Gears of War 3
Gears of War 3's Fenix Rising DLC Now Live
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The Fenix Rising Map Pack for Gears of War 3 is available to download now from Xbox Live Marketplace.

The map pack features five new multiplayer maps; Academy, Anvil, Depths, The Slab and a remake of Escalation from the original Gears of War. In addition to the maps, four new multiplayer characters and seven new achievements are also included. Just don't expect to get "Again!" in a hurry.

You can either download the DLC via the game's menu, XBLM, or queue it for download here. It costs 800 MSP. Season Pass Holders get it for free. There's a bunch of new screenshots below and more in the gallery.


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Comment #1 by v SnOwMaN v
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 08:24:21 AM
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I like the maps, but don't care for weapon skins.

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Comment #2 by DeadMan634
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 08:26:15 AM
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I'm liking Anvil and The Slab the most.. The others are cool to though :)

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Comment #3 by VeteranDemon
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 08:26:32 AM
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Escalation was the best map by far. And when there was the other map in the house they were GOW 1 Epic maps.

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Comment #4 by Clarky08
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 08:31:11 AM
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Not bought any of the DLC for this yet. Was thinking of getting the season pass soon but wondering what others think? Are we better to pick and choose or is it all quality?

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Comment #5 by TheBrute1997
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 08:42:16 AM
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Great maps!

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Comment #6 by the action frampton
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 08:43:22 AM
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@1 what are the weapon skins this time round?

And does anyone know how big this one is, because having the SP I have to download from the ingame menu, and the last one was 2GB and took 35 minutes!!

@4 you could have got the SP on sale in the 12 days of Christmas offer. And yes, they are quality (at least the first 2 are; I haven't tried this one yet).

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Comment #7 by JustAFriend
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 08:44:09 AM
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the achievements are putting me off these dlcs tbh

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Comment #8 by Zmoke
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 08:47:14 AM
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Seems cheap compared to what we're used to pay for.

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Comment #9 by queeg
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 08:48:04 AM
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@4 i've got the season pass and felt a bit ripped off by the horde command pack as you don't get the command centre in horde until you've reached level 8 in turrets which i've only just managed through grinding. Personally i feel that if you buy something you should be able to use it right away.
RAAMs shadow was great while it lasted.

Depends how much you're going to play gears, i'm still glad i've bought the season pass as I love the game

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Comment #10 by queeg
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 08:49:10 AM
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@6 It's just under 300MB

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Comment #11 by gambit444
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 08:56:17 AM
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Season Pass Holders get it for free.
not to nitpick but this wording bothers me a bit. It should be Season Pass Holders prepaid or some variation of that. It is not free & never is/was.

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Comment #12 by secretkaos187
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 08:57:49 AM
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That Kantus is About to Get on tha 'COLE TRAIN' WHOOO!!!

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Comment #13 by linktriforce007
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 09:19:42 AM
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It's unable to download:

"Can't retrieve information from Xbox LIVE. Please try again later. Status code: 80154082"

Might wanna update, Lee.

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Comment #14 by alklein35
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 09:20:46 AM
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@11 That's brought up every single time. Does it really matter the wording? 99% of the people paying attention to Gears 3 DLC knows what the season pass is, and that you have to pay for the pass. It sounds weird, but it is technically free. You didn't pay for the DLC, you paid for the pass, which in turn got you the DLC. I know that's not how people think of it, and that I'll probably get downvoted to hell, but that's what it is. So, it is free for season pass holders.

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Comment #15 by Tor Eckman
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 09:26:32 AM
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"Season Pass Holders get it for free"......again that big mistake.....its not free!!!! i remember paying for the season pass!!

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Comment #16 by cog19684
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 09:28:37 AM
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am i the only one that has a .... as a balance for ms points and says cheacking balance?

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Comment #17 by the action frampton
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 09:38:15 AM
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@14 you are correct. This DLC is going to be 0 MSP for me because I already got the season pass. I agree with your comment.

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Comment #18 by ToTaL EclipsEz
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 09:42:06 AM
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Awesome, glad I picked the season pass up during the sales. I'm more excited about the new maps though out of all the stuff that comes with this.

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Comment #19 by NeG AbaTROSITY
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 09:42:50 AM
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@13 Since when do we tell them what to do?

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Comment #20 by porkfoot
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 09:43:14 AM
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@14 I agree also, I paid 1800 points for season pass on sale. Therefor it's free for me and the next one will be free for me as well. I don't see why people make such a big deal if it says it's free for season pass holders. People just need to deal with it. $22.50 for season pass, so far $35 in actual downloads, great deal on great dlc!

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Comment #21 by todgill12
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 09:44:40 AM
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I had forgotten that this comes out today. I guess I know what I will be doing tonight. Perfect timing for me to take a break from MW3 campaign.

