news\ Apr 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Gears of War: Judgment 'Call to Arms Map Pack' offers multiplayer maps and a new mode

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Epic Studios has announced the details of the second expansion for Gears of War: Judgment. The new multiplayer add-on, Call to Arms Map Pack, adds three new multiplayer maps and a brand-new mode called "Master at Arms." It also introduces six armor and gun skins for your character and weapons, and 10 new Achievements worth 250 Gamerscore.

All three new maps -- Terminal, Blood Drive, and Boneyard -- provide a "mix of close quarters and vertical combat." The new Master at Arms mode is a free-for-all game mode that will "test the true range of your soldiering skills." The goal is the get a kill with each of the 20 different available weapons without resorting to melee or grenade tactics. Similar to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Gun Game, every successful kill will advance you tot he next available weapon until you clear the entire list.

Below are the full descriptions of each of the new maps:

  • Terminal: The speed and ferocity of the Locust invasion took Halvo Bay completely by surprise.  Residents scrambled to evacuate by every means possible, and COG forces were called in to maintain order as martial law was enforced.  However, the Locust showed no mercy, and gave no quarter; they swept through train terminals like this one to take advantage of the close quarters and sheer number of defenceless humans trapped within its walls.  Sometimes, COG forces could hold the line long enough for a final evacuation, but too many lost their lives in defence of the people and the land they loved.
  • Blood Drive: As casualties started to mount, the staff at Halvo Memorial quickly began what would become the largest triage effort in the history of Sera.  Their “Give Blood Today” campaign inspired a global blood drive in support of COG forces and wounded civilians.  Sadly, Halvo fell quickly, and the hospital became a battlefront instead of a sanctuary.  The seed of hope was planted, however, and government-run Memorial hospitals across the country mobilised to keep the effort alive until Jacinto Memorial was the last standing bastion of hope for the people of Sera.
  • Boneyard: The concept of traditional memorial services had to be suspended due to the constant stream and alarming volume of casualties as Sera fell victim to the Locust Horde.  Memorial grounds quickly became boneyards.  Unmarked holes became grave sites and mausoleums were filled with the nameless remains of the fallen, their skeletons piled into heaps.  Tread lightly, you never know what, or who, you’re walking on, and one day you’re bound to join them.

The Gears of War: Judgment Call to Arms Map Pack will be available to VIP Season Pass holders on Tuesday, April 23, and available worldwide on April 30. For non-pass holders it can be purchased on Xbox LIVE for 1000 Microsoft Points.

Hopefully this latest add-on provides a boost in sales for Judgment which has "significantly underperformend," according to analysts. Specific numbers have not be revealed, but the game did finish third in the list of top game sales for March in the U.S. However, it's being especially scrutinized because the sales have not lived up to expectations brought forth by the success of Gears of War 3.

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