Tired Of Actually Playing Battlefield V? “Time Savers” Are On The Way!

If you thought that Battlefield V was in bad shape and that EA & Dice were scrambling to appease the community (especially since Firestorm came and went with a whimper), you were dead wrong! Starting April 4th, a new in-game currency is coming to the game called Battlefield Currency. It’s a hot new way of spending more money to play less of a game you already paid money for in the first place. It’s called capitalism, and I love it.

Here’s what the masters at EA have to say:

Starting on April 4, we are introducing Battlefield Currency, which is purchased with real-world money.

The balanced rock-paper-scissors gameplay that has always been the foundation of the Battlefield series isn’t going anywhere. Player skill will continue to be paramount with the addition of Battlefield Currency, which gives players more ways to acquire items to customize their characters and arsenal in Battlefield™ V.

Let’s break down Battlefield Currency, how to obtain it, and what you can get to help make a soldier that reflects the way you play and how you want to look.

What is Battlefield Currency?
There are two types of in-game currency: Company Coin is earned through gameplay (you can read more about Company Coin and progression in our previous article), and now Battlefield Currency, purchased with real-world money.

How Do I Purchase Battlefield Currency?
From the Battlefield V main menu, go to either My Company, or the Armory, or any offer featured in the game menus. From there, press the “Get Battlefield Currency” option and then select and buy one of the quantities available. When the transaction is successful, Battlefield Currency will be immediately added to your Battlefield Currency balance. You can see your Battlefield Currency balance in the upper right of the screen alongside your Company Coin balance.

Battlefield Currency can also be purchased in first-party stores for your preferred platform.

What Can I Use Battlefield Currency to Get?
Inside the Armory, Battlefield Currency can be used to acquire:

  • Cosmetic customization items
  • Elite sets
  • Time savers

Elite sets and time savers will not be available on April 4 but will arrive later in Battlefield V.

Welcome to the future of Video Game monetization! I’m just kidding, this has been the new norm for a while now, I don’t what I’m making a big deal about. Gimme all your money!

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Top 10 Best PC Games of 2018 | GamingMonk’s Best of 2018

The PC market has always had games that are both visual treats and retro aesthetics. This year we had some really good games on PC that either showcased the power of the system or to showcase that there’s still some great indie games. Let’s take a look at our top 10 PC games of 2018 that we feel you should play on your PC.

  1. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Lara Croft is back, and this time she’s brought the apocalypse with her. After accidentally starting the end of the world, Lara now has to track down the notorious Trinity organization to make sure they don’t get their hands on the artifacts that have the power to reshape the world.
  2. Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire

    Deadfire 
    is the sequel to Obsidian’s critically acclaimed RPG, Pillars of Eternity. It focuses on seafaring and island exploration via a ship. Crews can also be hired to look over them, and assist in ship combat. Class based gameplay returns, with each class having three optional sub-classes with unique skills.
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

    Call of Duty has made a triumphant comeback, with boots on the ground multiplayer and Blackout is easily the best Battle Royale mode around right now.

  4. Battlefield V

    RTX debacles aside, Battlefield V is a pretty enjoyable Battlefield game. Though it no longer retains the same strategic depth as Battlefield 3 & 4, it is definitely a big step up from Battlefield 1. There are some standout maps, the weapons feels great, and the game is a delight to look at, even without RTX.

  5. Hitman 2

    Everyone’s favourite assassin is back with a vengeance. Not to spoil too much, but did you know you can kill people by placing a rake in their path? It’s genius, really. Also, to no one’s surprise, the first elusive target is none other than Sean Bean, so fun times galore.

  6. Return of the Obra Dinn

    From the makers of Papers, Please comes another unique, impressive title in the form of a murder mystery. Playing as an insurance agent on an abandoned ship, your job is to piece together the story behind the disappearance of the crew. The visual style of the game is quite novel and refreshing, and so is the story and gameplay.

