Despite the critical response to Fallout 76, Bethesda continues supporting their take on a live-service shooter. The next update to Appalachia (Patch 9) is hitting the game on May 7th, introducing a new faction and an item to help increase carry weight.
Bethesda has titled the update 'Ever Upwards', which is the motto of the Pioneer Scouts. Unfortunately, the nukes dropping have led to a sharp decline in the number of new Pioneer Scout recruits so the club is taking anyone willing to join. Players who would like to join the faction should visit Train Stations.
Fallout 76 Welcomes New Pioneers
After joining the Pioneer Scouts, players are able to earn a number of badges related to archery, cooking, swimming, and more. These badges are then taken to a Pioneer Scout vending machine for new C.A.M.P Items and a variety of other loot. Players who attain Possum Rank will get the opportunity to earn tougher badges and their first backpack.
Backpacks are a brand new item being introduced in the Ever Upwards patch. Bethesda has yet to specify exactly how much weight the backpack will add, but they did say it can be outfitted with a variety of mods including: carry capacity, damage resistance, a refrigeration unit, and more.
Bethesda recently released Patch 8.5 that added the controversial repair kits that can be obtained via micro transactions and a brand new way to take pictures of the environment. For more on Fallout 76 be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.
The CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, has given Steam an ultimatum. If Valve offers the same compensation that Epic does for their titles, then they will stop signing exclusivity deals that keep games off of Steam.
If Steam committed to a permanent 88% revenue share for all developers and publishers without major strings attached, Epic would hastily organize a retreat from exclusives (while honoring our partner commitments) and consider putting our own games on Steam.
"If Steam committed to a permanent 88% revenue share for all developers and publishers without major strings attached, Epic would hastily organize a retreat from exclusives (while honoring our partner commitments) and consider putting our own games on Steam," Sweeney wrote. "Such a move would be a glorious moment in the history of PC gaming, and would have a sweeping impact on other platforms for generations to come."
Epic Store Pays Better
Recently, many developers have been leaving Steam and signing exclusivity deals with Epic Games. One of the first games to make this move was the hit indie game, Ashen, which was then followed by AAA titles Metro Exodus and Borderlands 3. Ubisoft has almost completely left Steam and entered into a partnership with the Epic Games Store, moving its major PC releases to the platform starting with The Division 2.
Fans have certainly shown their discontent for this practice, particularly when games are moved from one store to another during the pre-order phase. Many have taken to various social media platforms to show their discontent while others have taken to "review bombing" games that have previous titles in the series such as Metro: Last Light and Metro 2033.
Ironically, that this misuse is possible and that Steam has no interest in correcting this misuse makes me kind of happy about 2k’s decision and makes me want to reconsider Gearbox Publishing’s current posture on the platform.
The brutal reactions from Steam users and Valve's slow response to the review bombings have led to criticism from the developers themselves. "Ironically, that this misuse is possible and that Steam has no interest in correcting this misuse makes me kind of happy about 2K's decision and makes me want to reconsider Gearbox Publishing's current posture on the platform," Gearbox studio head Randy Pitchford wrote.
Competition breeds innovation. Epic Games Store is offering creators better deals and Steam and its community is losing out on some key titles. Only time will tell if Steam decides to revisit their revenue sharing structure but until then, Epic Games will continue working on accumulating as many exclusives as they see fit. Be sure to stick and check back on GigamaxGames.com. for all the latest gaming news and video game industry updates!
For trainers that missed their chance to catch a Shiny Meltan back in February, Niantic is offering up a second opportunity. The Meltan themed event is returning to the game on Wednesday, April 24th, where fans can add this elusive Shiny Mythical Beast to their collection.
Meltan is Back!
Meltan is unique in Pokemon Go due to the fact that trainers need a specific item known as a Mystery Box in order to summon the monster. Normally, after opening the Mystery Box players have 30 minutes to catch as many Meltan as they can find, then after the allotted time, they need to wait another 7 days before opening the box again. During the Meltan event, Niantic has decreased the box spawn time from 7 days to only 3 days, allowing fans to catch way more monsters than they could before.
