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Sea of Thieves Closed Beta Begins

Sea of Thieves Closed Beta Begins

Today (1/24/18) marks the start of Microsoft’s closed beta for the upcoming pirate simulator, Sea of Thieves. Eligible players for the trial can download the game now so the minute it’s available, they can start playing.

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Much like the technical alpha held back in December, the closed beta is restricted to those that entered the Sea of Thieves Insider Program before December 1st or have pre-ordered the title. Xbox One players that already bought the game digitally can find the beta waiting in the ‘My Games and Apps’ section while those who pre-ordered on PC will find it waiting in their library. If you reserved a physical copy at your local retailer, you will need the redeem the code for the Black Dog cosmetic pack on the Microsoft or Xbox store before installing the beta. Xbox One owners should expect a file size of 7.45 GB. If you’d like to read more about the installation process, check out their official website.

When You Can Play

The Sea of Thieves closed beta will begin at 4 AM PT / 7 AM ET / 12 PM GMT on January 24 and runs until 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET / 8 AM GMT on January 29. While the developer, Rare, hasn’t specified what exactly players can expect from the beta, they did say it would not be a portion of the full game. Rare did assure that it would offer a taste of the pirate life.

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Sea of Thieves is set to release for both Xbox One and PC on March 20th and will be one of the few games to offer cross-play between the two platforms. It will also be the first game on the Xbox One’s Games Pass program that is available on the service the same day it comes out.

Gigamax Games will be taking part in the closed beta so please don’t forget to check on Youtube or below for an inside look into what Sea of Thieves has to offer!

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How Sea of Thieves Progression System Works

How Sea of Thieves Progression System Works

Have you ever had dreams of sailing the open oceans with a couple of friends and going on an old school pirate adventure? Sea of Thieves is a new indie game that to lets you do just that. While this game can be played solo the developers are encouraging friends to play co-op. One of the biggest issues surrounding multiplayer experiences is friends who’ve spent a different amount of time with the game oftentimes have trouble playing together. Rare wants to rectify this issue with a progression system that works differently for Sea of Thieves.

Friends That Game Together, Stay Together

The ultimate goal of the game is to become a pirate legend, which can be accomplished by increasing reputation with each of the game’s factions. These trading companies offer quests, better known as voyages, for players to complete and earn a variety of awards. Some of these awards are gold, reputation gains, cosmetics, titles, and ranks.

You won’t earn items that put you on an uneven playing field though. This is to avoid a situation that would make it challenging to play with a friend that hasn’t put in the same amount of hours. Every voyage can be shared with any player so that they can be accomplished with a group. A team of players can also implement a democratic voting system so that everyone has a say in what they do next, this definitely comes in handy when playing with random matchmaking partners. Rare also pointed out that you can complete tasks on your own, but you still appear in a shared world with other players.

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Sea of Thieves release date was finally revealed for both Xbox One and the PC. After a considerable amount of delays, the game will finally hit the virtual stores on March 20th, 2018. The game also offers cross-play so friends can share their experiences between the two platforms. Gigamax was recently invited to the game’s technical alpha so be sure to check back for some gameplay in the near future!

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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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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.

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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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Xbox One X Enhanced Game List

Xbox One X Enhanced Game List

When the Xbox One X releases in November it will be the most powerful console on the market and to show that their support for the console, Microsoft detailed a full list of titles that will receive enhancements for the new system. Microsoft’s Head of Marketing, Aaron Greenberg, had hinted toward the list during an Xbox livestream at the recent Gamescom event and mentioned that two big games receiving enhancements were Quantum Break as well as Halo 5.

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PlayStation 4 Pro & Xbox One X: One Big Happy Family 

Much like the PlayStation 4 Pro every game that receives optimizations on the Xbox One X will do so for free. Some of these enhancements include 4K resolution (Checkerboard or Native), anisotropic filtering, HDR, and high resolution textures. Although all of these updates are a possibility, it is still up to the developers on how they choose to upgrade their game.

Pre Orders for the Xbox One X are already available for the Scorpio Edition, which is a special edition of the system that will only be available in limited quantities.

Currently, the list of games being enhanced is more than 100 games strong and it will only grow as gamers embrace the new system. Make sure you’re ready for the consoles release by checking out the list below! This list will be updated as more games are announced so be sure to keep checking back with Gigamax Games for more information on the Xbox One X.

