Published on October 5th, 2011 | by Chris Ramirez, Editor

The First Batch of DLC for Gears of War 3 Announced

Gears of War 3 concluded a saga of the COG fighting for humanity.  Gears of War 3 earned a 9.5 out of 10 here at GAMINGtruth and quickly became one of the biggest games in 2011 (Check out the review here).

Today Microsoft and Epic announced The Horde Command Pack add-on pack.  This is the first of four add-on packs for those who purchased the Gears of War 3 Season Pass giving gamers a 33 percent discount.  On November 1st, The Horde Command Pack will be available on the Xbox Marketplace for 800 Microsoft Points.  The pack will include three new maps, new fortifications, three new characters, and two new weapon skins.  Pack details from the press release:

Three spectacular new maps:
Blood Drive – The Jacinto Medical Plaza was overwhelmed by evacuated citizens after the government-sanctioned Hammer Strikes, and the ensuing riots quickly turned this safe haven into a dangerous inferno. An abundance of high ground and funneled choke points make this map a returning favourite to Horde.

Rustlung – Once the pride of the Royal Tyran Navy, the foredecks of this decommissioned battleship are now riddled with bullet holes. Any team with the fortitude to hold the exposed central torpedo bay will find that the ship’s Loader has been replaced with a battle-ready Silverback mech suit.

Azura – This island resort was once the exclusive domain of Sera’s educated elite, but the tranquil water gardens and lush foliage have become a hotly contested combat zone. Dual snipers overlook a powerful explosive weapon, while the defensive central platform may be your last resort of retreat.

New fortification upgrades:
Command Center – A brand new type of fortification that allows you to call in fire support from sniper teams, mortar strikes and even multiple Hammers of Dawn.

Decoy Upgrade – A new fortification level that turns your decoy into an Onyx Guard bot that will fight in your defense.

Sentry Upgrade – This upgrade adds a fire bolt sentry that deals much more damage and is very effective against Berserkers.

Silverback Upgrade – This advancement allows you to upgrade your Silverback exo-suit with devastating rockets and extra levels of repair cost reduction.

New characters:
Onyx Guard
Big Rig Dizzy

New weapon skins:
Team Plasma
Jungle Camo

The Horde Command Pack is just one of many DLC that promises to extend the Gears of War 3 experience.  All of the content in the pack will also be available in Beast Mode and Versus private matches.  Based on previous DLC from the previous two Gears of War games, at 800 Microsoft Points this content is a steal and a bigger steal for those gamers who are part of the Gears of War Season PassMicrosoft and Epic are not just releasing map packs, they are including content to improve all modes of the game.  Let’s just hope the rest of the downloadable content will include more characters, more weapon skins, and more upgrades to Horde 2.0.

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