Join the 4LOG crew for their thoughts on Gears of War Judgement, Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and World of Warcraft.
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Yesterday there were rumors that Gears of War Judgement would ship with a download code for the original Gears of War. That rumor has now been confirmed, but pre-order bonuses have also been reveled.
- Players will receive the Hammerburst for multiplayer
- A Marcus Emergence Day skin for multiplayer.
- Some retailers will also receive an Anya skin for multiplayer
There have been a few other retailers who will be receiving other content. You can check out which retailers will get which content here. Also it is worth mentioning, if you pre-order Judgement from the Microsoft Store, you will get a free 1600 point card.
Gears of War Judgement rumored to include original Gears of War.
One of Microsoft’s most successful franchises, Gear of War, will be getting a new game this March. Gears of War Judgement will be hitting stores soon, but there is a rumor circulating that Judgement will ship with another game included. The rumor states that a download code for the original Gears of War will be included in the box.The rumor does make sense considering Judgement is a prequel to the original game, and that is a good way to get people to bite on the rest of the franchise.
Gears of War Judgement is being developed by People Can Fly, and places the player in the perspective of the fan favorite, Baird. Fans of the series can expect some cool new features, such as the Smart Spawn System, and will give players some insight on events that occurred before the original trilogy. A new multiplayer mode known as OverRun, will also introduce a class based multiplayer, a first for the franchise. Gears of War Judgement hits stores on March 19th, 2013 for the Xbox 360.
Gears of War 3 is easily one of the best games this generation.
It’s hard to believe that the first Gears of War came out almost 5 years ago. I remember first seeing the title, and being blown away. It was easily one of the most anticipated new franchises this generation. Gears of War 2 released two years later, and while an improvement from the original, but Gears 2 had some problems. Now it’s time for the final game of the trilogy, Gears of War 3. Epic again has made a lot of promises, and it is now time to see if Gears of War 3 lives up to the hype.
The Gears of War 3 beta has officially begun this week for gamers who bought Bulletstorm. The first week of the beta gives players team death match on 3 different maps, but more importantly we get our first real look at the revamped multiplayer experience. Has Epic finally fixed a lot of the issues that plagued the first two titles?
Gears of War has always been one of my favorite titles but it was never because if the multiplayer. Horde, like many other gamers was the reason you played Gears of War 2. There was something about the multiplayer that always seemed a little off. Weapon balancing seemed to have issues, and from my experience almost all players used the same weapons. Movement speed never felt right, and I always felt like I couldn’t get away from a bad situation fast enough. Even when I was behind cover. The whole experience wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t anything I kept coming back to week after week.
Gears of War 3 fixes a lot of issues, and even by just playing the first week of the beta, I am extremely excited for the full retail release this September. I have played over 50 matches alone in the first few days, which is more matches then I’ve played in my entire Gears 2 career.
Movement speed seems to be different to me, and the game is a lot more fluid then I remember. Moving into cover and more importantly moving out of cover is extremely easy. The easier movement allows for faster and more precise gameplay. I no longer feel like I’m not in control of my character. Being able to move much faster I can keep an eye on my team mates, and provide support if needed. Covering my own skin can be executed with ease, and now if somebody sneaks up on with a shotgun it’s my own fault.
Weapons have received a facelift in some ways as well. There are now 5 starting weapons to choose from instead of the 3. The Lancer and shotgun make a return, and haven’t changed too much. Added to the mix are the new extremely powerful sawed off shotgun, and the Retro Lancer. The sawed off shotgun requires good accuracy, but if you miss your shot prepare to die in most cases. The Retro Lancer features a charge attack instead of the mounted chainsaw, and is more powerful than the regular lancer, but has less accuracy. The Hammerburst actually has a reason to be used now with the added first person scope mode. The new aiming style allows for precise shooting and can really do damage if you have a steady hand.
The addition of new weapons allows for new strategies besides the usual shotgun shoot fest that happened way to often in Gears 2. With the charge attack of the Retro Lancer you constantly have to watch your back or you will get killed before you know it. The sawed off shotgun can be your best friend if you are sneaky, but if you miss your shot the long reload time puts you in a situation that will most likely get you killed. Sometimes you will run into people having shotgun wars, but it happens a lot less often.
Weapons that can be picked up haven’t changed too much, but they are some new additions like the Digg Launcher that will keep you on your toes. This weapon features a shot that goes underground, then comes above ground and explodes with a deadly blast radius. It extremely useful and can kill pesky campers that refuse to move, or can take out a whole group of enemies with a single shot.
Unreal Engine 3 got a nice facelift, and Bulletstorm was the first game that really showed off what the updated engine can do. The new version allowed for a larger color pallet, and it really made the world of Bulletstorm come alive. It has the same effect in Gears 3. Seeing a different color besides brown everywhere is extremely refreshing. Even with the better looking textures and objects the game runs at a solid frame rate and never stutters.
The changes that have been made to Gears, in my opinion, have been for the positive in every way. Next week players will get their hands on King of the Hill. Hopefully the improvements will continue through every mode. Keep an eye out for my impressions next week.