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SmackDown takes over RAW as People’s favourite, what’s the reason?

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WWE split itself into two major brands – Monday Night RAW and Tuesday Night SmackDown. Why? What is the reason? Even I am unaware of it. Leave it. But we know both the brands contain some really awesome superstars like Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, John Cena (though part-time!), Finn Bálor, Dean Ambrose and many more.

I accept both the brands have something unique in them which makes them most entertaining, but RAW has been somewhat more famous and has maintained its supremacy over SmackDown. Well, you can not clearly tell what is the reason behind this. Maybe because RAW had and has better superstars, or maybe the storylines and feuds that this brand makes manages to impress people more. Maybe something else.

SmackDown takes over RAW as People's favourite, what's the reason?

SmackDown takes over RAW as People’s favourite, what’s the reason?

But, if we see of now, RAW is losing the importance it had. The brand is losing its light. In the last two and a half months, RAW has got a big decline in attendance and viewership. The case was so bad that it witnessed its lowest viewership ratio. Now, as I see, there are various reasons behind it. I am a big WWE RAW fan, and as a member of the audience, I list out all the defaults as I see.

Coming to the first, and the biggest reason of course, is the absence of the brand’s baby face Roman Reigns. You can see yourself, since the time Roman left WWE, RAW has taken a dip. When he was in RAW, even if the viewership was not at its max, it was not low either. Roman used to entertain people with his microphone skills as well as fights. He had won the Universal Championship just before two months or so, and had been giving fantastic matches so far. After he left, RAW has not been able to find a replacement of Reigns. Or, rather we should say that RAW has not tried any means to find a replacement for him.

SmackDown takes over RAW as People's favourite, what's the reason?

SmackDown takes over RAW as People’s favourite, what’s the reason?

When we have talked about the Universal Championship, RAW has not done justice to the biggest and perhaps most important Championship belt. After Roman Reigns relinquished the belt, people had thought that their second best choice, Braun Strowman would become the next champion. But, I don’t know what was going on in the mind of Vince McMahon. He left people in shock by crowning Brock Lesnar champion once again.

Talking about Brock Lesnar, he is perhaps the most careless superstar in the RAW roster. He is the Universal Champion, and he has made the championship belt seem like a joke. Roman used to defend his title more often regularly, and this man Brock Lesnar, he is not even present when his roster is suffering from losses. Being the ultimate champion, he is perhaps one of the biggest reason for the loss RAW is facing.

SmackDown takes over RAW as People's favourite, what's the reason?

SmackDown takes over RAW as People’s favourite, what’s the reason?

Next is about the RAW General Manager. General Manager is a man who should know how to impress people by giving them those feuds and matches which they want. And what did Vince McMahon do? He replaced Kurt Angle with the biggest flop of the roster Baron Corbin. Corbin is presently portraying his heel character. Why did Vince make him the General Manager? When Kurt Angle was doing his best job as the manager, this replacement took place. They say that Kurt wanted a return as a wrestler, so he was replaced. Man, isn’t Corbin a wrestler as well as the manager? Then why can’t Angle?

Next is the misuse of people’s favorite superstars. The WWE Universe has its own choice of superstars. How can you know? By their cheers and boos. Superstars like Finn Bálor, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman etc. are the people’s favorite ones. And they aren’t being given proper feuds and matches. Okay, leave Dean and Seth. What about Bálor? After being drafted to RAW, he has only one achievement to his name. He was the first ever Universal Champion, that to only for less than 24 hours. After that, he has been totally misused. Wrong feuds, wrong fights, and everything. Same has been with Braun Strowman. When people wanted him to be the Universal Champion, he was involved in a useless feud with Baron Corbin. Vince is taking wrong decisions and ruining people’s favorite superstars.

SmackDown takes over RAW as People's favourite, what's the reason?

SmackDown takes over RAW as People’s favourite, what’s the reason?

It is good that The Authority has taken everything into their hands. I don’t believe Vince McMahon, but maybe Triple H can do something about it. Yeah, I know it will be awkward to see The Authority outside their heel character as faces, but perhaps this decision would prove somewhat profitable for the weak RAW.

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Best Xbox Games of 2018 by Players’ score

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2018 proved to be a very interesting year for Xbox. Though Microsoft didn’t have too many exclusives, it did introduce a lot of new opportunities for Xbox One owners. This includes the game subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, which opens up a bounty of new and legacy games for ₹ 700 a month. Microsoft is also the leading proponent of backwards compatibility at the moment, and will even occasionally go the extra mile to offer Xbox One X enhanced games from previous generations. Microsoft may not have been the strongest first-party publisher in 2018 but it still managed to make Xbox One stand out.

Even though exclusives were few and far between, there were still a ton of highly-rated games released on Xbox One in 2018. I have rounded up every Xbox One game that scored at least an 8 on players’ list in the past year, and organized them by score below. Scroll down to see where your favourite of the year landed. You might find also find something new to consider playing before games start rolling in.

So, take a look at the list off the games and check out where your loved ones are placed. Or, go play all those which you have not attempted till now. Here they are –

Divinity Original Sin 210/10

Divinity Original Sin 2 – 10/10

Divinity Original Sin 2 – 10/10

From lonely farmhouses through pitched battles with gods in far-flung dimensions, Divinity: Original Sin II is one of the most captivating role-playing games ever made in both its original and definitive incarnations, with the latter proving that even the most complicated role-players can be ported successfully to gamepad-limited consoles. This has immaculately conceived and emotion-wrought fantasy world, which is topped by brilliant tactical combat, and all these make it one of the finest games of recent years, and it remains an instant classic in the pantheon of RPG greats.

Ashen9/10

Ashen – 9/10

Ashen – 9/10

Ashen has ensured itself a place on almost every list we have come across till now, from PC games to video games. Ashen does more than enough to differentiate it from other Souls-like games. Although its combat utilizes the same stamina-focused mechanics, the inclusion of features that promote a sense of community with the game’s characters makes for a wholly different experience.

It’s frustrating to spawn and see that your computer-controlled partner has a weapon that doesn’t complement the one you’re using. However, even when playing with NPCs, your allies’ efforts to assist you in battle cause you to care about the fates of the colourful cast of people you meet on your journey. The relationships you forge define your adventure through Ashen, and helping your new friends is a powerful motivator that drives you forward through the game’s beautiful world. Gi for it at least once if you have not played it till now.

Batman: The Enemy WithinEpisode 49/10

Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 4 – 9/10

Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 4 – 9/10

Leave out the films, the game has an importance as well. Episode 4 of Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within has top-notch writing, thoughtful depictions, and impactful decision-making moments. It leaves Bruce, Batman, and you to grapple with questions and uncertainty. Between the future of Joker, the nature of Amanda Waller, and the potential fallout of Bruce’s mission on his allies, Telltale has set the stage for what could ( perhaps better) be an explosive finale.

Celeste9/10

Celeste – 9/10

Celeste – 9/10

 

Even this one has a place in almost all gaming lists. Yeah, for a reason. It’s a testament to convincing writing and ingenious design that after playing Celeste the gamers felt like they had been on the same journey as Madeline. Her struggle is one made easy to empathize with, her low points painful to watch, and her high notes exhilarating to experience. Her tale is delicately told and beautifully illustrated, confidently coalescing with the satisfying, empowering game it lies within. Not bad for a game about climbing a mountain.

Dead Cells9/10

Dead Cells – 9/10

Dead Cells – 9/10

Somewhat a different flick to have a try on. Even if you can’t make it all that far, Prisoner’s Quarters is simple enough that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to “bank” cells for the aforementioned upgrades. That gives you a sense of constant progress, even when you bomb a run. In fact, the only real issue with the adventure is that some of the better upgrades can take substantially longer than they should. It stalls progress in the mid-game a bit and can lead to a feeling of grinding your wheels. Besides that, though, Dead Cells is a phenomenal effort to blend together some very disparate genres into a tight, cohesive whole. It’s one of the better examples of how to remix ideas without losing their individual strengths.

