'Gears of War 2' 'Snowblind' Pack Available Now


Posted March 31, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Gears of War 2 Snowblind

Here's a tip for you if your Tuesday is getting a little dull: Head on over to Xbox LIVE and download the Snowblind map pack for Gears of War 2. It's going to be a cold day in multiplayer hell... This winter-themed pack of four maps for multiplayer and Horde action will cost you 800 Microsoft points.

Here's what's on the agenda:

  • "Under Hill:" Features both underground tunnels and high-altitude, open areas.
  • "Grind Yard:" This massive industrial complex gives numerous bunkers for cover, but also high perches for snipers.
  • "Courtyard:" The map for you if you're a fan of the great outdoors, Courtyard features wide-open spaces to give you plenty of opportunities to gun down your enemies.
  • "Fuel Depot:" Back by popular demand from Gears of War, but with a dusting of powder. Brrrr.

Check out the new maps in the video below:

Gears of War 2 Snowblind Map Pack DLC Trailer »

While new maps are certainly welcome for Gears of War 2, the community might not be totally psyched for this download. I haven't played much Gear 2 multiplayer, so I'm deferring to TheFeed's Brian Leahy for this. But due to Gears 2's matchmaking system, everyone in a multiplayer group would have to have this pack installed in order for anyone to play it -- even queues geared only toward the new maps might not have every game type out there. So whether you can get to play these maps the way you'd like if you do decide to download them involves a certain amount of luck.

It's Leahy's opinion that this release could have another splintering effect on the Gears of War 2 multiplayer community, so much of the hardcore may be staying away from this release. But hey, you guys are the community, so leave word below in our comments section: Are you downloading "Snowblind?" How's it going for you so far?


'Gears of War 2' 'Snowblind' Pack Available Now


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