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Bethesda Announces Massive Fallout 76 Expansion, Wastelanders

Bethesda's Fallout 76 new updates adds NPC's to the game. Players actions will have consequences that change how the game progresses.

Bethesda's always online Fallout 76 is about to feel a lot more like a traditional game from the series. The upcoming update, which is being called Wastelanders, is set to add human NPC's. Furthermore, how players interact to them will impact the game moving forward.

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Fallout 76: Wastelanders Brings More to the Table

Bethesda made the big announcement during their E3 2019 press conference. The Wastelanders content update will include a full new story quest line for fans to complete, and the NPC's those players meet throughout the wasteland will play a major part in the journey. These interactions will offer branching dialogue choices as well.

Bethesda stated during their time at E3 2019, the first year of Fallout 76 was about leaving the vault, Wastelanders will be about reclaiming the wasteland from the terrors that now roam it. The choices players make on their journey will have a long-lasting impact on the story of the expansion, and the perks and skill points fans have invested in will offer them different options for solving problems.

On top of the new story and characters, Fallout 76's big update will contain plenty of fresh loot for players to get their hands on. Bethesda plans on launching Wastelanders is in the fall of 2019 for free.



Bethesda also revealed that Fallout 76 is getting its own battle royale mode called Nuclear Winter. This 52 player fight to the death has players competing to be the new Overseer of Vault 51. The mode includes all of Fallout 76's weapons and other mechanics, like C.A.M.P, perk cards, and nuclear weapons.

We've certainly played a lot of Fallout 76 here at Gigamax Games, so we're looking forward to any new content Bethesda adds to the wasteland. Be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details!

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Fallout 76 Update Adds New Faction & Item

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.

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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.

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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.

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Fallout 76 Patch 6: Better Servers, Less Springs and More Stash Space

Fallout 76 had a turbulent release, facing stiff criticism from fans and critics. Yesterday, 2/19/19, the multiplayer-only Fallout 76 received Patch 6 that took a bite out of fans concerns with the game. Bethesda Game Studios published patch notes which highlighted some of the most sought after updates. These updates include an increase to stash size, balance and design changes, bug fixes and server stability improvements.

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Increased Stash Limit

When it comes to a Fallout game, Stash size is everything. Surviving in a post-apocalyptic world isn’t easy and the more supplies a person has, the better off they’ll be. Fallout 76 started off with 400 pounds of Stash space, that was increased to 600. Both of these felt like just too little. Patch 6 is boosting Stash size to 800 which should make surviving the wasteland a little more manageable.

Balance and Design

Survivors have a reason to celebrate when looking at the latest update to Power Armor crafting. Bethesda Game Studios “significantly reduced” the amount of springs needed to craft and repair level 25, 35, and 45 Excavator Power Armor Legs. Springs are like gold in the nuclear wasteland that once was West Virginia. Reducing the amount of springs required to craft and repair any Power Armor is a great step in the right direction.

Bug Fixes

There are three main focus areas for Fallout 76 bug fixes in Patch 6. Loading issues, Performance issues, and the all improtable stability issue. Players that open the Pop-Boy immediately after encountering a loading screen will no longer risk having their controls lock up. Three different infinite loading screen bugs have also been addressed. Players that quit to the main menu immediately after joining a world; when multiple players on a team join the world at the same time on PC; and if there is any kind of inventory discrepancy won’t have the chance of causing that game-breaking glitch.

Individual players will now not be able to impact server performance when scrapping a large number of items. Rapidly crafting multiple items will force a delay of 1 second between this action but only after the first few items are scrapped. Another performance improvement corrected an issue that caused frame rates to drop when multiple players were shooting their guns at once in the same area.

Some gamers were experiencing a crash when interacting with Power Armor Stations while wearing Power Armor. Patch 6 addresses this issue to help create a smoother running experience.

Full Patch Notes

This is just a small taste of the massive Patch 6 for Fallout 76. C.A.M.P, crafting, workshops, arts, graphics, enemies, PvP and so much more all experienced updates. From quality of life to subtle changes, Patch 6 covered the gambit.

The full patch notes are available right here.

Fallout 76 has a special place the Gigamax Games family. Understanding its obvious shortcomings and experiencing plenty for themselves,  the Gigamax Games crew continued to push through in order to see what this groundbreaking Fallout game really had to offer. However, plenty of work is still left to do.

Watch one of these infuriating glitches in the video below.



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Bethesda Details New PVP Mode For Fallout 76

Bethesda already made it clear that they're committed to Fallout 76 and now they've detailed their plans for expanding their currently watered down PVP experience. The developer recently revealed this new mode along with an early look at the next update on a blog post via their website.

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Named Survival Mode, this new take on player vs. player combat was made to answer negative feedback regarding the current system. "Since the launch of Fallout 76, we've received lots of feedback from some of our more competitive players who requested greater challenge, fewer restrictions, and more incentives when it comes to PVP combat," Bethesda wrote. "With this in mind, we began developing Survival mode, which will bring a new way for you to engage in even more demanding, high-stakes, and deadly adventures in Fallout 76."

