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  1. Game streaming is being touted as the future for the industry and companies like Google and Microsoft have already invested heavily in game streaming infrastructure. Microsoft extended the preview of Project xCloud for Indian users and other regions, however it is currently still in the beta stage. While Google Stadia is officially available to use in the US and UK, the platform has suffered a rocky launch due to some missing features and lack of third-party games. Microsoft, on the other hand, is going all-in by adding even more games to the service at no extra cost and already boasts a larger library than Google Stadia. © Microsoft and Google Project xCloudâs recent addition of Destiny 2, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sid Meier's Civilization VI amongst 12 other new games, brings the total number of games in the library to 80+. Whatâs impressive is that Microsoftâs streaming service has not even officially launched yet, while Google Stadia is currently available to purchase in the US and UK. © Microsoft However, while streaming services are the future of gaming, Google Stadia currently lacks a comprehensive library that can make people switch from traditional consoles. Game streaming will be an important service in countries like India and other Asian regions. If you want to know why, you can read our detailed feature here. © Youtube_Gaming Zone As of now, Google Stadia is currently not available in India or in any other region for that matter, apart from the aforementioned countries. Microsoft, on the other hand, has already opened up its services for preview in every region that has Xbox Live support. It is disappointing to see that Google Stadia still lacks a comprehensive library after launch and things are going to get even harder when the new consoles will launch in Holiday 2020. Having said that, Google has already announced that the service will be adding more than a hundred games in 2020. By the time Google Stadia users get more games to play on the service, we would already have the next generation of consoles by Xbox and PlayStation. Regardless of which streaming services people use, it all boils down to the library of games available and which will offer more value. Currently, as it stands, Microsoftâs Project xCloud offers more value due to the number of playable games for the service. With the Xbox Series X launch scheduled for later this year, we can expect Microsoft to expand the service even more for their users to gain an upper hand over their competitors. View the full article
  2. 2019 was a pretty decent year for gaming. We got some really good titles, but 2020 is when we're expecting to see some ground-breaking and highly-anticipated games. It's safe to say that 2020 is poised to be a super interesting year for video games. Here's a quick look at the top five video games which we can't wait to check out. 1. The Last Of Us Part 2 The Last Of Us was undoubtedly one of the best video games to be out in the last decade. Naughty Dog's uncompromising world of the game offered an experience to gamers unlike no other. And now, with The Last Of Us Part 2, the players are set to return to the same world to take the story forward. The new game will take place several years after the original title in which Ellie is on a quest for vengeance. The game releases on May 29 and we just can't wait to play it. 2. Ghost Of Tsushima Ghost Of Tsushima was teased a long time back and there's been a lot of hype surrounding it ever since. It's being developed by Sucker Punch, the studio behind the open-world action series Infamous. Ghost Of Tsushima is a fictional game set in the 1274 Japan. You'll be playing as Jin Sakai, who's said to be the last standing samurai in island of Tsushima. We still don't have a release date for the game, but it's said to be coming out sometime in summer this year. 3. Half-Life: Alyx In all fairness, Half-Life: Alyx isn't the Half-Life 3 that Valve had promised us. It's a PC VR title that's said to be coming out in March. Half-Life:Alyx is a new instalment in the series, but unfortunately, we know nothing about the story just yet. So, we'll have to wait for the developers to drop more info. 4. Iron Man VR This is the second and the last VR game in the list, but Iron Man VR is something that we've been wanting to play since the moment it was announced. The idea behind the game is to literally be an Iron Man, which looks just as fascinating as it sounds. We'll get to suit up and be the fallen Avenger himself, and that itself has us all excited. The game comes out on February 28, exclusively on PS4 for PSVR. 5. Cyberpunk 2077 There's no way we can end the list without adding Cyberpunk 2077. A game with a guest appearance by Keanu Reeves, soundtrack by artists including Grimes, Run the Jewels, and A$AP Rocky, and the fact that it's being developed by Witcher studio CD Projekt Red! What else could you possibly need for a game in 2020? The game comes out in April 16, and we'll definitely have more to talk about it when it comes out. View the full article
  3. Have you ever noticed the "Games" button inside some applications like your mobile web browser or, say, a wallet app? Weird, right? Like why would there be an option to play games on a casual app that has nothing to do with gaming? Turns out, it's a strategy used by app makers to boost user engagement. In simple terms, it makes users spend more time within their app and even makes one come back for more. It's called gamification, and a lot of apps that you use on a day-to-day basis use it. Just go back to your phone right now and see how many of the apps you use on a daily basis have games inside them. You'll be surprised. © Gamezop An Indian company called "Gamezop" is one of the major players in this industry. It's essentially a gaming platform that powers gaming experience in thousands of app in India. We're talking about HTML5 games here, so they're nothing intense. But they can be super addictive at times, making you come back for more. And that addiction is what these platforms like Gamezop are banking on. To get a better understanding of how these games work and how platforms like Gamezop are thriving on them, I spoke to Yashash Agrawal, one of the founding members of Gamezop. © YouTube "At Gamezop, our goal is to acquire more users and cater to them rather than pushing app installs. It has allowed us to reach millions of users without any marketing spend whatsoever," said Yash when I asked him about his company. In case you're still scratching your head, let me tell you that Gamezop is merely acting as a distribution network for these games. No, they're not making games of their own. Instead, they license these games from over 250 partners and put them in the right place. And when I say right place, I really mean it. These games are positioned in a way to grab maximum attention. They even show up as pop-ups on certain apps, so the chances of you missing it are quite less. But How Are They Making Money Out Of This? Ads! As an aggregator, Gamezop has managed to place its games on some of the most popular apps like Mozilla Firefox, Ixigo, NewsPoint, among others. So whenever a user decides to play a game, he/ she will have to sit through an ad. It's similar to how you watch videos on YouTube. Obviously, I wasn't given an accurate number when it comes to the revenue, but given the number of monthly active users, I am inclined to believe that I'd be aplenty. And it must've gotten only better with the introduction of real-money gaming format. When it comes to such games, users will be asked to pay money to enter a game that promises real-money prizes. That's directly going to the aggregator, which in this case is Gamezop, without having to rely on an ad impression. The Way Forward According to Yash, there's a huge scope to expand their operations. I've been told that Gamezop has 800 partners in India. But considering the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of apps from Indian developers alone, with millions more worldwide, I can only imagine the growth opportunity here. Yash and the team seem to be quite optimistic about their business model and they think the affordable mobile data and the need for entertainment on-the-go are going to make things better. These games are obviously not for everyone. Some of you may even hate these, but it's worth making a note that millions of users still enjoy playing them over other mainstream titles. They're easy to access and free-to-play. What else do you need? View the full article
  4. PlayStation Plus subscribers will be starting this year with games that have been long-awaited by fans. Each month, Sony gives out free games for PS Plus subscribers and the lineup for January 2020 includes four games. Out of the four games, the entire first trilogy of the of Uncharted series will be free along with Goat Simulator. © Sony Computer Entertainment As long as you have an active PlayStation Plus subscription, you can download both games on PlayStation 4 from January 7. The Nathan Drake Collection includes Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. If you haven't played any of these games till now or did not have a PlayStation 3, you should definitely add this to your personal library. The game will be available for free till February 3, 2020. Last month, Sony included Titanfall 2 that was part of the December 2018 PS Plus games and will be free until January 6, 2020. Along with The Nathan Drake Collection you will also get a sandbox game called Goat Simulator. It is a great casual game where you control a goat and experiment with the environment using very accurate physics. It is a great game to simply pass time or blow off some steam after a long day. In order to get the free games, your PS Plus subscription needs to be active for you to play the games. If your subscription lapses, the games will be locked out of your library and can only be used once you have restarted the subscription. View the full article
