Though the game lineup at this year’s Penny Arcade Expo was lacking an abundance of major titles, one game established itself as a serious contender, that game is Motiga’s Gigantic.
Prior to PAX 2015 there had only been a little buzz regarding Gigantic. A few trailers had made their way around the internet but a lot was still unknown and yet to be experienced. The company went above and behind to showcase their game like a proud parent bragging about their child.
The idea of a 3rd person MOBA that allows players to attack in any direction along each axis seemed appealing and the next evolution of this particular game type. Considering the aim and shoot mechanics along the ‘X’ axis in games like Smite, it was inevitable that a developer would attempt a game like Gigantic.
As fans descended upon the Washington State Convention Center to experience PAX Prime, you couldn’t help but notice the teal colored shirts and the abundance of Community Coaches from Motiga littering the PAX floor. On the bottom level of the Grand Hyatt, an entire conference room was filled with computers and screens for gamers to sit and play Gigantic or those interested to hang out and watch the action. Even on Thursday night, Motiga set up a pre-PAX event at Gameworks to demo their game. They were confident, and they should be.
Gigantic is a 5 v 5 shooter-style MOBA game, where teams advance on the map to take over various control points.
When you reach the control points you have the option to spawn one of three creatures that will assist your team in the fight. Meanwhile, each team’s “Guardian” waits at the spawn point to gain enough power to traverse the map and “smack” the other teams Guardian. Players work together to damage the enemy guardian after the “smack” and then battle continues.
The variety of characters to choose range from “tanky” brawlers to spry ranged attackers. Each with 3 special attacks that can be leveled as you progress through the match. Each character is colorful and entertaining. They embody the attributes they use. The stout brawler or the trim stealth shooter are quite clear in their looks with what they may add to the team.
Gigantic is scheduled to release as a cross platform game for users of Windows 10 and Xbox One sometime in 2015, and just began beta testing. Though not completely finished, the current product is delightful and well worth a look from someone desiring a new type of MOBA experience.