Tag Archives: Epic Games

Gears of War 3 Build Leaks Through Torrents, Youtube

According to Neogaf, a developer build of Gears of War 3 has been leaked onto torrent sites. The leaked version allegedly includes both the full single-player campaign and multiplayer modes.
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Gears of War 3 Chainsaws your Face on September 20th

After a long period in limbo, Gears of War 3 finally has a hard release date again.  Epic Games announced today that Fenix and Co. will be back in action on September 20th.  Epic had been saying that the game would be released this Fall since they retracted their original projected release date, April 5th.

If September feels like an unbearably long time to wait, then go pick up Epic’s newly-released shooter Bulletstorm.  It’s supposed to be a great game, (I’ve only played the demo, which I really liked) AND buying the game on Xbox 360 gets you access to the GoW 3 multiplayer beta.

Via Joystiq

Bulletstorm DLC Announced

Bulletstorm has been on shelves for less than 24 hours, but the game already has DLC on the way, according to EA.  The announcement is helping to hype the game, which is receiving tremendous reviews.  DLC for AAA titles is often announced on day one, so it’s not a surprise, really.

The Bulletstorm “Gun Sonata” map pack will include three anarchy maps and two echo mode maps.  “From the wretched Sewers of Stygia to the dilapidated ruins of Hotel Elysium and the open spaces of Villa, the Gun Sonata Anarchy maps provide even more settings for players to work together in order to pull off fantastic team skillshots,” said EA.  The Echo maps are called “Crash Site”, “where Final Echo soldiers must deal with the ramifications of their crashed ship,” and Guns of Stygia, “in which a captive commando escapes from an enemy prison.”

The “Gun Sonata” Pack will cost 9.99 on PSN or 800 MS points.

Via Gamesradar

Fox News: “Bulletstorm Will Turn Your Child Into a Rapist”

An alarming article on Fox News today warns parents that a mix of sex and violence in the upcoming Epic Games shooter Bulletstorm could make children predisposed to engaging in sexual violence themselves.  Titled “Is Bulletstorm the Worst Video Game in the World”, the article claims that naming over-the-top killing moves after sex acts will connect the two depravities and turn a child’s putty-like mind into a real-life rape-obsessed murder machine:  “The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games,” says the article.  On top of the repetitive complaints about the psychological effects of video games, the article criticizes the game’s gratuitous use of gore and profanity.
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Bulletstorm Trailer

Remember that time “Gears of War 3” debuted on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon?” Well, before we knew for sure that it was going to be GoW3 on the show, some speculated that Epic Games might decide to show off their other project, which they had also just announced right before the show.  Just as EA disclosed when the game was first made official, “Bulletstorm” focuses on getting players to kill in inventive and stylish ways.

If that description seems a little vague to you, then the trailer will fill you in.  Sure, there’s a plot and a setting and artwork – but once you see almost twenty different ways to kill your opponents using a combination of telekinesis and cool sci-fi guns, you’ll come to understand that none of that other stuff matters.

Gears of War 3 Trailer

I know what you’re thinking; “How can they put their impressions of the new Gears of War 3 trailer without actually letting us see it?”  Well, it’s too late to worry about that now.  If you didn’t catch it on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last night, here’s the debut trailer for “Gears of War 3”.

Enjoy.

Gears of War 3 Trailer: First Impressions

WOW.  Gears of War 3.  Sure, we weren’t supposed to know what was coming, but knowing what game it was going to be didn’t make actually SEEING the trailer any less amazing.  Most importantly, after the trailer, Cliff Bleszinski threw out a more specific release date:  “Gears of War 3” will be in stores (and most likely in your hands) on April 5’th, 2011.

