Xbox Live Games with Gold for November 2019 Announced

n November on Xbox One, become the world’s greatest detective in Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter and then take a ride across a dystopian world in The Final Station. On Xbox 360, and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, the Force takes flight with Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, then enjoy madcap kart racing in Joy Ride Turbo.

All games will be available exclusively for Xbox Live Gold members for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. With Xbox Live Gold, you get the most advanced multiplayer service, free games, and exclusive member discounts on games in the Microsoft Store — get Xbox Live Gold today to get in on the action! Pro-tip for all you Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, this means you too. We’ve got four more games for you to play.

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter ($54.99): Available November 1 to 30 on Xbox One

The Final Station ($14.99): Available November 16 to December 15 on Xbox One

Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter ($9.99): Available November 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360

Joy Ride Turbo ($9.99): Available November 16 to 30 on Xbox One & Xbox 360

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter

Pick up your magnifying glass and step into the shoes of the world’s greatest detective in Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter. In this fantastic adventure, blend investigation, exploration, and action as you explore the darkest corners of Victorian London and the mystery surrounding your adopted daughter. Your deductions will affect the outcome of the story as it leads to its final stunning revelation.

The Final Station

Operate a locomotive in a dystopian world in The Final Station. In this post-apocalyptic adventure, the infected are all around and it’s up to you to safely transport your passengers on the dangerous rails. Keep your train operational, look after the survivors and make the next station at all costs.

Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter

Relive the events leading into “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” with Star Wars Jedi Starfighter. The galaxy is in turmoil and Ada Gallia is dispatched by the Jedi Council to investigate the disturbances in the Karthakk system. Flying the new prototype Jedi Starfighter, maneuver and blast through enemy ships and take the fight to the Trade Federation. The Force takes flight!

Joy Ride Turbo

Perform crazy stunts or challenge your friends in the kart racing tour de force, Joy Ride Turbo. Jump from cliffs, show off your skills, and unlock extra cars for more death-defying tricks. There’s no limit to the fun in this vibrant madcap racer.

Read more about our Games with Gold program here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest news on Xbox. Also, check out Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, giving you all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, plus over 100 high-quality console and PC games. New games are added all the time, so there’s always something new to play. New members and existing Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for Console members can join or upgrade today and get their first month for just $1.

Looking for more news? Click here to catch up with the latest in the world of videogames and eSports and while you’re at it, why not become a member of the GamingMonk community to partake in discussions, tournaments and so much more.

PlayStation Plus Games for November 2019 Announced

Prepare for the fight of your life next month as you lock swords with otherworldly evil in brutal action-RPG Nioh, and struggle for survival intense psychological horror Outlast 2 – both joining the PS Plus monthly games lineup on November 5.

Let’s take a closer look:


Nioh is a visceral, action-driven adventure where you must hone your skills, upgrade your weapons and demonstrate perseverance and mastery in besting some of ancient Japan’s fiercest demons. Travel to the blood-soaked Sengoku period and take on the role of an embattled outsider as you fight to liberate a guardian spirit from the clutches of a power-hungry sorcerer.

Wielding swords, spears, shuriken, bows, rifles, powerful elemental magic and more, shape yourself into an unstoppable samurai warrior. Develop new skills, find ever more powerful armor and perfect your playstyle as you explore overrun towns, brooding caves and abandoned harbors.

Outlast 2
Immerse yourself in a desperate fight for survival in an isolated rural community as you attempt to rescue your kidnapped wife from the clutches of a deranged cult. Having narrowly escaped death in a helicopter crash, set out into the rundown village of Temple Gate and do your best to avoid its crazed inhabitants as you fight to locate your partner.

Haunted by your troubled past, look for answers as you uncover the ever more disturbing secrets lurking beneath the town and the twisted ambitions of its charismatic leader.

Both Nioh and Outlast 2 are available to download from PlayStation Store between November 5 and December 3.

In the meantime, you still have a few days left to pick up October’s PlayStation Plus titles, which includes The Last of Us Remastered and MLB: The Show 19. Both games are available to download until November 4.

Looking for more news? Click here to catch up with the latest in the world of videogames and eSports and while you’re at it, why not become a member of the GamingMonk community to partake in discussions, tournaments and so much more.

Inno3D GTX 1660 Super: The New(er) 1080p King?

Well, NVIDIA’s gone and done it again. AMD announced their budget gaming GPU, the RX 5500 a few weeks ago, and what do you know, now we have the GTX 1660 Super from the green team launching today. This brings the Turing GTX line up to four cards, the GTX 1650, 1660, the 1660 Super and the 1660 Ti. And we’re playing with the Inno3D GTX 1660 Super, so let’s jump in and find out what it brings to the table. Before that, don’t forget to subscribe to Tech Fix and hit the bell icon to stay updated with everything about gaming and tech.

The Inno3D GTX 1660 Super is an entry level model, which means it goes for a pretty simple look without any frills. It sports a black shroud and a twin fan, dual slot design with a decent sized heatsink for cooling. However, it does come with a backplate which isn’t something we see in a lot of entry level models, so that’s always a good thing. By looks alone, the card feels a bit plastic-y, but it chooses function over form, which is something we can appreciate. For display options, the card comes with one HDMI port and three DisplayPorts, which more or less has become the norm for modern GPUs.

