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The Outer Worlds: Bethesda’s Worst Nightmare

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The Outer Worlds: a better Fallout than Fallout, made by the ORIGINAL creators of Fallout.

As most people know, and some have experienced, Fallout 76 wasn’t that great and left a lot of Fallout fans with just a taste of the action – longing to be quenched with something more. As you can see here, the game wasn’t that highly rated by the team at Monsoon Gaming.

The masterminds behind the original Fallout game which came out in the 90s and other famous RPGs like Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines have since been working on that very same something to get us back on track. These mastermind developers are Leonard Boyarsky and Tim Cain, and with an impressive pedigree of games as seen above we are surely looking forward to what they have to offer.

Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind the masterpiece which is Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity has revealed its next RPG, called The Outer Worlds. A game which, hopefully, is an answer to our prayers. One of which swiftly became one of the most anticipated games of 2019.

Now, if you haven’t been living under a rock for the past couple of months, most gamers know a fair bit about the game. Nonetheless, we want to make sure you get all you need to make an informed decision on whether this game is for you, which if you’re a fan of the ORIGINAL Fallout games, I’m sure you will genuinely love this RPG. Here’s everything you need to know about The Outer Worlds; its release date, gameplay and more.

When is The Outer Worlds coming out?

From what we’ve gathered, the game will be coming out sometime in 2019. Obsidian hasn’t given us a time window yet but we’re itching to know.

What’s the Story and the World going to be like?

The protagonist of this story starts off asleep on a ship transporting humans to the newly-formed Halcyon colony on the edge of the galaxy. Sadly, this ship ends up getting lost along the way, and with no way of waking up, your character stays in cryosleep for 70 years (not the most innovative start of a game, but anyhow). Somehow, after all that time in the sleeping chamber a scientist manages to wake you up, advises you about your predicament and needs your help in finding and saving your frozen comrades.

From the get-go you are given a choice (obviously a good RPG starts giving you choices straight away to get you hooked into the game) – choose to help him or immediately turn him into the corporate authorities for a cash reward. That is up to you, and your play-style of course. The core story behind this game will be based on your decisions, playing on both sides, with these decision you will then have multiple endings based on the choices you make throughout the game.

Most of the game will be played on the colony mentioned above, this colony consists of two main planets – both very different from one another. One planet has been terra-formed, and is more populated and abundant of refined resources. The other is more raw, wild and home to many aggressive alien beings (what FUN!). From the trailer and footage seen, I gathered that both planets will be very dynamic and bursting with colour and movement, with other gamers likening it to No Man’s Sky. Apart from the colony itself, you’ll also be playing the game on space stations and moons.

Most of you are probably thinking; would this game be an open world? The answer is – not really. The answer is pretty vague, but apparently the developers said that you will not be able to roam freely around the planets. Instead, you will be exploring a section of each one at any time, at your own pace, and with plenty of side-quests you can get your hands dirty, or clean on. Within the game you will easily be able to travel directly between areas without returning to your home base by means of spaceship, with the regular loading screen to render the area’s environment. Now, these areas will be visited again and again over time within the story-line. These areas might also change based on the choices you make within the game and your previous actions during story missions and side quests.

When comparing this game to past Obsidian releases the developers told Kotaku that “a good bit of context for the approach is to think of what we did in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, with potentially more ground to cover and explore in each area.” You’ll be able to roam and visit a lot of the world from whence you start the game with some places that you won’t be able to reach until you progress through the story further. On a side note, the people at PC Gamer also said that there will be some areas that you will not be able to return to. From what can be presumed certain areas will have tougher enemies with greater loot to use as you play.

You are the Master of your own Choices.

As other Obsidian games, and most RPGs nowadays, you’ll be able to solve and finish quests as you deem fit with each choice you make having a repercussion of some sort. In most quests you will choose between fighting upfront, being the stealthy character or talking your way out of situations to complete your objective. Core story quests have multiple steps to them, allowing you to choose your approach to them on the fly.

Normally, perks and stats can help you out (as seen in other games within the same genre) to be a smooth talker and complete quests in your own play style. With this game, it won’t be that easy. You’ll often have to find certain items across the world to play that method of the game, or gather intelligence about that NPC; maybe some blackmail or a bribe of some sorts.

In a one-to-one meeting with gaming journalists, Boyarsky said that they “don’t know” whether a person can actually finish the game in a purely pacifistic manner. I bet there will be some streamers and gamers who will try nevertheless.

Customize your character as you see fit: Skills, Perks and even Flaws are Apparent.

Playing as your character you will have the choice to upgrade your abilities through six main skill trees, these being: Strength, Intelligence etc. This is where you will use points as you progress through the game to upgrade each skill tree going up to 100 points for each. These skills will directly affect what will happen within the game. Example: Higher strength skills will heighten your melee damage with weapons such as swords and what not. These points will leave you to create your own character archetypes; being a brute, an assassin or even a master space cowboy. Let’s hope you can reset some of these points in case you want to switch your play-style half way through the game.

Apart from skills, for every 20 points you dump into one of your skill-trees you are rewarded a perk. Sadly, Obsidian hasn’t detailed what these perks will do exactly, but it probably would be focused on making your life within the game easier by customizing a certain character trait onto your playable person based on the skills you’ve set for yourself.

Something you barely see in games nowadays that will be a unique factor within The Outer Worlds is that you can utilize optional “flaws” as you traverse across the world. These relate to events that you overcome within game-play. Let’s say, you get burned in a fire, which will probably happen very often, you might be given the option of becoming afraid of flames. This might then in turn make you more susceptible to fire damage (this is an assumption). From what is detailed though, you will be limited with the amount of flaws you can pick up, but as Newton’s Third Law of Motion states – For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So once you take on a flaw, you are given a perk in return.

