gears of war 3

Gears of War 3 Vault

Calibur11, creators of custom Xbox 360 Vault cases, today announced the Gears of War 3 Vault for the Xbox 360 Slim system. Encase your Xbox 360 in the Gears of War 3 themed design, which also serves in cooling and stabilizing your Xbox 360, as well as reminding you when it is time for vengeance. A unique in-game integration makes your Xbox 360 glow fiery red each time you are killed in Gears of War 3. The Gears of War 3 Vault retails for $89.99, which will be available at retail stores such as Best Buy and online during the September 2011 launch of Gears of War 3. See more pictures and details of the Gears of War 3 Vault here on www.calibur11.com.

Along with the news of this unique Xbox 360 system add-on, one Gears of War 3 Vault will come packed with a very unique prize: a life-size Gears of War COG Armor suit. One lucky winner may find the code in the Gears of War 3 Vault box. Take a look at the COG armor suit and details on the giveaway here on calibur11.com. Imagine arriving at your Halloween party, or Gears of War 3 tournament, with that.

Visit calibur11.com for all the details on the Gears of War 3 Vault and COG Armor.

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Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 Limited Edition

Gearheads have an amazing Xbox 360 console to look forward to on September 20, 2011. I’m talking to the Gears of War Gearheads, who will be able to pickup the Xbox 360 Gears of War 3 Limited Edition Console Bundle during the launch of Gears of War 3. The amazing looking Xbox 360 slim 320GB system gets decked out with the Gears of War Crimson Omen design, and sound effect. Just like the slick silver Halo Reach Xbox 360 Limited Edition Console was given its own power sound effect, this Xbox 360 will feature the memorable “Crimson Omen” sound effect when powering the system on or off. See and hear it for yourself in a video from Epic Games below (or here on YouTube).

Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 systemHere is what will be included in the Xbox 360 Gears of War 3 Limited Edition Console Bundle ($399.99 MSRP):

- Xbox 360 limited edition Gears of War 3 system
- 320GB harddrive
- Two Gears of War Xbox 360 wireless controllers
- Gears of War 3 Standard Edition game
- Built-in Wi-Fi connection
- Wired headset
- Download token for Infected Omen Weapon Pack (Lancer, Retro Lancer, Hammerburst, Gnasher, and Sawed-Off Shotgun) and Adam Fenix multiplayer character.

Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 controllerMicrosoft will also be offering a Limited Edition Gears of War 3 Wireless Controller for $59.99 (MSRP).

See more pictures of the Gears of War 3 Limited Edition Xbox 360 System Bundle here in fullscreen and the Gears of War 3 Limited Edition Xbox 360 Wireless Controller here in fullscreen.

Pre-order the Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 bundle here or the Limited Edition Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 controller here.

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E3 2011Gears of War 3 looks like it will be another blockbuster hit when it’s released exclusively on the Xbox 360 this September. On the last day of E3, I was treated to a closed door demonstration of the campaign and Horde 2.0 mode.

I was ushered into small theater with a group of journalists and loyal Gears of War fans. Executive Producer Rod Ferguson set the scene for our preview. Set two years after the events of Gears of War 2, the human population on Sera has been forced to band together for survival. The Locusts have been dealt a crushing blow, but the planet is being torn apart by the Lambent infection from below the surface. Savage Locusts who are disillusioned with the leadership of the Locust Queen Myrrah have also taken the the surface in an effort to ensure their own survival. The last remaining COG have assembled a massive floating aircraft carrier that is slowly navigating the dangerous waters of Sera populated by fierce Lambent Leviathans.

The demo began with a Leviathan attack on the floating city. Marcus, Dom, and the rest of Delta Squad (now including Anya Stroud) rushed to the upper decks of the carrier to ward off the attack. Marcus led the team to a storage locker that contained one of Gears 3′s newest weapons – the Silverback powered armor. Brandishing a rocket launcher on one arm and a machine gun on the other, the Silverback packs a heavy punch. Anya took control of a Silverback and opened fire on the glowing eyes of the monstrous Leviathan. Fellow Gears took cover behind the Silverback and opened fire as well. The combined firepower of Delta squad was too much for the Leviathan to handle and it submerged to escape. A radio call from Cole offered a solution for defeating the Leviathan for good. Once the Leviathan surfaced, Marcus and the team lead it to the front of the carrier where Cole and Baird were ready for it. A cargo container of Lambent Tickers rained down on the Leviathan and it eventually sunk dead into the sea.

When the cutscene ended, the demo shifted to Cole’s point of view a few minutes before the Leviathan attack. Players will now be able to control other Gears characters during the campaign to see the battles for survival from all sides. Cole’s squad, which included Baird, Sam Byrne, and Jace Stratton fought through a group of Savage Locusts to reach the cargo container filled with Tickers. The battles started at the entrance to a bridge overlooking the waters of Sera. Here, Cole obtained a new weapon unveiled exclusively at E3. The new handheld Vulcan turret actually works best when manned by two players. The first player operates the Vulcan and the second player feeds ammunition into it. With two players working together, the Savage Locusts were torn to shreds on the bridge. After all of the ammo was finally depleted, Cole picked up a Oneshot and took out the last of the Savage Locusts. The campaign portion of the demo ended with Cole and the rest of his squad pushing the container of Tickers over the side of the bridge onto the Leviathan.

