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Splatoon 2 Gets Huge Winter Update

Splatoon 2 Gets Huge Winter Update

To celebrate the holidays and bring attention back to the game, Nintendo is launching a Splatoon 2 Winter Update that adds a ton of new content to the shooter. Specifically, the add-on will include four new battle stages, a new salmon run map, four hairstyles, an increased level cap, new music and even more extra goodies.

Let’s Take a Closer Look

The four new stages will begin rolling out today (11/24/17) starting with the map, MakoMart, a mall themed arena. The other three maps will be released at a later date and they include the brand new Shellendorf Institute, along with two returning maps from the first game Walleye Warehouse and Arowana Mall.

Those have hit the level cap of 50 will be pleased to hear that the new top tier is 99. Once that level is reached players have the option to prestige back down to level 1, a trend that has become very popular in multiplayer shooters. The devs also made achieving the goal a little faster by adding the ability to switch gear in-between matches so there is no need to break up matches to change weapons and armor.

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Brand New Salmon Run!

A new Salmon Run stage is definitely a welcomed addition, but Nintendo has not addressed whether they plan on increasing the game mode’s availability. Players can also expect to hear music from two new bands while they are fighting, and now Amiibo lets you take pictures on all available battle stages as well as the main square. The four new hairstyles include two fancy new cuts for boys characters and two fabulous cuts for girl squids.

Nintendo detailed a new game mode that will be arriving with the Winter Update in December called “Clam Blitz” which is so wacky we’ll let them explain, “In Clam Blitz, competing Inklings are tasked with collecting clams scattered around the stage. After one is picked up, the clam follows the player. The objective is to throw the clam into the basket near the opponent’s base. The first team to score 100 points wins! But, of course, this being the fiercely competitive world of Splatoon 2, things are not as easy as they seem. The baskets are protected by a barrier, which must be destroyed first. After collecting 10 clams, the player will earn a Power Clam. These super-powered clams are the key to breaking the barrier, so strategy will definitely be involved in which clams are used to destroy the barrier and which are used to earn points. Not to mention the extra-satisfying opportunity to steal opponents’ clams by splatting them…”

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Splatoon 2 is the gift that keeps on giving, and the Winter Update is a big present! Nintendo knocked it out of the park with their take on the multiplayer shooter and with the consistent rate of huge updates we can’t see ourselves putting down this title anytime soon. We’re pumped to start playing the newest update and attempting to hit the new level cap (despite not being close to level 50). This is certainly not the last update Splatoon 2 will receive so be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for more information on this awesome title!

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 Officially Announced

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Officially Announced

Sega issued an exciting announcement today. The company officially revealed Valkyria Chronicles 4 and gave it a release window of Spring 2018. Also revealed was that the highly anticipated RPG is making its way to the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

The Next Step In The Adventure 

The fourth installment of the series is set in the same timeline as the previous entries, taking place in 1935 with a World War II inspired battle taking place between the Atlantic Federation and the Autocratic Eastern Imperial Alliance. In a press release from Sega they offered more insight into the story behind Valkyria Chronicles 4, “Although the Federation struggles valiantly against the Empire’s forces, the relentless imperial military machine threatens to consume them. With victory slipping away, the Federation executes Operation Northern Cross: a last-ditch attempt to capture the imperial capital and end the war. Commander Claude Wallace and his loyal childhood friends in Squad E are sent to fight for the desperate operation’s success, but they will have to endure harsh bone-chilling elements, waves of imperial soldiers, and the terrifying Valkyria… and unravel a grave truth that will shake them to the core.”

Valkyria Chronicles 4 keeps the same tactical RPG style the previous entries are famous for. Combat is handled in the game’s strange blend of turn-based strategy, RPG, and third-person shooting. A new class is also being added to the game currently known as The Grenadier along with more battleship support options.  The developers are still keeping their unique art style in the game that is inspired by water color paintings.

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The long-term composer for the series, Hitoshi Sakimoto, will be returning to make the soundtrack for the game. Sega also released a teaser website for the game to help build hype, but as of now, there isn’t much content to be found.

This is an exciting announcement for anyone that has followed this long-running series since 2008. As we draw closer to Spring of next year, more details are sure to be released so be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest in gaming news and industry updates.