Another cool customization is that you can also choose how you look in the game. Even though the game is played in first-person you can still check out your appearance when the game is paused, or when you let the game be idle. Nothing really that great, but it’s the little things that count.

While the player is given a voice with regard to the choices within the game, your actual playable character is not voiced. Nevertheless, dialogue is hugely important. With each conversation having multiple options to choose from. Some of these dialogue options will be locked until you fill certain skills, these will thereby be locked as an option stating that you wouldn’t have the required stats to choose it. This will then encourage the player to change the build of your character, or simply take some drugs to temporarily buff your character. If only this can be done in real life. Take some drugs, climb a mountain, come back home and continue being a couch potato.

How will combat be within The Outer Worlds?

As stated previously, this game will be set in first person. Combat within the game will include a large array of weaponry – these include, but are not limited to pistols, laser rifles and cool-a** scythes and boomerang-type weapons. These weapons can then be modified, based on your skill-set and so on. Upgrading them with different ammo types as well, like bullets that deal elemental damage. You’ll likely find unique space-age weapons within the game as well, like the shrink ray.

Something we’ve seen before; The Outer Worlds will also have a VATS-style “time dilation” combat mechanism that will let you slow time down to analyse your opponents’ weakened armor and most efficient places to shoot. This will also give you more information on the enemy; like their remaining help. Unlike VATS, in The Outer Worlds you’ll be aiming and shooting manually (that’s a good thing right?).

Your companions will not be as loyal as you think…

You will pick up companions on your travels and as you progress through missions, these companions will then live on a spaceship which will serve as your home base between missions. You will have the ability to pick two of these comrades to accompany you when you leave the spaceship. Like other games, if you choose to fly solo and be a lonely renegade one-man-army you can also do so, and the game will reward you with perks.

These companions will not be the most loyal of battle brothers though, each will have different motivators, which you’ll be able to dig into with Mass Effect-styled side missions. Obviously, if you do something they don’t like, they might just ditch you in the dirt. Best you understand what the companion likes and dislikes so you don’t end up friendless. Nevertheless, these then go back on your ship and you can persuade them to be your companion again.

Each of your companions has a special ability and combat-style. Apart from providing battle support, they will interject in dialogue when faced with discussions with NPCs that are involved in their back-stories. You will also be able to call on their unique skills when the going gets tough, especially if your companion has a silver tongue s/he can help you in certain dialogue options.

This companion based game-play can help in all manners of situations. When putting together a group (you and your two companions) it is sometimes useful to utilize each attribute appropriately. For example, you can be the melee based fighter, the other can be the gun-man and your last companion can be the stealthy trickster to be a more-rounded team.

Also, just for you guys and gals to know. You will not be able to romance these companions. The developers considered it, but ultimately decided against it.

For all those that needed a refresher in a nut-shell:

  • It will be released sometime in 2019.
  • It’s an Unreal Engine 4 game.
  • No voiced protagonist.
  • Modifiable weapons, with some “science weapons” that will have unique and mad effects.
  • Fully customizable character.
  • You have companions with you during the game.
  • These companions will leave if you do something naughty, or at least naughty in their eyes and go back to the home-base. No romance. Sad face.
  • Hacking and lock-picking with no mini-games.
  • 6 sets of skills, with every 20 skill points used you get a perk.
  • Since this is a game by the original Fallout creators, be ready for “dumb” dialogue options.
  • The developer wants everyone to know that the game has a lot of drugs, but he’s not pressuring any of the players to take them.

By the way, here’s the trailer:

Best Upcoming Games of 2019

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The New Year is here, and with it comes a whole new array of games to keep us gamers busy and satisfied. From what is being said in the news, us peeps think this might be the last full year of the current console generation. Usually we would presume that due to this fact the games coming out in 2019 should be the final bow for this console generation’s best developers. We are very excited to see what these game publishers have got up their sleeve. The titles we are looking forward to in 2019 consist of a variety of new games; one being a return of one of the greatest horror games ever to be made, an online shooter from beloved RPG developers and a game that us Disney lovers can’t wait to experience. Without further ado, the team at Monsoon Gaming would like to list the games we’re looking forward to playing in 2019.

(FYI – we’re very excited for The Last of Us Part II  Halo Infinite Dying Light 2 & Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order but since their release dates are not fully confirmed I’m afraid these will not be included in the list).

 

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled 

Release Date: June 21

Consoles: PS4, XBO, Switch

Crash is back in the Driver’s Seat!

I’ve been longing for this game for almost a decade now – casually using a PS1 emulator to replay Crash Team Racing over and over again. To be honest, this remake will be a difficult task for the CTR team. Finding a way to please the original game’s fans while also winning over a generation that recently experienced a game like Mario Kart 8 will be no walk in the park. Yet, I’m pretty sure the earned media this game has will help push it in the right direction, especially due to its huge cult following. This remake will not just be the same game, oh no sir, with new features and content you’ll be doing laps along with your friends and try beat the online leader board for hours of non-stop fun!

 

Days Gone 

Release Date: April 26

Consoles: PS4

The World comes for You.

Probably this will be one of the last exclusive PS4 games with all the talk of the PS5 coming out in 2020, I’m saying probably because Sony has literally been showing off this game at almost all their events (with lots of delays to boot). Despite the setbacks, the game does look promising. At its core, Days Gone is about survivors and what makes them human: desperation, love, brotherhood, and regret and bla bla bla. The real star of the game is its hostile open-world which will feature all manners of monsters, wicked beings and of course other men trying to end your sorry excuse of a life. While I would have loved to be torn apart by zombies in a post-apocalyptic world in 2018, I don’t mind waiting for 2019 to enjoy this experience. Don’t let me down Sony!

