PlayStation Store Prepaid Cards Now in India

The PlayStation Store has been in India since 2010 but using it to buy games has always been a bit of a hassle since it didn’t accept a lot of the Indian Debit and Credit Cards. Indian Gamers have wanted a way to easily purchase games from the online PSN Store for a while now and finally, Sony has given them a way to do so with the Prepaid cards.

Prepaid cards have been available in numerous countries but they’re now officially available in India. The cards start from Rs 500 and go all the way up to Rs 4,500 in increments of Rs 500. This makes it much easier for players to buy from the online store since the hassle of having a Debit or Credit card that is supported by PSN is gone. These cards are currently available on the online store of Games The Shop and will soon be available from offline retailers.

This comes after a move which saw Sony bring the PS Plus subscription cards to India which helped numerous players make the jump to PS Plus since the price for it is the same if it were purchased online. The new Prepaid cards will certainly increase digital sales and are handy for people who don’t want a physical copy of a game, especially for those who pre-order games and want it day one since many times the offline retail copy may get delayed.  The timing is of the launch of these cards is good as well since the reviews for Spider-Man will be out soon, which you can read right here, which will help users make an informed decision to purchase the game if they already have not, using the Prepaid Cards.

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Razer Phone 2 Confirmed by Razer, Plans To Bring PC Software to Mobiles

Razer made its foray into the smartphone market with the debut of the Razer Phone last year, turning gaming smartphones into a huge phenomenon. While the trend has yet to take over the world, the success of the first-gen device speaks for itself, as a second-gen device has been confirmed.

In the latest earning reports, Razer stated that the first phone was an immense success and the company is now “focusing its resources on the development of the second generation Razer Phone”. However, no details have been revealed regarding its specifications and the release date. Here’s what the official statement says:

“Regarding the Others business, which includes the Group’s next-generation products, saw a 432.3% year-on-year growth to US$16.5 million in revenues, primarily due to the contribution of Razer Phone sales. With the successful launch of the Razer Phone in late 2017, Razer has since been widely recognised as the industry forerunner with the foresight of recognising the unmet demand for and being the first-mover to launch a mobile device for gamers, spawning a whole new category for the industry. The Group is very pleased with the success of its first generation Razer Phone, which was released in a limited run and has garnered very positive reviews internationally. Razer is now focusing its resources into the development of the second generation Razer Phone and accompanying software releases which will extend its software and services from PC into the mobile market.”

What makes it even more interesting is that Razer has mentioned that it plans to extend its PC software services into the smartphone market, though it’s not at all clear what that might entail. Whether it means a rival to the Steam Link app or something new altogether, only time will tell. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Upcoming Games of the Month: September 2018

2018 seems to be a knockout year to be a gamer. We’ve already seen a bunch of amazing games in the past few months, and the hype train doesn’t seem to get any slower. From Shadow of the Tomb Raider to Spider-Man, September is jam packed with blockbuster releases. So, without further ado, here are the gems that you can look forward to this month.

1. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

  • Release Date: September 4th
  • Plaftorms: PC, PS4

DRAGON QUEST® XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age™ tells a captivating tale of a hunted hero and is the long-awaited role-playing game from series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama and composer Koichi Sugiyama. While it is the eleventh mainline entry in the critically acclaimed series, DRAGON QUEST XI is a completely standalone experience that features entirely new characters, a beautifully detailed world, finely tuned turn-based combat, and an immersive story that will appeal to longtime fans and franchise newcomers alike.

2. Spider-Man

  • Release Date: September 7th
  • Platform: PS4

The worlds of Peter Parker and Spider-Man collide in an original action-packed story. In this new Spider-Man universe, iconic characters from Peter and Spider-Man’s lives have been reimagined, placing familiar characters in unique roles.

3. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

  • Release Date: September 14th
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One and PS4

Experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

4. Life is Strange 2

  • Release Date: September 27th
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One and PS4

The award winning Life is Strange series continues with a long-awaited sequel from DONTNOD Entertainment. Two brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz, 16 and 9, are forced to run away from home after a tragic incident in Seattle. In fear of the police, Sean & Daniel head to Mexico while attempting to conceal a sudden and mysterious supernatural power.

