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Review: Gears of War: Judgment: Call to Arms photo
Review: Gears of War: Judgment: Call to Arms
by Jason Cabral

Since Gears of War 3, Epic Games has not been afraid to squeeze every last cent out of its customer base through premium maps and skins for characters and weapons. Don't get me wrong, I still consider the All Fronts DLC pack for Gears of War 2 to be one of the best available for any game. The amount of replay value that my friends and I got out of all of those maps was well worth the 800 Microsoft Points.

With Gears of War: Judgment's Call to Arms, however, Epic and People Can Fly are only giving us a sparse amount of new content -- for a game that already didn't have a lot of multiplayer variety to begin with.

While quantity does not always equal quality, in this case, it wouldn't have hurt to give the fans more.

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11:00 PM on 04.27.2013

Epic's head of marketing jumps ship to work on Halo

Kendall Boyd, the global marketing lead at Epic Games, has accepted a position with Microsoft to head-up the marketing for the Halo brand. Boyd had been with Epic since 2010. Boyd's departure has been affirmed by both Ep...

Brett Makedonski

2:30 PM on 04.23.2013

Bulletstorm sequel would have been 'a big risk'

Speaking to Eurogamer, People Can Fly founder Adrian Chmielarz has expressed the Bulletstorm sequel that could have been, and why the studio moved on to Gears of War: Judgment instead of seeing the project through to com...

Jordan Devore

1:15 PM on 04.19.2013

More maps and another mode for Gears of War: Judgment

On Tuesday, owners of the VIP Season Pass for Gears of War: Judgment will get more mileage out of their purchase with the arrival of a second map pack named Call to Arms. Everyone else can get this multiplayer content on Apri...

Jordan Devore

10:15 AM on 04.16.2013

GOW: Judgment and GOW: Ascension failed, says analyst

Recently, the PS3 and Xbox 360 each saw prequels for their leading franchises -- God of War: Ascension and Gears of War: Judgment. According to analyst firm Cowen & Company, the two GOWs failed to impress at retail. ...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 04.04.2013

Epic: PS4 is a really perfect gaming PC

Epic Games' Mark Rein does not view the PlayStation 4 as a mere console, oh no. Echoing similar sentiments to Avalanche Studios, Rein believes the PS4 is a gaming PC with a memory advantage over less dedicated computers. In f...

Jim Sterling

8:00 PM on 03.29.2013

GDC: Unreal Engine 4 and Frostbite 3 won't support Wii U

Setting the record straight at the Game Developers Conference, Epic Games co-founder Mark Rein said in straightforward terms that, no, Unreal Engine 4 will not support Wii U. "I just laugh at the question...Unreal Engine 4, w...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 03.28.2013

Fully playable mode found hidden on GoW: Judgment

Some clever little birds went snooping around in Gears of War: Judgment's code, and ended up finding a fully playable, locked mode called Warzone. Naturally the assumption is that the mode is another case of on-disc DLC, but ...

Abel Girmay

7:00 AM on 03.28.2013

Fortnite created many challenges for Epic Games

During a behind closed doors presentation about the development of Fortnite, Epic Games' brand new Unreal Engine 4 developed co-op Action/Survival game, the main topic of discussion was the unique challenges that the devs at ...

Alessandro Fillari







Contest: Win a custom Gears of War: Judgment Xbox 360! photo
Contest: Win a custom Gears of War: Judgment Xbox 360!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winner is Lawrence Diego!]

Destructoid has acquired an exclusive Gears of War: Judgment-themed Xbox 360 to give away to one lucky Dtoid Gearhead!

To win, you need to demonstrate to us your love for the Gears series. Upload a video of yourself dominating in a match, snap a photo of yourself hugging your Marcus and Dom figurines, write and perform a song dedicated to CliffyB -- the choice is yours, but you've gotta earn it! At the end of the week, the number one Dtoid Gears fan (as decided by Destructoid staff) will take home this badass console and be the envy of all his or her friends!

You have until this Sunday, March 24 at 11:59 PM Pacific to enter, and the contest is open to anyone with a U.S. mailing address. Once you've figured out your entry, just paste a link to it in the comments below. Good luck!

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Ranked: The Gears of War trailers photo
Ranked: The Gears of War trailers
by Brett Makedonski

The Gears of War franchise has a history across its four titles of releasing some of the best cinematic trailers in gaming. Despite the series' reputation of being all about impossibly muscle-bound space marines murdering everything from behind chest-high walls, the trailers mostly focus on a more human element.

Yes, as adrenaline-fueled as the games are, the videos usually seem to effectively convey the bleaker side of war. Almost always accompanied by a moving song, these trailers have a knack for making the games feel decidedly more epic.

To celebrate this week's release of Gears of War: Judgment, let's take a look back at all of the franchise's trailers.

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11:30 AM on 03.18.2013

Reviews Elsewhere: Gears of War: Judgment

The release of Gears of War: Judgment has taken a fair few folks by surprise. Even I had a minor jolt when the review copy arrived on my doorstep, the prequel having enjoyed a relatively unsung build, at least when compared t...

Jim Sterling



Review: Gears of War: Judgment  photo
Review: Gears of War: Judgment
by Jim Sterling

Gears of War 3 may have seen an effective end to the war between the COG and the Locust, but in the game industry, a story isn't over until games stop selling. While Epic Games works on an inevitable sequel, it's joined up with People Can Fly to plunder the past. Yep, it's prequel time!

Cynical though I may be, my respect for the Gears of War series is such that I'm still not quite satisfied with what I have, especially following Gears 3's slightly less riveting narrative. Armed as it is with a unique style of story campaign, as well as two interesting new multiplayer modes, Judgment makes changes that some fans have found controversial.

Ultimately, however, they work surprisingly well, keeping Gears fresh and familiar all at once. Who could ask for fairer? 

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10:00 AM on 03.13.2013

Gears of War: Judgment trailer introduces Kilo Squad

Here's a new trailer for Gears of War: Judgment, introducing us to Baird's allies in the prequel campaign. Kilo Squad is the team responsible for the events of Epic's upcoming new game, and you can hear them say things while...

Jim Sterling

12:15 PM on 03.07.2013

Gears of War: Judgment launch trailer emerges

"Heroes make it up as they go along," as this new Gears of War: Judgment trailer boldly suggests. Judging by the video, "make it up" is some sort of military code phrase for "kill everything." Featuring the song "Shooti...

Brett Makedonski

11:30 AM on 03.05.2013

Former Bulletstorm developer on move toward smaller games

Speaking with GamesIndustry International, Adrian Chmielarz, People Can Fly’s former co-owner and creative director, had this to say: “We think that video games are not all they can be. Actually, most of them are ...

Steven Hansen