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.

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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Call of Duty Blackout’s Top Landing Spots

Call of Duty Blackout can be a very hectic and competitive affair and because of that, you need every advantage you can get. Here’s Call of Duty Blackout’s top landing spots to help you start off in the best way possible.

Nuketown Island

Nuketown Island is a very risky place to go to but can yield great rewards. It’s a goldmine for loot with the underground bunker and the ruined houses however you can be ambushed by snipers when you leave so beware of that. Besides that, the signpost in Nuketown displays how many players are in the nearby area so you can prepare yourself for combat based on that.

Lighthouse

A place that is very risky due to its location on the map. Being down south means that it can be difficult to get back into the play zone, however, there’s some great loot in the tower, especially at the top. Not to mention that there’s usually an ATV that spawns here so you can make a quick getaway if it spawns.

Asylum

This place is great, especially if you’re going up against newer players. While most go here for the zombie kills to get that special loot, many people lay in wait to ambush unsuspecting players who are leaving after they get the good loot. The maze here is also a great place to go to if you’re being hunted by enemies and can even be used to turn the tables.

Rivertown

This is a relevantly safer spot and a good choice if you’re trying to play it safe and slow. The central location of this place means that you can head out towards wherever the play zone is and with the abundance of loot here, you can get quite a bit of good stuff to prepare for when you want to head out of here. It’s best to go here when you’re in a group because people tend to camp here and wait for easy picks so if you’re in a squad and traveling together, they’ll think twice before engaging a group.

Construction Site

The Sniper’s Nest. You have the high ground here but be warned, while it does provide great vantage points, you won’t be the only one with a similar idea. The loot here is good as well and there’s even a helicopter that spawns towards the southwest side in the forest. Get a squad team to go pick that up while you and your buddy secure the perimeter to have a huge advantage in terms of visuals and movement in case you need to make a quick escape.

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Call of Duty Black Ops 4: Blackout Tips to Help You Get Started

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is out and so is the long-awaited Blackout game mode. People have been hyped about this game mode and so far, it’s been delivering a really fun experience. However, you may be struggling or maybe you just want some tips to help you get started. So here’s a couple of tips to help you get started on your Blackout journey.

Do Solo Training

Use the Solo Training mode. It familiarizes you with the weapons, gadgets and even unlocks characters for you to use in Blackout. It’s a great way to get used to the mechanics of the game which will give you an edge when you first start playing the game. A lot of people like to skip this and don’t bother doing it but, you really should.

Wing it

The wingsuit can be used as a great way to get out of sticky situations if you’re in an elevated place. While you can use it when you first jump from the chopper, it can be used whenever you want during the game as long as you have enough height to use it. Set up a trap, get enemies to come towards and jump away as you watch them die.

Zombies Can be your Friends

Zombie infected areas are a great place to go as they can net you a lot of good loot and armour, especially if a super zombie spawns. However, keep in mind that engaging them will draw attention towards you. You can also use these areas to set up ambush spots. Let other players do the dirty work and once they’re leaving with all the good stuff you swoop in and take em down and enjoy that good loot.

Final Circles and Being in Buildings is a No No

Like in all other Battle Royale games, try avoiding staying inside a building during the final circle. Players will probably have a lot of gadgets and utility to either flush you out or bury you alive inside. Unless you have a Trophy System that can get rid of incoming explosives, but even then it’s pretty risky.

Get To the Chopper

Blackout has a huge variety of vehicles to traverse the map but one of the really good ones that can help get you out of a pinch is the Helicopter. Do a bit of research and learn their spawn points because if you’re ever in a hurry, these can really save you and your squad. Not to mention, they’re great for covering long distance quickly in case you have a new plan in mind.

The Power of the D-Pad

The D-pad has a lot of functionality in Blackout. You can scroll through the items of a downed enemy quickly bys using the d-pad. You can also quick equip weapon attachments that are on the ground with the press of a button without needing to go into the inventory menu. Time is of the essence and this is one way to make sure you won’t get caught out while you’re in the menu.

That’s just a few tips to help you get started in the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode. The game is a lot of fun so don’t stress it too much and just go and have some fun.

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Black Ops 4 Has A Lesser Known Split Screen Feature, Works Across All Modes

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 lacks a story mode but has a very robust multiplayer experience that can be experienced in Split Screen mode which has made a surprising come back.

A lot of fans are quite happy and excited about Black Ops 4 and how much fun it is to play but one of the most surprising inclusions for me is the Split Screen feature that is playable across almost all modes.  You can play split screen in the new Battle Royale mode Blackout or in any of the other competitive multiplayer modes. To do so both players must be signed in into their respective PSN or Xbox Accounts and one of them must have PS Plus or XBL. The zombie mode also has a split-screen mode, which is available for up to 4 players, unlike other game modes.

While the Split Screen mode is great, it has its problems. Mainly problems tied to the framerate of the game which seems severely affected and the graphical downgrade when playing in split screen mode. Performance isn’t great and there are moments where lag is very noticeable but as time passes I feel Treyarch could iron out these issues. Also, the PC version of the game does not have Split Screen which to me is quite disappointing and I’d love it if they were to implement this in the PC version too where users can achieve a good split-screen experience.

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Black Ops 4 Has The Biggest Launch Day Numbers In Call of Duty History

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been the biggest day one digital release in Activision history, as announced by the company, breaking the previous franchise record set by Call of Duty: WWII in 2017.

In an announcement made by the company, they further stated that Black Ops 4 also set a new PlayStation record for day one digital games on the PSN Store and, became the best-selling Activision Xbox One digital game on day one worldwide. While both consoles faired well, the PC community also loved the game which was evident from the fact that Black Ops 4 sold more than double the launch day sales of CoD: WWII even though this was their first ever release in Blizzard’s Battle.net platform.

Black Ops 4 is an incredible game, and the community’s response to it has been amazing. We have shattered multiple digital day one sales records, and the number of people who connected online on day one to play has grown year on year,” said Rob Kostich, EVP and GM, Call of Duty. “But probably the most important thing is that the community is having so much fun across Multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout. We are so incredibly thankful for the community’s trust and support. This is just the beginning, it’s going to be an incredible journey with Black Ops 4.”

Black Ops 4 was received quite positively during its beta and this holds true even after the launch of the game. This is the first game in the series without a proper single player campaign and is focused more on the other aspects of the game like the multiplayer and the new Battle Royale mode.

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Shadow Of The Tomb Raider Might Flop Due To Crowded Release Window

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the finale of Lara Croft’s trilogy of how she becomes the infamous Tomb Raider and is slated to release on 14th September. While the game does look great, will it be overshadowed because of the releases surrounding it? Let’s take a look and find out.

Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4 released on September 7th to widespread critical acclaim with many calling it the best superhero game to date, a game even better than the games from the Arkham series. The game has been out for a week and players are still hooked onto it because it has so many things to offer. From side quests to the extremely fun picture mode, this game has PlayStation users singing praises of Insomniac Games’ masterpiece.

But here’s the thing, this phenomenal game is only available on the PlayStation 4 unlike Shadow of the Tomb Raider which will be available on all major platforms. However, those who have spent $60 to buy Spider-Man won’t be so excited to pick up Shadow of the Tomb Raider and might wait for a sale, later on, to pick it up.

Sports titles like NFL and FIFA are going to come out in the coming two weeks and they have a very loyal fan base who would prefer those games to any other AAA titles most of the time. NBA 2K19 is already out and you’ve got even more competition for SOTR. While they aren’t similar titles in any way, they’re competing for the Player’s attention and money.

And as September ends with the release of Life of Strange 2, a sequel awaited by all those who’ve played the original game, September just feels way too packed with either release of a yearly series or a game that people have been waiting for quite a while. October rolls in and so does Forza Horizon 4 also launches on 2nd October but racing games, especially ones like Forza are usually bought by fans of the series or of racing games in particular so I don’t see it affecting things much. The big first release of October though is Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on 5th October and this game is an odd one because it changes a lot of things and brings a lot of series firsts in terms of gameplay and story and since it is part of an established long-running series of games, there’s no way this game is not going to be bought by a huge amount of gamers. Now rolls in a period of about a week after which releases, Call of Duty Black Ops 4.

Call of Duty games always do well and this is surely going to do well because this game also has a lot of new changes and fresh ideas that players have been wanting for a while. Then comes the two weeks during which I feel SOTR could do amazing if it were to even go on a slight sale because people are anticipating Red Dead Redemption 2 and since PC players won’t be getting this game at the moment, it seems like the perfect time to help boost sales for SOTR because once 26th October rolls around, everyone will just be talking about Red Dead Redemption 2. Whether it’s going to be positive or negative talk is yet to be seen but it’s going to be what everyone will be buying and playing.

November starts off slow but picks up with Hitman 2 and Spyro Reignited on 13th November and Fallout 76 on 14th November. The next big release is on 20th of November with Battlefield V. Battlefield V was initially slated to release on 19th October but was pushed to 20th November later which seems like a good move since it is a relatively calmer period for game releases and it won’t be competing with RDR2 or CoD Black Ops 4 for sales in a jam-packed October.

We’ve been spoilt with a bunch of great releases in Q4 of 2018 but SOTR seems to be in a weird place. It releases at the start Q4 but during a very competitive period which could mean bad initial commercial success even if the game is good. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is playable now for those with the Croft Edition of the game and while there seems to be a lot of positive news about the game, it’s release date could hamper its commercial success.  It is going to be interesting to see how this quarter of the year plays out in terms of sales and how games fair commercially.

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