Gears of War 3 is hands down the best developed Gears game in the franchise. Whether your talking about the story, visuals, sound design, multiplayer or overall content. Gears of War 3’s presentation stands heads and toes over its predecessors. Sure you experience those classic weird Unreal Engine physic glitches like Locust legs wiggling and protruding from walls or the ground. I consider 7.62×39 surplus ammo the ladder simply nit picking and bares no real weight as far as faults go with this magnificent game. Gears of War 3 is presented with a practically flawless level design and unparalleled pacing in its core gameplay. Keep in mind you can play the entire story campaign online with up to four players.
Gears of War 3’s story starts two years after the sinking of Jacinto. Living on a huge military ship called Raven’s Nest. Some of the COGs including Marcus, Dom, Anya, Cole Train, Jace Stratton and Baird made a life for themselves. Ex Chairman Prescott who hasn’t been heard from of since the sinking of Jacinto shows up with a message for Marcus and ultimately starts the story. Its a message from Adam Fenix (Marcus’s father) who was feared dead but is alive and being held captive by Queen Myrrah (leader of the Locust).
The message Marcus gets from his dad relates to emulsion and its effects are killing Sera. Emulsion is a natural fuel resource unique to planet Sera or so we all thought. Adam Fenix has a way of stopping the emulsion from destroying the planet. You guessed it, Marcus has to save his father again and this time the planet depends on it. From here on out the COG including Marcus, Jace, Dom, Anya, Cole, Baird, Sam and Carmine set out on an epic adventure.
The Unreal Engine 3.5 was masterfully used by its creator to create one of the best looking console games in existence. Keep in mind I played hundreds of videogames this gen and there are quite a few moments that blew my mind in Gears of War 3. The zipline Cole Train scene was excellent. I thought is was a cutscene till I saw a reticle on screen. Shooting Locust on a zipline was crazy fun. Act 3: Chapter 1 Unbreakable boss battle with the Lambent Berzerker was awesome visually. The glow of emulsion as she leaked created a visual light show.
The music score as well orchestra tunes were memorable and fitting for each key gameplay moment or cutscene. All of the voice actors particularly the individuals from past games did their best work in Gears of War 3. The actors who voiced Marcus, Dom, Cole and Baird in particular. Dizzy and Anya were good as well. The cries of Lambent humans screaming “Kill Me” was hunting and creepy. The sound effects from the guns, enemies and even subtle walking was taken with extreme care. If I didn’t type it before I will now, the sound design in Gears of War 3 is the best in the series.
Nothing new or innovative as far as gameplay is concerned. You still shoot and stay behind cover. What I can say playing Gears of War 3 is that its the most fun out of all of its predecessors and that trumps innovation any day of the week. The Vulcan Cannon is a two man gatling gun which adds co-op to operating a gun. One cranks the ammo and one aims and fires. Its a deadly powerful weapon. I loved it. Butcher Cleaver adds melee combat to Gears of War 3. The Cleaver is a huge cleaver that Butchers used to cut up Rock Worms in the Hollow. Its a deadly weapon to use in the story campaign or Horde Mode 2.0.
The single player campaign lasts you between fifteen to twenty hours. There is a arcade mode for the single player not to mention the four player co-op. It seemed short in all seriousness due to its epicness (pun intended). Whether you play Versus, Beastmode or Horde 2.0 you will have fun. The multiplayer is deep with unlockables such as weapon skins, characters, executions and avatar awards. Oh did I mention that this is hands down the best launch Gears of War multiplayer ever? It is. The dedicated servers work beautifully. I never got so many double kills where myself and the other guy both kill each other the exact same time. Say goodbye to lag. The multiplayer is the best in the series from top to bottom and sideways. It has the most content and the most fun to play in my opinion.