Gears of War 3 at MCM Expo!

If you’re a Gears of War fan (a.k.a “Gearhead”), you’ll be delighted to know that we have a fix for your withdrawal symptoms following the recent termination of the Gears of War 3 beta. The beta client may be unplayable now, after a month as one of the most-played titles on the Xbox LIVE network, but here at the London MCM Expo we’ve got you covered with several machines to fill your chainsawing, blood-splattering, executing needs!

Microsoft’s Gears of War 3 is the third part in an epic trilogy following the events of a human/locust war on the planet Sera; the multiplayer team deathmatch side of this instalment pits you against an enemy team in a 5 vs 5 fight to death as you aim to reduce your enemy’s lives to zero… by any means necessary.

Players that were fortunate enough to take part in the Gears of War 3 beta on Xbox LIVE will have no trouble in recognizing most of the maps when blowing each other’s heads off at the Expo. However, thanks to Microsoft, the version on the show floor is newer than the Xbox LIVE client and features two new, never seen before playable maps.

Back when the Gears of War 3 beta was first announced, the public had the ability to vote for two out of four maps to be playable on the Xbox LIVE client. The two maps which unfortunately didn’t pass selection at the time were Overpass and Mercy, however thanks to Microsoft, they’re now both available to enjoy at the London MCM Expo!

Overpass is a map that mostly favours extreme close-quarter battles as both teams fight for control of the turret on the overpass, and whilst the majority of the action takes place on the stairs leading up to said turret, a few stragglers often manage to sneak around the edges of the map to inflict crippling damage from behind. Weapons spawning on the map include the Hammer of Dawn, which was only seen in the Xbox LIVE beta during its final 3 days, the Scorcher Flamethrower and the Mortar, but in addition to these there is of course the turret itself… which is not the same as the Troika turret seen in the original Gears of War game; it’s instead a much more lethal and badass-looking weapon to control.

The second new map, Mercy, is a much more open battlefield to fight on when compared to the other five present in the beta. This colourful map sees most of the action taking place in its mid section as both teams fight for control of the frag grenades, however the mortar/oneshot overlooking the frags also attract a lot of attention from either side, which can lead to chaotic close quarters battles. Not to be forgotten, the ink grenades beside each spawn, and the digger launcher parallel to the frags, can both be used very effectively to destroy your enemies.

As the latest incarnation of the Gears of War series, Gears of War 3 holds host to many changes in weapon balance and movement speed, based on player comments on the previous game. The result is that developers Epic Games have created a seamless multiplayer experience which is a joy to take part in from start to finish – but don’t just take my word for it; head on down to the Gears of War 3 booth on the show floor to get a taste for yourself!

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