The lights are on
It seems like such
a long time ago, the first time I ever popped the original Gears of War,
developed by Epic Games, into my Xbox 360 and took it for a spin. Back then I knew next to nothing about the
game, my brother had bought it and I happened to be sitting around bored with
nothing else to play. I remember
comparing it to the few other shooters I knew like Halo and F.E.A.R and I was
actually pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the tight controls, simple
yet intuitive interface, and war-torn story of humanity’s last desperate
struggle against the terrifying Locust.
Now, several years and two sequels later, I’m proud to say I’m glad I
decided to give the first game a try as playing through and beating the
climactic finale that is Gears of War 3 has felt like a journey of personal
completion as well as the completion of a series.
through the first two games isn’t really necessary to understand what’s going
on in Gears 3 (though it helps), Marcus Fenix, the protagonist of both previous
titles, discovers that his father Adam, long thought dead, is actually alive
and hidden away in a secret lab where he has been developing a means to
eradicate the Lambent, imulsion-mutated versions of the Locust, and, hopefully,
take the Locust out too thus ending the war.
With his original team of Dom, Baird, and Cole, along with some new
faces, Marcus sets out to rescue his father while battling Locust and Lambent
forces along the way.
Gears 3 features
the same interface that players have come to love with returning features like
d-pad weapon selection and an intuitive cover system as well as some new tricks
like personalized executions for each of the game’s signature firearms as well
as the ability to “tag” far-off enemies for computer-controlled allies to focus
their fire on. Those familiar with the
game’s unique controls will feel right at home and even brand new players can
pick them up relatively quickly.
The game’s arsenal
of guns and other weaponry remains pretty standard to the first two Gears
entries with many old favorites like the Lancer Assault Rifle, Longshot, and
Hammer of Dawn making a return along with new additions like the Sawed-Off
Shotgun and Cleaver. Most weapons in the
game also have a bunch of different skins that can be unlocked to give a
personalized touch to a player’s preferred means of slaughter.
Fans of the game’s
story can dive right in to a lengthy five-act campaign that takes Marcus and
his squad to several different locales and features some pretty epic battles
against both Locust and Lambent forces. For
the first time in the series, players can actually team up for four-player
co-op when tackling the campaign, with the first player assuming the role of
Fenix and the other three controlling the various other members of Delta
Squad. In addition to newcomers Jace
Stratton and Clayton Carmine, Gears 3 has another first as well with the
inclusion of playable female Gears Samantha “Sam” Byrne and Anya Stroud.
All of these
characters as well as many others can be unlocked for use in the game’s
multiplayer modes as well. In addition
to the standard Versus (featuring many different game types) and Horde modes, players
can now wreck havoc in the game’s new Beast mode which allows them to play as a
variety of different Locust creatures as they work towards defeating
increasingly difficult waves of Stranded and C.O.G. heroes in a sort of
Just like in Gears
2, a player’s progress is tracked by their overall level which is increased by
earning xp from completing campaign acts and winning multiplayer matches. A variety of different medals and ribbons that
can be earned also contribute to a player’s xp and level and can even bestow
various titles and other bonuses. A
player’s total xp earned is combined through all game modes which means that
the game never feels repetitive or stale; if you want to take a break from the
campaign you can go and play a few waves of Horde or a few rounds of Versus and
your xp and level will continue to increase throughout all three different activities.
Overall Gears 3 is
another solid entry for the Gears series and is just the sort of finale that
Marcus and the rest of Delta Squad deserve.
Epic Games has already confirmed that while the third entry does mark
the end of Marcus’s story, they will definitely be delving further into the
Gears universe through a bunch of planned DLC for Gears 3 as well as the
possibility of entirely new Gears games somewhere down the line. In the meantime however, Gears 3 is a
must-buy for fans of the Gears series and for any fps fans in general who want
some new action to sink their time into.
General Gameplay Tips:
Main Website: http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Gears-of-War-3/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024d5308ab
Walkthroughs, Etc.: http://xbox360.ign.com/objects/143/14304771.html
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