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Everything You Need to Know About Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Everything You Need to Know About Shadow of the Tomb Raider

The third installment of the rebooted Tomb Raider series will be released this September. From the trailers and extended gameplay videos, Shadow of the Tomb Raider looks every bit as good as Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider. As with each new installment, there will be some changes that will take the game to the next level. Here is everything we know about Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

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The biggest change is how players can now customize the difficulty levels to suit their play style. In the previous two titles, the difficulty settings covered every aspect of the game. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider players will have the option to change the difficulty settings for combat, puzzles, and environment traversal. This will allow players who prefer the fighting aspect of the game to have the combat setting on hard and the puzzles on an easier difficulty. The game can now be tailored to a player’s preference.

Lara Evolves and Gamers Benefit

As with Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara has evolved to become much better at taking down her enemies. IGN reports that Lara can now cover herself in mud to enhance her stealth mode. She will also have a wider range of weapon upgrades. One exciting addition includes the fear arrow, which causes enemies to attack each other.

The map is also much bigger than before. The immense vertical spaces will offer plenty of opportunities for Lara to rappel, swing, wall walk, and use her rope and climbing axes. Swimming and underwater exploration will also be featured more prominently in the new game, as there is a plant that Lara can consume to extend her the amount of time she can hold her breath. There will be many more side quests and stories that reveal hidden tombs, artifacts, crypts, and other interesting locations and items.

The story will continue on from Rise of the Tomb Raider as Lara fights the evil Trinity. This time she will face them in Latin America and among Mayan ruins. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara will not only be saving the world from Trinity, but also fixing her own actions after she sets off the Mayan apocalypse.

No End in Sight for Tomb Raider

With the Tomb Raider franchise continuing to be successful more than 20 years after it was first released is a testament to the how ingrained the character has become in pop culture. We reported that this year the original 1996 Tomb Raider was inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is just the latest in the media empire that is the Tomb Raider franchise – one that’s been conquering multiple gaming and entertainment platforms for years.

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Lara Croft continues to find new fans with the character being featured in games outside of the traditional adventure platform titles. Leading gaming platform Slingo has several titles adapted from popular video games, including the slot game Lara Croft Tomb Raider. While the game may lack the open world adventure of the new series, it features all the elements that have made Tomb Raider popular across the globe: Lara Croft, exotic locations, and ancient puzzles.

Outside of the gaming industry, the franchise has also continued to thrive. This year, a film adapted from the 2013 game was released starring Alicia Vikander. In 2018, Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise has never been stronger.

It has been a three year wait for fans of Tomb Raider, and soon they will be able to once again experience a new adventure. From the violent opening that was shown off at gaming conventions, it looks like Shadow of the Tomb Raider will take the series further forward, and be another instant classic worthy of the franchise.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Trailers, Gameplay, and Story

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Trailers, Gameplay, and Story

Marvel’s Spider-Man is expected to release exclusively on PlayStation 4 on September 7th, 2018. Developed by Insomniac Games, they’ve been releasing trailers and gameplay since E3 2016 and the world has been not so patiently waiting to get their hands on the new Marvel’s Spider-Man. This will be Insomniac Games first licensed title and from the videos shared with the public since it’s announcement, it looks as though they are preparing to do this popular superhero justice.

Gamers that remember the PS2 classic, Spider-Man 2 (The Movie Game), have been comparing Marvel’s Spider-Man to that old-school classic. This is a good sign since the massive popularity and success of Spider-Man 2(The Movie Game).

With all the hype surrounding the upcoming release of Marvel’s Spider-Man, take a look at how the game has evolved since it’s initial reveal. New trailers, story insights, and gameplay have all be made available to the public, whipping fans into a frenzy before the September 7th release date.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Announcement Trailer – E3 2016

One minute and twenty-nine seconds have never gone by so fast. Epic music and non-stop action left a massive impression on audiences in 2016. Marvel’s Spider-Man made an appearance at every E3 since it was revealed to the world. Each time, more of the game was showed off and anticipation grew.

