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We just got back from our very first REAL glimpse at Gears of War 2. Not a logo, not a screenshot, not a trailer, not a fluffy intro with the developer. This time, we saw the actual game in action; better yet, we witnessed the entire second level from beginning to end. Here's the stuff that's already got our head spinning... both the good and the bad.
"We never said Gears would be a trilogy."
Page after page of brand new Gears 3 info inside, including details on multiplayer, characters, locations, weapons and gore. Plus, an interview with series creator Cliff Bleszinski...
Yes, Gears of War 3’s Beast mode looks brilliant. As the Locust-themed counterpart to Horde, it adds layers of depth and replayability to Gears 3’s co-op offering. But what about competitive multiplayer? In Gears 2, it felt a bit rough around the edges, like it had taken a backseat to Horde. For Gears 3, the design team has not only added the requisite new maps, weapons and abilities, but also meticulously overhauled multiplayer’s infrastructure to create a more stable, streamlined and personalized experience. During a recent visit to Epic Games’ headquarters, I got to play the latest iteration of Gears 3’s competitive multiplayer and enjoy the many refinements firsthand. Here’s what I learned.
Epic just put out Bulletstorm, but they’re already shifting gears (knowing wink) to focus on its next huge 2011 title. With Gears of War 3’s release date set for September 20, the only thing to keep rabid Gears fans sated until then is the promise of the fast approaching open Beta. Though no date for the launch has been made (rumors suggest it will start in mid-April around GoW3’s original release date), it was complete enough for Epic to invite the press to have an early taste of what’ll be include in the public multiplayer action...
The Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta goes live on Monday, April 25. Can’t wait that long? Buy a copy of Bulletstorm and the beta begins a week earlier on Monday, April 18. Can’t wait even that long? Well, you’re in luck, you impatient bastards – we not only have extra early access to the beta this week, we just recorded 22 minutes of gameplay and commentary to share with you RIGHT NOW...
Can’t wait until September? Wish you could play Gears of War 3 today? Well, we may not have a time machine or a key to Epic’s offices, but we do have the next best thing – a full 20 minutes of footage from the sequel’s campaign mode, complete with insider commentary from developer Rod Fergusson...
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