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11 Marvelous Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is on fast approach, and this year’s holiday is poised to bring in the motherload. This as a National Retail Federation survey forecasts that this coming Mother’s Day “is expected to deliver highest consumer spending to date” with expenditures “expected to total a record $25 billion this year, up from $23.1 billion in 2018.” That’s a staggering amount of money showing mommy just how much we care—an endeavor for which consumers up the ante annually.

“Mother’s Day spending has been growing consistently over the past several years, and this year’s spending is expected to be the highest in the 16-year history of our survey,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Consumers are excited to celebrate all the moms in their lives, and retailers are ready to inspire consumers with unique gift options.”

With unique, sure-fire and tried-and-true gift options in mind, here are a few ideas to help streamline your shopping efforts and help you make savvy splurges to celebrate mom on her special day.

NOVICA Artisan Fair-Trade Marketplace (www.Novica.com)
If you crave distinctive style, worldly sophistication and enjoy shopping for a cause, then NOVICA—the largest online, fair-trade marketplace featuring beautiful hand-crafted products from all over the world—is for you. Their curated cache of artisans has been hand-selected, with many having overcome amazing odds by selling their goods. For example, the Blue Jasmine Batik Silk Scarf, designed by Java artisan Yuni Kristina, has expanded business into a global marketplace thanks to the help of NOVICA’s team. Originating in Indonesia, batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. Kristina hand-stamps the blue patterns on the ivory textile and adds red and black designs in batik. Also noteworthy NOVICA artisans are glass-blowing artists Javier Gutiérrez and Efrén Canteras, who have worked together to preserve Mexico’s blown glass artistry. They work with lead-free, un-tempered and recycled glass that is melted at very high temperatures and formed into beautiful wares like stunning and highly distinctive drinkware and serveware. NOVICA features many other authentic crafts from around the globe and the company has sent more than $89.9 million back to their artisans to date. It’s cause-conscious consumerism at its best.

Dooney & Bourke ‘Caldwell’ Design Handbags (www.Dooney.com)
The Caldwell Collection from Dooney & Bourke exemplifies understated elegance. These chic, structured bags created from python-embossed leather are refined but with a touch of glam courtesy of the gold-plated hardware embellishment. The collection of products has also been treated to repel some moisture, so those spring showers are nary a worry. One option I especially adore from the line is the Caldwell Flynn Handbag, which features rich textures of that python-embossed leather that elevates this fashion-forward bag. Soft pleats and a gold logo round out the look on the exterior, while inside there’s a light twill lining—a bright pop of red juxtaposing my choice of the deep espresso brown option. Aside from its aesthetics, what I adore about this handbag is that it’s extremely roomy, with the main compartment holding an abundant amount while also keeping you organized courtesy of deep-set pockets galore. Another piece that I especially like for when I only need to carry essentials is the Caldwell Zip Clutch. The exotic texture of python is once again artfully imprinted in leather, making this eye-catching clutch an instant outfit changer. Its classic, timeless shape makes this clutch a perfect companion. It can also be used as a coordinating wallet with the Flynn Handbag. For an effortless polish, day or night, Caldwell bags are a great choice for the season and beyond.

Grayson Monáe Handmade Flats & Fashion Accessories (GraysonMonae.com)
Grayson Monáe flats are walking works of art that are handmade to perfection by skilled artisans with 100% genuine leather, exquisite hand embroidery, impeccable craftsmanship, premium fabric, fine silk thread and padded soles. These characteristics, along with the attention to detail paid to each shoe, make them one-of-a-kind classics. Everything from the embroidery to the stitching, to the pearl and bead placement, to the unique designs are crafted by talented artisans. These flats are not only stylish, unique, comfy and cute, they’re also affordable with options starting at $45. They’re also highly versatile and can be worn with absolutely anything, including jeans, tights, skirts, shorts, or even formal dresses. Designed with women of all ages in mind, these are statement shoes certain to draw attention of the best kind.  Indeed, not only do they look good on women, but teenage daughters will love them, too.  In addition to the fabulous flats, Grayson Monáe also sells handmade clutches to match and beautifully-embroidered handmade scarves.

