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13 July 2012 @ 02:33 pm
The coverage of Judgment in XBOX Off. isn't anything near as involved as the kickass Gamer Informer article, but there were a couple of tidbits that either GI didn't have, or I simply missed. Including:

"People Can Fly has teased a few interesting gameplay features, including, a Smart Spawn System (S3) that'll monitor your play style and adjust the game's difficulty accordingly, varying the types, timing, and locations of enemies in a given area."

And, details about the COG Classes for Overrun - "As the Scout (Garron Paduk), you can climb up a tower on the map, letting you snipe Locust from high ground while hastily rolling away from grenades they chuck at you. The Solider (familiar powerhouse Augustus Cole), on the other hand, carries a Lancer and a Boomshot, and can drop ammo to support his comrades. The Medic (Sofia Hendrick) can revive fallen COGs and heal them with stim gas. The Engineer (Damon Baird) can drop Locust-shooting sentries and repair generator-protecting barriers."

Source: My copy of XBOX Offical, Issue 139, September 2012
29 June 2012 @ 02:44 pm
The website for San Diego Comic Con was updated today and while I was there perusing for some film/tv news, I happened across this:

"2:00-3:00 Gears of War: Past, Present, and Future— G4 TV host and video game goddess Morgan Webb moderates as panelists from video game developer Epic Games come together to discuss the past, present, and future of the Gears of War franchise. The creative and technical minds behind one of the most successful game franchises in history will be on hand to share experiences with attendees. Panelists include Epic Games' design director Cliff Bleszinski and director of production Rod Fergusson, writers Tom Bissell and Rob Auten, and the voice of Baird, Fred Tatasciore. Expect an extended Q&A session. Room 6BCF."

Damn. Now I really wish I could be there.
I just picked up the copy of GameInformer detailing all the latest about Gears:Judgment and while eager to share and discuss all the new goodies with ya'll, I don't have a scanner. So bulletpoints!

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05 June 2012 @ 10:26 am

Also, for anyone interested - the trailer song is Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums by A Perfect Circle.

It is available on iTunes.
How has this not been posted?! New Gears game announced at E3! And it's a BAIRD PREQUEL.

And yes, according to Forbes.com this is legit. ARMAGAD.

Note: The article at Forbes is kind of shitty (apparently they didn't care much for Gears 3, but I'm linking to prove legitimacy.)

Fuck Forbes, I found an article from Game Informer that should put any doubts to rest. They're even putting Judgement on the cover of the latest issue!
03 May 2012 @ 10:14 am
Watch this guy draw Marcus' portrait with salt.

Yes, I said salt.

Awesome, no? :D

Also, hey - The Slab comes out next week? Who's got it on pre-order? Anybody besides me ridiculously excited?
24 February 2012 @ 05:42 pm
Aaaand I'm back with another recommendation for fanfiction! It's Baird/Sam again, post-GoW3 and it's looking fun!

It's called "Desperate Measures" by Divirnis.


Mood: rushedrushed
04 February 2012 @ 09:50 am
Hey look everyone, the cover for The Slab is out! With a more detailed synopsis!!

Mood: happyhappy
26 January 2012 @ 02:08 pm
Yay! I've found a decent LJ comm for Gears, and even better, it's for girls! Wohoo!

Is it ok if I recommend a fic from fanfiction.net here? If it isn't, please let me know and I'll remove this post.

It's called Eventide by All You Need Is Oxygen. As a warning, it has sexual content and mature themes (and obviously if you haven't played GoW 3 yet, it has spoilers). It deals mainly with a possible Sam Byrne/Damon Baird relationship taking place after the events of Gears 3. However, unlike other sappier fics, this one is sensitive to the one-sided relationship Sam had with Dom and the author delves nicely into the histories of the characters while keeping that dark, gritty feel the games and novels share. A lot of it will cover issues like PTSD, which should be damnably interesting.

Well, hope to join in more here! I'm so glad I found this place.
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14 January 2012 @ 12:11 pm
The synopsis for the next Gears book, The Slab, has been reveled.

An original novel based on the groundbreaking and award-winning military sci-fi-action video game series Gears of War—written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Traviss!Marcus Fenix. War hero. Decorated Gear. Loyal son. Traitor. As the Locust Horde advances into one of humanity’s last bastions—Ephyra—after ten years of a bloody global war that has seen billions die, Marcus does the unthinkable: he defies Colonel Hoffman’s orders and abandons his post in the middle of the battle in a bid to rescue his father, weapons scientist Dr. Adam Fenix. But Adam is buried in the rubble of a ferocious assault on the Fenix estate, and Ephyra falls to the enemy. As the Coalition of Ordered Governments struggles to defend Sera’s surviving humans from the invading “grubs,” Marcus faces a court martial. Deserting his post in wartime means the death penalty. But his sentence is commuted to forty years in the COG’s most notorious prison—known as the Slab—where a prisoner’s life expectancy is less than two years.

In the Slab, there are no rules and no mercy. As Marcus begins a nightmarish day-to-day existence, it will finally be revealed why his sentence was commuted and who intervened to save his life. While his friends and fellow Gears Dom Santiago and Anya Stroud try to secure a legal appeal for him, Marcus learns to survive in an institution populated by the most dangerous dregs of society—not just the criminals imprisoned there, but also the corrupt guards.

Release date is listed as May 8th on Amazon.