Gears of War 3 Updated Impressions

[UPDATED] Epic Games' Cliff Bleszinski took to the stage at Microsoft's E3 2010 press conference to show off the first four-player co-op action from Gears of War 3.

Gears of War 3 will feature four-player co-op for the first time in the series, and Epic Games' charismatic Cliff Bleszinski used E3 to show it off. He was joined by fellow Epic man Rod Ferguson on stage to play as familiar characters Marcus and Dom, as well as two new female characters, Anya and Sam.

The demo was set in Anvil Gate, a leafy, green environment that features a base where the Gears were aiming to regroup. Unfortunately, standing between them were a bunch of angry Lambent enemies--mutated versions of the famous Locust from the other games. The E3 demo began with Marcus awakening from some sort of trauma to find the rest of his team laying down surprising gunfire.

One enemy could be seen ripping off a human limb and beating the corpse with it--signaling the level of threat to Marcus and the rest of his team. We watched as the co-op players swapped weapons with each other, and in one cool moment, Marcus took a hostage, attached a grenade, and kicked him forward into other enemies.

The highlight was the Lambent Locust, though, who would come out of the ground, breathing fire, releasing small creatures, and using their multiple limbs to toss huge objects around. The Lambent Beserker threw a car at Marcus that he then used for cover, but he wasn't able to stay still for long because the Beserker would charge at him, forcing him to time his roll to the side.

Racing to the human base, the team managed to regroup with more Gears--what looked like seven members in total, including more female soldiers. They thought they were safe, but the Beserker jumped over the fence and down onto the camera, signalling the end of the demo. Bleszinski teased a new gameplay mode called Beast, saying, "We think you're gonna like it." We'll be sure to drop by the Microsoft booth tomorrow to find out more.

[UPDATE] After seeing the press conference demo up close and personal, we were able to glean some more in-depth information about a few elements in particular.

First off, those nasty lambent creatures that burst through the ground like huge, writhing tentacles are called lambent stalks. This is how the lambent deploy their troops, and they do it in grisly fashion. As we watched, large bulbous orbs formed on the side of the stalk and sloughed off, bursting when they hit the ground and releasing a lambent locust solider. They can also spew out tiny crablike creatures called polyps that spread the lambent mutation. We saw a lambent stalk tear a locust soldier in half; one can only imagine what happens when one of these polyps gets its claws into a locust, or a human for that matter.

Secondly, we got a bit more info about some of the weapons on display. The demo showed off the new bayonet lancer charge that essentially makes the roadie run a deadly maneuver. We also saw a locust soldier wielding a digger launcher, which is a burrowing weapon that can bypass cover positions with ruthless efficiency. And at the end, when the Gears made it into the "safety" of the fort, the massive doors were closed by soldiers in new Silverback mech suits, powerful exoskeletons that no doubt pack a punch in combat.

Gears of War 3 will feature new characters that fans of the novels and comics will be familiar with, including Jace, and will see familiar characters evolve and devolve as the stress and ravages of war continue to take their toll. We also heard a bit more about Beast Mode, which puts players in the role of the Locust trying to kill the Gears. From the small, chittering Tickers to the monklike Kantus to the towering Berserker, players will see the war from a nasty new angle. We'll have more on Beast Mode after Microsoft's E3 Showcase tonight, so be sure to check back soon for our hands-on impressions.

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50 comments
DuleDuleROFL
DuleDuleROFL

@turpsicon On the other hand, Gran Turismo 5 on xbox would also be nice... (Sigh)

turpsicon
turpsicon

I would love this game to be on ps3 as well... (Sigh)

DanGrabauskas
DanGrabauskas

I hope Gears 3 doesn't do what alot of developers do and mistake making a game bigger for better. Gears has always been very engaging so i'm expecting alot from the third instalment. I havn't been suprised by the Gears Universe for a while now. I know the other two games like the back of my hand so more of the same with a couple of tweaks would make an awesome addition to the series.

mike_ezm
mike_ezm

that is good news (about the 4 players coop), in my country you dont get xbox live too easy !

outthere12
outthere12

MOST AWESOME NEWS I HEARD THIS YEAR :D

serialknight007
serialknight007

does this game have four player offline or only online?

SperryEthan
SperryEthan

looking forward to this game alot, enjoyed the second gow, so im hoping the third will be good aswell. which i believe it will be, the fort demo was amazing and got me excited, aswell as being able to play as the locust in the online multiplayer. i always liked this in the left for dead series, so im sure itll be good fun. :D

BVCEX
BVCEX

looks great..

thefireflame
thefireflame

i have never got the first two ones because they were to short to be worth it but if this is longer i will get it

thebrickster007
thebrickster007

Heh, that's pretty messed up! Now I want to go tear someone's arm off and beat them with it!