Sebastien Barthelemy S&B Apparel (www.SandB-English)
Sebastian Barthelemy’s S&B, a fashion company located in Seine-et-Marne, France, offers a wide selection of t-shirts and hoodies featuring colorful pop culture designs based on various heart shape emojis. Mom can wear these shirts to express what she’s feeling with universal love and humor. Designs for women, men and children include famous personalities, country flags and other fun and heartfelt ways to communicate through clothing. S&B believes that the symbol of the heart is extremely communicative and profoundly universal, and serves as the inspiration for their design ideas. Something else to love is the fact that all of the garments are made from 100 percent sustainable, organic cotton.

Dr. med. Christine Schrammek Skincare Line (www.DrSchrammekUSA.com)
For women keen on focusing on skin health and wealth, check out the medically-inspired skin care products from the Dr. med. Christine Schrammek collection by Kosmetik—a 60-year-old German skincare company. Products in this innovative, dermatologist-created line boast proven ingredients, and are individually targeted to meet the needs of different skin types. Thanks to their high ingredient concentration, Dr. Schrammek products seamlessly combine dermatological knowledge with high-end skin care, resulting in rave reviews from women across the globe. Dermatologist, allergologist and anti-aging expert Dr. med. Christine Schrammek-Drusio’s professional occupation as a doctor with her own practice strengthened her desire to create a connection between cosmetics and dermatology. Today, thousands of aestheticians and users worldwide reportedly take advantage of the company’s skin care products. The company offers a skin care portfolio with seven product lines addressing different skin types and concerns, with each combining innovative and proven components to optimize skin health. All products are dermatologically tested, and many are clinically tested, to ensure optimum efficacy.

Playground Sessions Keyboard/Piano Lessons Membership Bundle (www.PlaygroundSessions.com)
Give the gift of music and an enriched life by helping Mom learn how to play her favorite songs on the keyboard or piano at home in an easy and fun way. Playground Sessions, a company co-created by Quincy Jones, is passionate about using its innovative technology and musical expertise to help people improve themselves and enjoy life more. The company offers a bundle that includes a full-featured and elegantly designed keyboard well-suited for the beginner player. In addition, the Playground Sessions bundle includes over-ear portable headphones, sustain pedal, sheet music stand and more. The included USB cable lets users connect to Playground Sessions online instruction via a computer or iPad. With step-by-step interactive lessons, real-time feedback and scores, she’ll be playing on day one!

VocoPro Pop-Up Oke Bluetooth Karaoke System (www.VocoPro.com)
Pop-Up Oke is a great gadget gift for singers who would enjoy a fun, all-in-one wireless karaoke mic with a built-in mixer/speaker, complete with its own light show! From audio leader VocoPro, the Pop-up-Oke microphone can connect to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and use YouTube or any number of different karaoke apps to access and enjoy hours of entertainment. Singers can also use the onboard MP3 SD/TF player to perform with recorded MP3 tracks. The multi-color LED lights can be turned on or off and, when on, will automatically “dance” to the beat of the music to add a visual excitement to any karaoke session. The system features a new generation of wireless karaoke microphone technology, including an all-in-one portable design. It’s just perfect for small karaoke gatherings and road trips. it also features innovative music link technology that can pair two Pop-up Oke devices to perform duets, a shock mounted professional condenser microphone to reduce handling noise, and a user-replaceable lithium ion rechargeable battery.

