T Here's one thing that 2018 has ensured: we are in the golden era of video games. In a way, this began to be evident last year, 2017 was a hell of a year, which saw great launch games one after the other. Games that define the era as Horizon: Zero Dawn, Super Mario Odyssey, Person 5, Nier Automata, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Resident Evil 7 and, of course, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild . It was the year that the PS4 managed to advance strength in its fourth year in the market, that Nintendo managed to make the comeback of its life with the record release of Nintendo Switch, and even Microsoft managed to start assembling a Slow and constant return to form with the launch of the Xbox One X.
But it has been this year that it has become clear how extraordinarily strong the market position of the games is at this moment. According to NPD Group, the three consoles have had an extraordinary performance in North America in 2018 so far. The PS4, of course, driven by the incredible list of games it has received this year so far, has continued to attract large numbers in its fifth year in the market. The Nintendo switch, which is seeing a quieter quarter in terms of game releases, has somehow managed to maintain its sales pace. And the Xbox One, on the back of the Xbox One X, has managed to boost revenue growth and see its strongest first quarter in North America so far.
The latest financial reports for the three console makers also paint compelling images of their gaming initiatives. Sony has nearly 80 million consoles sold, with absurdly high software connection rates and network-driven revenues. Nintendo has had a record the first year for Switch, with almost 18 million units sold, and forecasts even higher software and hardware sales this year. And Microsoft, although it does not share sales numbers, is still recording record numbers of participation in Xbox.
"The three consoles work well, the three consoles are getting great games."  The three consoles are fine. The three consoles are getting great games, and although, for example, some, including myself, might be tempted to shade Microsoft's latest game, Sea of Thieves the fact remains so tall. Sales and the base of committed players demonstrate that Xbox players really enjoy the game. Any attempt to downplay it at that point is at the border of the console's senseless wars, which I do not understand why it's necessary. It's not as if PlayStation and Nintendo would not have obtained excellent exclusives this year either, would they?
But here it's not just exclusive and sales of consoles, it's also about the games, and we're in a creative renaissance on that front. The western gaming market has finally moved away from launching multiplayer linear shooters as the latest generation, and now launches a variety of quality games from Far Cry, Assassin & # 39; s Creed, Overwatch, Shadow of War, Dishonored 2 , XCOM 2, Total War: Warhammer, Civilization VI, Prey, Batman, The Witcher, Dragon Age, Fallout, God of War, Horizon, Injustice 2, Forza Horizon and more. Meanwhile, the Japanese market has returned to a position of strength, and classics like Persona 5, Final Fantasy 15, Niero Automata, Monster Hunter World, Nioh, Bloodborne, Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have delivered some of the best experiences of the generation.
Then there are the fantastic mid-level and indie games, after the last generation, where they were relegated to pixel art, retroactive retrobacks, or lower-level games, they really have reached the generation itself. Watch good games like Shovel Knight, Golf Story, Hyper Light Drifter, Stardew Valley, annealing, Hollow Knight, The Banner Saga, Night in the Woods, Life is Strange, Hellblade, and Rocket League – just to name a few.
"The great variety of games named here is amazing: we have role-playing games, strategy games, racing games, immersive sims, action and adventure games, adventure games, stealth games, simulation, we have games all over type of developers, we have first-party games and third-party games, we have games on all platforms. "
The great variety of games named here is amazing: we have role-playing games, strategy games and racing games. , immersive sims, action and adventure games, action games, adventure games, platforms, furtive games, simulation games, we have games of all kinds of developers, we have first-class games and third-party games, we have games on all platforms … we are surrounded by an amazing variety of great games, spread across all platforms, so that no matter which system you choose to play, you will get an incredible experience, no matter what kind of games you like.  And that, really, is w The hat makes me think that we are in another golden age to play at this moment. It's really the first time in a long time that all systems seem to be working fine (as much as it hurts some fanboys to admit that even systems that are not their own still work well)) – and, along with that, that all systems get a great variety of fantastic games. Usually, we had one or the other, for example, the seventh generation saw five systems work fine, but the variety of games plummeted, and the generation was full of cinematic games or Call of Duty style shoot ]
The PS2 and PS1 eras were fantastic, and they saw some of the best games of all time, but they also saw some systems failing significantly, leading, for example, to Sega out of the market altogether. This is the first time since the 16-bit era that it has seen not only a healthy variety of games, but also a healthy variety of systems, all managing to do well by themselves. As players, we should all be happy with that, it means that the medium is growing and expanding, instead of falling prey to mobile games, as suggested by the sorrow and sadness of some analysis a few years ago.
"As players, we should all be happy with that, it means that the medium is growing and expanding, instead of falling prey to mobile games, as suggested by the grief and sadness of some analysis a few years ago."
As players, we have many healthy platforms. We have so many different developers from all over the world, of all sizes, that make all kinds of games. No matter what we like, or how we like it, we have something for us, and it is inevitably at least great, if not completely fantastic.
We are, truly, in a new golden age for games. For once, we should put aside the war horns of the console, and collectively celebrate our love for the medium.
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