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Shadow of the Tomb Raider Playlist Page

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the last part of the Tomb Raider trilogy. The story follows Lara Croft’s life from the beginning of her Tomb Raiding ways. Now, with Lara Croft grown and battle-hardened, the violence gets turned up and the epic story can evolve. Come find the latest gameplay right here in the Shadow of the Tomb Raider Playlist.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider [PlayStation 4] with Gigamax Games

Even though the game looks gorgeous and is exhilarating at parts, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is lacking on that “wow” factor. The game feels a little worn out and a little too similar to the first two. The puzzles are fun but the action has a tendency to die down, leaving the gamer facing a string of slow-paced sections of the story. In a Tomb Raider where Lara Croft is supposed to be at her most fierce, the game includes a little too much hand holding.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider might have some drawbacks but one aspect of the game that can’t be faulted is its graphics. From the very beginning, it becomes clear that this game is going to be a knockout. Its rich jungle environment allows for plenty of incredible encounters and offers stunning natural formations to admire. Each cutscene is memorable, crafted beautifully to leave a powerful impression. Still, with all these visual achievements, the game itself hasn’t impressed the Gigamax Games crew like the first two.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 | Blackout Impressions

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Has Gone Gold

The company behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Ubisoft, formally announced in a Tweet that development of the game has officially wrapped up. The message came from the official account representing the developer and it states that Odyssey has “gone gold” which is industry slang for the end of base game development.

“We hope you’ll be enjoying playing the game as much as we did developing it and can’t wait to see which paths you’ll choose,” Ubisoft said in the message to fans.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: New Opportunites

The company was referencing the series new take on the adventure, an open world RPG instead of the action game most remember. Fans noticed this path start to take hold in Origins with the improved combat and number/color based gear, which critics praised in reviews. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey features a new dialogue system as well which allows players to choose responses in conversation much like in many other famous open world games like Mass Effect and Fallout.

Although work on the base game may be complete, the team behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is still hard at work, developing post-release patches and content. Multiple expansions are already planned for the title in both free and paid forms, and those that purchase the season pass will gain access to a remastered version of Assassin’s Creed III, the game that took players to early America and put them in the shoes of the Native American turned assassin, Connor.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Power of Choice Trailer

Ubisoft has already clarified that there will be no new addition to the Assassin’s Creed series in 2019, so hardcore fans will have to make the most of Odyssey and its various expansions. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey officially launches on October 5th on PS4, Xbox One, and PC so be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com for more on this highly anticipated title.

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Playlist Page

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Playlist Page

There’s a world of cuteness ready to be discovered and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is the perfect little puzzle adventure to put a smile on a gamers face. This adorable title is back on the Nintendo Switch and this amazing hybrid console breathes new life into Toads treasure tracking story. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a perfect match for anyone searching to spend some memorable hours working their way through a fun loving puzzle game.

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The game doesn’t offer much of a challenge but the puzzles do make gamers think. Using trial and error, persistence, and a little luck, nothing will hold a player back from conquering any challenge in their way. There are so many unique mechanics that come to life through all the features Nintendo Switch brings to the table. Open valves, flip entire sections of map, do whatever it takes and get Toad to the end of the level.

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Something special happens to any game that releases on the Nintendo Switch. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is no exception. Having the option to play mobile or dock the Switch and play on the big screen brings Toad’s adventure to an entirely new level.

Thanking about picking up Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker? The playlist above shows off the core gameplay and even a boss fight! Make sure to take a look before spending the money.

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Celebrating 40 years of Space Invaders with Gigamax

Disclaimer: Gigamax Games has no relationship with Taito’s Space Invaders.

Taito’s Space Invaders, the classic arcade game just celebrated its 40th birthday. Releasing in 1978, it influenced countless games and the gaming industry in general since its inception. This was the first game that created its very own world rather than simulating an environment from the real world. It also introduced the concept of a high score and multiple lives.

Celebrating 40 Years of Space Invaders

Space Invaders quickly became the most popular game in arcades worldwide after its global release. 40 years later, it’s hard to find a gamer that hasn’t played or at least heard of the game. A staple of arcade gaming, any fan of this classic title might want to take a trip to Japan to celebrate.

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The publisher is celebrating this momentous occasion in an over the top way. Hosting a limited time event in Japan, Taito created a massive version of the game where up to ten players can work together to fend off the alien threat. Named, Prepare…for Space Invaders Gigamax!, this celebration caught the attention of Gigamax Games for a couple of reasons.

