The game is like a fusion of the previous games. It has fast gameplay and style of the first game, but the mechanics and smoothness of the second. They seriously outdid themselves with this game... it is a solid 10; the perfect Gears of War.
All the weapons are like a combination of both games as well. Gnasher works like in the first game with faster rounds and registering gibs but it still looks and feels like the dreaded Gnasher in the second. Same thing with the LongShot too.
And the connection is always great. Maybe 1 game out of 10 might be a bit laggy but I assure that the full game will be lag free. The graphics are amazing, the gameplay is amazing, the new weapons and mechanics are amazing. The only problem I saw is that some maps needed arrangements in terms of camping and spawn trapping and the Retro Lancer needed to be nerfed by a tad bit (which I believe they announced? not sure).
Beta was a 95% for me.