5. FIFA 19

  • Release Date: September 28th
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS4 and Nintendo Switch

Powered by Frostbite™*, EA SPORTS™ FIFA 19 delivers a champion’s caliber-experience on and off the pitch. Led by the prestigious UEFA Champions League, FIFA 19 offers enhanced gameplay tools that allow you to control the pitch in every moment with unrivaled ways to play. FIFA 19 includes a dramatic finale to the story of Alex Hunter in The Journey: Champions, a new mode in the ever-popular FIFA Ultimate Team™, and more. Champions Rise in FIFA 19.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Free Edition Out Now!

Counter-Strike is one of the rare competitive First-Person Shooters that has stood the test of time. From Counter-Strike 1.6 to Source and now Global Offensive, the eSports scene for it has been on the rise and with brand new updates coming in and with one of the biggest CSGO tournaments starting soon, Valve decided to capitalize on it.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Free Edition is a free variant of the ever-popular CSGO that allows players to experience just a little bit of what the game has to offer by giving them a taste with Offline Bots and GOTV. In this edition, players can play the game in what is basically a completely offline mode. They can play the various maps and game modes but only with bots and cannot play online.

Players also get access to GOTV which is the broadcasting system which allows players to view live matches that are occurring. This is a way of getting players to watch the game and also a way of them to understand the fundamentals by watching others play. This also acts as a way for players to watch the upcoming FaceIt Major tournament that is going to begin from 5th September with the qualifiers and with the main event starting on 20th September. This is a good move that will help people who are on the fence about the game to see what the game is all about before they actually purchase the title. In a way, it’s basically a demo version of the game.

To download the free version you will need to have a Steam account. After you make an account or if you already have one head on over here and choose to install the free edition. It is that simple. You may now enjoy Counter-Strike: Global Offensive without being afraid of getting trolled.

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Tirth Mehta Secures India’s First Ever eSports Medal at Asian Games 2018

The Asian Games this year had it’s first ever eSports tournaments and India’s Tirth ‘gcttirth’ Mehta secured a bronze medal for the country. Tirth participated in the tournament for Hearthstone, an online collectible card game made by Blizzard Entertainment, the same folks behind the Diablo trilogy, WoW and Overwatch.

Tirth won the India Qualifiers which were held by Electronic Sports Federation of India (ESFI). He then went 2-0 after beating both Pakistan and Sri Lanka to win the South Asian Qualifiers and cement his place in the main event that was to be held in Jakarta.

The main event was a single elimination bracket event, meaning losing meant you were knocked out. Tirth took on Japan’s Akasaka ‘Tredsred’ Tetsuro in the first round and defeated him 3-2 and moved on to the Semi-Finals where he faced the eventual winner of the tournament, Lo ‘Kin0531’ Tsz-kin from Hong Kong to whom he lost 3-2. Hope was not lost though as the Bronze medal was still up for grabs and Tirth defeated Vietnam’s Nguyen Anh Tuan to secure the Bronze Medal.

Tirth later posted on Facebook thanking those who helped him succeed and said, “This was definitely a group effort, and the medal belongs not only to me but to the whole gaming community of India  Let’s work towards getting that gold in the 2022 Asian Games!”. This is quite a big step for the Indian eSports scene and also for Tirth himself. Congratulations to Tirth and we hope his victory inspires more players to fulfill their dreams and proves to those who doubt the validity of eSports that it’s not a waste of time.

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PlayStation Plus Games: September 2018

So, hands up, who’s dying their pyjama’s red and blue and running around the house with cans of silly string? Us too. Yes, Marvel’s Spider-Man is now mere days away from launch and we’re just as excited as you.

That said, here at PlayStation Blog we have to keep our cool, because we’ve also got a slew of brand-new PlayStation Plus titles to unveil and boy, is this month a big one.

Let’s take a look at September’s games:

Destiny 2

It’s been just shy of year since Bungie’s fantastic follow-up to sci-fi shooter Destiny hit PlayStation 4 and, as the first anniversary rolls around, we’re very excited to announce that Destiny 2 is joining PlayStation Plus today.

A thoughtful evolution of the 2014 smash hit, Destiny 2 brings together retooled core systems, new sub-classes, armour and progression paths, and an explosive new cinematic campaign.

With the last city on Earth overrun and The Traveller in bondage, it’ll be up to a few plucky Guardians to reclaim the power of the light and send new big-bad Ghaul and his Red Legion packing.

If you not had a chance to experience Destiny 2 yet, now is the perfect time to jump in: a massive expansion, dubbed ‘Forsaken’, is poised to launch next week, bringing new story quests, multiplayer modes and more. Time to get up to speed, Guardian!

