For some people, staying at home sucks. But, for gamers like you and me, it is actually a pretty good thing.
Since we are encouraged to stay at home, getting a good gaming PC now makes sense. Of course, a PC is just one part of the equation as you would also need some games to play as well.
Well, you don’t have to worry about that as I am going to go over the best PC games in 2020 that will help you keep entertained during this quarantine period.
Before We Get Started
First and foremost, you will need to build your own gaming PC. You can either buy a pre-built or you can build it yourself, the choice is entirely up to you.
Best PC Games in 2020
I think this game needs no introduction. Fortnite is the game that spearheaded the creation of a new genre: Battle Royale.
In this game, you are pitted against 99 players and the one that eliminates all others will be the winner. Of course, you can party up with some buddies as well so that you can go against other teams doing the same thing.
While other battle royale games have their own thing, Fortnite also has an ace up its sleeves. Here, you can build fortresses or structures that allow you to gain some advantage over your opponents.
You can also explore the map to find new weapons and items that can help you achieve your goal.
Seriously, Fortnite is still quite a fun and competitive game to play in this day and age and I highly recommend this for sure.
2.Red Dead Redemption 2
From the makers of GTA 5, Red Dead Redemption 2 is another game that has garnered a lot of fans since its release.
The highly-anticipated title lets you control Arthur Morgan and his band of cowboys as you try to capture outlaws in the Wild West.
The game is quite expansive in that it has many side quests and if you are equipped with a pretty good graphics card, you will surely love the landscapes and amazing scenery in this game.
In fact, I would go on to say that you can easily sink more than 50 hours in this game and you would not notice. That is how captivating this is.
You will need a competitive PC for this one but if you’ve got the right specs, then go ahead and try this one for yourself.
3.Monster Hunter: World (Iceborne)
If you are a fan of hack-and-slash RPG games, then Monster Hunter: World is for you. This game is very fun and enjoyable as you have plenty of weapons to choose from- each with their own movesets. You will have to find the one that suits your playstyle before proceeding.
The premise of this game is simple: You gain missions that will prompt you to kill boss enemies. Once they die, they will leave some crafting materials that you can use to build armor and weapons to make your avatar stronger.
You will also be accompanied by a cute cat called a Palico and it uses special items that will help you in your journey.
Since early 2020, Capcom has released a major update known as Iceborne that has introduced a bevy of new monsters for you to kill, as well as new movesets for your preferred weapons.
The game is not ending anytime soon as the company has released a roadmap detailing new content in the coming months.
Although this game can be quite grindy, the fact of the matter is that you are rewarded for your efforts.
To perfectly describe Valorant, all you have to do is be familiar with CS:GO and Overwatch as this game is a mix of the two. You could say that this is Riot Games’ take on a competitive FPS game.
You will be teamed up with 4 other players and the premise of the game is that one team will be planting the bomb while the other team will try their best to defuse it.
It is like CS:GO because this game favors a more steady approach when firing your weapon. Strafing side to side will not work and will diminish your overall accuracy as a result.
Now, you might ask where the Overwatch aspect is. Well, you will choose your own character in this game and each of them has their own unique set of abilities.
The key to winning the round is constant communication, as well as just being good at shooting other people and using your character’s abilities to advance forward.
People have worries about the game’s aggressive approach towards hacking tools and programs so there’s that.
Otherwise, this game is pretty fun to play, especially if you want first-person shooters.
Doom: Eternal is the expansion of the 2016 version of this popular franchise. The graphics are superb and if you have a pretty competitive gaming rig, you will be in awe as you battle hordes of demons.
The game is a bit fast-paced and you have a wide assortment of weapons to choose from. When you find a demon and shoot at it, you might notice that they will be shining yellow. That is the time where you press a key to perform the finishing move.
If you want to heal your character, you will have to rip those demons apart for some health packs. Sure, it does have some gore elements but it is not too disturbing at all.
