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.
Many GOW purists don't like this new game. They did change a couple of controls, which I actually liked (grenade button LB & weapon switch Y). I do agree that the declassified slant can be a bit annoying. It is optional to do the mission in declassified mode though so not a big deal.
At first I didn't like the flashback episodic campaign, but it grew on me and I ended up really enjoying it.
The multiplayer was changed up too with some modes dropped and other added. I don't disagree with any of the GOW purists that Gears 3 was better. However, this is far from a bad game.
1) still felt like GOW to me....fresh with Baird as main character
1) if you can't handle even minute changes then you might complain it isn't exactly the same as the previous GOW games