Gears of War 3 beta 'Never Fight Alone' promotion detailed

Those in the sampler can earn up to five "buddy tokens" for completing a range of franchise-specific activities; tokens to be e-mailed out May 8.

The ongoing Gears of War 3 beta is currently available to those who preordered the title from GameStop and for owners of the Bulletstorm Epic Edition. Soon, however, Microsoft will let many more gamers in via a new promotion.

Today Microsoft announced the "Never Fight Alone" promotion, whereby gamers currently curb-stomping their way through the beta can earn up to five "buddy" tokens to distribute to friends.

"Hey, would you like a Gears of War 3 buddy token?" is a good question to ask to make friends.

Players can earn the five tokens by completing a range of Gears of War-specific activities. First, all gamers who have played at least one game in the beta will earn a token. Other ways to grab tokens include purchasing any Gears of War content from the Xbox Live Marketplace, playing 20 or more hours of the Gears of War 3 beta, adding a 12-month Xbox Live subscription to an account, or playing more than 100 hours in any Gears of War title.

Gamers have until this Wednesday, May 4, to complete any of the above activities and earn their token(s). Further, Microsoft will handle all tracking of accomplishments, so players will not need to do anything additional. Buddy tokens will be e-mailed out on May 8, giving gamers a week to play with friends before the beta ends on May 15.

Gears of War 3 is due out in full worldwide on September 20. It will be available in a standard edition ($60), a limited edition ($80), and an epic edition ($150).

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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azumabob
azumabob

Time to hassle My friend list for a token : )

littleghostie
littleghostie

@trinacria23 There will be. And as long as you have a friend to splitscreen/lan with, horde and beast mode will be a lot of fun to.

trinacria23
trinacria23

Really hope there is a solid single player campaign for those who don't have their Xbox hooked to the internet

lilflex1
lilflex1

game developers shouldnt think about dlcs as much before the game comes out. what if the games defected and needs a patch the same week ppl bought it

firstclassgamer
firstclassgamer

Im tired of seeing beta this beta that this is bull im ready for the real game

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

How will I know if I spent 100 hours on the previous Gears games? I mean... I probably have I played those campaigns more than once and spent countless hours on multiplayer... but still, am I covered? :p

Lazerith91
Lazerith91

@penpusher Ya you don't have to aim, you only have to be practically touching them for it to work... Countless times I've directly shot someone with my sawed off dead on at the distance a gnasher would of killed them and it didnt even slow them down. I'm sorry but anyone who thinks the sawed off is cheap hasn't really tried to use it against experienced players. It's the only thing that even has a chance against all these freaking gnasher users. And even it isn't enough.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The Beta thus far has been excellent. I can't wait until Sept 20th 2011

PAL360
PAL360

I was never a big fan of Gears´s multiplayer and im loving the beta. It give us a good idea of how improved the graphics, gameplay, menus, etc...are! Now add campaign with 4 players coop, horde, beast, more modes and maps and this will definitly be one of the best shooters this gen. Good job Epic!

ShroudedEagle
ShroudedEagle

Pokemon18986 - Don't worry dude, most of the game stores I know of let you upgrade your pre-orders once the developers let you know about all of the special editions.

ShroudedEagle
ShroudedEagle

Hang on. I have no beta access at the moment and I'm rather confused. Does this mean that I'll have to go without, even if I do any of these things? Or will I get the chance to play if I do this?

LoRdKooP
LoRdKooP

Oh and yeah the shotguns take a lot of "skill" that's why everyone uses them because it takes a lot of "skill". All you see is a bunch of idiots rolling at each other blowing each other away or you have the shotgun camper waiting around the corner for someone come around. So yeah it takes a lot of "skill"

LoRdKooP
LoRdKooP

Damn shotguns get annoying, but thank god for the retro lancer... Get off me b!tches!

steelmouth
steelmouth

how is the beta so far,is the gears hype justified

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

@ToughCritic28 Damn Straight. Gears is far more tactical than the majority of shooters out there. And using a Gnasher properly takes skill, more so than using a noobtube in MW2 (which is the only way I can get kills oddly enough).

