Gears of War 3

XB360 / Action / Release: Sep 20, 2011 / ESRB: M

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Gears of War 3 beta had 1.29M participants

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Gears of War 3 beta had 1.29M participants

The beta test for Gears of War 3 has officially curb-stomped its last head. To mark the occasion, Epic Games has crunched the numbers and provided some fun stats regarding the beta participation.

According to a press release distributed by Microsoft, 1.29 million people, spanning 145 different countries, participated in the beta. Those participants played 249 years during the 11 million matches. They racked up 927 million kills, 131 million executions, and 23 million deaths by chainsaw. Almost 23 billion bullets were fired to boot. Read more »

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Gears of War 3 Limited & Epic editions announced

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Gears of War 3 Limited & Epic editions announced

For the Gears of War fan with money to burn, two fancy versions of Gears of War 3 packed full of bonus content and goodies were announced today by developer Epic Games and publisher Microsoft.

The $80 Limited Edition of Gears 3 will pack a replica metal Octus Service Medal engraved with a code to unlock Adam Fenix for multiplayer, along with a fabric COG flag and "the personal effects of Adam Fenix," including his will, other documents, and photos. Read more »

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Gears 3 beta 'buddy tokens' coming

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Gears 3 beta 'buddy tokens' coming

The Gears of War 3 beta test is still rolling, and Microsoft has just unveiled a new way to join up. Namely, make a friend or two. Starting today, beta players can earn a "buddy token," good for one admission to the beta, simply for having participated. They can also earn extra tokens for accomplishing certain tasks, up to five total. Read more »

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Shack PSA: Gears of War 3 beta now live

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Shack PSA: Gears of War 3 beta now live

Just in case you forgot among all the hubub of a new Nintendo console and the PlayStation Network exploding, this is your friendly Shacknews reminder that the beta for Gears of War 3 is now available for all -- at least, all those who pre-ordered from GameStop.

This week, you're limited to the Team Deathmatch and King of the Hill modes across three maps: Thrashball, Checkout and Trenches. Next week brings back Capture the Leader mode and the Old Town map. I say "brings back" because they were already available for the Bulletstorm-based beta testers. Finally, the last week of the beta starts May 9, and lets you use all three game types on all four maps. Read more »

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Shack PSA: Gears of War 3 beta available for Bulletstorm loyalists

Shack PSA: Gears of War 3 beta available for Bulletstorm loyalists

For those tired of kicking baddies off bridges and whipping adversaries into intricate traps, a new experience awaits you. As promised, Bulletstorm owners have been granted access to the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta as of today.

The Gears of War 3 beta gives players four arenas to test their skills and a chance to unlock a few choice bonuses in the final game, provided they meet very specific requirements. Read more »

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Shack Giveaway & WRUP: Gears of War 3 Beta

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Shack Giveaway & WRUP: Gears of War 3 Beta

[This giveaway has ended] Congrats to intothere, Coletrain331, danzuke, D4m4ged, Broody19, chic fil a, Sd lightzout, anbilow, Fenring42, and ALostGrenade. Beta codes are in your ShackMessage inboxes. Thanks to all who entered!


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Gears of War 3 may not include incentive content due to low redemption of 'Flashback' DLC

Gears of War 3 may not include incentive content due to low redemption of 'Flashback' DLC

In order to incentivize the new purchase of Gears of War 2, Epic Games decided to include a code that gave users free access to a map pack featuring maps from the first game in the series--dubbed the "Flashback Map Pack." According to Gears of War franchise executive producer Rod Fergusson, Gears of War 3 may not include a similar promotion due to the response of the Gears of War 2 offer. Read more »

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Gears 3 beta begins April 25

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Gears 3 beta begins April 25

Microsoft sent word today that the multiplayer beta for Gears of War 3 will be available for pre-orderers on April 25. Owners of the Bulletstorm Epic Edition will get in a week early on April 18. The beta ends for everyone on May 15.

Players can also earn unlocks that will carry over into the main game. Apparently exclusive to Bulletstorm players, the Flaming Hammerburst is rewarded for finishing a match by April 24. A Flaming Lancer is available to those who finish a match the week of April 25, followed by a Flaming Sawed-Off Shotgun the week of May 2, and a Flaming Gnasher Shotgun the week of May 9. Read more »

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Gears of War 3 beta to launch in 'Mid-April'

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Gears of War 3 beta to launch in 'Mid-April'

Microsoft has announced that the upcoming beta for its recently dated third-person shooter, Gears of War 3, will arrive some time in mid-April.

Revealed in a blog post by Xbox Live's director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, the beta will include "three new Versus Multiplayer modes on four maps." In order to prepare for the beta, Microsoft is allowing fans to vote for which maps they would like to test during the public beta on the game's Facebook page. Read more »

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Gears of War 3 Launches September 20

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Gears of War 3 Launches September 20

After being delayed from its planned April 2011 release, the bromance between lead characters Marcus and Dom has finally procured a new release date. Gears of War 3 will emerge on September 20, Microsoft revealed. Read more »

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Bulletstorm DLC 'Gun Sonata' Announced; Game Disc Required for Gears of War 3 Beta Access

Bulletstorm DLC 'Gun Sonata' Announced; Game Disc Required for Gears of War 3 Beta Access

Though Bulletstorm's North American launch was only today and it's not even out in Europe for another couple of days, publisher EA has announced the first proper downloadable content pack for People Can Fly and Epic's over-the-top shooter. What hateful timing! Read more »

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Video Games of 2011 We Can't Wait to Play: Xav

2011 is shaping up to be a great year for video games. Here at Shacknews we've pored over the treasure trove of titles coming this year and each picked out a select few games to highlight. Today, it's Xav's turn to share the games he's especially anticipating.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: After years of waiting, it's finally happening: Bethesda is continuing the Elder Scrolls series. I've been a fan of the franchise since before the age of Morrowind, so it comes as no surprise that my most anticipated title of the year is the fifth game in the series. My enthusiasm for the game isn't just blind fanboyism either. Bethesda promises a bevy of fixes, which includes a (desperately needed) new engine. Read more »

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Gears of War 3 Early Beta Access Offered in Bulletstorm 'Epic Edition'

If you like your shoulderpads big and your quipping brosome, you'll surely want to pick up the Xbox 360-exclusive 'Epic Edition' of Bulletstorm, which was announced today, as it'll grant you early access to the Gears of War 3 public beta--that's 50% more bicep!

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Gears of War VGA 2010 Announcement Canceled

The planned Gears of War-themed announcement that was scheduled to take place at Spike TV's Video Game Awards has been canceled, according to Major Nelson.

I wanted to share this with you and let you know that while these are never easy decisions, we can tell you that what we have to share for the franchise in 2011 will definitely be worth the wait and we look forward to working with our partner at Spike on sharing this world premier news when it is ready.

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Gears of War 3 Experience System and Unlocks Explained

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Though Gears of War 2 introduced an experience system in a title update, it didn't actually unlock anything besides a level number and rank portrait. Gears of War 3 will feature a unified experience system along with challenges, unlocks, and levels. Players will earn raw experience points across all of the game's modes.

During gameplay, players may earn ribbons, which correspond to things like getting the first kill or taking your revenge on the enemy that has been deemed your nemesis. From what I played, it didn't seem as comprehensive as Halo: Reach's medal system, but does offer some extra recognition of notable feats during play over Gears of War 2. Read more »

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