News, Views, and Reviews
Sometimes I have an idea, and that idea cascades into other ideas. I was going to write a blog about some of the games I’m looking forward to, and Gears of War: Judgment comes out this Tuesday, so that would top my list. When I thought of potential titles for that blog, “Gear Up!” came to mind – and that gave me another idea. “My View Screen” is supposed to be about the entertainment I consume, the games and other media that fills My View Screen, but what about the tech that runs behind the screen? I’ve already written a blog about my PC, why not continue? So, starting today, I’m adding a new page: My Gear.
In the mean time, Gears of War: Judgment will be released for Xbox 360 (exclusive) on Tuesday, March 19th. Just when we thought the series was all wrapped up with an Epic conclusion in Gears of War 3, they’re bringing us back to Sera for one more adventure.
Judgment will be different in several ways. For starters, it is a prequel, detailing some of the events that transpired after “Emergence Day” or the day the Locust Horde broke up out of the ground and attacked the humans. The protagonist duties will call on Baird this time, who was only a supporting character in the original trilogy. Presumably, Baird and a few others will be on trial for something, and their testimony will take the form of flashbacks, and that’s when players will have control. The campaign modes were always very good in previous GOW games, especially when played co-op with friends, so I’m really looking forward to Judgment. The multi-player has been updated. It will still be a third-person view, cover-based game, but it’s supposed to run smoother and faster than before. Finally, the big addition to MP I’m really excited about is something called “OverRun”. Gears of War 2 introduced us to “Horde” mode, which faced up to four players with waves of increasingly difficult Locust Horde enemies. Gears of War 3 kept the Horde mode, and added “Beast” mode – which was the opposite: players controlled Locust creatures and tried to wipe out the “Cog” good guys. For Judgment, “OverRun” mode is going to combine those modes into an Epic WAR! Instead of one team of four fighting waves of AI controlled enemies, OverRun will make two teams face each other, Locust vs Cog, PLUS AI controlled Locust and Cog units! Did I mention that I’m excited about that?
A week later, March 26th, we will *finally* get our hands on Bioshock: Infinite. Bioshock and Bioshock 2 introduced us to the underwater city of Rapture, and won tons of awards for melding jaw dropping graphics, immersive environments, intuitive controls, and thought provoking stories. Now, years later, and after several delays, players will take control of Ex-Pinkerton Agent Booker DeWitt, and travel to the mysterious floating city of Columbia! A city in the clouds, Columbia also contains its share of mystery and dark secrets, and it will be DeWitt’s job to protect Elizabeth, a young girl who has mysteries and secrets of her own. Many websites are predicting that Infinite will win Game Of The Year! Bioshock Infinite will be available for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.
On April 2nd, something truly remarkable will happen: Defiance will be released for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360! PC and even PS3 users have experienced MMOs before, but this will be the first MMO to be available to Xbox 360 players. But that’s not the most remarkable part of the story; Defiance is going to share those experiences with its TV show tie-in of the same name on the SyFy network! A few weeks after the MMO is released, the SyFy network will premiere a new TV show called Defiance, and events in the show will cross over into the game, and vice versa. The premise for Defiance is also ambitious: Several alien species have come to Earth, and some tried to claim it for their own. Now, in the year 2046, Earth has been terraformed beyond recognition, and an uneasy treaty has settled 30 years of conflict. But the combined inhabitants of Earth will have to put aside their differences and work together if they want to survive an even graver alien threat. Having participated in a few beta weekends, I can testify that the game is fantastic! The game looks amazing, and the third-person shooter controls should be familiar to most gamers. Part of me wants to participate in Xbox history and support that version, but part of me is also a bit of a snob, so I’ll be getting the PC version. Hopefully, I’ll be able to squeeze Gears of War: Judgment AND Bioshock: Infinite in before then!