  7. Into The Breach

    Into The Breach
    is an incredible turn-based strategy game, from the team behind FTL: Faster Than Light. The game is set in the far future where humanity fights against an army of giant monsters collectively called the Vek. To combat them, the player controls soldiers that operate giant mechs that can be equipped with a variety of weapons, armor, and other equipment. The game uses a turn-based combat system, allowing the player to coordinate the actions of their team in response to enemy moves and actions that serve to telegraph their attacks.
  8. Dead Cells

    For people who like super hard games (alternatively, people who hate themselves), Dead Cells is an absolute must play. To put it simply, the game is a rogue-like metroidvania, with procedurally generated levels and impressive pixel art visuals. And brutal, unforgiving gameplay. Seriously, you’ll die a lot.
  9. Kingdom Come: Deliverance

    Kingdom Come is a story driven RPG drenched in painstaking detail, though sometimes to the point of annoyance. It focuses a lot on historical accuracy, set in the medieval times in the kingdom of Bohemia. The visuals are jaw dropping, and you get complete choice over what gameplay style you want to follow. Also, it’s hard. Like, really hard.
  10. Forza Horizon 4

    Forza Horizon 4’s
    take on the United Kingdom landscape is a breathtaking one. The open terrain, dynamic weather and the change of seasons all culminate in a memorable experience, making it the best racing game to come out this year.

So those were our picks for the best PC games of 2018. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.

Top 10 Best Multiplayer Games | GamingMonk’s Best of 2018

As much as single player are still alive and doing great, multiplayer experiences have also gotten significantly better. Sure, Fallout 76 was a disaster, but, No Man’s Sky, a disaster back at launch, made a fantastic comeback with multiplayer this year. So here are our top picks for multiplayer titles of 2018.

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

    Call of Duty has made a triumphant comeback, with boots on the ground multiplayer and Blackout is easily the best Battle Royale mode around right now.
  2. Battlefield V

    RTX debacles aside, Battlefield V is a pretty enjoyable Battlefield game. Though it no longer retains the same strategic depth as Battlefield 3 & 4, it is definitely a big step up from Battlefield 1. There are some standout maps, the weapons feels great, and the game is a delight to look at, even without RTX.
  3. Monster Hunter World

    Monster Hunter World is easily the best Monster Hunter game to be ever made, and is also the most accessible. Sure, you still need to jump through a few hoops to get playing with your friends, but the overall experience is unlike any other. Tacking and hunting is a ton of fun, and the monster encounters are challenging and rewarding.
  4. FIFA 19

    I know it’s easy to disregard every new FIFA entry as the same as the previous year’s game However, hardcore fans and veterans of the series can appreciate even the smaller improvements and roster updates, and FIFA 19 is an easy recommendation to bring a few friends together over an enjoyable round of football.
  5. Warhammer: Vermintide 2

    Warhammer Vermintide 2 filled in the Left 4 Dead 3 shaped hole in my heart I never knew I had. Going through the massive levels, mowing down hordes of enemies, levelling up classes, and finding new loot is just so satisfying.
  6. Fortnite

    Well, we know that Fortnite is technically not a 2018 release, but it would be unfair to disregard the significance that Fornite had this year. It’s easily the biggest game in the world right now, and, for many people, the first introduction to video games.
  7. Insurgency Sandstorm

    The first Insurgency was a highly beloved niche game, and Sandstorm builds up on the formula in significant ways. The gunplay is challenging and the visuals are phenomenal. While still in Early Access, and slated to release before the year ends, there’s enough content here to warrant a purchase.
  8. Red Dead Redemption 2

    Red Dead Online Beta is now live, and, despite the issues, it’s already showing massive potential. The missions are fun, and moseying in the wilderness with friends has never been more fun. We can’t wait to see where Red Dead Online is headed, but given where Rockstar took GTA Online, we can rest assured that it’s going to be awesome.
  9. No Man’s Sky

    No Man’s Sky has been quiet the ride. From a messy launch, to constant updates, two years later, No Man’s Sky is finally a game that is easy recommend, especially now that you can explore the universe with friends. And by the looks of it, Hello Games is not yet done giving out free updates and making improvements to the game.
  10. PUBG Mobile

    While PUBG took over the world by storm last year, PUBG Mobile has become a game-changing phenomenon in India. Folks across the country have been infected by the PUBG fever, and it has exposed more people to the joys of playing with friends than any other game ever did.

So those were our picks for the best multiplayer games of 2018. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.

Top 10 Best PS4 Games | GamingMonk’s Best of 2018

2017 was a great year for PlayStation fans, and 2018 has only gotten better. With amazing titles like God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man, this has been a blockbuster year for the PS4. Without further ado, here’s our list of the top 10 best PS4 games to come out this year (in no particular order, of course).

