Google releases GDC teaser, Project Stream ready?

Google has released a 37 second ‘teaser’ video for the Gamers’ Developer Conference 2019. The clip is a culmination of cinematic shots from various games, possibly indicating that Google is all ready to launch Project Stream. Before we talk more about it, watch the video yourself.

Last year, Google worked closely with Ubisoft on Project Stream, making Assassin’s Creed Odessey playable on Google Chrome. We covered Project Stream in detail, read more about it here.

GDC is scheduled on 19th March and we seriously cannot wait for it. Anyways, stay tuned for more information. Cheers!

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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.

Steam Autumn Sale: Best Deals That Will Empty Your Wallet

The Steam Autumn Sale is upon us and with so many good choices, let’s pick out the best deals right now for you to spend all your money on. The games listed below are in no particular order but are great deals on games we really suggest you check out for one reason or another. If you’d like to go to Store page of the game, click the title of the game.

Dead Cells- 20% OFF (Rs 503| $20)

An extremely fun, satisfying and one of the best Metroidvania style games out there. It does rogue-lite so damn well that keeps you coming back for more and with all the updates and dev support, this game really deserves to be played by more people.

Enter The Gungeon- 50% OFF(Rs 239| $7.49)

Another Roguelite title that has immense replayability, a great soundtrack, and so much diversity that this twin-stick shooter is one of the most fun games I’ve played in a long time along with Dead Cells.

Hollow Knight- 34% OFF(Rs 316| $9.89)

Another Metroidvania title but this too is very unique and mysterious. Gorgeous Visuals, an intriguing world filled with various characters and a brutal difficulty curve hooks you onto the game because you always want to know just a little bit more which keeps you coming back for more.

Cities: Skylines- 75% OFF(Rs 182| $7.49)

This city builder is one of the best out there. Period. It will give you over a hundred hours worth of gameplay and more if city building and management is your thing or if you enjoyed SimCity or any of those games really.

Jurassic World Evolution- 60% OFF(Rs 1,428| $21.99)

Now usually I wouldn’t really recommend this game for its normal price but at 60% off, this game does seem worth it. You have to build and run your own Jurassic World. This is first and foremost a theme park sim that’s not too complex that it pushes you away. It’s fun and can be really entertaining so if you’re thinking of trying it, this sale would be a good time to do so.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Collection- 75% OFF(Rs 141| $4.99)

What is this doing here you ask? This is the closest you can get to playing Mario Kart on PC with your friends(Barring Emulation). It’s not just a clone and is extremely fun when played with friends so grab yourself a copy, get your friends to grab one or gift them one since it’s so cheap and enjoy the fun-filled madness of this game.

Sonic Mania- 66% OFF(Rs 226| $6.79)

Another Sonic title but this one is an actual Sonic game. The best one to come out recently and has everything good about the original Sonic games without being a simple cash grab. Brand new levels that take inspiration from the older games and stay true to the roots while still being innovative and fun is part of what makes this title so damn good. It’s also one of the only good Sonic games to come in recent times so, yeah.

The Witcher 3 GOTY- 60% OFF(Rs 400| $19.99)

If you still haven’t played this game, what are you even doing? This game is impressively immersive, well written, filled with detailed and a fantastic audio-visual treat. It’s one of my personal favourite open world games of all time and with the Netflix series coming soon, is a good way to get yourself familiar with the world and character. It’s also got a lot of content in both the main game and DLCs so you’re in for a ride. This should be a must buy if you haven’t played it yet.

Nier: Automata- 50% OFF(Rs 999| $29.99)

I am a tad bit upset at myself for not playing this game sooner. One of 2015’s best games once you play it it’s pretty clear why. The game starts off slow but after 5 hours or so picks up and after that, it was a lot of me going “Wait, what? OMG, that’s so damn cool”. Yes, I used the words cool and rad and this game is exactly that. It’s got great character interaction, an enjoyable combat system, a hauntingly gorgeous world with a soundtrack that adds to it and an intriguing storyline and a dash of that flair that makes a lot of great JRPGs. If you do get this though, get the FAR mod and read the guide for it, otherwise, you won’t be able to play the game properly and an absolute must.

Yakuza 0- 33% OFF(Rs 445| $13.93)

One of my favourite games that I played this year since it finally got a PC release. The Yakuza series of games is one of the most unique sets of games to grace the world. While earlier only available on the PlayStation consoles, this is the first time any Yakuza game has come to PC and it’s quite a good port. This is also the prequel to Yakuza 1/Kiwami and is a great way to get into the series. You play as Kazuma Kiryu, a member of the Yakuza who is trying to clear his name for a murder he didn’t commit. And to do so he sings Karaoke, teaches a lady how to be a good Dominatrix, buys an adult magazine for a child and also beats up a bunch of bad Yakuza men with brutal moves and his various fighting styles.

