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Two different covers, one grey and one red. May 2008 Issue.
Game reviews in this issue can be found here: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=273711


GEARS 2 ARTICLE, 12 PAGES
(I'll add some highlights here as I read thru it... don't want to overstep my bounds, not typing the whole article word for word... buy the magazine!)

New Faces (character art for each):

Tai Kaliso: While Cole and Baird are still a big part of the story, they won’t be attached to Delta Squad as the new game opens. The reunion with those popular characters will have some lead up first, and until then, you’ll be meeting some new personalities. The most memorable of these new additions may be Tai, a spiritual and meditative warrior from a tradition of honor-bound fighters. This familiar archetype should add a fun and perhaps mystical dynamic to the squad.

Chairman Prescott: Lots of gamers found themselves wondering if Marcus’ domineering superior officer was the head of the human government. It turns out that Hoffman is only second in command. Above him stands the Chairman, an almost dictatorial military leader who nonetheless has made the hard choices necessary to keep humanity alive through decades of warfare. As Gears 2 opens, this leader of the COG forces will deliver a speech to the troops before sending them reeling into the suicidal mission ahead.

Dizzy: In the seemingly unending struggle with the Locust Horde, the military forces of the COG have taken massive casualties. Somewhere along the way, Operation Lifeboat was enacted to bring in some fresh blood. Under this new act, the Coalition government will rescue a Stranded family and bring them into the relative story of a COG-protected zone. In return, the able-bodied men of that family join up and contribute their skills to the war effort. Such is the case with hardened soldier Dizzy, a new character who drives the massive Derrick on which Delta Squad ascends into the mountains. With a trademark drawl and an insistence on calling his truck "Betty", he's a colorful new addition to the cast.

Maria Santiago: When Emergence Day struck, Dom's wife Maria became a victim as surely as if she had died in that first attack. On that day, her children were killed. Unable to deal with the shock and loss, Maria lost herself in the ruins of civilization. For Dominic, who joined the COG to protect his family, no priority is higher than to retrieve his lost love - his very personal quest to find her is a major part of the story that unfolds in Gears 2.

Gears of War 2 begins six months after the deployment of the Lightmass bomb at the end of part one.

"We want to fulfill the promise - it is a war. It's more than just these four guys. The first game felt very personal, and in a lot of ways that was good," senior producer Rod Fergusson tells us. However, it's clear from our time with the team that Gears 2 will shoot for a much larger conflict. "In order to save jacinto, they have no choice but to take the war to the Locust," Fergusson continues. "They're going to push back and go underground, and bring the battle to them."

Lots of talk about the new Unreal tech. GI says the story and gameplay are a pretty major leap forward from the original game, but an equally large step is being made in the behind-the-scenes tech. Gears 2 is set to impress just like Gears 1 did. New character lighting, it's a step away from realistic lighting and towards cinematic lighting. New version of Unreal 3 constantly shifts the lighting technique in order to make a character stand out in the environment. Ambient occlusion is another tech being used. Unreal's new ability to render huge numbers of individual creatures at the same time... hundereds of Locust troops, each moving independently and as unique individuals. Awesome water effects, soft body physics.

Most multiplayer details are under wraps. There is a remake of Gridlock. Step up in technology is obvious. "We hear hints of all sorts of new multiplayer features, from dramatically expanded co-op modes to multiplayer content that takes advantage of Unreal's new ability to deliver huge numbers of the Locust horde at one time, but confirmed details will have to wait until a later date."

"Gameplay of Gears 2 will appear mostly familiar to fans, with a few small variations. The core cover/shoot mechanics remain largely intact, but the use of cover has been carefully retouched so it will be harder to get hit while protected, as the character will rest a little further back from the corners. Active reloads won't be dramatically altered, particularly with the returning weapons. However, some of the new arsenal may vary the way in whihc active reloads are used. New chainsaw duels expand that gruesome combat mechanic to deliver even more excitement. Boss battles return, but a big push is geared towards refining them, making them more fun and epic in scale.

"We have creatures that make the Brumak look like a baby panda bear." -Cliff Bleszinski

Drop in and drop out co-op.

Multiple save files to maintain the integrity of each playthrough without abandoning your other attempts.

Gears 2 will have different difficulty settings for each player in co-op. One person can play on Hardcore, one on Casual, for instance. When you are together, the game will understand what that means, and when you split up, you will have individual experiences. Details on how this works exactly are under wraps.

A fourth difficulty is being added for the most casual gamers. Harder difficulty settings will remain "truly devastating." They say Casual in the first game wasn't casual enough. This way everyone who wants to pick up the controller will be embraced.

