Gears Of War 3 Review - A Fitting End For The Series

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Gears Of War 3 Review - A Fitting End For The Series

The "Gears of War" series is one of the console defining games of the Xbox 360. Combining great
visuals with satisfying cover based 3rd person shooting, it provides a thrilling action packed
experience, whether you play alone or with friends.

The third game in the series promises to provide us with a satisfying conclusion to the games story
line, as well as giving the multiplayer modes a new coat of paint and ensure that you'll have fun
killing Lambet and Locust for months to come.

I have personally never really been all that into Gears of War. I played through the first game and
found it to be enjoyable enough, but it did not set my world on fire and make me yearn for the
sequel. So when Gears of War 2 came around I actually ended up giving it a pass. It was therefore
with some shoulder shrugging that I greeted the announcement of Gears of War 3. I had no doubt
that it was going to be a competent shooter, but I did not think it would really be for me.

But as more footage of the game was shown, I was really blown away by how gorgeous the game
looked, and how fun the gameplay appeared to be. I realized that in the years since the first Gears
of War, I had not really played any 3rd person shooter that presented such a smooth and polished
experience as the original Gears did.

This lead me to ultimately decide to pick up Gears of War 3 and give it an honest try. And I'm glad
I did.

First off, you should know that this is a really really good looking game. It's not Battlefield 3, but it's
one of the best looking games I've seen on the Xbox for sure. And it's not just in terms of the
quality of the graphics that Gears 3 impresses. Throughout the campaign you will be travelling
through many different landscapes, from destroyed cities to green forests, and the change of
scenario does a great job of showing off the bells and whistles of the graphics engine.

And it is a great campaign. Aside from looking great and taking you to lots of different places
around the war ravaged world of Sera, the game delivers a well crafted story that adds a lot of
depth to the caricature-like COG protagonists. You'll see a whole new side of the former
"Thrashball" player Cole, as he visits the decrepit ruins of his home town.

It's really nice to see Epic actually put in an effort to give depth and personality to the characters,
in what could have otherwise been just a straight up action shooter with stereotypical characters.
Especially when it works out so well as it does in Gears of War 3.
The story takes place 18 months after the end of Gears of War 2. The humans of the planet Sera
are in a bad spot, having given up their last big city in an attempt to defeat the Locust once and for
all. The surviving humans moved to the island of Vectes to rebuild, but soon the Lambent, big
yellow glowing versions of Locusts, started becoming an increasing threat, causing the survivors
to scatter across Sera.

As the game begins, Marcus Fenix and several of his COG buddies, including his brother Dom,
are on board an old carrier ship, which acts as a floating haven for a group of survivors.
Naturally, things quickly go pear shaped as the ship comes under attack and Marcus and his crew
finds themselves up the proverbial creek without a paddle.

Without spoiling any of the story, I can say that it quickly becomes a story that is both very
personal, but also has the required "gotta save the world" importance to it that is the par for the
course of Gears games. The campaign does a good job of actually providing a good ending, which
also feels like a natural end point for the trilogy.

I'm extremely happy that Epic did not give in to the temptation of making a really open and
unsatisfying ending to pave the way in case they wanted to make another Gears game. As it
stands, I could see more Gears of War games being made, but they could also just let the series
lie here and it would feel perfectly fine.

I was able to complete the campaign in around 7-8 hours, and I think the difficulty on Normal was
pretty much spot on for me, as someone who plays 3rd person shooters infrequently and have not
played Gears of War 2. I felt that I was in control of the situation most of the time, but with enough
moments of "oh crap" and ensuing deaths that the game kept feeling intense and exciting to play.
If you're a hardcore Gears player, then there are harder difficulties to choose from, making the
enemies capable of brutally murdering you quicker than you can say "Normal mode is for
wussies".

Of course the real meat of Gears games is the cover and gunplay mechanics. And they are as
great as ever in Gears of War 3. Running up to cover and ducking behind it feels fast and smooth,
and popping out from behind a concrete barrier to headshot an approaching enemy Locust makes
you feel like a boss.

The guns have a good chunky feel to them, and you get a sense of real destructive power,
whenever you unleash a clip into the chest of an unfortunate victim. And of course the chainsaw
bayonet attachment on the Lancer assault rifle makes for much blood fountain related carving
entertainment. Sure, it's not as great as a chainsword from Warhammer 40k: Space Marine, but
carving Locusts is *almost* as much fun as carving Orks (and they both taste like chicken).

I have only spent very little time on the multiplayer. Gears is mostly a singleplayer game for me, as
I have long given up on trying to perform to any decent level in competitive Gears multiplayer. But
if you're a Gears deathmatch junkie, then there is plenty for you in Gears of War 3, and the
gameplay is as visceral and intense as ever.

I prefer the games Horde mode then, which pits you against waves of Locust and Lambent.
Fighting wave after wave of enemies, you earn money for every defeated baddie, which is used for
buying everything from guns and ammo, to small mechs and resurrecting other players. It's a
frantic experience and if you want to complete all levels then you're in for quite the challenge.

Oh, and lets not forget that you can play the whole campaign with up to 3 other friends as well. So
if you're into multiplayer, then you should be able to find a mode that you enjoy in Gears of War 3.

Overall I'm really positively surprised by Gears of War 3. I came into the game expecting a
competent shooter with a throwaway story and two-dimensional characters, wrapped in some
agreeable eye candy. But what I got was a interesting story, filled with characters that were not
just tough wise cracking soldiers, wrapped in extremely delicious eye candy and perfectly
seasoned with shooting that feels just right.

If you are looking at Gears of War 3 and wondering if you are really in the mood for another 3rd
person shooter, then please take my advice and give it a try. The world of Sera needs you.




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Description: The gameplay in Gears Of War is what you would expect in a Gears game. It revolves around taking cover, and blasting your enemy before they do the same to you. You annihilate your enemy, with weapons such as the sawed-off shotgun, the retro lancer, and the vulcan cannon.