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A Gears of War 2 Wishlist

TeamXbox has a very nice wishlist for GOW2:

Gears of War 2 is coming. Granted, nothing has been officially announced or anything, but we all know that Epic and Microsoft will milk that glorious cash cow as long as possible. The game’s already flying off store shelves, the Xbox Live lobbies are packed, and I know several people (OK, just me) who have played through the whole game more than once. A sequel (or, perhaps, prequel?) is inevitable, so we thought that now might be a great time to let Epic know what we want to see in the next game. There are already rumors floating around “teh intarwebs” that the game is the first part in a planned trilogy, so we’ll cut Cliffy B and the boys a little slack if our suggestions don’t make it into the second part.

More Backstory
If you purchased the Special UberWicked Limited Collector’s Edition, you got a chance to read all about the history of the planet Sera, from the description of exactly what Imulsion is to the story behind the “Pendulum Wars” to the socialist leanings of the Coalition of Ordered Governments. While the game mentioned a bit of this stuff (mostly in passing), it really didn’t take full advantage of the admittedly intriguing backstory. We’re hoping that the next game fleshes all of this out a bit more, whether it be through cutscenes or in-game dialogue or flashbacks. I mean, don’t you want to know what Marcus did to end up in prison?

More Varied Multiplayer Modes
While there’s no denying that crushing skulls under your boot during a heated game of Execution is an absolute blast, we can’t help but wish that there were a few objective-based gametypes thrown in for good measure. I mean, Assassination sort of fits the bill, but it just isn’t the same as a Territories or Capture-the-Flag game. Instead of truly working as a cohesive unit, players can just run off and try to take the opposing team out on their own. Wouldn’t it be fun to work together toward a common goal? What about a rousing game of Destroy the Seeder?

4 Player Co-op Play
This one’s kind of a no-brainer. Since much of Gears of War’s action involves four players, wouldn’t it be cool to be able to hop online with four of your friends. One could control Marcus, one could play as Dom, a third could be my man Cole, with the final hopping in to open doors as Jack. Errr, maybe they’d rather be Baird. No matter what the final setup is, this would be a blast, especially if there were four branching paths at a given time, as opposed to the two that we saw in Gears.

Better Dialogue
As much as I love the whole “badass action hero” air that Marcus exudes, some of his dialogue in the game is downright awful. There were a few good moments here and there (mostly when either Baird was making wisecracks or Cole was going nuts), but most of the dialogue was pretty hammy. Imagine Arnie’s “Commando” mixed with Stallone’s “Rambo” (with a little Marvin/Norris “Delta Force” thrown in for good measure) and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what to expect from the script. Oh well, at least the voicework is solid.

A Better Lobby System
Have you ever switched gametypes in between rounds on Xbox Live? You know, like going from Warzone to Execution because that’s what everyone wants to play? No? Well, that’s probably because you can’t. Once you’re in a game, the options are extremely limited. Pretty much all you can do is change your character or kick other players out. Would it be too much to ask to be able to change the maps on the fly or tweak any of the other options? Gears of War features some of the best multiplayer action around, but having to leave a game, make changes, then re-invite everyone is just a pain in the ass.

Brumaks, Brumaks, Brumaks!
Without spoiling too much (SPOILER ALERT!), let’s just say that we were a bit disappointed by the sequence involving the hulking behemoth with the heavy weaponry on its back. I mean, wouldn’t that be an insane boss battle?

Only One Save?
Although it’s certainly not as restrictive as, say, Dead Rising, the save system in Gears of War could use a little work. You can only have one campaign save at a time, and while you can go back and play any of the previous chapters, you won’t start with any of the weapons that you already had (something I found out the hard way). Sure, you can use multiple memory cards, but does anyone really want to do that? This would come in particular handy when you’re playing co-op games with multiple friends, so hopefully we’ll be seeing it in the next game.

More Varied Environments
While there were definitely some cool environments (the Greenhouse and most of Act Two immediately come to mind), we were getting a bit tired of the whole “Destroyed Beauty” thing after a while. In the next game, we’d love to see some outdoor environments (seriously, just think about taking cover behind a redwood that’s slowly being chipped away by gunfire) or something with a wide variety of lighting (Vegas, baby!).

Less Gray, More Color
This kind of ties into the previous entry in the list, but wouldn’t it be great to see what the Unreal Engine 3 could do with bright, vibrant colors? During a demonstration at the Game Developers Conference a few years ago, we had a chance to check out what the engine could really do. A windmill stood in the middle of a huge, green pasture that was dotted with flowers of all colors. It was truly beautiful, and something we’d love to see in the next game. I mean, just think of how nice the autumnal leaves look as you make your way up to the mansion. Maybe the next time we see Marcus, he’ll be fighting his way out of a flower shop.

Although we want a lot more stuff (such as more multiplayer maps and ranked matches with friends), we’ll hold off until we see what Epic’s got planned for downloadable content. This should be enough to get the team’s creative juices flowing, and we’re hopeful that they give this article a read while they’re relaxing on a beach with a well-deserved alcoholic beverage of their choice.

Gears of War “Emergence Day” Content On Marketplace

It’s the day everyone has been waiting for with keen anticipation. That’s right, it’s “Emergence Day” ! In honor of this momentous occasion, Xbox Live marketplace is offering some free Gears of War downloadable content for the US, Canada and Mexico.

Available only today is a free exclusive Gears of War “I played on Emergence Day” Theme and an exclusive gamer picture. There will also be an “Emergence Day” Message from man about town and dreamboat robot model Cliffy B, PLUS a Gears of War Gameplay video for all the losers who haven’t actually picked up the game that will change the world. Both of the latter two are also free and will be available anytime. If you want the theme and the gamer picture, you have until 11:59pm PT, so get crackin’! Via Kotaku

Emergence Day Celebration on Xbox Live

  1. The day the Locust Horde rose from the ground, launching humankind’s epic battle for survival.
  2. A non-stop celebration of the release of Gears of War®, including tournaments, sweepstakes, and free stuff.
  3. November 12, 2006.