 

Devil May Cry 5

Release Date: March 8

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

Rocker Jeff Bridges, Emo Ezra Miller and Justin Bieber walk into the Underworld.

Fire and Brimstone this way comes. DMC is coming back baby! With more demon blowing carnage, cooler hair styles and the power of modern gaming technology. With a series that boasts over 16 million sales worldwide over 17 years it’s no surprise the game is ready to enter the modern world of gaming. This game being the first of the popular series to make its debut in the current generation – bringing back all the things us gamers love: like awesome looking mayhem against them Devil hunters with scourging demon blood in their veins. Come back to us Dante! We’re so excited for this game we did a whole post about it here.

 

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Release Date: January 11

Consoles: Switch

Two Games in One, for Double the Fun!

Even though this game comes out in two days, it’s already being dubbed an awesome Nintendo Switch game. Critics say that rather than changing the Mushroom world around us, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a very approachable and feature-rich game that captures the sense of carefree adventure that many of us felt as kids. More importantly, the game contains a significant amount of challenges, both within its story mode and outside of it. This game has clearly been designed by a team that regards Super Mario World with as much affection as those of us who grew up with it. While this ‘NEW’ game still retains a healthy amount of its Mario magic, it still feels pretty much the same it did seven years ago.

 

Far Cry: New Dawn 

Release Date: February 15

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

Discover a Pink World with the New Dawn.

The Far Cry series has taken me everywhere I wanted to check off my bucket list, exotic jungles, war-torn nations, rural America but this new Far Cry: New Dawn game wasn’t included – something different. I guess, this is what Earth in the Far Cry series looks like post-apocalypse, very pink if I do say so myself. Nevertheless, this premise fascinates me entirely. While all the signs are leading me to the conclusion that New Dawn will feature the same familiar suite of default gameplay I’ve grown to love/get bored of, I still have a very good feeling that this game will be an awesome, if not best entry to the Far Cry series. Touch wood.

 

Kingdom Hearts III 

Release Date: January 25

Consoles: PS4, XBO

The Power of Friendship vs The Darkness.

This is what I’ve been waiting for since 2004. While it hasn’t exactly been a long time since we’ve played a new Kingdom Hearts game, with 0.2 coming out recently and infamous sequels, prequels and re-releases Square Enix has certainly built a huge and passionate fanbase to the Disney based RPG. As most Kingdom Hearts geeks know, Square Enix & Disney have been teasing the launch of this game for quite some time now, especially since concepts of the game began as early as 2006, shortly after the launch of KH2. It wasn’t until E3 2013, after almost a decade in limbo, us KH fans finally found there was hope in Kingdom Hearts. This superb title will not only bring Disney classics into the fold like Toy Story but since Disney has grown monumentally since 2004 fans are awaiting a few surprises being included from Disney’s recent entertainment acquisitions.

 

Mortal Kombat 11

Release Date: April 23

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC, Switch

Brutalities and Fatalities!

I’ve been hearing of a Mortal Kombat-type project coming out in the past couple of months, but I didn’t think that it would be coming out so soon! I find that this gory, hyper-violent game effectively is what gaming is all about. What intrigues me is that Mortal Kombat keeps selling, but really and truly hasn’t changed much in the past couple of years. It’s still over-the-top, it’s still a hard-hitting game and I still love it when I rip Johnny Cage’s heart from his chest. I digress, the game will be featuring a roster full of familiar faces with the same gaming premise, and from what I see in the trailer it will probably live up to the hype it’s always had when a game of Mortal Kombat is about to come out – let’s hope and see.

 

Resident Evil 2

Release Date: January 25

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

The Survival Horror Masterpiece.

One game my ex-colleague didn’t shut up about, the Resident Evil 2 remake. I mean, he was talking about it for years, in fact, rumours about this game date back to the release of the Resident Evil remake for GameCube! Against the tides, and without a doubt I was startled to see Resident Evil 2’s official debut at E3 2018 and guess what? It managed to bring back the memories of my ex-colleague not shutting the f**k up about it, but at the same time it managed to meet my expectations on a game that has been worked on for the last couple of years. Horror meet my ex-colleague.

 

The Division 2

Release Date: March 15

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

Bigger Threats, more ways to Play.

The original Division game was an awesome game that sadly just briefly captures online shooter fans before being buried under some bad design choices and a frustrating lack of updates. Massive Entertainment, Red Storm Entertainment and so on realised this, and are well-aware to make The Division 2 a greater game than its predecessor. They have stated that this upcoming game will be bigger, more story-driven and ultimately more accommodating to groups of gamers. Do you think you’ll give the team behind the Division another chance?

 

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Release Date: TBA 2019

Consoles: Switch

Oh, Mamma Mia, Luigi!

As most of you know, the Luigi’s Mansion franchise has never been perfect. Some might say, it was never that great to start with when it came out on GameCube so long ago. Nevertheless, the original did capture that fun, quirky aspect of gaming that made Nintendo famous when looking at games on the market at that time. Now, whether Nintendo has really pushed this game to the limit is but a presumption but with clever and improved gameplay, plus Nintendo’s recent success this game really might hit the mark on what Switch games really have to offer. We’ll just wait and see.

 

The Outer Worlds

Release Date: TBA 2019

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

It’s like Fallout and Mass Effect had a Baby.

