We’re closing in on being halfway through 2019 and despite the releases of Apex Legends, The Division 2, Metro Exodus, Devil May Cry 5, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Yoshi’s Crafted World, and Super Mario Bros U Deluxe, there are still many more great games ready to set trends with their innovative gameplay.
Here, we’ll be focussing on the new games that, as more people pick them up to play, will begin to change the way that we look at their respective gaming platforms.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Since its inception in 1996 in the form of Pocket Monsters Red and Green in Japan, the mainline Pokemon series has been confined to Nintendo’s range of handheld consoles, from the Game Boy all the way through to the Nintendo 3DS with Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, but the next instalment to the monster-catching game is set to change this tradition.
Following the incredible and sustained popularity of the Nintendo Switch, the company has decided to have its next instalment of the mainline series, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, be played on the Switch platform. Sword and Shield will place a focus on playing in handheld mode, but given how seamless it is to switch between playing on a television to handheld, many fans will be excited to finally play a mainline Pokémon game as though on a traditional console.
Everything indicates that this is going to be one of the best-selling Pokémon games yet, which may lead to more handheld-confined titles being designed to be bigger and better on the Switch.
Some video gamers dismiss online casino gaming as a true form of gaming, with the types of games all being very similar to each other and there being very little decision-making play besides placing wagers and pressing go. But one platform has decided to take the route of blurring the lines between traditional video gaming and casino gaming.
With animation akin to the mobile smash-hit series Clash, the mobile-optimized Duelz has decided to utilise elements of traditional video gaming in its casino games to create a new way to play. Here, you compete against other players in short one-on-ones when gaming, selecting your character and using spells to deal them damage, heal yourself, block damage, unleash dragons and even resurrect your character for a clutch comeback win.
Already the winner of an EGR innovation award in 2018, Duelz’s online versus gameplay along with customised play, reward chests, and leagues are set to change the way the general gaming public think about casino gaming.
Iron Man VR
The PlayStation VR set has had some highs and lows since its release in late 2016, and many saw it as a niche and overly expensive way to play gimmicky-type games. Now, Sony is making a huge push for the PSVR, announcing a grand range of new games: the biggest of which is set to be Iron Man VR.
By using the PSVR headset and motion controllers, players will be able to jump into the Iron Man suit to save the day. Licensed by Marvel, Iron Man VR is set to be a huge hit, especially following the record-obliterating release of Avengers: Endgame in cinemas. By the looks of the gameplay and other information revealed so far, it’s going to be the Iron Man game that fans will love in a similar way to how Spider-Man fans loved Insomniac’s 2018 PlayStation exclusive.
Iron Man VR is the exact form of blockbuster title that the PSVR platform needed to initiate this intended new wave of popularity, and may even convince triple-A developers to create VR modes in their next games.
Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Duelz, and Iron Man VR are all set to make gamers look differently at their respective platforms and most likely hold them in much higher regard.