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Gears of War 2 to be Bundled With Bonus Maps

Download content available for free for Japanese players, making up for lengthy localization time.


Gears of War 2 is hitting Japan very late. Not Mass Effect late, but still very late.

Perhaps as a means of making up for the tardiness, Microsoft is giving players here a big bonus. The Japanese version game disk includes the Flashback, Combustible, and Snowblind map packs. That amounts to 12 multiplayer maps worth 2,000 Microsoft Points, all for the very reasonable price of nothing.

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Some of the included bonus maps.

In addition to news of the bonus, Microsoft offered a first look today at the packaging for the limited edition and Twin Pack versions of the game.

Here's all three versions:

From left to right, you have ht standard version, priced at 8,190 yen, the Limited Edition, priced at 9,240 yen, and the Gears of War Twin Pack, priced at 10,290 yen. The Twin Pack includes the standard edition of Gears of War 2 and the Platinum Collection budget version of the original Gears of War.

All versions arrive simultaneously on July 30.

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