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Bethesda Explains How PVP Works In Fallout 76

Bethesda Explains How PVP Works In Fallout 76

During Bethesda’s E3 conference last week, the developer surprised fans with the gameplay reveal of their upcoming title Fallout 76. On top of the trailer, which showed off a game that looks very much like the Fallout fans have come to know and love, Bethesda also announced that it will be an always-online multiplayer game.  While players can still decide to play solo, the other characters fans will run into are human controlled.

Where There Are Gamers, There Are Griefers 

Many have expressed concern after the conference about the new direction the studio is taking for Fallout 76. The key issue is how other players will interact with each other in the open world of West Virginia. What if a hostile player decides to make another character their target and begins griefing them? The gaming publication, Gamespot, recently sat down with Bethesda’s Senior Vice President, Pete Hines, to discuss how the company is going to preemptively handle potential trolling issues.

“When you see a person in the world, they’re a real person, and now you have to figure out [what role they play]…maybe they’re being super helpful, maybe they’re wandering the world as a trader and just trading with people, maybe they’re being a bad guy and they’re part of a raider group,” Hines explained. “[We allow] for that sort of tension but with systems in place that keep it from being abusive. So you can’t be harassed by somebody who just keeps chasing you around the world and keeps killing you over and over again; the game literally doesn’t allow that to happen to you.” (https://bit.ly/2t1r0ES)

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Crawl out through the Fallout… With friends!

Death Isn’t All Doom and Gloom

He continued, “Death isn’t supposed to be a super negative thing. You don’t lose your progression, you don’t lose all your stuff, somebody can’t kill you and then take everything in your inventory [and then you have to] start over.” (https://bit.ly/2t1r0ES)

Hines also went on to discuss how the company is making sure PVP doesn’t become a toxic mess. “Think of PvP more like issuing a challenge to somebody as opposed to just, ‘no matter what I want to do to somebody, I can,'” he explained. “The game only lets that go so far before you can basically say, ‘I don’t want to participate in this challenge anymore.'” (https://bit.ly/2t1r0ES)

What Do People and a Deathclaw Have in Common?

Bethesda compared PVP in Fallout 76 to falling victim to a Deathclaw in one of the single player games. They explained that when a player dies, you can either decide to go take on the challenge again or move onto something else. This is how it should work with human players. They can’t keep coming after you just like a Deathclaw will stop chasing you if you manage to evade the creature for long enough.

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GIANT MUTANT SLOTH! Just one of the many new creatures wandering the wasteland.

While plenty of details are sure to follow this news in the following months, Bethesda assured fans that they will be constantly tweaking and supporting the game over its lifespan. Hopefully, dedicated players can’t find ways to circumvent Fallout 76’s troll blocks because we here at Gigamax are very excited to enjoy an uninterrupted journey through the wasteland.

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Impressive Fallout New Vegas Mod “Fallout: New California” Out Soon

More than five years of work have gone into Fallout: New California, a mod that completely transforms Fallout: New Vegas. After putting in a ton of time and effort, the talented developers behind the project, Radian-Helix Media has announced that the project will be available on October 23rd for Windows PC.

Impressive Fallout New Vegas Mod “Fallout: New California” Out Soon

The team recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of the project which began June 1st 2013, although some work had gone into the game beforehand, with a brand new trailer. The mod is intended to be a prequel story to Fallout: New Vegas which was initially developed by Obsidian back in 2010. Players will start their journey in Vault 18 as an outsider to the dilapidated Los Angeles where the facility is located.

Upon surfacing, players will immediately find themselves caught in a three-way power struggle between The New California Republic, Survivalist Army, and the Super Mutant. This is the preface for the NCR’s invasion and eventual control of the Mojave Desert. The story takes place in the year 2260 which is quite a bit of time before Fallout: New Vegas.

A Long and Winding Road

Back in 2015, the head of the project Brandan Lee said that New California’s narrative would feature two main paths, two subpaths, and eight companion characters, which lead to many branching paths that took the development team a lot of time to get right. Initially, they wanted the mod to release before Fallout 4 but now they are trying to beat Fallout 76’s launch.

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According to the mod team, the game’s features are all set and art assets are locked in, but they are taking a few months to fine tune all the side quests. “You hit this story with huge replete branches 16,000 lines of dialogue long you expect some little moments with characters off to the side of the big arcs, and there just aren’t any,” Lee explained on the mod’s moddb.com page. “I’d also like to take time to revise some plot holes and gaps in the open possibilities that appeared in testing.”

