More Maxim-sponsored Gears of War: Judgment DLC revealed

Men's magazine's latest sponsorship includes Dreadnought multiplayer map for OverRun mode.

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The next Maxim-sponsored Gears of War: Judgment downloadable content has been revealed. Thanks to a partnership from the men's magazine, gamers can download a new multiplayer map--Dreadnought--for free beginning May 15.

The map is playable in Gears of War: Judgment's OverRun mode. Dreadnought is set on the CNV Pomeroy, a naval vessel where the COG transported captured Locust Berserkers in the months following Emergence Day. However, things quickly went awry.

"Little did they know that the Locust had waterborne beasts from the underground rivers of the Hollow, or that the Locust soldiers would use them so relentlessly to rescue the captured Berserkers," reads a line from the map's description. "The Pomeroy was corralled into a narrow channel and forced ashore, where the Locust sent a mass of troops to assault and overwhelm the beached vessel."

The first Maxim-sponsored DLC for Gears of War: Judgment took the form of multiplayer maps Haven and Capitol, as well as an Execution mode. According to Epic Games, its partnership with the men's magazine is simply a co-promotional deal that allows the developer to release the content for free.

For more on Gears of War: Judgment, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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52 comments
g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Great locusts that can swim, they already can fly and go underground, what's next?!

granola_goodnes
granola_goodnes

A bro-tastic magazine funding DLC for one of the most bro-mantic video games around. This is what bro love is all about!

ForceSkin
ForceSkin

I only recently purchased and finished GoW Judgment and really enjoyed it. It definitely lacked that true GoW goofy epicness (pun intended) in terms of story but was still a lot of fun. I thought I'd give multiplayer a crack only to find a grand total of 1000 people were playing it worldwide! COD typically has 300 000 on its latest iteration, Halo 4 about 15 000-30 000. What happened to this game?

jhpiv4
jhpiv4

Time to move on from Gears.. good thing I already did

trivolution
trivolution

Judgement was worth playing but it wasn't that big.

AMG
AMG

Looking forward to it.

berserker66666
berserker66666

A Man's magazine sponsoring GOW? A little weird. Still GOW IS a man's game so...

ps2fatboy
ps2fatboy

stop your bitchin guys atleast its free crying out loud

DarthLod
DarthLod

This franchise is so tired and the multiplayer only DLC crap just ruins it all the more.

Acekidder
Acekidder

Free is always good :) guys stop being the whining bitches that the rest of the internet thinks we are. Judgement is a good game meant to be a stop gap till next gen, i hope we have at least 3 years wait for a new Gears though so i can be excited all over again.

I want to be like holly shit a new Gears of War running on unreal engine 4 on next gen xbox sign me up day one.

Hurvl
Hurvl

So you don't need to buy the magazine? Well, that's great, although I don't care about MP maps or GoW: Judgment, since this one isn't on PC, like GoW 1. It's nice that we don't need to buy a men's magazine to get this DLC. Even the women in GoW are properly dressed and the target audience for GoW are hardly the one for Maxim I'd wager.

I remember Mountain Dew implementing a code on their bottles for some Halo stuff, but it was inside the bottle or something, so you had to buy it to get the code.

keysnsamples
keysnsamples

Stopped caring after Gears of War 2.

Gears of War 3 ruined multiplier for me and Judgement is an abomination to the series. 



Sucks watching your favorite video game series of all time get raped, year after year.

gufberg
gufberg

Partnering with Maxim? ffs Epic. You've sunk low. 

foxrock66
foxrock66

This game disgusts me on so many levels

Elann2008
Elann2008

Milking it.   Gears hasn't been good since Gears of War 2.  

sdoxas
sdoxas

All these screenshots need extremely lame/cringe-worthy captions.  Y'know, just like Maxim.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

We might actually end up with as many maps as Gears 3 had at launch. :P

PortalJumper93
PortalJumper93

Maxim Named Miley Cyrus as #1 in their top 100 hottest women. No Thanks.

100proofsoco
100proofsoco

The same thing is happening with movies...Iron Man 3, Fast and Furious 6, how many Pirates of the Caribbean movies are there? There was an interview where johnny Depp said he feels like he's being "raped" seriously...Google it.


We don't 90 iterations of the same frigging thing.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

No Beast Mode, no Horde Mode, still no sale for me.

