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  1. Weâve been using the iPhone SE for a while and the one thing that stood out the most to us was its capability to handle games. While every Apple product can handle Apple Arcade and some console-level games flawlessly, thereâs nothing like iPhone SE. There are plenty of reasons for the iPhone SE to be the perfect portable gaming device. Whether you like to play classic platforming games or be competitive; the iPhone SE can handle everything you throw at it. Weâve been playing some incredible games on the iPhone SE the moment we got our hands on it and hereâs why we feel it is the perfect gaming mobile for gamers: The Design © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Not many people notice the physical design of a phone when purchasing a device, especially if you plan on gaming for long hours. Heavy, large and bulky phones can cause fatigue and finger muscle problems simply because people use modern phones for gaming. What most people donât understand is that every portable gaming device ever made has been light in weight or at least been designed with keeping ergonomics in mind. While the iPhone SE isnât designed as a traditional portable gaming device, it is, however, light enough to make it extremely comfortable to play games for hours. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The lightness also plays a huge factor when you plan to use third-party controllers. Whether you want to pair up an Xbox or PlayStation controller with the phone and use a clip along with it, the weight does play a significant role in the overall experience. Weighing only 148 grams, when using third party controllers, the iPhone does not exert extra pressure on your wrists or fingers which can be very advantageous for gamers. The extra weight on most smartphones weighs down the controller that really makes it hard to enjoy games when half the time you are trying to fight gravity. The iPhone SEâs lightweight makes it easier to hold the controller and the phone in place all at once without exerting too much pressure on your hands. The iPhone SE also happens to be the smallest phone in the market making it ideal for periscope controllers or Nintendo Switch style gamepads. Without looking too ridiculous, the iPhone SE fits perfectly into these controllers and gives the same experience as the Nintendo Switch. Gaming Performance © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The iPhone SE is powered by Appleâs A13 Bionic chipset that also happens to be the most powerful and fastest SoC for a smartphone. But what does that mean for gamin? Well speaking in numbers, the A13 Bionic chipset is 20% better in performance when talking about graphics processing capability in comparison to last yearâs A12 Bionic chipset. The A12 was already technically more powerful than what is being used in the Nintendo Switch i.e. the Nvidia Tegra X1 GPU. This means the iPhone SE can handle graphic-intensive games better than the Nintendo Switch without using too much power. Games like Dead Cells, Oceanhorn 2, GRID Autosport, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and countless others run without any frame rate drops or by sacrificing any textures. Additionally, Apple Arcade already offers games such as Sonic Team Racing, Overland amongst many others that you can play on the go for Rs 1200 a year. If you are a mobile gamer who is looking for a phone that doesnât cost too much and can also play games well, the iPhone SE really does come close to being the perfect portable gaming console. With Apple Arcade and a strong lineup of games on the App Store; the iPhone SE is the perfect alternative to flagship Android phones that delivers better performance for a cheaper price. View the full article
  2. If you enjoy playing video games and have played a lot of single-player titles, then you probably already know what we're about to talk about. Some of the video games that I've played had such an emotional ending that they're better than most of the movies I've watched. Anyway, we're not trying to draw any direct comparisons here, but here's a list of games which we think had more emotional endings than movies and they're worth playing at least once. Life Is Strange Life Is Strange offers the kind of narrative journey that a few video games or even movies can match. It shows one of those video games that tells a compelling story and will keep your interest. I am obviously not going to spoil the game by talking about the ending, but all three installments (including the DLC) are great. The second installment, in particular, has multiple endings, and they all are quite emotional. The Last Of Us The Last Of Us is one of those games that'll stay with me for a very long time. For a game that's based on a post-apocalyptic world, The Last Of Us tells a very emotional story and weaves a great relationship between the two lead characters in the game, Joel and Ellie. You'll get so attached to the characters and the story, that it'll be difficult to let go of it once the story ends. Luckily, the sequel is coming out next month. The Walking Dead Telltale games know how to narrate a good story and The Walking Dead is a really good example. This is a game that spans across a few episodic seasons and collectively they all deliver a heart-wrenching story that's worth playing for. The game takes place in the popular comic and AMC TV series universe and you may even see a familiar face there, so be sure to check it out. