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We Happy Few Will Release In Australia

We Happy Few Will Release In Australia

Australia has incredibly strict censorship laws, especially when it comes to video games. We Happy Few was the most recent video game to face the Australian Classification Board (ACB). This game was at risk of becoming unavailable to Australian audiences when it’s released on August 10th, 2018. 

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The ACB released a statement last week announcing that they would reconsider their initial ruling of completely banning the game. News broke yesterday (7/3/18) that We Happy Few would receive an R18+ rating instead of being completely banned from the country. This all comes after their decision in May where the ACB said the game incentivized drug use. A made-up drug called “Joy” is a primary plot point in the game and that was considered to cross a line.

“A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the computer game We Happy Few is classified R18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice Fantasy violence and interactive drug use,” read the official statement from the Classification Review Board. 

History of Australia’s Video Game Censorship

Banning video games in Australia was a much more common occurrence before 2011. Before then, Australia could only rate video games up to MA15+ (similar to T in the United States). R18+ was reserved only for film, and video games with similar content would be completely banned from the country as the appropriate classification wasn’t available. In July and August of 2011, the Australian Attorneys-General finally opened up the R18+ rating for video games as well.

Some Games Banned In Australia Over The Past 10 Years

  • Dark Sector
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
  • MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death
  • NecroVisioN
  • Omega Labyrinth Z
  • Risen
  • Saints Row IV
  • State of Decay
  • Shellshock 2: Blood Trails
  • Silent Hill: Homecoming
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Syndicate
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni
  • GTA 5

A Close Call for We Happy Few

We Happy Few almost made it on this list above before the ACB came to their senses and awarded this video game an R18+ rating. Australia takes its censorship extremely seriously. There have been many games like the massively popular Left 4 Dead 2 that were initially banned from the country, but only after a highly edited version of the original game was it made available. 

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Since the R18+ rating began covering video games, Australian audiences have been granted access to some of the most popular titles on the global market. This was arguably the most important development in the Australian video game industry in the past 10 years. Especially now, as video games become more realistic, there’s no telling which hits would have never made it to the massive island country. 

Gigamax Games played the alpha of We Happy Few before the substantial updates the game received over the past year. This interesting universe was a colorful world filled with mystery and imagination. Gamers in Australia would have missed out on a potentially incredible adventure if the R18+ rating still didn’t cover video games.

Watch Gameplay of We Happy Few Early In Its Development

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Most Anticipated Video Games of 2018

Most Anticipated Video Games of 2018

The time is almost here when a new year brings in a host of new adventures to experience. In this list, we take a look at the most anticipated video games of 2018 and when they will be available to play. Unfortunately, not all these dates are set in stone but check back as time goes on for more information as it becomes available.

What games do you think should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook.

God of War (PS4) – “Early 2018”

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With a groundbreaking series to live up to, this latest look into God of War seems to be the right step for the developers. Experiencing the world as an older and wiser Kratos, the trailers seemed to show a different side of this epic warrior. The world hasn’t had a new God of War since July 14th, 2015 and even that was just a remaster. Gamers are itching to get another chance to play as this powerful god. With no official release, gamers are keeping a close eye on any announcement surrounding this new release.

Days Gone (PS4) – “Early 2018”

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Any fan of the survival horror genre will be excited to hear SIE Bend Studio is expected to release Days Gone this upcoming year. The release trailer showed off in 2017 (find it below) immediately left people asking what happened to this decimated world. The main character, a former biker outlaw seems to embrace the terrible situation he finds himself in, ready to shoot and slaughter anything that gets in his way. The impressive gameplay available as of now ranks Days Gone high on the most anticipated video games of 2018.

Anthem (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – Fall 2018

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EA had a rough year in 2017. From a loot box controversy and the fallout that followed, it looks as though they want to make up for their blunder with the release of Anthem in 2018. Dubbed a shared-world action-RPG, the gameplay released is visually stunning. The world looks immense and dangers could lurk around every corner. Flying through the world in what resembles an Iron Man suit, players explore the impressive primeval landscape. The graphics and gameplay look absolutely exquisite but depending on how they handle the game post-launch will most likely determine its succus. 

