10 Best-Selling Video Games to Check Out in 2019
By: Stephen Kota
Are you looking for a new game to spend your time on in the new year? From Red Dead Redemption II to Marvel’s Spider-Man, last year was full of exciting new video game releases that deserve a second look in 2019.
Amazon’s “Best Sellers of 2018 in Video Games” is as good a place as any to start looking for your next big distraction. The list includes a wide range of video games with varying target audiences, online modes, and multiplayer capabilities. Here are the top 10 games from that list.
1. In Super Smash Bros Ultimate, gaming icons like PacMan, Mario, and Pikachu face off in 1-on-1 battles and multiplayer free-for-alls. While most of the modes in this game are offline, it also includes online modes that pair you with random players.
2. In Red Dead Redemption II, the bandit Arthur Morgan and his gang rob, steal, and fight their way through the Wild West. In late 2018, Rockstar released the online multiplayer version of the game as a public beta. The popular beta is now a full-fledged online mode available to anyone who owns the game.
3. In Super Mario Party, players race across the board to find Stars before the other players get to them. The online mode, Online Mariothon, pairs you with random players from around the world.
4. In Marvel’s Spider-Man, Spider-Man must save New York from another malicious plot from the city’s criminal elements. While there’s no online multiplayer for this game, it does include some online features and updates.
5. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, players race each other on new and classic battle courses. The game also includes an online multiplayer mode where you can compete against either friends or random players.
6. In Super Mario Odyssey, Mario explores new environments in his classic quest to save Princess Peach from Bowser’s clutches. The game includes some online modes, such as Luigi’s Balloon World.
7. In Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, the player teams up with Pikachu to become a top Pokemon Trainer by battling other trainers. The game includes online modes where you can battle and trade with friends as well as with random players.
8. In Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, players compete in combat scenarios. In the online multiplayer mode, you team up with friends and random players to compete against other teams in the complex and expansive world of Black Ops.
9. In God of War, Kratos navigates the lands of Norse Gods and monsters with his son in tow. This game doesn’t have any online modes, although players need to be connected to the internet to download patches and updates.
10. In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Zelda travels through an exciting and expansive world as she discovers what’s become of the kingdom of Hyrule. Like God of War, this game doesn’t have any online modes, although players need to be connected to the internet to download patches and updates.
Gaming on a 4G LTE Connection
Some of the games above have more online modes than others. The minimum internet speed requirements for online gaming are a download speed of 3 Mbps and an upload speed of 500 Kbps. For standard definition (SD) video streaming, you likely need a download speed of 1 Mbps and, for high definition (HD) video streaming, 3.5 Mbps.
When it comes to gaming, the latency of your internet connection is often more critical than the speed of your connection. Latency, or ping time, is the time it takes, in milliseconds, for your network to connect to the internet host and start uploading or downloading game data.
A latency of more than 100 milliseconds can cause noticeable lags in your game. Latency is particularly important in games that require close to real-time responses from players, like first-person shooters. In these games, lags make a huge difference in performance.
|Minimum internet speeds for online gaming|
|Download speed||3 Mbps|
|Upload speed||500 Kbps|
|Average 4G LTE internet speeds|
|Download speed||5-12 Mbps|
|Upload speed||2-5 Mbps|