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Battlefield 1 Four DLC Details Revealed with Gigamax

Battlefield 1 – Four DLC’s Explained

Battlefield 1 is a fantastic step forward in EA and DICE’s franchise and they’re getting ready to drop four new DLC’s. A detailed look into these unique expansions has become available and below you’ll find a breakdown of each one. With so many great games being released, it’s impressive Battlefield still has the strength to pull the community back in time and time again. Take a look and see what’s in store.

The upcoming expansions will be available as individual purchases, or free for Premium Pass holders. As of now, the Premium Pass costs $50 so maybe ‘free’ isn’t the right term.

“They Shall Not Pass”

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Players will have a chance to play as the World War 1 era French army, fighting across four French maps. The Car 2C tank also makes an appearance in the DLC which is the game’s newest behemoth class vehicle. This is by far the most highly covered of the four expansions as it’s currently available on the Community Test Environment.

“In The Name of the Tsar”

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The second expansion puts the player directly in the front lines with the Russian army, ready to ride along with the “legendary Hussars.” The historic Brusilov offensive and Albion assault are the primary theme of the second DLC.

“Turning Tides”

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Battlefield 1 is taking to the sea in this expansion focused on naval warfare. A new destroyer and coastal class airship will become available which is going to add even more diversity to this already unique first-person shooter. Players will be tossed into the hell of war as they take part in the Zeebrugge raid and storm the beaches of Gallipoli.

“Apocalypse”

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This expansion will include some of the most “infamous battles of WW1.” This is where some of the most “brutal tools and unique weapons” will rear their ugly heads. When faced with tremendous obstacles, people will do whatever it takes to survive. Desperation and deadlock describes World War I perfectly and the weapons making their way to this fourth expansion will be a testament to that fact.

Battlefield 1 has delivered so much entertainment and this is the perfect time to release an expansion of this size. This is not to say the game was getting stale, but it’s definitely time to learn some new maps, weapons and find ourselves in some new crazy situations.

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Shadow of War Officially Confirmed by Warner Brothers

Shadow of War: Update

Yesterday’s leak that Middle Earth: Shadow of War will be coming out August 22nd in North America has been officially confirmed by Warner Bros. Monolith Productions is making this game much larger than its predecessor, Shadow of Mordor.  The nemesis system not only dynamically creates Orc generals but also shapes the open world as well. Players will not just be facing Sauron this time but his Nazgul mounts well. Below you’ll find the official announcement trailer that gives a cinematic look into the story of the game.

Original Story

The next title in the “Shadow of Mordor” series is on the way according to an accidental early listing on US retailer Target’s website.

This listing for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War was initially spotted by NeoGaf. The release date on the now removed leak was set for August 22nd which means that developer Monolith Productions is preparing for an announcement soon, most likely E3. According to the description, the game will contain the Nemesis system from Shadow of Mordor. This system required players to systematically eliminate a randomly generated hierarchy of Orc’s to eventually kill the leaders.

Shadow of Mordor

Middle Earth: Shadow of War will continue the story of Talion and Celebrimbor, the hero and his ghost friend from Shadow of Mordor. The dynamic duo is back and looking to forge their own ring of power so they can take on the dark lord, Sauron.

The listing also details that the game will have the industry standard “Gold Edition” priced at $100 USD. This edition will contain two nemesis expansions, two story add-on’s and a “Gold War Chest.” The Nemesis expansions were also detailed and will contain a new Orc tribe, enemies, missions and more. The story expansions will have a new campaign with a different playable character.

Gigamax Games was a huge fan of the first entry in the Shadow of Mordor series and we are very excited for the latest entry. While it is unfortunate that the game was accidentally leaked before the developer was ready to show it off, it is nice to see the positive response and genuine hype for the sequel. Be sure to check back at Gigamax Games for more details on this developing story.

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BioShock Playthrough – Let’s Play with Gigamax

 BioShock – Let’s Play with Gigamax

There is always a need to bring up BioShock when on the topic of great games. Because of this fact, Gigamax felt it necessary to bring it back to this revered classic. Walking through the very first game, Gigs and Mack relive this masterpiece. 2K Games did an amazing job on this one.  Whether you’re looking to watch some classic BioShock footage and reminisce on the good ol’ days or wondering if it’s worth picking up after missing it the first time around, this is for you.