COG Centaur tank. Takes the best parts of a monster truck and a military tank and combines them. There's a dedicated level where you'll pilot one.

"We were shown a vast underground cave level wherin Marcus and his companions will take the fight to the Locust. Unlike the sometimes cramped and and linear subterranean paths from the first game, the cavern complex is vast and breathtaking. Branching levels and open spaces give players true tactical choices as they decide which way to tackle an assault. Whatever path you choose, bio-luminescent plants light light the faces of the new Locust Kantus enemies. These monk-like devils hum low and droning chants that can be focused into sonic attacks against you. They wield weapons like the new Gorgon burst pistol and poison grenades, both of which can become part of your arsenal if you play your cards right. However, the Kantus' true danger lies in their ability to revive their fallen bretheren from afar. Where before you could rest easy after taking down an enemy soldier, now there is the constant danger of them rising back up to continue to fight. The only alternative is to brave the hail of gunfire to break through enemy ranks and kill the Kantus sulking in the rear. Along the way, you may not have access to stable cover anymore, so you'll have to make do with the moving kind. Massive Locust rock worms will emerge from the cavern walls during battle, guided by the Kantus' chanting. Luckily, the creatures are so large you can hide behind them as they sliter about, and you too will be able to guide them to an advantageous firing position."

The team at Epic is well aware that many players out there hunger for a deeper and more involved storytelling experience. Lots of emotion this time. Joshua Ortega has been brought on, he is a novelist / comic writer. Really sounds like they are working a lot on the story. Sense of depth with the characters. A "darker and more heartfelt narrative." "THE STAKES ARE RAISED. THIS IS HUMANITY'S LAST STAND. EVERYTHING IS AT RISK. NOTHING IS SAFE." -Joshua Ortega


Voice actors returning include John DiMaggio as Marcus Fenix, and Carlos Ferro as Dominic Santiago. They will be recording the dialogue side by side, more authentic this way.

Forced walking scenes that masked loading time have been replaced with a dynamic conversation camera system - focused facial close ups, shifting dramatic angles, but the player is still in control. There is a "SHUT UP" button that will let you have Marcus end the conversation early and get back to the action.

"There's a certain percentage of the audience that wants to skip all that, and they just want to shoot some s---, and we're more than willing to cater to that." -Cliff Bleszinski

There are collectibles that are relevant to the story. COG tags can be examined to learn about who owned them. War Journal from the pause screen shows your collectibles and what you're missing, and the locations to search for them.

Many Achievements will be able to be earned in Single or Multiplayer. You can check for instance, if you need 1,000 headshots, you can look at your progress in the journal.

Your floating robot has a video screen now, so Anya can give you mission updates face to face.


A SLICE OF ACTION. As seen in the second level of Gears of War 2, Assault. The sun-dappled pine forests are in stark contrast to the roiling convoy of human machinery as it rolls up the pristine mountain pass. Fenix and his squad stand atop their massive wheeled transport. Dizzy, the driver of their derrick, is shouting curses over the roar of the engine. As a breathtaking valley vista opens up to the west, the first mortar slams into a nearby derrick, leaving behind a flaming husk. The flying nemacyst and their explosive assaults are only the spear point of the Locust defense. After some near misses, the derrick tunbles off the dirst road and stalls. An emergence hole opens up nearby and Locust infantry begin to pour out. Firing wildly, Marcus and his team push back the assault. Even as Dizzy gets the truck running, a Brumak appears and gives chase. Crashing headlong throught he cracking and snapping trees, Dizzy forces the derrick into high gear, even as the transport across the way is overrun. Leaping from their new attack platform, enemy troops attempt to board, and Marcus rushes out from cover to curb stomp the assailants. Ahead, in the distance, a narrow bridge stands, wide enough for only one vehicle. The Locust driver sneers and speeds up his derrick as the drop into the gorge up ahead looms large.

"Gears of War 2 is real, and it looks every bit as formidable and impressive as we hoped. It's bigger and better than before, and the people making it are insistent that you'll be playing it in its entirety in just over half a year." -Game Informer


OK I think that covers all the main Gears 2 points. It's a great article, lots of art, renders, and a couple of the images are labeled as screenshots. Theres a picture of the Kantus, it's freaky. Thank you to Game Informer for this great article. Lots more in the mag.
Last edited by Community Forum; 04-08-2008 at 04:09 AM.
Aladuf
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(04-08-2008, 03:51 AM)
There we go, now the masses can see the new Gears 2 info! :D
GarthVaderUK
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(04-08-2008, 03:51 AM)
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Thanks for this, Gears 2 sounds awesome :D
Proelite
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(04-08-2008, 03:54 AM)
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Gamespot forums has some appetizers, but not that much.
Fusebox
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(04-08-2008, 03:54 AM)
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Great post man, definitely raised my hype level for this one.
jj984jj
He's a pretty swell guy in my books anyway.
(04-08-2008, 03:55 AM)
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It looks and sounds amazing, leaps and bounds over the first in art style.
Aladuf
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(04-08-2008, 03:55 AM)

Originally Posted by Proelite

Gamespot forums has some appetizers, but not that much.

