My Game of The Year

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Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -

I like Gears of War...actually no, I love Gears of War. Some people on here who know a bit about me understand this fact. Does this make me biased in choosing Gears of War 3 as my GoTY? Sure it does, but this doesn't mean that I think that all 3 games in the franchise are the greatest things ever (maybe) because I easily thought GTA IV was the best of 2008 instead of Gears of War 2. Now with that out of the way, I'll dive into some of the reasons as to why Gears of War 3 is my Game of the Year.

Gameplay

I don't care that it's my opinion but I'm 100% confident that Gears of War 3 is the best third-person shooter in terms of overall feel and control. If third-person shooters are not your thing then I understand your feelings about not caring/liking this game a whole lot, but I'll be damned if this isn't just a solid game in the third-person shooter genre. People like to compare this to Uncharted 3 because they share the same genre which in some cases that's fair. It's cool being able to jump and climb around in Uncharted 3, but I always come back to Gears 3 when it comes to wanting to shoot shit better. The guns feel and shoot great, character movements and animations are very smooth, everything just feels right.

Campaign

Yeah, the overall Gears of War fiction is dumb, but my love for the franchise is what kept me invested in the story. (I draw the line at the books; I tried one of them and then managed to stop myself before it was too late) Gears of War 2 was where they fleshed out the Gears universe and made the Locust somewhat more interesting (Giant Worm anyone?) but Gears of War 3 made the story more personal and added a sense of desperation to the events that were occurring. The game still has a lot of the traditional Marcus saying, "Nice", moments but they made the overall story more serious. Say what you will about the ending and leaving a rather large plot hole in regards to the Locust Queen, I was satisfied with how the story ended and I also had a fucking blast playing through that whole thing.

Multiplayer

To me, this is where the meat of the game is. The multiplayer in Gears of War 1, even though it was basically small and sparse in scale, was what got me hooked into this franchise. It's fun blowing people the fuck up in this game. It's the only game where I get the most satisfaction after killing someone because of how bad they can get messed up, it's crazy. Gears of War 3 surpassed its predecessor in every aspect of the multiplayer. Bullet lag and host advantage? Thanks to dedicated servers, that shit is gone. Tired of having shotgun focused multiplayer matches? EPIC made the rifles more useful than they have ever been before. Thanks to EPIC's stat tracking, the Lancer is actually the most used weapon in ranked matches. I've never had as much fun in any other multiplayer game, the modes are great and EPIC does a fantastic job of tossing in some custom game events every week.

With all of that said, it's easy to see people being intimidated by the competitive multiplayer. People are crazy on that game and if you don't know what you're doing you'll be ripped apart, literally. That's when the other coop friendly modes become more appealing. The new Horde mode in this game is fantastic; they added the ability to construct barriers, turrets, decoys, whatever. This new element makes it fun to fortify yourself with your friends and try to survive against the waves of Locust enemies. There's also Beast mode which is like Horde mode in reverse, but with a time limit on each round. There's just so much shit to do in this game and EPIC has already delivered in adding more content such as the 5 new maps that are available for free. More maps means more places to play some Horde and Beast mode in.

In The End

This was honestly a hard choice for me to make. I've been enjoying Skyrim a whole lot and I still have plenty of shit to do in that game even though I finished the main questline. It's a game that is easy to get lost in and waste away the hours but in the end I know that there's only one game where I'll still be playing well throughout 2012 and that game is Gears 3. I've put in about 45 or so hours into Skyrim with plans to invest more time into that game, but the crazy thing is that I probably have put in even more hours than that into the Gears 3 multiplayer. Also, it didn't help that I was finally forced to stop playing Skyrim on my 360 and go back to PC because I hit a part where the framerate wouldn't stop being in the single digits.

Some people will never understand the appeal of this franchise or share the love that I have for it and I understand that. Getting to sink many hours into the best, most polished entry in one of my favorite franchises is why I consider Gears of War 3 to be my Game of The Year.