VocoPro Karaoke Dual Bluetooth System (www.GuitarCenter.com)
Also from VocoPro is KaraokeDual, a powerful 2.1 digital boom box with high-quality DSP effects that allow singers to sound their best. The system has a powerful 100W amplifier with dedicated subwoofer allowing for high quality karaoke audio. Users can connect via Bluetooth and stream karaoke audio wirelessly, or can connect the KaraokeDual machine to an Internet-connected Smart TV with the available digital optical input. Either scenario allows users to access thousands of tracks through YouTube or a favorite karaoke app. The KaraokeDual also comes packaged with two digital 2.4Ghzband wireless vocal microphones, each of which has the controls built right into the handheld for maximum convenience. It also features a vocal eliminator feature to reduce the original vocals on non-karaoke tracks as well. Turn Mom’s living room into a karaoke studio for friends and family, filling the space with great-sounding music and vocals for hours of fun and entertainment.

Cookies Con Amore Italian Treats (CookiesConAmore.com)
Cookies Con Amore is a baker of gourmet Italian cookies. While based in Southern California, the Italian born head baker, Fernanda Capraro, is inspired by recipes that can be traced through five generations. Their heart-shaped jelly is a signature item along with Italian Wedding Cookies, Biscotti, Amaretti and an array of other tasty and authentic confections. Most are also available in Gluten Free varieties. Uniquely Italian, the cookies contain the top-quality, natural ingredients, including organic butter, free range eggs and premium grade extracts. Cookies Con Amore’s traditionally Italian palate favors subtlety and focuses on an essential flavor, believing that if you are eating a lemon cookie, the flavor should unfold delicately and you should taste fresh lemon, a hint of sweetness and nothing inessential. This premium cookie brand is great for gifting, holiday entertaining and certainly as tasty “everyday” treats. Many assortments are offered in a stylish package that combines multiple cookie flavors in a single heart-shaped basket, tin or box.

SHARP Superheated Steam Countertop Oven (www.SharpUSA.com)
The SHARP Superheated Steam Countertop Oven is an extremely efficient option perfect for every-day use, allowing users to keep their big oven clean for special occasions. The combination of superheated steam and conventional, radiant heat in all cooking modes means that food will be crispy and browned on the outside, moist and delicious on the inside. Not to be mistaken with a traditional steamer or steam oven, with superheated steam up to 485°F, in conjunction with conventional, radiant heat, proteins will brown and become crispy. Sugars will caramelize. And the results are amazing. You won’t need to preheat your oven before cooking or even defrost the food the night before. You can simply place food into the oven, set the desired cooking mode, temperature and time. With multiple cooking modes, this countertop oven provides endless cooking possibilities and will eliminate the need for multiple small countertop appliances. It can broil or grill, bake or reheat, cook pizzas, warm food, and also create 7 shades of toast. Its convenient front-loading water tank is easy-to-access, and easy-to-fill with regular tap or bottled water. It’s the perfect size and provides up to 60-minutes of cooking time before refilling. And, the hidden bake element is beneath a flat oven floor so clean-up is a breeze. This really sets this oven apart from most other countertop ovens. The included broiling pan and crisper tray gives you 2-tier-cooking and they are 40% larger than a standard, quarter-size sheet pan making it perfect for anything from making sheet pan dinners for the whole family, to hors d’oeuvres for party guests.

Limoneira Lemons, Merchandise, Recipes & Tips (Sprouts.com)
From Limoneira.com, Limoneira spokesperson, “Healthy Grocery Girl” Founder Megan Roosevelt, shows people how to make life simpler and healthier with recipe and nutrition tips, natural beauty techniques, creative decorating ideas and green, non-toxic cleaning solutions—any and all of which Mom would certainly appreciate. Buy her a gift pack of these lemons and show her how to enjoy fresh juice for glowing skin, the many benefits of lemon water and more…or cook one of their delicious meals for her like their Lemon Chicken Sheet Pan recipe. You can actually purchase gift baskets from Limoneira.com as well as merchandise gifts well-suited for Mother’s Day, like the Lemon Sugar Candle that’ll freshen up Mom’s space. Since its inception 126 years ago in 1893, California-based Limoneira has evolved into an important sustainable grower and harvester of lemons and other citrus. Its founders were pioneers of spirit and vision that helped lay the foundations of a thriving California citrus industry. Their dedication and innovation in the agricultural industry helped found and develop many institutions that still exist (Sunkist Growers, Fruit Growers Supply and Diamond Walnut). Today, Limoneira is a global agribusiness and seller of citrus to grocery stores and food establishments everywhere.

