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Wrecking Ball Revealed as Overwatch’s Next Hero

Wrecking Ball Revealed as Overwatch's Next Hero

Not long after Blizzard teased Hero 28 for Overwatch on Twitter, the company revealed that the next character would be an adorable chubby cheeked hamster named Hammond (AKA Wrecking Ball). Along with the big reveal, Blizzard announced that he is available on the Public Test Realm for any PC Overwatch gamers. Those interested in this lovable rodents fascinating backstory should definitely check out his origin video below.

As Blizzard showed off in the teaser trailer leading up to the reveal, Wrecking Ball has the ability to transform himself into a ball and roll around the battlefield to increase movement speed. While in ball form, he can launch a grappling hook that tethers him to surfaces and allows the player to swing around the battlefield and inflict damage much like a real wrecking ball. Outside of wrecking ball form, he pilots a spider-like mech that has Quad Cannons that are able to tear through the competition.

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"Insert Miley Cyrus Quote Here"

Wrecking Ball's next ability is Adaptive Shields. This provides bonus protection for each enemy in the vicinity of the hero when Adaptive Shields is activated. Another ability, Piledriver, allows the hamster to slam into the ground from a good distance up in the air and injure as well as launch other players that are in his blast zone. Finally, his ultimate Minefield lays out a generous field of explosives that explode when an enemy walks near them. Along with the video, Blizzard detailed Wrecking Ball's story on their website.

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AWWWWW! He think's he's D.Va!

As mentioned above, players that own a copy of Overwatch on the PC can jump on Blizzard's Battle.net service and test the hero out right now. A new update has been released on the PTR which fans can get to by clicking the dropdown menu in the Overwatch tab of  Battle.net and selecting Public Test Realm. Currently, there's no word on how long the updates will remain on the test server but if it's anything like the other major character additions, it will be 3-4 weeks.

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Celebrating 40 years of Space Invaders with Gigamax

Disclaimer: Gigamax Games has no relationship with Taito’s Space Invaders.

Taito’s Space Invaders, the classic arcade game just celebrated its 40th birthday. Releasing in 1978, it influenced countless games and the gaming industry in general since its inception. This was the first game that created its very own world rather than simulating an environment from the real world. It also introduced the concept of a high score and multiple lives.

Celebrating 40 Years of Space Invaders

Space Invaders quickly became the most popular game in arcades worldwide after its global release. 40 years later, it’s hard to find a gamer that hasn’t played or at least heard of the game. A staple of arcade gaming, any fan of this classic title might want to take a trip to Japan to celebrate.

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The publisher is celebrating this momentous occasion in an over the top way. Hosting a limited time event in Japan, Taito created a massive version of the game where up to ten players can work together to fend off the alien threat. Named, Prepare...for Space Invaders Gigamax!, this celebration caught the attention of Gigamax Games for a couple of reasons.

Bigger, Brighter, Gigamax

Huge fans of the game, the Gigamax Games crew was shocked to hear this limited time event was actually named, “Prepare… for Space Invaders Gigamax”. If anyone forgot, the name of this website is GigamaxGames.com.

The event is a limited edition attraction, located southwest of Tokyo at the Laguna Ten Bosch resort in Gamagori, Japan. Each game costs players around $4.50 USD or 500 yen. The massive display will only be available to try through July so if anyone wants to give it a try, the time to book a trip to Japan is now. It is uncertain what the future holds for Space Invaders Gigamax but with any luck, this celebration won’t be the last time gamers see Gigamax on the big screen.

For more information on this special event, an official website is available in Japanese. Google Translate will help but doesn't translate the pictures. 

Also, have you heard about WoodyPlays? Our friends over at Woodstock Productions created a brand new gaming news site! Take a second to check it out.

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Mid-Tier Summit: Another Step Forward in the World of eSports

Mid-Tier Summit: Another Step Forward in the World of eSports

Long Island, NY's Mid-Tier Summit is an event organizer which hosts eSports tournaments for a wide variety of games including but not limited to, Super Smash Bros., Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter V, and Call of Duty WWII. At the beginning of June, the company announced their next step forward into the world of eSports. The company has founded their very own eSports team. President and Lead Tournament Organizer, Alex handpicked each individual that would be taking a spot on the new Mid-Tier Summit eSports team.

Team Members include:

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CEO of Mid-Tier Summit, Joe had this to say about the company's new eSports team, “Since the inception of this company, it has been our vision at Mid-Tier Summit not only provide world-class tournaments, but also world class players to challenge the competition. This has been something my business partner Alex has always been exceptionally passionate about, and Alex took the time to hand-select every player that has joined our team. He has really put together a special group of players, and I am really excited to watch them show the world what Mid-Tier Summit is all about.”