Talking about specs, the 1660 Super is like a buffed up version of the GTX 1660. It has the same no CUDA cores and the clock speeds are the same too, but the 1660 much higher memory clock speed and bandwidth. In fact, the GTX 1660 Super’s memory bandwidth and speed are even higher than the GTX 1660 Ti. On the VRAM side, all three cards run on 6 GB GDDR6 memory. So, does the bump in memory speed and bandwidth give the 1660 Super any sort of edge in actual gaming performance? Let’s find out in the benchmarks.

Performance wise, the GTX 1660 Super sits somewhere in between the GTX 1660 and 1660 Ti, as expected. The performance gap between the 1660 Super and the 1660 hovers between 5-10%, but there were some occasions where it got dangerously close to the 1660 Ti, pushing the difference under margin of error. It can run pretty much any game you can throw at it comfortably at 60 FPS, on High settings, if not the highest. Tweak around with the game’s graphics settings, and you can easily get an enjoyable, high fidelity experience at a mixture of high and ultra settings. On the temperature side of things, our Inno3D card does a decent job as well, with the maximum temperature reaching up to 74 C during stress testing. 

With all that out of the way, let’s get to the brass tacks. Should you buy the GTX 1660 Super? According to our sources, this 1660 Super is launching at a price point of INR 19,000. The current starting price of the 1660 is about 16500 INR and the 1660 Ti starts at about 21500 INR, putting the 1660 Super smack in the middle. And that’s nothing to say about the different variants of each card, each of which bridges the gap between these three. So for the sake of clarity, we’ll just focus on the basic models. The GTX 1660 Super has a clear advantage over the 1660, and gets close to the 1660 Ti as well, so if you were looking for a 16-series card and haven’t made the leap yet, the 1660 Super is the sweet spot. What’s more interesting, however, is the effect this card will have on the other GTX 16 series cards. There could be a price drop on the 1660, which may end up bringing it to the 1650 territory, and the 1650 may just get a price cut of its own, which wouldn’t really bode well for the red team’s RX 5500. So, the best course of action, in this case, would be to wait a week or two, and then make an informed decision based on the final pricing. I know that’s not very helpful, but with so many moving parts, it’s best to not rush into hype.

The Last of Us Part II Delayed to May 29, 2020

The Last of Us Part II has sadly been delayed by a few months as they feel the game is not complete yet and needs more time to be polished. In an attempt to get rid of the crunch culture, they have decided to take more time to deliver a much better final product.

Here’s what the Director of the game, Neil Druckman had to say:

To our fans,

Let me cut to the chase and get the news out of the way. The Last of Us Part II has a new release date of May 29, 2020.

I know. It was just about a month ago when we had our big blowout for the game, letting media play over two hours of it along with debuting our new story trailer and revealing the release date. The positive response we saw from our community was overwhelming. You can feel the energy among the team members. After working on something for so many years, it’s invigorating to get a glimpse of validation for all the hard work.

However, it was during the last few weeks, as we were closing out sections of the game, that we realized we simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality. At this point we were faced with two options: compromise parts of the game or get more time. We went with the latter, and this new release date allows us to finish everything to our level of satisfaction while also reducing stress on the team.

While we’re relieved that we won’t have to compromise our vision, we’re disappointed that we weren’t able to avoid this exact situation. We wish we could’ve foreseen the amount of polish we needed, but the size and scope of this game got the better of us. We hate disappointing our fans and for that we’re sorry.

We hope you understand that this additional time ensures that The Last of Us Part II lives up to our collective ambition as well as our commitment to the highest level of quality. We know the extra few months will add to what may already be an excruciating wait for all of us. We are grateful for your patience and continued support. Come next May, you will finally rejoin Ellie in The Last of Us Part II.

Neil Druckmann – Director, The Last of Us Part II

Looking for more news? Click here to catch up with the latest in the world of videogames and eSports and while you’re at it, why not become a member of the GamingMonk community to partake in discussions, tournaments and so much more.

Death Stranding Coming to PC in Summer 2020

505 Games will publish the PC version of Hideo Kojima’s highly-anticipated title Death Stranding, releasing in Summer 2020. The console version of the Death Stranding will exclusively be published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4 with a release date of Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Additional details about the PC release of Death Stranding will be revealed in the near future.

Developed by Kojima Productions, Death Stranding is one of the most anticipated games of the last decade and stars Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Mads Mikkelsen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Léa Seydoux (Spectre) with additional appearances by Academy Award® winning director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), comedian and television host Conan O’Brien (TBS’ Conan) and games personality Geoff Keighley, creator of The Game Awards®. Death Stranding follows the story of Sam Porter (Norman Reedus), who must travel across a ravaged wasteland and save humanity from impending annihilation after mysterious explosions set off a series of supernatural events and otherworldly creatures begin to plague the landscape.

“We are extremely excited and honored to be working with the supremely talented team at Kojima Productions and to bring Death Stranding to PC gamers around the world,” said 505 Games co-founder and CEO Raffi Galante. “Death Stranding will take gamers through a completely original experience that will delight PC gamers everywhere.”

