Gears of War 3
Gears of War 3 Patch Hits Today
Written Tuesday, March 20, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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Gears of War 3 is set to receive Title Update 4 today, bringing with it a sizeable list of improvements and bug fixes.

Announced and detailed on Epic Games’ community site, the patch should already be available. You will be automatically prompted to download the update when you connect to Xbox Live.

Read on for the full list of changes.


  • Savage Drone and Savage Grenadier can now “swat” turn in Beast mode
  • Spectator mode now starts viewing a player instead of a battle camera
  • Alternate control users in multiplayer will no longer look at DBNO characters when pressing R3
  • The crosshair for the Longshot and Hammerburst will now show an X if a shot is obstructed.
  • KOTH – ring locators are now visible in spectator mode
  • KOTH – some hill locations have been adjusted


  • The Onyx Guard decoy in Horde will not drop his rifle after exhausting the Vulcan ammo
  • Clients will no longer be stuck with a “Waiting For Players” message up if the host quits Horde during the progression screen
  • Chainsaw audio loop will now persist for listeners who leave the audible range and re-enter it
  • Fixed some instances where special event ribbons would not be properly awarded
  • COG pistol firing rate has been adjusted to be equal on host and clients
  • The Flaming Retro Lancer is now available for attendees of the first special event
  • Fixed some issues fixed related to the destruction of meatbags
  • The Slab start up screen no longer has debug text
  • After a host migration in Horde, the waves will no longer go past 50
  • Cover near the elevator on Hotel no longer allows players to lean outside of the visible area
  • Grenade throwers that are killed mid-throw will receive credit for any kills that grenade causes
  • Silverback will be disabled if hit by a smoke grenade when the driver is in the middle of the exit animation
  • Team Deathmatch time limit no longer resets to 3 minutes when both teams are out of respawns


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Comment #1 by left4dead23
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 05:39:13 AM
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i have so much grinding left on this game, but they just keep rolling out the achievements i will never get 2000 :( lol

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Comment #2 by jackofblades
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 05:43:47 AM
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Im sure Socalite is now impossible

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Comment #3 by MickH2Oz89
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 05:44:52 AM
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I am glad they fixed that grenade bug. That sucked to be shot after you threw the grenade and it killed someone and it just gave them a suicide and you got no points for it

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Comment #4 by lordz
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 05:50:07 AM
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"Gear of War 3 Patch Hits Today"
Gear? u botanist!

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Comment #5 by Gsmittyunit44
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 05:51:29 AM
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I thank God Hughes Net doesn't totally suck. I should be able to download this, as long as the wind doesn't blow the satellite over.

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Comment #6 by Gsmittyunit44
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 05:53:00 AM
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Also, what does "swat turn" mean?

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Comment #7 by Kal_El
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 05:56:52 AM
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i was hoping for a patch that doesn't require leaving your xbox on for 2 weeks! but what do i know :)

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Comment #8 by the action frampton
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 05:57:27 AM
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@2 why?

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Comment #9 by a7x4lyf3
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 05:59:02 AM
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Honestly one of the most pointless title updates ever, fixed almost no major issues... Fixing Anthony carmine's voice and that fix alone would have been a better title update than this.

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Comment #10 by Teh Phantomz
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 06:03:16 AM
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Awesome, getting the Retro Flaming Lancer back. :D

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Comment #11 by Eddieg
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 06:17:57 AM
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@6 - A swat turn is when you press A at the end of cover and move to another piece of cover. It is a real life manoeuvre that is suppose to make you faster at moving around and staying out of sight.

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Comment #12 by Caramel Cardinal
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 06:34:35 AM
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@2 they do an event every weekend, it's more than possible it's easy just going to take a while

only great news is having the flaming retro back, why they ever took it away i'll never know

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Comment #13 by DESTRO5
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 06:49:16 AM
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I thought the drone and grendier could already swat turn.

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Comment #14 by Double V 1986
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 07:03:12 AM
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Isn't it when you hold back and A to sort of pivot

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Comment #15 by M1 Punk
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 07:04:40 AM
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What about the bug that got rid of the dedicated servers?

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Comment #16 by GOWnage
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 07:31:31 AM
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Why don't you get rid of pointless playlists nobody cares about (alpha, zeta, players choice) and focus on upping the dedicated servers in playlists people acyually play.

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Comment #17 by Galactixs
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 07:50:49 AM
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@16 alpha and zeta aren't meant for casual players in gears of war it's for competitive players and also GOW 3 Multiplayer is terrible and this Update doesn't help it at all

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Comment #18 by Lord Montymort
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 07:52:43 AM
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Hmm, I might actually go back on Gears 3 at some point then, haven't played it for a while.

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Comment #19 by Opiate42
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 07:58:25 AM
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Egad, with ME3 I keep forgetting to jump in on weekends for events, still need 10 more ribbons....

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Comment #20 by Ko DESTROYER
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 07:58:50 AM
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"Alternate control users in multiplayer will no longer look at DBNO characters when pressing R3"

"R3" i never knew gears was out on ps3.

