Buy Some New Gears 2 Maps, Already

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Posted by Brad (2875 posts) -

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.

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#1 Posted by Brad (2875 posts) -

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.

Staff
#2 Posted by EmptyQuarter (92 posts) -

How much for a new matchmaking system?

#3 Edited by JJOR64 (18911 posts) -

800 points = major rip off

EDIT: Gears of Awesome is well....an awesome video.  All the Awesome videos by Egoraptor rock.

#4 Posted by eclipt1c (18 posts) -

Not really a Gears fan but I like the idea of a shrinking map.  Also $10 for 3 maps? That's a bit steep isn't it?

#5 Posted by oobs (338 posts) -
#6 Posted by Zuul (313 posts) -

already? sheesh I barely hit the multiplayer in that game... maybe i'll get it if it ever gets free... like the Gears 1 maps did

#7 Posted by Hamz (6846 posts) -

$10 for 3 maps?....seriously?....god i love being a PC gamer.

#9 Edited by Yzzerdd (521 posts) -

You would have to pay me to download one of these map packs.
Epic used to be above this kind of thing, I guess their battle with Microsoft in 2007 changed them for the worse.

#10 Posted by PXAbstraction (320 posts) -

This is pretty ridiculous.  I have no problem paying for DLC but $10 for 3 maps is a lot and they're coming out so close to launch that they clearly could have been on the disc.

Combine that with the fact that they're trying to put out paid DLC when ranked online play is still full of cheating and matchmaking problems and I'm sorry but they don't deserve anyone's money yet.  the community I play Gears online with every Friday have all said they won't purchase these until online ranked play is fixed, if at all.

#11 Posted by heavymtlhead (219 posts) -

I would LOVE to play on these maps if only it didn't take 10 minutes to load a game.

#12 Edited by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -
EmptyQuarter said:
"How much for a new matchmaking system?"
LMFAO!!! true that!heavymtlhead said:
"I would LOVE to play on these maps if only it didn't take 10 minutes to load a game."
thats why i don't understand why it keeps winning best shooter, when online is such a huge component of being a shooter
#13 Posted by StrakAttack (11 posts) -

I love gears multiplayer more than most people (probably because Gears 1 was the first game console multiplayer game I really played religiously) but this is kinda ridiculous.  10 bucks for 3 maps?  I still haven't played on all the freaking flashback maps because not everyone has them downloaded.  

The scary thing is this time they didn't put a little disclaimer saying "these will be free in 3 months..." so maybe epic really lost this battle.  Or maybe they just enjoy their new porsches.
#14 Posted by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -
StrakAttack said:
"I love gears multiplayer more than most people (probably because Gears 1 was the first game console multiplayer game I really played religiously) but this is kinda ridiculous.  10 bucks for 3 maps?  I still haven't played on all the freaking flashback maps because not everyone has them downloaded.  
The scary thing is this time they didn't put a little disclaimer saying "these will be free in 3 months..." so maybe epic really lost this battle.  Or maybe they just enjoy their new porsches.
"
so true, their parking lot at their studio is filled with porsches and ferraris 
#15 Posted by RawShark (236 posts) -

I don't ever buy map packs. They always become free anyway. Fuck you, Microsoft! t0_0t

#16 Edited by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

Epic isn't in control of the pricing. This is the price Microsoft has been charging for maps since Halo 3 and COD4.

#17 Posted by Jayzilla (2555 posts) -

idk about $10 for three maps. $1.50 per map sounds better.  My wallet thinks so too.

#18 Posted by Jayge_ (10222 posts) -

Anybody here who buys this map pack who complained about the Far Cry 2 DLC two weeks ago can come meet me in my office for a complimentary boot up their ass.

#19 Posted by Seroth (711 posts) -

I dunno...I'm kinda tempted, since some of these look like good Horde maps, and Horde is awesome...

#20 Posted by spiceninja (3055 posts) -

I'm not spending money on maps. I think it's a waste. They'll be free in a few months anyway, I think I can wait.

#21 Posted by samcotts (2258 posts) -

Ah, there's matchmaking in my multiplayer!

Gears 2 is ruined for me by the matchmaking system, get the first Gears system back, I want to choose exactly the type of match I play with no ridiculous restrictions, like X amount of rounds. Bring 19 rounds of Annex back! I no longer care for Gears, and I LOVED the first game.
#22 Edited by hungrynun (444 posts) -

Seriously bummed that it wasn't free. Their map packs on Gears1 turned out to be free and I was holding them to that precedent.

