Niantic officially revealed their plans for Pokemon Go's seasonal winter event. The celebration begins this Tuesday (12/18/18) and will run into 2019. While the event is active players will be able to earn special bonuses, hatch eggs faster, and encounter Sinnoh based Pokemon more often.
Pokemon Go Does It Again!
This is the third year in a row Niantic is holding this snowy event and like the years before, it will feature a special Pikachu wearing a unique hat. Along with the unique electric type, Niantic says more ice types and generation 4 Pokemon will appear. The promotional art for the event includes some Pokemon like Snover, Abomasnow, Muchlax, Chingling, and Croagunk.
The image also features three legendary monsters from the Sinnoh region Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit, suggesting that the trio will also enter the mobile hit during the event. Finally, Niantic has also announced that Delibird will be available along with its shiny form.
On top of all the new Pokemon making their way into the game, the app will feature a bunch of new bonuses for players to achieve. Each of these will be distributed every couple of days, from December 18th-22nd, trainers will earn twice as much candy for catching and transferring Pokemon; from the 22nd-26th, they'll receive double the amount of stardust for catching monsters; from the 26th-30th, players will receive double the experience for catching Pokemon; lastly from the 30th to the last day of the event January 2nd, incubators will hatch eggs twice as fast.
Pokemon Go Winer Event Keeps On Giving!
The final bonus Niantic is offering during the event is a guaranteed incubator for a trainer's first photo-disk spin of the day. The mobile game developer also said that an increased amount of Pokemon that will hatch from 7km eggs and trainers have an increased chance of hatching the monsters Smoochum or Azurill.
Those interested in learning more about the Pokemon Go Winter Event can read more about it on the official Pokemon website. For all the latest updates on all things Pokemon be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now available for Nintendo Switch. Every die-hard Super Smash fan lost their minds on December 4th when it was released. Bringing with it 74 characters, if you count all the unique Pokemon Trainer includes, and 103 unique stages, it’s the most massive Super Smash game to ever release.
It includes all of the characters from previous games and adds some fighters gamers have wanted since its original release back in 1999. Now that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is on Nintendo Switch, the Gigamax Games crew is hooked once again.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – YouTube Playlist with Gigamax Games
The playlist above includes all the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gameplay and footage from the Gigamax Games crew. It starts off with a compilation of all the characters Final Smash moves. It will also include head-to-head fights between Gigs and Mack so be sure to check back soon to catch all the latest friendship-shattering action.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has so many characters, stages, and matchups, it’s going to be some time before Gigs and Mack can try them all. This means you can expect even more Smash Bros. Ultimate content in the near future. All the latest videos will be right here on the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate page. Don’t miss out! Subscribe to Gigamax Games on YouTube and get notified every time a new video is available.
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Things are not looking good for Blizzard's MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, a title that blended together all of the company's games like Overwatch, Diablo, Starcraft, and World of Warcraft. The president of Blizzard, J. Allen Brack, and chief development officer, Ray Gresko, announced today that developers are being pulled from the game and being transferred to different projects within the company.
In a press release that was made public today, Brack and Gresko said that it was a difficult decision to make and it will ultimately impact the future of the game.
“Over the past several years, the work of evaluating our development processes and making hard decisions has led to new games and other products that we’re proud of,” Blizzard said. “We now have more live games and unannounced projects than at any point in the company’s history. We’re also at a point where we need to take some of our talented developers and bring their skills to other projects. As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to those projects. This isn’t the first time we’ve had to make tough choices like this. Games like Diablo II, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Overwatch, and more would not exist had we not made similar decisions in the past.”
This Isn't the End for Heroes of the Storm
The company assured they will continue development of the title, supporting the game with new characters and events, but the time between these updates will increase. According to the two executives, this is to set up Heroes of the Storm for long-term sustainability.
Unfortunately, this news also means that Blizzard had to cancel both of their planned eSports events for Heroes of the Storm. The pro-level tournament, Heroes Global Championship, and the collegiate level contest, Heroes of the Dorm will get the axe.
Tough Call for Blizzard
“[A]fter looking at all of our priorities and options in light of the change with the game, the Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm will not return in 2019,” the press release read. “This was another very difficult decision for us to make. The love that the community has for these programs is deeply felt by everyone who works on them, but we ultimately feel this is the right decision versus moving forward in a way that would not meet the standards that players and fans have come to expect.”
