Days Gone is looking to be one of the biggest PS4 exclusives set to emerge in 2019, if everything goes well that is. If the rating of this game is anything short of a 90% the gaming community is going to be pretty upset.
Developed by Sony Bend, Days Gone is a post-apocalyptic open world game which has the gamer playing as a rebellious biker in a society where humans are just as deadly as their undead counterparts. If you’ve seen even a glimpse of this game’s aesthetics and gameplay you’ve probably already denounced this game as a rip-off of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, and its upcoming sequel, The Last of Us Part 2. What’s really different is the premise, environments and the element of it being an open world.
I mean, imagine playing a game which has you, one of Hell’s Angels (biker gang) ripping away at a bunch of zombie freaks you’ve probably seen on everyone’s favourite series, The Walking Dead I’m sure you’ll be pretty excited. PS… I genuinely don’t know if that show is relevant anymore, stopped watching it years ago. I digress. Since the game is literally days away from release we here at Monsoon have put together a bit of info you probably want to know before purchasing this so-called last shot for a PS4 exclusive.
What’s Days Gone?
Come on Joey, have you been living under a rock these past couple of years? This game has literally been advertised everywhere. If you have been in your own bubble playing Fortnite or something, here’s a bit of info on what the game is about. Days Gone is an open world action-adventure survival horror game by Sony Bend, the first-party studio behind Uncharted: Golden Abyss and the Syphon Filter franchise. This game is totally inspired by The Last of Us and Sons of Anarchy. Within the game you play as some dodgy rebellious biker trying to find his way in a post-apocalyptic world decimated by a global pandemic. Sooo many post-apocalyptic games this year, to be frank I’m getting bored of them, this game better be good.
When is it coming out?
As said previously, Days Gone has been delayed a multitude of times but finally we can say that Days Gone will launch exclusively for PS4 on April 26, 2019. Now if you want to play this game before watching the new Avengers movie that’s in your hands mate since they come out on the same day.
Is there a bit of gameplay I can check out for Days Gone?
Surely young padawan, check out a bit of gameplay below:
How does it play?
Days Gone is ultimately set in an open-world where the player will be free to approach every location and objective in a multitude of different ways based on the gamer’s preferences. You can either go in guns ablazin’ or stealthy depending on the circumstances of conflict – these are mostly going to be based on your health, your abilities and the ammo you got in your pocket.
The open-world is vast, with locations that will differ in environments and variations of zombies, or so called ‘Freakers’ – Days Gone’s zombie terminology. Since you’re human and these Freakers are mostly in hordes you’ll likely need to be very aware of your surroundings and the places you visit. Sometimes, being smart and ambushing these enemies by drawing their attention at the right moment and ripping them apart in the masses might be the way to go. In the game you’ll be carrying two weapons, and along with them you’ll have an arsenal of other equipment such as Molotov Cocktails, healing items and axes. This game will give you a lot of opportunities to wreak havoc and have fun doing it. Be creative, be a zombie slaying son of anarchy brother!
The protagonist in this game is a biker, so you’d think his motorcycle will act as the main method of transportation throughout the game’s environments – specifically The Pacific Northwest. You’re right, but it’s not just a motorcycle you have and get to throw away. Think of it as your horse in RDR2, it has character and needs to be cared for and repaired throughout the game. Remember, without taking care of this two-wheeled partner of yours might get you in a scenario where you’re left in the dust and a tasty meal for the infected. If you want to check out our RDR2 Review check it out here.
Apart from the above, the game’s environment will work on a dynamic weather system spanning from all parts of the day – plus it’s a world of choices. The choices you make within the game has consequences, which can result in environment change and the outcome to certain quests.
So another zombie game, what’s the story of Days Gone?
Yeah, I know what you mean. While the developers have been pretty ‘hush hush’ on what the game is actually going to be about. What we do know is that Deacon St. John, the protagonist of the game, is a man who prefers to live in the dangerous outside world than in the confines of civilian encampments, even if it means dealing with hordes of relentless infected. The whole game takes place two years after some global contagion overwhelmed humanity, turning millions of mindless zombies into what is known as ‘Freakers’. They’re pretty quick from what we’ve seen, and they come in groups so be ready for your anxiety levels to reach the roof when taking them on.
Will Days Gone eat a huge portion of my hard drive?
Yes, Days Gone is an absolute monstrosity. The title will take up an outstanding 67GB of hard drive space. It’s huuuuuge… This is the full size of the title once its day one patch has been installed, which in itself is 20GB. Considering what we’ve seen of the game itself, it isn’t a big surprise, but for all those that have a 500GB console, time to equip a better load-out to fight those Freakers at ease. I’m sure you all remember the long install wait for RDR2 to install… lol.
Hell of a lot of trailers of Days Gone:
Open World Trailer:
PS4 From ebay.com Release: 26th April 2019
Borderlands 3 made a lot of waves in the gaming community in the past couple of days. Although, this week the hype swiftly turned into hate and confusion when it was revealed that the game would join a growing list of Epic Games Store exclusive.
Outside of the exclusivity deal with Epic, Borderlands 3 looks like a great game. From the trailer one can already understand that the game will feature a number of series mainstays. These consist of an arsenal of guns, loads of vehicles to obliterate your surroundings and all in a role-playing style progression system, this is coupled with a few new things as well. Something like four new playable characters, “seamless” co-op play and new worlds to explore outside of Pandora.
One thing we absolutely adored from the game’s predecessors is its not-so-subtle box art, and in Borderlands 3, there’s an abundance of great graphic talent.
Gearbox, the developers of the game described it as:
The originals shooter-looter returns, packing bazillions of guns and an all-new mayhem-fueled adventure. Blast through new worlds and enemies as one of four brand new Vault Hunters — the ultimate treasure-seeking bad-asses of the Borderlands, each with deep skill trees, abilities, and customization. Play solo or join with friends to take on insane enemies, collect loads of loot, and save your home from the most ruthless cult leaders in the galaxy.
Epic Games Store Exclusivity
There was news of Borderlands 3’s shift to an Epic Games Store exclusive from a press release sent by publisher 2K Games, where the details of the arrangement received more clarification.
Basically, the exclusivity will last about 6-7 months, from the start of the game’s launch on September 13th, 2019 through a yet to be confirmed 2020 date. It seems like Borderlands 3 will be coming to “additional PC digital storefronts,” like Steam at a later time. At least for you console gamers, this means absolutely nothing and all will stay uninterrupted.
The founder of Borderlands 3, Randy Pitchford of Gearbox was quick to separate the development team from the publisher, stating that they didn’t have control over distribution and platform partnerships.
Even though for a lot of PC gamers this wouldn’t be the ideal approach, Borderlands 3 is boosting Epic Games’ impressive library of games – all starting from The Division 2 and the controversial acquisition of Metro Exodus just weeks before the Steam launch. What a game Metro is though, check out our review here if you want to see exactly what we thought of it.
Nevertheless, Epic Games is disrupting the industry at the moment. While there is quite a bit of anti-consumer sentiment in light of these exclusivity deals, Epic is well-placed with its 88/12 revenue split for game developers, compared to Steam. The debate will rage on though, perhaps until Steam decide to change their tier model respectively.
What we know about Borderlands 3
Yeah, if you’re on here at the moment you probably know most of the stuff above. So, let’s get more into the nitty and gritty behind the game that will be coming out at the end of summer.
Within the trailer, it clearly showcases the Vault Hunters. Players will take control of these characters as they hunt for loot from legendary Vaults and take on the fanatical Caplypso Twins. Among them is Moze the Gunner, Amara the Siren, Zane the Operative and FL4K the Beastmaster. More information and details on the heroes and their powers will be available when the studio reveals the gameplay event on the 1st of May.
What we do know is that Moze is able to summon a mech which others can mount, Amara can summon ethereal arms to brawl with, FL4k controls beasts “ironically” and Zane is very handy for being the trickster assassin. Antagonizing this bunch are the Calypso Twins, attempting to unite the various bandit clans with the goal of taking ownership of the galaxy’s ultimate power.
Predecessors of Borderlands 3 focused a lot on single, sprawling locations on Pandora, but in this game you are given more freedom to travel beyond the planet, where the player will be revealed to astonishing, new and unique environments and enemies. The main thing about Borderlands 3 is obviously the vehicular combat, inspiring Mad Max fans to play this game and be part of the savagery.
Something else which is new and awesome for this upcoming game is the level sync. This makes co-op play a little friendlier by basically scaling the experience for each player, regardless of them playing online or separately, their level, or mission progression.
Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think, and if I was you I’d pre-order the game for access to golden weapons or better yet, try out the previous remastered version of the original 2009 game on PC, PS4 or Xbox One.
