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So earlier today we had the first screens from Gears of War 3.  The pictures looked great and the artwork was interesting (and colourful for a change!).  Although, the old adage did not ring true, these pictures did not tell us a thousand words.  Instead they confused us with Russian articles and weird squiggles.

Luckily we live in a digital age and some good fellows over at the Epic forums have translated the whole shooting match for the world at large.  The main points are contained below but I will say – be careful as there are spoilers within.

  • Other than Anya, there will be more female characters in the game – these are not explained.
  • Lambent are now seen as the main enemy and are also able to charge up to at least three Gears at a time whenever they’re close to dying and explode.
  • New weapons include a grenade launcher that contain earth-drilling rounds and a riffle that shoots single round and a double-barrelled shotgun.
  • Due to not enough people finishing the earlier GOW games Cliffy B says the difficulty in the game will be lowered, with story and character development also included.
  • Multiplayer environments will also change and will constantly shift during a match.
  • Ammo will be generic to weapon types
  • It takes place a year-and-a-half after Gears 2. After the fall of Jacinto, the government and COG collapsed with it.
  • Ravens Nest seems to be the name of the man-made island that is in the sea. It also has the ability to travel.
  • Prescott disappears, but soon shows up at an airbase on the man-made island.
  • A recording from Adam Fenix, Marcus’ father, tells him how to save Sera. Oh, and here’s the kicker: Adam’s still alive.
  • Cole and Baird now have their own storyline.
  • Bullets do cumulative damage
  • Gears 3 will end Marcus Fenix’s trilogy, but the series will continue in the forms of spin-offs, prequels and even “a transition to a new genre”.

Now I don’t know about you but I thought Gears and Gears 2 were anything but difficult.  In fact they were a little short and easy for my liking.  To say that 60% of people failed to finish the single player campaign is of no surprise as a huge number of people just picked up Gear of War & Gears of War 2 for the multiplayer aspects alone.

The ability to not have to worry about ammo hogs will be a nice touch in the new 4 player co-op play.  This should take some of the frustration out of that aspect at least.

As mentioned before expect more on this as E3 comes up.  Gears of War 3 will be released April 8, 2011 in Europe, with an American release on April 5 some three days before.

  1. LOL I had no idea most people weren’t playing these games all the way through. That has to hurt Epics feelings, then again they are best known for their online action: Unreal Tournament baby

    • I’ve never finished a Gears game. Got partway through 1 and got bored, played some of 2 online, but thought it was really lacking so I never tried the story.

  2. avatar Anonymous

    gears 1 storyline was good but short gears 2 storyline was awesome.

  3. avatar Suevonne

    Grade A stuff. I’m unquetisnaobly in your debt.

  4. avatar Andreas

    behindyourcurtains42 / @OwenGTA Microsoft wanted the game to be in a beettr time slot to gain more profit during the holiday season abd Epic has decided to take this time to polish up the graphics, animations, and art in the mean-time so all in all we’re just getting a beettr game for an extra six month wait

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