Top 5 Best Stories In Video Games of 2018 | GamingMonk’s Best of 2018

Admit it or not, games with good stories always leave us wanting for more. And this year has been especially giving for fans who like their games heavy on the story side. Let’s check out our top five, shall we?

Red Dead Redemption 2

Without spoiling too much, Red Dead Redemption 2 is truly a tale of red, dead redemption. Arthur’s journey, both external and internal is a roller coaster ride as he discovers some remarkable eye opening facts, about himself and his loved ones.

God of War

If you ever played the original God of War games and thought to yourself, “I wonder what this dude would be like if he ever became a dad”, well, think no more. The reboot is quite amazing, both from a visual and a narrative standpoint. 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 deep 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.

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? The story in Marvel’s Spider-Man is well-paced, and is just the right length, without feeling too stretched or too short. Peter Parker’s relationship with Mary Jane is quite heartwarming too. . . if it doesn’t make you feel bad about not having someone.

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.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

The tale of The Dragon of Dojima comes to a conclusion as we witness the end of a saga. An enthralling story packed with various characters, some new and some familiar old faces, this game brings the uniqueness that the Yakuza series has been known for and lulls you into that familiarity while still delivering an emotional and thrilling story.

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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 Games of 2018 | GamingMonk’s Best of 2018

2018 was nothing but a blockbuster year for video games. The entire year has slapped us in the face with amazing titles, one after the other. Sure, it’s quite hard (not to mention unfair) of us to pick just 10 of those and tell you about it, but you know, someone’s gotta do it. So here are our top 10 games of 2018.

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2

    God of War may have won GOTY at TGA 2018, but for us, Rockstar’s telling of Arthur Morgan’s story had a much bigger impact. Whether it’s looks, or story, or characters, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a work of art. It’s a memorable 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

    Just because we feel that Red Dead Redemption 2 should be GOTY, it doesn’t mean we’re going to disregard the game that actually won the award. The reboot is quite amazing, both from a visual and a narrative standpoint. 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 deep 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 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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

    Black Ops 4 breathes fresh new life in the Call of Duty series that was in desperate need of it. It brings back the fast-fluid gameplay, while keeping everything grounded. Plus, Blackout, the new Battle Royale mode is easily the best in the genre right now.
  7. Dragonball FighterZ

    Apart being an excellent fighting game, Dragonball FighterZ looks absolutely fantastic. It completely nails the crisp, over-the top action that Dragonball is known for. It’s also easy for beginners to get into, due to the auto-combo feature, but also offers deep systems and a good challenge to those willing to master the game.
  8. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the last in Lara Croft’s reboot trilogy, and it’s a great finale. While the story is throwaway, the tombs and puzzles are top-notch. It’s incredibly exciting and rewarding to explore the new regions, and there’s always a new challenge around every corner. And to top it off, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is damn good looking game.
  9. A Way Out

    A Way Out was the most fun I had playing a game with a friend in 2018. It’s is an exclusively co-op adventure about two strangers coming together under dire circumstances to break out of prison. The narrative is compelling, the moment to moment action moves at an excellent pace, and the co-op gameplay is immensely fun.
  10. Hitman 2

    Hitman 2 can be summed up as more Hitman with some refinements. And it still is as much fun as the original reboot, with massive levels, tons of ways to eliminate targets, and leave the level in utter chaos. Killing someone with an ax to the head in the middle of a crowded conference room never gets old.

So those were our picks for the best 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.

God of War’s Freya Comes To Life In This Amazing Cosplay

God of War is an absolutely stellar game with a lot of intriguing and interesting characters that you interact with throughout the game. The game appealed to both newcomers to the series and fans of the previous titles and has created a lot of fan content ever since its release. Ibelinn Cosplay decided to go ahead and cosplay as Freya, an extremely important character to the story who didn’t get as much love as Kratos did in the cosplay scene and you can see her phenomenal cosplay below.


Freya isn’t the cosplay she’s done, she’s also cosplayed as a great Lara Croft, as Alloy from Horizon Zero Dawn and as Elizabeth from Bioshock. If you’d like to see more of her work, head on over to her Instagram page Ibelinncosplay

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