Gears of War 2 has been on shelves scarcely a month now, but Microsoft and Epic have already launched a new set of three maps for purchase on Xbox Live Marketplace. For 800 Microsoft points ($10 to the layman), these three maps can be yours.
- Flood is a very tight map that's made extra snug when the environmental hazard of Imulsion begins creeping up around the edges. As the playing field closes in, the firefight will intensify as combat is forced to the center of the map. Teams skilled at flanking their opponents will have a powerful edge.
- Gold Rush takes place in an old Imulsion refinery that now serves as a hotly contested battleground. Players must survive heavy crossfire as they infiltrate the factory and navigate multiple tiers. Breakable glass allows for a clean shot at those who make a dash for the Longshot rifle while bolder players make their run for the heavy weapon. In the right hands, the Mortar can be devastating on this map, so keep those smoke grenades armed as the concussive effect comes in very handy.
- Fuel Station is situated in a desolate area marked by an abandoned fossil fuel station. The team that secures and controls the station is likely to be the side that wins the match. An especially strategic location on this map is the rooftop, as there are only two points of entry – the main elevator and a staircase on the back side of the building. Heavy weaponry is situated right in front, which presents a high risk to reward ratio in this level. Lugging the Mulcher around, deploying it and revving it up can keep an entire team at bay, and unleashing hell from the rooftops is always an excellent tactic.
Here's a video rundown of the maps--narrated by everyone's favorite Delta Squad member, the Cole Train--if you don't like to read.
I just started the Gears 2 solo campaign yesterday--and it's rocking my socks in a comfortable, familiar fashion--so it's a bit early for me to be thinking about any multiplayer maps, let alone new ones. How about you? Ready to pick these up?
Also, if you're new to this whole Gears thing, I highly recommend you watch this movie entitled Gears of Awesome on Newgrounds for a primer on the series. Actually, I highly recommend you watch that no matter who you are.