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As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist. As prolific consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, Merilee keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme. The best-of-the-best across all product, service and travel categories—as well as noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers—are spotlighted in her exclusive cross-media platform that reaches multi-millions each month through several syndication channels: print and online publications as well as broadcast TV and terrestrial radio. Connect with her at www.TheLuxeList.com / Instagram www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews / Twitter www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor / Facebook www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList / LinkedIN www.LinkedIn.com/in/MerileeKern.

***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided or arranged at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***

Source: https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/mothers-day-expected-deliver-highest-consumer-spending-date

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5 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Gem & Jewel Aficionados

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According to the National Retail Federation, among the estimated $19.6 billion Valentine’s Day consumer spending last year alone (courtesy of more than half of United States adults celebrating the occasion), $4.7 billion of that is earmarked specifically for the jewelry category. It’s clear that our collective adoration for adornments is serving the retail channel well, with this year’s holiday sales expected to impress just the same. With this in mind, but with so many stores from which to shop, below are a few noteworthy options in the space that are worthy of your sweetheart-driven spending spree.

Armitron Watches (www.Armitron.com)
Surprise and delight your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a stylish watch, perhaps a “his and her” set, from Armitron. The company offers a leading and certainly comprehensive line of fashionable and affordable dress, sport and outdoor adventure varieties for both men and women. For over 65 years, Armitron has been creating stylish watches for every personality type and every occasion, including Swarovski crystal and diamond-embellished styles, along with bracelet, leather strap, digital and solar-powered fitness options, among an array of others.  I’m particularly fond of Armitron’s black dress watches like the Black Dress Bangle Watch with a shiny solitaire Diamond Accent for gals, and the Black IP Stainless Steel Analog Bracelet Watch for guys that are dramatic, sophisticated and work beautifully as a set. I also like their Stainless Steel Mesh Bracelet Watch options for both men and women that exude a simple elegance and can pair with nearly any outfit, day or night. Since pioneering many of the first affordable digital wristwatches, the company’s mission has remained to make fashionable and functional timepieces that are accessible to every person—and that nurture the spirit of individuality.

Stauer Affordable Luxury Jewelry
– FREE ‘Lusso’ Amethyst necklace at www.Stauer.com/LUXELIST

As one of the largest direct retailers of luxury jewelry, watches and accessories in the United States, Stauer Jewelry offers rare and precious gemstones from around the world as well as unique American stones, Italian-made leather handbags and accessories and other items well-suited for your loved ones. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, Stauer suggests that it’s time to break away from traditional diamonds and experience beautiful gemstones, instead. A key recommendation among these is Amethyst—a meditative and calming gemstone said to work in the emotional, spiritual and physical planes to promote calm, balance and peace, and eliminate impatience. One gift-worthy example is the Stauer “Lusso” Necklace–a gorgeous and dramatic statement piece boasting 200 carats of genuine amethyst. It’s a true testament to the preciousness of the stone, and a great gift all the same. This impressive necklace features 25 polished amethyst cabochons (a polished, non-faceted gem) that’s hand-set on double-knotted jeweler’s thread. This stunning 18-inch necklace, with a 2-inch extender, secures with a gold-finished lobster clasp. Stauer’s Lusso Necklace is a beautiful option for dressing up for a night on the town, or going casual at the office or day trips. Visit www.Stauer.com/LUXELIST to get YOUR Stauer Lusso amethyst necklace for FREE (code: LUXELIST). Note, there IS a $24.95 shipping/processing fee but well worth it.  Plus, use “LUXELIST” at checkout for big savings on most everything throughout the site.

