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We’re Big Fans of Cliff Bleszinski, and Here’s Why You Should Be Too

Video game developers aren’t like actors or musicians. For the most part, the developers that make the games you play are rarely seen or heard. One huge exception to this rule is none other than Cliff Bleszinski. Unlike most of his peers, the Gears of War creator delights in being the center of attention. Although he could come off as such, he isn’t just a showboat. He’s a smart and well-articulated man who knows how to sell a video game and how to convey the power of interactive entertainment to the world. Bleszinski is, in fact, a great ambassador for the gaming industry. Since Cliff Bleszinski is such an interesting person to talk about, we decided to spotlight some of his greatest moments. As you’ll see, our old pal Cliffy B is in a class all by himself. Making Games Before the Age of 18 Cliff was making games at an age when others would simply be playing them. He developed his first non-commercial title at the tender age of 11. He made his first commercial game, The Palace of Deceit: Dragon’s Plight, when he was only 17. This was released in 1991 through his own company, Game Syndicate READ…

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Gears of War 4 gets a big Horde mode update today and the addition of Inconceivable and Ironman diff

Gears of War 4 gets a big Horde mode update today and the addition of Inconceivable and Ironman diff Gears of War 4 gets a big Horde mode update today and the addition of Inconceivable and Ironman difficulty modes. More details here. Who’s keeping up with the game? Are you enjoying it? Are the updates what you’re looking for? Editor-in-Chief. Currently playing: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Guy Claiming to Be the Real Cole Train Now Suing for Gears of War Money

Seems the Man Filing the Lawsuit Actually Resembles Cole Train in Many Ways Ever have those moments where you see a video game character and realize it’s you? Well, apparently, that’s what happened with Lenwood Hamilton when his son’s friend showed him Gears of War in early 2016. It was at that moment Hamilton knew someone messed up, because he’s now suing for royalties. That’s right. Whether it’s Epic, Microsoft, or just voice actor Lester Speight, we don’t know Yet. And Lester Speight, aka Terry Tate, apparently worked in Hamilton’s wrestling company. He’s the man behind the Cole Train; the whoos, the one-liners, and all the smack endearing us to the character come from his portrayal. So the story goes that Speight and Hamilton actually thought about creating a video game character during their work together. What are the odds, right? By Hamilton’s account, Speight took off with the idea and established Cole Train in Gears of War. Furthermore, Hamilton outright declares that he is Cole Train; the character is like him in virtually every way. And just like Cole Train, Hamilton is a former football player, on top of being a former wrestler. Even the front gold tooth is apart of his unique physicality. Hence, Hamilton will be suing…

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Fan-favorite Maps and Characters Return in Gears of War 4 Update

Slowly, Treats from the Gears of War Universe Just Pour In Out now, a new Gears of War 4 update for fan veterans. This latest patch, Series 2 Collection, significantly expands multiplayer content. We get over 280 collectible cards, including iconic characters from Gears of War 3. Out of a total thirteen, four make up our “first”  band of legacy characters. However, there’s more in this latest patch. Additionally, two fan-favorite maps have been re-imagined. “Blending together the best of Gears 2’s original take and the Gears 3’s re-imagining,” we get the Gears 4 version of Blood Drive. Battle through pillars and along city streets, where open terrain leads to longshot firefights. Then we have the classical Clocktower re-imagined. It is now the Bank of Bronn, where players can reacquaint themselves with turkey shoots at the bank entrance. Otherwise, fight on the low streets for control of the center, in what will inevitably lead to back and forth chainsaw kills. Both maps are currently available for Season Pass holders, and everyone on January 17. On top of that, The Coalition wants to give Season Pass holders more for their buck: Today, they announced sixty random cards from Series 2 Characters and Weapon Skins. This new Airdrop comes January 13, in conjunction with Bounty Gear…

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Gears of War 4: The Kotaku Review

