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Cuphead – Indie Spotlight on YouTube

Cuphead – Indie Spotlight on YouTube

The independent developers, Studio MDHR have brought the world, Cuphead. This indie game offers a host of unique features that made it truly stand out. Hand-drawn, it looks like something straight out of the 1930’s and this is not the only aspect of the game that caught people’s attention. Cuphead is one of the most challenging platformers the Gigamax crew has had the chance to play.

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Even though it’s incredibly difficult, the unique art style and exciting gameplay makes it easy to keep on playing. In the beginning, it opens with the player walking through a tutorial to get them comfortable with the controls. After this brief introduction to the game, it sends the gamers off on an adventure. Cuphead is tasked with fending off the sentient vegetables and other whacky creatures around the world. Navigating the overworld allows the player to freely choose missions and bonus levels. Shops and other locations are scattered around this overworld and it adds another level of adventure to Cupheads’ quest.

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Overall, the game delivers an incredible experience through and through. From the amazing art and graphics to the challenging platforming along with the difficult 2D shooting mechanics, Cuphead earns its spot as one of the best Indie Spotlights this year.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to watch! More Cuphead episodes will be coming soon. This game is unlike anything else out right now and it absolutely deserves a playthrough. Because of how challenging this indie game actually is, it will take some time to make it to the end. Come offer some support with a Like or Comment!

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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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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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10 Indie Games for 10 Dollars (or Below)

10 Indie Games for 10 Dollars (or Below)

Indie games are a relatively new addition to the gaming industry. These privately developed and distributed experiences are true to the creators vision and don’t need to abide by a publishers rules. Thanks to crowdfunding, the low cost of games and digital distribution the indie game continues to thrive in today’s market. Fortunately for gamers, they tend to be a cost effective way to get the most out of a video game purchase. We’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorite indie games that just happen to be 10 dollars (or below).

1) Undertale ($9.99)

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This beautiful indie title is an amazing example of a game that isn’t just fun but also a deep emotional investment that shows you should never judge a book by its cover. The game has its share of heavy moments but ultimately players will love its charm, wit and killer soundtrack.

Available on: PC

2) The Deer God ($9.99)

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Experience a game that covers intricate themes like death and reincarnation all while challenging you with tough platforming along the way. The 3D pixel art is beautiful and playing as a deer is a unique experience that every gamer is sure to love as they leap through the 8 bit world.

Available on: PC, Mobile, Xbox One, PS4

3) Divekick ($4.99)

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Divekick is a two button fighting game that will either build a friendship or mercilessly tear it apart in a flurry of kicks. This game is a great example of how much a single move could impact a multiplayer experience. You will have to be clever, quick and ruthless in your quest to become the best at Divekick.

Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4

4) Dear Esther ($9.99)

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Just stating it’s a beautiful story game would be underplaying how wonderful this indie game actually is. Surrounded in mystery and intrigue, the game starts with a simple “Dear Esther” and the long journey begins. We won’t say any more in fear of ruining the experience, but if you like story based games, give Dear Esther a try.

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One

5) Foul Play ($9.99)

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This quirky brawler has you taking control of the demon hunter, Baron Dashforth. A co-op adventure like no other, you and a friend will have a great time beating up bad guys in a staged retelling of the protagonist journey through a brutal land full of baddies.

Available on: PC, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One

6) Hotline Miami ($9.99)

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Hotline Miami is an intense gory experience that will confuse as much as it will satisfy. You take control of a serial killer/hitman that is ruthless to the gang members he brutalizes. With a variety of masks that offer different perks, the game has a ton of replay potential.

7) Hatoful Boyfriend ($9.99)

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Ever wanted to date a pigeon? Well then Hatoful Boyfriend is the indie game for you! This game is a dating sim like no other. A variety of pigeons will line up to be the one you pick as a significant other. I have no more to say, just go try this hilarious adventure.

