Just Visiting
Monday | September 21, 2020
Gears of War 2: All Fronts – Preview

Gears of War 2: All Fronts – Preview

Product image
This week we attended a fan party held by Epic Games and Microsoft in downtown Seattle at the Experience Music Project to have a “hands on” with the forthcoming Gears of War 2 downloadable content available at the end of July.

All Fronts comprises all the maps from the Combustible, Flashback and Snowblind packs and also features seven brand new maps in a collection entitled Dark Corners. These are a collection of environments set all over Sera in a plethora of environments.

These are:

Memorial: A map set near the Eternal Flame, which is a tribute to the slain soldiers on the battlefield. Players have to fight to control the Boomshot and it is apparently a challenging map.

Nowhere: A map which depicts a barren landscape. Destroy the enemies with the Longshot sniper rifle and head to the stairwell for some intense MP action.

Way Station: Locust Stations full of fallen COG soldiers. Treading a minefield of hidden grenades sets a strict challenge for the players and is sure to create a high tension environment.

Allfathers Garden:
Coalition founders sacred grounds set the scene for high octane combat with powerful weapons.

Sanctuary: A long forgotten ground for remembering the dead. A huge array of weapons are available as you fight through a variety of corners and hallways of the temple.

Highway: A battle in the complicated underground highway system with a plethora of enemy units.

War Machine: A battle in an abandoned train station which requires dealing with overhead hostile fire and the mastery of several weapons.

Product image

As well as the new multiplayer maps there is also a single player mission included in Dark Corners called Road To Ruin. In the original game when Marcus asks Dom how he would like to proceed into the Locust hollow there was meant to be two options for players; either  tackle the stage in a full frontal assault or to sneak in disguised as Theron guards. Due to time constraints this was never developed and lead writer Josh Ortega stated it was better cut rather than be rushed out the door. This is a part of the Dark Corners July release and should be a really great addition for fans of the franchise.

At the MS Seattle event they had the environment Nowhere running on multiple screens and we had some time to battle it out with other people. Nowhere is set in the desert with a plethora of destroyed and run down buildings and vehicles setting the scene. With a gas station, motel and diner making up the key landmarks there are plenty of places for devious strategies with a counter balance being the open center point. With the numerous stores on the edges of the map there are many places to hide and take cover and it is easy to get flanked by smart witted opponents. The Centre point has a raised platform with two ways up via stairs which works well for defense attacks especially with a sniper taking a look out position.

Product image

We were particularly impressed with some of the little touches, for example, the desert wind which can obscure vision and make sure that no single position is safe from attack.

The price for the 7 new Dark Corners maps pack will be 1,600 Microsoft points which translates to around $20 bucks. For the same price however you can buy the retail bundle of All Fronts which includes all the downloadable Gears content released to date. You also get a poster which is basically the same artwork as the Gears of Wars 2 Collector’s Edition and a booklet that focuses on game hints. I can see the retail pack being the bigger seller unless gamers are in a rush to play immediately.

Product image

Lead writer Josh Ortega and Epic Games President Michael Capps stated that there is also a ton of Gears merchandise on the way in the form of collectable figures, such as the Lambent Locust which will only be available at Comic Con 2009. Comics with covers by Jim Lee are also planned as well as GOW t-shirts with the funky urban style writing associated with the title. Did we forget to mention the Gears of War film also coming in the near future from Legendary Pictures and New Line Cinema? Just before we left the event we were told about a new energy drink called Imulsion which is branded with the Gears of War logo, which I thought was a rather amusing marketing idea. When will it stop!?

Product image

Keep tuned on GamingHeaven for a full review of the content in July, we have a feeling this will be a big seller for the online community.

About Author

Stuart Davidson

It appears you have AdBlocking activated

Unfortunately AdBlockers interfere with the shopping cart process

To continue with the payment process can we ask you to

deactivate your AdBlocking plugin

or to whitelist this site. Then refresh the page

We thank you for your understanding

Hardwareheaven respect you right to employ plugins such as AdBlocker.
We would however ask you to consider whitelisting this site
We do not allow intrusive advertising and all our sponsors supply items
relevant to the content on the site.

Hardwareheaven Webmaster