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Very Early Impressions: The Darwin Project

Very Early Impressions: The Darwin Project

After spending a long chilly night with The Darwin Project, we’ve determined that the future for this new indie survival experience look bright, but there is obviously much work is left to be done. Scavengers Studio was kind enough to send us an Alpha key for their upcoming Battle Royale style game and the small team of 17 has pulled off quite an impressive feat. They have managed to build an original experience in a genre that seemed doomed to 100 player rounds on massive islands. This was achieved through focusing on the survival and crafting features that are often times ignored in this style of game. Could The Darwin Project be the title that steers the genre in a new direction?

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Let’s Take A Closer Look

From the start, this game is a much more contained experience. Seven competitors enter the ring to fight for their lives in a very “Hunger Games” like situation. Much like PUBG and Fortnite, players are dropped into a lobby that allows those participating some time to converse and get a feel for the competition while also given full freedom to hit each other with axes and arrows. After the countdown is up those competing are dropped into a ring that is made up of seven hexagons each representing a zone. Players are spawned in on their own portion of the map (hexagon) and the games begin. Right off the bat players will realize that to survive the harsh frozen climate, they will need a fire. This is where The Darwin Project distinguishes itself from the main players in the genre.

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It’s All About Survival 

Survival is at the forefront of this experience and if ignored, you can never hope to see the end of a match. As of now, chopping down wood and tearing apart leather sofas is the primary means of collecting resources. These actions result in materials that can be fashioned into a variety of tools that can be used to get ahead of the competition. Craftables include axe/bow upgrades, jackets to prevent freezing to death, speed improvements, and a variety of “tech” that needs the elusive electronic resources. These bizarre future upgrades can be made by collecting a piece of technology that randomly spawns around the map at various times throughout the match. The only catch to this is players are all made aware of the spawn location turning the hunt into a race, for this game-changing resource. Some examples of tools that can be fashioned out of this equipment are turrets, over shields, and teleporters.

Currently, the survival aspect is very fun but needs to be fleshed out more and while the combat can be exciting it feels a little too quick and sporadic for the slow and steady nature of the hunting and gathering you do before engaging an opponent. Luckily survival isn’t all that sets this game apart.

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Show Director Mode

The other major way Scavengers Studio is making The Darwin Project its own idea is through the game’s “Show Director Mode.” The eighth player is not a competitor on the battlefield, but instead a robot that can fly around the arena and cause havoc for the fighters. Some examples of their powers include swapping players positions or dropping bombs that disrupt the action from time to time. Overall, it is a nice twist that is still in its early stages but has a lot of potentials to truly set the game apart and maybe create a new sub-genre.

While The Darwin Project may still be very early in development, its Alpha seemed more fleshed out than most Betas that are released today. The graphics style is original and gameplay has plenty of room to become something great. This indie game has tons of potential and we can’t wait to see how the talented team at Scavengers Studio refines their experience, especially when the Battle Royale genre has grown so stagnant. Gameplay footage Gigamax recorded will be available soon so be sure to keep your eye on GigamaxGames.com for more information on The Darwin Project!

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EA Acquires Respawn Entertainment and Titanfall

EA Acquires Respawn Entertainment and Titanfall

Despite working with EA for most of Titanfall’s lifetime, Respawn Entertainment wasn’t actually owned by the gaming giant. As of today, EA announced that it has purchased the California based developer and their mech-based FPS.

EA has been the publisher for all of Respawn’s games so far, which includes last year’s hit Titanfall 2. Also announced today was that the studio is working on a new Titanfall game, a third person Star Wars title, and a VR game that has not been detailed. Not much has been said about the next new Titanfall but Respawn previously expressed interest in continuing the series. Currently, the only details known about the Star Wars title are that it is being directed by Stig Asmussen, who was previously the director of God of War III. This is good news since EA recently shut down Visceral Games, the studio behind Dead Space that was also working on a Star Wars title.

The Offical Word

EA CEO, Andrew Wilson, said in a press release “We’ve seen firsthand the world-class caliber of Respawn as a development studio with incredible vision, deep talent, and an inspiring creative mindset,” He continued “Our longtime partnership is grounded in a shared desire to push the boundaries and deliver extraordinary and innovative new experiences for players around the world. Together, we’ve brought this to life in the Titanfall franchise, and now with the Respawn team joining EA, we have exciting plans to accomplish even more amazing things in the future.” (http://bit.ly/2hoC104)

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Why Did Respawn Sell?

