Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 User Review
Super Gamer Dude
The Gears of War trilogy is perhaps one of the most visually recognizable third person shooters in video games today. From the chainsaw bayonet to the gravel voiced brute squad that makes up the male leads, Gears of War is a dystopian apocalypse at its finest, and despite complaints about the consistent presence of chest high walls, the game has a huge following among players. In Gears of War 3 players step back into the worn combat boots of Marcus Fenix, the gruff, grizzled hero that's out to save the world one barrage of bullets at a time.
What's The Story?
With Gears of War 3, things have spiraled completely out of control. The last human city fell a year and a half ago, and to make matters worse there's something brewing in the depths of the planet; something that can only mean more bad business for what's left of humanity. It's up to Marcus to lead what's left of his Delta Squad to key places to destroy the threats and try to rescue the chances for humanity by putting down whatever threats he and his team come across. By the end of the game though, players will have to put their trigger fingers to work to make sure that the world survives.
The end of the epic trilogy has taken what the previous two games did well and made them that much better. The controls are organic, and allow players to tuck, roll, run, dodge, strafe and reload all at speeds that make everything move at the pace of the player. Previous problems, such as the intelligence of the team's AI, or difficulty in aiming at what players really want to target have been mostly repaired, and overall the game flows better than either of the previous two installments, while keeping the same feeling of pedal to the metal action and teeth rattling violence that's made the series so popular for so long.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Gears of War 3, like the rest of the series, has all the things that can make a really enjoyable action game. However, there are some things that players will need to put on their blinders for in order to keep the suspension of disbelief. Players can't question the plot, or the logic of the world, for instance. While there aren't as many holes in it as there are in the enemy, there are some logic gaps. As many reviewers have said though, the game more than makes up for its shortcomings with great action and lovely scenery, along with enough twists and turns to keep players shooting and snarling as they go through wave after wave of enemies.
Gears of War 3, just as the previous games have done, has set the standard in the genre. With the conclusion of the trilogy though, players need to wring all the enjoyment they can out of the last chapter; there probably isn't going to be another one after it.
Super Gamer Dude
Marcus Fenix, Delta Squad leader is back with his team of COG soldiers and this time they have to fight for their lives to try and save the remnants of the human race from old threats, and new ones that come from within the planet itself. The campaign within the game is set over five acts, split into smaller chapters, and the controls have been kept pretty much like they were in Gears of War 2 so fans of the previous game should have no problems settling in.
Gears of War 3 also has a split screen option so you can play with a friend and for the first time you can now go with a team of four players. You also get the option to play other skins, so you are not always limited to playing Marcus Fenix. The game also has new abilities by which you are able to tag opponents, the only problem with this is that it is of little use in single co-op mode and is more use in the multiplayer campaigns when playing in teams.
Overall this third installment is way better than its previous two counterparts and the story overall, which I will not spoil, adds to the overall flavor and gameplay. This is a gem of a game and has won multiple awards from numerous top gaming sites. The gameplay can last for around 10-12 hours but the online play will last a lot longer than this.
The graphic background to the action is stunning and the designers have paid great attention to detail with each campaign. All in all Gears of War 3 has leveled the series with what is truly a peach of a game, it is way up there with the top games on the Xbox 360.