Fans of PvP type battles will love the new 2v1 multiplayer mode where one team will control the slayer and the other team will control some demons.
If you are a fan of building games, then you will surely love Cities: Skylines. This game was released shortly after SimCity flopped and for the fans of the game, they’re glad that it did.
The objective of the game is simple: You will be building your own city and create as many infrastructures as needed. There will be some tooltips along the way that will guide you through the process.
If the people in your city require better healthcare, you can rectify that by building hospitals. If they require some leisure and entertainment, building some malls can do the trick.
This is a really fun game in its own right but with the vast community it has, there are some fan mods that you can download that will help make the game even better.
For instance, you can download some reskins, building tools, and there are also some graphical tweaks that you can implement if you want.
The game has two new expansions that will help elevate your experience even more. So, if you are a fan of building communities, this is the one that you should definitely try out.
Fans of action RPGs will definitely love Nier: Automata. It is developed by Square Enix which is a household name when it comes to Role-Playing Games.
Here, you will control special Androids and your mission is to wipe out the machines that dominate Earth.
The story is not as straightforward though and that is why fans love this game for its complexity. That is so much so that this title has multiple endings so that you can truly grasp the different sides at play.
Although only appropriate for mature audiences, Nier: Automata has the gameplay and story elements that will surely get you glued to your seats for hours on end.
8.The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
To this day, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is still one of the best games that you can play on the PC. You will control Geralt of Rivia who is a class known as the ‘Witcher’ and your mission is to battle enemies- may it be humans, demons, or any other unnatural phenomena.
This game is quite expansive and you can literally sink 100s of hours to this and you will still not get bored.
It has received two expansions and each of them requires a lot of hours of gameplay to complete, which is pretty nice for people that want to play a single game for a very long time.
The graphics of this game is truly astonishing so if you have money to invest in a good gaming desktop, I highly recommend that you do so to get the full experience.
Do you want to find your brother that is hidden in a building that is in constant architectural flux? That is what Control has to offer.
This game is actually highly acclaimed with numerous pundits saying that it should have won the game of the year honors.
Your character is the head of the Federal Bureau of Control and your job is to contain any unnatural phenomena, all while gaining information about the whereabouts of your lost sibling.
Control gives impressive visuals so you will need a really good PC for this. But if you already have one, I highly recommend this title.
10.Call of Duty: Warzone
Back then, the Call of Duty franchise was more focused on providing players with compelling and memorable story missions but Activision also wants to join the Battle Royale fray and that is why it has developed Call of Duty: Warzone.
This game is considered to be at the top of the genre which is only followed by Fortnite and Apex Legends.
Just like Fortnite, CoD: Warzone all has its own unique twists. For instance, when you die in battle, you will actually have to engage in a 1-on-1 fight against another fallen player and if you win, you will not only revive yourself and get back into action but you will also gain some money in the process as well.
You can also strive to gain some contracts that will unlock exclusive perks and structure to the gameplay. To gain them, you will have to do a number of different things, including hunting down enemies, finding and opening certain chests, among others. The game is seriously fun to play whether you are a casual or a professional player. Although you will need lots of storage space on your SSD, this game will provide you with a good level of entertainment for sure.
Amazon Luna- Everything You Need to Know About Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service
It seems that cloud gaming is the future as a lot of companies are pooling their resources just to make things happen.
Amazon Luna is Amazon’s foray into cloud gaming and it is going to be available soon. Read further to find out more information about this new experience.
Google has paved the way for cloud gaming to come to the fore with the release of the Stadia not too long ago. Although it was mired with a lot of different issues, it seems that the company has found a way to make things work.
Amazon also wants in on the action and although there are some similarities with Luna and Stadia, there are also some stark differences as well.
Before I begin, I just want to explain the concept of cloud gaming. Basically, instead of downloading games to your gaming PC or whatever platform you choose to install them, you will just stream those games using data centers that are scattered all over the world.
