Gears of War Series | Gears 3
Gears of War 3 is a 2011 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360.
When the Gears of War series debuted, it used Mad World as marketing Monsters and rubble and darkness, that was the backdrop used to invoke hopelessness, desertion, war, and sadness in the time of the Coalition of Ordered Governments. What gamers got was a series about blood, guts, and chainsawing your enemies in half.
First released all the way back in 2006 as a flagship exclusive for the Xbox 360, the Gears Of War series became a staple for big dudes with big guns shooting at big monsters called the Locust Horde, and its near perfect gunplay mechanics made for an immense shooter that packed a violent, gory punch. It reminds me of those films where people who’ve gone crazy are seeing things differently than what is going on.
At the time, it felt as though Epic Games held a dream of the grand adventure that the Gears of War series could become but lacked an understanding of how to deliver a product that could get it there.
For players, Epic seems to have shaken the set-piece mentality they got obsessed with in Gears of War 2, replacing it with a more action-orientated one.
Epic’s Design Director Cliff Bleszinski has always said “Gears isn’t Shakespeare”, but it’s clear he and the rest of the talented folk at Epic wanted to hit a couple of emotional notes in Gears of War 3. Between the bangs and bloodletting, the plot finds enough time to peek into the lives a couple of the COGs had before the war with the Locust tore Sera apart.
Gears of War 3, despite being the final chapter in the Marcus Fenix trilogy, still hosts an accessible story for all gamers regardless of if they’ve played the predecessors. Keeping it brief, the Gears of War 3 campaign is a great finale to the long-running story, and it has countless beautiful, expansive set-pieces that keep the game-play fresh and engaging, and the characters make the Gears series one of, if not the most, iconic games of all time. The timbre of the Gears of War series changed with this game’s focus on these characters’ playful wit and sarcasm.
Gears of War 3 captivates players in an intense action gamer and although ten hours is a commitment for a game centered on blowing enemies into red goo, Gears of War 3 is well-worth playing to conclusion.
While trying to avoid spoiling anything, let me say the story got me to care about all the new characters it introduces in that time, making the emotional trials Gears games always have that much more poignant