As an added bonus, on 1st September all Destiny 2 players can play Forsaken’s newest game mode, Gambit, free for 24 hours. This all-new hybrid 4v4 mode combines the best of PVE an PVP. Two teams of four race to summon a Primeval boss and be the first to take it down. Disrupt the other team by sending enemies to their side or invade directly with one of your own players.

God of War III: Remastered*

Before he put down roots in the snowy wilds of Midgard, legendary Dad-of-Boy Kratos used to spend his days facing off against the Olympian pantheon in the sun-kissed climes of ancient Greece.

It was a quest for bloody retribution that came to a head in the critically-acclaimed God of War III, wherein, having put almost the entirety of Greek mythology to the sword, Kratos finally came face-to-face with his greatest adversary Zeus.

Those who’ve played 2018’s God of War might already be spoiled on the outcome of that particular confrontation, but if you’ve never tried any of Kratos’ original adventures, then this is not to be missed.

Thoroughly polished-up for PS4, God of War III: Remastered represents a high-point for the series’ original formula, combining colossal set pieces with tight, brutal combat, stunning visual design, and a huge selection of puzzles and platforming challenges.

God of War III: Remastered will be available to download from 4th September.

PS Plus bonus titles

Last month, we beefed up our monthly offering with two bonus titles to download on PS4: Knowledge is Power for PlayLink and Here They Lie for PlayStation VR. We’re happy to announce that both titles remain in the PlayStation Plus line up throughout September – so if you missed them last month, don’t panic!

Knowledge is Power

The perfect game for those long, lazy summer evenings, Knowledge is Power pits up to six players against one another in a race to the top of the Pyramid of Knowledge. Inch your way up by answering questions, completing tasks and occasionally trying to trip-up your fellow contestants, all in the name of jolly-good fun. And you can put those Dualshock controllers down – as a Playlink title, Knowledge is Power needs nothing but your handy smart phone.

Here They Lie

An excellent test of nerve for those with gumption, Here They Lie is a surreal, unsettling journey through an otherworldly realm filled with strange, malevolent creatures and unpredictable environments.

Brave its horrors and you’ll uncover a mystery buried at the heart of this feverish nightmare and perhaps answers to questions you’d dared not even ask – and you thought you’d sweated enough this summer!

Anything else?

As with previous months, we’ll be adding in two games apiece for both PS3 and PS Vita, three of which – thanks to the magic of Cross-Buy – you’ll also be able to download on PS4. The final line-up then, looks like this:

As mentioned above, Destiny 2 will be available to download today. All other titles will be available to download on 4th September. Until then, you still have a few days left to pick up last month’s games .

And that’s it – we’ll be back next month with more. In the meantime, let us know how you get on with this month’s titles over on Twitter and Facebook.

*Quick note: God of War III: Remastered is not available in the Middle East. PS Plus members there will be able to download rodent-themed, real-time strategy game Tooth and Tail instead.

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Spider-Man PlayStation 4’s Post Launch Content Revealed

After spending over three years working on Marvel’s Spider-Man, it’s a thrill that the game is launching next week. We hope you’ve got you pre-orders ready, and can’t wait to explore our original Spider-Man universe next Friday, September 7!

Marvel’s Spider-Man brings many great surprises, story moments, and gameplay that should keep you busy. We know many of you want to know what’s next though, and so we’re thrilled to announce the release schedule for Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps DLC.

The first chapter of Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps is Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Heist, and it will be released on October 23. As you play the base game, you’ll realize that Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat, is back in town and she’s leaving clues around town to toy with Spider-Man. In Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Heist, she finally reveals herself. Featuring new missions and challenges, as well as a brand new faction of enemies and three additional suits to unlock, you won’t want to miss it.

In addition, we’re also excited to share the full release calendar for the second and third installments of the Marvel’s Spider-Man: City That Never Sleeps:

• October 23: Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Heist

• November 2018: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars

• December 2018: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining

Starting today at PlayStation Store you can buy all three installments of Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps for a bundle price of $24.99 USD MSRP. Each of the three installments are available for $9.99 USD MSRP each upon their respective individual release, and features new story missions, challenges, and suits.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the game yet, now’s the perfect time to grab the Digital Deluxe Edition which gives you the full game PLUS all three installments of Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps for just $79.99 USD MSRP. If you pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition, you’ll also receive the pre-order bonus content, including a one-of-a-kind physical Spidey pin.
Additionally, for those of you attending PAX Prime in Seattle this weekend, Marvel’s Spider-Man will be playable in the exhibit hall so you can go hands on before the game comes out. I’ll be around, so if you see me, please do say hi!

