December 28th 2011 10:19 am PT

Demo: Gears of War 3: Shipwreck Demo

Gears of War 3Content: Shipwreck Demo
Price: Free
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: Experience Metacritic’s top-rated shooter of 2011! The demo features the mission ‘Shipwreck,’ a thrilling introduction to the spectacular 10-hour campaign.

 

   

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Demo, Gears of War By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://twitter.com/CraziedZombies Josh

    I have the game but i thought demos were free or are you going to start charging for demos with gears of war 3?  or are they free for gold members? 

    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      Demos are free. I fixed that error.

    • http://twitter.com/Krayus_Korianis Krayus Korianis

      They’re exclusive to gold for the first week. After that, anyone can get them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshweiland Josh Weiland

    Typo in post. “Price” should be free.

  • http://twitter.com/CraziedZombies Josh

    yea, nevermind lol  saw that it was a mistake after it was on xboxlive marketplace and after seeing your tweet Major.

  • http://twitter.com/AidanHanlon Aidan Hanlon

    not available in Canada? USELESS
    seriously, there shouldn’t even be a border between US and Canada. 

    • Danny Cisneros

      make a us account. It’s not hard.

    • Anonymous

      If you are Canadian you may not want a border. I love that border.

    • Anonymous

      While I don’t understand why the Gears demo is US only, for most things, licensing is completely different in Canada than the US. It’s unfortunate but it’s just something you’d be best to accept if you’re in Canada as it’s not worth getting upset about.

  • http://twitter.com/Hikarinadeshiko metanoia

    truly a shipwreck decision to charge for demos. and such a ridiculous amount too.

    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      Demos are free.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7UBRQ7BZBSWOXXMCKQ4QDOVA5Y Alice

        I’m in Australia and i can’t find the Gears 3 demo anywhere?! Is it US only??
        Just wondering if you pass on negative and positive feedback to the people at Xbox live?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sebastian-Jackson/100002260317500 Sebastian Jackson

      woow, relax, it’s a simple error.  get over it.  

  • http://twitter.com/Hikarinadeshiko metanoia

    I oversaw your stealth edit D:

  • Omar Cervantes

    what part of the campaing its this?

    • The Dukenator

      The beginning of Gears 3.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002154596801 Bahroz Ahmed

    no need demo’s for me to like GEARS OF WAR3, i already love the Game :)

  • Tiago Massano

    When will it be avaliable???

  • http://twitter.com/Thorpe Luke

    The link doesn’t work on en-GB.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeverage Quality Jeverage

    So “10-Hour Campaign” is now long enough that it’s used in official advertising text. That is extremely depressing.

    (Don’t get me wrong, I quite enjoyed Gears 3. But there was a time only a few years ago that 10 hours was still not acceptable.)

    • http://twitter.com/ENich1 E.Nich

      I don’t really like long games, so I’m fine with 6-10 hours.

    • Anonymous

      Honestly, while I can’t speak to Gears specifically (have only played the original & I barely touched the campaign), I’m fine with shooters having campaigns that average around 10 hours or quite frankly in most situations, less.

      The last thing in the world I need a 40 hour Call of Duty campaign.

      • http://thetjhzone.blogspot.com Tylerh1701

        100% agree.  I get burnt out on shooters real quick.  I could barely BARELY make it through GOW2. 

    • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

      Skyrim should advertise it’s 200 hour campaign.  Seriously, everyone just buy Skyrim, you won’t need any other game for 6 months.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sang-Hee/740335916 Sang Hee

    This game doesn’t need a demo. It sold so insanely well and that’s pretty much the proof of my claim.

    • Anonymous

      Considering  how it was marketed five times more than any other game by MS, including Dashboard ads, many people think it undersold and was underwhelming.

      • http://twitter.com/WickedWaffles93 jellybelly

        I thought this was the worst out of the series, i just couldn’t hold myself to complete it.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3I5GMI3NCOLYUHBKMD7NCBCZP4 Matt

          Ditto. The series is finished IMO and epic would do well to drop it and move on

      • Anonymous

        Yeah right.. You just keep telling yourself how people ‘re buying videogames largely based on marketing campaigns. 

        Besides, every single AAA title was featured in multiple dashboard ads, Gears 3 had no more of them than any other big release.

        • Anonymous

          Tell companies that marketing campaigns do not work, then. It is pretty obvious they are very important into how much a game sells. The Dashboard was a Gears 3 ad for much of the Fall. Cheers.