In an open letter on Respawn’s website the CEO, Vince Zampella, detailed the decision to sell the company, which specifically notes that he will remain acting CEO. “While it wasn’t necessary, going with EA made a lot of sense,” he said. “With Titanfall and Star Wars, EA has been a great development partner that supports us and doesn’t interfere with our process for making games or studio culture. EA will provide us with more resources, access to new technologies, and expertise that we can tap into that will help us make better games, and Respawn will retain the same creative freedom and culture we’ve always had. We’ve been talking closely with the leadership at EA and we share their values and vision for the future of being a developer-focused company that puts the players first.” (http://bit.ly/2zK2uNt)

EA was an integral force in getting Respawn Entertainment off the ground after its founders, Zampella and Jason West, were fired from the Call of Duty developer, Infinity Ward. The deal cost EA $151 million dollars in cash and up to $164 million in equity. Performance indicators could also raise the cash figure by another $140 million.

While many may worry that EA will ruin the Titanfall series, it must be remembered that EA was acting publisher for the series already, meaning they made a ton of major decisions for the previous games already. This move makes sure the studio has the resources necessary to continue making great games for fans of their beloved series. It will be exciting to see what the talent at Respawn will make with the vast resources EA has to offer.

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Moira: Overwatch’s Next DPS/Healer

Moira: Overwatch’s Next DPS/Healer

Overwatch is adding another hero to the roster and she goes by the name, Moira. Blizzard also announced a few other new additions to their ultra popular multiplayer game as part of the opening ceremony for BlizzCon 2017. Players can also expect to see a new map that the studio is calling BlizzWorld and draws reference to the studio’s other franchises such as World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo.

Meeting Moira

The biggest announcement from the opening ceremony was the addition of Moira. According to Blizzard she’s a shady scientist that has ties to the game’s evil mercenary group Talon and their operative, Reaper. As a former geneticist for the bad guys, she comes with a very unique set of skills that includes healing beams, teleports, and a variety of other bionic skills. Overwatch’s director, Jeff Kaplan, noted that fans want to see more healing based heroes and that’s why her abilities focus on aiding teammates but can also do serious damage when necessary.

A Detailed Look At The New Character

Kaplan also described her as a hybrid character, which is not typical for the game. Adding that he couldn’t wait to see the character in the hands of the players. He also jokingly described the character as “OP AF” on Overwatch’s official website where a detailed description of her specific skills that are outlined below.

  • Bionic Grasp: Using her left hand, Moira expends biotic energy to heal allies in front of her. Her right hand fires a long-range beam weapon that saps enemies’ health, healing Moira and replenishing her biotic energy.
  • Bionic Orb: Moira launches a rebounding biotic sphere; she can choose between a regeneration effect that heals the allies it passes through, or a decay effect that deals damage to enemies.
  • Fade: Moira quickly teleports a short distance.
  • Coalescence: Moira channels a long-range beam that both heals allies and bypasses barriers to damage her enemies.

Moira seems like a fun new addition to Overwatch’s fast growing roster. It is always exciting when Blizzard announces any new content for the game, mainly because everyone knows there won’t be a price tag. Moira is sure to hit the PTR soon so be sure to check back with Gigamax for more info on this interesting character!

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Trailer Sheds Light on Dragon Ball FighterZ Campaign

Trailer Sheds Light on Dragon Ball FighterZ Campaign

With its release date set for early next year, Dragon Ball FighterZ is expected to be one of best-licensed DBZ games to come out since they stopped making the Budokai series. Bandai Namco, the developer behind the title, is definitely well aware of this, teasing character announcements and story details whenever they get the chance. Most recently the company revealed a trailer that shed more light on Dragon Ball FighterZ’s story mode.

The game takes players on a wild journey through an original story crafted specifically for the brawler that takes place in three of DBZ’s story arcs. It starts out with a troop of clones appearing on earth followed almost immediately by the Z-Fighters losing consciousness one by one. When our main hero, Goku, finally awakens he is connected to the player which gives them control over the powerful Saiyan.

