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I have been a follower of the Gears of War series ever since the first game was released on Xbox 360 back in November of 2006. I was immediately hooked and not only played the subsequent releases to the game; I've also read all of the novels that have been published about the game too; and there have certainly been a number of them.

Gears of War 3 is set to be the final episode of the Gears of War saga, and honestly, I'm happy the series if finally coming to an end. Each sequel was solid and an enjoyable experience, but the series never seemed to gain momentum and outdo the original. Better to end on a high note than to keep milking the series and drive into the ground.

"Look, Marcus is busy saving the world again, so I gotta be there for him."

Gears of War 3

Game Informer Score: 9.5 / 10

Reviewed By: Adam Biessener

Read the Game Informer review here.

Concept:

Gears of War 3 is the spectacular conclusion to one of the most memorable and celebrated sagas in video games. Developed by Epic Games exclusively for Xbox 360, Gears of War 3 plunges you into a harrowing tale of hope, survival, and brotherhood. In Gears of War 3, fight on as Marcus Fenix, the grizzled war hero and leader of Delta Squad. Eighteen months after the fall of the last human city, the war against the Locust rages on. Meanwhile, deep beneath the surface, a fearsome new threat is infecting the planet from within. With survivors scattered and civilization in ruins, time is running out for Marcus and his comrades as they fight to save the human race. The Gears of War series is one of the most popular franchises in Xbox history, with more than 12 million games sold worldwide, a forthcoming major motion picture, New York Times best-selling novels, and more.

Gears of War 3. It's a science fiction military shooter that takes place in a world devastated by alien creatures of an unknown origin. It's harsh; it's gritty; and it's a ton of fun to play.

NOTE: This review primarily focuses on the single player mode of the game, though certain comments will apply to both the single player and multiplayer modes.


Graphics:

The graphics are improved over the previous episodes but still use a technique familiar to the series. The character models are as big and bold as ever and the environment is beautifully rendered, even if it is a ravished and decimated world. The graphics and visual effects aren't the best we've ever seen, but they're more than adequate and don't suffer from clipping or tearing. Certainly some levels are more visually stunning than others - for example, there is a map that occurs underwater which is beautifully rendered with the distorted look you'd expect from viewing it through the water.

Sound:

Sounds are solid and are an important component with the immersion factor; from voices that reflect all of the emotion of those struggling to survive in Armageddon like conditions to the sound of your Lancer's chainsaw ripping through the flesh of your alien adversaries. There are a few major battles you find yourself in the middle of, and the audio effects do a great job of conveying a sense of shock and awe from fiery explosions and bullets ringing overhead.

Playability:

There were no issues noted with playability. The control scheme was practically identical to previous versions and was intuitive and easy to use. Playing the game on normal difficulty resulted in a rather easy experience, though harder difficulty levels would prove very challenging. Certain scenes did feel somewhat like a rail shooter, but these moments were short lived for the most part. The cover system that made the original game famous returns as do a few new features such as the ability to tag opponents and a handful of new weapons. Overall the game plays well with slick controls and interface screens, solid game play and operability, and a refreshing return of a beloved series.

"Well, we're not here to sell cookies, so they know something's up."

Entertainment:

Gears of War 3 offers a single player and multiplayer component. Both are enjoyable experiences for different reasons. The single player element continues (and ends ?) the ongoing saga of one of the most popular titles available on the Xbox 360. The multiplayer mode delivers a few modes like horde and beast mode that have become rather popular. The game is an entertaining experience, no doubt about it.

Replay:

The game does have a multiplayer experience which extends its replay value, but from the singleplayer story mode perspective, I don't think I would replay it again anytime soon. Once you know the key story elements, there isn't really a reason to pursue it any further, except for maybe achievements.

Highs:

Gears of War always uses a presentation unique to the series, from the run, duck and cover...to these larger than life character models. It's Gears of War...it's practically its own sub-genre of the Third Person Shooter. You know what to expect, and Gears 3 certainly delivers on that.

Lows:

The story wasn't always clear and relied on many of the elements revealed from previous games and books. For someone who hasn't played the other games or read the books a certain amount of confusion probably existed. There were times when I didn't know what I was doing or why I was doing it, I was just along for the ride. In Gears of War 3, you play a solider. And soldiers follow orders and shoot things. And that is certainly what I felt like for most of the game.

Conclusion:

All good things come to an end and it appears the same is true of Gears of War. Whether we see any spin offs or prequels remains a possibility, but for the time being one of Microsoft's crown jewels exclusive to the Xbox shutters its doors and ends the story on a high note. There are a few shocking revelations and elements throughout the story, but when it does finally end it is perhaps the strongpoint of the whole game and left me feeling satisfied with the whole series.

It is finished.

"Brothers to the end"

Trivia:

Gears of War 3 is the first video game in the series to feature Bernie Mataki, a character who has a major presence in the book series.

Sergeant Bernadette "Bernie" Mataki, or Boomer Lady by Cole and Granny by Baird, was a Gear soldier in the Coalition of Ordered Governments armed forces. Bernie was born on the island of Galangi in the South Islands during the 33rd year of the Pendulum Wars. She helps defend Anvil Gate from Locust and Lambent attack, but decides to remain behind with Hoffman to defend the place when Delta and Dizzy Wallin travel to Azura, citing her age.

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