While I’ve grown tired of the “Gears of War” games, I’d do just about anything to see the unworldly battle shift from my Xbox to the multiplex.
According to Variety there’s a (small) bit of movement as Scott Stuber is coming on produce a film adaptation of Gears of War and begin developing the script with the videogame company Epic. Unfortunately, this announcement feels a bit premature as no talent or writer are attached at this time. In fact, it could sink alongside BioShock as quickly as this announcement…
In the videogame, “the story is set on the planet Sera and follows a former P.O.W. who is civilization’s best hope in their fight against the Locust Horde, a race of creatures who emerged from underneath the planet’s surface and are intent on eliminating humankind.”
The game was first released in 2006 and has since spawned two other installments and sold close to 18 million units.
Says the site, Stuber does have a first look deal with Universal but as of right now mo distributor is attached. Both parties will begin taking it out to studios. So at least there’s some movement.
New Line originally picked up the rights in 2007 tasking Stuart Beattie to adapt the script and Len Wiseman to direct, which thankfully never happened. When creative differences between the studio and Epic Games, the company that created the original game, could not be met, New Line let the property go and it has since been looking for a new home. READ MORE
In case you needed a reason to dig into Gears of War: Judgment’s multiplayer offering, Epic is providing some pretty great motivation. Every week they’ll choose a member of the Gears community to wear an awesome multiplayer skin called the Epic Reaper. As if its freaky appearance wasn’t enough, the Epic Reaper comes with special cog tags and a unique set of “special abilities and physics” that will make it “not very easy to kill,” Epic wrote in a blog post.
If you kill a Reaper, you’ll unlock a medal and weapon skin. I’m awful at Gears multiplayer, but I’d love to see one of these guys in action. Gears of War: Judgment launches on March 19 for the Xbox 360.
Although it’s being labelled as disappointing by many critics around the world, our very own Adam Dodd quite enjoyed Sega’s Alien: Colonial Marines. One of the aspects that he truly enjoyed was the music, which was composed by Kevin Riepl (Gears Of War, HENRi, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge). Taking inspiration from the original James Horner score but giving unique and original twists, it seems that the music is the one thing that most critics can agree upon being a shining point in the game.
And now Kevin Riepl has uploaded five tracks from the game’s score for your listening pleasure. Head on below to get your taste. READ MORE
Cliff Bleszinski, known Resident Evil fan, former creative director at Epic Games, and the man — or one of many — behind the Gears of War franchise took to his personal Tumblr the other day to discuss one of our favorite subjects here at BD: horror games. Or the scary ones, specifically. He had some very interesting things to say about the genre, which has not-so-gracefully transitioned into more action oriented gameplay over the last few years. Since the very beginning of this movement there has been outcry from fans of the slower paced survival horror genre. For awhile, publishers were content with the new direction because it brought them more money than the more niche survival horror genre ever could.
This could soon change. It hasn’t been until fairly recently that major horror franchises have begun to lose their luster with more action-centric entries like Resident Evil 6, Operation Raccoon City, Silent Hill: Homecoming, and Dead Space 3, to name a few, receiving significantly lower review scores than earlier and more horror-driven installments.
It has been announced that Kevin Riepl (Gears Of War, The Aggression Scale, Aliens: Colonial Marines) will be composing Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, the prequel to the 2002 Eli Roth-directed film. The film has a 2014 release date.
Directed by Kaare Andrews, the film stars Sean Astin (Lord Of The Rings, The Goonies), Jillian Murray (The Graves), and Brando Eaton (Dexter, American Horror Story: Asylum).
“When a cruise ship in the Caribbean collides with an abandoned research vessel, a deadly virus is unleashed. Passengers must find a way to survive before the flesh eating disease consumes them all.” READ MORE
I’ve updated the original post with a bunch of new games as well as tweaked a few dates that have changed since last month and added which platform(s) each game will be available on. Enjoy!