Players will have a chance to catch a Shiny Meltan every time they open the Mystery Box. This beast can be distinguished by its darker head and blue tail. Trainers that are able to capture a Shiny Meltan can evolve the monster into a Shiny Melmetal. Unfortunately, players will only have until May 5th to capture a Shiny Meltan, so act quickly if you'd like to capture one.
Niantic is not waiting long after the Meltan event ends to host their next Community Day event, which is scheduled for Sunday, May 19th. This time around Community Day will focus on the Gen 3 starter, Torchic. Players will also be able to earn triple the amount of Stardust during May's Community Day event.
For more on Pokemon Go be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!
If you guys haven’t heard by now, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, is not only destroying the gaming scene, but it is also, I daresay, destroying gaming controllers near you.
Sekiro was made by From Software, which is also responsible for the hell that is the Dark Souls franchise which we all know and love…to hate. With complex controls and even more complex enemies, Sekiro takes you for a ride like you’ve never seen in the ‘Sengoku Period’ of Japan.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Boss Guide
In this article, we show you how to defeat the top 7 most difficult bosses in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. If you haven’t played this game yet, be advised, this article WILL contain spoilers, and blood…lots of blood.
1. Guardian Ape/Headless Ape
Location: Sunken Valley – Bodhisattva Valley
Rewards: Memory: Guardian Ape (Strength Upgrade), Slender Finger
Strategy: This boss contains two phases.
Phase 1: The Monkey
He is not able to block your attacks
Avoid his high damage grapples
1st grapple – contains a sweep attack that can only be dodged by jumping.
2nd grapple – he charges at you then bodyslams.
As red attack icon shows, remember to always jump
Best strat is to stun with FireCrackers every 20-ish seconds
Run behind him and throw as many standard sword attacks as you can
Combat arts are too slow
When he staggers, keep hitting him until he runs away
This occurs 3 times
He can fart poison and throw poisonous poo at you
Keep antidotes in your quick items
You cut his head off…then what?
Phase 2: The Headless Monkey and his Huge Sword
Contains completely new move set and becomes a lot more powerful
Only 2 moves that give you an opening to attack
First move – He raises his sword in the air attacking from top to bottom
DEFLECT it as soon as it lands. He staggers as you stand below his belly attacking him as quickly as possible.
Second move – he leaps forward attempting a single powerful strike
Jump over him then land 2-3 basic attacks before blocking again.
Avoid the headless ape unless he uses these two moves
If the ape jumps in the air, prepare to jump as he comes back down
You can also jump over his area-wide sweep attack after he lands the jump
Lastly, make sure to have the pacifying agent consumable handy
He will instantly kill you if your terror gauge fills up.
Avoid the red terror fog by unlocking the camera from your enemy and run away!
It’s ok…we won’t judge you.
2. Headless Ape and his Lady
Location: Ashina Depths
Rewards: Bestowal Ninjutsu, Guardian Ape Immortality Severed Trophy/ Achievement, 2 x Prayer Beads
Same as second phase headless ape, but slower
Contains two health bars that deplete quicker as you are stronger by this point
He’s slower and doesn’t attack as often as before
Block his chain attacks then go crazy with basic attacks as you revolve around him.
Since he’s slow to turn around, you can really get some damage in
After you deplete his first health bar, he will run away to call his lady
Attack him while he’s calling
The second ape is very weak
Throw Firecrackers at her then go for the instant execution
Again, repeat the same process as before with the headless ape
Be sure to run away when he uses the red terror mist
Once he’s defeated, execute him one more time to rip out his spine.
Easier said than done right?
3. Great Shinobi Owl
Locations: Ashina Castle – Upper Tower
Note: To unlock this ruthless battle, once reaching the tower rooftop, you can choose to “break the iron code and stay loyal to Kuro.”