This is a game I think people need. After Fallout 76 I’m sure people got a taste of the action but want more – this is where The Outer Worlds comes in. The game is basically an Obsidian-developed Fallout sequel that many fans have been waiting for since New Vegas. Can you believe it, it’s almost here. 2019 brings an open-world RPG which features creative writing, choice making with true role-playing options that we’ve long been expecting. This kind of looks like the brain child of the producers of Fallout, Mass Effect and something completely new. I cannot wait for this to launch!

 

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Release Date: March 22

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

You are the One-armed Wolf.

I’m not a fan of Dark Souls, the other member of Monsoon Gaming is, but I’m not, I guess I don’t have the patience. And when FromSoftware said that Sekiro would not be like Dark Souls I had my doubts. It looked like Dark Souls and it appeared to be super challenging like Dark Souls. So yeah, I presumed it was like Dark Souls nonetheless. At least, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice borrows some elements from Dark Souls, but is completely different. A new samurai adventure that features a new awesome weapon system and the chance of a second life, rather than losing everything like some other games. So for this game, I will give it a chance and hope it’s not like its predecessor.

 

Anthem

Release Date: February 22

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

Adventure Together, Triumph as One.

Bioware’s Anthem is the studio’s most talked about game in years, while there has been some negative opinions on the game – namely on microtransactions and originality (people are saying this game looks very similar to Destiny) – I am not one of those people. I am personally pretty stoked for this game to come out. Anthem is certainly a game which is different from the RPGs these publishers usually launch, but that’s really the trend nowadays – social play. In the game you will have the ability to team up to three other players in coop adventures. With each player’s choice of javelin exosuit, the game will consist of strategic elements to contribute to the team and take down the objective. What do you think? Will this game stop negative online comments about EA games? Or will they reinforce them?

 

Metro Exodus

Release Date: February 22

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

Post-apocalyptic Russia in 2036!

Who here has played the Metro series? I haven’t, but from what I see I might just buy the bundle before playing this game. The Metro series is one hell of a clever first-person shooter with a great environment for me to wreak carnage upon. As a story-driven first person shooter from 4A games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration (in a non-open world fashion), this upcoming shooter will expand the scope of the Metro concept by taking a new and better perspective on the end of the world.

 

Rage 2

Release Date: TBA June

Consoles: PS4, XBO, PC

Dive headfirst into a Dystopian World devoid of Society, Law, and Order.

I forgot about the original Rage game. I know what you’re thinking; if it was so forgettable, why even put its sequel on this list? I mean it was part of this weird era of shooters that cause huge mayhem bla bla bla. Nevertheless, when viewing the trailer of Rage 2, I then started to think that maybe this game can be awesome. I mean check out the trailer above! It seems like Avalanche Studios brought back Rage from the dead to combine the best of several popular action games to produce something like Mad Max: Fury Road as a game!

 

Gears 5

Release Date: TBA 2019

Consoles: XBO, PC

The World is Crumbling.

Another fantastic exclusive game we’re dying to check out is Gears 5. Its predecessor, Gears of War 4 was an awesome Xbox game, given that its gameplay was slightly (emphasis on slightly) more innovative but the star was its story. A story we did not predict would come from such a game. It seems like Microsoft are loving this, and want to continue advancing this story with Gears 5, focusing on an intimate band of soldiers trying to complete a mission of revenge and redemption. Since this will likely be one of the last XBO’s exclusives, we’re hoping for the best!

 

Crackdown 3

Release Date: February 15

Consoles: XBO, PC

STEP UP YOUR BOOM!

Ever thought what it would be like to play as Terry Crews and have the power of Old Spice running through your veins? Well, Microsoft have finally answered your prayers my children, get ready for the XBO’s hidden gem open-world title from the long forgotten Crackdown series. These games focused on outlandish, superhero-like gameplay giving players the chance to just go wild in a metro setting (this game is not Saint’s Row people, get over it). Since we haven’t heard of the Crackdown series for around 8 years now, open-world games has changed substantially so we hope this game keeps true to its purpose while also updating us with new and innovative game mechanics. I want to be gallivanting around this open-world, blowing stuff up and being an all-round great smelling superhero.

 

Yoshi’s Crafted World

Release Date: TBA 2019

Consoles: Switch

As Yoshi, you’ll leap up High and Gulp down Enemies.

As some of you know, Yoshi’s Woolly World was one of the Wii U’s most underrated titles, and one of Yoshi’s greatest adventures. With this new upcoming game: Yoshi’s Crafted World, it seems like the producers wanted to replicate many of these qualities and create something a little different. I’m going to be honest with you, I have more questions about this game than I have answers. From watching the trailer I’ve found that the Woolly World formula is bolstered by the introduction of a new mechanic that allows players to ‘flip’ a stage and open new paths. Sounds confusing right? Let’s just say it’s not really going to be 2D if you get what I mean? Well it certainly peaked my interest and can’t wait to see what this game has to offer.

Devil May Cry 5: An Emo, a Metal Head and Justin Bieber walk into the Underworld

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Good old Uncle Dante and his Nephews…

Devil May Cry 5 is an upcoming action-adventure hack and slash video game developed and published by Capcom. It is the fifth instalment of the mainline Devil May Cry series, and is scheduled to be released on 8 March 2019.

DMC is coming back baby! With more demon blowing carnage, cooler hair styles and the power of modern gaming technology. With a series that boasts over 16 million sales worldwide over 17 years it’s no surprise the game is ready to enter the modern world of gaming. This game being the first of the popular series to make its debut in the current generation – bringing back all the things us gamers love like awesome looking mayhem against them Devil hunters with scourging demon blood in their veins.