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Comment #21 by RyanStimo
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 08:01:14 AM
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I like Zeta as they ae mostly one round so i can get through the games quicker for my medals

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Comment #22 by todgill12
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 08:05:45 AM
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I am glad they are fixing the bugs in this game. I have only been playing the weekend events lately. I still have a while to go for 2000.

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Comment #23 by gOdLeSs
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 08:18:37 AM
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If the gnasher is still a 1 hit kill from 15 feet away, I could care less what updates come out.

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Comment #24 by BartyDCFC
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 09:01:59 AM
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jw how did people get the flaming retro?

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Comment #25 by frankieMART
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 09:19:20 AM
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Did anyone else's campaign data get corrupted? :(

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Comment #26 by Keizaron
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 09:38:36 AM
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@23 Grammar nazi, yes, but I believe you mean "couldn't care less".

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Comment #27 by Infomouse
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 09:46:01 AM
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Any word on when stats will stop getting reset? Because I lost all 24 events and THAT is something I can't grind back.

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Comment #28 by Mr Matty
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 10:41:00 AM
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KOTH – some hill locations have been adjusted
As a koth player this makes me happy some of locations the rings get put at were really stupid and not defend able,

Grenade throwers that are killed mid-throw will receive credit for any kills that grenade cause.
Again very happy Grenades make or break koth ring caps .
Throwing a frag in the ring pre tu and getting killed mid way would kill both your team mates and enemy yet give no one any credit.

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Comment #29 by Dasha UK
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 10:41:56 AM
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@20 click the right stick doesn't have the same ring to it....

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Comment #30 by Phantomzero17
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 11:24:04 AM
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@12 Gears 3 has it orginally coded on disc to award the Flamming Retro for the first event. However EPIC announced before the game shipped that with TU1 they'd change it to giving out the Golden Gnasher for the first event. Then when the forums erupted, twitter was bombarded, and angry Facebook messages all pilled up they changed it to Golden Lancer and Golden Hammerburst for the TU1 change on release.

So for players that got to play before TU1 went live on Sept 20th or it just happened to glitch after that date those players got the Flamming Retro. Since you weren't supposed to get it EPIC hotfix'd in a take away.

Back in October they told us the Flamming Retro would be made an award soon. However since it looks like they haven't really come up with any special event to tie it to since October they just decided to toss it back at week 1 participants with TU4.

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Comment #31 by Legendary enchilada
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 12:08:18 PM
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Can they patch the sawed off please!

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Comment #32 by X Cahoots X
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 12:24:06 PM
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@31 If by Patch you mean Get rid of the Fuckin Thang?

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Comment #33 by STONE DEVIL
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 12:34:08 PM
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Yeah, fix the kill distance for the Gnasher and Sawed Off. Kind of fucking ridiculous.

EPIC, please work on Beast Mode. Kill the stupid time limit and get it up to 50 waves already!!!

This patch is no big deal.

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Comment #34 by cheevo360
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 01:43:46 PM
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Gears of War 4 on next Xbox please. :D

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Comment #35 by Ninja Sharingan
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 01:46:59 PM
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they need to balance the machine gun damage. lancer is well over powered its supposed to be long range suppression, instead its stupidly powerful and the clip is far too big. hammerburt has been made completley useless unless your a Fuckin modder. tone down the sawn off damage too!

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Comment #36 by Ninja Sharingan
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 01:48:26 PM
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Comment #37 by Legendary enchilada
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 02:49:54 PM
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They need to change the name of the Seriously 3.0 achievement to Forced Multiplayer.

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Comment #38 by GVTEDxGNVSHERxGOD
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 06:25:01 PM
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Lol @ everyone, I just wanna see some more characters, and more skins, and some got damn campaign add-ons & beast upgrades!

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Comment #39 by Killa12
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 07:40:55 PM
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im really hopping EPIC will someday release an ''EPIC'' event week....
where they have a buttload of events ala socialite achievment

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Comment #40 by aim of kronic
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 11:17:32 PM
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speical playlist every week? i think not.. well atleast i dont get one everyweek.. how bout lower the onyx medals for the playlist ones.. i dont want to play 3000 wingman matches..

and i was told that the 'players choice' playlist is the only playlist for the people that dont have the DLC that have dedicated servers

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Comment #41 by aim of kronic
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 11:19:22 PM
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and if the playlist onyx medal doesnt go to 3000 i sorry.. just figured it would cause all the other medals that took 1000 for gold take 3000 for onyx..

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Comment #42 by CutterSchrute
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 @ 12:36:25 AM
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So glad the Flaming Retro is back :D

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Comment #43 by Chaz Of Sparta
Thursday, March 22, 2012 @ 01:18:12 PM
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So...are you gonna fix the rank reset glitch?

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Comment #44 by KronosMaximus
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 09:48:47 AM
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I wish they would hurry up and fix the horde glitch. I can't even medal on it since I got my rank reset:(

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Comment #45 by srh1771
Sunday, April 22, 2012 @ 05:53:54 AM
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Comment #46 by aXenaFan
Thursday, July 19, 2012 @ 03:06:42 PM
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I'll be pizzed if they lower the requirements for Seriously 3.0 I just got mine. grinding it out the hard way.

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