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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT: New Final Fantasy Fighter

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT: New Final Fantasy Fighter

Square Enix offered some additional information about the closed beta for their upcoming Final Fantasy fighting game, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Last month the company announced they will be holding a closed beta but now gamers have an idea when they can play. Between August 25th and September 3rd, select players will have the chance to give this arcade fighter a try.

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Registration is now live and gamers have until August 20th to sign up for their chance to try out Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. North and Latin American players can sign up here and other regions can visit this site to register. Unfortunately be prepared for bad news, as with any closed-beta acceptance is going to be limited.

This game looks like it’s going to be an epic adventure. Come take a look at some Dissidia Final Fantasy NT below.

It isn’t the first time Square Enix released a Final Fantasy fighter. For the 20th anniversary in 2008, they released a similar fighting game for PlayStation Portable, Dissidia Final Fantasy. The North American version released back in 2009. This latest title should be an exciting revisit, with new characters and the incredible power of the modern console. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 with an expected release in 2018.

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For those not lucky enough to be chosen for the closed-beta, they’ll have to survive on gameplay footage from the lucky few until its release or an open-beta. However, Gigamax Games does have some Final Fantasy video’s to get you through the year. Be sure to keep checking back for new episodes and the latest gameplay.

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Dead Matter: A True Zombie Survival Game

Dead Matter: A True Zombie Survival Game

Every fan of zombie fiction has at some point asked themselves “what would I do in a zombie apocalypse?” The indie developer, Quantum Integrity, is looking to help answer this question with their upcoming sandbox survival game Dead Matter. Originally developed as a mod for Crysis 2 back in 2013, the team behind the game put their heart and soul behind this project and it shows. With multiplayer, near endless customization, a humongous living world, and full mod support Dead Matter is quickly becoming the zombie survival experience everyone has been waiting for.

Kickstarter & A Dream

Quantum Integrity boasts on their Kickstarter page that Dead Matter is “true sandbox survival horror.” Players will get to fight through the zombie apocalypse however they see fit. That can include setting up a home base and defending it with their expansive crafting or barricading system all while cultivating the land or wandering the wasteland scavenging whatever tools, vehicles, weapons, and the food they can find. Set in the province of Alberta, Canada players will be able to experience the game alone or with friends as the developer intends to support both play styles equally.

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Freedom of expression is an important design choice for Quantum Integrity. Customization features have been at the core of Dead Matter since the games original inception. It starts with the character design where hair, head, and body can all be changed to whatever the player desires. When actually playing the game, customization extends to nearly every facet of the experience including weapons, vehicles, and buildings. Want to wrap a baseball bat in barbed wire? Go right ahead.  Strapping C4 onto a programmable alarm clock? Perfectly fine! Turn the family van into a zombie survivalist’s dream ride? Strap some defenses and gun racks on that bad boy and call it a day.

Alberta, Canada: Zombie Paradise 

In order to help nurture the ideas of their player base, the developer built a stunning recreation of Alberta that contains the lush wilderness of the Rockies and extends to the once bustling city of Calgary. Designed to simulate true survival any simple trip for supplies could turn into a battle against soldiers, raiders, or a family just doing what they have to in order to survive. The world was also fully designed in order to support the player’s settlements. Every building in the game is made to be barricaded, upgraded, and fitted with electricity and running water. All of the land can be farmed and the lakes can be fished. Live in the shadows of the city and survive in the wild or work together with the community to retake the city of Calgary by taking control of dams, transformers, and bridges.

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Finally, to assert their connection with the fan base and support where the game got its start, Quantum Integrity comes packed with full mod support. All of the procedural generation tools are being put into the players’ hands as well as C++ and Blueprint access. Any user can host their own server complete with all of their own settings and mods completely free of charge. The team over at Quantum Integrity are modders at their core and it shows through their devotion to the modding community.

Dead Matter looks like an amazing survival experience that we just couldn’t wait to back on Kickstarter. If this game sounds appealing to you, don’t forget to show the team some support by throwing them some money or showing them love on social media. We can’t wait to get our hands on this gem so be sure to keep checking back for more information as the game continues through its development process!