  5. 2020 is probably going to be the biggest year for blockbuster games, as many awaited titles are going to release for the current generation while we will also see new console launch towards the end of the year. This means many games will launch for both consoles and even work via backwards compatibility. However, just because a new generation of consoles is around the corner, it doesn't mean we won't be getting new games this year. In fact, 2020 is packed with games that may just define the current generation of gaming. 1. Final Fantasy VII Remake © Square Enix Platform(s): PS4 (Timed exclusive) Release date: March 3, 2020 It has been a long time since the fans of the series have been wanting to get a remake of the seminal RPG Final Fantasy 7. The game is being remade with modern graphics, updates mechanics and real-time combat. The game will also be split up as full-game-sized episodes. 2. Doom Eternal © Bethesda Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch Release date: March 20, 2020 The game was delayed for unknown specific reasons but the sequel to the 2016 reboot game is coming in March 2020. Developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks, Doom Eternal will bring familiar gameplay, epic battles and new demons to fight in the upcoming sequel. 3. Resident Evil 3 Remake © Capcom Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One Release date: April 3, 2020 Capcom is finally remaking the highly requested Resident Evil 3 where we will encounter the iconic villain Nemesis from the series. If the game is going to be anything like the remake of Resident Evil 2, we can expect this classic to be awesome as well. The game originally released in 1999 and it will be interesting to see Capcom's modern version of the game. 4. Cyberpunk 2077 © CD Projekt Red Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One Release date: April 16, 2020 We've already seen what the game looks like and the game is being made by none other than renowned developers CD Projekt Red. It is based in a futuristic city where you get to play as your custom character and explore the dense city from a first-person perspective. The game features high-tech weapons, a day and night cycle, and our favourite Keanu Reeves as a character. 5. The Last of Us Part 2 © Naughty Dog Platform(s): PS4 Release date: May 29, 2020 The first part is unequivocally considered as one of the games of this decade and the sequel of this franchise has been awaited ever since the original released for the PlayStation 3. From what we have seen, survival in the post-apocalyptic world is still the main themes of the game but the franchise shines in telling stories that are emotionally impactful. We can't wait to see what the game hold for us when it eventually launches in May this year. 6. Halo Infinite © 343 Industries Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X Release date: Holiday 2020 While the Halo franchise has been away from almost four years, Halo Infinite is going to be the next game in the franchise. It isn't really a direct sequel to Halo 5 but the game is expected to have MMO gameplay mechanics and more of a sandbox theme. The game is not exactly a linear story like previous installments which makes this game a bit more exciting than expected. 7. Watch Dogs: Legion Platform(s): Xbox One, PS4, PC, Release date: TBC 2020 © Ubisoft The game was revealed last year where it is set in the post-Brexit city of London. The game has been delayed due to a change in Ubisoft's strategy for future games, but we will see it launch sometime in 2020. The game comes with a unique mechanic where you can play as any NPC in the game. You can play as a teenager, or even as a grandmother. The possibilities are unlimited and each NPC comes with unique abilities you can use to your advantage. View the full article
  6. The past decade has been instrumental in changing how we play games today as developers pushed gaming consoles and PCs to the limit. While pushing technical specifications to the limit is impressive, some games changed the way we play games altogether. Some delivered narratives that are at par and even beyond cinema while others became live services for gamers. © MensXP While many notable games were released in the past decade, choosing our top 20 was a Herculean task. We had to consider many games that truly pushed the envelope and changed the industry forever while leaving out games that only built on their past successes. So here's our list of the top 20 games of the decade in no particular order: The Last of Us © naugghty dog No list would be complete without having The Last of Us as it redefined storytelling in games forever. The game is known for delivering a compelling, emotional and thought-provoking narrative that can even give some of the best movies a run for their money. This game was responsible for making millions cry within the first few minutes of the game and had tension-filled gameplay that made everything come together beautifully. The game originally launched for the PlayStation 3 in 2013 and is still one of the most beloved games of the decade. Dark Souls & Bloodborne It's hard not to mention Dark Souls while talking about the best games of the decade. An RPG that overturned the world's idea of challenge and myth-making. We could talk about this game for hours and still won't be able to cover everything. And that level of complexity is what makes it special. © From Software It's also quite fascinating how Dark Souls' formula has changed over the years with every new game. Bloodborne, for instance, is yet another punishing RPG, but we're yet to have seen such an epic video game to date. And then there's Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which is similar in many ways but separates itself as a ninja fantasy. You simply can't afford to miss these titles. Celeste © Matt Makes Games While Indie games had a resurgence this decade, nothing came close to Celeste's success. Apart from being a punishing platformer, the game also offered awesome pixel art, mesmerising music and a story that has been applauded for being bold. The game brought a refreshing take on how platforming games can evolve and pose a challenge at the same time. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate © Nintendo This game showed the world what a fighting game can become and is by far the best game in the series yet. With constant addition of new characters and an addictive gameplay, it is perfect for both competitive and casual players. It is the ideal party game that encourages couch gameplay and comes with imaginative stages that enhance the fighting game to the next level. It has already been awarded the best fighting game of all time by various outlets and in our books, it is the best fighting game you can play across all platforms. Overwatch © Blizzard Overwatch redefined the esports scene while standing out from every other game by offering heroes that have specific abilities to make for the most strategic multiplayer game of this decade. Choosing the right hero can make or break your team and co-ordination is key to winning matches in this highly competitive online multiplayer game. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order © Electronic Arts Star Wars games have had a hard time stealing the attention of gamers. Even die-hard fans of the popular franchise swayed themselves away from these games until EA's new Star Wars title dropped earlier this year. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the first great Star Wars game in a decade. We couldn't have asked for a better protagonist than Cal, the youngling Padawan, who tries to rebuild the Jedi order. His journey through the game will give you a sense of satisfaction that not many games have managed to offer this decade. PUBG & Fortnite PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, popularly known as PUBG, may not have been the first Battle Royale game to hit the stores, but it was undoubtedly the first one to make huge waves around the gaming industry. It quickly became every PC gamers' and streamers' favourite game, and the rest, as they say, is history. © Pubg Corp PUBG is certainly not the most popular video game out there right now. In fact, it doesn't have nearly as many players as it once used to have. That's in part due to other BR games, especially Fortnite, that came up with a battle royale mode and simply took over the world by storm. By allowing players to buy cosmetic upgrades and collaborating with popular brands, Fortnite has now become a money minting machine for Epic Games, that went on to release its own marketplace, snatching developers and users from Steam. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt © CD Projekt Red You aren't really surprised to see The Witcher 3 on the list, are you? Well, we had to add this to the list because it's not only the best RPG of this decade, but probably the best one ever made. Outstanding writing, great side-quests, well-defined characters, and a rich combat system make this 80-hour or so long RPG a surprisingly enjoyable experience. If you've not played this game yet, then grab a copy right now and play it. You're missing out if you don't. Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild © Nintendo Breath of the Wild is the game-changing iteration in the series that is all about playing an open-world RPG filled with adventure and secrets. It is also the first time in the series Zelda fans could explore their environment with full freedom while following a compelling story. Grand Theft Auto 5 © Rockstar Games When Rockstar Games announced the arrival of Grand Theft Auto 5 eight years ago, it was literally everywhere. It was said to be one of the biggest GTA games ever made and we're glad that Rockstar Games delivered on that promise and how. It's hardly a surprise that this game is still making money for Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive. I mean, it has millions of players who still wait for the new content to arrive on its online multiplayer world, GTA Online. I certainly have some huge expectations from the next GTA title, but I doubt if it'll be anything like the GTA V. Don't get me wrong, I think GTA 6, or whatever they decide to call it, will be equally enjoyable. But let's just say that they don't make 'em like GTA V anymore. They simply can't! Nier Automata © Platinum Games The slasher role-playing game redefined the genre with addictive gameplay and an unusual style of storytelling. One has to play this game five times to experience the entire story as each time the story changes to a very different perspective. Nier Automata is a love letter to gaming history that embraces all the different styles you can imagine in a very innovative way. The South Park series © Ubisoft A lot of South Park games have come and gone, but The Stick Of Truth and The Fractured But Whole are the best ones. Both games are really good, although we'd have to admit that The Stick Of Truth is better overall. However, we suggest you play both of them to experience different elements of each game and get one heck of a South Park experience. These are the best TV Show-based video games that should be in your library. Mario Kart 8 © Nintendo Entertainment A fantastic game on the Wii U, but an even better one when played on Switch. The Switch port comes with better visuals, new in-game characters, and a whole bunch of new unshockable content to make you grind. It just makes up for an overall better experience and it's a must-play game from this decade. In fact, it's a must-own for Switch users. God Of War © Sony Computer Entertainment God of War released for the PlayStation 4 in a new format that redefined the series in scope and storytelling. The series was more like a joke on the PlayStation 3 that was later transformed into a narrative-driven game with unique