The lights are on
Gears 3 seemed a 9.75 at the least for me because of everything it added, and how well Epic integrated it without fracturing what is the core of the game itself. The campaign surprised me the most. Four player co-op without the lag in Halo? Amazing, to say the least. But that wasn't the entire campaign for me, no, the story was compelling, driving me to the edge of my seat, and sometimes the floor because I scooted to far up. Queen Myrrah making her return when she should have died during the flooding of the locust tunnels, probably one of the most surprising moments in gears history for me. The best moment when I found out Adam Fenix was still alive, and that Prescott kidnapped him and shipped him off to Azura, with most of the key scientists of the Coalition. Beast mode was, to me, a welcome addition, and an interesting break from the norm. Playing as the locust to overrun the humans seems to give me that 'what if...' thought that never seems to break from my mind as I run through it.
Horde 2.0 is indeed 2.0. Bigger, better, and with more options then just camp in one place with a bunch of grenades, it places strategic base building in the palms of your hand. Setting up a command post, and then having a multitude of options to choose from, from spike-strips, to sentrys and Silverbacks, it teaches you to ration your money, and to give aid to those who can upgrade what you have already, or build something new and even more helpful then what you can crop up. I feel sad though that the Mutator element, I feel, was taken from Halo's Skulls. while funny, and some of them new, a lot disappointed me with it's too-close-for-comfort similarities (ex. Famine and No Ammo Drops)
Despite the similarities that seem to hold the game back from the creativity it can fully achieve, Gears of War 3 is a great game, and recommended for any who wish to try. But another recommendation, if you can't handle getting blown apart by a shotgun five times out of six, then multiplayer; like team deathmatch, or Warzone, might not be for you. For those who have the game, enjoy, and I hope to see you all on Xbox Live.