Will the absence of Virtual Reality hurt Project Scarlett?

Project Scarlett is one of the most highly anticipated game consoles of 2020 along with the PlayStation 5. Both Project Scarlett and the PlayStation 5 are expected to be released late in 2020 and each game system have their set of features that are appealing in some way. As it currently stands the price for Project Scarlett is not set in stone but we do know that it will range somewhere between $399-$499. The PlayStation 5 is expected to be priced around $499 at launch with the possibility of updated models be more expensive as time progresses. As far as features are concerned we do know that Project Scarlett will include Ray tracking, 120 fps gameplay in addition to 8K resolution and GDDR6 memory and a custom AMD Zen 2 processor. Microsoft is hyping Project Scarlett up to be the most powerful game console of the 20’s decade despite not having Virtual Reality features like the PlayStation 5. While Project Scarlett is said to be at least four times stronger than the Xbox One X and is backwards compatible with older generation games many might argue that Sony has the slight advantage as far as appeal is concerned since they are about to move into their second generation of Virtual Reality gameplay.

Its no secret that Microsoft has not been crazy about asking Virtual Reality an essential feature in relation to their game consoles. Microsoft seems more interested in streaming along with cloud based services while providing players with an optimal gaming experience. While the Nintendo Switch provides limited Virtual Reality features with the Nintendo Labo for certain games its certainly not the main attraction for that game system. The Switch console has reached over 32 million units in sales since its release back in March 2017 despite VR not being a huge part of its appeal. While competition with. As it currently competition within gaming world is heating up especially with the upcoming launch of Google Stadia on PC and Chromecast Ultra along with Apple Arcade turning heads of many people. As far as whether or not lack of VR capabilities will harm Project Scarlett is concerned its something that seems unlikely. Microsoft is not known for Virtual Reality like Sony is and the appeal of their consoles have been more dependent on providing superior quality more than anything else.

Upcoming Games- Zombie Army 4: Dead War (2020)

If you are a huge fan of the shorter genre of gaming one of the few titles that is worth checking out next year is Zombie Army 4: Dead War. For those who do not know Zombie Army 4: Dead War is an upcoming developed and published by Rebellion Developments which is expected to appear on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows sometime in February 2020. Zombie Army 4: Dead War is a spin-off game from the Sniper Elite series and is considered to be the direct sequel to Zombie Army Trilogy which was released back in 2015. The plot & setting for Zombie Army 4: Dead War takes place in 1946 and players have to fight off a horde of Nazi zombies along with Undead Hitler who allegedly died a year before in 1945. While fighting off a horde off zombies players will be able to engage in co-op gameplay similar to that of Left 4 Dead. Also, Zombie Army 4: Dead War has the look and feel of a Call Of Duty game mixed with Dead Rising as far as blood, gore and violence is concerned.

Zombie Army 4: Dead War 4 is realistic in the sense where some undead Nazi soldiers will be equipped with actual weapons that were used in WWII. Also, the visuals and the gameplay look absolutely incredible as players venture through a war torn Europe from 1946 by Plan Z. For those who do not know Plan Z was basically Hitler’s idea to improve the German Navy known as Kriegmarine that began in 1938 and was expected to be completed by 1948. As far as shooter titles are concerned Zombie Army 4: Dead War looks very promising; the campaign mode is intriguing and it has the potential to be one of the best shooter games of 2020.

Upcoming Games- Need For Speed: Heat (2019)

One of the hottest racing games that people are talking about as it relates to November 2019 is the upcoming release regarding Need For Speed: Heat. For those who do not know Need For Speed: Heat is a game developed by Ghost Games and published by Electronic Arts and will be the 24th installment within the series since officially began on the PS1 back in 1994. Need For Speed: Heat will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows in November 6th and is considered to be the direct sequel to NFS: Payback which came out in November 2017. The visuals for Need For Speed: Heat looks very impressive as the setting for the game takes place in a fictional place known as Palm City which is based on Miami, Florida. It has been confirmed that NFS: Heat will provide players with the option of racing with over 120 different cars aspects get partake in both illegal and sanction races throughout the game. While sanction races allows players to earn money for new cars and upgrades to their vehicles illegal races give them the opportunity to increase their reputation and street credibility.