Ten years ago, Gears of War helped define an age of blockbuster multiplayer games. Now, it’s the status quo. Advertisement Gears of War 4 is more Gears of War. Luckily, Gears of War kicks ass. The newest game doesn’t offer many surprises, but it’s still enjoyable to play. Like the earlier games in the series, you control a beefy dude (or lady!) from a third-person perspective. You still take cover, still hunker down and “roadie run” from place to place, and still carefully time your active reloads to fill each clip with extra-powerful bullets. You still shoot at big, squishy enemies that burst open like gore pinatas. You still carve monsters open with chainsaws. After four games starring the same group of COG soldiers, Gears of War 4 passes the narrative torch to a younger generation. Instead of playing as Marcus Fenix and his crew, you control his son, JD Fenix, along with JD’s friends, Kait Diaz and Del Walker. The new cast is baby-faced compared with the grizzled old gang, opting for eyebrow rings and dyed hair in place of out-of-fashion do-rags. They’ve got more personality too, with the sort of constant quips and jokes you might expect from…

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Gears of War 4 Gets Multiplayer Update to Tweak Credit System, Speed Up Progression

Fans of the Gears of War series have plenty to celebrate today as the long-awaited Gears of War 4 has been released for Xbox One and PC, and those jumping in to the game’s multiplayer will find that some updates have been put in place to speed up progression and tweak the game’s credit system. In a forum post from developer The Coalition, the studio explained that the progression and credit systems in Gears of War 4‘s Versus Mode have been altered to decrease the cost of certain Gear Packs and increasing the amount of credits earned after completing matches, following feedback from fans during the game’s early access period with the Ultimate Edition. Specifically, The Coalition addressed that the cost for Elite Gear Packs has now been decreased from 4000 credits to 3500 credits, while the overall boost of credits earned from completing matches has been raised (though no specific amount was revealed). The Coalition also explained that a small bug may show players earning 0 credits from a Match Bonus, though the studio assured that players are still earning credits after matches and that the issue (and others) are being worked on by the team “around the clock.” Gears of War 4 is…

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Gears of War 4 Soundtrack Scored by Game of Thrones Composer Available Now

Gears of War 4 Soundtrack Available Now Gears of War 4 is nearly here! Last week we published our written review and video review calling it a must play for Gears fans new and old. We also reviewed the 2TB Gears of War 4 Xbox One S console and published an unboxing video of the console. Today, we learned that Microsoft has published the soundtrack exclusively on Groove Music and the Windows Store. The soundtrack was composed by Ramin Djawadi who is perhaps most famous for the Game of Thrones theme. Djawadi has lent his talents to various other high-profile projects, including Prison Break, Pacific Rim, and the Warcraft movie. The soundtrack is comprised of 23 pieces present within the game in various forms. The tracks retain that signature Gears of War sound carried by the series’ previous composers, but it Djawadi has certainly put his mark on the delivery, bringing with it all sorts of malevolence and majesty. Our reviewer, Rory summed up his experience with the game saying, “Gears of War 4 doesn’t reinvent the formula but it definitely brings enough improvements without changing the core feel of Gears. With stellar production values, incredible action, series’ best multiplayer, engaging…

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Conan and Wiz Khalifa Take on Gears of War 4 in New Episode of Clueless Gamer

The bloodthirsty world of Gears of War returns in the next week with the upcoming release of Gears of War 4 (while those with the Ultimate Edition of the game can access it today), and in celebration Conan O’Brien enlisted the help of Wiz Khalifa to “mellow him out” for the intense experience. During last night’s episode of Conan, Gears of War 4 was front and center for a new installment of the show’s “Clueless Gamer” segment, with Conan bringing special guest Wiz Khalifa for some help in getting through the campaign, with the help of…well, you can just find out in the video. Gears of War 4 releases for Xbox One and PC on October 11th, 2016, with early access for the game available now in the Ultimate Edition of the game – in the meantime, you can check out the full “Clueless Gamer” segment from Conan below: [embedded content]

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Gears of War 4's Horde Mode Is A Blast 