Xbox One X Enhanced Games

A Plague Tale: Innocence
Anthem
ARK: Survival Evolved
Ashen
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Astroneer
Battlerite
Below
Black Desert
Brawlout
Chess Ultra
Code Vein
Conan Exiles
Crackdown 3
Danger Zone
Dark and Light
Darksiders III
Dead Rising 4
Deep Rock Galactic
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition
Dishonored 2
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Disneyland Adventures
Dovetail Games Euro Fishing
Dragon Ball Fighter Z
Dynasty Warriors 9
FIFA 18
Elex THQ
Elite: Dangerous
EVERSPACE
F1 2017
Fable Fortune
Fallout 4
Farming Simulator 17
Final Fantasy XV
Firewatch
For Honor
Forza Horizon 3
Forza Motorsport 7
Gears of War 4
Gravel
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo Wars 2
Hand of Fate 2
Hello Neighbor
Hitman
Homefront: The Revolution
Injustice 2
Jurassic Park Frontier
Killer Instinct
Killing Floor 2
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Madden NFL 18
Mafia III
Mantis Burn Racing
Metal Gear Survive
Metro: Exodus
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
Minion Masters
Monster Hunter: World
NBA 2K18
Need for Speed Payback
Ooblets
Ori and the Will of the Wisp
Outcast – Second Contact
Outlast 2
Paladins
Path of Exile
Pixar Rush
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Portal Knights
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
Project Cars 2
Quantum Break
Raiders of the Broken Planet
Railway Empire
Real Farm Simulator 2017
ReCore
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Rime
Roblox
Robocraft Infinity
Rocket League
Sea of Thieves
Slime Rancher
Smite
Sonic Forces
Star Wars Battlefront 2
State of Decay 2
Steep
Strange Brigade
Super Lucky’s Tale
Superhot
Surviving Mars
Tennis World Tour
The Artful Escape
The Crew 2
The Darwin Project
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
The Last Night
The Long Dark
The Surge
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Titanfall 2
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Train Sim World
TT Isle of Man
Warframe
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
We Happy Few
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
World of Tanks
WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship
Zoo Tycoon

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Xbox Boss Confirms Xbox One X Pre-Orders Open Soon

Xbox Boss Confirms Xbox One X Pre-Orders Open Soon

Looking forward to preordering Microsoft’s latest gaming console, the Xbox One X? Then rest assured that you won’t have to wait much longer. According to Xbox Head Phil Spencer, pre-orders will be going live very soon.

Replying to a fan on Twitter, Spencer confirmed that the company was simply waiting for approvals before opening up the pre orders.

Finally revealed at E3 2017, the Xbox One X was Microsoft’s long disguised Project Scorpio. This powerful device is their response to the PS4 Pro and will allegedly be the most powerful gaming console on the market. When the pre-orders eventually open, the console will run buyers US $500, £ 449, and AU $649. The device will be hitting store shelves on November 7th globally and according to the company, it is the smallest console they have ever sold. Microsoft also revealed recently that the console will be able to stand vertically, a design choice that was featured on the Xbox 360 and ditched with the original Xbox One.

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Spencer also confirmed on Twitter that their upcoming exclusive Crackdown 3, also releasing on November 7th, will be featured at the upcoming conference Gamescom in August. This comes after Microsoft’s big reveal of the character Terry Crews will play in the upcoming title. Gigamax Games will be covering the Xbox One X closely so be sure to keep checking back for more information on the upcoming console!

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Goes Hardcore

PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds Goes Hardcore

In an attempt to make a challenging game even more difficult, the developers behind PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds will be adding “First Person Only” servers in the next update. This news was confirmed by a tweet sent out by the creator of this indie hit, Brendan Greene, who confirmed the new servers would be available in the next monthly update.

PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds already offers both first and third person perspective in there servers, but players are able to freely switch between the two styles on the fly. Third person is useful for checking your corners upon entering rooms and for having a wider perspective when traversing outdoors. First person however, is perfect for lining up those tricky shots that can be deceiving while using third person. Most people would agree that knowing when to switch between these two camera angles is essential to mastering Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds meta.

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Time To Get Hardcore

Fortunately for the hardcore gamers out there, these indie developers agree with the philosophy that third person mode in competitive play can be very cheap and unrealistic. Using this camera mode players are able to look over walls, check windows, and peak around doors that wouldn’t be possible in first person. Removing the player’s ability to get this tactical advantage will ultimately add to the competitiveness of this already ultra competitive game.

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More To Come

This isn’t the end of new updates for Battlegrounds though. Right before E3, the developers announced a zombie mode would be making its way into the game along with two new locations for fans to battle it out. To impress players even further, they unveiled new vaulting and climbing mechanics and an Xbox One version of the game at E3 itself. Unfortunately the game will remain in early access a little bit longer then expected but ultimately this will only benefit the full release of the game.

Player Unknown’s Battleground has been updating at a steady pace since launch and these new servers only prove the indie studio’s commitment to the game. Gigamax Games will be keeping a close eye on this indie hit so be sure to keep checking back for more information!