Talia Jewelry (www.MyTalia.com)
For some customized jewels, check out TALIA Jewelry. This company believes that style is a matter of individuality—a true celebration of a woman’s self-expression … and I couldn’t agree more. With a radically new approach to jewelry design, TALIA invites customers to co-create their own unique pendant and charm pieces, giving life to their personal style and beauty. Each TALIA Jewelry piece features an original, patented mechanism, so you can always easily change, rearrange and expand on your modular design and create unique combinations. Browse their collections, select the design you love, and then choose your favorite jewelry parts from a wide variety of options. Mix and match pieces to see what works best for you. Alternatively, you can opt for one of their ready-made kits with no work necessary. Either way, you can always reformat and change your TALIA Jewelry to best match your ever-changing needs and wants. All TALIA pieces are made from 925 sterling silver, are nickel-free and are plated with two layers of palladium and rhodium. Their jewelry is also hypoallergenic and provides lasting shine and durability. And, TALIA’s Rose Gold jewelry also features real gold plating. Each individual piece is reportedly subject to four different inspections at four different production stages to ensure it meets stringent quality standards.

Martina Vincenzo Fine Silver Jewelry (www.MartinaVincenzo.com)
For Valentines’ Day, while it’s quite common to gift chocolates and flowers to your significant other, jewelry offers a timeless gift opportunity that endures. Martina Vincenzo Fine Silver Jewelry embraces this notion, striving to not just sell products, but rather to build authentic moments. With its collections and pieces inspired by great women in history, like the hugely revered Princess Diana and the 18th Century mathematician Sophie Germain (who pursued her obsession with number theory and calculus), the company crafts premium 925 sterling silver items plated in rhodium and white 18-carat gold that celebrate these great ladies. From highly unique rings to earrings to necklaces, MartinaVincenzo.com offers many different styles for any occasion. I personally adore the “Tempo” necklace design that’s inspired by Louise Farrenc—a music composer praised as being ahead of her time. This is a modern and delicate, solid sterling silver two strings necklace that beautifully complements any outfit. Pair it with the “Moonlight” ring also inspired by Farrenc, which simply features a polished crescent moon, for a clean and refined fashion-forward look.

Gemstone Décor (www.OpulentLuxuries.com)
Valentine’s Day adornment gifts can extend far beyond body-worn baubles, to include remarkable décor items that suitably make the cut for this heart-driven holiday. One such purveyor, Opulent Luxuries, has seemingly raised the bar with custom décor pieces made exclusively from the finest semi-precious gemstones. The company uses stones, extracted throughout the globe, to hand-craft giftable artisan wares like vases, candlesticks, bowls, figurines, glassware, lighting, coasters and more—all designed by hand with perfect symmetry by the world’s most gifted craftsmen through an incredibly painstaking process. From liquor glasses fashioned in Amethyst, to candle sticks and vases crafted from Phantom Quartz and much in between, Opulent Luxuries has the ability to yield virtually any design imaginable for the most discerning consumers. There are even etched design options that are perfect for sports fans. The company employs a grading scale synonymous with diamonds with respect to cut, color and clarity to ensure only top-quality gemstones are utilized.

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As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews.

***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided or arranged at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***

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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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Top 10 Disappointments of Entertainment in 2018

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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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When the case is of gaming, desktop gaming is considered to be the pinnacle. But, mobile gaming has also evolved as a great choice in recent years. Perhaps it is because of the upgrades that the mobile games have made, or because now many desktop games are available on Android devices.

And when it comes to hard-core gamers, they don’t play games just for fun or time pass, and they surely don’t randomly choose the games to be played. There are various categories or genres of games, like action, adventure etc. And with time, horror games have also added themselves in the list of liked and most played games.

Here are top 10 Android games which are utterly based on horror-

1. Into The Dead (75 MB and In-app purchases)

 Into The Dead (75 MB and In-app purchases)

Into The Dead (75 MB and In-app purchases)

Get it in google play store

Zombies are a great name when it comes to horror. In this game, you have to survive as long as possible in a world overrun with zombies.

