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PSN Name Change Could Potentially Wipe Save Data

After plenty of fan feedback and criticism, Sony is allowing PSN subscribers to change their gamer tags. Unfortunately, this long requested addition may come with more downsides than previously expected.

When the company initially made the announcement, they warned players that their might bring some game and application compatibility issues, but it appears those testing the beta found a disclaimer that warns users they could lose a lot of information attached to their account. Some of this data includes saved data and DLC purchases.

PSN Name Change Could Cost You

This leak comes from beta testers on the ResetEra Forum. The thread points out that not all games and apps support the PSN ID switch, so those that utilize the feature may lose access to content like virtual currency, game progress, trophy completion, and leaderboard data. The users also note that some games may not function properly even when playing offline and the prior PSN ID could still be visible to other players. Those that run into issues will be able to revert back to their old tag at no additional fee, but that may not resolve all of the issues.

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As of now, it is hard to tell how widespread these issues are or if this is just Sony attempting to cover their bases in case something goes wrong. It seems like beta testers are warning interested PSN subscribers to hold off on the new feature until more information is revealed about these problems.

Once the beta ends, every PSN user will get one free name change with subsequent changes costing a $10 fee ($5 for PSN Plus). The preview program is set to finish at the end of November with the full feature making its way to consoles in 2019. Every game published after April 1st, 2018 will be compatible and Sony will release a full list of the compatible games when the feature goes live.

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Rocket League Developer Optimistic About PS4 Cross-Play

The developer behind the popular indie hit Rocket League announced that it is pushing back their plan for expanded cross-platform functionality to early 2019. This announcement seems to be in line with the recent decision by Sony to allow Cross-Play with Epic Games title, Fortnite. Of course, this means that Psyonix can now prepare Rocket League Cross-Play to be compatible with the PS4.

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Roadmap for Rocket League Cross-Play

Psyonix revealed this information in their recent Rocket League roadmap. The software running this new system is called RocketID and is set up to be a connected account feature that links friends lists and parties across all platforms. Although, the system has proved to be quite a challenge for the independent developer.

"While our goal was to release RocketID before the end of 2018, we've made the difficult decision to push its release into early 2019," the announcement said. "The good news is that with Sony's recent announcements regarding full cross-platform functionality, we can now make additional changes to prepare RocketID for ALL platforms should we receive permission to do so! We're working incredibly hard to ensure that it’s as intuitive, stable, and polished as possible, before releasing it to the world."

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The most notable part of the quote is that they need permission before releasing the full version of their cross-platform function. While Sony allowed a beta version of cross-play in Fortnite to progress, it is unclear when the company will agree to include the feature on other titles or which ones will be prioritized. Rocket League was the first title to really generate demand for cross-platform play until Fortnite all but forced Sony to change their policy on the matter. Psyonix recently expressed their frustration with Sony not budging on their rule, even though the developer said they had figured out how to make the game work across different platforms.

We here at Gigamax are very interested to see how Sony moves forward with their new outlook on cross-play so we'll be sure to keep our eyes on this developing story. Be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.

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PS4 Owners Beware the New Message Hack

Multiple PS4 owners have confirmed that a text-message exploit is being used to brick players consoles, which requires a factory reset to get the system working again.

Although a copious amount of users have claimed that they were hit by the attack, Sony has not confirmed the reports or given any comment on the subject. To make sure PS4 owners keep their consoles safe, many are suggesting that players switch their messaging settings to "Friends Only" or the more drastic option of not being able to receive messages at all.

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PS4 - Protect Your Console

Currently, there is no known way to stop the attack once it has been initiated. Reports can be found all over the PS4 subreddit and many include the same information. The message-based attack seems to be similar to those seen on other mobile platforms where a message containing a string of characters has the ability to shut down the platform.

To ensure players keep their consoles safe, messages can be managed from a web browser or the PlayStation smart-phone app. These methods seem to be the best way to prevent opening up the message and ruining an expensive console with the exploit.

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If you're worried about your console and don't have access to a web browser or the smart-phone app, you can change the messaging settings right from the console. First, go to the Settings tab, then Account Management, and finally click on Privacy Settings to find the option.

In one thread a user explains his team receiving the message while playing the popular shooter Rainbow Six Siege. Everyone on the teams consoles were almost immediately bricked and apparently the accounts that sent the message have yet to be banned by either Sony or Ubisoft.