gameplay mechanics. The game has gorgeous environments and each character has been developed with the utmost care and given real depth when comparing the game to previous iterations. Pokemon Go © Niantic We have already featured Pokemon Go in our list of apps and games that defined this decade, and that's the exact same reason why it's on this list too. Pokemon Go is one of those games that truly changed the way we play games on mobile phones. It's probably the first AR game to explode in a way that no other title ever has. And the fact that you'll have to step outside to play and enjoy it with others makes it the only game with a strong sense of community engagement. No wonder this game is still hitting the top download charts after becoming the most downloaded game when it came out. Minecraft © Mojang How can we forget Minecraft? Did you really think we'd leave this game out of the list? This has got to be the most influential game on this list and it's simply impossible to ignore the sizable portion of its player base. Minecraft is one of those sandbox games that let you build your own world and literally do anything inside it. It's like a blank canvas where you sketch whatever you want. No matter what games come after Minecraft's position in the gaming world, it'll always retain the crown of being the most influential game. Marvel's Spider-Man © Insomniac Games It was the first time gamers were able to play as the friendly neighbourhood superhero in a fully populated city of New York. The game is true to the series and also comes with an emotionally impactful story. Environments are rich and filled with details you would not see in any other Spider-Man game till date. It has addictive combat systems and even more addictive slinging mechanism that enables players to explore NYC for hours without getting bored. Destiny © Bungie Speaking of games that are serving a strong community, we simply can't forget Destiny. Explaining Destiny in a few words is just impossible. There's so much to do in the game, and there's no proper way to do it. In fact, we doubt people even play this game the way Bungie intended at first. But that's what makes it so special and managed to get an audience like none other. Destiny 2, which is now taking the legacy forward is also equally enjoyable, so be sure to try them out. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim © Bethesda Bethesda's Skyrim has been lauded for its highly open-world environments and expansive side quests that made this game a success on every platform imaginable. The game offers high-fantasy lore that is easy for anyone to get into and also offers a great main story for fantasy genre fans. Skyrim is also the most modded game on the planet where players can curate their own stories and quests, making this game one of the most replayable games of the decade. Red Dead Redemption Series © Rockstar Games The Red Dead Redemption series is the only game set in the Wild West that not only meets expectations, but surpasses them. The game has an invigorating story, lush open-world environments and colour characters, making this game a precious entry in this list. RDR2 takes these concepts to the next level with up-to-date graphics that have set the bar high for future games in this category. View the full article
  7. This 31st December not only marks the end of 2019, but also this decade. And what better time to look back and remember some of the ways in which mobile devices have changed our lives in the last 10 years. Mobile apps played a vital role in changing our lives in a way we couldn't have possibly imagined. If we talk about mobile games, you can say we were lucky enough to witness a revolution. Yes, I said revolution because mobile gaming didn't really pick up until this decade, when some powerful smartphones showed up. Mobile gaming is still very underrated, but there's no denying that this decade marked a major turning point. So yes, it's indeed the right time to look back at the games that truly redefined gaming and set a pace for what's to come in the future that'll put mobile devices at the forefront of gaming. Offline Games Online gaming on phones didn't really pick up until early 2018. Before that, we were all glued to our phones playing titles like Candy Crush Saga, Temple Run, and Subway Surfers. Yes, remember Subway Surfers? © App Annie Here's a fun fact about Subway Surfers - It's the most downloaded game of this decade. Yes, the folks at App Annie just confirmed it, and it's not all that surprising, to be honest. I remember playing Subway Surfers on my phone all the time and having a friendly banter with my friends about the high score. It was huge at one point and the same goes with Temple Run too. We're talking about games that made people step away from handheld consoles of the time and switch to smartphones to fill that gaming void. Gaming on-the-go was only a thing among people who could afford handheld consoles at that time. © Kiloo If devices like GameBoy and Nintendo 3DS defined mobile gaming last decade, then it's safe to say that they were replaced by smartphones. Candy Crush Saga released in 2012 and sent huge waves around the industry. It's still one of the most popular mobile games, even after eight years. That's definitely something for the makers to be proud of. It's also hard to not mention classic titles like Hill Climb Racing, My Talking Tom, and Fruit Ninja. If your phone was able to run these games without any issues, then you were the real MVP. Online Games © Supercell When you think about online gaming on mobile phones, the first few titles that come to mind include PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, etc. But that's not what truly defined online gaming on phones. It's games like Clash of Clans, Clash Royale and 8 Ball Pool that sparked the fire. Can you think of someone who's not played these games? Probably not. Then Pokemon Go entered the scene mid-way through the decade and disrupted the whole industry. I've said this in the past and I'll say it again, but Pokemon Go wasn't the first in just the AR space, but also the first one to make people obsess over a game in a way only a handful of titles in the past have been able to do. © Niantic Pokemon Go literally made people step out of their homes, meet new people in real life and have a healthy competition. The community was so strong and committed that it was simply hard to ignore it. I am very positive that you'll still find people who're very committed to catching new Pokemons every day. Battle Royale Yes, PUBG Mobile is the first name that comes to mind when you hear the word Battle Royale. Well, that's because it was the first to popularize the genre on not just mobile phones, but also on PC. The popularity just happened to skyrocket on phones because it was a free-to-play game. © Tencent PUBG Mobile is probably the only game of the decade that raised gaming addiction concerns. There were numerous reports of people losing lives because of the game, which is quite insane if you think about it. But at the same time, the game also made people aware about gaming addiction, which is a glaring issue today. PUBG Mobile is also one of the first mobile games that made Indians take esports seriously, in a way which not many games have managed to do. One of the world's most popular PUBG Mobile players/streamers spoke to us in detail about his journey and you can read all about it right here Well, those are the games that we think truly defined mobile gaming this decade. As far as the future is concerned, we're super excited to see where cloud gaming takes us because we believe it'll truly propel mobile phones to the forefront. Cloud gaming is particularly exciting because you'll be able to play even the most demanding AAA titles on your phone, which is simply mind blowing. View the full article
  8. Just like every year, The Game Awards for 2019 took place earlier this week in Los Angeles, where the year's biggest games were celebrated. A ton of great video games across all platforms were nominated this year, which also included some of our favourite titles. This year's nominees included Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Control, Death Stranding, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Resident Evil 2, and The Outer Worlds. Here's a list of all winners at this year's Game Awards. 1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Award: Game Of The Year This one from the developer of Bloodborne is one of the most difficult video games we've played last year. It's truly an effort to progress through the game, right from the start. This game came out in the month of March and it quickly became one of the most popular titles of the year. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is now available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. 2. Death Stranding Awards: Best Game Direction, Best Music/ Score Kojima Production's Death Stranding came out only recently and it took the spotlight for being one of the most sophisticated games of the year. Death Stranding was celebrated with rave reviews, and it's said to be one of the best games ever made by Hideo Kojima. The game also won an award for Best Music. Death Stranding is now available on the PS4 and it's coming to PC next year. 3. Disco Elysium Awards: Best Narrative, Best Independent Game, Best RPG, and Fresh Indie Game Disco Elysium is an acclaimed PC RGB title, and it emerged as one of the biggest winners of The Game Awards 2019. It was nominated for four awards and it won all four of them, which is simply amazing. We think this is one of those games which must be in your library. Disco Elysium is now available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. 4. Control Awards: Best Art Direction Control is one of the best-looking video games we played this year, so we're not really surprised that it won an award for best art direction. You must check out our full review of the game to see how beautiful this game looks when played on a PC at max settings. Control is now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC, so be sure to play it. 5. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Award: Best Audio Design Call of Duty is back in a big way this year and it has won an award for the best audio design. Do make a note that this isn't for the music or the score, but it's for the in-game audio and FX. If you've played the game, then you'd know that they have truly nailed it. It's a must-play title this year, so don't miss this one. There are a ton of other categories to cover, here's a quick list of video games that made it big this year at The Game Awards 2019. Best Performance: Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff, Death Stranding Games for Impact: Gris (Nomada Studio/Devolver) Best Ongoing Game: Fortnite (Epic Games) Best Mobile Game: Call of Duty: Mobile Best Community Support: Destiny 2 (Bungie) Best VR/AR Game: Beat Saber (Beat Games) Best Action Game: Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom/Capcom) Best Fighting Game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo) Best Family Game: Luigi's Mansion 3 Best Strategy Game: Fire Emblem: Three Houses Best Sports/Racing Game: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Best Multiplayer Game: Apex Legends Fresh Indie Game: ZA/UM for Disco Elysium Content Creator of the Year: Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek Best Esports Game: League of Legends Best Esports Player: Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf Best Esports Team: G2 Esports Best Esports Event: League of Legends World Championship 2019 Best Esports Coach: Danny 'Zonic' Sørensen Best Esports Host: Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere View the full article
