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At the former, Gears 3 ultimately succeeds, especially in its rich suite of multiplayer content. Even the singleplayer campaign somehow manages to feel fresh despite rather conservative changes and a palpable sense of deja-vu coloring the majority of the campaign. As for the latter? Shakespeare this ain't, and Gears 3 struggles at times with its forced attempts at heart-string pluckery, but I can forgive it as much; gore-starved guns adorned with toothy chainsaws easily atone for any cheesiness suffered along the way.
Destroyed beauty, hope runs deep, brothers; to the end. Part poetry, mostly marketing slang, the Gears 3 story continues with what amounts to a blood-drenched tale of woe, suffering, loss and absolution, cathartica that stands out in harsh relief when framed by the '80s era Schwarzenegger-ness of most of the dialogue. Cue the attendant grimaces, bro-vado and non-stop X-TREME one-liners. Translation: Gears 3 delivers exactly what you'd expect on the story side, ironically good news for longtime fans. For the rest of you, roll your eyes, chuckle and carry on. It's not Gears of War and Peace, people!
Things on Sera have gone from really sucky to really-really-sucky in Gears 3. The Coalition of Ordered Government, aka COG, has all but disbanded and fallen even farther out of favor with Stranded and survivors alike, if that were even possible. The action follows Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad's last stand against the Locust and every garden variety of Lambent, creatures that have become infected by Sera's yellow glowing Imulsion fuel.
Drama aplenty ensues, along with lots of surprises for all your favorite giant macho dudes. Dom sports a scruffy playoff beard and overalls, Cole faces a serious mid-life crisis, bad guys spurt out from the ground like Locust geysers (gone are the Emergence Holes, replaced by the aforementioned geyser action and troop-spewing stalks), there are more Carmines and wouldn't you know it, Marcus' dad is alive. WTF, Epic?
Everything about Gears 3 exudes polish. On the surface, it easily outperforms its two predecessors. Crisp visuals, fractured lighting and billowy smoke effects bring the world to life, giving this final and ever-decaying vision of Sera a tangible sense of place. The sound design creates one of the more cohesive combinations of music and sound effects in any game, fashioning an immediately recognizable experience.
At its heart, Gears tells a story of survival. Everything you do over the course of the five-act story revolves around endurance. You'll go from escaping ambushes to scrounging for supplies to scavenging fuel to using ammo-less Retro Lancers in nasty-ass bayonet fights. Everything feels solemnly desperate and dire, a motif the designers use to great effect throughout the campaign.
Delta Squad has grown and changed, bringing the total number of playable characters to eight, adding the now-armored Anya Stroud, Samantha "Sam" Byrne and Jayson "Jace" Strattonplus to the ranks alongside Marcus, Dom, Cole, Baird and, of course, Carmine.
Gears 3 feels exactly the way you'd expect it to feel, but better, as everything's been overhauled and fine-tuned. The roadie run feels faster, snapping into cover works better and combat has been tightened-up. Plus you can kick fools while you vault over cover, which seriously rules. There's a ton of new implements of doom with which to shoot, impale, gouge and chew up your enemies with, including weapons like the
Same old same old. You kill enemies with the same guns for 5 uninspired chapters following the same format, and then you pay for XBL so you can play the same generic MP.
And then the added horde modes which got stale after about 3 tries (being from someone who got full enjoyment from COD's Zombies mode)
I really don't know what to say otherwise, it's just the same thing going on as the first two in gameplay, with different backgrounds. Obviously just the developer realizing they hit a sweet spot and can milk out cash for anything they put the title on.
If you want a good shooter I'd try out Shadowrun. All of these games put so much emphasis on making 5 games in 1 they they can't make anything good out of any of them, Shadowrun is only multiplayer, and it does it very well.
If you want the horde mode, just play Zombies, this isn't that great, it's probably the only part I enjoyed, but only while wishing I was playing something else the whole time.
If you want a good story with co-op, well I don't know, there aren't many good games in that department right now, but this sure isn't one of them.
With survivors scattered and civilization in ruins, time is running out for Delta Squad in this spectacular conclusion to one of the most celebrated sagas in video games. Gears of War 3 allows you to play in the biggest-ever Gears campaign solo, two player split-screen or with four players live. Horde and beast modes deliver the ultimate co-op experience. Overall the one of the best games to come out this year. It winds up the story with a little bit of a disappointment, but overall it delivers all the way for the die hard Gears fans. A definite must play in my book.
