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GoW "Hidden Fronts" Map Pack hitting Thursday


On Thursday May 3rd at 4:00 AM EDT, four new Gears of War maps will be hitting Xbox Live Marketplace as part of the "Hidden Fronts" Multiplayer Map Pack. Running you 800 Microsoft Points, you'll be able to do battle on Process, Garden, Subway, and Bullet Marsh. For those of you concerned about the price, fret not, as you'll be able to download the pack for free four months later, on September 3rd, 2007. We've got the map descriptions from the press release after the break, but the question we've got for you is this: Are you going to get the maps now, or wait a bit first to see if it's worth your hard earned points and hold off till they're free in the fall?

"Bullet Marsh: In this Kryll-infested swamp, an old generator still powers the area lights. A few stray bullets could easily knock out the generator, leaving combatants to fend for themselves against the Kryll.

Garden: This overgrown and crumbling conservatory still has a working fertilization and pesticide system. This system can pose a serious hazard to anyone who ventures into the greenhouse without first venting the air.

Process: Teams must fight for control of this subterranean Imulsion processing plant, still active despite the cessation of the Pendulum wars.

Subway: Timgad's Central Subway station used to serve as a central hub for commuters. Now the tunnels are crawling with Locust."

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1. Should be awesome!

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http://xbox360s.freepay.com/?r=37889120

Posted at 9:37AM on May 1st 2007 by jordan

2. Hell, I'll just do it now, considering this week has crappy XBLA games.

Posted at 9:41AM on May 1st 2007 by Toph

3. See, I want the XBLA games :). Can't please everyone lol.

Anyway, I can personally wait for September.

Posted at 9:50AM on May 1st 2007 by Tony

4. Holding off 'til September to protest the charge; remember, Epic offered to provide free content- we have to pay for it now 'cos of Microsoft's insistence.

Posted at 10:00AM on May 1st 2007 by :(

5. Considering the XBLA titles..Centi-Millipede was never a 'classic' for me, and I don't know what Catan is other than it's a turn based strategy based game which sounds dull to me.

There hasn't been anything interesting XBLA wise since CastleVania, and unless Castle Crashers hits soon, I won't be purchasing anything on the Arcade for the near future. My girlfriend enjoyed the Pinball game but it's too expensive for what content there is.

So yeah..I haven't played GOW for a month or so, but I'd download these maps all the same. Maybe it'll get me re-interested in the game!

(I still say a 'Slayer'-esque, you-versus-everyone game mode would be fun and is well past due. I'm tired of teams.)

Posted at 10:02AM on May 1st 2007 by Toph

6. I'll get them now...cuz i'll have school in september and i wont be able to play anyways...so $10 for me :(

Posted at 10:11AM on May 1st 2007 by DjDATZ

7. well these next 2 weeks are exam weeks for me... than after that its only a couple days till halo 3 beta... I may buy them after the halo 3 beta ends...

Posted at 10:14AM on May 1st 2007 by John

8. 800 points? No frigging way! I'll grab Catan instead.

Posted at 10:17AM on May 1st 2007 by Viridium

9. In fact, now that I converted it and saw that i'd be paying close to $13 Canadian...there's no way in hell i'll be getting this...i'll just play mass effect or forza 2...

Posted at 10:18AM on May 1st 2007 by DjDATZ

10. With beta and Forza coming up, I don't have the itch right now for new stuff.

Plus, Gears online play sucks.

Posted at 10:19AM on May 1st 2007 by J8675309

11. So I pay $50 dollars a year for live, and I'm rewarded with being charged for a map pack Epic wanted to release for free? Thanks MS, you're a pal!

Posted at 10:26AM on May 1st 2007 by cwolf267

12. "A few stray bullets could easily knock out the generator, leaving combatants to fend for themselves against the Kryll."

Act 2 with the Kryll is one of my favorite levels from any fps's so that sounds pretty awesome to me.

Posted at 10:32AM on May 1st 2007 by Joe

13. A small price to pay for a GoW die-hard like myself. Unfortunate timing though, as I'm leaving Thursday for a business trip all through the weekend! Damn! Well, at least I'm in town for the entire Halo 3 beta.

Posted at 10:33AM on May 1st 2007 by Matt

14. im 100% going to get these maps, gears rules online, but i do see y some people are pissed off because of the anoying little 5 year old yank kids, but oh well, just boot the gimps....

and who cares about the price.... this is a company still working on a released game, so would you rather them just not release any maps... and just forget about their released games and just work on the next....

Posted at 10:33AM on May 1st 2007 by Keef

15. CAN SOMEONE REPEAT WHICH ONE WAS THE EXPENSIVE CONSOLE?

Posted at 10:34AM on May 1st 2007 by mamardilla69

16. $10 for every stupid add-on, map pack, etc. adds up. They wanted to release this for free on day one, and instead were forced to charge for it. MS better re-evaluate their online strategy, I really don't feel like paying $50 for a global friends list, as nice as that is.

Posted at 10:55AM on May 1st 2007 by cwolf267

17. You know I'm gettin em. I'm too good not to.

Posted at 10:58AM on May 1st 2007 by XxURDONExX

18. did everyone miss that it's free in September?
Free, as in no-costy?
It's the best of both worlds, and unlike the whole halo 2 map fiasco, you can play these maps ASAP.

Whine all you want and scream "BUT I WANT THEM NOWWW," but it's not going to change anything, if you want them for free, pay now, or shut up.

and the $50 you pay for XBL goes to a full service staff, new features, and server upgrades. It has nothing to do with new developer released content.

Posted at 10:58AM on May 1st 2007 by Grant

19. MS: With friends like Epic, who needs enemies?

One stupid interview has caused MS endless PR grief. These maps sound awesome and we should be celebrating. Instead, gamers feel "cheated" out of "free" maps and MS earns nothing but derision and scorn.

Posted at 11:04AM on May 1st 2007 by hoos30

20. Will they include fixes for the numerous amount of glitches in the game? I sure like the grab@ss glitch where I can't select a weapon, the wall glue, getting stuck on top of cars/ledges/etc, bullets going through people, 15 foot pistol melees, and a host of other things. Halo might have modders, but at least the gameplay is well done.

Posted at 11:54AM on May 1st 2007 by polkbkk

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