  9. The 13th edition of the South Asian Games ended on a high for the Indian contingent that broke their own record in medal tally with 312 medals against the other nations of the region like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. With 174 golds, 93 silvers and 45 bronze earned between December 1 and December 10, Team India maintained their top-level stature in the regional games ever since its inception back in 1984. India sets new record! India create a new record at the #SouthAsianGames with as they reach 312 medals, three more than their tally in 2016. India won 174 golds, 93 silver and 45 bronze medals. Many congratulations to all the athletes for the fantastic feat.#SAG2019 #TeamIndia https://t.co/sc5nCvfVDe pic.twitter.com/7MOWjMTKye — SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) December 10, 2019 On the final day of the event, Indian boxers had their best outing at the South Asian games and they won 12 golds, three silvers and a solitary bronze to take their nation over the record-breaking mark of 309 medals that they had set in 2016. Sona ka Punch!ð¥ It is a ð¯show for Indiað®ð³ as the women boxers pick up goldð¥Here are the winners! -@boxer_pinkij -@SoniaLatherBoxe -#ManjuBamboriya #PunchMeinHaiDum#boxing pic.twitter.com/MtnKRfzXFH — Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) December 10, 2019 Even though this is a phenomenal achievement and the athletes worked hard day in and out to represent their country on such a high stage to win and earn medals, the reality of the Indian contingent as a whole might not be as rosy as it looks. Sure, the overall medal tally went up since 2016 but the number of gold medals between 2016 and 2019 has depreciated by 15. Another important aspect of the 2019 South Asian Games is that this edition had 75 more medal events offering 225 medals more than the previous edition. So, when you look at the percentage of India's medal earnings this year, it has gone down by approximately 10 percent. This turns out to become a bigger cause of worry for the Indian sports fraternity especially as the 2020 Olympics, which is to be held in Tokyo, is just eight months away. If we have learnt anything from our past it is that regardless of how many miles ahead of competition India has been in the South Asian region in sports, we have always ended up disappointed at the greatest stage of them all. © Reuters If we are letting our dominance at the regional level fade away too, well then, where does that make us stand on a global level? “I will not take names but if an Indian athlete, who comes from a very humble background, is given crores of rupees for winning one Asia-level medal, why would they want to put their body through the torture of daily practice for higher levels of competition,” Divesh Bhal, an Athletics Federation of India official, had told MensXP in September. “Sometimes, they lose motivation (after winning an Asia-level medal) and it happens too much within Indian athletics," he said. And this happens every single time. Once an athlete wins a medal at the Asian or South Asian level, the hunger to win an Olympic gold somehow dies off and that's the mentality that makes us fail to bring podium finishes, much less a gold medal. View the full article
  10. Every single day we have been talking about how great the Indian cricket team is and how talent-laden is our pool of cricketers. We have a tendency to ignore some very crucial aspects of the game that helps teams win championships and maybe even a World Cup down the line and focus more on the highlighted strengths of the individuals that get to wear the blue jersey. We like to talk about the “goods” that happened during a match but very rarely do we mention the “bads” and maybe that's why despite having such an exceptional reservation of players in the bank that BCCI has become, we haven't been able to bag a single World Cup in either of the limited formats of the game in the past eight years. Which players from the second and third lists here would make it to India's squad for the T20 World Cup next year? pic.twitter.com/T2gba8aINk — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 4, 2019 One of those “bads” is the horrific fielding that we have had the dishonour of witnessing, especially in 20-over cricket in the recent past. The India-West Indies series has to be the greatest (?) example of exactly how amateur we have been on the field. The first match which took place in Hyderabad, has to be one of the worst outings for the Men in Blue as far as stopping the bleeding of runs and successful catches are concerned. On one hand, Deputy in charge, Rohit Sharma dropped Windies skipper Kieron Pollard on 24 and allowed him to go on a rampage scoring 37 off 19 balls. Washington Sundar, on the other hand, dropped Shimron Hetmyer on 44 and he made his maiden T20I half-century. Sundar spills one again and Kohli doesn't know what to do with him. Hetmyer came down the wicket and played a lofty drive. Sundar, running at full pace but fails to hold on. Rohit Sharma backs him up to save the boundary. Later Sharma drops a couple and Pollard is looking good. — Wesley00005 (@Wesley000051) December 6, 2019 For a team that boasts having a really great bowling attack, India let a struggling Windies side score over 200 runs in 20 overs! Had Kohli not been in the middle of a rage-infested innings, we would have already lost the series against the visitors instead of looking ahead to a decider in Mumbai on Wednesday, November 11 2019. One of the finest fielders in his prime, Yuvraj Singh slammed the team's sloppiness on the field with a tweet during the first match: India very poor on the field today ! Young guns reacting a bit late on the ball! Too much cricket ? ? Let's get these runs come on lads — yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) December 6, 2019 Sundar has been unbelievably faulty for the side when it comes to catching the ball. Even his technique was criticised by maestros like Harsha Bhogle and Sunil Gavaskar when he dropped the Player of the Match, Lendl Simmons. If you are being selected to play for the Indian national cricket team, you HAVE to know how to properly catch the ball! Ravi Shastri Showing Virat's Catch To Washington Sundar.#INDvWI pic.twitter.com/dcQ5Gc1ZZA — Abhishek Maurya (@abhishekkkkk30) December 8, 2019 And what has the “worthy” head coach of Team India, Ravi Shastri and fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar done about the awful fielding that have been put on display, recently? Earlier in the year, Sridhar was found complementing our team as the best fielding unit in the world. Where is he now? Why hasn't he made a statement on how we have become one of the worst fielding sides with the T20 World Cup just 10 months away now? Believe me, this is in no way an overreaction. While these bilateral series don't feel as important as World Cup games, it is the best platform to check out what our team is made of. Personally, I don't want to start the blame game once the Cup doesn't make it to our trophy room. The time to make things better is NOW! View the full article
  11. Thanks to first-party and third-party developer support, the Nintendo Switch has become one of the most robust Nintendo consoles ever. Sure, the console is not officially sold here in India but people can still get their hands on it via other sources. In fact, the Nintendo Switch has outsold the Xbox One in India even though Xbox has an official presence in the country. According to the MakoReactor, Nintendo Switch's lifetime India sale numbers are believed to be above 50,000. In fact, the number could have risen a bit since the report was first published a few months ago. This means a lot of you own the console who are probably looking for the best games to play on the console. In 2019, we saw many games launch that also made its way to India and we've handpicked some of the games that you should consider buying. It includes games from various genres: 1. Pokemon Sword and Shield © Nintendo If you have been a fan of past titles, you will not be disappointed by this entry into the franchise It is as addicting as previous Pokemon games and comes with new dynamic environments. It as an open-world-style Wild Areas filled with wild Pokémon for you to catch and comes with new Dynamax battles. You can also do Max Raids with your friends to take on giant Pokemons and earn rewards to make your Pokemon party stronger. You can expect good 20 hours of single-player and potentially unlimited gameplay thanks to the new game modes. 2. Overwatch © Blizzard Entertainment We still can't believe Blizzard was able to port the highly competitive hero shooter game for the Nintendo Switch. We reviewed the game when it first came out and it is by one of the best multiplayer games you can play on the console. To know more about the game, read our detailed review here. 3. Luigi's Mansion 3 © Nintendo If you ever wanted to be a Ghostbuster while also cosplaying as a Nintendo Character, this game may just be for you. This game comes with one of the most satisfying environmental puzzles in the series as you explore a labyrinth hotel that turns into a haunted mansion. It's a fun and casual adventure game with clever puzzles and an endearing story. 4. Super Mario Maker 2 © Nintendo The level-creating game that will give you literally countless levels to play is, by far, the most value for money game on our list. You can play the game cooperatively and competitively with friends; make your own levels or play on levels created by other users. There are some really cleverly and creatively designed levels that you can play and save to play offline whenever you want. Super Mario Maker 2 also comes with its own story mode with 100 levels you can clear. 5. NBA 2K20 © YouTube Not everyone is a fan of playing competitive or casual adventure games. For people who love playing sports games can also check out NBA 2K20. You can play a few basketball matches in the offline mode or compete with other people in the MyTeam mode. You can also play the MyCareer mode to play the single-player narrative experience. Visually, the game looks awesome and have realistic character models to give you the feeling as if you are watching a match on live television. 