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I was a big fan of the first two gears games, and this game does not disappoint on the whole. I think generally my main criticism is that there isn't really any new angles to this game. The storyline follows directly on from the end of number 2 - the lambent have now become the dominant force, the grub army is essentially on the run or barricading itself to protect against them, and mankind has been left to defeat the Lambent.
You start off on a big ship under attack by the lambent and the quality of the graphics and rendering come straight at you, action is intense and relentless, the gameplay is the same- there are allot of familiar aspects like the same characters, the same weapons, but there are some new additions to both. The scale of some of the enemies, of which there are many new Lambent variants, is amazing, think God of War size and you end up being this little spec on the ground trying to kill them.
You play, mostly as Marcus Fenix again, but you do play as Cole train, Dom and Baird occasionally, the fantastic 4 are back, plus Jack with his additional weaponry and some new armoured suits called Silverbacks, which are pretty cool to use. Occasionally you will have more COGS in your patrol then just the standard 4 person formation, up to 6 on some of the later missions and this only makes for more interesting and intense gameplay.
The gameplay is the same really, all the controls, the aiming, the reloading is the same so if you arsed to it then this is great, as you can start playing really efficiently from the off and you don't have to develop the muscle memory to be good at the game.
The game is story driven, you and the gang have to find Marcus dad who has been taken hostage by the Grubs, he has the key to a new weapon that can kills not only the Grubs, but the Lambent too, meaning that Mankind will finally be left alone to rebuild. Along the way you run into the two opposing forces but also the slightly hostile 'stranded' humans, including a rather OTT cameo from Ice T, which just kind of annoyed me.
The main differences are that the graphics are smoother and the environments look more impressively rendered than the first two games...other then this and the new Lambent enemy variants allot of this game is the same and its best if you just think of it as a continuation from the first two and not a massively improved sequel. There is some interesting gas barge flying missions rather then urban fighting, but to be honest this just felt like the tank missions on Dizzy`s tank in the second game.
I have finished both previous Gears games and this is a great sequel no doubt. It does have it weakenesses though:
- the online multiplayer mode is very hard but addictive
- I still love the horde, which you can play for hours with multiple payers online against ever fiercer waves of hordes.
- you can your favourite old maps from previous games
- graphics and controls are improved as you would expect.
- you can customise your player if you are into that.
- beast mode: sorry I never got the gist of it. Just found it boring.
- story mode. Yes it is cinematic and tries to be epic, but TBH it is just a dumb shooting game where you kill and blow up everything you can in a very linear story. I played it for a few hours and just got bored with it. Increasing the difficulty did not make it better.
Good game, but overhyped. If you like sci-fi shooters and online multiplayer go for it. But the story mode has let it down in my opinion.
Gears of War 3 sees the return of Marcus Fenix and co. (please refer to my Gears Of War 1 & 2 reviews for more information) battle through the remaining horde of locust that plague humanity. After the events of the first and second game the locust's (a humanoid like creature threatening humanity with weapons and huge monsters) home beneath the earth is flooded, and the remaining locust are fighting to survive, a simple job for the humans to accomplish yes? No, Gears of War 3 sees you battle a new horde of mutated, imulsion fueled locust more powerful than ever before, can this new force be stopped? It's up to you as Marcus Fenix to try.
Campaign (Main Story)
The objective of the main game play is loosely to find your father in order to stop the new mutated locust horde. Your father, thought previously dead is discovered to be alive and being the super scientist of his generation, it's thought he may have a 'cure' for this new horde. Immediately you are pitted against the locust, with fire fights that rage on between the warring sides, you and your team of now men and women are drafted in to help defeat the vicious beasts, humanity is on the edge and needs every soul to come to the aid of it's fight. With a range of new weapons including a double barrelled shotgun which may provide a few profanities spewing from your mouth, your find yourself immersed in sawing, shooting and bashing your way through the endless monsters before you. Various chapters provide a haunting and hallowing experience of what the pre war world was and how war, has ravaged it, people frozen in their final death positions and a town of crazed humans fearing for their lives, the story line will have you on the edge of the seat and yearning for the next twist, a must play. Comparing to the first two games, Gears 3 manges to keep it's hallowing edgy feel and a compelling immersive storyline yet lacks the raw action power and brutal gunfights the first two games provide and had me screaming for more of, yet still worth a good play through or two.