Reward: Memory: Great Shinobi (Attack Upgrade), Aromatic Branch
Contains Several heavy attacks that leaves him vulnerable when dodged perfectly
If he attacks from the left w/ sword
Dodge forward left
If he attacks from the right w/ sword
Dodge forward right
Dodge under his sword to get behind him > Whirlwind Slash Combat Art > Repeat
When he jumps in the air
Dodge forward twice to get behind him > hack away
If you’re low on health
Use Firecrackers to stun him so you can heal
Try to stay close to him as he will quickly run after you if you try to run away
Repeat Whirlwind Slash as you dodge his attacks
Phase 2 – Poison and Smoke
Attack him as he’s about to use smoke as he’s vulnerable
When he uses poison
Stay away from the poisoned area
Block attacks until poisoned area vanishes
Same dodge and attack strat applies in the second phase
Take that, Dad!
4. ‘True’ Corrupted Monk
Location: Fountainhead Palace
Note: To unlock this fight, you must have chosen to stay loyal to Kuro after defeating the Great Shinobi Owl. Exhaust the dialogue between you and Kuro then head to the Ashina Depths > Wedding Cave Door. Can be transported to Fountainhead Palace from the tent.
Rewards: Memory: True Monk (Attack Upgrade), Dragon’s Tally Board (Unlocks New Items in Merchant Shops), “Corrupted Monk” trophy / achievement.
The True Corrupted Monk has 3 lives
The first two lives can behind taken quickly from stealth kills in the trees.
Once you enter the arena
Grapple onto the tree branch on the right > onto the second > then the third branch behind him.
If you’re fast enough that he doesn’t notice, you can stealth kill him.
Immediately grapple back to the trees as he enters his second phase.
Stealth kill him again from the middle tree branch.
He will be invisible but will be standing in the middle of the bridge.
You will need to be very fast.
One life left
Throw Firecrackers > normal attack from behind > Firecrackers > Repeat
8 Firecrackers should be enough to kill him for good.
Otherwise, you can run away from his spinning attacks > hit him once > repeat.
Mortal Blade Combat Art is quick useful for this fight as it contains unblockable damage.
5. Isshin Ashina
Location: Ashina Castle – Upper Tower
Rewards: Memory: Isshin Ashina (Attack Upgrade), One Mind Skill (Combat Art), Shura Ending
Strategy: This fight begins immediately after defeating Emma.
Use the Shadow Rush Combat Art for this fight
Memorize the following:
Stand where he can’t hit you but close enough where your attack can connect
Use Shadow Rush
Isshin cannot block this
Isshin starts to use fire moves
Straight fire shot – just run to the side
Wide fire shot – stay behind fire and charge Shadowrush once
Flames Everywhere! – Stand where there are no flames then jump towards Isshin as he will be attacking you immediately. This will dodge the attack.
Use this time to get behind him and attack him a few times.
6. Demon of Hatred
Location: Ashina Outskirts
Note: Spawns after you’ve defeated the Divine Dragon.
Another note: This dude totally sucks.
Rewards: Memory: Hatred Demon (Attack Power Up), 2 x Lapis Lazuli (highest-grade upgrade material)
3 Health Bars
Will kill you in two hits
Always stay aggressive and close to the Demon. Never run away.
He does huge AOE fire damage if you aren’t sticking right to him.
Contains 3 phases of melee and ranged fire attacks
If you stay close, these phases won’t be too drastic
Run towards the enemy until you are in range to strike
Always run to the right.
Keep running until the Demon does his fiery melee attack
If you are close enough, it will always miss.
After he misses, run behind him to the right > hit him twice then let him jump away.
RUN towards him again and to the right.
Let him miss his attack
Run around him to the right > hit him twice
Once behind him, 2-3 safe attacks then prepare to evade surprise attacks
Never try to dodge his attacks
Keep lock onto the Demon at all times
On the third phase
Use Malcontent Whistle
Stuns him up to 3 times in a row taking 60% of his health
The Demon of Hatred has insane AOE attacks that are practically impossible to dodge if you’re too far away from him.
