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1 Day, 5 Titles, Game Changing Updates

1 Day, 5 Titles, Game Changing Updates

One summer day shook the world of video games to its core. Yesterday, 7/24/18 didn’t bring along a major release but it did offer game changing updates to major titles and a controversial one as well. No Man’s Sky, Overwatch, Fortnite, GTA Online, and Metal Gear Solid 5 all received impressive, game changing updates, all on the same day.

Some of these games are years old but continue to flourish as game changing updates continue bringing new, fresh content to gamers around the world. The video game industry is changing and now an update can create the same or even more excitement than a brand new video game release.

Fortnite Birthday Patch

Everyone loves cake and now Fortnite players will be able to celebrate Fortnites 1st birthday by finding cakes around the island. Each birthday challenge completed will unlock a “slice” of the birthday cosmetic set. Playground mode is coming back today, Wednesday, July 25th as well. In Playground mode, new team select options are being added so friends can squad up and organize team battles for fun, training or practice. The compact SMG, the newest Battle Royale weapon has also been added. 

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Cake Cake Cake Cake Cake

Save the World mode is receiving a new, #Fortnite1st special in-game quest line. The reward for completing it will be “Birthday Brigade Ramirez”. Players will also be able to find and eat birthday cakes to earn tickets which they can spend on a limited time Birthday Llama. Along with the birthday celebrations, Save the World players will be able to venture into the desert of Canny Valley and explore Thunder Route 99. New story, secrets, and environments await!

No Man’s Sky NEXT

Over two years after its release, No Man’s Sky is much closer to the game the developers first promised.

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No Man's Sky is back in a big way!

No Man’s Sky NEXT brings with it a variety of game changing updates, including weekly content and community events. They are free for all players and requires no microtransactions. Explorers will take part in these community missions to unlock rewards and customizations. People will also be able to interact with Xbox One Mixer streamers by modifying gameplay. Now, for even more game changers…

  • The previously announced multiplayer features and third-person mode are live.
  • All main resources have been reworked to increase realism.
  • Planetary resources have been expanded. Unique substances and items are determined by the planet’s biome, atmospheric conditions, and stellar classification.
  • Pack up deployable tech in your inventory.
  • Crafting has become more robust, allowing for buildable refineries to convert raw substances into valuable materials.
  • Unique procedurally generated tech to update the Exosuit, Multi-Tool and Starships have been added.
  • Players can excavate buried runes, find hidden treasures and turn salvaged components into raw base parts with the Terrain Manipulator and Blueprint Analyser, respectively.
  • Creatures will take on a more realistic feel and act more natural, herding together, grazing and fleeing from danger.

Overwatch New Character

The 28th hero has been added to the Overwatch roster. Hammond, aka “Wrecking Ball” is now available to play on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This adorable hamster is a rolling and swinging, ball of death. Overwatch embraced its wackiness with this unique character and the community is loving every second of it. Take a look at what makes this unique character so deadly and adorable in the video below.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain  

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Make some noise for Quiet!

Three years after its release, Metal Gear Solid V releases a brand new patch. The multiplayer mode received its first update in a year. New weapons, gadgets and difficulty missions have been added, too. Fans of the series will also be happy to hear gamers can play as Quiet to infiltrate FOB missions as well as having access to additional difficulties.

GTA Online: After Hours

Rockstar Games brought the world of Grand Theft Auto V, GTA Online: After Hours. The most profitable entertainment product of all time is giving gamers the chance to create their own entertainment for the crime-ridden online world.

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Criminal Clubbing!

  • Run missions to secure bar and security staff, equipment and resident DJ.
  • Acquire your Nightclub Warehouse where players can manage all current businesses and expand your criminal empire.
  • Turf wars take on a new light with Business Battles. This is a first-come-first-serve opportunity for business owners, MCs and Organizations to steal “product” for their personal gain.
  • GTA Online: After Hours is also bringing seven new vehicles to Grand Theft Auto 5.

One day brought game changing updates to five titles. Years after their release, these games continue to be supported by developers, entertaining fans and expanding their universes.

