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Month: February 2019 (page 2 of 2)

New Video Game Releases Coming This Week

Options are great, especially when it comes to new video games. This week, there are a bunch of new video games hitting the market, nearly all at the same time. Even though gamers love options, it’s hard when they cost about $60 each. Below is a list of the four video games releasing this week, details about each title, as well as a look into the near future. Make that choice just a little bit easier by reviewing the information in the list below.

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Civilization VI: Gathering Storm

  • Console: PC, Mac, Linux
  • Release Date: February 14, 2019
  • Developer: Firaxis Games

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Following Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, Gathering Storm will be the second official expansion for Civilization VI. This addition to Civ VI introduces a World Congress, holding empire leaders accountable for their actions. Empires can either punish or reward others depending on how they share the world with other leaders. The map is filled with resources ready to exploit, however, gobbling up too many could spark the World Congress to take aggressive action. Gathering Storm is all about consequences and encourages players to work through the modifiers the World Congress enacts along the way.

Metro Exodus

  • Console: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: February 15, 2019
  • Developer: 4A Games

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A continuation of the Metro series, this is the point in time where the main characters take the massive leap to find a safe place to live. They venture outside the metro tunnels beneath Russia’s icey, irradiated surface. If gamers that played the previous Metro games thought the underground was dangerous, just wait till the rest of Russia is explored.

Crackdown 3

  • Console: Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: February 15, 2019
  • Developer: Sumo Digital, Reagent Games, Cloudgine, Certain Affinity, Ruffian Games

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Plagued with issues throughout development, news recently broke that the troubles won’t stop once the game is available to the public. The publisher, Microsoft, broke the news to GameSpot that players will not be able to immediately play with their friends in multiplayer on release. Microsoft ensures that players will soon be able to play with friends.

Those excited about picking up Crackdown 3 and exploring this third-person shooter will have the chance to pick up the game for a $1. New subscribers to Game Pass can sign up for a one-month trial for a buck and will be able to play Crackdown 3 at release. Current Game Pass subscribers will also be able to play Crackdown 3 day one.

Far Cry: New Dawn

  • Console: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: February 15, 2019
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

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Coming off of Far Cry 5, Ubisoft Montreal is ready to release Far Cry: New Dawn. Based in a shockingly beautiful post-apocalyptic world, 17 years after a global nuclear catastrophe, it’ll be up to the player to restore order. New Dawn actually shares an extremely important similarity to Far Cry 5, they’re both based in Montana. However, this isn’t the Montana Far Cry 5 players have come to know and love. Completely upended by a nuclear catastrophe and reborn anew, there are Highwaymen trying to horde the last of the remaining resources. Players are tasked with putting an end to these Highwaymen and their leaders, the Twins.

Gamers will be able to build and expand their home base, play online co-op, and in classic Far Cry fashion, discover all the new locations around the map. Combining a new take on Far Cry by stepping out of their comfort zone and going straight to a post-apocalyptic landscape, Ubisoft Montreal is still holding true to the essence of Far Cry.

Jump Force

  • Console: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: February 15, 2019
  • Developer SPIKE CHUNSOFT

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Published by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, this crossover fighting game brings together characters from a plethora of manga series. The characters are coming from Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump anthology and nearly anyone that has ever watched an anime or read a manga will know at least one of the names included in the massive character roster.

It uses the 3D battle arenas that anime fighting games commonly use. Flashy, nostalgic, and intersting truly encompasis the image of Jump Force. Still, these anime fighters have the tendency to let fans down but only time will tell if Jump Force will stand out from the norm.

Bonus: Next Week Video Game Release

Next week brings the world one of the most anticipated games of 2019. It may still be early in the year but Anthem has raised eyebrows since it was first announced.

Anthem

  • Console: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: February 22, 2019
  • Developer: BioWare, Motive Studios



Some call it “Destiny 3”, others are incredibly excited to get their hands on the full game after trying the beta’s. Either way, Anthem is ready to launch on consoles next week. Using Iron Man-like suits called Javelins, players fly around the beautiful landscape, complete quests, use super-powers and lay waste to monstrous creators on an alien world. Made with cooperative play in mind, it does share similarities to Destiny but the addition of flight and being able to swap and collect all the unique suits truly makes it stand out. A single “Freelancer” can change their Javelins when in the hub world, so one gamer can play all the unique classes without having to level up new characters.

