The developers of the indie classic, Journey, are back at it with the spectacular cinematic indie game, ABZU. Creating an exquisite water world, ABZU lets the player live out their underwater fantasies. Swimming with the sea creatures and exploring lost environments deep beneath the waves, the story becomes clear. However the game isn’t so cut and dry, it’s an extremely abstract adventure so imaginations will run wild.
Even though the entire game is relatively short, there is so much to discover. From the different sea creatures to all the incredible rock formations and underwater environments, ABZU is amazing. It’s the perfect game to watch or play when wanting to unwind. Stunning and relaxed are the best words to describe the overall theme of the indie game.
ABZU – Let’s Play on YouTube with Gigamax Games
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Thank you all so much for taking the time to watch. ABZU has been on the Gigamax crew’s radar for quite some time. With all the big games coming out it made it hard to start the playlist. Now, as Gigs and Mack wait for the big releases of 2018 it’s the perfect time to begin. Be sure to check back here or on YouTube for the latest episodes whenever there’s a break from all the new releases.
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All the Announcements from Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct
Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct took the internet by storm when the gaming giant dropped what they called a Direct Mini filled with games coming out in Q1 of 2018. The days leading up to the Direct were filled with speculation and rumors from excited fans that all want to see their favorite IP’s make it onto the Switch, Nintendo’s latest best selling console. Nintendo certainly didn’t disappoint though. The 15 minute presentation was jam packed with content for fans viewing pleasure and we’ve compiled a list of every announcement, which you can find below as well as the full Nintendo Direct!
Everything Announced in Nintendo’s Direct Mini
Dark Souls Remaster
Fans of the Souls series will finally be able to take this masochistic trip through hell on the go. In a bit of an unexpected turn, a trailer was revealed for a remastered version of Dark Souls. Nintendo did say they wanted more mature rated games on the console and they certainly weren’t joking. This game is an excellent fit on for the Switch and we can’t wait to see how it plays on May 25th.
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
One of the best Warriors game’s is heading to the Switch. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition will arrive in the spring of this year. Fans of The Legend of Zelda will be able to take control of characters from throughout the series history including Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, and Majora. This Wii U port is sure to be much better than the original and it will include Breath of the wild costumes for both Link and Zelda.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Another Wii U port that was announced during the Nintendo Direct Mini was Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Heading to the Switch on May 4th, this game puts players in the role of everyone’s favorite monkey. Not only does it come with the full original game but it also includes a new mode that lets fans play as Funky Kong that makes the challenging game a little more beginner friendly.
Super Mario Odyssey: Luigi’s Balloon World
Nintendo revealed that a new free update is heading to Super Mario Odyssey in February, which includes two brand new modes. The first mode is being called ‘Hide It’ and gives players 30 seconds to hide balloons around the world. ‘Find It’ is the second mode and it tasks players with finding the balloons that were hidden around the map. Along with the new game modes, players will also be able to get three new costumes including Sunshine Shades, Musician’s Hat, and Knight Armor.
Mario Tennis Aces
The famous plumber is hitting the tennis court once again in this latest Mario sports game. Mario Tennis Aces will feature a campaign mode, which is the first time the series’ has had one since Mario Tennis Power Tour on the Game Boy Advanced. The release date has been set as 2018, so let’s hope that means earlier rather than later.
Donkey Kong Comes to Mario+Rabbids
The latest playable character for Ubisoft’s Mario + Rabbid game has been announced. Donkey Kong is finally getting his revenge on the Rabbid menace in the game’s first expansion pack. DK is included in a new original story set, free for season pass holders or can be purchased separately.
Payday 2 is heading to the Switch so gamers can take their heists on the run. Announced for February 27th, this indie hit will also receive an exclusive character on the Switch named Joy. She is a computer hacker that comes packed with a customizable LED mask.
New Fighters Coming to Pokken Tournament
Pokken Tournament is about to get some brand new monsters to brawl with. A Battle Pack is now available to purchase on the Nintendo Estore and essentially acts as the game’s season pass. Purchasers will receive two waves of content that will release in the next few weeks. The first wave will include Aegislash as a battle Pokemon along with Rayquaza and Mimikyu as support Pokemon. The second wave will include Blastoise as a battle Pokemon along with Mew and Celebi as support Pokemon.
