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Bungie Details Destiny 2: Black Armory Launch Plans

Bungie is giving Destiny 2 fans some information on what to expect with their next big paid DLC, Black Armory. The company also detailed issues that players may encounter in the week leading up to the update. Black Armory officially launches on December 4th, and Bungie wants to make sure that Guardians are aware of the changes coming to the popular FPS.

Curtain Lifted Off Destiny 2: Black Armory 

In the most recent Destiny 2 developer blog, the team announced that they were working on a list of temporary changes to keep players informed and encourages fans to post any bugs they encounter on the official help forum so they can get to work on the issue.

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Black Armory will be launched after the start of Destiny 2's next season, Season of the Forge, which begins on November 27th. It will be followed by the Season of the Drifter, which is proceeded by a season that Bungie has yet to reveal. Season of the Forge will add The Dawning event, new crucible content, and a variety of weapons. Holders of the annual pass that access Black Armory will obtain Light and Fury weapons, the new Forges of the Chain activity, a Raid Lair, and new exotics/legendaries.

Are You Ready Guardian? 

Bungie also suggested that the transition into the next year of Destiny 2 will come with a new set of changes and plans for the future. As of now, Bungie has a full year of content planned for the game and hasn't been clear on what comes after.

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"The time has come to begin a new conversation about how the Destiny endgame will continue to thrive in the months to come," says the blog. "What will each Season hold for every player of Destiny 2? How will the Annual Pass add to that experience? These are the questions we want to answer as we introduce you to a whole way to enjoy your hobby as a Guardians with new challenges to conquer and new rewards you’ll want to add to your inventory." (https://bit.ly/2TlxXMz)

This is the first developer update after Activision revealed that Destiny 2: Forsaken failed to meet sales targets. As Bungie moves forward with their plans for the game, they will definitely need to keep their revenue issues in mind. Black Armory is only a couple of weeks away so be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details on the expansion.

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Ubisoft Reveals Operation Wind Bastion Operators

Ubisoft revealed the next two battle-hardened operators that are making their way to Rainbow Six Siege in the next major update, Operation Wind Bastion. The two new characters go by the names Kaid the defender, and Nomad the attacker.

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Operation Wind Bastion New Operators

According to the lore of Rainbow Six Siege, Kaid is a traditionalist soldier who encourages his team to stop over-relying on technology. This new operators main gadget is the Rtila Electroclaw, which can be deployed on reinforced walls, hatches, barbed wire, and deployable shields to add an electrical effect that shocks opponents. While this may sound close to Bandit's ability, Kaid is much more of a tank and his Electroclaw is a more versatile tool that can be fired from a distance to quickly close off walls and hatches from enemies, but at a lower damage percentage.

While the second operator hasn't officially been revealed by Ubisoft, leaks popped up on the Rainbow Six Siege subreddit showing off the new character. Nomad's abilities appear to be a bit more mystical than players are used to, with the unique power of keeping enemies away with the wind. This appears to be a re-tooling of an enemy ability from Siege's limited time event, Outbreak. When used in the zombie mode, this ability also broke walls and objects.

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How her gadget works is less clear, but the trailer for Operation Wind Bastion seems to suggest she utilizes some sort of proximity dart. Ubisoft did drop a hint in a blog post earlier in the month that Nomad had a knack for pushing the enemy back.

Fans of Rainbow Six Siege won't have to wait long for the full reveal of Operation Wind Bastion as a full breakdown of both Kaid and Nomad, and the new fortress map will all be shown during the Pro League Finals on November 17th and 18th. Fans can watch the event on the official Siege Twitch channel. We'll be sure to keep an eye out on the latest update so be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.

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PUBG PlayStation 4 Release Date Announced

PUBG PlayStation 4 release coming December 7th. Includes exclusive in-game items from Uncharted and The Last of Us.

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The game that kicked off the recent Battle Royale madness, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) will be making its way onto PlayStation 4. First released on PC, Bluehole’s game quickly captured the world's attention. Professional streamers, casual gamers and everyone in between was swept up in the Battle Royale craze and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was the game to play. After it’s PC release, Xbox One acquired exclusive rights on consoles for one year. Now that year is up and PlayStation 4 owners get a chance to drop in and fight until the last person is left standing.

High Hopes for PUBG on PlayStation 4

Anyone that opened the PlayStation store on November 13 was welcomed by the option to pre-order PUBG. Just in time for the holiday season, PUBG Corp. seems to have high hopes for the beloved Battle Royale game. “We’re excited to expand our PUBG service and introduce new communities to our Battle Royale game” Changhan Kim, CEO, PUBG Corp. said. “PlayStation has developed an amazing community of passionate gamers and we can’t wait to join them this holiday season”.