This game has to be considered a flop.  Just over 1 million in sales.  Big departure from the ~6 million units EACH that the previous few titles sold.

lazyb5
lazyb5

I bet maxim was expecting judgement to sell more then 300,000

Adavanter
Adavanter

I actually really liked Gears 1 and 3... but Judgment really damaged the brand IMO. Not that it was a broken game or anything. Just such a rehash with little to no originality. Huge franchise fatigue happened so fast.

DUMB_Pinhead
DUMB_Pinhead

@ForceSkin I still have friends that play the 2nd and 3rd Gears exclusively. It seems that the subtle changes over the franchise's history has split GoW's fanbase in three. There are people that stick with the first one, I don't know why; the multiplayer is full of hackers and unfixed glitches. But yeah, GoW Judgement is great, except there's no one to play with except bots. It just makes me want to sell it and go back to Gears 2.

foxrock66
foxrock66

@berserker66666 

*prepubescent boys' game marketed as "mature" so as to seem cool to said boys who's parents don't pay any attention to ratings

Adavanter
Adavanter

Sadly I don't think we will ever see a real entry into the series again. Not with most of the creative minds behind it gone. Epic really isn't Epic anymore.

JPL1982
JPL1982

@PixelAddict And I add this :

I've lost all my campaign stats/achievements stats 3 f****g times with updates!@#$%?&*

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@lazyb5 300k in Europe, 700k in North America.  

Infinite sadness in Epic.

91210user
91210user

@Adavanter  

Isn't that the point? They just wanted to kill it so Epic can quickly move onto the Unreal Engine 4 and Fortnite or whatever!  

RavageCobra
RavageCobra

@inferno003 @keysnsamples I'm so happy I didn't pick up Judgment. I did like Gears 3 at launch but they kept messing with the multiplayer by nerfing the weapons and throwing the multiplayer DLC on disc. Never touching anything Gears-related again.

inferno003
inferno003

@brothersinarmsb @Elann2008  

WRONG!

GEARS 2 was fucked up for the 1st 2 months after release, but...  That was quickly fixed, i played over 2 years with little to no issues... Clearly i wasnt the only one because the total players per game mode is a hell of alot more than any gears 3 or judgment mode could wish to have...

Not to mention the pathetic player pool that just plays quick match so they can get their 2.0+ k/ds against bots... Ive played a hell of a lot of gears, 80,000 + kills across the series, and i know for damn sure the majority of gears 3 & judgment players never played the 1st 2 games...  Its just a bunch of bored cod kids, the last to gears games were clearly designed for them...

Hell, the gears 3 beta played better than the actual game! Then we have the maps, Im sorry but, gears 3 & judgment for the most part have terrible maps! Even the remakes suck!

Theres also the so called servers, which imo compared to other shooters were simply pathetic... They ran much better in the beta... On top of all that, epic takes them away and requires you to spend more money to have them back... They must be learning from capcoms gaming practices...

The gears games go in the order they came out... And as far as the mp is concerned, judgement isnt gears!

The sad part is, after the disaster they called judgement, the franchise might be dead for a long time... 

Only hope real gears fans have is: 

GEARS OF WAR ANNERVERSARY on the next xbox...  

I hope it happens, only things i want added to it are the improved movement from pt 3 & all of the executions... oh and no TDM or quickmatch!


Bushin1
Bushin1

@brothersinarmsb@Elann2008

Seconded. Gears 3 is superior in every way. So:

Gears 3 > Gears 1 > Gears 2 > Judgement

Actually, Judgement barely belongs in this list...

JPL1982
JPL1982

@Adavanter The only hope for Epic :

-Gears of War 4 (2015 maybe, follow-up from the story of GoW 3 then release it on GFWL (PC) too with greast DX11 graphics!)

-Bulletstorm 2 (please, we want it!)

-Unreal Tournament 4 (we want it too!!!)


Acekidder
Acekidder

@91210user @Adavanter The point was to give fans something to tide us over till next gen (and make some money) i dont mind judgement overun is a fun mode taken for what it is. The campaign while fun was way too short i hope there is more of that in dlc.

inferno003
inferno003

@Adavanter @inferno003  

Was going to respond sooner but ive been busy...  anyway...

It was also well known & talked about on gaming sites that GOW 3 was already finished at set to release in april... The beta wanst planned, it was a response to

A) microsoft delaying the game 

B) a way to boost another of epics game sales (bulletstorm)

If the game was set to release in april its obvious that the beta which took place in april was not planned ahead of time... Which is why the game beta looked so good, it was a finished product... Normal betas look like shit, ex:bf3...