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition
PC From cdkeys.com Release: 3rd April 2019
Microsoft has confirmed at last week’s Inside Xbox show that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be coming to PC on Steam
That’s right Halo fans, The Master Chief Collection (MCC) will be coming to PC on Steam and Microsoft Store. Just a little heads up, each game will be released individually and in chronological order. This will help Halo fanatics get the same enjoyment of Halo as if they’re going through the story one more time rather than launching the collection at once with one big bundle. This means that 343 Industries will launch them with the following order:
Halo: Combat Evolved
Halo 3: ODST (Campaign)
343 Industries also stated that this staggered schedule will enable it to ensure that each is “right” with PC features including sliders, 4K resolution, adjustable framerates and remappable keys. Microsoft said that the game will “evolve and grow over time with community input.”
Brian Jarrard, Community Director said that they’ll be “embarking on a journey with our community to build a PC experience that delivers on PC gamer expectations… The team is passionately committed to ensuring that all of the features, bells, and whistles expected in a modern PC title are included with MCC.”
When will the Master Chief Collection be released on Steam or Microsoft Store?
Thing is, anyone hoping for a firm release date will sadly be disappointed, since Brain Jarrard did state that the games will be “ready when they’re ready.” Nevertheless, some good news is that work on Reach and Combat Evolved are being worked on at the same time which will probably decrease the time gap of their release.
Another good note is that if anyone is looking to test out any of the MCC games early on PC can sign for these beta tests. Overarching feedback from the beta testers will then be taken into account before each game’s release. Given that this stuff has happened before, these “tests” might end up extending the release even further. But hey, do we want another Anthem fiasco happening?
Would I be able to buy the collection as a bundle? Or will I have to purchase each game individually?
Since each of the games in the Master Chief Collection will be rolling out individually a lot of people have been asking questions on pricing and bundles. From what the producers have said, fans will have the option of purchasing the games individually OR just buying the full collection straight away. It’s up to you mate.
When is the first public test for Halo Reach on PC?
From what is said, should be pretty soon. The game is currently running and the team is giving the PC UI and controls a “first pass” to make sure it is up to standard. Will keep everyone updated on further announcements.
In case you aren’t aware of Halo: Master Chief Collection, check the Xbox One trailer:
Let’s get things straight. You want to build a good gaming PC but you’re on a budget. You’ve probably heard that your friends have built an ultra-gaming PC using state of the art parts, but they have trust funds and daddy helps them out when they need it. Well, if you’re here it means you want a good gaming computer that can play all the new, but hefty games that have come out recently without tampering with your game’s requirements. A good balance of CPU and GPU power, along with high-end yet cost-effective parts in every category. Getting all the frames you can get per dollar you give out.
The team at Monsoon Gaming wants you to get the best bang for your buck possible. We recommend Intel’s Core i5-9600K, a six core powerhouse with the ability to overclock to 5GHz, if you’re interested in getting a good cooler. We have paired this with the awesome, and affordable GTX 1660ti with its customized technology power armour representing strong eSports power and spirit. I mean you can always get Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 2070 8GB model, but it’s an extra 150 bucks and I’m unsure you want to get in a scenario where you can’t take Becky out for a nice pizza dinner on a Friday night. Other things you’ll find on the build list is a 1TB 7200rpm drive and 8GB of high-speed RAM. The system is anchored with a 600W power supply unit and a hella’ good and affordable motherboard thanks to MSI. After all this, all you’ll need is a cool and hip case but that we’ll leave up to you when taking into consideration your style preferences.
Without further ado, this is our list of components needed to build a stable, modern and scalable gaming PC with lots of room for future upgrades:
EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC From eBay.com Price: $279.99
EVGA is a respected brand for Nvidia graphics cards, and this model comes with a good factory overclock that you pay a bit extra for. Next to other GPUs, this one ends up as a solid offering, and it’s not too large or too power hungry to fit into most builds.
Besides the lack of bling, which can be either good or bad, depending on if you’re a show-off, there are a few things to pay attention to, like the video ports. You get one DVI-D, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort connector. There’s no Type-C VirtualLink connector, but that’s because Nvidia only supports it on the RTX 20-series GPUs. If you’re only using one display, you shouldn’t have any problems, but I like getting at least two DisplayPort connectors on midrange and above cards these days. The card runs quiet and looks nice/
Really and truly this isn’t the cheapest GPU you can buy, but if you’re an enthusiast who is willing to pay a bit more for a good boost in performance, with no fuss than this is a good fit for you.
Motherboard: MSI H310I Pro
While mini-ITX-compatible components come in at a premium, that doesn’t mean that budget-oriented builders can’t build a small-form-factor system.
The H310I Pro comes with support for up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, an M.2 slot that you can use to install an NVME SSD in, MSI’s storage-performance-boosting feature X-boost, and a steel-coated PCI-e lane to support heavier graphics cards.
However, it should be noted that the H310 chipset is pretty well stripped down. It doesn’t offer support for dual channel memory configurations and it doesn’t come with USB 3.1 Gen. 2 ports (it does have USB 3.1 Gen. 1 ports, though.) So, if those lack of features is a deal-breaker for you, you might want to check out the slightly more expensive B360 chipset motherboards.
Ultimately, if you’re working with a tight budget and you want to build a mini PC, your only real option would be to go with a Coffee Lake-based build, as there are no real affordable mini-ITX motherboard options available for 2nd generation Ryzen processors (although, for 1st generation Ryzen chipsets, like the B350 chipset, there are some more affordable mini-ITX options). And, of the ultra-affordable Intel-based mini-ITX motherboards out there, the H310I Pro is probably the best (and most affordable) option.
RAM: HyperX 8gb
If you are building a performance home or office PC that is future-proof, DDR4 is the right way to go along with the Intel’s Skylake architecture. This RAM is perfect for the enthusiasts, video/image editors and gamers, thanks to its ready to overclock heatsink. Sure, there are cheaper DDR4 RAM chips out in the market without the fancy heatsink, but those are only suitable for light computing tasks at home.
At Rs. 2600, the Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB DDR4 RAM is undoubtedly a value for money PC component you want for your high-performance PC.
PSU: Evga 600W
EVGA made quite an entry into the PSU market with their SuperNOVA line. Currently in the mainstream PSU category with two units, the 500B and 600B, EVGA is obviously also taking the mainstream market. One of the most important shares since its volume is the largest of them all, very seriously in an attempt to claim a big share of all PSU sales.
The EVGA 600B unit is 80 Plus Bronze certified, has a single +12V rail, a non-modular cabling design, and is equipped with two PCIe connectors, so it can feed up to two single PCIe-socketed VGAs or a single, double PCIe-socketed card, though a 600W unit should, in our opinion have four PCIe connectors. That said, EVGA probably didn’t want an internal competitor to their lower wattage SuperNOVA units. The 600B’s most notable asset, the same as for the lower capacity 500B unit, is its very good price at which it currently sells, making it one of the most affordable branded PSUs. Combine its affordable price with the three year warranty and you really have a worthwhile package that will easily attract many budget-oriented users.
CPU: Intel Core i5-9600K
The Core i5-9600K is a fantastic choice if you’re a gaming aficionado, and it’s massively more powerful than either of its Core i5 or Core i7 predecessors. It’s a match for AMD’s six-core CPUs too, despite the fact that they offer more threads, although they’re considerably cheaper.
The Core i5-9600K is an iterative update over the previous-gen model. But if you’re shopping for a new processor, it does provide enough of a performance improvement to merit attention. The processor clearly provides the best performance for gaming at its price point, though AMD alternatives are enticing if you’re more interested in productivity applications. Nevertheless, for pure gaming this is the one to go for!
Drive: Seagate BarraCuda 1TB
The Seagate BarraCuda 7200rpm is a 1TB internal desktop hard drive with a 64MB cache and a spin speed of 7200rpm. Seagate BarraCuda’s SATA 6Gb/s interface optimizes burst performance while Seagate Secure models offer hardware-based data security. While this hard drive’s best-fit applications include desktop or all-in-one PCs, home servers, and entry-level direct-attached storage devices this drive is very good value for money and serves its purpose undoubtedly.
It is a very fast 1TB hard drive that is totally a solid choice for a PC Gamer.
Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. Set in the same universe as Titanfall, the game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 4, 2019.
Apex Legends is the new big bad boy in town, with almost every twitch streamer playing this Battle Royale game. Apex Legends is different, and by means of its huge success shows that its uniqueness makes it a game which deserves its downright fame and glory. It’s fresh, it’s cool and it’s superbly fun. Just by mixing the ability to re-spawn fallen players in your squad, selecting characters with specific abilities and strategic components coupled with a pinging system that is absolutely revolutionary (the system makes it so that you don’t have to be talking in-game to work as an effective squad) and you get a game which has blown all other games in its genre out of the pond, lake, river and ocean simultaneously when it launched. You can also play this game for free; be it on PC, PS4 and XBO. Check out the cinematic trailer below:
Micro-transactions are apparent within the game if you haven’t already figured that out. The game comes with six of its eight characters unlocked. Getting the other two, namely: the Toxic Trapper Caustic and the Holographic Trickster Mirage requires you to spend around $15 for the pair. Apart from unlocking the remaining two characters, the rest of the game’s microtransactions revolve around loot boxes called Apex packs, which contains items or Crafting Metals (which are used to unlock more items). These include: weapon skins, character skins, banners, poses, quips and finishers. Although these are really and truly cosmetic. Within Apex Legends you’re capped at 45 loot boxes for leveling all the way to level 100, so at one point or another if you want these things you got to give them your credit card details boys and girls. I know, it sucks.
