Upcoming Gears Of War 3 DLC Puts You In RAAM's Boots

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Upcoming Gears Of War 3 DLC Puts You In RAAM's Boots

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Remember that ugly dude you killed at the end of Gears of War? Come December you'll get a chance to see his side of the story.

On December 13, Microsoft and Epic Games will release RAAM's Shadow, a new DLC pack for Gears of War 3. Alongside a chocolate-themed weapon skin pack and six new multiplayer characters, the add-on features a 3-hour storyline that takes place before the original Gears of War.

From the official press release:

"RAAM's Shadow" drops players into the events of Sera post-Emergence Day, as Zeta Squad is enlisted to evacuate Ilima City and protect the citizens against a Locust Kryll storm. Taking on the infamous Locust leader from "Gears 1," General RAAM, Zeta is led by Michael Barrick (from "Gears of War" comics fame) and comprised of familiar faces such as Lt. Minh Young Kim ("Gears 1") and Tai Kaliso ("Gears 2"), and also includes a new female comrade, Alicia Valera.

In addition to fighting as a new squad of Gears, players will step into the boots of RAAM himself, and for the first time storm the human stronghold from the perspective of one of the series' most legendary bosses.

While this DLC will set you back $15 (read: 1,200 Microsoft points) when it debuts, the press release goes on to urge players (via journalist proxy, I guess) to buy the game's Season Pass, a $30 option that essentially pre-pays for the game's "first four" downloadable add-ons.

I won't claim to have the same affection for Gears that many of you do, so I ask you: How exciting is this? Have you Gears devotees been praying for the chance to play as RAAM ever since that totally unfair fight at the end of the first game? Is this a known life-goal among members of the Gears community? Is Cliff Bleszinski looking down from his balcony at Versailles, urging you all to eat cake and be sated with this gesture lest he be decapitated at the hands of a roaring mob and their wildly unlikely, yet somehow totally apropos chainsaw guillotine?

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Play as RAAM, the best boss of the 3 gears games and it is set pre-E-Day and you get more Tai?

Yay, I'm pleased. ^_^

I am happy I bought the season pass tbh, on paper the DLC sounds good. Lets hope it's good in the game aswell.

RAAM himself isn't that unique, apart from being an absolute bitch to kill. I'm more interested in seeing Tai back in action and seeing some of the comic book characters get their own spotlight.

I'm not even really a Gears fan and I like the sound of this.

How can more Tai and more RAAM be a bad thing?
CLIFFY B TAEK MAH MONIEZ NAO!

err...not sure how to respond to that last paragraph

lol but this is interesting. didn't buy the season pass, but I'm considering it (have until the first dlc comes out)

Are we expecting this to have the effect of playing as the Arbiter in Halo 2, or the effect of playing as a Hurlock in Dragon Age: Darkspawn Chronicles?

Which is to say, are the Locust finally going to be portrayed as the poor desperate victimized creatures they are? Or is this just an excuse to be "hardcore" and gut some humans and be a "bad guy"?

A Curious Fellow:
Are we expecting this to have the effect of playing as the Arbiter in Halo 2, or the effect of playing as a Hurlock in Dragon Age: Darkspawn Chronicles?

Which is to say, are the Locust finally going to be portrayed as the poor desperate victimized creatures they are? Or is this just an excuse to be "hardcore" and gut some humans and be a "bad guy"?

I think either of those options would be a good thing don't you think? You get to play as that big brute.

As for my answer to this news...

HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I CAN'T WAIT TO DO THAT!!!!!
THIS COULD ALSO MEAN THAT WE COULD PLAY AS SKORGE IN SOME OTHER DLC TOO YOU KNOW!!!!!!
MAYBE EVEN THE QUEEN RIDING HER WAR BEATLE!!!!!!

*whew* Sorry about that. I kinda got over-excited there didn't I? Anyway, this is really exciting to me. After I played through Beast mode I was thinking they could've added General RAAM to the list of monsters too since all RAAM is is a super-charged Theron.

An idea for some other DLC would be a few new beasts to play as in Beast mode; since there are a few gaps in the second and fourth tiers, why not give us the Grinder to play with or just for shits and giggles why not one of the Lambent?

Anyway, playing as RAAM is going to be so much fun but I have just one question, will we be using RAAM's sword to kill the humans or will we be weilding the troika cannon and mow them down like the weaklings they are?

I want more multiplayer maps, dammit! And not just for Horde and Beast >:(!

That said, this is pretty awesome. More story never hurts, especially since it has Tai.

ssgt splatter:

A Curious Fellow:
Are we expecting this to have the effect of playing as the Arbiter in Halo 2, or the effect of playing as a Hurlock in Dragon Age: Darkspawn Chronicles?

Which is to say, are the Locust finally going to be portrayed as the poor desperate victimized creatures they are? Or is this just an excuse to be "hardcore" and gut some humans and be a "bad guy"?

I think either of those options would be a good thing don't you think? You get to play as that big brute.

As for my answer to this news...

HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I CAN'T WAIT TO DO THAT!!!!!
THIS COULD ALSO MEAN THAT WE COULD PLAY AS SKORGE IN SOME OTHER DLC TOO YOU KNOW!!!!!!
MAYBE EVEN THE QUEEN RIDING HER WAR BEATLE!!!!!!

*whew* Sorry about that. I kinda got over-excited there didn't I? Anyway, this is really exciting to me. After I played through Beast mode I was thinking they could've added General RAAM to the list of monsters too since all RAAM is is a super-charged Theron.

An idea for some other DLC would be a few new beasts to play as in Beast mode; since there are a few gaps in the second and fourth tiers, why not give us the Grinder to play with or just for shits and giggles why not one of the Lambent?

Anyway, playing as RAAM is going to be so much fun but I have just one question, will we be using RAAM's sword to kill the humans or will we be weilding the troika cannon and mow them down like the weaklings they are?

Both can be good. But Gears has, thus far untapped, potential for depth. I like my games to have depth.

I want to play as Skorge. Kantus's are WAY cooler locust.

I hadn't played GoW 1 or 2 in so long that when 3 came out all I could remember was "I swear there was a badass dude in a big coat in one of those games." I got GoW 3 and found it enjoyable, but didn't plan on getting DLC since I'm not a huge buyer of DLC... but this intrigues me.

this sounds cool I hope I can use Raam's sword in single player. This new team sounds interesting I like Kim because of his meme "I've got the codes" from a poster i saw on deviant art.

I don't buy DLC often is because i don't got the money to buy.

As long as the dlc actually answers some serious fucking questions regarding the plot, I'll be happy.

Hell, even if it doesn't, I'm still exctied... I'm a serious Raam fanboy, and I miss him in multiplayer.

Well, looks like somebody is picking up that season pass sometime in the near future.

Hmm, tell me more...

Although £10 doesn't seem fair for only 3 hours (max) game play.

Glad I already bought he season pass. I missed Raam as a multiplayer character, and being Raam in a mission with locus just sounds plain awesome.

A Curious Fellow:
Are we expecting this to have the effect of playing as the Arbiter in Halo 2, or the effect of playing as a Hurlock in Dragon Age: Darkspawn Chronicles?

Which is to say, are the Locust finally going to be portrayed as the poor desperate victimized creatures they are? Or is this just an excuse to be "hardcore" and gut some humans and be a "bad guy"?

Poor, desperate, victimized...you know they per-emptively tried to genocide the human race without making contact with any besides Adam Fenix, right? That doesn't strike me as "victimized".

therandombear:
Play as RAAM, the best boss of the 3 gears games and it is set pre-E-Day and you get more Tai?

Yay, I'm pleased. ^_^

I am happy I bought the season pass tbh, on paper the DLC sounds good. Lets hope it's good in the game aswell.

RAAM was pretty much the ONLY boss in Gears of war, not counting the Berzerkers.

Avatar Roku:

A Curious Fellow:
Are we expecting this to have the effect of playing as the Arbiter in Halo 2, or the effect of playing as a Hurlock in Dragon Age: Darkspawn Chronicles?

Which is to say, are the Locust finally going to be portrayed as the poor desperate victimized creatures they are? Or is this just an excuse to be "hardcore" and gut some humans and be a "bad guy"?

Poor, desperate, victimized...you know they per-emptively tried to genocide the human race without making contact with any besides Adam Fenix, right? That doesn't strike me as "victimized".

See, A Curious Fellow, your question is answered. Being RAAM means playing as an asshole for a few minutes. You get to be a jerk, because finding refuge for your people means taking land away from humans. And humans like their land. So that makes you a jerk.
This one's always been schizophrenic. They spend Gears 1 and most of Gears 2 making the locust inhuman monsters in order to not have to come up with an excuse for killing human-shaped enemies. Then at the end of Gears 2 and at points during Gears 3, they tried to humanize the Locust by giving them the motivation of "running from lambent". It's bad writing all around, but then they get to add in strange alien enemies that they now have the money to build their game around. The devs decided at the end of Gears 3 that all the humanizing has no effect on marcus (which effectively cemented the fact that he is not human) and that the locust are assholes, so it shouldn't have affected us either. Those assholes tried to take our land, then had the audacity to ask us not to genocide them off the face of the earth along with the lambent. The nerve of them, honestly.

Half the team is made up of people who don't care about the story and just want big setpieces and unanimously evil enemies, the other half desperately want this franchise to have a halfway decent story and some grey and Grey morality. Writing like that causes a big mess. So that's what this game is, a big lame mess.
The DLC will be a big lame mess too.

I wonder what size boot RAAM actually is...? And I hope they don't do multiplayer 'Diddy RAAM' where they shrink him to make him equal in size just to get away with keeping the same combat animations and such malarky. I want 9foot tall walking death thank you Epic.

I was on the fence about the online pass, but this has pushed me violently off. Stomping around as RAAM sounds like all kinds of awesome. I'm down with this!

Depends. Do I get that blasted Kryll shield? The one that somehow magically deflected bullets without impeding his line of sight?