In the video below, you will find the playlist for the Gigamax revisit to BioShock. Gigs takes the controller for this one and with 22 playthroughs already on his belt, he has some pro-tips you won’t want to miss. Gigs and Mack show off hidden secrets, information about the lore and have some laughs along the way. Thank you all so much for stopping by. Hope you all enjoy, don’t forget to Subscribe!

 

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Blizzard Teases New Overwatch Hero – It Isn’t Doomfist

For Real It’s Not Doomfist

Right on the heels of their Sombra release, Blizzard is already teasing a new character. In a recent forum thread game director, Jeff Kaplan confirmed that his team has “multiple characters in the works” following that up with “24 is not who you think it is.” (http://bit.ly/2mo1dke). This seemingly confirms that the next character will not be the heavily theorized Doomfist.

Players began speculating that Doomfist may be the next hero weeks ago when Terry Crews, a huge Overwatch fan/famous actor, was spotted at the Blizzard offices. This began a long running social media campaign by fans to secure Crew’s a spot to voice Doomfist. While Blizzard never gave official word on whether or not he would play the character, they’ve just put up a blog post which adds a new face to the lore.

Efi Oladele

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Meet Efi Oladele, an 11 year old AI and Robotics expert from Numbani. She was the focal point of Blizzard’s post and it is now theorized that she will be the next character to join the brawl. While it is unlikely that an 11 year old will be fighting directly on the battlefield, most think that she will send one of her robots to do the work for her. Further cementing this idea lead writer, Michael Chu also confirmed that the blog post takes place in current day Overwatch time, so we won’t see an adult Efi on the field.

Blizzard Doing It Right

We hear at Gigamax are big fans of Overwatch and love that Blizzard is actively engaging the community. It’s one thing to have constant updates, but another thing entirely to keep fans in the loop through the whole development process. Games that rely on fan feedback truly stand out and this could not be more true for Overwatch, especially with its recent win of another GOTY at the DICE Awards.

While Blizzard still hasn’t announced who the character will be, you know that we’ll be on the lookout. Make sure to keep checking back with Gigamax for all the latest in gaming news and industry updates.

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Fallout 4: Walking Through The Wasteland In Virtual Reality

Fallout 4 in Virtual Reality

Bethesda Game Studio’s announced their plans to take on Fallout 4’s wasteland and create a fully playable Virtual Reality experience. The project was announced at Bethesda’s 2016 E3 press conference with not much information leaking after the fact. Imagine, Fallout 4 playable in VR from start to finish. Now, some new information is available and producer Todd Howard assures us, “VATS in VR is awesome.”. http://bit.ly/2kJT7pU

No VR games on the market today are anywhere near the size and depth of Fallout 4. Usually linear or arcade like, a fully open world with all the complexities Fallout 4 has to offer will surely be an industry first. This Bethesda hit has already offered countless hours of highly immersive gameplay. The option to play in VR will surely bring us right back to this incredible game.

The release is still to be determined for Playstation VR, but it seems to be an obvious choice for Bethesda. Fallout 4 sold over 640,000 console digital copies on the first day. Nearly a third of their total units sold on launch. It would be a shame to leave out a third of their audience when offering such an incredible experience. However, there could be some performance issues when it comes to the Playstation VR. This consumer level VR device is substantially less powerful than most PC setups.

Producer Opens Up

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“Fallout is going great. There’s a lot of work to be done, but it’s super exciting. We are doing the whole game. You can play it start to finish right now, and the whole thing really works in terms of interface and everything.” Producer Todd Howard explains. He continues on, “I will say that Fallout works because of the interface. The Pip-Boy is on your wrist and we’ve been able to present so that it works the way you expect. You look and there it is. The fact that the gunplay is a bit slower than in a lot of games has certainly helped us but we have VATS, so you can pause or slow down the world. I assure you, VATS in VR is awesome. We love it.” http://bit.ly/2kJT7pU

This move offers some hope about the future of VR. Instead of becoming a gimmick, it seems as though developers are willing to take the chance. The newly refined VR systems are beautiful pieces of technology and Bethesda’s move to create this experience for Fallout 4, is a refreshing sign.