Marvel’s’ Spider-Man Gameplay – E3 2017

At E3 2017, Insomniac Games showcased Gameplay to give gamers a true look at how Marvel’s Spider-Man will play and some of the amazing options players will have when it comes to taking out enemies and traversing the immense city.

Spider-Man has his classic youthful demeanor along with the diversity in combat people expect from a superhero with spider powers. There are so many ways to take down any bad-guy that stands in Spider-Man’s way. Spidey can use the environment to his advantage, using his webs to throw bricks and smashing thugs with steel girders. The classic cinematic quick-time events brought back nostalgic memories of Spider-Man 2(The Movie Game) but this time with enhanced graphics and uncut modern gameplay.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Showcase Demo – E3 2018

Only 3 months from its release, Insomniac Games showed off even more of Marvel’s Spider-Man.

The classic Spider-Man quips, smooth flowing combat, and the variety of different ways to utilize Spider-Man’s powers in combat are all showcased. Fans got to see a few more villains at E3 2018, too. Electro, Rhino, Scorpion, and Vulture all make an appearance among the chaos of the mission being played in the video above. It concludes with a mind-blowing cutscene that’s a must-watch for anyone excited to pick up a copy.

Over the past two years, Insomniac Games continued to tease audiences with bits and pieces of information, gameplay, and trailers. The hype-train is at full steam. Gamers are itching for their chance to take home and enjoy Marvel’s Spider-Man on PlayStation 4. Even three weeks before its release, a new gameplay trailer made it onto YouTube as if to roll out the red carpet for this famous superhero.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Launch Trailer

One minute of high-octane spidey action, the gameplay trailer that was published on YouTube by PlayStation on August 13th, 2018. This is the final push of excitement the community can expect before launch.

Story and “City That Never Sleeps” DLC

According to the Spider-Man (2018 Video Game) Wiki, claims that the story won’t be tied to existing comic books, video games or movies. This is a new take on the classic hero. However, classic characters like Mary Jane, Aunt Mary, and other characters from the Marvel Universe will all make an appearance. Both the Peter Parker and the Spider-Man character will be examined throughout the game, giving gamers a complete look into the life of the superhero and the person behind the mask.

A graduate from college at this point, Parker has already been a superhero for eight years. He accepted the role as protector of New York City. Then, after a criminal gang starts causing some serious trouble, parkers world is turned upside down. Familiar, unfriendly faces begin to emerge and it’s the job of Spider-Man to restore order. He is tasked with taking down the villains that are hell-bent on causing destruction and spreading evil.

After the initial release, gamers can expect to see a DLC named “City That Never Sleeps”. It includes three chapters that each include additional missions, more characters from the Spider-Man universe, and additional suits for Spider-Man. If people pre-order before September 7th, 2018, they will also get all Pre-Order Bonus Content and a custom physical pin.

Welcome to the World of Spider-Man on ps4

From all the gameplay, cinematics, trailers, and content being shared with the video game community, it doesn’t seem as though Insomniac Games is shy about what lies within Marvel’s Spider-Man. A beautiful world to traverse, slinging webs and taking out criminals, villains and walking in this young superheroes shoes looks as though it’s going to offer gamers a spectacular experience. Only time will tell if Marvel’s Spider-Man will live up to the hype and keep audiences interested.

Be sure to check back on GigamaxGames.com after release for gameplay and insights into the full game.

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QuakeCon 2018: Rage 2 Gameplay and New Story Details

QuakeCon 2018: Rage 2 Gameplay and New Story Details

Bethesda isn’t holding back on new game announcements at this year’s QuakeCon 2018. On top of breaking the news about the next title in their DOOM franchise, DOOM Eternal, the company had a ton of new reveals for their other FPS, Rage 2. Fans can expect to see this title hit PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2019. Unfortunately, the developer’s love for the Nintendo Switch will not be extended to Rage 2 like it has been for DOOM Eternal.

