In today’s modern age of gaming developers will often base their creations on real people. In the past it was jarring to see an “actor” pop up as a video game character, especially if they were were relatively well known. Can you imagine the nightmare of plopping in Super Mario 4 and seeing a CG version of Danny Devito hurling fireballs from his swollen quasi-dwarven finger tips?
Microsoft is finally done messing with your minds. We have good news for you, it’s sooner than you thought. With a release date more unpredictable than a clan of angry Locust, Gears of War 3 will offically launch on September 30th 2011. If that feels a bit too far away for you, we have some more good news. If you pre-ordered Bulletstorm you should have received a special code that grants you access to the Gears 3 Multiplayer Beta test coming mid April. If you failed to pre-order Bulletstorm, than you’ll have to wait a bit longer to play the beta, but it should become available for everyone at some point.
What is the beta like?
Vote for the maps – As a member of the Gears community you can vote for the beta maps here on facebook!
Team Death-match – You will not be able to play any part of the campaign, Beast-Mode, or Horde Mode. The multiplayer beta will be team deathmatch only for additional (free) QA.
Rewards – Yep. If you play enough you get rewards that you can use in the full version of the game. A lot of games are doing this now with their demos and I think It’s a great idea. If you play the Gears beta you can access to a golden retro lancer (we all hate the golden guns), and the Thrashball Cole multiplayer character.
So is the beta worth it? – Dedicated servers, stat tracking, access to almost all the weapons in the game, and it’s free.
So there you have it. Your April and September just a little bit more exciting… and they’re not space marines.