Gears of War 3 Beta Guide


Oldtown is a large map with diverse cover and flanking options. While much of the map is open and well-suited for long-range combat, each section of the board is cut off from the next by buildings or ledges. This means if you go exploring on your own, allies will often be unable to aid you should you find yourself in a firefight. Sticking with your team is especially important here.

A Digger Launcher or Boomshot can be found in the alley to the north of the map. Scorchers are also located on both sides of the alley. This is typically a high traffic area, as both the Digger Launcher and Boomshot can give your team a serious advantage over the opposition. Grenade traps work well in the tight quarters of the alley, but watch your corners – shotgun battles are common in the narrow passageway. The alley is also an excellent choke point if you've got a Hammerburst or Lancer, as you'll want to prevent the other team from getting their hands on the power weapon located here.

The market encompasses the central portion of the map. Here you can find a grenade spawn and plenty of waist-high cover. Players located in the alley to the north can shoot into the market by aiming through a low fence separating the two areas. Though it may be tempting to blow up every chicken and pumpkin in sight, sticking around the market for too long will make you an easy target.

The bell tower can be found in the southern area of the map. The Longshot and Torque Bow spawn here. Like the alley, this is a high traffic area – the four columns of the bell tower provide a lot of cover well-suited for shotgun surprises.

The stairway by the bell tower is another excellent choke point for keeping enemies at bay.



Spanning an old, dusty mining operation, Trenches provides plenty of long-range opportunities in the middle of the map while tightening things up on its sides. Players spawn from either the mine cart or bunker areas, which merge into a large, multi-tiered middle section. Boomshields can be found near either spawn and can be invaluable during king of the hill matches. Various types of grenades can be found in the bunkered area near each spawn as well. Periodically, a loud horn will sound, indicating an incoming sandstorm. When this occurs, equip your shotgun in case you bump into the other team. Activate your Tac/Com view as well – this sharply outlines objects and walls in the map, making it a bit easier for you to navigate when visibility is low.

The crane area found in the middle of the map is where most of the action takes place. There's an upper level which houses the crane itself as well as a Mortar, while the lower levels surrounding the crane's platform lead to other sections of the map. A Scorcher or Digger Launcher can be found on the ground level just in front of the crane. Be sure to make use of the cover options available while in this portion of the map, as you can be flanked from either side.

The central ramp near the crane leads up to the nest, the northern section in the center of the map. Here you will find the Oneshot sitting in a lovely sniper's perch. From this location, you can see a majority of the map, including the crane area, as well as the mine and the watch tower. This is a good location for suppressive fire even if you don't get your hands on the Oneshot, provided you bring a decent ranged weapon such as the Hammerburst or Lancer.

The mine area encompasses the southwestern end of the map. This is a good location for holding opponents from charging up the nearby ramp to the crane and flanking your team. Alternatively, you can also prevent enemies from using the crane as a flanking platform.

Similarly, the watch tower area on the eastern side of the map is almost a mirror image of the mine.

Depending on your team's location, either of these spots are ideal choke points for halting enemy advances.

The ramps found near either spawning location (pictured above) are ideal for putting pressure on your enemies from a distance. When there's a battle raging in the center of the map, bring a Hammerburst along and punish your foes from a safe range.

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  • 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.