Unsurprisingly, the recently released Spider-Man PS4 game has been pretty popular among fans of the web-slinging hero. What is surprising is that the game broke a variety of Sony sales records and set a new bar for all Triple-A titles on PlayStation 4.
A report from USA Today revealed that Spider-Man PS4 sold 3.3 million copies in only three days after the game launched. The previous record was set by God of War earlier this year when it sold 3.1 million copies in the first three days. Spider-Man was also able to break Sony's pre-order records at a whopping one million copies sold before the game even came out. All of these figures don't even take into account the sales of the PS4 Pro bundle that included a copy of Spider-Man PS4.
The game runs at the typical retail price of $60, which when added up, equates to about $198 million USD in revenue. This figure is more money than the recent Spider-Man Homecoming movie brought in at the box office. While this comparison sounds spectacular, it could be a bit off due to not every copy of the game being sold at $60 and movie tickets being considerably less expensive than a video game.
"Our expectations are always set at the highest levels," said Sony global VP of sales Stephen Turvey. "It's met and exceeded all expectations. I think the company, and the campus, and our fans are super proud of it." Turvey also stated that Insomniac Games managed to bring back Spider-Man "in a way that you want to experience it." (https://usat.ly/2QMjmIE)
It will be exciting to see how these sales figures grow along with the game as well. The question remains if gamers will commit to the DLC that will be released in the coming months. Whatever happens, you can rest assured knowing that GigamaxGames.com will be watching these developments closely.
The next Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is releasing on October 12th but fans had a chance to try the game early. There was two betas available, one for multiplayer and one for their new mode, Blackout. On September 14th, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners that pre-ordered the game got hands-on with the Battle Royale game mode and it was a pleasant surprise.
Agents of Shield?
Long-time fans of the Call of Duty series were crushed when they first heard Call of Duty Black Ops 4 wasn’t going to include a single-player campaign. Instead, Call of Duty Black Ops 4 would incorporate the popular Battle Royale game mode which they named Blackout. With the massive success of PUBG and Fortnite the developer, Treyarch, apparently saw a golden opportunity by adding Blackout.
Gigamax Games didn’t have the highest expectations for Blackout. Huge fans of PUBG and Fortnite, it was difficult to understand how Call of Duty could improve on the Battle Royale concept. However, after spending hours playing round after round, Blackout ended up becoming the most anticipated part of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 release.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - Blackout [YouTube Stream]
The gameplay above offers an unedited look at the new game mode coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Blackout felt like a much more refined PUBG but mixed with the high-octane action expected from a Call of Duty game. It ran as well as Fortnite but with more realistic graphics, far surpassing PUBG. Treyarch was able to give gamers the gritty Battle Royale game they wanted as well as the seamless, lag-free gameplay they needed.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - Blackout Impressions
LFG - Blackout Teammate
The games started out like any traditional Battle Royale game when landing in a secluded area. Blackout was slow in the beginning and most of the start was spent looting buildings to find gear, but when the circle began to shrink, the chaos kicked off. It was strange at first, strategizing with the team, meticulously choosing how to flank an enemy when an enemy was spotted. This isn’t always possible in a traditional Call of Duty multiplayer game. Yet, when the shooting started, it was instantly apparent that Blackout was still very much a Call of Duty. Fast-paced, running around, feeling like that kill was yours only to be dead after the exchange (level 3 armor is broken), this take on Battle Royale was able to stay true to the Call of Duty franchise.
Get To The Chopper!
PUBG and Fortnite both have vehicles but Blackout took this idea to an entirely new level. Gamers can find helicopters scattered across the map. They can transport troops and are a fantastic way to quickly loot entire sections of the map. At first, the Gigamax Games crew thought they were going to be a game breaker but that wasn’t the case. There are anti-air weapons included in Blackout and the pilot doesn’t have access to any kind of large caliber machine guns or missiles. Instead, they are primarily for troop transport but those riding along can still lay down fire from the open cabin. Find the right guns and a helicopter can be turned into a flying death machine but it’s a huge plus that they aren’t nearly as overpowered as expected.