Looking for more news? Click here to catch up with the latest in the world of videogames and eSports and while you’re at it, why not become a member of the GamingMonk community to partake in discussions, tournaments and so much more.

DOOM Eternal Delayed Until March 20, 2020

If you’re waiting to rip and tear some demons on Earth and on Mars you might have to wait a bit more because much to our chagrin, the game has been delayed.

The reason for the delay is because they want more time to polish the game as they feel like the game hasn’t reached a level of polish that they’re happy with it. Besides this, they’ve also announced a couple of things.

DOOM Eternal will launch at a later date for the Nintendo Switch and not alongside the other main consoles and PC. This is probably because the team who will work on the port will need more time with the final product to properly get it to work on the Switch.

DOOM 64 is coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4. It’s finally officially been announced but sadly you’ll have to wait until March 20th to play this as well. It’s currently being given out for free if you pre-order DOOM Eternal.

And finally, the invasion mode that they recently showed off where you could invade the game of other players will be added to the game post-launch as a free update. This is probably another thing they’re trying to polish and also will give players a solid singleplayer experience before they get invaded by people that might slow down the multiplayer experience.

At the end of the day, Id Software did a fantastic job with DOOM 2016 and with the talented team that’s working on the game and from what we’ve seen, I’d happily wait a bit more to get a polished, finished game rather than an unfinished rushed game that may hamper the DOOM experience.

Looking for more news? Click here to catch up with the latest in the world of videogames and eSports and while you’re at it, why not become a member of the GamingMonk community to partake in discussions, tournaments and so much more.

PlayStation 5 Set to Release in Holiday 2020

After a lot of speculation and rumours, the PlayStation 5 has been officially and is set to release during the Holiday 2020 season.

That’s not all though, they’ve released a lot of information about the new controller that’s going to coming with the new console and about an exclusive or two for the PlayStation 5.

Let’s start off with the Dualshock 5. This time around, they’re switching things up with the internal motor as instead of using rumble technology, they’ll be using haptic feedback to give the players a more immersive feel when it comes to playing the games and the different types of vibrations that this will allow.

Besides this, they’ve also spoken about how the L2 and R2 triggers will be adaptive. This means that developers will be able to program the resistance felt when pressing the triggers to emulate the feel of drawing a bow and such. They’re going for much more immersive experience with the controllers and already have internally tested it and are quite pleased with it.

The controller will also have a bigger battery than the Dualshock 4 which means it will be heavy but not heavier than an Xbox One controller with Batteries. The controllers are also going to have better speakers but there’s no word about a headphone jack as of this moment.

Besides the controller, they’ve talked about a big exclusive that’s currently in development. They haven’t given out a lot of information about it but all we know is that Bluepoint Games, the team behind the Shadow of the Colossus remaster is working on it. Most bets are on it Demon Souls but another popular theory is that it’s going to be a remake of Metal Gear Solid 1.

Now that we have the official name of the Console and the release time frame, we’re excited to see more about Sony’s next-gen console and how they’ll take on the current market that’s slowly moving towards game-streaming.

Looking for more news? Click here to catch up with the latest in the world of videogames and eSports and while you’re at it, why not become a member of the GamingMonk community to partake in discussions, tournaments and so much more.

Minecraft: Dungeons Coming in April 2020

Fight your way through an all-new action-adventure game, inspired by classic dungeon crawlers and set in the Minecraft universe! Brave the dungeons alone, or team up with friends! Up to four players can battle together through action-packed, treasure-stuffed, wildly varied levels – all in an epic quest to save the villagers and take down the evil Arch-Illager! Discover a trove of powerful new weapons and items that will help you defeat ruthless swarms of new-and-nasty mobs. Fight or flee through canyons, swamps and—of course—mines! Any adventurer brave or foolish enough to explore this blocky and beautiful world will need to come prepared. So quickly, gear up!

Key Features
• Dungeon Creeper! Battle new-and-nasty mobs in this all-new action-adventure, inspired by classic dungeon crawlers.

• Multiplayer! Up to four players can team up and fight together in co-op mode.

• Power Up! Unlock dozens of unique items and weapon enchantments for devastating special attacks.

• Options! Personalize your character, then fight up-close and personal with melee swings, hang back with ranged attacks, or tank your way through swarms of mobs, shielded by heavy armour!

• Epicness! Explore treasure-stuffed levels in a quest to take down the evil Arch-Illager!

• Mojang! The first stand-alone game developed by Mojang and set in the Minecraft universe since… well, Minecraft!

Street Fighter V Gets a Champion Addition and New DLC Character

Rule the ring with Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, the most robust version of the acclaimed fighting game! This new version includes all content (excluding Fighting Chance costumes, brand collaboration costumes and Capcom Pro Tour downloadable content) from both the original release and Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. Champion Edition adds each character, stage, and other content that released after Arcade Edition and will include all launch content coming to this new version.

Fighters can battle their way through a variety of exciting single-player and multiplayer modes designed for players of all skill levels, including Story Mode, Arcade Mode, Team Battle, Ranked Match, Casual Match, and more. If you haven’t yet hit the streets, this is the perfect time to join the fight. 40 characters, 34 stages, over 200 costumes—all action-packed into one knockout edition! READY? FIGHT!