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is a very important installment in the series because it marks the end of Nathan Drake's adventures in the game. You already know what they mean, right? Nathan Drake is one of those characters that you'll get attached to, especially if you play all the titles in the franchise one after the other. The final cutscene of the game pulled all the heartstrings for me and I was really sad to put down my controller. Red Dead Redemption 2 The Red Dead Redemption 2 narrates a story that's based around romance, redemption, revenge, and more. It's about living a character and making him the person you want to be with your choices. The story has you rooting for the protagonist Arthur Morgan, and it's all about helping the man find the peaceful life he desires while keeping all the relations in one piece. View the full article
  3. Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, or better known as MOBA, games are probably one of the most played online games right now apart from the âBattle Royaleâ genre. Games like DOTA 2 and League of Legends have already conquered the gaming world and you may have already heard of these games somewhere. However, these games are exclusive to PCs right now and not everyone can build themselves a powerful PC. Having said that, most people do own a smartphone today with mobile internet who can also enjoy the genre on the move. League of Legends will be launching a mobile version of its game soon but there are already some awesome mobile MOBA games you can play right now. Here are the best MOBA games you can play on your phone in 2020. 1. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang © Mobile Legends Mobile Legends: Bang Bang happens to be the most popular game in the MOBA genre for mobile and also has the most downloads on Play Store. The game follows the classic 5v5 battle but controls have been made simpler for mobile gamers. The gameâs performance is also polished enough to even work on budget phones. The game is free-to-play; however, you will have to spend some cash to get new heroes that arenât particularly cheap. If you are playing on an Android device, we recommend having at least 6GB of RAM while the game runs flawlessly on iOS devices. 2. Arena of Valor © Arena of Valor Probably the fastest growing MOBA game for mobile that also has a healthy esports ecosystem in Asia. The game was launched alongside the Razer phone. However, the game grew popular thanks to its integration with Facebook. The game offers easy and fluid controls that feel natural and also performs well on every phone. The game isnât particularly heavy on the RAM and does not consume a lot of battery after each online session. The game also has a partnership with DC Comics which means you can play as Batman or Joker in the game as well. The game is free-to-play with purchase required for premium heroes. 3. Planet of Heroes © PlayStore Planet of Heroes gives a good spin to the MOBA genre with shorter game lengths and unique game types. You can play 3v3 combats and has three difficulty modes for AI. The game also comes with a single-player campaign mode which is awesome for people who want to explore the lore of the game. Planet of Heroes is a simpler game than other titles in this article and does not have a burgeoning esports scene. Having said that, if you have no clue about the genre and want to understand how things work, Planet of Heroes is a great starting point. 4. Heroes Arena © Hereos Arena Heroes Arena is yet another MOBA title for mobile that comes with a plethora of heroes to play with and is easy to pick up. While the game offers many heroes to choose from, it shines most when it comes to balancing. Each character is equally powerful and many characters can fit different forms of play styles. Heroes Arena is a highly enjoyable game that does not have a huge learning curve to master. 5. Vainglory © APK Cure Five years ago nobody knew a game called Vainglory would get so popular in the mobile gaming scene. This particular MOBA game comes with many heroes to choose from. However, the main emphasis here is the performance of the game. It runs at 60FPS and has 30ms control responsiveness which makes the overall gameplay faster and more responsive for competitive players. The game is also available on PC and has cross-play capabilities meaning it will let you play with players on PC as well. Thereâs an additional mode where one game can be limited to 25 minutes making it a faster-paced game, MOBA as a genre tend to have long game duration due to the farming and building up your character like an RPG. This mode definitely helps people who do not want to spend 45 minutes playing one match. View the full article
