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Basics of Beast Mode
For the first time in the series, Gears of War 3 features Beast Mode, allowing up to four players to take on the role of the Locust in an effort to defeat the humans, in an unusual reverse of fortunes. The first step to succeeding in this mode is to know the basics of it. At the start, your party -- the more people, the better -- must pick one of five starting creatures: Tickers, Wild Tickers, Wretches, Butchers or Savage Drone Locusts. By defeating humans or destroying their barricades, you earn money and experience. Spawning as a creature costs a varying amount of money, while the experience is used to unlock stronger Locust, such as the Boomers or the Savage Corpsers.
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At the start of the mode, you get 60 seconds to find and defeat all of the human enemies on the map. Once that time runs out, regardless of what's going on or how many humans remain, the game ends and you lose. No matter how skilled you are or how many friends you have in your party, there is no way you will be able to defeat all of the humans within such a short time limit. This means time extensions and time management are your best friends.
To get more time, you need to destroy barricades and defeat humans. Only a few types of Locusts specialize in breaking barricades, so one person in the party should be the designated person to destroy them. In the early stages, have that person be a Wild Ticker or Ticker and destroy barricades while everyone else makes a beeline for the humans. With a short amount of time, you don't have the luxury of taking cover, you only have time to put up a strong offensive front. Keep in mind though, that the time continues to deplete as you respawn.
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At the very start of the match, a short cutscene plays. Many people tend to ignore this cutscene, but it's actually very important to your success, since it shows the general area where the humans are hiding in the map. Once you get control of your Locust, the party should split up. As previously mentioned, you have unlimited lives, so it isn't imperative that you stay alive or help each other out in dangerous situations. Your primary objective is to constantly attack the humans.
Most humans will eventually die as from basic attacks, but some require additional punishment. Starting in the second round, you will come across Heroes, heavily armed main characters from the campaign such as Anya and Marcus, and the only way to defeat them is to perform an execution when they're too damaged to stand up anymore.
Splitting up your party in Beast Mode will allow you to cover more ground. All too often, the difference between losing and winning comes down to a single human hiding in a corner of the map. Humans have a habit of not keeping quiet, so you can sometimes hear their guns reloading or hear their voices when you approach their location. Use this to your advantage.
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Know Each Locust's Strengths
No one Locust is necessarily better than the other, but each do have their own strengths for each map. The aforementioned Tickers and Wild Tickers can eat away at barricades that otherwise hurt you. If you can earn enough money and experience, you can unlock additional tiers, each of which contain stronger Locust.
The Savage Drone Locust comes equipped with a Retro Lancer, allowing it to shoot enemies at a distance without having to worry about barricades. The Berserker is another Locust to switch to as it can charge through barricades while still being a bit more useful than a Ticker.
When the second tier is unlocked, the Kantus is an excellent support choice for Beast Mode. This is due to its ability to revive and heal teammates, saving otherwise wasted time and money spent respawning. The final tier unlocks the Armored Kantus, a nearly invincible creature with roll attacks and dual pistols that can also heal and revive fallen teammates. Armored enemies, such as the Corpser and Serrapede, are difficult for the humans to kill due to their armor plating. However, their vision is obscured, making it difficult to see in front of you.
Keep in mind that you need to unlock these tiers every time you play Beast Mode, so it is imperative that you work together as a team to defeat enemies and earn the most amount of money per round. As long as every player is constantly doing something to benefit the team -- such as destroying barricades, attacking humans or reviving fallen Locusts -- then you will have no problem succeeding in Gears of War 3's Beast Mode.
- Images from Gears of War 3
- Source: Author's own experience