We here at Gigamax Games are always playing our PS4's so we will be sure to keep a close eye on this this situation. Be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.

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Spider-Man PS4 Sets New Sales Record for Sony

Unsurprisingly, the recently released Spider-Man PS4 game has been pretty popular among fans of the web-slinging hero. What is surprising is that the game broke a variety of Sony sales records and set a new bar for all Triple-A titles on PlayStation 4.

A report from USA Today revealed that Spider-Man PS4 sold 3.3 million copies in only three days after the game launched. The previous record was set by God of War earlier this year when it sold 3.1 million copies in the first three days. Spider-Man was also able to break Sony's pre-order records at a whopping one million copies sold before the game even came out. All of these figures don't even take into account the sales of the PS4 Pro bundle that included a copy of Spider-Man PS4.

The game runs at the typical retail price of $60, which when added up, equates to about $198 million USD in revenue. This figure is more money than the recent Spider-Man Homecoming movie brought in at the box office. While this comparison sounds spectacular, it could be a bit off due to not every copy of the game being sold at $60 and movie tickets being considerably less expensive than a video game.

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"Our expectations are always set at the highest levels," said Sony global VP of sales Stephen Turvey. "It's met and exceeded all expectations. I think the company, and the campus, and our fans are super proud of it." Turvey also stated that Insomniac Games managed to bring back Spider-Man "in a way that you want to experience it." (https://usat.ly/2QMjmIE)

It will be exciting to see how these sales figures grow along with the game as well. The question remains if gamers will commit to the DLC that will be released in the coming months. Whatever happens, you can rest assured knowing that GigamaxGames.com will be watching these developments closely.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date Finally Set

Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date Announced 

After over a decade of anticipation, Square Enix finally set a release date for the long-awaited game, Kingdom Hearts 3. This title will mark the conclusion to the main trilogy that follows the adventures of Sora, Donald, and Goofy through Disney themed worlds with a splash of Final Fantasy thrown in for good measure.

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The third game has big plans to expand the scope of the universe and prove that they still have what it takes to blend eastern and western characters. Kingdom Hearts 3 will release on both the Xbox One and PS4 on January 29th, 2019. Immediately following the announcement, Square Enix revealed a new trailer for the game during Microsoft's E3 press conference.

The World is Stunned

Many were shocked at the sudden nature of this announcement, with the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account revealing the release date with no build up or celebration on the first day of E3 2018. While fans of the series are aware that Kingdom Hearts 3 has been in development for years, series creator Tetsuya Nomura said at last year's D23 event that the game's release date was planned for 2018. During a fan event for the game in May, he had announced that a final release date for the game would be made public very soon.

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Fans can still expect to visit Disney themed worlds throughout their journey to save the universe from being consumed by darkness. Although, this time around Pixar is making their debut in the beloved series. As of now, Square Enix confirmed that Frozen, Tangled, Big Hero Six, Hercules, Toy Story, and Monsters Inc. levels are all present in Kingdom Hearts 3.

Keep Those Fingers Crossed

Hopefully, this will actually be the final release date for the game. With the amount of gameplay and details the developer has revealed, people have high hopes it will happy. Everyone at Gigamax Games is big fans of the Kingdom Hearts series and plenty of coverage for the game is on its way as the release date draws closer. So be sure to keep checking back at GigamaxGames.com!

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God of War PS4 Review – Kratos Never Looked So Good

If you were a fan of the first three God of War games or the various side stories that were released on the PSP/Vita, the latest entry in the series is a huge departure from what you’ve played before. God of War on the PS4 takes some huge risks that are all ended up being wildly successful. They highlight what a positive change bringing more maturity to a well-known game/character can do for a long-running IP. While many may be turned off by the brutal difficulty the beginning hours of the game may hold, it is important to stick with it and get comfortable with the new mechanics. With an open world, side quests, and actual character development, this is God of War like you’ve never seen it before.