Xbox Live® celebrates Emergence Day with 24 hours of special events beginning at 12:01 A.M. on Sunday, November 12 on Xbox Live. Gold members in North America can join online tournaments, download exclusive videos, win cool prizes, and participate in variety of other activities:

  • Leaderboard tournament: The 24-hour leaderboard tournament winner receives a one-of-a-kind Gears of War branded guitar as well as an automatic bye to the finals of a global Gears of War tournament planned for 2007.
  • Hourly sweepstakes drawings: Prize giveaways mean you could win one of several Samsung HT-P29 Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound Systems.
  • Gamer pic and theme: Score the exclusive free Gears of War gamer pic and theme, only available on Emergence Day.
  • Game with Fame: Play with legendary heavy metal band and Gears of War fans Megadeth, the game’s lead designer Cliff Bleszinski, and other members of the Epic Games team.
  • New videos: Check out the never-before-seen videos including a special Emergence Day transmission from Cliff Bleszinski.
  • MTV Special: Watch the MTV “Gears of War: The Road to Launch” sneak preview.

Gears of War – 1 Day (in hand) Review

The very first thing I did was to fire up the old Xbox 360 and got right into a campaign on the casual mode setting. This is the ‘baby’ setting as I want to enjoy the game and not pop a blood vessel in my brain pan. You start off as Marcus Fenix and along with your fighting buddy Dom is breaking you out of prison because you are needed to ‘help’ in the battle. This is basically where the game starts you out with an option of taking a tutotial route or you can just jump right into the action.

The biggest thing to learn from in this game (and if you have watched any of the coverage on this game, you would know) is to use cover!! OH yeah, sure you betcha, I have died a couple of times and every single time it was because I was standing straight up being the perfect target. A feature that I have always wanted in any type of game is the ability to cooperatively enjoy (or hate) a game and story line with a friend online. Gears of War seems to have hit this nail on the head. I joined a co-op campaign which was at the start of the 2nd level where I was playing Dom. Another awesome feature that is introduced in GOW is that while in co op; you and your friend at times may have to split up during certain story segments and while this happens, you and your gaming bud will have completely different sub-plots and gaming experiences. Oh, if you die in co op and you friend is still around, he can revive you. (now how cool is that?)

Overall I am really enjoying Gears of War and I can only compare this to when I got Halo and the original Xbox. The single player campaign alone is worth sending out for pizza, taking the phone off the hook and not going out in public until after Emergence Day. The graphics look awesome on my 61 inch sony HD TV and it is very impressive what they have done with the Unreal 3 engine.

Emergence Day is November 12th but most stores will have it for sale by now as Epic has some special plans for Xbox Live on the 12th so get yourself a copy of Gears as soon as possible.

Your 360 is more than a game machine

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 6, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced agreements with CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Turner Broadcasting System Inc. (TBS Inc.), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to bring an initial lineup of over 1,000 hours of hit TV shows and movies to Xbox 360™ gamers in the U.S. by the end of the year. Furthermore, Xbox 360 will be the first gaming console to bring standard and high-definition TV shows and movies via digital distribution over the Internet directly to the consumer.

Beginning Nov. 22, on its first anniversary, Xbox 360 will be the first gaming console in history to provide high-definition TV shows and movies directly to gamers in their living rooms. Xbox 360 gamers will have access to the full-length TV shows as downloads to own and movies to rent via download from the Xbox Live® network, the worldwide leader in online distribution of high-definition gaming and entertainment content. This announcement also brings with it several additional “firsts”:

  For the first time, consumers will get an integrated gaming and entertainment experience on a gaming console that includes downloadable high-definition TV shows and movies. This new full-length content adds to the ever-expanding number of choices gamers have on their Xbox 360, whether they want to play games or play a movie on a disc or as a download in high definition or standard definition.

  For the first time CBS will deliver high-definition download-to-own TV shows including “CSI,” “Jericho,” “Numb3rs” and remastered “Star Trek” episodes; gamers can buy them and watch them repeatedly.

  For the first time on any platform, NASCAR.COM will deliver download-to-own condensed versions of select NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races from “Race Rewind.”

  For the first time, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will make 50 of its most intense fights available for download as well as select episodes from the original season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.

“This groundbreaking announcement is a win for everyone,” said Peter Moore, corporate vice president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “It connects our partners with one of the most coveted audiences in entertainment today, and provides even greater value to our Xbox Live community, allowing them to enjoy the games and entertainment they want, when they want it.”

The initial lineup of TV shows available for download to own and feature films available for download to rent will include a growing catalog of popular hits. Examples of content that will be available on the network by the end of year include the following:

  “Robot Chicken” and “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” from Adult Swim

  “CSI,” “Survivor” and “Star Trek” from CBS

  Emmy and Peabody award-winning “South Park” and “Chappelle’s Show” from COMEDY CENTRAL

  “The Real World” and “Pimp My Ride” from MTV

  “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and ”SpongeBob SquarePants” from Nickelodeon

  “Skyland” and “The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival” from Nicktoons Network

  “M:i:III,” “Nacho Libre” and “Jackass: The Movie” from Paramount Pictures

  “Carpocalypse” and “Raising the Roofs” from Spike TV

  “Race Rewind” provided by NASCAR.COM

  Select episodes of the original season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series and the “UFC: All Access” shows from the UFC

  “Breaking Bonaduce” and “Hogan Knows Best” from VH1

  “The Matrix,” “Superman Returns” and “Batman Forever” from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment