Forza Horizon 4 expansion ‘LEGO Speed Champions’ launches June 13

Publisher Microsoft and developer Playground Games announced Forza Horizon 4 expansion “LEGO Speed Champions” during the Microsoft E3 2019 press conference. It will launch on June 13 for $19.99, and is included at no additional cost for players who own the Forza Horizon 4Ultimate Edition, Expansions Bundle, or Ultimate Add-Ons Bundle.

Here is an overview of the expansion, via Microsoft:

About

Forza Horizon 4 brings the ultimate LEGO Speed Champions fantasy to life. The second major expansion for Forza Horizon 4 invites you to experience the ultimate LEGO Speed Champions fantasy brought to life at the Horizon Festival.

Key Features

  • Explore a Wondrous New LEGO Themed World
    • Explore a new valley filled with LEGO brick structures
    • Find out how fast you can go around the LEGO Speed Champions Racetrack and how far you can jump in the fun-filled LEGO Stunt Park
    • Experience how seasons change an entire LEGO city, airport, UFO crash site, pirate cove and even a LEGO dinosaur dig site
  • Discover Fun New LEGO Brick Challenges
    • Embark on a new LEGO Brick Challenge Campaign that rewards free exploration
    • Build a Master Builder’s House as your Brick Collection grows
    • LEGO Speed Ramps and Destruction challenges are just some of the fun new gameplay you’ll encounter
  • Become a LEGO Speed Champion
    • Collect and race amazing new LEGO Speed Champions cars including the McLaren Senna, Ferrari F40 Competizione and the 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally
    • Race LEGO Speed Champions cars against real world cars with Forza’s renowned physics and handling
    • Be a LEGO Speed Champions hero in a grand finale race on an epic LEGO Goliath route
    • Earn 31 Achievements and 500 GS

Forza Horizon 4 is available now for Xbox One and PC.

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.

Forza Horizon 4 DLC ‘Fortune Island’ Launches December 13

Take a Trip to Fortune Island in Forza Horizon 4

Ben Thaker-Fell, Chief Designer of the Forza Horizon series, announced the first expansion for Forza Horizon 4, “Fortune Island”, which will release on Dec. 13 on Xbox and Windows 10 PCs. “Fortune Island” takes players on an all-new adventure in the remote northern reaches of the British Isles, where they will encounter extreme conditions including fierce lightning storms, perilous cliffside dirt roads, and sweeping paved mountain switchbacks under the mystical glow of the aurora borealis in search of hidden treasure.

Forza Horizon 4 players will also be able to drive all five of Ken Block’s high-powered, custom-built Ford vehicles from the upcoming GymkhanaTEN, the 10th installment of the award-winning, Gymkhana viral video franchise. These rides began rolling out in Forza Horizon 4 earlier this month for Car Pass members with the release of the 1977 Ford GymkhanaTEN, F-150 Hoonitruck and the 1993 Ford Escort Cosworth Group A. Coming in November for all players are the 1965 Ford Hoonicorn Mustang V2 and the 2017 Ford Fiesta RS and arriving in December is the 2016 Ford GymkhanaTEN Focus RS RX.

Forza Horizon 4 “Fortune Island” will be available as part of the Forza Horizon 4 Expansions Bundle which provides players with two game expansions at a reduced cost of $34.99 . Owners of Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition and Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Add-Ons Bundle will receive Fortune Island at no additional cost. Xbox Game Pass subscribers, who do not already own one of the bundles, are eligible for 10% off a bundle or 10% off an individual purchase of Fortune Island.

Forza Horizon 4 – Hot Takes (Powered by HP Omen)

We blaze through the streets of Britain in Forza Horizon 4.

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Dynamic seasons change everything at the world’s greatest automotive festival. Go it alone or team up with others to explore beautiful and historic Britain in a shared open world. Collect, modify and drive over 450 cars. Race, stunt, create and explore – choose your own path to become a Horizon Superstar.

Platform: PC, Xbox One

Developer: Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Release Date: October 02, 2018

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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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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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Forza Horizon 4 Demo Now Available

Race around the open world Britain in Forza Horizon 4

A demo for Forza Horizon 4 is now available for Xbox One and PC. Download it here.

Here is a brief overview of the game, via its store page:

Dynamic seasons change everything at the world’s greatest automotive festival. Go it alone or team up with others to explore beautiful and historic Britain in a shared open world. Collect, modify and drive over 450 cars. Race, stunt, create and explore – choose your own path to become a Horizon Superstar.

Forza Horiozn 4 is due out for Xbox One and PC on October 2. Users who purchase the Ultimate Edition will gain early access on September 28.

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Forza Horizon 4 System Requirements

Forza Horizon has been a series with rich open worlds and a fun racing experience for casual and serious fans of racing games. With Forza Horizon 4 right around the corner, we finally have the official System Requirements for the upcoming game. Surprisingly, it has a lower minimum system requirement as compared to its predecessor, Forza Horizon 3.

Forza Horizon 4 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4170 3.7 GHz or AMD Ryzen 3 1100 3.2 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 740 or Radeon R7 250X
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: TBA (Around 60GB Expected)

Forza Horizon 4 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.5GHz
  • RAM: 12 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB or AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB
  • DX: DirectX 12
  • HDD: TBA (Around 60GB Expected)

While the system requirement is about the same, Forza Horizon 3 did have bad performance on launch but over time with patches, it became a much better-optimized game. We’re hoping that Forza Horizon 4 is better optimized at launch and has a smooth launch since the games are actually quite fun, especially with a group of friends.

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Forza Horizon 4 New Gameplay And Xbox Bundle – Gamescom 2018

Microsoft and Playground Games released new gameplay footage and screenshots of Forza Horizon 4 at Gamescom 2018. Microsoft also shared information about the game’s “Team Adventure” mode and announced two Forza Horizon 4 Xbox One bundles as well:

Team Adventure Mode

As Forza Horizon 4 races towards launch, we got more information about Team Adventure, the new competitive multiplayer mode that allows players to team up and take on the world in races, games and frantic Freeroam Rushes. With brand new Leagues to rise through, unique rewards to be won and prestigious Grandmaster titles to aim for, start picking your teammates now and be ready when the first four-week series begins on Oct. 2 when Forza Horizon 4 launches worldwide on Xbox One, Windows 10 and included with Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox One Bundles

Pre-Order the 1TB Xbox One S ($299.99) or 1TB Xbox One X ($499.99) Forza Horizon 4 Bundle and experience a shared open world where dynamic seasons change everything. Explore Britain, collect 450 cars or choose to join team multiplayer just for fun to take on the best in the world. The Xbox One X Forza Horizon 4 Bundle brings support for native 4K resolution and HDR, and comes with a downloadable copy of Forza Motorsport 7, too.

Each bundle comes packed with an Xbox Wireless Controller, a digital download of Forza Horizon 4, one month of Xbox Game Pass and 14 days of Xbox Live Gold.

Forza Horizon 4 will be available for the Xbox One and PC on October 2nd. Users who purchase the Ultimate Edition will gain early access on September 28.

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