It’s not often that current generation beta games fall into the hands of the ‘public’. So I was quite excited when I got the chance to play with a beta of Gears of War for the Xbox 360. The game’s size (as in, harddrive space), is quite small, so I’m unsure just how far the differences ago (as it may be audio languages or similar, I have no idea). But even in this late beta, some differences show themselves.
The most noticeable difference, at least, if my memory is correct, is in the menus. The final retail version of Gears of War had a setting to switch between different color settings, which could make the picture more vibrant if wanted. This version of the game allows the change of shadows, mid-tones, and others, to fine tune the picture to your exact preference.
Of course, that brings some issues in-game. As you can see in the pictures on Past to Present, the lighting truely spazzes, for the lack of a better word, and goes totally strange. The gameplay itself feels a bit less fluid then I remember, and seems to lack the complete polish that Epic put on the final.
For the full coverage, including HD720p video and screenshots, be sure to check out Past to Present, available by clicking the link, or at ptoponline.com. Until next time, keep seeing the unseen!
Also, in the gallery below you can see various screens from the early Gears of War tech demo! There are some unused levels and weapons too.