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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







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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

2:00 AM on 03.08.2013

Mike Capps 'no longer affiliated' with Epic Games

Back in December Mike Capps, former president of Epic Games, announced he was retiring from the company to focus largely on his family and upcoming baby. Mike was going to stick around in an advisory role, but tonight he anno...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

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



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Gears of War: Judgment features two different campaigns
by Abel Girmay

I love Gears of War. Like many earlier adopters of the Xbox 360 (I have and love a PS3 too so don't hate), Gears of War was that first big game that made me very comfortable with my system choice. With roughly a year and half separating Gears of War: Judgment and Gears of War 3 though, I'll admit that I was firmly in that camp of Gears fans who really didn't see Judgment as necessary, and my hands on with the free for all mode at the last PAX Prime certainly wasn't winning me over.

Having spent the better part of a day with Judgment though, I am definitely warming up to it. Sure, it's not Gears of War 4 proper, but if you fancy yourself a Gears fan, then there's no reason to not open up to this one.

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11:00 AM on 03.02.2013

Former war correspondent worked on Gears of War: Judgment

The awesome team at Kill Screen paid a visit to Epic Games and got a behind the scenes look at how Gears of War: Judgment's new story was created. Kill Screen spoke with Rob Auten, a former Hollywood editor, and Tom Bissell,...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:30 PM on 02.27.2013

Epic: Gears of War ripoffs hurt the franchise's legacy

Chris Perna, the art director for Gears of War: Judgment, recently had some choice words for detractors of Epic Games' flagship series. In an interview with Official Xbox Magazine, Perna stated that the only reason Gears of W...

Brett Makedonski

3:00 PM on 02.26.2013

Gears of War: Judgment will have a Season Pass

Like Gears of War 3, the newest Gears iteration, Judgment, will be getting a Season Pass. The pass will be available at the game's launch (March 19) for $20 (1600 Microsoft Points), which is a 20 percent discount compared to ...

Chris Carter

1:15 PM on 02.19.2013

Bumblebee Baird takes us through Judgment's multiplayer

People Can Fly sure knows its multiplayer! Odd multiplayer armor choices aside, Gears of War: Judgment's multiplayer is looking to have some of the most robust options and refined mechanics in the series. The inclusion of th...

Jason Cabral



Roses and tears: 10 depressing videogame romances photo
Roses and tears: 10 depressing videogame romances
by Taylor Stein

Valentine’s Day inspires a variety of emotions. While love is in the air for many, cupid has more sinister plans for a select few. A poor Valentine's Day for an average person might include seeing a movie alone or a solitude induced weep-fest. For the videogame characters below, the luxury of loneliness is miniature in comparison.

Take a look at ten relationships gone awry in the worst ways possible.

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Top five ways for a gaming couple to bond photo
Top five ways for a gaming couple to bond
by Taylor Stein

Taylor is an avid gamer, sushi lover, and overall nerd. After founding two gaming-related sites of her own, she went on to intern with G4, and can now be found across the interwebs writing about videogames of all kinds.

At least one day a year, petty squabbles among couples take a back seat in the name of love. While birthdays and anniversaries are special, there is arguably no occasion more romantic than Valentine's Day. The term love conquers all might elicit apathetic sentiments 364 days a year but on that one special day in mid-February, those dreamy, heartwarming emotions are as real as ever.

An intrinsic dilemma arises. When words don't suffice, how does you show your special someone that they love them? The average guy or gal might be satisfied with a shiny new watch, a fancy necklace, or even a meager gift of socks; but gamers on the other hand, have a luxury of being bit more creative. Here are five twists on the traditional romance formula with ways to show a gamer how you feel this Valentine's Day.

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10:15 AM on 01.28.2013

Early access: Gears of War: Judgement mode via pre-order

Your pre-order of Gears of War: Judgement at any GameStop gets you three-day early access to the game's five-on-five, Locusts vs COGs OverRun multiplayer mode. GameStop PowerUp Rewards members that get their pre-order in will...

Dale North

11:45 AM on 01.22.2013

Gears of War: Judgment to include original GOW token

Gears of War: Judgement launch copies will include an Xbox Live download token for the original Gears of War (except in Germany, as the game is banned there). Microsoft and Epic Games say that moe than half of gamers that pl...

Dale North

3:00 PM on 12.31.2012

Jimquisition: Epic Hole (B Mine Cliffy)

Over a year ago, Cliff Bleszinski (then of Epic Games) and myself had a public falling out and have never traded a word since. Ever a man of peace and goodwill, I hereby extend the olive branch the only way I know how -- with a little help from The Escapist's very own Miracle of Sound.

Jim Sterling