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Gears of War 3 prequel DLC sounds bonkers - play as General RAAM

'RAAM's Shadow' arriving in time for Christmas

Microsoft has announced that Gears of War 3's first campaign DLC will be set before the original Gears of War - and allow you to play as the fearsome Locust leader you killed at the end of that game, General RAAM.


Titled RAAM's Shadow and set for release on December 13 for 1,200 Microsoft Points, it'll feature three hours of gameplay, plus six new multiplayer characters, the 'Chocolate Weapon Set' and an additional 250 Gamerscore.

MS said: 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.

"When we announced the Gears 3 Season Pass, we immediately started getting hundreds of questions from fans about what the game add-ons would be," said Epic design director Cliff Bleszinski.

"We're really excited to be lifting the curtain on the first two releases, first with the Horde Command Pack and now with RAAM's Shadow, which gives fans a new perspective on the 'Gears' universe and is also the biggest DLC release we've ever made.

"RAAM's imposing size and strength, along with his Kryll shield, make him one of the most powerful and daunting foes in the Gears universe," Bleszinski added. "We think fans are going to have a blast unleashing hell upon the poor humans for the first time in a campaign setting."

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