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The Game Awards 2017 GOTY: Skip The Fluff

The Game Awards 2017 GOTY: Skip The Fluff

This past Thursday marked another tremendous return of The Game Awards 2017. Dubbed the Oscars of the gaming world, this international conference brings together the entire gaming community to reflect on the past year and all the amazing games released in 2017.

We watched the entire presentation so you didn’t have to and took all the most exciting announcements from The Game Awards and got right to the point. Those that want to watch it for themselves can find the full event at the bottom of this page. 

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Scroll down for the Game of The Year Winner!

Everyone had their eyes on The Game Awards 2017 to see which games will be recognized and those that ended up slipping through the cracks. Streamed live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles in 4K Ultra HD format, it celebrates the best games, eSports and members of the gaming community. This is a global event which includes localized versions reaching Chinese, South Korean, Brazilian, Russian, Japanese and other broadcasts from nations around the world.

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2017 was an intense year for gamers everywhere. People were speculating what game would take home the coveted Game of The Year (GOTY) award. It was incredibly difficult to guess the winner with so many amazing games but the nominees included; PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Be sure to check back on GigamaxGames.com as the crew dissects the entire event throughout the month.

Below you will find the Game of The Year Winner and a few other highlights from this epic event.

Game Of The Year Winner | The Game Awards 2017!

Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild

Nintendo rocked the nominees this year but Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild took home the title of Game of The Year 2017 winner. Well deserved, this is a Nintendo masterpiece and was a win for the legendary game company. This was an unbelievable year for the world of gaming and proves the future is bright for the gaming industry as a whole.

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The Game Awards 2017 Awards

Best Music

Nier Automata – Platinum Games

Best Narrative

What Remains of Edith Finch – Giant Sparrow

Best Action Game

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus – MachineGames

Best Art Direction

Cuphead – Studio MDHR  – Nominated for a total of 5 awards this year.

Best Debut Indie Game & Best Indie Game

Cuphead – Studio MDHR

Best Role-Playing Game 

Persona 5 – Atlus, P Studio

Best Strategy Game

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – Ubisoft

Most Anticipated Game

The Last of Us Part 2 – Naughty Dog

Best Family Game 

Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development

Game for Impact 

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory

Best eSports Team

Cloud9

Best eSports Player

FAKER

Best Ongoing Game & Best eSports Game

Overwatch – Blizzard

Best Student Game

Level Squared

Best Performance

Melina Juergens – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Best Game Direction & Best Action Adventure Game

Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild – Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development

 

Industry Icon

Carol Shaw

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This inspiring individual was the first woman to get her name on a game box. It was an age where one person created an entire game, from graphics, user interface, and coding, she did it all. If you haven’t heard of this pioneer of gaming, please take the time to click this link to her wiki page and learn a little more about this spectacular individual.

 

World Premiere Highlights

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Accounting Plus – 2018

Co-creator of Rick and Morty, Justin Roiland is bringing a brand new game to the world on December 19th. This whacky adventure holds true to the craziness that is Rick and Morty without being a Rick and Morty game. This VR experience is the first title from the new studio, Squanchtendo. Partnered with Tanya Watson, they teamed up the indie study Crows Crows Crows which takes a unique approach to the notoriously dull word of accounting.

In The Valley of The Gods – 2019

From the creators of Firewatch, this adventure game looks like it takes place in Egypt where the two heroines take on the impressive challenge of exploring the long-abandoned tombs.  Using technology that looks like it’s straight out of the early 19th century, ‘In The Valley of The Gods’ caught the attention of the world with their brief preview at this year’s award show.

Fade to Silence – 12/14/17 PC and “2018 all next-gen consoles”

Coming very soon, the developer showed off just exclusively in-game footage. This survival game looks as though it’s based in a post-apocalyptic world where the hero battles the elements to survive. This game snuck up on the community and seems like it’s sure to deliver unbelievable thrills.

Bayonetta 1 & 2 – Coming to Nintendo Switch – February 2018
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Bayonetta 3 – Now In Development – Exclusively on Nintendo Switch

This critically acclaimed franchise is coming to the Nintendo Switch in its entirely. 1, 2, and 3 will all be available on Nintendo’s newest console. The president of Nintendo America showed up in person to announce the title and left fans feeling as though they once again poured their heart and soul into the newest addition to the Bayonetta universe.

Death Stranding  

Kojima Productions announces Death Stranding is back. With an extended trailer, it offered a little more background into the story behind Death Stranding. More detailed than their original trailer it was still extremely vague but looked incredibly interesting.