Fullmetal1910
Fullmetal1910

OMG I'm so happy they brought back the beserkers!!! My favorite part of the first game was the beserker sections.

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

I missed most of this, did they say whether or not you could do four player on one system, or will it be like Gears 2 where you had to system link (two max per system). Thanks in advance.

HUNTER-VENOM
HUNTER-VENOM

Did anyone but me see that roadie run where he speared the guy with his bayonet!

siarhei
siarhei

I hope the game does not get ruined for people who don't care about co-op, like Lost Planet 2 did.

Vardan_902nd
Vardan_902nd

I'd expect Beast might be a mode somewhat like Lost Planet's Akrid mode where you you'll play as Locusts or something.

halojp23
halojp23

wow as soon as get this game at midnight i am staying up untill i beat it looks like the best of all 3

maaly81
maaly81

another midnight pick up and play till 7am with a friend game

Gothic-360
Gothic-360

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adrdeju
adrdeju

This game looks EPIC!!! One of the best series out there, just got better. Can't wait!!!

killer690
killer690

- Oh yeah, can't wait, I'm saving already -

Wam11
Wam11

want to know more about beast mode. i missed this trailor when i signed in too late!!! ill wait for it to be posted later it seems but it sounds like it was a wicked trailor

Barighm
Barighm

I'll beat "Beast" mode is just Juggernaut.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

I really hope they bring back an appropriate burst-fire assault rifle. The Hammerburst in Gears 1 was one of my favorite weapons, and I hated what they did to it in Gears 2.

ACx7
ACx7

More executions, more weapons, female soldiers... EXCELLENT! Was that retro lancer a burst fire weapon? It looked like the characters moved quicker. About time. Also, I was wondering where the Berserkers went... That thing looked ridiculous... Maybe a boss battle?

DM2438
DM2438

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moonstrider101
moonstrider101

P.S. It helps to read the above before posting a comment. My previous comment resembles a pure fail.

moonstrider101
moonstrider101

They added the execution they cut out from Gears 2, rip guys arm off and beat him to death with it. Now that stood out as being awesome! And at the ending, was that a Lambent Berserker!?

Dmitheon
Dmitheon

I liked the part where two players can exchange weapons. Subtly done, but I can see that being big in Gear3 Horde mode.

chtgamer
chtgamer

green grass and green trees - looked good. def must buy

Chinn3rs
Chinn3rs

Loving the new look Gears Guys and finally Gals too. Cant wait for more info on Beast mode!

kratos-lll
kratos-lll

The demo was pretty sweet, basically just another gears of war, which is more than enough for me =)

advanracer
advanracer

The "Demo" looked Great.... Looking forward to Epic's T.U. (T.otally U.seless) "Downgrades" to further..ruin an already Broken Game. Well done Epic.

knifenkill
knifenkill

Freakin awesome gears just got better and bloodier!

XxDaRkAnZeLxX
XxDaRkAnZeLxX

just saw the demo. Looks like Gears 3 can be deserved for true title of Gears of War 3

WilliamFajardo
WilliamFajardo

Gears 3 is poised to surpass the lame upcoming Halo Reach.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Gears 3 I noted some massive improvements to the Engine much more responsive blurr effects, they finaly used AA on the GPU, there was way more color, and the new lancer was awsome!

madd_hatter
madd_hatter

The demo was pretty good, but nothing really stood out to me other than the monster that looked like something out of Dead Space. Other than that, no big surprises. I expected more, but maybe I'm just greedy.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Sadly the start of the show was bad ass. I hit my own head for not having my Xbox360 right now. Gears 3, Halo Reach, Fable 3, and the new Crytek game all looked awsome! But the middle of the show had no games I was interested in at all. IE all the fuss over Kinetc was warrented poor line up. Even the StarWars game looked sucky. Also MGS Rising was sweet! Oh well Sony, and Nintendo will epic win because they have hardcore games to show off. IE Sony at least has SOCOM 4, and Little Big Planet 2 for PS Move. I bet we will see some other stuff too they have yet to confirm.

Solidsnake13_2
Solidsnake13_2

That was a sweet demo, so can't wait for Gears 3

jasper-ah-
jasper-ah-

gears will be 2xrrrrrrrrrrock.... what a show...awsome

cluelesspug
cluelesspug

That was the most amazing E3 demo I have ever seen.

KeArNiCe16
KeArNiCe16

sounds awesome and i hope im gonna like it :)