Dragon Ball FighterZ9/10

Dragon Ball FighterZ – 9/10

Dragon Ball FighterZ – 9/10

I have not seen anyone till now who has not seen Dragon Ball Z in his entire life or is not a fan of it. Dragon Ball Z has been our childhood crush and will be forever. Talking about the gaming version, Dragon Ball FighterZ is complex and distinct enough to be enjoyed by fighting game competitors, but there’s no question that it’s been designed to tap into the hearts of Dragon Ball’s most dedicated fans, and no doubt those same qualities will win people over who’ve never given the series a chance. Where past games attempted to get there through huge character rosters and deliberately predictable trips down memory lane, FighterZ has bottled the essence of what makes the series’ characters, animation, and sense of humour so beloved and reconfigured it into something new: a Dragon Ball fighting game that can go toe-to-toe with the best of the genre.

F1 20189/10

F1 2018 – 9/10

F1 2018 – 9/10

You must have seen it on the PC games list, if you have gone through it! F1 2018 is brilliant, and the most complete Formula One game to date. The changes to career mode make it the strongest and most appealing it’s ever been thanks to the revamped upgrade system, while the simulation-like additions to the driving model bring you closer than ever to the feeling of sitting on the grid with 1000+ horsepower at your feet, without overwhelming those who just want to jump in and drive.

Far Cry 59/10

Far Cry 5 – 9/10

Far Cry 5 – 9/10

Despite some brief irritations and missed opportunities with its narrative, spending time in the world of Hope County remains absolutely delightful. Far Cry 5 boasts a wonderfully harmonious flow to its adventure, with its smart changes to exploration, discovery, and progression distinctly bolstering the enjoyment of creatively engaging and experimenting with its spectacular open world. And, I don’t think you should ever doubt on the Far Cry community!

Forza Horizon 49/10

Forza Horizon 4 – 9/10

Forza Horizon 4 – 9/10

There’s such a diverse range of activities stuffed into every corner of Horizon 4, and meaningful changes contribute to smart driving dynamics and a more consistent sense of achievement. Everything you do in Horizon feels valuable, no matter how big or small—from the basic thrills of speeding a fast car down a gorgeous mountain highway to spending time tinkering with your favourite ride to manage seasonal road conditions to just hanging out with friends and strangers online and goofing off in friendly games. The charm of the Horizon series is as palpable as ever, a winning, all-inclusive recipe that celebrates the joy of driving above all else. Honestly, I don’t know much about this game.

Red Dead Redemption 9/10

Red Dead Redemption 2 – 9/10

Red Dead Redemption 2 – 9/10

 

While Red Dead Redemption was mostly focused on John Marston’s story, Red Dead 2 is about the entire Van der Linde gang—as a community, as an idea, and as the death rattle of the Wild West. It is about Arthur, too, but as the lens through which you view the gang, his very personal, very messy story supports a larger tale. Some frustrating systems and a predictable mission structure end up serving that story well, though it does take patience to get through them and understand why. Red Dead Redemption 2 is an excellent prequel, but it’s also an emotional, thought-provoking story in its own right, and it’s a world that is hard to leave when it’s done.

Iconoclasts9/10

Iconoclasts – 9/10

Iconoclasts – 9/10

When Iconoclasts’ end credits begin to roll, it’s bittersweet to see the journey come to a close. After solving every puzzle and witnessing the finale of its poignant narrative, you can’t help but reflect on the growth of its characters and your impact onto the world. The game will shock and surprise you with how gripping its story is, and it’s likely to do so again in subsequent playthroughs of New Game+ with your expanded knowledge of character histories and events. Iconoclasts may be a call-back to the style and mechanics of old-school games, but it’s also a sincere and compelling adventure that anyone with respect for fantastic storytelling and 2D-action can enjoy.

Subnautica9/10

Subnautica - 9/10

Subnautica – 9/10

Subnautica’s story, scares, and beautifully rendered underwater setting make it one of the most fascinating survival games around. You will always have to grind away to a certain extent to gather necessary resources, but the overall experience is both accessible and refined. Subnautica may not make you eager to get back to the beach this summer, but right now there is no better virtual way to experience the beauty, and the terror, of the deep blue sea

Battlefield V8/10

Battlefield V – 8/10

Battlefield V – 8/10

This game. It is do famous that players and You Tubers like Shroud, Just9n, Choco Taco, Ninja and many more play this or shall I say stream this. The Battlefield series has a winning formula that Battlefield V doesn’t deviate far from, at least for now. Conquest and the map roster don’t mesh well together, however, Grand Operations—and the other modes within it—steal the show and foster some of the greatest moments the franchise has offered. You might be surprised by the impact of the slight changes made for this entry, especially when you’re deep into pushing or defending objectives in Frontlines alongside teammates fulfilling their roles. That’s when Battlefield V is at its best.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 48/10

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – 8/10

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – 8/10

Black Ops 4 isn’t short on content, and its three main modes are substantial. Multiplayer introduces more tactical mechanics without forcing you into them, and it largely strikes a good balance. Zombies has multiple deep, secret-filled maps to explore, though its returning characters don’t hold up and prove distracting. Finally, Blackout pushes Call of Duty in an entirely new direction, making use of aspects from both multiplayer and Zombies for a take on the battle royale genre that stands on its own. Sure, there isn’t a traditional single-player campaign, but with the depth and breadth of what is there, Black Ops 4 doesn’t need it.

Full Metal Furies8/10

Full Metal Furies - 8/10

Full Metal Furies – 8/10

Full Metal Furies is primarily a brawler, and a good one that promotes teamwork instead of button-mashing. But it’s also a very hard puzzle game, one that challenges you to perceive each level, as well as the game’s mechanics and characters, in new ways. It’s a shame most of the Furies are so two-dimensional throughout the main campaign–especially Meg, who’s arguably the most lovable of the bunch–but the story is consistently witty with its humour and an absolute joy to watch unfold. And while coming up with strategies to handle new enemies and piecing together the clues for each puzzle is fairly difficult at times, it’s a rewarding and deeply satisfying challenge.

Chasm8/10

Chasm – 8/10

Chasm – 8/10

Even when its flaws are obvious, Chasm is a well-crafted adventure, and during the more than 12 hours I spent playing through my first time, I got lost only once. That’s a huge bonus in a genre where getting lost is often the most frustrating aspect. Even after I finished, I was eager to venture forth on a new adventure, to test my combat mettle against harder foes and find the one secret that eluded me the first time through. It’s a shame the randomization of the world isn’t that big of a deal and the challenge could be better balanced, but the superb combat and visual design ensure your time with Chasm will be well spent.

Hitman 28/10

Hitman 2 – 8/10

Hitman 2 – 8/10

The addition of other minor mechanical changes—like concussive weapons, a picture-in-picture enemy activity alert, and visible security camera sightlines—help to improve Hitman 2 overall as a dense and accessible stealth assassination game.

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2018 was a fantastic year for movies and TV. This is the year that gave us Infinity War, Black Panther, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and that’s just looking at some of the good Marvel movies released this year. On the TV side, we got The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix’s weird sci-fi show Maniac, and many more instant classics.

But that pendulum swings the other way, too. For all the great entertainment in 2018, there were also plenty that didn’t live up to the standards we expected. These were movies and shows that we were excited for – however tentatively – and that turned out to be huge let-downs.

Here is the list of 15 shows and films that did not live up to the expectations of the viewers and were somewhat big – or small – disappointments.

1. Jessica Jones Season 2

Jessica Jones Season 2

Jessica Jones Season 2

The first season of Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones was easily one of the best examples of the collaboration between the streaming and comics giants, possibly even the best of all these shows. We were excited about Season 2, right up until the point we actually watched it.

Well, trying to do a Marvel superhero story without an actual villain is a bold idea that could have paid off. Unfortunately, it simply didn’t in this case. The season’s main plotline and massive twist was ruined by bad casting as Janet McTeer and Krysten Ritter had absolutely zero chemistry as alleged family members. And every storyline was a total bore. Unlike the other Marvel/Netflix shows, Jessica Jones hasn’t been cancelled yet, but we hope that will likely change soon.

