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Gears of War: Judgment Review – The jury’s out on the latest entry in the Gears series

Gears of War Judgment

Publisher:  Microsoft Studios
Developer: Epic Games & People Can Fly
Platform:  Xbox 360
Release Date: March 19th 2013
ESRB: M- Mature

The question “did we really need another Gears game this generation?” has probably floated around in most gamers heads since Judgment’s announcement at last year’s E3 but the prequel to the ever-popular Gears of War series shows there’s some life in the old dog just yet.

Gears of War, like Call of Duty and arguably Halo, is never really about the multiplayer so it is refreshing to see the campaign move towards a multiplayer-based structure with the emphasis on co-op and scoring. As a result, the narrative suffers immensely. There is no real plot or goal to Baird and company’s travels across Halvo but it by stripping back the previously convoluted narrative, People Can Fly have been able to concentrate on the fluidity of the gameplay and the sheer satisfaction that comes from shooting Locust. The game is extremely short though. Most will be able to breeze through in around six hours which is disappointing.

Cliff Bleszinski Leaves Epic Games

Cliff Bleszinski

Epic Games Co-Founder and Design Director Cliff Bleszinski has announced that he is leaving the company that he has been a part of for 20 years. It appears that Bleszinski is just burnt out and needs some time away from the industry. Below is an excerpt from the letter he wrote to his colleagues.

“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager, and outside of my sabbatical last year, I have been going non-stop. I literally grew up in this business, as Mike [Capps] likes to say. And now that I’m grown up, it’s time for a much needed break.”

Bleszinski has been a long time staple in the video game industry, having worked on several high profile games over his long career with Epic Games. He has also never had a problem making his opinion known on certain topics, often resulting in his being labeled one of the most outspoken developers in the industry.

It is not yet known what Bleszinski plans to do now that he wont be with Epic Games anymore, but whatever his future endeavors may be, we here at A-G wish him the best of luck.

Source: Epic

 

Gears of War Judgment Gameplay Video Reveals Class Based Overrun

Gears of War Judgment

Gears of War Judgment made its world premiere with the E3 trailer. Now the world gets to see a little bit of gameplay.

The goal for Epic Games is to provide a prequel story featuring a younger Lt. Baird and Cole Train in Kilo Squad. The gameplay is supposed to be more open and less scripted.

The video also reveals Overrun which is essentially a class based Horde style of game known as Overrun. Gears play defense and Locust attack. The COGs have engineers, medics, scouts, or soldiers. These classes will be familiar to some gamers as engineers will be the fortification repairers, medics will be the healers, able to throw stim-gas grenades and revive teammates, scouts can climb areas for sniping and throw tag grenades, and soldiers will be able to drop ammo and carry boomshots. Horde players can control Tickers, Wretches, Grenadiers, Kantus, Bloodmount, Corpsers, Maulers, and Serapedes. They also will have their own special abilities such as Kantus healing or burrowing with Corpsers.

Now you’ve got your Horde and Beast modes in one.

Next Gears of War Announced, Full Reveal Monday

Game Informer Gears of War

Gears of War 3 was the closing out of a saga, a conclusion to the time spent with the Delta Squad, but it wasn’t Epic putting the series to bed altogether.

The next game in the Gears of War franchise will be appearing on the cover of the July issue of Game Informer, presumably accompanied by a multipage preview. The magazine did confirm the game will be returning to the Xbox 360 – no surprise there. But not much else in way of details was given. Not even a name. Until Monday, when Microsoft hold the game’s “full unveiling” during their E3 press conference, we’re stuck with only a lonely image to look at, which you can get a better view of here.

Infinity Blade II iOS Review – The Ultimate Touchscreen Hack ‘N Slasher

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Publisher: Epic Games
Developer: Chair Entertainment
Genre: Action/RPG
Players: Single/Multiplayer
Release Date: Dec. 1, 2011
Rated: Apple 9+

Infinity Blade was an absolute, bona fide hit. I’m not sure anyone expected it to do as well as it did, but two things were obvious, a sequel had to be made and it was going to need more enemies, more items, more weapons and armor, and the most difficult task to undertake, more story. Infinity Blade II delivers in almost every way. This is the ultimate touchscreen hack ‘n slash adventure. Chair Entertainment and Epic Games are pushing the boundaries of mobile gaming, dwarfing many of its contemporaries in the traditional portable gaming world dominated by Nintendo and Sony.

Gears of War 3 “Fenix Rising” Coming January

Gears of War 3 Fenix Rising

Perhaps your attention is starting to detract from Gears, and it’s understandable considering the barrage of awesome games in 2011. But with the continuing inclusion of extra content, Microsoft and Epic are sure making it difficult to move on.

Fenix Rising, the third major DLC pack for Gears of War 3, is coming January 17th for 800 Microsoft Points or if you have a Season Pass, it’s free. Fenix Rising will include new and old maps, character and weapon skins, and a “Re-Up” feature.

Infinity Blade On Sale For iOS, $2.99

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In anticipation for the release of Infinity Blade 2, Epic Games has the original Infinity Blade and one of the best iOS games ever on sale for $2.99 which is well worth that price. Infinity Blade was the first game that I paid more than a dollar for on my iPhone and have never regretted buying it. The game is that good and is pretty amazing technology when you realize, this is what mobile gaming is about now. Yes, that is an actual screenshot if you’ve never seen Infinity Blade. The first game doesn’t feature much in the way of a story and that’s part of the charm for me. You simply fight through, live or die when you get to the boss, the God King. Whether you live or die, the next descendant in your bloodline arrives to find out what happened to his father before him. It is the ultimate pick up and put down game on the iOS platforms.

Infinity Blade in the App Store, $2.99, you won’t regret it.

 

PSA: Gears of War 3 + 800 MSP $34.99 Free Shipping Best Buy Deal of the Day

Gears of War 3

Best Buy Deal of the Day features Gears of War 3 and 800 MSP for only $34.99 with free shipping. If you don’t have one of the best threequels to come out this year, today is the perfect day. You can actually choose the $149.99 Epic Edition to get the free 800 MSP, but that’s not a deal and is the opposite of what I’m trying to do for you…save you money.

Gears of War 3: Title Update 2 Released

Gears of War 3

That’s right folks, the second title update, technically the first patch, is now live! Well technically not right now, but it will be reached by most gamers on the 16th, from 2-4 A.M. pacific time. This update is second only to the one which reset the leaderboards for those fortunate enough to have a crack at the game before it’s  September 20th release.

After the break, there is the list of fixes also seen on the Gears of War community site.

Gears of War 3 RAAM’s Shadow – Hope You Have A Season Pass

Gears of War 3 RAAM's Shadow

As a reminder, the first DLC for Gears of War 3, Horde Command Pack will be available on Nov. 1st for 800 MSP or “free” to those who have a Season Pass.

But! Today Epic Games announced the second DLC pack set to be released on Dec. 13th. Wow, they honor me with the release of RAAM’s Shadow on my birthdays (belly button and sober). I have my Season Pass, so I’m set.