What we want to see in Gears of War 3

Oops. Seems like someone at Microsoft has inadvertently let the beefy space marine-shaped cat of the bag. Earlier today an update on Xbox Live revealed the next game would conclude Marcus Fenix’s trilogy, with a release date set for April 2011. While we’re sympathetic to the dogsbody who’s no doubt getting his pink slip for the blunder as we type, we’re more interested in talking about what we want from the newly confirmed sequel. Which is what we’re about to do in word-based form.

A retooled cover system

Rumours suggest this is on Cliffy B’s… eh, we mean Clifford Bleszinski’s cards. It’s not like the existing one isn’t fine and all, we’d just like the new system to be a little more refined. Movement is really critical here. In Gears 2 Marcus and co. handle like the Titanic (after it's been hit by the big-ass iceberg). While popping in and out of cover was a streamlined breeze, we’d like character movement to be more fluid to make those cowardly dives behind dumpsters even smoother. There's also talk of armoured mech suits making the cut that can be worn for moving cover. And that would also spice things up no end.

Above: C'mon Cliffy, you know it makes sense

Bosses that don’t take half an hour to beat

As much as we loved fighting that massive fish thing until our thumbs were quivering, bleeding stumps in Gears 2; a few boss battles that were better paced (read: shorter) would be appreciated. We’ve got no problem shooting a massive underwater monstrosity in it’s soldier-scoffing mouth a few times, just make sure the definition of ‘a few’ is less than 37. Oh, and while we’re on the subject of bosses, please, please let us give that Predator bloke the overdue smackdown he’s begging for.

Above: We enjoyed the fight against Gears 2's Lake Monster, but did it have to last four and a half hours?

A better script

"Anya, it's a giant worm! They're sinking cities with a giant worm!" Yeah, admittedly the now immortal Gears 2 line is perhaps the single most epic quote in the history of games or genetically engineered invertebrates. Still, it might be nice to have a script in the concluding part of the trilogy that isn’t made up of 92% grunts, ‘uuhhhhs’ and ‘shhhiiiiittttts’.  Dom’s story line with his wife was a step in the right direction. So if Cliffy and co can dial down the testosterone just a tad, we’ll be onto a winner.

Above: We'll accept nothing less than Shakespeare quality dialogue for Gears 3


  • RogueRED - April 13, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    Oh also, please remove the shtgun for 2 reasons; a. No one actually plays the darn game! its a basically a game to see who can run up and shotgun the most people before they die. B. You have no idea how iritating it is that the only weapon anybody uses is a shotgun
  • RogueRED - April 13, 2010 11:44 p.m.

    For the love of god, please don't kill clay carmine
  • awil117 - April 13, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    NO FUCKING LAG!!!!! and servers...BUT NO FUCKING LAG!!
  • Mexiflan - April 13, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    4 player coop campaign is confirmed,according to cliffy's twitter feed.
  • camelfro - April 13, 2010 8:02 a.m.

    the coletrain baby!
  • kkokko - April 13, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    I would love to see a jungle and underwater level! that would be just awesome! also I was thinking if they could have an encounter with fish-like locust in an ocean or lake that was infected by locust blood. haha, that would be great.:D
  • nyyanksjw - April 13, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    There should be a 3rd Carmine who dies from an "acid bullet".
  • mikeandike76 - April 12, 2010 9:13 p.m.

    hmm i wonder if there gonna just kill the last carmine brother as a tradition or if theyll do some sort of saving private ryan thing and have a mission to save him... nahh he'll die
  • eee - April 12, 2010 7:06 p.m.

    I want a new locust bigshot that has 10 times the level of badass as raam and scourge put together and thats a dangerous amount of badass. I'm thinking somewhere along to lines of supreme berserker leader.
  • pin316 - April 12, 2010 3:08 p.m.

    i completely disagree with the whole thing about needing improved/more involving dialogue. For me the balance is just right - these guys are supposed to be soldiers, they've been getting the crap kicked out of them for god knows how long, and we're not playing the set-up/bits before the fighting starts - we're playing the actual fighting from minute 1! I find it pretty damn believable that for 90% of the game my squad are just going to be swearing their balls off...i get the feeling that if i were being constantly shot at by some ugly alien dudes, i'd be pretty damn annoyed and swearing every other word as well.
  • g4m3rk1dd - April 12, 2010 1:36 p.m.

    last gears game? i wanna see a prequel to gears one about the pendulum wars :(
  • infestedandy - April 12, 2010 2:19 a.m.

    @kellymiester and flare149 You both share similar opinions with me. Awesome to see it! And I almost forgot. According to what they were saying in Gears 2, there's actually TWO more Carmine brothers out there. I think in Gears 3 we'll have twins! That's be awesome and hilarious.
  • infestedandy - April 12, 2010 2:11 a.m.

    Actually, I wrote about a whole load of things they should work on in multiplayer here - As far as the campaign goes, I'd love to see four player co-op. I almost think it's necessary right about now. And Dave, what are you talking about with the "boss" fights? The Leviathan took like 3 minutes to beat. He pops up, you chainsaw his tentacles, enter his mouth, shoot more tentacles, throw grenades, done. You may have to do it twice but even then this fight is not very long. I put boss fights in quotations because they were severely lacking in the last game. Your fight with Skorge revolved around tapping the B button, and that's it. Your fight with RAAM and the Berzerkers in the first game were 50x better. Here's to hoping Epic remembers the beasties in this one.
  • DavidELDiablo - April 11, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    If GoW 2 had an actual dramatic side storyline then GoW 3 should be the perfect mix of Testosterone and Shakespeare. Can we have a longer living Carmine though?
  • dd02 - April 11, 2010 10:46 p.m.

    The other thing that I would like to see in Gears of War 3 is a more realistic multiplayer because the multiplayer is the part that I don't care for in all of the other ones. The campaign is great and horde mode is the best part that they could add on to Gears of War 2.
  • K9unittp - April 11, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    I want another Carmine that actually Fu&%ing survives :P
  • flare149 - April 11, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    Bring back the Beserker. Those were some of the best, most terrifying levels I've played and in Gears 2 they were completely left out. Also, no more giant worm. Yeah it was big, but holding down X to chainsaw arteries isn't my idea of a fun boss fight. In short, more of Gears, less of Gears 2
  • presc1ence - April 11, 2010 6 p.m.

    oh and bring back the washed outpallete back, it fits the style of the games better than the scary halo look of 2.
  • presc1ence - April 11, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    please keep the script dumb!!!! The reason i fell in love with gears in the 1st place is due to the stupid vietnam film fell if it all, making it all emotional and involved will ruin it! Oh and ditch matchmaking and fix the shotgun!lol! Infact the online stuff should just go back to gears1 set up, ahhh the glory days of gears..........
  • kellymiester - April 11, 2010 1:18 a.m.

    Im sorry I couldnt help but comment again Because their is so much that can be done with that game. If you remember BlackHawk Down where the sniper in the downed chopper was surrounded and he held them off, switching between his rifle and his pistol. That scene could be infused into gears replacing the militia with locust. That could be such an epic death for carmine or any other character. It would sad to them die so painfully and heroically and in the end succeed at touching the gamers emotionaly

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