2. American Horror Story Apocalypse

American Horror Story Apocalypse

American Horror Story Apocalypse

The eighth season of American Horror Story had a great premise: Not only was it the end of the world, but it also promised to finally tie events from the show’s previous seasons together, from the original Murder House to Coven and beyond. It even got off to a promising start, as the first couple of episodes of Apocalypse set up plenty of mysteries we couldn’t wait to learn the answers to.

But after those opening episodes, Apocalypse took a wrong turn. Yes, it felt like a fun twist at the time, but the following episodes proved disappointing week after week. The show started providing answers, but they weren’t the ones we wanted. It spent a half dozen episodes in flashbacks and the all the actions we wanted came to long after. By the time Roseanne star Sandra Bernhard joined the cast for a terribly cheesy turn as a Satanic cult leader, I was done with this season of American Horror Story. Weren’t you?

3. Venom

Venom

Venom

Seeing a Marvel movie on the list is really surprising. Even I was while writing. But, it happened. Venom is a movie that feels like it was written in 1998 by a 7-year-old, then buried in a time capsule, unearthed 19 years later, and made into a movie without a single revision to the draft. It is truly a movie from another time, and all that’s missing is someone doing a kick flip over a set of steps while Korn plays in the background. From Tom Hardy’s accent choices, to the movie turning into an over-the-top action flick where the final battle is filled with muddied CG, those who were looking for a great Sony spin-off movie found themselves a bit disappointed, even though this movie made $800 million, worldwide.

As for the story, it went a number of directions, many of which could have been a good movie of their own. Eddie Brock working as a journalist and ruining his girlfriend’s career: it’s okay. Brock trying to rebuild his life and take down the Life Foundation: even it is okay. Brock losing his mind when the Venom symbiont is taking over, creating a horror aesthetic: it is okay too. Wacky buddy cop movie starring Eddie Brock as the fall guy covered in black oil that talks funny and wants to eat livers: this is not okay, Venom. The weird comedic choices this movie made killed it for so many viewers. Why does Venom need comedy?

However, with the announcement of the home release of the movie, fans of the Venom character were desperately hoping for the rated-R cut of the movie. However, upon its release, fans got three deleted scenes, some behind-the-scenes footage, and that’s about it. As much as we wanted an extended scene of Woody Harrelson in a red wig, this wasn’t what the people wanted to see. Venom is one of the few movies in 2018 that disappointed people twice.

4. The Predator

The Predator

The Predator

The original Predator is unquestionably an ‘80s classic as it combined sci-fi horror thrills and exciting action, and helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger one of the biggest stars in the world. But unlike the Alien or Terminator series, the quality drop from that first movie was fast, and none of the following films were anywhere near as good as the first. So expectations for a new Predator movie in 2018 should not have been high. But the fact that Shane Black was on board to write and direct suddenly raised hopes that he might actually deliver something to equal the first movie. What would the writer of Lethal Weapon and the director of Iron Man 3 do with this series?

Unfortunately, as it turns out, not very much. The Predator was just as mediocre as its predecessors, and was badly hurt by extensive reshoots and incoherent editing, as well as the controversy about certain casting choices that Black had made. The Predator has its moments—the cast is good, there are some funny scenes, and some of the early action is exciting. But the film gets worse as it continues, and emerges as what we should have guessed it would be all along—yet another not-very-good Predator movie. Time to skin this franchise and hang it upside-down for good.

5. Westworld Season 2

Westworld Season 2

Westworld Season 2

Westworld Season 1 was easily one of the best seasons of sci-fi TV ever, which made our hype levels for Season 2 off the charts—maybe even a little too high. Maybe there’s a parallel universe where Westworld Season 2 lived up to our expectations, but that proved impossible in this one.

Where Season 1 was a carefully plotted, well-paced exploration of well-trod science fiction themes, Season 2 was a total mess in comparison. The tone was uniformly grim, the characters we used to like were unrecognizable, the plot was muddled beyond comprehension, and important details were withheld for no reason other than to string viewers along. The show’s creators must have been mad at the Redditors who guessed all the twists in Season 1, because Season 2 seemed designed mostly to befuddle the show’s most dedicated fans. By the time it reached its conclusion, we didn’t want to know the answers anymore—we just wanted it to be over. Right?

6. Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald

In The Crimes of Grindelwald’s third scene, a character who we never learn anything about despite her constant presence throughout the entire movie murders a toddler, for no reason, just off screen. Even Michael Myers, famed slasher movie villain of the Halloween series, didn’t sink that low, although you could tell in the most recent one that he considered it for a moment.

This moment perfectly sets the tone for the rest of this movie: a grim, overly dramatic, mean-spirited entry into the Harry Potter universe. Fantastic Beasts 2 can accurately be described as a loosely connected series of mostly sequential events, though it’s often unclear how it gets from one scene to the next or why the characters do any of the things they do. Maybe worst of all, The Crimes of Grindelwald has no sense of wonder at its own magical world. Millions fell in love with Harry Potter because the wizarding world felt like a place you’d want to live, despite its bad elements. Inhabiting this movie’s magical alternate history for a couple of hours will just make you want to get obliviated so you can forget the whole thing.

7. The Cloverfield Paradox

 The Cloverfield Paradox

The Cloverfield Paradox

The Cloverfield Paradox starts out riffing on the early structure of movies like Alien and The Thing, with some cursory efforts to establish personalities and relationships for its half dozen or so characters. They’re all basically interchangeable by the end, and you’ll be hard pressed to remember most of their names by the time the credits roll. But the movie really starts to fall apart once the crew activate the particle accelerator—a poorly explained attempt to solve an energy crisis back on Earth—and find themselves suddenly staring at a star-filled void where the Earth used to be.

There are some memorable moments early on, like when a mysterious stranger arrives on the station by apparently teleporting into the interior of a wall, wires and power conduits spliced through her hands and legs like vines that grew through her. The movie’s few moments of body horror—like another scene involving a character’s eyeball—are its high points. But The Cloverfield Paradox quickly devolves into total camp nonsense from there on out, and it never recovers any of its early poise. After 10 Cloverfield Lane, we were excited to see where the Cloverfield universe would expand next, but no longer.

8. Pacific Rim Uprising

Pacific Rim Uprising

Pacific Rim Uprising

There was something magical about the original Pacific Rim’s giant monster battles, glossy, rain-slicked colours, and seemingly effortless world-building. It’s possible the sequel never stood a chance at living up to that, especially since visionary director Guillermo del Toro chose to focus on The Shape of Water, which won the best picture Oscar for 2017, instead of returning to direct Pacific Rim Uprising. And sure enough, Uprising was a disappointment.

Most of all, Pacific Rim: Uprising is just confusing. If you haven’t seen the original, it’s unlikely much in this sequel will make sense. Concepts like Drift—the way Jaeger pilots mentally link with one another—are poorly explained, despite this movie spending plenty of time attempting to recap and revisit past events. And if you did like the first Pacific Rim, you’ll likely wonder what happened to all the distinctive side characters, the stylish action, and the flashy aesthetic. Pacific Rim: Uprising might have seemed like a pretty good giant monster movie if it didn’t have to live up to the gigantically cool original, but unfortunately, it simply can’t escape its predecessor’s massive shadow.

9. Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story made nearly $400 million at the box office. But in the franchise era, when film companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars to make hundreds of millions more, this was considered a box office flop, especially against the film’s $250 million budget.

Yes, Solo was poorly marketed; it came out five months after The Last Jedi, which prevented it from building steam. But Solo’s failure also confirmed a problem that was present in the prequel trilogy and present in Rogue One: We do not need answers and backstories to the most granular details of the original trilogy. They’re better left to the imagination.

We don’t need 30 minutes of CGI to explain why the Kessel Run is important. We don’t need to learn how Han got his dice, or how Han got his blaster. These things lose their mystery and their specialness when they’re over explained, and they cheapen rather than enrich the source material. Nostalgia is a poor substitute for narrative, as Solo unfortunately demonstrated.