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Necromancer Ready For Its Debut

Necromancer Ready For Its Debut

Finally, Blizzard announces a release date for the Necromancer in Diablo 3. Expected to drop June 27th, both long time Diablo fans and those new to the series are ecstatic about the news. For a long time, Diablo 3 players were promised this new class with very little information on when they will actually receive the update. But now, the time has come.

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Gamers will only have to wait a few days to get their hands on the expansion. Those looking for an excuse to redownload or pick the game up again, now have the perfect reason to go back. Even though the class was compared to the Witch Doctor, the developers had to make some changes to the core game to accommodate its unique gameplay.

The Necromancer Stands Out

Let’s take a look at what makes the necromancer stand out and why it might have taken so long to make it available to everyone. One of the main obstacles the developers had to hurdle was the lack of corpses in the original release. When Travis Day, Sr. Game Designer was asked about this, he explained they added enemy corpses when a necromancer is on the map. This may have been one of the leading causes of the hold up in regard to its release.

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While the necromancer may have been a headache for the developers, it’s also a treat for the community. A melee focused Necromancer will still be possible in Diablo 3 and the popular summon, Golems will be making an appearance. Unfortunately they will be taking out the poison aspect of the class but the bone skill tree will remain.

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If you’re a Diablo fan or curious about Diablo 3, jump over to the Diablo Let’s Play Page. There you will find a bunch of videos covering different Diablo 3 updates and discussion surrounding the once elusive Necromancer update.

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17 Games Coming To Nintendo Switch This Year!

17 Games Coming To Nintendo Switch This Year!

Who’s ready for more games to come to the Nintendo Switch? During a Nintendo Direct on April 12th, Nintendo had some exciting news for Switch owners. Below is a list of the titles coming to the Nintendo Switch this year.

Fate/Extella

This action game’s release date was just confirmed for July 25 2017. Similar combat to Dynasty Warriors a version of Fate/Extella named The Umbral Star was recently released on PS4 and Vita early this year.

Puyo Puyo Tetris

The Demo is now available on the eShop but Puyo Puyo Tetris will be coming to the Switch later this month. No confirmed release date as of now.

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Project Mekuru

First shown off at the Switch reveal event in January, not much information made it to the surface until Wednesday. Nintendo confirmed gamers can expect to see Project Mejuru making it to stores this summer.

The small amount of press this game received showed a four-player battle mode where players punch the ground with the goal of matching tiles to take over territory on a board. We’ll just have to wait and see what it really has to offer.

Disgaea 5 Complete

Disgaea 5 Complete comes to the Switch on May 23rd. Players can expect “8 bonus scenarios, 4 fan-favorite characters and 3 character classes” according to the announcement for the Switch reveal event. http://bit.ly/2oaJga4

Splatoon 2

One of the most highly anticipated Switch games, Splatoon 2 will be released on July 21st. This is one that Gigamax is keeping a close eye on. Get a better look at what you can expect from Splatoon 2 with the video below.

ARMS

Expected to debut in June, this head-to-head combat game looks interesting. The new IP is turning heads and it should be interesting to see how it turns out.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Coming out this month, April 28th to be exact, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be on Switch. Not much needs to be said, Mario Kart is Mario Kart but that won’t stop us from getting it!

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition

If you’re a minecraft fan and own a Switch, you might be shaking in your boots right about now. Nintendo confirms fans can start playing Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition on May 11th.

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers will be released May 26th this year. Playing Street Fighter on the mobile Switch does sound enticing, it seems like a perfect game for this hybrid system.

Payday 2

First released in 2013, Payday 2 was maintained constantly so it’ll be interesting to see where it goes on the Switch. Expected to drop later this year, there are a lot of questions about the specific details for this version and what content it will include. Nintendo didn’t offer much information during Wednesday’s Direct, but there’s still a lot of excitement surrounding this title.

Monopoly

This Fall, a new version of Monopoly will be heading to the new console. No confirmed release date as of now. Ubisoft will be publishers behind this Switch release.

Sonic (2)

Summer this year, SEGA’s Sonic Mania will be coming to the Switch. This will not be another 3D Sonic, instead Sonic Mania brings it back to 2D. Remixed levels from the classic games and some new ones mixed in, if you’re a Sonic fan this might be for you.