*fucking runs to Gamespot forums*

MUST SEE!
rakka
(04-08-2008, 03:55 AM)
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nm

thanks!
colinp
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(04-08-2008, 03:56 AM)
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Pretty damn slick cover to GI. Sorry Milky, GI slaughters in this round.

When will this issue hit Gamestop/EB?

Oh and woohooo GOW2!!
Tomcat
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(04-08-2008, 03:56 AM)
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Awesome info. We need pics :D
painey
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(04-08-2008, 03:56 AM)
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I really hope Gears 2 has a single player worth playing. Gears' campaign was far too disappointing in terms of length and story.

edit: fuck no! another driving section :(
Vyse The Legend
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(04-08-2008, 03:56 AM)
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Originally Posted by rakka

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=273711

He started that thread, you ninny. :lol

Edit: You caught it.
Buttonbasher
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(04-08-2008, 03:56 AM)
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Originally Posted by rakka

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=273711

*psst* he made that one too.

EDIT: VVVVVVYYYYYYYSSSSSSSSE!
rakka
(04-08-2008, 03:57 AM)
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D:
Creamium
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(04-08-2008, 03:59 AM)
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Originally Posted by Tomcat

Awesome info. We need pics :D

the (blurry) truth is out there already

nevertheless it looks fuckawesome
abacab driver
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(04-08-2008, 03:59 AM)
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Nice :D
Cant wait for new media.
Aladuf
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(04-08-2008, 04:01 AM)

Originally Posted by Darunia

the (blurry) truth is out there already

nevertheless it looks fuckawesome

I need to see these, if anyone finds them post them plz! :D
nib95
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(04-08-2008, 04:02 AM)
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This game is going to be amazing!!
Y2Kev
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(04-08-2008, 04:03 AM)
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Gears is the best 360 game

this game is gonna just be like smashing waffles into my face and then stuffing strawberries into my mouth while pouring Sprite over my head and tickling my belly
ToyMachine228
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(04-08-2008, 04:04 AM)
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CAN'T WAIT! Only thing I don't like is that Baird and Cole won't be in the squad to start dammit.
EnjoyIncubus
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(04-08-2008, 04:04 AM)
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Yep, I'm buying this.
Aladuf
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(04-08-2008, 04:05 AM)

Originally Posted by ToyMachine228

CAN'T WAIT! Only thing I don't like is that Baird and Cole won't be in the squad to start dammit.

Yeah that sucks but I'm just glad that they'll be back at least. Baird is the greatest IMO.
RSTEIN
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(04-08-2008, 04:06 AM)
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Gears 2 will have different difficulty settings for each player in co-op. One person can play on Hardcore, one on Casual, for instance. When you are together, the game will understand what that means, and when you split up, you will have individual experiences. Details on how this works exactly are under wraps.

Holy hell, they actually listened! I can't believe they're going to implement this feature. It was the only thing wrong with Gears' co-op - not being able to progress if your random co-op buddy sucked balls and didn't know how to kill wrenches. With this feature implemented, Gears 2's co-op will be flawless.
GarthVaderUK
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(04-08-2008, 04:07 AM)
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Originally Posted by ToyMachine228

CAN'T WAIT! Only thing I don't like is that Baird and Cole won't be in the squad to start dammit.

Cole gets to make another great entrance :D
alexh
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(04-08-2008, 04:07 AM)
:ecstaticface:
Wollan
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(04-08-2008, 04:08 AM)
The Kantus sounds like a new/psychic version of the Archvile in Doom 2.
itxaka
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(04-08-2008, 04:09 AM)
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IŽll said on the other one and IŽll say it again.

"We have creatures that make the Brumak look like a baby panda bear." -Cliff Bleszinski

Drop in and drop out co-op.

Multiple save files to maintain the integrity of each playthrough without abandoning your other attempts.


Yes, all over my face.
Kibbles
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(04-08-2008, 04:09 AM)
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So what's the deal on that gridlock picture? Is it a remake for Gears 2 MP or just a tech demo like thing showing how it would look on the Gears 2 engine?
Imperial Hot
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Originally Posted by Kibbles

So what's the deal on that gridlock picture? Is it a remake for Gears 2 MP or just a tech demo like thing showing how it would look on the Gears 2 engine?