The higher a player’s street reputation is the more resistance they face when being chased by the police. In addition to these cool features Need For Speed: Heat also features a story mode which many people might enjoy. However, despite the intriguing game mechanics that Need For Speed: Heat has to offer the game will not include loot boxes and players will notice that the day/night cycle which was included in NFS: Payback will be absent in this game. Regardless, of the absence of certain features Need For Speed: Heat should still be an attraction to those who have been long time fans of the series since the 90’s and 00’s decade following its upcoming release.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Prince Of Persia: (2008)

When we think about big action adventure games from the late 00’s there are various titles that instantly come to mind such as Batman: Arkham Asylum, Assassin’s Creed II, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots and others that are all considered to be classics. While the games just mentioned were all high profile titles during the late 00’s time period there were also others from the action-adventure that were almost as memorable. An example would be the Prince Of Persia game developed and published by Ubisoft which came out back in 2008. Prince of Persia was released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows in December 2008 and was a game that was mainly well received by both critics and fans alike. The story for the Prince Of Persia was very intriguing especially considering how the setting for the game revolves around divine concepts such as ancient gods along with the belief of Zoroastrianism. In this game players controls a nameless Wanderer called “Prince” after learning about the imprisonment of a dark god named Ahriman by Ormazd who is a god of light in the center of the city-state known as Persia.

It turns out that Ahriman was responsible for spreading corruption along conquering various countries around the world prior to a cosmic battle with Ormazd who was revealed to be his brother. Towards the beginning of the Prince Of Persia players soon discover that Elika and Mourning King are key characters within the game after they arrive in a forbidden mystical land sustained by the Tree of Life. Elika travels alongside Prince during his journey to heal the fertile grounds throughout the game he eventually learns some dark secrets regarding her past. It was revealed that Elika’s mother and the Mourning King’s wife had died shortly before she did herself. Unable to deal with the agony of losing his wife and daughter Mourning King had struck a deal with Ahriman. Mourning King had promised to free Ahriman from imprisonment in exchange for Elika’s resurrection which is exactly what had happened. After cleansing fertile lands sustained by the Tree Of Life both Prince and Elika proceed to purify a temple where they are opposed by the corrupted King and Ahriman. After both Mourning King and Ahriman are defeated Elika successfully manages to heal the Tree Of Life then sacrifices herself in order to seal the dark god away permanently. However, while Elika was alive Prince had grown attached to her leading him to undo the progress they made together by cutting the trees in the desert along with the Tree Of Life to bring her back to life. In the process the main antagonist and god of darkness Ahriman returns to life as well leaving players with a cliffhanger ending.

Even though, the plot for The Prince Of Persia seemed basic and lacked depth it was still very interesting and had pretty cool gameplay. Players had to complete their quest as Prince using aerobics, combat and puzzle solving solving skills as they traversed throughout various Persian areas within the game. Also, Elika’s magical abilities are very useful to Prince in this game because they can be used to keep him from dying and there is no limit on how many times she can do it. The open-world environment in Prince Of Persia looked magnificent thanks to the Anvil game engine which has been used a majority of Assassin’s Creed games since 2007. Since its release Prince Of Persia had managed to sell roughly around 2.2 million copies worldwide within two months. Ever since its release Prince Of Persia has been among the few action-adventure titles from ’08 that some gamers are still quite fond to this day. Despite, its level of success the game has not been remade or remastered for the PS4 or Xbox One since late-2008 and its something many people probably would not mind seton the near future.

Retro Gaming 10’s- Red Dead Redemption: (2010)

When we think about some of most popular action-adventure titles from the early 10’s titles such as Dishonored, Assassin’s Creed III & IV, God Of War III and others from that particular time period. However, of the few titles that instantly comes to mind in relation to memorable high profile action-adventure titles is RockStar’s Red Dead Redemption game from 2010. This third-person western themed video game is considered to be one of the best action-adventure titles of the 10’s decade for various reasons including its single-player/multiplayer gameplay along with the storytelling aspects featured in Red Dead Redemption. There was so much time invested in the development of Red Dead Redemption especially since it took approximately five years to complete the game before it was officially released. It should also be noted that the original Red Dead Redemption game has a budget of $100 million dollars and is considered to be one of the most expensive video games ever developed along with the likes of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Grand Theft Auto V and Destiny. The plot for Red Dead Redemption starts off in the early part of the 20th century in the fictionalized setting of Western America and Mexico in 1911.