It should go without saying that you need to have a fast internet connection to make this happen and so that you will not experience high latency (which was a huge problem when Stadia launched).
That being said, the premise of Google Stadia is that you need to either purchase an individual game so that you can play it at any time (forever) or you could subscribe to the monthly plan and play the games that are on offer every month (and continue to play them so long as you’re subscribed).
With Amazon Luna, you will be presented with different channels that you can subscribe to. Each of these channels has different games on offer which makes this quite appealing for game developers to show their mettle.
Right now, the platform is still in beta and there are only two channels available at the moment- Amazon’s own Luna Plus and the Ubisoft Channel. The latter will have 50 games that you can play right away and more Ubisoft games will be added in the future.
Keep in mind that this channel-based system makes it so that developers can price their services accordingly. It remains to be seen how much Ubisoft will charge individual users, so stay tuned for that.
1080p and 4K Gaming
Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna will support both 1080p and 4K resolutions. Of course, the latter would be more taxing and you will need a fast internet connection to be able to enjoy high-fidelity gaming. I suggest that you get a WiFi 6 router and a compatible device to make the most out of your experience.
Unlike Stadia, Amazon Luna is more flexible in that it supports a lot of different devices. Not only can you play on your PC, but you can also choose to play it using your iOS devices, Android phones, and you can even utilize the company’s own FireTV devices as well.
Now, there has been this entire debacle about Apple’s 30% cut on every app in its App store but the good news is that Amazon can circumvent that.
You see, when you are going to play on your iOS devices, the application will actually be a PWA or a Progressive Web App. Basically, the game that you want to play will run in a contained web browser instead of it being an actual application that you install in your device. This bypasses the whole 30% cut issue which is a good thing.
NVIDIA Hardware Use
According to a recent Steam survey, the vast majority of PC users are all using NVIDIA graphics cards. This is a good thing for Amazon Luna because it means that it can support a lot more people.
That is because the company’s cloud gaming service will use NVIDIA GPUs instead of AMD cards (which Stadia uses for graphics processing).
Supposing that Amazon Luna will be more popular than any other cloud gaming service out there, NVIDIA will enjoy huge profits as a result.
Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites
Twitch is arguably the most popular streaming platform today and Amazon is looking to forge a partnership with the said service to allow you to stream your games to the popular website.
The said platform is widely used as a means of generating revenue- something that is quite popular today due to the recent pandemic.
This move also makes it appealing as well as more and more content creators can use Amazon Luna to reach a broader audience.
New Controller with Alexa Support
Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna also requires you to get a special controller. The good thing is that the control will have a microphone so that you can use Alexa for specific voice commands.
What’s interesting about the Luna’s controller is that it is completely connected to the Cloud, which means that you do not have to pair it with the specific device you are going to use to play games online.
According to Amazon’s website, it should have a grippy texture and will feature low-friction thumbsticks that provide maximum performance across the board. By using the controller’s microphone, you can actually tell Alexa to fire up the specific game that you want to play, so long as it is inside the channel that you’ve subscribed to.
Amazon Luna is quite enticing, at least, on paper. It is shaping up to be a better cloud gaming service compared to its competitors but the service is still in beta, so there are more things that need ironing out before its official release.
Right now, there are only two channels that are available and Ubisoft hasn’t imposed its pricing yet. The Amazon Luna channel is priced at $6.99
If you are interested in getting in on the action, you can be an early beta tester by subscribing to the service.
Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.
Acer Nitro XV340CK Review- A Greatly Competitive Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Under $500
Ultrawide monitors used to be a niche display in that the only people who work on productivity tasks and creative workloads usually buy them.
Fortunately, the display technology has evolved and gamers, too, can enjoy a much wider screen.
Today, I am going to review the Acer Nitro XV340CK which is a 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that is priced competitively.
Even though this is marketed as a gaming monitor, the Acer Nitro XV340CK actually doesn’t look like it. It looks simple and I love the aesthetics, especially if you want to place this in your office.