You also play as Goro Majima, a badass crazy dude who is basically The Joker. Majima also runs a Cabaret Bar which is one of the most fun minigames I’ve played. Do yourself a favour and GET THIS GAME. The boss fights are amazing, the story is fantastic, the voice work is superb and I absolutely love this game and can’t wait for Yakuza Kiwami to come to PC.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider- 50% OFF(Rs 1,749| $29.99)

The game did just recently come out and seeing it go on sale for half its price is good. The game is a conclusion to Lara’s origin story and while it isn’t the best of the series, it’s still a damn good game with beautiful visuals, a lot of actions and a lot of puzzles. It’s a decent game all around and if you want to get it, it’s at its lowest price ever right now so go ahead.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey- 33% OFF(Rs 2,009| $40.19)

The game is surprisingly good and not just a rehash of Origins and is worth your playtime if you’re a fan of the series. However, the game itself needs a powerful system to run well, especially on higher settings so keep that in mind before you buy the game. It can get a little bit repetitive and grindy at times so keep that in mind too if you don’t have the time or patience to do side missions to level up your character.

Monster Hunter: World- 34% OFF(Rs 1,979| $39.59)

Another rather recent title that is on sale. The first Monster Hunter to come to PC and while it was a bit rough when it launched, it has gotten better thanks to the devs listening to community feedback. The game also needs a somewhat powerful system to run at a locked 60fps at 1080p and high so be warned. The end game grind can also get tedious but if you’re playing with friends it should be less so.

Far Cry 5- 50% OFF(Rs 1,499| $29.99)

It’s a Far Cry with a couple of changes to the gameplay loop. The territory is split up that have their own bosses, towers have been removed, you can now have a human or an animal like a bear accompany you or even both if you’d like and it’s set in the glorious land of freedom, ‘Murica. It’s a pretty fun game and if you enjoyed previous Far Cry games, you will quite like this one.

Grand Theft Auto V- 34% OFF(Rs 1,3985| $19.79)

We ain’t getting Red Dead Redemption 2 any time soon so GTA V on sale it is. If you haven’t played this on PC or haven’t tried the Online due to certain reasons you should do it now. It’s quite cheap right now and while I hate how much of a grind the game is at times, multiplayer with friends is an absolute blast and with so much freaking content in Online, you really are missing out on a lot of great times.

BONUS Black Ops 4- 20% OFF(Rs 3,393| $47.99)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is also on sale so if you want to play some Blackout and don’t want to pay full price for it, now is your chance.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2- 50% OFF(Rs 349| $22.49)

This game is an extremely great co-op game that has so absolutely immense replayability and a game that a friend of mine swears by. It takes the Left 4 Dead experience and adds it’s own twist on it in a brilliant way that even comparing the two games is a gross simplification. There are different classes who have different builds and you can change your build based on your preference. It’s absolutely worth playing with a couple of friends. It also has a great soundtrack which I listen to casually.

Dark Souls 3- 75% OFF(Rs 1,074| $ 14.99)

It’s challenging, it’s frustrating, it’s rewarding, it’s filled with hidden lore, it’s Dark Souls. The game is a meme but it also is really good and is absolutely worth playing. I wasn’t a big fan when I heard about the Souls series but I tried it and I want more.

Nioh: Complete Edition- 50% OFF(Rs 549| $24.99)

People tend to liken this game to Dark Souls but the only similarity is that it’s hard and enemies respawn. The combat is top notch, and you get to customize your badass Samurai warrior while fighting weird demons and things from Japanese folklore. It’s a great PC port too and comes with all the DLCs.

Metro Redux Bundle- 75% OFF(Rs 288| $10.18)

The Metro series is really good post-apocalyptic shooters that keep you on your toes and can scare the bejesus out of you. The Redux versions fix a lot of the issues with the games and at this cheap is totally worth getting. Plus, Metro Exodus is coming in a few months so you should really catch up on the series.

That’s some of the deals we spotted on the current Steam Autumn Sale and we’ll keep this post updated when we spot more good deals on great games.

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Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – Hot Takes

It’s grindy, it’s gorgeous, it’s repetitive, it’s fun! It’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey!

Release Date: October 5, 2018
Developer: Ubisoft Quebec, Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an action role-playing video game developed by Ubisoft Quebec and published by Ubisoft. It is the eleventh major installment, and twentieth overall, in the Assassin’s Creed series and the successor to 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins. Set in the year 431 BCE, the plot tells a fictional history of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. Players control a male or female mercenary who fights for both sides as they attempt to unite their family and uncover a malign cult.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Launch Sales Top Franchise Records For Current Console Generation

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey had the best launch week performance in the franchise for the current console generation, publisher Ubisoft announced.