Pretend Anya is Skyrim
#1 Edited by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -

I like Gears of War...actually no, I love Gears of War. Some people on here who know a bit about me understand this fact. Does this make me biased in choosing Gears of War 3 as my GoTY? Sure it does, but this doesn't mean that I think that all 3 games in the franchise are the greatest things ever (maybe) because I easily thought GTA IV was the best of 2008 instead of Gears of War 2. Now with that out of the way, I'll dive into some of the reasons as to why Gears of War 3 is my Game of the Year.

Gameplay

I don't care that it's my opinion but I'm 100% confident that Gears of War 3 is the best third-person shooter in terms of overall feel and control. If third-person shooters are not your thing then I understand your feelings about not caring/liking this game a whole lot, but I'll be damned if this isn't just a solid game in the third-person shooter genre. People like to compare this to Uncharted 3 because they share the same genre which in some cases that's fair. It's cool being able to jump and climb around in Uncharted 3, but I always come back to Gears 3 when it comes to wanting to shoot shit better. The guns feel and shoot great, character movements and animations are very smooth, everything just feels right.

Campaign

Yeah, the overall Gears of War fiction is dumb, but my love for the franchise is what kept me invested in the story. (I draw the line at the books; I tried one of them and then managed to stop myself before it was too late) Gears of War 2 was where they fleshed out the Gears universe and made the Locust somewhat more interesting (Giant Worm anyone?) but Gears of War 3 made the story more personal and added a sense of desperation to the events that were occurring. The game still has a lot of the traditional Marcus saying, "Nice", moments but they made the overall story more serious. Say what you will about the ending and leaving a rather large plot hole in regards to the Locust Queen, I was satisfied with how the story ended and I also had a fucking blast playing through that whole thing.

Multiplayer

To me, this is where the meat of the game is. The multiplayer in Gears of War 1, even though it was basically small and sparse in scale, was what got me hooked into this franchise. It's fun blowing people the fuck up in this game. It's the only game where I get the most satisfaction after killing someone because of how bad they can get messed up, it's crazy. Gears of War 3 surpassed its predecessor in every aspect of the multiplayer. Bullet lag and host advantage? Thanks to dedicated servers, that shit is gone. Tired of having shotgun focused multiplayer matches? EPIC made the rifles more useful than they have ever been before. Thanks to EPIC's stat tracking, the Lancer is actually the most used weapon in ranked matches. I've never had as much fun in any other multiplayer game, the modes are great and EPIC does a fantastic job of tossing in some custom game events every week.

With all of that said, it's easy to see people being intimidated by the competitive multiplayer. People are crazy on that game and if you don't know what you're doing you'll be ripped apart, literally. That's when the other coop friendly modes become more appealing. The new Horde mode in this game is fantastic; they added the ability to construct barriers, turrets, decoys, whatever. This new element makes it fun to fortify yourself with your friends and try to survive against the waves of Locust enemies. There's also Beast mode which is like Horde mode in reverse, but with a time limit on each round. There's just so much shit to do in this game and EPIC has already delivered in adding more content such as the 5 new maps that are available for free. More maps means more places to play some Horde and Beast mode in.

In The End

This was honestly a hard choice for me to make. I've been enjoying Skyrim a whole lot and I still have plenty of shit to do in that game even though I finished the main questline. It's a game that is easy to get lost in and waste away the hours but in the end I know that there's only one game where I'll still be playing well throughout 2012 and that game is Gears 3. I've put in about 45 or so hours into Skyrim with plans to invest more time into that game, but the crazy thing is that I probably have put in even more hours than that into the Gears 3 multiplayer. Also, it didn't help that I was finally forced to stop playing Skyrim on my 360 and go back to PC because I hit a part where the framerate wouldn't stop being in the single digits.

Some people will never understand the appeal of this franchise or share the love that I have for it and I understand that. Getting to sink many hours into the best, most polished entry in one of my favorite franchises is why I consider Gears of War 3 to be my Game of The Year.