Full of action. hours of play. The graphic is wonderful. Gears of War 3 is the spectacular conclusion to one of the most memorable and celebrated sagas in video games. Developed by Epic Games exclusively for Xbox 360®, Gears of War 3 plunges you into a harrowing tale of hope, survival, and brotherhood. In Gears of War 3, fight on as Marcus Fenix, the grizzled war hero and leader of Delta Squad. Eighteen months after the fall of the last human city, the war against the Locust rages on. Meanwhile, deep beneath the surface, a fearsome new threat is infecting the planet from within. With survivors scattered and civilization in ruins, time is running out for Marcus and his comrades as they fight to save the human race. Unparalleled gameplay: Gears of War 3 builds upon the series' genre-defining gameplay and captivates players in an intimately intense action game. The latest chapter in the saga introduces new playable COG characters and fresh challenges with ferocious enemies.
I'll make this short and sweet...
Gameplay: 10 The Gears of War (GoW) franchise has become one of my favorite on the Xbox 360. Controls are intuitive and the game does offer onscreen button-press prompting. Awesome storyline that makes you want to join in combat.
Audio: 10 - Players can hear communications, vehicle and battle sounds as if they were really there.
Video: 10 - Third-person (behind & just a touch above the character). The graphics are photo-realistic.
Re-playability: 10 - Trying different tactics and difficulty levels make this title highly re-playable. Add-ons are available for purchase through Xbox Live.
Overall: 10 - Truly an awesome experience!!!
Amazing graphics and layout, for once they used colors other than grey, and by that, i dont mean more red. It was overdone, they tried too hard to squeeze every last drop of gears out of the franchise, and put it into this game. It feels like they tried too hard. this creates an over the top but mediocre mainstream game. In conclusion, if you ignore everything but the gameplay and visuals, this game is good, otherwise it's just a mainstream bore.
I always loved the Gears of war franchise. This game brings alot to the table. It brings amazing moments and for a game that is made of testosterone, It still plays with your emotions.
The story-line is action packed and well written. Horde is back but better than ever. I have never been a fan of the competitive multi-player, It's mainly my skills suck compared to others, so if your any good at competitive then you'll love it.
- Story mixes bad-assery with a great storyline
- Horde is simply amazing, You get to fight bosses with each one that requires a certain tactic. Your able to build fortifications and turrets and able to build a Silver-back ( A 7 foot tall mini-mech warrior of doom.
- The graphics are great
- The games controls have a certain fluidity to them
- The co-op is back and fun to play with 3 friends
- The competitive multiplayer isn't for everyone, If you go into it blind, chances are you may squeeze off a few kills but the Gears veterans will tear you apart.... Literally
- The controls like I said are fluid but can be clunky at times that really isn't the best time to be clunky
- The DLC is so over-priced
- The ranking system is a grind for players that are casual
I want to close this off and state that Gears of war 3 is an amazing game. If you haven't got it yet, it's worth at least a rent for the co-op and horde
I bought this game due to the fact that I have bought the previous two installments and enjoyed a superior polished experience. Both previous games haven't missed a beat to this day as their graphics and gameplay are well ahead of their time. Having played Gears 3 I expected another fun and polished game and I haven't been disappointed. Having said that this is probably the weakest gears in the trilogy but it isn't so by much. It offers the biggest suite of gametypes to play from the arcade campaign mode to the new and improved horde to the multiplayer and then to the new beast mode, Gears of War 3 is rightfully rated as the #1 shooter of the year. As long as you played and like any of the previous Gears or can stand third person shooters, you will have a hell of a ride. I personally recommend this to anybody who has an xbox 360 and likes shooters.
Gears of war is back for another game to end the amazing Trilogy on the world of Sera. This long awaited 3rd part is everything it was hyped up to be. The graphics are crisper than ever, the weapons are with even more variety than ever, environments shuffle more than ever and the story goes more in depth than it has in the previous games. To say the least, Epic stuck a home run a third time and delivered us gamers a thrilling sequel to a sequel.
Multi-player is revamped with more options on modes, achievements and game play. After months you'll feel as if you still haven't done it all, Gears of War 3 is a MUST OWN for any gamers collection.
Fantastic game! Really draws the player into the game play with fantastic story line and amazing artwork. This first-person shooter really raises the bar on action games, pitting men against monsters in an all-out apocalyptic war setting, where every battle in the warzone makes the difference between life and death for your character. This game also features an amazing Beast and Horde modes, where survival is the name of the game, as either a human or a monster! Pick up a copy today and jump in; you won't be disappointed!