Multiplayer retains the same key edge as the campaign and in all honesty kept me entertained for a good while. It has a viciously competitive feel that again plots the locust horde against the humans in which typical game modes include killing each other as quickly as possible or retaining possession of a certain position in order to gain points. What makes the different multiplayer standard of many other shoot 'em up games is the weapon impact and execution. The impact of weapons includes, the arms of various enemies being blown apart and being chainsawed from head to torso, the challenge of offloading your sawn off shotgun round and still surviving proves gripping and fantastically satisfying. And the blood spewing limb severing action will definitely satisfy your gore fuelled needs. If that doesn't do you, the aforementioned executions in which you attempt to brutally humiliate your opponent provide an urgent edge to the game, in the hope of killing your enemy, whilst not being spotted by another and being as vulnerable to attack. These range from ripping your opponents arm off and beating them silly with it to simply using your sniper rifle as an executioners axe and crushing your opponents back, either will make your eyes light up with joy oddly enough. A definitely worth playing online experience that provides a good mix up from your average Call Of Duty/Battlefield type games that will prove battling your friends and stomping on their head an enjoyable experience.
Other modes of play including, being the enemy and turning into the locust that you so ferociously battle with heir different abilities such as being a ticking time bomb or a huge muscular beast easily capable of tearing a human limb from limb will help mix up the game play a little bit and have you hands on experience what it's like to defeat a hearty COG (human) soldier. On the other hand you may choose to be a human and with friends or solo, battle fifty hordes of endlessly increasing enemies of locust of all shapes and sizes to ultimately prove you're the mighty locust killing champion you think you are.
All in all this game is bot a huge improvement on it's predecessors but still presents an element of challenge, brutality and the desperation to survive that will quench your bloodthirsty mind and body. A must play for all shoot 'em up gamers out there and a brilliantly written storyline that will have you crying for more.
As a player of the previous two titles in the trilogy, I was keen to see if the final game lived up to the hype. It does. It is an amazingly written story, completely different to any other shooter title on the market at present. It offers a completely unique gaming experience combining third person action with the thrill of a first person shooter. The storyline is strong yet again in the third game with breathtaking graphics and enough spills and thrills to keep you entertained. However if the storyline isnt your thing then the multitude of gamemodes will keep you entertained. Returning is the ever popular horde mode from gears of war 2. Horde is playable by up to 5 people, and is essentially a survival game split into 50 rounds with each round increasing in difficulty. It really is a challenge to complete the 50 waves and once this is done it can be repeated on all of the online multiplayer maps, and also at all the 4 campaign difficulties (Casual - Insane). A brand new edition to the title is the introduction of beast. Beast is a spin on the usual Gears Of War games, where you can actually play as the locus, and other enemys. The idea is essential to destroy all of the cog members and you gain money and experience points for the damage you inflict. One enough damage is inflicted you unlock the next tier of monsters available. You start off as things like a wretch and tickers and if enough points are scored you can reach the final rank of beserker. It is very entertaining and again has good replay value as like horde it can be played on different difficulties and all of the multiplayer maps. It is terrific fun. All in all this is a remarkable game and definitely worth buying.
First of all, gears always been a cool game but I never like the multiplayer. The controls just never seem to be optimized for it and made it frustrating to play. Honestly, when I decided by gears three it was simply because there was nothing else to play at the time and I was starving for a new game. The Gears single player mode has four player co-op which makes the experience that more epic. You can have an insane amount of fun playing through the game with your friends but it's so good you could even even play it by yourself and still share a similar experience. The dialogue is fantastic even though it is definitely for adults. The blood and guts and decapitations are great fun to spectate.
The colors are more vibrant this time around as opposed to the dull colors of the previous two games. It really pops on the screen and adds to the environment. The scale of the game is simply amazing and the storyline is great. For any Gears fan you will be shocked at what takes place toward the end of the game!! The game also features two women so for all the female players you have someone to connect to.
The multiplayer is much much better in this game. Like I said I never was a fan of the Gears multiplayer because of the binding controls and because its a third person game. There's definitely a learning curve to playing Gears online but once you figure it out it is an enjoyable experience. There are two problems about the multiplayer though...they added two weapons that just flat out don't belong on the game. Those two weapons are the sawed-off shotgun and the retro lancer. I have no idea what they were thinking putting those two weapons in the game. They are totally unfair and they should've asked the Gears community before adding something that would alter the game like that. The speed of the game is much improved also, it was too slow previously and the wall bouncing is back.
All in all gears is a great game but some of the stuff in there just doesn't make sense but a lot of games are like that now. It's kind of a blend between realism and total arcade. If you want a game just for fun that you don't take too seriously go-ahead and pick it up.
Well after the disappointment of Gears of War 2, i could not wait to get my hands on Gears of War 3, the game is an excellent improvement on the GoW 2.
