Gears 2 Title Update 3, New Maps Inbound

#1 Posted by Ma7moud (805 posts) -

The following fixes and improvements are included in Title Update 3.

Improvements

Title Update 3 makes these new improvements:

  • Adds 100 levels of player experience that you can gain based on your score in Public matches. The game still uses Trueskill for matchmaking to find the most competitive matches, but the skill rank is now hidden. The new level of experience appears next to your gamertag, with levels 1 through 99 displayed as numbers and level 100 displayed as an icon. The game normalizes experience based on match type so that players earn an equivalent amount of experience across all modes.
  • Adds an experience penalty for players quitting before a match is complete.
  • Adds bots automatically to a Public Match if players quit and cause unbalanced teams. This ability has always existed in Private Matches if the bot count is set higher than zero.
  • Optimizes playlists to only have two modes per playlist. Ties are decided by random selection.
  • Adds map cycling to Private Matches. The first match map is chosen by vote or by host, and when that match is completed, the game transitions automatically to the next match, with the next map selected in alphabetical order.
  • Adds the ability for teams to talk to each other between rounds in a Private Match.
  • Adds the ability to save Public and Private Horde high scores after each complete wave, in case the host loses connection.
  • Makes minor changes to general bandwidth usage.
  • Adds region preference to matchmaking.
  • Improves standby detection.
  • Adds nine new achievements worth 250 points. Progress toward them starts after Title Update 3 is applied. Six of the new achievements require the Snowblind Map Pack, a set of four new maps to be released soon. The nine new achievements:
    • "Rookie Gear" (10 points): Earn enough multiplayer experience to reach level 5 (Public only).
    • "Seasoned Gear" (20 points): Earn enough multiplayer experience to reach level 15 (Public only).
    • "Battle-Tested Gear" (30 points): Earn enough multiplayer experience to reach level 25 (Public only).
    • "Battle-Hardened Gear" (50 points): Reach level 50 and play a match on each of the four Snowblind Map Pack maps (Public only).
    • "Veteran Gear" (75 points): Reach level 100 and win a match on each of the four Snowblind Map Pack maps (Public only).
    • "Never Eat Red Snow" (20 points): Complete waves 1 through 10 on all Snowblind Map Pack maps in Horde (any difficulty).
    • "Icy Dead People" (25 points): Complete waves 1 through 50 on any Snowblind Map Pack map in Horde (any difficulty).
    • "Frigid Body Dynamics" (5 points): Play a multiplayer match on each of the four Snowblind Map Pack maps (any mode).
    • "The Weather Outside Is Lethal" (15 points): Win a multiplayer match on each of the four Snowblind Map Pack maps (any mode).

Exploit Fixes

Title Update 3 fixes these possible exploits, where under certain circumstances:

  • A player could swap from a pistol to a two-handed weapon during a cover slide and then mantle greater distances.
  • Players could kill themselves in Wingman to avoid giving their opponents more points. Now, suicides and team killing will reduce team score.
  • A player holding a meatshield could melee through some walls.
  • A player could equip a two-handed weapon with a shield using either the Boltok or the Gorgon pistol.
  • A player could equip a two-handed weapon with a meatshield using either the Boltok or the Gorgon pistol.
  • A player could prevent planted shields from being picked up by other players.
  • Players could launch themselves into the air with a smoke grenade while mantling.

General Fixes

Title Update 3 fixes these other issues as well:

  • An issue that caused chainsaw interruption when a player is shot to be less reliable in some body positions than in others.
  • An issue where a third player could join a Public Wingman party lobby and remove another player from the game.
  • An issue in Submission games where occasionally the meatflag would immediately run back to the spawn point after being dropped.
  • An issue where players that were knocked down but not out (DBNO) while planting the Boomshield would appear to be standing.
  • An elevation-based issue where the detection for a headshot might not align properly with certain character model heads.
  • An issue that could cause Wingman teammates to have different character models.
  • Additional miscellaneous bug fixes.

Balancing

Title Update 3 makes these balancing changes:

  • Reduces stun duration of smoke grenades. Currently, characters always start to get up after 2 seconds.
  • Gives melee the same delay after roadie running that shooting received in Title Update 2.
  • Removes spawn protection from the Horde in Horde mode.
  • Increased the forward angle that triggers chainsaw duels so that players with Lancers equipped won't be sawn from the side without a duel.
  • Reduces the delay before a player can climb up after entering low cover.
  • Makes minor changes to weapon spawns on the Subway map to provide greater balance.
#2 Posted by carlthenimrod (1594 posts) -

Looks good. Only complaint is that it took so long for some of this stuff.

