Gears of War 3 cover art for Epic Game's newest shooter.
First, I'll start off with the basics. The Gears of War franchise is three third-person shooters (TPS) based on a planet called Sera, where the humans come under attack by a race of beings called the Locust, who dwell underground and recently emerged to make war of humankind (I won't give any spoilers).
Alright, so, on the matters of being a shooter, GoW3 (That's what we'll call it from here on) covers it pretty well. The game itself is mostly based upon a cover system (similar to TC's Rainbow Six) which allows you to take cover, aim around it and shoot, or fire over/under/around it blindly.
Next, this game features a very
long campaign, which took me quite a long time to complete on normal. The campaign features you playing one of the many main characters (depending on if you're playing co-op), and is separated into Acts, which are separated into Chapters. The campaign, while being the same gameplay, features many tough situations, hard bosses, challenges, and is very emotional at points. You'll face many different enemies that will make you rethink your strategy to fighting them, too. Overall, the campaign rating I give GoW3 is 9/10. There are a few things I dislike and think the game could do without, but it really doesn't matter.
Here are some of the many playable characters is Gears of War 3.
Second, GoW3 is one of the very few games that features both an amazing campaign and gripping multiplayer in one package. GoW3, as a step up from GoW2, has become ever-increasingly based more upon the multiplayer. The menus use a system similar to Halo: Reach, in which the party is seen on the side of the menu, and you can switch the lobby and network very easily. The multiplayer is separated into playlists which are all a single gametype, such as team deathmatch or warzone. Each playlist can also be played as a ranked or quick match, where you can either wait for a team and enemy team (ranked) or join a constant server of ongoing matches, which are a continuous playlist where it only ends when you leave (quick).
Multiplayer is much more customizable than before, as you can pick your Locust character, your COG (human) character, your rifle, shotgun, and weapons skins. Characters and skins can be unlocked by various achievements and the like.
If you don't like competitive multiplayer, there's also modes called horde and beast, where you fight off waves of enemies.
For the multiplayer, I give a 10/10. Not to mention it's much better than the other GoW's, GoW3 is much more multi-friendly and is very gripping, exciting, and packed with constant action.
Possible customization options for the Gears of War 3 multiplayer.
Third, I will cover graphics and sound. The graphics in this game are stunning - quite detailed models and textures are visible throughout the entire game. Quite an amount of detail has been poured into the creation of this game, as you can see here:
You can also turn off the blood and gore for younger players or if your playing near children.
For graphics, I'll give a 9.8/10 - the blood splatter doesn't sit well with me, but the gore is fantastic.
Sound: the sound experience is also very nice; explosions and machine gun fire lighting up the battlefield make for a great experience, as well as the status yelled out by the characters. Sound, 9/10.
As to cover replayability, the multiplayer and arcade campaign can keep you occupied and happy for a long time. While the multiplayer can be quite hard at times, there hasn't been a moment where I've played GoW3 and been disappointed.
Now, to sum it up in pros and cons:
Great campaign and multiplayer - a rare combination.
Very good replayability.
Multiplayer can be hard at times.
This is a great game, and I definitely recommend. Thanks for reading!