For me this Campaign was one of the best i had ever played, if you have followed the GoW trilogy you will get really into this campaign, the story line is very clear and has a lot of meaning. It is very exciting and consists of great battles against the Locusts, there are some great surprises during the campaign that will really shock you and get your emotions flowing. I thought the game time was perfect and i did not find myself getting bored it didn't drag on pointlessly and lose the story. The only downside was the last mission against the final boss, it can take a LONG time if your not 100% sure on what your meant to be doing, but that is the only fault i had with the campaign, other than that it is truly amazing.
The multiplayer has always been my favorite part of Gears of War, the multiplayer is extremely good, they added new game modes that are more intense and fast flowing such as Team Death Match. They added new guns to give you a wider variety to choose from such as the bucher cleaver and the digger launcher! The new maps are very good and each map offers something new. The ranking system has not changed which i believe is a good thing as there is nothing wrong with it.
The game is a complete success and a must buy in my opinion, it has great graphics mixed with excellent multiplayer game types and a brilliant story line!
Ah, the third installment of the Gears of War series. This game is one of the goriest games out there at the time. You can chainsaw a person or locus in half, or charge at them with your bayonet at the ready, skewering your enemy, showing them off as a trophy. The story continues with Team Delta and their fight against their Locus foes. The inclusion of the Lambancy causes the game to become epic. The story in the games is very compelling, and the ending is very satisfying. If you play the campaign by yourself, your AI partners are behind you and are very helpful. The gameplay is very nice and complements the Gears of War motifs. Yet, if you are looking for something new, then you might just be disappointed because very little was changed in the gameplay mechanics, like the mantle kick. The multiplayer is very fun and the new co-op mode, Horde mode and Beast mode, is very refreshing and very addictive, just like the Nazi Zombies. Wouldn't you just love to become an exploding ticker and just kill 4 COG soldiers in one blast :D
The third instalment of the hugely popular 'Gears of War' franchise lives up to all the expectations sprouted from the game's predecessors.
Gears of War 3, as the name suggests, is the third and final part in a deep and complex storyline. Although it is not required that you play games 1 & 2 to understand and continue the story comfortably, the game caters for newcomers of the franchise which I think really helps make this game so playable.On the face of it, 'Gears' takes the form of a futuristic third person shooter but looking closer there are highly advanced cover and weapons systems that allow you to play the game how you want to play it which I think really indulge the player into the story and creates a deeper sense of enjoyment.
The campaign mode is smooth and gamers don't get bored after a couple of hours of gameplay, I, myself have found myself starting the game around midday and only looking back up at the clock past midnight. There is a fairly large campaign which you can choose to play; solo, split screen or online with a group of up to 4 friends, which is useful especially when playing the 'arcade' mode which allows point scoring and competitiveness between players.
There are now multiple online modes put in by the good people at Microsoft which include the hugely popular 'Horde' where 'COG' players fight off waves of 'Locust' and newly introduced 'Lambent' enemies by using different methods of defence; laser wires, turrets, 'Silverbacks', and all new weaponry. Another favourite mode of mine is the newly introduced 'Beast' mode where the tables have turned and you control 'Locust' forces against the defence of the 'COG'. These two modes alone have kept me and my friends occupied for days on end.
To further increase the enjoyment level of the game is the addition of downloadable content (DLC) from the Xbox Live Marketplace which provides players with more multiplayer maps and new player skins to use in online games. There have been announcements made by the Gears of War team that there will be much more downloadable content in the future which will include further campaign modes so the game never stops giving!
The third instalment andjus to say-- The Third Gears Is Amazing - lets get that out of the way first. There are still some slight things that still let it down though. The campaign takes a bit from bulletstorm in the way it tells the story, it is good and has some emotional moments. There is a lack of danger alot of the time. You don't feel scared or rushed because the cinematics take front seat. The ending is acceptable but the boss battle seemed fairly bland.
This really is a good game though. The online is really well balanced, fun and competitive and all the other modes are really fun. Horde mode in particular is very good on this game altough quite difficult as you pass through the stages. The graphics are bright and crisp and the controls almost perfect, with a few slight adjustments if you played the first two installments.
Gears of war is one of the most anticipated games of 2011, I must say that it has lived up to its predecessors. Not only does it have an imensely gripping campaign that can also be played in co-op, its multiplayer is even better. There are various game modes to be played like death matches or horde mode where you have to survive waves of enemies that get harder each wave.
The graphics in this game are extremely hard to fault they really do justice to making you relealize the grim situation the planet is in and the blood and guts that made the previous gears of war games so good is still the same and at an acceptable level. The controls for this game are very easy, even someone who isn't a fan of gaming could quite easily pick this up and play.
All in all this is personally one of my favorite games of the year, other than a few bugs this game is truly a keeper.