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.

Was Forza Horizon 4 the best racing game of 2018?

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.

Should Team Sonic Racing have cross-platform gameplay?

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.

Will the Xbox One still be available in retail during 2020?

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.

Would Ori and the Will of the Wisps be an attraction on the Nintendo Switch?

As many people know there are so many cool titles that are expected to appear on the PlayStation 4 along with the Xbox One next year and Ori and the Will of the Wisps is one of them. This game will be the direct sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest which was also developed by Moon Studios and released back in March 2015. As popular as Ori and the Blind Forest was for the PS4 and the Xbox One the game never appeared on the Wii-U which is understandable considering how poorly the console did in worldwide sales. However, the Nintendo Switch has not only sold over 22 million units worldwide but its gained a ton of mainstream attention throughout 2017-2018.

Also, the Nintendo Switch currently lacks major platform-adventure metroidvania games like Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Despite, being a third party game having Ori and the Will of the Wisps on the Nintendo Switch would be something that owners of the hybrid console would definitely check despite the fact that the series is still considered to be new. However, unless Moon Studios or Microsoft Studios say otherwise Ori and the Will of the Wisps will not be appearing on the Nintendo Switch in 2019 or anytime in the future for that matter.

Will strong emphasis on online multiplayer modes reduce the replay value of video games?

As many people know online multiplayer gaming has been a big deal for at least a decade now and it seems to be improving in relation to popularity each year. We have games like Red Dead Redemption 2 along with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 which are huge names for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One and the feedback of both games from fans are generally positive. However, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a game where the main attraction attraction relies on the online multiplayer Battle Royale mode which was made popular by Fortnite back in 2017. The lack of campaign mode in Black Ops 4 is something that is appealing to many people who have been huge fans of the series within the 10’s decade.

While all the other Call of Duty: Black Ops titles had campaign modes some argue that Black Ops 4 not having a campaign mode could end up diminishing its replay value especially if there is a direct sequel. Once online servers for older generation games that relies mainly on online gameplay shuts down they tend to have little to no value which has been true for games such as Final Fantasy XI, FFXIV: A Realm Reborn and others. While emphasis on local multiplayer gameplay in current generation video games sounds like a much better idea in theory video game companies emphasize online gaming since it draws more revenue. While GTA: 5 has an amazing online multiplayer game mode the story mode itself is a huge attraction. which adds to its overall replay; while being a game that many people still play today despite being released in 2013.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 wins “Fan Favorite Shooter” award at 2018 Gamer Choice Awards!!!!

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.