It’s 2013! The busy holiday season may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean your social lives and bank accounts are in the clear. There’s still plenty of games to go around, including DmC later this month, and Dead Space 3, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and Crysis 3 (among others) that are waiting to jump into our open arms in February. I don’t even want to get into March… phew. Get your calendars ready and click that adorable little Read More link to check them out!
You thought you were safe, didn’t you? You thought because the busy holiday reaching its end and the year’s remaining games have finally made their way to store shelves that you could start saving up your hard-earned money again. What you failed to realize is this was only the beginning. Over the last few years, the months following the holiday season have become just as busy, and often busier, than the holiday season itself. Early 2013 is the new crazy, and boy does it look wonderful. Head past the break for a complete rundown of the games you can expect to see draining your wallet when 2013 rolls around.
Opening in 10 theaters this Friday will be the loose remake for Steven C. Miller’s Silent Night. It will also be hitting Blu-ray/DVD on Dec. 4th.
Now, the score for the film is available on iTunes here. Composed by Kevin Riepl (Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gears Of War, The Aggression Scale, Henri), the music features “dark ambient chills, orchestral thrills and holiday sleigh bells”. You can see the trailer for the film, the OST cover, and the full track listing below. READ MORE
Plans to turn Epic Games’ Gears of War into a film franchise are being revived.
In development at New Line since 2007, with Len Wiseman once attached to
helm ruin the adaptation, Variety reports that New Line Cinema has now put the military actioner into turnaround to focus instead on The Hobbit films. But with Gears having generated more than $1 billion in sales since the first game bowed in 2006, and a fourth set for release next year, Creative Artists Agency is eager to meet with producers in the coming weeks and set up the project elsewhere, the site has learned.
Twilight producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey were previously attached to the adaptation, while Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) penned the most recent version of the screenplay, which CAA is expected to turn to in its discussions. Chris Morgan and Billy Ray also had worked on Gears scripts.
Gears, with its strong visual style, revolves around muscle-bound human soldiers tasked with protecting the planet Sera from alien creatures known as the Locust Horde.
On Oct. 12th, at the New York Comic Con, there will be a panel that I’m quite upset I won’t be able to attend. Titled “Maestros Of Horror & Sci-Fi Music”, the panel will feature video game composers Jason Graves (Dead Space), Kevin Riepl (Gears Of War, Aliens: Colonial Marines), Sascha Dikiciyan (Mass Effect 3), Cris Velasco (Mass Effect 3), Sam Hulick (Mass Effect trilogy), Tom Salta (Halo: Combat Evolved), and Nile Rodgers (Halo soundtracks album producer).
The panel will be discussing composing for the horror and sci-fi genres as well as the art of scoring for blockbuster videogames. The panel will be held at the Javits Center in Room 1A01 from 12:15pm to 1:15pm.
I’m a huge fan of most of these composers. If you’re going to the NYC Comic Con, do yourself a favor and attend this event. I’m 99.99% sure that it will be incredible. READ MORE
Gears Of War 3 was incredible. It’s among the list of games I’ve played the most in my life. The trilogy has come to an end, at least for now, but there is a light at the end of the emergence hole. It looks like Epic games might be making an announcement for a new Gears Of War game. Not likely to be a 4th in the series, but they might be going all “new” Star Wars on the series. The photo of the Game Informer July cover beyond the break shows a possible Marcus in cuffs which could indicate a prequel. I’m sure looking forward to some Dom action. Stay tuned for more details next week!
If you’re visiting this site I’m going to go ahead and take a leap of faith by saying a majority of you are insatiable gorehounds. You appetite for all things red and squishy is bottomless. If when the on-screen psycho revs up his chainsaw gets your nether regions aflutter, than this is definitely the list for you.