There are several amazing features. You’ll get intense gameplay with stunning graphics and audio, which will be enough to give you jump scares. You can unlock a new arsenal of weapons and perks to help you survive and daily missions and challenges help you know the game better. Also, you can challenge your friends to beat your high score.

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2. Granny (143 MB and In-app purchases)

Granny (143 MB and In-app purchases)

Granny (143 MB and In-app purchases)

Get it in google play store

Probably the most famous horror game. So famous that its PC version has been released and also know the fact that once it was available in only 46 MB or so and now it’s more than triple.

Granny has somehow locked you up in her house and you have only five days to escape. Use your mind to solve the puzzles and unlock your way out to safety. But beware! Granny is old but hears even a pin drop. You make a little noise and she’ll come running to you. You can hide under beds or in wardrobes.

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3. Dead Effect 2 (1.1 GB and In-app purchases)

Dead Effect 2 (1.1 GB and In-app purchases)

Dead Effect 2 (1.1 GB and In-app purchases)

Once again a zombie flick on the list. But this one’s a lot better and is specially for those who love some shooting action in a zombie flick.

Get it in google play store

This one is a console-quality action sci-fi shooter game with RPG elements. Several features include enticing storyline, with tons of upgradable weapons, gear and high-tech body implants. Most of all, it has stunning graphics and uses the latest NVidia technology along with the Android one. You get realistic effects and movie-like sound quality. 100+ upgradeable body implants and 40+ hi-tech weapons with 20+ hours of campaign storyline and 10+ hours of special missions. Why is this game on the horror list? Download, play it and check out! Or go through the trailer.

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4. The Eyes: The Horror Game (102 MB and In-app purchases)

The Eyes: The Horror Game (102 MB and In-app purchases)

The Eyes: The Horror Game (102 MB and In-app purchases)

A game full of jump scares and terror. And the developers advise not to play this game alone in the dark.

Get it in google play store

According to the game, you are caught in a huge haunted mansion in the middle of the night and you need to escape in order to live. But the ghost of the mansion is right after you. Some reasons, according to the developers, to download this game are that it will give you sudden jump scares and the graphics and atmosphere are eerie. You can play offline or can compete with other players round the world. You can choose from multiple scary monsters or you can even create your own! There are multiple gameplay modes as well.

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5. Slendrina: The Cellar (41 MB)

Slendrina: The Cellar (41 MB)

Slendrina: The Cellar (41 MB)

A continuation of the Slendrina game series. If you are a fan of the Slender Man games, you’ll love this too.

 

Get it in google play store

Slendrina has become more evil and chases anyone who tries to enter her territory. Now she has seen you and she week do anything to stop you.

You have to find eight missing old books in the cellar and then run towards the exit. You have to go through various doors which can be opened only by keys. Look everywhere, because anything could be anywhere!

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6. House Of Slendrina (50 MB)

House Of Slendrina (50 MB)

House Of Slendrina (50 MB)

Well, one more Slendrina game on the list. This one is again a continuation of the Slendrina series.

Get it in google play store

In this one, you will have to find out the secret of Slendrina. You will have to find eight pieces of picture, take it to unlock a secret key and then find out the secret of Slendrina. But, that ghost Slendrina is chasing you everywhere and will never let you find out her secret. By the way, who does want that someone finds out his/her secret?

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7. The Letter (86 MB and In-app purchases)

The Letter (86 MB and In-app purchases)

The Letter (86 MB and In-app purchases)

The developers claim it to be the best horror novel visual game. But before telling anything, I am informing you that pat this game only when you are a hard-core reader.

Get it in google play store

In the fans, expect a long story mode spanning over 700,000 words described in seven chapters. Apart from that you’ll get seven various personalities to choose from, all of then having varying personalities and different approach to situations. Full English voiced, with animated background, this game offers you original soundtrack with quick time events. But, only the first chapter is ad-free, rest six will annoy you.