The initial Street Fighter V purchase is still the only one that consumers need to make to ensure they always have the most up-to-date version of the title. All game mode additions and balance updates are free for owners of any Street Fighter V version. Additionally, all downloadable content characters remain earnable completely free of charge through completing various in-game challenges and receiving earned in-game currency, called Fight Money. For those who can’t wait, in-game content can be obtained instantly using real money. Certain additional content can only be acquired using Fight Money, which can be earned through normal gameplay.

Key Features
• What’s Included: Street Fighter V: Champion Edition includes all content from the original release and Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, plus each character, stage and other content that released after Arcade Edition and the content launching with Champion Edition. In total, this robust version of Street Fighter V includes: 40 characters, 34 stages and over 200 costumes.

• New Features: In addition to the main game and the included characters, stages and costumes, the following new content will be released for Street Fighter V: Champion Edition and will be available as a free update to current players prior to the release of Champion Edition:

– New V-Skills: Each character will receive a new V-Skill 2, adding even more depth to the combat system.

– Balance Update: New gameplay improvements and character-specific updates.

• New Challengers: 11 new challengers (including Gill) have been added to the game after Arcade Edition and will be included in Champion Edition, with one additional soon-to-be announced character bringing the total to 12. All downloadable content characters released after the original version are available for current players by using earned Fight Money or real money.

• PlayStation 4 and PC Cross-Platform Play: Current players and future owners of Street Fighter V: Champion Edition will be placed into the same player pool, with PlayStation 4 and PC cross-platform play continuing to unite fans into a unified player base.

• Stay Updated: The initial Street Fighter V purchase is still the only one that consumers need to make to ensure they always have the most up-to-date version of the title.

The Game Awards 2019 List of Nominees Revealed

The Game Awards are just around the corner, and the nominees for all the categories have been announced. Remedy Entertainment’s Control and Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding seem to be leading the charge, with both games getting more nominations than the rest in the list. Although, when compared to last year, this year’s nominees look a little lackluster. But not it’s every year you can expect God of War, Spider-Man AND Red Dead Redemption game to come out, right?

The event will be broadcast live on 5th December on YouTube, Twitch, Mixer and a host of other services. In India, you can also watch the Game Awards on HotStar, MTV, VOOT, Sony Liv, MXPlayer and JioTV.

Check out the complete list of nominees below:

Game of the Year

Recognizing a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.

  • Control (Remedy Entertainment / 505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco / Sora Ltd. / Nintendo)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software / Activision)
  • The Outer Worlds (Obsidian Entertainment / Private Division)

Best Game Direction

Awarded for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

  • Control (Remedy Entertainment / 505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software / Activision)
  • The Outer Worlds (Obsidian Entertainment / Private Division)

Best Narrative

For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence (Asobo Studio / Focus Home Interactive)
  • Control (Remedy Entertainment / 505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
  • The Outer Worlds (Obsidian Entertainment / Private DIvision)

Best Art Direction

For outstanding creative and / or technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

  • Control (Remedy Entertainment / 505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Gris (Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo / Annapurna Interactive)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Grezzo / Nintendo)

Best Score / Music

For outstanding music, inclusive of score, original song and / or licensed soundtrack.

  • Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda (Brace Yourself Games / Nintendo)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom)
  • Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo / Annapurna Interactive)

Best Audio Design

Recognizing the best in-game audio and sound design.

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward / Activision)
  • Control (Remedy Entertainment / 505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Gears 5 (The Coalition / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software / Activision)

Best Performance

Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion, and / or performance capture.

  • Ashly Burch as Parvati Holcomb in The Outer Worlds
  • Courtney Hope as Jesse Faden in Control
  • Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz in Gears 5
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff in Death Stranding
  • Matthew Porretta as Dr. Casper Darling in Control
  • Norman Reedus as Sam Porter Bridges in Death Stranding

Games for Impact

For a thought provoking game with a profound pro-social meaning or message.

  • Concrete Genie (Pixelopus / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Gris (Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital)
  • Kind Words (Popcannibal)
  • Life is Strange 2 (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)
  • Sea of Solitude (Jo-Mei Games / Electronic Arts)

Best Ongoing Game

Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time.

  • Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)

Best Independent Game

For outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.

  • Baba Is You (Hempuli)
  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
  • Katana ZERO (Askiisoft / Devolver Digital)
  • The Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Untitled Goose Game (House House / Panic)

Best Mobile Game

For the best game playable on a dedicated mobile device.

  • Call of Duty: Mobile (TiMi Studios / Activision)
  • Grindstone (Capybara Games)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Sky: Children of Light (thatgamecompany)
  • What the Golf? (Tribaland)

Best Community Support

Recognizing a game for outstanding community support, transparency, and responsiveness.

  • Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)

Best VR / AR Game

For the best game experience playable in virtual or augmented reality, irrespective of platform.

  • Asgard’s Wrath (Sanzaru Games / Oculus Studios)
  • Blood & Truth (SIE London Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Beat Saber (Beat Games)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Trover Saves the Universe (Squanch Games / Gearbox Publishing)

Best Action Game

For the best game in the action genre-focused primarily on combat.

  • Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)
  • Astral Chain (Platinum Games / Nintendo)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward / Activision)
  • Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom)
  • Gears 5 (The Coalition / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Metro Exodus (4A Games / Deep Silver)

Best Action / Adventure Game

For the best action / adventure game, combining combat with traversal and puzzle solving.

  • Borderlands 3 (Gearbox Software / 2K Games)
  • Control (Remedy Entertainment / 505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Grezzo / Nintendo)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software / Activision)

Best Role-Playing Game

For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including massively multiplayer experiences.

  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix)
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (Capcom)
  • The Outer Worlds (Obsidian Entertainment / Private Division)

Best Fighting Game

For the best game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

  • Dead or Alive 6 (Team Ninja / Koei Tecmo)
  • Jump Force (Spike Chunsoft / Bandai Namco)
  • Mortal Kombat 11 (NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • Samurai Shodown (SNK / Athlon Games)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco / Sora Ltd. / Nintendo)

Best Family Game

For the best game appropriate for family play, irrespective of genre or platform.

  • Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Next Level Games / Nintendo)
  • Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco / Sora / Nintendo)
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World (Good-Feel / Nintendo)

Best Strategy Game

Best game focused on real time or turn-based strategy gameplay, irrespective of platform.

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall (Triumph Studios / Paradox Interactive)
  • Anno 1800 (Blue Byte / Ubisot)
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Intelligent Systems / Koei Tecmo / Nintendo)
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms (Creative Assembly / Sega)
  • Tropico 6 (Limbic Entertainment / Kalypso Media)
  • Wargroove (Chucklefish)

Best Sports / Racing Game

For the best traditional and non-traditional sports and racing game.

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (Beenox / Activision)
  • DiRT Rally 2.0 (Codemasters)
  • eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 (PES Productions / Konami)
  • F1 2019 (Codemasters)
  • FIFA 20 (EA Sports)

Best Multiplayer Game

For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre.

  • Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)
  • Borderlands 3 (Gearbox Software / 2K Games)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward / Activision)
  • The Division 2 (Massive Entertainment / Ubisoft)
  • Tetris 99 (Arika / Nintendo)

Fresh Indie Developer: Presented by Subway

Recognizing a new independent studio that released its first game in 2019.

  • DeadToast Entertainment for My Friend Pedro
  • House House for Untitled Goose Game
  • Mega Crit for Slay the Spire
  • Mobius Digital for The Outer Wilds
  • Nomada Studio for Gris
  • ZA/UM for Disco Elysium

Content Creator of the Year

For a streamer or content creator who has made an important and positive impact on the industry in 2019.

  • Courage – Jack Dunlop
  • Dr. Lupo – Benjamin Lupo
  • Ewok – Soleil Wheeler
  • Grefg – David Martínez
  • Shroud – Michael Grzesiek

Best eSports Game

For the game that has delivered the best overall eSports experience to players (inclusive of tournaments, community support, and content updates), irrespective of genre or platform.

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • DOTA2 (Valve)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)

Best eSports Player

The eSports player judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2019, irrespective of game.

  • Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf (Immortals, Fortnite)
  • Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom, League of Legends)
  • Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic (G2 Esports, League of Legends)
  • Oleksandr ‘S1mple’ Kostyliev (Natus Vincere, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won (SF Shock, Overwatch)

Best eSports Team

Recognizing an individual esports team judged the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2019.

  • Astralis (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • G2 Esports (League of Legends)
  • OG (DOTA2)
  • San Francisco Shock (Overwatch)
  • Team Liquid (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

Best eSports Event

Recognizing a singular event (across single or multiple days) that delivered a best-of-class experience for participants, in-person fans, and the broadcast audience.

  • 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • EVO 2019
  • Fortnite World Cup
  • IEM Katowice 2019
  • League of Legends World Championship 2019
  • The International 2019

Best eSports Coach

The eSports coach judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2019.

  • Eric ‘adreN’ Hoag (Team Liquid, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Nu-ri ‘Cain’ Jang (Team Liquid, League of Legends)
  • Fabian ‘GrabbZ’ Lohmann (G2 Esports, League of Legends)
  • Kim ‘Kkoma’ Jeong-gyun (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)
  • Titouan ‘Sockshka’ Merloz (OG, DOTA2)
  • Danny ‘Zonic’ Sørensen (Astralis, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

Best eSports Host

The best host or commentator of eSports events (both in-venue and / or broadcast) in 2019, irrespective of game or language.

  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Paul “Redeye” Chaloner
  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Duan “Candice” Yu-Shuang

Blair Witch Releasing on the PS4 on December 3

Today, Bloober Team, the creative minds behind the critically acclaimed Layers of Fear games, in partnership with global content leader Lionsgate, call you back to the woods with the upcoming release of Blair Witch on the PlayStation 4. Earlier this fall, this psychologically frightening return to the Black Hills Forest, known to host the iconic Blair Witch horror, reminded us of the gut-wrenching fear felt with the film series and can now be downloaded digitally via the PlayStation™Store for $29.90 USD starting on December 3, 2019.

The updated Blair Witch, which will first be available for digital download and later via physical retail versions, will include gameplay and technical enhancements. Additionally, players will now be able to customize their canine companion in various ways to make Bullet their personal “good boy” with the addition of the appropriately named “Good Boy Pack”; which will include new dog skins; new in-game cellphone games, wallpapers, and content; and new animations for Bullet – making him even more realistic. The “Good Boy Pack” will also be available on PC via Steam and the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X via the Xbox Games Store and Xbox Game Pass.