Stick to the aggressive strat.
Check out this SUPER CHEESE Strategy to defeat The Demon of Hatred.
7. Isshin, The Sword Saint
Location: Ashina Castle – Ashina Reservoir
Note: If you don’t pick the Shura Ending, then you’ll get this bad boy in all 3 of the OTHER endings. So…have fun with this one.
Apex Legends latest patch introduced fan requested armor for two characters, a new bonus XP event, and tweaked a bunch of the weapons to make them a more viable choice for combat. The patch has already gone live so players are free to experiment with all the latest changes.
According to the patch notes that have been posted on the Apex Legends Subreddit, the biggest changes have been introduced to both Caustic and Gibraltar. According to the community manager behind the game, Jay Frechette, these two characters as well as Pathfinder were taking more damage than other heroes because of their increased hitboxes. Readjusting them worked for Pathfinder, but Caustic and Gibraltar were still at a noticeable disadvantage. To compensate for this, the team added a 10% armor bonus passive ability to the two characters, which is known as Fortified. They also received a variety of other tweaks to make them more competitive in the meta.
Apex Legends Update: "But Wait, There's More!"
On top of those changes, Respawn added a way for players to earn more XP for their Battle Pass. Fans will notice that their first top 5 of the day will net them a whole Battle Pass tier, which can be taken advantage of every day until the bonus XP event is over.
Other changes include weapon buffs for the Longbow DMR and the Havoc as well as nerfs for the G7 Scout, Wingman, and Spitfire. Respawn Entertainment has also increased the speed of the jump ship.
In Other Apex Legends News...
In other Apex news, Project Lead Drew McCoy recently said that there is no plan to bring the game to the Switch, but commented that it isn't out of the realm of possibility. For all the latest on Apex Legends, be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!
In an exclusive interview with Wired, lead system architect for the PS4, Mark Cerny opened up about details surrounding Sony’s upcoming console, PlayStation 5. He boasts that PS5 will not just be an updated version of the PS4 but instead would be an entirely new console. The new console will support 8K graphics, 3D audio, SSDs, and backward compatibility with PlayStation 4 games.
Sony has been developing PlayStation 5 for the past four years. Cerny said, “... It allows for fundamental changes in what a game can be.” While sitting down for the interview, the question was raised if it will actually be called “PlayStation 5”. The answer is unclear and Cerny insisted on referring to it as the “next-gen console,” however, there’s a decent chance Sony will continue with tradition.
“PlayStation 5” Hardware and Specs
All the new hardware included in PlayStation 5 will create a console that more closely resembles a high-end gaming PC rather than a home gaming console. It sports an eight-core CPU which is “based on AMD’s third-gen Ryzen line built on the chip company’s latest 7nm Zen 2 process and a custom GPU based on AMD’s Radeon Navi hardware” according to insight shared by The Verge.
For those that aren’t fluent in advanced gaming hardware, all this new tech means ray-tracing graphics will be coming to a game console for the very first time. Ray-tracing is a way to render and generate an image by turning a path of light into pixels in an image plane which improves how the virtual objects appear when moving through its environment. Even though it is extremely demanding in terms of hardware, it creates higher quality graphics, improving realism. PS5 will be able to support 8K graphics at release but just like 4K, it will require a TV that supports this resolution in order to experience all of these visual improvements.
IGN Breakdown of PS5 Details
Replacing the hard drive with an SDD will also have a tremendous impact on a person's gaming experience. The demo PS5 that Wired tested showed a massive improvement in load times. Fast-traveling in Spider-Man on a PS5 devkit took only 0.8 seconds when compared to 15 seconds on a PS4. Calling this a massive decrease is an understatement. No gamer likes loading screens and it looks like in a couple years, this won’t be a worry any longer.
