Gears of War 3 Beta Guide


Checkout is a medium-sized map that takes place in bombed-out retail store full of overturned shelving and crumbling counters. Teams spawn in the pharmacy or home goods locations found on the west and east sides of the map, respectively. Due to the large amount of close and mid-ranged skirmishes found in this map, the Retro Lancer is quite effective when taking advantage of all the cover options available.

Once a round begins, players will often sprint to the checkout area in the map's southern portion to reach the Digger Launcher or Longshot that can be found there. When racing to beat your enemies to the weapon, don't forget to use your smoke grenade once you arrive – this can buy you the precious time needed to reach it before the competition. Grenades can be found atop a raised platform just north of the checkout area. This platform is a good location for picking off ranged targets with a Hammerburst or Lancer, but watch out for opponents who may try to flank you.

The opposite end of the map houses the toilets, electronics and photo center areas. The toilets contain either the Gorgon SMG or the Boltok. A Mulcher can be found inside the countered area of the photo center and is great for quickly reducing enemies to gory piles of shredded meat. Another grenade spawning location can be found just south of the photo center counter.




Thrashball is a large map with a lot of open ground spanning – you guessed it – a Thrashball field peppered with waist-high cover. Teams spawn in the locker room locations found on the east and west sides of the board.  The Hammerburst and Lancer are particularly useful in this map, as long-ranged battles are common.

The concession stands to the north are ideal for picking off enemies from a distance – if you plan on heading up there, bring a decent ranged weapon, like the Hammerburst or Lancer. You can find either a Mulcher or Mortar on the annex extending from the south end of the concession stands, while grenades or the Gorgon SMG spawn inside the upper level of the stands. This is an ideal location for guarding the opposing team's captured meatshield in the Capture The Leader game mode, as the stairwells leading up to the the concession stands are excellent choke points.

The scoreboard area in the middle of the field is where you'll find either a Digger Launcher or a Torque Bow. However, be wary of your surroundings as there is little cover to protect you from flanking opponents. Also note that if the scoreboard itself is shot down, the weapon found in this location will be unavailable for the remainder of the round. If you're after the central weapon, be sure to use your smoke grenade to stun nearby enemies and reduce their visibility to increase your chances of retrieving it.

The tunnels near the downed raven on the map's southern end is a great passageway for flanking the opposing team. Hidden from the view of every other location on the map, this is often a high-traffic area. Frag and Incendiary grenades can be found in the middle of the passageway – setting them as traps can quickly net you easy kills. Due to the close quarters of the hallway, it's a good idea to equip your shotgun while passing through, just in case.


  • theodore-james-david-freeman - January 3, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    can any one tell me how to get the arm rip achievement ?
  • ensabahnur - April 27, 2011 4:05 p.m.

    Nice job on the article.
  • Yeager1122 - April 27, 2011 1:21 a.m.

    This would be great if i was i the Beta.
  • RobonHood1991 - April 27, 2011 1:09 a.m.

    @ObiliqueZombie I tend to agree with you on your statement about the sawed-off, you do have to watch your corners. The major problem I've encountered though is the hit detection on the bayonet charge. I've been killed from 4 feet away by being jumped in front of a bayonet charge witout actually being in front of it. Also, even though I love the Retro Lancer with all my heart, any COD playing Modded Controller Using Jerk, can use his mod to avoid the kick from the gun due to the cycling rate of his rapid-fire mod. Other than that I love the Beta and can't wait to get my hands on the Golden Retro Lancer =P
  • ObliqueZombie - April 26, 2011 7:53 p.m.

    @p0wnd, if that's the case, make sure you check your corners. Also, it's the RETRO Lancer, and as being "overpowered," it's a fair as they come. It's strong as hell, at a short- to medium-distance. If that's the case, put away your Gnasher and fire at them from a distance. Plus, have you SEEN the inaccuracy of that gun!? And thirty bullets?! Fairest gun is I've ever seen one. Oh, and as a passing note to Epic, please, at least decrease the starting ammo of the shotguns, or its clip size. I just want people to use other guns, it makes the game infinently more fun.
  • ObliqueZombie - April 26, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    I've come to any epiphany the other day. Just yesterday, in fact, that there are NO cheap weapons in any game that isn't Call of Duty. Getting owned by the Gnasher? You probably keep missing your shots, while they hit you, OR they have an active reload. Sawed-Off getting annoying? Don't get within kissing distance from them. Every gun has it's counter, and every gun can be used effectively in their own way. I gun isn't "cheap," simply annoying to those of us who get killed by it a lot, or is overused by the whole damn community. Look, I'm not saying pull out the UMP, or switch to your Gnasher at the start of the round (if you do, just stop and think about your life), but I'm saying USE the guns they put into the game when the time is right. If THEIR whole team is using the Sawed-Off, you know what? Screw "legitimacy," I wanna win and have fun. No sense in screaming at the TV and cursing every 12-year-old who kills you. Oh yeah, graet article, by the way! Been playing it for a week now, and Gears is definently my favorite multiplayer next to Battlefield.
  • PotatoAbuser - April 26, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    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:
  • p0wnd - April 26, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    Damnit GR just tell people to stop using the rancher and sawn-off alltogether, hate it when I turn a corner then just get gibbed by a gun which a brain-dead lollipop could kill with. And people just seem to free-lance all over the place, and thats because the vintage lancer is over-powered to hell and back. And there is no Raven-own in Gears 3, harumph harumph harumph
  • kor2disturbed - April 26, 2011 5:12 a.m.

    lol ViolentStCannon, There's a guy who has been at the end of the sawed off quite a few times.
  • ViolentStCannon - April 26, 2011 4:41 a.m.

    For those that haven't played it yet, I'll say this - you are going HATE the Sawed Off. You thought the Gnasher was bad between Gears 1&2? I'd say it's "a bit stronger" than that, GR. I can't express how ridiculously overpowered it is. The Gnasher was fine for being the workhouse as it was the most balanced on Gears 1 and I give Epic for bringing it back, but the SO needs to be heavily nerfed or removed period.
  • Mortis - April 26, 2011 3:13 a.m.

    i have a beta key from pre-ordering Bulletstorm but i've been up at work for the last three weeks....aaaaarg! i can't wait to get home and play this.
  • BiiGMaC - April 26, 2011 3:09 a.m.

    Virgins^^^^ But hell, wish I was in the Beta! Is there any other way to get in before release date?
  • bitchassafriBLAMamericANTISTA - April 26, 2011 2:45 a.m.

  • harrisongeorge - April 26, 2011 2:33 a.m.


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