Available on: PC, PS4, PS Vita

8) Limbo ($9.99)

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Limbo is a classic in the indie game scene. This 2-D side scroller is filled with mystery, horror and you will have a great time figuring out the multitude of puzzles that fill this games black and white world.

9) Fez ($9.99)

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Take control of Gomez, a joyful critter that lives in a 2-D world… Until he doesn’t! You quickly discover an object that shifts our protagonist into the 3-D world. Puzzles that utilize this mechanic are abound and while they are challenging, they are also extremely satisfying to conquer.

Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4

10) Five Night’s at Freddy’s ($4.99)

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BOO! If that didn’t scare you, this horrifying game will. A true test of courage, this game will forever go down as the titular jump scare experience. Take control of a security guard who probably has the worst job in the entire world, guarding a pizza place haunted by the animatronic animals that entertain its guests. Warning: Not for the weak of heart or easily frightened!

Available on: PC

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Project Scorpio Specs Revealed

Project Scorpio: Console Gaming’s Next Big Step

Microsoft recently claimed that their upcoming console code named “Project Scorpio” is the most powerful console on the planet. A recent report from Digital Foundry seemingly supports this claim by showing off the internal specs of the upcoming hardware.

To start, the console contains 12 GB of RAM, which is currently 50 percent more than both the Xbox One and Playstation 4. The memory being used is GDDR5, the type that is seen in the PS4 now and more powerful than the current Xbox One’s DDR3. The memory bandwidth has also been improved, Project Scorpio’s transfer speed is 326 GB’s which even faster than PS4 Pro’s speed of 218 GB’s.

The new console’s graphical power is contained in a new System on Chip (SoC) deemed the Scorpio Engine. This new chip was designed in conjunction with AMD and contains 40 customized compute units that clock in at 1172 MHz. Scorpio’s GPU is about 4.6 more powerful than the Xbox One’s, which comes out to about 6 teraflops of performance.

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Project Scorpio also contains eight custom x86 CPU cores that clock at 2.3 GHz. This is faster than Xbox One’s eight 1.75 GHz Jaguar cores and almost equal to PS4’s similar cores that run at 2.1 GHz.

Finally, the new console will include a 1 TB hard drive and will support 4K Ultra HD Blu-Rays, which are the same discs Xbox One S can use. This is better than the standard Xbox One, PS4, and PS4 Pro that can only support standard Blu-Ray.

This console sounds amazing and we can’t wait to get our hands on one. Hopefully with Project Scorpio’s ability to run at a consistent 60 FPS and at 4K to boot, this piece of hardware is a console gamers dream. Gigamax will be watching the developments of this console very closely, so don’t forget to keep checking back for more updates.

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Halo Wars: Definitive Edition | Gigamax Review

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is a return to the real time strategy classic from 2009. In anticipation for the next entry, Halo Wars 2, 343 Industries is letting fans head back into the original and its DLC. Halo Wars doesn’t shake up the RTS formula, but it is interesting to see the Halo lore expanded in strategy game form. With a generous amount of troops on either side the game is a good starting point for those new to the genre.

UNSC army in Halo Wars

Real Time Strategy

Real time strategy games can be an intimidating experience for those that have never tried commanding their own virtual armies. Halo Wars offers a simple user interface that fits well on the Xbox, which is rare for strategy games. There is also a few tutorials to help get players back into running a well oiled war machine. If the game still proves too daunting, the campaign can be played on various difficulties ranging from easy to legendary. Although each level in the story seemingly has its own difficulty which can go from hand holding to unfair in an instant.

Halo Wars’ campaign follows the UNSC as they fight the Covenant at their most nefarious. The campaign doesn’t do much to ‘wow’ the player, but for hardcore fans it’s a fun look inside the battles leading up to the first game in the main series. The game is very much catered for those that’ve played the core series. Players that have never played a Halo game may feel lost in the convoluted plot. With the only two factions, the Covenant and the Marines, it also feels like there is some untapped potential.