I remember playing Devil May Cry 1 back in 2002 on my uncle’s PS2, I was ten at the time, with my aunt telling me this game will fry your mind. I fell in love with that statement, and wanted my brain to turn into that McDonalds nugget if it meant me playing more of this dark and entertaining game. Nonetheless, it wasn’t until Devil May Cry 4 that I actually started understanding the story further-ish. My brain is still fried, in a good way.

It’s taken a long time for Capcom to bring back the Devil May Cry series, but finally it’s happening. After many rumours and speculation, DMC5 made its debut during the E3 2018 press conference with a staggering trailer as seen above. The game is set for a worldwide release on March 8th, 2019 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. This next major entry has a few different aspects to game, like multiple playable characters and new, upgraded weaponry. This is the game we’ve all been waiting for.

Since it’s been quite some time since the other Devil May Cry games many fans don’t really know what’s going on with this new game, with some fans losing touch with the series and forgetting some major aspects. Well fret not woe demon hunters, we’re here to keep you updated. Here we go.

Also, if you’d like to check out all Monsoon Gaming’s favourite upcoming games of 2019 check them out here.

What is Devil May Cry 5?

Devil May Cry 5 is an upcoming action-adventure game. Developed by Capcom, the long-running DMC series has always been about fast, stylish action while using a variety of unique weapons. Over the last 17 years, the series has gone on to inspire a particular brand of action gameplay, where fast-paced action and challenging battles go hand-in-hand. With every game, the stakes and scope of the series has grown, and DMC5 looks to be the most detailed and elaborate entry yet – obviously.

As most of you know, in DMC4 you played as Dante & Nero, this time there’s someone new you’ll be playing with alongside your white haired demon hunters, the newcomer V. Running on the state of the art RE Engine, the same framework power games like Resident Evil 7 and the Resident Evil 2 remake, the game will surely blow our mind with outstanding graphics and exceptional detail.

Cool stuff, but if I never played the previous games how am I going to catch up?

Damn right there are multiple ways to catch up and play them previous games you so dearly miss. You can check out the DMC HD Collection with the first 3 games in one. DMC4 Special Edition is also available on all modern platforms. Also, as an added extra, if you want to play Ninja Theory’s DMC which, although is not part of the Capcom series, is an awesome entry into the mix you can do so on PS4 and Xbox One, sadly no PC release.

Can I start the series with this game? 

 

Now generally I always advise to play all the other games of the series, and for this one, I’m not changing my mind sadly. Now there is chatter that this game just references storylines and characters of the series within its 16 year history some are saying that it is totally possible to jump straight into Devil May Cry 5. I’m sure the game will get you up to speed of what’s happened and who’s who since this game will work as a ‘standalone’ but nonetheless I do not advise it. Knowing the whole story presume will make your experience playing this game ten times better especially if you’re a demonic diehard fan of the series.

DMC5 will act as a standalone sequel to the events of DMC4 where Nero and Danta fought against the likes of Sanctus and the Order of Sparda. Ironically, next to the other games which barely referenced their predecessors, DMC5 will explain quite a bit on the DMC series, for example like explaining who crafted Dante’s iconic weapons with some DMC2 in this mix as well. Just for you to know this is the proper chronoligcal order for the series of games:

  1. Devil May Cry 3
  2. Devil May Cry 1
  3. Devil May Cry 4
  4. Devil May Cry 2
  5. Devil May Cry 5

So what will I be expecting from DMC5?

Wouldn’t you like to know? Most details at the moment are *hush hush* but from what we know the game will focus on some awesome and thrilling action sequences. In addition to the new weapons and characters as listed above, this game will also include an online co-op mode. Apart from this, DMC5 will boast a training room called – VOID MODE where the player can learn all the different moves and weapons available for the three playable characters.

Who are the playable characters like now?

Nero AKA Justin Bieber

Our lovely demon duelling Nero from DMC4 is back, and one of the main playable leads in DMC5. However, some things have changed, for started his hair, but let’s not get into that. Start from his moves – still utilising is Blue Rose Revolver and Red Queen charged up sword, it’s pretty much the same from that end. However, his cloudy weird demonic ‘Devil Bringer’ hand is gone so instead he’ll be utilising this new ‘Devil Breaker System’ as seen in trailers.

Within the game you’ll be able to purchase upgrades and new enhanced ‘Devil Breakers’ from newcomer Nico’s shop at the game’s mobile headquarters. Essentially, these will be disposable arms that will offer Nero different skills and modifiers to his move-set – for example the Gerbera arm will shoot lazers, the Tomboy will help Nero’s sword become more awesome and the Buster arm will act like the previous game’s Devil Bringer. However, these arms have an element of wear and tear, especially since you’ll be using them to battle huge and enormously powerful enemies. So at one point or another these Devil Breakers will break. Nonetheless, from what is being heard at the moment there will be plenty of arms scattered around the game so finding a new arm along the way will be easy.

Dante AKA Rocker Jeff Bridges

Our old looking devil hunter friend is back, while he doesn’t look the same like in previous games Dante is ever the demon killer we know and love. With a huge variety of weapons, Dante is the superpower when it comes to killing demons. Utilising an array of swords, firearms and gauntlets he’ll quickly makes ends-meet of his fiendish foes. From what we’re understanding Dante will still have the power of ‘Devil Trigger’ significantly amplifying his strengths and abilities. From what is stated, throughout the game Dante will continue acquiring new weapons as he defeats demon bosses and gaining different combat styles ultimately complimenting his status as the strongest demon slayer.