Beyond graphics, Sony doesn’t want people to overlook the 3D audio feature. This upgrade is expected to create a much more immersive gaming experience on TV speakers as well as headphones. Anyone that played Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice knows immersive audio can elevate an entire gaming experience.
Don’t Underestimate 3D Audio
Those that didn’t have a chance to play Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice and live through that audio masterpiece will have another opportunity to play it Sony’s next console. Mark Cerny was clear on the fact that PlayStation 5 will be backwards compatible with PlayStation 4 games. This is a spectacular surprise for PlayStation fans. Now, gamers won’t have to sit and wait for games to release on PlayStation 5 as many had to do when PS4 first released. The company is promising that fans can expect a slow transition as new games will release on both PS4 and PS5 simultaneously. Gamers that want to pick up the new console day one will be able to play all their old games and pick up all the new releases along the way.
There were few details on any new PSVR hardware but it was stated that the current PSVR headset will be compatible with the next-gen console.
Development kits are currently in circulation so developers can begin working on new software.
This exclusive interview with Wired offered up a lot of exciting details about PlayStation 5 but no release date was revealed. However, Cerny did state that the new console will not release in 2019. There is a slim chance that PS5 will make any kind of appearance at E3 2019 as well since Sony is sitting this year out. Details are expected to continue trickling out of Sony for the rest of the year and leading up until its release. Rumors suggest that a 2020 release is a possibility but no official word has reached the press. Be sure to stick around and stop by GigamaxGames.com for the latest news and announcements surrounding the development of PlayStation 5.
God of War was one of the biggest critical and economical video game success stories from last year. Sony has no plans for an expansion to last year's Game of the Year title. Cory Barlog, Director for God of War, confirmed this today on Twitter.
What's Next for God of War?
"There is no DLC coming for the game. Sorry," said Barlog on Twitter. This was in response to a separate tweet that seemingly teased a new God of War announcement. Barlog wanted to clear up any confusion and confirm that this message was referencing the game's anniversary celebration.
Just so no one gets the wrong idea - there is no DLC coming for the game. Sorry.
It has already been confirmed that fans will receive a free PS4 theme and avatar set, and Barlog teased that even more was on the way. But this announcement won't be related to God of War DLC.
DLC is "Too Ambitious"
Barlog spoke earlier this year to Kinda Funny and said that he was interested in making a DLC, but he was told it was too ambitious and the idea was ultimately scrapped.
It was allegedly going to be similar to the huge story expansions that both Last of Us and Uncharted 4 received, which warranted their own stand-alone expansions. "It would [have] ended up being its own thing," Barlog said of the God of War expansion we'll never see. "Rightfully so, everybody said, 'Dude, this is crazy, this isn't DLC, this is a little too big."
The future of God of War is still out of focus. It's not clear what the developers have planned to keep God of War alive. However, the Gigamax Games crew will be keeping a close eye on any announcements. Be sure to visit GigamaxGames.com again soon for the latest gaming news!
The latest unforgiving entry made by From Software, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, appears to be a critical and economic success. Activision, the publisher of the title revealed the sales numbers for the game so far, showing that Sekiro has already sold over two million copies.
Over 2 Million People Love To Torture Themselves
This news is pulled from a post on Activision's website that reveals Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice sold two million copies across all of its platforms including Xbox One, PC, and PS4 in only 10 days. The announcement was also quick to note that the game was sitting at a 90 Metacritic rating across all platforms as well.
Sekiro Pulls an Audience
Sekiro was a massive hit on Twitch as well. It brought in 631 million minutes watched on its launch weekend. In only a week the title went on to be viewed for 1.1 billion minutes.
Activision's VP of Product Management and Marketing, Michelle Fonseca, was impressed by players love of the game. "The fans have made Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice one of the most incredible game launches of 2019 thus far," Fonseca said. "The game has performed well on all platforms including PC and we’re excited by the continued support from gamers and critics alike. It has been gratifying to see the enjoyment from fans when they overcome each challenge."