#3 Posted by crunchUK (5963 posts) -

any ideas when?

#4 Posted by Karmum (11519 posts) -
crunchUK said:
"any ideas when?"
I think the update is scheduled to come out March 23rd.
#5 Posted by crunchUK (5963 posts) -
Karmum said:
"crunchUK said:
"any ideas when?"
I think the update is scheduled to come out March 23rd."
I see.


Also why the hell are they releasing map packs so damn early?! the combustible one was out only a month after the game. wtf i usually hate the term "milkage" but in this case it's kinda obvious.



#6 Posted by Fosssil (627 posts) -
crunchUK said:
"Karmum said:
"crunchUK said:
"any ideas when?"
I think the update is scheduled to come out March 23rd."
I see.Also why the hell are they releasing map packs so damn early?! the combustible one was out only a month after the game. wtf i usually hate the term "milkage" but in this case it's kinda obvious."
To me it seems like they're trying a bit of damage control with these maps, rather than "milking" people. Microsoft doesn't want this ultra-hyped game to become a complete joke online (moreso than it already is) and an afterthought for XBL players, so they're letting Epic crank out the DLC. Conversely, with a game like Halo 3, Bungie has been forced to sit on a bunch of already-finished maps just because Microsoft wants to "milk" players of their money (hell, Assembly has been talked about since before the Heroic map pack launched, and has been finished and completely playable since last August, and it's still not widely available to players to download from Marketplace).

I think if Gears 2's online hadn't been such a trainwreck since November, that we'd be seeing more staggered DLC launches.
#7 Posted by Kratos81 (411 posts) -

People still play this online? At this point its been so long it would take the game being perfect online to bring me back. 

#8 Posted by crunchUK (5963 posts) -
Fosssil said:
"crunchUK said:
"Karmum said:
"crunchUK said:
"any ideas when?"
I think the update is scheduled to come out March 23rd."
I see.Also why the hell are they releasing map packs so damn early?! the combustible one was out only a month after the game. wtf i usually hate the term "milkage" but in this case it's kinda obvious."
To me it seems like they're trying a bit of damage control with these maps, rather than "milking" people. Microsoft doesn't want this ultra-hyped game to become a complete joke online (moreso than it already is) and an afterthought for XBL players, so they're letting Epic crank out the DLC. Conversely, with a game like Halo 3, Bungie has been forced to sit on a bunch of already-finished maps just because Microsoft wants to "milk" players of their money (hell, Assembly has been talked about since before the Heroic map pack launched, and has been finished and completely playable since last August, and it's still not widely available to players to download from Marketplace).I think if Gears 2's online hadn't been such a trainwreck since November, that we'd be seeing more staggered DLC launches."
Yeah thats what i thought as well. With the combustible maps beforehand everyone was raginng about glitches, wait times etc etc. Releasing them kinda reeked of desperation
#9 Posted by Ma7moud (805 posts) -
Karmum said:
"crunchUK said:
"any ideas when?"
I think the update is scheduled to come out March 23rd."
  The Title update comes out on March the 24th while the Map pack comes out on the 31st.
#10 Posted by Cheapoz (1064 posts) -

I played Gears 2 again last night for the first time in about a month. Hell damn that game is so broken I had forgotten. Shortly after its release I would've added around 20 regular friends I was playing with. Only 2 of them are still playing.


Loved the hell out of the single plater in that game, but MP is broken beyond all hope... unless TU3 does the unthinkable and makes it bearable. 

I WILL NOT be forking out money for those new maps, it's insulting for them to think they've earned any more money for the shoddy product that's out there. Not unless TU3 miraculously fixes everything. This should've been a goodwill free gift from MS and Epic to apologise for the most shoddy "AAA title" either has ever released.
#11 Posted by DarkGamerOO7 (574 posts) -
Cheapoz said:
"I played Gears 2 again last night for the first time in about a month. Hell damn that game is so broken I had forgotten. Shortly after its release I would've added around 20 regular friends I was playing with. Only 2 of them are still playing.

Loved the hell out of the single plater in that game, but MP is broken beyond all hope... unless TU3 does the unthinkable and makes it bearable. 

I WILL NOT be forking out money for those new maps, it's insulting for them to think they've earned any more money for the shoddy product that's out there. Not unless TU3 miraculously fixes everything. This should've been a goodwill free gift from MS and Epic to apologise for the most shoddy "AAA title" either has ever released.
"
Both map packs should be free. Halo 3 didn't have its first map pack until about 3 months after it launched, Gears of War has had 2 in 4 months sense it launched. :| Also the "Hey lets charge $10 for more maps to people to have multiplayer problems should get people back" really didn't make any sense.

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