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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!

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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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EA Plans to Launch New Game Streaming Service

EA Plans to Launch New Game Streaming Service

Seeing the success of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu inspired some of the leading game companies to emulate the idea. Sony used their own game streaming service, PS Now to some extent to show that it is possible, but more work needs to be done to make it a viable application. While speaking at the UBS Global Technology Conference this week, EA’s CFO Blake Jorgensen said you can expect the company to launch its unannounced streaming service within the next 2-3 years. According to Jorgensen, the company doesn’t plan on doing this alone and is working with an undisclosed partner.

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The Time Is Now To Do It Right

Jorgensen also said one of the variables holding back streaming in recent years was the lack of widespread data centers. If your home is located relatively far from one of these facilities, then your streaming quality immediately goes down. He credited the work of companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple, saying that thanks to these companies and the data centers they’ve created, EA now has the confidence to build their own game streaming service.

The CFO also noted a host of other issues that needed to be addressed while they develop their platform. He added that internet speeds were going up in a lot of places, but not everywhere. This fact is one of the biggest downfalls of streaming services. Jorgensen also made it very clear that he doesn’t see game streaming replacing console gaming anytime soon if not ever.

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The Idea Is Building Steam

Interestingly enough head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has been openly discussing Microsoft’s own plans to release a game streaming service. Maybe not so coincidentally, the company stated that their service will launch around 2020 as well. This would match up with EA’s timeframe also indicating that these two gaming powerhouses could be working on perfecting the medium.

With streaming becoming the norm for most peoples TV and movie watching, it is no surprise that gaming companies would want to get in on the action. Ultimately, this work could pay off big time if the service hammers out the issues that currently plague services like PS Now. An incredible amount of effort is needed, but we’re confident EA has the resources to put together a decent game streaming service (whether or not you agree with their sometimes shady business practices). We’ll be keeping a close eye on their work so be sure to check back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest in gaming news and industry updates!

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Dead by Daylight – Halloween Special!

Dead by Daylight – Halloween Horror Special!

The Gigamax crew is celebrating October with a bunch of different scary games and Dead by Daylight is on the list. Sneaking around a bunch of unique monsters while your friends try to start generators might sound easy, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Gigs and Mack test their luck and go head to head with some monsters online to see if they have what it takes to survive. For the most part, they don’t but it’s still funny watching them kick and wiggle to stay far away from that meat hook.

Going in relatively blind, the Gigamax crew are bigger fans of Friday the 13th: The Game, but Dead by Daylight shares a lot of similarities with the other indie game. This gave the crew some confidence in their abilities but it soon becomes clear they are in fact two very different games. The fact that the human players can’t fight back dramatically changes the entire pace of the game. It is amazing how much it can make one person panic.

Dad by Daylight – Playlist on YouTube [Gigamax Games]

What do you think? Between Friday the 13th: The Game and Dead by Daylight, which game do you like more? Let us know in the comments!

Be sure to stick around for even more Halloween specials throughout the month of October and more episodes of Dead by Daylight as more updates are released. Freddy Krueger has been confirmed so there will absolutely be more episodes in the near future.

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Middle Earth: Shadow of War – YouTube Playlist

Middle Earth: Shadow of War – Playlist with Gigamax Games

Finally, the wait is over and gamers have a chance to play Middle Earth: Shadow of War. Any Lord of The Rings fan will be happy to dive into this action-packed Orc slaying experience. This time things are off to an intense start as the story begins with chaos and adventure. The Gigamax crew is here to take you through the key sections of this incredible game so be sure to keep up to date with all the action from the Middle Earth: Shadow of War playlist.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War

The Middle Earth series are known for their innovative mechanics and exciting gameplay. Its story is entertaining and the combat is magnificent. This is one of those games that a person can get lost playing for hours only to realize they haven’t even completed a quest. Combat is so much fun and the Nemesis system keeps players constantly on the move and it all adds up to one fun game to play.

This playlist starts off with the opening of Middle Earth: Shadow of War but be sure to stay tuned for more. With this game offering so much content, you can be sure that Gigs and Mack will be pouring hours into it.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War – YouTube Playlist

Even with all of this fun stuff, this game isn’t without controversy. Throughout this playlist Gigs and Mack will be discussing what they think about the loot box issues that have been making headlines all over the world.

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Biggest October Game Releases

Biggest October Game Releases

With September over and every candy makers favorite month just around the corner, gamers have plenty of reasons to get excited about the biggest October game releases. While last month was exciting, October begins the season of huge launches that will surely consume our time, money, and thoughts. This month is only the start as game developers prepare to launch their heavy hitting titles, right in time for the holiday season. Make sure you check back at the beginning of every month too so you know what to spend those hard-earned dollars on!

