Top 10 Best Open World Games of 2018 | GamingMonk’s Best of 2018

As games get bigger and bigger over the last few years, the open world genre has started to become stale. However, we still have some standouts that refine and reinvent upon the existing formula in interesting ways. So here are our top picks for the best Open World Games of 2018.

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2

    No other games defies the standard conventions of Open World Games than Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s a beautifully realised world with gameplay systems that mesh with each other. It’s a delight to explore the Wild West in Rockstar’s rendition of the genre, thanks mostly to the sheer beauty and variety on display.
  2. Marvel’s Spider-Man

    Gameplay, visuals and narrative blend perfectly in Marvel’s Spider-man. Peter’s story is well told with interesting characters supporting the strong story till the end. Collectibles are meaningful, doling out backstory and useful upgrades, with interesting side-activities providing enjoyable breaks from the action packed story.
  3. Kingdom Come: Deliverance

    Like RDR 2, Kingdom Come Deliverance aims to bring in realism to the open world formula, and does a pretty good job of it. The game is set in Bohemia during the 1403, and puts you in the shoes of a peasant who rises up the ranks of Imperial society.
  4. Monster Hunter: World

    While technically Monster Hunter World has different biomes instead of a fully open world, it does have enough similarities to the genre to warrant a place on this list. The gameplay is fun, once you get a hang of the myriad options available. The biomes are diverse, each with their unique inhabitants and challenges.
  5. Far Cry 5

    While Far Cry’s open world template is beginning to get old, playing Far Cry 5 with friends has been a really enjoyable experience, thanks in big part to the open world hijinks available to the player. Everything can be either driven, shot at, flown or blown up, and it never gets old.
  6. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

    Now, this a contentious entry in our list. Many have complaints about Odyssey being a reskin of Origins, and they wouldn’t be entirely wrong. However, the sheer scale of the world, the gameplay refinements, and other merits of it’s own raise it above a lot of other games in the genre.
  7. The Forest

    As the lone survivor of a passenger jet crash, you find yourself in a mysterious forest battling to stay alive against a society of cannibalistic mutants. Build, explore, survive in this terrifying first person survival horror simulator.
  8. 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.
  9. Shadow of the Colossus

    The vast majority of the land in Shadow of the Colossus is empty and lifeless, but not dull. It does an exemplary job of creating a sense of intrigue as you wander around in search of the colossi, with a dramatic and melancholic soundtrack to accompany you on the journey.
  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 open world games of 2018. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.

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 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.