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.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) vs Grand Theft Auto V (2013) which game was more popular?

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.

Mortal Kombat 9 (2011) vs Killer Instinct (2013) which game was more popular?

When it comes down to popular fighting titles from the early 10’s many people instantly think about games such as Mortal Kombat 9 along with Killer Instinct. While Mortal Kombat 9 was released for the PlayStation 3 along with the Xbox 360 Killer Instinct was an Xbox One exclusive which had more superior visuals. Also, the gameplay for Killer Instinct was very fast paced in comparison to that of Mortal Kombat 9 and we got to see the return of classic in-game mechanics such as the combo breaker which originated back in the early 90’s following the release of the original arcade title from 1994. But as far as mainstream popularity is concerned many would probably agree that Mortal Kombat 9 attracted more attention in 2011 than Killer Instinct did in 2013.

Despite, the fact that Killer Instinct initially turned the heads of many people following its release 2013 Mortal Kombat 9 was a title that put the stories of the original three MK titles into one in the game’s story mode which significantly added to its overall appeal. Classic characters such as Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raduen and more featured in this along with the fact that a single-player and tag team arcade mode was featured in MK 9. Also, Mortal Kombat 9 had also manage to spawn a successful sequel years later with the release of Mortal Kombat X in 2015 which was critically acclaimed by fans and gaming publications as well.

Should Batman: Arkham Origins be ported for the Nintendo Switch?

When it comes down to popular action-adventure titles of the 10’s decade one of the most popular titles that we have seen in relation to superheroes was Batman: Arkham Origins which was initially released for the Wii-U, Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 back in October 2013. Despite, there being technical is with the Xbox 360 version of Arkham Origins the game was still praised by fans and critics of the series for features such as side quests that allows Batman to help police solving crimes while using creative detective skills and advanced gadgets for combating foes. As popular as Batman: Arkham Origins was for the last generation consoles during the early 10’s there are many people who would love to see this game ported to the Nintendo Switch or even the PlayStation 4.

As many people know Batman: Arkham Origins utilized the Unreal Engine 3 so the game could definitely work on the Nintendo Switch since it can run titles that uses the Unreal Engine 4. However, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has never announced any plans on bringing Batman: Arkham Origins to the Nintendo Switch. A game like Batman: Arkham Origins could possibly standout more on the Nintendo Switch than the PS4 especially since there are many big upcoming releases in the future such as Kingdom Hearts III, Final Fantasy VII: Remake which can potentially overshadow potential a re-release if this action-adventure title.

Could Marvel vs Capcom 3 have been popular in arcade centers?

As many people know Marvel vs Capcom 3 was one of the most popular crossover fighting games of the 10’s. Ever since its release Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds has remained exclusively on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Unlike, its predecessors Marvel vs Capcom 3 never received an arcade release and was still a huge success in countries such as America and Japan due to the fact that the game was at least a decade in the making. If Marvel vs Capcom 3 was released in arcade centers back in the early 10’s the game could have definitely been somewhat of an attraction.

But ever since online multiplayer gameplay became popular back in the mid to late 00’s it almost seemed like there was no point whatsoever on having an arcade version Marvel vs Capcom 3. The arcade era of gaming ended a long time ago somewhere between the late 90’s and the early 00’s. As popular as Marvel vs Capcom 3 was in the early 10’s an arcade version of the game would not have been as exciting as the online multiplayer experience that people had for the PlayStation 3 or the Xbox 360.

Will there ever be a sequel for Lollipop Chainsaw?

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When it comes down to popular action hack and slash titles that many people believe deserves a sequel one of the names that instantly comes to mind is Lollipop Chainsaw.  After the game was  developed and released back in the summer of 2012 there were many people who loved the comedy aspect of the game along with the fact that it had a survival horror feel to it where players have to destroy countless zombies.  The concept of having a zombie hunting cheerleader is very creative along with the plot which is filled with twists in turns such as discovering Juliet Starling’s boyfriend was a zombie along with discovering that the main villain Swan was responsible for the outbreak that occurs on her 18th birthday.

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Even though, Lollipop Chainsaw is criticized for its gameplay there were many aspects about the game in terms of presentation along with the inclusion of multiple endings that was quite impressive.   Also, since its release Lollipop Chainsaw has managed to sell over one million units worldwide which is something that many people probably didn’t expect following its release in 2012.  Considering the fact that Lollipop Chainsaw is one of Grasshopper Manufacture’s most popular game to date there is no doubt that the title deserves a sequel or at least a re-release for the PS4.

 

Mortal Kombat 9 & Mortal Kombat 10 which game was better?

As far as the fighting genre is concerned both Mortal Kombat 9 and 10 are two of the most popular games that we seen during the first half of the 10’s decade. One of the many things that comes to mind when we look at both games deals with which one was better overall. There are some would give Mortal Kombat 9 the advantage since it arguably has a better roster of characters along with the inclusion tag team matches which was not apart of Mortal Kombat 10.

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While the in game mechanics in Mortal Kombat 10 was better than 9 along with the fact that we got to see new characters such as Cassie Cage, Jacqueline Briggs, Kung Jin they were all characters that many people were unfamiliar with that replaced some of their favorites from some of the older MK titles.  If one is a retro gamer they would probably be more inclined to choose Mortal Kombat 9 over MK 10 since the story of the game revisits the events of the first three games in the series.  In fact the cutscenes from the story mode in MK 9 was arguably better than the two movies that came out back in the 90’s.  While Mortal Kombat 10 was a great game the story mode in MK 9 alone was something that many people have wanted to see for a very long time.

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In some ways Mortal Kombat 9 helped revitalize the series in general while MK 10 was a game that people were excited about because they wanted to see whether or not it would exceed their expectations.  However, one of the more interesting things about the story mode in MK 10 includes the fact that Liu Kang was a villain along with a cliffhanger ending that points to Raiden possibly becoming one himself in the sequel.  In terms of which game is better between Mortal Kombat 9 & 10 is tough since they are both awesome games.