Gigamax Games has been following and attending Mid-Tier Summit events since August of 2017. Since then, they have continued to impress the Long Island, NY competitive gaming community. Their events, their prizes, and the company has continued to grow. The future looks bright for the video game tournament organizers and now, eSport team owners.

MTS - Smash at the Cradle (August 2017)

Based in Long Island, NY, Mid-Tier Summit is an event organizer and now eSports team owner. Hosting a variety of tournaments, the company has an exciting year lined up. For more information on Mid-Tier Summit and news about the incredible team, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and keep up with all the action on the Mid-Tier Summit community page on Gigamax Games.

Blizzard Shares New World of Warcraft Classic Details

Brand New Info on World of Warcraft Classic

Although a release date has not been announced, Blizzard confirmed it is remaking the vanilla version of World of Warcraft. As time passes, it becomes increasingly evident that the development team behind World of Warcraft Classic is very passionate about the long-awaited project. In a recent "Dev Watercooler" blog post, Blizzard unveiled new details about their experience prototyping the game. They also went on to reassure fans that they would do the original version of the WoW justice.

"The process of restoring the classic game is not straightforward, and it's important to us to take the time and effort to get it right--this includes poring over numerous game versions, data, and code; meticulously scrutinizing all the changes we've made over the years," Blizzard's dev team wrote.

"All the work we're doing will ultimately allow us to recreate an authentic classic experience on a platform that is much more optimized and stable, helping us avoid latency and stability issues. Additional improvements will include modern anti-cheat/botting detection, customer service and Battle.net integration, and similar conveniences that do not affect the core gameplay experience." (https://bit.ly/2t2S726)

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Back To Where It All Began

World of Warcraft Classic Rebuild

Blizzard detailed that the initial World of Warcraft Classic prototype is a rebuild of Patch 1.12: Drums of War using various archives and source code. Unfortunately for the team, this revealed some pretty big problems including game crashes, issues with modern video cards, incompatibility with Blizzard's latest login system, and a host of other concerns. Using this initial prototype the development team was able to create another test version using the game's modern code and all the infrastructure enhancements it has received over the years. This build of the 1.12 patch is compatible with the latest technology available for PC's and Blizzard's current systems.

World of Warcraft Classic was initially announced at Blizzcon 2017 with a surprise trailer that delighted fans that have been requesting it for years. Hopefully, dedicated WoW players won't have to wait long to play the experience that started their journey through Azeroth. Be sure to check back with GigamaxGames.com for more information on World of Warcraft Classic when it becomes available!

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Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido – Playlist

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido - Let's Play Page

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is a brand new IP from Nintendo. The game is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch and is a promising first step for the franchise. It looked like a joke at first but after putting some time in, the game has a lot to offer. RPG elements mixed with classic Nintendo themes makes Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido an absolute must play for any Nintendo fan.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido Gameplay on YouTube

For a game with a silly name, it's stuffed with non-stop action. The combat is intense and fast-paced. Its colorful world is easy on the eyes and the overworld is simple and clean making for a streamlined progression system. Nintendo really knows how to catch gamers attention and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido barrows a lot of entertaining elements from previously successful Nintendo titles.

Overall the game delivered in a way Gigs and Mack didn't think was possible. The Gigamax Games crew wasn't sold at first but after getting a chance to play, they changed their toon. Any Nintendo fan might want to put Sushi Striker on their lists of games to play. Don't be fooled by the silly outward appearance of the title as it is actually a complete game worthy of any gamers time.

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If anyone is interested in learning a little more about Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido before making the purchase, take a look at the gameplay above. It quickly becomes clear why the Gigamax crew is hooked.

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Attack on Titan 2 – Let’s Play Page

Attack on Titan 2 – Let’s Play Page with Gigamax Games

The world of Attack on Titan is chaotic at best. Filled with beasts, death, and sorrow, there’s no avoiding the incredible action that comes along with the story. Now, gamers have a chance to give their all against the Titans once again in Attack on Titan 2. Available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, and PC.

Gigs and Mack take a swing at surviving this universe where death seems all too common. Take a look at the gameplay below for a look inside Attack on Titan 2 on the PlayStation 4.

 Attack on Titan 2 – YouTube Playlist on Gigamax Games

Overall the game’s combat mechanic is what really makes it shine. An RPG at heart, the story progresses slowly at first but is meant to build the tension the series is known for. Its graphics aren’t anything spectacular and the small hub city in which the game is centered doesn’t really add that much excitement or wonder. Attack on Titan 2 shines when Titans are attacking and gamers swing across the landscape with their maneuver gear, taking down whatever threat is in their path.