Bigger, Brighter, Gigamax

Huge fans of the game, the Gigamax Games crew was shocked to hear this limited time event was actually named, “Prepare… for Space Invaders Gigamax”. If anyone forgot, the name of this website is GigamaxGames.com.

The event is a limited edition attraction, located southwest of Tokyo at the Laguna Ten Bosch resort in Gamagori, Japan. Each game costs players around $4.50 USD or 500 yen. The massive display will only be available to try through July so if anyone wants to give it a try, the time to book a trip to Japan is now. It is uncertain what the future holds for Space Invaders Gigamax but with any luck, this celebration won’t be the last time gamers see Gigamax on the big screen.

For more information on this special event, an official website is available in Japanese. Google Translate will help but doesn’t translate the pictures. 

Also, have you heard about WoodyPlays? Our friends over at Woodstock Productions created a brand new gaming news site! Take a second to check it out.

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Video Game Hall of Fame Inducts Four More Titles

Video Game Hall of Fame Inducts Four More Titles

The Strong Museum’s “World Video Game Hall of Fame” added four more games to their collection of titles that have made a monumental impact on the industry and have served to influence the games we have today.

An Impressive Start

To start off, Spacewar!, which many consider the first video game ever to be created, is now part of the Video Game Hall of Fame. This title was initially created at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was playable on the PDP-1 minicomputer, while Spacewar! was never commercially sold, it moved many to consider using computers to create a new type of game that had never been seen before, according to the Strong Museums’ Jon-Paul Dyson. The other inductees include the classic football game John Madden Football; one of the first action-adventure titles, Tomb Raider; and the JRPG loved by many, Final Fantasy VII.

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These four games came from a pool of various other considerations for the Video Game Hall of Fame. The other games that were up for a spot were Asteroids, Call of Duty, Dance Dance Revolution, Half-Life, King’s Quest, Metroid, Minecraft, and Ms.Pac-Man.

The games are recognized for a number of different criteria, such as icon-status, longevity, geographical reach, impact on design and development of other games, pop culture, and society. A full list of all the different criteria can be found on the Museum’s website.

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This group of games is the fourth installment of inductees that the museum has had. A full list of the existing inductees is available at the bottom of this article. All of the titles are currently on display at The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York.

2018 World Video Game Hall Of Fame Inductees

  • Spacewar!
  • John Madden Football
  • Tomb Raider
  • Final Fantasy VII

Previous World Video Game Hall Of Fame Inductees

  • Donkey Kong
  • DOOM
  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • Halo: Combat Evolved
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • The Oregon Trail
  • Pac-Man
  • Pokemon Red and Green
  • Pong
  • The Sims
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Space Invaders
  • Street Fighter II
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Tetris
  • World of Warcraft
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NFHS Partners with PlayVS to Create High-School Level eSports Programs

The National Federation of State High School Associations and the eSports company, PlayVS are teaming up to create eSports programs for the association’s 19,000 partnered schools. This news is followed by a joint announcement from the two companies last Thursday (April 26th).

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NFHS Partners with PlayVS to Create High-School Level eSports Programs

The NFHS will begin working with its member high-schools to bring eSports tournaments hosted by PlayVS at the beginning of October. School districts interested in joining the program will need to pay a $16 monthly membership fee as well as provide computers and internet infrastructure necessary for participating in the event. The CEO of NFHS, Mark Koski, said that they’re projecting 18 to 19 states to take part in the 2018-19 season.

“There are states that are ‘show me’ states that will want to see something happen over the next year or two,” Koski said, “and as things are successful, the goal will be to have all 51 in the long run.” (https://es.pn/2JZrceo)

PlayVS competitions will run in two separate seasons during the districts school year. The first season will run from the beginning of October through January, with the second period of time running from February to May. The individual tournaments will all feed into playoff bracket,s eventually leading to a State Championship.

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Gaming All Summer Long

The startup company also plans on running summer tournaments for students not in school, but these competitions will not be weighed in the State Championship Race. The companies also haven’t set a name for these competitions yet but the CEO of PlayVS, Delane Parnell explained its participant’s ages are still being considered.