Rage Fans Like What They See

Fans of the original Rage will certainly be pleased with the gameplay demo Bethesda revealed during the Keynote. The new game keeps up the high paced action the series is known for with plenty of explosions, fast cars, guns, and murder to keep players entertained. The video points out a number of story details like who your character is and why they’re going out of their way to kill off an entity simply called “The Authority”. Another detail made clear during the demo was that Rage 2 is set 30 years after the first game.

Players will be surprised to see that the desert world from Rage has been replaced by a newly budding planet with pockets of flora and fauna spread across the sprawling landscape. Thankfully, traversing this beautiful open world will be a breeze thanks to the lack of any loading screens and the multitude of vehicles to drive and fight in.

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Who’s Ready for Some Combat?

Enemies are broken up into actions in Rage 2 and the video showed off the different ways enemies will engage with the protagonist throughout their mission. The first group of marauders the demo featured was the Goon Squad, which use ultra-violent and aggressive tactics that will surely keep players on the move. Bethesda then showed off The Shrouded, another group of bandits that managed to get their hands on some fancy military grade technology.

For a more detailed look into how Rage 2 will operate, check out the gameplay demo above. We here at Gigamax Games are big fans of the first Rage and can’t wait to see what Bethesda has planned for the upcoming sequel. Be sure to keep checking back for more updates.

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How to Best Listen to Your Gaming Community to Create a Better Gaming Experience as a Game Designer

How to Best Listen to Your Gaming Community to Create a Better Gaming Experience as a Game Designer

As a game developer, you are surely aware that the market is constantly changing and developing. The gaming community is very vocal in what they want and expect out of a video game, and they are not hesitant to express when they are displeased – for instance, when the game No Man’s Sky came out, many individuals expressed just how disappointed they were with the lack of expected features, and it caused the game’s overall success rate to drop drastically.

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Therefore, you have to consider your impact, as a developer, on the gaming community. Many individuals will express what they want, what they expect, and how they want to utilize the new and improving gaming platforms. You have to consider your client base when developing your games. If you don’t, your new, shiny game, will ultimately flop. Below are tips on how to listen to the gaming community, on a whole, and begin to understand exactly what they want and expect.

1) Read reviews of other games

This might sound silly, but this is one of the best ways to gain insight from the community. Gamers are very specific in what they want – they will complain about the graphics quality, or the character design, or they will say how much they like the story of particular games, or the ability to customize your characters. Look at what individuals have wanted in a game, and know what to add to see to it that you are successful. If you don’t read the reviews, you don’t really learn what gamers are looking for at the time of release.

2) Know your audience

Knowing who you are marketing your video game to will make a world of difference. This is because, at the end of the day, different gamers have different expectations in the quality of their games. Individuals playing first-person shooters, for instance, may find that they don’t even want a realistic campaign to play in conjunction with the game, they want only the ability to run around and fight other people on multiplayer. Similarly, if you are coding an MMORPG, it would be vastly important to ensure you provided a detailed background story and an immersive world. Without these, you will slowly begin to lose your audience.

3) Keep up with technology trends

With new, better, more powerful machines coming out every year, it is more important than ever to follow technology trends. Knowing what new processors are coming out will help you understand what your clients want in a video game – for instance, a high end, very detailed game would be perfect for release alongside the newest up and coming graphics card and processor. Timing your game releases to match up and coming technology trends will ensure your community feels heard, resulting in more satisfaction overall.

4) Stay on top of updates

As with all games, there will be bugs. There will need to be patches, as well as upgrades in game. Be sure to listen to what people say after the game launches – if they want a particular type of update, be sure to implement it in an upcoming patch. This will ensure that your clients feel as though they’re being heard, and it will create a better fan base for any games you develop in the future, as you have branded yourself as a reliable, dependable developer.

While these are, most certainly, not the only ways to ensure you are listening to the gaming community to ensure you are creating the best gaming experience possible, these methods do ensure that your clients feel heard. You will stay up to date with current technology trends, ensure that your games remain up to date, and provide what your player base wants as far as a game experience goes. Realistically speaking, in knowing what they are expecting from games at the moment, you will be providing them with a great experience. Adding these small steps, however, will provide them with a top-notch experience and ensure you maintain a player base for years to come.