Pretend Anya is Skyrim
#2 Posted by Tireyo (6409 posts) -

Good reasoning. You should review it now. = - P

#3 Posted by JTB123 (1046 posts) -

Good choice, the final game in a trilogy should always be a combination of the best parts of the previous two games while still managing to do its own thing to keep things fresh, Gears 3 really nailed that, truly a fantastic way to end things.

#4 Edited by Dany (7887 posts) -

Yeah, the game is tons of fun. The campaign is diverse and always on, has some nice dramatic beats that work well and the gameplay is at its finest. Also, a hard decision, coming from you :P

#5 Posted by Claude (16255 posts) -

I wonder if Sweep agrees with you? You can't go wrong with your own opinion. It's all about the fun and entertainment.

#6 Posted by mikey87144 (1737 posts) -

I disagree but your argument was pretty good.

#7 Posted by EpicBenjamin (624 posts) -

Yeah dude, Gears 3 is fuckin' incredible! It's either that or SR3 for my GoTY.

#8 Posted by Galiant (2193 posts) -

Cool. I haven't played it, nor do I intend to. I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything though.

I'm glad the industry is so large and varied that a game that I have zero interest in can be someone else's game of the year!

#9 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3859 posts) -

Not my choice but a solid one. Great write up, Gears 3 is a hell of a good game. I'm a big fan of ther story too, the last two games did a way better job with the characters, Dom especially.

#10 Posted by Vinny_Says (5700 posts) -

Solid choice mister fro'. Gears 3 is amazing and also on my list somewhere.

#11 Posted by CaptainTightPants (2834 posts) -

I don't know how exactly EPIC did it but I actually found the multiplayer to be A LOT of fun this time around. I played about 10 matches of Gears of War 2 and I had absolutely no fun at all in any of them. Also the Retro Lancer = Dead Annoying Shotgun Rushers so I thank them for adding that. It is probably my favorite multiplayer experience of this year, which I thought was going to be Dark Souls but my online experience with that game was broken and terrible for the most part

#12 Edited by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -

@Tireyo643: Ya I guess I could easily do that because most of this blog basically acts as a review. Actually I think I'm going to do a write up about all of the 3 Gears games sometime.

@Dany: Not gonna lie, Skyrim is a really, really good game. If it wasn't for my love of Gears's multiplayer I would have easily picked Skyrim for GoTY.

#13 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

Good write-up. I still need to pick this game up, I played in the beta and loved it.

#14 Posted by ez123 (1956 posts) -

It's mine too but I have only played four other 2011 games. Campaign was varied and tons of fun. The story was fine, I have liked the story parts in this franchise because of the squad(mainly Baird and Cole) more so than the actual story.

Horde 2.0 surprised me with how enjoyable it was, I didn't think tower defense would add anything for me but that and the boss waves make it a whole lot better. Beast Mode is neat too, controlling the bigger locust looked annoying, it works fine. Multiplayer works like a dream, the rifle weapons matter more and most of the maps are great. Though a lot are from Gears 1 and they are still some of the best. At least people aren't glitching out of them now.

I have had zero lag in any of the modes and it's one of the best looking 360 games, well good Epic.

Gears 1 is still better to me, that game's atmosphere, maps and that fact that it did what it did first make it special.

I'm holding off on RAAM's Shadow for a while but it looks amazing.

#15 Edited by ProfessorEss (7324 posts) -

Great choice, great reasoning.

I think the Gears fiction is under-rated by a lot of people. I personally think keeping things simple and straightforward is fine when it's executed as well as it is in Gears. I certainly prefer it over a lot of the more complex (see: convoluted) yet poorly written and delivered stories we see far too often in videogames.

#16 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

I still haven't had a chance to play it. I was out of the country when it came out and as soon as I got back home I started Dark Souls, the Skyrim and Saints Row. I'll get to it at some point, Gears one is probably my all time favorite co-op game.

