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Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360)
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Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Excellent graphics, well written storyline, brutal game play, great voice acting and gritty action.
Disadvantages: Same old missions and basic features, lack of dynamic action.
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.
Summary: Well worth buying.
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