Bad experiences. The fact it forces the team to be reliant on an individual surviving can be infuriating as said individual usually wants to be a hero and get the ribbon for killing the other Leader. Yes you don’t need the Leader to survive if your assault is successful enough, but you know what I mean.
Yes, I am talking even with squads back on Gears of War 2. Although at least that gave me the opportunity to kindly lecture any compadres who wanted to play Rambo.
I didn’t mind Assassination though, especially on Rooftops. Good times with the Hammer.
I tend to always play with a squad on Guardian. Because like you said, playing with randoms is almost a guaranteed loss because they’ll be running around as leader getting killed.
I feel the “hero” mentality was an issue in Gears of War 3 because of the Ivory skin. You had to get 5 kills as a leader in a single round of Guardian to unlock the skin. So it was actively incentivizing the leader to play recklessly.
It was actually 10 kills as leader in a single round, since the skin was tied to the I’ve Got This! achievement. Getting that achievement sticks in my mind because I joined a Guardian match on Jacinto just after the Forces of Nature pack came out and thought it was odd to get a party invite from someone on the opposing team. Curious, I joined the party and found I had stumbled into a group boosting the achievement. Wasn’t passing on that opportunity.
Guardian is honestly just so goofy — there’s a reason why most games don’t have a ‘Protect the VIP’ mode, and in the few that do (Like GoW) it’s never the most popular mode.
The only redeeming factor when it comes to guardian for me is that it’s so stupid, it plays so poorly and it’s almost so irredeemably bad that it’s impossible for me to take it seriously, and by virtue of that I can have fun in it.
Not to mention the tier of player you play against in Guardian is vastly lower than Control (just like TDM, but TDM is way more punishing) — you have the goofiest gamemode, a vastly lower tier of player playing it and it’s the most forgiving team gamemode by far.
Shadowz is #1 in Guardian because that’s what he plays on stream, and he plays it on stream due to the all factors mentioned before, it’s the most chilled-out gamemode you can play. You can pay 40% attention to your chat, spam A around the map without looking and go 15-1 every game.
I don’t disagree, but I had many a Lead By Example ribbon. With the ability to see the enemies at all time, it wasn’t too difficult. It’s a shame there were plenty of others in my team who either forgot they were Leader or simply refused to play tactically and use this ability to their advantage.
I’m definitely getting in the mood to play Gears of War 3 the more I talk about it on these forums.