Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to play through the single-player campaign of Epic’s Gears of War 3 on Insane difficulty. While that might be a walk in the park for some NAG writers who will remain nameless, for others it’s a tall order. What’ll you get for doing this apart from that oh-so-satisfying Achievement pop sound? Mission Impossible stuff of course!

You see, that’s why I started this news post with the whole “your mission should you choose to accept it” sentence – it’s a Mission Impossible reference; that makes me appear knowledgeable of pop culture, which makes me look cool. It’s working, right? Yeah it’s totally working.

It turns out that there’s a new Mission Impossible film coming out that’s subtitles “Ghost Protocol” and still stars Mr. Scientology himself, Tom Cruise. I know, I also had no idea that they’d made another one but apparently it’s a viable franchise for a bit of cross-medium promotion. How Gears 3 relates to Mission Impossible I don’t know but let’s not ask too many questions. So what’ll you get for sticking it to the Locust hordes on Insane difficulty?

You’ll get a free “Versus Booster Map Pack”. Actually, everyone will get that because it’s a whole Thanksgiving Holiday present from Epic and Microsoft to the rest of us. Awww, you guys. As for the Mission Impossible stuff: you’ll need to watch the trailer for the film which should be popping up on your Xbox 360 Dashboard soon if not already. South African Xbox Live account holders, I wouldn’t hold your breath for this one.

Once you’ve watched the Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol trailer you’ll have until Christmas Day to get through the campaign (solo or multiplayer) on Insane difficulty. Doing so will get you access to a Mission Impossible themed weapons skin pack on 31 December 2011. That’ll give you fancy new skins for pretty much every COG weapon.

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Source: Epic

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