The Gigamax crew begin their adventure with The Darwin Project thanks to receiving an Alpha key for Steam. Jumping on the brand new Gigamax Gaming PC, Gigs and Mack were ready to see what this new Battle Royale game had to offer. The crew was not disappointed with what they saw.
The Darwin Project on YouTube | Gigamax Games
A New Take On A Beloved Game Mode
A much smaller and confined experience when compared to other Battle Royale games like PUBG or Fortnite, The Darwin Project is something completely new. 7 players to a map, the game is focused on survival rather than conflict. Players are tasked with staying alive in the harsh, frozen environment. Building a fire is a necessity and upgrading your weapons is a must. Periodically, a hexagonal section of the map will turn red and become uninhabitable. Players will need to work around this obstacle and take refuge in the rapidly shrinking map.
There’s no telling when The Darwin Project will be available to the public. The Gigamax crew will be keeping a close eye on this game as the small, Alpha experience lived up to expectations. Even for an Alpha, there were only a few changes we noticed need to be made. The future looks bright for The Darwin Project.
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Loot Box Madness: There’s A Right Way And Wrong Way
The loot box trend hit the gaming community hard. Nearly every new release, especially when it comes to multiplayer games seem to have embraced this worrisome trend. Popping up more and more, gamers are beginning to get used to seeing the option to purchase in-game currency to open up these mystery chests. However, there is both a right way and wrong way developers can go about incorporating these controversial additions into their games.
UPDATE: EA is pulling the microtransactions. According to Kotaku, EA will be suspending all microtransactions after backlash from the gaming community. Find the latest Breaking News at the bottom of this article.
The Overwatch Effect
When taking a look at one of the world’s most popular first-person shooters, Overwatch, the loot boxes are a relatively welcomed addition. Only containing cosmetic items, players will never receive anything that will give them an advantage over other gamers. Even though they do cost real-world money, they are completely optional. Furthermore, every item that can drop can be unlocked by opening up normal loot boxes that the game gives people once a player reaches a new level.
The other spectacular feature that Overwatchs’ loot box systems allows the developer to do is offer all their additional content for free. There is absolutely no charge for any new characters, maps or anything else that Blizzard adds to the game and that benefits everyone involved. Even if a player never purchases a single loot box, they reap the rewards of Overwatch implementing their loot box system. Also, that same gamer that never spent a dime on loot box has the chance to unlock any skin, emote or tag the game has to offer. This is the right way to handle loot boxes.
Pay To Win
Two games, in particular, have caught fire from the video game community for their loot box practices. Starting with Shadow of War, the loot boxes are not necessary to complete the main story. Opening up their little mystery boxes have a chance to roll epic or legendary orcs that players can add to their army but these powerful orcs aren’t absolutely critical in order to progress. However, at the very end of the game (no spoilers), there’s a point where these epic orcs can cut down on hours of grinding. Without purchasing these special orcs, because honestly, that’s exactly what those loot boxes are, people need to spend dozens of hours grinding and dominating orc after orc to find a special ending.
| BREAKING NEWS | Star Wars Battlefront II: EA Announcement
Now moving over to the prime example of the wrong way to handle the loot box system with Star Wars Battlefront II. EA created an environment that completely favored those willing to spend money on loot boxes. Battlefield II loot crates offered in-game gun attachments or star cards that actually provided an advantage for players. Gamers that refused to purchase loot boxes wouldn’t just be leaving a new skin, or a secret ending on the table, this time it will hold people back from having an enjoyable multiplayer experience. However, EA made an announcement on 11/16/2017 at 5:24pm on Twitter that they will be turning off all microtransactions on Star Wars Battlefront II. This is breaking news and it is expected EA will make a few more announcements regarding how they will be handing in-game purchases. Gigamax will be keeping a close eye on these developments so don’t forget to stop by soon and see what’s in store.
Below The Gigamax Crew Offers Their Impression On The Loot Box Scandal
Let’s Not Set This Precedent
There’s a right way and wrong way to handle the loot box situation. EA showed the worst part of the gaming industry with their loot box system. EA’s AMA on Reddit was an absolute disaster, avoiding questions and deleting comments, they know what they did. Battlefront was an absolute flop and it seems EA was trying to use the loot box system to ensure they made their money with this new game. Overwatch is an excellent example of how to handle the loot box situation, Battlefront II and Shadow of War is spitting in the faces of gamers everywhere. Businesses need to make money, but forcing people to buy in-game items with real-world money is not the right way to go about doing so.
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?
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.
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.
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!