Of course, no impression article of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - Blackout would be complete without mentioning the different points on the map which are populated with zombies. Zombie Mode is a staple of Treyarch’s Call of Duty and they seamlessly incorporated these decaying creators throughout the Blackout map. Classic Call of Duty Zombie Mode maps can be found all around the area of operation and in these locations, players can find the Mystery Box which is filled with high-quality loot and even has a chance to drop the Ray Gun. However, the best way to find the nearly unstoppable Ray Gun is just by killing zombies until one drops it.
What We Want and What Comes Next
The map brought back memories with every named location being based on previous Black Ops games. The picture below shows off the multiplayer maps they incorporated into Blackout. the Call of Duty: Black Ops franchise has had so many incredible multiplayer maps throughout its history, there’s no telling how Blackout’s map will evolve over its lifetime.
After a few rounds, the entire Gigamax Games crew started imagining just how this game mode will change over time. When taking a look at PUBG and Fortnite, it is apparent that gamers can get bored playing in the same environment over and over. Both of these Battle Royale games are able to keep players interested by updating the map or adding new maps entirely. With the massive budget Treyarch and Activision have at their disposal, the possibilities could be endless. This was a primarily “want” from the Gigamax Games crew. These powerhouse companies need to continue supporting Blackout, especially in the absence of a single-player campaign in order to keep the game mode fresh, feeling new, and exciting.
The Gigamax Games crew had low hopes going into the beta but after putting hours dropping out of that helicopter and working their way across the map, expectations are high for the full release. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - Blackout was absolutely a pleasant surprise and Treyarch did a fantastic job making it their own but at the same time staying true to Call of Duty.
July is going to be an interesting month for video game releases. Remasters, new RPG’s, and some controversial games are making an appearance. With the recent conclusion of E3 2018, the world waits in anticipation for all the major blockbusters announced at the conference. However, sometimes all that coverage can cover up a hidden gem scheduled to release the month after the impressive event.
Don’t miss a thing with the July video game releases list below. The first 5 are the Gigamax Games July picks and the complete list is below the top 5.
Shining Resonance Refrain (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One) - July 10th
The upcoming Japanese RPG developed by Media.Vision and published by Sega was originally released on December 11th, 2014. Now, it’s coming back and this mystical adventure has another chance at life. Shining Resonance Refrain has an interesting and intricate backstory that has the potential to catch any fantasy game fans attention.
Earthfall (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - July 13th
Gamers that enjoyed the cooperative shooter, Left 4 Dead might have a hard time turning down a chance to play Earthfall. A team of 4 are pitted against hordes of aliens. Earthfall wants to bring back gameplay style the massive hit Left 4 Dead perfected. The story focuses on the government failed attempt to fend off an alien horde that landed on Earth in a meteorite. Average citizens have to answer the call and stand up for humanity.
Octopath Traveler (Switch) - July 13th
Square Enix brings the world their new adventure RPG, Octopath Traveler to the Nintendo Switch. Eight travelers are on a quest to explore the world of Orsterra, each has their own unique story to tell. The game company stated that no DLC will be coming to Octopath Traveler because the studio explained they are releasing a complete game. This is a bold claim in the current video game market as DLC’s have become commonplace. The main questline is expected to take between 50-60 hours or 80-100 hours of content if gamers explore all the side quests and search for everything else the game has to offer.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (3DS, Switch) - July 13th
Originally released on Wii U, those with a Nintendo Switch and the 3DS will have another chance to play Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. New miniature courses based on the smash hit Super Mario Odyssey are included in the new Switch and 3DS version as well. The puzzle game is based in a visually stunning world that is sure to shine on the Switch. The hybrid console version will even include a two-player mode.
