(This is my first review and I'm getting used to translating my thoughts into words so if it's poorly written or not a detailed review give me time)
The Gears franchise has been a successful new IP from Epic games as it now arrives to its third and possibly final game in the series. Gears of War 3 brings its characters to a conclusion answering many questions of the game’s story with thrilling times but an occasion dull moment. The story kicks off after Gears 2, Jacinto has been sunken to try to kill the locust and human flee off two various fortified cities or traveling on ships. We find the gang battle harden and affected by a war that has caused so much casualty. Marcus and Dom find themselves in a battle quickly with the lambent, an enemy that can be compared to Halo’s Flood.
You encounter this enemy for a good amount of time making you wonder when the locust are going to comeback. Gear’s 3 campaign is what you would expect from a Gears game, it brings intense cover based firefights
filled with executions, low IQ dialogue
and brutality. The game follows the “if it ain’t broke…” philosophy while at the same time bringing improvements to avoid the game feeling like an overpriced expansion pack. Now in story mode you can be downed instead of dying which is good because it’s less of a reload screen but bad when you’re watching mindless A.I
. parade around your body while you’re bleeding to death. Enemy A.I
. is challenging, there are embarrassing moments but no game is perfect, your comrades aren’t to the point of having to be babysat.
The story is decent but seemed to drag at various moments, what should have taken one chapter sometimes takes whole acts to accomplish in the story. For example the gang try to steal a locust barge but 3 chapters later they finally succeed, when each chapter started a member says, “let’s steal that barge” but nothing happens. Sometimes while playing I wondered when things were going to get to the point so I could move on, but thankfully one thing that was missing from Gears 2 that was brought back was the boss battles. Sure they aren’t the most amazing boss battles but are cool moments that are well shared with a friend or player through Xbox Live.
Co-op works out, it doesn’t feel like a thrown in feature at the last second, also the arcade mode where you rack up points is a nice competitive cooperative mode that bring the selfishness out of people. Working together while at the same time trying to do the most work to get the most points is enjoyable and fun when not playing the other modes. The conclusion for the story is decent, at least it ends the plot with little to no space for more the ending will satisfy gamers but I honestly thought they could of done better, but it wasn’t bad. Campaign wise the first was my favorite but Gears 3 is a great play thru that truly bring any disappointment.
After done with the story you’ll then face the question of what to tackle first, horde, beast mode or multiplayer. The multiplayer is typical Gears multiplayer but it plays out faster than it used too. Tweaked mechanics make it a bit more beginner friendly in the aspects that it’s easier to down someone and more respawn
friendly modes. Well made maps are provided but unfortunately it feels like the amount of maps offered is a low amount, obviously a map pack is on the way but why not provide better number of day one maps. The multiplayer is fun and will bring you back for more by using a leveling system and unlockable
characters and skins. Horde mode gets modified for the better, keeping the original form but adding a great new feature, money. Players start out with a set amount that can be used to purchase weapons, ammo, and fortifications that range from spikes and decoys to turrets and silverbacks
. Every ten waves a boss emerges that require teamwork and strategy to effectively take down without losing all you’ve paid for. Horde is much more challenging than it’s run in Gears 2 but is still fun and a great mode with cooperative players. Beast is an interesting take where you play as the locust but overall it’s just a mode to distract you when you’ve gotten tired of the other modes.
Gears of War 3 is a good conclusion to a fun series with a minor mistake here and there, if you’re a fan of the series you’ve already gotten this. If you have interest in the series and never played, story wise I suggest play Gears 1 first because this is the conclusion but if you’re just in it for the multiplayer then this will provide hours of entertainment.
+ The Gears series reaches an end
+ Fun campaign
- That drags at some points
+ New mechanics improve a familiar game but not changing it too much
+ Great multiplayer
+ Horde and it’s perfect makeover
+ Beast mode
- Low amount of multiplayer maps