Different genres of games have never been so varied or so accessible as they are right now. From consoles to PCs to even phones, the accessibility of gaming has increased hand-in-hand with the vast variety of the games themselves.
The area of the gaming industry that is expanding the most quickly is that of the online variety. Internet speeds and the ever-increasing availability of fast broadband means this gaming world has opened itself up to a whole new audience.
People who grew up not owning a console are now getting hooked on the latest multiplayer title, with new demographics getting into gaming just by owning a smartphone or computer. With that in mind, we have listed five online genres that are a must try in 2019.
Hardly a new genre, but still one of the most popular, new shooter titles are constantly being released. Call of Duty Black Ops 4 is one of the latest to hit the market, which proved a hit due to the variety of its multiplayer offering. The game now aims purely for the online market, having ditched the solo campaign mode altogether.
Massive Multiplayer Online
This genre has really taken off over the last decade. There have been massive rises in the people playing online games, with massively multiplayer online (MMO) titles dominating the market. World of Warcraft appeared in 2004 and became successful through the interactive gameplay and release of expansion packs that would regularly sell millions of copies, with the trailblazing offering still being played and updated to this day!
Although it is estimated that World of Warcraft subscribers will fall over the next decade, mainly due to competition, the title will still be a big player within the genre.
These games are often played on consoles over a network and have increased in popularity to the point that football clubs often have their own esports team. Hugely popular as you’d expect, games like FIFA and Madden give fans the opportunity to be a key part of the team and play a vital role in any success they may have.
The strategy game’s popularity lies in the variety available and the historical contexts within which they exist. Being able to lead armies to glory either by exerting dominance through military excellence or through diplomatic pacts and alliances is a thrilling experience and has seen this genre continue to produce strong performances in the online market, such as the Total War series.
These five genres are all highly enjoyable, and although you may not want to try all of them, one thing is for sure, you won’t regret it when you do.