Gears of War 2 – Lazygamer News Feature

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Gears of War fans, get ready to put a considerably large smile on your dial because we have a huge chunk of information on Gears of War 2 including never before mentioned extra content.

If you are one of the many fans that can’t get enough of Gears of War 2 and need to know even more about it’s features, don’t miss out on all the good stuff that we have for you today.

We have something huge in store for you.

[Thanks Poddle for the tip]

Gears2leftPillar.jpgThe list that we have comes from Evil Avatar (who some are only regarding as a rumour at the moment so be advised), who report the following information comes from this months GamePro mailer.

Ok folks, while we have quite a bit of new info for you, I want to highlight some of the more interesting ones. Check this out, the list is taken from the evilavatar forum

“Previously, it was thought that Gridlock and Subway would be the only gears 1 maps making a return. Well, Epic is doing something different. There will be release day DLC that will contain those two maps, Canals, Mansion, and Tyro Station. These five maps will be free of charge but the only way to get them is if you receive a voucher, which every NEW copy of the game will have.”

That’s right! While we originally thought that we would only be getting remakes of Gridlock and Subway, we are actually going to be getting three more. A major point of interest here is that is looks like Epic is taking a stab at the used games market because the maps will only be redeemable using a voucher that comes with each new copy. Does this mean that second hand buyers will never be able to get the content?

Thanks to Germany and their wonderful habit of banning any game that drips a drop of blood, our region as well as a couple others are obviously not going to be able download the maps without any extra effort. This is probably a great time to redirect you back to our method of getting around these annoyances, instead, I have posted the link to that wonderful little gem of an article at the bottom of this article.

Ok, next point of interest:

“In regards to the photo editor, it can be used by anyone who is either dead or in spectator mode. Epic claims that there will be monthly contests for best pictures and captions and such. However, the article says that the photo editor’s features won’t all be present on release day.”

The real downside of being connected to an online system is that I feel that developers are getting was too used to this idea of “release now and fix or add later” instead of having everything in and working from the get go.Below, I have posted up the full list of information regarding Gears of War 2. There are tons of details included, making me even more excited for the release of this game.

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Gears2rightPillar.jpgHere we go:

-Cliffy B says, “T here will be no Kryll or Berserkers in the game”, claiming that he wants gamers to have a new experience and not just treading on familiar ground. But, he goes on to say that,”they might work there way back in in the future in some new interesting way.”

-Brumaks are plentiful in the game and the article says that at some point late in the game, you will actually get to ride and take control of one.

-The butcher, a new locust enemy, is a creepy looking dude. He wields a large cleaver and can take alot of damage. The article doesn’t state whether he is in the campaign mode, but he is at least confirmed for Horde.

-Another new enemy is the grinder. They kinda look like a Boomer took a Theron guard’s armor and they wield the new Mulcher (more on that later) and yell “Griiiind!” before they strike.

-The Mauler is yet another new enemy that looks really badass. They are giant Melee fighters that wield a flail along with a giant shield. Once again, it is unclear if they are in the campaign, but they are confirmed for Horde.

-The Rockworms were revealed a while back in GameInformer and they are once again described as ,”living cover”. I am not sure if they can hurt you in any way as it does not say so.

-The Kantus are the locust that you’ve probably heard about before. They can revive fallen allies and can somehow communicate with the Rockworms

-Apparently taking General RAAM’s place is Skorge, the leader of the Kantus caste. He looks REALLY badass and looks kind of like a Predator. He wields a dual bladed chainsaw staff ()

-This Article reveals two new weapons one of which being the mulcher that I mentioned before. The Mulcher is a huge minigun that will most definitely slow down you movement, but once you pull the trigger your enemies WILL die. This gun can overheat so you have to time some presses of LB to prevent it from doing so.

-The other new weapon is the Mortar Launcher. Like the mulcher, this gun will significantly slow you down. The gun will also be placed in spots around the maps that will be “far away from the battle.” You can fire it from the hip, but it will only kill you. The upside of this is, is that you can deploy it on the ground and launch attacks from a very long distance away and it is supposedly capable of killing two or three people at a time!

-You know the gold lancer everyone has been bitching about? Well, it says you can earn them without buying the special addition.

-Those attending midnight releases will also get something special; The Golden Hammerburst. Yes, you can earn this one too.

-Previously, it was thought that Gridlock and Subway would be the only gears 1 maps making a return. Well, Epic is doing something different. There will be release day DLC that will contain those two maps, Canals, Mansion, and Tyro Station. These five maps will be free of charge but the only way to get them is if you receive a voucher, which every NEW copy of the game will have. (Take that used game market?)

-CliffyB and team have only reached level 40 out of the 50 levels that are in the co-op survival horde mode.

-Horde mode can be played on every multiplayer map, even the Gears 1 remakes.

-CliffyB hints that there will be new environmental hazards to take the place of the Kryll. One such hazard is that on a new multiplayer map titled Avalanche, there will be…well an Avalanche that will, “wipe out players and uncover new weapons.”

-In regards to the photo editor, it can be used by anyone who is either dead or in spectator mode. Epic claims that there will be monthly contests for best pictures and captions and such. However, the article says that the photo editor’s features won’t all be present on release day.

-In the campaign mode, you can “collect secret documents, internal memos, and other bits of refuse to peice together a bigger storyline. You’ll collect and track all these items using the scrap-book War Journal, which will track your achievements.”

-Cole WILL return in the game

-Tai and Dizzy, the two new members of Delta Squad, are seperated from Marcus and Dom early in the game and are last seen in a stand off against Skorge.

-Cliffy claims that the game will have a much darker and serious storyline, but will still retain that Summer Blockbuster feeling.

-Underground sections only make up 30% of the campaign.

-The main underground section you will be in is called the Hollows, which is home to the Kantus and Rockworms.

Great stuff. Gears of War 2 will be available on November 11, so get your chainsaws ready because it’s going to be a bloody one.

source: Evil Avatar Forums

And here is the IP restrictions link, as promised earlier: How to get around Xbox Live IP restrictions

Last Updated: September 30, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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