Gears of War 3
Rod Fergusson Talks All Things Related to the Gears of War 3 MP Beta
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Not only did we get our hands-on with the upcoming Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta at last week's Microsoft Showcase in San Francisco, but we also managed to snatch a few minutes with Gears of War's Executive Producer, Rod Fergusson, to talk all things relating to the April beta.

We talk unlockables, the recent Facebook promotion (bear in mind this was recorded last week and the Facebook vote period is now over... Blame the crappy hotel internet for the delay folks!), as well as run lengths, other ways to get on the beta and so on. It's a beta overload!

Look out for our Gears of War 3 related chat in the coming weeks with the EP, for now though, overload on beta details.


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Comment #1 by OnePunchEckert
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 01:16:53 AM
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Cool. Can't wait

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Comment #2 by SpyderPN27
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 01:22:10 AM
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Awsome news can't wait!! Just picked up the epic edition of bulletstorm. Can't wait to get all bloodied up in the beta!

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Comment #3 by swellow99
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 01:31:58 AM
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uhm cake anyone?

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Comment #4 by Redemption Mode
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 01:32:36 AM
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Looking forward to the Beta.

Also, I got 2 extra set of Gears of War 3 Beta codes if anyon is looking to get them. No skin of my teeth - I got 3 of them for free from my local video store, so I didn't have to buy Bulletstorm.

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Comment #5 by McH2Oz13
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 01:34:24 AM
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The sniper/mulcher is both gonna suck and be sweet

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Comment #6 by jlay720
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 01:37:28 AM
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Comment #7 by Beanovsky Durst
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 01:37:51 AM
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So there are other ways to get beta codes? Must find more info.

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Comment #8 by Cookies1560
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 01:42:25 AM
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"Arggggghhh , ohhhh sh**!" LOL

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Comment #9 by I Anger I
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 01:43:04 AM
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@4 You have to have bulletstorm's disc to play the least thats what I read

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Comment #10 by Frankyg88
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 01:49:02 AM
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Gears mp hasn't changed since the first one, with brink, crysis, batman, la coming out this game just gets lost in shadows.

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Comment #11 by D4 B1GD0G
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 01:49:54 AM
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@3 the cake is a lie

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Comment #12 by Redemption Mode
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 01:51:22 AM
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@ #9 - I know. What I was saying was, I didn't buy the game, so giving away some of the beta codes to some of my fellow gamers won't hurt me none.

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Comment #13 by Dr Popodopolus
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 01:59:02 AM
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Lol I totally disagree #10 and I imagine all the Gears fans will too. This looks like the most refined Gears MP yet. I will admit I never really played MP in either of the first 2 Gears games as I felt they were rather average and laggy.

This on the other hand looks a lot better and the inclusion of Team Deathmatch is very very welcomed by me and probably quite a few people that would have been on the fence. Maybe now I have a chance to get decent at this game.

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Comment #14 by PuttyGod
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 02:03:32 AM
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I would like to hear about the alternate methods and/or if all new copies up until the beta will have a code, or if the Epic Edition is only for the first few months.

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Comment #15 by yamayamayaamaa
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 02:06:35 AM
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I'm not even that good at Multiplayer but I ordered BulletStorm when I heard about unlockables lol. Can't wait!

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Comment #16 by strawberry
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 02:07:59 AM
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He's Canadian :)

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Comment #17 by Bash Callihoo
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 02:08:09 AM
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Wow, it looks weird controlling a female character, they look like skeletons.

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Comment #18 by ThexWickedxEnd
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 02:22:13 AM
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Nice video, but they need to stop teasing us with videos about the beta even tho the days have been going by so quickly. They need to just tell us what day we are able to start playing. I guess i'll continue playing Bulletstorm anyone else with me.... Probably not

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Comment #19 by MothproofKT
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 02:37:41 AM
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Alot of information there which is good. I do really want to know how to enter the Beta via the other options, not just BulletStorm. For all us skint people who cant afford BulletStorm yet lol it would be useful to know.