The Ancient Greece-set entry in the 2007-launched series released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 5.

“We are incredibly proud of what the team accomplished with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and humbled by the amazing reception from critics and players,” said Ubisoft senior vice president of sales and marketing Geoffroy Sardin in a press release. “Based on the quality of the game and the very encouraging reactions from players, we expect Odyssey to be one of the top performing Assassin’s Creed games of all-time. Launch is just the start of this epic journey. We have robust content plans for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey that will keep players engaged and exploring the game’s beautiful and compelling world for a long time to come.”


Here is an overview of the game, via Ubisoft:

Developed by Ubisoft Quebec in association with eight other Ubisoft studios, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes players on a heroic voyage through Ancient Greece amidst one of the deadliest conflicts in history, the Peloponnesian War.

In a first for the franchise, players choose their hero, either Alexios or Kassandra, outcast Spartan mercenaries who will explore a beautiful living, systemic open world, where they will uncover the truth about their mysterious pasts and become legendary Greek heroes.

The launch of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is just the beginning; the live roadmap plan is the biggest and most ambitious in the franchise, deepening storytelling through its episodic structure. Season Pass owners will access two major storylines, Legacy of the First Blade and The Fate of Atlantis, with three episodes each and all players will receive the free story missions, The Lost Tales of Greece, along with recurring in-game events and access to Discovery Tour.


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Does Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Push Microtransactions?

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has been out for a couple of days now and there’s been a lot of mixed reviews. Some quite positive, some negative. And some have been trashing the microtransaction part of the game so let’s talk about that for a bit.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has Helix Credits, which can be used to buy skins, weapons and “Time Savers”. Many people have called the game grindy and are angry at Ubisoft for making the game grindy so that people invest in the Time Savers which boost the amount of XP you receive and reduce time requirements for certain things. It basically speeds up your character progress. Now I feel this is for the people who enjoy Assassin’s Creed games but don’t have the time to explore everything and to level up by playing through the side missions, contracts, and the various other side objectives. With a game as long as this, it is a good way for people who can’t make the time for it but still enjoy playing it to experience the story and the most of the game. While I can see why people can attribute its addition to the fact that the game feels grindy, I don’t think it is the worst offender.

Let’s talk about the part that is actually bullshit and is straight up an attempt at cash grab. Heka Chests. Legendary items cost 80 Orichalcalchum( Weapons cost 100). Orichalcum can be found in-game but in very small quantity, about 1 per rock. You get 10 Oricalchum through weekly quests which means 5 weeks of farming. Unless you pay for it of course.  So if you want to get the 2 premium sets that are currently in the game which contain armor and weapons, you will need to farm for a minimum of 10 weeks. That is absolute bullshit in my opinion and needs to be changed to a system similar to the one in Origins.

Ubisoft needs to fix this because besides this and the somewhat poor PC performance, the game has been praised by almost every major media outlet and reviewer and even fans of the series are quite happy with the game and are enjoying playing through it. Let us know what you feel about the microtransaction that is in the game and how it has affected your experience with the game.

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Here’s The Best Way To Play Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is out now and is an extremely fun game. However since it is an RPG game like Origins, there might be times when you may be under-leveled for the mission at hand or maybe you’re someone who just likes to over-level their character and then play. Want to know the best way to level up? Here are a few ways to help you:

Fight at the Arena

The Arena opens up after you finish the side-quest “They Just Want Cruelty” which you get after killing your first mercenary. The Arena itself is at the South-East corner of the map in Pephka. Pephka itself is a level 26 area so go there with caution and as soon as you feel you can go there without getting destroyed. Once there, the Arena is a great place to 1v1 Mercenaries who slowly show up and not only give you XP for killing them also Bonus XP for fighting at the Arena. There’s also Arena Champions who can give you a huge amount of XP and can be fought multiple times to get half of the initial XP that you get from them.

Conquer Forts

Conquering Forts can be quite a difficult task but once you do them, it opens up the Conquest Battle for the location which will give you really good XP. So make sure to do that. While you’re conquering forts, try to chain stealth kills or go for headshots and overpowered kills to increase the amount of XP you receive from killing guards.

Side Quests and Contracts

The good ol’ common sense tip. Side Quests are a great way to explore the map, meet new characters and also to gain some nice XP. While you’re on your side-quest tab, you can see how much XP it will net you by the colour of the XP reward. The colour system is the same as the loot system so Grey is low and Gold is very high with purple being in between. While you’re in a town make sure to pick up contracts from the Message Boards so that you can slowly complete them over time as you play through the game.

That’s some of the few great ways to gain XP in the game when you feel like you’ve hit a wall. Although we do feel that if you keep doing side-quests along with the main mission and take your time to explore the gorgeous and magnificent world, you shouldn’t have problems levelling up.

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Google Project Stream

Streaming as a service looks more viable as the days go by as people are getting access to better internet, and with the slow rise in the price of PC parts. Sony was already doing this and now it looks like Google wants in too with Project Stream.

Project Stream is Google’s game streaming service that will allow users to play games through the Chrome browser on their PC or Laptop. Google has teamed up with Ubisoft and is streaming Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to the select test users that they’ve chosen. Google has stated in the past they want to address issues like graphical degradation, latency and buffering, three of the biggest problems when streaming games, especially AAA titles.

Project Stream is currently only available to a select few people who have signed up for it and the requirements for it state that you need to live in the US, be over 17 and have an internet connection of at least 25mbps to play the games. At the moment it only seems to stream at a max resolution of 1080p at 60fps. Game streaming as a service could be a reality soon with companies and Sony shifting their focus towards it but it replacing gaming on your own PC or Console will be hard. Though, this does give people a new way to play games if they can’t have a powerful PC for some reason on the other but can afford good internet. We also hope to see Project Stream expand to more regions, especially India.

You can read more about Project Stream and sign up for it here.

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You can Climb A Massive Penis In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Did the headline of the post confuse you? Do you think it’s clickbait? I can assure that it is not because, in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, you can climb the naked statue of the Greek God Zeus, including climbing on his intimate parts.

Zeus’ massive statue is built in honor of the Greek God of Thunder, the man who is the leader of the Pantheon of the Greek Gods and to showcase his might and strength, the statue is naked to show-off the impressive body of a God. Ubisoft decided not to shy away and included the whole package down there to allow Alexios or Kassandra to use it to traverse and climb along the giant statue.

There’s even a special line recorded for when you do decide to grab onto his junk so that you don’t fall to your death.  “I should probably not climb on this” is what they say when you climb onto his family jewels. The climb is worth it though as the synchronization point is at the top and the view from there is absolutely breathtaking.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is out now on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC and has received positive reviews from almost all reviewers and critics.

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Top 5 Upcoming Games of the Month – October 2018

Last month was filled with some great game releases, from Marvel’s Spider-Man to FIFA 19. And if you think that the train is about to slow down, well, think again. October is here, slapping us in the face with some more highly anticipated titles. Like always, we’re here with a quick round-up of the biggest games coming out this month.

1. Forza Horizon 4

  • Release Date: October 2
  • Platforms: Xbox One, Windows PC

Delhi streets may not let us drive in peace, but thankfully, we have Forza Horizon 4 to save us. For the first time in the racing genre, you can experience dynamic seasons as you drive around with friends (or foes) in a shared open world. There are over 450 cars to collect and some breathtaking Britain views just waiting to be explored. The game drops on October 2 and is available for the Xbox one and the Windows PC via Xbox Play Anywhere.

2. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

  • Release Date: October 5
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC

From the sprawling deserts of Egypt to larger-than-life Greek statues (and their private parts, apparently), Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the 11th major title in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. 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. Contrary to the previous games, Odyssey has a greater emphasis on RPG elements, with choice-driven gameplay and multiple endings. The game will be available on the PS4, Xbox One and PC on 5th October.

3. WWE 2K19

  • Release Date: October 9
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC

Everyone’s favourite wrestling game is back, this time with AJ Styles on the cover. New and improved animations, and even better graphics with some crazy extensive character creation options – it’s all there. While you’re not busy Royal Rumbling with your friends, you can slam and whack your opponents in MyCareer, the game’s original story mode voiced by the real WWE Superstars. WWE 2K19 will be released on 9th October for the PS4, Xbox One and PC, though you can pre-order the Deluxe Edition and get early access on 5th October.

4. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

  • Release Date: October 12
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC

Getting in on the battle royale action, Black Ops 4 is the latest entry in what used to be the greatest FPS series, once upon a time. Unlike the previous titles in the series, the game will be ditching a single player campaign and focus more on the multiplayer and battle royale. The good thing, however, is that we tried the Blackout beta in September, and it looks promising. Black Ops 4 will be out on October 12 on the PS4, Xbox One and PC

5. Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Release Date: October 26
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Eight years after the first game, and 5 years after GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally coming out this month. Like its GTA counterpart, the game will have an online multiplayer component, that lets you play either cooperatively or competitively with the community. The PS4 download size is a whopping 105GB, so those with a 500GB model, it’s time to say RIP. The game will have a huge map and over 200 animals that you can hunt. Oh, and shrinking horse testicles! That’s right people, we’ve reached a whole new level of realism in video games. Red Dead Redemption will be available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26.

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