Retro Gaming 90’s- Nights Into Dreams: (1996)

As far as retro games for the Sega Saturn is concerned there is no doubt whatsoever Nights Into Dreams was one of the most high profile video games for that console during the mid 90’s. There were many people who were highly impressed by various aspects of the game such as graphics, level design gameplay along with the inclusion of a creative storyline. Nights Into Dreams had seven different levels that players could earn grades on upon completion which was considered to be unique at the time. In fact, some might argue that the grade concept following the completion of different levels from Nights Into Dreams provided Sega with the idea to include it in both Sonic Adventure 1 & 2. As far as 3D action-adventure type games are concerned many would argue that Nights Into Dreams was the most popular title on the Sega Saturn during the mid 90’s and deserved to be ported for Dreamcast between ’98-’99.

In addition, to being one of the more memorable action-adventure games for the Sega Saturn some would argue that Nights Into Dreams was more popular on that console than any Sonic title that came out between ’95-97. Nights Into Dreams was a game that seemed ahead of its time following its release ’96. In fact, Nights Into Dreams is considered to be a better title than its 2007 Wii sequel known as Journey Of Dreams despite having more inferior graphics.

Will There Ever Be a Sonic Adventure 3?

When it comes down to high profile 3D platform video games of the early 00’s there is absolutely no question that Sonic Adventure 2 is a memorable title from that particular time period. Not only was the reception for Sonic Adventure 2 generally positive but its arguably the best 3D installment within the Sonic see that Sega has ever made. There were various aspects of Sonic Adventure 2 such as visuals and gameplay that were way better than what we got in the original Sonic Adventure game that was released for the Sega Dreamcast back in 1998. Also, the introduction of Shadow the Hedgehog and Rouge the Bat made Sonic Adventure 2 memorable especially since they both ended up becoming playable characters in the Dark Story Mode which also featured Dr. Eggman. The Hero Story Mode allowed players to complete various missions on different stages with Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails Prower and Knuckles the Echidna.

After defeating the Finalhazard using Super Sonic and Super Shadow towards the end of game players are left with a rewarding climax which seemed like the perfect way to end the Sonic Adventure series. Ever since ’01 the world has wondered whether or not Sega or the Sonic Team would ever develop a sequel to Sonic Adventure 2. As much as many people would love to see a Sonic Adventure 3 it would be very difficult to try and top Sonic Adventure 2. There are characters such as Shadow the Hedgehog whose popularity has dramatically declined since Sonic Adventure 2; mainly due to his panned self-titled video game from 2005. However, Sega could always add new characters or even bring back older ones if they do decide to make a Sonic Adventure 3. But as we have seen throughout the 00’s almost every 3D Sonic game that was released during that decade was not nearly as popular as as Sonic Adventure 2.

The closest that we probably got in relation to seeing great 3D Sonic games that were on par with Sonic Adventure 2 was Sonic Colors (2010) and Sonic Generations (2011). The more recent 3D Sonic titles such as Sonic: Rise of Lyric (2014) and Sonic Forces (2017) were not as successful as Colors or Generations which makes some people skeptical on whether or not Sega could actually create a worthy sequel to Sonic Adventure 2. As it currently stands there has been no plans among Sega or the Sonic Team to develop a Sonic Adventure 3 and its quite possible that it may never happen. Trying to capture the same type of magic that the world saw with Sonic Adventure 2 is something that would be very in this day and age which is why that game will always be considered a classic as far as action-adventure platformers are concerned.

Will hardware games become obsolete in a few years?

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.

Upcoming Games- Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince: (2019)

There are so many games that people are looking forward to seeing on multiple game systems as we progress throughout this year. When it comes to action role-playing puzzle games of 2019 one of the few titles that has everyone talking is Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince developed by Frozenbyte Inc and published by Modus Games which is set to appear on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows along with the Nintendo Switch this upcoming Fall. For those who do not know Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince will be the direct sequel to Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power which was released back in August 2015 and is considered to be the fourth major installment within series since it began a decade ago in 2009. It should be noted that has far as gameplay is concerned Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince will not be fully 3D like it’s predecessor and will revert back to a 2.5 dimensional perspective.