Blair Witch offers fans, and players alike, their own descent into madness through an original story inspired by Lionsgate’s iconic Blair Witch. Set in 1996, a young boy disappears in the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, Maryland. Players experience the horror as Ellis, a former police officer with a troubled past, accompanied by his trustful canine companion, Bullet. Their story starts as they join the search for the missing boy, but players shortly discover the horrors that await as the woods twist and turn into an endless nightmare. Ellis will have to confront his fears, and his past, along with the mysterious force that haunts the woods.

The first-person experience studies players’ reactions to the many dangers, stresses and tolls that the original story delivers, and results in one of various potential playthroughs. In addition to the horrifying psychological experience, there is a balanced display of the beautiful environments showcased in full in-game 4K; tricking adventurers to feel a sense of relief before venturing even deeper into the home of the iconic Blair Witch. Blair Witch is enhanced for 4K gameplay on Xbox One X and supported PCs via Steam, and will also be supported via PS4 Pro upon its digital release.

To celebrate the upcoming PS4 release of Blair Witch, Bloober Team and Lionsgate Games released a brand-new trailer and set of visual assets which can be viewed or downloaded via the press kit link above.

For more information, please visit

Everwild Announced For Xbox And PC

Even for a studio with as long and rich a legacy as Rare, today has been a special day.

At this evening’s X019 event in London, we were able to share with fans some of the incredible things that the different teams at Rare have been working on. This included talking about the next monthly update for Sea of Thieves, as well as giving fans a first glimpse of the next new IP from Rare, Everwild.

It reminds me of the last time we made two big announcements at an event, which was E3 2015 where we announced Rare Replay and showed the world the first glimpse into our unique vision for Sea of Thieves. This feels as big a moment for Rare as it did in 2015.

While Everwild is still early in development, we are very excited about the unique potential of the game we are creating. The Everwild team is focused on building an experience that allows for new ways to play in a natural and magical world. The development team, led by Executive Producer Louise O’Connor, is creating something truly original and incredibly special that aims to be more than just a new IP. Everwild will give you memorable, engaging and meaningful experiences for players everywhere to share. We cannot wait to share more with you in the future.

We are also pleased to share the next free monthly update to Sea of Thieves, The Seabound Soul, arriving on November 20. This update features an all-new, lore-focused Tall Tale mission for players looking to play their part in a thrilling story. Join Captain Pendragon to uncover the mystery of the feared ship, the Ashen Dragon, and reveal the secrets of a sinister new threat. For those yet to play a Tall Tale, these narrative driven stories are our take on a “campaign” but set within a rich shared world of Adventure. This update also brings the heat to Sea of Thieves with the introduction of firebombs! This explosive ammo can be thrown or loaded into cannons to put a fiery panic in the hearts of opposing crews in both Adventure and in The Arena. Added to this there are new commendations and cosmetics to earn and buy in the Pirate Emporium. You can play Sea of Thieves on Windows 10 PC, Xbox One and with Xbox Game Pass.

Having two large games in development represents a tremendous opportunity for Rare and the talented staff here as we grow and further evolve the studio to meet the challenges of simultaneously operating a successful live service and being in pre-production for a new IP. While Everwild and the team building it will get everything they need, we are still fully committed to Sea of Thieves — Joe, Mike, Shelley and the team still have plenty of creative ideas and plans to bring to Sea of Thieves for a long time to come and we have a number of central teams that support both games.

Finally, on behalf of everyone at the studio I’d like to thank all the fans for their tremendous support for Rare, from the millions of players who play Sea of Thieves to those that engage with our community playing together and sharing stories. It means a huge amount to us and it’s the passion of our fans that inspires our team to create the kind of games the world doesn’t have that are uniquely Rare.

Obsidian and Microsoft Announce Survival Game “Grounded”

During X019 in London, Xbox Game Studios and Obsidian Entertainment today announced Grounded, a new first-person, co-op survival game coming Spring 2020 to Xbox One digitally through Xbox Game Preview and with Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft Store, and on Steam. Grounded will be the first Xbox Game Preview title available with Xbox Game Pass.

In Grounded, players are shrunken to the size of an ant and tasked with surviving in the unique micro-world of a suburban backyard. Players must gather, craft and build bases with everyday objects found within the yard, searching for life-saving resources and living alongside giant, peaceful insects while fighting to survive massive hostile inhabitants.

Grounded provides a mix of environmental and narrative driven story telling. Set in a versatile, handcrafted sandbox structure it allows players to create their own experience from the ground up. Tasks that may seem approachable when human-sized become a challenge in this dangerous backyard landscape. This familiar yet fantastical world can be navigated solo or in four-person co-operative multiplayer, where players work together to complete missions or explore the intricately detailed world.

Created by a small development team, one of many working on new projects in the studio, Grounded is a true passion project. This title has given the team the creative outlet to bring their years of developing highly regarded games to bear on the survival genre. RPGs like The Outer Worlds will always be in Obsidian’s DNA, but from time to time we want to stretch our creative muscles and try things that might be a little different.

