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Gears of War 3 - Xbox 360

  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Genre:Action, Shooter
  • Developer: Epic Games
  • Release Date:Sep 20, 2011
  • # of Players:1 player
  • ESRB:M - Mature (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language)
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Game Description: Gears of War 3 is the final chapter in Epic's gritty shooter. Gears plunges players into a harrowing tale of hope, survival, and brotherhood. With the last human city destroyed and the remaining survivors stranded, time is running out for Marcus and his comrades as they fight to save the human race from the jaws of extinction.
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Gears of War 3 Beta Reactions: The Good, the Bad, and the Shotty
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Gears of War 3 Beta Reactions: The Good, the Bad, and the Shotty

By G4 Staff - Posted Apr 15, 2011

Chainsaw loving, Bulletstorm-buying, Gears of War fans will get the chance to jump into the multiplayer beta for Epic Games’ much anticipated Gears of War 3 on Monday, and everyone else will have their chance on April 25. A painfully short wait, I know, so to hold you over, a bunch of G4 staffers put in some early hands-on time with the Gears 3 beta, and they decided to group up and pass along their initial thoughts, feelings, doubts, trepidations, praises, and general ruminations about Epic’s latest gorgeously rendered multiplayer bloodfest. 

 

Eric Eckstein: I dig the Gears series, but I've rarely had a good time playing online except for Horde mode. So getting in early on the Gears of War 3 beta is appealing to me as I'll never see my name in the top 200 public leaderboards ever again. I had a blast re-learning GoW again, bayonet charging fools and unleashing Mortars on my enemies. Ribbon and medal rewards flow like water, and I barely know how or what I'm earning, but you'll gain something on every map whether you win, lose, or get totally hosed in the process. It's simple and purely cosmetic, but I like that kind of positive reinforcement. The game itself is beautiful, incredibly well-polished for a beta, and fast, but not ridiculous, unless you're facing off against shotties. Shotguns seem to still ruin the day, with a spread and range that just doesn't make sense in my mind, and the sawed-off has a super long reload making it next to impossible to use unless you're an ace. I found myself rocking the Lancer and Hammerburst (hate the Retro Lancer recoil) mostly and doing okay, but players will want to track down a Digger Launcher as soon as possible. It's the new gun that burrows underground and pops up to kill people. It rules.
 
The Team Deathmatch variant with a shared life pool is a neat concept, made tense when your respawns are depleted and you see the final players on the map. Knowing that you're the last man standing can make it incredibly nerve-wracking, but seeing your buddies in the same state really ups the ante. There were four maps that we played, but I think my favorite was Trenches, because periodically, you hear a horn blow and the entire map is taken over by a blinding sandstorm. I love interactivity on maps, so being able to shoot down the scoreboard in the Thrashball arena or having something like a weather effect is pretty sweet. That map has a huge flaw in it currently that can keep teams trapped in their spawn points though, and with somebody armed with the Mortar, it's nearly impossible to break through. I learned this the easy way, but raining down death and getting multi-kills in one match felt like cheating, so I stopped, but I can see that happening a lot throughout the beta. If you're playing out there, don't be a cheeseball.
 
Long story short: Loving the Gears of War 3 beta. Going to play a ton more this weekend and can't wait to see where it goes from here.

 

Nikole Zivalich: I'm a huge fan of the Gears of War series. I think the story is interesting, I like Marcus, and I like to hate Dom. Story aside, the reason I've been playing Gears of War 2 long after it's '09 release has been the multiplayer. I'm a member of a secret cult, and we play Gears in private matches all the time. That being said I was really excited Epic decided to take their multiplayer into beta. Gears 2 had a lot of problems when it started, and the majority of these problems have been fixed or acknowledged. But wouldn't it have been nice if they never had them in the first place? Go beta, young man!

