Un­leash the Lo­cust leader

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - 20 Eguide Tech - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

GAME de­vel­op­ers may ar­gue ex­pan­sion packs are a sure­fire way of breath­ing new life into age­ing games, while gamers could ask why weren’t the ex­tra good­ies in the game in the first place?

Ei­ther way, fresh con­tent cre­ated in the months fol­low­ing ma­jor re­lease games is par for the course these days.

The Xbox 360 ti­tle, Gears of Wars 3, launched last Septem­ber and has just re­ceived its fourth add- on pack called

Fenix Ris­ing. This in­cludes new mul­ti­player maps and playable char­ac­ters for use in on­line matches, plus a tweaked rank­ing sys­tem.

While the con­cept of fresh faces and bat­tle­grounds is stan­dard is­sue for on­line shoot­ing games, what im­pressed me was the pre­vi­ous add- on pack for

Gears of War 3 called, RAAM’S Shadow, which I down­loaded along with Fenix

Ris­ing, both of which cost un­der $ 20. Rather than a few new ar­eas to run and gun in, RAAM’S Shadow of­fers a com­pelling new cam­paign mode, com­plete with an un­told story from the

Gears uni­verse and a new lead char­ac­ter. The story takes place just af­ter the events in the orig­i­nal Gears of War, and fol­lows Zeta Squad as they move through ar­eas such as high schools, bank vaults, and an or­phan­age in I lima City to evac­u­ate civil­ians ahead of an at­tack at the hands of one nasty piece of work, called Gen­eral RAAM.

For fans who have been with Gears since its 2006 de­but, the game­play sees a re­turn to a sim­pler time where clos­ing emer­gence holes to stop en­e­mies ap­pear­ing, and staving off Tick­ers and Berserk­ers, are the main tasks at hand.

The only real shake- up is the chance to take con­trol of Lo­cust leader, Gen­eral RAAM, where the roles are reversed and you find your­self mow­ing down help­less hu­mans and COG sol­diers.

All up, this new cam­paign of­fers a thrilling, al­beit brief, three hours of story driven game­play that ex­plores an in­ter­est­ing chap­ter in the Gears lore.

A fifth and final ex­pan­sion is ex­pected in the com­ing months and a Sea­son Pass is also avail­able which gives dis­counted ac­cess to ev­ery ex­pan­sion pack.

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