As many people know online multiplayer gaming has been a big deal for at least a decade now and it seems to be improving in relation to popularity each year. We have games like Red Dead Redemption 2 along with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 which are huge names for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One and the feedback of both games from fans are generally positive. However, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a game where the main attraction attraction relies on the online multiplayer Battle Royale mode which was made popular by Fortnite back in 2017. The lack of campaign mode in Black Ops 4 is something that is appealing to many people who have been huge fans of the series within the 10’s decade.
While all the other Call of Duty: Black Ops titles had campaign modes some argue that Black Ops 4 not having a campaign mode could end up diminishing its replay value especially if there is a direct sequel. Once online servers for older generation games that relies mainly on online gameplay shuts down they tend to have little to no value which has been true for games such as Final Fantasy XI, FFXIV: A Realm Reborn and others. While emphasis on local multiplayer gameplay in current generation video games sounds like a much better idea in theory video game companies emphasize online gaming since it draws more revenue. While GTA: 5 has an amazing online multiplayer game mode the story mode itself is a huge attraction. which adds to its overall replay; while being a game that many people still play today despite being released in 2013.
When we think about fighting titles from the early 10’s decade names such as Soul Calibur V along with Injustice: Gods Among US are two titles that instantly comes to mind. Since its initial release for the PS3 and the Xbox 360 back in 2012 Soul Calibur V managed to reach at less 2.3 million copies worldwide in relation to sales. While the story mode for Soul Calibur V along with some of the new characters such as Pyrrah & Patroklos received mixed reception from fans and critics alike the game was still interesting and included modes such as “Quick Battle Mode” along with online multiplayer which contributed to the overall replay value of this title in general. However, as popular as Soul Calibur V was in 2012 it was not on the same level as Injustice: Gods Among US which was released the following year.
Injustice: Gods Among was a fighting video game that featured a star-studded roster of characters from the DC Universe such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Joker and many more. Also, despite being a fighting game with 2.5D gameplay it had a higher replay value than that of Soul Calibur V due to the cinematic quality of the story mode which is divided into several chapters along with the inclusion additional game modes such as Battle, Versus, Training. It should also be noted that online multiplayer game modes such as King of the Hill were popular for Injustice: Gods Among Us and were elements of the game that contributed to its overall appeal.
Since its initial release Injustice: Gods Among Us had won multiple “Game of the Year” awards in 2013 and managed to spawn a highly successful and critically acclaimed sequel called Injustice 2 which was released last year. In terms of which fighting title was a bigger attraction in the early 10’s there is no question that Injustice: Gods Among was a more popular game overall.
When we think about some of the biggest video games to have her release within the 10’s decade titles such as Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim along with Grand Theft Auto V instantly comes to the minds of many people. Since they respective releases both games have sold millions worldwide and despite how old they are they are still enjoyable to this day. As far as sales are concerned its a know fact that Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has managed to reach at least 13 million units worldwide since its initial release for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Microsoft Windows back in November 2011. As an Action-RPG Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim gave players the chance to adventure through large open world environments while developing their characters and providing them with seemingly endless customization options which added to the overall replay value of the game itself.
As popular as Elder Scrolls V is Grand Theft Auto V is without a doubt one of the best selling video games of all-time. It was announced early this year that the game has sold at least 90 million copies worldwide since its initial release in September 2013. Its not much of a surprise that GTA V ended becoming as popular as it currently is especially considering the fact that RockStar added an online mode which gave players so much to do aside from playing through the game’s main story and completing side quests along the way. While Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls V might arguably be the best Action-RPG of the 10’s decade Grand Theft Auto V is definitely more popular and successful as a video game in general.
When it comes down to popular fighting titles from the early 10’s many people instantly think about games such as Mortal Kombat 9 along with Killer Instinct. While Mortal Kombat 9 was released for the PlayStation 3 along with the Xbox 360 Killer Instinct was an Xbox One exclusive which had more superior visuals. Also, the gameplay for Killer Instinct was very fast paced in comparison to that of Mortal Kombat 9 and we got to see the return of classic in-game mechanics such as the combo breaker which originated back in the early 90’s following the release of the original arcade title from 1994. But as far as mainstream popularity is concerned many would probably agree that Mortal Kombat 9 attracted more attention in 2011 than Killer Instinct did in 2013.
Despite, the fact that Killer Instinct initially turned the heads of many people following its release 2013 Mortal Kombat 9 was a title that put the stories of the original three MK titles into one in the game’s story mode which significantly added to its overall appeal. Classic characters such as Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raduen and more featured in this along with the fact that a single-player and tag team arcade mode was featured in MK 9. Also, Mortal Kombat 9 had also manage to spawn a successful sequel years later with the release of Mortal Kombat X in 2015 which was critically acclaimed by fans and gaming publications as well.
As many people know Street Fighter X Tekken was a crossover video game which was released years for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 back in 2012. The cool thing about Street Fighter X Tekken was the fact that it was a crop title that was years in the making prior to its release that nobody thought would ever happen. Since its release Tekken X Street Fighter was considered to be a success after it managed to reach over 1.7 million units worldwide in sales. As popular as Street Fighter X Tekken was back in the early 10’s some question whether or not it could have been a big in arcade centers.
Back in the late 90’s-early 00’s a crossover game involving the Tekken and Street Fighter series could have been huge. But by the time we got into the late 00’s-early 10’s online multiplayer gameplay became a big deal and for the most part you did not see games like Tekken X Street Fighter or Marvel vs Capcom 3 in arcade centers. If Tekken X Street Fighter was released in arcade centers back in the early 10’s it may not have been much of a big deal or an attraction at all.
When it comes down to crossover fighting titles of the early 10’s aside from Marvel vs Capcom 3 one of the many titles that comes to mind is Street Fighter X Tekken which was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in March 2012. Since its release Street Fighter X Tekken managed to sell at least 1.7 million units worldwide and was seen as one of the best fighting titles of 2012 along the likes of Soul Calbur V. The fact that Street Fighter X Tekken was never ported to the PlayStation 4 was something that was always a mystery to many people. A crossover game between Street Fighter & Tekken is something the gaming world had wanted to see since the 90’s and was a huge attraction once it happened about six years ago.
While the roster for Street Fighter X Tekken was quite impressive along with the tag team gameplay included in this game Capcom received some backlash for players having to pay for characters that were already on the disc after purchasing it. If Capcom were to re-release Street Fighter X Tekken for the PlayStation 4 with every single character available without purchase than its something that would definitely be worth checking out especially since that is what the company should have done in the first place.
When it comes down to popular action-adventure titles of the 10’s decade one of the most popular titles that we have seen in relation to superheroes was Batman: Arkham Origins which was initially released for the Wii-U, Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 back in October 2013. Despite, there being technical is with the Xbox 360 version of Arkham Origins the game was still praised by fans and critics of the series for features such as side quests that allows Batman to help police solving crimes while using creative detective skills and advanced gadgets for combating foes. As popular as Batman: Arkham Origins was for the last generation consoles during the early 10’s there are many people who would love to see this game ported to the Nintendo Switch or even the PlayStation 4.
As many people know Batman: Arkham Origins utilized the Unreal Engine 3 so the game could definitely work on the Nintendo Switch since it can run titles that uses the Unreal Engine 4. However, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has never announced any plans on bringing Batman: Arkham Origins to the Nintendo Switch. A game like Batman: Arkham Origins could possibly standout more on the Nintendo Switch than the PS4 especially since there are many big upcoming releases in the future such as Kingdom Hearts III, Final Fantasy VII: Remake which can potentially overshadow potential a re-release if this action-adventure title.