  4. No matter what day of the week, you will find me playing games the moment I finish my work. While most movies these days turn out to be disappointing and have predictable plots, video games, on the other hand, offer more value and entertainment than ever before. Two years ago, I wrote a feature on how video games are already bigger than movies, today the industry has become bigger even in India. Games have also become a better medium for storytelling than movies right now. Here are 4 reasons why I prefer playing video games over watching movies: 1. Itâs More Immersive © CDProjektRed Games are known for having awesome character development and plot details that are not possible in movies. Since many games can run for over 20 hours, you get enough time to experience the story. In some games, you can even tell your own story by making key decisions or by developing a certain type of character. You can be evil in games or the good old hero trying to save the world, itâs your choice really especially in role-playing games. In movies and TV shows, you simply watch the main character do things while in games, YOU get to be the main character and experience the story for yourself. You can create how your character looks and what kind of clothes it can wear. You can even choose your characterâs voice and style of playing. Sure, not all games have the best plot but there are plenty of games out there with better storylines than most movies today. 2. You Live In a Whole Different World © Sega When playing open-world games, you donât only get to experience great characters but an entirely different world from your own as well. Some games feature a world with different islands, fauna and animals that you can interact with. We recently played Final Fantasy 7 Remake and the city of Midgar looks better than most cities in the world. Similarly, if you like a fantasy setting, you can check out the world of The Witcher series. If you ever wondered what Tokyo feels and looks like, you can check out games like the Yakuza series. There are so many different worlds to check out in games that can never be accurately represented in movies and TV shows. 3. I Donât Have To Deal With Bad Acting © naughty Dog Many movies feature actors that canât really act to save their lives. While iconic movies like The Godfather and other drama movies will always live-on; most movies today feature at least one bad actor that doesnât effectively suspend reality. However, while playing games, you can easily get lost in the world, narrative and gameplay for hours. Games now feature great voice-actors that make cut-scenes believable. Games like The Last of Us have a profound impact on players because of its great voice-acting and motion-captured cutscenes. It is also needed to point out that there are plenty of games that feature bad acting, animations and voice acting as well. Just like movies, we have bad games too and are not immune to bad actors either. 4. Video Games are Global © Unplash Whether you play PUBG or Rainbow Six Siege, you are bound to make friends from different regions to play the game together. Thatâs the beauty of video games, it connects people with each other from all over the world which isnât necessarily true for movies and TV shows. Games are developed all over the world and thereâs a high chance youâve played some of them. Ever played Mario or Contra? Both these games were developed in Japan. Played PUBG recently? It was developed by BlueHole based in South Korea. View the full article
  5. You must have heard that the lockdown in India has been extended to May 3. Which means you are hopefully practising social distancing and staying at home to avoid exposure to the virus. While being stuck at home, you need to do activities that keep you busy and we recommend playing video games. It isnât only our recommendation, even the WHO wants you to stay at home and play video games. As the pandemic spreads all over the world, gaming companies are now giving away many games for free that you can experience at home. Playing games on your phone is another thing, but experiencing blockbuster AAA games is the real deal. We compiled a list of free games you can play right now: 1. The Uncharted Series © Naughty Dog Sony announced its âPlay At Homeâ initiative that will encourage people to stay at home and play one of their most popular exclusive games. Sony is giving away Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for free on the PlayStation Store. The game is Sonyâs beloved Indiana Jones inspired franchise that involves treasure hunting, awesome cut scenes and a great story. If you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber, Sony has already given Uncharted 4 for free which means you can effectively play the entire series without spending any money. 2. Assassinâs Creed II © Ubisoft Ubisoft is also giving away one of their legendary instalments in the Assassinâs Creed franchise. The second entry in the franchise has awesome graphics, better gameplay and an engaging story than its predecessor. The game can be played for free on Ubisoftâs Uplay launcher on PC. 3. Life Is Strange: Episode 1 © Dontnod Entertainment If youâre not in the mood for a very big game and looking for something more episodic like a TV show, Life Is Strange Episode 1 is available for free on the Microsoft Store. The game involves making choices that affect the overall story of the game. You have to be very careful with your choices as it has direct consequences which you may not agree with. The game is set in a private high school and you play as Max Caufield trying to figure out how to rekindle with your best friend. The first episode is currently free and the whole season can be bought for Rs 300. 4. Epic Games Store © Epic Game Store If you are into PC gaming, we highly recommend installing the launcher as the company gives away free games almost every week. Currently, the service is giving away Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishment on the platform along with other indie games. 5. Free Battle Royale Games © Infinity Ward It has become easier than ever to play Battle Royale games since most of the new ones are free and you donât really need a powerful system to play these games. Call of Duty: Warzone has already garnered 50 million players across all platforms and is available to play for free. Similarly, games like Fortnite and Apex Legends are also great free Battle Royale games worth checking out. View the full article