Monster Hunter: World (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 26th

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The Gigamax crew are all huge fans of the Monster Hunter franchise. From the very first time they picked up the PlayStation controller and slain their first monster, they were hooked. Bringing the Monster Hunter experience back to console and those as powerful as the ones we have today is a reason to celebrate. The Monster Hunter: World Beta left people on the edge of their seats just waiting for a chance to play the full game. This is surely set up to be unlike any Monster Hunter that has come before it.

Sea of Thieves (Xbox One, PC) – March 20th

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Recently, Gigamax was invited to the Alpha test for Sea of Thieves. Unfortunately, the NDA blocks any gameplay from being shared but the concept is what got people excited. Who hasn’t at one time wanted to bring their friends on a pirate adventure? Sea of Thieves finally gives gamers this opportunity. Take to the high seas in this open-world adventure, completing quests and collecting booty. The progression system ensures everyone and anyone can experience this adventure together, no matter how long anyone has been playing, too.

We Happy Few (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – April 13th

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This game has been in early access for a while now and Compulsion Games was making some impressive progress. It seemed as though any time gamers picked it back up, something was being added or improved. Finally, the time has come and on April 13th, 2018 people will have the chance to experience the full game in all of its glory. The story seemed fascinating and that was surely just the beginning. Be sure to check the gameplay below to see what’s in store in We Happy Few.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One) – Spring 2018

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People absolutely lost their minds when the official announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2 came out. One of the most popular games in its day, it’s hard to find someone who didn’t like the first game. Now with Red Dead Redemption 2 expected to drop in Spring of 2018, gamers are anxiously waiting for that official release date. There are very few western games out there and Red Dead did it right. Be sure to check back as more information surfaces surrounding one of the most anticipated video games of 2018.

The Last of Us Part II (PS4) – 2018? (Revised) 

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The Last of Us was an absolutely mind-blowing adventure all the way through. The thrilling yet heartwarming story of a jaded adventure stuck in a world falling apart at the seams meeting up with an unlikely companion left its mark on the gaming community. People just didn’t want it to end and Naughty Dog ensured that the adventure didn’t have to. With more and more reports coming in about The Last of Us Part II is only around halfway completed, it’s looking as though it might miss their 2018 release. Be sure to keep checking back for more information as more details become available. 

 

Don’t forget, let us know what you would put on this list! Add your most anticipated games of 2018 in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook!

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We Happy Few – Stay Happy

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*Disclaimer time: We Happy Few is early access, and so it’s not a complete game. Compulsion Games has said that it is “feature complete” but the story has been held back so that players can get a feel for the game in early access. *

We Happy Few, is one of those games that was destined to be disappointing right out of the gate. After a stellar showing at E3, and a whole lot of media hype, the early access quietly launched in July of this year. From the first showing at E3, you would not be remiss to think this is a game with a strong story, about a repressed 1960s England full of censorship and happy pills. You might, however, be disappointed with the story. Under that happy cherry opening segment lies a fairly robust survival game backed up with solid mechanics and an amply stimulating sandbox world, but the story will have to be really strong to stand up on its own. Permadeath can make things frustrating when you get a run of bad luck, but you can always turn it off. Based on the Beta, this isn’t a story driven game in any sense of the word. To be fair, the game may have story at some point, and the developers have put the bones of a story in, but as of now We Happy Few is just missing reasons for its objectives, something I’m sure can be added later on.

So what do you get with this game? A robust survival-based game, set in a fun world of 1960s England full of interesting things to explore and find and craft. If you haven’t seen the intro video from E3, here. That should give you a pretty feeling for what the game looks like. Visually, it accurately captures the atmosphere of the 60s. Bright colors and plastic things abound, and the early bright environments in the beginning of the game stand in stark contrast to the first game play area, which is mostly gritty and a muted earth tone.

