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Hands On: Gears Of War 3 Beast Mode

Locust for the win!

I’ve not been following Gears of War 3’s development too closely. In all honesty even if it gets a clean sweep of one out of tens I’ll still be getting it on day one just to see how the story pans out.

So it was with a mixture of excitement and trepidation that I sat down to play the latest code at the Eurogamer Expo.  Epic chose to show off ‘Beast Mode’ at the event – a twist on the normal multiplayer, as you take control of one of the Locust horde in an effort to kill wave after wave of the human menace.  The mode starts with a set number of humans in the vicinity – and the objective is to wipe them out before the timer hits zero.  If you succeed you move on to the next wave.

At the very start you only have access to two of the weaker variety of Locust – the Ticker and the Wretch.  The Wretch is quite nimble, and has a decent melee attack, but isn’t much fun to use and gets picked off fairly easily.  The Ticker is a completely different kettle of fish and requires the player to think rather than charge in.  The Ticker only has one attack – and that’s to blow itself up, hopefully taking out as many humans as possible.  There is a small delay between pressing the detonation button and the Ticker actually exploding, so you have to take that into account when heading in for the kill otherwise you’ll be killed fairly quickly.

Making kills earns points, and points mean prizes – in this case new Locust units.  The next one to be unlocked was the Boomer – although it was sans rocket launcher.  Instead it had a whacking great machete which made mincemeat of the human opposition.  The downside is the Boomer is slow as hell, and larger than a house and as soon as it is spotted cries of “Boomer” go up and the humans try and swarm it.  This introduces some interesting tactics – draw out the humans as a Boomer, and then when you get killed select a Ticker as your next unit, run into the crowd and BOOM!

Graphically it’s looking great and instantly recognisable as a Gears of War game.  The frame rate was rock solid too, which makes the massive delay next year all the more puzzling.

Beast Mode was by far one of the most enjoyable things on show at the Eurogamer Expo, and that was only playing with a fraction of the units – the locked out parts of the selection menu hints at plenty of variety on offer.  I can’t wait to try out more – it’s going to be a long wait until the end of 2011.

  1. recommended4u.co.uk
    Since: Aug 2008

    Highlight for me and the rest of the R4U team also. Could have played it for hours :)

    Comment posted on 06/10/2010 at 15:23.
    • recommended4u.co.uk
      Since: Aug 2008

      Oh, and the “Savage” boomer is all kinds of awesome ;)

      Comment posted on 06/10/2010 at 16:15.
      • seedaripper1973
        Since: Forever

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        Comment posted on 06/10/2010 at 17:43.
      • recommended4u.co.uk
        Since: Aug 2008

        Boom tish! thanks for the feedback buddy :) there’s only a couple of us who work on it in our spare time so its nice to know what we’ve written isn’t total garbage lol! Be sure to sign up and comment from time to time. Currently, given the small scale of the site, we get plenty of views in a week but its all a bit quiet when it comes to the comments section :( heh

        Comment posted on 06/10/2010 at 18:32.
  2. MadJunkBoy
    Since: Aug 2010

    At the end of 2011??? that is some time…. cant wait to try this out and hopefully it will be out in april as planned…. so please no more delays!!!!

    Comment posted on 06/10/2010 at 15:28.
    • Dan Lee
      Common like the rest of us.
      Since: Jun 2010

      Sorry mate the delay was confirmed last week

      Comment posted on 06/10/2010 at 15:31.
      • recommended4u.co.uk
        Since: Aug 2008

        Yep, afraid so. Delayed to “holiday 2011” to headline the 360s Xmas lineup. The chap at the Gears booth on Sunday said the game is still very much in the Alpha stages

        Comment posted on 06/10/2010 at 15:35.
  3. DrNate86
    Since: Apr 2010

    I love Gears and this is looking great! Really excited!

    Comment posted on 06/10/2010 at 15:43.
  4. Severn2j
    Since: Aug 2008

    I’ve only ever played about halfway through the first game so haven’t really noticed the story yet, its one on my list to get through, the delay should give me time to get through the second one too..

    Comment posted on 06/10/2010 at 16:17.
  5. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Will defo play this too. Gears 1 was ace, 2 was ok, 3 looks to be a good swan song. I too would like to see how the story ends?

    Comment posted on 06/10/2010 at 17:05.
  6. XxmrYOYOxX
    Since: Oct 2008

    Cant wait for this….Horde in Gears 2 was awesome and I hope beast mode is even more so :-)

    Comment posted on 06/10/2010 at 18:27.