10’s Gaming- Child Of Light: (2014)

As far as 2D platform RPG’s are concerned one of the few titles that Ubisoft developed back in the mid 10’s that many people were impressed by was a game called Child Of Light. This title was released for just about every game system you could think of including the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii-U, PS3, PSVita along with Microsoft Windows. There were critics who were fans of various aspects of Child Of Light including the visuals and the ability to swap characters in the game. While the story for Child Of Light was pretty basic it had a female protagonist named Aurora who had a dark yet strange backstory prior to waking up in Lemuria following her death. One of the more interesting aspects of Child Of Light is that the setting for game takes place in the later part of the 19th century. Players take control of the princess named Aurora in the year 1895. Throughout the game players eventually come in contact with other playable characters who joins Aurora on her quest to defeat the main antagonist Umbraalso known as the “Queen Of The Night”. There were some shocking revelations within the story for Child Of Light such as Umbra being Norah’s mother and Aurora’s stepmother.

Players also discovered details regarding the connection between Aurora’s world and Lemuria and how Umbra stole the mirror which connected two after rescuing Lady Of The Forest from imprisonment. In her search to retrieve Lemuria’s light in order to utilize the mirror she is searching for Aurora eventually crosses paths with several playable characters with diverse backgrounds. Aurora aligns herself with Rubella, Finn, Norah, Robert, Genovefa and Tristis characters whose stories are all connected the main plot in some way. The frequent visions that Aurora had throughout Child Of Light definitely made the story itself more intriguing; opposed to your average 2D platform game with a basic plot with little to no story depth. While many people would live to see a direct sequel to the Child Of Light game from ‘14 Ubisoft creative director Patrick Plourde has confirmed that there will be none.

Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media good or bad?

One of the things that has captured the eyes of many people within the gaming world as of late involved the news regarding Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media. Based on what we know tech giant Microsoft will be purchasing ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion; giving the company ownership of some of Bethesda’s most famous video games including the likes of the Elder Scrolls, Doom and the Fallout series. One of the reasons why Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media is such a big deal is because its probably the most expensive purchase in gaming history. Its common knowledge that Microsoft has been working more closely with one of its former competitors Sony in the midst of the ongoing gaming war with the likes of Google & Apple. Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media is definitely a strong positive for the company because that is more future revenue that the corporation will be earning; if the deal regarding the purchase closes during by the first half of 2021.

The interesting thing about Microsoft’s purchase is the fact that its comes about two months before the company releases its next generation console known as the Xbox Series X which is expected to be released on November 10th of 2020. Its quite possible that one of Microsoft’s motives behind the purchase is to prevent upcoming games within the Wolfenstein, Doom and Elder Scrolls series from appearing on game systems such as Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia or iOS devices. If you are and have been a huge Xbox gamer for over the past decade or so then Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda’s parent company is both big and exciting news. However, Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media could be a threat to the likes of Google especially since the Stadia mainly relies on the streaming of third party games. Microsoft has a lot going on right now with the latest release of their xCloud streaming service along with the Xbox Series X set to appear in retail in November 2020. Based on how things look right now next year onwards seem very promising for the tech giant that now owns Bethesda; which will be unfortunate for some of the company’s major competitors.

Would a Mario Kart 3D All-Stars game be a huge attraction?

As many people know the Super Mario 3D All-Stars game was released on September 18th of 2020. Prior to its release it was something that long time fans of the series have fantasied about for many years prior to its release. Mario 3D All-Stars included some of three of the best installments within the entire series including Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine along with Super Mario Galaxy. The idea of including bundle of some of the best Mario games from ‘96-‘01 was one that was well received by many people following Nintendo’s announcement about it. In fact, some people wonder whether or not Nintendo should do the same thing with few of the Mario Kart games. The idea of a Mario Kart 3D All-Stars is one that sounds very appealing considering how successful certain games within the series were. While Mario Kart 64 from 1996 was legendary Mario Kart: Double Dash from ‘03 was very unique;especially with the concept of being able to select two drivers for one kart. The Mario Kart Wii game from ‘08 ended up becoming one of the best selling video games of all-time reaching over 37 million copies in sales. If those three Mario Kart games were included in a bundle similar to that of Super Mario 3D All-Stars it would definitely be a huge attraction among Nintendo gamers past and present.