Nevertheless, you don’t need any of this fancy, shmancy bulls**t to be amazing at this game. Here at Monsoon we want you to achieve your dreams and be the most complete fighter in the world, like Yuri Boyka, or John Wick when they killed his dog. That is why we’ve compiled a bunch of tips below to help you better understand the game, some of these will help you and your team mates survive longer and be the last players standing.
Word of caution, these are just a bunch of tips that helped us in our gameplay, if these don’t work for you that’s fine. It just means you suck, or you’re playing against some eSports League players that are way above your skill-set. Yeah, let’s proceed.
Make a habit of listening in on your Squad’s Chatter
You’re no god, you work as a team. The lines your team-mates’ characters say is not just useless filler. Surprisingly these characters give off useful information; like notifying you when your squad is drifting apart or is too far from the ring. Most importantly, always listen in to Wraith if she’s on your team as she can inform players if there are enemies hidden behind a closed door or if another team has seen you. If you’re playing as Wraith, listen in when she’s mumbling as she will be picking up info on your surroundings, and hit the trigger button when it happens to share it with your team if they’re in your vicinity. I would recommend using Wraith in the game.
Utilize the Tutorials
You’re not a bada$$. Utilise the tutorials, it gives you a safe place to test your weapons and manoeuvres, and you’re free to replay tutorials whenever you like. You’ll still need to work through Bloodhound’s prompts about movement, firing and pinging at the start, but once you’ve passed that stage you’re free to mess around with whatever you’d like. You’ll find all the guns there, including legendary tier weapons like the Mastiff Shotgun. It’s a super place to get an idea of how bullets drop over long distances when fired from specific weapons. Unfortunately you can’t use any attachments to practice with but you get the gist of what is to come.
Look out for Hidden Apex Pack Robots
Around buildings in the map you’ll likely find robots that seem to look like Apex packs; these are loot boxes you can open between matches. You’d probably hear some strange chirping sound, follow that sound and it will lead you to these robots. Track ‘em down and melee them to stay quiet and not waste ammo to get the loot. These robots contain high-tier loot; either purple or yellow, depending on their color.Look for them in corners and out-of-sight places that you’d think the game would put them to keep them hidden away. Think as a robot, be one with the game.
Legendary Yellow Loot has Special Perks
If the loot is yellow, instead of white, blue or purple, then it is the best you can find in Apex Legends. This loot isn’t just better with regard to stats, it’s all about the special abilities attached to it. For example, a yellow body shield will come with the Executioner perk which fully recharges it if you manage to kill an enemy using an Execution move. My personal favorite, the yellow down shield will include a perk that lets you revive yourself ONCE without the help of a teammate. Check out your yellow defensive gear for its extra perks. Don’t forget these perks when you’re out blazing the land.
Executions make you Exposed
We all want that photo finish, especially when you’ve been tracking a guy and you want to finish him off in style. Unlike the faster, more efficient way to kill a downed enemy like shooting or meleeing them, the game lets you walk up to the downed enemy and do a cool looking execution move. While awesome to look at, every time you do one you’re exposed/vulnerable to other enemies around you. When hitting the prompted button, the execution is enabled and you’re put in a lengthy animation that can’t be cancelled where you will not be able to control your character. So if Johnny’s friends decide to come revive their friend and you’re in the middle of an execution they will save their friend and have an easy kill. Efficiency before style my friend.
Lifeline and Ultimate Accelerators
Ultimate Accelerators are super handy, especially for Lifeline. Her ultimate ability, which calls in an orbital care package with three pieces of useful loot is one of the only ones in the game where you don’t need to wait for a combat situation to use it. Characters like Gibralter and Bloodhound will mostly hold their Ultimates until they get into fights, while Lifeline can do it whenever she wants – even during downtime between battles. Sometimes it is better to give Accelerators to Lifeline for the benefit of the team.
Pings are Super Useful
Some players barely use this revolutionary ping system Apex Legends installed into their game. Apart from just marking enemy locations or showing teammates weapons it can do a lot more. Probably you didn’t know, but if you hold the ping button down, you can call up a wheel of pings, including telling teammates where you plan to attack or what you see in the distance. If you open your inventory menu you can ping the slots for armour you’re missing to get help from your teammates; this also includes pinging for help with needing ammo or to keep your teammates eyes out for some attachments. This ping system helps players work together more than ever before.
Doors will not protect your Enemies
Let’s take a situation where your squad has managed to push an enemy team into a closed room, with the enemy team thinking that closing the door will keep them safe. Never in any movie, or life situation has that every kept people safe. So much so, that in Apex Legends this can be seen as an advantage for the team in pursuit. Hitting the melee button will kick the door open and stun nearby enemies, but an even better scenario would be to blow the door open and jump into the hazy and smoky room blasting away like there’s no tomorrow. Silly enemies, in a game like this you got to keep moving.
Use the Balloons
If you’re ever in a scenario that you’ll need to escape from a situation, or you were busy messaging your imaginary girlfriend while you were deployed and end up somewhere super far from your team mates do not fret, not all hope is lost. Balloons floating around the map can be used by means of zip-lining up them to get enough height to re-activate your jetpack you previously used to glide down to the map in the beginning of the match. You won’t get as far, but it is better than nothing.
All Characters have the same Movement
Just cause your character looks nimble or lighter doesn’t mean they’re faster. While all characters are different, and have certain animations that gives off the impression that they’re more agile doesn’t mean squat. Every character’s running and walking speeds are the same, so is their jump height and their speed of climbing walls. Only if you holster your weapon will you go faster, or have a certain perk like Bangalore will you be a speedier character.
No Fall Damage
You heard me, unless you haven’t tried it yet in Apex Legends there is no fall damage at all. Nothing else to say really, happy jumping!
Sacrifice your Weapon for your Fallen Comrade
When one of your teammates gets revived at the revive station they rejoin the battle without any weapons. This can be very problematic for your team. If within your arsenal you have two weapons, then just sacrificing one of these weapons to the revived teammate to give your team a fighting chance will be very helpful in the battle to come.
Sliding is very Useful
While all character movement is the same in Apex Legends, as stated previously, there are ways you can move faster. On any decline, while running and then pressing the button to trigger crouching will put you into a power-slide that gives you more speed AND makes you harder to hit. When going down a big hill, you can catch very good speed. This will help you slide into cover or bump up your base movement speed as you move through the map. It can also help you propel off a ledge and help you ‘glide’. You can also shoot while sliding, making you feel like you’re one heck of a trained soldier.
Major Combat next to the Supply Ship
While crossing the map, before you drop you’ll see a supply ship circling the map. This ship is apparent on your map, it will also show where it will land – the ship is a white icon, while where it lands will be marked in blue. This ship carries an arsenal of good loot, so it’s mostly where all the players try land to get all the high-level equipment. Best to grab what you can and scurry away since most of the players will likely be doing the same.
Feel free to comment below on any other tips and tricks we’ve missed out in the comments section below. Don’t forget, legends don’t choke under pressure! If you want to check out a couple of other games which are coming out in 2019, check them out here.
Time to Level Up your Relationship with the Top 12 Games to buy your Valentine
Cupid’s day is right around the corner. While there are those who are going on a vacation somewhere on a beach, sipping on some Mojitos or going out for a fancy dinner at some fine dining establishment this week, there are also those who prefer something a little more relaxing, in their opinion of course. For some of us, it’s really an excuse to lay down on our sofa and enjoy a little bit of couple gaming, or for those who do not have someone in their life just playing on their PC all night is more than satisfactory for the most romantic day of the year.
While not really the norm, for all those boyfriends, girlfriends and spouses who are still thinking on what they should get their gamer partner for Valentine’s Day we’ve got that covered. We’ve listed our 12 perfect games to get your loved one on the most romantic time of the year, be it s/he has an Xbox One, a PS4, a PC or a Nintendo Switch. Our list will consist of a multitude of game types, these titles will include:
Games to play as a couple (team or challenge).
Games to play alone, in case you’re going abroad or going through a busy time and want your partner to have something to do during that time.
Platformers, shooters and even tricky puzzles are all accounted for…
I’d like to wish all the gaming couples out there a jolly good time this week (please use protection, when playing Fallout 76 due to the huge amount of violent outbursts when crashing). And for those who still haven’t found someone, or are just not interested in finding anyone and prefer spending a night curled up in a ball eating a whole tub of ice-cream and playing with your team mates in a MMORPG, you too should have a great time being you!
These are games that you can play together as a team, focusing to achieve the same goal and utilizing each others’ strengths.
Supersmash Bros. Ultimate
Release Date:December 7, 2018
I love Mario, and if your boyfriend/girlfriend is like me and frequents game stores during Christmas s/he probably noticed that this game was pretty much sold out a couple of weeks ago. Albeit, with good reason. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate perfects the long-beloved Super Smash Bros. formula – combining the fun element of button mashing controller destruction as a little kid and also the single-minded, composed and competitive gamer.