1. Red Dead Redemption 2

Whether it’s looks, or story, or characters, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a work of art. It’s an impactful story of loyalty and trust, of murder and betrayal, set against a beautiful but unforgiving environment in the Wild West days. Some gameplay issues notwithstanding, it’s seriously hard to overstate what an amazing job Rockstar has done with this title.

2. God of War

Changing the formula from an angry, young man, Kratos is back as an angry, old father. Taking his son on a journey to scatter his mother’s ashes, the game gives players amazing insight into his relationship with his son, Atreus. Moments where Kratos struggles to express his affection, and a terrible secret that may very well change his son’s life forever. It’s a polar opposite of what the original God of War games were about, and the direction it’s taking is impressive to say the least.

3. Marvel’s Spider-Man

What more can we say about the title that is the only game to ever receive the Marvel Stamp of Approval? It’s got everything you’d want from a Spiderman game. Multiple suits? Check. Swinging across New York from the tallest skyscrapers? Check. Webbing guys up in awkward positions? Checkity check. Also, Mary Jane is really cute, so that’s also there.

4. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Lara Croft is back, and this time she’s brought the apocalypse with her. After accidentally starting the end of the world, Lara now has to track down the notorious Trinity organization to make sure they don’t get their hands on the artifacts that have the power to reshape the world.

5. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

For the first time, there’s a female protagonist featured throughout an Assassin’s Creed title. It is set 400 years prior to Origins, where you get to play as a mercenary, exploring Ancient Greece as you fight your way to glory. Find the secrets that bind your family, take down a mysterious cult and become the best mercenary you can be.

6. Detroit: Become Human

At it’s core, Detroit poses some hard hitting questions, the most fundamental being, “What does it mean to be human?” In a world that is increasingly dependent on technology and AI in every way, the game’s philosophy cannot be overstated.

7. Battlefield V

Battlefield V is a pretty enjoyable Battlefield game. Though it no longer retains the same strategic depth as Battlefield 3 & 4, it is definitely a big step up from Battlefield 1. There are some standout maps, the weapons feels great, and the game is a delight to look at.

8. Hitman 2

Everyone’s favourite assassin is back with a vengeance. Not to spoil too much, but did you know you can kill people by placing a rake in their path? It’s genius, really. Also, to no one’s surprise, the first elusive target is none other than Sean Bean, so fun times galore.

9. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Call of Duty has made a triumphant comeback, with boots on the ground multiplayer and Blackout is easily the best Battle Royale mode around right now.

10. FIFA 19

I know it’s easy to disregard every new FIFA entry as the same as the previous year’s game However, hardcore fans and veterans of the series can appreciate even the smaller improvements and roster updates, and FIFA 19 is an easy recommendation to bring a few friends together over an enjoyable round of football.

So those were our picks for the best PS4 games of 2018. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.

Top 10 Best Xbox Games | GamingMonk’s Best of 2018

Here are our favorite picks for the best Xbox One games of 2018:

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2

    Whether it’s looks, or story, or characters, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a work of art. It’s an impactful story of loyalty and trust, of murder and betrayal, set against a beautiful but unforgiving environment in the Wild West days. Some gameplay issues notwithstanding, it’s seriously hard to overstate what an amazing job Rockstar has done with this title.
  2. Forza Horizon 4

    Forza Horizon 4’s take on the United Kingdom landscape is a breathtaking one. The open terrain, dynamic weather and the change of seasons all culminate in a memorable experience, making it the best racing game to come out this year.
  3. State of Decay 2

    If you’re a fan of systems driven gameplay, State of Decay 2 is for you. Minor launch issues aside, this is one of the best zombie survival games in the market right now, and I can’t wait to see what the team at Undead Labs does next.
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

    Call of Duty has made a triumphant comeback, with boots on the ground multiplayer and Blackout is easily the best Battle Royale mode around right now.
  5. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

    For the first time, there’s a female protagonist featured throughout an Assassin’s Creed title. It is set 400 years prior to Origins, where you get to play as a mercenary, exploring Ancient Greece as you fight your way to glory. Find the secrets that bind your family, take down a mysterious cult and become the best mercenary you can be.
  6. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Lara Croft is back, and this time she’s brought the apocalypse with her. After accidentally starting the end of the world, Lara now has to track down the notorious Trinity organization to make sure they don’t get their hands on the artifacts that have the power to reshape the world.
  7. Battlefield V