One of the most surprising things about Gears of War 4 for me was the discovery that, after all these years, shooting wave after wave of increasingly difficult enemies could still be really fun. Advertisement To the franchise’s credit, Gears of War has steadily introduced complexities to the basic idea to keep it fresh. In Gears of War 3, players gained the ability to set up defenses to help fend off Locus. In Gears of War 4, Horde has been revamped with new mechanics that introduce a number of smaller tactical decisions that keep things interesting beyond “shoot bad guy in the face.” Before the match begins, players must choose a class—Soldier, Scout, Heavy, Sniper, or Engineer. Each class has a specific strength: the engineer, for example, can repair fortifications, and the heavy packs more of a punch than other classes. Players will have to negotiate with one another as to what roles to occupy, and I foresee this being an occasional point of tension for folks who aren’t willing to take one for the team. Personally, I knew that I was bummed when I got stuck with roles like that of the Sniper, since it didn’t match my playstyle…

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2TB Gears of War 4 Xbox One S Limited Edition Bundle Unboxing

Unboxing The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Bundle This past week, we here at COGconnected were fortunate enough to get our hands on a Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle before it was released to the public. Needless to say, we were impressed with this slick looking console that looks as if it was lifted right out of the game. The Limited Edition console with the trademark Gears of War red bears battle marks of surviving a fight against Gears of War 4’s new enemies – the Swarm. With etched in scratch marks and custom Gears of War sounds every time you turn the system on (or off) this bundle is truly unique and perfect for fans of the franchise. So without further ado, check out the unboxing video as COGconnected’s Executive Editor shows you what is in the box. Just to recap, included in the box, you will find (in addition to the console and controller of course): Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition for both Xbox One and Windows 10, with early game access Xbox 360 Gears of War Collection full game download (playable on Xbox One) Exclusive weapon…


Gears of War 4 Review — All Geared Up

From its debut in 2006 as one of the marquee titles on the Xbox 360, Gears of War brought along with it many “firsts” for its generation. As time has passed, the series has become one of the defining franchises of a generation. With its action-packed cover-based shooting and its story of humanity’s fight on the brink against the impending Locust forces, Gears of War became to the Xbox 360 what Halo: Combat Evolved was to the original Xbox five years before it as the console’s big “killer app.” Flashing forward ten years after has brought us to Gears of War 4, the fourth mainline title in the series and in more ways than one, the beginning of a new chapter for one of Microsoft’s biggest series. Under the tutelage of The Coalition, which has now been tasked with producing all future Gears of War titles moving forward, Gears of War 4 brings with it a lot to live up to. As the direct follow-up to the trilogy on Xbox 360 (excluding the prequel Gears of War: Judgment), the title also represents the first step forward for The Coalition and having to take over the reins of the franchise. Much like how the Halo franchise went through a similar transition between its original creators at…

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Gears of War 4 Review – All Guts, All Glory, All Gears

Gears of War 4 Review  Gears of War 4 has finally arrived and with it comes some big shoes to fill. It’s been five years since Gears of War 3, the last mainline entry in the 10-year-old franchise. The large shadow left from Epic Games’ original Gears of War trilogy on Xbox 360 is tough to escape. Gears has always been my jam, ever since the original release in 2006, through all the highs and lows. I was mostly confident, with a little skepticism peppered in, of what Gears would become in new hands. Sure enough, the developers at The Coalition, dedicated to creating Gears games for the foreseeable future, have stepped up and delivered what is in many ways the best Gears of War game to date. Make no mistake. Gears of War 4 is Gears through-and-through. It feels like Gears should while making minor adjustments under the hood. New cover mechanics add speed and mobility to map traversal. But where I feel Gears of War 4 really shows improvement and maturity over its predecessors is in its narrative. The new cast of characters are characters I want to spend more time with. Their one night adventure that spirals…

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White Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle Includes 1 TB Hard Drive

Another Xbox One S bundle for Gears of War 4 has been detailed by Microsoft. This time it is a white Xbox One S with a 1 TB hard drive. If you want a physical copy of Gears of War 4 you will have to purchase it via GameStop, but all other storefronts will include a digital copy that gives you the Windows 10 version through Xbox Play Anywhere. This bundle will cost $349.00 and release October 11, 2016. Previously the only Xbox One S Gears of War 4 bundles were the blue 500 GB bundle for $299.00 releasing on November 1, 2016, and the red 2 TB bundle for $449.00 releasing on October 6, 2016. Each bundle comes with a free download of the Xbox 360 Gears of War collection while supplies last.