E3 2011: Gears of War 3 Demo Impressions

By John Colaw

June 6, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen, the big one for the Xbox 360 has taken the stage at E3. Cliff Bleszinksi was on hand to show off Gears of War 3 which is THE exclusive title for the console, and things are getting real as the team takes the fight to the Locust Hordes after flooding the Jacinto Plateau in the last game. There’s nowhere left to hide, so it’s time to fight.

Cliff invited his friend Ice T on stage to help him play through a demo of the upcoming game. The demo starts up with an absolutely HUGE Locust monster attacking the Gears. As Marcus and his team moved through the level the huge Kraken like beast laid waste to the building around them, launching smaller locust at them. The beast disappeared for a moment and the Gears took this opportunity to move onward.

Now it was time for some action, as two members entered Silverbacks. To put it bluntly, small personal powered suits of armor. The large Kraken Locust returned to attack, and it’s a good thing they got those suits because this monster isn’t going down easy.

One player used the others Silverback armor as cover which creates an interesting tactical choice, creating mobile cover whenever you need it provided you have the suit.

Not known for their tact or elegance, the Gears team decided to approach the problem the fun way; by dumping a box full of tickers onto the beast. As the demo faded out we were left with a promise by Ice T; his band Body Count will be reuniting and writing a song about the extremely popular Horde mode from the game.

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Color me absolutely impressed. The game looked even more impressive than the one before it, and it looks like this is a series that’s going to end in a big bang.

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John Colaw

John is what you might call something of a badass. When he's not writing about games or playing them, he's playing in the Kansas City band "Documentary" and drinking as many different beers as often as he can. He's a huge comic nerd in the best sense of the term, with a particular love for the Creator Owned movement.

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