Retro Gaming 10’s- Tekken Tag Tournament 2: (2011)

When we think about some of the best fighting games from the early part of the 10’s decade one of the many titles that comes to mind is Tekken Tag Tournament which came out in September 2011. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was developed and published by Bandi Namco Games and was without a doubt one of the most high profile fighting games of ’11. In fact, Tekken Tag Tournament is often viewed as a better game than Capcom’s Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate Of Two Worlds which was released in February 2011. Not only did Tekken Tag Tournament 2 sell more than 1.5 million by 2013 but it won numerous awards for being the “Best Fighting Game” of 2012 from numerous gaming publications. One of the reasons why Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was so big was because it was the highly anticipated sequel to the original game which came out over twelve years prior in 1999. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was was considered to be the next big title within its series following the release of Tekken 6 from 2007. In addition, to being released for the PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360 there was surprising a Wii-U version of the game that was released back in November 2012.

Seeing a Tekken game on a Nintendo console back in 2012 was very surprising since the first and quite possibly the only time that has ever happened. In Tekken Tag Tournament 2 we got to see high quality visuals along with improved gameplay in comparison to that of its ’99 predecessor. The inclusion of longer tag combos and double team moves were solid features in addition to the game mode included in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. There were various game modes that players had the option of choosing such as arcade, versus, survival and time attack. Also, players had the option of participating in normal tag battles versus two on one handicap matches. The introduction of a new game mode Fight Lab was pretty interesting along with return of Tekken Ball mode in the Wii-U version of the game. Tekken Tag Tournament 6 had a stacked roster of characters from all the previous Tekken games even classic characters from 2 & 3 such as Forest Law, Michelle Chang, Tiger Jackson and many others.

Also, popular favorites such as Jin Kazama, Heihachi Kazama, Kazuya Kazama, Nina Williams, Paul Phoenix, King and Yoshimitsu returned in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 as expected. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was definitely seemed more superior than Street Fighter X Tekken which came out 2012 especially since it felt like there was more to do as it related to offline gameplay. As far as top fighting games of 2011-2012 are concerned many people would say that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was as popular as Dead Ir Alive 5 following its release in ’12. Even though, Tekken 7 was supposed to be the final game within its series many people would love to see a potential Tekken Tag Tournament 3 from Bandi Namco Games. There is no doubt that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was one of the best installments within the entire series and was one of the best fighting games of the 10’s decade.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)

When it comes down to high profile first-person shooter video games of the 00’s decade its almost impossible to have a conversation or discussion about that subject without mentioning anything related to the Call Of Duty series in someway. One of the few first person shooter games that people have fond memories about as it relates to the late 00’s was Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 which came out back in November 2009. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was published by Activision and developed by Infinity Ward and was considered the direct sequel to the critically acclaimed COD4: Modern Warfare game which was released in 2007. In fact the setting for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare occurred five years after the events of COD4: Modern Warfare while the plot for the game revolved around an ultranationalist takeover in Russia. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 sees Imran Zakhaev as the main villain since he was chairman of the ultranationalist group organized in Russia. Imran Zakhaev and his ultranationalist group was also perceived as a global threat since they had managed to carry out a series of terrorist attacks in Western countries ordered by his son Victor Zakhaev.

The global threat created by Victor Zakhaev is one that eventually leads to the involvement of a special operations unit known as Task Force 141 lead by Captain Soap MacTavish and Lieutenant General Shepherd. The main objective for Task Force 141 involved searching for Victor Zakhaev and putting an end to the terrorist activities involving his fascist group once. However, as players progress throughout the game there are some interesting twists and turns that occur which makes the storyline for the campaign mode more intriguing. The death of the undercover CIA agent John Allen was a bit of a shock to many people. While John Allen traveled alongside Victor Zakhaev to Moscow, Russia for a mass shooting at an airport he was assassinated. Following Allen’s death his body was left behind which ultimately sparked a war between the United States and Russia. At this point Russia sees America as terrorists which ultimately leads to a surprise foreign invasion within the eastern part of the United States.

This eventually leads to Task Force 141 going to Rio de Janeiro in search for Zakhaev’s firearms dealer and capturing him to learn more about him. Its revealed that John Price who is also an enemy of Zakhaev was being held hostage in a Russian gulag; he was willing to help stop the war between America and Russia by assisting Task Force 141 in repelling the Russian invasion in the United States. While Price aided the Russians against America Task 141 began to close in on Zakhaev’s exact location and out of nowhere Shepherd betrayed them by killing Simon “Ghost” Riley & Roach on their missions. The actual scene of Shepherd’s betrayal was graphic and the soundtrack was perfect which made it appear both disturbing & heartbreaking.