#23 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8609 posts) -

...Maybe...

I don't know yet, as they look like good maps, but I was wishing these were cheaper or even free...oh well.
#24 Posted by Dryker (490 posts) -

I'm with Samcotts. The matchmaking in Gears 2 is horrendous. I don't know if it was because of my low ranking (from having no experience) or what, but it took forever to find a match if not kicking me out entirely. I loved the first Gears multiplayer. It cut a major chunk outta my life and I remember it fondly. Is it just me, or does Gears 2 seem to be way more muddier in the controls ( as far as online matches go)? Honestly, I don't like it much and don't really care to ever go back to it, but I feel I have to. This was supposed to be my multiplayer game for the next few months. What happened? If one more player is what's causing the matches to chug so badly, I can do without it. Actually, I've found myself trying to manage the crowd  of my own team several times. Is five players a team just too much for Gears's design? Anyways, very disappointed, but I'm sure I'll play it some more and hope it "clicks" somehow.

#25 Posted by dtran1212 (299 posts) -

looks like M$ got Epic Games by the balls

#26 Posted by piropeople13 (399 posts) -

Shouldn't they be working on fixing those weird multiplayer disconnects and game breaking exploits that are plauging gears 2 online.

Guess not.  They do not care about making a solid game, just about more money.  And $10, really?  $5, even $7 you would have had me sold but not $10 that is a ripoff for just 3 maps.

#27 Posted by Double0hFor (410 posts) -

ill just wait till its free

#28 Posted by ez123 (1945 posts) -

Fix the lag and maybe ill.... who am I kidding.  I wish people would stop buying these overpriced packs but as long as it works, they'll keep doing it.

#29 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4777 posts) -

Wow....Gears of awesome sucked, I never thought egoraptor would do a crappy flash animation....But then again he did make that Metal gear awsome 2 which totally blew compared to the original.

But yeah i wont be geting these maps any time soon.

#30 Posted by Relys (984 posts) -

Wow.. I haven't even finished Single Player yet..

#31 Edited by crunchUK (5963 posts) -

they're releasing them so early because, scarcely a month after and it's already fallen off number 1 of the live charts (now taken by halo 3). that is rather disgraceful for a game that sold 2.4M in 24 hours  a month ago. halo 3 sold a similar amount in 24 hours nearly 15 months ago... seriously gears got curb stomped

#32 Posted by Yzzerdd (521 posts) -

They should just patch everything but horde out, spending over five minutes to find a match only for it to be against pro gaming assholes isn't exactly what I consider fun.

#33 Posted by SlimDogg (159 posts) -

No buy for me. I like gears 2 and horde. But have never been a fan of multiplayer. Plus it takes me forever to find a match.

#34 Posted by MrBrian (69 posts) -

Gears of War??  WHATEVOH

#35 Posted by dsplayer1010 (2227 posts) -

Of course these go up when I don't have my 360

#36 Posted by CharleyTony (923 posts) -

in order to charge 10$ for new maps and not make me angry, game makers need to wait about 3 months. Enough time for launch buyers to get tired of the current maps. Enought time for people who bought the game a couple of weeks after its release to get familiar with the game. Enough time to make people want to buy the maps at the same time assure that the matchmaking wont be splitting the users.
Gears 2 came out a month ago and had horrible multiplayer matchmaking problems, thus making a lot of players wait before jumping into that mode. I bought the game on day one and might have played 5 or 6 online matches up to now...
You want me to fork up 10$ for 3 new maps when I dont event remember the names of the ones that came with the game in the first place ? Forget it !!! Im getting sick of this nickel and diming crap ! Im starting to understand why Im playing less and less online games and sticking more and more to single player content...

I'm curious to see how much time I'll wait when I need to renew my gold membership, as opposed to last year when I bought the renewal ahead of time because I didnt want to miss a day of multiplaying...

