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SDCC: More fun times with GoW: Judgment's Overun mode

Jul 13 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
The Locust players will get to use Tier 2 type characters once they've gotten enough points. They're all basically overpowered and pretty awesome. I'm not the best Gears player, but when I realized I could just destroy everything with the Corpser, I ended up using him over and over. The Corsper has a special ability where he can dig underground, letting him bypass fences and destroy obstacles directly above his path. Once above ground, the Corpser has these powerful claws that he can slam into opponents, usually killing them instantly. Admittedly, it's very overpowered and the other team was quick to abuse the Corpser themselves once we had to switch sides for the next round. Overall, the match took around 15 to 20 minutes on each side, with the game ending in a draw. While I did like the Tier 2 Locust characters as they were, I do hope they get properly balanced in the final product. There needs to be some better limitations on how much players can use them. Otherwise, teams of Corpsers can easily dominate and destroy every time. All in all, Overrun is simply a blast to play. Like Horde mode before it, I wonder how soon other games will try to mimic Overrun once they see the potential -- it's a great way to break up the monotony of traditional shooter games.
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Gears of War: Judgment is bringing with it a new multiplayer mode called Overrun. It's a first for Gears as the mode focuses on class-based gameplay, with a major focus on teamwork. While I dug what I played at E3, it turns o...

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SDCC: Epic Games: Fortnite the first UE4 game, PC only


Jul 12
// Dale North
At a panel this morning at San Diego Comic-Con, Epic Games revealed that upcoming game Fortnite will be the first Unreal Engine 4 game. Design director Cliff Bleszinski: "This game has a great style, and it deserves to be the...
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Epic Games will bring Fortnite to Comic-Con next month


Jun 26
// Allistair Pinsof
Fortnite, Epic Games' quirky Minecraft-inspired game announced at the VGAs, will finally be unveiled at Comic-Con next month. How do we know this? Uncompromising investigative journalism, perhaps? Or, maybe JUST MAYBE because...
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Epic: Minecraft inspired new IP Fortnite


Dec 12
// Dale North
Those that caught The 2011 Spike VGA show this weekend saw the debut trailer for Epic Games' Fortnite. This game has players running around during the day to to build forts to defend from zombie attacks at night. It uses the...
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Rumor: Gears of War prequel trilogy by People Can Fly


Nov 25
// Dale North
The rumor mill never takes a day off. Today we've got a juicy one from the latest issue of Official Xbox Magazine. They say that the Gears of War franchise could live on through some prequel games, and that Bulletstorm develo...
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BattleBlock Theater is all about being cool


Nov 03
// Victoria Medina
BattleBlock Theater, by The Behemoth, has humor, murder, cuteness and now ice. A new video has just been released with some gameplay footage that introduces prisoner #10330 and the ice levels. While I would have liked some more voiced story trailers, this one shows off the game, so I suppose I'm okay with it. The real question here is, can that guy narrate my life?
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Storm's Adventure with Gears of War 3


Oct 30
// Storm Dain
I don't think this joke will be well accepted, but I already wrote it down, so I might as well run with it. Fun Times with the Lancer 3 is the journey to save Sera, and this video is a journey into copyright infringement. I ...

Review: KontrolFreek FPS Freek EPIC

Sep 19 // Jim Sterling
FPS Freek EPICManufacturer: KontrolFreekReleased: September 13, 2011MSRP: $13.99 The FPS Freek EPIC has been designed specifically to work with Gears of War, and is definitely for hardcore fans of the series. Even the aesthetics have Epic's manly franchise in mind, designed as they are with the famous Gears "Skull" icon etched into the center. As with the original logo, each skull is surrounded by a cog, and the cog's teeth are raised to create extra grip, which I feel is quite a nice touch.  Using thick rubber with a lot of friction to it, there's an impressive amount of tactility on the nubs, so your sweaty palms shouldn't slide off the rigid sticks no matter how hard you jostle. The Freek enhancements snap onto the existing sticks quite easily and hold firm once fixed, but can be removed easily if you tug with enough vigor. The hole at the base of the Freek is tight, but flexible enough to be penetrated by both Xbox 360 and PS3 sticks, meaning your peripheral can safely have several partners.  The extra height gained by the Freek takes some getting used to, and may feel quite odd to those who have never experimented before, but after just a minute or two it starts to feel surprisingly natural. I've tried it with Gears of War 3, and found that it didn't harm my gaming ability at all. I was still able to get my token two kills before getting shotgunned in the face by some rolling arsehole, so it's definitely business as usual with the FPS Freek.  That, however, presents the biggest problem with the add-on. It felt so much like business as usual that I can't really say it enhanced my gaming prowess. Sure, I have something thicker and longer in my hands, but I can't say the pleasure was heightened. The added length claims to allow players to make smaller motions when targeting and moving, but personally I didn't quite feel a dramatic enough change in the way I played my game. The extra grip was welcome, and using the sticks felt shockingly comfortable, but comfort and usability are the only things that stuck out to me. My ability to track and hit targets felt the same as it always has.  It should also be noted that, while the FPS Freek EPIC does feel good with Gears of War, I had to take the sticks off when playing other games. I tried the peripheral with Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, for example, and they felt less comfortable, not least for the fact that one clicks the left stick to sprint in that game, and the FPS Freek isn't quite as adept at letting me do that.  The FPS Freek EPIC is a cool little extra, and the comfort alone makes one far more able to cope with an evening of Gears of War 3 multiplayer. Those looking to gain an upper hand on the competition, however, won't quite find their abilities augmented to any extreme degree with this. The principal of extra height is definitely in play, but I just don't think it's dramatic enough to make a player significantly more threatening.  Due to its visual design and limited applications, the FPS Freek EPIC is definitely a peripheral for the truly dedicated Gearheads out there. Those people will find plenty of use for it, but the more casual player can safely stick with a virgin controller.
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With Gears of War 3 launching tonight, all those fratboys obsessed with hulking masses of gun-toting meat will want to splurge excessive amounts of money on trinkets and paraphernalia. Fortunately, KontrolFreek has 'em covere...

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Cliffy B 'upset' by hateful 8/10 Gears of War 3 reviews


Sep 16
// Jim Sterling
With any other videogame, scoring an 8/10 would be considered glowing praise. According to Epic Games' Cliff Bleszinski, however, that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, according to him, anybody who dares give Gear...
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Win a car with GameStop's Gears of War 3 promotion


Aug 13
// Samuel Dillinger
GameStop are insisting that fans of the Gears of War franchise drop everything at a moment's notice! Kicking off the "Go Commando" sweepstakes as of today, GameStop are exclusively giving away more than 3,600 "commando-worthy...
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Epic: People want $6 iPhone games


Jul 15
// Jim Sterling
Epic Games has declared that users want more than just one-buck fancies filling up their mobile game experiences. Using the success of Infinity Blade as a base, senior manager Mike Gamble believes that demand for larger,...
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Infinity Blade God King shirts hit Hot Topic


Jul 01
// Jim Sterling
If you asked me to name a clothing line based on a game, it would be several days before my brain even thought of Infinity Blade. Nevertheless, the game is big enough to catch the eye of Hot Topic, and now there's a T-shirt a...
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Gears of War 3 Limited and Epic Edition revealed


May 16
// Jim Sterling
It wouldn't be a major release without a seriously ornate collector's edition, and Gears of War 3 is no exception. There's lots of extra stuff to get, with a Marcus Fenix figure standing chief among them.  The special ed...

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