are the only weapons you should worry about on Trenches, Overpass and Mercy?
What are the most crucial areas to control in Hotel, Gridlock and Thrashball? What
are the best ways to play Sandbar and Dry Dock, and what secrets are hidden
within Checkout and Old Town?
If you’re looking for expert advice on Gears of War 3’s multiplayer, the very first
person you should ask - obviously - is the game’s designer Cliff Bleszinski. So
we did! Here, in our exclusive video strategy guide, are his personal tips and
tricks for dominating every map in the game.
Cliff Bleszinski: The thing you need
to know about this map is it’s snug. It’s super close-quarters, so you’re
probably going to want to stick with the shotgun.
GamesRadar: Would you
recommend a second weapon after the shotgun?
Bleszinski: The Retro
Lancer because it’s good at medium to close range and not very good at long
range. You can use the sniper rifle
and the Hammerburst in that map and be effective, but generally you want to
stick with close-quarters weapons.
GamesRadar: And what
does the fire alarm do?
Bleszinski: The fire
alarm actually triggers a hidden weapon that you have to then find. In the
beta, it was just a smoke grenade, but in the full version, you might be able
to find something fun and secret there. (Editor’s
note: Watch the video above to see the secret weapon in action!)
Bleszinski: We like to
play Horde in this map. You’ll want to hole up as high as possible, stay off
the low ground, and build up your bases because once those creatures start
coming, you want that height advantage.
GamesRadar: How is Beast Mode on
Bleszinski: All the modes are good
across all the maps, but my favorite way to play Beast Mode is in Sandbar.
Bleszinski: Sandbar is a
unique map for the franchise in that it’s actually the largest multiplayer map
we’ve ever built for Gears. Normally the maps are the kind of snug ones like
Trenches or Checkout, but Sandbar is sprawling – I’d say it’s possibly twice as
big, if not larger. You feel like you’re in paradise until your head gets blown
off. Remember the Boomshot spawns up high, so grab that to decimate your foes.
Bleszinski: Gridlock is
the perennial Gears of War favorite map – it was actually the map that cracked
the code of what we thought would be fun for Gears multiplayer. The key is to
continue to focus on the high ground where the sniper rifle usually spawns and
make sure you’re controlling the grenades in the middle of the map. Otherwise,
somebody’s going to take you out. If you control the middle, you control the
Bleszinski: You’re going
to want to stay inside generally, especially if you’re playing Horde mode. You’re
going to want to hole up in the hotel, watch the doors and plant your
fortifications, much like the characters in Night of the Living Dead.
GamesRadar: What will
happen to you if you get stuck outside?
Bleszinski: You might find a Brumak
spawning on top of your head.
Bleszinski: There are stairs on the
side of the map where heavy weapons often spawn, such as the One-Shot. Then
there’s a church in that area as well that has a Boomshot in it, so control
those two sections of the map and you’ll win.
Bleszinski: This map actually has a
turret in it, and it’s the only one that has a turret. You can really control
the high ground by getting on that thing and taking out your enemies.
GamesRadar: How do you
get to the turret before everyone else?
Bleszinski: One of the best ways is
to use your smoke grenades and charge through the smoke, which is also a great
way to get a free kebab. I love the chainsaw – it’s kind of our baby – but
there’s nothing better for me than throwing out a smoke, holding the “B” button
with the Retro Lancer and hopefully getting something. I feel like I’m dynamite
Bleszinski: The big
thing about Trashball is controlling that middle in regards to knocking down
the scoreboard, but it’s also about that high ground on the side of the map.
Once you can hole up there, breaking that lock is very, very difficult to do
and I’ve seen entire matches won that way.
Bleszinski: The best
way I’ve found to play the map – the most gratifying time I’ve had – is when the
One-Shot spawns up top and I have friends who are spotting for me. Even through
the mist, they spot them and I can just take out the bad guys. Same thing with
the Mortar on that map, so it’s a combination of heavy weapons and spotting that
are the best ways to kick butt in Trenches.
GamesRadar: Where do
you want to be when that sandstorm comes in?
Bleszinski: Ideally, you’d want to
be in the new underground section we added in, because people are going to be
raining Mortar hell. You know, it turns into madness when that sandstorm hits
because everybody just switches to their Retro Lancers and starts bayonet charging
Bleszinski: The key to
winning in Old Town lies in the chickens.
If you can grenade tag the chickens and have them chase your enemies down, then
you’ll be winning in that map.
GENERAL TIPS AND TRICKS
Bleszinski: One of my favorite
techniques is to find somebody who’s reviving somebody else, get close, and use
my sawed-off shotgun to smear both of them. Immensely gratifying.
to use the Digger launcher – it’s very, very useful and can actually be as
useful as the Boomshot in the right hands. One of the things about the Digger
is that you can aim upwards so that it’ll have a higher arc before the little
digging creature gets in the ground, so you can lose some of the telegraphs and
people don’t hear it coming.
Also, when you meat bag somebody – take them as a hostage – you inherit their
grenades. So if you happen to have frags and I take you, then I can hit “up” on
the d-pad, bag tag you, and take out some bad guys.
Sep 19, 2011