Gears of War 3 Beta Preview

We find out what maps, modes, and weapons will be included in the upcoming Gears of War 3 beta.

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Now that you've already marked your calendar for the September 20 release of Gears of War 3, you can join in on the multiplayer beta in April on dedicated servers. No date has been set just yet, but if you've already purchased your Epic Edition copy of Bulletstorm, you're guaranteed in, and you also get an exclusive flaming lancer. At the Gears of War 3 preview event in San Francisco, executive producer Rod Fergusson announced that an exclusive gold lancer would be available via the beta and that it would be yours to keep if you meet the requirement of 90 matches played and 100 kills. For those looking to run around in Cole's thrashball outfit, it can also be yours to own when the retail game comes out if you play 83 matches (70 to unlock, 13 more for yours to keep).

If you haven't read the latest hands-on update on the game, where we got to play through all the new modes and maps, as well as toy around with the weapons, you can do so right here. But for the beta, there will be three of the six multiplayer modes to play across four maps, which haven't been determined yet. The supermarket level Checkout and the Thrashball stadium map are definitely included, but Epic Games is leaving it up to you to vote for the other two maps that will be included in the beta. These include Mercy, Old Town, and Overpass and Trenches. You can check out the official Gears of War 3 Facebook page to vote. Below is a rundown of what to expect.

Modes included in the beta:

King of the Hill - Now, it should be obvious how this one is played, but this time around, the mode has been combined with Annex and given a clearer rule set. The UI has also been simplified, so determining where and who your targets are will be easier. The ring moves around the map as well, to keep you on your toes.

Capture the Leader - This mode is a combination of Guardian and Submission, with some tweaks. Depending on whose side you're on, you will either aim to capture Chairman Prescott or Queen Myrrah and then hold on to him or her as long as you can. Everyone here is armed with one smoke grenade, which forces your opponent to drop the meat shield that he or she is holding, so use it wisely. The leader isn't useless either; he or she can see through walls to help coordinate his or her teammates. You can now use the left stick to spot enemies, which helps tremendously.

Watch your back!

Team Deathmatch - While all the modes are fairly intense, Team Deathmatch can get really hairy once you start to run out of respawns. Each team is assigned 15 respawns, and if your team is the one eating those up, the next time you spawn, you'll likely appear next to a teammate so that hopefully you won't die as quickly.

Fergusson also mentioned some gameplay changes that might help you avoid picking up a weapon when you're really trying to raise your teammate. By tapping the X button, you will be able to help your buddy, but now, you have to hold X a little longer for a circle to appear to grab a weapon. The same mechanic has been applied to the Y button where a tap is a good old-fashioned curb-stomp, and if you hold it, you'll get to pull off a long execution (assuming you've unlocked it for that particular weapon).

New/modified weapons:

One-Shot - If you can get someone in your line of sight, all that's going to be left of him is a red mist. It's not very discreet, so once you hear the sound, you better find something to hide behind.

Sawed-off Shotgun - The shotgun tends to be a favorite among players, and the new double-barreled gun can not only take out a single opponent in one shot, but it can also take out up to three if they are clustered together. You have to get close--like up close and personal close--for this to work. Otherwise, it wouldn't be fair, right?

Incendiary Grenade - Aah, grenades are always good in a pinch. Especially the ones that explode on impact.

Digger Launcher - The "nom nom nom" weapon fires a digger that burrows underground and eventually jumps out at its target, like a really fast and vicious mole.

Yeah, baby! Gold lancer bling can be yours if you play the beta.

Retro Lancer - While you can't use a chainsaw to halve your enemies with this, you can definitely surprise enemies by skewering them in the back. You have to charge first though, so it's easy enough to dodge in close-quartered combat. But if someone's not paying attention…

Hammerburst - Iron sights have been added to the hammerburst, so you can use the right stick to get a better view.

If you've been itching to play some Gears of War 3, you will get a chance to once the beta begins in mid-April. The game will ship on September 20, exclusively on the Xbox 360.

Discussion

207 comments
eliebaz
eliebaz

gotta have this game

Tgd11
Tgd11

Gotta love the gears of war series, i hope epic games continue making epic games...

amerxenos76uk
amerxenos76uk

the long shot weapon is cool. u pick a player and there head explodes

Joser15
Joser15

I will make sure I get that gold RETRO LANCER!!!

Joser15
Joser15

@phenom23454 Yes they are. they have dedicated servers now, even for the beta too!

eliebaz
eliebaz

okay this game is the only reason why im so mad for buying a ps3 -.-

mw2hardcore
mw2hardcore

They have been making the game for a while now, and still, september 20?TOO LONG! but i bet it will be great.can't wait for the beta to arrive.thank god they're only making it on the x360 so those ps3 gamers can't play it!hahahahahahahahahaha!

phenom23454
phenom23454

jus one question are they taking out that host crap?

lokcy
lokcy

dam, im agree with all of you dudes, ITS TOO LONG TIME TO WAIT!, but wath can we do but to wait 4 it

88cool
88cool

Wow Sept,20th is a long time to wait but in april the gears of war 3 beta comes out so till the game comes out I will play it and hold out till sept,20th. The game looks awsome can't wait

steelmouth
steelmouth

Yes i will admit it Gears 2 didnt raise the standards of Gears 1 but it was still pretty damn awesone its just that its predesissor set the bar high

steelmouth
steelmouth

love it hate it or what ever you may say, Gears was a game changer, how many new games do you see being compared to Gears, wheather the games are better than Gears or not it dont matter bottom line is they compared or measure against Gears if you know me you know i love Gears, i need not say it

D3thN1gh7
D3thN1gh7

I'm still wondering what the other ways will be that we can get into the beta without the purchase of Bulletstorm. I was going to buy Bulletstorm but on PC and not on either PS3 or Xbox 360 so I can't really get the Epic Edition with the required code. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what Epic announces.

