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3 Games We Want If Microsoft Buys Valve

3 Games We Want If Microsoft Buys Valve

Microsoft is struggling to keep up with their exclusive game list. The Xbox One was not a failure by any means but with a lackluster selection of exclusives, they are far from winning the console war. The easiest way to go about acquiring exclusives is by purchasing studios with a long list of hits under their belt. With rumors and reports of Microsoft in talks to purchase the long-beloved Valve, it could be the push Microsoft needs to make a larger impact on the gaming world. Imagine all the amazing games and opportunity that could become a reality if Microsoft buys Valve!

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The profits they could rake in from PC gaming alone could make this move worth the investment. However, the exclusives Microsoft could secure as well as the future games that could be created with all of Valves franchisees are enough to cause excitement.

Let’s take a look at the top 3 games we want to see if Microsoft buys Valve.

Half-Life 3

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A long-running joke throughout the video game industry, it would almost be unimaginable for gamers to finally get their hand on Half-Life 3. One of the most renowned franchises that was long thought to be a dead-end could have another chance at life. Since Valves purchase is still up in the air, Microsoft hasn’t made any comments about if they’re humoring the idea of making Half-Life 3 a reality. However out of all the Valve games the gaming community would love to see return, Half-Life 3 is at the top of the list.

Left 4 Dead 3

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There are few games that held gamers attention like Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. Killing hordes of zombies with a bunch of friends on a mission is an absolutely addicting concept. In classic Valve fashion, after the second Left 4 Dead, they dropped the franchise to work on new projects. Gamers held on hope for a revisit to the Left 4 Dead series but Valve never fails when it comes to moving on after the second release of a beloved game.

Portal 3

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Now, this third spot was a toss-up between Portal 3 and Team Fortress 3. The reason Portal 3 was the winner is the simple fact that linear and incredible single-player experiences are relatively rare when compared to the recent trend of hero-based shooters. Portal was one of those games that continues to be brought up in conversations about modern gaming, renowned for its creativity and amazing story.

With no official word from Valve or Microsoft, these three titles will have to remain a blissful dream. However, the fact that word continues to circulate about a potential purchase and Microsoft struggling with their exclusives, a purchase could happen. There might be a brand new joke floating around the internet about Valve and their fear of counting to three if Microsoft decides to breathe new life into titles like Half-Life 3. Be sure to check back on GigamaxGames.com for any breaking news about Microsoft and Valve.

What game did we leave off this list that you want to see if Microsoft buys Valve? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments below! 
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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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Clear Your Weekend Plans: 10/27 Game Releases

Video Game Releases: Friday, October 27th, 2017

This Friday has a lot in store for gamers. A host of new games will be hitting the market all at once! This may be a problem for wallets around the world, but for those eager to start a new adventure, it’s truly a treat. With such an incredible week of gaming, let’s take a look at the highly anticipated titles releasing just in time for the weekend.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins – PS4, Xbox One, PC

The Assassin’s Creed franchise is known for its inconsistency. One game will come out and blow audiences away and then the next game will be a complete blunder. Assassins Creed 2 and 3 come to mind or Black Flag and Unity. However, this time around, it looks like Ubisoft is heading in the right direction, finally allowing players to experience ancient Egypt. Players will be leaders of the Assassin’s Brotherhood, tasked with uncovering lost tombs and exploring the pyramids. Ubisoft took a different direction with this title, embracing a new RPG style which fits perfectly with the expansive open world.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PS4, Xbox One, PC

This franchise has been around for decades and gamers are ecstatic the eleventh installment is nearing release. It will be a sequel to the 2014 game, Wolfenstein: The New Order. Taking a lot of the gameplay style from The New Order but of course, the developers have a lot more to work with in terms of gaming technology. The environments and some elements of the core game will be entirely different. This will truly be a treat for any Wolfenstein fan but has also appealed to newcomers of the series as well. It’ll be interesting to see how this classic franchise fairs in this interesting new gaming market the world currently embracing.

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Super Mario Odyssey  – Nintendo Switch

Hardcore Nintendo fans probably don’t need to read this brief description of Super Mario Odyssey. People have been shaking from anticipation to get their hands on this completely unique Mario game. Exploring 3D kingdoms with incredibly diverse environments, this will undoubtedly be unlike any Mario game Nintendo has ever released. Sure there have been 3D worlds with Mario before but nothing to this magnitude and fans cannot wait for a chance to play. 

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Don’t fret, if you won’t be picking all of them up, the Gigamax crew has you covered. This upcoming week Gigamax will be taking a look and offering a preview into each of the new titles. Friday is going to be a busy day for gamers across the country and that’s not a bad thing.

What game are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

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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.

Cuphead: Indie Spotlight on YouTube

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
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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.

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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.

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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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