Gears of War 3 has 'casual' mode

Gears of War 3 will offer a casual mode with aim assist for new players, but experienced players with Achievements in previous Gears games will have the mode locked out for them.


Gears of War 3 will sport a casual mode, with tweaks designed to gently invite in newcomers to the series. Eurogamer reports that designer Cliff Bleszinski showed off the mode at Comic Con this weekend.

The mode offers an aim assist for hitting those pesky moving targets. But when we say it's meant for newcomers, we aren't kidding. If you have any Achievements from either of the previous games, or if you got into the Gears of War 3 beta, the mode will be locked off.

Plus, casual multiplayer channels will be offered to let newbies take on each other. These will keep out experienced players, letting newcomers test their skills without worry of getting instantly chainsawed in the back after spawning.

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    July 25, 2011 7:15 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Gears of War 3 has 'casual' mode.

    Gears of War 3 will offer a casual mode with aim assist for new players, but experienced players with Achievements in previous Gears games will have the mode locked out for them.

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      July 25, 2011 7:29 AM

      That sucks, since my wife's account had played in 2 on casual, I doubt I'll get her to play 3 on anything above that.

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        July 25, 2011 9:11 AM

        I wonder if this is still something separate from the usual Casual difficulty.

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        July 25, 2011 11:17 AM

        a) I'd assume this is a newer, easier mode, rather than replacing an existing difficulty level.
        b) Create an offline profile if you want/need access to the locked out mode (although you lose achievements).

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      July 25, 2011 9:06 AM

      Heh, Vanquish's Casual Auto mode in Gears 3. It's a great idea for those who get exasperated by so many controls to watch over.

      For Vanquish, I didn't try Casual Auto early enough, and when I did try it, it was after getting accustomed to the controls the old-fashioned way in regular Casual. I turned on Auto, and then said, "Wait, it's throwing off my aim when I want to aim this way; I guess I don't need the training wheels."

      Kudos for the lockout; the last thing a game needs is another 'cheevo cheese mode.

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        July 25, 2011 10:39 AM

        You played Vanquish on Casual? Scrub!

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      July 25, 2011 10:44 AM

      Locking out content that ships on the game disc! *rabble rabble*

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        July 25, 2011 10:54 AM

        Seems stupid to me, what if you have a non-gaming friend over that wants to play it? What's the point of locking out a difficulty level?

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          July 25, 2011 11:23 AM

          probably to ensure that experienced gamers dont breeze thru the campaign too quickly and easily and then complain. still kind of dumb

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          July 25, 2011 12:07 PM

          if this is the case you shouldn't care because you own the game yourself and have already played the previous ones, therefore you've likely also been playing Gears 3 already and have some achievements from it

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          July 25, 2011 12:20 PM

          Your non-gaming friend should be playing on his own gamertag or one you set up for friends to play on. I never let anyone play any of my games on my gamertag, unless it's specifically to use my save for some reason. I have four generic non-live "guest" accounts that friends use. It's also nice in multiplayer games so that everyone gets their own names and icons rather than being "OverloadUT 2, OverloadUT 3" which would happen if they used the "guest feature".

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      July 25, 2011 10:57 AM

      Aim Assist+Shooter=? Is it an abomination or just another game mode...

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      July 25, 2011 12:19 PM

      More like fag mode, AMIRITE!?

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      July 26, 2011 10:19 AM

      Why the hell would you want to lock this feature away. Seems pointless to me.
      Nothing wrong with an extra easy mode. If people are breezing through it, you can always ask them if they want to up the difficulty.

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