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