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Titans come in all shapes and sizes and that is still true in Attack on Titan 2. Their unpredictable movements and almost comical appearance are all in-line when compared to the anime. However, the Titans are much less willing to kill people outright and this gives the gamer a chance to play around with their Titan killing abilities rather than frantically trying to down every Titan as quickly as possible.

The game itself isn’t anything mind-blowing but the combat is truly spectacular. Attack on Titan fans might want to give it a try but if anyone is on the fence, take a look at the gameplay above before making the purchase.

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Pokemon Go Gets Some New Legendary Pokemon

Pokemon Go Gets Some New Legendary Pokemon

A brand new Legendary pocket monster has made its way to Pokemon Go. Regice, the ice version of the three legendary titans from the third generation of Pokemon games, can now be found at gyms around the world in the form of a raid battle. This beast will be available until July 19th where it will then most likely be replaced by the other two Legendaries.

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As usual, dedicated players will have to team up with other trainers and take on Regice before they get a chance to capture it. It is important to remember when going into the battle that ice-type Pokemon are weak against fire, rock, steel, and fighting types. Although, despite the monsters many weaknesses it has a particularly high defense stat, adding to the formidability of the latest Legendary opponent.

Two More Legendary Titans

The other two Legendary Titans, Regirock and Registeel, are expected to appear on Pokemon Go soon. Niantic has yet to confirm when fans can face the next two beasts but they'll follow the introduction of Regice late this summer.

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Regice arrives on the heels of Pokemon Go's latest in-game event, the Water Festival. Part of this event included trainers having the chance to catch another generation 3 Legendary, Kyogre, which returned to raid battles for a limited time. While Kyogre may no longer be available, trainers still have the opportunity to complete the latest set of Field Research Quests, which will lead to another chance to take on the Legendary bird Articuno.

Alongside the recently announced Legendaries, Niantic began rolling out the recently announced friends and trading features for Pokemon Go. Although, as of now, only players that have reached between levels 33 and 40 are able to take advantage of the long-awaited features. Niantic claims that these systems will eventually make their way to other players, but hasn't given a specific timeframe.

Pokemon Go continues to evolve and the Gigamax Games crew will continue watching out the mobile game progresses. Stop by again soon to keep up with the latest video game news and announcements.

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July 2018 Video Game Releases

July 2018 Video Game Releases

July is going to be an interesting month for video game releases. Remasters, new RPG’s, and some controversial games are making an appearance. With the recent conclusion of E3 2018, the world waits in anticipation for all the major blockbusters announced at the conference. However, sometimes all that coverage can cover up a hidden gem scheduled to release the month after the impressive event.

Don’t miss a thing with the July video game releases list below. The first 5 are the Gigamax Games July picks and the complete list is below the top 5.

Shining Resonance Refrain (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One) - July 10th


The upcoming Japanese RPG developed by Media.Vision and published by Sega was originally released on December 11th,  2014. Now, it’s coming back and this mystical adventure has another chance at life. Shining Resonance Refrain has an interesting and intricate backstory that has the potential to catch any fantasy game fans attention.

Earthfall (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - July 13th

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Gamers that enjoyed the cooperative shooter, Left 4 Dead might have a hard time turning down a chance to play Earthfall. A team of 4 are pitted against hordes of aliens. Earthfall wants to bring back gameplay style the massive hit Left 4 Dead perfected. The story focuses on the government failed attempt to fend off an alien horde that landed on Earth in a meteorite. Average citizens have to answer the call and stand up for humanity.

Octopath Traveler (Switch) - July 13th


Square Enix brings the world their new adventure RPG, Octopath Traveler to the Nintendo Switch. Eight travelers are on a quest to explore the world of Orsterra, each has their own unique story to tell. The game company stated that no DLC will be coming to Octopath Traveler because the studio explained they are releasing a complete game. This is a bold claim in the current video game market as DLC’s have become commonplace. The main questline is expected to take between 50-60 hours or 80-100 hours of content if gamers explore all the side quests and search for everything else the game has to offer.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (3DS, Switch) - July 13th

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Originally released on Wii U, those with a Nintendo Switch and the 3DS will have another chance to play Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. New miniature courses based on the smash hit Super Mario Odyssey are included in the new Switch and 3DS version as well. The puzzle game is based in a visually stunning world that is sure to shine on the Switch. The hybrid console version will even include a two-player mode.

No Man’s Sky (Xbox One) - July 24th

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Xbox fans will finally have a chance to try the highly controversial, No Man’s Sky. After its initial, massively criticised release, the team at Hello Games worked feverishly to address fans concerns and the Xbox One release has the potential to receive a much warmer welcome. Gamers know what to expect and along with all updates, Xbox One gamers have a lot more to do within the massive sandbox Hello Games created.