Basically the game focuses on the old fighter we went crazy over in 1999, although this time there’s a total of 76 different fighters you can fight with, most of these being celebrities from other Nintendo games. With a couple of mates telling me that mastering one of these fighters could last you up to a year – I was already trying to figure out the schedule needed to get this done. Sadly impossible on my end. Best to try them all out and then choose your favorites. A game like this is fully customizable to your liking; fighters, game hazards, rule-sets. A game like this will also surely be needed next time you bring your mates over to battle it out, or even when your 5-year old nephew decides to come over for cake or even if you guys have a kid. Don’t let the kid win just cause you’re cute, it’s lame.
Release Date: March 23, 2017
Console: PC, XBO, PS4
If you haven’t heard of the word: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or as many gamers call it: PUBG and your boyfriend/girlfriend is a gamer than I would be questioning a lot of things at the moment if I was you. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a 2017 online multiplayer battle royale game developed and published by the PUBG Corporation.
Many people thinking PUBG is an “every man for himself” type-game is right, but also kind of wrong – the game includes a mode made for two. Instead of going solo or as part of a squad, you may try some “duos” matches with your partner. In this game mode, you and your valentine can team up against 50 other two-person teams, scavenging and shooting to become the last pair standing on a constantly shrinking map. Playing as a two-man team can be pretty strategic, the boyfriend can be the “bait” to other players as a player who’s just in the middle of the field searching for supplies to lure the enemies in while the girlfriend is waiting for an enemy to come into her cross-hairs.
Overcooked 1 & 2
Overcooked 1 Release Date: July 27, 2017
Console: PS4, XBO, Nintendo Switch, PC
Overcooked 2 Release Date: October 27, 2018
Console: PS4, XBO, Nintendo Switch, PC
I bet you love those cooking games you play on your phone. What about a heavily bumped up version of that? Instead of going to a fancy-a$$ place to make you a romantic meal for Valetine’s day why not team up as a duo of master chefs out to save the universe from the evil and hangry (hungry and angry) spaghetti and meatball monster. Instead of playing as a duo – you can even play solo or even up to 4 players. You heard me John and Kate, you can finally Double Date the couple you’ve been calling every other week for some cooking fun.
Overcooked and its sequel tasks you, and up to three others with working together to madly run around a kitchen and prepare meals together. It starts out pretty easy, but can become challenging pretty fast. This is where the power of teamwork, and dedication to the game and to each other comes into play. This game will either make the relationship stronger or let it get burnt.
Competitive games would be best to play with those couples that just want to find some way to blow off steam and beat each other (rather than physically – in a virtual world where nothing genuinely bad can happen to you apart from lose your dignity, but that’s fine).
Release Date: February 4, 2019
Console: PS4, XBO, PC
It’s only been a week since Apex Legends was released, and in that week has swiftly become a worldwide phenomenon. Already being labelled: The Fortnite Killer with over 30 million new players, Apex Legends is superbly fun. If you want to throw a ‘battle royale’ style shooter to your boyfriend/girlfriend to keep them busy or compete against each other, then this new game would be a good start. You and your partner can join an online queue together, and then you’ll be matched with another online player to fill out your squad of three. I’m sure the boyfriend has always asked the girlfriend for a three-way at one point in each relationship, pretty certain that this would not be the way he’d have wanted it to be… but beggars can’t be choosers mate.
Once you’re in, you’re in and you’ll definitely be watching each other’s backs as you flank and outfox the other 19 three-ways and try become the last squad standing. Unlike Fortnite, this game is solely a first-person shooter so it might be a little different to what gamers are used to, but it is one helluva ride! Totally recommend this, and did I mention it’s free?
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Console: Nintendo Switch
The blessed Mario Kart series. At least once in a gamer’s life they’ve played this game – either at home by their lonesome, at a party with friends or at an arcade against a weird snotty kid who always managed to ruin their life with that darn blue shell. Of course this game isn’t that different, well except for a top of the range fine-tuning and a polished UI. Due to these upgrades, I feel as if this Mario Kart is easily one of the most fun and exciting games you and your valentine can play on Switch or any other console for that manner.
Another good thing is that if you opt for the Deluxe version on Switch it also includes; all the DLC maps, a bunch of characters you’d find from the Wii U game and a complete overhaul of the legendary battle mode. Mario Kart 8 is top of the range my friends. If you and your partner like going fast and laughing at an angry Luigi this is totally the game for you.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Console: PS4, XBO, PC, Nintendo Switch
I’m sure all the boys and gals have heard of Dragon Ball! Dragon Ball FighterZ was voted ESPN’s game of the year. FighterZ is complex, yet simple. It is to be enjoyed by fighting game competitors all across the world and there’s no question that any fan of the series will go absolutely nuts on this game. Where past games attempted to get through the huge character roster and keep everything leveled to focus on the larger fan base, FighterZ gets the essence of what its predecessors wanted in each of their games and created a fighting game that gives the player the power of a Super Saiyan. It’s good if one partner really loves Goku, and the other loves Vegeta and you guys want to go toe-to-toe against each other in a gorgeous 2D battle.
Games s/he’d last ages playing:
If your valentine doesn’t really like social play or just plain old fighting games and prefers something with a little more story, a bit of a solo game that really puts the player in another person’s/creature’s shoes than these games below are the best bet. I’d also like to add that the games below are also pretty good if you want to go out, have some fun and feel a little free for a few weeks or so due to some of these game’s lengths for the buyer’s respective Valentine.
Resident Evil 2 Remastered
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Console: PS4, XBO, PC
If you haven’t heard of the game, which would be a travesty, then you’ve heard about the movie. Resident Evil 2 is a survival horror game developed and published by Capcom which as of recently came out remastered/remade/whatever. While not the longest of games, this survival horror game is a masterpiece. All in all, once this game came out everyone went nuts, and for a good reason. Everything in the game is now more deadly and faster than the original. Capcom genuinely showed off how to make a remake the right way. If your valentine loves horror/survival games, then there’s no way they don’t love Resident Evil. Plus you get to see them squirm, which is always a plus. Check out the full review here.
Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild
Release Date: February 3, 2017
Console: Nintendo Switch, Wii U
I had only played one other Zelda game apart from this one, and might I say this was monumentally better than its predecessor. A game which has no limits, super creative, full of surprises and an action-adventure game that will excel in the test of the time. Many believe this game to be the best ever made, and actually managed to outsell the Nintendo Switch itself on launch. It’s a pure open-world, it incorporates complete freedom and an incredible achievement in the gaming world. No Nintendo Switch gamer is complete until he plays this game. And the great part is it’s a pretty long game, so I would genuinely buy it for him/her to keep him/her busy.
If your Valentine just has a Nintendo Switch and you really want to get him a bunch of good games on the hand-held console then check our favorite games of Switch.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Release Date: January 25
Consoles: PS4, XBO
If your partner loves Disney/Pixar then they will love Kingdom Hearts 3. You play alongside trusty Donald, Goofy and King Mickey and travel to multiple Disney worlds like the Toybox (Toy Story), Arandelle (Frozen) and San Fransokyo (Big Hero 6) to help Disney characters out and defeat the evil heartless creatures that plague these enchanted lands. I personally loved my return to the Kingdom Hearts Universe after a 13 years wait, and it was undoubtedly very fun and exciting for me. I enjoyed seeing a bunch of new Disney and Pixar characters that were integrated into the story. Even though this game is a solo game, I’m sure playing KH3 can be a couple’s activity due to the amount of nostalgia and joy Disney can bring. Please also note, that this might sound like a kid’s game (which it can be at points) but can get pretty deep and complex with regard to storytelling. Find the full review here.
Added Bonus: Red Dead Redemption 2
Release Date: October 26, 2018
Consoles: PS4, XBO
As gamers, I’m pretty sure you have all heard about this game and how it took the world by storm in the last quarter of 2018. Who else to take the #1 spot of the best game of 2018 but Red Dead Redemption 2. For those who don’t know, RDR2 is an open world action-adventure game developed by none other than Rockstar Games, the game was produced as a prequel to Red Dead Redemption 1 in 2010. While this game is unlike many other games in the wider genre, which explores fast-paced action and immediate control and gratification like AC: Odyssey, which in my opinion is still one of the best games in 2018, RDR2 will surely be one of the most memorable.
Red Dead Redemption 2, in my opinion, will act as a benchmark for most games in the future. In a weird way, the game can be described as a western world simulator. A game which sometimes can be slow, and boring when traversing between missions, but if you’re up for exploring off the beaten track and finding new animals, landmarks or trying to find a good spot for an in-game selfie then you’ll absolutely fall in love with this well-deserved hyped up game. If you want your girlfriend/boyfriend to spend the better half of a month playing a game non-stop, then this is the game for him/her. Find the full review here.