Thanks for all your support of Marvel’s Spider-Man. We cannot wait for you to play the game, and we’re working hard to bring you additional content in the form of the Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps over the rest of 2018.

James Stevenson – Community Director, Insomniac Games

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Forza Horizon 4 System Requirements

Forza Horizon has been a series with rich open worlds and a fun racing experience for casual and serious fans of racing games. With Forza Horizon 4 right around the corner, we finally have the official System Requirements for the upcoming game. Surprisingly, it has a lower minimum system requirement as compared to its predecessor, Forza Horizon 3.

Forza Horizon 4 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4170 3.7 GHz or AMD Ryzen 3 1100 3.2 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 740 or Radeon R7 250X
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: TBA (Around 60GB Expected)

Forza Horizon 4 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.5GHz
  • RAM: 12 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB or AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB
  • DX: DirectX 12
  • HDD: TBA (Around 60GB Expected)

While the system requirement is about the same, Forza Horizon 3 did have bad performance on launch but over time with patches, it became a much better-optimized game. We’re hoping that Forza Horizon 4 is better optimized at launch and has a smooth launch since the games are actually quite fun, especially with a group of friends.

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Battlefield V Release Date Moved to November 20

Today, we’re announcing that Battlefield V will have a new launch date – November 20, 2018. I wanted to give you a little bit of insight into how we arrived at this new date.

Over the summer, we’ve had tens of thousands of players get their hands on the game during our Closed Alphas and at E3 and Gamescom – where we were honored to receive the awards for Best Multiplayer Game at both shows.

You have told us that you are seeing an increased focus on squad play come through, you are also feeling the difference in our revamped player movement and we are getting a lot of positive feedback for our improved weapons handling.

You’ve also spurred us to make some meaningful improvements to the core gameplay experience, including adjusting the gameplay tempo, improving soldier visibility and reducing player friction. You’ll see a lot of these reflected in our Open Beta that starts on September 6.

We believe we have one of the best Battlefield games ever on our hands. A game that will deliver on an emotional journey through the return of unseen single player War Stories, a deep multiplayer experience, Battle Royale, along with our new live service, Tides of War – a journey across multiple theaters of WW2 and designed to keep our community together.

With the Open Beta just around the corner, we are excited about the millions of you who will join us and experience the game. And we fully expect to see even more feedback coming our way.

And that’s why we’re moving our launch date. We’re going to take the time to continue to make some final adjustments to core gameplay, and to ensure we really deliver on the potential of Tides of War.

We know moving the launch date means that we all have to wait a little longer. But we’re going to take our time to make sure we get it right.

Thank you for your continued passion and support. We can’t wait to see you on the battlefield in just a few days.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Is Now Playable From Start To Finish

Cyberpunk 2077 has been in development for what seems like a really long time now but we’re getting ever so close to whenever it’s release date will be. In what is a major milestone, the game is now completely playable from start to finish.

While it is entirely playable from start to finish, it is missing assets and hasn’t been playtested which means that there are going to be quite a lot of bugs in a game of this scale. However, as the producer of the game, Richard Borzymowski said, it is quite a critical step in the development process to see the everything come together. Alongside this wonderful news, Cyberpunk 2077’s Gamescom demo has a few good surprises.

While the E3 Demo lacked nighttime footage it was done on purpose. The devs wanted to push themselves to make a City that not only looked good and cyberpunk in the night time but one that felt the same even in the daytime. Now that they had proved their point, their Gamescom trailer ends with Night City being shown at night. We also saw a new weapon, a Katana that has its own EMF that can deflect bullets which is as cool as it sounds. Players can also pick their gender, appearance, and backstory from the beginning, which is somewhat like how it was in Mass Effect as players can also fill in details about their life lives and any life-changing events.

Cyberpunk 2077’s hype train has been speeding up ever since the E3 2018 trailer and we can’t wait to see what CDPR has in store for us next.

We’ll be at Gamescom 2018, covering the show, checking out games, both on the floor and behind closed doors about which you can read here. Stay tuned to Gaming Monk for all the latest news and updates. 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.