Long-running series are often bolstered by a very loyal fan base that can be relied on to carry a game through new iterations year after year and generation after generation. Monster Hunter is a perfect example of that. For around a decade, it existed as niche series that gave a certain subset of gamers a reliable experience at the cost of that experience being pretty difficult to get into for newcomers. As far as attempting to insert a level of accessibility is concerned, Capcom was slow on the draw for Monster Hunter. But in 2018, Monster Hunter: World came as a breath of fresh air to the series, and a reintroduction to a mass audience. Capcom was rewarded for their efforts in reinventing the beloved action game by becoming the mega company's best selling game of all time.
It's the end of the year and as we look one more time back into 2019 to reflect on our lives, we include those times we were thoroughly entertained. Be it with friends and family, or flying solo, video games have always held our sway in one form or another. I mean, that’s why you’re here, right?
There have been so many great games this year, but we want to focus on those that we cherished the most.
With the extended streak of HD remakes coming from Japanese mega-publisher Capcom, we shouldn't really be that surprised when they tell us that more are definitely coming. Thanks to the lofty success of downloadable HD remakes like Resident Evil, Capcom has moved to make the practice of upres-ing and re-releasing games a hard focus in their future. It’s a “key business activity,” even. So if HD remakes are our unconquerable future, I can only hope that Capcom do the right thing, and give the remake treatment to some of these blasts from their 35-year past.