One of the newer innovations for Dante is the option to customize specific loadouts for his melee and firearms. In the pre-mission menu, you can choose which weapons you want to bring with you in mission. If you want to come in fully armed – with up to four melee and firearms each – then you can do so. But if you’re feeling more traditional and want to stick with one melee and firearm, you can do that too. Dante will also be able to use his different combat styles – Swordmaster, Gunslinger, Trickster and Royal Guard – which can open up new moves to use for his weapons.

V AKA Emo Ezra Miller

So, who is this V everyone’s talking about? Well, it wasn’t until the ‘The Game Awards 2018’ trailer that we finally saw what DMC5’s new playable character V can do. Unlike Nero and Dante’s white ‘Sephiroth’ looking hair, V’s look is particularly different, it seems like when he switches to demon killing mode his hair turns white. I guess in the DMC world it’s like going Super Saiyan. Dissimilar to the other two demon slayers, V’s combat will focus primarily on summoning demonic familiars to do his fighting, familiars like in DMC1. Within the trailer we see V summoning demonic monsters like Nightmares, Shadows and Griffons with Emo Ezra Miller chilling at a distance, probably tweeting about his new Fantastic Beasts movie.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, from what is seen in the trailer V can still put up a fight on his own. With his cane he is seen finishing off weakened demons and mounting some large beasts as well. We still don’t know much about him but it will be pretty interesting seeing a character which will probably differ in fighting style from the usual hack and slash type fighting we know from the DMC series.

So how will Co-Op work with DMC5?

DMC5 will feature a new mechanic called the CAMEO System, this will allow players to team up online. This is the second time co-op has appeared in the series, the first being in DMC3 for a particular boss battle. Throughout the campaign and at certain stages within the game, when online, this system will allow other players to choose from the 3 characters to join you on your quest with each of the MAX 3 players each picking different characters, allowing you to complete the level together. Once you’ve completed the level you can even rate their performance. If you decide to play offline, the game’s AI will then control the other characters instead.

How can I try this game before its release? Is there a demo?

Oh yes, there is a demo, but only for Xbox One right now, however in the coming months a second demo will be made available for fans and prospects on multiple platforms. This demo, as seen in Gamescom 2018 and PAX West 2018, will consist of a short mission with Nero fighting his way through the streets, culminating in a boss fight against Goliath.

Kingdom Hearts III: Do you need a PHD in Literature to understand the KH Universe?

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KINGDOM HEARTS III tells the story of the power of friendship as Sora and his friends embark on a perilous adventure. Set in a vast array of Disney and Pixar worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS follows the journey of Sora, a young boy and unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe.

Through the power of friendship, Sora, Donald and Goofy unite with iconic Disney-Pixar characters old and new to overcome tremendous challenges and persevere against the darkness threatening their worlds.

As most Kingdom Hearts geeks know, Square Enix & Disney have been teasing the launch of this game for quite some time now, especially since concepts of the game began as early as 2006, shortly after the launch of KH2. It wasn’t until E3 2013, after almost a decade in limbo, us KH fans finally found there was hope in Kingdom Hearts. Five and a half long years later and KH3 is almost out, and Monsoon Gaming knows most of you have a couple of questions you’re asking.

For more information about our favourite upcoming games of 2018, check out the link here.

Is KH3 actually coming out soon?

Yes, or at least that’s what the KH team are telling us, KH3 is scheduled to be released on PS4 and XBOX One on 25/01/19 in Japan and 29/01/19 everywhere else, obviously the Japanese always get the stuff first. Lucky.

I know what you’re thinking, should I believe this? They’ve taken sooooo long to launch, change in game engine and all, especially since at D23 in 2017 they announced the game to be released end of 2018. Apparently Square Enix requested the game be released simultaneously between Japan and the rest of the world, and since they didn’t want to move the date up, it resulted that the best time to release the game was end of January. Even though in my opinion I would have loved to play the game over the Christmas Holiday but you do you Nemura!

Which worlds will the game take me to?

As most of you know, Disney acquired Pixar to become an even more powerful and gloriously joyful company than it was previously. With this acquisition comes new fruit to bear with regard to possible worlds for Sora, Donald and Goofy to explore. Till today, meaning 13/11/2018 the confirmed worlds are as follows:

  • Corona (Tangled)
  • San Fransokyo (Big Hero 6)
  • Olympus Coliseum/Mount Olympus (Hercules)
  • 100 Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh)
  • Mysterious Cloud World (Unsure what, or where this is)
  • Port Royal (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • Arendelle (Frozen)
  • Andy’s House/Arcade (Toy Story)
  • Monstropolis (Monsters, Inc.)
  • Twilight Town (KH2)
  • Yen Sid’s Tower (KH2)

That all sounds cool and stuff, but, I never really understood the KH Universe, what do I need to know before playing KH3?

I’m going to be totally honest with you, if I was you, and I want to be totally immersed and in line with what will be happening in KH3 I’d grab KH1.5, KH2.5 & KH0.2 and play those and refresh my mind before touching KH3. That’s my opinion, even though Square Enix did mention that out of all the games, you should play KH0.2 as a ‘prologue’ before KH3. Not sure if that’s just a way for you to spend more money on the latest game to boost sales or if it is totally honest, but I kind of trust Square Enix to be frank.

