I don't play online, so I can't talk about the multiplayer. I can, however, talk about the single player campaign.
I've played the other Gears of War games, and this one fits right in the same mold. Nothing too different or too new, and that's fine...sometimes changing things for the sake of changing things is a fruitless effort.
However, this game fails in one MAJOR way. It is just not fun to play. The characters are barely likable; the female character is actually so annoying I was hoping she'd get killed off at some point. The "flashback" story approach has been done before, and done better. Every level is basically the same, with very few new enemies introduced over time. The story itself doesn't make much sense, and in the end you don't really feel like anything was accomplished. The end boss battle is relatively easy compared to the rest of the game's endless firefights, so it seems anticlimactic. There is really no development of the main boss character, so there is no catharsis when you end up killing him - it just feels like another dead grub to go on top of the pile.
In the end, I found myself just wishing the game would end, and really hoped for a last-minute twist that would kill all of my team. I couldn't attach myself to any of them or the story, which is constantly broken up by the extremely segmented level design.
The visuals are good, but nothing spectacular. Some interesting moments looking over a destroyed landscape, but most of the game (90%+) takes place in destroyed buildings, which all look the same after a while.
Anyway, maybe the multiplayer makes up for it, but the single player campaign wasn't worth the time spent on it. I finished it in under a day, and hated every minute of it.
The campaign was short and way too easy. horde is gone new survival mode is terrible no grenades only a chose of two weapons per character. All in all worst gears I've ever played stopped playing after a day and couldn't wait to send it back
There are some complaints that this game is the samething that we have seen before. I must say that this game actually does a great job of standing on its own. It takes place before GOW1 and shows us Baird and Cole Train origins. The the way that they tell the story through testimonies is very cool and how you are able to see the adventure through each character. The gameplay is also tweaked by People can fly. The cover system is still there it allows for more run and gun action as well. So the game does feel a little different and more paced. If you are a fan of the Gears Franchise then this game will not dissapoint.