    Battlefield V is a pretty enjoyable Battlefield game. Though it no longer retains the same strategic depth as Battlefield 3 & 4, it is definitely a big step up from Battlefield 1. There are some standout maps, the weapons feels great, and the game is a delight to look at.
  8. Hitman 2

    Everyone’s favourite assassin is back with a vengeance. Not to spoil too much, but did you know you can kill people by placing a rake in their path? It’s genius, really. Also, to no one’s surprise, the first elusive target is none other than Sean Bean, so fun times galore.
  9. PUBG

    PUBG took over the world by storm last year, and has become a game-changing phenomenon. Folks across the globe have been infected by the PUBG fever, and it has exposed more people to the joys of playing with friends than any other game ever did.
  10. Just Cause 4

    Just Cause returns with it’s well established formula of utter chaos and destruction. The Apex engine still shines at showing massive draw distances, and physics and all-out explosive action.

So those were our picks for the best Xbox games of 2018. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.

Top 10 Best Looking Games | GamingMonk’s Best of 2018

Graphics have always been a big part of what makes video games fun. It’s pretty much what most consoles base as their main selling point, and graphical prowess often becomes the big part of discussion among most AAA games. 2018 had a lot of great looking titles, and here are our top 10 favorite picks:

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2

    Red Dead Redemption 2 is hands down the best looking game you will play on a console. From the lighting, to the gorgeous vistas, the incredible draw distance and the attention to detail, RDR 2 is an absolute graphical powerhouse.
  2. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Say what you will about the game, but Shadow of the Tomb Raider sure is a looker. The mountain village holds breathtaking views and the jungles looks dense and dripping with atmosphere.
  3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

    It’s easy to overlook Odyssey’s grind given how beautiful the game looks. Sure, there are re-used assets from Origins all over the place, but Greece has been gorgeously realized and the graphics make the exploration all the more rewarding.
  4. God of War

    Kratos’ return makes for not just an angrier God of War, but also a lot prettier. Fantastic particle effects make every fight all the more bombastic, and excellent facial animations bring almost character to life.
  5. Forza Horizon 4

    Racing games have always been graphical showcases for consoles, and Forza Horizon 4 on the Xbox One X is easily the best display of how powerful the console is.
  6. Battlefield V

    Despite the controversy around NVIDIA’s new RTX cards, it’s hard to deny how good Battlefield V looks especially with RTX on. Fantastic light and fire effects, makes this the most intense battlefield experience to date.
  7. Marvel’s Spider-Man

    After years of waiting, Spider-man fans have a game that they can finally be happy about. The Manhattan skyline is a sight to behold, and as the city flies by you while you zip around and take down foes, the game both looks and feels just right.
  8. Kingdom Come Deliverance

    Kingdom Come: Deliverance is another gorgeous graphical showcase, especially on PC. Dense foliage, massive battles, crowded cities, and rolling plains are all brought to life in this game, mostly due to the how good the game looks.
  9. Spyro Reignited Trilogy

    Don’t let the cartoonish looks fool you, Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a gorgeous looking title. The bright and vibrant environment, coupled with top notch water effects and reflections breathe new life into a beloved game from our childhood. And the animations, are well, some of the best we’ve ever seen.
  10. Dragonball FighterZ

    Apart from being one of the best fighting games we’ve ever played, Dragonball FghterZ was also a great looking game. It captures the over-the-top style of the anime perfectly, and delivers the action with great visual finesse.

So those were our picks for the best looking games of 2018. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.

Battlefield V: New Update Promises 50% Performance Boost for Ray Tracing

Battlefield V was one of the first games to get Ray Tracing technology implemented in it but suffered from massive drops in performance. Battlefield V’s new update aims to fix the performance issue with Ray Tracing.

This new update comes alongside Nvidia’s new driver release since both DICE and Nvidia worked closely to help iron out issues and increase performance. This new driver is optimized for Battlefield V and aims to deliver up to 50% performance boost when using Ray Tracing. The Overture update for Battlefield V will also feature optimization for the game which means that with the new driver and update, you should see a considerable increase in performance when using Ray Tracing.

