The Gears of War Vault, Calibur11's first game-specific 360 Slim pre-mod, sure as hell makes no bones about letting the kids know which sci-fi cover-shooter you favor. The mod features a neat Gears of War 3 tie-in: whenever you're downed by an enemy in the upcoming sequel, the huge-ass Crimson Omen on the side will glow bright red – which is pretty frikkin' metal. Calibur11 also promises the mod will improve your console's cooling systems, possibly by plunking a great big controller-rest on the side to prevent you blocking the vents.
Above: The “Bleed Out” finish feature makes the LED Crimson Omen glow blood red when a player is downed by an opponent
You can pre-order from Calibur11 now. The Gears of War Vault be available from Best Buy and online retailers for $89 in September – and you can add another $17 to the price tag for a customized nameplate. Pick one up early and you'll also get the chance to win a life-size replica suit of Calibur11-branded COG armor – which, if nothing else, should solve your annual Halloween problem for, oh, at least three generations.
Jun 28, 2011