“We focus less on game and more on genre,” Parnell said. “First off, we’re doing no shooting games: no third-person, not first-person shooting, no battle royale, as much as that sucks, because the contents of the games are not friendly in a high school environment. We’re sensitive to all of the issues around violence in schools, and we do not want to promote that for the foreseeable future. We are very much focused on multiplayer online battle arenas, fighting and sports. We think those genres work, and there will be other genres we expand to as new genres grow within eSports. Our entire system is designed to be plug-and-play, so as new games come out, we can plug that game in.” (https://es.pn/2JZrceo)

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What Comes Next?

The league could also turn into a feeder program as well. About 65 colleges across the United States have expanded to offer scholarship sponsored eSports programs. Another consideration is that various game developers like Riot Games, Blizzard, and various other companies have hosted their own college level tournaments for their collection of competitive games.

This league sounds like an amazing opportunity for students that want to pursue a career in gaming or just want to leverage their passion and talent for something productive and constructive. Hopefully, this becomes a country wide tournament that helps remove some of the stigma surrounding the gaming industry. For more information regarding the upcoming NFHS high-school eSports league,, you can visit their website. 

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Top 5 Gameplay Videos of 2017

Top 5 Gameplay Videos of 2017 – Gigamax Games

This time of year is always nostalgic. Looking back on the past year can bring back some great and not so great memories, but what’s important is to keep moving forward. Gigamax Games wanted to reflect back on some of the gameplay videos that helped the brand take the next step forward as well as some of those that fell flat.

Not every video was a big success but each and every moment has a special place in the crew’s heart. Hope you find some hidden gameplay gems that you may have overlooked with all the other incredible content released in 2017.

Please, enjoy the top 5 gameplay videos of 2017 along with an added bonus on the bottom.

Yooka-Laylee by Playtonic Games – Early Preview with Gigamax Games

Yooka-Laylee by Playtonic, former creative talent who brought us the classic, Banjo-Kazooie! Huge fans of the Rare original, recording the Demo was a must. Gigamax dives into Playtonic’s proof of concept, 100% the level and showing the path to the end secret. [Find The Let’s Play Page]

Wolfenstein II – How To Beat The First Boss! with Gigamax Games

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. [Find The Let’s Play Page]

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Fan Service Much? [Episode 1] with Gigamax Games

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 delivered dozens of hours of excitement so far and there’s still a long way to go. Even with some of the sub-par reviews this game received because of the fan service, it’s still a quality experience. It shouldn’t turn people away if they’re looking for a great, classic feeling JRPG. [Find The Let’s Play Page]

SPECIAL EPISODE: Unlock Monster Hunter XX for North American Switch! & Gameplay

With a brand new Monster Hunter coming to PlayStation 4, it was time to update the Monster Hunter Playlist. The Demo for Monster Hunter: World was available for a limited time and the Gigamax crew was lucky enough to give it a try. [Find The Let’s Play Page]

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – [Diaper Butt & Appetisers] with Gigamax

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an amazing, awe inspiring experience that is one of the best games to come out in the past decade. So Mack and Gigs decided to hop on and make a couple Applebee’s jokes. All kidding aside, this game really is amazing and a great addition to the Zelda family. [Find The Let’s Play Page]

Bonus!

Here you will find the Top 3 WORST performing videos from Gigamax Games. Maybe they were missed, maybe the community just didn’t like them but now’s your chance to pick. Where these videos hidden gems or nothing but a pile a carbon? Be sure to let us know in the YouTube Comments or the comment section at the bottom of this page.

Thank you all so much for any time you choose to spend with Gigamax Games. Everyone here at this little organization wants to thank you from the bottom of their hearts. Each and everything the crew puts together is for the gaming community. This is all about you!

The Little Videos That Couldn’T

DIABLO III: Episode 7 | No Death HARDCORE Run (Seinfeld Special) GIGAMAX

Diablo 3 received a host of updates over the past few months and it’s added content worthy of a revisit. The 21st anniversary of Blizzard’s Diablo franchise just past, seasons have come to console and with the Necromancer here, there’s a lot to explore.  [Find The Let’s Play Page]

 Can’t Hear Game Volume, Get’s Chicken Dinner Anyway – PUBG – with Gigamax Games

It’s finally happened, Mack and Gigs have captured that perfect ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’ moment on a recording. To commemorate this joyous the goal the crew celebrates with a measly view count and a round of high-fives all around! [Find The Let’s Play Page]

Shovel Knight Part 2- Indie Games ‘Let’s Play’ with GIGAMAX

Shovel Knight is one of those classic Indie Games that deserves credit. When games today offer 4k resolution at 60fps, many gamers are looking for graphics. Offering an 8bit, 2D platformer that can pull a modern gamer’s attention is impressive. [Find The Let’s Play Page]

Don’t forget, you can always find the 2016-2017 highlight reel below!