It is a shame that this is the beginning of the end for a game that many enjoyed so much. Blizzard is making a responsible move by reallocating employees internally rather than laying people off. The MOBA space has plenty of competition in today's market and it looks like Heroes of the Storm couldn't keep up with games like League of Legends and DOTA. We here at Gigamax will keep a close eye on these deveopments, so be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.
The Game Awards, Game of the Year 2018 announcement has come and went. Some of the awards handed out were expected, others caught the gaming community by surprise. 2018 brought the world unforgettable video game experiences. With such a spectacular selection to choose from, it’s only natural there were some surprise winners.
Out of the 23 categories, seven awards stood out. People might tune in to The Game Awards to see which game takes home Game of the Year, but there are 22 other categories that hold incredible significance as well.
Below is a list of the seven awards that caught the world by surprise at this years Game Awards.
Best Art Direction
Return of Obra Dinn by 3909 was awarded Best Art Direction at The Game Awards 2018. Facing stiff competition, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, God of War, Octopath Traveler, and Red Dead Redemption 2, it is a miracle this little indie game rose above them all. This puzzle game with its unique black and white sketched art style was able to beat out games that cost millions, even hundreds of millions to develop and produce. This surprising win at The Game Awards 2018 is just a reminder that even small projects can have a massive impact on the video game industry.
Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2 put on a spectacular performance. However, the surprise is the performances Clark was able to outshine. Bryan Dechart as Connor in Detroit: Become Human, Christopher Judge as Kratos in God of War, Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker in Marvel’s Spider-Man all put on performances that will stay with gamers for years to come. Each one of these talented voice actors had a chance to take home Best Performance at The Game Awards but Clark and his interpretation of Arthur Morgan was given the honor.
Best Action Game
Leaving jaws on the floor, this category winner was unexpected to say the least. Dead Cells by Motion Twin beat out Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Destiny 2, Far Cry 5. And Mega Man 11 for Best Action Game. Dead Cells is an amazing game but this side-scrolling roguelike-metroidvania video game taking home Best Action Game is the embodiment of a surprise win. Its Google card doesn't even categorize the game as an action game and it still won Best Action Game. This isn’t just a surprising win, it must have also been a massive hit for Treyarch, Bungie, and Ubisoft Montreal to lose to such an underdog.
Best Role Playing Game
Monster Hunter: World was awarded Best Role Playing Game of 2018. Up against some stiff competition, this grind-fest of a game rose above all others. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Octopath Traveler, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire just didn’t have what it takes to beat it out Capcoms latest creation. Among the nominees for Best Role Playing Games, Monster Hunter: World is the least obvious RPG. Focused on gearing up by killing giant monsters, the story is usually only a means to open up new monsters to slay. Monster Hunter: World did stand out when compared to previous Monster Hunter titles. It offered gamers the most engrossing and RPG-like story that those that came before it.
Best Family Game
If anyone put money on who would win Best Family Game, this announcement may have cost them. Overcooked 2 took home the prize, beating out games like Mario Tennis Aces, Nintendo Labo, Starlink: Battle for Atlas and most surprisingly Super Mario Party. Gaming is for everybody and the entire the family can get involved. When looking for a video game that everyone can enjoy, Overcooked 2 might be the best choice according to The Game Awards.
Forza Horizon 4 by Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios, and Microsoft Studios scooped up Best Sports/Racing Game at The Game Awards 2018. Not even the massively popular FIFA 19 was able to strip the crown from Forza Horizon 4. The racing game also stood up against massive hits like Mario Tennis Aces, NBA 2K19, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2019.
Game of the Year 2018
God of War deserved this award. That opinion still doesn’t make it any less surprising it surpassed Red Dead Redemption 2 or Marvel’s Spider-Man. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Celeste, and Monster Hunter: World were also nominated but these games were clearly going to be overshadowed. God of War was able to leave such an impression on gamers, the community, and the industry that even its early year release in April didn’t hold it back. Red Dead Redemption 2 dropped only weeks before The Game Awards but God of War was still tattooed in the brains of those who first played it over seven months ago.
Every game that was nominated at this years Game Awards deserved recognition. It was especially pleasing to see indie games once again break barriers. The list above isn’t here to say these games didn’t deserve the win, it represents games that were able to break the mold and overtake any “obvious” winners. It goes to show that gamers are an enigma. There is no sure winner when art is judged, especially in the video game industry.
While it hasn't been for out long, Farming Simulator 19 is already proving to be the most successful game in the franchise. 1 million copies of the game have been sold, counting both digital and physical sales. The press release that announced this big achievement also pointed out that Farming Simulator 19 was released on November 20th, around the same time many major titles were also dropped.