  6. Whether you are trying to kill time playing casual games or even role-playing games, sometimes you need a game that challenges your mind. Strategy games are a perfect way to keep you stimulated especially if you have a lot of time on your hand. They let you command your own army to take over the world and dominate your enemies with tactics they cannot anticipate. Here are some of the best strategy games you can play on your phone right now: 1. Civilization 6 (iOS) © ASPYR Exclusive to the iOS mobile platform, Civilisation 6 is the best strategy game even on PC and consoles. It follows a historical path where you have to guide your nation from the stone age all the way to the modern era. You will face against other civilisations that are eyeing your resources, city and military. 2. Rebel Inc. © Ndemic Creations If you have heard about Plague Inc, this is the spiritual successor to that game by the same developer. You have to make sure you keep your military safe from insurgency and make sure the subjects of your kingdom are happy. You have to devote resources for building both the military and your kingdom with the right balance. For example, if you invest too much into your kingdom, you will face rampant inflation and corruption. If you invest in infrastructure too fast while leaving your military weak, your kingdom will be more prone to attacks from enemies. 3. Pocket City © Pocket City If you have ever played Sim City in your life, you'll see that Pocket City is a smaller version of the simulator we all love from our childhood. You are the mayor of your city and need to build buildings, public parks, lay down roads and always moderate tax income. The game also has a progression system where you will be able to unlock more infrastructure, buildings and upgrades. Your main goal here is to keep the city growing and keeping it manageable at the same time. 4. Rome: Total War © Youtube/Total War The Total War series is already popular on PC, however, the mobile-friendly version of the game is also worth your time. You need to guide the city of Rome from its founding days to the time when it was once a great Empire. You will have to juggle with politics, development, war, economics and diplomacy. You can potentially spend hours in the game and never get bored as the game is capable of throwing a wrench at you out of nowhere. 5. Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions © Square-Enix If you are into turn-based strategy games that also as a good story, you should check out Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions. It is available on all platforms that brings RPG elements to strategy games. As the name suggests, you will need to use many tactics to defeat your enemies in the same and has a very similar plot as Game of Thrones. View the full article
  7. Every year, a ton of new games make it to the market and though not all of them are worth your time and money, it becomes very difficult to find out the ones that are worth picking up. Of course, we review a lot of them to tell you whether or not it's worth buying but we also come across a lot of disappointing titles almost every now and then. Well, I decided to list these games out because I seem to have too much time to think about these games during the lockdown. Before I begin, I'd like to point out that none of these games are bad by any means. I mean, it's a huge task to make a game and release it to the public, so if anything, we should appreciate their efforts. So I am simply pointing out the ones which I found to be very disappointing. Essentially, we're looking at an "overhyped and underdeliver" kind of situation here with these games. Let's check it out - Watch Dogs Watch Dogs is one of those games that literally made me go "Wowza" when I first saw it at an E3 keynote 6 years ago. Seriously, it was one of the best looking video game demos that I had ever seen. But the final retail version that shipped to the players? Well, it was nothing like what we were promised. Anyway, it's currently available for free from the Epic Games Store, so you can check it out if you want to. Fable 3 If you've played Fable 3, then you're probably wondering why is this game in the list of most disappointing games? Well, as I mentioned earlier, we're talking about the games that couldn't really deliver on the promises made before their release. Fable 3's designer Peter Molyneux is the one considered to be guilty of this. Game Of Thrones RPG The only good thing about the Game Of Thrones RPG was the story. I mean, you just can't go wrong with a GoT plot, right? Oh wait, I forgot about season 8. Anyway. The GoT RPG game was disappointing in almost every way. The game mechanics were bad and even the graphics were simply not that great. Simply put, it wasn't on par with the RPGs that were ruling at that time. Duke Nukem Forever This is a game that was sitting in development for 15 years. The devs started working on it back in 1997 and it came out 2011. The game legit feels veery old due to that. Everything from dialogue, gameplay mechanics and even graphics, feels like it was made for a 90s game. However, there was way too much hype surrounding this game, and it simply couldn't deliver it. View the full article