In Red Dead Redemption players control an outlaw by the name of John Marston who is also the main protagonist of the game. Following his separation from his family by the Bureau of Investigation Marston is offered a pardon for his past crimes following his agreement to bring down past fellow gang members in order to turn them over to justice. After being extorted by the Bureau Of Investigation Marston eventually forms various alliances throughout the game to help take down former comrades. The storytelling in Red Dead Redemption 2 was very intriguing due to its unpredictability in relation to the twists and turns that played out in the game. An example would be Agustín Allende’s betrayal of Marston in order to aid the rebels considering the fact that he was a Mexican Army Colonel. Allende’s double-crossing of Marston was shocking because players eventually discovered that former ally Bill Williamson was being protected by him after Javier Escuella is discovered by John & Abraham Reyes and spills beans. Marston was also double-crossed Edgar Ross who eventually orders for John’s execution by sending numerous soldiers and government officials after him despite fulfilling his obligations to him and Archer Fordham.

The death of John Marston was dark & tragic which many people would argue made for a great story since it was realistic. John Marston was mainly an anti-hero he ultimately became a victim in the end as corrupt authority figures used him to do their bidding and broke their promise to him making Ross & Fordham the true villains of Red Dead Redemption. Along with having a fantastic story the gameplay for Red Dead Redemption was praised by both fans and critics with the “Most Wanted” system being similar to the criminal rating mechanic from the GTA series. The inclusion of a bounty count made the “Most Wanted” system more realistic as players were pursued by more hunters depending on how many crimes they committed. The online multiplayer gameplay was also a strong positive in Red Dead Redemption especially considering the fact it allowed up sixteen players simultaneously as it related co-op and competition action. Not only was Red Dead Redemption considered be one of the best games of 2010 but its also viewed as of top action-adventure titles of the 10’s decade. Red Dead Redemption eventually spawned a highly successful sequel entitled Red Dead Redemption 2 released back in October 2018 which has managed to reach over 23 million copies within a year. The very first Red Dead Redemption was without a doubt one of the best games to have come out of the early 10’s; its also a memorable gem for the PS3 & Xbox 360 that people still talk about to this day.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Assassin’s Creed II: (2009)

When we think about some of the best action-adventure games to have been released during the 00’s decade one of the few titles that many people instantly think about is Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed II from 2009. Assassin’s Creed II was the highly anticipated sequel of its predecessor from 2007 which appeared on multiple game game systems such as Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows between November 2009 and March 2010. One of the most interesting things about Assassin’s Creed II was how the storyline for the game had included various historical figures such Niccolò Machiavelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, Bartolomeo d’ Alviano, Pope Alexander VI and others while the setting took place during the late 15th-early 16th century time period. The main protagonist Ezio Auditore has a rather dark but interesting backstory when players learn that his family had been brutally executed during the conflict involving the Assassins and the Knights Templar during the Renaissance era in Italy. The events surrounding Ezio Auditore is framed in the 21st century by a descendant within his bloodline named Desmond Miles which contributes to overall quality of the storytelling aspect of Assassin’s Creed II.

In this game players start out as Desmond who is eventually taught assassin skills by an undercover assassin named Lucy Stillman through a technique known as the “Bleeding Effect”. Shortly, afterwards Desmond learns more about his ancestor’s past when he discovers Ezio’s goal to retrieve information regarding the pieces of Eden. During Ezio’s journey players eventually cross path with the main antagonist Rodrigo Borgia who possessed one of the pieces of Eden while eventually becoming Pope Alexander VI. While Ezio eventually takes a piece of Eden from Borgia its eventually discovered that his father and brother were both condemned to death by hanging for treason by a despotic magistrate within Italy. Fueled by vengeance Ezio wanted to use his combat/stealth abilities to destroy every individual who was involved in his father’s death despite their occupation. His quest to destroy his father’s murderers is meet with aid as he trains with ancient order Assassin members who assist him along his quest. Throughout, the game players engage in various missions accompanied with non-linear gameplay and world maps that feature historical locations within Italy such as Florence, Venice, Forlì and others.