6. The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt - Complete Edition © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Witcher 3 will go down as of the best RPGs of all time and the game finally made its way to the Nintendo Switch this year. However, in this version Switch, players will get all of the DLCs and the full game which can result in over 100 hours of gameplay. The game has a gripping story that will keep you at the edge of your seat and a great combat system to keep you busy in the massive world. 7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate © Nintendo Technically, the game launched in early December 2018, however, it is still a great fighting game that captured audiences all through 2019. It comes with 74-characters to choose from and more than 100 stages for you to battle it out with your friends. For online multiplayer modes, the game comes with 8-player brawls to intense 1-on-1 contests that will keep you playing this game for a long time. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also the perfect party or local multiplayer game to simply have fun or be competitive at the same time. 8. Astral Chain © Platinum Games If you are a fan of Anime-style action games then you cannot go wrong with Astral Chain. It is an adventure game set in the future where you control your character and a range of Legion companions. The fighting mechanics in this game is extremely satisfying where you will throw some crazy combos. The environment is filled with fun puzzles and has its own prog-metal soundtrack. Visually, it is the best looking game you can play on the Switch right now. View the full article
  12. PUBG Mobile has been a phenomenon ever since it launched for free for smartphones. In a rather major development, PUBG Corp. revealed today that the game has now hit 600 million downloads across the globe, making it one of biggest mobile games on the planet. 600 million players from all over the world have downloaded PUBG MOBILR! A special thank you to all our players for your ongoing love & support â¤ï¸we could not have done it without you! pic.twitter.com/uILCHekBN1 — PUBG MOBILE (@PUBGMOBILE) December 2, 2019 The game gained major popularity in India and other Asian countries due to the free-to-play model. As of last July 2018, the game had 400 million downloads and grown by 200 million downloads since then. PUBG mobile may not be the top downloaded game right now as that title is still being held by Pokemon Go with over 1 billion downloads. To put things into perspective, the PC version of the popular Battle Royale game had around 50 million players as of July 2018. © MensXP The game is likely to grow in download counts and player base as the game expands to more regions in the coming year. As of now, it is the third most downloaded smartphone game and it looks like it won't be slowing down anytime soon. PUBG Mobile has also announced its plans for 2020 by announcing an esports tournament that will have a total prize pool of $5 million. View the full article
  13. Say what you want about the situation of athletics and the rest of the sports other than cricket under the leadership of the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, one thing is certain that he has made it a point to bring athletes and sportspersons from all corners of the country to the spotlight. A couple of months ago, we heard about the barefoot runner, Rameshwar Gurjar, whose video of completing a 100m dash in just 11 seconds, and that too on the road, surfaced online. India is blessed with talented individuals. Provided with right opportunity & right platform, they'll come out with flying colours to create history! Urge @IndiaSports Min. @KirenRijiju ji to extend support to this aspiring athlete to advance his skills! Thanks to @govindtimes. pic.twitter.com/ZlTAnSf6WO — Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) August 16, 2019 Rijiju not only gave Gurjar the opportunity to get a spot in the Madhya Pradesh State Sports Academy with a trial space, but also provided him support to get skilled and participate once again after he failed to qualify in his first trial run. Then came the cartwheeling kids. These two school going Indian children who stunned the world with their raw yet impressive talent in gymnastics so much so that a five-time gold medallist Nadia Comaneci took notice of them and posted their video from her Twitter account. I'm happy that @nadiacomaneci10 tweeted it! As first gymnast who scored perfect 10.0 at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and then, received six more perfect 10s to win three gold medals, it becomes very special. I've urged to introduce these kids to me. https://t.co/ahYVws8VCB — Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 30, 2019 This time around again, Rijiju, while thanking the Romanian gymnast for sharing the video encouraged the world to introduce the kids to him so that he could arrange for some sort of scholarship for the two kids. It was later announced by Manmeet Singh Goindi, the regional director of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), that the two young athletes were present in the SAI Eastern Region in Kolkata and that they will be offered the opportunity to become full-time trainees soon. “SAI will take them in Hostel and train them in Kolkata," he said. It just so happens that Rijiju has done it again. This time highlighting the achievements of the brilliant arm wrestling team of Arunachal Pradesh that dominated the International Combat Games this month. The Arm wrestlers Team from Arunachal Pradesh did very well at the International Combat Games (ICG) here, winning 12 medals, out which 11 are gold!ðªðª pic.twitter.com/mltqN5dGP9 — Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) November 25, 2019 “The Arm wrestlers Team from Arunachal Pradesh did very well at the International Combat Games (ICG) here, winning 12 medals, out which 11 are gold,” he tweeted. View the full article
  14. After delivering a rather disappointing title in 2017, the developer 'Ghost' is back with another NFS game called Need For Speed Heat. I downloaded and started playing the game with absolutely no expectations whatsoever, but I was pleasantly surprised by the gameplay. A lot of things in the new Need For Speed Heat feels like it's been done the right way. Of course, I haven't spent a lot of time playing this game just yet, which is why this isn't the full review. In this story, I'll be highlighting a few of my favorite things about the game. The Miami-inspired Palm City © Need For Speed In Need For Speed Heat, you'll find yourself in Palm City, which is a Miami-inspired map. I'd say it's a good mix of both an urban setup and countryside visuals, making up for a really cool playground to race in. There are a lot of cool spots and places to check out and race in. I think it's also a good time to talk about the visuals of the game because they're great and make the whole city look that much better. You can cruise around the city either during the day or night. Day time is cool for racing without having to worry about the cops, but at night the city gets lit up and I think it's the perfect time to hit the roads. © Need For Speed Day-Night Experience The idea of driving during the day or night is not just to switch up visuals. It's tied to the core experience of the game. During the day, you'll be taking part in sanctioned street races on the marked course roads, so there's no need to worry about the cops. You win the race and walk out with the cash. Fair and simple. But at night, you'll see yourself taking part in illegal street racing to build up your rep. © Need For Speed It's the kind of street racing that's going to piss off the cops, making them want to bust you and pin you down. I think the whole idea of driving during both day and night is really cool. Honestly, the game feels more like a Forza Horizon when you're racing during the day and gives it the 'Most Wanted' vibes during the night. That's awesome. Cop Chases Are Tough While 2017's Need For Speed Payback put you on pre-set trail routes for cop chases, the Need For Speed Heat makes it right by letting you do your thing during the cop chases. Escape by whatever means necessary! The cop chases, however, are very tough. I have to admit that. I've only been involved in a few cop chases so far in the game, and I've only managed to escape them once. © Need For Speed Unless you have tuned your car well with the right upgrades, it's going to be a little tough to evade the cops. Yes, you can always try to get rid of them by throwing them off the road, etc. but you need to make sure that you keep an eye on the damage meter of your whip. Take too much damage and you'll wreck and get arrested. Tuning Your Whip I am also pretty happy with the game's comprehensive car tuning option. Yes, the upgrade system is a huge improvement and for someone like me who likes to spend a lot of time fine-tuning everything, this is a major win. Things like the ability to swap engines, play around with exhaust noise, etc. are super fun. Yes, a lot of people like to enjoy driving more than spending time inside the garage tuning a car, but I think it's part of the core experience and the developers have done a good job. © Need For Speed Besides the ones that I've mentioned above, I am pretty sure Need For Speed Heat has a lot to offer. I've only spent a couple of hours playing the game so far, so I am sure I'll be back with more interesting things about the title. As for my first impressions, I'd say the Need For Speed Heat is looking really good so far. View the full article
  15. Gaming, especially online gaming, is on the rise and so is the fear of increasing gaming addiction. Although gaming addiction concerns are not limited to just China, it's believed to be home to a constantly exploding number of gamers, thanks to the proliferation of massively popular MMOs and shooter titles. China is the birthplace of some of the biggest gaming corporations like Tencent, Blizzard/ Activision, and the country is projected to have more PC players than the citizens of the United States within the next few years. So, some new rules are being put in place to prevent gaming addiction. © Reuters According to the new rules that have been put forth by the Chinese government, kids under the age of 18 will not be able to play online video games after 10 PM at night. Yes, there's a curfew on gaming now and kids are now banned from playing online video games from 10 PM to 8 AM in the morning. Additionally, they'll also be restricted to 90 minutes of gaming on weekdays and up to three hours on weekends and holidays. The government has also imposed spending limits for minors on gaming. Gamers from 8 to 16 years can only spend up to 200 yuan which is roughly Rs 2,000 per month. And gamers from 16 to 18 years can spend up to 400 yuan which is roughly Rs 4,000. That's like restricting them from buying one video game a month. © Reuters The new guidelines will apply universally to all online gaming platforms operating in China. According to BBC, the administration will work with law enforcement to create a unified identification system that these platforms can use to ID and verify the gamers. It sounds like an obvious thing to do, but we wonder if steps like this are really necessary. Yes, gaming addiction is indeed a real thing now, at least according to WHO, but it can also be controlled very effectively without having to take extreme steps like this. In fact, gaming addiction has been a topic of discussion in countries like India as well due to the arrival of games like PUBG Mobile, but we doubt if it's necessary to ban people from playing at any given time and make it a punishable offense. Source: BBC View the full article