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince will have multiple characters that players can choose from including a thief named Zoya a knight named Pontius along with a wizard named Amadeus as they solve various puzzles throughout the entire game. As it currently stands there is no official release date for Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince but there is no question that the game will definitely be a attraction big attraction in Fall 2019.

Will there ever be a Tekken Tag Tournament 3?

As far as big fighting games in relation to the 10’s decade is concerned one of the more exciting titles that we got a chance to see was Tekken Tag Tournament 2 which was released over eight years ago. Not only was Tekken Tag Tournament 2 a memorable fighting game it also managed to reach over 1.5 million units worldwide in relation to sales and was received numerous awards for “Best Fighting Game” of 2012 from the likes of GameSpot, Game Informer and Digital Trends shortly after its release. While there has been a lot of speculation that Tekken 7 from 2015 was most likely going to be the final entry in the series there are still many people who would love to see a direct sequel to Tekken Tag Tournament 2 sometime in the future. As curt stands Namco has no plans whatsoever on developing a Tekken Tag Tournament 3 anytime in the future.

However, it should be noted that prior to the release of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 the first TTT game came out back in 1999. So it basically took Namco over a decade to make a sequel for the original Tekken Tag Tournament game which was actually worth waiting for. In fact, roster for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was arguably the best that we have seen in any game within the entire series since the mid-90’s. If Namco has no plans on making a sequel to Tekken Tag Tournament 2 than having a remastered version of the game for the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One would definitely be something that many people would love to see.

The 20th Anniversary of Final Fantasy VIII!!!

As far as gaming is concerned today is a very special day especially for those who have been long time fans of the Final Fantasy series since the late 90’s. It was on February 11th back in 1999 where Final Fantasy VIII was released on the PS1. Final Fantasy VIII was the highly anticipated sequel of the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy VII game Square Enix released for the PS1 console that was released back in 1997. While Final Fantasy VII ended up becoming the second best selling PS1 title reaching over 9.7 million units worldwide Final Fantasy VIII was not quite as popular as its predecessor. However, Final Fantasy VIII was still very successful and managed to reach over 7.8 million units in sales on the PS1 while becoming the seventh best selling game on the 32-bit console during the late 90’s.

The multi-disk FFVIII game is one that many people have wanted to see receive an HD remake for two decades now and its uncertain on whether or not Square Enix plans on making it a reality. While a series of Final Fantasy games are expected to on the Nintendo Switch including FFVII, FFX, FF Crystal Chronicles and FFXII there has been no talk of FFVIII being ported to the Nintendo Switch. Hopefully, Square Enix will do something special with Final Fantasy VIII within the next year or so especially since the demand of a remastered version of the game is high among those who are huge fans of the series in general.

Will a trailer for Elder Scrolls VI appear at E3 2019?

There are so many games on that the world is looking forward to seeing this year such as Kingdom Hearts 3, Code Vein, Shenmue 3 and many others. One of the few titles that we are hoping to learn about is Elder Scrolls VI the highly anticipated sequel to one of the best action role-playing games of the 10’s decade Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim which came out back in 2011. As far as Elder Scrolls VI is concerned there are not many details about the game itself and it’s very uncertain whether or not the game will be released in 2019. However, its possible that we could possibly see an actual trailer for Elder Scrolls VI at E3 2019 this summer depending on how well the game’s development has been since its announcement back in 2018.

As it currently stands Elder Scrolls VI may not be released until 2020-2021 especially due to the fact Elder Scrolls: Online is still very popular along with the fact that Elder Scrolls: Blades is expected to appear on mobile devices sometime later this year. Hopefully, we will learn more details from Bethesda about various elements of the game such as the plot and gameplay for Elder Scrolls VI as the year progresses. However, seeing actual footage of Elder Scrolls VI at this year E3 2019 would be great if Bethesda has made a significant amount of progress on the game itself.