I was surprised to find this was a survival game, as the E3 trailer made it look like more of a story driven sort of game narrative based action. The game has plenty of action, but as of now, there is no story beyond that introduction you see in that video. That doesn’t mean there isn’t more to understand about the world, just that in terms of narration and other story based elements, the developers are holding that back for now. What you get for story is a whole lot of flavor. if you stop to read the text in the intro section for example, you get an understanding of the happiness drug, as well as a frame narrative and some story background. In case you don’t want to read it, I’ll summarize: WWII is over, the allies lost, Britain is a colony of Germany. To combat sadness, a drug has been invented to keep people happy. This pill is the “joy” we heard about in the trailer, and seems to be a main plot point of the game. Those who refuse to take their joy are called “downers” and exiled to a rundown part of the city.

Story stuff aside what this game really is a great survival game. After playing the game’s intro section I was set off into the open world to explore. Basically, you wake up in an old tube tunnel and go from there. This brief second tutorial has us collecting a few raw materials, doing a bit of crafting, and finishing your first “mission”. Then it’s out of the tunnel and on your own. Exiting the tunnel takes you to the dreary surface world, where other burned out “downers” like you make their home.

Like most survival games, you will need to pay attention to various meters in this game. In this case we manage 3 resources for living and a stamina meter. Yes there is combat in this game, but let’s talk about those meters first. Just like most survival games, We Happy Few starts you out with very few raw materials, so you have to immediately start looking for clean water, food, and weapons.

My biggest problem was finding a place to sleep. Sleep is a real resource here, and needs to be managed. After a short time, if you don’t sleep you end up not able to run or fight in an efficient manner. I had no trouble finding food and water, but finding a safe place to sleep was a serious issue. Food was pretty common, but a lot of it was spoiled, and could cause sickness. When sick, the player would not get anything on their hunger meter, and vomit the food up. Sickness can be countered by precious pills that are sprinkled throughout the map. These rare resources tend to only come with combat, so sadly being a peaceful gatherer doesn’t seem to be an option.

Let’s talk about that combat: It’s all Melee based (from what I could see), and it’s a very basic system. Weapons are primitive, like you might find in a destroyed town. The most powerful weapon I was able to find was a cricket bat, which was a one hit kill on most enemies. Other weapons included sticks, rocks, and a few other random items found around. Later, crafting can get you traps and other things to use for combat.

I found the crafting to be quite fun, and very in-depth. I hope they will add more recipes and more cooking later on, but for now it has enough to keep it interesting. You can craft a lot of basic things right now using simple base materials and this is important to surviving in the world you’re dropped into. The game’s starter area is quite well populated, and most people are docile until provoked. I did find a few hostile folks early on, and in some cases found myself straight-up murdered. Did I mention this game features Permadeath? Yeah, it does. So when you die, you gotta start all over again.

Timewise, folks should have no issue with the value they get for their game. I was able to map about 40% of the first map in my longest play through. Two hours of play and that was just 40% of the first area. This is going to be a large game, with many NPC’s and quests to do, in addition to the simple survival objectives.

The game creates a dilemma between wanting to explore and find raw resources, and wanting to stay close enough to home to not die. There are other games that have nailed this in the past, but as far as I can tell,We Happy Few is doing it in a vastly different way. The combat feels fast and fresh, the crafting isn’t cumbersome, and the permadeath keeps things interesting. If Compulsion can get a story shoehorned into this game without hurting the broad open world feel, this one is going to be a big hit.

We Happy Few is available in the steam early access program right now, and in the eshop from Microsoft and Sony.

 

We Happy Few Let’s Play Page

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We Happy Few is a look at an alternate dystopian past filled with happy pills, lunatics, and rotten fruit. Gigs and Mack are stepping willingly into this unsettling drugged up world to meet the local psychopaths.

