Six days ago we attended the Eurogamer Expo 2010, there were a few games that I was very excited about getting hands-on time with, one of these titles was Gear of War 3, however after the hands-on I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed.
When we got to play Gears of War 3 we were only allowed to play beast mode, here you must destroy wave after wave of enemies with a range of Locusts, it sounded pretty fun and it was, but it was very hard.
Locust units available when I was playing the game were the Ticker, the Wretch and the Boomer, the Ticker could only take out the opposition by blowing itself up, the Wretch was nimble and had a melee attack and the Boomer was big and slow and had a huge machete to dice up the enemy with.
I was thrown in at the deep end and got one of the first hands-on at the show, it has to be said that I was not very good at the game and it was extremely difficult, that said after a few goes I started to get the hang of it.
The graphics were very impressive, however you could tell that it was not yet ready for release, this was most evident when you played as the Wretch the quick movement sometimes affected camera angles and you were momentarily unable to see what was ahead of you, which was understandably frustrating.
The most success came when using the Ticker, the best thing to do was to aim for a few enemies who were close together, once between them all you could detonate yourself and kill them, however it was hard to get amongst enemies without being killed beforehand.
I also had some success with the Boomer, the Boomer could soak up quite a lot of damage and could dish out a lot to, I found that by taking less direct routes to enemies you avoided necessary damage, then you could pick of enemies one or two at a time.
The Wretch was the hardest Locust unit to use in my opinion, to be honest I think that this is because the Wretch is something you need an hour or so with to get used to it, having only 15-20 mins to try out all of three Locusts meant that I probably couldn’t do the Wretch justice.
I think the most disappointing thing about my Gears of War 3 hands-on is that I never got to shoot a gun or throw a grenade, don’t get me wrong the early stages of beast mode were fun, but you need a good hour or so with the game to really get to grips with it.
Have you played Gears of War 3’s beast mode? Do you agree with my comments? We would love to hear from you.