No Man’s Sky (Xbox One) - July 24th
Xbox fans will finally have a chance to try the highly controversial, No Man’s Sky. After its initial, massively criticised release, the team at Hello Games worked feverishly to address fans concerns and the Xbox One release has the potential to receive a much warmer welcome. Gamers know what to expect and along with all updates, Xbox One gamers have a lot more to do within the massive sandbox Hello Games created.
July 2018 Video Game Releases
Red Faction: Guerilla Remastered (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - July 3rd
Mushroom Wars 2 (Switch) - July 5th
Warhammer 40K Inquisitor - Martyr (PS4, Xbox One) - July 5th
MGXP Pro (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - July 10th
20XX (PS4, Switch, Xbox One) - July 10th / July 11th Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - July 13th
Sonic Mania Plus (Switch, PS4, Xbox One) - July 17th
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - July 24th
Battlefield is back in a spectacular way. It’s been sixteen years since Battlefield 1942 revolutionized first-person shooters and now DICE wants to shake things up once again with Battlefield V. Set in World War II, Battlefield V brings with it brand new game modes, mechanics, and systems. These changes will excite and possibly even worry some longtime Battlefield fans.
This week, DICE released the official reveal trailer for Battlefield V. Besides being visually stunning, it offered some great insight into what fans can expect in October of this year.
Free DLC But At What Cost?
DICE officially revealed that Battlefield V DLC's will be following a similar model to the way Overwatch handles theirs. Any and all DLC’s will be completely free for all players, no Premium Pass required. However, DICE will be relying on a steady stream of income from selling cosmetics that will not impact a players effectiveness in combat. The developer did make it clear that all the cosmetics will be able to be unlocked by playing the game as well.
New game modes - Multiplayer and Singleplayer
Eliminating paywalls isn’t the only way DICE plans on improving their latest Battlefield game. A new cooperative mode called ‘Combined Arms’ is being added. It was designed to bridge the gap between singleplayer and Battlefields in-depth multiplayer. This four-player co-op mode uses a mission generator that gives players the power to customize their experiences easily and can take place in a variety of different environments. If a mission gets out of hand, players will be forced to make a hard choice. They can either choose to keep everything they found up until that point, or push through and complete the mission which pays off in a big way.
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Operations, the new mode that made its first appearance in Battlefield 1 is returning as ‘Grand Operations”. Not only will the maps evolve throughout the game, the game modes will change throughout the duration of the battle as well.
DICE gave an example of how one of the Grand Operations will play out. Set in Rotterdam, the attacking forces will begin in an airplane and drop down behind enemy lines, tasked with taking out the Defenders long-range artillery cannons. Defenders, in AA cannons, will be targeting these troop-carrying planes. Day two is a classic Operation game mode but it’s now called Breakthrough. Day three, the map transformed into a battle-torn version of Rotterdam. This is where players can see the destruction bombing runs have left behind. If attackers are able to score a decisive victory, the battle will end on day three. The battle will progress to day four if the score is close and that will be the new Last Stand mode. Ammunition is low, vehicles are either far and few between or nonexistent. If a squad is wiped, they cannot respawn so cooperation, revives, and resupplies are essential.
DICE wants to put more emphasis on squad cooperation. Players will only get a limited amount of ammo and grenades and players can’t regenerate back to full health after being shot. This will make medics and classes with ammo resupply gadgets absolutely vital. Gamers can also pick up ammo from downed enemies or regenerate health on a flag position. Resupplying at a flag point is only possible if one was constructed.
All of this could have a massive impact on the way snipers play the game. So before a sniper finds that perfect hiding spot far away from the front lines, they’ll need to either have a buddy there with supplies or go around and collect enough ammunition to hold them over. This could address those frustrating moments where it seems like there’s just no place to hide from an ace sniper in a well-fortified position.
Fortifications and Improvements To The Frostbite Engine
Speaking about fortified positions, every player will be capable of making fortifications. They will even be able to rebuild parts of broken down structures. This new mechanic isn’t just isolated to the inside of buildings, gamers can deploy sandbags out in the open, set up anti-tank obstacles, barbed wire, and even resupply centers near flag positions.