The one thing I keep seeing in these game play videos, the almost "tac-com" voew which shows you both the team mates and enemy with a blue and red outline of their characters. Im wondering is this a perk type thing or will every player have this? Im not sure its a good thing. I like the hide and seek aspect of the gears games, so will have to see in the beta what it actually is.

Anyone else think the same??

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Comment #20 by Blue Thunder28
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 03:16:21 AM
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So excited to play hundreds of matches in this bad boy for those juicy unlockables.

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Comment #21 by GOWnage
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 03:26:11 AM
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Rod seems like a really nice guy

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Comment #22 by yakuzzaa
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 03:33:06 AM
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Comment #23 by Kombat 36O
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 04:02:54 AM
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Looks Awsome!

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Comment #24 by Heavystormer
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 04:38:27 AM
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Gears of War 3 looks amazing, and I can see from that information alone its going to be a winner, however Rod mentions the best way to get in on the beta is Bulletstorm, and I think thats a bit unfair for people who mightn't like or bought the game.

I like some of you were persuaded all that much more to grab Bulletstorm because of this beta, while I thought I was happy with the game it was just to short (even on very hard) and with no real competitive multiplayer, the same levels for ECHO mode and gameplay gets somewhat tedious after a while to keep it for a beta.

I really would LOVE that flaming lancer but I can't justify keeping an expensive game for a beta, so I'll be missing the lancer unfortunately. I just hope I can get in on the action.

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Comment #25 by Da Beni Man
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 04:40:31 AM
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@19 I see wat ur gettin at, but no-one uses it in gears 2 so we'll have to w8 and see

And did anyone else hear him say somin about da veteran gear achievement

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Comment #26 by Riphade 1
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 05:15:18 AM
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@25 I ALWAYS use my tac com.

@19 This "new" tac com is for the leader in the new Guardian. Only the leader has the ability to see the weapon outlines and the enemies. Rod stated this in the GameSpot interview.

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Comment #27 by Brutalsleeper
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 06:13:08 AM
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@26 ahh that's good I was worried the same as @19 was.

Sounds like I'm gonna have to get through a lot of games though to get that Cole Train.
I probably won't use it in GoW3 but I must have it anyway. You just know everyone in the beta will be using it.

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Comment #28 by Redemption Mode
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 06:23:17 AM
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Sorry, guys. Killerharu45 (here at and a buddy of mines on my Friends List received the GoW3 Beta codes off of me.

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Comment #29 by Chainsaw Chunk
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 06:47:42 AM
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You need to have a gamesave from Bulletstorm on your console along with the redeem code to access the beta that was the point of adding it to Bulletstorm and stopping people from selling it on fleabay.
Beta will become available to people after a set time but there is a still unknown catch and it is not going out on general release

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Comment #30 by ScuzzyBunny FTN
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 07:50:05 AM
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Just to clear up a CAN use a Beta code without purchasing the Epic Ed BulletStorm. Yes, you need a Bstorm disc/ save, but there are plenty of ways to have a disc without dropping $60 (Gamefly, rental store, used copy, etc). I really don't know why you need a save, but you definitely need the disc (like ODST), as the GOW3 Beta is on the menu.

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Comment #31 by strawberry
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 08:05:18 AM
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@30 you need more than the disc. the epic edition comes with a special online code which allows access to some new perks in bulletstorm and access to the beta when it it available.

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Comment #32 by ScuzzyBunny FTN
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 08:28:09 AM
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The Epic code is what people are talking about, and what I said can be used with ANY Bstorm disc...if you can acquire a code, then rent or borrow the disc, you can get in the Beta. For example, I purchased Bstorm, and got a 2nd copy from GF (disc only)...I have one code, but am in the Beta/ activated online pass/ have exclusive content on both 360s. My point is that a code is not worthless, and that generous people should be thanked, rather than criticized.