No it isn't the one from the tech demo. The scans are floating around that showed the new Gridlock.
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~Devil Trigger~
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My fav Co-op game is back:D

Glad to see they're working on the Boss battles, they largely sucked on the first one, and i hope the vehicle section get some attention.
dork
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I like how the store i work at , gets these after the internet lol
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(04-08-2008, 04:11 AM)
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Originally Posted by Kibbles

So what's the deal on that gridlock picture? Is it a remake for Gears 2 MP or just a tech demo like thing showing how it would look on the Gears 2 engine?

It's a remake for Gears 2. There is a comparison picture, side by side of the old and the new Gridlock.
Kintaro
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(04-08-2008, 04:11 AM)
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Originally Posted by Y2Kev

this game is gonna just be like smashing waffles into my face and then stuffing strawberries into my mouth while pouring Sprite over my head and tickling my belly

This needs a .gif. Sounds like something Michael Bay would do. "Awesome waffles! Awesome berries!"
laceystorm
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(04-08-2008, 04:14 AM)
:D :D :D :D i want that magazine. can't wait for this game
duk
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(04-08-2008, 04:15 AM)
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this is jizz-tastik
Wollan
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(04-08-2008, 04:15 AM)

Originally Posted by Y2Kev

Gears is the best 360 game

this game is gonna just be like smashing waffles into my face and then stuffing strawberries into my mouth while pouring Sprite over my head and tickling my belly

Sweet?
WinFonda
(04-08-2008, 04:16 AM)
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Originally Posted by Y2Kev

Gears is the best 360 game

this game is gonna just be like smashing waffles into my face and then stuffing strawberries into my mouth while pouring Sprite over my head and tickling my belly

:lol

I concur
Firestorm
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(04-08-2008, 04:17 AM)
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Gears 2 will have different difficulty settings for each player in co-op. One person can play on Hardcore, one on Casual, for instance. When you are together, the game will understand what that means, and when you split up, you will have individual experiences. Details on how this works exactly are under wraps.

Crap. This makes it sound like they're sticking to 2 player co-op =(
favouriteflavour
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Originally Posted by painey

I really hope Gears 2 has a single player worth playing. Gears' campaign was far too disappointing in terms of length and story.

edit: fuck no! another driving section :(

Dont agree about the campaign, loved it. Driving section needs to be severly improved from last time. Easily worst part of the game. Make it optional (like most sections of Halo) or make it fun Epic.
Domino Theory
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(04-08-2008, 04:18 AM)
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Holy. Fucking. Shit.
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(04-08-2008, 04:22 AM)
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Love the news on a easier difficulty.

Damn, if they get this out the door in November, that would be truly something.

Bring on E3.
beerbelly
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(04-08-2008, 04:23 AM)
Just saw the pics. If that is all real time then mind = blown. Don't even think you've seen anything based on that tech demo shown at GDC.

Maria looks attractive actually. I'm surprised UE3 can make good looking women after Gears of War 1's.
squicken
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(04-08-2008, 04:25 AM)
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I hope those chanting monk things can resurrect Carmine . . .
a.wd
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(04-08-2008, 04:25 AM)
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Originally Posted by Wollan

Sweet?

No better than sweet...imagine if sweet had sex with awesome the resultant baby would be what he means

Ill even make up a new word to cover this game...

SweeFucAwesome
JB1981
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Rich, smooth, creamy shit.
(04-08-2008, 04:26 AM)
this game is going to rock our dicks off
Aladuf
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(04-08-2008, 04:26 AM)

Originally Posted by beerbelly

Just saw the pics. If that is all real time then mind = blown. Don't even think you've seen anything based on that tech demo shown at GDC.

Maria looks attractive actually. I'm surprised UE3 can make good looking women after Gears of War 1's.

:O

Post the pix!
Qwerty710710
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(04-08-2008, 04:27 AM)
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I like the new look of gridlock, and some of those shots are bad ass.
Reilly
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(04-08-2008, 04:28 AM)
I can't wait to play this once there's a new 360 redesign.
Proelite
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(04-08-2008, 04:29 AM)
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http://www.xbox360fanboy.com/2008/04...game-informer/

GAF->internet
itxaka
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(04-08-2008, 04:29 AM)
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Originally Posted by beerbelly

Just saw the pics. If that is all real time then mind = blown. Don't even think you've seen anything based on that tech demo shown at GDC.

Maria looks attractive actually. I'm surprised UE3 can make good looking women after Gears of War 1's.


I donŽt think you can Post the pics Man as they are scans rigth?

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