As far as upcoming games in relation to this year is concerned there are so many titles that many people are looking forward to seeing on various different game consoles. For the Nintendo Switch one of the few video games that has recently been confirmed for a upcoming release this Spring is a futuristic racing title called Xenon Racer. For those who do not know Xenon Racer is a game developed by 3DClouds and published by SOEDESCO and the gameplay looks and resembles the likes of popular futuristic racing titles such as F-Zero and Fast RMX. The setting of Xenon Racer takes place in the near future of 2030 where racers compete against one another in a tournament using electric vehicles.
Xenon Racer is expected to appear on multiple game consoles such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam and the Nintendo Switch in March 26th. As a racing game Xenon Racer has the potential to become one of the top games within its genre in relation to 2019. It will be interesting to see how much Xenon Racer sells following its release and whether or not it will surpass the likes of V-Rally 4 in popular this year.
As many people know it was confirmed back in 2018 that multiple Final Fantasy games were set to appear on the Nintendo Switch sometime this year. In fact Final Fantasy X/X-2 was one of those games that has been confirmed for this year and it has been recently revealed that its set to appear on the Nintendo Switch on April 16th. For those who do not know Final Fantasy X/X-2 are two popular RPG titles that appeared on the PlayStation 2 back in the early 00’s before the remastered versions of both games appeared on the PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4 between 2013-2015.
Back in the 00’s nobody ever thought that we were ever going to see Final Fantasy X/X-2 on a Nintendo console. This is especially exciting since the Nintendo Switch is definitely in need of more solid RPG’s and with Final Fantasy X/X-2 are titles that will probably become one of the big attractions on the hybrid console throughout 2019. It will be interesting to see how popular Final Fantasy X-X-2 becomes on the Nintendo Switch as we progress throughout 2019.
When it comes down to superhero based action-adventure video games one of the most popular Switch that that we have seen within the past decade is the Batman Arkham titles that were released between 2009-2015. Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment was on fire in the early 10’s with the its Batman games the popularity of the movies “Dark Night” and “The Dark Night Rises” definitely played a huge role on their successes as each title were huge attractions for consoles such as the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. As big as the trilogy of Batman games were during the first half of the decade some wonder whether or not they would be an attraction on the Nintendo Switch.
In theory, the Batman: Arkham Collection would be a huge success on the Nintendo Switch if Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment had any plans on bringing it to the Nintendo Switch. But at the same time the Batman Arkham Collection could also be overshadowed by first party games made by Nintendo such as Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Super Mario Odessey, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and others. Also, adult-oriented games seem to shine more on consoles such as the PS4 and the Xbox One opposed to the Nintendo Switch which seems to target a younger audience.
As many people know the 10’s decade is almost over and as far as best selling game systems are concerned there is no question that console has sold more this decade than the PlayStation 4. Since its initial release back in November 2013 the PlayStation 4 has managed to reach at least 80 million units worldwide in relation to sales. Games that are PS4 exclusives such as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War: which came out within the past three years are considered to be more popular than almost anything we have seen from consoles such as the Nintendo Switch or the Xbox One. While titles such as Super Mario Odessey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild continue to be big attractions for the Nintendo Switch there are plenty of big games that are expected to appear on the PS4 along with the Xbox One this year.
There are games such as Kingdom Hearts III, Resident Evil 2: Remake, Code Vein, Jump Force and others that are guaranteed to make those who do not own a PS4 or an Xbox One to purchase them. As far as whether or not the PlayStation 4 will reach 90 million in sales this year remains to be seen. However, its almost certain that Sony reveal what the PlayStation 5 looks like sometime this year while a release date fort has yet to be revealed.
As many people know the PlayStation VR has been popular since its retail release back in October 2016. In over the past two years Sony has managed to sell at least 3 million VR headsets worldwide which is actually quite impressive considering the fact that Virtual Reality gameplay has yet to reach its peak in popularity just yet. With titles such as Batman: Arkham VR, Tetris Effect and many others some question whether or not cinema would be big in relation to Virtual Reality. Similar to how older generation consoles such as the PS1 & PS2 had additional features such as being able to listen to music from CD’s some argue that Sony should be more creative in relation to increasing the overall satisfaction among customers in relation to their consoles and their accessories.
If the next generation console and headset which are known as the PlatStation 5 and the PSVR 2 had features that allowed players to watch high definition or Blu-Ray movies using a Virtual Reality headset that would be incredible. However, unless people are making their own movies or internet video from scratch and posting them on the internet for a online community such as YouTube too see than the PSVR in general would most likely be better suited for gaming.
As many people know the Street Fighter EX series which initially started back in 1996 consisted of a trilogy of 3D fighting games within the series which were considered to be underrated. While the first Street Fighter EX Plus game had an arcade release in December ’96 before appearing on the PS1 during ’97 we got see a sequel known as EX 2 Plus 2 during ’98 which also received a positive reception from fans and critics alike. Following its arcade release in ’98 Street Fighter EX Plus 2 was eventually ported for the PS1 the following year in ’99 but was seeming overshadowed by titles such as Tekken 3 and Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes on that same console. While Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes also appeared in the Sega Dreamcast some argue that Street Fighter EX Plus 2 could have definitely stood out more the 128-bit game system back in 1999.
For reasons that many people are unaware of Street Fighter EX Plus 2 was never ported for the Sega Dreamcast which was a shame because Capcom was really making great fighting titles between the mid to late 90’s. But there is no question that Street Fighter EX Plus 2 would have looked far more superior visually on the Sega Dreamcast opposed to the PS1. Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha 2 could have definitely shined on the Sega Dreamcast in 1998 especially since games like Soul Calibur and King of Fighters ’98 did not appear on that console until ’99.
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.