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Dead Matter: A True Zombie Survival Game

Dead Matter: A True Zombie Survival Game

Every fan of zombie fiction has at some point asked themselves “what would I do in a zombie apocalypse?” The indie developer, Quantum Integrity, is looking to help answer this question with their upcoming sandbox survival game Dead Matter. Originally developed as a mod for Crysis 2 back in 2013, the team behind the game put their heart and soul behind this project and it shows. With multiplayer, near endless customization, a humongous living world, and full mod support Dead Matter is quickly becoming the zombie survival experience everyone has been waiting for.

Kickstarter & A Dream

Quantum Integrity boasts on their Kickstarter page that Dead Matter is “true sandbox survival horror.” Players will get to fight through the zombie apocalypse however they see fit. That can include setting up a home base and defending it with their expansive crafting or barricading system all while cultivating the land or wandering the wasteland scavenging whatever tools, vehicles, weapons, and the food they can find. Set in the province of Alberta, Canada players will be able to experience the game alone or with friends as the developer intends to support both play styles equally.

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Freedom of expression is an important design choice for Quantum Integrity. Customization features have been at the core of Dead Matter since the games original inception. It starts with the character design where hair, head, and body can all be changed to whatever the player desires. When actually playing the game, customization extends to nearly every facet of the experience including weapons, vehicles, and buildings. Want to wrap a baseball bat in barbed wire? Go right ahead.  Strapping C4 onto a programmable alarm clock? Perfectly fine! Turn the family van into a zombie survivalist’s dream ride? Strap some defenses and gun racks on that bad boy and call it a day.

Alberta, Canada: Zombie Paradise 

In order to help nurture the ideas of their player base, the developer built a stunning recreation of Alberta that contains the lush wilderness of the Rockies and extends to the once bustling city of Calgary. Designed to simulate true survival any simple trip for supplies could turn into a battle against soldiers, raiders, or a family just doing what they have to in order to survive. The world was also fully designed in order to support the player’s settlements. Every building in the game is made to be barricaded, upgraded, and fitted with electricity and running water. All of the land can be farmed and the lakes can be fished. Live in the shadows of the city and survive in the wild or work together with the community to retake the city of Calgary by taking control of dams, transformers, and bridges.

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Finally, to assert their connection with the fan base and support where the game got its start, Quantum Integrity comes packed with full mod support. All of the procedural generation tools are being put into the players’ hands as well as C++ and Blueprint access. Any user can host their own server complete with all of their own settings and mods completely free of charge. The team over at Quantum Integrity are modders at their core and it shows through their devotion to the modding community.

Dead Matter looks like an amazing survival experience that we just couldn’t wait to back on Kickstarter. If this game sounds appealing to you, don’t forget to show the team some support by throwing them some money or showing them love on social media. We can’t wait to get our hands on this gem so be sure to keep checking back for more information as the game continues through its development process!

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Splatoon 2 Gameplay and Playlist | Gigamax Games

Splatoon 2 Gameplay and Playlist | Gigamax Games

Nintendo has done it again, knocking it out of the park with Splatoon 2. Available now on the Switch, it added to the short list of titles available to the console and did so in a big way. Fast paced and heart racing action, Splatoon 2 is a colorful, charming experience all the way through. The single-player is enchanting and its replayability is high. Multiplayer modes, both ranked and unranked are exciting, thrilling and weight times are extremely short.

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Overall Splatoon 2 was a welcomed addition to the Nintendo Switch repertoire of games. Gigamax Games took a close look at this unique shooter by Nintendo. Gigs and Mack show off what really makes this game more than just another shooter, and offering pro-tips along with interesting insights about the story and lore behind Splatoon 2.

Recently, Nintendo released the new I.P. ‘Arms’. Both of these latest games from Nintendo made a big splash and showed just how great of a console the Nintendo Switch will continue to be. Come take a look at ‘Arms’ in action as Gigs and Mack go head to head! 

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Find the Splatooin 2 Playlist from Gigamax Games below! Come back here to find the latest Splatoon 2 episodes and any other updates surrounding this new release.

