Gears of War 3 Multiplayer Beta hands-on

We got to play on six different maps, four of which will be available in the Beta. More on that later, but here are some specifics on the maps, with an overhead shot of each, another appreciated addition to Gears multiplayer. In GoW3, before and during a match you can bring up said map to give you a better idea of your teammates’ locations, where the weapon drops are, and where the Hill may be in King of the Hill modes, just to name a few examples.


This was one of the dev team’s favorites, as it was a really tight space that has a lot of personality. An abandoned market, battles happened fast and loose in Checkout. There was barely any time to appreciate the little touches, like placement of mannequins and searching for the secret fire alarm.


On the opposite end of the spectrum is Thrashball, a stadium where the sport of the same name was played in happier times. Though it looks open there are plenty of places to hide, and according to Bleszinski that Jumbo-Tron in the background can be cut loose from its cables for an especially well timed and surprising kill if you’re good enough to pull it off.


Overpass is all about the highs and lows of the field, but lows keep getting lower as the game continues, as the stage is sinking, with water slowly rising in the lower levels as you play.


One of the few times we’ve seen green and clear skies in the Gears mythology, don’t get too distracted by the flora, as the open center area can be incredibly dangerous if you aren’t careful in a firefight.


Trenches is as dusty as Mercy is lush. Another map with multiple vantage points for the smart sniper, several inclined roads, and a sandstorm that blows through the stage, Trenches was fun, even if it wasn’t the gorgeous.

Old Town

A personal favorite of ours, Old Town has a lot going for it. Not only are there a multitude of great spots for shootouts, but there’s shootable produce to be found, and even chickens running about. You better believe our opening move on that map was kill the first chicken we saw.

Like we wrote earlier, not all those maps will be available in the Beta. Checkout and Thrashball are definitely included, but only two of the other four will be incorporated. Those will be decided by voting on the Gears Facebook page. And please, vote for Old Town, if for no other reason than to kill virtual chickens.

After begrudgingly giving up the controller to the next player, we can’t wait for the Beta to start so we can get really in-depth with the Gears of War 3. Stay tuned for more concrete details on the how and when of the Beta.

Feb 24, 2011


  • Yeager1122 - February 27, 2011 7:09 p.m.

    This sounds pretty good! Loving the new weapons.
  • CoktorBloktopus - February 27, 2011 4:26 a.m.

    sweet i hope the multiplayer works better than the last two games never could get into a game might have my internet though it is pretty bad.
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  • soccerclownking - February 26, 2011 1:49 a.m.

    at that last picture i can perfectly hear Cole Train yelling, "WOO!". I kind of wish i got Bulletstorm so i can play the beta, but it looks like i'll just have to wait until september.
  • jackthemenace - February 25, 2011 10:04 p.m.

    Aww, i so wish i had bought Bulletstorm instead of just renting, if not only for the Gears 3 beta! D: Gears has some of my favourite online, even if everyone ALWAYS votes for execution -.-
  • gatorfan122394 - February 25, 2011 9:10 p.m.

    ^and by that I mean that fact that they made up a fake sport
  • gatorfan122394 - February 25, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    the whole trashball thing is pretty lame. should have just left cole's past unexplored
  • AntistasMetroid - February 25, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    i see it but only after u said it. nice work tank! now im excited for another game i cant play yet! no but really good info. i'll vote old town only because you demand it...
  • Manguy17 - February 25, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    am i the only one who sees a phallic image in the thrashball map?
  • Kipper - February 25, 2011 8:09 a.m.

    @ UberNoob Because he's a former Thrashball player, of course. The uniform is an unlockable skin.
  • UberNoob - February 25, 2011 6:34 a.m.

    Why is Cole in a football uniform?
  • RebornKusabi - February 25, 2011 5:25 a.m.

    I missed out on getting the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm because I picked up Marvel vs. Capcom 3 instead. I really wanted to play this beta but I thought, since every f*cking thing else has gotten pushed back, that Bulletstorm also got pushed back as well. Meh... if there's still Epic Editions available then I'll pick it up since I really wanted to play this as well lol
  • KaiokenKid - February 25, 2011 4:22 a.m.

    lol, so because im a gold member I get the same beta bulletstorm people get? lol, get shit on I guess.
  • iJizzLots - February 25, 2011 1:58 a.m.

    Tasteful front page picture Stay classy Henry
  • g4m3rk1dd - February 25, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    $@&# i totally forgot about the gears 3 beta...that was half the reason i wanted to buy bullet storm...
  • Fiirestorm21 - February 24, 2011 11:45 p.m.

    Pretty much the only 360 release I'm looking forward to this year.
  • Hullonotna - February 24, 2011 11:43 p.m.

    Looks pretty cool. hows the host system?
  • Lionzest7 - February 24, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    I like the direction they're taking with this rather than what they did with gears 2. Shield glitching, slow matchmaking, junky gametypes, host advantage, chainsaws going through shotgun blasts, these all could've been avoided in gears 2. Also the new shots and gameplay modes look decent
  • RenegadePixel - February 24, 2011 11:29 p.m.

    Looks good, look forward to checking it out seems like it could be a good one, but at the moment, Killzone 3 for me. check out my gaming blog guys, greatly appreciated!
  • oneshotfinch - February 24, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    In my mind, I always read Hank's articles in his voice.

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