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posted by Pete89 (HOLMDEL, NJ) Sep 30, 2011

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39 out of 47 gamers (83%) found this review helpful

This is the best Gears game in the series, and Ive been addicted and playing nonstop. The multiplayer is MUCH better with the new weapons and Team Horde and Beast mode, 4 player campaign co-op and arcade mode, theres a ton to do.

Multiplayer has King of the Hill, Capture the Leader, Execution etc theres a bunch of varities. The maps and graphics are gorgeous and the weapons are fun and addicting. Theres tons of characters and gun skins to unlock too. The only thing I recommend is taking out the Sawed off Shotgun as a starting weapon. Make it a weapon you have to find, its pretty cheap

Single player is memorable, but its short..5-6 chapters over 5 Acts. The story is fun and there are huge firefights and beautiful levels, and the story is dramatic at some points.
However, I feel much of the single player is just go here, get that, turn these, find this..kinda boring sometimes
The ending is satisfying, nothing to crazy but at least its closure for true Gears fans who have played all 3.

One of the best Xbox 360 franchises, this is a definite rental, and a must buy for Gears fans

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Best Third Person Shooter of this decade

posted by burntice61 (APPLE VALLEY, CA) Sep 19, 2011

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Member since Apr 2010

64 out of 87 gamers (74%) found this review helpful

Gears of War has become a milestone in video games, when you see a game nowadays use a cover system, an active reload or "hold A to run" scheme, you think "Hey this came from Gears!", but hey give 'em credit, they're using the best mechanics a third person shooter can offer. Gears of War 3 takes place a few years after 2, without spoiling much, ill tell you this, DOM HAS A BEARD...i've said too much i know. The story itself is really good, while corny at times, does answer alot of questions we Gears fans wanted answered.

The gameplay is alot better this time around, getting in cover is smooth instead of feeling like a Lego block snapped on another block, they've added a slight ADS(aim down sight) mechanic with some of the guns, now don't go "HEY THIS IS FROM CoD!" because its activated by clicking the right stick AFTER you do the normal zoom style of aiming.

Multiplayer is back and isn't laggy, YAY! Instead of the normal hope for a host in your area code, you can take a sigh of relief because theres DEDICATED SERVERS! In other words you die cause you ran into someone that is better. Horde 2.0 is a revamped wave based mode that feels more like a Tower Defense game, which is awesome. You got boss waves every 10 waves through and you got turrets, fences, and a (SPOILER ALERT) Mech suit that you use to fight the locust. Beast mode is a new addition which pits you AS the locust fighting against the Cogs, and the rumors are true...tickers are fun to play as!

Alright now here's my verdict:

-Campaign, a good, resolved and corny story combined with the good ol' gears action make it a perfect trilogy closer.
-Graphics, Epic has done it again, Unreal Engine 3 looks amazing with backgrounds and sets that will blow you away.
-Multiplayer, Dedicated Servers = No lag = Win.
-Beast and Horde mode will keep you playing for months...or years.
The MEH:
-Beast mode has no single player, sorry guys.

The BAD:
-The fact that i'm not playing! Now stop reading and go play.

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Epic's Last Stand

posted by steelsammy (MARSHALL, NC) Sep 19, 2011

Member since Jun 2011

41 out of 58 gamers (71%) found this review helpful

Gears Of War 3 is everything I expected and more from the finale of Epic Game's trilogy.

The meat my of my experience has been with the campaign, and it was as to be expected from Gears Of War. The new squad members managed to be interesting, while the returning members of Delta were as impressive. The gameplay is the same as always with Gears Of War- gory, loud, and explosive. Cover is still essential to success, and the guns are mostly old ones from Gears 2- though, I liked that. Having familiar weapons is a plus, though the new guns were lacking in creativity.

I've never been a huge fan of an online game, but Gears 3's Horde and Survival mode were the most fun I'd had with the trilogies multiplayer. The ability to play as the Locust is a fun gimmick, but it's really much more fun to be a Gear. Like most wave defense experiences, it helps to have a good friend with you.

I haven't even tried the full online, quite specifically because I didn't expect people to be able to play unless they also got an advance copy. But the two modes I've seen of Gears Of War 3 are enough fun on their own. The game is amazing in every way. If this is the last of the series, then Gears Of War has gone out with a major bang.


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