The Gears 3 beta was exciting, and for the most part not frustrating. Additional weapons added a newness to the game that I had forgotten I could feel about the series. Some guns are awesome, some suck. The sucky one is the sawed-off shotgun. Basically, if you can get close enough to use it, your foe will soon be in multiple pieces. Sadly, I was incapable of getting this close, save the few times where I got lucky. However, I was perfectly capable of being obliterated by it over and over again. Sure it's balanced in that the reload takes a long a time and there are only four shots, but with the ability to change your reload in-between repawns, you can just keep getting it. And thus I keep dying. It's a shame that gamers will still be complaining about how overpowered the shotguns are in this game.

Another aspect I didn't like was the amount of pastels. What the hell are colors like baby blue and light yellow doing in Gears? And why are they suddenly fighting the Locust in a small city in France? Yes, I'm hating on the European influence and the cottages with shutters. Deal. Gears has a certain color palette, and I liked it. There are also maps that are littered with cuckoos except if you hit them, they don't all gather together and attack you; they just die. I just don't get why they are there. It seems so out of the Gears universe to have farm birds running about amidst a battle. Make them lambent chickens, and we'll talk.

But again, I'm a Gears fan, and these faults I'm finding have been found because I'm nit-picking it. And I found them because I can't stop playing. I love it. I get to play as a girl who can roadie run a locust and rip out his intestines. I couldn't ask for more. Okay, I could, but I'll cut my losses and get back to the beta.

 

Kevin Kelly: Gears of War 3 has been a long time coming, so the fact that Epic is offering us a beta when we should have an actual disc in our hands isn't entirely insulting. I mean hey, we're getting to play the game, right? I have to keep reminding myself that we're playing a small sliver of it, and not just the beta. What, you mean there aren't just four maps and no single-player? No, instead you're just guinea pigs inside a very fun plastic ball.

GoW3 definitely feels faster this time around, whether it's swapping weapons, running, or engaging in combat. The new weapons (the Retro Lancer is a personal favorite) feel organic and not shoehorned into the game, and all of the dynamic elements in each level are welcomed additions. The sandstorm on Trenches, the falling scoreboard in Thrashball, to the alarm in Checkout that signals god knows what, and even down to the chickens in Old Town that yes, you can kill. All of these make each one of the maps come to life. Even if my life doesn't last very long by the time someone grabs the Oneshot or the Mortar on Trenches, damn you.

But so far, it's like Gears 2.5 multiplayer. The gameplay hasn't changed much, but they've added a lot of flash and bling. You can color-customize your weapons (which does what, exactly?) and change your skins, but everything else is the same, including the annoyances with the shotgun. It's very easy to get rolled several times with someone wielding a shotgun, something that I hope changes once the dedicated servers are switched on. Matt Keil suggested that they put "No Shotguns" playlists into the game, a suggestion that I fully support. Also, several times when I was downed behind cover, I would fall right into an enemy's line of fire. Ouch.

Still, I'm playing it every night, which is the sign of an addict, right? At least I can admit that I have a problem. And that my problem also has problems, however minor they might be. When this thing opens up wide, I expect to meet all of you inside. And Epic, I sure hope some much bigger maps are on the way.

 

Matt Keil: I’ve been enjoying the beta quite a bit, aside from the occasional game rife with diving shotgun twerps. I understand the burning desire to win at all costs is pretty much the crux of competitive multiplayer gaming, but it’s such a shame that a game with so many interesting elements and gameplay mechanics has been repeatedly reduced to “guy blasting with shotgun.” If I wanted to run around with a shotgun I would play…well, pretty much any other shooter. I hope there’s a “no shotguns” playlist in the final game so I can play Gears of War and not Hobo With A Shotgun: The Game. Still, I’m at 50+ matches played, so it’s not like the game isn’t fun. I’m really enjoying the faster gameplay, the beautifully implemented incendiary grenade, and the Thrashball map. I’m warming up to Trenches, but man is it easy to lock people down/get locked down in the spawn areas in that one. The reward system is accomplishing its objective and very much illustrates Cliff’s comments about wanting the players to “marry the game.” I can see myself following this carrot-on-a-stick for quite some time.

