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5:45 PM on 03.01.2013

Gears of War 3 event dishes up 10x XP

If you fancy yourself some Gears of War 3, then it's time to dust off the trusty Retro Lancer and get ready to roll into some chest-high walls. According to the official Gears of War Facebook page, a multiplayer event re...

Brett Makedonski


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




2:45 PM on 12.23.2011

'Gun-like' Avatar items to be banned from Xbox Live soon

Epic Games has declared that the Hammerburst and Lancer Avatar props are going to be removed on January 1, 2012, as part of a new anti-gun policy. Microsoft will be barring any Avatar proper that resembles a firearm. Gotta pr...

Jim Sterling

12:45 PM on 12.21.2011

Gears of War 3 'Fenix Rising' map pack coming next month

Gears of War 3 gets its third add-on in the New Year with "Fenix Rising." This DLC gives players five new maps, four character skins, and a system that lets you rank up through level 100 multiple times to unlock weapon s...

Dale North



Review: Gears of War 3: RAAM's Shadow photo
Review: Gears of War 3: RAAM's Shadow
by Joseph Leray

"RAAM's Shadow"'s greatest strength is its premise. A prequel set in the hours following Emergence Day, the first piece of campaign DLC for Gears of War 3 hints at what Ilima City looked like before it was destroyed, both by the Locust and the COG's scorched-earth reaction. There's a sense of melancholy that permeates the three-hour campaign as you run through a city you know will soon be ruined, accompanied by characters who will soon be dead.

There's a certain elegance in the way the Gears series (and sci-fi in general) can extract so much meaning out of such broad strokes. Games like Gears of War work because the audience instinctively realizes that war is terrifying; "RAAM's Shadow" works because it situates itself deftly into a world-mythology already primed for despair and hopelessness.

The problem for Gears, though, is the broader themes never get distilled into specific characters or narrative action. The soldiers of Zeta squad are rough-hewn archetypes, and their orders are simply to save any humans and kill any Locust they find.

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Preview: Gears of War 3: RAAM's Shadow photo
Preview: Gears of War 3: RAAM's Shadow
by Joseph Leray

There’s a scene in the second chapter of Gears of War 3 in which Cole Train has a flashback to his time as a professional thrashball player before becoming a COG soldier. When I saw it the first time, I noticed that it would've been more effective if the player had ever seen the planet -- say, in Gears 1 -- before it was ravaged by the Locust. Without a frame of reference, it seems a little shallow.

It also reminded me of Pat Tillman, though -- the Arizona Cardinals safety who, after 9/11, joined the Army Rangers and was deployed to Afghanistan where he was ultimately killed by friendly fire. 

Gears 3’s most recent DLC addresses both of those things. If -- and I’m not convinced, but if -- we can read into Cole's past and see that Gears of War contains elements of the 9/11 story, then “RAAM’s Shadow” is about 9/12.

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6:30 PM on 11.18.2011

Take a closer look at Bullet Marsh in Gears of War 3

Admittedly, I have not played much of original Gears of War multiplayer, but I always enjoy seeing a new take on an established level. Bullet Marsh is a part of the free Versus Booster Map Pack that is set to go live on Nove...

Jason Cabral

4:30 PM on 11.01.2011

Gears of War 3 free Versus Booster Map Pack coming Nov 24

What are you doing this upcoming November 24? I'll be cooking and serving and baking pies and sh*t. And eating. Have you tasted my cooking? It's outstanding. Like, my baked goods are good, but my entrees and such are really n...

Dale North

3:01 PM on 11.01.2011

Gears of War 3 Horde Command Pack is live, only 1.42mb

We told you that the Gears of War 3 Horde Command Pack was delayed a bit, but now it's good for downloading. And I'd bet the download finishes before you can finish reading this article. It's 1.42mb! Less than 2 mb? $10 isn't...

Dale North

5:30 PM on 10.30.2011

Storm's Adventure with Gears of War 3

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 ...

Storm Dain

9:00 PM on 09.24.2011

The healing power of Gears of War 3

While Dominic Santiago has spent three games slaughtering the Locust, grieving over his wife and exchanging longing glances with Marcus Fenix, he's got it easy compared to his voice actor, Carlos Ferro. Kids today don't care...

Fraser Brown

6:45 PM on 09.21.2011

A glimpse of the Gears of War 3 Times Square launch

The premiere launch event for Gears of War 3 took place at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square on Monday night where hundreds of gamers gathered to ring in the release of Epic Games' latest installment in the chainsawing sa...

Keith Swiader





4:30 PM on 09.19.2011

Porn stars play games topless, because why not?

Professional sex ladies Alana Evans and Misti Dawn have come to the strange conclusion that the gamer demographic is predominantly male and horny. While we've yet to see any evidence of that, they have set up a brand new blog...

Jim Sterling



The DTOID Show: Who will win 'The Fall Haul' photo
The DTOID Show: Who will win 'The Fall Haul'
by Max Scoville

Hey gang, in spite of the torrential downpour of news coming out of the Tokyo Game Show right now, the studio was closed today, so we had to shoot today's episode in advance.

With the sudden realization that the great Holiday season deluge of new games to buy is almost upon us, we decided to make a game show out of it. What games would we pick, if we only had a hundred bucks a month? And, you know. What if only one copy of each game was printed. We've got a poll going over on our Facebook page, so go vote for who had the best haul of games.

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One last look at Gears of War 3 from new eyes photo
One last look at Gears of War 3 from new eyes
by John Speerbrecker

First off, I have never played a Gears game until recently. Not that I have anything against the franchise, its just that we were two ships passing in the night -- that, and I am without an Xbox 360.

I had the opportunity to play three of the multiplayer modes -- Team Deathmatch, Beast, and Horde Mode --
ahead of the game's full release next week.

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5:45 PM on 09.02.2011

StarCraft II, Halo: Reach and more at MLG Raleigh

Major League Gaming hit Raleigh, North Carolina last weekend which, unfortunately, was the same week as PAX Prime. With the Penny Arcade Expo now behind us, here's some results from the weekend's action. There were four tourn...

Alasdair Duncan

12:00 PM on 08.16.2011

Interview: Gears of War 3's Rod Fergusson

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of sitting down with Gears of War 3 Executive Producer, Rod Fergusson. It was also the closest I'll probably ever get to feeling like I'm a host of a Late Night show with our interview set...

Marc Paris