[Image Source: Gameinformer.com]
The Frostbite Engine has been a staple of the battlefield games. Being able to destroy buildings and cover not only changes the landscape but it can also force the opposing team to change their strategy. However, in Battlefield V, DICE takes it even a step further. Now, the broken parts of buildings aren’t just rendered objects, they are actually the “real” pieces of the structure. If an artillery shell hits the outside of the building, debris will be launched inwards and vice-versa. Furthermore, pieces of a destroyed wall might even be hanging on by a thread, only to fall after a nearby explosion shakes the Earth.
Towing Weapons and Grenade Spam
Coming to Battlefield V is the ability to move around those once stationary AA guns or the mighty .50 cal. Tanks can tow these tide-turning weapons around the combat zone, absolutely transforming how these weapons will be utilized. Repositioning these heavy-hitting weapons to where they will be most useful, either to defending important objectives or use them as a means of attack. Players can use the towed AA guns or .50 cals while attached to the tank. Tanks can fire the main gun as soldiers on the towed AA or .50 caliber guns launch a barrage of lead at the enemy.
The issue with grenade spam is something DICE has been working to address for quite some time. Their response to this is letting players shoot grenades out of the air and if they react quick enough, throw grenades back.
Character Environment Interaction
The way characters interact and affect the environment has also been upgraded in a massive way. Not only have the graphics taken a massive step forward, the environment reacts to gamers being present in the landscape. Adding an incredible layer of realism, when players are wading or running through water, they will lift their legs higher. Soldiers can even slip when running on mud or rocks. Characters will also charge to cover will all their might, aggressively throwing and banging their bodies on the cover when running to the new position. High grass will respond to gamers movements, potentially giving away their position to the enemy.
[Image Source: Ign.com]
Character customization has become incredibly popular throughout the gaming community. DICE took a good hard look at Battlefield V and invested in the trend. Gamers can now customize their soldiers head to toe. Face paint, facial features, hair, pants, upper torso, and accessories are all in play. This new mechanic will give players a chance to truly make their soldier their own. Female soldiers can also be found around the battlefield. DICE announced they are always willing to sacrifice historical accuracy for fun and having the option to choose and customize their character to their liking always makes a game more enjoyable.
There are so many impressive improvements and changes coming to Battlefield V. The Gigamax crew are all huge fans of the series and cannot wait to get their hands on DICE’s next game. The new WWII is expected to release on October 19, 2018, but if this seems like an unbearable weight, there’s always some Battlefield 1 gameplay below.
The studio behind the hit action game, Bayonetta, teased a new game in the same genre they perfected. PlatinumGames, also behind the canceled Xbox One game Scalebound, revealed their plan at the Bitsummit event when Platinum boss, Atsushi Inaba announced that the company has a number of new projects in the works. These games include Bayonetta 3 and something never before seen in the action genre.
According to the video game publication DualShockers, Inaba teased that the game would "turn the action genre on its head." Although, it sounds as if the game is still early in the development process as only a certain group of people are even aware of its existence at PlatinumGames.
Platinum is also behind the cult classic Metal Gear: Revengeance and the recent hit Nier: Automata. On top of Bayonetta 3 and this mysterious game, the company is co-developing Lost Order and Granblue Fantasy Project Re: Link for both mobile and PlayStation 4.
This Is Only The Beginning
Inaba also said that back in January that PlatinumGames was already in the beginning stages of developing new games. "We've pretty much opened the company up to 'Anybody can pitch a game,' and so over the last year we've gotten about 70 design documents from different people," Inaba said. "So [2017 was] about us basically diluting which stuff we wanted to focus on and not focus on, and drilling down to the point where we now have two designs that we're genuinely focused on." (https://bit.ly/2IDNyEt)
The studio head told fans to expect the next couple of titles to have a mid-range budget. "We can't put together a AAA, $10 million-plus game, because we just don't have that sort of cash as an independent developer. However, we don't plan to go the indies route with just a few people on a team making a game, so it'll be somewhere in the middle, looking at probably about 20 people on the staff making the game, so that'll still be a healthy [size]." (https://bit.ly/2IDNyEt)
PlatinumGames is certainly a trustworthy studio that specializes in making games that break the mold, not only in terms of gameplay but story as well. It'll be exciting to see what revolutionary ideas the studio will explore next and Gigamax Games will be sure to report the latest details when this new game is revealed.
