We know the game has been out for a couple of days, but we wanted to show how the local launch event for Gears of War 3 went.
The event started around 8pm Monday, September 19th. The game went on sale at midnight and went very smoothly. Other sponsors who for the event were Buffalo Wild Wings, Jimmy Johns, Sprint, and McAlister’s Deli.
People we still inside finalizing their preorders
There was a big turnout, and there were people hanging around, talking and exchanging gamertags and whatnot. The customers checked out the latest phones from Sprint, ate Jimmy Johns subs, wings from Buffalo Wild Wings and had tea from McAlister’s.
taking care of all the preorders
The other highlight of the evening was the Gears of War 2 Tournament. The tournament was setup in the store and the 55 inch TV’s were provided by the local Rent A Center.
Getting things set up for the Tournament
The prizes for the tournament included a copy of the game and The limited edition art book that is only available in the Epic Edition. The art books were provided my Epic Games, Microsoft and Real Otaku Gamer. We will giveaway copies of the art books on the Real Otaku Gamer website and other outlets.
Halfway through the tournament.
After the dust settled, and a winner was crowned, it was around midnight. Now it is time for everyone to get their hands on the game. The employees started bringing out the Epic Editions, the Console Bundles and the Lancers from the back. As the excitement grew as boxes were coming out on the floor, people started saying “I should have gotten the Epic Edition and The Lancer”.
"That will look real good on my wall"
"I will take 1 of each of those please."
All in all a good time was had by all, and all the transactions went very smooth and everyone happy and everyone went home or called into to work the next morning with the Phoenix Syndrome.
Stay tuned to Real Otaku Gamer for more of the fall 2011 Launch Parties.
When you see this guy in Gears of War 3, try to keep a straight face.
With a lot of new games coming out this month and this season, we can expect a lot of gaming to take place. Dead Island has been released. So if you have a hankering for butchering zombies and eradicating the undead, this game is exactly what you want. This Tuesday is Gears of War 3 – the final game in the trilogy. I’m quite amped to see how the games ends and have many questions answered. September seems to gearing up as a month for blood and brutality. For all my RPG brethren, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Star Wars: The Old Republic will whet your appetite.
Battlefield 3 is one the top most anticipated games until Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 comes out and we’ll be seeing HD releases of Ico/Shadow of Colossus and Silent Hill games. Capcom is releasing Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 to make up for their vanilla release. This time we’ll have more characters but still no Mega Man. Personally, that makes me a bit sad, but with Sonic Generations filling my nostalgia gap, I guess I can chill out until then. Last but not least, we’ve got Batman: Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. So many games, so little times.
What games are you stoked to see for the fall season?
Gears of War 3 prepared for its September 20th release holding Launch Parties in Toronto and Vancouver. Serving freshly hacked Locust meat, Gears swag and playtime on the unreleased game these parties were a Gears’ fan fav! The trilogy that started in 2006 is coming to an end September 20th 2011! In case you don’t have your calenders open THAT’S LESS THAN A DAY AWAY! Starting September 15th there were a few different ways of getting to the free event; some got emails from Xbox Live while others found out by playing alternate reality style, following clues and directions to local butcher shops and the event after seeing the GOW 3 promotion video. GOW Meats Shipping Order
A Fan lets me see his Locust Meat!
Packages of realistic but fake Locust Meat and VIP tickets to the event were a reward for finding the phone number and following directions. VIPs were given GOW3 T-shirts while everyone else who showed up received only the bandana. Even though I just got the bandana it was a real hit. Whether it be covering your face, pulling back your hair or hanging out your pocket Gears of War 3 was represented all over the city.
Fake Locust Meat
After lining up beside a Geared out building and being let in 10 people at a time, the first thing you get to do is play Team Deathmatch on a never before seen map. We played 3 rounds and saw the multiple characters as question marks so I am dying to see just who they have brought into the end the trilogy. A separate station was set up to play Horde on LG’s 3D TV giving a place for you to play outside of the team matches going on.
Setting the Mood
They served free lunch – delicious fresh and real Locust Meat! A bar was set up where two chefs slammed down chunks of meat , pulled out a Machete and hacked away at it, serving it to the fans in pitas with a drink yelling “LOCUST” over the epic music of the game making it extra enticing to the fans watching GOW Meats: Satisfy your hunger, call today! on the wall while you wait. (Okay, it was really slabs of cooked beef and chunks of chicken.)
