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Chatterbox Review: RAAM’s Shadow Gears of War 3 Add-on.

Oh it feels good to be back. This week, I just downloaded the Gears of war 3 add-on: RAAM’s Shadow… a prequel to the original Gears of War story.

First and foremost, this edition of DLC adds new characters to the mix in your multiplayer dealings. Not only will you get Kim and Tai remixes, but you’ll also get all new Michael Barrick and Alecia Valero for the COG side. For the Locusts, you will now be able to play as General RAAM remixed and the all new Elite Theron. Weapon skins added will be Chocolate, which is basically brown swirled. Also if you’re playing this Holiday season, be sure to check out the Mint and Candy Cane weapon skins. It’s sure to make your season bright!

As for the campaign prequel…

Wise-cracking Michael Barrick plays the role Marcus plays in the story. Instead of the COG, you’re fighting for the Zeta Squad. You start out in a Gears 1-like setting where things aren’t so destroyed, but the Locust are pressing the action, by flanking and more large villains. We also get a little history on Jace Stratton which I thought was kind of cool. For me, there were 3 “big fight” scenarios that we’re built with my favorite being the collision between Zeta and the Elite Theron. What a cool and unique character to deal with. The battle with RAAM was very lackluster for me. I played it on Hardcore and it took no time to complete once I figured out the pattern of things.

Speaking of RAAM…

For the first time, you get to control RAAM through a couple of scenes of the campaign. The initial run was very cool. He has his very own “Beast Mode” mechanism that unleashes the Kryll that evaporates the enemy with just a point of his finger. For fun, I call this, ‘The Cheese Touch’ (Diary of a Wimpy Kid anyone?)! There are a couple more levels of destroying walls, enabling the seeders to fill the sky with ink so the locust can unleash the Kryll so it kind of starts to feel a little routine and boring to an extent. As a tip, I would say to utilize RAAM’s sword charge to get you where you are going faster. RAAM walks slowly otherwise.

All in all, I thought it was pretty solid for DLC. It added an hour or so of extra gameplay, new multiplayer characters, and weapon skins. I didn’t care for Barrick’s wise cracking as I only like for Baird to make the jokes in the Gears franchise. I also can’t get over the fact that he resembles a white Kimbo Slice. That’s just funny! I was a little disappointed that Skorge was not featured in this one as well. For as tough as he was built up to be in Gears 2 (Marcus mentioned that Skorge made RAAM look like a whimp, or something to that effect), his battle scenes were very lame. I’m hoping a future DLC features him and a fitting battle that doesn’t include ride-ons.All in all, this DLC is worth it. It was fun for 90% of the time and you get some cool characters to use.

RAAM is still one of the baddest villains in any video game, period! He looks very intimidating and his initial battle in Gears 1 made the game for me! Great stuff!

Until next time…

Save Room 4 Love,

Brad (The Chatterbox)


Why so serious?!?

Welcome back to The Chatterbox Blog. Today, I discuss why I dislike 80% of the gamer population.

First off, I play video games so I guess that makes me a “gamer”. For me, the more violent the better. This is not a reflection of my real life disposition, but I feel that video games are an escape from reality so why not? If you could chainsaw your buddy in half and still have him there to talk about it, you’d do it right? Right? RIGHT?

I have a problem with the majority of the gamer population because they are a different breed of scumbag. You’ll have everything from people modifying their controllers for an advantage or quitting the game early just because they are on the losing end of things. The worst is the people who will actually try to contact you regarding in game play, which is why we’re here today.

Last night, I was playing a few rounds of Gears of War 3 Multiplayer online in a mode called “Team Deathmatch”. The object of the game is that your team collectively starts with 15 “respawns” before 1 final spawn and then you or the opposing team loses the round. The rounds are played as best of 3 or first to 2. In this instance my teamate got “downed” which basically means he was killed, but not quite dead (lol). Before he was “downed”, he “downed” one of the opposing team’s players. I ran over to him, finished off the guy who he had “downed” and picked him up and ended up winning the round. Yippee! Hooray! Right? The next round, we ended up losing so it was tied up 1 to 1 and then we played through the final round and won the match. The end. As the next match loads I get a message from Mr. Duddie1984 and it sounds a little like this…

“You’re such a b****, taking my kill before you come over there to try to revive my a**. Go f*** yourself you f*****.