As seen in previous Kingdom Hearts games there’s always been the inclusion of the Ultimate Keyblade (Ultima Weapon). Not always the best in all the games, for example as seen in Birth By Sleep. Getting the Royal Radiancein my opinion was a better Keyblade overall. In Kingdom Hearts 3, the Ultima Weapon has the best overall stats, not including the Classic Tone which you get if you collect all the Classic Kingdom games across all the worlds. Even though the Classic Tone would be preferable if you’re a magic wielder.
Like its predecessors, acquiring the Ultima Weapon in KH3 requires you to obtain a multitude of rare materials; rarest of all is Orichalcum+. It takes 7 of this material to make the Keyblade, and miraculously there is only 7 of these materials in the game, and each of them have their own little challenge to acquire. Nevertheless, here at Monsoon Gaming we got your back brothers and sisters. Word of caution – you can only get this Keyblade just before the end-game.
So, to get the most sought after Keyblade in the game you’ll need to make it available for Synthesis first. For the Ultima Keyblade to be available for Synthesis you’ll first need to obtain 58 different Synthesis Materials. You can get these when defeating end-world bosses, treasure chests and enemy drops.
When you’ve obtained the 58 different Synthesis Materials you’ll receive the recipe, and first thing you’ll probably notice is you’re a little short on resources. Most probably you’ll be short on Orichalcum+ specifically. The recipe is as follows:
Orichalcum+ x 7
Wellspring Crystal x 2
Lucid Crystal x 2
Pulsing Crystal x 2
Before we get into the Orichalcum+ locations and how to get ‘em in your overly large pants pocket, you need to make sure you got all the other ingredients to synthesize this weapon.
Lucid Crystals and Pulsing Crystals
Lucid Crystals and Pulsing Crystals can be crafted via the Synthesis menu from the Moogles. These materials are unlocked once you’ve collected 30 and 32 Synthesis Materials respectively.
Wellspring Crystals are a little tougher to acquire. While playing the game and gathering ingredients in the meanwhile I had already accumulated a couple of them so I didn’t really bother in finding more. A way which I read is great to gather this ingredient is to get them as enemies drops specifically from heartless you’ve defeated in San Fransokyo. Even more specifically, heartless you destroy from Battlegate 12. If you haven’t unlocked Battlegates yet it means you’re not ready for the Ultima Weapon and sadly you got to progress through the story a little more. Another tip is to make sure you equip the Favorite Deputy Keyblade, as this Keyblade’s passive effect increases the chance of how often enemies will drop items.
Orichalcum+ Locations and Challenges:
As I said previously, Orichalcum+ is rare, damn rare. There are seven of these items in the entire game, the exact amount you need to craft the Ultima Weapon. Here are some tips and locations on where to find them:
#1: Moogle Raffle Ticket
Yes my dear gamers, you can get one of these materials from the Moogles themselves. Getting this specific Orichalcum+ is totally up to chance. Once you get your hands on a Moogle Raffle Ticket, typically rewarded to you once you purchase an item from the store, you go to the mailbox in Twilight Town and mail it to get a prize. Now, you might not get this Orichalcum+ on your first try. What I did was buy 5 potions and 5 tents, got around 8 postcards (raffle tickets) in total, went to save and started the process of mailing these post-cards and trying my luck. If you don’t get it on your first try, reload from that save point and try again. Once you do get it though, there is only one available to win from the Moogle Raffle Ticket. You heard me you lazy gamers, don’t think that this is some sort of cheat. Funnily enough, I was one of those lazy gamers, and spent like 5000 munny buying stuff, receiving raffle tickets and trying to get extra Orichalcum+. I didn’t feel like loading the game all the time. Don’t judge me.
#2: Treasure Chest in the Caribbean
The Caribbean world was one of my favorite worlds in the game. So many islands and secrets across the several islands you can explore. An Orichalcum+ can be found in a treasure chest on Exile Island, southwest from the center of the map. It will be hidden in a small grove – probably the easiest one to get from them all.
#3: Collectible treasures in the Arendelle Sled Mini-Game
This is an icy sled mini-game. After you’ve finished the story section of Arandelle you’ll find Elsa next to the save-point by her frozen castle. Go to her and accept this challenge she refers to and you’ll swiftly find yourself racing against time on this fun sledding mini-game. As you go through the track you’ll likely spot a couple of numerically marked treasures. For you to receive the Orichalcum+ you’re going to have to collect 10 of these treasures. They’re located all over the track so it will be take you a couple of runs to find them all. Excuse me, let me phrase that, it will probably take you around 35-40 tries to find them all. There are so many paths within this track that you easily get confused of where you’re going/where you’ve already been. For some guidance I strongly suggest checking out the video above.
IMPORTANT: You don’t have to get all of them at once, they accumulate every round.
#4: Treasure Chest in the Keyblade Graveyard
This is basically why you can’t get the Ultima Weapon early on. This treasure chest featuring the Orichalcum+ is located at the End of the World section of the Keyblade Graveyard. This can only be accessed right before finishing the game. Simply approach the red transport orb in the open field north of the first KeyBlade Graveyard save-point. Interact with the orb and it will take you to the first part of the End of the World section where you first speak to Chirithy. Instead of a cute soft toy spirit-type creature you find the chest containing the Orichalcum+.
#5: Capture All the Lucky Emblems
You heard me. You’ve got to collect ‘em all mate. You discover at the very start when you arrive in Twilight Town that there’s a special collectable called; Lucky Emblems. These are basically Mickey Mouse symbols Square Enix has distributed across the different worlds in the game. To collect these Lucky Emblems you’ll have to capture a photo of them through your Gummi phone. On standard difficulty, photographing a majority of them will unlock the game’s secret ending. Specifically 60 of them. If you’re in Beginner Difficulty you’ll have to take a photo of all 90, and if you’re on Proud mode you’ll only need to capture 30 of them to watch the secret ending. I strongly recommend grinding your way through the game and finding them all by yourself. But, you can also just check out the video above for a faster approach.
#6: Defeat the big bad Omega Machina Boss in the Eclipse Galaxy
Once the Eclipse Galaxy opens up, this happens when you’ve completed the story missions of all the Disney Worlds, you’ll end up visiting the Keyblade Graveyard by means of your Gummi ship. Before reaching this world you will be introduced to a heavy hitting boss named: The Colossus Pyramid. You’ll hopefully make mince-meat out of this bucket of bolts and get to the Graveyard. Nevertheless what you’ll have to do though is once you’ve defeated the Colossus Pyramid the game will automatically unlock an additional 4 bosses in the Eclipse Galaxy you’ll have to face and defeat. Once you’ve destroyed them, the final boss appears on top of the massive metal ship. The final boss is nicknamed Omega Machina.
Defeating the additional 4 bosses, and the last boss is no walk in the park. If you were playing like me and didn’t give a crap about your Gummi Ship this is where you’ll need to change your ways. Upgrade your health and attack significantly. Once you’ve defeating the Omega Machina Boss you are rewarded with lots of EXP and an Orichalcum+.
#7: Flantastic Mini-Game High Scores
Flans. You heard me, flans – weird, big Heartless flans. You’ve probably noticed on your adventures that once you’ve cleared an area within a world you find these odd-looking desserts protruding from the ground. Collectively, these strange Heartless are the Flantastic Seven. These Heartless allow Sora to play their mini-games across each of the Disney Worlds. If you’re dedicated and reach the high-score for each mini-game you’re rewarded with an Orichalcum+. In total, achieving the high-score for each of the flans surely took me around 3 hours to get, so yeah be ready to spend some time doing this. Nevertheless, they’re fun – slightly daunting at times, but fun. Here’s a bit of info about each flan; where they are, their respective high scores and the rewards.
It is imperative that you receive 3 fruits as a reward from each of the flans once you’ve completed their mini-game to be in the running to get the Orichalcum+.
Cherry Flan Location
High Score: 20,000
Rewards: Sour Cherry x3 + Form-change Extender
You’ll find this flan at the Thebes: Overlook save-point, run up the stairs right behind you and you’ll find it in front of you. This mini-game was pretty easy, my way of getting this done swiftly was to always lay the Trinity sled on the arrows across the floor.
Orange Flan Location
World: Kingdom of Corona
High Score: 23,000
Rewards: Treasure Magnet and Orange x 3
You’ll find this flan once you get to the Tower save-point, go through the tunnel to get out of the Tower area and you’ll find it among the grass. In this mini-game you’ll have to capture 7 picture-perfect photos of the flans across the area. First and foremost, you should skip everyone and go straight to the tree in front of you where you’ll find 2 flans on a tree. Once they jump they’ll merge and become one nice tasty ‘actual’ flan. You’ll have to capture this fast and get it as an ‘Excellent’ photograph as once they merge you’ll only have around 5 seconds to capture the photo. This was a pretty fun mini-game.
Strawberry Flan Location
World: Toy Box
High Score: 17,000
Rewards: Attraction Extender and Strawberry x 3
This flan is by the vending machines next to the Galaxy Toys: Rest Area save-point. This mini-game can get pretty frustrating, but if you manage to understand how the heartless on bowling balls move you’ll be fine. Be sure to stay in the center if you’re stacking heartless, since when you’re on the sides you’ll have a roof on your head and stacking the heartless on top of you will be useless.