We’ll keep a close eye on the latest developments surrounding Fallout 4 in Virtual Reality. Check back soon for more!

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http://wwg.com/2017/02/21/fallout-4-will-be-playable-from-start-to-finish-in-virtual-reali/
http://www.psu.com/news/32258/fallout-4-vr-release-date-playstation-vr-update
http://techreport.com/news/31466/fallout-4-wasteland-is-coming-to-vr
http://fortune.com/2015/11/16/fallout4-is-quiet-best-seller/

 

Screenshots for Kingdom Hearts 3 & Final Fantasy 7 Released

Attendees at this year’s Monaco Anime Game International Conferences got a real treat. The developer behind Kingdom Hearts 3 and the Final Fantasy VII remake, Tetsuya Nomura, showed some brand new screenshots of the highly anticipated titles.

Final Fantasy VII

The first couple of screenshots were taken from the upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII. They are some awesome action shots of the series protagonist, Cloud in some sticky situations. The initial picture shown is of the hero taking cover behind a box as a Shinra soldier fires at him, presumably in the beginning moments of the game. The photo also highlights how radically different this game will be than the original. New to Final Fantasy VII is the action combat that is very reminiscent of Kingdom Hearts. Although veterans of the series will notice a battle timer that will surely impress old school fans.

Kingdom Hearts 3

The next screenshot of Final Fantasy VII was an action sequence showing Cloud and the gun arm wielding, Barrett, fighting off a spider tank. This is the first boss fight that players encountered in the original release and it couldn’t look more different. Square Enix has also recently revealed that the remake would be an episodic adventure so that every part of the game would be extremely detailed.

Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts 3

Finally, an image of Kingdom Hearts 3 was shown that did the unthinkable, increased the hype even further. In the screenshot the protagonist Sora is preparing to take on a new type of unnamed heartless. He is wearing some new flashy clothes and seems to be preparing some sort of spell to throw at the monster. Kingdom Hearts 3 is over 10 years in development and the hard work shows. The Unreal 4 Engine is a perfect fit for the game and makes the game look gorgeous.

Kingdom Hearts 3

Unfortunately no release date was announced for either game but hopefully it drops by the holiday season this year.

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For Honor – ‘Let’s Play’ Playlist with Gigamax Games

For Honor – Let’s Play

For Honor has offered some variety to the games out on the market today. Gigamax visits this this action, small team based melee fighter in this latest Let’s Play. It’s is a unique game and Ubisoft did well. Even though Ubisoft make a strange choice when it comes to multiplayer hosting, the online experience holds up alright.

For Honor offers a single-player campaign mode but the primary focus is on the multiplayer. The Let’s Play below offers a look at the multiplayer as Gigs takes on the competition in the Beta. To get a better idea of what the campaign looks like, our For Honor review offers a detailed picture of what gamers can expect.

For Honor – Online and Ruthless

Gigamax has been hooked on For Honor ever since it dropped. Easy to learn but difficult to master sums the game up perfectly. Always trying to hone in the melee combat system, the game is highly addictive. Quick but intense multiplayer matches allow for a lot of games in a short amount of time.

Hope you enjoy For Honor ‘Let’s Play’ with Gigamax Games. Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up with the latest videos by Gigamax! Thank you so much for stopping by! Stay tuned as we add more For Honor videos in the near future!

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Prey – Sci-Fi FPS – Inside Look with GIGAMAX Games

Prey Is Almost Here

Prey is coming May 5th 2017 to Playstation 4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. The upcoming sci-fi shooter was developed by Arkane Studios, known for their incredible first person stealth action games, Dishonored and Dishonored 2. Published by Bethesda Softworks, Prey has some big names behind it. There is a host of game footage available and from the video’s it’s clear, Prey shares a lot with their earlier titles.

The game offers multiple paths for the player to choose from, RPG elements and creative puzzle solving. To begin, you choose from a male or female character which can have a slight impact on the perspective the player will experience throughout the game. It delivers some incredible ambiance and music that helps immerse the player in the dangerous world. Prey of course, looks and feels a lot like Dishonored. However, it does share some similarities with Bioshock and Dead Space as well.