Downstage from the Locust meat bar there was a tattoo station where fans where getting airbrush tattoos of the Gears symbol anywhere on their bodies. Two artists from Black Line Studios, a popular tattoo, piercing, clothing and jewelry store in Toronto where airbrushing the audience and giving out $20 Gift Certificates to their studio down the street.
Gears of War 3 carvings were taking place live at the event starring Luke Andrews who started with a block of wood, a chainsaw and a blowtorch and made incredible “Lancer Art”. After carving for 16 years for events like the Canadian National Exhibition representing other movies and television he stepped up to the plate when asked by Gears representatives to perform at the event and was well worth the crowd he drew.
Chainsaw dust, the smell of locust meat and dry ice filled the air and people dressed as COGS took Polaroids and left them out and about at the event on tables and railings for the taking. They also took the fans’ pictures applying a gears sticker to every picture taken capturing all the Gears Fandom. Actually, the only other activities at the event were getting your picture taken. Albeit holding a lancer in front of a green screen, choosing your pose and Gears of War 3 background then taking home another complimentary souvenir was pretty good.
The event was sponsored by Energizer so everyone got to take home a pack of batteries – even if you had to leave before the big finale like this realotakugamer girl who was on her way back home to Niagara missing the end of the Launch Party that included the super special secret performance by Tokyo Police Club!
A great day of Gears settled my itch for the game but now that GEARS OF WAR 3 IS ONE DAY AWAY! I’m going a little stir crazy. For those of you who have never played, grab a copy and get on it. I’m looking forward to the campaign above all but hope to see you all online for a little horde or team Deathmatch action!
On this new addition of THE BITT, the boys in the tube, I got a chance to sit down and chat up games with Andrea Rene. Andrea is a online personality and producer in the gaming industry, with a lot of interesting and awesome content on CleverGames. Andrea has had the opportunity to attend various conventions and events like E3 and GDC, and has even interviewed various icons and celebrities within the video game industry. Over the course of the interview, we talked about a whole bunch of cool things about her, the game industry as a whole, and what is cooking up over at CleverGames. Check it out. The whole interview is 3 parts total, be sure to watch and listen in on all three.
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The Microsoft Press Conference kicked off with a bang this year. Starting things off was some new footage of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. What was shown was new footage of an underwater submarine, where the main objective was to plant charges to surface the sub. Once that was done, we got a taste of a war torn New York City. Complete with sinking war ships, chopters, and drivable speedboats.
But that wasn’t all we got to see. There was also the new Tomb Raider reboot that made it’s debut to the public for the first time. We got to see a new Lara Croft try to find her way out of a mysterious cave after her plane crashed landed. The main focus was to show everyone how Lara this time around would be primarily about survival and exploration.
EPIC Games also showed some more footage of Gears of War 3. A scene where Marcus and Cole are aboard a ship in the ocean fighting a giant squid like locust monster. Alongside this, Mass Effect 3 showed off some new features that involved Kinect voice recognition, allowing players to use voice command to make choices during dialogue.
Most of the conference was dominated by a heavy push for Kinect intergrated software. Microsoft promised everyone that more Kinect hardcore and sophisticated games would be present this year, and they delivered. We got a glimpse of new titles like DisneyLand Adventures, Dance Central 2, Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster, Kinect Star Wars, and Kinect Sports Season 2. All of the games used the Kinect’s features in different ways, some including the new voice command introduced during the conference. What was interesting was how different the lineup was for Kinect, and just how much support the Kinect has received from most of the bigger titles shown during the conference.
During the conference, other new surprises were shown, including BING on Xbox Live, UFC coming to Live, and how Kinect Voice Command would change the way we interact with our games and console. Most of the games featured during the press event were confirmed to have Kinect support and features, the only one to not be confirmed for this was Modern Warfare 3.
Finally, the conference ended off on a nice teaser of the earlier leaked HALO 4. The teaser was brief, showing Master Chief awakening from his slumber from the end of Halo 3 (after the credits if you beat the game on legendary). He awakes to Cortanna screaming for his help and after grabbing her, he flings himself down a corridor of the ship he is in toward the outside of space. There we see a giant machine of some sort, and his ship is heading towards it.