Fallout 76 Survival Mode Coming Later This Year

When Bethesda launches Survival Mode later this year, players will be given the choice to enter a Survival or Adventure mode (the standard Fallout 76 expereince) server upon logging in. Both of these choices will contain the same quests, items, events, and story but Survival gets rid of the restrictions that were previously placed on PVP. All players that are not on your team are marked as hostile and can engage you in combat at any time.

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Survival Mode also offers a new set of penalties and rewards for those willing to take on the new challenge. Bethesda is going to actively alter the rules as players offer their feedback on the experience, but when the mode first launches players will not be able to use the "seek revenge button." Instead they'll be able to respawn back at their C.A.M.P or Vault 76. For those that score the kill, they'll be offered double the caps and a chance to gain the enemies Aid inventory.

The current launch window for the Survival beta is in March. Before that, Bethesda will be launching a new patch at the end of January that will fix another massive round of bugs, along with some quality of life upgrades. For more on Fallout 76 be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Fallout 76 – Crash Before NUKE Run

Fallout 76 is receiving more than its share of negative press. Bethesda took a beloved franchise and dramatically changed its foundation. Any move like this is expected to generate a decent amount of controversy, however, Fallout 76 is also undeniably sub-par.

Fallout 76 - Crash Right Before NUKE [Clipped Stream]



The Gigamax Games crew are fans of the game as a whole. They’ve spent hours and hours exploring the larger-than-life in-game world, and when it works, it's incredible. Both Gigs and Mack constantly find themselves pointing out every aspect that makes them love it. Yet, sadly, it is deeply flawed. The clip above is from a recent Gigamax PowerHour stream. After an hour-long run to launch a Nuke, the game crashes.

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Rage follows this unfortunate display of Bethesda’s inability to keep gamers play experiences uninterrupted. There is so much Fallout 76 has to offer but the server instability, plentiful gameplay bugs, and constant hard crashes keep people from investing their time in the beautiful world. Find the full stream, below.

Fallout 76 - NUKE Run CRASH [Full Stream]



Even with all its issues, Gigs and Mack are hopeful that Bethesda will continue to support and improve Fallout 76. Right now, the game might not be what gamers expected, but there’s still a chance. Games like No Man’s Sky prove that a games initial release doesn’t always determine how a title will ultimately turn out.

Gigamax Games will be keeping a close eye on the evolution of Fallout 76. It will be interesting to see how Bethesda bounces back from the embarrassing release. This developer/publisher has an impressive reputation to protect. There’s no telling to what lengths they will go to ensure Fallout 76 turns out the way they intended.

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Bethesda Reveals December 4th Fallout 76 Patch Notes

Bethesda Reveals December 4th Fallout 76 Patch Notes

Bethesda recently announced that a big patch was heading to Fallout 76 on December 4th, and now the developer has revealed exactly what's coming to the open world RPG.

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One of the biggest changes coming to the game is a huge increase to stash space from 400 to 600 that could go even increase later. The update is also set to include a host of stability improvements to the client and servers that will ultimately improve the game's overall experience.

Fallout 76 Impressions and Gameplay

Fallout 76 will be receiving a variety of balance changes such as increasing the number of loot drops from boss type enemies and automatic weapon damage is being boosted by 20% to help players feel more powerful while traversing the wasteland.

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There are also plenty of bug fixes in the massive update. One fixes an issue where an infinite loading screen would occur if a player got signed out of their console while playing. On Xbox One specifically, the patch repairs an issue that would crash the game upon accepting team invites. Bethesda has also added some UI, survival, and perk changes. For a look at all the changes being implemented to Fallout 76, you can find the full patch notes from Bethesda's website.

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Fallout 76 & Black Ops 4 Did Not Meet GameStop Sales Projections

Fallout 76 & Black Ops 4 Did Not Meet GameStop Sales Projections

The latest GameStop earning report revealed that two of the year's biggest releases failed to meet the company's sales projections. Both Fallout 76 and Black Ops 4 did not sell as well as the major video game retailer expected and Gamestop had some answers on why that could be.

CFO of GameStop, Rob Lloyd said that Black Ops 4 was "Not as successful as we had hoped." As for Fallout 76, the executive attributed the poor sales to the negative review scores the open world RPG received. "Obviously, you can see in the market what the Metacritic scores are around Fallout 76, and that's impacted its sell-through. I'll probably just leave it at that."

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Some of the big name sports games that were released also failed to meet the company's expectations in regards to sales. While Lloyd didn't mention any names, Madden NFL 19, Fifa 19, NBA 2K19, and NHL 19 were all released between August and September of this year.

It's Not All Bad...

Not all of the news from the earnings report was negative, though. According to the CEO, both Red Dead Redemption 2 and Spider-Man PS4 were GameStop's highest selling games. Even though Black Ops 4 did not meet their sales expectations, the game releasing in October instead of November helped boost Gamestop's overall games sales for the quarter by 10%.

GameStop's total global sales which include hardware, software, accessories, and more, rose by 4.8% to $2.1 billion for the quarter, which ended on November 3rd. New hardware sales rose 12.8% due to increased sales from PS4 and Xbox One. Games sales had a massive jump of 10.9% and accessories sales had the biggest gain of 32.6%. Despite these sizable increases, pre-owned sales dropped by 13.4%.