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5 Biggest Announcements From E3 2017

5 Biggest Announcements From E3 2017

E3 2017 has finally wrapped up but in its wake are plenty of huge games to be excited for in the coming months. Between Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, it’s hard to decide which company had the best conference between these big 3 and we certainly can’t forget Bethesda or EA. That’s why we’ve decided to pick the biggest announcements and pile them into a convenient list. Don’t forget to let us know your favorite E3 announcements in the comments below!

Xbox One X

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Right off the bat, Microsoft wanted fans to know that they were going to make up for last year’s lackluster performance. Announcing that the Xbox One X is more powerful than the PS4 Pro was a big move on the company’s behalf and it paid off. They immediately followed this up with 44 games that were all impressive, indicating that software is going to be a huge focus for the new console and more importantly improving their sad list of exclusives. (RIP Scalebound)

Anthem

Initially revealed during EA’s press conference, Microsoft raised the hype to unprecedented levels by showing this beauty of a gameplay trailer. Exoskeletons, an environment that has its own ecosystem, loot, friends… THIS GAME IS GOING TO BE GREAT! Zip through the sky in your custom exoskeleton and show nature what missiles feel like or go on dungeon like instances with your party. We can’t wait to play this game. Did we mention there’s loot.

Creation Club

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One of the biggest things stopping us from using mods in Skyrim and Fallout is that you lose the opportunity to gain trophies or achievements. Bethesda has officially announced their remedy to that situation and it is called creation club. Install mods without fear and earn all the satisfaction possible. The only downside to this is that these “certified” mods will cost you and they are not always cheap, bringing back a model that did not go well when implemented on PC.

Monster Hunter World

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Sony surprised us all when it announced that the popular Monster Hunter series would be returning to Playstation consoles. Nintendo has long held a monopoly on these games and it’s time for the big boys to get it back. A flashy trailer was shown off to make sure the crowd was excited and the later gameplay demos confirmed that this title will have us obsessed. Also there are no more loading screens in the hunting zones (YES!).

Super Mario Odyssey

We’ve long been Nintendo fan boys here at Gigamax so this Number 1 E3 2017 announcement may be a little biased. But did you see Mario become that T-Rex with his hat?! Super Mario Odyssey looks like an amazing next step for our overall wearing friend and we could not be more pleased with his new mind control powers. Nintendo is approaching the open world a little differently this time around by having Mario enter the real world and mingle with us in the big city. This is our favorite announcement from E3 and definitely are most anticipated title of this year!

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – E3 Blowout

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – E3 Blowout

This game has made quite a splash at Bethesda’s E3 2017 event. The latest from MachineGame’s portion of the Wolfenstein series, long times fans have an exciting adventure on the horizon. This isn’t just for those that have played the 2014 Wolfenstein: The New Order and the 2015 prequel, the absolute bombshell of a reveal had nearly everyone counting the days until they get their hands on the new title.

Get ready to explore Roswell, New Mexico; a flooded New Orleans; and a toxic mess of New York City among other exciting locations in this latest installment. Expected to release on October 27th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, take a look at the trailer below to see what’s in store!

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Show Director Mode Announced for The Darwin Project

Show Director Mode Announced for The Darwin Project

During Microsoft’s press briefing at E3 2017 yesterday, Scavenger Studio announced that The Darwin Project is coming to the Xbox One. This brutal title pits friends against each other in a Hunger Games style fight with a game show vibe. The team behind the game also shared some new information on the show’s director and what the player controlling them can do.

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The Show Director – Sociopath In Charge

The show director is a unique role that lets one player oversee a match like the host of some sociopathic game show. This role is being added to create thrilling moment to moment action through uniquely asymmetrical gameplay. As the show director in The Darwin Project, the player will be able to observe the entirety of the arena via an invisible drone and learn how each of the seven contestants is planning their strategies. The director will be able to influence the outcome of the match utilizing a collection of tools unlocked through a progression system. If the show director wants to give a competitor an unforeseen edge they can do so by restricting zones, calling in airstrikes, or even triggering a manhunt which reveals a contestants location for 90 seconds.

The show director mode is being included by Scavenger Studio to revolutionize the battle royale sub genre. Another feature ready to be revealed at a later time will even allow for live stream viewers on Twitch or Mixer to get involved in the wacky gameplay.

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The Impending Ice Age

The Darwin Project takes place in post apocalyptic landscape in the Northern Canadian Rockies. Civilization is preparing for an impending ice age through a project that is half science experiment and half live entertainment. It challenges players to fight the cold and each other to survive in a snow covered arena. The Darwin Project offers a competitive multiplayer third person experience with an emphasis on survival. Players will have to withstand extreme environmental conditions, track opponents, set traps, craft tools and maybe even negotiate temporary alliances to be the last one standing when the sun rises.

If you’re at E3 and would like to try out, The Darwin Project it is currently playable at the Microsoft booth. Check out some gameplay below and stay tuned with Gigamax for more information on this interesting game!

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