Posts Tagged ‘Gears of War’

Cardboard Children – Board Games Revisited Part 1

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Hey folks. This week I want to do something special – I want to quickly revisit a few board games I’ve covered before – because board games often reveal more of themselves over time. The games I cover this week are ones that have grown in my estimation since I first covered them here. Next week I’ll be talking about games that have gone down in my estimation for one reason or another. I think it might be interesting to see how time has affected my take on these titles, and to see what you fine people think of these games the more you’ve played them.

Let’s begin.

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Epic Announce Mystery New PC Game Named Paragon

No idea what this is yet, but Epic – they of Unreal and Gears of War – have just announced something brand new and PC-only called Paragon, and due for release next year. They’re saying almost nothing, but they have released a short video of a dude with a gun and some robo-hands. However, there’s talk of ‘heroes’ so I’m guessing it’s not going to be a singleplayer shooter – perhaps something more akin to Blizzard’s Overwatch? Or even to ex-Epic bigwig Cliff Bleszinski’s Lawbreakers?
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Cover Story: Gears Of War Ultimate Edition PC-Bound

There’s a new Gears of War game coming but if you want your regular fix of gruff flesh juggernauts on PC, you’ll have to make do with a re-release of the first game in the series. Gears of War: The Ultimate Edition [official site] is coming to PC but there’s no word of any other titles making their way across.

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What Can Games Learn From Action In Comics?

PAGE ONE, PANEL ONE

Graham lies in a crumpled heap beneath the looming figure of DOCTOR NO IDEAS.

CAPTION: This looks like a job for…

PAGE ONE, PANEL TWO

Pip, dressed in a (heroic) frog costume, sits typing at a computer.

PAGE TWO, PANEL ONE

A closeup of a Gchat window with the text “G, are there any games which do violence as well as comics?”

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Upcoming Epic From Epic To Be Epic (And PC-Only)


Epic Games may be best known for the awesome Jazz Jackrabbit, but it seems like they’re ready to move on to other things. Other things on the PC, apparently. Epic’s newly teased PC-only project has, in all seriousness, been a long time in coming. “We might be working on a PC-only title,” Epic president Mike Capps said during a PAX panel (via Joystiq). Bleszinski then drove the point home in his trademark chainsaw-gun-like fashion. “Let me say that again: we are working on a PC game.” Apparently, it’s an unannounced project, so that probably rules out the Minecraft-inspired Fortnite. Epic’s staying tight-lipped beyond that, but for now “existent” is a step in the right direction.

Free-to-play Unreal Tournament? Why, that would just be wild speculation…

Gears Of War: The Turn-Based Strategy Game

'Gears of Board' wasn't quite terrible enough a pun, I fear

Sort of! You’ll forgive me pulling a very small amount of wool over your eyes there, but the idea of the world’s most absurdly macho action videogame embracing turn-based strategy, as Gears of War: The Boardgame does, is a wonderfully strange one. And also a fine confluence of RPS’s farther-flung interests – the original Gears was released on PC (though the second was a sad casualty of Epic doing a frightened little piracy-wee) and of course we’re prone to a healthy spot of boardgame coverage now and again.
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Escapist: I’ve Got To Be A Macho Man

In their Epic issue, the Escapist pays me cash money to vent a little about the somewhat odd double-standard people have about adolescent games, specifically Gears of War.

Along with my peers, I chuckled at the “So Macho” remake of Gears of War as 2006 drew to a close. And this was only natural. Gears of War’s washed-out, hyper-macho vision of a world on the cusp of complete annihilation was more than a little silly. That’s fine. That’s videogames. But my first clue that this satire was solidifying into something else came with Eurogamer’s year-end awards.

Lots more, including usavoury metaphors, digs at Walker and euologising of hypermachismo in the full thing. In short: If wanting that gun Blaine has is in the Predator is wrong, who’d want to be right?