Other than being one of the most terrifying tools created by man, the chainsaw is also a weapon favored by many an iconic serial killer or out of control madman. The sound it makes is unmistakable, and when you hear it, you know someone’s day is about to get ruined. Head past the break for thirteen of the most bloody and brutal chainsaw appearances in video games. Just make sure you have the stomach for it first. There’s nothing quite as gross as cleaning vomit off a keyboard. Ick. READ MORE
Remember when I asked you to tell me what your favorite (and least favorite) horror games of 2011 were? I realize that was way back in 2011 so it might be a little hazy, but it happened, and now I have the results. After slaving away over a hot computer, picking through thousands of votes across 13 categories, I now have your winners.
The biggest surprise came from how many times Dead Space 2 and Dead Island butted heads, fighting for first place; apparently you all love those two games (and for good reason). So without further ado, let’s see who the winners are! READ MORE
Good video game trailers are a dime a dozen, but truly incredible ones are pretty rare. A good trailer gives you the bullet points of the game it’s advertising and looks good while doing it. Then there are trailers that manage to stick with you long after you watched them, they’re the videos you’re anxious to show everyone who might’ve missed it.
These are pretty rare, but every once in a while a spectacular one manages to surprise us all and more importantly, builds up hype for its game. These are the ten trailers that brought out the kids in us; the ones that made us mark the game’s release on our calendars and the ones that we’ll remember for a very long time. READ MORE
It really bums me out that I just turned 30. What I would have done for the respect of toy companies when I was 6. I literally have no space for all of this awesomeness, and my imagination has taken a turn for the worst (not that I could see myself literally “playing” with these).
Still, I might have to muster up a spot for Vinz Clortho, the Keymaster of Gozer, a loyal minion demi-god who obeys The Destructor. In the 1984 Ghostbusters, Vinz possessed Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) and became one of the most beloved characters in the franchise (I would have loved his party!) This figure comes with an array of extras, including the dog head from the finale. Available in March.
Also available this March is “Marshmallow Mess Ray” who comes with a messy logo. In May you can snag “Egon with Lab Coat”, which appears to come with the library ghost! Lastly, in July Mattel releases “Winston with Slime Blower”.
I think the one thing that all of the toy companies are missing are toy “displays”. I’m not really looking to have Marshmallow Mess Ray and Vinz Clortho just handing out on my desk. I want a rooftop piece with a ginormous Stay Puft Marshmallow Man climbing up. NECA has the right idea with their Crow rooftop fight piece, and the Friday the 13th shrine set, but no toy company has really gone out of their way to create something spectacular (like a possessed Dana (with removable shirt) apartment set that comes with a demonic refrigerator).
Quickly turning their back on the 2010 remake, NECA has unveiled three brand new Freddy Krueger action figures based on the film’s initial trilogy! These badass A Nightmare on Elm Street toys bring us new Freddy’s from the title film, Freddy’s Revenge (sorry, no dead parakeet), and Dream Warriors. Each comes with an interchangeable head. But in all seriousness, who wouldn’t want the actual “Dream Warriors” in toy form? “Yo, Freddy! Where you hiding at, you burnt-faced pussy?” – Roland Kincaid
In addition, inside we threw up a quick look at NECA’s “The Walking Dead” busts. Eh, I’ll watch for McFarlane’s toy line based on Robert Kirkman’s comic.
While it appears NECA is continuing to shy away from horror lines based on specific franchises, they do have some really cool stuff in the pipeline.
Next to the new Freddy Krueger’s (images in next story), my favorite upcoming line is from Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Joe Dante’s 1990 sequel featuring all sorts of interesting and new characters from “Rambo Gizmo” to the “Brain Gremlin”, “Mohawk/Stripe”, “Spider Gremlin” and more!
NECA also unveiled some absolutely incredible figures based on both James Cameron’s 1984 The Terminator and the 1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The highlight of the batch are the original “Terminator” toys as portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Freakin’ AWESOME.