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8. Dead Trigger 2 (544 MB and In-app purchases)

Dead Trigger 2 (544 MB and In-app purchases)

Dead Trigger 2 (544 MB and In-app purchases)

Again a zombie apocalypse survival game on the list. Claimed to be the best first-person zombie shooter survival game.

Get it in google play store

In this game, battle across ten different region and 33 environments, choose your favourite annihilator from fifty different weapons with more than 600 gameplay scenarios, including Solo Campaign, Global Mission and Side Quests. Also get insanely terrific graphics and various types of enemies and easy controls.

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9. The Fear: Creepy Scream House (61 MB and In-app purchases)

The Fear: Creepy Scream House (61 MB and In-app purchases)

The Fear: Creepy Scream House (61 MB and In-app purchases)

You are a man who has to admit his girlfriend in an asylum because of her scary behaviour. You’re married his and have a daughter. But, someone is watching you and your family is in danger. Protect then at any cost before it’s too late!

Get it in google play store

A really horrific game with a superb story. Various features are included as well. A deeply affecting story with high graphics and fearful atmosphere. This game will make you fear ghosts. Each and every moment of the game so give you jump scares. Not afraid of ghosts? Just play this.

Download link

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10. Haunted Circus 3D (15 MB and In-app purchases)

Haunted Circus 3D (15 MB and In-app purchases)

Haunted Circus 3D (15 MB and In-app purchases)

This is on the list only on the basis of some nice gameplay.

Get it in google play store

You get a chance to visit a legendary circus, but that turns out to be your worst nightmare. Your visit turns horrifying from the beginning with broken lights, eerie atmosphere and dead cell phone battery. You face off against evil killers like clowns, rabbits, orang-utans and many other creatures. All you can use are the monitors, elevators etc. Will you be able to make it out alive?

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So these are some awesome horror game you can play to have jump scares. Go check them!

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As only about a single day is left for this calendar year to end, it’s time to recall the best flicks which were among the most popular ones along with some ‘Award’ contenders too. Saying in other words, some of the popular films of 2018 are so-so good that they are almost toe-to-toe with the serious dramas – made for the highly prestigious awards – when it comes to content, performances, and impact of the movie as a whole on the audiences.

So, let’s rewind a bit and have a look at the top 10 most popular movies of 2018 that also deserve ultra-serious recognition too in their own manner.

#1 Avengers: Infinity War


Undoubtedly the most popular one when it comes to fan following and great anticipations. This superhero extravaganza is not only the highest grossing film of 2018 but also the highest grossing superhero film of all-time, period. Directed by the duo of Joe and Anthony Russo the film is an action-adventure that is about the ultimate confrontation of the Avengers with their greatest villain to date, the Mad Titan, Thanos, who has the most powerful weapon in the entire universe, the Infinity Gauntlet, consisting of the six Infinity Stones (making him an unmatchable force to reckon with).

The movie is also the penultimate part in Phase 3 of the MCU which was started way back in 2008 by Kevin Feige. The last part of this phase will be Avengers: Endgame which will also be a finale to the storyline of the Infinity Stones.

Avengers: Infinity War will be the memorable crown sitting on top of the MCU line-up of the 20 movies released so far in ten years.

#2 Black Panther


The movie has turned into a cultural phenomenon and even after 10 months of its release, it seems like it’s still running into the theaters. Director Ryan Coogler made something like a jewel for the Marvel Studios when he cast a stellar group of actors like Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, among other notable names too.

The story is about the throne of the King of Wakanda and who takes over it at the end of the film. But apart from it the movie also teaches some notable life lessons which are integral to us as humans, and that is to keep harmony and living with love among each other.

#3 Mission: Impossible – Fallout


Tom Cruise proved with this one that he’s not done yet and when it comes to giving absolutely remarkable performances, he’s always the best. But it wasn’t just him but the entire team and especially the director Christopher McQuarrie who just pulled off ‘a perfect film’ to date, as far as the Mission: Impossible franchise is concerned.