I wonder if RAAM will be as unstoppable as he was in Gears of War one. I bought the season pass already and I'm personally so excited for this. Great job EPIC! Keep up the good work!

OH SWEET FUCKING JESUS CHRIST. GODDAMN IT EPIC I DIDN'T WANT TO PLAY YOUR SEASON PASS GAME BUT I CAN'T RESIST.

Also

Earnest Cavalli:

and for the first time storm the human stronghold from the perspective of one of the series' most legendary bosses.

Because he was the series' only bad one.

And can someone explain the season pass to me? First I hear that it gives 33% off on all Gears 3 DLC, then I hear that it gives the first 4 DLC packs free, then I hear that it does both, and I just don't know what to believe.

thank fuck for this! my wingman will give a damn about gears 3 coz of having his star player back that being tai :P and "internetzealot1" you get the first 4 gears of war 3 DLCs for free with the season pass which equals off to around 33% off buying them seperatly

Avatar Roku:

A Curious Fellow:
Are we expecting this to have the effect of playing as the Arbiter in Halo 2, or the effect of playing as a Hurlock in Dragon Age: Darkspawn Chronicles?

Which is to say, are the Locust finally going to be portrayed as the poor desperate victimized creatures they are? Or is this just an excuse to be "hardcore" and gut some humans and be a "bad guy"?

Poor, desperate, victimized...you know they per-emptively tried to genocide the human race without making contact with any besides Adam Fenix, right? That doesn't strike me as "victimized".

They were just trying to live. Besides the humans are the alien invaders. Sera was always the Locust' homeworld.

A Curious Fellow:

Avatar Roku:

A Curious Fellow:
Are we expecting this to have the effect of playing as the Arbiter in Halo 2, or the effect of playing as a Hurlock in Dragon Age: Darkspawn Chronicles?

Which is to say, are the Locust finally going to be portrayed as the poor desperate victimized creatures they are? Or is this just an excuse to be "hardcore" and gut some humans and be a "bad guy"?

Poor, desperate, victimized...you know they per-emptively tried to genocide the human race without making contact with any besides Adam Fenix, right? That doesn't strike me as "victimized".

They were just trying to live. Besides the humans are the alien invaders. Sera was always the Locust' homeworld.

I wan under the impression that Gears was set in an alternate universe in which Sera was also the humans' homeworld. Granted, I've yet to play Gears 3, but just that's my impression from the first 2 games. After all, if the humans could leave Sera...why wouldn't they?

Besides, they may have been "just trying to live", but their opening move was still attempted genocide with no earlier attempted contact. That is unjustifiable.

internetzealot1:

And can someone explain the season pass to me? First I hear that it gives 33% off on all Gears 3 DLC, then I hear that it gives the first 4 DLC packs free, then I hear that it does both, and I just don't know what to believe.

The season pass is basically paying for the DLC ahead of time, at a price equivalent to 33% (I think) off the 4 DLCs individually.

Sounds good to me. Don't care much for RAAM, but maybe more characters will stop all the damn Carmines running around.

Well, colour me interested. I was also on the fence about buying the season pass, but I think this news has just made up my mind.

Now I just have to wait a few days until payday!

Good job Epic.

am i the only one who kind-of hopes i get the chocolate skins when this DLC comes out?
not that playing as RAAM isn't badass enough

The Pinray:
Sounds good to me. Don't care much for RAAM, but maybe more characters will stop all the damn Carmines running around.

are you sure it's carmine and not the COG gear?

Soviet Heavy:
RAAM himself isn't that unique, apart from being an absolute bitch to kill.

Sniper rifle, a few headshots. DONE.

OT: Yeah... I think I'll be getting this. Sounds pretty awesome.

cyrogeist:

The Pinray:
Sounds good to me. Don't care much for RAAM, but maybe more characters will stop all the damn Carmines running around.

are you sure it's carmine and not the COG gear?

Quite a few of him, too. But many people below level 34: Clay. Above: Ben. Above 75: Anthony. It's not a huge gripe, just bugs me a bit. Seeing two Clays running around always throws me off. Near every single match I enter has a Carmine or two. I think I have all of their one-liners memorized I hear them so much. Quite a few Sams, too. But the reason I hear many choose her or Anya is for the smaller hit boxes. Meh. I'll stick with Classic Baird. :)

The Pinray:

cyrogeist:

The Pinray:
Sounds good to me. Don't care much for RAAM, but maybe more characters will stop all the damn Carmines running around.

are you sure it's carmine and not the COG gear?

Quite a few of him, too. But many people below level 34: Clay. Above: Ben. Above 75: Anthony. It's not a huge gripe, just bugs me a bit. Seeing two Clays running around always throws me off. Near every single match I enter has a Carmine or two. I think I have all of their one-liners memorized I hear them so much. Quite a few Sams, too. But the reason I hear many choose her or Anya is for the smaller hit boxes. Meh. I'll stick with Classic Baird. :)

well the Carmines (with the exception of clay) and the COG gear are the only guys that look like a normal soldier so i would imagine people would play as them...also the reason for so many Sams...well..you actually get a challenge for playing as a female character

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