PUBG Streams and Gameplay

When PUBG launches in December, it will include three maps: Erangel, Miramar, and Sanhok. Every major feature, the ranked system, event mode, and achievements will all be available immediately on release. Gamers that pre-order PUBG on PlayStation 4 will be able to sport Nathan Drake’s outfit from the Uncharted series and Ellie’s backpack from The Last of Us.

Those with a PS4 Pro will be happy to hear PUBG will be enhanced. Compatible TV’s will be able to support High Dynamic Range lighting.

Tough Competition for Battle Royale

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has much more competition than it did a year ago. Fortnite took over the world and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 introduced their Blackout Battle Royale game mode. The Battle Royale trend burned bright but the jury is still out if its popularity will continue. There are now some extremely high profile Battle Royale options on PlayStation. Even with all its success on PC, consoles, and even Mobile platforms, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has its drawbacks. Glitches, crashes, and general gameplay issues could make it difficult for gamers to choose this Battle Royale game over all the other options available right now.

Only time will tell how PUBG’s PlayStation 4 release will turn out. The Gigamax Games crew will be picking up their copy to see how the PS4 version stands up. Be sure to check back soon for all the latest gaming news, reviews, and impressions.

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Xbox Acquires Fallout: New Vegas Developer Obsidian Entertainment

Microsoft officially announced that it will be acquiring Obsidian Entertainment  This is the developer behind some major RPGs like Fallout: New Vegas, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Alpha Protocol. The company made the announcement during X018, an Xbox focused fan event that took place in Mexico City.

Microsoft Sets Sights on Xbox Exclusives

"As one of the industry's premiere RPG developers, we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to add their expertise to Microsoft Studios, while enabling the studio to preserve its unique culture and build on its talent and vision to fully realize their creative ambitions," Microsoft said in their statement.

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According to Microsoft, this is only one of two major acquisitions the company will be making, the second being inXile Entertainment, the studio responsible for Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, and The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep. Microsoft pointed out that both of these developers make relatively similar games and they will continue to utilize their talents to make games for Xbox consoles.

Big Moves for Microsoft Game Development

The company also mentioned that with the acquisition of both Obsidian and inXile Entertainment, Microsoft Studios is now made of 13 development teams that differ in development expertise. During this year's E3 press conference, Microsoft confirmed that they were acquiring Santa Monica-based, The Initiative, a new studio led by Darrell Gallagher, former Head of Studio for Tomb Raider developer, Crystal Dynamics.

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Microsoft recently purchased State of Decay developer Undead Labs, Forza Horizon developer Playground Games, We Happy Few developer Compulsion Games, and the developer behind Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, DmC: Devil May Cry, and Heavenly Blade, Ninja Theory.

Obviously, Microsoft needs to make up for their lack of unique console exclusives that has consistently kept Xbox behind Playstation. We'll keep a close watch on this story to see what Microsoft has planned for the future for these companies. Be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest updates.

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Destiny 2: Forsaken Did Not Meet Sales Targets

Destiny 2's latest expansion, Forsaken, on Xbox One, PS4, and PC failed to meet Activision's sales expectations and the DLC's ability to re-energize the franchise. This report comes from the most recent Blizzard-Activision earnings call.

"While forsaken is a high-quality expansion with strong engagement and new modes of play, it did not achieve our commercial expectations," Activision Publishing boss Coddy Johnson said during the earnings call. "And there is still work to do to fully re-engage the core Destiny fanbase." (https://bit.ly/2DaAMdt)

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Johnson also mentioned during the call that Activision plans on improving the pace of innovation and cadence of in-game content in Destiny 2. The company wants to create new ways for players to engage further with the game and purchase more in-game currency via microtransactions. This statement doesn't only reflect Destiny 2, but all of Activision's current franchises.

According to the company, those that are currently playing Destiny 2: Forsaken are deeply engaged with the content. However, Activision is starting to shift their focus on drawing in old players and bringing in a new audience. This is clearly evident with Activision's recent decision to make vanilla Destiny 2 free on PC for a limited time.

"We have not yet seen the full core re-engage in Destiny, which has kind of led to the underperformance against expectations to date," Johnson said. "Some players we think are still in 'wait and see' mode. If you're in, you're deeply engaged. If you're not, we're hoping now's the time to bring players back in and win them back." (https://bit.ly/2DaAMdt)

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Despite not reaching sales goals, monthly active users for Destiny 2 grew quarter over quarter and year over year for the period that ended on September 30th. Activision attributes the increased player figures to the release of Forsaken at the beginning of September.