If 3D Sonic is more your speed, Sonic Forces might be the better choice. Sonic Forces, can be compared to Sonic Generations, featuring two versions of sonic teaming up to defeat a threat.

Sine Mora EX

First released in 2012 on Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Vita, the Switch EX version is expected this summer. New modes, challenge levels were first provided at PAX East. Get a taste of what you can expect with the trailer below.

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition

Nintendo confirmed a that Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition will be coming to the Switch in 2017. This reiteration will be building off the Rayman Legends first released in 2013. More content and a multiplayer mode will be included, but no confirmed launch date is available.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar

This role-playing game is expected to release on the Switch this summer. The trailer offical Nintendo Switch Reveal Trailer gives offers Switch owners an idea of what they can expect.

Namco Museum

Nintendo Switch owners can expect the Namco Museum to be available on the eShop this summer. The list below are the confirmed games so far:

Galaga

Rolling Thunder

Splatter House

Tank Force

Dig Dug

Pac-Man

Sky Kid

The Tower of Druaga


Be sure to check back on Gigamax Games as we update this content as more information and release dates become available. Those that were worried about their ‘Zelda Machine’ i.e. the Nintendo Switch, have a decent list of titles to stay excited about as we continue on throughout 2017.

Sources:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/04/12/12-nintendo-switch-games-shown-off-during-todays-nintendo-direct

http://bgr.com/2017/04/13/nintendo-switch-games-list-2017-release-dates-nintendo-direct/

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Yooka-Laylee by Playtonic Games: Review

Yooka-Laylee by Playtonic Games: Review

It is hard to express how much I love Yooka-Laylee but stand by while I give it a go. This platformer is an affordable foray into a beautiful universe with plenty of challenge and collectibles. The $40 price tag offers even more incentive to try it out. Each world provides players with a new experience, all while keeping players entertained with clever dialogue and interesting characters. To top off this nostalgic gut punch, Playtonic Games included a delightful soundtrack that will make Banjo-Kazooie veterans flashback to their N64 days.

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To address the elephant in the room, yes Yooka-Laylee does feel nearly identical to Banjo-Kazooie. This is mainly because the developers working at Playtonic Games are industry veterans that were the brains behind the bear and the bird most gamers remember. These similarities are not a bad thing though, in fact they add to the allure of the game. The controls are fluid, Yooka runs and jumps with grace just like Banjo. Jumping from platform to platform feels great and the only thing that ever got in the way was an occasional camera glitch.

Powers and Abilities

Fluidity is essential due to the pallet of skills at your heroes disposal. Throughout the adventure both Yooka and Laylee will learn tons of moves used for moving, flying and fighting their way to victory. From the start players are limited in terms of skills, only having access to run and jump. After a minor introduction, attack is unlocked and the game opens up. Players are then introduced to the move acquisition system. Instead of just being handed moves, a smooth talking snake will trade abilities for quills. Although the price seems steep, quills are in no short supply as they are one of the more prevalent collectables.

Yooka-Laylee is a collect-a-thon that just keeps giving. Players have a constant stream of various quills, pagies, ghost writers, tonics and various other objects necessary for reaching the end of the game. Not all of these items are easy to obtain as many are hidden behind various puzzles and fights which Yooka must take care of first. These puzzles aren’t always easy, some require quick reflexes and clever problem solving. One of the more challenging problems require players to answer a series of 10 questions that are necessary for progression. These questions seem easy at first, but as the list goes on very specific questions are asked, such as “how many hours have you been playing the game.” By the way, these were all asked by a talking duck in a rolling fish tank.

Environments and Characters

The delightful cast of characters is one of the many driving forces Yooka-Laylee uses to keep players attentions. A constant feeling of anticipation is felt when traveling into the many worlds, brought on by new faces and self aware dialogue. The antagonist of the game comes in the form of an arrogant bee known as Capital B. Puns, plays on words and destroying the 4th wall are what the game does best. The snarky dialogue between the two heroes is endearing and while Capital B’s dialogue will never match the wit of Gruntilda (the antagonist from Banjo-Kazooie) he still has some funny lines that take a jab at corporate culture. Characters also make the iconic goofy mumbling noises made famous by Playtonic Games previous franchise.

