Gears of War 3 Review

  • Gears of War 3
  • Developer: Epic Games
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Engine: Unreal Engine 3.5
  • Platform: Xbox 360

Gears of War 3

Gears of War 3 is the epic conclusion to the Gears of War Trilogy. Epic Games has done a phenomenal job in making the newest installment the best in the trilogy. Gears of War 3 is memorable and exciting with new enemies, weapons, interesting characters, a stellar single player experience, and a pulse-pounding multiplayer. It’s no wonder Gears of War 3 has received such high reviews. But is it really worth your money? Read on to find out.

Gears of War 3

Gears of War 3 Story

Gears of War 3 takes place two years after the events of Gears of War 2. Jacinto, the last human city, has been sacrificed in a failed attempt to wipe out the Locust Horde once and for all. The survivors have retreated to theislandofVectesin the hopes of rebuilding their lost civilization. In the midst of reestablishing order, a new threat emerges, the Lambent. Chairman Prescott has disappeared and COG (the Coalition of Ordered Governments) has been disbanded. With the survivors of Jacinto more vulnerable than ever before, and the last organized military resistance in disarray, the Lambent move against Vectes to wipe out the human race. You play as Marcus Fenix and his squad, the last hope humanity has against the coming storm.

Gears of War 3 Single Player

Gears of War 3 maintains and in some cases, downright improves upon the high standards players have come to expect of Epic Games. The single player experience is a prime example of this. Gears of War 3 is an anomaly among shooters as it is one of the few that emphasizes a real plot as the focal point of all the chaos and mayhem of the addicting gameplay. Gears of War 3 is packed with heart-pounding action. The story is engaging and will, at times, pull at your heart strings. Not many shooters out there can boast a combination of the two. Most are simply point and shoot with little to no plot whatsoever. One can expect to grind out about 10-15 hours of gameplay in the single player, depending on the difficulty level played and whether or not the game is played with friends. Players can play with a split screen in co op, or up to 4 players online. While the single player is tons of fun on your own, do yourself a solid and invite some friends online. You’ll be glad you did.

Gears of War 3 Narrative

Gears of War 3 has a somewhat unconventional narrative in that it has a tendency to take some detours throughout the campaign. But don’t worry, each story arc plays an important role and drives the plot forward. In other words, everything that may seem like a distraction on the surface actually contributes to the main themes of the game: The unquenchable human spirit, sacrifices made to preserve man’s existence, and survival at its most brutal and intimate nature. All of this creates an experience players will feel invested in as they will want to know how the story ends and feel that burning drive that, even when your back is against the wall, we all have the strength to come out on top of the rubble. And what’s great is that within all this, Gears of War 3 manages to pack in a tremendous amount of action and violence; the kind of pulse-pounding destruction and mayhem vets of the Gears of Wars trilogy have come to expect.

Gears of War 3 Single Player Experience

Gears of War One and Two have suffered from an unfortunate but deserved qualm from players due to the linear corridor and hallway levels that seem to reoccur in far too many levels. Rejoice, for this has been almost completely fixed in Gears of War 3. Players will combat the Lambent in gorgeous, vibrant set pieces that set the tone and atmosphere in a spectacular way. There were times when I simply looked around the environments to see what there is to see after a fight and marvel at the level of detail.

Gears of War 3 review

Now, compared to the first Gears of War, there may not be as many “Oh crap” moments. I still remember my first encounter with a Berserker. Fortunately, the campaign is still an adrenaline rush as the player will face off against wave after wave of Lambent forces, each with its own unique abilities. As such, players will be forced to strategize far more when compared to the first and second Gears of War. As each Lambent has its own abilities and advantages, so too do they have their own vulnerabilities and weaknesses. Players will have to take advantage of the many weapons available to them. Without giving away too much, try out the new Digger. There’s just something that feels so right about shooting a grenade that burrows underground and bursts forth behind the enemy, obliterating them into a heaping mess. For the competitive players out there, try the arcade mode. Compete against your friends and compare scores for bragging rights.

Gears of War 3 Beast Mode

Multiplayer in Gears of War 3 is even better than the previous Gears combined. Horde mode is back. Thank goodness. And to all the imitators out there, no one does it like Gears. Period. In Gears of War 3’s Horde Mode, players earn money for their kills which they can then spend on fortifications to bolster their defensive positions. With each new wave, the Locust and Lambent become increasingly more difficult to kill. Good luck towards the end. New to the series is Beast Mode. Beast Mode was one of the main selling points by developers. And boy, they weren’t just blowing smoke. Beast Mode allows players to take control of their favorite Locust and Lambent and use their unique abilities to take down human AI. Ever wonder how the Locust and Lambent feel? You’ll soon find out. And it’s oh so satisfying. Nothing beats tearing the arms off a poor COG soldier and beating him to a pulp with it.

Gears of War 3 Execution

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Gears of War 3 also has the game modes that are a bit more traditional. Team Death Match is instantly recognizable for anyone who’s played a shooter. And for those who haven’t, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Two teams, one human, the other Locust/Lambent face off and shoot away at each other. May the best team win. Capture the Territory is essentially King of the Hill. Be sure to check out Capture the Leader; a fun game mode that has one side attempting to “Capture” the other team’s chosen “Leader”. As you might expect while one team is attempting to capture the other team’s leader, the other team is trying to defend their leader. Another fun game mode is Execution. Also exactly what it sounds like. In this mode, the only real kills are the executions. Players “execute” an incapacitated player with a brutal and satisfying finishing move, and each finishing move is different depending on the situation and the type of weapon the player is using.

Gears of War 3 Problems

Gears of War may sound like the perfect shooter right? Well, not entirely. And here’s why. The dialogue in Gears of War 3 is solid one minute, and will have players rolling their eyes, or even laughing sarcastically the next. Prepare for many one-liners that try to sound epic, but ultimately flounder in its execution. Gears of War 3 hasn’t seen many fundamental or revolutionary changes since the first Gears of War. It’s more or less the same thing you’ve done in the first two games in terms of overall gameplay, but with a few minor twists and tweaks. And finally, the bosses. I’ve often complained about the bosses in the first two games. Gears of War 3 was no different. The bosses require almost no strategy other than shooting them until they drop, and the final boss in particular was unsatisfying.

Gears of War 3 Final Verdict

Epic Games promised a satisfying conclusion to the Gears of War trilogy. And I can guarantee you, by the time you finish player the single player, not even counting the online experience, you’ll completely agree. The campaign is full of action and the set pieces are breathtaking to behold. The story is engaging and will have players playing nonstop to find out what happens next to Marus Fenix and Delta Squad. The multiplayer is some of the best out there and adds countless hours of gameplay. And perhaps the best part is, the servers have been improved and the dreadful lag of Gears of War 2 is a thing of the past. Gears of War 3 isn’t perfect, but it’s definitely a game for anyone who is a fan of third-person shooters. If you haven’t purchased this game, I highly recommend you do so, especially vets of Gears One and Two. And with that, my final verdict for Gears of War 3 is a spectacular 9 out 10 and earns my personal recommendation.