UNSC Base in Halo Wars

Each of the armies offer different intricacies and strategies to learn. They also both come with various troops and buildings. Players are not able to expand bases past a preselected zone and that can feel a bit lackluster, the developer makes up for this by including a ton of different troops. Each side has an array of foot soldiers, ground vehicles and aircrafts to play with. Battles have an excellent chaotic feel that sound and look excellent. Combat is also shaken up with the inclusion of non playable factions. Taking over certain points can send out flood or forerunners to ravage the enemy and aid your fight. The only issue with this is that these two factions could have made excellent controllable armies.

PVP

Multiplayer is fun and is obviously the heart of the experience. Skirmishes are an intense experience that can lead to satisfying victories and devastating losses. Defending bases from Warthog rushes and hoarding supplies feels great. Another plus is micro managing troops is simple. It’s not always PVP though, also available are co-op campaign missions that can lead to fun power trips.

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Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is a good first experience for new RTS players, although those returning to the series won’t find any new content. The allure for veterans is to shake off the rust and prepare for the sequel releasing in February. Overall the experience is enjoyable and can scratch that real time strategy itch that seems to be lacking in today’s current console market.

 

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Yooka-Laylee: A Nostalgic Dream Come True

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When I first heard that an exciting new project by the developer of Banjo-Kazooie was coming out, my excitement went through the roof. Then it was announced that the game would be a spiritual successor to the Banjo series and I lost it. A game that had been a huge part of my childhood was finally about to see life again and the hype train left the station at full speed. It was no secret that this game would need to be funded on Kickstarter before it would ever make it to a console. Luckily it didn’t take long for Yooka-Laylee to hit its goal.

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In fact this indie game did more than make the required funding, it blew past the goal and into the million dollar mark. The relatively small game turned into a full fledged experience that would make its way to almost every gaming console. Yooka-Laylee is obviously a labor of love by developer Playtonic. Essentially Banjo-Kazooie in almost every way possible and that’s an amazing thing. While I wasn’t able to back the game on Kickstarter, I took the opportunity to pre-order it and show support as an official release has been announced. Players that purchase early are able to hop on the Toybox Demo that was originally released to backers and I immediately took the chance to take control.

Diving In

Right off the bat (pun very much intended) you can tell the new dynamic duo are essentially Banjo and Kazooie with a new skin. Now a chameleon and bat instead of a bear and bird, these two control and move just like the original protagonists. They have the same moves that use the same buttons and make the familiar wacky noises when moving. When speaking to the one NPC available you can tell the same writing style was used. A mix between meta and sassy makes for an endearing and good laugh. In the background you can hear a nostalgic score that feels like it was pulled right from Banjo-Kazooie. This compilation of love for the N64 classic makes anyone who was a fan of the original feel right at home.

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Although the Toybox is less of a demo and more of a proof of concept to early adopters, it still inspires plenty of confidence for the full release. It gives a small taste of what’s to come and most importantly let’s you step back in time. Nowadays it is very rare to see a 3D platformer with bright colorful worlds. Hopefully other developers take a note from Playtonic. Once a common sight, Yooka-Laylee does a great job of making the classic structure feel modern. The Toybox has 100 “quills” available that once collected unlock a secret to discover somewhere in the demo. Those familiar with Banjo-Kazooie will recognize the collect to progress structure that feels so very satisfying.

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With such a fun teaser, Playtonic certainly knows how to build excitement for their game. Yooka-Laylee’s release is set for March of 2017 and it can not come fast enough. These two are looking great and I don’t think I’m prepared for the nostalgia overdose that is in my near future. If you’d like to see the demo in action we’ve got a full playthrough that shows where all the quills are located and where to find the secret. If you were a fan of the Banjo-Kazooie or want a return to 3D platformers I recommend keeping this game on your radar.

