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Posted by RAmpersaND

The Good: The series made me like Baird for once! The controls are nearly flawless. Multi-player comes in a variety of deathmatch and objective flavors.

The Bad: Everything else? First and foremost, the campaign's story is lacking in every way: its premise, plot, and storytelling all disappoint.

In short, Gears 3 is the story of Adam Fenix's quest to eradicate the Lambent. When I began Gears 3's campaign, I didn't remember much of anything about Marcus's dad or his "glowy" nemeses... which was especially strange given that I had just watched the 2-minute "previously in" video that Gears 3 offers. Said crash course in Gears history discusses E-Day, the Hammer of Dawn, the Stranded, and Jacinto... then introduces the Lambent as if they were a brand-new threat. Am I not the only one who'd forgotten about them since 2008? This video doesn't even allude to Adam, and it's his project that drives the entire plot!

Speaking of Gears 3's plot, it follows a familiar three-act structure. And by that, I don't mean that it follows a traditional three-act structure; I mean that it follows a particular three-act structure: namely, the one outlined by South Park's underpants gnomes in their legendary business plan.

No, seriously. This is Gears 3's entire plot:

  • Act 1: Learn the location of Adam Fenix.
  • Act 2: Look for fuel.
  • Act 3: Look for fuel.
  • Act 4: Look for fuel.
  • Act 5: Finally reach Adam Fenix.

Literally 60% of the game is devoted to looking for fuel.

Alas - even if Gears 3 had carried a decent plot, its narrative would've been undermined by shoddy storytelling.

Why do cut scenes interrupt gameplay so frequently and abruptly? Why does the game's camera force players to press and hold a button when it wants to focus on something important, instead of just auto-panning? And why does every handle, switch, and knob in the game shimmer like a sun-struck diamond, as if Epic thought that even the most experienced players might need constant reminding of how doors work? These hold-overs from 2006 didn't grate in 2008, but now, they serve only to annoy; I suppose that's just how rapidly game design has advanced in the past five years.

And really, that's the main problem with Gears 3: it does so little to advance even its own series. It features plenty of new locales, but none of them are memorable; it introduces a slew of new faces, but not one of them leaves an impression. Even graphically, Gears 3 is scarcely superior to its forebears.

When the first Gears launched, it offered a fresh experience: roadie run and grab cover, then down foes and curb-stomp them. When Gears 2 shipped, it revitalized that concept by introducing game-changing new weapons and modes, 5v5 matches, and the ability to use downed opponents as human shields. With the release of Gears 3, I honestly don't know that there are any new features worth boasting about. (Dedicated servers for online multi-player sure are nice, but they would've been even nicer three years ago.)

Don't get me wrong: despite all of these complaints, Gears 3 is a perfectly competent game. But considering that its single-player is a plodding mess and its multi-player feels like little more than a glorified Gears 2 map pack, I'm ultimately left wondering, "What was the point?" *

The Stand-out Moment: [Character name redacted] sacrificing himself to save the rest of the squad.

The Verdict: 8.0 (out of 10)

* Obviously, the point was to get suckers like me to hand over $60. And it worked!

Posted by tunaburn

im blown away by this review.

multi-player feels like little more than a glorified Gears 2 map pack, I'm ultimately left wondering, "What was the point?" *

the multiplayer feels totally different. every gun has been %100 redone and they included 2 new starting guns. all new maps minus the 1 they have used in all 3 games. i dont get this at all.

Even graphically, Gears 3 is scarcely superior to its forebears.

again, we must not be looking at the same game. this game is much better looking than the other gears games.

and finally, i loved the story. i loved how the character interacted with each other. i love the surprises they threw at me. the only thing was how easy it was even on the harder difficulties.

Edited by RAmpersaND

@tunaburn: If every gun had been "100% re-done", they would've been completely different weapons. "100% re-done" isn't an analysis; it's a marketing slogan.

I admitted that Gears 3's graphics were better than Gears 2's graphics; you counter that they're much better. I don't see how that's an argument worth having.

Lastly, I'm honestly sorry that you loved the story, especially if you loved it for the character development and surprises; both were largely non-existent.

PS: The game's campaign definitely was too easy, even on Hardcore. I just forgot to mention that complaint amidst all my other griping!

Posted by The_Laughing_Man
@RAmpersaND said:

@tunaburn: If every gun had been "100% re-done", they would've been different weapons. "100% re-done" isn't an analysis; it's a marketing slogan.

