Gears of War 2: Dark Corners
Gears of War rocked, Gears of War 2 rocked
even more and now gamers must wait until Gears of War 3 until they
receive their next science fiction adventure that pays homage to movies
such as Starship Troopers and Aliens.
Thankfully a “snack” is available
via XBox Live that not only gives the gamer seven new online maps to
battle but there is even a cool single-player level called “Road to
Ruin” which becomes available via the “Deleted Scene” as the player
plays the missing mission from Gears of War 2.
But why was it removed?
With an almost Director’s Cut approach, Epic’s Cliff Bleszinski explains
the reasoning behind their decision as Dom and Marcus attempt to break
into the Locust’s Nexus but that's for you to learn before you play the
Although this level contains all the
excitement from the original two games, the developers have thrown in an
interesting twist that allows the players to don the armour of the enemy
as you attempt to sneak your way past the Locust. This option gives some
great replay value to the title as in essence, it allows you to complete
with guns blazing or as a Ninja as you attempt to use stealth and guile.
Just be careful because they can "smell" humans!
Although the gameplay is reminiscent of the previous games where you
shoot, fight and run for cover, the only downside of this missing
“level” is that it’s relatively quite short and most gamers will be able
to complete it in around 60 minutes. It basically gives you a short fix
of Gears of War, however the star of this DLC (downloadable content) is
the new multiplayer maps.
The new maps are quite diverse and visually
impressive as you fight among ruin cities and into the heart of
the Locusts, very cool indeed. The sense of community of Gears of War is
brilliant and it’s a very enjoyable experience as you battle your
friends and enemies via XBox Live.
The best map is the Locust Station
which has levers that turns bridges on and off and does make these key
targets to enemies and defenders which is fun and does make your team
think as a team. In hindsight, I must admit that basically all the new
maps are very well thought out but people will have their favourites.
Graphically, the title is still one of the
best looking games in the console world as is the sound effects and
music. Epic really need to be commended for such as a visually
impressive and user-friendly gaming engine. The environments are
brilliant as are the special effects in the game.
In conclusion, if you are a Gears of War
fan, than this is a must have download and although the single-player
level will have most Gears of Wars gamers finish it in no-time, the
stealth aspect of this level will allow you to finish it another way.
Even though it seems this was created specifically for multiplayer
entertainment, Epic have succeeded in their creativity and have given
the Gears of War community a truly unique approach to the regular