Biggest October Game Releases

The Evil Within 2

Detective Castellanos is back, but unfortunately so is MOBIUS, an evil corporation hellbent on making the world a better place through a series of human rights violations. Without spoiling too much, our shamed police officer is hopping back into the world that started his problems to save someone most likely not worth the trouble. This horror experience is brought to you by the creator of the Resident Evil series and it shows through the creepy atmosphere, setting, and aesthetic. The perfect fit for any horror lovers collection!

Super Mario Odyssey

Everyone’s favorite mushroom loving superhero is back and this time he’s a wizard (sort of). Mario has the unique ability to “Capture” his enemies with the help of his trusty sentient hat. What Nintendo means to say is that our mustachioed protagonist can possess the body of almost any object, whether they are alive or inanimate. If that sounds horrifying, it’s because it is! This new mechanic will surely be a treat for any fan of the mushroom kingdom and a must buy for Nintendo Switch owners.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

It’s time to start the second American Revolution with our good buddy B.J. Blazkowich, everybody’s favorite Nazi murdering hero! Step into an unrecognizable United States and proceed to tear through every Nazi scumbag that dared to take over the land of the free. B.J. has a bone to pick and he’s not going stop until his home is back to what it used to be. With a delightful cast of characters and a truck full of weapons, technology, and vehicles, this mission is more than achievable. The must-have sequel is the perfect end of the month celebration… and seriously, who doesn’t love slaughtering virtual Nazis!

Every Game Release (So Far)

  • Forza Motorsport 7 – Xbox One, PC – October 3rd
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – PS4, Xbox One, PC – October 10th
  • The Evil Within 2 – PS4, Xbox One, PC – October 13th
  • Gran Turismo Sport – PS4 – October 17th
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole – PS4, Xbox One, PC – October 17th
  • Destiny 2 – PC – October 24th
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins – PS4, Xbox One, PC – October 27th
  • Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo Switch – October 27th
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PS4, Xbox One, PC – October 27th
  • Constructor Plus – Nintendo Switch – TBA
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Gamers Paradise: Tournaments and Classic Games

Gamers Paradise: Tournaments and Classic Games

There are few better things than video game tournaments and classic games all in the same place. This past weekend had it all. In Long Island, New York at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, both of these great things were mashed together and it couldn’t be better. MT Summit Gaming hosted a Marvel vs. Capcom tournament and the museums’ classic video game exhibit was open to all those who attended.

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So Many Classic Games

Countless consoles and arcade cabinets were on display and the best part was, they were free to play. But the excitement didn’t stop there, the Marvel vs. Capcom tournament brought together the best of the best from around the local gaming community to go head to head for the grand prize, a 1TB limited edition gold PlayStation 4.

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The Tournaments Keep On Coming

The Gigamax crew was lucky enough to join MT Summit Gaming for their first big event back in August for their Super Smash Bros tournament. A huge crowd of all ages showed up to compete and see who would take the title for the Long Island  Super Smash Bros champ. The winner walked away with a brand new Nintendo Switch and pro controller.

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This time around the game was Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite. On opening weekend, the call went out to all local gamers, letting them know they’d have the chance to battle it out with the latest game from this classic franchise. There was some serious competition that showed up, mostly sporting the arcade controllers so you knew things were going to be intense. It was seriously impressive watching these talented gamers brawl.

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Waypoint Gaming

There was a new face in the crowd this time at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Waypoint Gaming was the latest organization to make an appearance and they are truely something special. This up and coming company is a new take on the classic cyber cafe. Their facility, located in Garden City, New York isn’t your regular cyber cafe, it’s going to be a community hub for the gamers of Long Island. Be sure to check back soon on GigamaxGames.com for the official peek behind the curtain before they officially open to the public.

Why It All Matters

Why is this all so important? The answer is simple, understanding that small gamers can have an enormous impact on a local gaming community is a spectacular realization. Even lone gamers can have an incredible impact on their local gaming community or beyond. Gamers can take an idea running through their head and bring it to the world and that’s an amazing thing. These small independent entities are proof that there is room to grow. Keep on gaming and love what you do.

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Square Enix Embraces “Games As A Service” Model

Square Enix Embraces “Games As A Service” Model

Square Enix has previously stated that they felt the gaming industry was heading toward a “games as a service” model, saying that the publisher “will approach game design with a mind to generate recurring revenue streams.” In a recent note to shareholders, the President of the company, Yousuke Matsuda,  said that this model is the current way forward in the industry.