The Fallout: New California Team will be opening beta sign-ups in July for fans that want to test it out early, which will give a look at the main quest line and the setting. As of now the launch scheduled for October 23rd is being called a Beta 2.00 release, but that does not change the excitement Fallout fans are feeling to revisit the west coast of post-apocalyptic America.

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Big Developers Raise Money for Disaster Relief

Big Developers Raise Money for Disaster Relief

Both Bethesda and Microsoft, two of the world’s largest game developers released their plans to help support those impacted by the recent natural disasters occurring around the globe. These two gaming giants are leveraging their notoriety and the community that loves their games for a good cause, showing the world the positive impact gamers can have as they help provide for those in need of disaster relief.

Bethesda’s initiative is being called “The Good Within” and is currently raising money through CrowdRise to support the American Red Cross’s disaster and humanitarian relief efforts globally. The community goal for the event is $15,000, which Bethesda said they will match when the campaign is over. You can show support by heading over to the CrowdRise site and clicking donate, you’re then able to choose whether the donation goes directly to a specific cause or the American Red Cross.

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The Gaming Community Is Awesome

Bethesda is even working with streamers and content creators who are playing the game this month.

Microsoft also revealed their initiative, which is being held with Halo 5. This charitable campaign involves fans of the game purchasing a new DLC pack where the proceeds will go to the charity, GlobalGiving. This organization is dedicated to getting non-profit groups the funding and support they need to get their work done.

To show support, Halo 5 players can purchase the Relief and Recovery Req Pack. The DLC includes five permanent Reqs,  which will be Ultra or Better rarity. Also inside the pack are 10 Ultra or Better Boost Cards. The Req Packs will go live on October 23rd and can be purchased in the Halo 5 in-game store or directly on the Xbox Live Web Store.

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Gamers Make The World A Better Place

The developer behind Halo 5, 343, made this charming announcement on their website.

“Like countless others, many of us here at 343 have been impacted in a variety of ways by the seemingly unending string of challenges reality has thrown humanity’s way recently,”. It continued, “From the Gulf Coast to Puerto Rico, from hurricanes to earthquakes to wildfires, there’s been no shortage of unbelievable hardship suffered by folks from all walks. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the Halo community though, it’s that when the hour seems darkest, help is always on the way. And to any community members directly affected by these recent disasters, know that we’re rooting for you every step of the way. You’ve got Spartans on the ground, and we’re not going anywhere…” (http://bit.ly/2hJTnRe)

When the gaming community comes together there is no limit to what we can achieve for not only the industry but the benefit of those around the world. It is reassuring to see that in trying times the company’s that make products we love are willing to do their part to help those in need. If you have the means, we urge you to donate and show that the community is one that strives to make the world a better place.

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5 Biggest Announcements From E3 2017

5 Biggest Announcements From E3 2017

E3 2017 has finally wrapped up but in its wake are plenty of huge games to be excited for in the coming months. Between Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, it’s hard to decide which company had the best conference between these big 3 and we certainly can’t forget Bethesda or EA. That’s why we’ve decided to pick the biggest announcements and pile them into a convenient list. Don’t forget to let us know your favorite E3 announcements in the comments below!

Xbox One X

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Right off the bat, Microsoft wanted fans to know that they were going to make up for last year’s lackluster performance. Announcing that the Xbox One X is more powerful than the PS4 Pro was a big move on the company’s behalf and it paid off. They immediately followed this up with 44 games that were all impressive, indicating that software is going to be a huge focus for the new console and more importantly improving their sad list of exclusives. (RIP Scalebound)

Anthem

Initially revealed during EA’s press conference, Microsoft raised the hype to unprecedented levels by showing this beauty of a gameplay trailer. Exoskeletons, an environment that has its own ecosystem, loot, friends… THIS GAME IS GOING TO BE GREAT! Zip through the sky in your custom exoskeleton and show nature what missiles feel like or go on dungeon like instances with your party. We can’t wait to play this game. Did we mention there’s loot.

Creation Club

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One of the biggest things stopping us from using mods in Skyrim and Fallout is that you lose the opportunity to gain trophies or achievements. Bethesda has officially announced their remedy to that situation and it is called creation club. Install mods without fear and earn all the satisfaction possible. The only downside to this is that these “certified” mods will cost you and they are not always cheap, bringing back a model that did not go well when implemented on PC.

Monster Hunter World

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Sony surprised us all when it announced that the popular Monster Hunter series would be returning to Playstation consoles. Nintendo has long held a monopoly on these games and it’s time for the big boys to get it back. A flashy trailer was shown off to make sure the crowd was excited and the later gameplay demos confirmed that this title will have us obsessed. Also there are no more loading screens in the hunting zones (YES!).

