Gears of War 3 Review
Author: Brandon Saltalamacchia Published: October 6th, 2011 3:42 PM Category: Games,Reviews Rating:
Gears of War 3 is a third-person shooter developed by Epic Games exclusively for the Xbox 360. It was released on September 20th and sold over 3 million copies in its first week. And we got our hands on a copy to review for you guys. This is our first console game review on the website and the start of many more. So sit back relax and enjoy the review.
The Gears of War franchise has really been a big impact on the gaming industry. It has pushed over the shoulder shoot em ups to the next level, using this view tactically by hiding behind bunkers and being able to see around corners. Gears of War has always been aimed at the more mature audience due to its gory gameplay and nasty language and being able to chainsaw an enemy into bits. The game itself is amazingly fun to play, so first let’s talk about campaign.
The story-line is that the last stronghold of the humans has been taken over and it has drove everyone away to small outposts (the safest places possible) so that they don’t become extinct. Supplies are low so ammo and fuel are needed so some missions will have an adjective too find fuel and ammo. When going through Locust bases they find a disc showing that Marcus’s dad is still alive. Knowing this Marcus and his team head to Anvil Gate where they have the equipment to decode the disc and learn more information about Adam Fenix (Marcus’s Dad). They then find out that Adam knows how to save the humans, this becomes their top and maybe final mission.
You can play campaign on your own, or you can play with up to 3 friends (which is a lot of fun) and together you can complete all missions. When playing through some missions time to time your team will get split up and there will become independent adjectives that take you away from your teammates for a few minutes which is good as it mixes things up a bit.
Throughout the game its consistantly fun to play, their are a mixture of missions and areas to explore and fight your way through and you never know what kind of enemie you will be fighting next. I love how mature and macho this game is and it gives it that ‘bad ass’ feel to it, the campaign blew my mind every 10 minutes something awesome would happen and thats why i love this game, it kept me hooked all the way to the end.
If you’re new to playing Gears of War online then you will get absolutely demolished, many online players know what they are doing and its hard to have fun when you are getting pwned. But after a few games you start to get use to it and start racking up the EXP. There are three different modes you can play, firstly you have Horde, this is where you have a base and you have to protect it from wave and waves of horde, each wave gets harder and you need to equip your base with turrets, barrage’s and dummies to protect you from losing. Each time you upgrade and purchase protection you will gain EXP in that area and each level gained in that area your protection will become stronger and stronger. This game mode is so addictive and it always keeps you on the edge of your seat, when playing with friends its even better as you can communicate via party chat and shout out where and when the enemies are coming from. But sometimes when playing from Wave 1-50 this takes a long time and may get boring at times.
The second game mode is Beast, this is where you get to become to bad guys. You can choose from being a tinkerer or a berserker using each individual enemies skills to out wit the humans, you have a total of 15 waves and as each wave on the humans get stronger and more protected by there barrages and turrets.
Lastly you have versus mode where this is the standard online mode where you take on other players around there world in a number of different modes such as team death match, this is really fun as you can show off your weapons and levels. This works well as around the map there will be weapons places randomly and its your job to get the best weapon and best area that has most protection and higher ground to give you a advantage over your oposition. But warning many players that are playing are fairly good and if you have never played online before it may be a struggle for you to get use to it but trust me, keep sticking at it and you will own some noobs… eventually.
This game is outstanding. The campaign keeps you hooked throughout the whole game and its so unpredictable, the graphics are insane as they are run by a Unreal Engine and the multi-player rounds it off to be a must have game for the Xbox 36o. This is one of the best games released in 2011.