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“Gone are the days in which single-player games were of primary status and multiplayer games secondary,” Matsuda said. “Lately, multiplayer games have taken the lead, and it is standard for games to be designed for long-term play.” (http://bit.ly/2fmyhLO)

In terms of a concept, games as a service are nothing new to the industry. Each company has their own way of defining this philosophy and for the Final Fantasy publisher, it means a strong emphasis on long-term user engagement.

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Square Enix will start making more of an effort to release games that drive the player to engage with a game for a longer period of time instead of a quick completion and moving on. The company believes that this will increase their overall customer satisfaction and create a lifetime value to the games themselves.

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To show their commitment to this style of game, Square Enix added multiplayer to Final Fantasy XV through an upcoming expansion. The company also announced a new shooter this week called Left Alive, which will have a significant online portion to keep players interested. This model makes plenty of sense as a developer can sustain their game over a period of time and sell content and the game for much longer.

Streaming and Shareholders

Matsuda also recognized the importance of streaming in the note to shareholders. He wants the company to place a growing emphasis on the matter and look into using it as a revenue stream.

“An increasing number of our customers around the world enjoy not only playing games themselves, but also watching other gamers play them. You do not actually need to play a game yourself to enjoy it,” Matsuda said. “Watching the advanced techniques of professional gamers and the unique broadcasts of game streamers is another way to enjoy games. Watching gaming is growing into a major form of entertainment thanks to considerable advances in the online streaming environment. It is the presence of e-sports spectators that make this meaningful.” (http://bit.ly/2fmyhLO)

This is big news for any Square Enix fan. It shows that the company is learning from the market instead of sticking to old ideas that gamers are getting sick of. Games like Overwatch and Destiny 2 show that the industry is moving toward a community driven experience that receives new content on a monthly basis instead of something that can be finished in a few hours. Hopefully, this note to shareholders shows the true direction of the company and isn’t just business rhetoric. If you’d like to see the full note you can find it on their website.

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Destiny 2: Was It Worth The Hype?

Destiny 2: Was It Worth The Hype?

Many players had a strange relationship with the first Destiny. Bungie told people to expect a 10-year game that will continuously grow and improve as time went on. However, this was far from the truth. The original Destiny left a bad taste in many gamers mouths, feeling as though it was disrespecting the players time and just adding enough content to string people along. Some loved the game, but there is no doubt that the game, at its core, was seriously flawed but now all eyes are on Destiny 2.

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The Worry Was Real

This left gamers worried if Destiny 2 had the potential to save the franchise. When people found out all of their hard earned rewards would be stripped away and then be forced to start from scratch, it wasn’t the best introduction. But to the surprise of many Destiny 2 and the developers at Bungie took the community’s criticism of the first game to heart and it shows in a big way.

Destiny 2 – Nightfall Strike [Gigamax PowerHour]

One of the main issues with original Destiny was the lack of rewards and the countless hours spent on repetitive grinding to receive any piece of worthwhile gear. This was far beyond the expected grind in this kind of ‘open’ exploration game. Bungie seemed to put all their chips in the exquisite gunplay and ignore a fully fleshed out campaign or any substance when it came to the grind. Running around a small map searching for chests that spawn in the same location on a timer is not an exciting gaming experience.

Destiny 2 May Have Done It

Destiny 2 is a monumental improvement over the original. Even though players have to start from scratch, the intro of the game provides a nice flashback of their time in the original. Milestones are remembered with a slideshow once a player starts the game, showing off their greatest achievements and even lists the players that were in the group when completed. This short but sweet ode to your original Destiny fireteams was the right kind of send off for the misstep that was Destiny.

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Even those that truly enjoyed the original Destiny have said it felt as though it was just one big beta for Destiny 2. Bungie did it right with this latest installment. Each planet has a more robust environment giving the sensation of being alive, more so than anything the original ever offered. The amount of story, strikes, and content offered at launch puts the original to shame and is an incredible indicator of things to come. The story evoked emotions and NPC’s have relatable personalities. With Bungie stating that they will be adding content much more regularly, one can only imagine where it will go from here. 

Overall Bungie redeemed themselves with Destiny 2. This latest title truly shows that the developers listened to their audience and put some real thought into the new game.  It feels as though this is just the beginning for one of the most highly anticipated shooters in history. If Destiny was able to reach impressive heights with lackluster content, there’s no telling how far the second game can go.

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