The only thing that might make you think that this is a gaming display is that red accent that you can find on the base of the monitor but that’s about it.
Anyway, let’s start with the stand. Aside from the aforementioned red accent, the stand provides good ergonomics.
It gives you the ability to swivel the monitor a complete 360 degrees, you can tilt it to 35 degrees back and you can adjust the height up to 5.9 inches. Because this is an ultrawide monitor, you cannot put this thing in portrait mode.
I love the fact that this monitor has slim bezels. At only 0.4 inches, you can place another monitor right beside it and it wouldn’t really take a lot of screen real estate at all.
The overall build quality is good. Despite the fact that it doesn’t feel premium, at least when compared to the best gaming monitors out there, it still feels sturdy nevertheless.
For the ports, you get two Displayport 1.4 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. Due to the wealth of ports on offer, you can use this for your PC or your game console.
The only thing that might be cumbersome for some users is that the OSD controls are situated at the back of the monitor- particularly on the bottom right side. The buttons are also a bit smaller than usual, so you may have a hard time pressing the right ones.
The Acer Nitro XV340CK has a 34-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21:9. It is the same as other ultrawide gaming monitors that you can find on the market so there is no problem with that.
You do have the option to enable the picture-in-picture mode so that you can divide the display in two if you wish to fire up two different programs at the same time. This is why it is not only a handy gaming monitor, but it can also be used for office work as well.
Its contrast and brightness leave much to be desired. With a native contrast ratio of 1048:1 and peak SDR brightness of only 247 nits, it is not the best display when it comes to these things.
However, its redeeming quality is that its colors are accurate. After calibration, I got 95% sRGB, 82% AdobeRGB, and 81% DCI-P3. It is relatively color accurate and it would have been nice for creative workloads, but its peak brightness just falls short of making it an ideal display for such use-cases.
It is also worth noting that if you are in a well-lit room that the brightness could be a huge issue. The good thing is that the display’s matte finish can help reduce glare significantly, though you will still find that it is not bright enough in some situations.
I am surprised by the fact that there is literally no color bleed on the Acer Nitro XV340CK. This is unheard of, especially since ultrawide monitors are notorious for this.
Sure, its peak brightness and contrast could have improved, but gamers are not especially focused on those things. If anything, it is the performance of the display that usually takes the cake and I am happy to report that you won’t be disappointed with the Nitro XV340CK.
Normally, with IPS panels, they tend to not have a good response time, but that is actually not the case here. At just 5.3ms, it is definitely one of the best out there even when compared to other, more premium models.
How about input lag? This is a speed monitor and as expected, input lag is minimal. At just 4.2ms, I am really blown away by the performance of this thing. Every keypress on your gaming keyboard will register almost immediately and that is really great from a competitive standpoint.
It is also worth noting that its 144Hz refresh rate is ideal, especially since most gamers are clamoring for high refresh rate displays anyway.
This is a FreeSync gaming monitor and you can enable this variable refresh rate feature in both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.
To get a hold of the said features, it is important for you to know that you should use the DisplayPort cable that is included in the box. There is also an included HDMI cable if you want to use this display for your Xbox or Playstation consoles.
With all of those things being said, if I were to ask you how much this thing costs, what will be your guess? If you’ve guessed around $700, you’re wrong.
The Acer Nitro XV340CK is priced at just $450! At that price, you are getting a relatively color-accurate monitor, a really fast display with minimal input lag, and a vast number of ports that you can use for your PC or game consoles.
Sure, its contrast and peak brightness could have been improved, but if you are talking about raw gaming performance, the Acer Nitro XV340CK blows other ultrawide gaming monitors out of the way.
Just make sure that you have a nice gaming PC for this thing to work nicely. Other than that, I highly recommend the Acer Nitro XV340CK for its price and performance.
HyperX Cloud Stinger S- A Comfortable 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
As an audiophile, I’ve always loved HyperX’s gaming audio solution. They are inexpensive and for the price, you are actually getting sound quality that you normally would only hear from expensive products.
