As many people know Forza Horizon 4 a game that was released back in October of last year was a game that received a ton of mainstream attention before and after its release. The improved visuals and gaming mechanics in comparison to that of its 2016 predecessor made Forza Horizon 4 a huge attraction to those who own a Xbox One. Not only has Forza Horizon 4 become the best selling game within its own series but it also won numerous awards for “Best Racing Game” of 2018. As it currently stands Forza Horizon 4 is one of the best racing games in retail right now along with likes of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe and Gran Turismo Sport.
Considering the fact that Forza Horizon 4 has only been out for about three months it would probably be safe to say that it will end up being one of the top racing games 2019. As far as the best racing game in relation to this past year is concerned there is no question that Forza Horizon 4 was the one hands down.
As far as upcoming racing games in relation to this year are concerned one of the many titles that we will be seeing this upcoming May is Team Sonic Racing. As many people on Team Sonic Racing will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch and was original set to be released in 2018. As cool as Team Sonic Racing will be it will most likely not become as popular as the likes of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Forza Horizon 4, Gran Turismo Sport and other racing titles that have been released within the past two years. However, a feature that would make Team Sonic Racing more of an attraction than titles such as Mario Kart 8: Deluxe or Forza Horizon 4 is online cross platform gameplay.
Despite, the complaints about Team Sonic Racing for its roster there is no doubt that online cross-platform gameplay between the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch would definitely add its overall appeal. Along with having local multiplayer gameplay that supports up to four different players and online gameplay that can feature up twelve people Team Sonic Racing has the potential to be one of the best multiplayer racing titles of 2019. As far as the inclusion of online cross-platform gameplay between different game systems are concerned it sounds like a a great idea in theory that will probably never happen in practice.
In relation to the console wars of the 10’s decade the Xbox One has definitely been surpassed by the PlayStation 4 as far as popularity and success is considered. While the PlayStation 4 has managed to reach at least 80 million units worldwide since its release in November 2013 the Xbox One was also released during that same month and has sold approximately 39 million. Some people might argue that Microsoft’s Xbox One console was not as successful as Sony’s PlayStation 4 due to factors such as high pricing along with first party games not being as popular as the one featured on rival game systems. While the Xbox One did not sell nearly as much as the PS4 it was still far more successful than the Nintendo Wii-U which came out back in late 2012.
Since its release the Nintendo Wii-U managed to sell under 10 million units worldwide and was eventually discontinued in early 2017 due to its lack of commercial success in comparison to the original Wii console. Even though, the Wii-U was discontinued for falling below desired expectations in relation to sales some wonder whether or not the same thing would will end up becoming true for the Xbox One in the future. By the time we get to 2020 the PlayStation 5 will most likely be available in retail and in some ways will eventually make the Xbox One look obsolete despite how spectacular the high definition visuals for video games look on that console. But seeing how Microsoft kept the Xbox 360 around for at least a decade since its release in November 2005 its very hard to speculate on how long the Xbox One will remain in retail right now.
As many people know Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 win an award for “Fan Favorite Shooter” for this year which is something that many people are not to surprised. Since its release back on October 12th the game was received a ton of mainstream attention especially in regard to its online multiplayer game mode. Despite, not having a campaign mode similar to previous CoD games many would argue that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was one the best entries in the entire series along with the original Black Ops title and Modern Warfare 3 which came out between 2010-2011. Also, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 managed to earn over $500 million within the first week of its release back in October and is likely going to generate more revenue for Activision in 2019.
The Blackout Battle Royale mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a huge attraction along with the fact that the game has only been out for less than three months since its release. Seeing how popular the CoD: Black Ops 4 has been since its release there is no question that it deserved to be named the “Fan Favorite Shooter” game of 2018.
Ever since Red Dead Redemption 2 was released back in late October it has managed to become one of the most successful action-adventure games of 2018. Since its release Red Dead Redemption 2 has managed to reach over 15 million units worldwide in sales and has universally praised by fans and critics for its visual quality, storyline and its online multiplayer game mode. Seeing how successful Red Dead Redemption 2 has been for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One there have her questions going around on whether or not the game was ever going to be ported for the Nintendo Switch anytime the near future.
In fact, in a interview with President of Nintendo Reggie Fils Aime has expressed interest in having Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Nintendo Switch sometime in the future. However, it should be noted that the developmental process of Red Dead Redemption 2 started way before the Nintendo Switch was ever conceived. A port for Red Dead Redemption 2 is something that cannot be rushed. Even, if Red Dead Redemption 2 were to come to the Nintendo Switch it would most likely be overshadowed by first party games such Super Mario Odessey, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe. Zelda: Breath of the Wild and many others despite how popular the game is right now.
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.
As far as the most popular for this year is concerned along with the likes of Monster Hunter: World and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 there is no question that Red Dead Redemption II is one of the most high profile titles we have seen in 2018. As far as sales are concerned Red Dead Redemption II the game has already managed to surpass its predecessor in sales in less than a month which is something that almost nobody expected. While some analysts had speculated that Red Dead Redemption II would definitely surpass its 2010 predecessor which reached 13 million sales it was not predicted that it would sell 17 million copies within a month. But then again Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the most highly anticipated action-adventure video games of the 10’s prior to its release back in October 26th.
Seeing that it Red Dead Redemption 2 has not been available in retail for a full year just it yet alone can only imagine how many copies it will sell in before 2020. It would not be surprising if Red Dead Redemption 2 manages to reach 30 million copies worldwide in sales before the end of 2019. As far as popularity with the action-adventure genre of gaming is concerned there is no doubt that Red Dead Redemption 2 will definitely retain its current level of popularity throughout next year despite the upcoming games that are set to appear on the PS4 and Xbox One in 2019.