The next couple weeks are big for gamers of all kinds. There are some massive titles just waiting to be downloaded. However, with all these choices, it’ll be important to pick and choose the right game or games that fit a specific individuals taste. Be sure to stick around GigamaxGames.com. for gameplay and more coverage of each of these games as the year goes on.

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Paladins Dev Calls Out Sony On Cross-Play Policy

One of the biggest topics on gamers minds these days is being able to play with their friends no matter what console they own. Many developers have spoken out about the benefit of allowing competing systems to play with each other and now the developer behind Paladins has added his opinion. Steve Chisam, the CEO of the company behind Smite and Paladins, posted his thoughts on cross-play to Twitter recently.

Paladins CEO Speaks Out About Cross-Play


In terms of Paladins, which already supports cross-play between Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, Chisam says overall match quality has improved thanks to the ability to play between consoles. The average wait time to get into a match is down 30% and level spread has been decreased by 40%. Overall, according to Hi-Rez they have seen an 80% reduction in what they would refer to as "bad matches."

It is interesting to see the variety of problems that can be solved with the help of cross-play. Anyone whose played a multiplayer game knows the frustrations of running into un-balanced or broken matches, and it isn't a surprise to see that having a larger pool of players to choose from improves match quality.


It's Time to Get This Going

Chisam has certainly been vocal about his opinion on tearing down the walls between consoles. Recently Chisam said that Paladins, Realm Royale, and Smite were all ready to implement cross-play on the PS4 but Sony has to stop "playing favorites" according to the developer.

Microsoft has long supported cross-play and is a big proponent of developers including it in their titles. Unfortunately, Sony does not share this love of the system and has only recently (and begrudgingly) included it in select popular games like Fortnite and Rocket League. Hopefully, we'll see wider adoption of cross-play, but it seems like Sony is still far from accepting it as a beneficial system.

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Geralt Makes His Way To Monster Hunter World

It's been a big few months for the protagonist of the insanely popular Witcher series. Geralt has fought his way through Soul Calibur 6 and is now taking his monster hunting skills to Capcom's Monster Hunter World. The update launches today, February 7th with the PC version coming at a later date, and will contain a few Witcher related quests.



The update is set to launch at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT (12 AM GMT on February 8). Capcom hasn't revealed what exactly the quests will have players do but they will have "a unique flavor, blending the RPG mechanics of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with Monster Hunter World's game systems." (https://bit.ly/2TCKsTF)

Monster Hunter and The Witcher Work Together

Capcom previously stated that this collaboration was made with a lot of help from CD Projekt Red, the developer behind the Witcher series and the upcoming action RPG Cyberpunk 2077. Geralt's voice actor was even brought in to record extra lines for the cross over content.

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This update also comes in the midst's of Monster Hunter World's first anniversary event called Appreciation Fest. The event will remain live on all platforms until February 21st, and brings back most of the game's event quests alongside some new ones. Players are also able to craft new anniversary gear for themselves and their Palicos.

This certainly isn't the end of Monster Hunter World though, Capcom still has plenty of updates planned for this hit title. Iceborne, a major expansion slated for this fall will add new zones, monsters, and gear for players to explore, fight, and craft. For all the latest on Monster Hunter World be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Apex Legends is Here: Next Big Free Battle Royale

Respawn Entertainment released their free-to-play Battle Royale game, Apex Legends on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Gamers can download Apex Legends right now even though the game was only recently announced. A part of the Titanfall universe, this is not a new Titanfall game, instead, it’s a unique take on the massively popular Battle Royale genre that has made waves all around the world.