For the second part of the demo, a group of developers from Epic Games showed us the newly revamped Horde mode entitled Horde 2.0. In Horde 2.0, five players work together to fight off waves of enemies to see how long they can survive. New enemies include Lambent and Savage Locusts as well as a boss for every tenth wave. While the battles are more fierce, the Gears are better equipped to handle things. Kills earn money for the Gears which can be used to upgrade fortifications and purchase new ammo and weapons. Humans can now build barriers to slow down the incoming enemy waves and build automated turrets as well as manned turrets to increase their odds of survival. Every barrier and turret can be upgraded multiple times to increase their effectiveness. Players can also purchase a Silverback to unleash on enemies. Teamwork is paramount to survival in Horde 2.0 and players can now share ammo and trade weapons with each other.

Once a game starts, players have 30 seconds to pick up ammo and build fortifications before enemies start appearing. Enemies are randomized, so gamers can expect a unique experience every time they play horde. The team from Epic demonstrated the new fortification system by immediately building barbed wire barriers and upgrading them all the way to laser fences before the boss appeared. One of the devs spotted a group of Corpsers approaching from the back of the map and marked them for all of his teammates to see. The automated turrets came in handy and started wearing down the Corpsers before the devs began to fire upon them. Some Corpsers began attacking the laser fences. Once the first fence was destroyed, other Corpsers began burrowing underground to ambush the well armed Gears. A group of Boomers appeared after a few Corpsers had fallen from the devs’ combined firepower. After a few minutes, the devs cleared all the enemies from the boss wave with the aid of a well utilized Silverback.

The intensity of Gears of War 3 has been ramped up significantly for all game modes. From campaign to Beast mode to multiplayer to Horde 2.0, gamers look to be in for an adrenaline packed experience from the final chapter in this epic series…no pun intended.

Gears of War 3 releases September 20, 2011 only on the Xbox 360.

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E3 2011
Set for release this September, Gears of War 3 looks to be another blockbuster hit for Epic Games. Players have already spent a good amount of time with the popular multiplayer beta, but this E3 Epic Games has offered their first hands-on demonstrations of Gears 3′s Beast Mode. Similar to Horde mode, players work together to survive wave of enemies in the shortest time possible. The twist? This time, players take on the role of the Locust Horde.

At the beginning of a match, players are given a bank of money. This money is used to purchase access to over a dozen different types of Locust. The more powerful a Locust is, the more money they cost to use. Players earn more money by killing humans and destroying their strongholds. A round ends when all human characters are killed. Killing human characters is not as easy as it sounds though. Human strongholds are surrounded by barbed wire which impede the movement of all Locust classes and some strongholds even have automatic turrets and manned Troikas. It was common to see a group of Wretches or Berzerkers charging forward at the beginning for a round to destroy as much cover as possible. Locusts with weapons usually wreaked havoc any surviving humans afterwards.

I was placed into a group with four other players for my hands on session. For round one, I decided to start small by selecting a wretch. Wretches are fast, but cannot use weapons or take cover. Once my fellow Locusts destroyed the barbed wire fence of the human stronghold, I was able to rush forward and slash at my enemies wildly. I ended up taking out the last two human survivors to close out round one. For round two, I selected a Theron Guard who came equipped with a Hammerburst and could use cover like the humans. While playing as the Theron Guard was reminiscent of a typical game of deathmatch, there is no sweeter feeling than having a Lambent Berzerker as my backup. For round three I picked a Kantus Monk. Wielding only a Gorgon pistol, Kantus Monks cannot use cover but they are able to heal Locusts on the battlefield. My strategy for this round was to hang back and heal my squad members. I was so efficient at my duties that I received a gameplay ribbon for reviving five of my teammates during the round.

Over the course of my demo I also used a Lambent Corpser, a Berzerker and even a Ticker. Every unit has its use and teams were always best served by working together. By the seventh round I was using Tickers exclusively and still managed to rack up multiple  kills using kamikaze tactics. My demo ended after about 9 rounds and I was left wanting more.

Gears of War 3 releases September 20, 2011 exclusively on the Xbox 360.

Gears of War 3  (Xbox 360)

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Xbox 360 E3 2011


Microsoft held its Xbox 360 E3 2011 Press Conference earlier this morning. Advancements in Kinect for Xbox 360 were announced, which include finger recognition and voice recognition (even voice support for Mass Effect 3). Beyond gaming, Microsoft announced voice search on Bing using Kinect as well.

Kinect supported experiences will be found in games like:
Dance Central 2
Fable: The Journey
Family Game Night 4
FIFA
Forza Motorsport 4
Ghost Recon Future Soldier
Kinect: Disneyland Adventures
Kinect Sports: Season Two
Mass Effect 3
Madden NFL
Ryse
Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster
Star Wars Kinect
The Sims 3 Pets
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR

Here are some of the game highlights that were announced during Microsoft’s E3 2011 Press Conference:

Fable: The Journey
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo 4
Ryse

A new Halo trilogy was announced at the end of Microsoft’s E3 press conference. Halo 4 was announced for a Holiday 2012 release (which also means Halo 5 and Halo 6 games will follow in the years to come). Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary brings an HD re-release of the original Halo: Combat Evolved from the original Xbox days, with new gameplay features.

For more details on Microsoft’s E3 2011 announcements, visit xbox.com. Watch for more details on these announcements here on GamingBits.com.

GamingBits will be covering E3 2011 throughout the week. Keep a lookout for our E3 news here and follow GamingBits on Twitter.

Source – Microsoft

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