The video game industry has gone through some interesting changes over the past few years. "Games as a service" has dominated the industry and the community is torn over how they feel about the business model. However, one undeniable benefit of this model is that the games people love continue to evolve and that seems to have gamers excited.



The Best Time For Indie Developers

The Best Time For Indie Developers

Indie games have continued to generate an incredible amount of interest from the gaming community. They took their first steps out of obscurity in the early 2000’s. Since then, this subsection of the video game industry has only grown in popularity. Indie developers are working with the latest technology to bring the world their creations without input or direction from corporate publishers. By nature, indie developers create some of the rawest forms of artistic expression found throughout the industry. Today is very well the best time to be an independent game developer.

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Now indie games are found on every console and available at an affordable price. These two factors created a boom throughout the gaming world. People continue to flock to the nearly limitless indie games available no matter what platform they own. Coming in every genre and a variety of art styles, there’s an indie game out there for even the pickiest gamers. This opens up an opportunity for passionate game developers to create, market, and sell their creations to the world.

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Gamers are raving about the latest indie hits. Some of these games are even incredibly successful when looking at revenue. One of the most successful indie games of 2017, CupHead sold over 2 million copies. At around $19.99 per copy and another $9.99 in downloadable content available, that’s a lot of money. These numbers may seem impressive but of course, they don’t come close to the revenue Minecraft generated. The next massively successful indie game could be created by a passionate developer alone in their basement.

The Golden Age of Indie Games

There have been so many break out hits over the past few years. Undertale, Friday the 13th: The Game, Journey, Owlboy, Binding of Isaac, and these are just to name a few. Simply listing the indie games that have had a global impact would warrant an entire series of articles. An indie games ability to strike a chord with the community is unparalleled. The freedom these developers exercise and with no creative limits besides budget allow indie games to deliver the artists vision in its purest form.

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Independent video game developers have so many more options to promote their games and share their art with the world than ever before in the past. The internet offers these creators nearly unlimited access to millions of interested individuals. Social media and amazing organizations are all available to help get these spectacular artists creations to the gamers who love them. As more and more gamers discover what indie games have to offer, there’s no end for these independent creations in sight. Now is the perfect time to act on that dream and start working on the next revolutionary indie game.


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.

IGN Get's Hands-On with Assassin's Creed: Origins

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.

Inside Look Into Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

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. 

Take A Look At 7 Minutes of Super Mario Odyssey Gameplay From IGN

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!


PlayStation 4 Update 4.50 Available Now

PlayStation 4 Update - 4.50

The highly anticipated PlayStation 4 update 4.50 was released yesterday adding an array of new features to the system. This patch was previously announced under the codename "SASUKE" although many fans knew the details due to an error on the Chinese Playstation Blog. A leak had also appeared on Reddit, suggesting that the PlayStation 4 update would arrive March 7th.

Many of the changes to the UI are barely noticeable with very little done to how the system looks. Most of the major updates come in the form of new customization updates. The patch offers users the ability to upload custom backgrounds with screenshots they've taken. Also available is the addition of external hard drive support. Sony has been behind Microsoft and Nintendo in regard to external HD support. Looking to rectify this problem, the PlayStation 4 will now accepts outside storage of up to 8 terabytes.

While most the changes were either to the benefit of the console or inconsequential, one change has seemingly irked the entire fanbase. The notifications tab is no longer separated into easy to operate categories. Now it's mashed together into one long and untidy list. Many other changes deal with PS4 Pro support and add more accessibility options for owners of the elite system. For a full list of the changes check out the list below.

Main Features In The Latest PlayStation 4 Update

1. You can now use a USB storage device to install applications, or move applications from your PS4’s system storage. The following USB storage devices can be used. Select(Settings) > [Devices] > [USB Storage Devices], select the connected USB storage device, and then format it for use as extended storage.

2. The quick menu is now more user friendly. Creating, joining, and other party features are even easier to access.

3. (Notifications) has been redesigned. All notifications now appear in a single list.

4. When using Remote Play on a Windows® PC, Mac, Xperia™ Smartphone, or Xperia™ Tablet, you can now use your device’s microphone for voice chat in games or in parties.

5. You can now use screenshots to customize the background of your home screen and function screen. Select(Settings) > [Themes] > [Select Theme] > [Custom].