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Comment #22 by l.maciver
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 09:55:32 AM
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1st pic, carmines finger gun. lol

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Comment #23 by WEEJOK
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 09:58:44 AM
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Anyone up for playing as a team of 5 mauler/carmine for the achievements?

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Comment #24 by q WhiZ KiD p
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 10:31:56 AM
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I seriously like the map pack I do need ribbon help add me

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Comment #25 by ViNyLek
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 10:43:31 AM
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I didn't see any new skins.. Also is it just me or is there no playlist dedicated to new maps only? Why release new maps and not let us play them as much as we want too.. Also since when is warzone with execution? I am execution player and know that option gets picked 90% of the time, so fine by me, but I don't think it's fair for noobs that like riflefests...

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Comment #26 by DaBenoit
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 11:08:43 AM
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@6 This one is small but for reference, once you start the download ingame just exit it, go to account managment - download history and then you can download in background while playing something else

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Comment #27 by namepending
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 11:15:25 AM
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@25 I believe that the skins are available after you re-up, one different skin for each re-up

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Comment #28 by blackout529
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 11:19:58 AM
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I'm surprised the release for this add on went smoothly as opposed to the last 2...

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Comment #29 by STONE DEVIL
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 11:40:49 AM
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More DUMB achievements...thanks EPIC

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Comment #30 by GOWnage
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 12:16:41 PM
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Yes, give everyone Cole train, the only worthwhile part of bulletstorm...

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Comment #31 by The Sixth Noble
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 12:22:52 PM
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a little stupid to give everyone the thrashball cole when you were supposed to only get it from the beta....

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Comment #32 by Arenazombie
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 12:40:59 PM
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Like that Gears3 now breaks with this standard 3Maps for 800MSP, that Gears2,Gears3 Horde Commando and Halo had set. Coming from UT classic and stuff were maps used to be free I still think this is quite pricy but 5Maps is at least better and with the season pass I even pay less for it.

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Comment #33 by Arcane Paradise
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 12:43:13 PM
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@32 Not bitter are you?

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Comment #34 by Sublethalend
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 12:44:20 PM
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Pretty pumped about the DLC. Can't wait to hit that up tonight with some friends. :D

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Comment #35 by TomWilliams118
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 01:03:51 PM
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@32 Let me get this right cause everyone is thinking it but not wanting to offend...

In responce to your 10 reason i have 10 reasons for your self,

1.this game straight out sucks
R. You Cant Play it Without having to throw controller across the room in rage

2. Sawed-off advantage
R. You either getting owned on "small maps" where it a welcomed weapon or cant time it right to get your own kills with it.

3.disappearing diticated servers
R. Spelling wasnt your strong point at school

4.all the DLC has sucked so far
R. You dont actually enjoy the Franchise or The Series

5. Fans of the game talk shit and are rasist bastards
R. Sore Loser or just useless at the game

6.level resetting
R. Glitching XP causes that =P

7.Mexican lag
R. No Comment

8.laziness with some of the character designs
R. Jealous you couldnt think of the designs

9.the maps in this game are a piece of shit
R. You dont know them or always lose out on the Power Weapons

10.stupid ass achievements that have to be grind
R. Nothing needs grinding if you enjoy the game you play it just because you "Love" the Franchise

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Comment #36 by Captain KirK 53
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 01:21:39 PM
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Cole Train is not the same as "Beta" Cole Train...

Fenix Rising Cole Train has Blue pants while the original has White

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Comment #37 by High Lord Sigma
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 01:33:54 PM
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Considering #32's argument is essentially, "This game sucks because this game sucks," which is a tautology, I think we can safely ignore him from this point forward.

Anyway, I'll be downloading this as soon as I've submitted this comment.

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Comment #38 by Ultimo Godzilla
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 01:42:18 PM
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Does anyone know why Cole Train and Savage Kantus are marked Limited Editions? Is it a timed thing before they go away or is it a download limit(first X number of people get them)? Or is it that they were pre-order incentives/beta unlocks hence why the were limited?

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Comment #39 by Shanesfluffy
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 02:20:22 PM
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@#6 pfft you're complaining 2gb taking 35minutes to download? you have no idea what me and other people have to go through, mine took at least 5 hours, after about 2 hours and saw it at about 40% i went and did somehting productive.

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Comment #40 by ash356
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 02:51:55 PM
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Or ignore him because he's blatantly a troll. Much simpler.
I'm one of the nitpicky people who have qualms with the title 'free' being applied. Yes, most people are clearly aware on the basic principle of the pass, but it seems to me to be subliminally making the pass seem better than it actually is. It's still brilliant value for money if you were going to get the Packs anyway though :)
But, meh, I notice crap like that because I'm really boring.

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Comment #41 by Corpse87
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 02:56:26 PM
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Comment #42 by RynoRhino
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 03:28:42 PM
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so I feel im the only one with this problem, but gears says im in open party where anyone can join, but declines me access to the games online modes because im in local lobby. Never seen anything like this before.