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In the playlist below, gamers will find the entire history of We Happy Few. Compulsion Games went on an impressive journey to bring the world this uncomfortable, unfortunate version of Britain. Watch the latest gameplay of the full version of We Happy Few since it is now officially available to the public. See back in time to the early stages of development when Gigs and Mack played the Alpha that was only open to those that preordered the game over two years ago.

We Happy Few on Xbox One X – Gameplay Preview

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Join us as we make our way through this unfortunate version of Britain. This survival game’s beta is part of the Xbox Preview program. The developers over at Compulsion Games have done an impressive job showing an early version of their procedurally generated survival horror game. We have had a great time returning to the game with every new update they have released.

The Clockwork update changed plenty in game functions as well as adding some necessary components. A new way of handling dialogue is one of the many new additions we enjoyed, instead of conversations happening while the game world is running they now snap and pause the background action. This change ensures that none of the players quests are interrupted or broken. Another great update is the new starting zone, now when the player wakes up in the world there is a bigger underground base to take a look at. This new area is filled with more clues into the lore of the game and why exactly everyone is so crazy. It also finally answers why those police officers so willingly stopped chasing you in the tutorial!

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Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

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LEGO® STAR WARS™: The Force Awakens

May the Brick be With You

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the latest entry in a long line of Lego themed Star Wars video games and while it doesn’t do much to change the formula that defined the previous entries in the series it takes what it has been doing successfully since the first game and fine tunes it to make it the most smooth and refined version of the Lego Star Wars saga. The game carries all the whimsy and humor that one would expect from a story with a lego themed narrative all while remaining relatively true to the seriousness that the movies hold.

Long term Star Wars fans will be delighted to know that not only does the game cover the lore of The Force Awakens but also expands upon it in ways one would not expect such as who exactly Lor Son Tekka is and what his motivations are, and the answer to where exactly Han Solo got those Rathtars from. Characters are not in short supply either, a roster of over 200 characters is available to be unlocked as you play through the story the only downside being that not all of these playable figures are unique, in fact most of them are carbon copies of others with a fresh coat of paint. Despite characters feeling similar it is still enjoyable to be able to play as a character that is commonly known such as Luke Skywalker and then immediately switch to someone as obscure as Crokind Shand.

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While much of the game stays true to the formula that has worked so well with previous lego games some returning fans may notice some differences in this entry such as the inclusion of multiple hub areas as opposed to the one hub area that is typically located in between levels. While this makes the game more diverse in its areas it also makes getting the collectables a little more tedious by making you travel back to these areas after unlocking all the characters to get some of the gold bricks you may have missed. Speaking of collectables the game keeps the same formula sticking with your standard Red Bricks, Minikits, and Gold bricks and it’s safe to say that picking up and finding all of these is still insanely fun and satisfying.

Much of the concern behind Lego games is that they may be too easy or feel too childish and while there is definitely a more lighthearted feel to the game it in no way should dissuade potential fans from getting into it. The colorful world and happy feel to the game is actually a refreshing turn of course from the darker more gruff games that flood the market today. Voice acting also remains which may also come as a relief to people looking for a more serious feel, albeit sometimes the voice acting does seem a little out of place but makes up for it by adding lines that were not in the movie iteration. One unfortunate but humongous downside that was experienced during our playthrough was a glitch that occurred for no apparent reason that wiped our save file and made us restart the entire campaign, but hopefully this issue has been patched by the time this review is up.

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Lego Star Wars is another great entry to the Lego games franchise that is as accessible to pick up by young and new fans of the series as it is intriguing and nostalgic to older and more mature fans of not only the Lego games but of Star Wars as well. The game remains familiar while also adding more lore to the Star Wars canon and is an absolute pleasure to not only play through once but also play through again in free play either by yourself or with a friend in online or local co-op. We here at Gigamax highly recommend this game to anyone who has ever expressed any interest in Star Wars or Legos as well as anyone looking for a relaxing game to play that just melts off stress with it’s wonderful sense of humor.

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