Apex Legends - The New Spin

Just like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Respawn Entertainment took a new approach to the Battle Royale concept. Fortnite has building, PUBG has its gritty realism, and now Apex Legends is shaking things up even more. Strictly a team-based game, 20 teams consisting of three players each will fight together to survive. Along with this unique feature, Respawn Entertainment takes a note from the massive success of hero-based games as well. Just like Overwatch or Rainbow Six Siege, players will be able to choose from different “Legends” or characters that all have unique abilities. Besides the unique abilities each player possesses, each of the Legends have ultimate abilities that recharge over time.

The primary concept of Battle Royale largely remains the same in Apex Legends. Players will still drop in with no weapons and have to find their equipment scattered around a large map. However, the unique addition of hero based characters, unique abilities, and being strictly a team based game has a large impact on how gamers make it to the end.

Respawn Entertainment Continues to Innovate

Apex Legends also has a few mechanics that help the matchmaking system remain competitive and team-based. Respawn Entertainment included a helpful ping system. Using a single button, gamers can mark locations, loot, and enemies to alert the rest of their team. Communication is always key in a Battle Royale game with others. The ping system circumvents the issue of jumping into matchmaking with other gamers that might not have a headset. The ping system ensures communication is still possible, even if no one is actually speaking to each other.

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There are eight “Legends” or heroes to choose from at this point in time. It is expected that Respawn Entertainment will continue adding more characters as the game progresses. The unique characters are listed below along with additional information about the classes. Bloodhound: Track and ping enemy players.

  • Bloodhound: Track and ping enemy players.
  • Gibraltar: Defensive, able to deflect enemy fire and has a dome shield.
  • Lifeline: A medic class that can revive teammates and uses a drone that heals allies.
  • Pathfinder: Recon focused, allows players to access hard-to-reach areas.
  • Wraith: Offensive, revealing enemies firing positions and also has a phase shifting ability.
  • Bangalore: The soldier, increased movement speed while under fire and smoke grenades to help fend off advancing attacks.
  • Caustic: Defensive, uses AOE weapons and proximity gas traps that can also be activated on demand with a well aimed shot.
  • Mirage: Trickster, using holographic decoys to confuse and throw off enemies.

Taking a page out of the Fortnite book, the free-to-play status means cosmetic items are the primary revenue stream of Apex Legends. Microtransactions allow gamers to purchase items with premium currency or roll the dice with loot boxes. However, dedicated players can ear the in-game currency so even if people don’t want to drop money on a free game, there is the possibility of collecting all that cool loot.

Apex Legends is available right now on the Origin store on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Respawn Entertainment wasted no time getting this game in the hands of the public. A combination of Battle Royale and hero- based shooter, there are high expectations for Apex Legends as the game progresses. For more information on Apex Legends and to keep up with its continued development, be sure to stop back on GigamaxGames.com.

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Pokemon Go Gets More Gen 4 Monsters

Niantic recently added the 4th generation legendary Palkia to their hit mobile game Pokemon Go, but now they're starting to sprinkle new monsters into the title. Another group of monsters from Diamond and Pearl have been added and they include baby Pokemon as well as evolutions.

Pokemon Go Continues to Expand

Players that currently have a Sinnoh Stone are able to evolve Lickitung, Tangela, Aipom, and Yanma into each of their evolutions: Lickilicky, Tangrowth, Ambipom, and Yanmega. On top of all that, trainers can now evolve male Kirilia into the Psychic/Fighting type Pokemon Gallade, while female Snorunt can now be turned into Frosslass.

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Some new monsters can also be found while wandering the wild. Trainers now have a chance to capture Combee, Glameow, Shieldon, and Crandios. Eggs also now have the chance to hatch into Happiny, Mime Jr., and Bonsly the baby forms of Chansey, Mr.Mime, and Sudowoodo.

Niantic has also made some big changes to how Raid Battles work. As detailed on the official Pokemon Go website, Raid Bosses will now have a larger HP pool to make up for the damage increases made in previous updates. A number of moves have also been changed and some Pokemon are able to learn new attacks.

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Palkia will continue to appear in Raid Battles until February 28th and the next Community Day is scheduled for Saturday, February 16th. The featured Pokemon for this months event will be Swinub. Pokemon Go certainly doesn't show any signs of slowing down and we can't wait to see how far this mobile game can truly go. For all the latest on Niantic's hit title be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com!

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