          • Anonymous

            Not saying they aren’t, obv you have to tell customers about your offerings. It’s the over-exaggerated emphasis on them that I find silly.

    • http://twitter.com/BurntDave Dave

      you don’t see demo’s of top sellers (pathetic, but true)..obviously they didn’t do as well as they hoped.
      i’m passing anyway, would’ve loved a gears 1 demo way back when, but y’all were too big for one then.. i aint helpin ya now and have passed on the series.

  • Matthew Johnson

    Major, so to download the demo, you may want to add it is restricted to Gold members.
    I realized most demo’s require Gold and I am missing out as a Silver, but would be nice to see you list that too.
    All the same, thanks for the great info!

    • Anonymous

      Likely the reason that’s not listed is because it’s the same thing with every demo. It’s nothing specific to this one. All demos are gold exclusive for the first week.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7UBRQ7BZBSWOXXMCKQ4QDOVA5Y Alice

        Never knew that… Bit shocked really…. Oh well never really like gears 1, But I’ll have to give it a go… I really wanna see what all the fussy is about, Hopefully it’s great!

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to check it out just to see if there were graphical improvements, seems like Epic has been passed up a couple times in the past four years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Noah-Throop/1030695690 Noah Throop

    Why not in canada it should.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Noah-Throop/1030695690 Noah Throop

    Why not in canada it should.

  • Anonymous

    Seems to me that M$ trys to say they make mistakes to earn back all the millions they spent on skype and others.

  • Anonymous

    I just started playing through the triple pack as a refresher until I get Gears 3 and the graphical jump is crazy going from 1 directly to 3. Yes it’s expected but gosh… Good thing Cliff was listened to on that memory boost or things might have been different this pass year.

  • fsdfg dsfds

    XBLA HAS BEEN PATHETIC FOR AGES RELEASE SOMETHING GOOD LIKE TRIALS EVOLUTION , WE DONT ALL PLAY NOOBS OF DUTY ALL DAY LIKE PEA BRAIN DOWNYS, WHERES TOY SOLDIERS CW DLC??? ON HOLD FOR NOOBS OF DUTY THEY DEVS SAID THIS IS BS

    • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

      1 – Turn the caps lock off, it makes you look like an idiot.

      2 – Trials Evolution is not developed by Microsoft, so it’s release date lies with the developer, not MS.

      3 – There have been some outstanding  XBLA games lately – try Trine 2 and Radiant Silvergun for example.

      • fsdfg dsfds

        1 TURN OFF YOUR STUPID JP ANIME BS PICTURES AND NAMES BECAUSE YOUR REALLLY A FAT YANK WITH A STUPID YANK NAME LIKE CHAD

        2 M$ GOVERNS ALL RELEASE DATES ON XBLA, WORMS II WAS HELD BACK FOR LIKE 2 MONTHS WHEN IT WAS COMPLETED,DEVS ARE EVEN SAYING WE WOULD LIKE TO RELEASE BUT M$ WANT TO PROMOTE KOONS OF DUTY FOR ALL THE LIL TARDS WHO BUY IT WITH OUT BLINKING

        3 THOSE GAMES SUCK MAJOR KOCKS

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

    Why doesn’t the ‘purchase the full game’ link actually do something more intelligent – such as link to a digital download of the full game from Games on Demand. This paralysing fear Microsoft have of offending old fashioned stores by offering downloads day and date (and priced intelligently) is absurd. Cut the cord, so to speak, it’s time to stop forcing people to buy plastic circles, and all the wasteful manufacturing, distribution, and middle man profits they entail.

    In short, grow a backbone, and move with the times. Apple seem to be doing fine with this model.

    • doctorcowley

      Apple sell $0.99 tat to morons. Bit different than full $60 products that Console games are

    • Anonymous

      Considering that the digital content from the first Xbox Live is no longer useable, I’d rather there be a firm commitment from MS as to what will happen to our content when the next gen hits first. There’s no reason to rush into $60 purchases with zero consumer rights at work.

      “stop forcing people to buy plastic circles, and all the wasteful
      manufacturing, distribution, and middle man profits they entail.”

      Yeah, those darn plastic circles that friends can borrow, can be resold, can be taken elsewhere, can be rented, and last for a long time without any online DRM schemes. Yeah, stupid plastic circles.

  • Anonymous

    sdf

 

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