Gears DLC out this week

[UPDATE] Two free bonus multiplayer maps for GameSpot's Game of the Year will be on Xbox Live Marketplace on Wednesday; patch to be released tomorrow.

Fans of Epic Games' Gears of War have logged plenty of hours in the game over Xbox Live, chainsawing each other to pieces in just about every nook and cranny of the game's 10 multiplayer maps. This Wednesday, gamers will have some new places to dismember, shoot, and curb-stomp opponents, because Microsoft has announced that it is releasing two new multiplayer maps for Gears of War over Xbox Live.

As previously mentioned by Epic president Mike Capps, the content will be free to download. The content is scheduled to be available this Wednesday. The publisher did not mention what time the maps would be ready, but previous downloads for XBL Wednesdays have been up at 1 a.m Pacific time.

Microsoft has offered brief descriptions and screens (above, right) of the two maps. Raven Down sees Delta Forces battling the Locust Horde around a downed Raven helicopter. On Old Bones, gamers will duke it out around several Capitaline museums.

The content pack is being sponsored by the Discovery Channel, which will also be holding a contest to give away a total of 2 million Xbox Live Marketplace points to gamers. Details have not yet been announced but will be posted at the Web site for the TV show Future Weapons soon.

Microsoft recently announced that it has sold 2.7 million copies of Gears of War, which won GameSpot's Game of the Year award for 2006. The game is rated M for Mature and retails for $59.99. For more information, read GameSpot's full review.

[UPDATE] Epic Games is also releasing a new patch for the game on Tuesday. The developer's vice president, Mark Rein, gave gamers the heads-up on Epic's Gears of War forums today. With the new patch, the aspect ratio distortion in some instances using VGA cables has been fixed, gamers can now get the "Dish Best Served Cold" achievement, and other tweaks to gameplay have been made. To see the list of changes, head over to the Gears of War forums.

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rob_rulz
rob_rulz

Hell YeaH Dem new Gears of War Maps are Bad As$

lord-azrael
lord-azrael

Dish Best Served Cold,i got this achievement before patch or was it one of those achievements that someyimes unlock and not theres?

stargemer
stargemer

Why is everyone saying this game is so hard? Finishing it on insane wasn't all that hard, or maybe it's just because I'm so good :P

S22391
S22391

does anyone know how to fix the screen resolution for VGA post patch?

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

the only reason they don't put the online achievements on both ranked and player is because you can "stat pad" with your friends on player matches if you wanted to. ie: "let me kill you and curb stomp until i get my achievement then you go!"

Rent-Boy
Rent-Boy

Sweet game I must say. Theres nothing better

Jorge1441
Jorge1441

Gears of War is a kick ass game period.

S22391
S22391

this sucks, for people who use VGA cables, I never had a problem before, and now everything looks all stretched out..

Stevio
Stevio

"Gamespot do me a favore and tell epic games that they mess up gears of war because whiners because if you cant play whit your friends the game is ruin because some whiners they ruin the game." Son, you're not old enough to play Gears. To this guy's mom: Please walk your son ALL the way to school.

LoWpS
LoWpS

AWESOME! o wait i dont have a 360

hirmetreus
hirmetreus

For those of you too LAZY to go to GOW forums, it means you get the achievement using the trodika.

The_MrB
The_MrB

Man, I waited patiently for weeks for this update to come and fix some of these problems, and what happens? My 360 puts a big ugly scratch in my Gears disc and now my 360 just stutters in confusion whenever I pop it in. Bah, at least I have Vegas... for now.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

It's too early for new maps! I won't be downloading them..... j.k. :-P

johnman05
johnman05

I got the "dish best served cold" achievement too already...

hectorcamilo
hectorcamilo

yeah Gears of War is getting better i can way for the upgread

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Gears of War just keeps getting better & better! Game of the Year!:D

GrimBee
GrimBee

Hey guys, I completed gears a few days ago. Now I am attempting the harder difficulties. Why? Not to just get more points, but to actually get some practice! Not even CASUAL mode can get you prepared for the chaos that is online gaming with gears of war. Lets just say - I died, alot. I never won. I have NEVER won. If you want someone to truely humiliate, chainsaw, hammer of dawn... check my profile for the gamertag, and prepare to give the beating of your life ;) And on two new maps aswell! Is there no end to my torture? ;)

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

It is very true, if you realy want to IMPROVE online in Gears make the achievements available across both player and ranked, so you could get 100 chainsaw kills etc playing the two. This way I won't have to play with offensive people who just like to shout, play crap music, swear and generally cause the game to lose its greatness. You DO know that you can mute any player in any game that you don't want to hear, right?

omegacis
omegacis

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ace_Gunner
Ace_Gunner

I got the Dish Best Served Cold achievement immediately after defeating RAAM on Hardcore difficulty. Done on the 31/12/2006. Gamertag Ace Gunner 2005 for proof.

