Essential Gaming: Top 15 Original Soundtracks of the Generation

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OSTCover_FINAL4The website recently posted the top 15 video game soundtracks. Two titles from Epic Games made it to the list. They decided to list only original soundtracks, not ones created as compilations. Gears of War by Kevin Riepl comes in as number twelve on the list.

Jen Bosier says, ” It’s easy to forget how revolutionary Gears was when it first released, with every aspect of the game feeling like a grand experiment. This extends to Riepl’s soundtrack which effortlessly blends strong, militaristic themes with foreboding sounds typically reserved for horror offerings.”

At number seven is The Bulletstorm Soundtrack by Michael Cielecki and Krzysztof Wierzynkiewicz. “Cielecki’s mix of chorals and brass plays as a homage to epic action set pieces and thrilling, tense adventures. There isn’t a weak track on the album and chances are you’ll find yourself remembering your favorite skill shots.”

You can get a track from each of the soundtracks for free from the Epic 20th Anniversary Original Soundtrack. You can also download the complete Bulletstorm soundtrack for free, from FilePlanet.



King Of The Couch Gears Double Header Tourney!

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King Of The Couch Gears of War Double Header Tournament

If you’re going to be near Nanuet, NY this weekend, be sure to stop by the Hilton Garden Inn for the King of the Couch Gears of War and Gears of War: Judgment Tournaments! The Gears of War tournament is a BONUS GEARS OF WAR 1 Throwback 4v4 Event!

Registration for the event begins at 9:00 AM so be sure to get there early.

Cash prizes will be awarded and there will be Gears of War: Judgment 2v2, 4v4 and Free-For-All events.

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Saturday July 13th
Registration Begins at 9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn
270 West Route 59
Nanuet, NY 10954


Lost Relics DLC Pack Now Available

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Museum MapIf you haven’t already, be sure to pick up the latest DLC for Gears of War: Judgment, Lost Relics. This DLC includes four new maps and new mode along with new weapon and armor skins.

Defend Sera’s sacred relics on two new competitive multiplayer maps “Lost City” and “Museum,” battle on the returning classic “Checkout” or hold the line with the new OverRun exclusive map, “Ward.”

The pack also includes the new multiplayer mode, “Breakthrough.”

You can get it today HERE.

Your Questions for Tonight’s Gears of War: Judgment DLC Stream

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Join us tonight at 5:00 PM EST for a live stream with the Gears of War: Judgment development team’s @Petenub and @EntropicDev along with Epic Games Community Manager @Raczilla on

Tonight’s topics will include the upcoming weekend event and your title update and “Lost Relics” questions.  Have a question for the stream? Be sure to post it in the comments section below!

Gears of War: Judgment Lost Relics Gameplay Trailer

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Lost City MapThe Gears of War: Judgment DLC arrived today. Lost Relics includes a new multiplayer mode “Breakthrough,” new maps and new weapon and armor skins.

Defend Sera’s sacred relics on two new competitive multiplayer maps “Lost City” and “Museum” and battle on returning classic “Checkout,” or hold the line with new OverRun exclusive map “Ward.”

The DLC is available today for VIP members and next Tuesday for everyone.



We’re Talking Lost Relics on Tonight’s Live Stream

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Be sure to join us tonight at 6:00 PM EST for a live stream with the Gears of War: Judgment development team and @PixelK1tty on

Tonight’s topics will include the upcoming Gears of War: Judgment DLC, “Lost Relics” and we’ll answer some of your questions!

Lost Relics DLC Coming June 18th!

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The new Lost Relics DLC for Gears of War: Judgment will be arriving tomorrow, June 18th for VIP members!  The rest of Gears fans can expect to get their hands on Lost Relics the following Tuesday, June 25th.  This DLC includes four new maps, new weapon and armor skins, as well as the new mode Breakthrough.  Read up on all the new maps and study the flythrough videos below to get the competitive edge over your enemies.

Lost City Map

CHECKOUT – Checkout’s combat takes place in the carcass of an abandoned superstore.  The shop owners tried to move inventory with a closeout sale in the weeks leading up to the HOD evacuations, but ultimately had to walk away and leave everything to time and history.  The intense close-quarters combat of the store aisles makes every decision important.  Weapon selection is key, cover is essential to survival and every move has an impact.  When facing your enemy, remember what the sign says: “Everything must go.”

LOST CITY – The ruins of this ancient city were once a major archeological find .  Despite sitting empty for centuries, the hydro-powered aqueduct and canal systems were still in working order and proved that the ancient Serans had a remarkable grasp of engineering and architecture.  Like so many projects, excavation was abruptly halted when the Locust emerged and changed the face of the planet.  Now every Seran city sits as empty and lost as this one.

MUSEUM – Situated on the bay just outside the city capitol, The Ilima Museum of Natural History features an array of permanent exhibits, special programs, and educational opportunities for visitors of all ages.  With over a million artifacts and specimens in our collection, you can explore the wonders of the natural world at your own pace, or take part in one of our special hands-on workshops. Tickets are on sale now for our latest special showing: The Ages of Seran Military Might.  Get up close and personal with ancient swords of mystical power and see some of the first working mechanical weaponry of our storied past.

WARD – The battle for Halvo Bay was fought on many fronts simultaneously.  While most areas of the city fell quickly, a few sections actually had time to mount a defense and fortify against the incoming Horde.  Some were even able to push the Locust forces back and regain some ground before all was lost.  This Overrun map features one such area where the battle was small but intense, and the dedicated forces of the COG army tried to hold off wave after wave of invading forces with little in the way of reinforcements.  They pushed the Locust back several blocks before resistance increased and ultimately they found themselves in a fierce tug of war with little hope of success.

Also, checkout the shiny new screenshots below!

Gears of War: Judgment 4v4 Tournament This Weekend

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thuglifeComing off of a very successful Master at Arms event two weekends ago, The Grind eSports is at it again with a 4v4 Gears of War: Judgment tournament this weekend. The tournament is free to enter and will be a single elimination bracket.

The event will be streamed live from Twitch.TV on Saturday June 15th and Sunday June 16th starting at 3:00 PM Eastern. There will be prizes and DLC codes provided by Epic Games.

For more information visit or head over to the Gears of War forums to discuss.

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Gears of War Jeep!

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photo2Epic Gamer “Patryn” decided to skin his 1988 Jeep Cherokee Laredo Gears of War style and we love the result! A huge Gears of War fan, Patryn took his design to “Carskins” in Kennesaw, Georgia where they created the skin and applied it to the Jeep.

His one-of-a-kind vehicle gets plenty of attention!



No Stream Tonight, But Join Us Monday!

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Join us Monday at 6:00 PM EST for a live stream with the Gears of War: Judgment development team and @Raczilla on

The topic will be the new DLC “Lost Relics,” which is coming soon. The event this week will be a returning favorite, “Can You Dig It?”  Have a question for the team? Be sure to post it in the comments section below!