Meteor7
Meteor7

Probably wont be GoTY, but I am pretty sure GoW 3 will be fun and worth the wait.

jadefury27
jadefury27

I dont think the radar vision should allow you to see enemies in multiplayer. It gives away too much. seeing your teammates is fine but that takes away the element of surprise.

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

I guess GOW2 single player game was a bit all over the shop and the story was totally brushed over, but guys! you've gotta play gears2 for its horde mode - its awsome, and i'm sure they'll make improvements with it. (also hope split screens still there) Hopefully the main game with improve with the extra year, it B-e-t-T-e-R D-o! (shakes fist at epic, like homer).

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@valcrist09, "sadly the 360 is already maxed out" Wow, its quite a rare occurence that a Developer especially one of your calibre participates in these discussions, its a good job your here to inform and make us lowly 360 owners aware that our humble and lowly console has reached its peak. "i really dont see much improvement over 1 and 2" No, you would'nt.

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

Wow, didn't realize so many people hated Gears of War. Oh well, their loss- this game looks amazing!

Caliburn1989
Caliburn1989

I could care less about team deathmatch and capture the flag and any other kind of "competitive" multiplayer for Gears of War 3. I am very excited for the 4 player co-op though, that should be a grand time.

Keitha313
Keitha313

Roll, Roll, Sprint, Take out shotgun, Shoot, Kill someone, Die and repeat... I'll pass singleplayer looks good though but its not a GOTY contender.

juberline
juberline

shame you have to buy a crap game to be part of the Beta. It is looking great and it sucks i wont be able to take part in it. Hopefuly it'll be as good the Reach Beta

CoUGHnBulle77z
CoUGHnBulle77z

CAN'T WAIT CAN'T WAIT CAN'T WAIT CAN'T WAIT! Who else is hopping on that beta with me?

DarkSnack
DarkSnack

@xFL4WL3SSx hahahahahaha as there is no games but COD and HALO ...

V-Mack
V-Mack

I played gow1 and gow 2 and i didnt like them that much. multiplayer was not good enough for me at all :( horrible. this new one seems no different than gow2...another call of duty type of game that does not change much but for some reason people still buy it. i got MVC3 for now to keep me from being bored, im just waiting for MASS EFFECT 3

darkrza
darkrza

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paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@valcrist09.. Dude, you must have never seen or played gears.. 3 looks much better than the last 2 and no the 360 is not maxed out. A lot of games coming out for 360 are looking better and better. Never has any one "maxed out" a game system. If you don't like gears, cool but coming over hear and thinking by telling people or more like your self that the 360 is all used up.. That is stupid talk. Games with in the last 2 years have become life like and you should hit up google and read about how much more dev's can do with the 360 and PS3. One Dev talked about how next year games will like even better than what has come out all because of the way the make games now. In that same read. Next gen will not be a big jump in the way games look. Both Sony and MS are looking how they can run 120 fps in 3D and ways to game games run much better.

valcrist09
valcrist09

looks like the same thing ive seen before.. sadly the 360 is already maxed out, i really dont see much improvement over 1 and 2 and personally i thought 2 was pretty bad.

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

Gears is why I got 360. 1&2 were fun and I got a lot of joy out of them. Love them or hate them, say what ever y want. Gears Of war 1-2, maybe 3 will be some of the best games I have played and I have been a gamer for a very long time. started when I was 5 and I'm 33 now.

holy_terr0r
holy_terr0r

Looks very promising. I wasn't a HUGE fan of the older Gears games, but I still enjoyed them to a decent extent. After watching the video, pretty excited to check out the beta!

DarthVeng_basic
DarthVeng_basic

@Kendojin: This has nothing to with me personally. People come to these pages, online, to leave comments and opinions. They are not complaints. Instead of telling everyone they are whining and complaining, when they post their opinion, how about people try to accept other peoples views and opinion and just leave them as they are without harassment? No name calling. No insulting. No getting all bent out of shape. Just a calm mature discussion realizing other people have different views and preferences in their games and what they want out of them. End of Line. Thank you.

Kendojin
Kendojin

"Please do the gameplay like Gears 1 because Gears 2 sucks!" Both have good gameplay it's just the usual fact that when change happened in Gears 2 those that tore it up in Gears 1 couldn't take it. You couldn't do that annoying shotgun dive as effective as before. They had to change their strategy up but didn't want to least that's how I see it. Hmm actually when you think about it that's part of the reason love CoD so much, there's never any changes so you can take your skill from one game to the next and still dominate.