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Theseus Review: Avoid More Than the Minotaur

Theseus Review: Avoid More Than the Minotaur

Whenever a new PlayStation VR title releases, a sense of excitement follows. I begin to wonder what world I’ll get to take an active part in and experience through my very own eyes. Needless to say, when Theseus was first announced I was excited to avoid the infamous Minotaur in the labyrinth he calls a home while fighting creatures that dare to live in his kingdom. Admittedly, the 3rd person camera made me a bit wary of the title, but it was a perspective I had not yet experienced in VR and when done right could be a unique setup. Unfortunately, my concerns rang true, Theseus is a short and dull experience that ends long before you even have the chance to enjoy it and a price point that is far above justifiable doesn’t help either.

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The Journey into the Labyrinth

Theseus revolves around the characters journey into the labyrinth to escape the limbo he has been cast into. There’s spiders, a minotaur, and one helpful ghost, but that’s it. The game’s lack of NPC’s wouldn’t be so concerning if it did more with the ones it had created. In the short time I explored the maze I fought a cumulative 16-20 generic spider enemies, followed the ghost to the objective, and defeated the minotaur without swinging my sword at him. Also, if my description of the story seems somewhat lackluster it’s only because if I said anymore, the hour and a half long story would be ruined. While there is nothing wrong with a short game, charging $20 for the experience is a ripoff.

The third person perspective is a cool take on VR that could be used to set up some cool scenes. Unfortunately, Theseus’ take on the idea caused an uneasy feeling in my stomach and made little sense in a game that was about tight corridors and fighting spiders. Although it wasn’t the developers direction, the game would have benefitted from a first person perspective.

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Gameplay and Mechanics 

The gameplay involves climbing up walls, climbing down walls, walking down halls, running down halls, and lazily swinging at spiders. The combat was so dull at some point I tried to just walk to the next objective until an invisible wall impeded my progress that would only disappear when the enemies were defeated. Fighting involves swinging a torch with triangle and swinging a sword with square with no other control choices available, movement and strategy also felt very limited. While the game may take place in a labyrinth at no point was I ever left questioning which way to go. Pro-Tip, a game about a maze should never be a linear experience.

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Final Overview

Theseus is a collection of ideas that could have been really cool if executed properly. The graphics were great and the character design was creepy in a good way, but ultimately the game fell short in too many areas to justify it’s unusually high price point. If you are looking for a new VR title to pick up, Theseus should probably not be on your list.

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Top 6 August Video Game Releases

Top 6 August Video Game Releases

August is almost here and that means gamers need to prepare for another round of new video game releases. Below are six that stood out of the crowd and information surrounding the new titles. Let’s dive right into it and discover what the gaming community has to be excited for.

Tacoma – Xbox One, PC – August 2nd


Developed by Fullbright, known for their successful title ‘Gone Home’, Tacoma is coming to Xbox One and PC on August 2nd. Shown off at E3 2017, a new extended trailer has been released recently offering more insight into the story. Exploring an abandoned space station, gamers are tasked with discovering why the crew has disappeared. An AI assists the player along with an augmented reality system to find records and experience past events to get to the bottom of the mystery. This will be a single-player story game, a breath of fresh air when compared to the numerous multiplayer games so common today.



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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – PS4, PC – August 8th

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Ninja Theory Ltd. wants to bring something a little different to the third-person melee combat genre with Hellblade. Claiming to be not an indie game yet not a AAA game either, they are calling Hellblade an ‘independent AAA’. Thrown into a twisted world, players will need to survive an onslaught of brutal and uncompromising combat. This action-adventure game should be an interesting addition to August line-up.

Agents of Mayhem – PS4, Xbox One, PC – August 15th

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Ready to save the world against criminal masterminds and costumed megalomaniacs? Agents of Mayhem might be the game for you. The world fell under the rule of LEGION, The League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations and it’s the players’ job to stop them. With a bunch of unique characters to try out and an interesting world filled with enemies, this is absolutely a title to keep an eye on.

 

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – PS4 – August 22nd

The critically acclaimed developer, Naughty Dog is at it again. A fan-favorite character, Chloe Frazer, is left with no other options than to enlist the aid of the infamous mercenary Nadine Ross. They’re after a fabled ancient Indian artifact and need to keep it out of the hands of a ruthless warmonger. Venturing deep into the mountains of India, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is sure to deliver the same thrills and excitement, treasure hunting with Nathan Drake has offered over the years. Exclusive to the PlayStation 4, fans are thrilled to get their hands on more Uncharted content. It’s also nice to see some more heroines taking the center stage in the gaming industry.