As it currently stands Mario Kart 8: Deluxe is still a big attraction on the Nintendo Switch and will most likely remain that way for the next few years or so. If Nintendo did something different with a game like Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo Switch that would possibly turn heads. If Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS was remastered in high definition for the Switch it could possibly perform well in terms of sales. A remastered version of Mario Kart 7 would probably more interesting than the Mario Kart Tour mobile game that Nintendo released in September 2019. A Mario Kart 3D All-Stars game would definitely be far more interesting than Mario Kart Tour because of nostalgia. But since Nintendo has no plans to make a Mario Kart 3D All-Stars game whatsoever its unlikely that it will ever happen.

Will we ever get a Super Mario Odyssey 2?

As many people know Super Mario Odyssey was released for the Nintendo Switch back in October 2017. Since then Super Mario Odyssey has ended up becoming one of the most successful video games on the Nintendo Switch. Since its release Super Mario Odyssey has reached over 18 million copies in sales and has become the sixth best selling video game on the Nintendo Switch. In fact, Super Mario Odyssey right now is the 10th best selling Mario game of all-time which is very impressive since the series has been around for about 35 years now. Seeing how successful Super Mario Odyssey has been since its initial release along with the strong critical reception the game has received; many people are anxious to know whether or not Nintendo plans on producing a direct sequel for Super Mario Odyssey. The gameplay involving Cappy while collecting Power Moons in various kingdoms and transversing throughout various levels both 2D & 3D made Super Mario Odyssey an memorable experience. The plot for Super Mario Odyssey included the same formula that you would normally see in Mario games with Bowser kidnapping Princess Peach but with new settings and a slight twist at the end of the game.

Super Mario Odyssey has managed to surpass the likes of Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 64 in terms of sales since its release. It would be surprising if Nintendo did not have any plans to make a direct sequel to Super Mario Odyssey with similar gameplay along with a different that follows the events of this game. As it currently stands Super Mario Odyssey has been around for a few years now and is still a huge attraction in retail for the Nintendo Switch. Its hard to predict whether or not Nintendo will make a direct sequel for Super Mario Odyssey but there are many people who hope that it becomes a reality.

PS5 release date revealed, Final Fantasy XVI Confirmed!!!

We finally learned more information regarding the PS5 in relation to its upcoming release in Q4 2020. It has recently been revealed that the PS5 will be released on November 12th in the countries of Japan, America, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. The Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc drive version of the PS5 will also appear everywhere else around the world on November 19th with the release price being $499.99. For those who want purchase the Digital Edition of the PS5 they will be able to do so for $399.99. The pre-orders for the PS5 start on September 17th and can be done through local retailers or the PlayStation website. The inclusion of features such as Blu-ray tracing, haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and lightning fast loading speed seems very appealing to those who are looking forward to the next generation of gaming. There are upcoming titles for the PS5 that the world is looking forward to seeing including GodFall, Spider-Man Miles Morales along with Final Fantasy XVI.

The world recently got to see a reveal trailer Final Fantasy XVI and it was confirmed to appear on PS5 & PC. The official release date for Final Fantasy XVI has yet to be revealed but many people are speculating that it will come out sometime in 2021. While Final Fantasy XV from 2016 was a huge success reaching at least 8.9 million in worldwide sales; many question how good FFXVI will be since director and producer for FFXV are not working on this upcoming installment. In fact, Naoki Yoshida who worked on FFXIV will be the producer for FFXVI along with Hiroshi Takai being the director. The details involving Final Fantasy XVI such as the plot and gameplay are vague as of right now. However, Square Enix is supposed to reveal more information about FFXVI sometime next year; hopefully explaining the plot in depth along with what to expect terms of gameplay.