  16. We're close to the end of 2019, but there has never been a better time for people who like to play video games. Just like October, November is also packed with a lot of game releases. From Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding to EA's new Star Wars game, here are the best games that you should be playing in November. 1. Death Stranding Yes, it's finally here. Death Stranding is Hideo Kojima's first game after he parted ways with Konami and this game has been in the works for many years. First announced in 2016, Death Stranding is out this week. It's coming out on November 8 on PS4, with the PC version coming next year in summer. No one's been able to understand what Death Stranding is truly about. It's one of those games that you must play to see what the mastermind has in store for us. Availability: PS4 Release Date: November 8 2. Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC image 1 - Rockstar Games Rockstar Games decided to surprise us by announcing the arrival of its super hit game on PC. Yes, Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC this week and we just can't hold our horses. This game debuted last year on PS4 and Xbox One and it enjoyed its space in the industry as one of the best games to come out in 2018. It's an open-world title that narrates a beautiful story with spectacular visuals. And in PC, the game is only going to look better than it ever did. Availability: PC, Xbox One and PS4 Release Date: Out now on PS4 and Xbox One. November 5 on PC 3. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order The developers of popular titles such as Titanfall and Apex Legends are bringing a new title called Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. This game is set in the marvelous world of Star Wars and it takes gameplay cues from different popular titles like God War, Uncharted, and more. The game follows the story of a Jedi with the elements of Star Wars world sprinkled throughout. We won't spoil the game by giving too much away, so be sure to play it. Availability: PS4, Xbox One & PC Release Date: November 15 4. Need For Speed Heat If you're the kind of person who only likes to play racing games, then you'll be delighted to know that a new Need For Speed game is coming out this month. This time around, you'll be revving and hitting the Miami-inspired street of Palm City. It's big, colorful and filled with powerful wheels. Heat players will cycle between day and night to participate in different activities and races. Of course, there'll be cops chasing everywhere, but that's what makes them fun, right? Availability: PS4, Xbox One & PC Release Date: November 8 View the full article
  17. Possibly the best thing about PC Gaming (other than the graphics, controls, support, community, etc.) is just how frugal it is to buy games online. Steam, in particular, has a long-standing reputation for fantastic discounts for gamers. Memes about the owner company Valve's CEO, Gabe Newell, are littered across the pages of the internet. This week's sale happens to be on the occasion of Halloween - with the spooky holiday punctuated by several fantastic deals and Diwali bonuses sitting in our wallets, we've got you a wishlist that covers several genres and offers some truly hidden gems. Witcher 3, GOTY Edition Rs. 299 Yeah, there's no surprises here. I myself have bought this game twice - the box set map hung proudly on my wall for years, and I've played through the entire campaign more times than I ought to admit. Criminally cheap, infinitely replayable and quite possibly the best game of the 2010s - if you don't own this, you need to now. Yakuza 0 - Rs. 226 Slick, stylish and surprisingly emotional, this incredible tale of two Japanese gangsters looking to make it big in Tokyo and Osaka is an easy pick if you're into action titles that go over-the-top while still retaining a powerful, moving story arc, all set under the neon lights and bloodstained alleyways of 80's urban Japan. A Hat In Time Rs. 364 If you've been a gamer since the early 2000s, you might remember a genre that isn't so loved in today's battle-royale, shooter landscape - the action platformer. Gears for Breakfast has crafted an incredibly cute love letter to the genre in A Hat In Time. If you've enjoyed series such as the Super Mario franchise and other classics, you'll sink several hours into this absolutely delightful game. Dead Cells - Rs. 503 The 'roguelike' is a unique genre of video game designed to do two things - provide you with absolutely frustrating challenges that might result in you tossing your keyboard out the nearest window, while simultaneously getting you hooked onto said challenges like a button-mashing junkie. Great combat, absolutely beautiful pixel-art visuals and a superb, passionate team of developers. Grab this one ASAP. (Yeah, we know it costs above 500. Get over it.) Slime Rancher - Rs. 282 Sometimes, you don't want to slay monsters, trash-talk on multiplayer or deal with soul-crushing difficulty levels. Sometimes, you just want to sit back, relax and harvest some slimes. This cute little farming sim takes us to a world 1,000 light years from Earth, where a plucky young rancher begins to set up her own ranch. If only I could do something like that IRL. The Forest - Rs. 317 First of all, this is a game created by a team of four people - let that sink in. Atmospheric, immersive graphics, a terrifying, gorgeous environment, a captivating story and the ability to survive amongst creepy cannibals with upto 8 players on a single server. It's dark, atmospheric, challenging and soon, you'll be either conquering the wild, or hallucinating in the middle of a cannibal-inhabited jungle cave. Your call. With several more deals to grab, make sure to drop by the catalogue and browse for yourself too. View the full article
  18. No matter what kind of misfortune hits you, if you have the heart of a champion, you will not back down from a challenge and eventually succeed. Meet Indian Para Athlete of Madras Engineering Group & Centre, Subedar Anandan Gunasekaran, who's personified this statement. On June 4, 2008, Gunasekaran came across a mine blast at the Line of Control in Kupwara district, Jammu & Kashmir. The impact was so adverse that the doctors had to amputate his left leg below the knee at the ACL. Not one to dwell in self-pity, the Subedar took inspiration from South Africa's athlete Oscar Pistorius and decided to make a career in para-athletics and began his training four years later in 2012. © Twitter Within three years of vigorous training, Gunasekaran was ready to perform at a high level and with the help and sponsorship of the Indian Army and the Paralympic Committee of India, was able to compete in Sri Lanka Army Para Games which was held in Colombo in September 2015. The then 28-year-old did not disappoint as he won a gold and a silver in the 200m and 100m events, respectively. © Twitter However, Gunasekaran finally made it to the national headlines when he broke the Asian record in the T-44 category and became the first Indian to win a medal at the World Para Military Games that same year. The blade-runner has however outdone himself yet again after winning three gold medals at the seventh World Military Games 2019 in Wuhan, China. The Kumbakonam-born para-athlete achieved this feat competing in the 100m, 200m and 400m events. We are #Proud of you Subedar Anandan Gunasekaran of #IndianArmy won three Gold medals in 7th Military World Games 2019 being conducted at Wuhan, China in 100 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter events. Overcoming challenges and achieving glory.#Sports pic.twitter.com/I7h4qSPNGQ — ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) October 29, 2019 Having won the gold medal in the 200m event at the Handisport Open Paris 2019, which is the biggest international athletics parasport competition held in the country, Gunasekaran also qualified for the Paralympics 2020 and is set to represent India in Tokyo come August. View the full article
  19. Sony has already claimed that the PlayStation 5 will be able to run your PlayStation 4 games as the console will have backwards compatibility feature. Sony has not detailed any more information about this feature and how it would work but there have been recent reports and leaks on how robust it may just be. © Twitter_LetsGoDigital Industry insiders, journalists and other leakers have suggested that Sony will take the backwards compatibility feature even further. The upcoming console is expected to have compatibility for even PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games if these reports are to be taken seriously. The reports suggest that the PlayStation 5 will be able to run discs from all previous PlayStation consoles and if you have your hands on some, we suggest you hold onto them. However, it hasn't been specified whether all games will be available to run or whether it would run specific games only. © Twitter_LetsGoDigital PlayStation insider PSErebus has leaked reliable information in the past such as the release date of The Last of Us Part 2. The insider tweeted something along the same lines and urged his followers to not dispose or trade their old PlayStation games. He didn't specify whether the PS5 will play discs from older generation PlayStation consoles natively, however his tweet does appear to suggest that. Do not dispose of, trade or sell your PlayStation®, PlayStation®2, PlayStation®3 or PlayStation®4 games #Sony #PS #PS4 #PS5 #SonyPlayStation #PlayStation #PlayStation5 #PSX #PlayStationExperience #Holiday2020 #25YearsOfPlay #PlayStation25thAnniversary #PS5Anniversary — PlayStation (@PSErebus) September 30, 2019 If these rumours are true, the PlayStation 5 will be the first console from Sony that will be able to run games from all generations. The company wants to put as much emphasis on the past as much it wants to on the future of console gaming. Of course, all of this should be taken with a grain of salt like any rumour or report.