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New Characters

A new character making their way into the series through the story mode is Android 21, who Bandai Namco also shows off in the trailer. The villain is a highly intelligent scientist that is compared to the likes of Dr. Gero, whom fans of the series will remember from the Cell Saga. She also has apparent ties to the Red Ribbon Army, which comes as no surprise because all of the other androids were built by the same organization. At one point in the trailer she can also be spotted with the Namekian Eternal Dragon, Porunga, wishing Android 16 back to life.

Much like Goku, the story will link players with a variety of different characters from throughout the series for its different arcs. One of these revolves around Frieza and Goku’s ability to go Super Saiyan, while another gives players control of Android 18 during the Cell Saga. Fighting with the character will let fans develop an in game “bond” as more enemies are defeated. As the bond builds, new conversations will be unlocked that give insight into the character’s back story.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ will be released for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on January 26th. Remember, those that pre order the game digitally on the Xbox One or Playstation Store, will be given special access to the game’s upcoming beta. Pre-ordering also unlocks Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta early. Gigamax Games will be keeping a close eye on Dragon Ball FighterZ so be sure to check back for more information!

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World of Tanks Won’t be Getting a Sequel

World of Tanks Won’t be Getting a Sequel

Despite being one of the largest games in the world, World of Tanks will not be getting a sequel according to its developer, Wargaming. Many may recognize this free to play game’s name and that is no surprise considering its massive player base now reaching over 130 million active users. Due to the massive success of World of Tanks, many fans anticipated that a sequel would be arriving in the near future, but that is not the case.

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Latest World From PAX Australia

Recently at PAX Australia the Regional Publishing Director of Wargaming, Alex de Giorgio, was asked during a panel if World of Tanks 2 was on the way. Ultimately, de Giorgio said that the studio did not have plans to make another game in the series, but instead had a bigger plan for their seven-year-old game. He added that Wargaming sees its title as a games-as-a-service, one that will continue to expand and update over time. With that being the case, a sequel will most likely never come out for the game.

De Giorgio explained “It’s this constant evolution; that’s been the hallmark of the game,” he continued saying that adding a sequel to World of Tanks “doesn’t really make sense to us.” (http://bit.ly/2gVGSG0)

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This games-as-a-service model is nothing new in terms of big name games. In fact, Wargaming’s stance on their game falls in line with Psyonix’s stance on Rocket League and what the developer of PUBG, Brendan Greene, has spoken about for his game. Each of these developers believes in updating and evolving their games instead of rushing to put out a sequel.

This belief in continued support of a game has shown success because it gives players a reason to stay invested in a game and spend their money on the experience. Free to play games like World of Tanks need microtransactions to survive, which many people say is a democratic system that helps developers make compelling content because if they don’t, people will just walk away from the game. It’ll be interesting to see how this game evolves. Gigamax will be keeping a close eye on these developments so be sure to check back soon.

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Destiny 2 Seasons Detailed at TwitchCon Panel

Destiny 2 Seasons Detailed at TwitchCon Panel

Bungie recently offered details on the upcoming Destiny 2 seasons after a panel they held at TwitchCon. The company provided some insight into how the new system will work and how players will be able to take advantage of the seasons to get new gear and other rewards. This comes as no surprise considering Bungie has been looking for ways to extend the lifespan of Destiny 2 since the game’s launch in September.

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After showing a quick preview of what to expect from next week’s patch, the developer showed viewers an outline of areas it wants to improve throughout the game. As of now, the game has been handed off from the main development team to the Live Team, who are responsible for supporting the game post-launch, much like what was done for the first Destiny. Some of the updates the Live Team have planned include private Crucible matches, improved rewards for high-level activities, and changes to the mod system.

The Details

In a post on the Bungie website yesterday, the game’s director Christopher Barrett said “We’ve been playing the game in the wild for seven weeks, and like the Destiny experiences that have come before, we’re always thinking about where the game is heading next. We’re still planning when a bunch of the improvements listed below are going to make their way into the game, but we wanted to let you know what we’re up to.” Following the statement, he issued a series of areas that Bungie was working on for Destiny 2 seasons.