Classy, right? Usually I go about my merry way, but I decided to entertain him for a few, so I sent a reply.

Please quit crying. You were unable to get the job done, so Daddy had to step in and hold your hand. Actually, they give out “post game awards” for having the most kills “stolen” (it’s called an assist) and judging by your gamerscore, you need all the help you can get. I understand that, but crying will get you nowhere, buddy. Remember, it’s JUST a game.

So now this guy sends back 2 voicemessages.

Whatever f*****, you obviously need my kills if you’re stealing them and I’m not crying. Stop being a b**** and get your own kills.

Oh and why would you not even get me back up but instead run over and steal my kill? It’s because you’re a p**** a** f** b****. Go f*** yourself.

Again, very classy. I love the speak of gamers when they’re getting mad so why not egg him on some more. I got one more in me before going to bed.

Ok so I’m not a doctor, but I think that 2nd message sounded like crying. I’m almost positive the 3rd one was crying. To be honest Duddie, I didn’t get you up because you would have stolen my kill (lol). I really don’t need much help playing Gears of War 3, but I’ve noticed you’re only in Act 1 of the campaign. Maybe you should go back to playing it since you’re clearly not ready to play online with adults. Your language tells the story there. Now if you don’t mind, its past my bed time. I have a long, busy day of being awesome ahead of me. You should probably rest up as well. Crying takes alot out of somebody. Goodnight! Remember that it’s just a game.

In closing, I try to be a courteous “gamer”, but sometimes people test my patience and then I need to let them have it. If you’re ever online with me, please be courteous back and we’ll be okay!

Save Room 4 Love,

Brad (The Chatterbox) Gears of War 3 contest!

Welcome back to The Chatterbox Blog. Today, I’m sharing some exclusive work I did for the Gears of War 3 wallpaper contest. There will be 100 winners announced, but the top 3 get the biggest prizes.

1st Place

  • $10,000 Cash Prize (USD)
  • Xbox 360 Gears of War 3 Limited Edition Console Bundle
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • dA PRO Digital Artist’s Backpack
  • deviantWEAR T-Shirt of the Winner’s Choice*
  • 1 Year Premium Membership to deviantART

2nd Place

  • $1,000 Cash Prize (USD)
  • Gears of War 3 Game
  • Xbox 360 4GB Console
  • 5,000 deviantART Points
  • dA PRO Digital Artist’s Backpack
  • deviantWEAR T-Shirt of the Winner’s Choice*
  • 6-Month Premium Membership to deviantART

3rd Place

  • $750 Cash Prize (USD)
  • Gears of War 3 Game
  • Xbox 360 4GB Console
  • 3,000 deviantART Points
  • dA PRO Digital Artist’s Backpack
  • deviantWEAR T-Shirt of the Winner’s Choice*
  • 3-Month Premium Membership to deviantART

*The remaining 97 Semi-Finalists will receive $200 cash, a copy of Gears of War 3, and a 1-Month Premium Membership to deviantART!*

To win 1st would be killer, but basically I’m testing myself to see if I could honestly make it in the graphic design world. It had been YEARS since I attempted a design project professionally so I was a little rusty. When somebody once said “if you don’t use it, you lose it” truer words were never spoken, even if they weren’t talking about artistic ability. I had to retrain my brain to think in an artistic setting and above is what I came up with. I submitted my work and THEN read the official contest rules (funny how that worked, right?) and I noticed that I put the logo in the bottom right hand corner and they said to not put the official logo anywhere on it. So I edited and resubmitted…

Viola! I was really satisfied with how it turned out. I went a little crazy with layers, but I think every piece contributed to my genius! I think there are a total of 35 layers in this piece. Enjoy!

In closing, I will find out if I’m even in the top 100 for the contest early next week. I had such a great time creating this and it really has me motivated to take my education to the next level and make another serious attempt at the digital media world. I’m going to start doing more art projects and posting them. Please feel free to give me feedback. Positive… Negative… Neutral… it doesn’t really matter. I’m always looking to improve my skills so I’m open. Thanks for viewing!


Save Room 4 Love,

Brad (The Chatterbox)