Banana Flan Location
High Score: 20,000
Rewards: Grand Magic Extender and Banana x 3
With this flan you’ll need to start off at The Factory: Basement save-point. If you look to your right you’ll see a white door to get you to The Door Vault area. After following the corridor, you will reach a wall of doors. You’ll want to interact with the brown door on the bottom row, second in from the left. Once you’ve gone through the brown door, you’ll have to turn around and you’ll see the Banana flan in front of you. A tip for this mini-game, utilise the Ever After or Classic Tone Keyblade, keep a bunch of ethers on Sora and keep Thundaga-ing the smaller flans fast! Keep your distance from the Big flan as it will gobble you up mate.
Grape Flan Location
High Score: 20,000
Rewards: Unison Blizzard and Grape x 3
You’ll find this flan by The North Mountain: Mountain Ridge save-point. Leap off the mountain between where you start and the Moogle shop and you’ll find the flan right underneath you. Nothing really hard about this mini-game, blow these guys to Kingdom Hearts as fast as possible. Use Thundaga a lot, form changing with the Ever After Keyblade worked well for me.
Watermelon Flan Location
World: The Caribbean
High Score: 29,000
Rewards: Focus Syphon and Watermelon x 3
You will find this flan nearest to the Port Royal: Fort save-point. Pretty straight forward – it is in the center of the courtyard in the middle of the fort. This is the ‘Attack of the Flans’ – the coolest flan mini-game. You’ve got to protect the fort by shooting down the flans using the cannons given to you.
Honeydew Flan Location
World: San Fransokyo
High Score: 15,000
Rewards: Attraction Extender and Melon x 3
You’ll find this flan once you reach The City South District: Night save-point. Get on top of the building behind you, look to your left and you’ll have to reach a building with a circular roof. On top you’ll find the flan. This mini-game is the one I found to be the hardest, as you will be bouncing from flan to flan on rooftops. What’s difficult is that after the 9000 mark you will start triggering free-dive which will making aiming Sora to bounce on the corresponding flan a nightmare.
And there you have it. All the materials needed to get the Ultima Weapon – easily the best Keyblade in the game with a form change that is both astounding and absolutely nuts! You are a complete Keyblade Master!
Post-apocalyptic Russia in 2036/Mad Maxim: Cyka Railroad
From what is seen, and what I’ve experienced till now, Metro Exodus is graphically a masterpiece. The sound and VFX are beautiful, while also echoing a lonely voice from a broken world. Just by watching the trailer it immerses you in a melancholic and crumbled land, in a good way of course, unlike Fallout 76.
The game’s premise focuses on Earth, in total ruin, with your mission as Artyom to find what safety there is among the drastic nuclear devastation. You start off aboard a goliath train, which is known as The Aurora. The protagonist of this story embarks on a trip across Russia in search of a place to call home.
This game spans across all four seasons, and is by far the most ambitious project 4A Games has produced, and with what is being shown at the moment to the populous it looks it for sure! Unlike the series’ predecessors, which was known for its scripted pieces, linear story, and limited exploration, Metro Exodus’s base formula of it all is more of an open-world design. I mean, it’s good for y’all trying to get into the action of most of these open-world games nowadays, but will it be any different? And also, will it keep the current Metro fans happy? Luckily enough, it retains most of everything loyal fans of the series love while changing a few things for, let’s hope, the better. Here at Monsoon we believe in this game, so much so, we included it in the best upcoming games of 2019.
What is the Metro Series?
4A Games debuted a new trailer for Metro Exodus at E3 2018, sadly though, many gamers weren’t familiar with the series. Now that’s a bummer, especially since previous titles like; Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light were killer games. Nevertheless, if you genuinely don’t have the time to buy these games and give them a whirl, here at Monsoon we’ve prepared a refresher for you to catch up on the story till now.
Metro games take place in post-apocalyptic Russia. Humanity has gone underground since there was a nuclear war that turned the surface world in a barren and poisonous environment overrun with creatures of all sorts. The world had become so f**ked up that bullets ended up becoming a form of money.
The player takes on the role of the protagonist in the story; Artyom, a young man born from the Russian Metro itself. While there, some mysterious gangs known as; The Dark Ones attack his home; Exhibition. Due to this circumstance, Artyom leaves to enlist help from the other survivors. He is joined by Khan, a talented warrior/soldier who knows a real lot about the strange stuff happening in the Metro. Apart from this mysterious gang, and the mutants that dwell in these lands there are also the communists of the Red Line and the Neo Nazis of the Fourth Reich. These two have been at war for years, and Artyom ends up getting caught in the crossfire.
After some time, Artyom finally finds the Dark Ones, and as people with revenge on their mind do, blows them up into oblivion. Sadly, this was a stupid and reckless move because you then find out the Dark Ones were actually just humans who mutated from the nukes and were acting in self-defense the whole time. Artyom is an a**hole. But, who knows what’s going through people’s minds in that s**it-hole. Anyway, to the next game!
Metro Last Light
In Metro Last Light Artyom gets a shot at redeeming himself. A year after the sadness and the mistake of Metro 2033, Artyom now ends up being a member of the Rangers. The Rangers are a group of highly skilled and talented soldiers who roam the most dangerous parts of the wasteland on the surface, and the underground for that matter. You eventually meet your friend Khan who tells Artyom that there is another Dark One, a child who is being held captive by the Red Line.
Story goes that Artyom goes the Red Line, saves the kid from General Korbut (Red Line’s Big Boss-man) and ends up finding a group of Dark Ones hibernating in a secret metro. He then calls this child; “the last light of hope.” Lol. That’s where the title of the game comes from, get it?
And with that you’re pretty much caught up. Metro Exodus is shaking things up on the surface now, and hopefully we get to see a bit of Khan on the way!
When is Metro Exodus coming out?
Metro Exodus was announced on 11 June 2017 at Microsoft’s press conference during E3 2017. The game is scheduled to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on 15 February 2019. Sadly for you PC gamers, up until today, the game will not be available on Steam but on Epic Store. Why not Steam though? Why?!
What is the Story and the World like?
Metro Exodus takes place in 2036, two years after the events of Metro: Last Light, specifically after the game’s ‘enlightened’ ending. Players will once again step into the shoes of Artyom, a Ranger living in the ruins of Moscow’s underground Metro system after a devastating nuclear war. His goal is to leave Moscow and find a better life to the east.
I recently got some time to check out the game at a preview event and boy oh boy, what a pretty game this is going to be. At the preview, the player was given the chance to explore the world within three seasons: Summer, Winter & Autumn. Each of these seasons ended up being very diverse with regard to their landscapes and game mechanics. It feels even better when coupled with the outstanding narrative while travelling across the country from season to season.
Since it was pretty much free reign, why not spend a couple of hours playing during the best season of all: Summer – obviously since it’s a Metro game, I meant a nuclear Summer. Sadly though, instead of drinking Mojitos, chillin’ on the beach and catching those rays while checking out the fruitful surroundings you find something entirely different.
The Summer season begins with your mode of transportation stopping suddenly with endless screeching in the middle of the desert. Afar you see a big-a** vehicle with a ton of bandits in it coming your way. To make matters worse, due to the climate it makes it difficult for you to progress. All the while, trying to keep the seriously dwindling survivors hydrated. Yeah, no Mojitos to enjoy in Metro darling.
Just as an example; following a brief (usual) intro, you’re given your equipment and the player is set free upon the land of ‘opportunity’. Well, Exodus isn’t really that much of a land of opportunity, and neither is it that much of an adventure really. It instead gives players ‘quartets’ or environments to explore with objectives and missions contained within these quartets stated. Don’t think these are some puny places, they’re massive and really encourage you not to take the beaten path (that sounds funny) so you can find supplies to keep alive!
The map takes you to an outpost along the shimmering desert horizon (probably full of bad guys waiting to find a lovely human to set ablaze). The player takes the stealthy approach and takes down a couple of guards but the rest of the Metro world doesn’t really care about the plans you set. Out of nowhere you hear a flood of screams followed by tens of mutants swarming the place and killing everything in sight. To be honest, it saved the player some time on the stealth approach but then he was left with a bunch of radioactive creatures screaming and running to brutally kill you.
You probably think this game is some sort of first-person shooter, but if you think your firearms will lead to you glory you got another thing coming. In Metro Exodus relying on just your weapons will easily be detrimental for you and your hopes and dreams. This is a game of patience. It is best you play as a stealthy assassin, avoiding the misuse of medkits, bullets and other valuable resources.
It’s a game inspired by Half-Life, a homage that becomes immediately obvious when checking the game out. While objectives are set for you and are marked, and life off the beaten track is hard it is a necessity for you to explore the environment around you.
I don’t know if my crappy PC can take this game, what are the system requirements?