TheKretinousQ
TheKretinousQ

It is very true, if you realy want to IMPROVE online in Gears make the achievements available across both player and ranked, so you could get 100 chainsaw kills etc playing the two. This way I won't have to play with offensive people who just like to shout, play crap music, swear and generally cause the game to lose its greatness. Apart from that, at least the maps are free (good thinking Blezinski) and they are addressing issues that people bring up. Plus I want to win the 2million ms points!!!

Mr_Saturn26
Mr_Saturn26

unless they are going to give us the game and console along with online forever for free than im not intrested

Dreski83
Dreski83

very good to hear no doubt, not a bad way to go into the 1st few weeks of the new year. grenade tag, ranked match ratio's, and a some what but not very lethal penalty for qutting matches... yea, I'm looking forward to downloading this right now!

vcarter2006
vcarter2006

Gamespot do me a favore and tell epic games that they mess up gears of war because whiners because if you cant play whit your friends the game is ruin because some whiners they ruin the game.

EternalEnigma
EternalEnigma

I'd rather play a competitive, ranked match with 3 friends as teammates against a talented team of 4 instead of 7 random scrubs. I only play player matches if there are 8 of us that want to play. Otherwise, it's full of early quitters and people who aren't taking the game seriously. I don't play ranked for rank, I play for the quality of the game. 99% of the time it's a lot better.

aphex-t
aphex-t

I think no host name equals REAL ranked match, if you wanna play with friends then play player match. That´s the reason for player and ranked to be split, aren´t they??

Big_Dumb_Bunny
Big_Dumb_Bunny

Great, now host names won't be displayed in ranked matches. Maybe it's just me but I'm really upset that Epic is doing everything in their power to make sure that friends can't play ranked matches together. So basically now if I want to get my achievements, etc. I have to go online and play with a bunch of kids playing their 50 cent over the headset or just flat out annoying morons instead of enjoying a match with my friends? How about some kind of clan support Epic? I say BALLS to this, but the rest of the patch is okay.

Gamer6534
Gamer6534

Awesome! Just two more locations I can chop people up with the chainsaw in, they look really nice too, thank you Epic! You guys Rock!

Swiftizm
Swiftizm

I've had the "Dish Best Served Cold" Acheivement since November 8th...what was that all about? My gamertag is Swiftizm if you dont beleive me....weird.

edgarchong
edgarchong

This is the s**t mein! I'm ready to quench that new soil's thirst for blood, f*** yeah! (And 4 free too!, even better), I hope they do the same for the new maps for Halo 2, when U pay there's no yay! Hell, I'm ready for Gears 2!!!

The_Fell_One
The_Fell_One

Hopefully this move by Epic (free content) will put game companies on the right track. Microtransactions are evil, games should either be shipped with all the content to begin with, or it should be released for free.

Myke_Kreed
Myke_Kreed

not that I've played enough multiplayer to notice...but YAY

ArabSolja99
ArabSolja99

YESS. ADDING MORE TO THE BEST. PS3 SUX

D6rkFire
D6rkFire

WTG Epic....free maps. Hopefully there are more companies that do that.

MackDreezy
MackDreezy

Hell to the yeah! Ive been waiting for a patch to fix some of the problems on gears!

ElectrolightSH
ElectrolightSH

Gears Of War "curb-stomps" Resistance: Fall Of $ony 2.7 Million times. Fony sucks, Microsoft rules!

DominusSabathan
DominusSabathan

new maps so cool , but the ranked match stuff sucks big time , i hate to play with people that never use mics and don't knwo how to play that sucks

fastpunk
fastpunk

I love these guys at Epic Games... EA, watch and learn!

niisan
niisan

Thank you Epic for being listening to the consumer and not charging for everything! Tomorrow can not come sooner, I'm in for a long night...

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

Look, I appreciate that you guys like playing with friends, but you shouldn't be playing with people you already know and have a bunch of people that don't know eachother shuffle to the other team. That's BS. That's not the way the game is supposed to be played. If you want to play with other people you know, that is what player matches are for, not ranked matches. People need to stop abusing other players to get their achievements.

racerx737
racerx737

word, that's all tight except for not being able to play with your friends any more, I really want to play some matches with my friends, not just random crappy people online.

chiefmegadeth
chiefmegadeth

AbstractTerror *Start of Rant* By taking the username out of looking for ranked games, they are destroying this game. Gears of War is more teamwork based then any other game around. You just CANNOT play with people you don't know. 90% of the time they are either immature kids or they aren't using their mics. God, even Halo 2 can let you have a team when you go into ranked games! Halo is 2 years old! I love Gears of War to death, and I have played over 100 hours of Gears already. I just wish that you could have your friends in ranked games. Player matches just don't cut it, because 1. They aren't serious; and 2. It's hard to get 8 good players in a room at the same time. Epic, you still have time to save Gears of War... but for now stop giving us more content, and just fix the core (online) game!! I agree 100% why why why friends are goldie... but new maps oh yeah!!!!!