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is currently out on Xbox One, PC, and PS4. If you're in the mood for a challenging but rewarding game we highly recommend you check it out! For all the latest on all things From Software be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.
Storm Rising, Next Overwatch Event Spans from April 16 through May 6
Storm Rising, the next Overwatch event has been confirmed by Blizzard. Speculation only started a few days ago, and details are already beginning to surface. Bits of information about the new Havana map, cosmetic items, and the identity of a new character is now available. Additionally, a new PvE story-mission event that will challenge Overwatch heroes to take down Maximilien, the accountant for Talon has been previewed.
Overwatch Storm Rising is the latest Archives seasonal event and it takes place 6 years in the past. The four-player PvE mission takes place at the same time and allows players to choose between either Tracer, Genji, Winston or Mercy as they fight their way through a gauntlet in order to overthrow Omnic Maximilien. As a storm quickly approaches Cuba, Maximilien’s hideout location, the four heroes attempt to track down the villain before the bad weather creates an opening for him to escape once again.
Welcome to Havana and Storm Rising PvE Event
The short preview Overwatch’s Twitter released on April 9th is only 14 seconds but it offers up a look at not only the new map, Havana, but the Storm Rising PvE event as well.
> Accessing archived file...
Decryption status: IN PROGRESS Strike team deployed.
Reports suggest that Storm Rising won’t be the only PvE event coming to the new update. The two campaign missions from previous updates are expected to make a return, too.
Say Hello to Sojourn
The official Overwatch Twitter posted an audio log from the new character Sojourn on April 8th. With little to no background beyond the audio log, many questions still remain about what this hero will bring to the Overwatch meta. Find the full audio log Overwatch posted on Twitter, below.
No Overwatch update is complete without new cosmetics. More than 160 new cosmetics are going to be available throughout the duration of the event. Storm Rising stretches from April 16-May 6 and teasers are expected to drop over the next few days leading up to its release. Also, those that missed past event cosmetic items will get a second chance at those cosmetics that got away.
Storm Rising is less than a week away but there are so many questions still left unanswered. As the world approaches the release of Storm Rising, keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com to see what other news breaks. Join the Gigamax Games crew on YouTube and Twitch next week as the crew jumps on and streams the new event, live!
[Update] Overwatch Storm Rising has been announced. A detailed look at the new event can be found, here.
It hasn't been long since Blizzard rolled out their latest Overwatch hero, Baptiste, and now it appears their gearing up for a new event. Fans have recently discovered a teaser that could point to the theme, a news article from Havana, Cuba.
Overwatch Event Time!
The article, penned by the fictional author, Marise Solis, details the story of Don Rumbotico and his rum business. Although, this company has gotten so large that its original purpose has been long forgotten. It looks like Havana has gained a few private investors that are buying land and filling the territory with armed guards. This could indicate a new map for players to explore in the near future.
Further indicating that Havana, Cuba will be the game's next location, the flight indicator in Numbani Airport lists the capital city as a destination.
Blizzard released a second fictional article indicating that Florida and Bahamas are preparing for a category 3 storm known as, Hurricane Fernand. The hurricane is originating in the north and passing conveniently through Havana. Every civilian has been evacuated so the area is just waiting to be torn apart in a fight between good and evil.
We'll be sure to have an update when Blizzard finally pulls back the curtain so be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com!
A new month means another set of Field Research missions are on their way to Pokemon Go. Niantic will be implementing the new set of quests across the globe on July 1st at 4 p.m. ET. These tasks will give trainers increased chances of encountering legendaries and Shiny Pokemon. From July 1st through September, each […]
The upcoming Microsoft exclusive Gears 5, which got another cinematic preview at this year's E3, is right around the corner. As the September release date draws near, more details are being revealed about the third-person shooter. A recent post on the Gears 5 website informed players the game will include free DLC and the lack […]