Leah Jackson: As someone who has never played Gears before and is basically a console shooter noob, I thought Gears 3 was a lot of fun. I played as a Locust, and my teammates and I rolled house during the multiplayer. There were some really cool guns, and one guy had a flamethrower that looked so awesome. I didn’t mind him melting my face off at first because I just wanted to look at how cool the graphics were. All of the player models looked great and so did the environments. Overall, it was really fun, and I’d like to get back in there and try out some of the crazier guns in the near future...like now!

Blain Howard: I loved the shotgun...a lot. So much in fact that it and the magnum were  pretty much the only weapons I used. Enjoyed nearly every aspect of the beta...except getting mauled down by the beta testers. Luckily, I got a medal for playing with a beta tester, but nobody likes dying so fast! The bots were surprisingly smart and tricky, and there were very little glitches in my matches. It was literally rip roaring fun...or chainsaw roaring fun...whichever you choose.

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  • JordanA7x

    Haha xD Blain Howard is the guy that everybody is mad at. "I only use shotguns :D" >.< Smooth move man.

    Posted: May 6, 2011 9:42 AM
    JordanA7x
  • ChoKeller

    The beta is pretty good, I like it a lot. The only things I would like to see changed is for them to take the shotguns away from people and put them on the map like other shooters or a playlist where they do so. Also I would like it if they lowered the recoil on the Retro a little bit. I would like it if they up the damage for the Lancer a bit. I feel as though the damage for the Snub Pistol could come up too. That s what I would like to see change. I think all the weapons are balanced and nothing is cheap but I just don't like it when just because everyone has a shotgun that all they do is roll around and shotty people. so another playlist simple called "Tactical" were everyone starts with his/her choice of any assault rifle, smokes, and a Snub Pistol, the shotguns would be a swap weapon on the maps. That way Gears fans who want to play the rolly-shotty carp can and those who want a little more of a firefight can have their way everyone wins. Were all Gamers there is no reason we all can get what we want out of this game.

    Posted: April 30, 2011 12:56 PM
    ChoKeller
  • gagman51

    i was playing the beta and agree with dman and Eric. the shotguns are definitely screwed up. i was about 2 inches in front of an enemy when i took a shot with the sawed off. absolutely nothing happened. im not just gonna say this, this has happened 2 me atleast 5 times. the gnasher still is Over powered but fun. the beta showes me that gears 3 is going 2 be great. it just needs a few touches. And to all you people complaining that the shotguns suck, its your fault if you didn't let them get so close then this wouldn't happen. all you need to do is shoot them with a lancer or somthing when they're charging you. thats all i have to say about gears 3 so far. Epic game has done really good

    Posted: April 30, 2011 12:02 AM
    gagman51
  • ChoKeller

    The beta is pretty good, I like it a lot. The only things I would like to see changed is for them to take the shotguns away from people and put them on the map like other shooters or a playlist where they do so. Also I would like it if they lowered the recoil on the Retro a little bit. I would like it if they up the damage for the Lancer a bit. I feel as though the damage for the Snub Pistol could come up a bit too. That s what I would like to see change.

    Posted: April 27, 2011 7:16 PM
    ChoKeller
  • ChoKeller

    The beta is pretty good, I like it a lot. The only things I would like to see changed is for them to take the shotguns away from people and put them on the map like other shooters or a playlist where they do so. Also I would like it if they lowered the recoil on the Retro to make it a little easier to use. And also I would like it if they up the damage for the Lancer a little bit. The shotgun is only cheap because everyone has one. I would just like to have people have tactically and not have everyone rolling around with shotguns.

    Posted: April 26, 2011 1:11 PM
    ChoKeller
  • relentless36

    so...do you have to pre order from gamestop to get in the beta? i thought it was open to everyone on the 25th but dont see it in the XBLA. i always order from Amazon, i get better deals there and delivered to my door. i hope this isnt Gamestop exclusive, if so i guess i'll be waiting to play until it comes out.