#37 Posted by crunchUK (5963 posts) -
CharleyTony said:
"in order to charge 10$ for new maps and not make me angry, game makers need to wait about 3 months. Enough time for launch buyers to get tired of the current maps. Enought time for people who bought the game a couple of weeks after its release to get familiar with the game. Enough time to make people want to buy the maps at the same time assure that the matchmaking wont be splitting the users.
Gears 2 came out a month ago and had horrible multiplayer matchmaking problems, thus making a lot of players wait before jumping into that mode. I bought the game on day one and might have played 5 or 6 online matches up to now...
You want me to fork up 10$ for 3 new maps when I dont event remember the names of the ones that came with the game in the first place ? Forget it !!! Im getting sick of this nickel and diming crap ! Im starting to understand why Im playing less and less online games and sticking more and more to single player content...

I'm curious to see how much time I'll wait when I need to renew my gold membership, as opposed to last year when I bought the renewal ahead of time because I didnt want to miss a day of multiplaying...
"
are they actually required for matchmaking???
#38 Posted by HatKing (5832 posts) -

Bought the pack because I knew eventually I'd cave in and buy them anyway.  I must say that Fuel Station is possibly my favorite of all the new maps in Gears 2.  Although to me the maps generally aren't as good as they were in the first game.

#39 Posted by SmokePants (267 posts) -

Smells fishy. These maps must have been done, or near enough to done that they could have finished them in time to be pressed onto the retail disc if they had really wanted to. Epic's history proves that they aren't out to do us like that, but I could easily EASILY see Microsoft insisting on it.

#40 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

Thank you for not throwing that TERRIBLE GoW trailer. Doesn't do Kratos justice imo. I'm lucky, by the time I can afford a new 360 and get to buying Gears 2 (after FarCry 2, ME, Fallout 3, etc) they'll probably be free. Weren't the Gears 1 maps free? I didn't have live till after I got rid of Gears.

#41 Posted by ep_driver (436 posts) -

I wish that game companies would at least wait for than a month to release DLC because it would then be less obvious that these maps could have been shipped with the retail game and less obvious that they're trying to poo on us and take more of our money. Far Cry 2 did this too. Fuck 'em all.

#42 Posted by pause422 (6172 posts) -

They were free to begin with, when they first went up.....

#43 Posted by MisterSpiffy (880 posts) -

Glad to see that Fuel Station's back. :]

#44 Posted by pause422 (6172 posts) -

I'm amazed(well really I'm not, but anyway) that less than half a day after it goes up it goes from free to 800 points immediately. Its incredibly fucking stupid. I only dl'ed it because its free, if these maps don't feel good on horde mode I won't play them anyway.

#45 Posted by MrKlorox (11206 posts) -

They apparently couldn't get Di Maggio. Dude has to be charging quite a bit now.

#46 Posted by Manks (836 posts) -
MisterSpiffy said:
"Glad to see that Fuel Station's back. :]"
Fuel Station is new.  Fuel Depot is the one from Gears 1.
These maps look great and I've already added them to my download que. 
#47 Posted by BolognaSoup (95 posts) -

How many points to get the maps in color?

#48 Posted by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -
JJOR64 said:
"800 points = major rip off

EDIT: Gears of Awesome is well....an awesome video.  All the Awesome videos by Egoraptor rock."
yeah that guy's videos rule, watch em on newgrounds.com a lot. 
#49 Posted by TomA (2531 posts) -

Mister Spiffy,Fuel Station is not a remake of Fuel Depot,just letting you know that.And also,they had the gore off in this video.

#50 Posted by StickyMicky (78 posts) -

Simply disappointed in epic.

Multiplayer is tosh, its crap, its broken, it feels unfinished, i was a massive gears 1 fan, but to be honest, if it were not for hoarde mode, i would have traded this in already.

Bugs, glitches, stupid matchmaking, insane host advantage,  stupid truskill ranks, lag switchers, quitters, the multiplayer part is just annoying as hell for me, and this is coming from sombody who played the original gears 1 for a long time (up until release of gears 2 and a few times afterwards)

i had a good game of hoarde mode yesterday with a few decent chaps, afterwards one of them invited us all into a new party to play again, so we started again on "River"  2 quit after a few matches and 3 of us managed to get up to level 27, i had not gotten so high on river before so was looking forward to updating the leader boards with my new score, fekin eejit host quit on level 27 when he got downed.

what a complete waste of time on my part, the other lad was a newbie who was playing well and messaged me afterwards thanking me for the game and expressing his "guttedness" at it being a waste of time for him.

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