Prior to the trailer earlier in the conference, the Halo remake called HALO COMBAT EVOLVED ANNIVERSARY. It is the same game we played for the first time years ago, only this time it comes with an updated graphics filter, Campaign Co-Op over Xbox Live, Classic Halo maps with Halo Reach looks, and Fire Fight mode for the masses. It was a great way to get everyone excited for Microsoft’s Exclusive.
Overall, Microsoft’s Press Conference was much better this year then last year’s E3 2010. While much of what was shown was either expected or much of the same from past E3s, this year felt like a much better presentation. The line-up of games got more people excited about this coming year for Microsoft. With a bunch of great third party games, an awesome exclusive over the horizon, and a ton of new features coming to their online network, Microsoft is looking forward to a good year for their Xbox 360.
Within hours of the Microsoft Press Conference. Gigantic news already leaked out from their vault of E3 surprises. Twitter began popping up with images from the Xbox website with post and screenshots of Master Chief and Cortanna. The image and the sources in question claimed it to be the next iteration of the Halo franchise, Halo 4. Also in the shot, we see reveals of other games like Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, Star Wars Kinect, and Ryse.
Within minutes, the Microsoft site was changed, and the only pictures of it were floating around twitter. Microsoft’s big reveal was spoiled hours before their press conference. Regardless, there are going to be plenty of people excited for this new addition to the Halo franchise. But is it official?
The Gears of War 3 beta has officially started for the owners of Bulletstorm Epic edition (review here) with the promotional code entered on Monday. The long awaited and somewhat delayed conclusion to the Gears trilogy is finally letting the fans get a sneak peak at the competitive side of the game and the visuals. Players get to experience three game modes and four maps spanning the four weeks the Beta will be available. Week 1 is for those that have a copy of Bulletstorm Epic edition and on week 2 people who proffered Gears from select retailers will get to join in. However there are other ways to get in, such as the silly contests @therealcliffyb and @markrein have had going on Twitter.
Week 1 has brought gamers the Team Deathmatch mode and two maps to try out. Each team consists of 5 players and a total of 15 respawns, the last team left standing is the winners of the round. The game style is a best out of three so teams must win 2 rounds to claim victory. The first map available is Checkout which is a tight quartered shopping area that brings many intense and epic moments to the table. The other map is Thrashball which is a stadium style map for a fictitious game that Cole played before he became a Gear. This map is slightly bigger then checkout with an upper and lower field and well as a score board that you can knock down. On the maps themselves the new incendiary grenades can be found as well as the new Digger gun. The Digger launches a slow moving projectile that burrows underground and pops up when it is near an enemy to kill it. It will go through Walls and obstacles and keeps people from camping. The other new guns that are available are ones you spawn with. The Retro Lancer is a powerful mid to close range rifle that has a bayonet on the front, holding B will make you run with the bayonet ready to impale enemies. The other new weapon is the sawed off shotgun, this one takes a long time to reload and has virtually no range but used properly kills in 1 shot and can kill multiple targets at once. The sawed off shotgun is best used if the player has a melee weapon mentality and uses it almost like a melee weapon. The rest of the weapons come back from Gears of War 2 but have the ability to have skins unlocked for them, adding style to the game.
There are a lot of things to unlock by playing the beta, and a few things transfer over to the retail game such as the Cole Train outfit and the Golden Retro Lancer once they are unlocked. There are also special finishing moves for each weapon that need to be unlocked by getting a certain amount of kills with that weapon and they are very satisfying. The dedicated servers really work well but this being a beta sometimes there are tweaks done and everything doesn’t always work 100%. Sometimes you cannot connect to dedicated servers and the game becomes a Gears 2 style with host advantage but restarting the game usually fixes that. Also sometimes there will be a glitch and one of the unreleased maps will come into rotation and when that happens you know you are not on dedicated servers. As long as everyone out there remembers that this is a beta and is not perfect or something you have paid for then it will be a great experience but if people expect a fully polished product then that is unrealistic. These Betas are designed to iron out the kinks for day 1 of the real game and minor issues are to be expected but overall this is a highly polished product as far as betas go. Hopefully everyone that participants will contribute to a greater experience once the game is out on the shelves. Check back next week when week 2 is looked at as a new map is scheduled to be added but there could be more surprises.