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HALF-LIFE 2: EPISODE THREE

What’s already happened: Right, brace yourselves. Earth was colonized by the fascistic inter-dimensional Combine Empire. After at least a decade of suppression, the meager human resistance gradually evolved into a resolutely kickass fighting force, thanks in no small part to the reappearance of one Dr. Gordon Freeman, guerrilla physicist extraordinaire.

Working alongside fellow scientists Eli Vance and Isaac Kleiner, and of course Eli’s daughter Alyx, Gordon pushed the Combine onto the defensive, facilitating the destruction of the invaders’ dimensional portal just as they were about to bring reinforcements in to crush Earth once and for all. But all is not well. The Combine has discovered the location of The Borealis, a long-missing research ship built by the Aperture Science labs of Portal infamy, and has sent forces to capture it. Immediately before his death at the pointy brain-suckers of the Combine, Eli warned Gordon that the ship means make or break for humanity. And so Episode Three will begin…

What’s coming next: Forget any optimistic ideas of a race for control of the ship. Production art shows it already covered in Combine technology. Very. Bad. News. Given the ship’s origins, we reckon that The Combine will be trying to harness portal technology in order to re-establish contact with their home world. Thus, we think that the majority of Episode Three will find Gordon (and Alyx, provided she can fight through the trauma of her father’s death) battling through the Arctic wastes of the ship’s resting place in order to gain control of or destroy it before The Combine can complete their plan.

The stark change in environment will result in new Combine snow vehicles, new Combine snow troopers and some definite exploration of the region’s ice caves. After all, Half-Life 2 without a cave or mine section just will not do, and we can’t see Valve wasting all that lovely shimmery surface technology we saw in Episode 2’s Antlion caves. Expect a huge dimensional rip at the climax, possibly resulting in key leads being transported through time and space to wherever Half-Life 3 is to be set. Also, an existential fade-to-black ending featuring the G-Man and his increasingly personal agenda.

Final predictions? The appearance of a pre-dementia GLaDOS on The Borealis (if she worked alongside Gordon to fight off the Combine, we’d love it) and absolutely no portal guns. They’re awesome, but they have no place in Half-Life 2.


GEARS OF WAR 3

What’s already happened: Mankind fought itself for 80 years, with competing governments vying over control of the energy source known as Imulsion. When that war ended, however, the Locust emerged. For another 15 years, the surface-hogging humans battled the underground-dwelling creatures over control of the entire planet (which is Sera, by the way, and not Earth.) Four military grunts – Marcus, Dom, Cole and Baird – have been at the very center of this conflict, delivering bombs and sinking cities in an effort to eradicate their enemy once and for all. But the Locust still survive, and developments in Gears of War 2 suggest that they may not be completely evil after all.

What’s coming next: The truth, finally. Since the beginning, we’ve known that Locust are not invaders from outer space, but fellow residents of Sera. Now, after visiting their suspiciously well-constructed cities, meeting their suspiciously humanoid Queen and stumbling upon the suspiciously named New Hope Research Facility – where monstrous half-breed experiments are born – we’re convinced that Man and Locust are more than linked.

They’re related.

How? Scientists, attempting either to devise new uses for Imulsion, or to develop secret super soldiers during the Pendulum Wars, accidentally created the mutant Sires. When their research – and their precious test subjects - were threatened, they escaped to a mountain retreat. One that, as Marcus discovered in Gears 2, led directly to what is now the enemy stronghold. That’s right. Humans were transformed into Sires which, when exposed to large quantities of Imulsion underground, transformed into the Locust.

In Gears of War 3, our band of heroes will learn this truth and, feeling betrayed, stop taking orders from COG bosses Victor Hoffman and Richard Prescott. With assistance and information from Marcus’s long-lost father, Adam Fenix, they’ll work to end the war on their own terms, even if it means forming an uneasy but necessary alliance with the Locust and their Queen (who is actually a human sympathizer from the research facility).


Above: See the resemblance?

We’re not done. Horde mode will enable more than five players. Campaign co-op will include more than two players. Baird or Cole will die. Carmine will survive. Marcus will nod and smile at Anya. The third game will release next Fall, 2010.

Okay, now we’re done.

Nov 25, 2009


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59 comments

  • D0CCON - June 8, 2010 11:23 p.m.

    Wonder what will happen with Modern Warfare 3 and its big cliffhanger now that Infinity Ward has became a very Finite Ward.
  • ryno - June 7, 2010 10:53 p.m.

    i hope assasins creed 3 takes place in the modern era. where you have you hidden blade. silenced pistols. and a sniper rifle. also i know about assasins creed brotherhood but its more of a sidestory i heard
  • Zackaro - June 7, 2010 6:58 p.m.

    Well, about L4D3, if youve noticed the first L4D was taken 2 weeks after the first infection, and L4D 2 took place 1 week after the first infection, sooooo L4D 3 MUST take place when the infection first breaks out, so expect pandemic. =D
  • Ganonpork - June 7, 2010 5:57 p.m.

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  • waffledragon33 - June 7, 2010 10:33 a.m.

    i hope these come out
  • waffledragon33 - March 2, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    i think ac3 will be in the modern
  • TeragRunner - February 1, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    Cole's gonna die just because he black. Being black I can make that assessment which is true in a good amount of media.
  • ongong - January 30, 2010 4:51 a.m.

    For Assassinh's creed 3, I think the assassin's should break into abstergo and find a robot that desmond can control from the animus. that way, desmond is impervious to bullets, and can still be "desyncronized" when he gets beat up.
  • Mirako - January 30, 2010 4:09 a.m.

