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Games with Gold

Gears of War and Shoot Many Robots on Games with Gold


Free during the month of December for Xbox Live Gold members
Nov 27
// Darren Nakamura
Microsoft's "Games with Gold" initiative has been picking up steam lately, with two games being offered free of charge to Xbox Live Gold members every month since its inception. I usually don't get to benefit from it due to a...
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Epic Games

People Can Fly is working on Fortnite


Studio renamed Epic Games Poland
Nov 01
// Jordan Devore
Epic Games' sandbox survival title Fortnite was announced nearly two years ago. I've been anticipating it ever since, though I'd be lying if I said my interest hasn't waned. The company says it doesn't want to rush the game w...
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Gears of War

Microsoft Studios VP comments on future of Gears of War


More games are probably inevitable
Oct 31
// Jordan Devore
Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer has once again spoken about his hopes for more Gears of War. Guesting on IGN's Podcast Unlocked, as transcribed by Game Revolution, he commented that after Judgment's sales and review sc...
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Epic

See all the pretty particles in this Unreal Engine 4 vid


VFX in the Infiltrator demo
Oct 22
// Dale North
It's crazy to see just how much work went into the Unreal Engine 4 Infiltrator demo that we saw at GDC earlier this year. Epic's new series of videos gives us a look under the hood of UE4, with this newest video focusing on ...
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2K Games

Rod Fergusson heading up new 2K Games studio


Working on an unannounced project
Sep 26
// Jordan Devore
Former Gears of War producer Rod Fergusson left Irrational Games earlier this year after joining the team during the tail-end of development on BioShock Infinite. The fact that he moved on is no secret, but he has only today ...
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Gears of War

Gears of War on Xbox One? Microsoft hopes so


Oh that Phil Spencer
Sep 18
// Jordan Devore
Asked by Famitsu if the Gears of War franchise would continue on Xbox One, Microsoft Game Studios head Phil Spencer said that "You should ask Epic Games about what they want to do. We haven't announced anything yet about&nbs...
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Remedy

Former Epic Games president joins Remedy's board


Mike Capps joins Alan Wake studio in advisory role
Sep 11
// Jordan Devore
Earlier this year, former Epic Games president Mike Capps announced that he was no longer going to be affiliated with the company in an advisory role as originally expected. He's since ended up on Alan Wake and Max Payne crea...
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ChAIR

Infinity Blade III hits the App Store on September 18


Just in time for the iPhone 5S
Sep 10
// Jordan Devore
I quite liked Infinity Blade, and that's coming as someone who infrequently plays iOS games. Granted, I completely missed out on the sequel, but the platform-appropriate controls and impressive visuals may pull me back in no...
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Falling deeper for Oculus Rift


Eyes on with Oculus Rift HD prototype
Aug 21
// Dale North
Confession: I've been in love with the Oculus Rift for awhile now. I was won over from the moment John Carmack (now Oculus' CTO) helped me strap a prototype to my head. I've seen it a few times since then, too. Every time I find myself going even more crazy than before. And now that I've played around with a prototype for the Oculus Rift HD headset, I'm head over heels. 
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App store promo nets Infinity Blade II 6M new downloads


The power of free
Jul 17
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Apple celebrated its fifth birthday last week by giving away games and apps for free. One of those games was Infinity Blade 2, and All Things D is reporting that the Epic game saw 5.7 million new players in the past seven day...
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Infinity Blade Dungeons officially cancelled


More Infinity Blade games coming, but not this one
Jul 12
// Jim Sterling
iOS games aren't popular around these parts, I know, but I was personally quite looking forward to Infinity Blade Dungeons. I enjoy the mainstay games in the series, and the idea of a loot-nabbin' dungeon crawler in its unive...
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Epic Games

Epic confirms unannounced title is a triple-A shooter


And it's working on some other stuff too
Jul 11
// Brett Makedonski
Because of an intriguing job listing on its website, everyone knew that Epic Games had an unannounced project in the works. Thanks to the studio's co-founder Tim Sweeney, we now know that this title is a big-budget shooter. S...
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Epic Games

Job listing reveals unannounced title from Epic Games


Epic working on an unnamed online action game
Jul 08
// Alasdair Duncan
Epic games revealed that it is working on a "competitive online action game" via a job listing posted on its website. The studio is currently looking for a Senior Systems Designer to work on one of two projects; one is Fortni...
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Oculus Rift and Unreal 4

Unreal Engine 4 will support Oculus Rift


Virtual reality made easy
Jun 06
// Joshua Derocher
The Oculus Rift is the latest rage with all the cool tech kids these days, and the future looks bright for this virtual-reality headset. The Unreal Engine 4 will be able to take full advantage of the headset with support buil...
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Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- uses Unreal Engine 3


Franchise tech reboot
May 23
// Dale North
Remember that Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- trailer from a few days back?  We have a few new details on the partnership between this studio and Epic Games. Xrd uses Unreal Engine 3, kicking off a new chapter for the popula...
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Gears of War

Gears of War: Judgment gets another free map next week


Dreadnought
May 10
// Jordan Devore
While it would have been nice for Gears of War: Judgment to come out of the gate with more content, the fact that some of the post-release DLC is free helps reduce the sting. Following the Haven map and Execution mode, anothe...
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Next-gen

Epic: Microsoft, Sony to fully embrace F2P for next-gen


We knew this day would come
May 09
// Jordan Devore
At the Game Horizon conference, Epic Games VP Mark Rein warned of the looming free-to-play console storm, reports Joystiq. "The next-gen consoles are going to be fully embracing the free-to-play and these IAP-type business m...