July 2018 Video Game Releases

Red Faction: Guerilla Remastered (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - July 3rd

Mushroom Wars 2 (Switch) - July 5th

Warhammer 40K Inquisitor - Martyr (PS4, Xbox One) - July 5th

MGXP Pro (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - July 10th

20XX (PS4, Switch, Xbox One) - July 10th / July 11th
Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - July 13th

Sonic Mania Plus (Switch, PS4, Xbox One) - July 17th

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - July 24th

Train Sim World (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - July 24th

Sleep Tight (Switch, PC) - July 26th

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Bethesda Explains How PVP Works In Fallout 76

Bethesda Explains How PVP Works In Fallout 76

During Bethesda's E3 conference last week, the developer surprised fans with the gameplay reveal of their upcoming title Fallout 76. On top of the trailer, which showed off a game that looks very much like the Fallout fans have come to know and love, Bethesda also announced that it will be an always-online multiplayer game.  While players can still decide to play solo, the other characters fans will run into are human controlled.

Where There Are Gamers, There Are Griefers 

Many have expressed concern after the conference about the new direction the studio is taking for Fallout 76. The key issue is how other players will interact with each other in the open world of West Virginia. What if a hostile player decides to make another character their target and begins griefing them? The gaming publication, Gamespot, recently sat down with Bethesda's Senior Vice President, Pete Hines, to discuss how the company is going to preemptively handle potential trolling issues.

"When you see a person in the world, they're a real person, and now you have to figure out [what role they play]...maybe they're being super helpful, maybe they're wandering the world as a trader and just trading with people, maybe they're being a bad guy and they're part of a raider group," Hines explained. "[We allow] for that sort of tension but with systems in place that keep it from being abusive. So you can't be harassed by somebody who just keeps chasing you around the world and keeps killing you over and over again; the game literally doesn't allow that to happen to you." (https://bit.ly/2t1r0ES)

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Crawl out through the Fallout... With friends!

Death Isn't All Doom and Gloom

He continued, "Death isn't supposed to be a super negative thing. You don't lose your progression, you don't lose all your stuff, somebody can't kill you and then take everything in your inventory [and then you have to] start over." (https://bit.ly/2t1r0ES)

Hines also went on to discuss how the company is making sure PVP doesn't become a toxic mess. "Think of PvP more like issuing a challenge to somebody as opposed to just, 'no matter what I want to do to somebody, I can,'" he explained. "The game only lets that go so far before you can basically say, 'I don't want to participate in this challenge anymore.'" (https://bit.ly/2t1r0ES)

What Do People and a Deathclaw Have in Common?

Bethesda compared PVP in Fallout 76 to falling victim to a Deathclaw in one of the single player games. They explained that when a player dies, you can either decide to go take on the challenge again or move onto something else. This is how it should work with human players. They can't keep coming after you just like a Deathclaw will stop chasing you if you manage to evade the creature for long enough.

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GIANT MUTANT SLOTH! Just one of the many new creatures wandering the wasteland.

While plenty of details are sure to follow this news in the following months, Bethesda assured fans that they will be constantly tweaking and supporting the game over its lifespan. Hopefully, dedicated players can't find ways to circumvent Fallout 76's troll blocks because we here at Gigamax are very excited to enjoy an uninterrupted journey through the wasteland.

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Darkest Dungeon Let’s Play Page

The Nintendo Switch is now home to Darkest Dungeon and besides the wacky menu system on the hybrid console, it’s extremely entertaining. This is one of those indie games that keeps on bringing people back. Known for its challenging dungeon crawling elements, the Gigamax crew wasn’t too familiar with the title. A request brought it back to the attention of Gigs and Mack so it was about time to explore the dangerous depths of Darkest Dungeons.

Darkest Dungeon Gameplay on YouTube with Gigamax Games

Caught off guard with the clumsy menu system the game uses for the Nintendo Switch, the intro to Darkest Dungeon was interesting, to say the least. After the crew got those hiccups out of the way, it was time to start slaying. Going in relatively blind, Gigs and Mack limped through a dangerous dungeon. It may not have been pretty but the Gigamax crew got the job done…. kinda.

The Future Looks Dark

Are you a fan of Darkest Dungeon? If so, be sure to leave a comment at the bottom of this page or on the video! The Gigamax crew is dying to release even more gameplay.

This will be the place to find all the latest Darkest Dungeon gameplay. Thank you all so much for taking the time to stop by this Let’s Play Page! It means the world to everyone here at Gigamax Games.

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