The next big update to Destiny 2 comes in the form of the Black Armory expansion in December, which hopefully will take the games sales numbers a little closer to their projections. We here at Gigamax Games are big fans of the Destiny franchise so be sure to check back at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.

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Game of The Year 2018: What Could It Be?

Game of The Year 2018: What Could It Be?

The Games Awards takes place on December 6th and Game of The Year 2018 will be announced. Any gamer keeping up with the latest titles knows the race for Game of The Year 2018 will be a tight one. It seemed every month brought with it at least one highly-anticipated hit. Gamers were on the edge of their seats, itching to play the next big thing. People didn’t even have time to beat the games they just bought before jumping back on their favorite online retailer to pick up the next one.

Below is a list of the top picks for Game of The Year 2018. Each one caused waves throughout the gaming community. Some are still waiting to be released. All are facing some incredibly stiff competition.

Don't forget to vote for your choice at the bottom of this article. 

Monster Hunter: World



Release Date:
January 26, 2018
Developer: Capcom
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Monster Hunter has been around as a series since 2004. Gamers are tasked with, well, hunting monsters. This grind is incredibly addicting and Monster Hunter: World took the game to an entirely new level. Gaining global attention, this niche franchise attracted gamers of all kinds. Taking out some of the more tedious mechanics, Monster Hunter: World appealed to a mass market.

Far Cry 5



Release Date:
March 27, 2018
Developers: Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Reflections, Ubisoft Ukraine, Ubisoft Toronto, Red Storm
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Far Cry 5 brought with it a beautiful open world based in Montana. Absolutely stunning, it gave gamers a story that pushed boundaries and made people think. Long-time fans weren’t all happy about the new title as the “wow” factor continued to fade after so many iterations. However, the developers were willing to make a statement and create an entertaining experience from start to finish. Only time will tell if Far Cry 5 can take home the Game of The Year title.

God of War

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Release Date: April 20, 2018
Developers: SIE Santa Monica Studio
Platform: PlayStation 4

The first PlayStation exclusive to make it to this list is also in high contention for Game of The Year 2018. God of War made those without a PlayStation 4 jealous to the point of running out and buying the console for nothing else but a chance to play. A completely new take of Kratos, long-time fans loved seeing this historically brutal non-hero in a new light. Kratos with a heart and the all-important 'Boy'might just take home this year's Game of The Year 2018.

Spider-Man

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Release Date: September 7, 2018
Developer: Insomniac Games
Platform: PlayStation 4

Addicting, emotional, and an absolutely spectacular take on Spider-Man, the PlayStation 4 exclusive Spider-Man captured the imaginations and hearts of gamers worldwide. Swinging through an incredibly accurate New York City never felt better. The developers did an amazing job staying in-line with the light-heartedness the Spider-Man series is known for. It was difficult to put this game down. With its addicting nature and entrancing story, Spider-Man is high up on this list.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Release Date: October 5, 2018
Developers: Ubisoft Quebec, Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch (Japan), Microsoft Windows

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be the last Assassin’s Creed the world will see for quite some time. The developers seem confident this game will be enough to hold fans over. Its massive world and RPG elements make a perfect mix for a game that is expected to continue expanding. Fans were a little confused about its story. It is unclear which side the main character, either Alexios or Kassandra was supposed to be fighting for, however, the game is absolutely a fun ride. Even with its drawbacks, Assassin’s Creed has a chance to take that all important title as Game of The Year.

Red Dead Redemption 2



Release Date: October 26, 2018
Developer: Rockstar Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One

The incredibly detailed and unbelievably hyped Red Dead Redemption 2 made its way to consoles close to the end of the year and made a massive impact. It was well reviewed and yet still faced criticism by gamers. The ultra-realistic direction Rockstar Games took made the game both immersive and frustrating for some. With all the excitement, with all the detail, and all the hard work that went into Red Dead Redemption 2, the question remains if it will be enough to let this game achieve the honor of being titled Game of The Year.

Fallout 76



Release Date: November 14, 2018
Developers: Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Game Studios Austin
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Fallout 76 is Bethesda's experimental take on a multiplayer RPG. Never before has Fallout given gamers the opportunity to play with their friends, in the same world, at the same time. Fans were shocked when they heard the news. Some were even enraged that Bethesda would force its single-player loving fan base to play with others. However, the developer thought about this and made some interesting additions to protect those that enjoy playing solo. Making its appearance close to the end of the year, it only has a couple months to have an impact on the industry.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Release Date: December 7, 2018
Developers: Nintendo, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco Studios
Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is cutting it close. Releasing a day after The Game Awards, fans don't even have a chance to play before a Game of The Year is announced. Nintendo has done a spectacular job getting fans excited about the new Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo Switch. Without getting hands-on with Ultimate, it’s too early to tell if it has what it takes to beat out all the unbelievable competition it will face.

