Marcus Fenix  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Marcus Fenix  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Game Splicing: Popular Franchises Infused with a Random Genre Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:00:01 -0400 Aaron Grincewicz

 What is a Game Splicer?  It's a futuristic machine (actually a spreadsheet) loaded with the names of 15 popular game franchises and 15 genres. Once a genre has been matched to a franchise at least four times out of nine, it generates a result. I'll then give some thoughts on how the combination could work and stay true to the chosen franchise.

After firing up my device for the first time, the result is:

Gears of War: The RPG

I guess I got lucky with this one. After playing Gears of War 4, I had been thinking about the history of Sera. The environments and cities have such a historical feel to them, that it would be a pleasure to explore the world when humans first settled on it. Maybe we could even help create those cities, with a crafting system similar to the one in Fallout 4, albeit much lighter.

Perhaps, the time between Gears 3 and Gears 4 would make a great setting. With the significant threat to existence gone, humanity started to rebuild; Marcus Fenix started a family, and there was relative peace. There could've been a conflict of some kind, allowing for different sides of a story to be told. Heck, I'd be happy with a mini-game involving running Marcus's farm.

The combat of the series would transfer well into the RPG genre. Sure, it might feel a bit like Mass Effect, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Gears has always had a heavy feel to it, and I think it would be interesting to see how that it translates into some RPG archetypes. Creating a ranged healer character, whose primary weapon is a custom torque bow sure sounds fun. How about a Thrashball player who refuses to drop his ball? Combat could get interesting with a Thrashball ricochet skill.

The sub-genre of RPG is also fun to consider. Could the World of Warcraft approach work on Gears of War? With such an enormous following, a Gears MMO could be successful. The planet is full of caves, manors, and other vast, raid-worthy areas. We've only glimpsed the exotic wildlife that exists in that universe -- it's just sitting there waiting to be killed and looted. The combat could also transfer to a more tactical style, such as the one used in Tom Clancy's The Division. Every time I play that game, it reminds me of Gears.

Multiplayer, as it exists today, would be different, but when you consider that your character could join a Thrashball League, the possibility of that alone becoming an eSport is there. If this article weren't about what my randomizer generated, I could easily make a case for a standalone Gears Thrashball sports game to exist. Even without that sport, Gears multiplayer could continue, nearly unaltered. The series has also done co-op well, so joining a party and continuing that would be almost seamless.

Personally, were I to design this hypothetical Gears of Wars: The RPG, the emphasis would be on the building of the cities, and settlements. That would allow for the inclusion of Horde mode, which is crucial. A primary goal throughout the game would be constructing towns, camps, and the like. Naturally, the process wouldn't go smoothly since various enemies would attack you. When the attacks happen, you enter Horde mode, just like in the Gears 4 campaign, but on a much larger scale.

What do you think of this combination? How would you convert the Gears of War franchise into an RPG? To what other genres could the series successfully crossover?

New Gears of War game play released Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:34:56 -0400 Dennis Adame

Gears of War 4 is one of the biggest titles to be released this year. When it drops on October 11th fans will be able to see what has become of the world since the events of Gears 3

Xbox released a new six-minute long video to their YouTube today and it shows come great fighting, new finishing moves, and an old face. In true Gears fashion, Gears of War 4 will remain a cover based third person shooter. The main character is JD, the son of Marcus Fenix. In this clip, you can see Marcus fighting with his son. His very distinct voice can be heard throughout the clip and you can even see his face for a few frames. It is unknown just how much Marcus will be in the game and if anyone else from Delta Squad will make an appearance (Marcus is the guy in the upper left hand of the photo below). The visuals in this clip are great as well. The world has a very dark feel to it which is a lot like the previous Gears games. 

Gears of War 4 will be available for Xbox and Windows 10 on October 11th, 2016.