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.
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.
Battlefield 1 is a fantastic step forward in EA and DICE’s franchise and they’re getting ready to drop four new DLC's. A detailed look into these unique expansions has become available and below you’ll find a breakdown of each one. With so many great games being released, it’s impressive Battlefield still has the strength to pull the community back in time and time again. Take a look and see what’s in store.
The upcoming expansions will be available as individual purchases, or free for Premium Pass holders. As of now, the Premium Pass costs $50 so maybe ‘free’ isn’t the right term.
“They Shall Not Pass”
Players will have a chance to play as the World War 1 era French army, fighting across four French maps. The Car 2C tank also makes an appearance in the DLC which is the game's newest behemoth class vehicle. This is by far the most highly covered of the four expansions as it's currently available on the Community Test Environment.
“In The Name of the Tsar”
The second expansion puts the player directly in the front lines with the Russian army, ready to ride along with the “legendary Hussars." The historic Brusilov offensive and Albion assault are the primary theme of the second DLC.
Battlefield 1 is taking to the sea in this expansion focused on naval warfare. A new destroyer and coastal class airship will become available which is going to add even more diversity to this already unique first-person shooter. Players will be tossed into the hell of war as they take part in the Zeebrugge raid and storm the beaches of Gallipoli.
This expansion will include some of the most “infamous battles of WW1." This is where some of the most “brutal tools and unique weapons” will rear their ugly heads. When faced with tremendous obstacles, people will do whatever it takes to survive. Desperation and deadlock describes World War I perfectly and the weapons making their way to this fourth expansion will be a testament to that fact.
Battlefield 1 has delivered so much entertainment and this is the perfect time to release an expansion of this size. This is not to say the game was getting stale, but it’s definitely time to learn some new maps, weapons and find ourselves in some new crazy situations.
The time has finally come and Gigamax is here ready to face the world and offer quality content and the latest information surrounding the video game industry. We also dabble in some technology, but there will be more on that later. Right now, we want to introduce ourselves and let you all know what to expect.
Gigamax is a dream project two friends from New Jersey put together one night on PSN. Chris and Mike have both always had a serious passion for video games and thought it was a waste not to take it seriously. Jokingly the idea got brought up a few times, “let's make a youtube channel and just game” or “Wouldn’t it be amazing if work was as great as gaming? Let’s make that happen.” After a while, the idea became less of a dream and more of a goal. Taking it seriously, working 80 hours a week between work and focusing on Gigamax, it became less of a goal and more of a job. Video games are an art, and it was time to get involved.
One of the key aspects of Gigamax is that the community is an essential component to the organization. Content contributors and creators are welcomed in all of their forms be it, video, audio, graphics or articles, send them our way at Gigamaxgames@gmail.com and we’ll take a look.We will be creating a content contributor section on the website where all contributors will be credited and a record of their work will be kept so others can go back and find more. Feel free to reach out via Twitter, Facebook or Email with any comments, suggestions or even if you want to find out more and how to get involved. Gigamax is here for you, the gamer, and that can’t be stressed enough.
Finally, the list below is just some of the content that you can expect out of Gigamax and where to find it. But as Mack and Gigs continue to push forward, be ready to see things start leveling up fast.
-Youtube: Let’s Plays, Walkthroughs, Technology/Game Reveals and Industry Events
Everyone here at Gigamax hopes you enjoy what we have to offer. Be ready for consistent, original content and the latest news from the most reputable of sources. There are already content contributors already creating videos and writing articles to distribute through the Gigamax audience. So for the final words, let us just say this, thank you so much for your time and we hope to see you again very soon.