Take a look at Uncharted: The Lost Legacy trailer from E3 2017 below:

Absolver PS4, PC – August 29th

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This is a title that Gigamax has been watching closely. Developed by Sloclap, this melee combat fighter offers fluid real-time combat and customizable characters and classes. Gamers can build a character to fit their fighting style and with in-depth PVE and PVP elements, Absolver looks as though it can fill an interesting niche in today’s video game library. Take a look at some additional coverage of Absolver for a more detailed look at this upcoming title. 

Life is Strange: Before the Storm – PS4, Xbox One, PC – August 31st

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Square Enix is almost ready to release the highly anticipated Life is Strange: Before the Storm. Featuring Chloe Price, a 16-year-old rebel and her unlikely new friend Rachel Amber, the ‘popular girl’ in school destined for success. The unlikely duo comes together once Rachel’s world is turned upside down by a horrible family secret. They need to use this new found alliance to give each other strength and overcome their demons.

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Xbox Boss Confirms Xbox One X Pre-Orders Open Soon

Xbox Boss Confirms Xbox One X Pre-Orders Open Soon

Looking forward to preordering Microsoft’s latest gaming console, the Xbox One X? Then rest assured that you won’t have to wait much longer. According to Xbox Head Phil Spencer, pre-orders will be going live very soon.

Replying to a fan on Twitter, Spencer confirmed that the company was simply waiting for approvals before opening up the pre orders.

Finally revealed at E3 2017, the Xbox One X was Microsoft’s long disguised Project Scorpio. This powerful device is their response to the PS4 Pro and will allegedly be the most powerful gaming console on the market. When the pre-orders eventually open, the console will run buyers US $500, £ 449, and AU $649. The device will be hitting store shelves on November 7th globally and according to the company, it is the smallest console they have ever sold. Microsoft also revealed recently that the console will be able to stand vertically, a design choice that was featured on the Xbox 360 and ditched with the original Xbox One.

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Spencer also confirmed on Twitter that their upcoming exclusive Crackdown 3, also releasing on November 7th, will be featured at the upcoming conference Gamescom in August. This comes after Microsoft’s big reveal of the character Terry Crews will play in the upcoming title. Gigamax Games will be covering the Xbox One X closely so be sure to keep checking back for more information on the upcoming console!

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Verdun: Let’s Play Page | Gigamax Games

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The independent first-person shooter, Verdun is an excellent and action packed look into the World War I French trenches. Weaponry is more historically accurate than the World War I AAA shooter, Battlefield 1 which has an incredible impact on the overall pace of the action. Bolt action rifles, chunky machine guns and two battle lines separated by no man’s land, Verdun does a fantastic job immersing the player in the action.  

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World War I – Gritty Trench Warfare

Developed by M2H Game Studio and BlackMill Game, Gigamax Games was excited to see what these developers have to offer. Come take a look as Gigs and Mack try out the multiplayer mode, Frontlines. This game-type involves two teams at each side of no man’s land. One team is tasked with defending their trench as the attacking team charges across no man’s land trying to capture the front line. After the attack is successful, the defending team will need to retreat back to another trench. If the attacking team fails to gain a foothold, they need to retreat back and prepare for a counter attack. This action packed shooter is definitely one to pick up if you’re looking for something a little bit different.

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Below you can find the first episode of Verdun by Gigamax Games. From beginning to end, see what a match of Frontline looks like and some of the different classes and factions included. Be sure to check back soon for a look at the single player. Verdun’s single-player isn’t extensive but brings with it some interesting gameplay.

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SUPERHOT VR: Gigamax Review

SUPERHOT VR: Gigamax Review

SUPERHOT was one of the most popular indie games of 2016 and I’m we’re excited to say that adding VR to its formula is a perfect fit. Developed and published by the Superhot Team, the game has an interesting history that shows how video game development has changed in the past decade. Initially part of the 7 Day Video Game Challenge in 2013, where developers had 7 days to program functional prototypes for games. While the game didn’t win the challenge, it made the Steam Greenlight program and was almost immediately approved. With its insane meta narrative and intense gameplay, SUPERHOT VR is the perfect addition for any PSVR owner.

