I can’t claim to be the biggest Xbox 360 fan – though I would like to be – but my loyalty to Sony and my PlayStation 3 simply won’t allow it. Doesn’t mean I don’t own an Xbox though, I just don’t use it as often as I would like. After watching my friends play Gears of War, and Gears of War 2 a couple of years back I could no longer resist putting off the experience and trying out Gears of War 3 myself. Gears of War is a game changer, plain and simple. Its hard to imagine that it was only five years ago that the Xbox 360 exclusive made its debut, and lived on to feature a third. Gears of War 3, in a nutshell, is that sci-fi third person shooter that will blast you away.
By far I can honestly say that Gears of War 3 has one of the best storylines in gaming history. Don’t expect twists or turns, but anticipate a lot of drama, action, horror, and adventure with intense dialogue and graphic cinematic theatrics displaying some of the most gripping moments in game story lines. The fact that the game has been made for players to assume the role of the dark mysterious (somewhat of an anti-hero) protagonist ‘Marcus Fenix’ in a futuristic setting battling for survival with 3 other support characters creates this eerie attachment to the game. You’ll feel the weight of the world resting in your hands as it rests on Marcus Fenix’s shoulder; fighting endless hordes of savage aliens. The trials and tribulations that the hero endures during the fight on ground zero of a war torn world is mind-blowing. Though it’s based heavily on running rampant carnage with a chainsaw rifle, players will discover this unexplainable satisfaction of sprinting up towards alien foes and gutting them with the GOW signature motorized chainsaw. The blood sprouting across the TV screen with an agonizing sound effect screech of the enemy being slaughtered is quite fantastic. Though there is a huge arsenal of weapons to pick and choose from, you’ll find yourself going back to the chainsaw ‘Lancer’ machine gun, quite simply because it feels right. Nevertheless, the options for causing unstoppable mayhem with weapons of mass destruction are still on the table including the torque bow (crossbow with incendiary grenade heads), Mortar, and Hammer of Dawn (imulsion satellite signaled laser). And if its not a hurricane of bullets raining up a ‘it storm, then its a ‘duck-and-cover’ marathon run throughout with the games unbelievably precise cover system. The cover system is perhaps the one factor in the game that cannot be compared to any other cover-based shooter. Precise, accurate, and aggressive is what will come to mind. And if its not ducking, and shooting then its mostly manning machine guns, vehicles and heavy artillery. Gears of War does well when it comes to spawning memorable characters. Even when some fell off, and others persevered, they all remained titular in their own right; especially the series protagonist Marcus Fenix. Though mostly dominated by male ‘Gears’; Gears of War 3 brings in the feminine touch with a female character, and that is something you don’t see everyday in sci-fi shooters. There is no denying the fact that the Gears of War series has helped shape modern day shooters, but Gears of War 3 is what defines it today. Gameplay, graphics, storyline, sound, it has it all.
Now though this game has been released for about a year, the good news is that if you manage to catch up with the series you’ll be able to get a good grasp on the GOW lore with the upcoming installment titled Gears of War: Judgement. Bound for release this year (March 19), the new entry is going to be somewhat of a prequel and will serve as a tie in for the franchise’s original storyline.