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Gears of War 3 Details Released (By Accident) April 9, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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After the major cliffhanger that ended Gears of War 2, many considered a third game to be all but certain, espessially given the millions of copies sold of both games of the platform.  Then take into account how many years have passed since the last release, and many were considering that Gears of War 3 might just come out by the end of this year.

Well it’s not.  It is however coming early next year.  This morning, Xbox Live posted up that Gears of War 3 will be released in April 2011, one year from now.  The post has since been removed, as it was likely posted by accident.  CliffyB was supposed to go on national telivision on Monday to premere “something” but then delayed his appearance to further polish what they were planning to show.

However, please be aware this is not official.  Microsoft’s Xbox Live news channels have never been frauded in this way so it’s unlikely this was some kind of hack.  It was likely something intended to be time delayed to coinside with the show reveal, and when the reveal didn’t happen, someone probably didn’t reset the reveal’s timer.

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F.E.A.R. 3 Announced! April 9, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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Back in 2005, I was a huge fan of what Monolith Productions was working on.  They had first grabbed my attention with the ahead of its time (perhaps a bit TOO ahead of it’s time) Sanity: Aiken’s Artifact, which while got some great reviews and was the first game I can think of that was using the DLC payment model, it was a commercial failure and was quickly forgotten for the next game Monolith released, No One Lives Forever.

No One Lives Forever was a commercial and critical tour de force that I enjoyed tremendously.  A sequel and an expansion pack was released for the game, but after the expansion pack Monolith turned all efforts to this new PC franchise they were creating, First Encounter Assault Recon, or F.E.A.R.  That first F.E.A.R. game revolutionized first person shooters, had incredible artificial intelligence, and could show that an action game could truely be scary.

The second F.E.A.R. game, which was cross platform, was a solid game, but not the major seller of the first.

Monolith is out, replaced by Day One Studios.  John Carpenter, famous for directing such cult films as “Escape from New York” and “The Thing” is going to serve as a project consultant.  If The Spoony One has anything to say about that, espessially after the terrible “The Thing” PC/Xbox game, he might have a problem, espessially if he has to dust off his fuse box counter.

This game is going to focus on branching cooperative play, something the first games never featured.  There will be multiple protagonists with differing stories, and that alone sounds pretty interesting.  F.E.A.R. 2 really brought nothing new to the game’s formula other than slightly better graphics and widescreen support (something F.E.A.R. 1 didn’t have at launch).

I’m looking foward to it, this is going to give me an excuse to finally play through my copy of F.E.A.R. 2.