For the next three weeks there will be daily events running in Gears of War 3’s Gearsmas playlist (found in the special events playlist). From December 12 until January 2, the Snowman heads will roll as players will take each over on in festive themed deathmatches – the perfect way to spend the holiday season!
The current event is “Brothers to the End”, 2v2 TDM – keep an eye here for regular updates to the festive fun.
In this latest Inside Unreal video Epic’s Francois Antoine and Zak Parrish give a behind-the-scenes look into the Infiltrator real-time demonstration to show how artists can build a 3D volume texture explosion using Unreal Engine 4 technology.
You can see the previous Inside Unreal video on ThisisXbox here.
With the Testament of Sherlock Holmes, the series of video games dedicated to the famous detective marked a notable step in its history by dropping the traditional PC adventure games’ gameplay in favor of a real investigation experience on consoles and PC.
With Crimes & Punishments, the series will mark a new milestone, as the development studio Frogwares will give up its home-made engine in order to switch to the well-known Unreal Engine 3 from Epic.
This choice will first allow the game to benefit from bigger environments that are more gorgeous and more varied, all while offering an incredible level of detail: dynamic lighting, shaders, post-processing effects, animations… the game is an all-around winner, as illustrated in the very first presentation video of the new engine of Sherlock Holmes’ latest game, which we’re sending you today.
This new engine not only benefits the game’s graphics: it also allows the development of new investigation mechanics that the previous engine’s limitations did not permit. These new mechanics give the player the feeling that they ARE Sherlock Holmes, and enable them to fully use the incredible talents and gifts known to all fans, such as his skill to guess many details about someone’s life simply by glancing at them – or to imagine and reconstruct the course of event by carefully observing all the key details of a crime scene.
Crimes & Punishments will begin showcasing these unique features in the coming weeks through videos and presentations of the game. Crimes & Punishments will also be presented in more detail at E3 2013.
Until then you can check out a series of screenshots and a trailer below.
UK retailers GAME and IGN, have today revealed that they will host a “First Look” event for the Xbox 360 exclusive, Gears of War: Judgment .
First Look gives gamers who have pre-ordered with GAME a chance to receive the VIP treatment – 40 lucky winners will be invited to a store along with two friends to get started on Gears of War: Judgment ahead of its midnight launch with the opportunity to cloud save their progress and enjoy free food and drink. Winners will beat the queues outside and be the first to pick up a copy of the game at midnight – for free!
The Gears of War: Judgment First Look takes place at 10 stores across the country from 9pm on Thursday, 21st March – ahead of GAME’s midnight opening for the prequel to the franchise that has sold over 19 million copies worldwide. Locations are listed below.
London – Stratford Westfield
Manchester – Trafford Centre
Glasgow – Glasgow Fort
Birmingham – Bullring
Liverpool – Lord Street
Sheffield – Fargate
Bristol – Cribbs Causeway
Leeds – White Rose
Edinburgh – Ocean Terminal
Newcastle – Metro Centre
As well as being entered into the First Look draw, all fans who pre-order Gears of War: Judgment at GAME will receive the classic Hammerburst weapon in-game, providing a competitive advantage in the multiplayer experience. GAME is also offering exclusive downloadable content for pre-order customers – with the Emergence Day Young Marcus Fenix character skin not available elsewhere.
ThisisXbox events reporter: Chris Gardner will be attending a special Gears event this week – look out for our write up in the coming days and expect our review in the very near future…
Microsoft and Epic Games today unveiled a new “Gears of War: Judgment” video entitled “The Guts of Gears – Multiplayer,” giving fans a look at the new multiplayer modes, weapons, in-game rewards and gameplay updates that will make it the most intense “Gears” game ever when it launches in the UK on 22nd March.
In the new video, everyone’s favorite smart-ass hero, Lt. Damon Baird, walks gearheads through four multiplayer modes, and showcases fresh ways to take down the opposition with new weapons, grenade types, and more.
The details covered in this video include a sampling of the biggest and most exciting updates coming to “Gears of War: Judgment” multiplayer, but there is much more to come, so stay tuned in the coming days and weeks heading into launch for more juicy info.
Highlighted in the video are the following four multiplayer modes, with more to be announced as we get closer to launch:
OverRun: – OverRun marks the first time that class-based competitive multiplayer has been introduced into the “Gears of War” series. Think of it as a combination of the popular Beast and Horde modes pitted against each other. OverRun is a 5v5 attack/defend game type, where the COG are always defending, and the Locust are attacking… and you have an opportunity to play both as attacker and defender to determine the winning team.
Team Deathmatch: – In this returning fan-favourite, two teams of five players start with a shared pool of respawns. The goal is to take out your opponents and deplete their respawns before your own pool is gone. Perfect for “Gears” veterans and new recruits alike, Team Deathmatch has everyone battling to be the last squad standing.
Free-For-All: – Free-For-All is an “every player for themselves” Deathmatch mode. No teams mean shoot anything that moves. The perfect mode for relieving some stress.
Domination: – Domination is a 5v5 team based competitive multiplayer mode. Teams will compete over three rings placed throughout the map. Control the ring to earn points; the first team to 250 points wins the match.
Not only are there new grenades for any situation you might encounter online, but Epic also confirmed that players will have the ability to toss grenades without a windup – including specifically for quick, close-quarter encounters. Adding to the expansive war chest of returning weapons and grenade types, below are six new additions to the “Gears” arsenal:
Sticky Grenades: Like Frag Grenades, these cause lethal damage to opponents, except they stick to targets before detonation.
Beacon Grenades – The Beacon is a tactical grenade most commonly used by COG Scouts. It electronically marks all enemy targets in its blast radius, and reveals their position for a short time, even though walls and other obstacles of any thickness.
Stim Grenades – The Stim is an extremely useful tool for Medics and those wishing to play a support role in combat. When detonated, it emits a cloud of medicinal gas that will instantly heal all friendly targets within its radius.
Markza: Before the Locust invaded Sera, the people of the COG had spent decades at war with the Union of Independent Republics, and the Markza is one of the UIR’s most infamous weapons. This semi-automatic rifle is perfect for medium range combat, with a deep clip and an attached scope that extends its effective range and ensures greater accuracy at distance.
Breechshot – The Locust are more than just a brute force, and the Breechshot is a shining example of their ingenuity and tactics: the base of the gun is a confiscated UIR Markza that has been converted to inflict massive amounts of damage. The barrel has a larger bore to support a higher-caliber projectile, and the stock has been retrofitted with a vicious blade making this versatile weapon perfect for short to medium range combat.
Booshka – The Booshka is a devastating grenade launcher of UIR design. It is capable of lobbing smart shells that detonate on direct impact with an enemy, or bounce off walls and other obstacles to detonate off a brief timer.
With “Gears of War: Judgment,” your multiplayer career is always in your control; the better you play, the bigger the payoff. With Prizeboxes, players can earn XP bonuses and exclusive unlocks like weapon and armor skins to get a leg up on the competition.
Going back a few months now, April 2012, we reported that Gears of War: EXILE had been scrapped for a more favourable development route of a full blown retail prequel from the developers: People Can Fly, who have previously brought Bulletstorm to consoles. We and our trusty industry sources were correct as Gears of War: Judgement set to be revealed at E3 2012 this week is a prequel set 15 years before the original Gears of War. Continue reading Gears of War: Judgement – First Details→