I admitted that Gears 3's graphics were better than Gears 2's; you counter that they're much better. I don't see how that's an argument worth having.

Lastly, I'm sorry that you loved the story, especially if you loved it for the character development and surprises; both were largely non-existent.

PS: The game's campaign definitely was too easy, even on Hardcore. I just forgot to mention that complaint amidst all my other griping!

Shotguns have had a massive nerf. In the first two games I stopped playing the online because that is all everyone used. Now its a balance between rifles and shotguns.  
 
They are much better. Maybe its because its not just all dirty gray.  
 
In the second game they where where not as big of a threat. Ya the last boss was a lambent but now they are what your mostly fight and are shown to be much more dangerous then the locusts could ever be   
 
@tunaburn said: 

im blown away by this review

 
 
 
I would not call it a review. More of a gripe fest. 
Posted by TheVeteran13

@RAmpersaND said:

* Obviously, the point was to get suckers like me to hand over $60. And it worked!

So you're saying they never should have made a Gears 3 and just let it die after 2? But they just wanted to milk the "suckers" for another 60 bucks,not finish this trilogy they have been working on for the better part of a decade?

The multiplayer is also immeasurably better than Gears 2 I don't know what game you're playing

Edited by RAmpersaND

@The_Laughing_Man: Shotguns were indeed nerfed; that doesn't mean that they were "100% re-done". Part of the reason why I stopped playing Gears 2 was that other players would exploit host advantage to land chainsaw kills from huge distances. Not everyone was using solely shotguns!

@TheVeteran13: I'm not saying that Epic should have stopped after Gears 2, but "considering that [Gears 3's] single-player is a plodding mess and its multi-player feels like little more than a glorified Gears 2 map pack", they certainly could have, at least from this consumer's perspective!

Posted by Mystyr_E

I'm curious about the glorified map pack part, I mean what else did you expect them to do, turn Gears into Rainbow 6? Even everyone's precious Battlefield 3 might as well be a 3rd Bad Company. Gears does a gameplay that people enjoy and instead of being shitty like last time, it's actually good. I'll agree the campaign's story was shit but gameplay was fine, if a bit too filler-ish

Edited by RAmpersaND

@Mystyr_E: I expected Epic to innovate the series' multi-player gameplay, just like they did when they developed Gears 2.

Posted by Vinny_Says

Gears 3 is the coming together of all the features it's predecessors boasted wrapped in the best gameplay in it's class. The best value on the market with a refined multiplayer component, but all that went right over your head.

Posted by tunaburn

@RAmpersaND: what was different between gears 1 and gears 2 multiplayer that isnt different between gears 2 and 3?

and yes they redid the weapons. the damage done, the firing rate, the accuracy. its all been retweaked to make it more balanced.

Posted by Natesaint

Oh yay, yet another Whiskey Media member sees them-self as an important critic. Why do people write these? Do they think the Jeff will shower them with praise for their sub-par reviewing ability? Anyway, Gears 3 improved on the first two in every way. It's obvious. Graphics? Look at the screen. Gameplay? Play the game. There. That is my review.

Posted by TooWalrus

How weird is it that now days, even when you've got very little positive to say about a game, it still gets an 8/10. Review scales are totally busted, aren't they?

Posted by The_Tolman

The game was laughably forgettable, I've already moved on.

Posted by rmanthorp

Personally it's without a doubt my favorite XBox 360 exclusive and something I will go back to over and over I really just expected more Gears and I got a LOT more out of it. Really solid game and just so much fun with friends.

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Edited by RAmpersaND

@tunaburn: I already explained how Gears 2 improved upon the multi-player from the original Gears; you explain to me how Gears 3 improved upon the multi-player from Gears 2, beyond adding new maps. Keep in mind that "re-balanced weapons" is a feature that could've simply been a patch for Gears 2.

@TooWalrus: I went into this write-up assuming that most people who read it would've already played and enjoyed the first two Gears, just like I did; those kinds of readers don't need to have all of the things that Gears games traditionally get right spelled out for them, so I didn't bother listing them all.

Posted by Tim_the_Corsair

I disagree with basically everything you said.

Posted by tunaburn

@RAmpersaND: ok improvements from gears 2 to gears 3 besides maps and balancing..... which is stupid to not include

you can tag people and push them into their team after using them as meatshield

new weapons

team deathmatch

capture the leader

jump over cover and kick people

weapon executions unlocked by getting kills with the weapon

beast mode

4 player co-op

i just named 8 things off the top of my head right there. without even having to think about it.