Is Prince Of Persia still a huge attraction?

As many people know it has been recently revealed that we will be seeing a remake of the Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time game which was released for GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox back in 2003. The news regarding the Prince Of Persia Remake game fans at Ubisoft’s 2020 Ubiforward event. While the upcoming release of Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time Remake is something that has been making headlines news as of late; some question on whether or not Prince Of Persia is still an attraction in year 2020. The last time the world has seen anything significant regarding the Prince Of Persia series as back in 2010 when the movie was released. The Prince Of Persia movie had a budget of approximately $185 million and ended up becoming office box success earning over $336 million. Prior to 2010 we got see various Prince Of Persia games during the 00’s including Battles Of Prince Of Persia, Prince Of Persia: Classic, PoP: The Forgotten Sands, PoP: The Two Thrones along with PoP: The Warrior Within. Aside from Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time some would argue that PoP: Warrior Within along with the PoP ‘08 game were among the best installments within the series depending on who you ask.

But there is no question that the Prince of Persia series reached it peak in popularity during the 00’s which is why we are getting are remake of arguably the the best in within the series PoP: Sands Of Time. Based on what we know about the remake for PoP: Sands Of Time the game will utilizing a more modern game engine engineered by Ubisoft known as Anvil. It should also be noted that the Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time Remake will be simplest more than just a high definition remastered version of the original ‘03 installment. The remake for Prince Of Persia: Sands In Time will feature motion-capture, facial animation along re-recorded dialogue to make this version seem as contemporary as possible. Also, there will be modifications to the camera work and the gameplay for the remake of Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time as well. The remake for PoP: Sands Of Time is expected to be released sometime January 2021 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. While the PoP series has been nearly dead throughout the 10’s decade making remakes for classics such as “Sands Of Time” could generate a significant amount of interest to the series within the 20’s decade.

Does Mega Man Legends deserve an HD Remake?

As many people know the MegaMan series is legendary and has been around since the NES era of gaming from the 80’s. While the more famous titles within the series includes MegaMan I-V along with the MMX series from ‘93-‘01 a lot of people seemingly forget about the Legends from ‘97. MegaMan Legend last was the first ever 3D installment within the entire series. Following its release Mega Man Legends generally received positive reviews from critics and gamers alike. However, it seems like MegaMan Legends from ‘97 is not remembered to the same extent as the other installments from the 90’s. While MegaMan Legends had appeared on multiple game systems back including Nintendo 64, Microsoft Windows and PlayStation Portable; it never received an official HD remake of any sort for game systems such as PS3, Xbox 360, etc. While the gameplay from Mega Man Legends deviated from the fast paced run n gun action seen in 2D MM installments the storytelling aspect was considered a strong point among many.

The idea of having a 3D action-adventure third person shooter MegaMan game was pretty unique especially since some people had doubts on whether or not Capcom could pull it off. While we recently got to see the release of the MegaMan Legacy Collections 1 & 2 back in ‘18 Mega Man Legends was absent and hardly anyone complained about it at all. The demand to see an HD Remake of MegaMan Legends is not strong enough among gamers for Capcom to make that a reality; that also goes for its successors MegaMan Legends 2 from 2000. The fact that MegaMan Legends 3 which was supposed to appear on the Nintendo 3DS in 2010 was cancelled tells you that there was very little interest within that series in general. While MegaMan Legends was pretty unique in its own right it still was not as memorable or fun as the 2D run n gun titles from the NES/SNES era from the 80’s & 90’s.