Witchfire

The creators of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and Bulletstorm bring the world, ‘Witchfire’. With a short preview, there wasn’t much information offered but the action-packed trailer caught the Gigamax crew’s eye.

Dreams – 2018

This trippy trailer looked bright and colorful. The beautiful visuals and an exquisite soundtrack caught the world’s attention. Stay tuned for more information as details begin to emerge.

PUBG Desert Map – Miramar – Available Tonight

Available tonight on the test servers, the new desert map for PUBG the world has been waiting for has been officially announced. The head of PUBG Corp. made the announcement in person on The Game Awards stage.

Work Together or Die Together (GTFO) – 2017 (Maybe)

From the designer of Payday and Payday 2, a brand new first-person shooter developed by 10 Chambers has been announced to the world. Intense combat and relying heavily on teamwork along with puzzle-solving, GTFO being released by a brand new indie studio. From the looks of it, you would have never guessed an indie team of 10 put this game together.

 

Additional Highlights

Zelda: Breath of The Wild | The Champions’ Ballad – DLC Pack 2 | AVAILABLE NOW

Besides the grand opening and teaser of a new weapon and Link riding a motorcycle named “The Master Cycle Zero”, there wasn’t too much information offered but there’s a plus. Developers let the gaming community know that it is available now. This DLC looks spectacular and the Gigamax crew cannot wait to spend countless hours exploring all of the new content this DLC is sure to bring.

Soulcalibur VI

One question, do your souls still burn? The world welcomes back this classic fighter from Bandai Namco Entertainment and the crowd lost their minds when the news broke. New gaming platforms allowed the developers to bring an entirely new level of graphics and environmental detail that was never before seen in a Soulcalibur game. This is high on the must play list for the Gigamax crew.  

Fortnite 50v50 Mode

Available right now, this unique game mode is truly something unique. Pitting 50 players against another team of 50 will surely bring an incredible experience. Building, shooting and working as a gigantic team is an exciting prospect.

Flash Sale Celebration

In celebration of the award ceremony, The Game Awards 2017 is hosting a sale on Xbox Live, Nintendo eShop, PlayStation Store, and Steam. This year they’re teaming up with eBay and offering exclusive deals on gaming hardware and gear. Also, there’s still time to enter The Game Awards 2017 ULTIMATE GIVEAWAY! [Hyperlink: https://wyng.com/campaign/831410]

Watch The Full Event

This years game award was actually much less awkward than expected. With hysterical jokes, mind-blowing music performances, and spectacular visuals, this is not an event to miss.

Watch This Craziness from The Game Awards 2017…

There was so much incredible content announced at The Game Awards 2017 that this article won’t be able to cover it all. Be sure to check back on GigamaxGames.com as the crew breaks down the entire event throughout the rest of December as they break down the entire event and offer in-depth insights into all the major announcements. Follow Gigamax Games on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest content.

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December Game Releases: Get Ready for the Holidays

Do you know what December game releases your going to buy in time for that long holiday break? NO?! That’s alright, Gigamax has your back. It can be hard to keep up with all the intense holiday planning and latest video game news, that’s why we’ve taken the liberty of curating the perfect list of December game releases. Whether you’re buying them as presents or for yourself, this is everything you’ll need to keep your eye on.

December Game Releases

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

The world of Alrest has never been less at rest! This latest installment of the Xenoblade series follows the adventure of Rex after he is magically bonded with the humanoid weapon, Pyra. This “blade” is one of the many sentient weapons our hero makes friends with along the journey. One of Nintendo’s biggest releases this year, it is sure to please. If you enjoy JRPG’s and hours of quests, definitely don’t pass this title up.

Fallout 4 VR

Bethesda claims they don’t want to set the world on fire, but one can argue this release will figuratively do that. Enter the wasteland in the most personal way available. This reskinned journey takes down the barrier and puts you in the shoes of the sole survivor. Fallout 4 VR is sure to please any fan of this incredible series but it isn’t our fault if seeing a Deathclaw gives you an actual heart attack.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds

It’s finally time for console players to experience this gaming phenomenon! PUBG is making its way to the Xbox and opens up chicken dinners to a whole new community. This game started a revolution of “Battle Royale” simulators and its player base has literally not stopped growing since it came out. This game is the perfect addition to any fan of FPS or third person shooters list, but remember once you’re on the battleground the only rule is survival… And a whole list of other nonsense.