In today’s article, I am going to review the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. This is a budget offering that aims to improve upon the original Cloud Stinger with the inclusion of a 7.1 surround sound option.
Do I recommend this headset? Find out later on in the article.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger S is actually quite similar to the original version. It has the same pleather ear cups that envelope your ears quite nicely and the clamping force of the headset itself is actually quite okay.
I’ve been receiving reports that there are some people that have problems with the tightness or, shall I say, how loose this thing can be. But that will probably be a result of the size of your head and not the actual product itself. For me, the fit was okay, but your mileage may vary.
Although this thing is predominantly made in plastic, the overall build quality is good, though I would advise you not to throw this headset when you lose a round in a MOBA game or first-person shooter.
There is a microphone on this headset and just like the original, it is not removable. It would have been nice if you could remove it when you are not using it because even if you fold the microphone (which also acts as a way of muting it), you will still see it which can be annoying at times.
This thing is quite simple and all you have for the controls is the volume slider that is located on the right ear cup.
While other HyperX gaming headsets come with a carrying pouch, I am sad to say that the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t have one.
All you get in the box aside from the headset is a USB dongle that is attached to a relatively long cable and some documentation. And, since you use this thing completely wired, it can also be used in your Playstation or other game consoles as well.
The 3.5mm analog cable should be inserted in the USB dongle if you wish to use its 7.1 surround sound implementation, but if you are just going to watch movies or play non-competitive games, I suggest that you do not use it.
There are two modes that you can utilize if you are going to use the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. You can use its 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy stereo sound or you could insert that into the included USB dongle and use the 7.1 surround sound feature.
Keep in mind that if you are going to use the 7.1 output that it is only supported on the PC since you will need the NGENUITY software to enable it.
That being said, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S’ sound signature leans more toward being bright and with a little emphasis on the bass. This seems to be the preference of the majority of gamers since lower frequencies can make those in-game sounds pop-out more.
I also love the mid frequencies as it is quite balanced as well. I’ve had no problems listening to in-game dialog and when I am using the microphone, it just works really well.
Although the high frequencies are okay, I would say that it is the weakest of the bunch, though not so much as to diminish the overall sound quality. You will still hear the sibilance of the cymbals and lead guitars, but it is not as pronounced as the lower and mid frequencies.
As for the 7.1 surround sound, you should enable it in the companion software and it is only available when you are on the PC.
Anyway, its surround sound is okay but I say this because it is a budget gaming headset. If you compare it to the more premium ones, this is subpar at best. Still, you could enable it in your favorite games but I will advise against it if you are just listening to music or watching movies.
Despite a relatively good clamping force, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t do so well in terms of sound isolation. People around me can still hear what I was listening to, so this might not be ideal if you are playing at night and there are people sleeping.
There is usually this notion that budget headsets have horrible microphones but not the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. In fact, I would go on to say that it has one of the better ones on the market.
Instead of sounding tinny, the microphone quality of the Cloud Stinger S is full-bodied and my teammates can hear every word I said without any problems.
The volume of the microphone is also quite good as well. Normally, with budget offerings, you tend to sound a bit ‘too far’ but that is not the case here.
Overall, I am quite pleased with the microphone. The only thing that I do not like is that the flippable microphone may impede your vision sometimes, but I think that you can adjust to this.
For a budget headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is definitely one of the better sounding ones. I also love the fact that the microphone’s quality is top-notch and it can even go head-to-head against its more premium counterparts.
I am just a bit disappointed that you do not get a carrying pouch with this one because other HyperX gaming headsets have them. But, this is a minor inconvenience.
I did not feel the need to talk about the NGENUITY software mainly because it is pretty barebones and all you can do with it is to enable the 7.1 surround sound, adjust the volume and microphone, and that’s about it. There is no equalizer present which is quite odd.
Still, for what it is giving you, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is highly recommended. This thing costs $60.
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