Lastly, inside you’ll find images of even more Predator figures from this past summer’s Predators, along with the toy based on the alien hunter from Predator 2. I’m not exactly sure who keeps buying all these. Who has a wall full of like 3o Predator toys? The 40-year-old virgin maybe?
While the New York Toy Fair kicked off yesterday, this morning the first images that we (horror fiends) care about began to appear.
Kicking off our sure to be overloaded coverage are your first looks at NECA’s upcoming video game toy lines.
First and probably the coolest is “Duke Nukem” figure based on the forthcoming highly anticipated “Duke Nukem Forever,” in stores May 3.
Then there’s a look at four new toys from the ever-so-awesome “Bioshock 2″ featuring a new “Big Daddy” and a “Brute Slicer.”
Lastly, expect a whopping 8 figures from Microsoft Games Studios “Gears of War 3″, in stores this fall (when the game is also released).
is posting about a Gears Of War game in development for the Kinect. They have heard this from a source who is said to be close to the project. It looks to be a rail shooter, where presumably the player takes control of the gun. I’m still curious to see how it will be smoothly pulled off.
It is nice to see that a more adult title is in development for the Kinect, rather than all the Wii feeling happy family games. I want to use the Kinect to kick some alien ass, not just float down a river on a raft with my girlfriend. READ MORE
Screw villains, they get all the glory. What about the grunts? You know, the hundreds of generic bad guys you have to shoot/frag/slice/photograph/dialog with between boss battles? Being a grunt has to be the toughest job in a videogame, yet their faces so rarely lead a marketing campaign. It’s a pity really.
This article is dedicated to them, but I’m not just talking about every faceless grunt you’ve fought over your gaming career, because that would take a very long time. This is for more than the plethora of featureless baddies that do little more than stand between you and the evil dude you spent a majority of the game trying to reach. That’s just not enough to make this list, instead you’ll find the grunts that actually managed to frustrate, or worse, embarrass gamers by killing us when we make the deadly mistake of underestimating them. This is for the little guys that caused big problems. READ MORE
If you haven’t already checked it out in the Music section of BD, the wonderous and magical Jonathan Barkan got a chance to interview one damn talented man Kevin Riepl. About what you ask? Well, the only 2 things that matter to most of you people, horror movies, and video games.
If you head past the break you can read the video games half of Jonathan’s interview. And if you head HERE you can read the 1st half. All about composing horror movies. It’s a worth while read, so READ IT! READ MORE
Alright, it’s official, I will be checking out the Spike VGAs when they air on December 11th. Why? Well, there’s BioWare’s next big game that may or may not be Mass Effect 3, as well as Guillermo Del Toro’s horror collaboration with THQ, a possible major Resident Evil reveal and now this.
Lately I’ve done nothing but hype up this awards show, something I didn’t really watch until last year’s vast improvement, but Spike knows the way to gamers’ hearts is through their love of exclusives, and it’s in this regard where they seem to be kicking tons of ass. So what could this be? Let’s talk about it. READ MORE
Terrifying moments aren’t just limited to horror games; even the most innocent and huggable of children’s titles can house within it a level filled with twisted mockeries of sanity that bring us to the brink of madness before killing us and forcing us to start over again. What makes these levels all the more frightening is their sudden appearance, in a game we would’ve never expected such an experience.
We’ve toiled away spending hundreds, possibly thousands of hours researching dozens of games across all imaginable platforms just so we could be sure to give you the definite list on the 15 shit-out-your-spine scariest moments in non-horror games. So go ahead dear reader, and muse over our list, vigorously disagree with it, and tell us just how wrong we are. Come on, we can take it. READ MORE
Video game adaptation Monday keeps rolling along with DC comic’s Gears of War #7. The Gears of War comic has been out for a little while now and I kinda shrugged it off as a lame attempt for Cliffy B buying another porsche. Issue seven seems like it’s actually trying to build on the story of the game and actually be entertaining and interesting. Will there still be many panels of chainsawdomy? Probably…More info after the break…