This is just the beginning. There are big things coming in 2018 so be sure to Subscribe on YouTube, Like us on Facebook, and Follow on Twitter to keep up with all the latest updates. Things are just starting to get exciting so you won’t want to miss what’s next!

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GTA 5 Winter Update Brings the Holiday Cheer

GTA 5 Winter Update Brings the Holiday Cheer

To celebrate the holiday season, Rockstar just released a substantial GTA 5 winter update. In the latest patch for Grand Theft Auto’s insanely popular online experience, San Andreas got something relatively uncommon for California, a blanket of snow. Currently, there are free liveries and on Christmas day fans will be able to receive a free car.

Officially known as GTA V’s Festive Surprise Event, the blanket of snow it left behind is for more than just show. Players can put down the guns, pick up snowballs, and chuck them at each other. To throw the snowy winter staple click left on the d-pad on a console, or G on the PC.

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Free Rides For All!

The free car Rockstar is handing out is an Albany Hermes Muscle Car which players can claim by logging on Christmas day. The car also comes with 5 free liveries for the thruster. Rockstar is also giving away a free Krampus mask because let’s face it, evil Santa doesn’t get enough credit.  If you’re feeling extra festive, holiday-themed clothes are also for sale through in-game shops.

Players can also make their way down to Southern San Andreas Super Autos to purchase another brand new vehicle that was just added to the game. Called the Benefactor Streiter, this SUV is a powerhouse that combines a sleek sporty look with awesome off-road capabilities.

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Rockstar previously announced that GTA’s current premium stunt race is the H200, the current time trial is Sawmill which runs through Christmas day. On December 26th, Double Loop will become the stunt race and Cypress Flats will be the time trial. Every player that participates in the winter event races will receive triple RP and on top of that, the leading three racers will get a huge in-game money award. The time trial will also grant a bonus RP and GTA$ award for those that beat the set time. Let us know how you’re enjoying the GTA 5 winter update in the comments below!

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Eidos Montreal Increasing Focus on Online Experiences

Eidos Montreal Increasing Focus on Online Experiences

Triple A  developer Eidos Montreal, most well known for its Deus Ex series, confirmed plans to focus on online elements. In a blog post on the developer’s website which was initially reported by the gaming publication IGN, the studio’s head David Anfossi said you can expect an “added emphasis” for online play in the developer’s games going forward to improve the experience overall.

“At Eidos-Montreal, we’re constantly working towards creating innovative and exciting experiences for gamers everywhere,” he explained in his post detailing his plans for the future of the company. “In turn, we are placing an added emphasis on the online experiences in our games, striving to continually provide players with content that is memorable and impactful.” (http://bit.ly/2CWdgOY)

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

New Opportunities

Anfossi continued by saying that online play, through its “inherent interactivity,” presents the studio an opportunity for the games it develops to exist for a longer period of time in the market. This comes as no surprise as the company had previously detailed its plans to approach a “games-as-a-service” approach, where a developer launches a game and overtime supports the experience with new content generally for free with the ability to purchase microtransactions. Anfossi also said Eidos Montreal is currently forming teams and tools to support these goals.

Eidos Montreal recently revealed they are working on the new Tomb Raider game, but they have not offered any details on the title. The studio is also working on a new Marvel Avengers game in partnership with Crystal Dynamics, but even less is known about that other than a short teaser trailer.

Deus Ex On Hiatus

Unfortunately for fans of the series, it was reported that Square Enix is putting Deus Ex on hiatus after their last entry, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided because of poor sales figures. Square Enix’s CEO, Yosuke Matsuda, said that the series isn’t going away forever but it is unknown when development will pick it up again.

Eidos Montreal has yet to offer any details on its upcoming projects so little is known about how they plan to approach this new direction. Hopefully, they are able to keep up the strong nature of their single-player campaigns because it is what the studio did so well. Make sure to keep checking back with Gigamax Games for more details on the studio’s future as they become available!

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