Kirby: Star Allies Release Date
Kirby’s latest adventure through dreamland finally has a release date! During the Nintendo Direct it was announced that players can control the pink puff ball on March 16th. The latest iteration of Kirby allows him to copy two powers and make a new one, much like the N64 game Crystal Shards. The game also features 4 player co-op with friends being allowed to control certain enemies.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
NIS is bringing its JRPG Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana to the Switch this summer. Ys VIII came to the PS4 and Vita in 2017 and is the series first game in almost 10 years. Players will take control of Adol and search for shipwrecked passengers on a deserted island while fighting for survival.
The World Ends With You: Final Remix
The World Ends With You: Final Remix will be coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year! The game came out 10 years ago and the latest edition will contain the original game along with a new scenario for fans to enjoy. Players will be able to play the game with the joy-con controllers or make use of the system’s touch screen.
Fe Release Date
Fe is an adorable game starring a fox that just wants to explore the forest. During the Direct Nintendo revealed that Fe will be heading to the console on February 16th. Players will be able to control the cute fox while they try to solve puzzles by speaking with the other forest critters.
Celeste Release Date
The next game from Towerfall Ascension’s creator Matt Makes Games announced its upcoming platforming adventure will be heading to the Nintendo Switch on January 25th. Celeste is a challenging platforming adventure that is packed full of secrets and a variety of collectables as players work their way to the top of Celeste mountain.
Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct was a great way for the company to start 2018! We’ll make sure to have coverage of all these games and updates as they become available so be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest in gaming news.
This is a two-part article on Blizzards groundbreaking Overwatch League. Find the overview of Blizzards official eSports league directly below and the patch notes are located at the bottom half of the article.
Overwatch League Is Officially Here
A year in the making, the premiere eSports circuit for the Earth-shatteringly popular first-person shooter, Overwatch has begun. The Overwatch League is an incredible step forward for the eSports community. Blizzard poured an impressive amount of resources into this initiative in order to make it happen. Featuring over 100 players, the league is made up of gamers from all around the world. Boston, Dallas, Florida, Houston, London, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and two locations in Los Angeles will all be hosting this immense competition.
Stage 1, week 1 begins today, January 10th. Six teams will kick off this monumental eSports competition. The event will consist of six teams competing each day from Wednesday through Saturday until the first stage concludes on February 10th. This is an arduous competition but this challenge pays off in a big way. At the end of each stage, a $125,000 prize is waiting for the winning team. The Overwatch League champions will take home a whopping $1,000,000.
To keep up with all the action, fans can follow their favorite teams and watch all the matches on overwatchleague.com.
Overwatch League Update for PC, PS4, Xbox One
With the Overwatch League making its debut, Blizzard released their Overwatch update on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Fans of the Overwatch League are going to be happy to hear that new skins based on their favorite leagues’ teams will be available. The patch includes a bunch of additional changes and bug fixes that some Zenyatta and Ana players might enjoy as well.
Before jumping into all the changes included in the patch, Overwatch fans are in for quite a surprise. The new skins will not be available through loot boxes which has always been the norm. Instead, the new league skins can only be purchased with League Tokens.
Ranging from $5 for 100 Tokens to $100 for 2,600 Tokens, it will be quite pricey to buy the lot. Each skin will cost 100 Tokens. All the skins will cost $1,200 so it might be worth picking out your favorite teams and sticking with them. The good news is that players will automatically get 100 Tokens just for logging on while the first stage is active (Jan 10th – Feb 13th).
There are a few big changes coming to some characters as well and the main menu is getting an update, too. Target’s health bars will be visible to Zenyatta when Orbs of Discord and Harmony are used. Gamers will notice a new Overwatch League area in the main menu where league matches can be streamed. Console players will see some exciting changes as well. The communication wheel selections can be bound to a button and players will now be able to change the crouch mechanic to a press and hold command. Finally, Ana will have an additional setting for Friendly Aim Assist Strength to help players personalize the level of assistance when aiming at teammates.