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Comment #33 by Louchavelli
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 08:28:17 AM
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Wow. All I can say is "Boost anyone?"

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Comment #34 by ViNyLek
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 08:47:24 AM
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I just want to play it already? Why wait for so long if all is in place now? Can't be taking them so long to add those 2 maps we voted on!

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Comment #35 by Lord Montymort
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 08:48:45 AM
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Wait, I'm confused, I know I read that that Thrashball Cole was unlocked through the Beta, but Rod made it sound like standard Cole was also only unlocked through the Beta, surely thats not right.

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Comment #36 by Kyle de Coolio
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 09:17:57 AM
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Comment #37 by BerserkMidget08
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 09:49:38 AM
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I wanna play as the Cole Train baby. Woo woo.

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Comment #38 by bearmod
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 10:01:55 AM
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Ok this might sound like a stupid question but i haven't really been following this, about halfway through he says "during the time that bulletstorm has acccess to the beta" so does that mean that the beta is gonna go public eventually and you won't need the bulletstorm disc?

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Comment #39 by Vigorous Ninja
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 10:16:59 AM
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Thank god I didn't need to preorder BulletStorm Epic Edition, I thought it was only called Epic Edition before release and that after release it wouldn't be for sale with the beta, just the Limited Edition. Thank you EPIC :D

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Comment #40 by Lothra
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 10:44:09 AM
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@38, Bulletstorm Epic Edition owners will have access to the beta just a little sooner than everyone else, you will be able to get into the beta via other methods but Epic have not detailed those yet, the Epic Edition early access customers simply get to play it slightly earlier and will also have the flaming lancer unlockable for use in the final game as well.

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Comment #41 by MediumMelanin
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 10:46:06 AM
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These aren't details! WTF!? Misleading title!!!

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Comment #42 by ScuzzyBunny FTN
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 01:11:11 PM
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CONFIRMED...there will be at least one way to get an access code without Bulletstorm. Microsoft ExpertZone members will get GOW 3 Beta codes by completing the Gears missions and VERIFYING your employment (guess they learned their lesson after the Reach fiasco!)

Limited time offer good only to legal residents of the 50 US or DC age 18+, who are employed in a retail sales or support role at any Microsoft Retail Sales Partner authorized to participate in the U.S. Microsoft ExpertZone program (each, an "RSP"). You must verify your employment to participate.

To receive one (1) beta code for Gears of War 3, you must be one of the first 40,000 RSPs to successfully complete the Gears of War: Chapter 1 course starting March 1, 2011 and verify your employment in the ExpertZone. Instructions for ordering your Gears of War 3 beta code will follow when the Beta Codes become available. Limit one (1) Gears of War 3 beta code per RSP. Offers good only while Beta Codes are available.

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Comment #43 by bithbheo
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 01:22:17 PM
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wait did he say the beta would only be 2 vs 2? i sure hope not.

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Comment #44 by bithbheo
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 02:50:27 PM
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now that i think about it i bet he meant 2 cog and 2 locust characters to choose from.

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Comment #45 by MADxMONK3Y NL
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 03:14:10 PM
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Yea 2 skins for each.

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Comment #46 by surajtwo
Thursday, March 03, 2011 @ 12:23:13 PM
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i hope they decide to put some of this in the collector's edition b/c so far i dont have bulletstorm (honestly looks like a dumb game) and i dont work at any microsoft related place screwed at the moment for the beta

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Comment #47 by I 800 MEGATRON
Thursday, March 03, 2011 @ 04:33:44 PM
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THANK GOD FOR DEDICATED SERVERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment #48 by The Bum-Mobile
Thursday, March 03, 2011 @ 05:54:40 PM
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Man, I want that Golden Retro Lancer. Exclusives like this always get me in games. Hope it's something I can achieve in my game-playing hours (I strictly stick to weekends.) Hopefully I can get it!