Farming Simulator: 1 Million Copies, 10 Days
1 million copies sold in 10 days represents a new sales record for the series according to the CEO of Giant's Software, Christian Amman. "It's incredible to see the impact of the team's hard work. Farming Simulator 19 offers so many new opportunities and our players are thrilled about them. Never before has a Farming Simulator game reached the one million mark so quickly and we are proud and happy that so many players join us on this amazing journey," Amman stated.
John Bert, COO of Focus Home Interactive, the publisher for Farming Simulator 19, added that the company is very proud of Giants Software and their commitment to providing fans of their series top notch quality. One look at various score aggregators around the web reveals that the game is being well received by critics.
Farming Simulator 19 features a completely overhauled graphics engine that delivers the best graphics the series has ever seen. John Deere has also been added to the game as a new major license. Along with John Deere's precense, gamers will find new locations across America and Europe to start your farming operation, along with a variety of horses to ride around your property.
It is great to see a game find its niche and really succeed in providing fans exactly what they want. Farming Simulator may not be for everyone, but its sales numbers and reviews show the impact of this unique game.
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.
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.
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.
Battlefield V brings gamers into the heart of the World War II conflict. Explosive action and extraordinary violence await around every turn. Electronic Arts Inc listened to gamers and reinvented their critically acclaimed first-person shooter. Multiplayer runs better and they seemed to accelerate gameplay. With so many new mechanics and environments to explore and destroy, it will be quite sometime before the Gigamax Games crew puts down the call to arms.
Battlefield V – Streams and YouTube Playlist
Gigs and Mack are huge Battlefield fans. It seems like every Battlefield is unique enough to keep gamers coming back but familiar enough to keep fans happy. Battlefield V is based in World War II which means there are more modern guns, vehicles, and ways to obliterate the other team than EA’s last release. Also, gameplay is accelerated so people are put into the fight a little quicker. This combination creates a fast-paced Battlefield experience where the violence, chaos, and explosions are enhanced.
Battlefield fans understand what it feels like being pinned down in the dirt, shouting out for the squad while the enemy makes a hasty advance. The flag being defended in conquest is quickly being overwhelmed by opposing combatants. Then, the squad rolls in with a tank and med-packs, a hail of friendly gunfire and heavy weaponry repels the red team and the conquest flag remains in Allied hands. These kinds of tense moments of simulated life and death situations happen regularly in Battlefield V. The playlist above shows off just a fraction of the action the Gigamax Games crew get themselves into.
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Game of the Year 2018 Nominees: All Tough Competitors
The Game Awards will announce the winner of Game of the Year 2018 on December 6th. With nominees made public, the readers pick article was able to foresee many of the choices. There was a surprise title that deserved its recognition, Celeste. Besides that outlier, each of the games nominated has either defined a generation of gaming or blew audiences away with their imaginative spin on a long-running series.
Vote for the game you think deserves to be Game of the Year 2018 at the bottom of this page!
Game of the Year 2018 Nominees List
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
God of War
Monster Hunter: World
Red Dead Redemption 2
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Fully embracing RPG elements, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey worked to reinvent itself. It maintains many of the elements that long-time fans will enjoy but with some added bonuses. Progression is much more dependent on gear and leveling. The world is absolutely brilliant, gorgeous, and engaging. Ubisoft did an incredible job creating an Assassin’s Creed game that stands out from the rest while retaining classic qualities fans have grown to love. This game will surely be stiff competition for the rest of the titles in the running for Game of the Year 2018.
Spawning from a prototype during a game jam, developers Matt Thorson and Noel Berry later expanded Celeste into a full game. This indie game is up against some massive titles with multi-million dollar development budgets and companies that are able to spend millions on marketing. Celeste even beating out some games out like Farcry 5 and Fallout 76, created by well known and respected developers. It’s always amazing to see indie games recognized for breaking the mold and delivering quality gaming experiences to audiences around the world.
God of War
A massive hit and a game that will go down in history, Game of the Year 2018 winner or not, God of War is a spectacular experience all the way through. Showing off the softer side of Kratos, fans of the series and newcomers alike fell in love with the action, setting, and breathtaking story. The readers choice poll shows that 59% of voters think God of War will be named the winner. These results aren’t surprising. God of War was a hit from the second it was released.