6. You can now post screenshots directly to activities, such as those shown in [What’s New]. Press the SHARE button, select [Screenshot], and then select [Activities] as the upload destination. Also, you can now tag games and fellow players.

7. You can now post animated GIFs to activities and social applications.

8. Your status is now visible as (Mobile) when you sign in to an application such as (PlayStation App), even when you are away from your PS4 system. This means you are available to communicate with Friends.

9. You can now make a party public or private even after the party has been created. Select (Party) > [Party Settings] > [Party Privacy].

10. PlayStation VR now supports Blu-ray 3D™ content.

Other Features In Version 4.50

1. The PS4 system you use to sign in to PlayStation Network for the first time is now automatically activated as your primary PS4 system.

2. As a parent or guardian, you can now easily create sub accounts for your children when creating your master account.

3. You can now upload or download saved data right from the home screen. Press the OPTIONS button, and then select [Upload/Download Saved Data].

4. You now have the option to share screenshots on PlayStation Network. When sharing, you can also adjust privacy settings.

5. You can now launch 'SHAREfactory' right from Capture Gallery. Press the OPTIONS button while viewing Capture Gallery, and then select [Edit in SHAREfactory].

6. You can now change the color of your profile screen to match the cover image. On your profile screen, select (Options) > [Change Cover Image] > [Change Background Color].

7. When reporting inappropriate content, you can now preview your report before sending.
The design of (PS4 Remote Play) for Xperia™ has been updated.

8. When you receive a party invitation, you can now respond from (Messages) or (PS Messages) with a quick reply.

9. Your profile screen cover image on your PS4 system is now displayed in (PS Messages).

10. Cinematic mode image quality on PlayStation VR has been improved.


Upcoming Nintendo Switch Indie Releases

Nintendo Switch: Home for Indies

The Nintendo Switch Indie game scene is shaping up to be huge for the recently released console. In a showcase that occurred during  the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco (GDC) the company announced 64 indie games that will be making their way to the console throughout 2017.

The showcase announced release dates for many of the games but left vague time frames for some. Not all the games coming to the console were highlighted during the event but will still eventually come to the Switch.

Below we have the list of Nintendo Switch Indie games that were paid extra attention to and had some sort of release date confirmed. If you'd like to see the whole showcase check out the video above.

The "Nindies"

Steamworld Dig 2: Summer 2017

Yooka-Laylee: Aprill 11th, 2017

Overcooked Special Edition: TBD 2017

The Escapist 2: TBD 2017

Gonner: TBD 2017

Kingdom Two Crowns: TBD 2017

Runner 3: Fall 2017

Blaster Master Zero: March 9th 2017

Flipping Death: TBD 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine: April 2017

Dandara: Summer 2017

Mr. Shifty: April 2017

Tumbleseed: Spring 2017

Shakedown Hawaii: TBD 2017

Pocket Rumble: March 2017

WarGroove: TBD 2017

Stardew Valley: Summer 2017

Thumper: Spring 2017

Perception: TBD 2017

Ultimate Chicken Horse: TBD 2017

Rogue Tropper Redux: TBD 2017

NBA Playgrounds: TBD 2017

Celeste: TBD 2017

The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth: March 2017

Fast RMX: March 3rd 2017

Shovel Knight Specter of Torment: March 3rd 2017

Shovel Knight Treasure Trove: March 3rd 2017

The Switch is quite the console and with Nintendo's recent dedication to indie games this system has a bright future. Gigamax managed to get their hands on one of these elusive consoles and will be posting more content for the console as the year goes on!


Screenshots for Kingdom Hearts 3 & Final Fantasy 7 Released

Attendees at this year's Monaco Anime Game International Conferences got a real treat. The developer behind Kingdom Hearts 3 and the Final Fantasy VII remake, Tetsuya Nomura, showed some brand new screenshots of the highly anticipated titles.

Final Fantasy VII

The first couple of screenshots were taken from the upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII. They are some awesome action shots of the series protagonist, Cloud in some sticky situations. The initial picture shown is of the hero taking cover behind a box as a Shinra soldier fires at him, presumably in the beginning moments of the game. The photo also highlights how radically different this game will be than the original. New to Final Fantasy VII is the action combat that is very reminiscent of Kingdom Hearts. Although veterans of the series will notice a battle timer that will surely impress old school fans.