ToughCritic28
ToughCritic28

Alright just to set the record straight... because I know what I'm talking about and the rest of you dont (yep), the gnasher is a staple in gears of war. If you find it cheap, then you should probably go back to call of duty. What makes gears great is its unique style of gameplay. Yes, the shotguns are used quite a bit because that's how the game plays; it's supposed to be a close range sort of battle where you have to use evasive tactics and cover shots to succeed. It's very tactical and it requires a good deal of skill. I will be extremely upset if a bunch of kids come in from other games and start complaining about the gnasher, eventually forcing the developers to nerf it... It's supposed to play differently! Again, go back to halo or call of duty if you don't like the shotgun. This game just must not be for you.

dallasanderson1
dallasanderson1

i found the beta really just to hard to kill people the lag was terrible, any game where it takes more then a clip of your weapon to kill and enemy in online play really needs to go back to the drawing boad, the maps look great, but for me its a fail as multiplayer

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

Im so sick of people complaining about shotguns in video games. Fact is they are GREATLY underpowered in all games compared to real life. a shotgun is effective from farther than 6 feet away. stand 30feet away from someone and let them shoot you with 8 or 10 gauge buckshot or slug and tell me its not damaging. They make games too life like people complain, they make them unrealistic and people complain. there is no pleasing people. as for the beta, so far its been awesome, these 'buddy' codes will come in very handy

Pokemon18986
Pokemon18986

i just wanna know whats happenin in the SPECIAL EDITIONS of this game!!!! Details please. This is something they should've done before the beta so ppl knew which version they want to purchase, and then they go preorder it

footballstar123
footballstar123

Anyone got a token they want to give away to the less fortunate? Would be much appreciated :)

killer690
killer690

I see, so the tokens are for you to invite some poor soul who did not get in the goodness that is Gears 3 Beta. That'd earn you a few friends, five apparently.... But you know what? I still get that kinda host advantage thingy, not as bad as in Gears 2, but in every match I've played I shoot some guy at close range with the Gnasher and nothing, just a little blood out of the fella, the guys I play with also get this problem often so it's not just me, and I am on "killcam" I've seen it happen to other unknown players, any one else has had this issue? @chadbtownvt come dude, it's their strategy, I hate it too, but it just makes it more satisfying when you kill them back, I'm sure you have your own little strategy that annoys the crap out of other players.

chadbtownvt
chadbtownvt

The Gears 3 Beta Is Definitely A Treat But Sadly Its Being Ruined By The Idiots Abusing The Shotguns. Why'd They Even Put In Other Guns? All These Punks Do Is Run Around The Corner And Hope To Get A Cheap Shotgun Kill. No Skill Involved.

penpusher
penpusher

@Lazerith91 you dont even have to aim with the sawed off to get an instant kill ... if thats not cheap i dont know what is

RonTorque
RonTorque

Been on it for almost two weeks and i can't wait for the full game.

hybrid7seven7
hybrid7seven7

@PBN-Dawg true, epic has been doing a great job taking customer feedback. I'm rather happy with how they've finally given assault rifles a sporting chance

PBN-Dawg
PBN-Dawg

@hybrid7seven7 Well, thats the good thing about the Beta. Epic is monitoring each and every kill, so if people are OD'ing on the saw'd off and/or it seems too powerful, they will fix it

Lazerith91
Lazerith91

@hybrid7seven7 The sawed off is not a cheap weapon. The cheap one is the Gnasher. That might as well be a sawed off because even if you dont blow them up with the first shot (and you probably will...) you fire again less than a second later. At least with the sawed off you only get one chance and if you miss your most likely screwed. I think they should lower the power of the Gnasher so that the sawed off can take its place as the one hitter. Otherwise gears 3 online will end like the others, Gnashers everywhere.

hybrid7seven7
hybrid7seven7

@Viiper if you learn how to use it properly it will easily trump other guns in 1 v 1. It might be even more overpowered than the boomshot since you can spawn with it and it has no splash damage. It might be better if they tweaked it or made it a power weapon

Viiper
Viiper

@hybrid7seven7 I don't understand the cheapness. You have to be up in the other dudes face basically, not to mention it has the reload time of a grandma and one bullet per reload. which means if you miss you are done for.

hybrid7seven7
hybrid7seven7

i still don't know what to feel about the sawed off it seems sooo cheap but it's also so satisfying to get kills with it

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

So I would guess that this is all retroactive right? If it is then cool. I can invite some friends.

XxDaRkAnZeLxX
XxDaRkAnZeLxX

Playing more than 100 hours in any Gears of War title? I wonder how they would track that..

Skargamer
Skargamer

Gotta get to asking then. >_>

Joser15
Joser15

Game graphics look stunning only complaint is how powerful the gnasher can from distance. otherwise i love the digger launcher and the new crosshair for the torque bow

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

Im loving this game.. I was a fan of Gears 2 and played it up until a few months ago and i'd say i think Gears 3 already handles better then 2.. Way more fluid and the fact you can respawn makes the battles way more action packed.. I hope they bring guardian back tho. Anyways, i only threw down $5 on the beta and i've already prolly got 20+ hrs into the beta.. Money well spent.

jadefury27
jadefury27

seems a little late for this. the beta is in its 2nd/3rd week and to be honest all my gears friends are already on the beta so any codes i have would go to those who are not fans.

pokecharm
pokecharm

I got this e-mail this morning, pretty cool of the to do this, and expand it to more people :)

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

That's pretty cool. I'll have to hit up my friends for a code. :)