Gears of War 3 by Epic Games review

Rip-roaring conclusion to the alien shoot-'em-up epic
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£49.99

If you like your shooters adrenalin-fuelled with a pumping soundtrack, waves of monstrous foes, steroid-enhanced combatants, mountains of gore, a solid armada of weaponry and a strong dash of wisecracking one-liners, then the chances are certain that you’re a Gears of War fan.

Well you can breathe a sigh of relief, folks… for your nearly-three-year wait for the conclusion of the Gears trilogy is now over, and the good news is that Epic Games have gone all-out to make this final episode a ‘knock your socks off’ experience in pretty much every department.

If you’re a newcomer to the GoW saga, then there’s a quick video recap of what has come before. Humanity faces possible extinction at the hands of the rampaging locust Horde on the world of Sera. Eighteen months have now passed since the last human city was destroyed, and survivors are scattered on land or gathered on to large ships, including Marcus Fenix and his fearless Delta Squad compatriots.

Multiplayer heaven
With British sci-fi writer Karen Traviss providing a powerful storyline with several twists and deeper insight into the heroes’ private lives, Gears of War 3 has an extensive single-player campaign mode that will keep you hooked for 10-12 hours taking on both the Horde and the new, more deadly Lambent enemy who feed off the planet’s Imulsion power source.

While single-player has much more effective AI assistance, the main attractions will undoubtedly be the four-player co-op campaign and the range of new multiplayer modes. Beast mode lets you play as the Locust army, Horde asks you to survive 50 wave assaults (including five bosses), with cash earned for upgrades by the number of kills. Versus encourages up to ten players to try six match types including Capture The Leader, King of the Hill and Team Deathmatch.

The graphics are some of the most detailed ever seen on the X360 and as well as the enthralling plot there’s an Arcade option where you can show the world your shooting prowess while gathering medals and achievements. In short, this is the perfect send-off.

Company: Epic Games

Website: http://gearsofwar.xbox.com/

Positives
  • Engaging plot; ariety of multiplayer options.
Negative
  • The trilogy has ended. Boo!

Verdict

The Delta Squad saga draws to a fitting conclusion in Gears of War 3, with a well crafted storyline, a more powerful adversary to attack, stunning graphics and enough multiplayer activity to keep you going for years.