As for judgement, i know people can fly were involved, but from what i read they made overrun and helped with the campaign, not with the abysmal mp...

As far as gow 3, sure it had some good improvements like better & more fluid movement but the game lost its way, it was altered to lure cod & halo fans and IMO lost what made the 1st 2 games special...

TDM was only added for the A.D.D. cod kids that cant sit still long enough to play a round based game, and are too stupid to use 1 life effectively... QUICKMATCH being added decimated the ranked player pool and left people farming kills of of bots... GOW 1 & 2 both had bigger mp fan bases than 3 so their is really no reason to have quick match... Then to top things off most gears 3 maps are poorly designed and lead to lots of spawn camping... On top of that, the spawn system is one of the worst ive ever seen in a mp game...  Theres also the massively OP rifles which were never fixed, and the lancer that has way too much ammo, epic clearly did everything in their power to completely change the way gears plays... You also mention gow2 connection issues, right now gow3 is no different, people that didnt buy dlc had the servers taken away and in came the host bridgers...

They made the game for new players not for their fans, which is sad...  Thats why judgment sucks so bad, they just continued what they were already doing, copying the competition instead of being the unique shooter they used to be... Its a problem that has plagued many games this gen...

Dont get me wrong, I love GEARS! I enjoyed the gow 3 beta...  I wanted to like 3 & judgment, but it seems epic just doesnt care about their fans they are too consumed with halo & cods fans...  Which is why i recently started playing gow1 again...

Oh and... Remember, that population of gow 3 fans  your in, some of which hate gow 2, for the most part thers not even gears fans, their just shooter fans from other games... EPIC did a poll during gow3, now i cant remember the exact # but it was something like over 50% of gears 3 players have never played gears 1, which is why it was given out for free with judgement...


Adavanter
Adavanter

@inferno003 @Adavanter

It's pretty much in the press release from Epic that they did the beta to make sure there wasn't a repeat of Gears 2...

This is quote from Cliffy B in an interview. He said that a big part of the reason that Epic was conducting a beta for Gears 3, was so that it could avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.

When Epic says Gears 2 was a mess. When they come out and say the beta is to prevent a repeat... and it's generally well known and talked about in every major gaming site... I'm going to stick by my experience and generally the consensus of the creators and most gamers that GoW 2's multiplayer was a nightmare.

As for Epic making Judgment all of the key players behind Gears already left the studio before work really started on it. Not only that People Can Fly were the ones responsible for most of Judgment.

I know you loved the game man... but that doesn't stop the fact it sucked for pretty much everyone else.

inferno003
inferno003

@Adavanter  

I agree we must have had vastly different experiences...

So you know, the gears 3 beta had nothing to do with gears 2, the only reason they even had a beta is because microsoft made them delay a already finished game for 6+ months... Why do you think it was the most polished beta of all time? Simple, because it was actually the real game...


Also if epic was at all concerned with what the fans want, the terrible mp in gow judgement would have never been made!

Adavanter
Adavanter

Well then we just have to agree we had vastly VASTLY different experiences. As I said Gears 2 is the quintessential example of a horrible multiplayer netcode. So many times I was on epic’s forums excited about their supposed fixes. I lost track of how many times they “fixed” it. Before I just gave up.

You just keep posting "Wrong" though. Even though Epic went back on their company stance of no betas just for Gears 3 because Gears 2 MP  flopped so hard they were promising not to make the same mistakes again.

inferno003
inferno003

@Adavanter  

looking back, the player pool was actually much bigger than 100,000 weekly...

inferno003
inferno003

@Adavanter  

Wrong again, I rarely had host,70% of my time on gears 2 was solo, the odds of me even getting host were slim, and when i played with friends i was rarely the party leader... I actually hate to be host in gears games, always have...

You and your friend must be blind, Many things were fixed in gears 2, it just took some time... There was easily over 100,000 active players in both execution & warzone when dark corners/all fronts map packs came out...  The game couldnt have been that bad because they all stuck around for quite a while...

Sorry but... Again, im not in the minority, you are... Gears 2 had a much bigger active fan base than gears 3!!!

Adavanter
Adavanter

I had a die hard Gears friend. We came back for every update. It was broken every time. Nothing fixed Gears of War 2. Nothing. It was broken beyond repair. As for people who likely had no issues... IE you. Likely landed host 9 times out of 10.

Trust me you're in the minority. GoW2 will always be my go to example of a broken online multiplayer.