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God of War Like Never Before

Fans of the series will immediately notice that the first ten minutes does more to develop Kratos as a character than any game before it. The game opens with Kratos teaching his son, Atreus, the basics of wilderness survival,  showing a side of the protagonist that many didn’t believe existed. Instead of just murdering every being in sight, age has brought some restraint to our hero, allowing the game to take an introspective look at how murdering every Greek God weighs on his conscience and how he tries to hide from his demons. That’s not to say Kratos is an open book, in fact, he’s quite the opposite, only revealing his deepest thoughts when speaking to his son and when thrown into moments that shake our previously unshaken hero to his core. God of War is absolutely packed full of these kinds of intense moments.

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This game is packed to the brim with monstrous battles. Players will not need to go far to fight their next massive foe or group of enemies. A lot of this is thanks to the new side quest system that is full of unique adventures that are as fleshed out as the optional quests in The Witcher 3. Not only do the side quests offer visual splendor, but they deliver a deeper look into the relationship between Kratos and his son, Atreus. While Kratos may seem more vulnerable emotionally, that does not make him any less of a savage.  When pitted against some of the ugliest/scariest monsters Norse mythology has to offer, the Kratos the world has grown to know and love comes out.

The New Combat System

Combat has taken a huge turn in this entry. With every swing,  dodge, and block being deliberate and a keen eye necessary to watch the move of every enemy on screen, it’s unlike anything a God of War fan has experienced. Instead of relying on the hack and slash nature of the previous titles, the new game takes a few cues from Dark Souls and puts an emphasis on proper timing, blocking, and dodging.

Every enemy now has a combat level and if pitted against an enemy above a players gear level, the fight will be next to impossible. Even enemies that are at your gear level pose a serious threat and unprepared gamers will quickly learn not to underestimate even the grunts of the fantasy army. Kratos still uses his host of unique finishing moves that will make even the most vetted God of War fans cringe as enemies literally get torn to pieces.

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As previously mentioned, gear score is a huge part of moving forward. Completing side quests, exploring, and killing strong enemies will pay out in unique material drops that can be taken to the smithy and be crafted into new armor and weapon upgrades to increase Kratos overall level. RPG fans will recognize the color-coded equipment system with white being common and orange being top tier. Unique items have interesting perks attached to them that add spectacular bonuses to Kratos while in combat. There are even a few different armor sets for Atreus even though he doesn’t have a real health bar. Instead, his equipment makes him better in the different support roles he plays.

Final Thoughts 

God of War doesn’t feel like a sequel, it feels like a perfect restructuring of a series that was quickly growing old and tired in its ideas. This game is essential for any PS4 owner and could easily be a frontrunner for game of the year. The developer took a huge risk in fundamentally changing nearly every aspect of the game but ultimately, it is exactly what the series needed. Hopefully, other reboots will learn from the success of this game and strive to reach the same level of quality.

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New Crash Bandicoot Rumor and Gamers Heads Spin

New Crash Bandicoot Rumor and Gamers Heads Spin

Activision is rumored to be working on a brand new Crash Bandicoot game. With the incredible success of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, selling over 2 million copies, it would be a good move for the company and for gamers. The rumor broke after people spotted the 'Spring 2018 issue of Licensing Source Book Europe'. This game may have been a breakout hit but there is still no confirmed reports by Activision on if they will be delivering a new Crash Bandicoot game in 2019. There is, however, a lot of evidence pointing to it being a reality.

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Max Arguile, a manager of the merchandising company GB Eye reportedly shared some information he may not have had permission to disclose. “The new game was a huge success at retail with no marketing spend. Next year it will be going broader (Switch and PC) and there will be another game in 2019,” he said. “Activision has a five-year plan for this and GB Eye is delighted to be fully on board for all products.” http://bit.ly/2E5ZRrM

It would make sense for Activision to ride the Crash wave as long as possible. This PlayStation exclusive took the spot for the top-selling remastered collection in Sony's recent history. With the rumors causing so much excitement and the previous success of the remastered collection, it looks like Activision would be able to drop a successful new Crash Bandicoot game tomorrow without spending a dime on marketing once again. 

The Rumor Mill Keeps On Spinning

The rumors don’t stop at just a 2019 release. Those precarious parentheses in the alleged quote recorded by IGN did hold the names of two important consoles, Switch and PC. With the runaway success of the Switch and the massive popularity of PC gaming, a Crash Bandicoot game would be a wonderful addition to both consoles. Still, this is just a rumor but one that holds a lot of validity since Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was such a money maker. Opening up its audience would mean even more access to gamers wallets.

