As many people know in relation to video games it seems like streaming is starting to become more popular as time progresses. There has been speculation about the Xbox One X being Microsoft’s last game system along with hints of Nintendo moving away from console in order to emphasize streaming services as mentioned by the company’s President Shuntaro Furukawa earlier this month in an interview. While game consoles are still very exciting to have mobile gaming on devices such as IPhones and IPads have definitely become very popular throughout the 10’s decade and looks like a trend that will continue throughout the 2020’s decade as well. To say that game consoles will become obsolete altogether before 2030 is a bold statement especially since Sony is coming out with the PlayStation 5 very soon which will last throughout a majority of the 2020’s decade.
As likely as it may seem there is a possibility that the console wars between Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo can potentially continue past 2030. However, the year 2030 is about eleven years from now and its possible that anything could happen from companies no longer producing consoles to making game systems which will not require physical CD’s or cartridges in favor of streaming.
When it comes down to some of the biggest fighting games that have appeared on multiple game console in over the past year or so one of the many titles that comes to mind is Dragonball FighterZ. Ever since its release back in late-January of 2018 Dragonball FighterZ managed to reach over 3.5 million copies worldwide since n sales on game systems such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. While Dragonball FighterZ is still very big right now and will remain a huge attraction throughout 2019 some are wondering whether or not we will see a direct sequel for this 2.5D fighting title within the next few years.
Seeing how popular the Dragonball FighterZ has been this far there is almost no question that there will be a direct sequel for this game the main question is when. As it currently stands Arc System Works and Bandi Namco Entertainment has not announced any plans of making a direct sequel for FighterZ but there is almost no question that it will definitely happen sometime in the future.
As far as upcoming release are concerned for fighting games one of the big titles that many people were looking forward to see on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One in February 2019 was Dead or Alive 6. It was recently announced that the highly anticipated game going to be pushed back to March 2019. Based on what we know Koei Temco’s upcoming fighting is not fully complete and the developer wants to take more time on polishing it so that fans of the series will end up getting their money’s worth. After all, Dead or Alive 6 is a game the world has been waiting to see since 2012 when DOA 5 was released for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.
There is almost no question that Dead or Alive 6 will be just as big as an attraction as its DOA 5 was over six years ago. One of the questions that many people have in relation to Dead or Alive 6 is whether or not it will surpass DOA 5 in sales on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One following its upcoming release on March 1st.
When we think about two of the most popular action-adventure games to have appeared on the PlayStation 4 within the past three years both Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End along with God of War are two titles that instantly comes to mind. The replay values of both games are high especially considering how interesting the storylines for both titles are. Back in 2016, many people were blown away by various aspects of Uncharted 4 such as campaign mode, sound design, animation along with the robust combat system which was praised by fans and critics alike. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End definitely exceeded the expectations of those who had waited for its release since 2013 which was around the time development of the game started prior to it announcement at Sony E3 2014. Since its release Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has reportedly sold over 8.7 million copies worldwide and is currently the best selling game for the PlayStation 4 today.
As far as this past year is concerned God of War was definitely one of the most popular PS4 games within the action-adventure genre next to the Spider-Man title that came out back in September. Since its release back in April 2018 God of War has managed to sell at least 5 million copies worldwide and considered to be the third best selling video game for the PlayStation 4 behind Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Horizon Zero Dawn. God of War has attracted a ton of mainstream attention before and after its release and has also praised for various in game elements including cinematic storytelling, optimal animation and having a superb soundtrack. In terms of which game is more successful right now some would argue in favor of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End since it managed to sell more. However, God of War for the PlayStation 4 has not even been available in retail for a full year just yet and its possible that it could eventually surpass Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End sometime in the future.
As far as fighting games of this past year are concerned one of the big titles that we got to see for the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch was one with an all-female roster entitled SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. While SNK Heroine was somewhat of an attraction on the the Nintendo Switch and the PS4 in America the game never received an arcade release in the US like it did in Japan. While some argue that SNK Heroines could of been an attraction in American arcade centers the true is that the arcade era in relation to fighting games is dead and has been since the late 90’s-early 00’s.
Also, the rise in popularity of shooters, action-adventure and Action-RPG’s throughout the 00’s and the 10’s decade has been somewhat correlated with decline of 2D head to head fighting games. The likelihood of SNK Heroines receiving an arcade release in America seems very slim especially seeing how games such as Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite and Dragonball FighterZ never received an arcade release at all.
As many people know one of the most popular fighting games available in retail right now is Dragonball FighterZ. Since its initial release back in January 2018 it has been praised by fans and critics alike for its three vs three crossover gameplay resembling the likes of Marvel vs Capcom 3. In fact, Dragonball FighterZ has managed to not only surpass Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite in popularity throughout this past year but the game also managed to sell more throughout 2018. While Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite managed to reach over one million copies in sales Dragonball FighterZ hit over 3.5 million since its release and has become the second-best selling DBZ game ever right now.
As awesome as the gameplay, graphics and roster are for Dragonball FighterZ the story mode for this game makes it highly addictive. Without the story mode FighterZ would still be a great fighting game that could definitely work in arcade centers. The only problem is that we he arcade era of gaming is pretty much dead and more people are focusing on video games that provides robust online multiplayer experiences along with strong local offline gameplay. In fact, Dragonball FighterZ is a game that did not need an arcade release to become popular especially since the series has been attraction in relation to anime for over the past 20 years and still is to this day.
When we think about two of the most popular PlayStation 4 titles to have been released in 2018 both Monster Hunter: World along with God Of War are two games that comes to mind. While God of War was an action-adventure game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment Monster Hunter: World was a Action-RPG created by Capcom. While both games were critically acclaimed there is no question that God of War definitely had the edge in terms of popularity. While God of War managed to reach over 5 million in sales on the PlayStation 4 Monster Hunter: World reaches over 4 million.
Also, as far as awards are concerned God of War earned four different honors from Golden Joysticks in 2018 in categories such as “Best Storytelling”, “Best Video Design”, “Best Audio Design” along with “PlayStation Game of the Year”. As it currently stands God of War is currently one of the best action-adventure titles out right now for the PlayStation 4 next to the Spider-Man game which came out back in September 2018. While God of War was arguably a more slightly popular game than Monster Hunter: World there is not question that both titles were huge attractions on the PlayStation 4 this past year and they still will be throughout 2019.