  8. Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation will be backwards compatible with almost 4,000 PlayStation 4 games at launch and will even run better on the next-gen console. Sony had to clarify the backwards compatibility of the console, thanks to an ambiguous statement by Mark Cerny which suggested the console would support the top 100 PS4 games at launch. Sony has now clarified after fan backlash that the console will be able to run almost 4000+ PlayStation 4 games. © YouTube/Sony PlayStation Sony updated a post on its PlayStation blog with more information about the backwards compatibility feature of the PlayStation 5. While the blogpost does confirm that almost every game will be able to run on the console, they still need to be tested individually to optimise the game for the PlayStation 5. In the blogpost update, Sony said: âA quick update on backward compatibility â With all of the amazing games in PS4âs catalogue, weâve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favourites on PS5. We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5." Weâre expecting backwards compatible titles will run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so that they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions. Weâre currently evaluating games on a title-by-title basis to spot any issues that need adjustment from the original software developers. In his presentation, Mark Cerny provided a snapshot of the top 100 most-played PS4 titles, demonstrating how well backward compatibility efforts are going. He said, "We have already tested hundreds of titles and are preparing to test thousands more as we move toward launch. We will provide updates on backward compatibility, along with much more PS5 news, in the months ahead. Stay tuned!â © BCCL While the update is quite reassuring, it comes at a time when Sony was met with criticisms from fans. In comparison, the Xbox Series X will support every Xbox One game at launch including titles from Xbox 360 and the original Xbox if the game is playable on the Xbox One console. Sony also faced criticism from fans as the event did not show the console or how it would work. The video presentation by Mark Cerny was supposed to be for game developers and a proper reveal for fans is scheduled sometime later this year. Disappointed with #PS5Reveal The MOST REQUESTED FEATURE is not as great as most wanted, #PlayStation5 will not be backward compatible with PS1, PS2, PS3 & only 100 PS4 games will work at launch We may never again experience the Glory days of PS2, best FIFA Career Mode Era pic.twitter.com/5GwqJLLpEq â Career Mode Insider (@CareerModeInsid) March 18, 2020#PlayStation5 will be backwards compatible... ...with only about 100 PS4 games. Not backwards compatible with PS1-3. pic.twitter.com/m1uxE3JX5q â Oliver Jia (ãªãªãã¼Â·ã¸ã¢) (@OliverJia1014) March 18, 2020Having said that, the PlayStation 5 being compatible with over 4,000 games means players will be able to bring most of their game library with them. It will also remove the need for users to buy their favourite games again on the PlayStation 5. Additionally, we can expect some of the older games to run smoother and at higher frame rates which was not possible on the current generation consoles. If the PlayStation 5 can run games like PUBG, Call of Duty Warzone at higher frame rates, it will give these games a new life amongst its users. If previous games like God of War, Uncharted , The Last of US, Bloodborne and other exclusives will run better on the new console, itâs a good reason to buy the console on its own. View the full article
  9. When humanity stumbled into 2020, most of us, at least those who can read this article, have at some point in our lives, played a video game. Whether youâre casually chucking birds at pigs on your cell phone, enjoying a day off with some FIFA, exploring amazing single-player stories or competing in online tournaments - between 2012 and 2020, the market share of Earthâs most immersive form of entertainment has doubled to over $150 billion, and continues to rise meteorically. It wasnât surprising then, that through the evolution of gaming, Hollywood has been playing close attention to audiences and developers alike. Engaging characters, action sequences just waiting to be shot - and plenty of box office cheques to write. What follows is a list of some of the most popular, engaging and even surprising success stories of video games, adapted to film. 10. Mortal Kombat Okay, we know this one hasnât aged too well, but hear us out for a bit. Back in 1995, teenagers had little to compare their video games to, outside of their television screens and if they were lucky, toy tie-ins. But when it came to seeing the ultraviolence fighting game spectacle take place on the big screen, boy were crowds sold. This film was the first video game adaptation to ditch external plots and for-film narratives, sticking to the source material with extreme care. Several moves featured in the fight scenes are