Nintendo takes the throne once again as a driving force within the gaming industry. The Japanese video game maker faced some troubled times starting with the Wii and continuing through the release of the Wii U. Now the company and their new console are once again in the limelight for a good reason. Since it was released in 2012, the Wii U sold 13.56 million consoles worldwide but the Nintendo Switch is expected to dwarf those numbers.
Time For Big Numbers
Launching in March of this year, Nintendo expects to sell 14 million consoles by the end of March 2018. They increased their forecast from 10 million consoles and all this buzz is beginning to catch the attention of game publishers and developers across the globe. Nintendo has welcomed third-party and independent developers to develop software for the Switch but previous blunders kept most away. However, with the Switch flying off the shelves, people are scrambling to get a piece of the pie.
Bandai Namco Takes Notice
Recently news broke that Bandai Namco, a highly respected Japanese game developer, will be producing three Switch-exclusive games. Expected to release between the spring and summer of 2018, word broke after their latest financial briefing. Executives from the company admit they were surprised by the success of the new console and want to bring three ‘big’ games to the revolutionary console. There were no other details but the fact that it caught the attention of this big name developer could mean this is only the beginning.
Major Industry Players Impressed
Even well-known industry players like Phil Harrison who was instrumental in launching the original PlayStation in the mid-90’s was impressed by Nintendo’s latest success. He states in an interview with GamesBeat, “Nintendo has surprised me in a good way. They’ve put some excitement back in, or at least added a dynamic to the console equation that wasn’t there previously.” (http://bit.ly/2zDO41g)
Harrison makes mention about adding a dynamic console to the market and this is a major realization game developers and even console manufacturers have made as well. Switching up how people view a gaming console could be the beginning of a fundamental shift that takes place throughout the industry.
A Look At The Power Of The Switch
The Future Looks Bright
The future looks bright for the Switch and Nintendo as a whole. Games that were never expected to make it to a Nintendo console like Skyrim and Doom being released have people excited. Opening the doors to independent developers is absolutely mindblowing. Developers openly stating that they are surprised by its success and beginning to develop games for the new console is impressive. However what’s more impressive is what this could mean for gaming.
The video game industry was flipped upside down with the emergence of the Nintendo Switch. There are big things coming and gamers are the ones that will benefit.
Super Mario Odyssey – Let’s Play Page with Gigamax
Well, the time came for Nintendo to reveal their latest Mario game to the world and people lost absolutely lost their minds. Super Mario Odyssey was a welcomed addition to the Mario franchise and nearly every Mario fan agrees that this is up there in terms of the best Mario games to ever release. Something completely unique and unlike any other Mario game, Nintendo truly delivered an amazing experience.
This has been the year of Nintendo and releasing this massive hit continued their winning streak. The Nintendo Switch has allowed this incredible company to take this classic character to entirely new heights. Not only is it great to play as Mario once again on Nintendo’s most impressive console in years, but it’s an incredible game through and through. Even if it wasn’t Mario in front of the controls, the game itself can go toe to toe with any platformer on the market today. From each unique kingdom to the puzzles and amount of content, gamers can enjoy hours of Super Mario Odyssey without getting bored.
Super Mario Odyssey on YouTube with Gigamax
One thing has been consistent in terms of criticism, people were asking for more Kingdoms. The campaign may not be the longest but after finishing the core game, it doesn’t end there. There are 999 moons to find throughout all the Kingdoms and some are rewards of challenging tasks. Some of these challenges open up after the campaign is completed but others are only available once a player reaches a certain amount of moons. This creates an incredibly addictive meta, calling for players to scour the amazing Kingdoms for these little hidden tasks.
Super Mario Odyssey is much more focused on exploration rather than running through the story. The open world layout and hidden secrets around each world truly put the gamer in charge of their own adventure. Nintendo delivered something special to gamers with Super Mario Odyssey and the gaming community couldn’t be happier. It’ll be exciting to see what comes next for the Mario franchise but one thing is for sure, the world will still be searching for those 999 moons for quite some time.
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The Wolfenstein franchise has been around for over a decade and gamers were ecstatic to hear about this latest title. Staying true to their roots, MachineGames was able to get people excited about a single-player first-person shooter game. The genre has been scarce in modern gaming as most fps’ focus on the multiplayer element of their games and the campaign is usually an afterthought. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus knocked it out of the park with their take on the experience and it could have a bigger impact on the industry as well.