Review: Gears of War: Judgment: Call to Arms

May 07 // Jason Cabral
Gears of War: Judgment Call to Arms DLC (Xbox 360) Developer: Epic Games, People Can Fly Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios Released: April 30, 2013 MSRP: $12.50 ($20 VIP Pass for two packs) Call to Arms adds three new maps to Judgment’s initial six, the new multiplayer mode Master at Arms, as well as a handful of new skins and achievements. Right off the bat, you do have some restrictions that come along with this content. First off, of the three new multiplayer maps, only two are available for any standard multiplayer type, while the last, Terminal, is reserved only for matches of OverRun and Survival. Clearly the extra character and weapons skins do nothing to enhance the multiplayer experience, but they do add a touch of color to the drab COG uniforms. The new weapon skins Cascade and Chlorophyll are a nice touch, with Cascade’s retro streaming block animation and Chlorophyll’s strange iridescent green glow. Added to the Gears wardrobe are the Locust, Crazy Doctor, Ice Burn, and Taxi skins. The time and detail put into some of these skins, especially the Locust and Ice Burn skins, is really something to enjoy. Personally though, I just wish they took that extra time to make more map or mode content for Judgment. Does anyone else miss Horde Mode? [embed]253208:48550:0[/embed] As a nice throwback to veteran Gears players, People Can Fly has brought Blood Drive to Judgment’s multiplayer. This unlucky Medical Facility, located in downtown Jacinto, has been used as a field of chaos for Locust and COG alike since Gears of War 2, but has returned in this installment with a few new side routes and the immensely useful ability to vault over nearly any cover.   Blood Drive inherits the central section of the map from its predecessors, but adds a fair bit of new tight corridors for those players who love to show off how shiny their Lancers and Shotguns are, up close and personal. Along with its many high-ground sections which are great for sniping, and the large and open middle ground area, Blood Drive is a great map that has something for every Gears player to enjoy. Boneyard brings the decaying and haunting atmosphere of Gears of War 3's world to Judgment. The overall design of the map reminds me of the seating structure of any amphitheater, with the Mausoleum filling in for the stage. While not entirely far off, Boneyard likes to play more with the different levels of verticality to help keep the action moving along rather than funneling all of the chaos to the Mausoleum. The fallen grave markers and broken stonework provide excellent cover from the onslaught while giving you time to appreciate the irony of current situation. While Boneyard does offer a welcome change of pace visually by injecting some warmer colors, I still thought that Boneyard was the weakest entry in Call to Arms. Where Blood Drive tries to offer a new take on a classic Gears map with many different approaches to take, Boneyard feels rather small and directionless in comparison to a map like Library.   I really enjoy the overall design and flow of Terminal. The middle of the battlefield features tons of cover strewn about that either side can utilize to cast down suppressing fire and turn the tide of battle. On another note, the smaller terraces offer non-Scout class COG the opportunity to get a better view of one side of the battle, along with easily and quickly transitioning from a long-range defender to a battlefield-level support. The progression through this map feels very smooth. On OverRun/Survival, the transition between E-Hole Covers can make the level seem disjointed; like each section was designed by three competing people. Terminal's environment does a great job of invoking a sense of desperation and dread for the COG forces. The meat of this DLC is the new gameplay mode, Master at Arms. Essentially, this mode is Judgment’s take on a Call of Duty: Black Ops’ multiplayer staple, Gun Game. Just like in the previously mentioned series, this new mode challenges players to rack up 20 kills by using some of the most iconic weapons in Gears' history; the first player to reach 20 wins the match. Each kill scored cycles your current weapon to the next predetermined weapon. Simply put, the key to success in this mode is all reliant on your skills with the plethora of weapons throughout the Gears franchise. If you haven’t had a lot of practice with the Digger or the Torque Bow, than get ready to be taken to school in Master at Arms. As most Gears players can attest, the unique weaponry found within the series can vary from solid and reliable to wildly inaccurate and frustrating. However, once you take some time to get accustomed to all of their quirks, you'll find yourself nailing heads hits with a Booshka just as easily as you would with a Longshot. The one main issue that I have with this DLC is the fact that the only way to justify picking up this content is to purchase the VIP Pass for all of the current and upcoming content. This DLC alone is 1000 MS Points, which is a fair price for multiplayer content in the current console market. However, considering the lack of content offered and that Judgment's VIP Pass costs 1600 MS Points and nets you this DLC pack as well as the next content pack, the only option that makes sense is to go for the bundle. Even with the VIP Pass, what you get is only total of six maps and two game modes, and the ability to play for double XP. For a game that is already light on multiplayer content, this really feels like a lazy, half-hearted effort to generate a quick buck from the fans of a dedicated franchise. While the Master at Arms game mode is fun and injects a certain level of enjoyable chaos to your standard free-for-all game type, and Blood Drive is a nice throwback to Gears of War 2, three maps and one new game type simply isn't enough for the price. VIP Pass holders may get their money's worth in the long run, but if you're not looking to drop those 1600 MS Points right now, it's best to leave this call unanswered.
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Let this call go to voicemail
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 ...