Microsoft has been a fantastic partner for Grounded which was in development long before the acquisition last year. We’re fortunate to be given the freedom to continue flexing our creative muscles and develop the games we want to make.

Curious for more Grounded details? Check out the all-new trailer, stay tuned to Xbox Wire for future updates, and join the Xbox Insider Program here for a chance to play before the official release in Spring 2020!

Shenmue III Releases Today, Check Out the Launch Trailer

About Shenmue III
Shenmue changed the face of video games. The series, considered to be the father of free-roaming, open-world RPGs, returns to the fore this year with the release of Shenmue III.

Shenmue III resumes the epic storyline started by master storyteller Yu Suzuki more than 20 years ago. Suzuki, a pioneer of open-world games and immersive experiences, is set to add a bold new chapter to the sweeping tale of young martial artist Ryo Hazuki.

Soon, players will be able to resume Hazuki’s breathtaking journey.

What is Shenmue III?
Shenmue III brings to life an exciting, living-and-breathing world, one filled with thrilling locales to explore, puzzles to solve, and enemies to thwart. Players take the role of Ryo Hazuki in a story-driven and revenge-fueled adventure with a cast of incredible characters. Powered by innovative and skill-adaptable Free Battle and Special Skill systems, Shenmue III is the sequel fans have been waiting for.

Players will find Shenmue III a deeply personal experience, with rich landscapes and towns brimming with action. Shenmue III is not to be “played,” but rather “lived.” Days in Shenmue III are spent exploring, talking with unique characters, and taking part in exciting activities throughout the world. As Ryo, players grow and master their kung-fu power by training and gaining new skills, enabling them to face off against fearsome enemies.

Each game of Shenmue III, as with each person’s life, will be a unique adventure.

Who is Shenmue III for?
Shenmue III isn’t just for fans of the series. It’s for everyone.

Yu Suzuki’s newest adventure blends elements from beat-’em-ups, simulations, and RPGs, but is designed for people of all levels of skill and experience. The immersive world of Shenmue III will appeal to everyone who loves a good story, great characters, and beautiful environments.

What if I haven’t played Shenmue and Shenmue II?
Don’t worry! Shenmue III includes a special “recap digest” movie created by Yu Suzuki that retells Ryo Hazuki’s story from the beginning. Players can also speak to non-player characters they encounter to learn all about the events of the first two Shenmue games.

Key Features
• Epic Story from the Mind of Yu Suzuki – Yu Suzuki has created some of the best video games ever made, including Space Harrier, Daytona USA, and Virtua Fighter. Now, he returns to write and direct the third installment in the beloved Shenmue series. In Shenmue III, players can expect a rich, deeply enthralling story and an unparalleled journey across China.

• Realistic and Compelling Characters – The Shenmue series has been known for its inimitable characters, and Shenmue III continues this tradition. Players exploring Shenmue III’s vibrant world will find it populated with all manner of villagers, shopkeepers, villains, and heroes.

• Battle System – Shenmue III offers a dramatic and challenging Battle System, one where players can upgrade Ryo Hazuki’s move set in order to defeat the toughest foes.

• Beautiful Landscapes – Shenmue III lets players explore a gorgeous, charm-laden, and danger-filled China. From festive towns to dark and dank enemy lairs, Shenmue III provides players with a wealth of vistas to immerse themselves in.

Plan 8 Announced by Pearl Abyss For PC and Console

Seung-ki Lee (Lead Producer)

“Hello, everyone. My name is Seung-ki Lee, the lead producer of PLAB 8. PLAN 8, the title I’m going to introduce today, is quite unique. PLAN 8 is the first ever shooter genre title to be introduced by Pearl Abyss. In addition to its action-packed gameplay and realistic in-game graphics, PLAN 8 offers an open world MMO element of play that adds to the blood-pumping excitement unique to the shooter genre. The name PLAN 8 is closely tied to the mysterious setting of the world. We’re planning on revealing some hints regarding its meaning when the opportunity arises in the future, so be on the lookout! In addition, we plan to release the game first on console and PC.

“I’d now like to use this opportunity to highlight two aspects of the game. The first aspect concerts the genre of PLAN 8. From the outset, we aspired to develop a next-generation shooter and really aimed to create something above and beyond the conventions of shooter games already out there. This is why we’re aiming to develop a vast open world and a profound worldview for PLAN 8. We’re also really placing an effort to develop an interesting and suspenseful story that unfolds in the world of PLAN 8.

“Pearl Abyss has plenty of experience developing MMORPGs. We combined our know-how of MMORPG development and combat-driven styles of play to develop an entirely new game for the shooter genre.

“From what I’ve told you so far, you’ll find it difficult to define PLAN 8 into a single genre such as a shooter game. Our team aims to create a unique shooter genre title with elements of MMO styles of play. To do so, the team is poised to realist its vision of developing this unique title by harnessing Pearl Abyss’ proprietary game engine and its development know-how. Not tot mention, we also have Counter-Strike co-creator Minh Le on board the team.”