Publishers and developers will be using Wolfenstein 2 as a guide in order to gauge the community’s interest. If this latest Wolfenstein game sells well, it could mean many more single-player first-person shooter games coming to modern consoles soon.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus on YouTube with Gigamax
The game overall is an incredible experience. Fast paced and extraordinary in terms of action, it was able to deliver true entertainment coupled with a fantastic story. America has fallen to the Nazi’s and gamers play as a resistance fighter ready to take back the United States of America. Not only is it an interesting story, it almost intentionally touches on important social issues in real life to pull even more emotion out of the gamer. This is a true patriotic story and it truly is a thrilling adventure.
Even if a gamer never played a previous Wolfenstein, the game does a great job catching people up with the story. A quick and concise recap in the beginning of the game gives people a nice synopsis of the most recent Wolfenstein story ark. The New Colossus is the sequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order but it still remains inviting to those that didn’t have a chance to play the first game. MachineGames really did an amazing thing with this latest release.
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Time to take a look at the November video game releases. This month is shaping up to be an incredible month for gamers and it comes right after an amazing October. With huge titles and even a new console being released, let’s take a look at when people can expect to get their hands on these new games. [Full list at the bottom!]
Top 5 November Video Game Releases
Call of Duty: WWII (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – November 3rd
The next installment of the Call of Duty franchise hits stores on November 3rd and people can’t wait to get their hands on this classic rendition of the popular shooter. Call of Duty is a staple of the first person shooter genre but in recent years the developers (Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch, and Infinity Ward) have been fixated on future warfare. People were getting sick of this theme so Call of Duty brought it right back to their origins and are embracing the World War II experience once again.
Footage From The Call of Duty WWII Closed PS4 Beta.
Xbox One X System Launch – November 7th
Microsoft is finally ready to release their highly anticipated Xbox One X. This new console is expected to blow every other console out of the water. More powerful than a PS4 Pro, gamers are excited to experience the most powerful gaming console the world has ever seen. With the disappointment in the power of the original Xbox One, Microsoft has some ground to take back from Sony and their more powerful PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro. Let’s see if the Xbox One X can deliver all the promises Microsoft has made.
E3 2017 Official Announcement of The Xbox One X
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) November 14th
Any fan of the Lego games will be excited to find out that Warner Brothers Games is releasing the second installment of Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 will bring together Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villians from all your favorite Marvel movies into one beautiful Lego package. The Lego games are known for being impressively well put together and Gigamax is expecting another knockout.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 – Inside Look
Star Wars Battlefront II (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – November 17th
Many gamers had the chance to play the Beta for Star Wars Battlefront II in October and people were not disappointed. A huge step in the right direction, it completely overshadowed the previous Star Wars Battlefront and the community couldn’t be happier to see the improvements. The last title really did leave people with a bad taste in their mouths but hopefully, EA DICE learned from their mistakes and the full Star Wars Battlefront II will deliver an incredible experience.
An In-depth Look At The Star Wars Battlefront II Open Beta
Pokémon Ultra Sun/ Ultra Moon (3DS) – November 17th
What possibly could be the last Pokémon game coming exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon Ultra Sun/ Ultra Moon will be available on November 17th. The world cannot wait for a chance to play another Pokémon game. It doesn’t matter how many Pokémon games hit the market, people just seem to eat it up and enjoy every second of them. It’ll be exciting to see what secrets and surprises the new Pokémon will have in store.
The Official Trailer of Pokémon Ultra Sun/ Ultra Moon from Nintendo
Full list of November Video Game Releases
Steven Universe: Save the Light! (Xbox One) – November 3rd
Nioh (PC) – November 7th
Sonic Forces (Ps4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – November 7th
Super Lucky’s Tale (Xbox One, PC) – November 7th
DOOM (Switch) – November 10th
Mario Party: The Top 100 (3DS) – November 10th
Need for Speed Payback (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – November 10th
The Sims: Cats & Dogs (PC) – November 10th
L.A. Noire Remastered (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – November 14th
Rime (Switch) – November 15th
The Inpatient (PSVR) – November 17th
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PSVR, Switch) – November 17th
Black Mirror (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – November 28th
Resident Evil Revelations Collection (Switch) – November 28th
Little Witch Academia: Chamber Of Time (PS4) – November 30th
This Friday has a lot in store for gamers. A host of new games will be hitting the market all at once! This may be a problem for wallets around the world, but for those eager to start a new adventure, it’s truly a treat. With such an incredible week of gaming, let’s take a look at the highly anticipated titles releasing just in time for the weekend.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins – PS4, Xbox One, PC
The Assassin’s Creed franchise is known for its inconsistency. One game will come out and blow audiences away and then the next game will be a complete blunder. Assassins Creed 2 and 3 come to mind or Black Flag and Unity. However, this time around, it looks like Ubisoft is heading in the right direction, finally allowing players to experience ancient Egypt. Players will be leaders of the Assassin’s Brotherhood, tasked with uncovering lost tombs and exploring the pyramids. Ubisoft took a different direction with this title, embracing a new RPG style which fits perfectly with the expansive open world.
