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Posted by mracoon

Damn, I forgot to leave a bet in ici. From the way Jeff has been talking about the game it was clear that it was going to get 5 stars. Really looking forward to getting my hands on it.

Posted by zombie2011

Can't handle the HYPE.

Posted by Addfwyn

Never really dug the other Gears games, but hey...if I can find a friend with it, I'll check it out for sure, seems like a pretty glowing review. No sense in not trying it.

Edited by FoolishChaos

To me, GoW is all about using the gun appropriate to the situation. In jeffs case, he only ever wants to use the assault rifle. So when he decided to jump in front of the cover the shotgunner is blindfiring from, he will be in trouble. If you want to keep using the assault rifle, you have to put yourself in a position where it is advantageous over the shotgun. If you can't because hes got friends flanking you, then its time to pull out the shotgun. Don't be surprised if you die because you refuse to. The lancer's chainsaw is not supposed to rain supreme over the melee range. That is the shotguns job.

And yeah, with GoW's map design, the shotgun is in alot of cases, the advantageous gun to use. In most other shooters the assault rifle will take that perch. But not in gears of war. Thats just a fact really. It differentiates the game and gives you a different experience. I like it, its more visceral.

I played a ton of the first GoW, but only played two for maybe a month. Looking forward to getting destroyed by the veterans :)

Posted by GamesPlayer

Sounds great from the review, but I've read so many like this when Gears of War 1 & 2 came out, and when i finally got the games, they were unpolished, glitchy, laggy...pieces of s**t...so burnt out on this series that I'll wait for a price drop, whenever that happens.

Posted by ptys

Looks like a nicely polished game, I'm going to save my third person gameplay appetite for March 6th though.

Posted by DonPixel

Thanks Jeff, Incredible review this seems to be something I want to play nowadays, goodbye Ak47s and M4s

Posted by emem

Very nicely written.

Everything in the QL looks so much better than what I've played in the first and seen in the 2nd game. I honestly did not expect Gears 3 to be good, so I'm pleasently surprised.

Posted by dropabombonit

Great review Jeff, I'm back at uni next week so I can't play this on my brothers 360 but I'm sure my mate Josh will get it so I will play co-op with him

Posted by GunslingerPanda


Really? REALLY!?

Posted by GetEveryone

Absolutely a day 1 purchase. Still trying to fight my way through 2 (hasn't got me hooked yet, but I'm dure it'll come). If it's anywhere near as enjoyable as Resistance 3, then this will have been a great month for games.

Posted by Zaapp1

Nice review Jeff. This makes me glad I pre-ordered from Amazon. And they even threw in $20. Like this wasn't going to sell on it's own?

Posted by baron_calamity

Cool review. Now I want to go play it. Question: I haven't played a Gears of War game before, would it be ok to start with Gears 3 or should I play the other 2 first?

Posted by LordXavierBritish

I still haven't played through any of these.

Maybe I should do that.

Posted by Wuddel

No 360 owner anymore (sadly somehow), but I am very happy this turned out so well.

Posted by AlisterCat

@GunslingerPanda said:


Really? REALLY!?

Your eyes do not deceive you.

Posted by Luck3ySe7en

@baron_calamity said:

Cool review. Now I want to go play it. Question: I haven't played a Gears of War game before, would it be ok to start with Gears 3 or should I play the other 2 first?

If you've got a buddy to play the first 2 games with, then I'd recommend playing through them. Either do some "couch co-op" or pick them up for yourself.

Posted by JerichoBlyth

I am pumped! :-D I'm getting it delivered on Saturday! Can't wait!

Posted by ComradeCrash

Sounds awesome! Can I still play this without playing the other two, for the story I mean?

Posted by Winsord

I was kind of expecting this one to not differentiate itself enough from Gears 2, but evidently I'm pleasantly surprised. The addition of the barricades and monetary aspect to Horde is pretty cool, and Beast mode sounds kind of awesome. Gears has never been a series I've gotten into much, but I'll probably pick this up a little later after a price drop or during a sale, and have some fun with it.

Posted by DancingJesus

Looks incredibly polished.

Nice review Jeff!

Posted by Zacagawea

Hot damn

Posted by asantosbr

I wanna play it already, cmon amazon uk send my damn copy...

Posted by Afroman269

Awww yeah!! So fucking ready for this game.
Dom's "fuck it beard". Awesome, Brad.

Posted by MildMolasses

@WiqidBritt said:

I'll probably play this mostly on normal, I've always felt that the enemies take way too many bullets to make playing the game 'tactically' feel right.

I agree that the enemies do take a lot of bullets, but considering that they aren't human and are posing a serious threat to things not currently in a state of being totally fucked up, I'm ok with it. Compared to games with human enemies (Uncharted: Drake's Fortune comes to mind) it makes total sense for the Locust to be bullet sponges.

Plus, from the sounds of it, they have greatly tuned the hardcore difficulty to me more in line with the "you play games, but aren't a machine" philosophy. I'm currently replaying the first gears on Hardcore, and it ranges from manageable to unpleasant at times. This one however will probably be done on hardcore if it is indeed to be considered the more normal style.