You might think, isn’t KH3’s title a little misleading, since it really isn’t the third game in the series. Well don’t fret my fellow fans, here’s a list of every title, in order of story chronology, not including the remakes, obviously. If you’ve found that you just DO NOT have the time to go through all of these, what you can risk skipping can be found below with a star – * (not recommended):

  1. Kingdom Hearts X*
  2. Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep 
  3. Kingdom Hearts 
  4. Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories* 
  5. Kingdom Hearts 0.2 (beginning)
  6. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days* 
  7. Kingdom Hearts II 
  8. Kingdom Hearts: Coded*
  9. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dreams Drop Distance*
  10. Kingdom Hearts 0.2 (ending)
  11. Kingdom Hearts III 

If you’ve played, or even heard your friend talking about Kingdom Hearts you’ve probably learnt that it is mega-complicated, with an extremely intricate story that many people find difficult to understand. I mean, just by seeing the collection of these games, and their names already merits you a couple of O-Levels to understand their meaning. Walking into KH3 with no preparation might leave your mind in shambles, so I’m briefly going to give you the absolute minimum you need to know to get an understanding of the series:

The whole plot of KH3 is focused on the war for Kingdom Hearts, Xehanort, the main bad guy believes there must be balance between light and dark. To do so, he needs to access Kingdom Hearts (the heart of all worlds) by putting together the 20 pieces of the X-Blade (these pieces are held within 20 different characters).

After Birth by Sleep, Xehanort is split in two – his nobody, Xemnas and his heartless, Ansem. In KH 1 and KH 2, Sora fights both Xemnas and Ansem which results in Xehanort’s resurrection. Since the main bad guy is back, he wants to open that door, the only way to do so is all-out war – 7 lights (good guys) vs 13 darknesses (bad guys).

Seven lights being the keyblade wielders: Sora, Riku, Kairi, Ventus, Terra, Aqua and King Mickey and thirteen darknesses being Organisation 13 – however, since Birth by Sleep; Ventus, Aqua & Terra have disappeared. No doubt, in KH3 we’ll be seeing Sora trying to find them for the ultimate showdown between good and bad.

What’s the wicked new KH theme song?

You knew KH will release an eerie, exciting, Japanese influenced theme song with KH3 that you might put on your Spotify playlist to listen to while on a jog, or in the car like all the other original theme songs of the series. I can tell you from now, singing along to ‘Sanctuary’ at 3AM on the streets of Valletta back in 2005 with some wine in my blood is one memory I will not forget. You also probably though that Utada Hikaru would publish this song in English and Japanese. You were right on both counts, except this time why not include some dub-step in the mix.

In February of 2018, Hikaru unveiled the KH3 theme song: ‘Don’t Think Twice’ in English, and ‘Oath’ in Japanese. Check out ‘Don’t Think Twice’ below:

Now, if you don’t know yet, Skrillex, an apparently massive fan of the KH series approached the team and wanted to do a remix of ‘Don’t Think Twice’. Funnily enough, I guess the KH team said, let’s just create an entirely new song for KH3, and that is where ‘Face Your Fears’ was born, likely to drop right before the game so keep a look-out for any new updates along the way!

 

Got it, so I now understand the story briefly and the information about the KH universe, any other new components to look forward to in KH3?

Hells to the yeah, apart from the new worlds mentioned above like Big Hero 6, Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. Tangled etc. and the new summons like, Wreck-It Ralph & Ariel there a couple of things that we’ve never seen before:

  • Keyblade Transformations – Apparently, as seen in the trailers, your keyblade in the game transforms based on which world you’re in.
  • Mighty Morphin’ Keyblade Wielders – You know, back in the day you’ve always been restricted to three people in your party, but this time, you’ll have FIVE. Yeah, you read it right, Sora, Goofy, Donald and two Disney characters from each world. Imagine the Trinity Limits with that amount of bad boys in your crew.

Top 10 Games To Play This Christmas Season

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The Christmas season is nearly upon us, and with it comes holidays for some, work leave for others or just an excuse to treat ourselves for another successful year of staying alive. 2018 saw a lot of new and exciting developments in the land of gaming; a new 3rd person multiplayer battle game which swept the known world, the re-incarnation of a game that was long thought extinct and a few other surprises along the way. The team at Monsoon Gaming would like to list our favourite top 10 games this year that you, our lovely viewers should play this Christmas Season:

#10: Battlefield V

“The battlefront disappeared, and with it the illusion that there had ever been a battlefront at all. For this was no war of occupation, but a war of quick penetration and obliteration.”

As most of you don’t know, I’ve loved Battlefield Games for quite some time now, only coming second to the Killzone series, RIP. Battlefield 5 depicts World War II, and it does it astoundingly. From the visually stunning graphics to the realistically sounding, looking and functionality of weaponry within the game. Unlike most other games, choosing your weapon for your play style is significantly important especially since these guns aren’t really that advanced if you catch my drift. Moreover, unlike the new COD, Battlefield 5 has a single-player campaign which almost feels like you’ve just been placed in a Steven Spielberg WW2 movie.

#9: Shadow of the Colossus

“The bigger they are, the harder they fall!”

One does not just remaster a PS2 game from 2005 unless it made an impact to the gaming world during that period, and is still relevant today. For those Gen Z viewers, Shadow of the Colossus’ focus is simple, kill a couple of bosses consecutively with no RPG mechanics, levelling up, side-quests etc. Shadow of the Colossus is a game, which if properly launched today would be brave, especially due to its short length, storyline and game branding perception. Shadow of the Colossus enhances itself from its predecessor with absolutely beautiful graphics, smoother controls and performance. For those Gen Z viewers, Shadow of the Colossus’ focus is simple; find and kill a couple of colossal beasts – that’s it. I genuinely enjoyed playing this game due to the difficulty posed and the nostalgia of a better and simpler time of video games. I tip my hat to Sony Entertainment for bringing back a great game, and refreshing it for younger audiences.