10. WWE (All Rosters)

WWE (All Rosters)

WWE (All Rosters)

The year started off well for the WWE as there was a wonderful Royal Rumble, followed by a fantastic WrestleMania. But history will remember 2018 as the year that WWE got caught with their pants down. They put dollars over ethics with their ongoing Saudi Arabia partnership. And when their top star, Roman Reigns, relinquished the Universal Championship to fight a recurring battle with leukaemia, WWE hit the panic button and put the belt back on Brock Lesnar, a part-time, rarely-seen-on-TV champion. This is what happens when you’re too singularly focused on a single wrestler, to the rest of the roster’s detriment. No one is ready to step up.

SmackDown is consistent. Developmental league NXT remains consistently brilliant. And the women’s roster, with Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey at the forefront, is firing on all cylinders; they’ll probably main event WrestleMania in 2019. At least they should.

But across the board, the men’s division needs better writers and more compelling reasons to fight one another. Monday Night Raw, in particular, is going through a rough patch, running an “evil Authority” playbook that the company has copied, ad nauseam, since 1998. The ring work is phenomenal – better than it’s ever been – but the narrative stakes feel low. And these performers, who risk their lives for our entertainment, deserve better.

These were the biggest disappointments in the entertainment of 2018. I know not all shows and films on the list are bad – at least according to many of you – but these lacked something and hence are on the list. Think yourself

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One of the most exciting aspects of PC gaming is how quickly it can evolve. Trends come and go, new technologies inspire developers to push the boundaries of their creativity, and because it’s an open platform, ambitious upstarts have great freedom when it comes to creating and releasing their games. Now that there’s healthy competition for Valve from Discord and Epic, two companies that have recently launched their own digital game stores, there are even more opportunities for developers and consumers alike at the start of 2019.

But before we jump into the new year, now is a great chance to revisit the best of PC gaming in 2018. We must have played almost all PC games and I have rounded up every PC game that scored at least an 8 on the gamers list in 2018, and organized them by score below. Scroll down to see where your favorite of the year landed. You might find also find something new to consider playing before games start rolling in.

Here they are –

Ashen9/10

Ashen – 9/10

Ashen – 9/10

Ashen does more than enough to differentiate it from other Souls-like games. Although its combat utilizes the same stamina-focused mechanics, the inclusion of features that promote a sense of community with the game’s characters makes for a wholly different experience. It’s frustrating to spawn and see that your computer-controlled partner has a weapon that doesn’t complement the one you’re using. However, even when playing with NPCs, your allies’ efforts to assist you in battle cause you to care about the fates of the colourful cast of people you meet on your journey. The relationships you forge define your adventure through Ashen, and helping your new friends is a powerful motivator that drives you forward through the game’s beautiful world.

Batman: The Enemy WithinEpisode 49/10

Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 4 – 9/10

Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 4 – 9/10

Episode 4 of Tell-tale’s Batman: The Enemy Within has top-notch writing, thoughtful depictions, and impactful decision-making moments. It leaves Bruce, Batman, and you to grapple with questions and uncertainty. Between the future of Joker, the nature of Amanda Waller, and the potential fallout of Bruce’s mission on his allies, Telltale has set the stage for what could (better) be an explosive finale.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle9/10

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle – 9/10

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle – 9/10

Whether playing through the story mode alone or against hardened opponents online, Cross Tag Battle is an absolute joy with a surplus of possibilities within its wide roster and versatile fighting system. Even with all the ridiculousness of the overarching plot, I revealed in the charm of my favourite characters and embraced the many moments of fan service. It’s a masterful unification of styles and mechanics from four different universes that compels you to dig deeper and dedicate the time to getting the most out of the beloved members of this cast.

Celeste9/10

Celeste – 9/10

Celeste – 9/10

It’s a testament to convincing writing and ingenious design that after playing Celeste I felt like I’d been on the same journey as Madeline. Her struggle is one made easy to empathize with, her low points painful to watch, and her high notes exhilarating to experience. Her tale is delicately told and beautifully illustrated, confidently coalescing with the satisfying, empowering game it lies within. Not bad for a game about climbing a mountain.

Dead Cells9/10

Dead Cells – 9/10

Dead Cells – 9/10

Even if you can’t make it all that far, Prisoner’s Quarters is simple enough that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to “bank” cells for the aforementioned upgrades. That gives you a sense of constant progress, even when you bomb a run. In fact, the only real issue with the adventure is that some of the better upgrades can take substantially longer than they should. It stalls progress in the mid-game a bit and can lead to a feeling of grinding your wheels. Besides that, though, Dead Cells is a phenomenal effort to blend together some very disparate genres into a tight, cohesive whole. It’s one of the better examples of how to remix ideas without losing their individual strengths.

Dragon Ball Fighter Z9/10

Dragon Ball Fighter Z – 9/10

Dragon Ball Fighter Z – 9/10

Dragon Ball Fighter Z is complex and distinct enough to be enjoyed by fighting game competitors, but there’s no question that it’s been designed to tap into the hearts of Dragon Ball’s most dedicated fans, and no doubt those same qualities will win people over who’ve never given the series a chance. Where past games attempted to get there through huge character rosters and deliberately predictable trips down memory lane, Fighter Z has bottled the essence of what makes the series’ characters, animation, and sense of humour so beloved and reconfigured it into something new: a Dragon Ball fighting game that can go toe-to-toe with the best of the genre.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age9/10

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – 9/10

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – 9/10

Innovation in games is talked about a lot, but it’s also great to see traditional gameplay formulas that have been around for decades presented exceptionally well. Dragon Quest XI is one of the best modern examples of this; its beautiful presentation, both visual- and story-wise, combines with a tried-and-true gameplay formula for a journey that’s full of heart and soul. Once you find yourself sucked into the world of Dragon Quest XI, it’s going to be hard to put down until you reach the grand finale.

F1 20189/10

F1 2018 – 9/10

F1 2018 – 9/10

F1 2018 is brilliant, and the most complete Formula One game to date. The changes to career mode make it the strongest and most appealing it’s ever been thanks to the revamped upgrade system, while the simulation-like additions to the driving model bring you closer than ever to the feeling of sitting on the grid with 1000+ horsepower at your feet, without overwhelming those who just want to jump in and drive.

Far Cry 59/10

Far Cry 5 – 9/10

Far Cry 5 – 9/10

Despite some brief irritations and missed opportunities with its narrative, spending time in the world of Hope County remains absolutely delightful. Far Cry 5 boasts a wonderfully harmonious flow to its adventure, with its smart changes to exploration, discovery, and progression distinctly bolstering the enjoyment of creatively engaging and experimenting with its spectacular open world.

Forza Horizon 49/10

Forza Horizon 4 – 9/10

Forza Horizon 4 – 9/10

There’s such a diverse range of activities stuffed into every corner of Horizon 4, and meaningful changes contribute to smart driving dynamics and a more consistent sense of achievement. Everything you do in Horizon feels valuable, no matter how big or small—from the basic thrills of speeding a fast car down a gorgeous mountain highway to spending time tinkering with your favourite ride to manage seasonal road conditions to just hanging out with friends and strangers online and goofing off in friendly games. The charm of the Horizon series is as palpable as ever, a winning, all-inclusive recipe that celebrates the joy of driving above all else.

Subnautica9/10

Subnautica – 9/10

Subnautica – 9/10

Subnautica’s story, scares, and beautifully rendered underwater setting make it one of the most fascinating survival games around. You will always have to grind away to a certain extent to gather necessary resources, but the overall experience is both accessible and refined. Subnautica may not make you eager to get back to the beach this summer, but right now there is no better virtual way to experience the beauty, and the terror, of the deep blue sea.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey8/10

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 8/10

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 8/10

Despite this, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s ambition is admirable, which is reflected in its rich attention to detail for the era and its approach to handling the multi-faceted narrative with strong protagonists at the lead. While its large-scale campaign—clocking in at over 50 hours—can occasionally be tiresome, and some features don’t quite make the impact they should, Odyssey makes great strides in its massive and dynamic world, and it’s a joy to venture out and leave your mark on its ever-changing setting.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 48/10

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – 8/10

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – 8/10

Black Ops 4 isn’t short on content, and its three main modes are substantial. Multiplayer introduces more tactical mechanics without forcing you into them, and it largely strikes a good balance. Zombies has multiple deep, secret-filled maps to explore, though its returning characters don’t hold up and prove distracting. Finally, Blackout pushes Call of Duty in an entirely new direction, making use of aspects from both multiplayer and Zombies for a take on the battle royale genre that stands on its own. Sure, there isn’t a traditional single-player campaign, but with the depth and breadth of what is there, Black Ops 4 doesn’t need it.