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These characters are spread throughout a variety of gorgeous environments accessed by jumping into magical story books that have been stolen by Capital B. Players start on a busted up pirate ship that Yooka and Laylee call a home and move onto the main hub world known as the Hivory Towers. This is where you’ll find the world bending books, starting with the jungle level, Tribalstack Tropics. Players will move onto various other whimsical areas such as a frozen tundra and a flashy casino. Although there are only 5 zones, they each have two versions that require players to expand the world in order to grab all the collectables. When expanded, the books contain new challenges to take on and introduce more characters to meet.

An arcade like multiplayer is included as well. It lets friends compete against each other in various mini game activities. These are fun diversions from the story but ultimately they feel a little forced but ultimately don’t detract from the excellence that is the campaign.

Overview

Yooka-Laylee is a truly wonderful experience that is a must buy for anyone who enjoyed Banjo-Kazooie or any retro platformer. This indie game is a Kickstarter success story that shows the true power of the platform and independent developers. Hopefully it inspires more small time game developers to go against the grain and develop outside industry norms.

Gigamax Games is dedicated to giving our fans a look at all the latest games and industry updates. Make sure to stay tuned for more early previews and reviews and if you’d like to see some gameplay of Yooka-Laylee make sure to check out our sneak peek let’s play below.

Yooka-Laylee – Early Preview with Gigamax Games

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Horizon Zero Dawn – Let’s Play with Gigamax

Horizon Zero Dawn – Playlist with Gigamax

Horizon Zero Dawn has finally graced us with its presence. Absolutely stunning visuals mixed with a gorgeous open world experience has captivated gamers imagination… and time. The open world adventure isn’t just another of the same old thing, Horizon brought a new feel to this overused concept. Gorilla Games did a fantastic job offering the player a streamlined open world experience that flows like a conventional single player campaign. The review by Gigamax Games will be available soon, offering a detailed look into the depths of Horizon Zero Dawn.

Below is the Gigamax playlist where all Horizon Zero Dawn gameplay will be available. Get ready for a bunch of ‘Best Moments’ videos because this game is full of intense, heart stopping action. Not only will you be able to follow along the Gigamax adventure through the world, you might just find a hidden secret or two.

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Overall this game delivered and continues to deliver an exciting experience through and through. From the stunning graphics to the wonderfully laid out story, the robot monsters only enhance the playthrough. Hope you enjoy the video below and have as much fun with Horizon Zero Dawn as Gigs and Mack did playing it.

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Prey – Sci-Fi FPS – Inside Look with GIGAMAX Games

Prey Is Almost Here

Prey is coming May 5th 2017 to Playstation 4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. The upcoming sci-fi shooter was developed by Arkane Studios, known for their incredible first person stealth action games, Dishonored and Dishonored 2. Published by Bethesda Softworks, Prey has some big names behind it. There is a host of game footage available and from the video’s it’s clear, Prey shares a lot with their earlier titles.

The game offers multiple paths for the player to choose from, RPG elements and creative puzzle solving. To begin, you choose from a male or female character which can have a slight impact on the perspective the player will experience throughout the game. It delivers some incredible ambiance and music that helps immerse the player in the dangerous world. Prey of course, looks and feels a lot like Dishonored. However, it does share some similarities with Bioshock and Dead Space as well.

A Mash Of Classics

It’s clear Arkane Studios was influenced by other hit sci-fi games while still maintaining its own unique feel. A huge plus is the fact that the game has multiple ways to complete levels. This ensures each player can have a slightly different experience through the campaign. It’s always nice when a single player story game gives the gamer some kind of option when it comes to experiencing the story. It gives some incentive to replay the game while still ensuring a fun and exciting experience the next time around.

Below is a great video that walks through the first 45 minutes of gameplay. *Spoiler Warning*; A big twist is given away in the first 15 minutes. So if you want a completely fresh experience, we suggest you get hyped about the little bit of info we offered and pass on the video until having the chance to play it for yourself. If you’re on the fence about buying it, we highly recommend you check it out. Just from the first 45 minutes, we’re on the edge of our seat waiting for Prey to drop.

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Sources:

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https://www.cnet.com/news/prey-hands-on-preview-release-date/

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