  20. I know the first thing that pops into your head is “I can make a decent gaming PC build for cheaper, why would I buy this?" Well, to be honest, that is a very valid and warranted question considering you can build your own PC for cheaper. Having said that, the Aurora R8 is not only a powerhouse but also comes with benefits that you may not get while building your own PC. The version we tested comes with an RTX 2080, 32GB RAM, NVMe SK Hynix 256 GB SSD and an Intel Core i9-9900K processor. However, the Aurora R8 also comes for a cheaper configuration that comes with Intel Core i5 9600K processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX1060 (6GB graphics), 8GB RAM and a 2TB hard drive which costs Rs 1,40,880 in India. Our review units cost Rs Rs 2,80,120 which is not far from what we managed to build last year. The only difference being here is that we built it from scratch with a different processor and an RTX 2080 ti. Design The new Aurora R8 doesn't look any different from its previous models as it has the same UFO-inspired chassis. It has the same aggressive angles and minimal RGB lighting. The Alienware logo on the front lights up and can be in sync with the other RGB lighting on the cabinet. These lighting colours can be controlled from the Alienware Command Center application. In terms of ventilation, both the front and left side of the cabinet has holes. The cabinet also has ventilation holes at the top, which is quite a staple in any PC cabinet today. Having said that, for something that costs almost Rs 3 Lakhs, we would have preferred to see a premium finish on the cabinet. It feels very plasticky, which is never a good feeling, even though it has been reinforced with metal. It would have been awesome to see a more premium finish rather than having it mostly made out of plastic. © BCCL The case remains the same with the supplied keyboard and mouse that comes with the Aurora R8. We would recommend you use your own keyboard and mouse, as neither were fit for long periods of gaming. The mouse was not ergonomic enough for a firm grip while the keyboard felt very flimsy. © Dell When it comes to ports and connectivity options, the Aurora R8 has three USB ports, a headphone jack, one USB Type-C port just at the front of the cabinet. At the back, there are 8 USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, an Ethernet port, an SPIDF port if you want to connect a home theatre, and a display port. The number of ports available on the Aurora R8 is enough for any PC gamer but is also handy if you want to stream or become a content creator. With so many additional ports, you can plug-in many types of accessories such as a USB Microphone, a Webcam and other peripherals such as an Elgato Stream Deck. © Dell One of the most essential features of a desktop gaming PC is to have the ability to upgrade your components. The Aurora R8 is fairly easy to get into, however, you will need a Phillips head screwdriver to get going. Cable management looks neat and in order to get access to the rest of your components, you need to unlock two additional switches. You can then access your GPU, PSU, RAM, CPU and cooling components. What's cool is that you can upgrade any of the components without having a fear of voiding the warranty. Performance Our review unit came with an RTX 2080 which we reviewed last year when it launched in India. It is a powerful GPU that can deliver impressive FPS at 1080p and 2K resolution. We tested the Aurora R8 with Battlefield 5 and Metro Exodus. With ray tracing on the game ran between 45 - 50 FPS at 4K with ultra settings, however, the FPS would average about 112 - 125 FPS on 1080p (FHD) resolution with the same settings. On Metro Exodus, the Aurora R8 was able to achieve 87 FPS in FHD and around 53 FPS in 4K resolution. Please note both games were running with high ray tracing settings and on the latest Nvidia drivers. © MensXP According to our Afterburner data, the CPU reached an average clock speed of 4.2 GHz and had an average temperature of 52 degree Celsius. The RTX 2080 would hit around 75 degree Celsius which is similar to what we experience with the FE RTX 2080 earlier in the year. If you are looking to use the Aurora R8 as a content creator, you will be happy to hear that this machine can render videos with impressive performance. In our handbrake tests, we could transcode a 4K video to 1080p in less than 8 minutes. The read and write speeds are also one of the fastest we've experienced as the machine was capable of copying 5GB of data in precisely 7.8 seconds. The Final Say While it is cheaper to build your own desktop with similar specifications, you do, however, lose out on Dell's customer service and guaranteed warranty. The Aurora R8 may cost a bomb for most users, this gaming desktop PC is for people who do not want to build their own PC and want added benefits such as good customer service. Personally, the fun lies in building your own PC, but the Aurora R8 is for someone who does not want to take the extra headache and want something personalised out of the box.
  21. E3 gaming expo got over this week and many new upcoming games were announced for consoles and PC. Some of the biggest conferences included games that piqued everyone's interest and we got to see some gameplay or teaser from publishers and studios. Some of these games won't be out until next year while some are about to launch in a few months. We are not going to include annual titles like FIFA and Madden because these games tend to remain the same with minor updates. Here are the best coolest games that were announced or showed off at E3 this year: 1. Cyberpunk 2077 (PS4,Xbox One, PC) - April 2020 Last year, we got to check out some exclusive gameplay behind closed doors and this year, we got to see some more footage of the upcoming gaming by CD Project Red. What was cool about this revelation was that we got to see a character being played by Keanu Reeves. The game is set in a dystopian future where humans can upgrade their bodies with augmentations. Being a CD Projekt Red game, we can expect some killer plots and RPG mechanics that we've been familiar with from the Witcher series. The expectation for this game is very high and we hope the developers can deliver. 2. Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order' (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - November 2019 EA has not come out with a single-player story-driven game every since the company switched its strategy to live service titles. However, this we got to see Respawn Entertainment's “Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order” gameplay that blew us away from the start. You will play as one of the last remaining Jedis after the Empire has taken over the galaxy. The gameplay footage showed us what we can do in the game i.e. weird lightsabers, use force powers to defeat enemies and interact with the environment, and go on an adventure with your own cute little droid. 3. 'Watch Dogs: Legion' (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Google Stadia) - March 2020 Watch Dogs is coming back in the form of 'Watch Dogs: Legion' that will be set in post-Brexit London. The city is under a paramilitary organisation called 'Albion' after the fall of the Government and it is up to you to take on the authority. As a part of a rebellious group called DedSec, you will be playing as multiple characters to take on Albion with gadgets, hacking and good old shooting. The coolest part about this game is that you can play as any character you want in the city. You can play as a master assassin, a gifted hacker or even as an old lady. Ubisoft says that you will be able to recruit anyone and the cutscenes in the game will adjust according to who you are playing as. We highly recommend you check out the gameplay footage above to know more about this game. 4. 'Ghostwire: Tokyo' The game was showcased at Bethesda's E3 conference and was met with good reception at the expo and on Twitter. The game is basically a scary, action-adventure game where citizens of Tokyo are disappearing for some odd reason. Your job is to find out why and that's all we got to see from this teaser trailer. From the makers of “The Evil Within,” you really should check out what they have in store for us. 5. Doom Eternal (PS4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia - November 2020 A brand new Doom game is coming for fans next year where the forces of Hell have begun to invade Earth, and the Doom Slayer arrives to repel the demons. It is the fifth main title in the Doom series and put heavy emphasis on "push-forward" combat. Creative director Hugo Martin has stated there will be twice as many demon types in this game and we can't wait to get our hands on it. Check out the gameplay footage above if you can handle it.