The company posted a loss of $488.6 million for the quarter, which compares to a profit of $59.4 million in the same quarter last year. GameStop says that this loss was attributed to an impairment charge that was worth $587.5 million that it paid as a result of the "sustained decline in the company's share price."

What's Next?

It seems as if the trend in gaming from physical to digital purchases is impacting GameStop in a big way. Physical sales and reselling were once the money maker for the games retailer, but now the company must focus on finding new ways of generating revenue in online markets. We'll be sure to keep a close eye on the future of GameStop, so be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest information.

Source: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4225543-gamestop-corp-gme-ceo-shane-kim-q3-2018-results-earnings-call-transcript

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Fallout 76 – Let’s Play YouTube Playlist

Fallout 76 is being ripped to shreds by reviewers. Gamers and critics are finding it hard to accept the direction Bethesda took while creating this multiplayer Fallout game. However, there is still entertaining content hidden beneath the layers of incomplete ideas and copious bugs.

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The Gigamax Games is here to offer a complete look at Fallout 76. From the buggy gameplay to the moments of exquisite adventure, this post-apocalyptic multiplayer RPG does have a few redeeming qualities.

Fallout 76 Gameplay, Reviews, Impressions | YouTube Playlist

With such a massive game, it takes some time to truly uncover all the secrets and environments available. Power-suits aren’t even accessible until level 25. Development isn’t over for this game and that means the future could bring with it fixes and improvements. This means there is plenty of exploring to be done before Fallout 76 is categorized as a failure.  Bethesda went out of their comfort zone to deliver gamers the multiplayer RPG fans have wanted for so long.

Even More Fallout 76!

Wandering the wasteland with friends is addicting. This means more Fallout 76 gameplay is on its way. If you want to see something specific in Fallout 76, be sure to leave a request in the comments below! Have a different game request in mind? Let the crew know and they’ll add it to the list!

Thank you for taking the time to watch. It means the world to everyone here at Gigamax Games.com. Be sure to stop by YouTube on Tuesday and Thursday for new videos. The crew streams every Tuesday and Thursday, too! Find the stream schedule, right here. For video game reviews, news, and industry updates check out the article page!

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Fallout 76 Beta Gameplay, Reviews, and Impressions

Fallout 76 Early Access Beta - Gameplay and Impressions

Bethesda is teasing fans leading up to the release of Fallout 76. Gamers that pre-order the new multiplayer Fallout game have a chance to try the game out but only on specific days.

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Below you will find unedited gameplay from the beta. Listen in as the Gigamax Games crew offers their review and impressions of Bethesda’s latest apocalypse simulator.

Fallout 76 Beta Gameplay, Reviews, and Impressions [Twitch Stream]

Many long-time Fallout fans were crushed when they heard the news about Fallout 76. People wondered how this epic RPG would retain the elements that made them love the game after it was turned into an online multiplayer RPG. But Bethesda was clever. They truly made an environment where even gamers that want to play solo can enjoy themselves and those that want to embrace the multiplayer aspect can also do so. PVP isn’t toxic and the game itself is essentially just another Fallout game, just online.

Based in West Virginia, Fallout 76 brings new environments, locations, and mechanics that all help it stand out. It truly has its own unique identity and the modifications they had to make to allow the game to work as a multiplayer game didn't take away that special something that makes Fallout, Fallout.

The goal of this beta is to push their servers to the absolute limit and find any weak links before the game officially launches. It seems as though Bethesda is doing something right, after an hour of playing the Fallout 76 beta, the Gigamax Games crew only experienced one disconnect.

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Fallout 76 Beta Pre-Load Open on Xbox One

The highly anticipated open world survival RPG, Fallout 76, is only a month from being released, but some dedicated fans will have a chance to experience Bethesda's next hit title in the near future. This beta follows the recent stress test held to prepare servers for the demo, which is starting off on Xbox One on October 23rd. PS4 and PC will be receiving the trial the following week. Players that have qualified to enter the beta can now begin pre-loading it onto their Xbox consoles.

Fallout 76's beta can only be accessed by those that have pre-ordered the title, although not all players will be able to access the trial at the same time. Bethesda is sending out invites into the beta in waves to ensure that everyone has a smooth experience. Players will also need to have a subscription to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold in order to play the demo.

Fallout 76 Beta Dates and Times

The first beta session is set to begin on October 23rd at 4 PM PT/ 7 PM ET and will run until 8 PM PT / 11 PM ET. Bethesda has not announced any other beta dates or times but they have said that they will run on targeted time frames. According to Bethesda, the beta is intended to stress test and break the game so players should expect some game functions to be a little buggy. The beta will run on and off until the game is released in November.

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Fallout 76 is ready to launch on November 14th and puts on a new spin on the long-running series. Instead of the single-player experience fans have come to expect, Bethesda is trying their hand at the MMO model and creating a new way to experience the Fallout universe. We here at Gigamax can't wait to try out Fallout 76 so be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details on the game.

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