The addition of new in game mechanics such as swimming and “Eagle Vision” were features that many people found appealing comparison to the original Assassin’s Creed title from ’07. The ability to hire skilled non-playable characters from thieves all the way down to mercenaries to battle adversarial forces was also a plus; because it gave players more independence to develop creative strategies in order to complete certain parts of the game. There was also more realism added to the game with the introduction of a day/night cycle and a more robust yet effective combat system especially when it came down to countering the attacks of enemies. Along with impressive storytelling full of twists and turns, ancient landmarks, historical characters from the Renaissance era of Italy the visuals for Assassin’s Creed II was amazing back in ’09 thanks to the AnvilNext game engine.

Since its release back in November 2009 Assassin’s Creed II had received three downloadable expansion packs which kept players interested in the game before the release of Assassin’s Creed III in 2012. As far overall success in relation to sales it was reported that Assassin’s Creed II has reportedly sold over 1.6 million within its first week which was a pretty big deal at the time. In fact, Assassin’s Creed II is arguably the best installment within the series despite the fact that it was released a decade ago. The story for Assassin’s Creed II felt somewhat similar to Dishonored from 2012 in the sense where the story emphasizes corruption among authority figures and is accompanied with a dark and tragic backstory leading the main protagonists to align themselves with resistant rebels forces who end up becoming avengers. As a action-adventure stealth from the 00’s Assassin’s Creed II was quite the best video game from that 00’s decade and its a title that some might still enjoy on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to this day.

Retro Gaming 10’s- Dishonored: (2012)

When it comes down to action-adventure titles from the early 10’s one of the many names that people think about is Bethesda’s Dishonored game from 2012. Dishonored was developed by Arkane Studios and was released for multiple game consoles such as the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and eventually the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2015. This first person action-adventure stealth game was one that was interesting especially considering the fact that the setting took place within a fictional industrial city between the later part of the 19th century and the early half of the 20th century. The plot for Dishonored is rather dark but intriguing since emphasis is placed on government corruption in relation to Dunwall which is considered to be the capital of the Empire Of Isles. It turns out Dunwall is powered by whale oil which turns out to be a resource that has ultimately lead to government corruption within the city. The creation of advanced weapons from whale oil and the government’s desire for control has contributed to the suffering of civilians. The Dunwall government had planed to separate the rich from the low class citizens of the city who live in deplorable conditions as a scheme to wipe them out from existence.

The story about the corrupt government regime in Dunwall is even darker considering the fact that their rise to power came following the demise of the city’s Empress and abduction of her daughter. A resistance group known as the Loyalists make it their main goal to overthrow the corrupt government in order for the Empress’s daughter to take her rightful place as the ruler of Dunwall. In Dishonored players control a skilled assassin by the name of Corvo Attano. One of the few things about the Corvo character that was a bit interesting was the fact that he was silent protagonist. The idea of the main protagonist being silent while being accused of murdering Empress felt creative; mainly because there are not too many games that sees a silent protagonist in such a dark storyline where they are initially believed to be villains. While Corvo eventually aligns himself with the Loyalists players get to use him and his supernatural abilities given to him by the Outsider to complete various missions throughout the game.

The stealth and combat elements of Dishonored are the things that people were highly fond about following its release; along with the narrative as it relates to the storytelling aspect of the game. The revelation of Lord Regent’s involvement in the assassination of the Empress while framing Corvo made him out to be a very sinister antagonist. The fact that Lord Regent’s wanted to put Corvo to death after framing him spoke volumes on the amount of despotism that existed among government in Dunwall. In addition to having a superb storyline the inclusion of good/evil endings depending on how many people the player had killed throughout the game was also a pretty cool feature as well. While Dishonored did go on to have a successful sequel in 2015 some would argue that the original game was the best of the two. Not only did Dishonored receive high praise & ratings from various gaming publications but it was also considered to be one of the best action-adventure games of 2012.