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Be A Baddass

If you’ve played SUPERHOT before, not much has changed except for the addition of VR but this inclusion fundamentally changes the players’ experience. For those that haven’t played, SUPERHOT is an FPS unlike any other tasking players with taking out groups of enemies in a minimalist environment. The one big difference between this game and other shooters is that time will only move when the player moves, which gives the opportunity to dodge bullets and alter their current actions. In VR, dodging said bullets actually involves the player moving their head and manipulating their body to avoid the projectiles. A game has never made me feel more badass as I spawned into the white room, picked up a bottle to my left, smashed it against the advancing knife wielding enemies face, grabbed its knife from the air, threw it at an advancing gunman, grabbed its gun and shot a second advancing gunman, all while dodging gunfire.

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Things Take A Wild Turn

The plot is as insane as the gameplay offering the player a meta narrative where the game addresses the player directly. The story starts off without much explanation, spawning in a white room the game slowly introduces the mechanics and lets the protagonist get used to the controls. Things take a wild turn when the game has you turn the gun on yourself and pull the trigger. That’s when the player realizes that they are in a simulation… Inside a simulation. Throughout the game, it seems that you are infiltrating a strange virtual base filled with red faceless enemies and guns, which leads to one of the strangest endings in any video game but I won’t spoil that here.

SUPERHOT VR is an awesome addition to a relatively lackluster list of PSVR titles that are available now. If you own this hardware I strongly recommend getting this game. One thing to note before buying is that you will need plenty of space in order to reach for various weapons and dodge all the bullets that are heading your way. Make sure you have a decent play zone or it will lead to a very frustrating time (as I initially found out before relocating). Gigamax will be streaming SUPERHOT VR on Twitch next week so be sure to come back for more details!

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Destiny 2 Early Access Beta: What It Offers

What To Expect from the Destiny 2 Early Access Beta

Destiny 2 will be here in September and fans can’t contain their joy. Others are a bit more skeptical. However, the world will soon see what Destiny 2 might have to offer thanks to the Early Access and Open Beta. Those that were brave enough to pre-order a copy of Destiny 2 on PlayStation 4 were able to try it out on Tuesday, July 18th.

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Let’s dive right into what you need to know about the Destiny 2 Beta. Find out what you’ll be able to do, what bugs you can expect to see and what content will be available.

When Can You Play?

PlayStation 4 Early Access:

A pre-order opened up the Beta on July 18th, 10:00 AM PT, 1:00 PM ET and 6:00 PM BST on July 19th. PlayStation gamers will have the chance to play the Beta first, before Xbox One and PC.

Xbox One Early Access:

The pre-order purchase will grant Xbox One players access to the Beta on July 19th. It will open up at the same time as the PlayStation 4 Early Access.

Open Beta:

Many modern gamers have been hesitant about the pre-order. Over-hyped and clever marking ended up almost entirely destroying the trust gamers have for developers. If there’s any doubt about picking up Destiny 2 and a pre-order copy was out of the question, the Open Beta will be available on July 21, 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM BST.

PC Beta:

Access opens up in August but that’s all the information available as of now.

 

What Does The Destiny 2 Beta Include?

The Beta comes with the opening campaign mission, Homecoming. Players will also get a chance to see some cinematics from the full game. A little bit of a tease, fans will have to wait for the full release before they have a chance to really experience the Destiny 2 campaign.

Multiplayer will include the new Countdown mode. This attack/defend game mode will take place on the Endless Vale map. The Beta will also include the Control mode from Destiny 2. Fans of Destiny’s multiplayer will have a perfect way to compare and contrast the old game vs. the upcoming title’s multiplayer and really see if Destiny 2 is worth the time.

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Gigs and Mack run through the first mission and then 2-man the final boss of the new strike!

The Inverted Spire Strike will offer players a first look at Destiny 2’s strike playlist. Taking place in a Vex stronghold, this will be a great way to try out one of the core components Destiny 2 has to offer. Matchmaking will be available so finding a game should come easy.

All of the new subclasses; Dawnblade Warlock, Arcstrider Hunter, or Sentinel Titan will be available. However, the new social space, The Farm, will only be open to gamers after 10:00 AM PT on July 23rd.

Some of the aspects left out of the Destiny 2 Beta include most of the vendors and services in the social area. Clan support and character progression will be left out. The beta will not offer information on how the characters progress in the full version of Destiny 2. And of course, (unfortunately) progress will not carry over to the full game.