The World Ends With You anime confirmed for 2021

As many people should know by The World The World Ends with you anime adaptation is scheduled to be broadcasted worldwide sometime next year on a date that has yet to be revealed. For those who do not know The World Ends With You was a popular video game that appeared on the Nintendo DS back in ‘07 and is one that is apart of the Kingdom Hearts series. The World Ends With You was an RPG video game that was initially developed and published by Square Enix before eventually being ported for the Nintendo Switch back in 2018. The plot for The World Ends With You centered around the main protagonist named Neku Sakuraba who is stuck in a video game scenario in the Japanese city of Shibuya. In order to become apart of reality again Neku must team up with various allies on order to survive the Reaper’s game.

The World Ends With You video game had so many interesting twists & turns and people who played it on the Nintendo DS or Switch console are anxious to see how the anime adaptation will look. Based on what we know the anime for The World Ends With You will be produced by Square Enix, Shin-Ei Animation along with Domerica. It has also been revealed that The World Ends With You anime will be broadcasted through Funimation. Its currently unclear how many seasons there will be for The World Ends With You anime or whether or not there will be a sequel to the game that can out in ‘07. Either way, people who have been fans of the video game since ‘07 are anxious to see how the anime adaptation of The World Ends With You will turn out in 2021. Hopefully, there will be more details involving the official release date of The World Ends With You anime sometime in the near future.

Scott Pilgrim game returns to current generation consoles

One of the few topics that had been buzzing around the gaming world as of late involves the upcoming re-release of the Scott Pilgrim vs The World game which was released a decade ago for the PS3 and the Xbox 360. The Scott Pilgrim game was initially released back in August 2010 around the same time the movie itself was released. Scott Pilgrim vs The World is considered to be a cult classic in relation to video game movies and generated over $48 million in box office revenue since its initial release. The actual Scott Pilgrim video game was one that was pretty interesting especially since it was in the form of a multiplayer pixelated beat em up title. Players the the option of controlling characters such as: Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Stephen Stills and Kim Paine. Similar to the movie the plot within the Scott Pilgrim game was to complete several levels while defeating the multiple ex-boyfriends of Ramona Flowers.

The pixel art for the Scott Pilgrim game was impressive and the gameplay gave off old school vibes relating to that of the 16-bit era from the early 90’s. Based on what we know the Compete Edition of Scott Pilgrim vs The World is supposed appear on multiple game systems. It has been confirmed that the Scott Pilgrim game will be appearing on the PS4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch and Google Stadia. Ubisoft had announced that the Scott Pilgrim vs The World game will be released during the holiday season in 2020. While the announcement regarding the return of the 2010 Scott Pilgrim game is a surprise to many people; some are wondering whether or not we might get a sequel to the actual movie. Its been ten years since Scott Pilgrim vs The World was released and a sequel would be something would be a major attraction within the gaming world.

The Appeal of Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity

Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity is an upcoming Nintendo Switch that has been making headlines recently as its been confirmed for a release in Q4 of 2020. Based on what we know Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calmity the setting of the game is supposed to take place a century before Zelda: Breath Of The Wild which was released in 2017. As many people know the storyline for the Zelda series in general is very complex . There have been several prequels made for the very first Zelda game which was released back in ‘86 including Link To The Past & Link’s Awakening from ‘91-‘93. In fact, most of the games in the Zelda series that were made following Adventure Of Link back in ‘87 has been prequel to it or served some part of an alternative storyline; following the events of Ocarina Of Time from 98. The storyline for the Zelda series has been completely unpredictable over the past 34 years and largely depends on what happens to the main protagonist Link.

The reason why Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity is so intriguing is because we have no idea where its going to be set within the timeline. In fact, its still a mystery to many people when Breath Of The Wild takes place which has many people wondering about its upcoming sequel in the future. Based on what we know Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity will feature multiplayer gameplay where players will be able to choose characters such as Link & Zelda as they attempt to save Hyrule from destruction. Age Of Calamity will include cinematic cutscenes throughout the game to add its storytelling aspect while being pretty much like the first Hyrule Warriors title from ‘14 in terms of gameplay. The game is set to be released on November 20th for the price of $59.99 making a great holiday season gift for those who are huge fans of the Zelda series.