actual combos within the original game, and the old school CGI makes for an amusing, yet enlightening foundation stone for all the films to come in its wake. 9. Silent Hill On paper, Silent Hillâs creepy formula of atmospheric visuals, terrifying survival gameplay and amazing monster designs would have made for a good movie - so why was this one forgotten with time? In a nutshell, the filmmakers only paid attention to the first point. The film is stylistically perfect and takes us back to chilling memories of the video game - but is let down by a muddled plot and unimpressive backstory retellings. On the bright side, we do get to see Sean Bean of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones fame. 8. Final Fantasy: Advent Children Straight up, if you like Final Fantasy, anime or both of the above, youâll love this. While youâll feel completely lost in the filmâs characters and plot without having played the game, it showcases some of developer Square Enixâs most stunning collaborations with Visual Works, the legendary Japanese studio behind their gorgeously detailed cutscenes. The action is pure, unadulterated spectacle - one that was so beloved by fans that PS3 sales back in 2005 skyrocketed after its release. 7. The Angry Birds Movie 2 Like any decent gamer, I approached this one with caution and doubt. Itâs improbable, silly and very much an overt cash grab - yet the quirkiness and simple charm that made the mobile game such a big hit is plastered all over this movie. It knows exactly how seriously to take itself - keeping the early pacing quick and introducing us to a series of characters and well-written gags that could engage both parents and kids alike. 6. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time It seems like thereâs two kinds of PoP fans out there - those who fondly remember the old DOS-era platformers, and those who enjoyed the brutal action-adventure thrills of Warrior Within and The Two Thrones. This film was clearly aimed at the latter - with Jake Gyllenhall backflipping through scenes into the titular princeâs role. Thereâs plenty of fun fight choreography, royal schemes and even time travel shenanigans at work here, and despite almost no real connection with the games, Ben Kinglsleyâs performance as the main villain totally makes up for it. 5. Warcraft Thereâs a common misconception with this film that several reviewers fell for - commonly thought of to be based on the titanic World of Warcraft MMORPG series, it actually focuses on the story of a slightly older game - 2002âs Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, which some of you MOBA gamers might remember as the birthplace of DOTA. Warcraft follows the tale of a desperate Orc tribe contending with warring factions, demonic magic and all the fun action set pieces that result from this. While the film is heavy with exposition, the scale and CGI work is fantastic, while Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi sets it all to a fantastic background score. 4. Sonic The Hedgehog Certainly, no one asked for this - but spurred on by longtime rival Nintendoâs success with Detective Pikachu (which weâll get to later), Sega and Paramount Picturesâ 2020 Sonic film dashes through nostalgic throwbacks for fans - referencing several themes and game design features from the 90s classics. Even more dynamic than the surprisingly relatable Sonic is his nemesis Dr. Eggman, played by Jim Carrey. Seriously, if kid me knew this was coming, Iâd have been far more excited for 2020 - serious thumbs up to the filmmakers for taking the time and effort to re-render Sonicâs visuals after major fan backlash in 2019. Segaâs seen better days, but they sure are loyal. 3. Tomb Raider Before Tomb Raider, there was Angelina Jolieâs similarly named Lara Croft: Tomb Raider from 2001. While the Angie films were riotous and enjoyable in perhaps the same way as Pierce Brosnanâs Bond flicks, this reinvention of the character was inspired by the 2013 videogame reboot, which dropped the stale action feel in favour of a gritty, realistic and much more grounded theme, with Alicia Vikanderâs performance bringing it all together. She does defy physics and heal from injuries in a way that detracts from the realism - but itâs all very slick, well made and stands as a good film by itself. 2. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu This 2019 riot came out of nowhere, with a fresh new idea that turned those old Pokemon GO ads into a reality - bringing Pokemon into our contemporary world was a very risky move that Nintendo and Game Freak took for the series. Almost immediately, itâs apparent that this movie is created by the very same people who grew up playing the video games and watching the anime⦠a hilarious, touching and often witty adventure that brings our beloved Pikachu to life - complete with Ryan Reynoldsâ voice and a mystery plot to boot. 1. The Original Pokemon Films Back in the good early 2000s when animation was in its golden age, kids the world over were absolutely brought to their knees with sequel after sequel of Pokemon feature-length animated films. While a staggering 23 of them have been produced to date, the spotlight has always belonged to the original - Mewtwo Strikes Back. With beautiful animation, all the characters we love and a truly memorable and touching plot, this one would also be remembered for having the saddest scene in Pokemon history. Did you ever play or watch any of these series? Tell us in the comments! View the full article
