Unleash the Locust leader
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.