Metro Exodus, as stated before is going to be a top of the range game, and for you to play a top of the range game you kind of need top of the range hardware to process that. You’re probably asking what kind of apocalypse-beating rig do you need, luckily we have the system requirements needed to play this beefy game the proper way. Check them out here:
Graphics Settings: Low
CPU: Intel Core i5-4440
Ram: 8 GB
GPU: GTX 670, GTX 1050, Radeon HD 7870
Graphics Settings: High
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770k
Ram: 8 GB
GPU: GTX 1070, RTX 2060, AMD RX Vega 56
Graphics Settings: Ultra
CPU: Intel Core i7-8700k
Ram: 16 GB
GPU: GTX 1080 Ti, RTX 2070, AMD RX Vega 64
Graphics Settings: Extreme
CPU: Intel Core i9-9900k
Ram: 16 GB
GPU: RTX 2080 Ti
4A Games’ ambition shows a lot from the clips we’ve seen up until now, including the gameplay. Utilizing the best game engines and mechanics, the people behind Exodus built something very special, or at least looks very special until now. Exploring broken and destroyed Russia seems absolutely delightful. Trailing around dark and disgusting subways with just brief instances of seeing the light outside gets pretty old quick, as seen in previous games.
In Metro Exodus you’re given autonomy to do as you like, well you’re almost free. You’re still sadly stuck with the impossible task to make the world around you ‘work’. I genuinely can’t wait to try this game out properly and experience what its really like to get down and dirty with a bunch of communists, Nazis, mutants and cults. Come on!
Anthem: As a Team you must risk it to take the Biscuit with BioWare and EA’s upcoming Shooter.
Bioware’s Anthem is similar to a promise of becoming part of the Avengers, where everyone is Iron Man in a shared-world shooter. This game looks to have a nice balance of combat with a pretty compelling story – working and battling as One.
Anthem was first announced at E3 2017 and has really stood out from other games coming out due to its advanced graphics and looks-to-be great combat, we even listed it down as one of the best upcoming games of 2019. With a game that’s coming out in a month’s time many gamers have a lot of questions on what this game is actually about? What are the system requirements for this game on PC? And when can you try out the demo? At Monsoon we got all this covered.
What is Anthem?
Anthem is an online multiplayer RPG shooter similar to games like Destiny 2, Warframe, and Borderlands 2. Something that will make this game stand out, apart from BioWare coming out with some awesome narratives in games for the past couple of year, is that the people behind Anthem really took the cake into creating a whole new way into looking at online shooters. The game will be set in a sci-fi future time period, where players will take on the role of a freelancer with an Iron Man exo-suit called a Javelin. Within the game you can choose to play alone or with 3 teammates satisfying combat objectives, exploring different terrains while customizing your Javelin suits and of course challenging bosses left, right and center.
BioWare General Manager; Casey Hudson posted an aptly titled ‘One Month To Go’ message a few days ago where he highlighted that Anthem will launch with a ton of content and a substantial main story, though it will ultimately evolve in a direction dictated by players’ feedback. Here’s what he had to say:
“Back in 2012 when we first conceived of Anthem (then code-named DYLAN), we wanted to create a whole new fictional universe, full of BioWare quality story and character. We also wanted it to be an experience you could share with friends, and to have a story that doesn’t just come to an end but takes place in a world where things are happening right now.
We knew there would be challenges. People are skeptical of the idea of story in an online game, and for good reason. Often, the nature of online multiplayer games tends to fight story agency and interesting character interactions. And, even in the best online games, it’s easy to lose interest or run out of things to do when your friends aren’t online.
We designed Anthem to address these design challenges by trying something new and different. With Anthem, we aim to integrate the fun of multiplayer missions with your friends, and single-player story agency and characters, into a connected narrative experience – set in a world designed to be always changing, and where anything is possible. The result is an intentionally unique structure which is fundamental to Anthem’s design and even the universe its set in.
Anthem will launch with a ton of content, including a substantial main story that introduces you to the world and its characters. But there’s still a missing ingredient that we haven’t been able to test Anthem with: you. So, over the next month as you start to have opportunities to try what we’ve created, I ask you to keep one thing in mind: the launch of Anthem is not the end – it’s the beginning of an ongoing story in which you are a critical element. If there’s something you want more of, we can build it. If something isn’t right, let us know. And the story itself will unfold over time based on how you play the game. Soon, we will reveal more about our plans for how we intend to support that ongoing stream of content and features.”
Just for all those peeps who prefer just going through a couple of summarized points on what Anthem will be about here you go:
Players can play single player or in a team of 4.
You are required to have an internet connection to play the game.
The story is massive, but you wouldn’t really call it a fully blown BioWare RPG.
You can’t romance and get jiggy with NPCs unlike Mass Effect and Dragon Age.
Microtransactions will be present, but what these products offer is merely cosmetic.
Story missions in the future will be free for all players.
PvP elements in Anthem will not be available at launch.
Game will have built-in matchmaking for players – no need to worry about finding a squad.
What’s the Story and the World going to be like?
Basically, the Anthem World is set on an Earth-like post-apocalyptic planet which has been shaped by some mysterious ancestral-type people using a magical tool called the Anthem of Creation. Problem is, them a**holes forgot to turn it off so for thousands of years this Anthem thing has been mutating and changing life while humans struggle to survive against these creatures/enemies, like The Dominion. As a Freelancer, your mission is to help the residents of Fort Tarsis live another day while discovering the secrets of the Anthem of Creation along the way.
So let’s compare this to the MCU, fast forward 1000 years after the trauma of Infinity War, an Earth-like planet has experienced the apocalypse. This was shaped this way due to some mysterious ancestor (Thanos) using a mystical tool called the Anthem of Creation (The Infinity Gauntlet) taking away half the universe’s population, leaving the universe in anarchy. As a Freelancer (guy/girl in an Iron Man suit) your mission is to protect your people while finding where Thanos is and figuring out how to take back the effect of the Infinity Gauntlet to bring back balance to this Earth-like planet, and the universe for that matter. What d’ya think? Did I just literally explain the plot of Avengers: End Game? @Disney sign me up.
What will I be doing in the Game?
Like other games in this genre, for example; Destiny 2, Anthem will feature group-centric and solo activities – these are likely to include dungeons, raids and even open world missions. When not exploring Fort Tarsis as a single player, the open world of Anthem will utilise dedicated servers that supports up to 4 players at any one time. You can either join as a squad or let the game match-make your team with strangers.
Apart from core missions, you can also play Anthem in Free Play mode, where group events will randomly spawn at various locations that reward loot and experience points should you complete them. Within this mode you can level up your Javelin to better perform in your story objectives, while also learning more on the lore of the game, its world and the story behind it.
Apart from Free Play, Anthem’s story is played by means of Missions which you can play solo or with a team. These will consist of scripted encounters that will take you to various places as you learn more about Anthem’s story. Strongholds will also be available, these are basically dungeon-type objectives which requires a full team to challenge. Here you will find your group against difficult enemies and monsters in exchange for more valuable loot. These dungeon objectives will not be integral with the story, and can last around an hour to complete fully.
How will my Javelin fight?
Combat within Anthem will focus a lot on groups. Really and truly, Anthem will be a third-person shooter while piloting a flying Javelin. Players will be given the choice to choose one of four Javelins that will each have their own unique abilities and styles, although they’re free to swap between them when outside a mission. It’s fair to say that these Javelins can be considered as classes of warriors. Each of these exo-suits will have 2 customizable gear slots, an ultimate ability, and a support ability that can be used in battle. Like other games similar to this, enemies will frequently drop loot that can be used to upgrade your gear, offering new abilities and also leveling you up.
I’m sure you’re all interested in what these Javelin classes are, here’s a little info on each:
Rangers: Your standard solider. You can wield all but heavy weapons, you can use various grenades and you have a wicked wrist-mounted launcher to deal extra damage.
Storm: What’s a team without a glass-cannon? Storm is a mage-type warrior that uses 2 types of ‘seals’ to cast elemental damage abilities.
Collosus: The Tank. With the Collosus you can use heavy weapons including long-range artillery and rockets. I know who I’ll be using most of the time.
Interceptor: The Rogue Assassin. Utilising high speed with high damage, the Interceptor will be used for in-and-out type combat using melee weapons to eliminate unsuspecting targets.
Something very cool about Anthem’s combat will be the ability to use combos with multiple Javelin classes – these can deal massive damage to enemies. Groups of players will be able to coordinate special attacks with elemental type damage. In combat, players can trigger these abilities one after the other to perform combos to devastate their enemies.
I’m not sure if my crappy PC can take this game, what are the system requirements?
Well, you better make sure you got a good PC to get the best out of this game:
When is Anthem coming out? And how can I play beforehand?
There was once chatter on the game coming out in Q4 of 2018, but alas Anthem was delayed. Nevertheless, Anthem has confirmed it will release on February 22, 2019 instead.