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Everything Announced in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct

Everything Announced in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct

On Wednesday, August 8th Nintendo held a Direct for their upcoming game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Needless to say, the entire gaming community was waiting in anticipation for whatever the company was ready to announce. Nintendo certainly didn’t hold back any punches during the direct, revealing more than enough information to keep the hype train moving faster than ever before.

Those that missed the direct can watch it below or look at our collection of the biggest announcements made throughout the presentation.

Luigi is Dead… JK! Simon and Richter Belmont Join the Fight

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That’s right! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isn’t just getting the first protagonist of the popular side-scroller Castlevania, it’s also adding Richter Belmont from the title Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. While Richter is currently being considered the echo fighter to Simon, Super Smash Bros. developer Sakurai clarified that they both use moves unique to their games so it is hard to tell who is echoing the other. The characters utilize a host of different items from their Dracula killing adventures including: The signature whip, crosses, axe, and holy water. Their move sets include a variety of long ranged tactics that can absolutely devastate the competition.

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To keep the Castlevania theme going strong, Nintendo revealed that Simon’s stage would be Dracula’s castle and include 34 tracks from the collection of games set in this famous location. Different villains and bosses from Castlevania will hop in to disrupt the fight and leave chaos in their wake, even Dracula himself will sometimes grace the battlefield with his presence.

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Finally, to wrap up the Castlevania news, Nintendo revealed that the hero Alucard would be joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an assist trophy. The character uses his abilities from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night to take out foes and dodge attacks. Don’t worry, he can still be knocked out, but it will certainly take some skill.

Chrom and Dark Samus are Ready for Battle

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Two more highly anticipated fighters are joining the fight. Both Chrom and Dark Samus are making their way to the battlefield in the form of echo fighters for Lucina and Samus respectively. Fans have been asking for these characters for quite some time so it’s no surprise that Nintendo included them on the roster.

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Chrom fights identically to Lucina with a few extra tricks thrown in and he appears to be faster than the character he’s based on.

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Dark Samus seems to be a much more mobile version of Samus with a move set that utilizes the dark tools at the villains’ disposal. Also, the creature floats in its idle animation!

SO MANY STAGES!

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Nintendo revealed that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have a staggering 103 stages, This number doesn’t even include the omega and battlefield version that each map can be transformed into. Every stage can be played with up to eight players, and, for the first time, Nintendo is allowing players to turn off stage hazards to fight without any interruptions. Take a look at all the returning and new stages they revealed below!

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Transforming Stages

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A new way to play your favorite maps is heading to the next entry in Super Smash Bros. Stage Morph is exactly what it sounds like, during the duration of a match one stage will turn into another which the players choose at the beginning. As shown in the screenshot above, this style of play comes with plenty of options to experience and is perfect for the group that just can’t agree on what map to play. (But let’s be honest, winner’s choice is the only way to play!)

Nintendo Heard You Like Their Music

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800 songs, over 1000 including fanfare/soundtracks, and 24 hours of total music. This is the boisterous claim that Nintendo made during the Direct. Fans that have a hankering for some tunes from their favorite video games have the ability to listen to any song in the game whenever they feel like it.

Players are even allowed to make playlists of their own. During fights, each maps soundtrack is now based on the series it represents instead of each having their own individual playlist. Much like the last entry, players can go into the options and adjust the frequency at which each song plays on an individual map.

The Rules Are Changing

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The order that players set up their matches is also changing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Instead of it being player select followed by map selections it now goes: Rules, Map, Fighters. Nintendo says this makes things more organized and even allows fans to make their own rule sets for quick selection.

On top of time and stock battle, Super Smash is now treating stamina battle as a standard option due to the intense nature of these fights. Sudden Death has been made more nail-biting with the addition of a screen that constantly moves closer to the combatants in order to speed up the finale. Nintendo also added an option that allows players to charge their final smash throughout the course of a match, which results in a weaker version of the ultimate move.