  10. Sony revealed important information about the PlayStation 5 that included technical specifications and advancements since the PlayStation 4. One of the topics discussed at the presentation was the backwards compatibility feature. It was detailed that the PlayStation 5 will be backwards compatible, but unfortunately, not with every game and previous Sony platform. According to the presentation, the feature will only support backwards compatibility for the PlayStation 4 and 4 Pro and not the previous Playstation consoles. During the presentation, Chief console architect Mark Cerny said, "Results are excellent, though. We recently took a look at the 100 top PlayStation 4 titles as ranked by playtime, and we're expecting almost all of them to be playable at launch on PlayStation 5.â © Youtube_Sony PlayStation From Cernyâs presentation, we can conclude that not all PlayStation 4 games will be supported at launch, even the top 100, as Sony âexpectsâ them to supported. And this is exactly where the Xbox Series X has a big advantage as it will be able to support games all the way up to the original console and even every game that launched on the Xbox One. We arenât entirely sure which top 100 PS4 titles Cery was referring to but we can expect games like Minecraft, Fortnite, God of War, Spider-Man and other Sony exclusives to work at launch. However, it isnât clear whether the PlayStation 5 will be able to support the entire PS4 library at launch or whether it is entirely up to the developer and publisherâs discretion to have their previous games supported on the PlayStation 5. During the launch of PlayStation 4, many users had to re-purchase games on the new console even if they owned it on the previous generation. Battlefield 4 is a classic example where users who were upgrading to the PlayStation 4 had to buy the game again. On the PlayStation 5, backwards compatibility will work in a special Legacy Mode for running PlayStation 4 games. It will also run in Pro Legacy mode to run games that are optimised for the PlayStation 4 Pro. It is somewhat of an emulator that will mimic the older machine while using the PlayStation 5âs hardware. Additionally, users will be able to bring over their PS4 library to the PlayStation 5 and can even play the games using a USB 3.2 HDD. It is somewhat disappointing that there was no mention of supporting games from the PS3, PS2 and PS1 era. While backwards compatibility is a welcome feature, we can only know for sure how it works when we get to test it in the real world. View the full article
  11. E3 may not be happening this year, but that's not stopping Microsoft. The company just decided to make it official and fully reveal the specs of the upcoming Xbox Series X. There's a comprehensive blog post detailing everything from specs to some of the highly anticipated features in action. The blog post has a lot of jargon and numbers in the name of specs. For instance, the upcoming Xbox Series X is powered by a 3.8GHz 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU and 1.825GHz RDNA 2-class GPU with 12 teraflops of power. They're coupled with 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and 1TB custom NVME SSD. The Xbox Series X is looking like a very promising device on paper. However, it's not just about the numbers. Microsoft has also talked about a lot of features that actually matter to the users. There's a video in which Microsoft compares the loading times for State of Decay on Xbox One X versus Xbox Series X. The new Xbox manages to load the game in just 7-8 seconds compared to the Xbox One X which takes about 50-51 seconds. You're looking at over 500% faster loading times, which is absolutely insane. Microsoft says the faster loading times have been made possible because of more memory and faster storage. Xbox Series X can almost instantly access games (up to 100GB). We really think this will allow open-world games to be much more immersive with less loading times. Another killer feature that Microsoft showcased is "quick resume". As the name suggests, you'll be able to resume a game even after rebooting your console. And from what we got to see, you'll be able to resume multiple games and move back & forth between them with little to no loading times. That was pretty crazy too. If you're into numbers and like to geek out on specs, then here's the full list - CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU Die Size: 360.45 mm2 Process: 7nm Enhanced Memory: 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320mb bus Memory Bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s Internal Storage: 1 TB Custom NVME SSD I/O Throughput: 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block) Expandable Storage: 1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly) External Storage: USB 3.2 External HDD Support Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS The Xbox Series X is releasing during the Holiday season this year, which means we're still quite a few months away from the launch. It'll be interesting to see how it performs against new the PlayStation 5 which is also slated to launch around the same time. View the full article
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
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