    Posted: April 26, 2011 10:14 AM
    relentless36
  • WarpedEcho

    GoW 2 released in '08 Nikole.

    Posted: April 26, 2011 7:15 AM
    WarpedEcho
  • gameboy731

    no shotguns playlist haha thats a good one, I think i am going to go puke.

    Posted: April 25, 2011 7:28 PM
    gameboy731
  • LittleLionMan

    I think it's funny how everyone complains how dark Gears is, then they add color and everyone complains about them adding color.
    Make up your mind.

    Posted: April 25, 2011 10:12 AM
    LittleLionMan
  • Dash4300

    The beta looks and feels amazing but my only complaint would be the learning curve. As a newcomer to Gears (I started playing Gears a couple months ago for an engaging single player) its extremely hard to master the huge learning curve like the shotgun, wall bouncing, etc. I'm not saying Gears is bad by any means because I love the single player but it would be cool if Epic made a noob friendly play list that didn't interfere with the more experienced Gears player.

    Posted: April 25, 2011 10:01 AM
    Dash4300
  • MekkaChyld

    Looks like I'm gonna have to buy another Xbox 360. (sigh) :-/

    Posted: April 24, 2011 11:10 PM
  • MekkaChyld

    Man I wish they made the Gears of War Series for the PlayStation 3. The Killzone series is no substitute.

    Posted: April 24, 2011 11:08 PM
  • PotatoDuelist

    If anyone's still interested in getting a Gears Of War 3 beta key, I found some being handed out on a blog.

    I don't know if any of the keys are left, but you can try here:

    http://freegearsofwar3beta.b logspot.com

    Posted: April 24, 2011 10:57 AM
  • That.other.guy

    i cant wait till gears 3 comes out so i can pop peoples heads off again.hehe

    Posted: April 22, 2011 9:55 AM
    That.other.guy
  • m0nkeyb0y77

    I've been on the beta a few days now and I have no complaints about the shotguns. There's a new trend emerging (someone back me up if you've seen this happen).

    The BLIND FIRE RETRO LANCER. You can totally destroy someone by walking up to them and blind firing it the same way you would a gnasher. I've seen gnasher vs retro so many times and retro always wins. Yeah the retro sucks for precision shooting but that's the tradeoff. Higher damage for short-medium range engagements.

    I love the shotties and wouldn't change a thing. I'm glad the sawed-off takes as long as it does. You can kill 2-3 people with one round! If you want a faster reload just switch to gnasher. If they shorten the sawed off reload time, you're going to see a LOT of WHINING and a 24/7 sawed off battles. just my two cents.

    Posted: April 20, 2011 1:01 PM
    m0nkeyb0y77
  • AngelsandDemons

    screw gamestop...

    Posted: April 19, 2011 7:45 PM
    AngelsandDemons
  • PotatoDuelist

    If anyone's still interested in getting a Gears Of War 3 beta key, I found some being handed out on a blog. It was free, too.

    I don't know if any of the keys are left, but you can try here:

    http://freegearsofwar3beta.b logspot.com

    Posted: April 19, 2011 6:27 PM
  • grumpymedic2147

    To Kevin, and Matt regarding your whining about the shotguns on GOW- two words- FLORAL DESIGN, as in, maybe you both should pursue careers in that particular field. I am sure that somewhere in the course of military history, a losing commander complained that someone was using a superior weapon. Stop your pissing and moaning, and JUST PLAY THE GAME!!!

    Posted: April 19, 2011 3:57 PM
    grumpymedic2147
  • peglegjim

    The sawed off is the easiest gun to use ever. just roll in less than a meter away from your enemy, hip fire and you are have an instant kill. Retro lancer + sawed off = "WINNING!!"

    Posted: April 19, 2011 6:38 AM
  • thejman85

    i need a code when i bought bullet storm the code that came with the game didn't work and the game was new!!! so now i have to wait til the 25th am gonna pre order it at gamestop but if anyone knows a code g4tv perhaps?

    Posted: April 18, 2011 6:05 PM
    thejman85
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