New Battle Modes

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A host of new and returning game modes are available for players looking for new ways to take on their friends or play alone including: Squad Strike, Tourney, Smashdown, Training Mode, and Classic Mode. The one mode that players may not recognize here is Smashdown, which is a brand new way to play that eliminates chosen fighters after a match, making players choose a new character after every round.

Items, Pokemon, and Assist Trophies… OH MY!

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Super Smash Bros. is certainly no stranger to items, but Ultimate has the largest collection of wacky extras the series has ever seen. A new variety of items has been added and Nintendo showed plenty of them off during the Direct. Take a look at all the new stuff they revealed in the gallery below!

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RATHALOS!!!

King K. Rool is Ready to Throw Down

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To end the Direct on a big note, Nintendo revealed that the infamous Donkey Kong villain, King K. Rool, was joining the ever-growing roster. This alligator king is a heavy character much like Bowser or King DeDeDe and uses a variety of the moves fans will recognize from Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong 64.

No For Real… Luigi is Totally Dead…

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New Rainbow Six Siege Operators and Map

New Rainbow Six Siege Operators and Map

Ubisoft continues to support their massively popular first-person shooter, Rainbow Six Siege. The next Operation brings two new Rainbow Six Operators and the map, Hereford Base will be redesigned. Dubbed, Operation: Grim Sky, the new Operation will also include some highly requested gameplay adjustments.

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The first details are now available on the Siege blog but there will be a massive reveal on the Rainbow Six Twitch channel on August 17th through 19th.

New Operators and Reworked Map

Two new Rainbow Six Siege operators are joining the fight. Hailing from two different CTUs, they are now a part of Rainbow’s Urban Tactical Response Team, codenamed Grim Sky (GSUTR).

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With experience in handling mob behavior and an expert in snatch-squad tactics, the first Operator is a Defender from Great Britain. Her name hasn’t yet been made public (probably to protect her identity and family). However, there were a few details that have been made public. She’s a hardened, no-nonsense cop itching to pump up the action and take her spot on the front line.

Another American Attacker is making their way to the fray. He is a specialist and a skilled tactician that saw intense action in Afghanistan. After spending mentally scarring time in war-torn Kabul, he still managed to fall in love with the city. Known far and wide for his surgical precision, he will stand out within the Rainbow Six universe.

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Not much is known about these operators and Ubisoft is offering very little in the way of hints that might point to these new Operators special abilities. Each has an interesting backstory which is consistent with every Rainbow Six Siege Operator but the world will need to wait until August 17th – 19th to find out all the gritty details.

The adjustments being made to Hereford Base are Ubisofts attempt to “raise the bar for competitive play”. It’s unclear what exactly this means at this time but those that enjoy the competitive side of Rainbow Six Siege might welcome these renovations.

Improving Gameplay and Quality of Life

Operation: Grim Sky isn’t just bringing new Rainbow Six Siege Operators and a reworked map, gameplay improvements and quality of life are being added as well. These improvements include modifications to weapon sight alignment, adjustments to the Operator Idle Pick and dynamic resolution scaling for consoles.

GigamaxGames.com will continue following any details that surface before the Rainbow Six Siege Twitch broadcast. After the event, be sure to check back here for all the latest announcements surrounding Operation: Grim Sky. Once Operation: Grim Sky is live, the Gigamax Games crew will host a stream to show off both new Rainbow Six Siege characters and the reworked, Hereford Base.

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Start Time Revealed for Dragon Ball FighterZ Switch Beta

The start date for the Nintendo Switch Dragon Ball FighterZ open beta is right around the corner and Bandai Namco shared a few details of the event. The beta is set to start next weekend and will give owners of Nintendo’s hit console their first opportunity to play the critically praised fighting game before the full release launches in September.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Open Beta – Nintendo Switch

Players that want to take part in the trial version are required to download the open beta from the eShop or Nintendo’s website. The beta begins on August 10th at 12 A.M. ET and August 9th at 9 P.M. PT. The beta runs through the weekend and will conclude on August 11th at 11:59 P.M. PT.