Kendojin
Kendojin

@DarthVeng_basic Wow dude are you serious? Get over yourself, what do you at work when you don't like something? Oh I don't know...File...A...Complaint! Actually never mind I'm just gonna end it here, before you really do that and I end up with a suspended account for no reason.

DarthVeng_basic
DarthVeng_basic

@Kendojin : COME ON!!! For the love of the gods man. Nothing I said was a "complaint". It was a personal opinion and preference for how I enjoy and like to play games. What the H*** is it with this site and everyone saying a persons opinion is "whining" "complaining" "crying" "b**hing" etc etc. It's everywhere online now. Every time someone posts an opinion that does not favor the post it is somehow a complaint. PLEASE! Learn the difference between an opinion and a complaint. Stop telling people they are complaining when they are only stating their opinions.

Kendojin
Kendojin

@DarthVeng_basic I understand that people have opinions, and I'll lay mine out real simple for you: I don't care about Achievements/Trophies. They do nothing, yes I do feel good when I get that message saying I unlocked a certain achievement for killing x amount of guys, using a specific weapon for this, and I like it even more when I get one for pulling something off in multiplayer. Earning one when taking out other players just makes it even better sometimes! But for the most part...I just don't give a f*#$, and you complaining about multiplayer achievements? Multiplayer is a part of the game, either get with it or get over it because when a game launches they're only allowed to put in a total of 1000 achievement points, and lastly how did you put it? Oh yeah: "Playing the guessing game at the same time because most of them are so specific." What are you talking about? If they're so specific you shouldn't need to guess at all.

eyanvenom
eyanvenom

@ TRbO_RAD The Locust player is actually shooting over his head while he charged at him...probably just to allow us to see the cool animation in the midst of battle. If he was actually hitting him, i'm sure he wouldn't have been able to pull out that charging-impailing move.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@Bozman_Beyond, another common favourite is the "OH FFS!!!!!" LOL Gears is probably the only MP experience that frustrates and satisfies in equal measure, e.g. being constantly shotup and killed for 5 or 6 games makes you want to throw that controller, then you score a Headshot or chainsaw someone in half, then the nice warm feeling of satisfaction washes over you. Just brilliant!

rav44
rav44

The character in the bottom screenshot has football pads on.

Bozman_Beyond
Bozman_Beyond

The one thing I look forward to is a dedicated server for online matches. It will bring about fairness and no more seeing me standing against a wall and POP goes my head for no reason with no one in sight so the conclusion is I was head shot be for I got up against the wall. Or my other favorite one is I shot you like 3 times and you shot me once what the hell?

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Well, i share a majority of others views here regarding previous Gears outings, and i reckon with the introduction of the Bayonette Lancer, Digger, etc, it sounds as though the weapon balancing seems to be better tuned, and although the Sawed-Off is more powerful than the standard shottie (as if it needs to be : ), you MUST be up close and personal for it to have maximum effect, whereas this is counter balanced by weapons such as the Bayonette lancer and other ranged weapons. All this, coupled with gritty & visceral gameplay not to mention Dedicated Servers can only mean that this should be the best Gears outing yet! . .....and i cant wait.

Greg258
Greg258

I love XBOX360 just saying.

DaWhitty7
DaWhitty7

Dont wanna buy bulletstorm for this tho...

H2089
H2089

Awww no PC? again?... too bad.

darkmoney52
darkmoney52

Personally I liked the first Gears mp better. Having weapons that are equally effective is nice, but only when they're equally fun. Until they make it as fun to kill someone with a lancer (Doesn't look like they are) keep the shotty beast like it's supposed to be.

Harxelithn
Harxelithn

I disagree with Gears 1 being better, its still glitchy as hell and the controls weren't smooth at all, not to mention i joined games where people just wanted to be hot shot snipers and i never really joined an ORGANIZED session. I will agree with certain aspects of Gears 2 sucking, but it is better then the 1st. The shotgun in the 2nd blows the 1st outta the water and the lancer and hammer burst are actually worth using so it gives online more balancing. People only complain about Gears 2 because its different then the 1st, friggin adapt people, Jesus. Stop living in the past with crappy Gears 1, Gears 3 is coming out and its gonna be better the its predecessors, get over it.

edinsftw
edinsftw

@warlord_Irochi I honestly just liked how the avatar looked and im too lazy to make my own :\ Otherwise i have never finished a DMC

LeatherRebel92
LeatherRebel92

I agree with Depresso. gears of war 1 was my favorite multiplayer game ever. and then when gears of war 2 came out i was so excited and then it turned out to be crap. servers suck. shotguns suck. maps suck. MATCHMAKING IS THE WORST IDEA IN THE HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES! being able to pick the map you wanted to play was the best thing about gears. and now they are making a team deathmatch... the worst game mode ever created? why change the game modes when warzone and execution are prefect game modes. and then adding another player was just stupid. especially if youre not going to make the maps bigger. i seriously doubt that gears 3 is going to be any better since epic is trying to be like all the other new games like COD...(which suck really badly)