There are a couple of ways to play this game earlier than stated, although you got some obstacles to go through – for example, Anthem is doing a closed Alpha test but basically anyone can do this and it’s free to sign up. To try it out there’s a basic NDA you’ll need to sign, and sadly access will still be limited. I wouldn’t really do this since starting January 25th, Anthem will also be offering a full demo for Origin Access Premiere subscribers, all those who have pre-ordered Anthem and those who have EA Access. Even if you don’t have any of this, and you’re a lame-o who prefers just buying it off the shelf when it comes out, Anthem will have an open demo for anyone to try on February 1st. Most people are probably thinking; “Nah, this is will be some stupid Beta, I prefer playing the real thing.” Alas, you are wrong young war machine, this will be a traditional demo to showcase the game and everything you would like to experience and know.
To make sure all of you have understood, here’s everything you need to know if you want to try this game out before its release date:
Anthem VIP Demo
Dates: January 25-27
Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
Requirements: Pre-order, or EA Access or Origin Access subscription
It’s still very unclear what exactly will be included within this demo, but it will probably be a small portion of the overall game.
Anthem Open Demo
Dates: February 1-3
Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
This will be an open demo with no strings attached. You can download the demo and try it during this three-day period for free.
Anthem Early Access to the Full Game
Release Date: February 15
Requirements: Origin Access Premier Subscription
Full access to Anthem a week before its official release. All the game’s content with no time limit. Sadly, this will only be available for PC and you’ll need the Origin Access Premier Subscription.
Anthem 10 Hours to Access to the Full Game
Release Date: February 15
Platforms: PC, XBO
Requirements: Origin Access Basic Subscription, EA Access
Players on XBO & PC who pay for EA Access or Basic Origin Access will play the whole game for up to 10 hours.
Anthem Official Release
Release Date: February 22
Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
Requirements: Just buy the game, and stop freeloading!
If over the Christmas holidays the big old fat man with the long white beard (I’m talking about Santa, not weird uncle Maurice) got you a brand new, pretty and shiny Nintendo Switch and forgot to get you a couple of games to play with then Santa’s dumb. To be honest, good old St. Nick isn’t really tech savvy and probably thought that the actual console was a game in itself so we can’t really blame him. I mean, he was born in the year 270AD.
In case this occurred, and even if you’re thinking about buying a Switch yourself, the team at Monsoon Gaming want to help you out. We want to make sure that the first few games you get your hands on are the games that are right for you, be it – Switch exclusives, something for the whole family to enjoy, or just a good platformer. Let us guide you through our Top 10 games on Nintendo Switch.
Other games that sadly did not make the list but truly deserve to be commended are the following: Crash Bandicoot N’Sane Trilogy, Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu/Evee (here’s our review), Into the Breach, Dead Cells, Bayonetta 2, Diablo 3, Okami HD and Fortnite (yes, you can play Fortnite on Switch too!).
#10: Stardew Valley
Release Date: February 26, 2016
Ever wanted a game, which didn’t really feel like a game, but more like chores? And these chores end up becoming super addictive, like a drug? Ever thought about a game like Minecraft, but focused mostly on farming, rather than mining? If so, then this is the game for you mate. Stardew Valley shook the gamer world in 2016, it swiftly became an indispensable game for the Switch. The game felt like a life simulation, with so much depth and content which absolutely us. Forget your worries, wake up in the morning, water your crops and figure out how to get your farm in tip top shape. You then decide to head into town and go to the general store to buy some seeds and end up chatting up the cute guy you’ve had your eye on (In Stardew Vallet general stores were like the grimy clubs of the real world). If you’re not into that and you want to go explore and figure out a few mysteries and secrets of the valley that’s also up to you. One thing is for certain, this game rocks and is perfect for the handheld console lifestyle. I was never so hyped up to do manual labour in my life before this game! Just FYI, if you want something more straight forward and nothing that complex, I might just skip this game though, it is a very calming and low-key type game.
#9: Supersmash Bros. Ultimate
Release Date: December 7, 2018
I love Mario, and if you’re like me and frequent game stores during Christmas you probably noticed that this game was pretty much sold out a month ago. Albeit, with good reason. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate perfects the long-beloved Super Smash Bros. formula – combining the fun element of button mashing controller destruction as a little kid and also the single-minded, composed and competitive gamer. Basically the game focuses on the old fighter we went crazy over in 1999, although this time there’s a total of 76 different fighters you can fight with, most of these being celebrities from other Nintendo games. With a couple of mates telling me that just mastering one on these fighters could last you up to a year I was already trying to figure out the schedule needed to get this done. Sadly impossible. Best to try them all out and then choose your favourites. A game like this is fully customizable to your liking; fighters, game hazards, rule-sets. A game like this will also surely be needed next time you bring your mates over to battle it out, or even when your 5-year old nephew decides to come over for cake.
#8: Hollow Knight
Release Date: February 24, 2017
Hollow Knight is small, yet mighty. A game which holds an abundance of secrets, extreme challenges, and rewards to boot in an underground domain of melancholy. Imagine Castlevania with a huge map and places that can only be explored once you unlock your character further. You can also compare this game to Dark Souls with regard to annoyingly hard bosses, a dystopian type kingdom and the element of losing all your sh*t once you die. At least this game does it in a weirdly funny way and is absolutely worth your time. You wouldn’t think that this works on Switch, but it really does.
#7: Octopath Traveller
Release Date: July 13, 2018
Despite this being a game which in my opinion lacks story elements when progressing through the world, its character growth is sublime – especially when you reap the rewards of your hard work. It’s like the American dream; the great promise of a gamer’s career with exciting boss fights, and the satisfying factor of a job well done which helps you discover more of this game and of yourself (a little cliché right?). The game is pretty retro with regard to its aesthetic, but good golly it is worth every penny when it sucks you into its adventure, locks you in and throws away the key. A game, which has its faults, but is too good to ignore.
#6: Super Mario Odyssey
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Super Mario Odyssey is unlike other recent Mario games, the red Italian plumber doesn’t only walk forward and back in a straight line. There’s no time limit and each level is very ‘hat’ forward. Basically, this game focuses on giving Mario more freedom than ever before. A game which is filled with platforming challenges, little cute secrets and all manners of adventure which feels the same as other instalments but more 21st Century. It’s flat out fun, minus the flat part. Totally recommend this game if you’re a fan of Mario.
#5: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Release Date: May 4, 2018
This is a superb platforming game that has two major drawbacks when it was released in 2014 on the Wii U. These were that it was crazy difficult (almost like all other Donkey Kong games), and co-op was little iffy. It was such a creative and innovative game back then, but due to the level of difficulty many gamers decided to give up half way since they kept dying. This time, the developers thought about this, and Tropical Freeze’s Switch post addressed that problem with a new ‘Funky Mode’ that offered a couple of ways to make things easier for the player. All of this while keeping the same element of colourful playfulness that loyal Donkey Kong fans could enjoy. A very worthy spot, for a very worthy game. Also, the music is the bomb.
#4: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Ah the blessed Mario Kart series. At least once in a gamer’s life they’ve played this game – either at home by their lonesome, at a party with friends or at an arcade against a weird snotty kid who always managed to ruin their life with that darn blue shell. Of course this game isn’t that different, well except for a top of the range fine-tuning and a polished UI. Due to these upgrades, I feel as if this Mario Kart is easily one of the most fun and exciting games you can play on Switch or any other console in that manner. Another good thing is that if you opt for the Deluxe version on Switch it also includes; all the DLC maps, a bunch of characters you’d find from the Wii U game and a complete overhaul of the legendary battle mode. Mario Kart 8 is top of the range my friends. If you like going fast and laughing at an angry Luigi this is totally the game for you.
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Undertale did come out in 2015, and it might look like some weird retro-style JRPG, but it is way before it’s time with regard to its concept. Basically, you’re a human stuck in a world of monsters and with it you decide whether you want to win encounters with violence or be smart and use context-based interaction (joking, talking etc). It’s a very smart game, and keeps close attention to whatever you’re doing and will express the repercussions of your actions in a very surprising way. Despite these grim consequences, Undertale can be very pleasing and pretty funny at times. Whether you make friends, or kill everyone – the writing and the system behind this game is absolutely astonishing, the soundtrack is pretty darn cool and there are lots of plot secrets that many gamers till today still haven’t totally uncovered. I recommend you play this game not more than 2 hours a day, as it sometimes messes with your mind.
Release Date: January 25, 2018
Celeste can be considered one of the most difficult games I’ve ever experienced on Switch. Instead of smashing my console every time I failed, the way this game is done helps me deal with my anger more sensibly. Very strange indeed. Within the game you help your character jump her way up this glorious mountain. This game can be tough as nails at times, and you’ll likely find that any room you enter looks extremely complex but the game focuses on one aspect. An aspect, which is so simple; just jump. That simple beauty of game mechanics coupled with a very charming story, fine-tuned controls and a joyous experience makes this game something truly remarkable, yet so humble.
#1: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Release Date: March 3, 2017
I had only played one other Zelda game apart from this one, and might I say this was monumentally better than its predecessor. A game which has no limits, super creative, full of surprises and an action-adventure game that will excel in the test of the time. Many believe this game to be the best ever made, and actually managed to outsell the Nintendo Switch itself on launch. It’s a pure open-world, it incorporates complete freedom and an incredible achievement in the gaming world. No Nintendo Switch gamer is complete until he plays this game.