Those that have downloaded Dragon Ball FighterZ’s beta will have the chance to try four different types of game modes including, Practice Battle Tutorial, Arena Match, Ring Match, and Ring Party Match. Players will also have the chance to try the entire starting roster for the game, along with Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, for a grand total of 23 playable fighters. Don’t forget to check out the full beta roster below.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ officially launches on the Nintendo Switch this September 28th. Bandai Namco revealed that the Switch version will include some new options for local multiplayer, specifically an offline six player Party Match mode and 2v2 and 1v1 type matches. Although, Bandai Namco has yet to clarify if these changes will be coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game.

There are some cool bonuses for pre-ordering the game, including immediate access to both Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta. Additionally, those that commit to the game before launch will receive a digital Japanese copy of Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden, a rare Super Famicom that has never been released in North America.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Open Beta Roster

  • Goku (SS)
  • Vegeta (SS)
  • Piccolo
  • Gohan (Adult)
  • Gohan (Teenager)
  • Frieza
  • Captain Ginyu
  • Trunks
  • Cell
  • Android 18
  • Gotenks
  • Krillin
  • Kid Buu
  • Majin Buu
  • Nappa
  • Android 16
  • Yamcha
  • Hit
  • Tien
  • Beerus
  • Goku Black
  • Goku (SSGSS)
  • Vegeta (SSGSS)
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Hyrule Warriors All Characters and Weapons

Hyrule Warriors All Characters and Weapons Compilation

Find all the characters and their weapons in Hyrule Warriors on the Nintendo Switch in the YouTube playlist below.

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In this special playlist, the Gigamax Games crew shows off every character and weapon in Hyrule Warriors on the Nintendo Switch. There are so many characters just waiting to be found. Come and see all the different weapons available in the game. The playlist explains how to unlock every character and weapon secret hidden throughout Hyrule Kingdom. Don’t miss any content in this incredible game.

Hyrule Warriors – All Characters and Weapons on YouTube with Gigamax Games

This isn’t a standard Zelda game. Instead, gamers can get up close and personal with some familiar faces. Combat is fast paced and chaotic with a variety of characters and weapons to choose from. In the playlist above, the Gigamax Games crew makes sure everyone that wants to get the most out of Hyrule Warriors has a chance.

Uncover every unique character available in Hyrule Warriors. Don’t miss any of the weapons these incredible characters can use. It’s not an easy journey but with a little help, the time to start is now!

Thank You for Watching!

Thank you for choosing to spend your time with Gigamax Games. If you liked the playlist above, leave a comment at the bottom of this page! Have a request? The Gigamax Games crew is always looking for suggestions, leave a comment and Gigs and Mack will add any game to their list!

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GTA 5 is Still Making an Insane Amount of Money

Grand Theft Auto 5 released four years and ten months ago but that doesn’t mean this giant money train slowed down. It was recently revealed that GTA 5 is still a big earner for both Rockstar Games and their parent company Take Two Interactive.

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Take Two announced today that GTA 5 has now shipped nearly 100 million units. This number is up from the 95 million figure that they announced back in May. According to Take Two, the game has outperformed their expectations for the quarter. To give a little context to the game’s insane success so far from its launch, GTA 5 was the number 3 selling game in the United States during June. It managed to outsell a number of new big name releases like The Crew 2.

GTA 5 Blowing Away Expectations

Not only did the base game do exceptionally well, but GTA Online had also managed to exceed Take Two’s expectations. “Grand Theft Auto Online continued to exceed our expectations in the first quarter, as it has in every period since its release,” Take-Two explained. (https://bit.ly/2LKazYG)

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The main reason the online portion of GTA 5 is doing well and continues to be so successful is because Rockstar consistently releases new and interesting content. The most recent substantial update was GTA Online: After Hours which Take Two said: “had a bigger week-one audience than last December’s Doomsday Heist, which went on to be a record-breaking update.” (https://bit.ly/2LKazYG)

Looking toward the future, the company says it has more innovative content planned for GTA Online in upcoming weeks and months. A big part of this online mode is the game’s plethora of microtransactions which have been performing extremely well. During an earnings call, The CEO of Take Two, Strauss Zelnick, said: “recurrent consumer spending” (microtransactions) performed better-than-expected this quarter.