IGN Get’s Hands-On with Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PS4, Xbox One, PC
This franchise has been around for decades and gamers are ecstatic the eleventh installment is nearing release. It will be a sequel to the 2014 game, Wolfenstein: The New Order. Taking a lot of the gameplay style from The New Order but of course, the developers have a lot more to work with in terms of gaming technology. The environments and some elements of the core game will be entirely different. This will truly be a treat for any Wolfenstein fan but has also appealed to newcomers of the series as well. It’ll be interesting to see how this classic franchise fairs in this interesting new gaming market the world currently embracing.
Inside Look Into Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo Switch
Hardcore Nintendo fans probably don’t need to read this brief description of Super Mario Odyssey. People have been shaking from anticipation to get their hands on this completely unique Mario game. Exploring 3D kingdoms with incredibly diverse environments, this will undoubtedly be unlike any Mario game Nintendo has ever released. Sure there have been 3D worlds with Mario before but nothing to this magnitude and fans cannot wait for a chance to play.
Take A Look At 7 Minutes of Super Mario Odyssey Gameplay From IGN
Don’t fret, if you won’t be picking all of them up, the Gigamax crew has you covered. This upcoming week Gigamax will be taking a look and offering a preview into each of the new titles. Friday is going to be a busy day for gamers across the country and that’s not a bad thing.
What game are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!
The most recent update Nintendo made to the Switch has a lot of people asking if this could be a sign of a new Super Smash Bros coming soon. Nintendo Switch’s update finally allows players to use GameCube controllers which are widely used throughout the Super Smash Bros community. This classic controller feels like it was built for smash but until now, the Nintendo Switch went without it. However, now that Nintendo is finally ready to open up the Switch to GameCube controllers, it looks as though a new Super Smash for the Switch could be on the horizon.
Nintendo Switch Update
The latest Switch update includes USB headphone support as well as supporting GameCube controllers. There is a catch however, gamers will need the USB adapter that was released for the Wii U. This adapter added GameCube controller support for the Wii U but it only worked if people were playing Super Smash Bros. This is where the rumor mill starts heating up.
The Rumor Mill
Rumors are flying all around this latest update. From GameCube Virtual Console speculation to possible new Super Smash news, things are starting to get exciting. Wii U may have only allowed players to use GameCube controllers specifically for Super Smash Bro’s but right now, gamers on the Switch can play other games with them. Some games, like Fire Emblem Warriors, lose certain features that are only available with the Switch’s controllers but the GameCube option is available.
Nintendo Is Committed
Announcements from the company have reassured gamers that they will be developing a version of Smash for the Nintendo Switch. However, they did state that they will not be porting any older I.P’s to the Switch and instead, updating versions of the games specifically for the new console. The new Switch Super Smash could even include all the new characters from Nintendo’s latest games. It would be amazing to see ARMS and Splatoon characters make the list in the next Super Smash installment. This could also help explain the wait for the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros.
Gigamax Games will be keeping a close eye on any other hints Nintendo drops about an upcoming Smash Bros for their new system. The Switch put Nintendo back on the map and Super Smash Bros has been a consistent hit for the video game company. It only makes sense they will be delivering this game to players relatively soon.
When do you think the world will get their hands on the Nintendo Switch Super Smash? Let us know in the comments!
The Gigamax crew is celebrating October with a bunch of different scary games and Dead by Daylight is on the list. Sneaking around a bunch of unique monsters while your friends try to start generators might sound easy, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Gigs and Mack test their luck and go head to head with some monsters online to see if they have what it takes to survive. For the most part, they don’t but it’s still funny watching them kick and wiggle to stay far away from that meat hook.
Going in relatively blind, the Gigamax crew are bigger fans of Friday the 13th: The Game, but Dead by Daylight shares a lot of similarities with the other indie game. This gave the crew some confidence in their abilities but it soon becomes clear they are in fact two very different games. The fact that the human players can’t fight back dramatically changes the entire pace of the game. It is amazing how much it can make one person panic.
Dad by Daylight – Playlist on YouTube [Gigamax Games]
What do you think? Between Friday the 13th: The Game and Dead by Daylight, which game do you like more? Let us know in the comments!
Be sure to stick around for even more Halloween specials throughout the month of October and more episodes of Dead by Daylight as more updates are released. Freddy Krueger has been confirmed so there will absolutely be more episodes in the near future.
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