  22. E3 kicks off today with EA Play but the company has already made the release date of FIFA 20 official. The game is all set to launch on September 27 but the publisher did not divulge any other more information about the upcoming game. Tonight's EA Play will be the platform where the company will reveal more details about the game; however, we do know some details that will make the game a bit better. 8.6.19 https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIFA20?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FIFA20 https://twitter.com/hashtag/EAPLAY?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EAPLAY https://t.co/aHA9Vq8fg6">https://t.co/aHA9Vq8fg6 https://t.co/TEKuEU7ACW">pic.twitter.com/TEKuEU7ACW — EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) https://twitter.com/EASPORTSFIFA/status/1136648999073529856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2019 EA did, however, confirm some gameplay changes that will make the game better than FIFA 19 this year. The most crucial change comes is in the AI defending mechanics as the company wants to put more emphasis on manual defending rather than letting the computer do it for you. EA plans to increase the likelihood of the ball going to your teammate after a manual tackle on your opponent. Automatic defending will also be affected as the efficient and reaction time will be reduced. This will let players hone their defending skills and depend less on the computer for defending. (c) Electronic Arts In terms of shooting, EA wants to improve accuracy during one on one or easy attacking scenarios. Goalkeeper's reaction times will also be reduced in these type of situations in order to give it a more realistic approach to defending and attacking. FIFA 19 players have complained in the past about keepers having “Superhuman" reaction times. Even when shooting, the green timed shots are also being reduced to two frames for all shots. The green timed shots are also becoming less accurate to increase the challenge of scoring a goal. EA did, however, reassure players that green timed shots will "still be more accurate than non-timed shots.” (c) Electronic Arts EA is also working hard on making the shooting and passing more realistic were volleys will be more variable, and less accurate. In terms of passing, if you pass a ball while doing a 180° turn, it will be a weaker pass than normal and also be less accurate. New passing options are also being introduced i.e. a new dinked pass where it won't be automatic anymore. It will be more contextual rather than be user-controlled. The other new passing option will be a driven pass-and-go feature which will replace the manual pass button combo.
  23. PUBG Mobile hype is causing some serious trouble in countries like India where a lot of people are currently dealing with gaming addiction. While some people have been arrested, others have even lost their lives or ended up with broken marriages. But PUBG Mobile developer Tencent Games, on the other hand, is enjoying by cashing in on all the hype. According to a new report from intelligence firm, Sensor Tower, Tencent has crossed $4.8 million a day in May. Yes, the company literally made $4.8 million a day i.e. over Rs. 33 Crores a day from PUBG Mobile and it's clone called Game For Peace that it launched in China. © PUBG Mobile With that, Tencent is now said to own the world's highest grossing mobile app and the highest grossing mobile game, which is just insane. Do make a note that these are just estimates, but even the exact value is expected to be somewhere in the same ballpark. The total amount is said to be 126-percent higher quarter on quarter in comparison to the $65 million that PUBG Mobile grossed in April 2019. It's also worth pointing out that the estimate excludes Android revenue from China. Of the total revenue earned by Tencent from PUBG Mobile and the new Game for Peace, over $101 million came from Apple's App Store and $45.3 million from Google's Play Store. The revenue from both games, when put together, is about 17-percent more than $125 million made by Honor of Kings, which is yet another smash hit title published by Tencent. © PUBG Mobile Sensor Tower's Head of Mobile Insights, Randy Nelson, who shared all this information, said, “App Store and Google Play users worldwide spent an average of $4.8 million per day last month between both PUBG Mobile versions. The chief rival to both of Tencent's titles, Fortnite from Epic Games, had its best month so far in 2019 on iOS, but its total player spending of $43.3 million was only about 43 percent of Game for Peace and PUBG Mobile's combined take for May.”
  24. Battle Royale games like PUBG Mobile and Fortnite, as we all know, hit mobile gamers hard. With over millions of active players, these titles are still going strong even after all these years. Well, if you're tired of playing the same old battle royale titles, or if you're planning to get aboard the battle royale hype train, then we've got some amazing options. Let's check them out - 1) Crossfire Legends If you like PUBG Mobile, then you'll most likely enjoy Crossfire Legends too. It's a fantastic game and it's developed by Tencent, the guys who made PUBG Mobile. Just like PUBG Mobile, Crossfire Legends' BR mode also lets you dive into a solo, duo or a squad game. Crossfire Legends got great weapons and amazing visuals, so it's definitely worth checking out. In addition to the BR mode, this particular game also offers a few different modes such as Team Deathmatch, Mutant mode, and more. Availability: Android & iOS 2) Call Of Duty: Mobile This one's a fairly new game. Heck, it's not even available for all users, but it's still worth adding to the list. Call of Duty: Mobile, though it's only available for select registered users, has gained a lot of traction. It's got a Battle Royale mode, Team Deathmatch, etc. Call of Duty: Mobile differentiates itself as a tactical shooter, making it one of the very titles out there offering a tactical shooting experience. We've already put up a detailed write up explaining about the key differences from PUBG Mobile and you can check it out right here. In case you haven't tried the game yet, here's how you sideload the game and play it right now. Availability: Android & iOS 3) Fortnite Fortnite is in-part responsible for creating the battle royale hype, so we had to add this to the mix. Unlike PUBG Mobile, this one's a super stable game and a lot of fun to play. Although Fortnite is a battle royale title, the gameplay is slightly different. The only downside to the game is that it's not available on the Google Play Store, so you'll have to get it from the Epic Launcher. It's available directly from the App Store though. Availability: Android & iOS 4) PUBG Mobile Well, lastly we have PUBG Mobile. Yes, the game that popularised the Battle Royale genre. The game lets you jump off to an island with 99 other players and get into an epic battle to get the 'Chicken Dinner'. The game has a bunch of different weapons, looks great, and even works on phones with not-so-powerful specs. One of the best things about this game is that it's constantly updated with new skins, items, etc., so there's always something to look forward to. Give it a try if you haven't already, but keep your play time in check. Availability: Android & iOS
  25. It's Computex week and there have been some crazy concept machines that were unveiled during the show and we came across a very unique device. HP unveiled a VR gaming backpack that basically runs RTX 2080 and comes with a VR headset. The entire setup where all the computing and processing takes place is strapped on your back while you can enjoy VR games anywhere. © HP The concept basically comes from VR gamers who complain that they are often confined in their room or a specific area. HP has come with a solution who want to enjoy VR games and not be confined to an area by putting everything that powers a gaming machine in a backpack-like-device. HP has launched something similar for their Omen gaming computers however this version comes with all the bells and whistles of a desktop gaming PC. © HP The VR backpack comes with 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU and can also be used via a display port for high-res VR gameplay. Compared to the previous model, HP says that the new VR backpack has 30 percent better performance and 25 percent faster graphics. In the case of wanting it to use as a traditional desktop, it can be plugged into a dock. It would look something like this: © HP Other specifications include 16GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. The backpack can only last for 1-hour on battery life which is more than enough for VR gaming. Naturally, the HP VR backpack doesn't come cheap as it will sell for $3,300 (approx Rs 2,30,000). With the backpack, you get a battery charger, desktop dock, two batteries and a harness. The VR backpack is expected to be available sometime this summer.
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