In Gears of War, Horde is one of the most popular game modes and in GoW 3, it’s getting a beefy upgrade. Introducing Horde 2.0: A new re-envisioned version of everybody’s favorite survival game. Wave after wave of familiar ugly Locust and Lambent cave-dwellers are going to unleash a fire storm of bullets on you. However, new and exciting Imulsion throwing Gankers, shape-shifting Drudges, and frankly outrageous Lambent Zerkers are going to join the party and tear you limb from limb… that is unless you save up your money and buy you some defenses.
Horde 2.0 is sort of like Zombies in Call of Duty. Players earn cash for kills and more cash for executions, so you should try to score as many fancy executions as you can in the early rounds. You’ll need that saved up money to set up your Command Post and start buying items such as ammo, grenades, weapons, turrets (both automatic and user-controlled), decoys, spike strips, etc. Keep saving, because some items can be upgraded and some will need to be repaired between waves. Most don’t really cost all that much ($500 here, $700 there), but what you really want to save up for is the $12,500 silverback suit: A full frontal (your rear is completely exposed) armored suit with a turret attached. Players can walk in the suit, well… sort of. The added weight causes you to more or less slowly chug along and if you find a good spot, you can press the “A” button and crouch. You can’t walk while crouched, but you can turn left and right as to provide cover for your a teammate; I mean literally, because your friend can actually crouch behind you as if you were just another piece of scenery. Needless to say, there’s some extra fire power and defense that comes with the suit, but like most items you buy, it can be damaged. Neglect to repair it in a timely manner will eventually cause it to explode, so keep that in mind and remember there’s no shame in bailing if you have to.
If you played the online beta as I did, you already know that you can trade weapons with teammates. That same concept is transplanted into Horde 2.0, allowing you to swap ammo, weapons, and even money. It can be pretty easy for your hard earned savings to burn a hole in your pocket, so if you tend to be financially inept, you might find yourself either broke or begging your team for spare change like a bum on the corner of Mass. Ave. and Boylston St. Weapons and ammo can be purchased in-game, but everything else (such as repairs and other specialty items) will have to be obtained in the twenty seconds between each wave. Every so often, in-game challenges appear and completing them will score you and your team some extra spending money at the end of the wave. Before I go, it’s worth noting that if you die, you can buy yourself back to life only once in each wave for $500. You might want to hold on to at least that much as the game progresses.