This game does look great. Competitive MP has never been my thing, but it sounds like there is more than enough content in here to extend my playtime past the campaign. I can't wait. Let the bleeding out of my wallet begin as the holiday release schedule is officially underway

Edited by ProjektGill

I'm actually surprised how happy I am that it got 5 stars instead of 4. I know scores are highly irrelevant these days but it brought a smile to my face that Epic was actually able to close the series out properly.

I might actually spend more than a month with the multiplayer (considering Gear 2 was busted for close to 5 months) because Horde 2.0 sounds fun. It still sucks that all these other games are coming out this year because I really want to pick this up but money is tight these days.

Also great review Jeff, answered everything I needed to know.

Posted by Shuborno

Sounds like it's Gears and it's good. Works for me.

I hope I like the new Horde mode since Horde was by far my favourite Gears 2 multiplayer mode.

Posted by FoxMulder

Maybe that one day in the far flung future when 360's are cheap due to the next gen arriving, I will get into the Gears of War series...for now Uncharted is my third-person cover based shooter of choice!

Posted by Bouke

This sounds like a game i can enjoy :)

Posted by ze_ro

I fear Mass Effect 3 might be the only time I will ever boot up my xbox again :/

Posted by vonFlampanker

Damn it all, I was hoping I'd be able to hold off until this one was cheap. Glad to see it getting such a good review nonetheless. I like when stuff is good.

Posted by Brendan

@ze_ro said:

I fear Mass Effect 3 might be the only time I will ever boot up my xbox again :/

You'll be able to get it on the PS3 as well. You could even pay for the game if you sold your Xbox, in fact.

Posted by Brendan

@GunslingerPanda said:


Really? REALLY!?

It sounds like you were biased coming in to this, which doesn't make your reaction anything but your own fault.

Posted by xxDrAiNxx

Video Game Hall of Fame - Gears of War 3 !

Posted by Terjay

Neat. I'll probably pre-order it then.

Posted by GaspoweR

Oh God...need to preorder from Amazon, dammit!!!

Posted by ze_ro

@Brendan said:

@ze_ro said:

I fear Mass Effect 3 might be the only time I will ever boot up my xbox again :/

You'll be able to get it on the PS3 as well. You could even pay for the game if you sold your Xbox, in fact.

yeah I know but I've had my previous ME journeys on the xbox so I feel I must finish the fight on the same system. And I don't wanna sell anything, it's nice to have all these devices.

Posted by Vorbis

I wish I could enjoy this franchise again but I fear Vanquishes fast pace and Space Marines get-in-there mentality has killed it for me. Tried to play Gears 2 again recently and I just couldn't get into hiding behind cover and waiting for a clear shot.

Still, reviews sounds great for those who still enjoy Gears.

Posted by LEGITLakers

Sounds like a good game, but I never played Gears 2 and I don't have fond memories of all the no life nerds who play the multiplayer. I think I'll stay away from this one, the first game didn't have a compelling enough story for me to continue buying this boring series.

Posted by kollay

"Anya, Gerstmann gave us five stars."

In all seriousness, good review.

Posted by Gordo789

"my point is that Gears 3's multiplayer gameplay hasn't changed dramatically"

well I guess I'll be sticking to the single player.

Posted by radioactivez0r

Only ever played a bit of the first one and couldn't really get into it, but K-mart has the Triple Pack for $20 this week, and I have a roommate who digs co-op games. Perhaps it's time to give it another shot and move up to the big time if I dig it. I mean, 90+ scores have to mean something right?

Posted by ArbitraryWater

Sooo.... It's a 3rd person shooter with a heavy emphasis on taking cover?

Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

I'm disappointed to hear the multiplayer hasn't changed much. It's a third person shooter, not a fucking fighting game, anyone should be able to play without going 0-22 every match. Oh, who am I kidding, I'll still buy it and break a controller ten minutes into my first match.

Posted by MustardDragon

Early Tu Brute?

Posted by Peacemaker

I really don't play gears for the MP but it may hold me over until CoD and Halo. I am excited to play the single player. Other reviews say the single player mode is a decent length too which is nice.

Edited by Sammo21

I'm seeing a lot of 5 stars getting thrown around for this game. Glad to hear it. Hopefully the multiplayer isn't broken when the masses start playing this game as everyone raved about Gears of War 2's mp and it was an absolutely broken mess (still debatable if it is now)...played well in the beta so can only hope it keeps up the pace.

Also, Griffin is super easily unlocked. I got the DL code from Facebook in like 2 minutes...

Posted by thornie_delete

@ArbitraryWater said:

Sooo.... It's a 3rd person shooter with a heavy emphasis on taking cover?

Yes, but it's the BEST 3rd person shooter with a heavy emphasis on taking cover. If I'm going to play this type of game, it's going to be Gears and only Gears.

Edited by CakeBomb

I just can't get past the genericness of it. It's so brown, dull, with ridiculous characters and boring gunplay.

Posted by Jayzilla

This will totally be a rent for me. A week of shooting stuff and ducking behind cover? Sold...err Rented!