GTA V continues to thrive and it doesn’t seem like there is an end in sight. The Gigamax Games crew is excited to continue following this incredible franchise and for the latest news, be sure to stop by GigamaxGames.com.

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The Overwatch League Revolutionizing eSports

The Overwatch League Revolutionizing eSports

The first Overwatch League championships are over and London Spitfire took home the trophy and the $1 million prize. Gigamax Games was lucky enough to be in attendance for both days of this incredible eSports event. Overwatch by itself has not only revolutionized the “Games as a Service” business model but Blizzard Entertainment and the Overwatch League completely transformed eSports in a massive way.

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London Spitfire – Overwatch League Champions

eSports isn’t a new concept. The company, Major League Gaming (MLG) was founded in 2002 but was recently purchased by Activision Blizzard in 2016. Gamers have always had a competitive streak in them since High Scores first made an appearance in arcade games. However, the world has had an extremely difficult time taking competitive gaming seriously.

eSports Credibility Rises 

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London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion Take The Stage

The Overwatch League just broke the mold and helped completely transform the way the public views competitive gaming. With the minimum league salary set at $50,000, selling out the Barclays Center in New York City two nights in a row, and broadcasting live on ESPN, Disney and ABC family networks gave the concept of eSports an incredible amount of credibility. Furthermore, it shows that these competitions can resemble a professional organization and sporting league. What’s even more astonishing is that all of this notoriety is surrounding a single game, Overwatch. 

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This is not to say that other organizations haven’t hosted impressive, international eSports tournaments. In 2013, MLG hosted the Winter Championships and offered up a hundred and seventy thousand dollars in prizes. More recently, Epic Games unveiled the Summer Skirmish series. This 8-week series is offering gamers a chance to compete for a total of $8,000,000 in prize money. Yet, the Overwatch League is unmatched in creating an eSports environment that rivals conventional sporting events.

A Year of Hype

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Jeffrey Kaplan, VP of Blizzard Entertainment and Game director of Overwatch

Kicking off in January of 2018, The Overwatch League closely resembled other professional sporting leagues. The MLB, NBA, NFL all develop throughout an entire year. They gradually build the hype until the end of a season when the two best teams meet in an epic showdown. This is exactly what The Overwatch League achieved, and was incredibly successful in doing so. For nearly seven months, fans tuned in to watch the matches and developed their favorite teams and players until The Overwatch League finals came along and the true winner was crowned.

The Video Game Community Is Spectacular 

When the Gigamax Games crew pulled up to the Barclays Center, it at first felt like attending any other concert or sporting event. A massive amount of people all working their way into a gigantic building to watch talented people perform for the crowds’ entertainment. What stood out was the people. Instead of rowdy sports fans or enthusiastic concertgoers, this group felt familiar.

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The Overwatch League Community

All these gamers ended up grouping up together as if guided by an invisible force. The gaming community can be incredibly friendly when the toxicity of anonymity is removed from the equation. Everyone felt like a family. No matter if they were rooting for the London Spitfires or Philadelphia Fusion, the entire crowd was rooting for the sport to succeed. The Overwatch League was the event that brought not only like-minded gamers together but forced the public to take note of this massive eSports movement that’s taking place.

As fans get ready for a Season 2 of The Overwatch League, more teams are expected to enter the competition. The massive success of its inaugural season and other countries and U.S. states interest in starting their own teams is not only a great sign for The Overwatch League but for eSports as a whole. There’s no telling what the future will hold.

Be sure to stay up to date with the entire video game industry, eSports included right here on Gigamax Games.com.

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