Better late than never! Friend-of-the-site Adam Marcey takes a break from his months-long obsession with Gears of War 3 to give us an in-depth review. Be sure to check back in a few days, when Adam will take on Modern Warfare 3.
Imagine my slight disappointment upon the release of Gears of War 2. Compared to its predecessor, it fell miles short for a highly anticipated follow-up. The GOW 2 online multiplayer Horde mode was the one bright spot, but the campaign and story fell well short of my expectations. The underground setting was very repetitive and although the graphics were once again amazing, it didn’t feel “new.” And what the hell was with that level where Marcus and Company had to escape from the belly of a… wait for it… giant worm?!? Yeah, a worm. Dodging pools of acid and outrunning the digestive wall, not to mention severing the arteries of the 27 hearts a worm has, isn’t my idea of a memorable gaming experience. I had absolutely no appetite for a day after playing that level, and that’s saying something: I was a fat kid at the time. Oh, poor writing at its finest. Speaking of which, I would like to thank the writing team for the drawn out and utterly worthless half a game of “Let’s find Dom’s wife Maria” subplot only to discover that… wait for it… she’s horribly malnourished and seconds from death! I want those 3 – 4 hours back!
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Once again, Horde mode returns and is a winner. In this mode, you and up to 4 other players battle wave after wave of Locust with increasing difficulty every level, with every 10th level being a boss wave. Throughout, you earn cash for kills which you use to build fortifications and buy ammo; tower defense at its finest. A new addition is Beast Mode, where you play as different tiers of the Locust Horde and try to kill the human defenders. You earn cash for destroying fortifications and killing the humans and their leaders, which in turn allows you to purchase more powerful Locust through the 12 levels of this mode.
|You can play as the Locust in multiplayer. Watch your back!|
If this sounds a little familiar, you might have played something similar in the Left 4 Dead series. Other multiplayer games include GOW staple Wingman, where you and a partner have to kill 3 other 2 man teams, classic Team Deathmatch; Warzone, which is Team Deathmatch but every player gets only 1 life per round; Execution where every kill has to be an execution; and my personal favorite King of the Hill, where each team has to capture an objective ring and hold it to score points. The first team to reach 150 points wins the round. This multiplayer suite will keep you busy for hours. Although I am a big fan of GOW 3 multiplayer, I can see how some players of this game may not appreciate it as much as I do, especially if you are fan of Call of Duty multiplayer (seriously though, who isn’t?).
The leveling system in GOW 3 is strictly cosmetic; the experience points you earn do nothing except unlock new characters to play as, and you unlock no new weapons or perks along the way. Every player starts with the same 6 weapons; kills and challenges only unlock ribbons and medals that can be viewed under your “Stats & Rewards” tab at the menu. There are also numerous weapon skins you can purchase online or unlock which give your guns a different appearance only, and frankly I could give a shit what my gun looks like as I take out my frustrations of real life on shit-talking douchebags who take videogames way too seriously. In this respect the unique GOW 3 multiplayer is a breath of fresh air.
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Gears of War 3 is worth every penny: A satisfying 10 – hour campaign coupled with a multiplayer suite with high replay value make this one of 2011’s best games. GOW fans will be happy with this installment, and if the franchise ends here I will be more than satisfied. In the OXM review of this game, the writer said something along the lines of “good luck trying to get this game out of your system for the next couple of months,” and I couldn’t agree more.
Wait a minute…Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 just released. Never mind.
Final Verdict: 5/5
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