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Predator: Hunting Grounds Revealed During PS4 State of Play

Sony revealed a number of new games during their May State of Play stream. One of these new titles is Predator: Hunting Grounds, with a release date scheduled for an undisclosed time in 2020. The announcement was followed up with a trailer that you can find below.

Predator: Hunting Grounds - Reveal Trailer



Predator: Hunting Grounds is set up like an online-asymmetric shooter, where a group of players takes on one of the iconic hunters, who is also controlled by another player. The game is being developed by Illfonic, the same studio that made Friday the 13th: The Game. In the trailer, a group of soldiers is seen sneaking through the jungle being watched from the trees by Predator, only visible by his telltale shimmer.

"As the Fireteam attempt to carry out paramilitary missions--annihilating bad guys and recovering important items--the Predator will be closing in, using its advanced vision mode to track and ambush its prey," Illfonic CEO Charles Brungardt wrote on the PlayStation blog. He added that the game was in early development so it will be a while before fans get to see what this game is made of.

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Sony revealed a variety of other games during the State of Play stream. Riverbond, a 4 player couch co-op hack, and slash title is set to release this summer along with Away: The Survival Series, a third person adventure game where players take control of a sugar glider, seeking safety after natural disasters devastate his habitat.

Sony isn't ready to step off the gas in terms of original and exclusive releases. It seems as though fans have many more new adventures waiting for them in the coming months. To keep up with all the latest gaming news and latest announcements, check back on GigamaxGames.com!

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Cory Barlog Confirms No DLC For God of War

God of War was one of the biggest critical and economical video game success stories from last year. Sony has no plans for an expansion to last year's Game of the Year title. Cory Barlog, Director for God of War, confirmed this today on Twitter.

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What's Next for God of War?

"There is no DLC coming for the game. Sorry," said Barlog on Twitter. This was in response to a separate tweet that seemingly teased a new God of War announcement. Barlog wanted to clear up any confusion and confirm that this message was referencing the game's anniversary celebration.


It has already been confirmed that fans will receive a free PS4 theme and avatar set, and Barlog teased that even more was on the way. But this announcement won't be related to God of War DLC.

DLC is "Too Ambitious"

Barlog spoke earlier this year to Kinda Funny and said that he was interested in making a DLC, but he was told it was too ambitious and the idea was ultimately scrapped.

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It was allegedly going to be similar to the huge story expansions that both Last of Us and Uncharted 4 received, which warranted their own stand-alone expansions. "It would [have] ended up being its own thing," Barlog said of the God of War expansion we'll never see. "Rightfully so, everybody said, 'Dude, this is crazy, this isn't DLC, this is a little too big."

The future of God of War is still out of focus. It's not clear what the developers have planned to keep God of War alive. However, the Gigamax Games crew will be keeping a close eye on any announcements. Be sure to visit GigamaxGames.com again soon for the latest gaming news!

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Atlus Announces Persona 5 The Royal for PS4

After a recently aired special episode of Persona 5: The Animation titled "Stars and Ours," the developer behind the critically acclaimed RPG series, Atlus, revealed some more information about the mysterious game, Persona 5R. The trailer below shows the title of the game is Persona 5 The Royal.

Persona 5 The Royal, Game Name Reveal Trailer



While Atlus didn't provide any further details on what the game is, they teased that more information will be coming April 24 during a live concert event called, Persona Super Live 2019. Many suspect, due to the nature of previous Persona games and the trailer, that this title will be a Game of the Year edition that contains additional content.

The trailer for Persona 5 The Royal focuses on a new character who studies at the games high school, Shujin Academy, where most of the main characters also attend. In the trailer she is asked about her opinion on the Phantom Thieves, the vigilante group your player controls throughout the course of the game. She then points out that she does not exactly approve of their methods on crime fighting.

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New Content Incoming

It's very possible that this new character will be the focus of the additional content. Atlus typically throws some new content into its re-released games, as fans have seen with their launches of Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 Golden. Many are guessing that this content will include a new palace and storyline.

We'll be sure to keep our eye on any updates regarding this title so for more Persona 5 The Royal news keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!

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Paladins Dev Calls Out Sony On Cross-Play Policy

One of the biggest topics on gamers minds these days is being able to play with their friends no matter what console they own. Many developers have spoken out about the benefit of allowing competing systems to play with each other and now the developer behind Paladins has added his opinion. Steve Chisam, the CEO of the company behind Smite and Paladins, posted his thoughts on cross-play to Twitter recently.

Paladins CEO Speaks Out About Cross-Play


In terms of Paladins, which already supports cross-play between Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, Chisam says overall match quality has improved thanks to the ability to play between consoles. The average wait time to get into a match is down 30% and level spread has been decreased by 40%. Overall, according to Hi-Rez they have seen an 80% reduction in what they would refer to as "bad matches."

It is interesting to see the variety of problems that can be solved with the help of cross-play. Anyone whose played a multiplayer game knows the frustrations of running into un-balanced or broken matches, and it isn't a surprise to see that having a larger pool of players to choose from improves match quality.


It's Time to Get This Going

Chisam has certainly been vocal about his opinion on tearing down the walls between consoles. Recently Chisam said that Paladins, Realm Royale, and Smite were all ready to implement cross-play on the PS4 but Sony has to stop "playing favorites" according to the developer.

Microsoft has long supported cross-play and is a big proponent of developers including it in their titles. Unfortunately, Sony does not share this love of the system and has only recently (and begrudgingly) included it in select popular games like Fortnite and Rocket League. Hopefully, we'll see wider adoption of cross-play, but it seems like Sony is still far from accepting it as a beneficial system.

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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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