For a game to be anticipated, it needs to have innovative ideas. But what does innovative mean? Innovative is the introduction of something new and better. For example, when people first used a smartphone for calls, this was new and better than a landline.
“Video games have evolved in a lot of ways over the years and will continue to change and grow, with that we can expect even more highly anticipated titles in the coming years.”
The innovation in a game may be in gameplay mechanics, graphics or story-line. Whatever the idea is that can’t be found anywhere else is innovative and will keep people anticipating the release of the game.
When it comes to games though, the most most anticipated are normally part of a tried and trusted franchise or a big time game developer. Rockstar games is great example of a company that is guaranteed to have huge noise before any of their releases.
The Most Anticipated Games of the Decade
The gaming industry is seeing a rise in popularity with new gamers coming to the industry. They are more interested in games that have more immersive storylines. This list will show you the most anticipated games from the past decade.
1) Red Dead Redemption 2 – 2018
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a Western-themed open world video game set in 1899, from the crew at Rockstar Games. It features even more advanced graphics than its predecessor, and includes more immersive gameplay with a refined shooting system, improved animal behaviour and deeper dialogue systems.
It had some record-breaking sales on its release, making it one of the most successful games in history. The game sold over 17 million copies in just three days, all shipped within the first two weeks
Red Dead Redemption II Rockstar Advanced Game Engine
Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) is a complete C++ game engine developed by Rockstar Games first used in 2005. Since then it has been used in many of Rockstar’s open world games including the GTA series and Red Dead Redemption 2.
2) Half Life 3
Half-Life 3 is set to be a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to Half-Life and Half-Life 2, which are considered one of the most influential computer games of all time. The third installment in the series centers on Dr. Gordon Freeman’s fight against an invasion from a powerful, mysterious new enemy called the Combine.
3) The Last of Us Part II – 2019
The Last of Us, a PlayStation exclusive, is a highly acclaimed video game that has received numerous awards. It was one of the most anticipated games of 2019. The first game came out in 2013 and was critically acclaimed as one of the best games ever made at the time. With this sequel, fans were super excited to see how Naughty Dog developed Joel and Ellie’s story.
4) Cyberpunk 2077 – 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 is an RPG released in the year 2020. The game is set in near future of 2077 where you play as a character named V who has just been hacked and has lost all of their cyberware which you can use to hack back, fight against the system, or get new cyberware.
Cyberpunk 2077 was one of the most highly anticipated video games going into 2020. The game has broken records by becoming one the fastest-selling role-playing game ever with more than 13 million copies sold in December 2020.
5) Death Stranding – 2019
Death Stranding is a video game starring Norman Reedus, a character from the Walking Dead. The star-studded game certainly helped raise the anticipation level upon it’s release, even if the show’s popularity had begun to wane by then. It was developed by Kojima Productions and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. The game was released on November 8, 2019. To date the game has sold more than 5 million copies
6) God of War 4 – 2018
God of War 4 (or simply God of War) is the latest installment in the popular video game series. The game follows the story of Kratos, who has survived his encounter with Zeus and faces a new threat to his life and family.
God of War 4 sold 3.1 million copies in less than a week. The game was received positively by the majority of critics, with an average score of 86/100 on Metacritic.
7) Resident Evil 2 Remake – 2019
Resident Evil 2 (Remake) is the first Resident Evil game to completely adopt a first-person view. This remake of the classic survival horror game will see players once again take up the role of either Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield as they have to solve puzzles, outsmart enemies, and survive in an urban city.
8) Shadow of the Colossus Remake – 2018
The Shadow of the Colossus is a tough game, but also one of the most beautiful. With this remake, Sony has managed to preserve that difficulty while making it more accessible. The experience is still challenging, but now there are checkpoints, more obvious paths through each section, and more forgiving gameplay.
“Cyberpunk 2077 was one of the most highly anticipated video games going into 2020. The game has broken records by becoming one the fastest-selling role-playing game ever with more than 13 million copies sold in December 2020.”
The Shadow of the Colossus remake received an overwhelmingly positive reception from critics and gamers alike. The game was also met with strong sales, with over 400,000 copies sold in just 7 days after its release. Video games have been one of the most popular media in the world, with many people spending hours and hours a day playing them. Video games have evolved in a lot of ways over the years and will continue to change and grow, with that we can expect even more highly anticipated titles in the coming years.