  • New systems and rewards to give our most engaged players additional, optional pursuits.
  • Better incentives for players who complete challenging Prestige activities.
  • Better rewards and replay value for strikes, adventures, and Lost Sectors.
  • Private matches for the competitive community (we are targeting early 2018).
  • Crucible tuning like adjusted Supremacy scoring and better spawning rules.
  • Better incentives for completing Crucible matches (and penalties for quitting competitive games).
  • Continued improvements to Iron Banner and Faction Rallies, including uniqueness of rewards.
  • Changes to make the mod economy more interesting and impactful.
  • Ongoing improvements to Exotics, including adjustments to reduce instances of duplication.
  • New ways to spend surplus currency and materials (looking at you Legendary Shards).
  • An emote interface that allows players to equip Salty, Spicy Ramen, Six Shooter, and Flip Out all at the same time.
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As of now, Bungie only detailed a timetable for private matches. Next week’s update is all about addressing issues with bugs, rather than adding more content. Recently the Iron Banner and Faction Rallies saw a return to the game and the company said that The Dawning will be coming back, but unfortunately there will be no Halloween event this year but the Festival of the Lost will be returning in 2018. It seems as though Bungie has a lot of work ahead of them and hopefully they can roll out some of these additions before too many players depart the game for this the upcoming big releases like Call of Duty WWII. We’ll be keeping a close eye on these changes so be sure to keep checking back as more information becomes available!

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Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Announced

Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Announced

Fans of the long-running Nintendo series, Animal Crossing, will be delighted to hear that the home building simulator will be getting a Nintendo Direct this week. Unfortunately, it’s not for a Switch or 3DS version of the game but instead, it will be for a mobile version. The Nintendo Direct will take place on October 25th and the pre-recorded broadcast will stream on Youtube starting at 11:00 pm EST. According to the Japanese Nintendo twitter account, the Direct will last a total of 15 minutes.

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What Might Be Announced

If you’re hoping that the company may surprise fans with a Switch or 3DS announcement, don’t get too excited because Nintendo already said on their website that there will not be any information on either of the console versions. That’s not to say the series will never appear on the Switch. Nintendo has previously stated that they’re bringing all of their main IP’s to the console.

Nintendo initially slotted the Animal Crossing mobile game for the first quarter of this year but it was delayed into the company’s next fiscal year. This means the game could come out in March of 2018. Nintendo attributes the delay to the launch of their other two mobile games Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes, which they launched earlier this year in a partnership with DeNA.

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Shigeru Miyamoto, Co-Representative Director at Nintendo, has said that the company will continue to craft original games for mobile devices instead of porting old ones. This has been backed up with their previous two mobile releases, much to the chagrin of their fans who have not been happy with the titles.

Could This Be The Perfect Mobile Fit? 

Animal Crossing could potentially be the perfect fit for smartphones, with its slow and relaxing nature and home/town building, this series could take off for an entirely new audience. Hopefully, Nintendo doesn’t squander the opportunity to generate a whole new group of people that will buy consoles for the full Animal Crossing experience but their track record isn’t great so far. Either way, Gigamax will be downloading the title when it comes out so stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

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The Evil Within 2 – Horror Special!

The Evil Within 2 – Horror Special!

The Evil Within 2 came out on Friday the 13th, 2017 and its timing was no accident. Developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda, they truly captured the psychological horror the first game created so well. Starting out with a more focused mission, the familiar faces and unfamiliar environments create the perfect atmosphere for this time of year. With Halloween right around the corner, the Gigamax crew thought this was the perfect game to celebrate the holiday season and The Evil Within 2 is a great fit.

Now that The Evil Within 2 playlist is up and going, be sure to stay tuned for new episodes as Gigs and Mack work their way through this terrifying adventure. Gigs offers some pro-tips and Mack watches on, sweating and scared for their lives. One thing this game does very well is making sure the player never feels safe, not even the safe rooms can protect the gamer from the horrors of this world.

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Each step forward opens up the opportunity for anything to happen. The fact that The Evil Within 2 took all the terrifying elements from the first but completely left the liner story behind and instead changed to an open world gives the game a completely different feel. The open world leaves everything to chance and gives the player a feeling that they are in control in a world where nothing can be controlled. This makeup gives this horror game it’s extremely unique feel.

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