Hitman 8/10

Hitman 2 – 8/10

Hitman 2 – 8/10

The addition of other minor mechanical changes—like concussive weapons, a picture-in-picture enemy activity alert, and visible security camera sightlines—help to improve Hitman 2 overall as a dense and accessible stealth assassination game.

Reigns: Game Of Thrones8/10

Reigns: Game Of Thrones – 8/10

Reigns: Game Of Thrones – 8/10

Reigns: GoT is by no means perfect. It doesn’t lend itself to long play sessions thanks to the potential for repetition, which can make the action feel tedious. But that’s ultimately a minor quibble for what’s a genuinely fun experience: a choose-your-own adventure where you’re faced with non-stop decisions and a seemingly endless combination of ways for things to play out.

The Walking DeadThe Final Season Episode 18/10

The Walking Dead – The Final Season Episode 1 – 8/10

The Walking Dead – The Final Season Episode 1 – 8/10

Beautiful things are possible in the new world and the new ways to play that Telltale has laid out in Done Running. But something ugly and horrifying is likely to happen first, and it is going to be captivating to watch.

The Walking DeadThe Final Season Episode 28/10

The Walking Dead – The Final Season Episode 2 – 8/10

The Walking Dead – The Final Season Episode 2 – 8/10

We leave The Walking Dead on a Telltale firmly willing to make mechanical and tonal risks, nearly all of which pay off well in this episode, hinting towards a bright future we may never get to see. If this is the last time we see her, the fact that she, and this series, have become what they’ve become is maybe the closest thing to a Happily Ever After as can be expected from The Walking Dead.

Many more games were released, but all which are listed above are the most popular ones. Search for your favourite one, or go finish the one up which you have not played yet.

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Steam Winter Sale 2018: All Games and Prices

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We’re deep in the Steam Winter Sale, which means you can find deals on a mountain of digital PC games right now. With so many titles available at discounted rates, it can be tough to sort through them all and find what you’re looking for. To help ease the burden, I thought I should highlight some of the best games you can get on sale without putting too much extra burden on your credit card. Because after a long season of holiday shopping, don’t you deserve a little treat for yourself?

With that in mind, I have looked at the Steam games on sale for ₹ 700 or less and highlighted some of my favourites. Take a look at the picks below and see if any of them look like worthy additions to your Steam library. Or, if you would rather see the whole giant list of Steam games on sale right now, you can find it here.

Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer horror game that finds four innocent people trapped in an enclosed environment with a bloodthirsty killer. The players controlling the survivors have to turn on power generators that will let them escape. The killer is played by a fifth player who has murderous means to make sure the others are dead by daylight. This game will cost you only $10 or in India it will be ₹ 700.

Buy Dead by Daylight – https://store.steampowered.com/app/381210/Dead_by_Daylight/

The Division

The Division

The Division

The Division 2 is scheduled to come out in March, but that gives you plenty of time to dive into its loot-driven predecessor to see what all the fuss is about. And for just around ₹ 500, there’s no reason not to give it a shot. So, you well know his much it costs – ₹ 525.

Buy The Division – https://store.steampowered.com/app/365590/Tom_Clancys_The_Division/

Donut County

Donut County

Donut County

Donut County is like Katamari Damacy, but with a hole instead of a ball. Your job is to guide a bottomless pit along the ground, gobbling up any tiny item that will fit. As your hole eats things, it grows in diameter until it can swallow the entire level. If that doesn’t sound like fun, I don’t know what does. And, it will cost you only ₹ 683.

Buy Donut County – https://store.steampowered.com/app/702670/Donut_County/

Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition

Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition

Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition

After the loss of Fallout 76, you must be thinking, or wondering if you should go for a Fallout game. But, this one is good. Many long-time fans of the series were disappointed by Fallout 76. There’s no better way for let-down fans to drown their sorrows than to go back and experience the series at what is arguably its best. Fallout: New Vegas has everything you want in a Fallout game—including no online component at all. You probably won’t get another game quite like it until The Outer Worlds. What is the cost? It is only ₹ 700.

Buy Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition – https://store.steampowered.com/app/22380/Fallout_New_Vegas/

Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight

This sprawling action platformer puts a strong focus on exploration and big boss fights. And because you drop all of your currency when you die, and you need to make your way back to your body to get it back, each step into an unknown area feels fraught with peril. And this one is of 700 bucks as well!

Buy Hollow Knight – https://store.steampowered.com/app/367520/Hollow_Knight/

The Orange Box

The Orange Box

The Orange Box

For anyone who hasn’t played the games in The Orange Box, it’s practically a felony if you don’t pick it up for 200 bucks. It contains Portal, Team Fortress 2, and all three instalments of Half-Life 2, which can only underscore how unfortunate it is that we haven’t gotten the third instalment yet. And yeah, it is only ₹ 210! Go grab it.

Buy The Orange Box – https://store.steampowered.com/sub/469/

Portal 2

Portal 2

Portal 2

Speaking of Portal, that game is basically a proof of concept for its full-fledged AAA sequel. For just 140 bucks, you can get one of the most creative and clever puzzle games ever conceived. The hilarious and impeccably acted story is just icing on the cake (which may or may not be a lie). And, why not give this a try only for ₹ 140?

Buy Portal 2 – https://store.steampowered.com/app/620/Portal_2/

Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

No big deal, just one of the best games-as-a-service shooters on the planet is available right now for under 700 bucks. Carry on. Or don’t, and grab this tactical team-based shooter that’s still getting regular content updates three years after release. Give it a try. It is only ₹ 630.

Buy Rainbow Six Siege – https://store.steampowered.com/app/359550/Tom_Clancys_Rainbow_Six_Siege/

Reigns: Game of Thrones

Reigns: Game of Thrones

Reigns: Game of Thrones

HBO’s Game of Thrones is coming back in April, which makes now a great time to get reacquainted with the world of Westeros in this wicked card game that puts you on the Iron Throne. It is only for ₹ 210.

Buy Reigns: Game of Thrones – https://store.steampowered.com/app/897820/Reigns_Game_of_Thrones/

Rocket League

Rocket League 

Rocket League

You might not think the concept of “soccer with cars” would lend itself to complex, strategic gameplay. But if you think that, you obviously haven’t played Rocket League, a game that’s easy to pick up but contains nuances that are all but impossible to master. You must have seen many You Tubers using this game in the background of their videos. Thus will cost you approx. ₹700.

Buy Rocket League – https://store.steampowered.com/app/252950/Rocket_League/

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T-Series vs Pewdiepie: War for supremacy started, who do you support?

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T-Series vs Pewdiepie: War for supremacy started, who do you support?

T-Series vs Pewdiepie: War for supremacy started, who do you support?

T-Series vs Pewdiepie: I remember there was a time when people used to surf YouTube for enjoyment. YouTube provided songs, films, and much more needed for relaxation. It was a time. There was no competition.

And now, since there us competition all around, why should we leave the platform which used to entertain people? Then started channels. And we saw You Tubers. Various people came up with various ideas, and made videos and put them fir others to see. But no! We don’t want peace. We don’t want everyone to enjoy their time to their own.

T-Series vs Pewdiepie: War for supremacy started, who do you support?

T-Series vs Pewdiepie: War for supremacy started, who do you support?

I did not know anything about Pewdiepie. I had just heard that there was some channel with such name and it was You Tube’s biggest channel. Okay, that’s great!

