Gears of War 3: New players get exclusive “casual” multiplayer

While Gears of War has always been renowned for its multiplayer as much as the single-player campaign, the mode's popularity can make admission intimidating for late entrants. Hell, replace “Gears of War” with the name of most any online-enabled contemporary shooter and the point still stands.

For Gears 3, series creator Cliff Bleszinski has gone one up on the eminently-gameable skill-matching that traditionally – and roughly – eases players into the world of online chainsaw bayonets. The game features a “casual” multiplayer mode available only to those who've never played Gears online before.

Likened by Bleszinski to “reverse VIP,” the Very Unimportant Person mode (as we can hope and dream of it being called) checks your system records to see if you've ever taken any Gears of War game online or participated in the Gears 3 online beta. 

Above: If you haven't a damn clue what's going on here, the new mode will help make sense of (some of) it

Ham-fisted oafs who've played Gears but just never got any good will be unceremoniously dumped into the multiplayer proper like steak into a lion's cage, while new players gain access to an arena populated by their fellow Gears newcomers – all equipped with the aim-assist included in earlier games' “Casual” single-player setting.

If you've never played a Gears of War game before, would this feature entice you into giving the titles' multiplayer mode a try? Would you like to see other titles adopt such an option?

Jul 25, 2011


  • can1play360 - August 1, 2011 4:03 a.m.

    That would be good for newcomers to the Gears franchise.
  • PolarBearsInHeat - July 26, 2011 9:44 p.m.

    Well, it looks sorta like what they had in Halo 3 or the low level team death in one of the call of duty's a couple years ago. Seems like a good idea to me.
  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - July 26, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    I've never taken a Gears online. It's just not appealling to me. Might try it though, just 'cause.
  • presc1ence - July 26, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    Man i was sooo hoping you meant it had unranked play again........ oh and your not being owned because your a noob. It's called a learning curve. A sharp one.
  • xXxsilentassassinxXx - July 26, 2011 3:48 a.m.

    @ SierraAlphaMike119. Sure they will level up faster, but not on the account that actually should matter to most people.
  • NelosAngelos - July 26, 2011 3:25 a.m.

    So...they will have an aim assist...but when they get out of the newbie zone...the assist will be gone, and then youtube will flood with "I HATE GEARS3 ONLINE!" And we will have children everywhere screaming and punching walls. I'd rather be lumped in the thick of it, and learn to react as quickly as possible, instead of hand holding, then get shoved into the front.
  • RebornKusabi - July 26, 2011 2:44 a.m.

    This is a solution to a problem that shouldn't exist with proper skill match-making algorithms in place. Pity something like that doesn't exist... oh wait it does... Derp
  • Manguy17 - July 26, 2011 2:29 a.m.

    aww no, ive played it a couple times from other peoples discs, so now im going to be lumped with good people straight away =(, for me and anyone else in this situation this causes the exact opposite effect of the one desired,
  • BriNk581 - July 25, 2011 11:42 p.m.

    lol I'm new to Gears of War! I would like this lol
  • Yeager1122 - July 25, 2011 11:42 p.m.

    Good sompleyley new peolpe will figure out how to play the game.
  • mrmorozov987 - July 25, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    The second paragraph of this article is just a repeat of the first paragraph. Gamesradar also did the exact same thing in the Sniper: Ghost Warrior (PS3) review. Weird.
  • SierraAlphaMike119 - July 25, 2011 11:18 p.m.

    I can see this mode getting abused. Inevitably, a skilled Gears player is going to make a new account with no online history on it for the purpose killing newbies to xp up real quick. Hopefully, the amount of time you can spend in that playlist is very limited before you're thrust into the "real" Gears MP. Other than that, I think this a great way to get new people warmed up to GoW 3 multiplayer. As a veteran Gearhead, it will be nice not having complete noobs on my team at launch.

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