The thing that many veterans hate and cringe at is the possibility that the sequel a competitive online multiplayer game caters less to the hardcore gamer and more to the casual/novice players . One game in particular that I fear for is Gears of War 3, which has the new sawed-off shotgun in it’s repertoire of guns.
The Gears of War series is known for it’s complex cover system and amazing shotgun battles. Only those with a mastery over wall bouncing, timing, and aiming will be able to survive a shotgun battle; especially one with numerous enemies. The great thing about the first two Gears games is that there is only one type of shotgun. You are always on equal terms with your opponent, disregarding the occasional active reload.
What is now ruining the status quo was the addition of the sawed-off shotgun. This weapon has a good 90 degree range and can instantly kill a person who is at least 4 steps ahead of them. Although Epic Games will most likely give you a smaller range of attack, this is what it felt like while playing the game. It is one thing to deliver an over powered gun, but it is another thing to give that gun the wide range that it has. Why?
At one point during the Gears of War 3 beta that I participated in, I was the last person. I wanted to test out how “skillful” the sawed-off shotgun can be if used well. So I hid behind a wall while 3 enemies walked towards me, each standing right next to each other. When they were within about 5 steps of me, I peaked out from behind the corner and killed every single one of them with one press of the button. One shot. So I know for a fact that the gun can kill three people standing side by side. A gun so overpowered is fairly annoying.
Now, the reason I am particularly aggravated is because you literally have no choice but to run away from it. If you try to wall bounce and try to fight them with a gnasher (the name for the shotgun of Gears of War 2), they simply need to clip you with their shot to down you. It feels that bad. When you are dealing with a gun that strong and with a range that wide, you literally have to throw the wall bouncing experience out of the window.
What I particularly am not looking forward to is a fun clan that uses nothing but sawed-off shotguns. It is one thing when a bad player uses the gun. But it is another thing when clans, who will be doing nothing but getting active reloads and wielding the sawed-off shotgun, will do nothing but abuse that gun in a shotgun battle. This takes out one of the most enjoyable experiences to be had in Gears of War.
Now, on a brighter note, the dedicated servers are amazing. Although they were frequently down during the Gears of War 3 beta, they were great while they were up. There is no complaining of the opponent being host and no feeling that you got robbed of a kill due to a laggy connection. You can competitively hammerburst in a match without having to rely on active reloads or a host connection.
Have any of you participated in the Gears of War 3 beta? I would like to know if I am the only one who is sorely disappointed at how overpowered and wide-ranged the sawed-off shotgun is.