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  • Blog Post: Ten Franchises That Would Rule In First Person

    When Rockstar first announced it would release GTA V for the next wave of consoles, I was excited for players who had somehow missed out the first time around. The game would undoubtedly look and run better on the new systems and would probably have some nice extras to tempt fans of the original to buy... More
  • Blog Post: Insulting The Lamest Characters From Great Video Games

    Even some of the best games have flaws. Sometimes those flaws are characters that are underdeveloped, awkward, or otherwise annoying. They are the Scrappy-Doos of video games; characters we didn't ask for, didn't want, and got anyway. Here's a roundup of the lamest characters from games that... More
  • Blog Post: Six Successful Online Launches That Give Us Hope For Destiny

    In this new age of online-focused, and increasingly online-required video games, it’s easy to look at the troubled launches of the past and be pessimistic about tomorrow’s big release – Destiny. But just because some games have stumbled out of the gate doesn’t guarantee Destiny... More
  • Blog Post: Gears Of War's Rod Fergusson On The Franchise's Past And His Optimism For The Future

    He may not have revealed any new details about the next Gear of War, but Rod Fergusson did go into his history with the series and shared his optimism about its future at PAX. The panel, titled the Rod Fergusson Fireside Chat, marked Fergusson's first PAX attendance. He joked that he had been too... More
  • Blog Post: Top 25 Xbox 360 Games

    Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 in 2005, kicking off the last generation of gaming. This was the most successful period for the company to date; with its excellent Xbox Live service and deep support from third-party developers, the Xbox 360 in many ways became the defining console of the last generation... More
  • Blog Post: Five Effective Video Game Teaser Images

    Recently, the creator of Flappy Bird tweeted out an image from his new game . It was a tease for what's to come and it got me thinking about still image teasers of the past that worked to get me excited about upcoming games. Final Fantasy XII Following the release of Final Fantasy X and armed with... More
  • Blog Post: Embracing The Unreal: The Art And Animation Of Fortnite

    Fortnite marks a drastic shift for Epic Games. The developer is publishing the ambitious title itself and building an all-new online infrastructure, but the most obvious distinction from its previous work is the game's tone. Leaving Gears of War behind, the artists at Epic are embracing the cartoony... More
  • Blog Post: What's The Future For The Last Generation's Big Franchises?

    As this past generation of home consoles prepares to ride off into the sunset, we thought it was an appropriate time to look back at new franchises that defined the past nine years in console gaming – and predict how likely it is they will continue in the future. [Note: this list is in alphabetical... More
  • Blog Post: Wish List – Gears Of War

    With this morning’s announcement that Gears of War is not only alive and well, but has a new home at Black Tusk Studios , we got to thinking about what we want from a new title. With series producer Rod Fergusson on board, we’re confident that the core of Gears gameplay – the “roadie... More
  • Blog Post: CosBlog #89: Gears Of War Brigade By Cos.n.Fx

    As a bit of a Gears fan myself (understatement), I was blown away by each and every build Cos.n.Fx has seen to fruition. Unable to choose just one costume for the blog, I’m highlighting the lot, including the two smallest, most adorable Gears you’ll ever see. Their impressive projects warrant... More
  • Blog Post: The 10 Most Terrifying Enemies In Gaming

    Halloween just passed , but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop losing some sleep by terrorizing yourself with various forms of scary media just yet. What better way is there to scare yourself than playing a video game with terrifying enemies? These are some of the most terrifying enemies... More
  • Blog Post: Gears Of War: Judgment Issue Free For Limited Time On Tablets

    To celebrate our latest digital issue of Game Informer Magazine we're making issue 231 free on iPad and Android tablets for a limited time! Throughout the month of October, anyone with a compatible tablet can download the Gears issue and read the entire thing at no cost. Simply download the Game... More
  • Blog Post: CosBlog # 80: Anya Stroud by Pixel Kitty

    Natalie – also known as Pixel Kitty – and I have a common bond in that we both were inspired to cosplay as Anya when we first set eyes on GI’s Gears of War 3 cover. In a serendipitous turn of events, Natalie was hired as a Marketing Assistant at Epic Games not long afterwords, and as... More
  • Blog Post: The Pillars of eSports

    Last week, we discussed what the term eSports meant and made a case for why people might enjoy it. This week, we talk about the core games and franchises that make up the eSports scene. Just as traditional sports include different games like football, baseball, and hockey, eSports are comprised of many... More
  • Blog Post: Cliff Bleszinski Leads Us On A Tour Of Epic Games

    The headquarters for Epic Games in North Carolina is massive. The last time our cameras visited the studio (for the Gears of War 3 cover story) it was in the middle of construction, adding a whole new wing to an already gigantic studio. We asked design director Cliff Bleszinski to lead us on a guided... More
  • Blog Post: Storytelling In Gears Of War: What Epic Has Learned From Pixar And Its Past

    There's no doubt that the Gears of War series is incredibly popular, people rave about the combat design and technical achievements that the series has to offer. It's fair to say that one of the less heralded aspects thus far in the series has been the storytelling. We spoke to the director of... More
  • Blog Post: Balancing Gears Of War With Epic's QA Team

    Ever since the first installment, the Gears of War series has had a reputation for being one of the most polished and technically sound franchises in gaming. This didn’t happen by accident, as Epic’s in-house QA department is a key part of the equation. While we were at the studio for our... More
  • Blog Post: The Fresh Blood Behind Gears Of War: Judgment

    With Gears of War: Judgment, Epic Games is sharing the development with a talented studio named People Can Fly. Creating cult favorite in the past like Painkiller and Bulletstorm, the Polish studio is known for its novel approaches to over-the-top first-person fun. While visiting Epic, Game Informer's... More
  • Blog Post: What's Changing In Gears Of War: Judgment

    Epic Games is hoping to shake things up a bit for Gears of War: Judgment. Co-developing the game with People Can Fly helps with that effort, but the team behind the game is stressing their new approach to storytelling, controls, and game design as well. We spoke to the studio's director of production... More
  • Blog Post: Know Your COGs: The Cast Of Gears Of War: Judgment

    The next installment in the Gears of War series takes place 15 years before the start of the first game. This prequel stars some familiar - but younger - faces and also some new ones. Take a moment to refamiliarize yourself with Cole and Baird, and meet newcomers Garron Paduk, Sofia Hendrik, and Ezra... More
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