Gears of War 3: RAAM’s Shadow DLC Review

RAAM’s Shadow was released as downloadable content for Gears of War 3 yesterday on the Xbox Live marketplace for 1200 Microsoft Points. The DLC is around 3 hours in length, 2GB in size, and adds 250 Gamerscore to the retail game across 10 achievements that are unlocked over multiplayer, campaign and a mixture of the two.

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First Impressions: Gears of War 3 BETA

[UPDATE] This post is a little bit later than I had hoped, I got sidetracked by playing Portal 2, and haven’t got as much playtime on this as I had originally planned. I’ve managed to play 92 games at last count, and gotten a game on all four beta maps even Old Town due to an error when the servers were offline. So thanks for that Epic, it’s given me a bit of a head start. A quick thank you to ChatFlap for the mention on his week-daily Vlog last week. Thanks Joe ♥
Now onto my first impressions.

The Gears of War 3 Beta was finally available to the luck people who invested in the Bulletstorm Epic Edition today at 10:30 GMT. Around 500MB of downloading content later, I was online on Gears 3, and this game could be sold tomorrow as a retail game.
Loading up the initial start menu, you can see how Epic have taken ideas from other highly successful franchises such as Call of Duty and Halo, and implemented them into the heart of the system, albeit with a spin on it only Epic could pull off. Continue reading

Gears of War 3 Beta is currently downloading…

So here we have it.
18th April.
Gears of War 3 Beta downloading.
It’s gonna be a good day.

To see how the day unfolds you can do the following;
Follow me on twitter @rollo93.
Check out my Xbox profile: rollo 93
Ask me questions about the Beta on formspring here.
and comment on this post, I’ll do my best to reply as quick as I can.

♥ rollo

Rollo: Blogging Evolved

Hey guys, I know that I had planned my write-up on DiRT and a first impressions on Fallout 3, but I when it came down to it, I felt like I didn’t have enough content to put up on either. I haven’t played DiRT as much as I would have hoped that’s for sure, and I haven’t even rebooted up Fallout since I first played it. I need to sit down one of these nights and really put a good hour or two into the story. But I thought I’d keep the readers of my blog the run down of what’s going on with me in the gaming world, so pardon the wall of text, but I’m blogging here.
Since my last update I’ve been playing a lot of Halo: Reach, Grifball matchmaking mainly to build up for the final. The Grifball team I captain in the European League, “Team Impact” missed out on the EUGBWL’11 Championship a few weekends back, losing 8-1 to “The Elite Spartans”. The first three rounds combined went on for 15 minutes with TES going 2-1 up into the 4th round before walking in the last 6 bomb plants consecutively. This is where my plug for the European Grifball League comes in. The European Grifball Summer League 2011 is scheduled to take place in late May, early June. You can head up over to to sign up if you’re interested. I’ll also leave a click-able image in the bar over there, if you look over to the right of your screen, you should be able to see it. If you’re new to Grifball then the guys over at Grifball Hub have started to do some great new Grifball 101 videos. You can check out the video in the YouTube player here….

Other games I’ve been playing are Bulletstorm, that I can finally say I have completed the story, and what a great ending to a brilliantly conceived game. WWE All Stars has been high on my play list along with WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011. Both are two fantastic games, and I’ll be going to see a WWE house show at the LG Arena in Birmingham on Saturday for the Wrestlemania Revenge Tour. What I am looking forward to over the next 5 days is the Gears of War 3 beta, which I shall be playing from Day 1 thanks to my Bulletstorm Epic Edition early access. Remember to hit me up on Xbox Live to the gamertag “rollo 93” with a friend request so we can kick some Locust butt from here to Jacinto, and follow me on Twitter @rollo93 for updates on how many times I’ve been speared by a Retro Lancer.
Thanks for reading my first big blog, almost 500 words off the top of my head. Hope you’ve enjoyed a look into my 5am mind. ♥ rollo.

Bulletstorm Epic Edition announced, with Gears of War 3 Beta.

Electronic Arts and Microsoft have teamed up to announce the “Epic Edition” of Bulletstorm, exclusively for Xbox 360, which includes guaranteed early access to the Gears of War 3 beta.

“Epic is poised to break new ground in 2011 with Gears of War 3 andBulletstorm,” said Dr. Michael Capps, president of Epic Games. “With these two highly anticipated triple-A experiences comes a unique opportunity to do something to really excite players, and that’s what we intend to accomplish with the support of Microsoft Game Studios and EA. This is for the shooter fans.”

The “Epic Edition”, which will retail at $59.99 USD, includes early access to the Gears of War 3 beta and more. It’ll give players 25,000 additional experience points when playing online and visual upgrades for their leash, Peace Maker Carbine, boots and armor.

Bulletstorm is to be released on the 22nd of February 2011 in North America, with Europe following suit with the release date of the 25th of February. I’ll leave you with this awesome execution of the Lancer Classic, in Gears of War 3.