The lovable Spider-Man came back in a big way. It was Insomniac Games first licensed title and they pulled off creating one of the best Spider-Man games in years. Swinging through an incredibly detailed New York City, all the spidey gadgets, and the innocent nature of the young superhero combine to deliver an unforgettable video game. Only time will tell if Marvel’s Spider-Man can fight off its competition in this year's race to become Game of the Year.
Monster Hunter: World
Capcom did what many believed they could not, take Monster Hunter into the mass market. Once a niche franchise, massively popular only in Japan with scattered fans in the West, it is now a household name. Monster Hunter: World reworked some of the more time consuming and tedious mechanics to open themselves up to an entirely new audience. The core concept is still the same, kill monsters and make gear out of their bones, skin, and other materials. However, now that the game is a streamlined RPG designed to accommodate a wider audience, Capcom’s latest Monster Hunter could be dubbed Game of the Year 2018.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Coming out near the end of the year, Red Dead Redemption 2 was met with both glowing reviews and unhappy fans. Rockstar Games developed an immaculate world, gritty and immersive but that immersion comes at a cost. Gamers playing RDR2 live their life as a western outlaw, down to every last detail. Sleep, eat, bathe, chores, all the mechanics can be overwhelming and those looking for a quick game to play may be turned off. But, anyone looking for a game that will create memories which have the potential to last a lifetime, Red Dead Redemption 2 could be it. It’s unclear if those negative reactions by gamers will impact its chance to take home Game of the Year 2018, only time will tell.
Be sure to stop by GigamaxGames.com for coverage of The Game Awards in December and even more news, reviews, and video game updates!
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The developer behind the Witcher, CD Projekt Red, plans to make their next major RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, as detailed and refined as the recently released Red Dead Redemption 2. CD Projekt Red's CEO, Adam Kicinski, revealed during an investor call that the western themed shooter has taught the studio that they have to release amazing titles so that they can earn a "nice fat slice of cake." (https://bit.ly/2KwJzYU)
These comments were a response to an investor's question on what lessons CD Projekt Red took away from Red Dead Redemption 2 that will help them make Cyberpunk 2077 even better, and if the studio believes it can score as high critically as Rockstar's title.
CD Projekt Red Confident in Cyberpunk 2077
"Without a doubt, quality is of paramount importance," Kicinski said. "We strive to publish games which are as refined as Red Dead Redemption 2, and recent Rockstar releases in general. That game is excellent, by the way, we are rooting for it. Rave reviews, excellent sales. What does that teach us? Well, it teaches us that we need to publish extraordinary games, and that's exactly what we are planning." (https://bit.ly/2KwJzYU)
Kicinski has seen a trend in gaming today where people focus on more hit releases and ignore titles that don't necessarily capture their attention. Most people don't have much time to commit to games so CD Projekt Red is dedicated to making Cyberpunk 2077 the best it can be.
"Gamers, it seems, tend to focus more and more on hit releases. There's only so much time one can devote to video games, and while their gaming community is growing, time cannot be stretched," he said. "There is--well, maybe not a surfeit, but a fair deal of good games out there, and playing them consumes a lot of time." (https://bit.ly/2KwJzYU)
"So it pays to be among the best--that's how you get a nice fat slice of cake, businesswise, and the same cannot be said for the lower leagues. In summary, we are rooting for Rockstar and for Red Dead Redemption 2, and we're happy to see that excellent games continue to sell well." (https://bit.ly/2KwJzYU)
Cyberpunk 2077 on the Horizon
Another detail Kicinski revealed during the presentation is what stage of development Cyberpunk 2077 is in. As of now, the team is working on fleshing out the game world and working on making it even more detailed than the gameplay demo that was shown off during E3 2018. Development appears to be on schedule but there is still plenty more to be done before the game is ready for release.
"We are filling the world with content and tweaking things, and this involves a great deal of hard work on the part of developers," Kicinski said. "What I can say today is that we're progressing fast and according to plan. When we finish, there's also the hugely important phase of polishing all that game content. There was a question about the quality of the game we plan to deliver at launch and our intention is to deliver something of great quality. Once the game is complete, we can begin to patch various bugs, both major and minor, and we are setting aside time to complete this process." (https://bit.ly/2KwJzYU)
Cyberpunk 2077 gives players control of a mercenary named V who can be augmented with a variety of cybernetic augments that improve his/her skills or give the player more abilities. The game is set in the futuristic locale of Night City and plays in first-person as opposed to Witcher's third person perspective. This title is sure to make the headlines when it releases so be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.
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.
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.
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!
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