After listening a lot about this man, I decided to visit the channel ( I am a hard-core gamer and frequently visit gaming channels) in hope of seeing some nice gaming videos. And what did I find? Let us imagine he has 100 videos, then only 5 or 6 are gaming videos and others are completely useless. I don’t mean to offend Pewdiepie or his fans. But you fans call it a gaming channel? Then where are games?

Now, coming to T-Series. I have not yet seen any video or news which can prove that even T-Series wants a war. Have you any? No. Everything was going right. Then where did this battle for the Numero Uno spot come from?

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Support for Pewdiepie in Bangladesh

And, talking about this Pewdiepie shit (no offence still!), he was going on his way. All of a sudden, suddenly, he started bashing India. He joked about India. It was still okay. He then made a statement that ‘If you make account in India then you are easily subscribed to T series’. On what means can you say that? Okay. We leave it again. Again, all of a sudden, he brings out some shit disstrack. Okay it is a trend. But what did he say? T-Series is bitch lasagna? For all those who don’t know what it means, according to Pewdiepie, it means your state when you challenge the king. He is the king? Nice joke indeed. He said ‘You India you lose’ and that our language sounds like mumble rap community and he called himself “blue eyed white dragon” and Indians “dark magician”. Why? Man, you offended Indians!

Then came his fans. Check out the tweets regarding this battle. Every other person says, “Nuke India” or “India is only good at population and memes” or “Kim Joeng to bomb India”. Really? Just for brand supremacy, you’ll say all these shit? Some You Tubers like H3H3 and Mr. Beast came up with racism against India. It was T-Series vs Pewdiepie, but thanks to all these people, it is now T-Series vs The World.

Support for T-Series in India

Support for T-Series in India

And his fans say that Pewdiepie was just joking in his disstrack. Joking with those racist lyrics? Okay, leave that. I remember there is a man Jake Paul who made a song on You Tube disstracks, and these people got offended and nearly made it the most disliked song. Why? He was joking too! If not, then how is this Pewdiepie joking?

Link for Jake Paul’s song – https://g.co/kgs/GsZcRf

I had studied in Physics that wave and atomic molecules had dual nature, but now I got to know that even Pewdiepie has dual nature. How? There was a time when he used to make fun of this You Tuber Mr. Beast because he used to donate money to Twitch streamers. But now, he is thanking him only because he supports him! So hypocrite.

Live subscribers count

Live subscribers count

And what are we Indians doing? Okay. One correct thing. We are subscribing T-Series. But, most of us are visiting the channel and videos of Pewdiepie only with the intention of commenting or slamming him. But do you realise that you are helping him this way? You Tubers become big not only by subscribers but also by the number of views they get on their videos. And only with the intention of bashing him, we are going to his videos and in turn giving him more and more views. Stop this. If you really want T-Series to win, then go subscribe it and visit its channel and its videos.

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The Winners and Losers of The Battle Royale Community 2018

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One video game genre dominated 2018, and there’s no question about it — battle royale. The fight-to-the-death multiplayer mode that exploded in popularity with Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds quickly turned into a worldwide sensation with the release of Epic Games’ Fortnite: Battle Royale, and since then, we’ve seen numerous games attempt to get in on the craze with their own battle royale modes.

Most of these modes have failed to make much of an impact, with the main three – PUBG, Fortnite, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode and a somewhat subordinate FALLOUT 76 – receiving the most attention. Still, even these aren’t created equal. Over the course of 2018, we’ve seen two clear winners (and one loser) emerge in the battle royale scene, and we expect this momentum to continue into 2019. These are the battle royale winners and loser of 2018.

WINNER: ‘FORTNITE’

The Winners and Losers of The Battle Royale Community 2018

Fortnite Battle Royale

Why is Fortnite a winner? Go out in public and ask any kid what their favourite video game is, and you’ll realize immediately. Epic Games’ spin on the battle royale formula may have lifted some elements directly from the competition, such as the shrinking circle and parachuting onto the map, but it’s in the execution and consistency of its ideas where Fortnite truly shines.

New items, modes, and events are added multiple times a month, giving players reason to come back far beyond simply improving their kill-to-death ratio, and some of these can drastically change the game and force the community to quickly adapt. A recent update added warplanes to battle royale, and a new Creative mode even gives you the ability to make your own environments and rule-sets for custom matches.

Fortnite is also the only one of the big three battle royale games to be free-to-play, and it’s the only one to offer cross-play support across every platform. Even if you’re on PlayStation 4 and your buddy is on an Android phone, you can still play battle royale together, and your statistics and progression will carry over if you play on a different system. Fortnite isn’t just an element of pop culture – to many young players, the game is pop culture, and Epic Games has done a fantastic job of keeping fans engaged for the last year. Even if you aren’t winning matches, the bizarre bits of lore that are dropped every so often are reason enough to dive back in. and things can only get better from here.

WINNER: ‘CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4’ BLACKOUT

WINNER: ‘CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4’ BLACKOUT

Black Ops 4 Blackout

Anything Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds can do, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 can do better. That seems to be the motto Treyarch lived by while developing Blackout, the first battle royale mode in Call of Duty’s long history. It’s remarkably similar in basic design to PUBG, with airdrops, bandages and accessories to pick up, vehicles to drive, and armor to equip, but it’s all wrapped up in a package that only Call of Duty can deliver. Weapons feel close to perfect, and there’s plenty of variety for any time of player to win a match.

Blackout is more than just a copy of PUBG, however. Functioning as a sort of “greatest hits” from the Black Ops series’ history, the battle royale map is filled with buildings and elements recognizable to fans, and in certain areas, you can even run into zombies. The reward for venturing into these dangerous zones is an arsenal of powerful weapons, but the risk of being spotted or heard by another player makes it a very tough decision.

Whether or not Blackout can thrive in 2019 depends almost entirely on Treyarch’s consistent support. The map included isn’t enormous, which lends well to the series’ fast and intense gunplay, but small tweaks and alternations to buildings, or even the addition of new types of computer-controlled enemies, would do wonders for the player-base.

LOSER: ‘PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS’

LOSER: ‘PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS’

PUBG

Pretty surprising? Well, don’t be. Now just think. What went wrong with Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds? Perhaps that isn’t the right question, as the immensely popular battle royale game’s fall from grace can almost entirely be attributed to other games’ successes. When Fortnite took off, Epic Games’ knack for quick fixes and constant updates made PUBG Corporation look downright slow in comparison. It took far too long for new maps to be added to the game, and the Xbox One port wasn’t in a very playable state when it launched at the tail-end of last year.

PUBG Mobile on iOS and Android are both free-to-play, just like Fortnite, but the full-fledged games on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 are not. Not only are you forced to fork over cash before you play the game, but you can’t play with those on other platforms.

This is accepted in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which has plenty of other non-battle-royale content, but in PUBG, battle royale is the game. When so many more people are playing a competitor’s game, it becomes difficult to excite your remaining fans, and if publisher Bluehole insists on keeping the game locked behind an initial paywall, it could struggle to gain new ones.

It isn’t all bad news, however. With the recent launch of the game on PlayStation 4, a huge number of potential players can enter the game, and the Fix PUBG campaign helped to address some of the issues most requested by the community, including better anti-cheat systems and optimization. That might not be enough to return PUBG to the top of the battle royale heap, but it does mean its most devoted players are still getting a better game out of it.

LOSER: FALLOUT 76

LOSER: FALLOUT 76

Fallout 76

When Bethesda announced Fallout 76, the multiplayer-oriented entry in its revered post-apocalyptic franchise, fan reaction was mixed. The Fallout series has always been known as a single-player experience. And a very good one at that. Upon launch, Fallout 76 became this year’s Mass Effect: Andromeda, a stunning failure that wasn’t ready for primetime in the slightest. Fallout 76 currently holds a 52 on Metacritic for PS4 and 49 on Xbox One, shockingly low averages for a AAA game from a well-known studio.

Fallout 76 plays like an early access game, with far more bugs than a typical Bethesda game. Even worse, there’s just not much of worth to do in this massive depiction of West Virginia. With very little story to speak of and derivative quest design, it’s easy to get bored. And for a game that has a multiplayer focus, Fallout 76 is decidedly lonely due to the fact that the server cap is 24. You can walk for hours upon hours without seeing another player.

