regions throughout the game which is really convenient in the long-run. Despite, the initial criticisms Zelda: The Wind Waker had received shortly after its release it ended up reaching close to five million units worldwide in terms of sales. In fact, Zelda: The Wind Waker ended up becoming the fourth best selling game for the Nintendo GameCube surpassing the likes of Metroid Prime which was arguably the best video game for that console back in 2002. While Zelda: The Wind Waker may have fell short in sales in relation to other games in the series such as Ocarina of Time (1998) or Twilight Princess (2006) there is no question that it was one of the best video games of the GameCube era in general.
When it comes down to top action-adventure titles of the early 00’s there are many people who would argue that the original Devil May Cry game very popular on the PS2 following its initial release back in the summer of 2001. The Devil May Cry game from ’01 was where the series got started and it was a game that was interesting to many people due its plot where the main protagonist Dante seeks to avenge his deaths of his relatives. Following a brief encounter with Trish who was another key character in DMC Dante sets out to take revenge on the main antagonist Mundus and is eventually betrayed by Trish despite his trust in her towards the beginning of the game. Even though, Trish had betrayed Dante and supposedly working for Mundus he saves her when dealing with Mundus and vice-versa which something that may have caught some people by surprise when they played the game for the first time.
As far as gameplay is concerned there were various aspects about Devil May Cry that stood out aside from the hack n’ slash combat system utilized throughout the game. The idea of solving puzzles along with the inclusion of the Stylish gauge and the “Devil Trigger” mechanic which allowed Dante to become a demon for a short period of time were all impressive. On top that players were generally ranked on each mission with a letter grade while having the option of engaging in “Secret Missions” as well.
After thwarting Mundus plans to rule earth and defeating him with Dante players had nothing left to do but wait for the direct sequel Devil May Cry 2 which eventually came out in January 2003. Also, since ’01 the original Devil May Cry game was re-released in HD for the PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2012. In fact, this past year an HD remake of the original Devil May Cry game came out for the PS4 and the Xbox One in March 2018. There is no question that the original Devil May Cry game was one of the best action-adventure titles to have ever been produced by Capcom and remains a classic in the eyes of many people to this day.
There is no secret that the gaming world has heavily evolved since the 8-bit NES days of the 80’s. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s people had generally utilized cartridges before moving on to CD’s from the mid 90’s all the way up to the 10’s decade. However, in this day and age it seems like streaming and downloading video games has become more popular in general. This makes people wonder whether or not Sony, Microsoft or Xbox has any plans whatsoever on moving way from developing consoles that accepts hardware games in the near future. Streaming & downloading video games seems more convenient for customers on the face of things but at the same time Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo generally have different long term goals in relation to their consoles.
Over two years ago Sony had placed heavy emphasis on the PlayStation VR for it was officially released in retail back in October 2016. Also, there had been speculation that Microsoft was eventually going to focus more on streaming services following the release of the Xbox One X back in November 2017. It was also revealed back in the Spring of 2018 by Nintendo’s new president Shuntaro Furukawa that the company wanted to focus more on mobile gaming especially since the market itself is looking right now. Due to how popular mobile gaming has become during the 10’s decade along with streaming services it would not be a surprise if hardware video games stopped being developed altogether. However, if companies such as Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft eventually stop making consoles that accepts hardware video games it would probably occur a lot later down the line such as the late 2020’s or so.
As far as upcoming video games for this year are concerned there are so many titles that people are looking forward to seeing for multiple game consoles. One of the few upcoming games that some are looking forward to in relation to 2019 is a third-person shooter game developed by Saber Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive entitled World War Z. For those who do not know this video game is based off the movie entitled World War Z which was released over five years back in June 2013. The World War Z movie was considered to be a box office success considering the fact that it grossed approximately $540 million in revenue with a budget that ranged between $190-$270 million.
It should be noted that World War Z will be a game that will feature a co-op mode that will allow up to four players. In World War Z players will have to survive as they battle zombies throughout the entire game. The setting for game takes place in cities such as Moscow, Jerusalem and New York and is set to be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows this upcoming Spring on April 16th. It will be interesting to see how popular World War Z becomes following its upcoming release and whether or not it will be a huge attraction on the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One.