Whether it be the action, fantastically shot sequences or the entire cinematography, this film has set the benchmark for every technical, genius feat that a movie can achieve. And on top of it, the acting prowess of all the actors involved just makes it highly compelling to watch, and that too on loop!

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a perfect action movie of all-time when it comes to intelligent, great and authentic filmmaking.

#4 A Quiet Place


Actor and director John Krasinski brought something which was unexpected for everyone, at the beginning of 2018. A Quiet Place is so impactful in its complete silence that you crave for the characters’ lives inside the film’s story! And yes, that’s true.

Made almost with no dialogues (there are only a few), the expressions of each character is so deep and genuine that you are left feeling helpless for them. The movie is about an apocalyptic future of Earth where the entire human race has almost become endangered due to an alien monster invasion. And these monsters have an incredibly high ability to catch even a tiny impact of sound produced. So they hunt down those who make a sound; and yes they kill them too, brutally.

#5 Hereditary


The most talked-about horror movie since The Exorcist (1973), Hereditary is just so complex in its nature that you become trapped in its plot, which is brilliant to watch in its entirety. But the actual horror is in the performances of the cast itself! Truly outstanding and breathtaking roles portrayed by each and everyone, especially actress Tony Collete, child actor Milly Shapiro, and young actor Alex Wolf.

Debutant director Ari Aster never lets you feel a sigh of relief because the very next scene is unpredictably so horrific that it leaves you in utmost shock, while also raising your goosebumps too!

It’s a highly recommended horror flick for you if you want to be truly horrified.

#6 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


Marvel’s best-animated superhero flick of all-time, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a story of multiple ‘Spider-People’ who get converged into one dimension thanks to an opening of a portal by the villain, Kingpin. The main story revolves around Miles Morales who realizes that he’s not the only Spider-Man alive and that there are others too, just like him.

The movie since its release has become a fan-favorite and critics’ favorite too, because of its great storytelling and fantabulous visuals (which feel like a comic book indeed).

The movie is already being touted as a winner of the ‘Best Animated Feature’ in the next year’s Oscars.

Read our review of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse here.

#7 Aquaman


DC also made its impact across the globe when its Aquaman released towards the end of 2018. And there’s no doubt that it’s the best looking movie of DC after 2017’s Wonder Woman. Aquaman is a visual treat for anyone who’s a true DC or Aquaman die-hard fan. But also for a general moviegoer, this movie is a total entertainer.

James Wan’s great direction and Jason Momoa’s charismatic performance as Arthur Curry, along with Amber Heard as Mera, will make you watch it in a highly enjoyable manner.

Read our review of Aquaman here.

#8 Ralph Breaks the Internet


The greatly anticipated sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, this movie goes on to a new level of madness while also giving you key life lessons related to the modern day ‘social media changes’. All the characters are so greatly compelling to watch that you don’t feel bored at all, but instead, you want the movie to just go on, without an ending.

The movie’s popularity can be imagined from the fact that it’s been a huge box-office success too.

#9 Halloween


Another highly awaited and perhaps the most deserving sequel to a horror masterpiece, Halloween (1977), the new and direct sequel to the original, makes itself worthy of being called a true successor to its predecessor.

Halloween 2018 takes place from where the last Halloween film (directed by John Carpenter) ended. And the return of Nick Castle as Michael Myers is so-so impactful again that he will make you wish for your life!

This film’s director David Gordon Green really, and successfully managed to pull off a great psycho-horror flick. Not to mention that it’s also the highest grossing Halloween film in the series.

Read our review of Halloween here.

#10 Incredibles 2


The last one on this list is also a long-awaited ‘superhero’ animated sequel to its first part, which was released way back in 2004! But even after 14 years, the second installment feels just so fresh that you are left speechless in your mind. Because this time too, you feel the same way for the beloved characters.

Director Brad Bird created the same magic with this one too which never makes you feel like you are watching a sequel to a 14-year-old movie, because Incredibles 2 feels so new and exciting, in its way of carrying the story forward from the exact same point where its first part ended.

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