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Massive first look at Gears of War 3

The last stand




These playable characters are humanity’s last, best hope. Events on home planet Sera have taken a bad turn... Gears 3 is set 18-months after the explosive finale of Gears 2. Chairman Prescott has mysteriously disappeared and, without his leadership, COG has disbanded and the human coalition collapses. Then, as the battered, alien, Locust invaders retreat, a terrifying new threat arrives – the plant-like, Lambent infestation.

Sera is quickly overrun, with massive casualties. Shorn of supplies and leadership, the remaining  small pockets of human resistance revert to tribalism. Guerilla tactics rule, and every day becomes a battle to stay alive. In-game, humankind’s sorry state is shown by their cobbled-together, improvised tech. Shiny chrome is out.

Damon Baird
Not just a peroxide haircut and some goggles, mechanic expert Baird joined Delta from Alpha squad in the original Gears. He dislikes Marcus Fenix at first, but is won over by his skills.



Marcus Fenix
War hero of the Battle of Aspho Fields during the Pendulum Wars and leader of Delta Squad, Marcus is the Lancer-toting rock which humanity clings to. Check out his new, sleeveless armour.  



Anya Stroud
She used to look all sensible, but after a sexy Emo makeover, Anya is ready to kick both Locust and Lambent ass. A co-op character, she’s also a much-needed dose of femininity.



Dom Santiago
Marcus’ best friend, poor Dom lost his bro Carlos at Aspho Fields and had to mercy kill his beloved wife Maria in Gears 2. He now sports self-loathing and an ace beard of regret.



Augustus Cole
The ‘Cole Train’, a former thrashball superstar, is a ’roided up hulk who loves battle. The loudest, brashest dude on the battlefield, he’s playable in Gears 3.

Jayson Stratton
Delta squad newbie, ‘Jace’ is fresh from the Gears of War comics. He hero worships Marcus Fenix, and actually has a cheeky cameo in Gears 2. He’s one of the co-op characters.


Raven's Nest




It's the new floating COG HQ and humanity's last refuge...



Water view
Raven’s Nest is a retrofitted aircraft carrier. It’s also the location of Gears 3’s opening level. Check out the tents and gardens covering the decks. It’s clear this ship’s proud fighting days are over. There are families huddled on-board, and now the aim is to simply stay alive...



It’s good to stalk
This more frightening scene shows the Raven’s Nest surrounded by sinister Lambent stalks. Nowhere’s safe as the stalks are capable of vomiting Polyp and Drudge attackers onto the ship – making our heroes’ lives a misery. Little is known about this new alien race for now, except that they hate both human and Locust with equal passion!


Ashes to Ashes


Welcome to the city of Char – fiery husk and the first casualty in the war...



Do you take ash?

Char is the apocalyptic setting for the Gears 3 Ashes to Ashes trailer. The city was scorched by its own side - by desperate COG humans who used the Hammer of Dawn orbital WMD to kill the alien Locust, but burnt half the planet in the act.

Ash statues
Players will fight amid Char’s mummified corpses, frozen in ash and terror by the suicide strikes. The scene echoes the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, which was destroyed by the volcano Mount Vesuvius.



Ash as symbol
In Gears 3, Char becomes a soul-searching symbol of sacrifice and the brutality of total war.

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81 comments

  • Addjumpgoddamnit - May 25, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    NO JUMPING=SHITTY NON VERTICAL LEVEL DESIGN..U CANT CLIMB WITHOUT A JUMP THAT'S FUCKIN LAME.
  • Addjumpgoddamnit - May 25, 2010 8:47 p.m.

    LOLOL ANYONE'S WHO'S PLAYED OLD SOCOM'S VS GHOST RECON...knows ghost recon is more noobish. NO JUMPING=SHITTY I JUST PROVED WHY NO JUMPING SUCKS http://i49.tinypic.com/14ikeh0.jpg AHHA^ CANT FALL OFF SIDE OF STAIRCASE WITHOUT RAILING WHAT A JOKE http://i47.tinypic.com/2vkce8l.jpg AHAH CANT JUMP OVER SIDE OF BRIDGE LAME
  • avantguardian - May 25, 2010 12:27 p.m.