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Comment #49 by Quake007
Sunday, March 13, 2011 @ 08:04:34 PM
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Are they keeping the old game modes along with the new ones or what? I'm hoping they do...

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Comment #50 by Clintoris
Sunday, March 13, 2011 @ 11:31:47 PM
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Veteran Gears FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment #51 by Lord Forbes
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 12:27:15 AM
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I keep hearing rumors about a GOW 3 limited edition Xbox 360 console like they did for Halo Reach. Anyone else hearing the same rumors. It would make sense since this appears to be MS' big holiday exclusive and this could be a big console mover. If the rumors are true, I hope it is cool looking. Would love a good excuse to pick up another Xbox 360 slim.

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Comment #52 by DJ Ramir
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 09:50:28 AM
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Well for Mexican gamers, we can get Gears of War 3 BETA if you pre-order any vertion of Gears of War 3 Regular, Limited or Epic Editions at Gamerush (Blockbuster.

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Comment #53 by surajtwo
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 11:58:43 AM
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im 99% sure ur right b/c apparently rod fergusson always replys "no comment :)" when asked questions like that on twitter

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Comment #54 by Avereal
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 02:03:55 PM
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I preorded it at gamestop and i still have not got my mailed invite

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Comment #55 by HalfEVILmonkey
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 07:20:01 PM
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@#8: I couldn't agree more. I laughed so hard.

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Comment #56 by captnWOOPYpants
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 08:37:38 PM
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preorder any GoW edition to recieve a code. online orders will gain their code via e-mail if provided. I don't know when they send you the code via email wether its at purchase or just before the beta. to be safe I'll just get mine at the store

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Comment #57 by captnWOOPYpants
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 08:38:49 PM
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@56 and I forgot to mention its at gamestop only so far

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Comment #58 by o TH3 AV3NG3R o
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 03:56:43 PM
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ive had this preordered since the day halo:reach came out, haha. gettin bulletstorm in a couple days. cant wait to play the beta!

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Comment #59 by Ultimo Godzilla
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 03:57:41 PM
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Ok so they can take the concussion effect out of the smoke grenades but they can't replace weapon spawns in maps in Gears 2?

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Comment #60 by Mothership
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 05:23:26 PM
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cant wait! need to practice on some gears 2 so im no too rusty :p

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Comment #61 by jtanasychuk19
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 11:34:12 PM
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they better not have fuckin level resets like gears 2. I made it to lvl 50 3 times.

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Comment #62 by NukaColaMayhem
Thursday, March 17, 2011 @ 02:03:03 PM
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Oh, God, this game is going to be GREAT! I already have a month of Beta -Bulletstorm Beta, and Pre-Ordering Gears 3.

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Comment #63 by Deadpool203
Thursday, March 17, 2011 @ 06:00:02 PM
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@10 haha your funny

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Comment #64 by SashyNl
Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 10:09:08 AM
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beta's are always better when i dont have to but crappy games like bulletstorm to get them

viva la gamemania for giving a free access code to me

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Comment #65 by SACHEL GB4H
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 04:48:34 AM
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I also hope they have a special gow 3 console, i bought the modern warfare 2 xbox but really want to upgrade to a slim. Im sure ill catch heat for this but i loved gears 1, I played it every night and reached the top 75 all time in annex, but when gears 2 came out i was disappointed, probably because it was so different from gears 1 and seemed too nub friendly. I constantly find myself running into people who were completely horrible in gears 1 and are now amazing in 2. All of my friends are saying the same thing about playing as much gow 2 as possible to be ready for 3 but i myself have been going back and forth from 1 to 2 hopping that a lot of gears 1 is brought to # 3. Does anyone else hope its more gears 1 or gears 2, or even a complete change like it was from 1 to 2.

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Comment #66 by joeypotts1995
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 04:05:43 PM
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i really want to play this but i don't know how to get into the beta

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Comment #67 by JAJAY797
Sunday, March 20, 2011 @ 05:27:05 AM
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Is it wrong to get boner from a game?

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