To make matters even worse, the canvas bag that was supposed to come with the expensive Power Armor edition was missing. Bethesda’s initial response was to give players 500 Atom (a $5 value) to purchase items in-game. Of course, that gesture made a lot of people angry. Bethesda changed its tune and will deliver the canvas bags early next year, but will anyone be playing Fallout 76 in early 2019?

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Ranking The Spiderman Movies so far from Worst To Best

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The year was back in 2002, when a man (or director!) Sam Raimi brought into the cinematic world Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s most famous wall-crawler, or web shooter Spiderman. And man, that character impressed so much that it became one of the most successful and famous movie franchise of all time, and became the respawn of the superhero community that was started by X-Men and Blade.

And sixteen years later, and eight films old, your friendly neighbor is still standing strong. The latest installment Spiderman: Into The Spider Verse is already in theatres and Spiderman: Far From Home will be knocking on the door on July 9 next year, and not to forget, Avengers Endgame is around the corner as well.

However, like all other films, Spiderman series also has not made all Spiderman movies the same. So, some comparison and ranking deserve some discussion here. So, here are the Spiderman movies released so far, ranked from their worst story and performance to the best. And yeah, don’t get surprised if you find the Avengers movies on the list, because every Spiderman movie deserves a place.

Here they are –

9. Amazing Spiderman 2

Amazing Spiderman 2

Amazing Spiderman 2

Sony and Marvel stroke a deal for the first time to share the superhero on screen, but the plan failed, if not miserably then not less also. Each and every actor tried to give full justice to the characters, but something killed the franchise and the film. The film well balanced the romance, super heroism and ecstasy of new villains, but it also squashed the plans of Sony to bring back to life the Sinister Six.

The film had yet once again some heart felt performance from Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, and we deep felt the death of Gwen Stacy. Jamie Foxx’s Electro had a few good scenes, while Dane DeHaan tried his best to breathe new life into the role of Harry Osborn, aka the Green Goblin, but the film didn’t impress us.

8. The Amazing Spider-Man

 

The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man

This version of the series tried to make the Spiderman Franchise bigger than it already was. But it did not work much. The film showed Andrew Garfield’s not-quite-nerdy-enough Peter Parker and Emma Stone rocked as Gwen Stacy, and people were nonetheless captivated by their romance and not in their superhero man.

The film brought back the comic villain Lizard to feud with our hero, but the film went more into Peter’s past (his parents more) and did not focus much on the story and fight the audience needed, thus disappointing them.

7. Spider-Man 3

 

Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3

Perhaps the only good thing this film had was Sam Raimi, in fact, this was his last venture with the Spiderman Franchise. The film was not so well received by the audience as were the last films. The film suffered mainly because of a sizeable cast, and some notable hilarious moments. And not to forget, our hero Peter Parker punched his girlfriend in the face!

The film had some cool moments though. Thomas Haden Church was awesome as Sandman, but he was underused. And the film was nothing but an emotional roller coaster if the relationship between Harry Osborne and Peter Parker. Whatever was the film’s income, Sony decided to reboot the film franchise with some new cast and crew.

6. Captain America: Civil War

 

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

So now we are moving from “not so great Spidey movies” to “rather nice Spidey movies”. And ending people’s enthusiasm, our web shooter made his MCU debut in this epic battle movie between Team Cap and Team Ironman. Man, he not only stole Cap’s shield, he also stole some glorious moments of the film.

Although this was not Spidey’s standalone film, but Spidey arguably is one of the best things in the film, so this deserved a place. We saw Tom Holland as our new teenage Spiderman, and made us believe that finally MCU had its sweet and charming version of the hero. Tom has appeared five times as our hero, and preferably is the closest approximation of the comic book character.

5. Avengers: Infinity War

 

Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War

Tom Holland reappeared as Spidey once again. While Civil War introduced Tom as our dear Spidey man, Infinity War managed to squeeze the best out of him. Plus the relationship we saw between Spiderman and Ironman – he didn’t only want to impress Stark, but simply put and do the right thing – was one of the core factors of the movie.

We saw some father-son relation between Spidey and Ironman, and witnessed the emotional moment when his surrogate son flies as ash right from between his fingers. And, is there anyone who did not love the Amazing Iron Spider suit in action?

4. Spiderman

 

Spiderman

Spiderman

In the time where Blade launched the Superhero community and X-Men took it forward, Spiderman gave life to the community. Sam Raimi brought into action Stan Lee’s comic hero Spidey, and despite some controversial changes such as natural web shooters (due to a spider bite!) and absence of Gwen Stacy, the film was well received by the audience. Spiderman fights his greatest nemesis Green Goblin in the film, and the relation between Peter, Norman and Harry was very well portrayed.

Also notable was the film’s time of release. It was released less than a year after the 9/11 attacks, cementing its place as something more than just a movie. And Peter Parker made a home in people’s heart as the web crawler.

3. Spider-Man: Homecoming

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a winning combination of a fun superhero adventure tale with a heart-warming story about a regular kid dealing with some very relatable issues. The best story time of the film was Peter making it to his academic decathlon matches is as important here as his sleuthing into the Vulture’s activities.

It’s a sweet, witty, briskly-paced romp that captures everything that’s made Peter Parker and his costumed alter ego such a lovable and enduring character for over half a century. Our new superhero Tom Holland tries to balance between his dual duties of a student and also a superhero. Though Gwen Stacy was missing (dead rather), we did not see those natural web shooting again and somewhat got the glimpse of Sam Raimi’s original Spidey suit.

2. Spiderman: Into The Spider Verse

 

Spiderman: Into The Spider Verse

Spiderman: Into The Spider Verse

It’s the recently released flick, still in the theatres. The first animation film of the franchise, but rather a nice one. We are out the Marvel Avengers Spiderman, and are into the dimension of Miles Morales, our new animated Spidey, but later we find out Peter Parker in another dimension. Yeah, the whole film is about Spidermen from different dimensions coming together to defeat a common enemy.

Finally, we have taken a bold departure from the Pixar animation style we’ve come to expect from mainstream animated films, Into the Spider-Verse delivers a dynamic visual experience unlike any other, making it one of the best Spiderman movies.

1. Spiderman 2

 

Spiderman 2

Spiderman 2

Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 2 immediately after its release became people’s favourite superhero, and till date the title is remembered. In the film, Spiderman is pit against Dr. Octopus, who gets an emotional story of his own, the story of becoming Spidey’s formidable enemy from his mentor. The film shows Peter’s true struggle with being a hero and being a man, inspiring hope in the city and sacrificing his own happiness.

It’s a complex journey for every single character involved, and Raimi balances it all with utterly thrilling action sequences like a train fight and the great climactic battle with Doc Octo. From every point of view, the movie is a true treat.

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Top 7 best Gaming Desktops/PCs of 2018-19 you can rely on

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When the case is of gaming, PC gaming has always been on the driving seat. As compared to its counterpart mobile gaming, PC gaming has always been the favourite of gamers. Consider bigger screens, or better experience or easy controls, these reasons give PC gaming the upper hand.

And when we’re talking about PC gaming, choosing the best option is most important. You’ll take an Intex desktop and play CS:Go, and then you’ll complain that you’re not getting the best experience, that’s not okay! So, PC gaming needs a wise choice of the desktop and it’s partners.

With awesome desktops for gaming being released every week, it’s really difficult to choose the best among those. Still, here are the TOP 7 Gaming PCs which will enhance your gaming experience, and take it to a whole new level.

Here they are –

1. ALIENWARE AURORA R7

Top 7 best Gaming Desktops/PCs of 2018-19 you can rely on

Top 7 best Gaming Desktops/PCs of 2018-19 you can rely on

Like the name, the PC is pretty stylish too , giving you the feeling of some sort of alien-tech. In simple words, it’s a collection of all advanced PC parts in a perfect sized frame. With a big price tag, thus piece has some good things to offer. As of processor, it is powered by Intel Core i5 or i7, depending in your choice, with the graphics department led by the duo of NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or 1080 and AMD Radeon RX 580 – Vega 64. Coming to RAM, it has a choice to offer between 8 GB to 32 GB and a storage of a massive 1TB NVMe SSD or 1 TB to 2 TB HDD. Enough right?

