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Massive first look at Gears of War 3

Multiplayer


Gears 2’s online action was amazing, but tainted by hellish lag. Never fear – we hear rumours of dedicated servers...



Pass master
This map is called Overpass. The level is hit by a series of seven massive earthquakes during multiplayer matches. The quakes cause the town to slowly sink hundreds of feet into the earth. And even though these jaw-dropping changes are largely cosmetic, they’re undeniably and awesomely atmospheric.

Cracking up
The weather turns from sunny to stormy to full-on hurricane. The land tilts, the streets flood, cars roll down hills and a colossal lava-filled canyon opens.

Thrash bash
It’s a thrashball stadium – the sport that Augustus Cole was famous for before the Pendulum Wars. The stadium is falling to pieces, and you can wreck it more by doing stuff like shooting the scoreboard down. Even cooler, the scoreboard keeps track of the ‘home’ and ‘away’ team kills as the death tolls rack up.



Barney rubble
Bleszinski says that you will be able to tell, say, what level of Horde you’re on by the way the map looks, which will come in handy.


Arm up!


Gears packs the meatiest weapons in gaming, but now it’s set to give you even more bang for your buck.



Trunky town
The One Shot rifle is a heavy version of the sniper rifle. “We used to call it the elephant gun because it can kill any enemy with one hit,” grins Bleszinski. It can even slug through a Boomer with a shield, “shooting shells as big as your forearm!” It’s true; we’ve seen it in action. No more wussy scurrying away from Boomers now... it’s payback time!



Bangers ’n’ gnash

The boomstick choice is expanded with the gib-tastic, sawn-off Gnasher. The cross-hair is the widest we’ve ever seen; it almost spans the entire screen, so you can actually gib two enemies at once, if you get in close. The catch? A dangerously long reload time. “We like to call the effects of this weapon, ‘intimate violence’,” reveals Bleszinski, “the momentum is incredible. Foes are really blown back!”



Break a leg

This hideous hybrid is the Siege beast. It’s an enormous creature of burden that – against its will – has been retrofitted into this war engine to become an organic catapult. By pulling the creature's legs back (the action is accompanied by much agonised wailing) the Locust launch flaming rocks at the COGs. It’s gross, but seriously effective. It can cause massive damage, and the only way to stop it – shoot its legs off.

 

Digging it
One of the more inventive new weapons is the Digger Launcher, which fires off burrowing organic grenades. It resembles a Boomer pistol, but it’s so big, it looks more like a large rifle when wielded by Marcus. Holding the L trigger brings up an underground trajectory. Pressing fire then shoots the round into the ground, and it digs its way under cover before popping up to explode in hiding enemies’ surprised faces, blasting their heads clean off! To make sure the weapon is not exploited in multiplayer, you’ll hear a shrill scream that increases in intensity as the grenade approaches.

Big air 
“When we were thinking about what our next massive, over-the-top weapon could be, we realised we were missing another rifle,” recalls Bleszinski, “so we created this old-school Pendulum Airlancer, which has a bayonet in place of the chainsaw.” It’s super-powerful at close range, but look out for the extreme kick when you pull the trigger.



Burning love 
Flame grenades are modified Molotov Cocktails dangling from a rope. In other words, low tech but effective. Throw the grenade up into a ceiling and watch as fire drips down before exploding as it hits the floor. Walls of flame can be ignited across wide areas, and it’s an instant kaboom, unlike the regular frags.

Among other new weapon reveals to come will be the ink grenade – a liquidy smoke bomb-a-like.

 

Silver lining
The Silverback exo-suit is the must-have new heavy weapon – a way of taking the fight back to the Locust, even when humanity’s chips are down. From the front, it looks like a Warhammer 40K Dreadnought, and it jerkily struts around a bit like RoboCop’s ED-209.

Watching it blast rockets – surrounded by amazing smoke plumes – is a thing of deadly beauty. Plus you can do all the cool COG moves like curb stomps and roadie runs (but only for a bit, as it overheats.)

Combat walkers always have a weak spot though. In this case, the designers ran out of armour for his back. Doh! But switch to defence mode and the Silverback turns into an immobile iron wall. Transformers who?

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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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