Minh Le (Technical Adviser)

“It’s a great honor for me to be here and to help present this new project PLAN 8. I’ve been working at Pearl Abyss for a few years now, and every day I get to see the amazing work that my co-workers are creating for this game. It just makes me really excited to be a part of this project. We’re calling PLAN 8 an ‘exosuit MMO shooter.’ The ‘exosuit’ refers to robot gear that the players can wear that gives them amazing abilities. We’re going to have a lot of different types of gear that players can wear, and this will open up some amazing unique gameplay that has never before been seen in any game.”

Crimson Desert Announced For PC and Consoles

“Hello, everyone. My name is Jason Lung, the lead producer of Crimson Desert. The beginning of Crimson Desert can be traced back to the vast desert that spans across the world of Black Desert. You could even say that Crimson Desert was born of a desire to tell the story of Black Desert‘s past. With the exception of a few identifiable in-game homages, we created entirely new worldviews, religions, and characters unique to the world of Crimson Desert worthy of a true epic. Thus was born our next flagship title that continues on with the ‘desert’ theme. This is how Crimson Desert came into existence.”

“Crimson Desert‘s subtitle, ‘A Saga Written in Blood,’ encapsulates the epic events that will test our mercenary heroes. Blood will be spilled. The character you see in our key art is Macduff, son of Martinus. He’s the leader of a ragtag band of mercenaries. Here is a man in constant turmoil, struggling with the responsibilities of leadership and the survival of those who rely on him, and a tragic past that no matter how hard he tries, he cannot escape from. As such, Crimson Desert is a story of growth and resilience. It is a story of mercenaries plagued by hardship and pain, and their endeavors to survive in a hostile world.”

“Crimson Desert tells the story of many different characters, whose fates are entwined with the main character and his band of mercenaries. Each has their own unique settings and tales to tell, affecting everything from the decisions they make, down the gear they equip. And it doesn’t end with our main band of mercenaries. The lands are full of other mercenary groups, each with their own distinct personalities and inclinations.”

“Crimson Desert offers an immersive single-player campaign teeming with engaging quests based on the exploits of the many mercenaries you’ll find available for hire, as well as a vast amount of content based around a more traditional MMORPG format. Here lies a world designed for you to freely enjoy, with various content at the high levels expected of a next-generation MMORPG.”

“Players will face many dangers in the world of Crimson Desert. A diverse range of creatures, both big and small, threaten your survival. This is a world of mythical creatures who are neither friend nor foe, cruel mercenaries vying for blood, and powerful figures conspiriing in the shadows of the royal court. You cannot let your guard down. To survive these bigger threats, you must learn to make strategic choices, all brought excitingly to life through Pearl Abyss’ unique, action-driven combat system.”

“But as many of you will know, your biggest friend and foe in any MMORPG is the other player right beside you. Revel is a world that is as beautiful as it is dangerous, filled with a cast of fascinating characters, mercenary groups, and others such as yourself trapped in a spiral of endless feuds and bloody battles for survival. Furthermore, in true Pearl Abyss fashion, we’ve created a world full of playable content including trade, exploration, and so much more. Everyone at Pearl Abyss is working hard to bring you the ultimate gaming experience, with realistic character representations, rich backgrounds, and action that is as thrilling as possible, whether you’re playing on PC or console.”

Remothered: Broken Porcelain Gets New Story and Character Details

An emotional journey of horror, tragedy, and love.

The award-winning survival horror series Remothered returns in the highly anticipated Remothered: Broken Porcelain. Serving as a continuation of Remothered: Tormented Fathers, relive events from the characters’ painful past during intense flashbacks and endure new unspeakable horrors in the present day that await them in the Ashmann Inn—a mysterious and decaying tomb for its many secrets as well as dangers.

The truths buried in the Ashmann Inn will not be discovered easily – its many mysteries are intertwined and guarded by the looming threat of the stalkers, powerful hunters trapped in time and the confines of its walls. Survival will take more than just quick reactions as a strategic and resourceful approach to encounters will mean the difference between life or death. Be smart – knowing the best time to sneak, flee or fight imminent dangers can quickly make these hunters become the hunted.

Broken Porcelain brings an abundance of welcome changes to the series, introducing new gameplay and storytelling elements that breathe new life into the characters and create an unprecedented level of immersion in this haunting adventure – perfect for both new and returning fans to the series.

Key Features
• Thrilling Psychological Plot – The award-winning cult classic Remothered returns in Broken Porcelain, the perfect entry point for new fans discovering the franchise as well as series veterans craving additional lore surrounding the events and characters of Tormented Fathers.

• Realistic Survival Horror – The Ashmann Inn is as rich in resources as it is dangers. Cautiously scour the environment for items to aid your exploration of unsettling locations that hide grave secrets of a terrifying past.

• Intense Stealth Gameplay – Roam among the shadows of Ashmann Inn and use everything at your disposal to distract enemies for a resourceful escape.

• Investigate and Escape – Challenging puzzles, expanded lore, and a haunting soundtrack by composer Luca Balboni (Remothered: Tormented Fathers, Mine, Watch Them Fall) transforms the dark and gloomy atmosphere into a terrifying experience that will haunt players well after the game is over.

• Captivating Characters – The roster of charismatic characters grows as fan favorites return to meet all the new additions to the cast inspired by the protagonists of horror classics.

• Real-Time Cinematics – In a series first, fully animated real-time cinematics drive the narrative forward like never before.