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Gigamax Games will be keeping a close eye on the progression of these developments surrounding the brand new Crash Bandicoot game that could possibly be released in 2019. Be sure to check back on this page for any updates or additional news from Activision. The gaming world couldn’t believe the headlines and with good reason, they’re not confirmed. However, let’s keep those fingers crossed because a new Crash Bandicoot game would put a smile on millions of gamers faces around the world.

Gameplay Anyone?

If you haven't had the chance to see gameplay from the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, this will help. Hope you enjoy!

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2017/09/24/crash-bandicoot-n-sane-trilogy-has-sold-over-2-5-million-copies-on-ps4/#69de39655a70

What to Expect: January Game Releases

While the January game releases for the start of 2018 may not be an extensive lineup, most will agree that the first month of this year has some impressive titles. We're spending most of our time going back and finishing up the long backlog of big releases that came out at the end of 2017, that is until the some of our most anticipated games of the year are released over the next couple weeks. Look below to find the full list of games kicking off 2018 so you know what to spend that hard earned money on!

January's Biggest Game Releases

Dragon Ball Fighter Z (January 26th)

The Z-Fighters are back with a new fighting game experience that looks like it will finally pull the long-running series out of its video game slump. Players will take control of many iconic characters from throughout Dragon Ball's history and pummel their friends in a fighting system that seems very similar to Marvel Vs. Capcom. Whether you're playing as Super Saiyan God Goku or were unlucky enough to get stuck with Krillin, this game is sure to be a blast!

Monster Hunter: World (January 26th)

Killing monsters, gathering materials, and forging new armor, these are a few of our favorite things. Plenty of Monster Hunter fans certainly share our sentiment and on this month players will be able to hop into the iconic world again, but this time in 4K. The series is making its debut on current-gen consoles and based on the beta gameplay, Monster Hunter: World will be eating up a lot of our time in the first quarter. Both longtime fans of the series, as well as newcomers, will find something to love in this incredible hunting game so be sure to check it out!

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (January 26th)

Are you a fan of the Final Fantasy series? Then Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is a game you can't miss. This fighting game is an ode to the long-running compendium of games. Players take control of leading heroes including Cloud, Titus, and the most recent protagonist Noctis. The gameplay trailers certainly haven't disappointed and the cinematic trailers are as beautiful as ever. If you've ever had the pleasure of playing a Final Fantasy title this is the game for you!

Full List of January Game Releases

  • The Escapists 2 - (Nintendo Switch) - Jan 11
  • Street Fighter V Arcade Edition - (PC, PS4) - Jan 16
  • Gintama Rumble - (PS4) - Jan 18
  • World to the West - (Nintendo Switch) - Jan 18
  • Death Mark - (Switch, PS4) - Jan 19
  • Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory (PS4, Vita) - Jan 19
  • Kirby Battle Royale - (3DS) - Jan 19
  • Lost Sphear - (PC, Switch, PS4) - Jan 23
  • The Inpatient - (PSVR) - Jan 23
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ - (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - Jan 26
  • Monster Hunter: World - (PS4, Xbox One) - Jan 26
  • Railway Empire - (PC) - Jan 26
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy NT - (PS4) - Jan 30

Will you be purchasing any of the January game releases? Let us know in the comments below and don't forget to stop by next month for a full list of February's release dates!

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Free PS Plus Games for January 2018 Revealed

Free PS Plus Games for January 2018 Revealed

It's official, the New Year is upon us which means not only fleeting resolutions but a whole new set of PS Plus games to ring in 2018. This new set of video game holiday presents brought to you by the good folks at Sony, offers a nice variety of Triple-A titles that are sure to please subscribers of the service.

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The headline of this month's PS Plus games is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. This game puts you back into the shoes of Adam Jensen in a dystopian cyberpunk noir adventure. It's cyborgs against humans with our protagonist caught in the middle trying to keep a civil war from erupting in Prague. Play however you want, whether that be stealthily knocking out enemies or use heavy firepower to shoot your way through the threat.

PS Plus subscribers also get Batman: The Telltale Series through the month of January. The first season of the latest Telltale series puts you behind the mask of the caped crusader as he struggles to maintain the balance between everyday Bruce Wayne and the Dark Knight. Almost every decision you make through the guided story will affect the relationships that develop both in and out of the costume. Starting January 2nd players can pick up both of these games through their PlayStation Plus accounts.