Super Mario Odyssey

We’ve long been Nintendo fan boys here at Gigamax so this Number 1 E3 2017 announcement may be a little biased. But did you see Mario become that T-Rex with his hat?! Super Mario Odyssey looks like an amazing next step for our overall wearing friend and we could not be more pleased with his new mind control powers. Nintendo is approaching the open world a little differently this time around by having Mario enter the real world and mingle with us in the big city. This is our favorite announcement from E3 and definitely are most anticipated title of this year!

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Virtual Reality Made A Splash At E3 2017

VR Made A Splash At E3 2017

Virtual reality was once a gimmick, often found in arcades or hefty home systems with few games to play. From Nintendo’s first step into this medium to today’s Hololens and Playstation VR, the technology has come a long way. With E3 2017 offering so much information on new games, technology and consoles, it also helped support the idea that VR is becoming much more than a novelty. Rather this technology has now gotten to the point where fully fleshed out games will be available to a mass market and available completely in virtual reality.

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Modern virtual reality gaming is a far shot from the early days with the Nintendo ‘Virtual Boy’. With hopes of becoming more than just another expensive gimmick, Sony and the other major virtual reality headset manufacturers want to turn VR into the future of gaming. However, success depends largely on video game developers willingness to take the time and craft games with virtual reality in mind.

Fallout 4

Imagine for a second, wandering the wasteland of Fallout 4 in virtual realityA complete Fallout experience but the only thing different is that you’re Playstation VR, VR, E3, VR at E3actually right there, in the thick of the nuclear waste. With the snippets of  gameplay Bethesda showed off, it’s hard to get a full picture of how incredible this game could actually be with this technology. Any time a game is showed off for a VR console, it can be difficult to get a true idea of just how immersive the game becomes. Nearly everyone that trys on a VR headset, no matter how much research they’ve done on the subject is blown away the first time they see how real that virtual world becomes. Having the ability to play Fallout 4 in its entirety on VR has the potential to be the beginning of something great.

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DOOM VFR

Different kinds of games are coming out for Virtual Reality, not just large open world RPG’s. Those with a need for something a little more shoot-em-up got their fix this E3. DOOM will be coming to PSVR and it looks like a new spin on a classic shooter. Fast paced and gruesome as ever, DOOM VFR looks as though it is absolutely ready to deliver a wild ride.

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Skyrim VR

Now rewind to a world without nukes and instead walking through the expansive world of Skyrim, completely immersed in virtual reality. Skyrim will soon be coming to virtual reality. This game has been released so many time it’s almost starting to get funny. However, even though this release may not include a Master Sword, it will allow a player to get up close and personal like never before with this incredible world. One thing that was clear from the E3 footage, graphics will suffer as they do with almost every VR game out there but the experience may overshadow this drawback.

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Skepticism is high that virtual reality, especially home consoles like the PlayStation VR will take off. This isn’t the first spout of VR consoles to hit the market, but the technology has come so far. Video games have been taken to the next level and VR headsets are able to deliver that immersive experience gamers were always chasing. It’ll take some time before we see what the future may hold for Virtual Reality gaming but E3 offered the community some hope. 

Be sure to check back soon as we breakdown even more announcements from E3 and take a closer look at the Tech, Games and Updates to make the big screen.

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The Gigamax E3 Press Conference 2017 Schedule

The Gigamax E3 Press Conference 2017 Schedule

E3 is right around the corner and the event can be extremely difficult to keep up with if you don’t have a proper list of the various press conferences. While E3 may have changed a bit over the past couple of years, it’s still the single most important event in the gaming industry.

If you’re trying to plan out your E3 viewing before the event comes around, you can use our informative guide to find when all of the biggest conferences are happening. Don’t worry if this is your first E3, with a little help you’ll see everything you want to!

Saturday June 10th

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EA Play – 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern, 8pm BST, 9pm CEST

EA is starting E3 off with a bang with its EA Play event. This includes their famous press conference where they are sure to announce a ton of new games. News of Star Wars Battlefront 2 and more EA Sports are sure to take the forefront though. Bioware is also expected to announce a new IP and maybe we’ll hear some news on the next Mass Effect!

Sunday June 11th

Xbox / Microsoft – 2pm Pacific, 5pm Eastern, 10pm BST, 11pm CEST

The first big hardware/software developer to take the stage is Microsoft. Expect the Scorpio to be the focus of this press conference. We are pumped to see what this console actually is and if it’s truly as powerful as the tech company claims. Hopefully the company shows up with a little more than the new console (maybe some Halo news?) but until then we can only cross our fingers.

