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Gears of War 3: Beta and Beyond

When the Beta for Gears of War 3 came out back in the spring it was without a doubt the greatest moment for gamers at the time.

After spending literally countless hours zombified in front of my TV waiting for the next day to start so I could hop back on and take out more gear heads like myself, I woke up one day to realize that the Beta was gone and just like that I had to go back to being social. (Read beta review here) Luckily there was E3 to hold me over until the drop date.

At E3 we got a first look at a few of the new gaming modes like Beast and also a look into the 4-player campaign. While it was still exciting to get a first look at everything they were a little short with the details, which made sense seeing as how the game was not due to drop for a few more months. While they did have playable demos out, it was much like the Beta so what could be tested was extremely limited.

Then came the actual game itself. While the online play is what I know everyone was looking forward to, I personally was in it for the campaign. The Gears saga has become one of my favorite stories all the way from the very beginning. The story in this one was Epic (pun intended), but sadly nowhere near as long as I expected it to be. Three friends and I beat the campaign in the first three nights and that included taking breaks to do online play.

The story was great and the cinematic scenes were flawless, but I feel that if they waited this long to release the game the campaign could have been longer. However, in Epic’s defense it was four experienced gamers who chose not to sleep against their crowning achievement, it didn’t stand a chance.

While the online play is great, what I really appreciate is the lag fix, no longer are the days where a person magically skips from one side of the map to the other… well it still happens occasionally, but nowhere near as much. In all this, the game has met my expectations and surpassed, this is definitely one that will get continuous play on my Xbox, and anyone with just a PS3 should be jealous.

Gears of War 3 Beta is Live

The kind people at Epic games have finally answered the hardcore Gears fan’s prayers and released the beta version of this long awaited game. The beta was released April 18th to those who bought the game Bulletstorm and was given another release a week later for anyone who pre-ordered Gears 3. I must say, as a Gears fan myself, I could not be happier, yet, as a Gears fan I must say, it is just as much fun as aggravating. There is nothing worse than clearly uneven teams being paired together and then being slaughtered, but on the other hand it’s a great feeling when on the winning side.

Even though I’ve only had the beta for two days, in my hours upon hours upon hours (no exaggeration), I can see they’ve put a lot of work into getting this game father away from Gears 2 than expected. With new weapons such as the Digger, Oneshot, Retro Lancer, Sawed Off, and Incendiary grenades, there are a lot more things to watch out for when running around , including new execution moves for every weapon, so keep your guard up. Along with other changes made would be the interactive maps, for example; Thrashball features a hanging score board which can be shot down onto opposing players.

The game also features ribbons, which in my opinion seems a little like Call of Duty’s medals, which appear after every match to let you know a little about how you played. In all there are way to many different things added to Gears 3 to name, but I can tell you that this game seems to be well worth the wait.

-Freddie Dickerson