Now, what did we learn from the trailer?  First, there will be female COG soldiers.  Though it’s a purely aesthetic addition, but it’s definitely a welcome addition.  Second, the trailer spent an awful long time focusing on Dom and that statue of a woman and her child:  Expect Dom’s search for his family to play a major role in the game’s story.   Lastly, the crazy tentacle monsters:  According to GOW3 rumor mill, in addition to being a major plot component, these mysterious uber-enemies will change the way player use cover because they can reach around barriers to attack players and NPCs.

Also, while we’re on the subject of the tentacle monsters, they were the only part of the trailer that worries me.  Does anyone else think that the prospective plot – The COGs and the Locust both being forced to fight a newer, tougher enemy – seems just a little bit like the second half of the original “Halo”?  Please Epic, don’t rush to tie up all the loose ends of this exemplary series by using a horribly clichéd plot device.

Regardless, the game looks amazing…  Only 360 days until April 5’th, 2011.

EA and Epic Games Announce Bulletstorm

People in the video game industry really don’t know how to keep a secret, huh?  EA and Epic Games announced their newest IP today, “Bulletstorm”.  Though the game (at least the name) wasn’t a well-guarded secret, it’s a little funny that the studios would be announcing the game right before Epic Games’ mastermind Cliff Bleszinski is expected to unveil it, along with the accidentally announced “Gears of War 3”, on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” tonight.

As for the game itself, “Bulletstorm” will focus on the “kill with skill” system, which gives an incentive for players to find creative ways to unleash their arsenal.  Points, earned by killing in new and interesting ways, can be used to upgrade stats and purchase new weapons.  The story of the game revolves around Grayson Hunt and Ishi Sato, a pair of mercenaries who, upon realizing that they’ve been fighting on the wrong side of a war, are shipped off to another planet and must fight their way back against their former employers.  Lastly, when asked about a release date, all the developers could say was “2011”.

After all that, you must be excited to see the game, so the question you’re probably asking is; “is Bulletstorm still going to be on Jimmy Fallon tonight?”

It really could be anyone’s guess.  Even though both of the games are public knowledge now, next to nothing is known about either one.  The only way to find out is check the show out tonight…  Or on Games For Thought right after.

Microsoft Spills the Beans on “Gears of War 3”

So last night Cliff Bleszinski was supposed to unveil a “New Project” on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”.  Unfortunately, Cliffy B was bumped at the last minute so that Justin Bieber could play the drums with Questlove from “The Roots”:  Meanwhile, Bleszinski’s appearance was delayed to Monday night…

Apparently, nobody told the guys at Microsoft.  Early this morning, Xbox Spotlight featured an interesting ad:

So now we know what we’ve all assumed until now.  “Gears of War 3” will be released in April, 2011.  Bleszinski will still be on “Late Night” on Monday night.  We may know about the game now, but presumably the guys at Epic Games had a flashier debut in mind:  Presumably, we will actually get to see the game.

Meanwhile, since the postponement rumors have sprung up about changes and new features in the game.  According to Edge, there will be a focus making covered positions a little less secure this time around: on the one hand, there will be a new tentacled enemies that can reach behind cover and attack players.  On the other, players will have access to a new type of grenade that burrows underground to hit entrenched enemies.  Also, apparently the game will take place in “summer”, so the grey and brown color scheme of the first two games may get an infusion of color.

“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” Pushes Back Cliff Bleszinski Project Unveiling

Bad news for “Gears of War” fans:  “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” co-producer Gavin Purcell tweet today that they will be postponing tonight’s unveiling of Cliff Bleszinski’s “new project” (lets call it… Gears of War 3).  Purcell said that a scheduling conflict made it necessary to push back the announcement at the last minute because of a “Scheduling Conflict”:  Instead, Bleszinski and his new game will make their grand debut on Monday, April 12’th.

Fallon originally tweeted out that Bleszinski would be showing off an unnamed project last week. Most people, myself included, believe that the mystery project will be “Gears of War 3”.  Word is that “Gears of War 3” is already in development and is currently on schedule for an April, 2011 release. (Alongside “Killzone 3”?)