 

#8: Monster Hunter: World

“A real friend is one who walks into a Monster Hunt when the rest of the world cowers away.”

Next to all the other Monster Hunters this one can be considered ‘accessible’, myself I’m not much of a fan of the Dark Souls/Bloodborne type combat mechanics – unlike MonsoonGaming’s other team members. But, this game is a breath of fresh air. It is no wonder Monster Hunter: World earlier this year announced that it was the most sold Capcom game ever.

Whether you want to play this game solo, or with friends (with friends is always better), Monster Hunter: World lets you join an amazing journey hunting down beasts and exploring the game’s diverse landscapes.

 

#7: Just Cause 4

“I live for levitating animals, tornadoes, big guns and chaos.”

I’ll be straight to the point with this one. For those that do not know what the Just Cause series is about; a mostly mediocre story, an absolutely huge open world (1024km2 to be precise), one man, a whole artillery of weapons and vehicles, total ridiculous chaos and a multi-purpose grappling hook. Especially now, with this new episode in the Just Cause Series, in the fictitious country of Solis in South America. Apart from the super graphics in the game, nothing much has changed apart from a new weather system with tornados that can create a lot of damage, but this can be done to Rico’s (the protagonist’s) advantage. That, and more realistic and fluid gameplay which can make the imaginable real. Find the full review here. 

 

#6: Fortnite: Battle Royale

“A free-for-all battle that took the world by storm!”

Well, really and truly, this game was released in 2017, but one can say that it was in 2018 that this game properly blew out of proportion with most of the known world playing this game, and it’s not hard to see why! Fortnite: Battle Royale offers players, or teams an energetic multiplayer experience, starting with dropping into a map with nothing but the player’s fists and the clothes on their back to find weapons, and kill each and every last man/woman left to make it out alive. I mean, a pretty simple game, but boy oh boy does it get competitive – spending those sleepless nights with your mates trying to finally win a game can be tough.

 

#5: Shadow of the Tomb Raider

“The extraordinary is in what we do, not who we are.”

Ignoring what happened a few days after launch, regarding price drops and so on, making the Top 5; Shadow of the Tomb Raider was a mighty fine game.  Looking at our favourite tomb raider, Lara Croft, and how she’s evolved from the previous games – making loads of discoveries, losing much of her close ones and killing countless lives changes people. Apart from getting into close encounters with enemies, something which really peaked my experience was the uncovering of mysterious ancient ruins, solving those ‘stereotypical’, and yet challenging tomb raider puzzles, all this while exploring the exotic and beautiful world. Shadow of the Tomb Raider offers up the perfect ending to a fun and exciting adventure with Lara Croft.

 

#4: Marvel’s Spider-Man

“This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I’m Spider-man!”

Coming in at No. 4, our friendly, and all-round bendy neighbourhood Spider-man. Let’s try and move away from the nerdgasm I get with anything to do with Marvel – Insomniac Games’ Spider-man really took the cake when comparing it to other comic book based video games. Apart from the well-written story, its character development and building points, the breath-taking views of New York and Spidey’s awesome suits, what really impressed me with this game is its fluidity. Sometimes it felt almost therapeutic traversing across Manhattan’s sky scrapers. This totally takes the cake as my favourite comic book game ever. Find the full review here. 

 

#3: Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, my oh my, what a game. Probably the game I spent longest playing this year – clocking in around 90 hours (yes that includes RDR2). AC: Odyssey is the latest edition to the epic action RPG franchise. Being set during the Peloponnesian War, the story follows the steps of either Kassandra or Alexios, depending who you want to play as, and their turbulent and marvellous journey within Ancient Greece as a mercenary. As you journey across Ancient Greece you will find new activities, and points of interest about your family, the Spartans, the Athenians, a possibly evil cult and the ancient ones – the Isu.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, in my opinion, due to its game mechanics, its wonderful scenery, the characters you meet – including the people and creatures you battle, makes it THE contender for the no. 1 spot. This was not reached due to something that the Assassin’s Creed Franchise suffers a lot from, and that’s mediocre and predictable writing, especially since AC2. Nonetheless, this was in my experience, the second best Assassin’s Creed to date, with only Ezio Auditore’s Assassin’s Creed 2 in the #1 spot. Find the full review here.

 

#2: God of War

“The hands of death could not defeat me. The sisters of fate could not hold me. And you will not see the end of this day. I will have my revenge!”

Kratos is back, after defeating most of the Greek gods he finds himself wanting peace in an unknown land, soon to find himself in a whole lot of trouble with different Gods – ones that do not take likely to strangers. God of War 2018 is the reinvention of the longstanding hack-n-slash series, this time with more RPG elements, better graphics and a whole lot of character depth. This thrilling adventure falls nothing short of an absolute masterpiece. Something which I cannot stress enough is character depth within this game, previously Kratos was seen as a character fuelled by rage and revenge, in this episode of Kratos’s life we learn that he’s more than just a God killer, we realise that Kratos has compassion and heart. I felt a connection with Kratos, and wanting the best for him and his son. With new enemies, a killer soundtrack, lore, weaponry and creatures to battle, God of War surely takes the #2 spot for me, and the best game in the series by far!

 

#1: Red Dead Redemption 2

“There’s a little bit of cowboy & cowgirl in nearly everyone.”

Who else to take the #1 spot this year but Red Dead Redemption 2. RDR2 is an open world action-adventure game developed by none other than Rockstar Games, developed 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 this year, 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. Find the full review here.