    @killa451 % combatwombat: i'm sorry you guys had to deal with that troll's raving lunacy...just don't write him back...seriously guy, take that sh*t to ign or somewhere where cussing people out for no good reason and writing in all caps(WHAT I HAVE TO SAY IS IMPORTANT!!!DUURRR!) is acceptable behavior...people like him feed on your disbelief that someone could actually be that big of a douche... to sum up his level of articulation: "no jump is for noobs" your obviously dealing with some unparalleled brilliance here... oh, and @ addjumpgoddamnit: please don't feel the need to respond to this if you should read it...you're dead to me...
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 24, 2010 8:12 a.m.

    "We never intended for GOW to be a trilogy."B BULLSHIT. "Gamers don't like trilogies." BULLSHIT. So far, it's looking good. It also led me to discover Sun Kil Moon.
  • Addjumpgoddamnit - May 24, 2010 2:19 a.m.

    FLANKING=FOR NOOBS...REAL OUTSMARTING IS TAKING SHORTSCUTS IN THE LEVEL THE OTHER PLAYER DOESNT EXPECT U TO TAKE..DUMBASS NO JUMPING=BORING LEVEL DESIGN. I GUESS IM BUYING UNCHARTED 3 AND NOT GEARS 3 SINCE THEY ARE LISTENING TO FUCKIN NEWBIES I TOLD U TO SHUT THE FUCK UP NOOB U DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT GAMEPLAY SO WHY U COMMENTING? U DONT EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT I MEAN IF U DID EVEN U WOULD WANT JUMP IF I SHOWED U IN PERSON HOW NO JUMP EFFECTS GAMEPLAY MAKE IT SHITTIER U WOULD REALLY UNDERSTAND AND WANT IT. KILLZONE1=NO JUMPING GEARS OF WAR KILLZONE2=JUMPING WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO SHOOT. KILLZONE2 DEV'S REALIZED NO JUMPING HURTS THE GAMEPLAY. EPICGAMES SHOULD KNOW THIS AND STOP LISTENING TO DUMBASS LITTLE NOOB KIDS LIKE KILLA451
  • Addjumpgoddamnit - May 24, 2010 2:17 a.m.

    IM TIRED OF FUCKIN LITTLE KIDS GOING AROUND COMPLAINING EVERY GAME WITH JUMPING HAS BUNNYHOPPERS..U CAN PREVENT PEOPLE JUMPING AND SHOOTING JUST DONT LET U SHOOT AND JUMP AT THE SAMETIME LIKE UNCHARTED OR KILLZONE U FUCKIN MORONS. PLUS IF UR GONNA COMPLAIN ABOUT PEOPLE JUMPING IM GONNA COMPLAIN ABOUT PEOPLE RANDOMLY CANNONBALL ROLLING ALL OVER THE FUCKIN LEVEL. U FUCKIN HYPOCRITES NEED UR FACES SMASHED IN. A JUMP IS ONE OF THE WAY U CAN IMPROVE AND EVOLVE FUCKIN GEARS OF WAR INTO BETTER MORE COMPLEX GAMEPLAY GAME U FUCKIN DUMBSHITS
  • Addjumpgoddamnit - May 24, 2010 2:16 a.m.

    IM TIRED OF FUCKIN LITTLE KIDS GOING AROUND COMPLAINING EVERY GAME WITH JUMPING HAS BUNNYHOPPERS..U CAN PREVENT PEOPLE JUMPING AND SHOOT JUST DONT LET U SHOOT AND JUMP AT THE SAMETIME LIKE UNCHARTED OR KILLZONE 2 U FUCKIN MORONS. PLUS IF UR GONNA COMPLAIN ABOUT PEOPLE JUMPING IM GONNA COMPLAIN ABOUT PEOPLE RANDOMLY CANNONBALL ROLLING ALL OVER THE FUCKIN LEVEL. U FUCKIN HYPOCRITES NEED UR FACES SMASHED IN. A JUMP IS ONE OF THE WAY U CAN IMPROVE AND EVOLVE FUCKIN GEARS OF WAR INTO BETTER MORE COMPLEX GAMEPLAY GAME U FUCKIN DUMBSHITS
  • Addjumpgoddamnit - May 24, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    IM TIRED OF FUCKIN LITTLE KIDS GOING AROUND COMPLAINING EVERY GAME WITH JUMPING HAS BUNNYHOPPERS..U CAN PREVENT PEOPLE JUMPING AND SHOOT JUST DONT LIKE U SHOOT AND JUMP AT THE SAMETIME LIKE UNCHARTED OR KILLZONE U FUCKIN MORONS. PLUS IF UR GONNA COMPLAIN ABOUT PEOPLE JUMPING IM GONNA COMPLAIN ABOUT PEOPLE RANDOMLY CANNONBALL ROLLING ALL OVER THE FUCKIN LEVEL. U FUCKIN HYPOCRITES NEED UR FACES SMASHED IN. A JUMP IS ONE OF THE WAY U CAN IMPROVE AND EVOLVE FUCKIN GEARS OF WAR INTO BETTER MORE COMPLEX GAMEPLAY GAME U FUCKIN DUMBSHITS
  • Addjumpgoddamnit - May 24, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    I SWEAR TO GOD GEARS OF WAR 1 I GOT OUTSIDE THE LEVEL ROLLING INTO A WALL SOMEHOW I ROLLED OVER THE WALL AND I COULDNT GET BACK INTO THE LEVEL. IF I HAD A JUMP I COULD OF GOT BACK INTO LEVEL WITHOUT RESTARTING MISSION JUST PROOF NO JUMP SUCKS
  • Addjumpgoddamnit - May 24, 2010 2:12 a.m.