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From Gears to Halo

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


It kind of seems like everyone's leaving Epic...
Apr 27
// Brett Makedonski
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...
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Bulletstorm 2

Bulletstorm sequel would have been 'a big risk'


Former People Can Fly boss talks Bulletstorm and Gears
Apr 23
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Gears of War

More maps and another mode for Gears of War: Judgment


Call to Arms Map Pack
Apr 19
// Jordan Devore
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...
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GOW: Judgment and GOW: Ascension failed, says analyst


Leading franchises for Microsoft and Sony 'significantly underperform'
Apr 16
// Jim Sterling
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. ...
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Epic: PS4 is a really perfect gaming PC


(Not without Surgeon Simulator it isn't)
Apr 04
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Next-gen engines

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


We still like you anyway, Wii U
Mar 29
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Gears of War

Fully playable mode found hidden on GoW: Judgment


Microsoft says the mode is not on-disc DLC
Mar 28
// Abel Girmay
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 ...
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GDC

Fortnite created many challenges for Epic Games


Learn how Microsoft's PowerPoint played a big part in development
Mar 28
// Alessandro Fillari
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 ...
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This exclusive console will NOT be sold in stores!
[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 ...

Ranked: The Gears of War trailers

Mar 18 // Brett Makedonski
[embed]248958:47621:0[/embed] 6. Gears of War: Judgment Despite its impending release, the Gears of War: Judgment trailer has to be the worst of the bunch. It completely ignores the formula that was expertly refined in the previous trailers. Featuring the song "Shooting the Moon" by Mona, the Gears of War: Judgment video takes an entirely different approach than all of its predecessors. Focusing on action, combat, and testosterone, it feels less like a Gears of War trailer, and more like the run-of-the-mill trailer released for almost any other videogame. It's tough not to view this one as the black sheep of the Gears of War trailers. [embed]248958:47622:0[/embed] 5. Gears of War 2 - I Have A Rendezvous With Death This is the most unique of the Gears of War trailers, in the sense that it's the only one to feature a poem instead of a song. Borrowing choice lines from Alan Seeger's writing, this video seems to move step-in-step with the poem. Despite being only the second Gears of War trailer, it didn't take long for Epic to find their groove. This video is highlighted by several defining characteristics that tend to find their way into the series' other trailers. [embed]248958:47623:0[/embed] 4. Gears of War 3 - Ashes to Ashes When Cliff Bleszinski appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to announce Gears of War 3, they showed this reveal trailer. The video unveiled some interesting tidbits about the game such as the inclusion of a female COG, and the introduction of the Lambent as enemies. Aside from these revelations, the video was quite phenomenal. It's probably the trailer that best depicts the hopelessness of war. The look of utter defeat on Dom's face as he gives in to the realization of death is nothing short of incredible. As the camera fades out to show all sects fighting one another with the COGs caught squarely in the middle, you couldn't help but feel as if Gears of War 3 couldn't release fast enough. [embed]248958:47626:0[/embed] 3. Gears of War 2 - Last Day The "Last Day" trailer may be the most emotionally effective one of all because it shows purely the human side of war. There's no combat or action, just soldiers reflecting on the weight of war. As Dom looks at a creased picture of him and Maria, and Marcus stares into the ominously overcast sky, their lives seem semi-normal. That is, until the camera follows Marcus to show him walking from a golden field into a Locust camp -- expressing the permanent blurring of lines between what can even be considered normal anymore. As their elevator plummets into the ground in perfect synchronization with the music, you know that normal's out the window. [embed]248958:47627:0[/embed] 2. Gears of War 3 - Dust to Dust "Dust to Dust" is the trailer that was made for the game that was set to close out the original trilogy. It's unusually action-packed, as it was made to correlate nicely with the apex of the series. What made this trailer really special was the style in which they went about packing in all that action. The entire video is one continuous camera shot, and it's in slow-motion. This, coupled with Mazzy Star's "Into Dust", made for one of the most memorable trailers of all time. [embed]248958:47628:0[/embed] 1. Gears of War - Mad World Here it is. The "Mad World" spot is hands-down the best Gears of War trailer. This probably doesn't come as a surprise to anyone. In fact, there's a solid chance that you clicked this article solely to watch it again. When this trailer began to air in 2006, not only did it turn a lot of people on to Gears of War, but it's the reason that a lot of people even bought an Xbox 360 in the first place. There was never any question that "Mad World" would be at the top of this list. In fact, if this were a list of best videogame trailers of all time, this one would probably be in the exact same spot.
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The emotional side to these tough guys
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 murderin...

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Reviews Elsewhere: Gears of War: Judgment


Judgment Day
Mar 18
// Jim Sterling
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...






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