    I disagree with the Gears thing. The Locust were there from the beginning it seems so Humans creating them is very unlikely. Although I might have the times wrong because if the facility is EXTREMELY old, yes that might be their origins.
  • halowar234 - December 17, 2009 5:12 p.m.

    cant wate till the left 4 dead 3 comes out
  • Slica - December 13, 2009 5:20 a.m.

    Hey just got 2 comments, for left for dead 3 maybe the top left of the map is where they where going, posibly washington d.c? And for gears of war 3 i think your way off, maybe except for how they became locust. One in jacintos reminent they go to the islands in the south. Where locust havnt appeared, theres no infrastructure, so it be hard to base a game there, maybe the training. But where the hell are they gonna go after? they barlely have an army anymore and now have some sort of poor navy. They have more stranded problem it seems. Also gears 3 will be coming out on the new xbox console not 360 because it will one make more money, 2 be able to be alot better because of the new systems capabilities. JUST SAYING :)
  • DoctorCrazy - December 9, 2009 5:50 p.m.

    One thing I must point out, is that GTA: Canada doesnt make any sense. Are you saying that all Canada is one enviornment? It would jsut be one big forest full of moose and hunters? Im sorry GR but do you know what the Praries look like? Or the East Coast of Canada? And then you go and say GTA: Colorado, implying that most US states are all different, but not Canada, its just one big clump of trees with a moose. K im done.
  • nadrewod999 - December 9, 2009 2:58 a.m.

    Lol @ gamingfreak, AC2 IS ALREADY OUT! XD
  • LieutenantCipher - December 5, 2009 1:03 a.m.

    Most of your predictions seem head on for me - basically you guys foresaw the same thing I have, great minds think alike I guess ;) As for the second Assassin's Creed 3 assumption: if Ubisoft does decide to kick everyone in the balls and continue to dick around in the animus then I guess they might end up going through subject 16's memories in an attempt to pick some answers out for half the game, but one way or another, they're gonna have to give Desmond a shot going by the short bit at the end where we get to play as him and kill some Abstergo employees. Either way, the sequel is gonna be great based on the pure epicality of AC2 and I'm lookin' forward to it!(along with Prototype 2 as well) P.S. - Hopefully, Ubisoft will ignore the retarded, weaboos that constantly bitch about the fact that the AC series doesn't and probably never will(thank god) have any cliche, overused, japanese anime bullshit. Face it, Ninja Gaiden covers that crap, every single game ever created doesn't have to have a relation to Japan or ninjas or samurai warriors. All the wapanese fucktards infesting the interwebz should seriously give it rest.
  • gamingfreak - December 3, 2009 2:12 a.m.

    I think that Assassins Creed 2 will start out with Desmond in the Animus (again) heading to the cabin (hinted in AC2) and re-living another ancestor's memory. About 70%-80% (just guessing) of the game will be in the Animus and the other 30%-20% will be Desmond kickin ass (finally) assassin style.
  • morrodox - December 1, 2009 4:35 p.m.

    My predictions for HL2 Ep3: I predict the episode will start out with Gordon en Route to the Borealis, and agree it will already be overrun with Combine. Alex will NOT tag along, being too distraught over Eli's death. Instead Gordon will pair up with another character, possibly Barney or Dog, or perhaps even Adrian Shepard from Opposing Force. However, later in the game Gordon and Alex will reunite after she's had some time to recover, and now she will be pissed, and she will kick more Combine ass than we've ever seen her kick before. I predict Gordon's next encounter with G-Man will alter their relationship, possibly with Gordon defying G-Man's orders somehow. Perhaps to save someone he cares about. We will see uncertainty from G-Man for the first time. We will not learn exactly who G-Man is (that's for HL3), but we will leave with a pretty good idea of what his motivations are, and possibly for whom he works. I predict Gordon will fight a Combine Advisor using only the crowbar. Because it's just too awesome to not happen. Possibly even Breen in a host body! I disagree on an appearance by GLaDOS, as I always had the impression that the events of HL2 and Portal were unfolding at the same time. I agree on no portal guns in Ep3 or HL3... for the single-player campaign. But portal guns in multi would RULE.
  • iluvmyDS - December 1, 2009 8:41 a.m.

    The Gears of War entry seems likely, I hope it has that kind of twist.
  • 64DD - December 1, 2009 2:24 a.m.

    no half-life 3?? just dissapointing
  • BLAQstorm - November 29, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    In modern warfare 3 soap and price will probably have to go aginst their own government to clear their name.
  • Defguru7777 - November 28, 2009 10:56 p.m.

    Okay, lot of things to say. Reach was glassed a month or two before the first game, not at the beginning of the war. The Master Chief's training ended before the war started. Also, the Master Chief never stepped foot on Reach during its fall. He was in an orbital station making sure the Covenant didn't find their way to Earth. However, I do hope that the story will be told from multiple perspectives. That's mainly why I liked Halo 2 and ODST's story so much. And as for class-based multiplayer...ABSOLUTLEY FUCKING NOT!!!!! Part of why I love Halo's multiplayer is that everyone's on even terms. I think Bungie should stick to what they've done. Keep the same excellent multiplayer while making improvements (new weapons, vehicles, and gameplay). As for your Half-Life 2: Episode 3 predictions, I completely agree. Especially the part about keeping portal guns out of Half-Life. GTA, don't really care as long as the new environment is good. Mostly I think Gears of War 3 will happen like you've said. Except for a few things. Prescott didn't have the Sires researched on. It said in the game that it was under Chairman Monroe. And the Chairman before Prescott was Dalyell. So the Sires are at least two Chairmen removed. Also, Hoffman didn't know about the Sires until Delta did. And in the novels, he's mostly on good terms with all of them, even Marcus. Also, Cole and Baird had better not die!!!! I think if anyone dies, it'll be Dom. Call it a feeling.

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