Dead Rising 4 | Gigamax Review

being attacked by a zombie in Dead Rising 4

The Franchise


Dead Rising is a title that has been around since the launch of the Xbox 360. This franchise has had a cult following from the time it released with many fans praising its stressful gameplay and the B-Movie style story. While Dead Rising 4 definitely removes a lot of the functions that made it unique, it manages to remain a fun zombie slaying romp through a familiar location. This sequel is by far the largest in size and is the perfect zombie slaughtering playground for all those undead hunters out there.

Right off the bat Dead Rising 4 establishes itself as different from the other entries in the series. Frank West, the game’s protagonist has a different voice actor this time around, who has a more mature sound more befitting of the character. In an unexpected move the game starts with the player being thrown into a stealth driven mission that involves more story and character building then the game has seen before. The story is still as convoluted as they get, but luckily the game never takes its silly plot too seriously. NPC’s you meet all have wacky personalities and Mr.West always has a sassy comment at hand in case things get too heavy. These jokes are a nice touch, they establish Frank as a seasoned veteran of the zombie war and fit well with the tone of the game.

Fighting Maniacs in Dead Rising 4

Frank is lucky to have the zombie hunting experience this time around, thanks to the power of the Xbox One more zombies can fit (and die) on screen then ever before. Combat feels fluid and fun, with plenty of undead murdering tools at the player’s disposal. A reworked inventory system also ensures that Frank can carry a wider selection of gruesome weapons. The inventory is now separated into four distinct categories melee, ranged, thrown, and health. This consolidates items and allocates a button on the controller for each category, meaning that players can swap weapon types on the fly without navigating their entire inventory. Healing items have been streamlined as well, they’re now used by pressing down on the d-pad and Frank doesn’t stop moving when one is used. Combo weapons also make a return to the series but unlike the previous games, using a non-combination item is a viable option. Cutting, shooting, and exploding your way through the open world feels great, which is important considering the scope of the seamless map.

Dead Rising 4 is set in Willamette, Colorado. Fans of the series will recognize this as the location from the original game. Unlike the previous entry, the entire town of Willamette is at your disposal instead of just the iconic mall. Unfortunately, the shopping center is not the one returning players remember from Dead Rising, that one was destroyed after the events of the first game. This isn’t a bad thing though, as the rebuilt mall is much larger and offers a ton of unique themed areas with a bunch of weapons to experiment with. Vehicles make a return and operate similarly to the ones in Dead Rising 3. Getting into a vehicle and driving through the zombie hordes feels great but removes any sort of challenge from navigating the open world. Another vehicle like addition to the game is the exosuit, which Frank equips and operates like a mech. The suit offers a power trip that makes for a fun but brief change of pace while making your way through the town of Willamette.

Shooting Zombies in Dead Rising 4

 Hardcore fans of the series will be disappointed by the drastic changes made to the time and questing system. Dead Rising 4 has completely removed the time mechanic and gives players complete freedom over where and when they want to complete objectives. Escorting survivors has also been taken out, instead randomly generated distressed citizens will pop up and the player can divert from the main path to take care of the person that needs help. After the survivor is saved they will find their own way back to a safe house. This all ties into the one major flaw of the game, the difficulty is just not there anymore. Previous releases were unforgiving and gave the player a real sense of accomplishment when they finished it was over and finally reached the true ending. Although removal of the hardcore elements could be interpreted as Capcom trying to make the game accessible to a wider audience.

Overall Dead Rising was a very enjoyable experience and is definitely something fans of the series should check out. Before purchasing, keep in mind that if you played for the time management and survivor escorting then this is not the Dead Rising for you. This game makes a very entertaining zombie sandbox and will satiate that zombie murdering itch that we all need to scratch sometimes.

Welcome To Our Playthrough of ‘We Happy Few’

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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 scary alternate world and meeting the local psychopaths.

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.

In our most recent play through we took a dive into We Happy Few’s Clockwork update. This 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 addition 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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