Eventually, Shepherd escapes to his mountain base in Afghanistan where he hunted down and ultimately killed by Soap for revenge regarding his betrayal of Task Force 141 and the murders of Ghost and Roach. Since its release on the PS3 and Xbox 360 back in late 2009 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been recognized as one of the best first-person shooters of the 2000’s decade. Following its initial release Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has reportedly sold at least 4.7 million copies worldwide within a day. In fact, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 managed to reach at least 20 million copies in sales within a year which was very impressive. In fact, some people would argue that Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare was a good as its prequel especially since it managed to become the eighth best selling Xbox 360 title of all-time. Sometimes its hard to believe that Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released a decade ago along with her fact that the series itself is still as hot as it was back in 2009. Despite, how old Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the game will also be seen as a timeless classic when it comes down to gaming in general.

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.

Upcoming Games- Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)

One of the hottest upcoming games that everyone is currently talking about in relation to October 2019 is the release of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare published by Activision and developed by Infinity Ward. This game will appear on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows and comes one year following the release Call Of Duty: Black Ops VI which came out in October 2018. While the main attraction for Call Of Duty: Black Ops VI was the online multiplayer Battle Royale mode the game lacked a single-player campaign mode which received mixed reception by critics alike. For those who have enjoyed the campaign modes for any of the previous Call Of Duty games from the 10’s decade you will be happy to know that this feature will make a return in Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare. As far as the campaign mode for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare is concerned we have learned that creators have placed more emphasis on “emotion” in relation to decision-making and actions that players decide to take throughout the game. Similar to general RPG’s that we see nowadays Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare will have a moral system which is based on decision-making.

The decisions that players will be able to make in Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare might intrigue some fans of the series especially since they will have the opportunity to partake or skip certain missions in relation to killing others. The narrative based story mode for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare will see the return of Captain Price from previous installments within in the series as players control a former officer of the British Army known Sergeant Kyle Garrick. During the first half of the game players will progress throughout the story as Garrick before controlling a CIA Agent named Alex during the second half of the game. The split-decision making mechanic is one of the few features that will contribute to the over quality of COD: Modern Warfare in relation to realism as it relates to dealing with non-playable characters. In some cases NPC’s can become a threat to the player and they are given a letter grade rank based on threat assessment and how they deal with certain situations.

Another feature that Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare will have which is considered to be strong positive includes non-linearity as relation to completing missions. While there is plenty to look forward in the upcoming Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare game some people will probably be bummed by the fact that Zombies Mode will be absent in this installment. However, Infinity Ward has decided to bring back the co-op “Spec Op” mode which was popular on Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2-3 between 2009-2011. As a first-person shooter Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare will most likely be one of the biggest attractions of 2019. As it currently stands Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to be released on October 25th. With the holiday season around the corner many people are wondering how much the 16th installment within the Call Of Duty will sell comparison to Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare from last year.

Upcoming Games- WWE 2K20: (2019)

One of most high profile games that people are talking about in relation to October 2019 is the upcoming release of WWE 2K20. For those who do not know WWE2K20 will be developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Games and is the direct sequel of last year’s installment WWE 2K19. As far as features are concerned in relation to WWE 2K20 many people will be happy to know that 2K Showcase Mode will be making a return in this game. However, this year’s 2K Showcase Mode will focus on the careers of the Four Horsewomen including current Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley, “The Queen” Charlotte Flair, “The Boss” Sasha Banks and reigning Raw Women’s Champion “The Man” Becky Lynch in relation to The Women’s Evolution. Players will have the opportunity to relive some of the most memorable moments that defined the careers of the Four Horsewomen. The single-player 2K Showcase Mode allows people to play through key matches involving all four women from NXT to the main roster PPV’s such as the Royal Rumble & WrestleMania. The inclusion of historical footage & documentary vignettes adds to the overall quality of this year’s 2K Showcase Mode which is considered to be one of the main attractions of WWE 2K20.

