Gears of War 3 has been out for a week now and everyone and their mother is now on a mission to get to level 50 in horde mode, one of the more popular Gears 3 multiplayer modes and claim the achievement (I understand there’s 2 if you make it through all 50 in one sitting). The new version of the horde mode is fast, furious and brutal and if you’re not prepared in the later stages of the game, you’re in the stew in a really bad way.
So what’s the best way to make it through the levels and how are you supposed to deal with those pesky bosses?
I’ll tell you, after the jump.
The universally accepted idea, at this point, is to save your money. Don’t even bother putting up defenses or decoys or spending money on anything else until you get past level 20. You’re going to need to have tons of cash going in to the later levels or you’re going to get buttsexed like a drag queen in a prison riot once you get to the last 20 levels or so.
Another thing that’s very important is ammo conservation. As I said, you’re going to need to keep as much money as possible so don’t go wasting your ammo on pot-shots. Keep your itchy finger off the trigger until you can see the red of their eyes and then let them have it. It is completely doable if you want it…I recently made it to level 44 without buying ammo a single time, after which our group had to split up (work blows) and I am certain I could have gone the whole 50 rounds without buying ammo if I’d had to. Choose your shots wisely.
Next, choose the right map. Overpass is awesome because the center area is easy to defend. It also drops the mortar and Hammer of Dawn and has long, straight lines of sight, which are important for that whole ammo thing. Smaller maps seem like they would be easier to manage because there’s less terrain to deal with but they often cause you to get overrun because you don’t have good lines of sight. Stay away from them until after you’ve grabbed the achievement.
Stay away from weapons like the Retro Lancer and the Hammerburst. Yeah, they hit a little harder but the Retro is very inaccurate and the Hammerburst has no instant execution so you’re going to be wasting ammo and time. Stick with the lancer and save some bullets.
Use your grenades as mines at chokepoints and put the hurt on the locust horde when they try to rush into your command post. Sure, you can throw them but what’s the point? Using them as mines is nearly guaranteed damage to the targets.
Leave the weapons on the ground unless they’re free or they’re a mortar, one-shot or Hammer of Dawn. Money, Money, Money…That’s the name of the game, here. Why waste cash when you don’t need to? Also, if you get the H.O.D., save it for the boss fight, turbo. No need to blow it.
When you get your bonus waves, and you complete the objective, save the reward. There’s no need to waste those guns right away so leave the crate for when you really need it…like during a boss battle.
And that brings me to the meat that goes along with these potatoes. The boss fights. There are some important things you should do for every boss fight and I’ll run through those really quickly and then tell you how each of the bosses dies the best.
The first thing you want to do is make sure you are prepared when the boss wave comes. Make sure your defenses and turrets and decoys are set and ready because those will buy you valuable time and tactical advantage.
Next, make sure you kill all of the little stuff first. ALL OF IT. Save the boss for dead last so you can all focus on the big bad guy without having to worry about the little bad guys shooting you in the face while you’re busy.
Finally, when you’re clear of all the appetizers, go after the steak. Everyone needs to focus and work together as a team to get it done with as little pain as possible. Some of these bosses can be pretty tough so come together as a team and you’ll get it done.
Here’s a list of the bosses I’ve seen, and how to best dispatch them
1) Gunker – Just shoot the Gunker until it dies. Simple. Also, avoid the gunk it throws…That stuff hurts. Also, if there’s any locusts on the map, leave them. They’ll fight the gunker.
2) Reavers – Also very simple. Find a safe spot and shoot them in the face until they die. Rinse and repeat.
3) Savage Corpsers – Try to get high ground and shoot it in the face and back. Stay away from its legs and you’re pretty safe.
4) Berserker – These are immune to your projectile weapons until you set them on fire. Hit them with a scorcher or incendiary grenade and they will start to burn. Once that happens, open up on them. When the fire goes out, repeat until they drop.
5) Brumak – Get behind him and shoot him in the tanks. Boom. Also, the Brumak is large enough that it’s not too hard to get him stuck on a lot of maps. If you don’t mind killing a helpless Brumak, I don’t mind either.
6) Lambent Berserker – The toughest one, in my opinion. Like the regular berserker, you can’t hurt it with your weapons but with this one, you have to wait until its rib cage opens, right before it charges or jumps. When that happens, shoot it in the glowy bits until it dies. This one can take a LONG time so make sure you stay out of the way. Also, torque bow. It still takes a LOT of torque bow shots to drop this thing but they help a lot.
And the last tip I can give you is simple. Pee before it starts and make sure everyone can stay for the duration. No parents, no kids, no spouses or fiances. Lock the doors, turn off the phone, get your drinks sorted out and have a snack ready. You can’t pause once it starts so get your shit together and hunker down for a nice long party. You’ll be glad you did.