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Gears of Wars - Active Reload

Just what is an Active Reload? Read on.

When you press the right bumper to reload your current weapon, you can press the right bumper again when the pointer is along the grey or white portion of the bar, top right corner of the screen. If you only press the right bumper once, your character will reload his gun normally. Pressing the right bumper while the pointer is on the grey portion of the bar will allow you to reload your weapon slightly faster than normal. On the black portion, the bar will turn red, causing the gun to jam. You want to land the pointer on the white portion of the bar.

This is referred to as a "perfect reload." Doing this will allow you to reload your weapon instantly; the gun will also receive a slight damage boost for a short period of time. This is where perfect reloads shine. Instead of two Longshot bullets downing a Drone, just one is needed. The Gnasher is instantly capable of blowing enemies apart.

Success is a matter of timing and practice. It may take awhile to get used to Active Reloads, but it will eventually become second nature.

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