Another feature that is considered to be a huge attraction in WWE 2K20 is My Career Mode which was also in WWE 2K19. However, this year’s My Career Mode allows players to create both male and female MyPlayers and use them throughout the campaign. Similar to last year’s My Career Mode people will be graced with various cutscenes and voiceovers from various WWE Superstars on the current roster. Along with the inclusion of a new My Career Mode many people will be happy to know that Universe Mode will also be making a return in WWE 2K20. As far as Universe Mode is concerned players will have more flexibility in relation match and rivalry limits on major shows. While match limits on major and minor shows have been changed from seven to nine the same has been done with PPV’s matches going from seven to fourteen.

It should also be noted that the amount of rivalries that players can have on major shows have increased from three to four while the number of shows that can co-cost a pay-per-view has increased from two to three. In addition to all these brand new features WWE 2K20 has many of today’s hottest stars including Seth Rollins, A.J. Styles, Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, Johnny Gargano, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, Kofi Kingston, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Randy Orton and many others. As far as legends are concerned players will also see the return of big names such as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and more. WWE 2K20 is currently scheduled to be released for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One on October 22nd. There is no question that the features include in WWE 2K20 will definitely be an attraction to those who have been following the WWE 2K series for the past eight years.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Confirmed For PC Release!!!!

There will many people who are fans of the Red Dead Redemption series who will be happy to know that the latest installment which was released this past year in October 2018 will be coming to PC this upcoming month. It was recently confirmed by RockStar that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be appearing In Mice Windows on November 5th and is something that has been making headlines as of late. For those who are unaware Red Dead Redemption 2 was the highly anticipated sequel of the original game that was released back in 2010 for various consoles such as the PS3 and the Xbox 360. Ever since, October 2018 Red Dead Redemption 2 has managed to reach at least 25 million copies in worldwide sales and was considered to be one of the best action-adventure games of that year. Not only did Red Dead Redemption 2 perform well in sales it managed to surpass its 2010 predecessor while still remaining a huge attraction throughout 2019. The online multiplayer game mode was a new addition which contributed to the overall appeal of Red Redemption 2 along with the campaign mode.

As far as the online multiplayer mode is concerned its unclear if cross-platform gameplay will eventually become a reality between PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows users because currently stands that feature does not exist. Either way, Red Dead Redemption 2 should still be a huge attraction for Microsoft Windows and it will give PC users who never had a chance to enjoy the critically acclaimed action-adventure title following its upcoming release on November 5th. It will be interesting to see whether or not not sales for Red Dead Redemption 2 increases dramatically between now and the first half of 2020. It will also be interstate to see what the price for the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 will be especially since the PS4 and Xbox One ports of the game will be going on sale for the price of $39.99 on Best Buy and Amazon.

Retro Gaming 90’s- Twisted Metal: (1995)

As far as memorable games from the 90’s are concerned in relation to violence and mayhem one of the few titles that the world got to see during that decade was Twisted Metal. For those who do not know Twisted Metal was published by Sony Interactive Entertainment and initially released back in November 1995 for the PS1. In countries such as America Twisted Metal was very popular among teens and young adults for its addictive gameplay involving vehicular combat where players have to struggle to stay alive in the streets of Los Angles. The plot for the game takes place in 2005 and centers around competition held by Calypso where participants go through various levels and try to destroy each other in order to stay alive. The concept of the Twisted Metal competition was very creative but some people have criticized the game on the past for having a weak single-player mode. Despite, some of the game’s drawbacks there were more positives than negatives in the first Twisted Metal game such as the arsenal of weapons players were provided. In the games players had the ability to carry over 20 different weapons giving players numerous options on how to destroy their enemies.

Also, the co-op story mode was interesting as well since players had to share six lives which really forced people to strategize as the difficulty of the game increased during progression. The idea of sharing lives during co-op gameplay can be seen as a negative in the eyes of some people since it was somewhat similar to the NES Battetoads game where two players had to share lives in a game that can be difficult. Various stages in game where the competition took place included skyscrapers, freeways, warehouses and even the suburbs which made Twisted Metal even more interesting. The graphics for Twisted Metal were pretty decent by mid 90’s standards especially since 3D gaming was still considered to be new during that time period. The original Twisted Metal game ended up spawning two successful sequels between ’96-’98 which both sold over one million copies worldwide on the PS1. As a vehicular combat game Twisted Metal was one of the most innovative titles the gaming world has seen and its a title that is still somewhat popular to this day. The latest entry that we got to see in the Twisted Metal series was back in 2012 and for the most part fans and critics were fond of that game. Hopefully, sometime in the future we will get a chance to see another Twisted Metal title for a current generation console such as the PlayStation 4 or even the upcoming PS5 game system.