Here is how Nvidia claims that the new driver and game update will perform:

  • GeForce RTX 2080 Ti gamers will now be able to achieve 60+ FPS at 1440presolution with DXR Raytraced Reflections set to Ultra quality.
  • GeForce RTX 2080 gamers will now be able to achieve 60+ FPS at 1440presolution with DXR Raytraced Reflections set to Medium quality.
  • GeForce RTX 2070 gamers will now be able to achieve 60+ FPS at 1080presolution with DXR Raytraced Reflections set to Medium quality.

With these improvements, Nvidia has also stated that image quality will not be affected when it comes to the newer update and visual fidelity should still remain the same depending on what setting you use. DICE did previously say that they were exploring the idea of a more tunable settings options for Ray Tracing so that players could fine tune the specific settings to their liking while also being able to further increase performance when using Ray Tracing.

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Battlefield V Tips & Tricks To Dominate The Enemy

Battlefield V is now available for those with EA Origin Access Premiere. If you want to get ahead of the crowd, here are a few tips to help you get started and gain an edge over others.

Bait Enemy Tanks

People in tanks tend to get a false sense of security, especially against those on foot. You can use this to your advantage by baiting tanks into places where you have set up traps or mines. Similarly, if you are in a Tank try to stick to unexpected routes and don’t chase after someone, they could be setting you up.

Create your own paths

The environment can be your best friend if used properly. Is a wall or building blocking your way? Tear through it. Use this to flank enemies and set up unusual spots that will get enemies off guard. You can even make openings of your own and using them to push tanks forward without getting trapped y enemies. Use the environment as much as you can.

Class Importance

The class you play as must also be in sync with your play style. If you pick the Assault class, go on the frontline and get those kills, if you’re Recon, mark enemies and stay back and pick off opponents one by one. However, during a match, you may have to switch classes to help your team so don’t be afraid to do see if the match calls for it. Being flexible will give you an advantage so while you should have one main class, try not to neglect the other because you might need to use them in the hour of need.

Customize your weapon

As you level up your class you also level up your weapons. This unlocks specializations and upgrades which can make your weapons faster and stronger. This is why you should have a main class that you use primarily while also not neglecting other classes so that you can have the other unlocks too and not be at a disadvantage if you ever need to switch classes.

Play The Objective

People tend to get greedy and play for kills but try not to do that. It is a team based game and if you win you get more experience. If you play according to the role of your class like Reviving fallen allies as a medic, you will gain more experience because you’re playing the way a Medic should and will level up faster. Playing the Objective of the game mode and your role will benefit you and your whole team so always prioritize the objective.

Those are just a few tips to help you in the right direction when playing Battlefield V online. If you’d like to play the game before the release on November 20th, check out the link below

Steps To Play Battlefield V Early Than Global Release

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Battlefield V PC System Requirements Revealed – Is Your PC Ready?

Battlefield V is about to release very soon with the ability to play the game from 9th November if you have a PC or Xbox. With the release so near, DICE decided to release the official system requirements for the game on Reddit.

Minimum

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Processor (AMD): AMD FX-8350
  • Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 560 / HD 7850 2GB
  • DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Hard-drive space: 50GB

Recommended

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
  • Processor (AMD): AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
  • Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7 4790 or equivalent
  • Memory: 12GB RAM
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB
  • DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Available Disk Space: 50GB

Recommended For DXR

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809)
  • Processor (AMD): AMD Ryzen 7 2700
  • Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7 8700
  • Memory: 16GB RAM
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
  • DirectX: DirectX Raytracing Compatible video card
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Available Disk Space: 50GB

DXR is DirectX Ray Tracing and from the looks of it will require a powerful system to be able to play the game properly if you want to use Ray Tracing. RAM requirements have increased from 12GB to 16GB, so have CPU Requirements with a jump from the i7 4790 and Ryzen 1300X to the i7 8700 and Ryzen 2700. Does your system have what it takes to run it? IF you have a decent modern budget build, I’d say you’re good to go.

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Battlefield V Launch Maps Trailer

Electronic Arts and DICE have released a new trailer for Battlefield V introducing the multiplayer maps that will be available when the game launches, which include the battlefields of France, Holland, Norway, and North Africa.

Battlefield V is due out worldwide for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Origin on November 20.

Watch the trailer below.

 

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