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Comment #43 by RynoRhino
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 03:32:18 PM
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update. full system reboot fixed it. thank god it was just my old xbox and not gears.

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Comment #44 by Slim Shady
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 03:37:01 PM
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This game has great dlc.....people bitch just to bitch. I for one am happy with everything so far. Bring on the 3rd re-up!

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Comment #45 by lornesbored
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 03:41:15 PM
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Epic is a joke.

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Comment #46 by aosiding
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 03:44:11 PM
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That better not be recruit Carmine...... THAT LOOKS JUST LIKE A STANDARD COG!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment #47 by XxMarky18xX
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 04:45:16 PM
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@44 same problem happened to me

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Comment #48 by Ultimo Godzilla
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 04:53:07 PM
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@48, WHAT do you think a recruit is? They don't get to change their armor until they have more experience in the field.

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Comment #49 by crunchb3rry
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 05:43:36 PM
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Lol at "diticated servers."

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Comment #50 by Diabolic Homer
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 06:23:13 PM
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I'm ending this ITS FREE crap. When you buy a happy meal you don't get the burger inside for free and you don't get the drink for free. You paid for it when you bought the happy meal. You guys got a better price on Gears content than buying all content seperate.

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Comment #51 by weaponxster
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 07:38:30 PM
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At #32- Suck my balls loser.

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Comment #52 by xNuSeNsE
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 07:40:57 PM
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I want war machine again and raven down i cant beleive they have not done a map with no power weapons since the first.

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Comment #53 by DeadMan634
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 08:03:35 PM
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@#32 all Call of Duty's suck ass including Modern Gayfare 3.. Gears of War forever!! It's probably the best shooter ever created.. Oh and another thing.. The only good call of duty was Black Ops.. Mw3 is the same shit as Mw2 with new maps and weapons. Laaaammmmmmeeee... At least gears changes it up.

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Comment #54 by Coruba
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 09:24:48 PM
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Haven't played this much since about 3 weeks after it came out. Glad I got the SP because I probably wouldn't be compelled to buy any dlc for it.

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Comment #55 by TheGoldenReaper
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 10:31:04 PM
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The 2 Cole Train characters have different trim, face mask, padding, and clothing colors.

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Comment #56 by Pay4NameChange
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 10:42:56 PM
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If your boosting, add me.

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Comment #57 by Flange Ferret
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 03:07:33 AM
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I'm quite happy they've brought out 're-up'. Means I can continue playing and be aiming for something again.

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Comment #58 by Colby
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 04:48:56 AM
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@39 while i do love mw3 more than gears, gears has and will have better dlc considering infinity ward hasnt even come out with one yet till the 24 and they will be in very small portions for 9 months. GEARS IS AWESOME!!!

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Comment #59 by Colby
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 04:50:08 AM
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@55 you must suck at cod if black ops was your favorite lol get good scrub

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Comment #60 by DeadMan634
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 10:37:32 AM
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@#61 Call of Duty's multiplayer is really repetitive I hate them all except black ops.. So Stfu you Cod fanboy

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Comment #61 by PuttyGod
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 02:42:18 PM
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Okay, well as of now, there is no way to play these maps in a public game unless you go into the one life single round experimental playlist affairs, which are not only frustrating, but underpopulated, too. Also, two of the "new" characters are just slight color changes to already existing exclusive characters that people either worked for (Cole Train) or preordered from Amazon (Savage Kantus) to obtain. That's kind of a kick in the balls. They couldn't be any LESS exclusive, now, as they are probably going to be more common than any other character including the spaceman onyx guard (lol), but it's annoying since I kind of enjoyed having rare characters. They better not pimp out Savage Grenadier Elite, Commando Dom, or Adam Fenix, though.
And they didn't even include any weapon skins, as meaningless as they are, unless you include the "re-up" skins. I'm still not sure why this feature was necessary... Because it was soooo easy to hit level 100, right?... Derp. I would've gotten there eventually, maybe, but I fell victim to the complete data reset glitch at level 74. Insanely frustrating.

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Comment #62 by ALEX IS L33T
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 08:08:54 PM
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Depths reminds me of Rapture from Bioshock

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Comment #63 by ashleypegler
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 08:59:04 PM
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i love the maps which is mostly the bulk of this dlc. but the fact remains that cole train and savage kantus are basically exactly the same as the pre order 1s so it really dosemt matter if u play as eiher of them. also i wouldve thought the re up system would be free for every1 as its not exactly something id want to pay 4

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Comment #64 by BerliozSupplice
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 07:36:35 PM
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Why cant they make more games like this?

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Comment #65 by MapPack Packer
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 12:03:22 PM
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epic can take this map pack and pack it right back up their asses

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Comment #66 by Oversig
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 @ 05:29:38 PM
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We need snow maps as in Gears 2.
Again lighting & rain would be awesome as well.
My map of awesomeness would consist of a spewing valcono with lightning & fire. Just writing outloud.

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