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Bethesda – 9pm Pacific, 12am Eastern, 5am GMT

Bethesda held their first E3 press conference last year and knocked it out of the park. This year the developer is coming back to the stage to discuss their plans for 2017/2018. Hopefully we’ll hear plenty of new Elder Scrolls new especially with their recent release of the ESO expansion, Morrowind.

Monday June 12th

The PC Gaming Show – 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern, 6pm GMT

Intel is partnering up with PC gamer to show people what to expect for the best way to experience games. Typically this conference isn’t filled with big announcements, but make sure to keep your eye on the event if you’re big into PC gaming.

Ubisoft – 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern, 9pm BST, 10pm CEST

Another year and another uncomfortable yet informative Ubisoft conference. Ubisoft was late to announce their attendance but we have a good idea on what will be featured. Definitely expect more on Assassin’s Creed: Empire, The Crew 2, Far Cry 5, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

PlayStation / Sony – 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern, 2am BST, 3am CEST

Playstation is sure to impress as they do every year but this time they need to keep up with the Xbox Scorpio announcement. Tons of new IP’s are sure to be announced and we’re excited to hear more about the new God of War. It may be a bit of a stretch, but any information we can get on the new Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy 7 remake would be amazing. We may be biased but this is always our favorite press conference!

Tuesday June 13th

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Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 – 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern, 5pm BST, 6pm CEST

Nintendo is foregoing the typical press conference yet again. This isn’t a surprise though as they haven’t had a traditional event in years. Nintendo will be holding a unique show called “Nintendo Spotlight” which will be live streamed just like a Nintendo Direct. This year the company is sure to discuss their plans for the Switch and show more gameplay of the upcoming Mario game, Super Mario Odyssey.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Overview

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Overview

The Elder Scrolls Online will soon expand once more.  Morrowind is coming out June 6th and fans of the MMORPG are itching to get their hands on thethe elder scrolls online morrowind, morrowind expansion cover expansion. Opening up this classic Elder Scrolls location, long time fans of the series are excited to take a look at the new class and area(s). The Warden, with it’s beast campaign are only a small part of this expansive new addition. Morrowind is expected to bring an entirely new area just waiting to be explored.  Let’s take a look at what we can expect to see from the new expansion.

 

Morrowind Trailer Offers Insights Into Warden Class

Morrowind’s cinematic trailer begins with an incredible chase scene where the new class, the Warden, makes their first appearance. Showing off the class’s abilities in a dramatic combat sequence, it gives an idea of how the character can be used. Entering the fight with their tell tale bear pet, the Warden eventually shows up swinging a two handed sword. Wearing what seems to be heavy armor but casting spells, this class is sure to bring with it a few surprises. Also, a new enemy rears its ugly head as the trailer fades out which just leads to the imagination going wild. Find the trailer below to get a look at this hype inducing 3 minutes.

 

Game Informer Live Stream

Today, 5/23/17 Game Informer held a live stream of Morrowind showing off the new Warden class. This lets fans see exactly how the Warden will handle on PC. Still the question is up in the air what the end-game will look like in this latest addition to Elder Scrolls Online. This glimps into Morrowing is surly just a peak throught he keyhole.

Watch live video from GameInformer on www.twitch.tv

Pricing and Details

There will be something a little different with Morrowind besides the in-game content. Morrowind is an expansion rather than a regular DLC. This will means players can expect even more content than a normal DLC but this also comes at a price. Listed on the Playstation store, the Morrowind expansion will cost $39.99 but right now there’s a 10% discount for pre-orders.

All this information gives the world a pretty good idea of what the final edition of Morrowind might look like and play like on PC and console. Some PC gamers have already been playing Morrowind on early access, but it’s common for developers to add patches and updates to improve the content or gameplay once it is officially released.

More to Come

Be sure to check back on GigamaxGames.com for the latest coverage on the new expansion. Get ready for new video’s, articles and discussions surrounding this new leg in the Elder Scrolls Online saga. Being huge fans of the serious. this game will take the crew on an incredible journey and they want to take you along for the ride. If you’re still on the fence about spending almost $40 extra dollars on the new ESO expansion, stick around for our impressions.

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Fallout 4: Walking Through The Wasteland In Virtual Reality

Fallout 4 in Virtual Reality

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

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

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

Producer Opens Up

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

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

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

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

 

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