Full List of December Game Releases

  • Doom VFR (PSVR, Vive) – December 1
  • Gear Club (Switch) – December 1
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch) – December 1
  • Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package (PS4) – December 5
  • Steep – Road to the Olympics (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – December 5
  • Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris – December 5
  • Bravo Team (PSVR) – December 6
  • Reigns: Her Majesty (PC, iOS, Android) – December 7
  • Hello Neighbor (Xbox One, PC) – December 8
  • Loco Roco 2 Remastered (PS4) – December 9
  • Fallout 4 VR (Vive) – December 12
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Xbox One) – December 12
  • Resident Evil 7: Gold Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – December 12
  • Okami HD (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – December 12
  • Tiny Metal (PS4, Switch, PC) – December 21

Best Black Friday Gaming Deals You Can’t Miss

These are the best Black Friday Gaming Deals out there. Whether in-store or online, these are the most popular games and consoles at the lowest prices. Find only the cheapest games, consoles and gaming accessories this holiday season. There were so many spectacular games released this year, countless adventures to go on, and now is the time to catch up on some of the titles that shook the industry in 2017. 

The bottom section has the top deals for the latest games for PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch!

PlayStation 4

Find exclusive PlayStation Black Friday deals with the list below.

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PS4 Pro (GameStop): $349.99

PS4 Slim 1TB (Amazon): $199

PlayStation Virtual Reality Bundle (Amazon, Dell, GameStop, Newegg, Walmart): $299.99
-Includes Virtual Reality headset, Gran Turismo Sport, PlayStation Camera.

DuelShock 4 controller (Crystal – GameStop, Blue Crystal – Walmart, Red Crystal – Best Buy): $39.99

Xbox One

This list focuses on Xbox console and exclusive Xbox One game deals.

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Xbox One S 1TB Assassin’s Creed Bundle (Amazon): $299.99

Xbox One S 500GB with Madden 18 (Amazon): $249

PUBG (Amazon): $29.99

Resident Evil 7 (Amazon): $29.89

 

Nintendo Switch

Unfortunately, there haven’t been any major deals listed for the Nintendo Switch. Finding one in stock challenging enough but it doesn’t seem as though Nintendo is willing to cut the price of their market breaking console just yet.

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There is one deal for the Nintendo Switch Neon console: $299.99

Below are some deals that would make great additions to any current Nintendo Switch owner’s setup.

powerA Joy-Con Charging Dock for Nintendo Switch: $19.99

Dragonball Xenoverse 2 (Best Buy): $19.99

Lego Worlds (Target): $19.99

Mario + Rabbids Battle Kingdom (Walmart): $29

Black Friday Deals for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC

Beleive it or not, some of these games are over 50% off! These are AAA hits and their prices are plummeting, there might not be another chance to get these titles at these prices. Some of these links aren’t updated for their Black Friday deals just yet so be sure to wait. However, don’t wait too long, that “Out of Stock” text can really put a damper on a happy day of savings.

Call of Duty: WWII (Best Buy): $39.99 

Destiny 2 (GameStop): $27.99

The Evil Within 2 (Best Buy): $24.99

Injustice 2 (GameStop): $14

FIFA 18 (GameStop): $27.99

Madden NFL 18 (GameStop): $27.99

Prey (GameStop): $19.99

Final Fantasy 15 (Target): $15

Horizon Zero Dawn – PS4 Exclusive – (Best Buy): $19.99

Middle-earth: Shadow of War (GameStop): $25

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (Best Buy) $24.99

Sources:

http://www.gamesradar.com/black-friday-the-best-gaming-deals/

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/11/21/best-black-friday-2017-deals

https://www.polygon.com/2017/11/21/16681106/black-friday-ps4-playstation-pro-psvr

https://www.polygon.com/2017/11/21/16681608/best-black-friday-nintendo-deals-2017

vg247.com/2017/11/21/amazon-black-friday-deals-2017-all-the-cheapest-gaming-bargains-in-the-us-and-uk/

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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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Loot Box Madness: There’s A Right Way And Wrong Way

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.  

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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.

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| 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.

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Top 5 November Video Game Releases and Full List

Top 5 November Video Game Releases and Full List

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
  • Syberia II (Switch) – November 30th
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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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Clear Your Weekend Plans: 10/27 Game Releases

Video Game Releases: Friday, October 27th, 2017

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!

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Switch Super Smash Rumor Train At Full Steam

Switch Super Smash Rumor Train At Full Steam

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.

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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.


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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!

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