    I SWEAR TO GOD GEARS OF WAR 1 I GOT OUTSIDE THE LEVEL ROLLING INTO A WALL SOMEHOW I ROLLED OVER THE WALL AND I COULDNT GET BACK INTO THE LEVEL. IF I HAD A JUMP I COULD OF GOT BACK INTO LEVEL DESIGN RESTARTING MISSION JUST PROOF NO JUMP SUCKS
  • Addjumpgoddamnit - May 24, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    FLANKING=FOR NOOBS...REAL OUTSMARTING IS TAKING SHORTS IN THE LEVEL THE OTHER PLAYER DOESNT EXPECT U TO TAKE..DUMBASS NO JUMPING=BORING LEVEL DESIGN. I GUESS IM BUYING UNCHARTED 3 AND NOT GEARS 3 SINCE THEY ARE LISTENING TO FUCKIN NEWBIES I TOLD U TO SHUT THE FUCK UP NOOB U DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT GAMEPLAY SO WHY U COMMENTING? U DONT EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT I MEAN IF U DID EVEN U WOULD WANT JUMP IF I SHOWED U IN PERSON HOW NO JUMP EFFECTS GAMEPLAY MAKE IT SHITTIER U WOULD REALLY UNDERSTAND AND WANT IT. KILLZONE1=NO JUMPING GEARS OF WAR KILLZONE2=JUMPING WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO SHOOT. KILLZONE2 DEV'S REALIZED NO JUMPING HURTS THE GAMEPLAY. EPICGAMES SHOULD KNOW THIS AND STOP LISTENING TO DUMBASS LITTLE NOOB KIDS LIKE KILLA451
  • killa451 - May 24, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    funny how you didnt actually adress anything i said and instead turned a GLITCH (means its a MISTAKE dipshit) into a reason why they shoul,d overhaul the gameplay. and have you EVER played multyplaer? lol u can outsmart people plenty (i think they call it FLANKING, or is that 2 much skill?). O i get it. u just wanna run aorund jumping on reandom shit and finding every exploit u possibly can in a level (cuz thats skill right?) . Cuz that OBVIUOUSLY takes MORE skill then actually 1v1ing someone in a true battle where its u vs them and theres no gay ass jumnping over random shit to get an advantage. thats called skill. and u dont have any. lol u just want jumping cuz u SUCK AT GEARS . its not HALO . gosh dude seriously stop ruinging the forum for a good game and go have fun jumping all over the fuckin place in halo or some shit.
  • Addjumpgoddamnit - May 24, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    LOLOL I ACCIDENTALLY WENT OVER A WALL IN GEARS OF WAR LOL I WENT OUTSIDE OF LEVEL AND I COULDNT GET BACK OVER WALL BECAUSE WALL WASNT PROGRAMMED TO JUMP OVER BUT GAME GLITCHED AND MOVED ME OVER WALL LOLOL. I COULD OF GOT BACK OVER WALL WITH A JUMP BUTTON..BUT I HAD TO RESTART WHOLE MISSION STUCK OUTSIDE MAP LOL. no jump is for noobs EVERYONE ON SAME FLAT GROUND=NOOB GAMEPLAY U CANT DO CRAZY TACTICS WITHOUT A JUMP BUTTON LIKE USING THE LEVEL DESIGN TO OUTSMART PEOPLE
  • killa451 - May 24, 2010 1:06 a.m.