A bunch of bug fixes is coming to the Overwatch League update, take a look at the official patch notes for additional information.
While the January game releases for the start of 2018 may not be an extensive lineup, most will agree that the first month of this year has some impressive titles. We’re spending most of our time going back and finishing up the long backlog of big releases that came out at the end of 2017, that is until the some of our most anticipated games of the year are released over the next couple weeks. Look below to find the full list of games kicking off 2018 so you know what to spend that hard earned money on!
January’s Biggest Game Releases
Dragon Ball Fighter Z (January 26th)
The Z-Fighters are back with a new fighting game experience that looks like it will finally pull the long-running series out of its video game slump. Players will take control of many iconic characters from throughout Dragon Ball’s history and pummel their friends in a fighting system that seems very similar to Marvel Vs. Capcom. Whether you’re playing as Super Saiyan God Goku or were unlucky enough to get stuck with Krillin, this game is sure to be a blast!
Monster Hunter: World (January 26th)
Killing monsters, gathering materials, and forging new armor, these are a few of our favorite things. Plenty of Monster Hunter fans certainly share our sentiment and on this month players will be able to hop into the iconic world again, but this time in 4K. The series is making its debut on current-gen consoles and based on the beta gameplay, Monster Hunter: World will be eating up a lot of our time in the first quarter. Both longtime fans of the series, as well as newcomers, will find something to love in this incredible hunting game so be sure to check it out!
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (January 26th)
Are you a fan of the Final Fantasy series? Then Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is a game you can’t miss. This fighting game is an ode to the long-running compendium of games. Players take control of leading heroes including Cloud, Titus, and the most recent protagonist Noctis. The gameplay trailers certainly haven’t disappointed and the cinematic trailers are as beautiful as ever. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of playing a Final Fantasy title this is the game for you!
Full List of January Game Releases
The Escapists 2 – (Nintendo Switch) – Jan 11
Street Fighter V Arcade Edition – (PC, PS4) – Jan 16
People know when humans fall, Human Fall Flat. That holds true when it comes to the game, Human Fall Flat. No grace and a clumsy disposition make this silly puzzle game absolutely sure to deliver a laugh. The wonky mechanics, unique environments, and a bunch of in-game interactables make each level one to remember.
The goal of the game is to solve the puzzles that stand in your way of jumping off the map and landing in a new world. However, each step a player takes in another opportunity to cause absolute disaster. With the controls intentionally making progression difficult, it creates a challenging experience even with the simple puzzles. Are you ready to wattle through the unique world with Gigs and Mack? Things get interesting pretty quickly. You won’t want to miss this one.
Human Fall Flat – Let’s Play Playlist with Gigamax Games
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Both Gigs and Mack were hooked once they got into this game. You can be sure there will be more videos on the way. Are you a fan of Human Fall Flat? Let the crew know what games you want to watch them play. Leave a comment at the bottom of this page or on YouTube!
New ESO Expansion Dragon Bones Launches in February
The next big expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) will be arriving to the game’s various consoles soon. Bethesda released the first details on the upcoming Dragon Bones DLC pack, which is currently set to arrive next month. Besides introducing two new dungeons, it has a host of other new content for players to explore in the popular MMO.
The meat and bones of the Dragon Bones DLC is the set of dungeons named, Scalecaller Peak and Fang Lair. The developer describes the first as “the burial site of a long-dead Dragon Priest,” which is now filled with cultists who plan to unleash a deadly plague upon the world. The second dungeon is an ancient Dwenmer ruin where an evil mage is attempting to revive an ancient dragon.
New Monsters and Old Friends
Players will encounter a host of new monsters contained within the two new dungeons, such as “plague-ridden ogres, powerful sorcerers and their undead creations, and even the reanimated bones of an ancient dragon.” Both will be available in ESO’s Normal and Veteran modes. The harder difficulty will also have a new challenging boss fight at the end of each dungeon which only the strongest can vanquish.