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Diablo Immortal Announced for Mobile Platforms

The Diablo series spent most of its life tied down to the PC, but recently Blizzard introduced the series to consoles with Diablo III. Now, they're transitioning the game over to mobile platforms with a new title named, Diablo Immortal.

Diablo Immortal Mobile Game

Blizzard made this surprising announcement during the Blizzcon 2018 opening ceremony, revealing the brand new mobile Diablo game. The company claims that they are going to uphold their value of gameplay first and ensure that it feels like the Diablo fans all know and love. Diablo Immortal is described as full-fledged action RPG that users can play anytime, anywhere, and with anyone. The title is being developed in collaboration with NetEase, a Chinese company that has helped Blizzard port their games over to the country.

Diablo Immortal plans to fill in the story between Diablo II and Diablo III. It will follow characters that fans will recognize like Tyrael, Malthael, and other returning favorites. Blizzard also played a cinematic trailer that focused on the story after the destruction of the Worldstone, eventually leading to an entertaining action sequence that revealed the classes included in the game.

Blizzard offered a look at how the game will perform on mobile devices with a short gameplay trailer. The gameplay is easily recognizable and even features all the classes from Diablo III. New abilities for each class will be available along with an expansive new world to explore. Online multiplayer is a core function of the game with the trailer showing upwards of 6 characters on the screen at once.

While this certainly wasn't the news fans expected, it will be interesting to see what Blizzard has planned for this controversial game. We'll be sure to keep a close eye on Diablo Immortal so check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details!

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Let’s Play Page

Red Dead Redemption 2 Gameplay, Review, and Impressions

The critically acclaimed video game series, Red Dead Redemption is finally ready to make another impact on the world. Red Dead Redemption 2 is leaps and bounds beyond the first game. Its mechanics create an incredibly immersive world all connected with an engrossing story that will leave gamers speechless. Red Dead Redemption 2 definitely isn’t for everybody. The same mechanics that make the game so great might turn some gamers off.

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You decide is Red Dead Redemption 2 is for you by checking out the gameplay below.

Red Dead Redemption 2 | Gameplay, Review, and Impressions

With so much of this glorious country to explore, the Gigamax Games crew will absolutely be adding more videos to the Red Dead Redemption 2 playlist. This will be the place to find them all! There’s just an endless stream of content to consume. Even wandering around the open planes can spark a series of events that gamers won’t ever forget.

Quick Gameplay Overview

Red Dead Redemption 2 is absolutely stunning. Its graphics are amazing and every ounce of detail adds up to a beautiful game. However, its graphics aren’t the only aspect of the game that makes Red Dead 2 stand out. It’s unbelievably immersive. Gamers are tasked with keeping Arthur alive by resting, eating, drinking, and maintaining their camp. All the mechanics this game uses makes anyone playing feel like they’re actually trying to survive as an outlaw in the late 1800’s.

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This was one of the most highly anticipated games of 2018 and for good reason. The original is still considered to be one of the best games to ever release. Red Dead Redemption 2 blew away the critics but some fans aren’t happy. What do you think about the latest Red Dead Redemption game? Do all those complex mechanics actually take away from the experience? Or is it perfect just the way it is?

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Fallout 76 Beta Gameplay, Reviews, and Impressions

Fallout 76 Early Access Beta - Gameplay and Impressions

Bethesda is teasing fans leading up to the release of Fallout 76. Gamers that pre-order the new multiplayer Fallout game have a chance to try the game out but only on specific days.

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Below you will find unedited gameplay from the beta. Listen in as the Gigamax Games crew offers their review and impressions of Bethesda’s latest apocalypse simulator.

Fallout 76 Beta Gameplay, Reviews, and Impressions [Twitch Stream]

Many long-time Fallout fans were crushed when they heard the news about Fallout 76. People wondered how this epic RPG would retain the elements that made them love the game after it was turned into an online multiplayer RPG. But Bethesda was clever. They truly made an environment where even gamers that want to play solo can enjoy themselves and those that want to embrace the multiplayer aspect can also do so. PVP isn’t toxic and the game itself is essentially just another Fallout game, just online.

Based in West Virginia, Fallout 76 brings new environments, locations, and mechanics that all help it stand out. It truly has its own unique identity and the modifications they had to make to allow the game to work as a multiplayer game didn't take away that special something that makes Fallout, Fallout.

The goal of this beta is to push their servers to the absolute limit and find any weak links before the game officially launches. It seems as though Bethesda is doing something right, after an hour of playing the Fallout 76 beta, the Gigamax Games crew only experienced one disconnect.

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