Saturday, December 17, 2011

Gears of War 3: RAAM's Shadow Now Available

The first single player add-on for Gears of War 3, entitled "RAAM's Shadow," is available now on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 1200 Microsoft Points. If you purchased the Gears of War 3 Season Pass, then this content is already included and you can download it at no additional charge.

Set before the original Gears of War during the height of the Locust War, players will follow Zeta Squad as they attempt to evacuate Ilima City. Primarily playing as Michael Barrick (from the comics), players will also be reunited with Tai Kaliso, Minh Young Kim, and a new Gear, Alicia.

Players will also be able to play as General RAAM himself as he lays waste to human fortifications during a Locust assault.

In addition the add-on contains a new Chocolate Weapon Skin pack, opens up new character skins for Multiplayer, and contains several new Achievements.

You can read the official announcement here and also check out the launch trailer below.

While this kind of an add-on certainly sounds great, the Campaign is pretty short at about 3 hours and friends of mine who've already played through it have said that really, it's only okay and nothing to jump and shout about. All of this points to another overpriced, over-hyped DLC add-on published by Microsoft Studios.

Considering how disappointed I am with Gears of War 3, if I pick this add-on up it'll be when it's on sale for well over 50% off. Which means I probably won't be picking it up at all.

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