On top of the two new dungeons, the Dragon Bones expansion adds a bunch of new items, monster sets, and achievements. One of the new items players can obtain is named Renegade Dragon Priest Mask, which Skyrim players will recognize from the insanely popular RPG and can be earned by simply entering one of the game’s two new dungeons.
Mark Your Calendars
The Dragon Bones expansion will be hitting ESO in February. Like their previous DLC’s, it non-subscribers can purchase it from the in-game Crown Store, while ESO Plus members will be able to play at no additional cost. Along with the update’s release, Bethesda will roll out Elder Scrolls Online’s next patch, known as Update 17, which all players can take advantage of.
Update 17 introduces several new aspects to ESO, which includes the ability to make your home a storage space and a new clothing system that lets players customize the appearance of their individual pieces of equipment. The update also adds two new PvP arenas: Mor Khazgur and Deeping Drome. However in order to play Battlegrounds mode, players will need the latest Morrowind expansion. If you’d like to learn more about the upcoming expansion you can find all the details from Bethesda’s website.
This time of year is always nostalgic. Looking back on the past year can bring back some great and not so great memories, but what’s important is to keep moving forward. Gigamax Games wanted to reflect back on some of the gameplay videos that helped the brand take the next step forward as well as some of those that fell flat.
Not every video was a big success but each and every moment has a special place in the crew’s heart. Hope you find some hidden gameplay gems that you may have overlooked with all the other incredible content released in 2017.
Please, enjoy the top 5 gameplay videos of 2017 along with an added bonus on the bottom.
Yooka-Laylee by Playtonic, former creative talent who brought us the classic, Banjo-Kazooie! Huge fans of the Rare original, recording the Demo was a must. Gigamax dives into Playtonic’s proof of concept, 100% the level and showing the path to the end secret. [Find The Let’s Play Page]
The Wolfenstein franchise has been around for over a decade and gamers were ecstatic to hear about this latest title. Staying true to their roots, MachineGames was able to get people excited about a single-player first-person shooter game. The genre has been scarce in modern gaming as most fps’ focus on the multiplayer element of their games and the campaign is usually an afterthought. [Find The Let’s Play Page]
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 delivered dozens of hours of excitement so far and there’s still a long way to go. Even with some of the sub-par reviews this game received because of the fan service, it’s still a quality experience. It shouldn’t turn people away if they’re looking for a great, classic feeling JRPG. [Find The Let’s Play Page]
With a brand new Monster Hunter coming to PlayStation 4, it was time to update the Monster Hunter Playlist. The Demo for Monster Hunter: World was available for a limited time and the Gigamax crew was lucky enough to give it a try. [Find The Let’s Play Page]
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an amazing, awe inspiring experience that is one of the best games to come out in the past decade. So Mack and Gigs decided to hop on and make a couple Applebee’s jokes. All kidding aside, this game really is amazing and a great addition to the Zelda family. [Find The Let’s Play Page]
Here you will find the Top 3 WORST performing videos from Gigamax Games. Maybe they were missed, maybe the community just didn’t like them but now’s your chance to pick. Where these videos hidden gems or nothing but a pile a carbon? Be sure to let us know in the YouTube Comments or the comment section at the bottom of this page.
Thank you all so much for any time you choose to spend with Gigamax Games. Everyone here at this little organization wants to thank you from the bottom of their hearts. Each and everything the crew puts together is for the gaming community. This is all about you!
Diablo 3 received a host of updates over the past few months and it’s added content worthy of a revisit. The 21st anniversary of Blizzard’s Diablo franchise just past, seasons have come to console and with the Necromancer here, there’s a lot to explore. [Find The Let’s Play Page]
It’s finally happened, Mack and Gigs have captured that perfect ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’ moment on a recording. To commemorate this joyous the goal the crew celebrates with a measly view count and a round of high-fives all around! [Find The Let’s Play Page]
Shovel Knight is one of those classic Indie Games that deserves credit. When games today offer 4k resolution at 60fps, many gamers are looking for graphics. Offering an 8bit, 2D platformer that can pull a modern gamer’s attention is impressive. [Find The Let’s Play Page]
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