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PlayStation VR owners will be able to get 'StarBlood Arena' to play with Sony's consumer-level headset. And 'That’s You!' for PlayLink will continue to be available for free. For the remaining PlayStation Vita owners of the world, there's Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness, a game based in the same universe as the anime of the same name, Psycho-Pass. Finally, those on PlayStation 3 can grab Sacred 3.

Don't forget to check back next month with GigamaxGames.com for a full list of February's games! For a quick list of this month's PS Plus gems check out the information below:

Full List of January PS Plus Games

PS4

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PS4)
  • Batman: The Telltale Series (PS4)
  • StarBlood Arena (PS Plus bonus – PS VR required)
  • That’s You! (PS Plus bonus – PlayLink)

PS3

  • Sacred 3 (PS3)
  • Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS3)

PS Vita

  • Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (PS Vita)
  • Uncanny Valley (PS Vita & PS4)
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Biggest September Game Releases

September Game Releases

September is here, school is back in session, and vacations are over but that only means this year's biggest game releases are about to start! This is the time of year developers start letting the punches fly in an attempt to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. With so many big name games coming out in a short timeframe, it can be hard to keep track of what's coming out and when. But fear not, Gigamax has your back! Below you'll find the top September game releases so you know when to save those hard earned dollars. Check back next month for the biggest games coming out in October!

See what you might have missed in August!

Destiny 2

It's finally here fellow guardians, Bungie's follow up to arguably one of the best shooters of all time. It's time to prepare your ghost for resurrection and step back into the fight to reclaim your light. This time around, Bungie promised to fix many of the problems that fans found with the previous entry. More story, more loot, more planets, and more fun. Definitely don't miss this big hit!

Marvel VS. Capcom: Infinite

Fighting fans, prepare yourselves for more universe combining action with the next game in line for the Marvel VS. Capcom series. This time around, Ultron and Sigma believe all human life needs to be killed so they're teaming up to take care of the problem. Unfortunately for them the heroes from both universes feel differently so the ultimate alliance of heroes is joining forces to make sure humans keep on living. If you're into Marvel or Capcom, make sure you pick up this love letter to the series!

Metroid: Samus Returns

Hunters, it's time to return to SR-388 and fight the metroid menace in this reimagining of Metroid II released all the way back in 1991 on the Gameboy. This is the first core Metroid game to come out since Other M, meaning we haven't seen our hero, Samus in seven years. This is a perfect addition for any Nintendo lover's 3DS library and the perfect start for newcomers to the Metroid series!

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

Alright Dishonored fans you're in for a treat this month! Step into the shoes of Billie Lurk a companion from Dishonored 2 and start your quest to kill the omnipotent Outsider. Typically known as the guy who hands out super powers, this time around the Outsider is the hit and the only solution to Billie's beef with him is a knife in the throat. This expansion is similar to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in that it is a small addition that is separate from the main game but also a little cheaper. If you're a fan of Dishonored and stabbing Gods then this game is for you!

Full List of the September Game Releases

  • Knack II (PS4) - September 5th
  • Destiny 2 (PS4, Xbox One) - September 6th
  • NASCAR Heat 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - September 12
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC) - September 12
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 (PC) - September 14
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - September 15
  • NBA Live 18 (PS4, Xbox One) - September 15
  • NHL 18 (PS4, Xbox One ) - September 15
  • Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS) - September 15
  • Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - September 19
  • NBA 2K18 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - September 19
  • Pokémon Gold/Silver (3DS) - September 22
  • Pokkén Tournament Deluxe (Switch) - September 22
  • Project Cars 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - September 22
  • Blue Reflection (PS4, PC) - September 26
  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PS4, Vita) - September 26
  • Ruiner (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - September 26
  • Cuphead (Xbox One, PC) - September 29
  • FIFA 18 (PS4, Xbox One Switch, PS3, Xbox 360, PC) - September 29
  • Gundam Versus (PS4) - September 29
  • Total War: Warhammer 2 (PC) - September 29

That wraps up the September game releases! Make sure to keep an eye on the list whenever you're itching to spend some cash. Make sure to check back next month for a look into October's biggest releases!

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