Pros

• Massive RAM and storage

• Smooth gaming experience

Cons

• Framing system a bit fussy

• Cooling fans cause hear able sound

Price – Around ₹1.5 Lacs

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2. MSI INFINITE A

Top 7 best Gaming Desktops/PCs of 2018-19 you can rely on

Top 7 best Gaming Desktops/PCs of 2018-19 you can rely on

Well, it had a few things to complain about it, but it has more pros in it. You may have seen many 4K desktops, but this one is a 4K as well as Virtual Reality ready. Yes, it is VR-ready indeed! Power packed with a Intel Core i7-7700 processor, it has a graphics lead of NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 – 1080 . Talking about RAM, it provides you with a 16 GB RAM and has storage space of 128 GB – 512 GB SSD or 2 TB HDD. Now, coming to its demerits, it has a lot of ports, which are enough for you to get confused of the connections. And may be for some it’s a bit expensive.

Pros

• Massive processing unit and nice graphics

• Noiseless cooling fans

• Insane gaming experience

Cons

• A bit expensive may be

• A lot of ports enough to create confusion

Price – Nearly ₹80K

3. INTEL HADES CANYON NUC

Top 7 best Gaming Desktops/PCs of 2018-19 you can rely on

Top 7 best Gaming Desktops/PCs of 2018-19 you can rely on

Big blast in a small package. You want a small, compact but a powerful piece of gaming machine, then the Canyon NUC is for you. It’s the size of a set top box and doesn’t look like a gaming PC anyway. No wait! It’s just small in size, in performance it’s above par. Powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i7-8809G, it has graphics of both Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics (4GB HBM2 VRAM) and Intel UHD Graphics 630, really big! And another fact is that, you get to choose your own RAM and storage limit.

Pros

• Small but compact and powerful

• Gives the user the choice of RAM and storage

Cons

• As always, it’s expensive

Price – Almost ₹45K

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4. ORIGIN MILLENNIUM

Top 7 best Gaming Desktops/PCs of 2018-19 you can rely on

Top 7 best Gaming Desktops/PCs of 2018-19 you can rely on

Well, not much to say in favour of this one. Is in the list because of its processor and power. This one will take you to new levels in case of both performance as well as money. Powered by either Intel Core i3 – i9 or AMD Ryzen 3 – Threadripper, this gives it a lot more gaming power, with the graphics department including either NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti – 1080 Ti or AMD Radeon Vega 64. The RAM quantity is 8 GB to 64 GB DDR4, with storage being 128 GB – 2 TB SSD or a massive 1 TB – 8 TB HDD. But, it will cost you a big fortune!

Pros

• Massive Processor, graphics, RAM and storage

• Awesome new design

Cons

• Hugely expensive

Price – Approx. ₹3 Lacs

5. ALIENWARE AREA 51 THREADRIPPER EDITION

Top 7 best Gaming Desktops/PCs of 2018-19 you can rely on

Top 7 best Gaming Desktops/PCs of 2018-19 you can rely on

When it’s about power, The Threadripper Edition is off limits. Extremely powerful due to the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor, it has graphics from NVidia GeForce GTX in two versions, the 1060 Ti or 1080 Ti. It is in its basic triad design, but had more enhanced power. The RAM ranges from 8 GB to 32 GB and storage space is a whopping 1 TB SSD or 2 TB HDD. A nice cooling tech aids your experience.

Pros

• Insane gaming

• Stylish

• Whopping storage space

Cons

• Massive built body

• Highly expensive

Price – Above ₹1.5 Lacs

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6. MSI TRIDENT X

Top 7 best Gaming Desktops/PCs of 2018-19 you can rely on

Top 7 best Gaming Desktops/PCs of 2018-19 you can rely on

In words, thus is insane, and gives you out of the world experience. Well, a bit heavy priced, but trust me, if you buy this, you won’t regret. Powered by the Intel Core i7-9700K processor, with graphics from NVidia GeForce RTX 2080, this one is undoubtedly better than One Elite. Yeah, better RAM and storage as well. With a RAM of 32 GB and 512 GB of SSD or 2 TB of HDD storage, what’s more to expect? But wait! Special mention is about the built quality. It’s not that good to be handled carelessly or carried around. Apart from that and the price, you play any game of any resolution, it will bash everything.

Pros

• Out of the world gaming experience

• Very powerful CPU and graphics

• Utterly stylish

Cons

• Cheap built quality

• Expensive

Price – Around ₹60K

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7. CORSAIR ONE ELITE

Top 7 best Gaming Desktops/PCs of 2018-19 you can rely on

Top 7 best Gaming Desktops/PCs of 2018-19 you can rely on

Those are experienced in PC gaming know that Corsair has made a big name in the market of desktop and its accessories. So seeing a Corsair PC on the list isn’t a big deal. This one is the Corsair One Elite, a huge improvement and upgrade of the Corsair One. It has a mind blowing processor, the Intel Core i7-8700K and the graphics team is led by NVidia GeForce 1080 Ti. With a RAM expanding from 16 GB to 32 GB and storage of 480 GB SSD or 2 TB HDD, this one offers you a great cooling tech as well. But, go fir it only if you have a high, very high budget, because it’s expensive, much more than its competitors.

Pros

• Awesome, smooth gaming experience

• Compact design

Cons

• Too expensive

Price – Around ₹25K

So here are these gaming PCs best for gaming business. Hope these help you out!

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iPhone XS Max is a Disappointment Due to this Major Problem

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Apple was so confident in praising its new iPhone XS Max during last month’s Keynote event that it called it the best version on every aspect. Yes, it’s the best out there as far as the flagships are concerned in terms of performance, smoothness and amazing cameras. Yes, it’s the best but not finest. Because it has problems, not the usual ones, but a major one this time that has remained in the earlier iPhones too.

It’s the battery which makes the highest variant of new iPhone, the XS Max a disappointment when it comes to being worthy for its high cost.

Here, I will only be talking about the iPhone XS Max since it’s the highest flagship model from the company right now, which is in direct competition with the rival premium handsets.

The iPhone XS Max’s battery durability is a serious issue which a YouTube channel, PhoneBuff, recently exposed in a battery life test against Samsung’s latest flagship, Galaxy Note 9.

Though, there is a slight difference in the capacity of both these phones’ batteries (3,174mAh for iPhone XS Max against 4,000mAh for Galaxy Note 9), many other things came into play in this test by PhoneBuff which proved that the longevity of iPhone XS Max’s battery is so less that at the time it went off completely, the Note 9 still had a decent 37% of its battery left, at the end of the day! This result came out after conducting the test.

The test included gaming, camera use, and daily social media activities which are performed by a normal user.

PhoneBuff’s battery life test used a temperature controlled environment which calibrated the screen brightness and speaker volumes of both the flagship models to be identical. But most importantly and surprisingly, the whole test was conducted by a robotic arm, to ensure exact, similar pattern of taps, app usage, going through the various activities like messages, calls, multi-media, and browsing.
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So this test was indeed a fair one and a realistic one also.

The disappointment regarding iPhone XS Max’s heavy battery drain was that, when compared to the Note 9, it has got a more efficient processor-Apple’s own A12 bionic chip-which is really powerful and faster than the Note 9’s latest Snapdragon 845 SoC (which is also great in terms of android flagships).

Also, the display resolution in Note 9 is more than iPhone XS Max, which means that technically the battery on Note 9 should have drained faster since it’s got more pixels to drive, which automatically uses more battery consumption. But that didn’t happen too.

Lastly, Apple’s claim that the iOS 12 in the new iPhone is the best and fastest software to date, seems to be weaker because in that case, it should have optimized the battery performance during the test against Samsung’s Note 9.

It’s a serious issue for those who are planning to upgrade from last year’s iPhone X or even just planning to buy a flagship which delivers for what it costs.

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