Friends List: Who benefits from Microsoft's acquisition of Gears of War from Epic Games?

Today on Friends List, Editor-at-Large Chris Plante asks Opinions Editor Ben Kuchera: who benefits from Microsoft's acquisition of the Gears of War series? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: Can you trademark Candy? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. Download our theme song, "Hangout" by Tolecover.


Halo 4 laid the blueprint for the next generation of Gears of War

This move not only guarantees that no Gears title will ever been seen on a competing console, it also gives Microsoft complete control over the creation of future games, possible film deals, and merchandising. Microsoft has already set up Black Tusk studio to handle the creation of the next Gears of War game, complete with series veteran Rod Fergusson helping to oversee production. These moves are familiar to anyone who followed Microsoft’s efforts to turn the Halo series into an internally-controlled property, and that’s great news for fans who want to see Gears given the same push as Halo. How Halo 4 laid a blueprint for Gears Halo 4 was the end result of Microsoft’s shift from Bungie-developed games to Halo titles created in the publisher’s own 343 Industries. The title featured...


Amazon kicks off Black Friday deals early for games, consoles

Amazon has already begun its "countdown to Black Friday deals week" for video games and everything else, including discounts on a wide variety of games, consoles and accessories. Current price cuts on systems focus on the Xbox 360, with discounts ranging from 10-17 percent on a number of packages. The 250 GB Holiday Bundle, which includes an Xbox 360 and copies of Halo 4 and Tomb Raider, is available for $249. The special editions of games like Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and Saints Row 4 are on sale, too, alongside console versions of recent titles such as Max Payne 3 ($9.99) and Gears of War: Judgment ($19.96). But so far, the highlight of Amazon's deals is a massive sale on digital versions of Windows PC titles, including a bundle of all three BioShock games — BioShock, BioShock...


MLG Pro Points system ranks players, will determine seeding

Major League Gaming's new Pro Points system will track players' participation and performance for eSports competitions across a wide variety of games, the company announced today. The Pro Points setup will rank top players across different arenas and tiers, depending on the game in question. MLG will award points in Pro Circuit events, online tournaments and online ladders. Pro Points will be used to signify the top 2 percent of players in a particular MLG arena — no more than 100 players per arena — as MLG Pro Players. And MLG will eventually use Pro Point rankings to seed all competitions, including online tournaments; the first seeding based on Pro Points will come at the Pro Championship set for Nov. 22-24 in Columbus, Ohio. Pro Points is currently in beta; the first tournament to...


Gears of War: Judgment's second Maxim-sponsored DLC map, Dreadnought, hits May 15

Gears of War: Judgment players will be able to download the game's second Maxim-sponsored multiplayer map, Dreadnought, on May 15 for free, co-developer Epic Games announced today. Maxim previously brought Judgment players a new map and mode in late March. Dreadnought will be playable only in the game's Overrun mode. It takes place on the CNV Pomeroy, a beached ship that had been sailing on the underground rivers of the Hollow. Locust hordes storm the vessel in an attempt to rescue captured Berserkers that the COG are transporting to a research facility. According to Epic, the DLC will only be free "for a limited time." The first Maxim-sponsored content remains free at this time.


Xbox Live Gold free in the UK this weekend

Xbox Live Gold will be free this weekend for users across the U.K., Xbox U.K. officials announced today. The event is slated to begin a 12 p.m. BST on May 3 until 23:59 p.m. BST on May 5. This will unlock multiplayer functionality on games over the weekend for those who are not already Xbox Live Gold members. A number of offers are also scheduled to run alongside the upcoming free weekend, including double XP events for Gears of War: Judgment, Assassin's Creed 3 and Far Cry 3. Netflix and Lovefilm subscribers will also be able to access the service through their Xbox.


Gears of War: Judgment's Call to Arms Map Pack adds new mode, three maps this month for 1,000 MS Points

Gears of War: Judgment will receive its second infusion of multiplayer content this month with the Call to Arms Map Pack, which will be released starting next week on Xbox Live, publisher Microsoft Studios announced today. The map pack features a new mode and three new maps. The mode, Master at Arms, is a game type that asks players to score a kill with each of the game's 20 weapons — without using grenades or melee attacks. Blood Drive is set in a hospital, Terminal takes place in a train terminal and Boneyard is a grim site full of hasty burials for the casualties of the war against the Locust. The map pack also comes with six armor and gun skins. Call to Arms, which adds 10 Achievements worth 250 Gamerscore to Judgment, will be available April 23 to owners of the game's VIP Season...

Gears of War: Judgment Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 03/19/2013
    • Publisher Microsoft Game Studios
    • Developer People Can Fly
    • Score 8.0
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