 

The Issues To Keep In Mind

A beta wouldn’t be complete without a host of issues the developers know exist. Be prepared to deal with a plethora of networking error codes, gettingDestiny 2, Destiny 2 Beta, new releases, gigamax, gigamax games kicked from orbit after seeing a black screen when entering a Countdown match, and some weapons or abilities may be overpowered or underpowered as balancing is still in progress.

Some lesser issues include location names not appearing while playing the Crucible, being placed at the start of the Inverted Spire Strike Activity when joining, some content may not be localized in all languages and Bungie might be testing server stability which could cause some strange error codes to appear.

 

Overview

As the Beta progresses it would be nice to see the server strength increase. However, we are still a couple months away from that September 6th release date so server issues were to be expected. It will be interesting to see how the full version of Destiny 2 holds up and if the Beta represents what the full game turns out to be. Be sure to stop by Gigamax Games as the world inches closer to the full release of Destiny 2 for more updates and gameplay!  

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Next Street Fighter 5 DLC Character Revealed

Next Street Fighter 5 DLC Character Revealed

A new face is about to join the Street Fighter 5 cast of characters and long time fans of the series will certainly be happy with the new addition. Revealed through a brief trailer over the weekend, the popular fighter Abigail from the Final Fight series will be bashing his way into the series. This news should come as no surprise to Street Fighter fans as this is not the first time Capcom borrowed a character from their other popular fighting game collection.

Abigail The Power House

Players of the original Final Fight will remember Abigail as a power house that could take hits and dish out the damage at the cost of speed. This character was part of the Mad Gear Gang in the lore of Final Fight and fans of the game didn’t encounter him until the end of the game. Previously, Capcom had introduced another of the Mad Gear powerhouses, Hugo, into Street Fighter 3: Second Impact. At the time, Hugo was quite literally the largest addition to the Street Fighter series but based on Abigails’ size it seems there’s a new contender for the biggest overall character.

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More To Come

Abigail also comes with a collection of costumes that are all very unique. The first features the bruiser in a tank top with some very trendy tires as sweatbands. His battle costume changes his hair to red dreadlocks and replaces his tires with chains. Lastly, his story costume has him wearing a welding mask and an even bigger tire.

This will mark the fourth of six DLC characters that are set for release in Street Fighter 5’s season two collection. Akuma, Kolin, and Ed were all previously released and all came with 3 separate costumes as well. Abigail is set to release on July 25th with his brand new stage Metro City Bar Area. Gigamax Games will be keeping a close eye on Street Fighter 5’s season two so be sure to keep checking back for more details!

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Goes Hardcore

PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds Goes Hardcore

In an attempt to make a challenging game even more difficult, the developers behind PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds will be adding “First Person Only” servers in the next update. This news was confirmed by a tweet sent out by the creator of this indie hit, Brendan Greene, who confirmed the new servers would be available in the next monthly update.

PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds already offers both first and third person perspective in there servers, but players are able to freely switch between the two styles on the fly. Third person is useful for checking your corners upon entering rooms and for having a wider perspective when traversing outdoors. First person however, is perfect for lining up those tricky shots that can be deceiving while using third person. Most people would agree that knowing when to switch between these two camera angles is essential to mastering Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds meta.

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Time To Get Hardcore

Fortunately for the hardcore gamers out there, these indie developers agree with the philosophy that third person mode in competitive play can be very cheap and unrealistic. Using this camera mode players are able to look over walls, check windows, and peak around doors that wouldn’t be possible in first person. Removing the player’s ability to get this tactical advantage will ultimately add to the competitiveness of this already ultra competitive game.

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More To Come

This isn’t the end of new updates for Battlegrounds though. Right before E3, the developers announced a zombie mode would be making its way into the game along with two new locations for fans to battle it out. To impress players even further, they unveiled new vaulting and climbing mechanics and an Xbox One version of the game at E3 itself. Unfortunately the game will remain in early access a little bit longer then expected but ultimately this will only benefit the full release of the game.

Player Unknown’s Battleground has been updating at a steady pace since launch and these new servers only prove the indie studio’s commitment to the game. Gigamax Games will be keeping a close eye on this indie hit so be sure to keep checking back for more information!

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