Kingdom Hearts 3

The next screenshot of Final Fantasy VII was an action sequence showing Cloud and the gun arm wielding, Barrett, fighting off a spider tank. This is the first boss fight that players encountered in the original release and it couldn't look more different. Square Enix has also recently revealed that the remake would be an episodic adventure so that every part of the game would be extremely detailed.

Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts 3

Finally, an image of Kingdom Hearts 3 was shown that did the unthinkable, increased the hype even further. In the screenshot the protagonist Sora is preparing to take on a new type of unnamed heartless. He is wearing some new flashy clothes and seems to be preparing some sort of spell to throw at the monster. Kingdom Hearts 3 is over 10 years in development and the hard work shows. The Unreal 4 Engine is a perfect fit for the game and makes the game look gorgeous.

Kingdom Hearts 3

Unfortunately no release date was announced for either game but hopefully it drops by the holiday season this year.


Hard Mode: Why Gamers Enjoy a Challenge

Hard mode, a phrase that inspires fear in casual gamers but brings a gleam to the eyes of the most hardcore enthusiasts. These difficulties are designed to add an extra layer of challenge to a game experience and make it harder to reach the end of the story. Some sort of incentive is usually given for completing the tougher challenge, but most don’t see the value in accomplishing this unappealing option. Not every game gives the option for a higher difficulty. Instead, some are simply next to impossible on their own,with the only choice being hard or harder. These games still see a huge cult following and expert difficulty is some people's main way of playing, but what exactly is it about those experiences that make them so worthwhile?

Many gamers enjoy harder difficulties because of the extra layer of challenge that comes with it. Most often this is done by increasing the damage the player takes. Sometimes it’s added through taking away power from the character such as a HUD, minimap, or any sort of aid that could be used. This leads to a more trial and error style with these game modes. Typically, this game mode takes a lot more time to beat than the easier difficulties. The game becomes almost like a puzzle, with every move needing to be calculated and intentional. For example in Call of Duty normal mode can be completed by running and gunning with little care for what projectile slams into the hero. Surviving changes on hard mode as the wrong move could mean the difference between life or death. Sections that would take players a few minutes may now take a few hours. This may be appealing to those that love puzzles, instead of the game relying on twitch based movements, it’s now about mathematics and making sure all the movements fit in place.

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Then there are games that don’t offer a difficulty selection. Dark Souls, Ninja Gaiden, and soon to be released Nioh are examples of this. These are true tests of patience with only the most sadistic getting to see the end credits. In fact most of the time the only incentive for beating these games is that glorious “You Win” screen. Completing them leaves veterans with bragging rights and in an age of screen caps and trophies, proving it is not an issue. Nothing feels better than completing one of these experiences and immediately messaging friends a picture of the main character standing over the bloodied final boss. This is coupled with a sigh of relief and the feeling of victory that has been truly earned.

Some games do offer incentive for completing hard mode, making it much more worthwhile for gamers. Destiny and other MMO style games have better loot for completing high difficulty. Exclusive guns, armor or perks are given to the brave souls that step into the ring. These serve as wearable trophies so that not only friends know of the accomplishment but other players as well. Games like this typically require a team of experts who have plenty of in game experience. Working together and finishing an expert raid or a tough encounter is met with cheers and praise from all members as well as a feeling of camaraderie. Most of these teams are friends outside the game but many friendships have been created through these strenuous tasks.

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Hard mode is not for everyone, the experience is often times frustrating but accomplishing the task brings a great feeling of pride for gaming enthusiasts. After playing a few challenge modes and taking a look at a gamer’s reasons for trying them, it is not hard to understand why these difficulties have a large following. While it all may boil down to people enjoying a challenge, it is important to look deeper into people’s love for it. Insight into this infatuation can help developers cater more toward this group of people and add higher difficulties into games that may not have had one. These insights can also be used to refine challenging experiences so that instead of just being frustrating, they can be frustratingly fun.

Gigs takes on Gears of War 4 on Hard Mode: Get's beat up

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