A Mash Of Classics

It’s clear Arkane Studios was influenced by other hit sci-fi games while still maintaining its own unique feel. A huge plus is the fact that the game has multiple ways to complete levels. This ensures each player can have a slightly different experience through the campaign. It’s always nice when a single player story game gives the gamer some kind of option when it comes to experiencing the story. It gives some incentive to replay the game while still ensuring a fun and exciting experience the next time around.

Below is a great video that walks through the first 45 minutes of gameplay. *Spoiler Warning*; A big twist is given away in the first 15 minutes. So if you want a completely fresh experience, we suggest you get hyped about the little bit of info we offered and pass on the video until having the chance to play it for yourself. If you’re on the fence about buying it, we highly recommend you check it out. Just from the first 45 minutes, we’re on the edge of our seat waiting for Prey to drop.

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http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/02/15/prey-first-hands-on-impressions-a-system-shock-of-the-best-kind

https://www.cnet.com/news/prey-hands-on-preview-release-date/

For Honor Review – Let The Battle Begin with Gigamax Games

For Honor

For Honor

For Honor was built up to be the next big revolution in virtual melee combat. With a creative control scheme and a fresh new concept, For Honor largely succeeds in its mission. Intense fights, cinematic action and plenty of characters to choose from make this game the fun experience many were waiting for. For Honor’s bread and butter is the variety of multiplayer modes available for taking on both human and A.I. rivals. But that isn’t the only option for cutting down enemies, the game also contains a sizable campaign mode that ended up being a pleasant surprise

The story mode is made up of three separate paths that follow the wars constantly raging between the game’s factions. Players start as the knights, a group of honor bound warriors that plan to bring peace to the lands. The game then transition control over to the vikings, who are in desperate need of a leader. Finally, the third act follows the samurai as they fight off invading forces. The campaign offers insight into the many playable heroes and teaches all the intricacies of combat.

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The Combat

Fighting enemies feels great, whether that be the cannon fodder or the mighty hero characters. Those familiar with the Dark Souls series will feel at home with the emphasis on stamina management and parrying. For Honor’s major innovation to combat is the ability to guard and strike on specific sides with one click. Combat is easy to learn but mastering it is a whole other battle. Clashing swords feels great and well made sound effects enhance the overall experience.

Carrying fighting skills picked up in the campaign over to the multiplayer is exciting as well. While slaying A.I. bots is rewarding, executing a fellow human after a long back and forth is one of the best online experiences to date. Multiplayer is divided into four modes; dominion (capture the point), duel (1v1), brawl (2v2) and death match (elimination). Each of these modes is entertaining and offers a different challenge in terms of combat expertise. After completing some matches, players will be able to buy new equipment, cosmetics and characters after earning enough of the in-game currency.

For Honor

Overall For Honor is a great experience we would recommend to anyone itching for a new multiplayer to dive into. While the campaign is fun, the competitive battles online are at the forefront. Ubisoft outdid themselves on this one and we hope that they continue supporting this game just as Blizzard is doing with Overwatch. Remember to check out our variety of content on For Honor, included below is our let’s play of the beta that came out before release!

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Perception – New Horror Game on its way to Xbox One

The developers behind BioShock and Dead Space are hard at work on a horrifying new game. Perception is a truly unique experience in the realm of survival horror. Players take the role of Cassie, a blind woman who is avoiding a spiritual presence in an old mansion.

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While most horror games rely on atmosphere and various spooky noises, Perception takes these two things and makes them tools instead of just horror amplifiers. Cassie uses the ability of echolocation to turn sound into visual cues which helps guide her around the house. The only tools available to her along the journey are a walking stick and a smartphone. Players must use their smarts to dodge that unhappy spirit.

The mansion that Cassie has decided to wander into is located in Massachusetts and will change dramatically throughout the game. Every time you solve a mystery that unravels why the heroine is having nightmares about the estate, the house will become radically different.

While Perception was previously announced for PS4 and PC, The Deep End Games recently announced that it will make an appearance on Xbox One. No formal release date has been set, but the team is aiming for 2017. This Indie development team is made up of industry veterans and young talent so the game is sure to leave players with plenty of scares.

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