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.

PUBG Getting A Proper Training Mode With Vehicles, Guns & New Map

Earlier this month PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp had announced a new initiative titled “Fix PUBG” which included a roadmap of things to come. As part of this campaign, they are adding a new Training Mode to the game which is aimed at both beginners and veterans of the game.

This new training mode features its own map that is 2x2km in area and features a plethora of things ranging from a shooting range, a race track, parachute landing practice targets and areas for CQC. The best part about this Training Mode is that it supports 5-20 players get together to explore and experiment in this new Map. This is a great way for new veterans of the game to teach new players while also refining their own skills by getting to learn how various aspects of the game work in a deeper way.

There are also simulations for targets like moving targets, peeking targets and such that aim to help players get a feel for the gunplay of the game. Players can also use the gun range to get a feel of the bullet drop and how effective scopes are in combat. There’s also a lot of “Sweet Ramps” for players to ramp off of with vehicles which seem like a very fun addition to play around with. While the whole Training Mode is still in development, the devs state that they are planning for a September release which is right around the corner. They also plan to continue working on it to add more things that players can use to get a better understanding of the game.

If you’d like to read about the Fix PUBG campaign, click here.

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Early 2019 Is Absolutely Packed With Great Games

2019 has a lot of great games and while the whole year has quite a list of amazing games, The first quarter of 2019 aka Q1 already has games that could be considered for GOTY alongside some great sequels and remakes. Let’s take a look at the upcoming games in Q1 2019 to get aboard the hype train:

Ace Combat 7 (January 18th| Xbox One, PS4, PC)

Putting gamers in the cockpit of the most advanced warplanes ever developed, ACE COMBAT 7 delivers the fiercest air combat experience ever created through photorealistic visuals, intense dog-fighting action, a multitude of authentic and futuristic aircraft to fly, an immersive storyline, and even virtual reality!

Resident Evil 2 Remake (January 25th| Xbox One, PS4, PC)


The original Resident Evil 2 was released in 1998 and has sold over 4,960,000 copies. The action centers around rookie cop Leon Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield 
as they fight to survive a mysterious viral outbreak within Raccoon City. The 1998 original was hailed as a gaming masterpiece and propelled Resident Evil into mainstream pop culture and the entertainment you know today.

Kingdom Hearts 3 (January 29th|Xbox One, PS4)

KINGDOM HEARTS III tells the story of the power of friendship as Sora and his friends embark on a perilous adventure. Set in a vast array of Disney and Pixar worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS follows the journey of Sora, a young boy and unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe.

Through the power of friendship, Sora, Donald and Goofy unite with iconic Disney-Pixar characters old and new to overcome tremendous challenges and persevere against the darkness threatening their worlds.

Anthem (February 22nd| Xbox One, PS4, PC)

On a world left unfinished by the gods, a shadowy faction threatens all of humankind. The only thing that stands between these villains and the ancient technology they covet are the Freelancers.

Join with up to three other players and assemble high-tech, hand-crafted, uniquely powerful exosuits. Explore vast ruins, battle deadly enemies, and claim otherworldly artifacts. With every mission, you and your Javelin exosuit grow in power. Fight the dangers of an ever-changing world. Rise united to defeat evil. Triumph as one.

Crackdown 3 (February 22nd| Xbox One, PC)

Time to step up your boom and stop crime as a super-powered Agent in Crackdown 3’s sandbox of mayhem and destruction. Explore the heights of a futuristic city, race through the streets in a transforming vehicle, and use your powerful abilities to stop a ruthless criminal empire. Crackdown 3 delivers cooperative mayhem and an all-new multiplayer mode where destruction is your ultimate weapon.

Metro Exodus (February 22nd| Xbox One, PS4, PC)

Metro Exodus is an epic, story-driven first person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created. Metro Exodus boasts an epic storyline, packed with memorable characters. As you journey across Russia you’ll bond with your travelling companions, recruit new allies to your cause, and encounter sinister foes in the wastelands.

Days Gone (February 22nd| PS4)

Take on the role of former outlaw biker Deacon St. John: a drifter, a bounty hunter, a wandering vestige of humanity. In world devastated by a global pandemic St. John eschews the ‘safe’ wilderness encampments set up by mankind’s last survivors and takes his chances on the broken roads.

Set against the scarred, volcanic backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, Days Gone invites you to explore a world ravaged by degenerate human monsters known only as Freakers. Fight your way across the desolate landscape in search of supply, resources and, above all else, a reason to go on.

Devil May Cry 5 (March 8th| Xbox One, PS4, PC)

From the creators of the best-selling action franchise comes the latest chapter in the Devil May Cry saga. The devil you know returns in the most over the top, technically advanced, utterly insane action experience of this generation. Legendary DMC action returns, made all the more stylish by the power modern gaming has to offer.

The story is set several years after Devil May Cry 4, after the Order of the Sword incident, an unusual phenomenon suddenly appears in Red Grave City. A gigantic tree pierces through the surface in the middle of town, attacking with roots that drain the poor citizens of their blood.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (March 15th| Xbox One, PS4, PC)

In The Division 2, the fate of the free world is on the line. Learn more about our dynamic and living open-world, and discover a turbulent and torn-apart Washington D.C. waiting for your help. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is an online open-world, action shooter RPG experience.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (March 22nd| Xbox One, PS4, PC)

In Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice you are the “one-armed wolf”, a disgraced and disfigured warrior rescued from the brink of death. Bound to protect a young lord who is the descendant of an ancient bloodline, you become the target of many vicious enemies, including the dangerous Ashina clan. When the young lord is captured, nothing will stop you on a perilous quest to regain your honor, not even death itself.

From Software’s latest game for PS4, Xbox One, and PC takes elements from Dark Souls and Bloodborne and brings them to ancient Japan with a new focus on stealth combat.

All of these games have gotten us excited but also has us wonder as to if players will get the time to enjoy these titles as they’re coming quite close to one another. What games are you looking forward to? Let us know down below.

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The PC Peasants Debacle: The Controversy And Resolution

With the announcement of Nvidia’s RTX cards, there’s been a lot of talk about its capabilities. There’s a lot of hype and a lot of caution as well since there haven’t been any actual benchmarks to show how they improve and how much better they are as compared to their predecessor. That was the topic of discussion on the PC Peasants Podcast before the controversy began.

About 4 minutes into the Podcast the guest, Archisman “fett” Pradhan began talking about how it’s weird to see preorders go up a month before release for cards that don’t have benchmarks yet and that consumers should be wary and not pre-order because of the hype but wait for actual benchmarks and reviews. This comment got Rohin “V3N0M” Bhaumik, the man behind PCP Gaming, in trouble and was seemingly the reason due to which his contract was terminated which stated that he was being sponsored by Nvidia. He later posted on Facebook to inform people about the termination as seen from the image below.

This caused members of the gaming community, especially those from the Indian Community to raise questions regarding the performance of the RTX cards and about the integrity of Nvidia as a company. In a Reddit thread that was posted to raise awareness about this issue, PCP Gaming commented that the partner brands were letting him keep the hardware.

We reached out to Rohin who told us that the real reason for the contract termination was because of the usage of “bad language” by his guest, Archisman, and also because of what Archisman said about Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun “Jensen” Huang. While Rohin has since moved on from the controversial debacle, there has been no word from Nvidia regarding this topic. We’ve reached out to Nvidia and will update this post as soon as we hear from them.

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