    and i play gears cuz its good. and not cuz its made by fucking epic. and im good at it. dont call me a noob cuz i havcent played EVERY EPIC GAMRE EVERRRR just cuz u have been a nerd longer then me doesnt make u pro and me shitty. lol i bet i could ru8in u at gears cuz u dont kno how to play a game with out jumping hahahahahahahahaha
  • killa451 - May 24, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    u realize the whole point of gears is to get up close, wall bounce, move around and shotty, to try to get up close with the person. getting on top of shit goes COMPLETLEY against the gameplay. if u dont like the gameplay, then fine. but dont U FUCKING DARE try to change gears. gears wont ever have jumping. it wont work. it goes against the idea of the game. it will always have a cover sytstem. u dont like that? go play ur stupid ps1 nukem what ever but dont ruin a good game with ur caps lock bullshit.
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  • Addjumpgoddamnit - May 23, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    HERE'S ALL THE PROOF U NEED NO JUMPING SUCKS LOOK AT PICS NO JUMPING=I CANT STAND ON ANYWHERE I WANT AND SHOOT FROM THERE..ONLY CRAPPY PLACES WHERE DEV SET. http://i49.tinypic.com/14ikeh0.jpg AHHA^ CANT FALL OFF SIDE OF STAIRCASE WITHOUT RAILING WHAT A JOKE http://i47.tinypic.com/2vkce8l.jpg AHAH CANT JUMP OVER SIDE OF BRIDGE LAME
  • Addjumpgoddamnit - May 23, 2010 10:54 p.m.

    I JUST PROVED WHY NO JUMPING SUCKS KILL10451=A FUCKIN NEWBIE DOESNT BELONG PLAYING EPICGAMES'S GAMES HE HASNT PLAYED UNREAL SINCE 1998 LIKE ME WHY ARE YOU COMMENTING UR JUST HOLDING BACK EVOLUTION OF GEARS OF WAR AND MAKING IT A BORING NO SKILL FUCKIN NOOB GAME LIKE IT CURRENTLY IS FUCKIN BORING SLOW PACED SHIT HERE'S ALL THE PROOF U NEED NO JUMPING SUCKS LOOK AT PICS http://i49.tinypic.com/14ikeh0.jpg AHHA^ CANT FALL OFF SIDE OF STAIRCASE WITHOUT FALLING WHAT A JOKE http://i47.tinypic.com/2vkce8l.jpg AHAH CANT JUMP OVER SIDE OF BRIDGE LAME
  • Addjumpgoddamnit - May 23, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    NO JUMPING=CRAPPY NON VERTICAL LEVEL DESIGN. GEARS OF WAR 2 LEVEL DESIGN SO FUCKIN BORING WITHOUT JUMP I NEVER FINISHED GAME I STOPPED ON HORNETS NEST I SWEAR TO GOD I WAS BORED AS FUCK WHOLE GAME. NO JUMPING=I CANT STAND ON ANYTHING I WANT AND SHOOT FROM THERE..ONLY CRAPPY PLAYERS WHERE DEV SET. ADD KILLZONE2 JUMPING WHERE U CANT SHOOT SO THE KIDS DONT COMPLAIN ABOUT PEOPLE JUMPING AND SHOOTING THEIR GUN THE SAMETIME. I WANT A MANUAL JUMP SO I CAN GET AROUND THE LEVELS FASTER. HERE'S ALL THE PROOF U NEED NO JUMPING SUCKS LOOK AT PICS http://i49.tinypic.com/14ikeh0.jpg AHHA^ CANT FALL OFF SIDE OF STAIRCASE WITHOUT FALLING WHAT A JOKE http://i47.tinypic.com/2vkce8l.jpg AHAH CANT JUMP OVER SIDE OF BRIDGE LAME ADD KILLZONE2 JUMPING SO U CANT SHOOT UR GUN AND JUMP AT THE SAMETIME THEN FAGGOTS WONT COMPLAIN ABOUT BUNNYHOPPING/SHOOTING. I WANT A JUMP TO GET AROUND LEVELS MOTHER FUCKERS PLUS IT HURTS LEVEL DESIGN I PLAYED EPICGAMES'S GAMES SINCE FUCKIN UNREAL 1998 ON PC SHUT THE FUCK UP NOOBS I KNOW MORE ABOUT GAMEPLAY

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