#17 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7077 posts) -

Playing it the last few days made me remember how much I love this game. Good read, Afro.

#19 Posted by KarlPilkington (2722 posts) -

Afroman, you are my game of the year.

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#20 Posted by Ackbar (25 posts) -

Well said, Campaign is the same stuff ( speaking for myself ) but I LOVE horde with my buddies chatting away on headsets. Just a blast!

#21 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
Very good read and I loved the pictures. I also enjoyed how much you stress that this game is fun and that's what it's all about. 
However, from what I've seen of this game, I find this statement: 
 
@Afroman269 said:

People are crazy on that game and if you don't know what you're doing you'll be ripped apart, literally. 

..hard to believe. 
 
So please elaborate. How does an arena shooter where you run around a rather small map blocked all around, blasting big fat dudes in the face/ass, require that much skill, and what do you mean by "if you don't know what you're doing" ? Is there that much to do, and does that have a lot of depth? 
Do enlighten me, I'm actually asking not being sarcastic.
#22 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -

@McGhee: The game is awesome with 4 player coop.

@PollySMPS: You're right, all of the vehicle stuff in the past games sucked. There's one on rail sequence in Gears 3 and it's way better and surprisingly fun.

@KarlPilkington:

#23 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic said:

Very good read and I loved the pictures. I also enjoyed how much you stress that this game is fun and that's what it's all about.
However, from what I've seen of this game, I find this statement:

@Afroman269 said:

People are crazy on that game and if you don't know what you're doing you'll be ripped apart, literally.

..hard to believe.

So please elaborate. How does an arena shooter where you run around a rather small map blocked all around, blasting big fat dudes in the face/ass, require that much skill, and what do you mean by "if you don't know what you're doing" ? Is there that much to do, and does that have a lot of depth? Do enlighten me, I'm actually asking not being sarcastic.

By not knowing what you're I doing I'm referring to the people who are new and tend to go out by themselves to do whatever. People in this game are kinda crazy at destroying people who are not paying attention to what's going on around them. If you stay out in the open long enough, you'll be sniped, blown up, or just shot down by Lancer fire. The skill part to the game is about staying alive longer.

#24 Posted by zombie2011 (4972 posts) -

Gears 3 is my GOTY too, close call between that Skyrim and Bastion, but Gears 3 is just so damn good.

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#25 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -

@zombie2011: I seriously need to get back to Bastion and finish it. I got busy when it came out and haven't gotten back to it.

#26 Posted by Elyk247 (366 posts) -

Gears is great. I loved Gears of War in 2006, cuz we basically had shit that year besides Oblivion in terms of games to play. It's not my favorite, but the series holds a place in my heart.

#27 Edited by JTB123 (1046 posts) -

@Afroman269 said:

@AhmadMetallic said:

Very good read and I loved the pictures. I also enjoyed how much you stress that this game is fun and that's what it's all about.
However, from what I've seen of this game, I find this statement:

@Afroman269 said:

People are crazy on that game and if you don't know what you're doing you'll be ripped apart, literally.

..hard to believe.

So please elaborate. How does an arena shooter where you run around a rather small map blocked all around, blasting big fat dudes in the face/ass, require that much skill, and what do you mean by "if you don't know what you're doing" ? Is there that much to do, and does that have a lot of depth? Do enlighten me, I'm actually asking not being sarcastic.

By not knowing what you're I doing I'm referring to the people who are new and tend to go out by themselves to do whatever. People in this game are kinda crazy at destroying people who are not paying attention to what's going on around them. If you stay out in the open long enough, you'll be sniped, blown up, or just shot down by Lancer fire. The skill part to the game is about staying alive longer.

To build on that, team work is essential if you want to win, also knowing what your opponent can see is a huge part when taking someone on directly, you have a lot of peripheral vision when not aiming in Gears and if you take note of that, you should know exactly when someone can see you or not, that might sound obvious but you might be surprised how many people don't do that. I'd say situational awareness is key in order to stay alive, as a good player will be able to kill you in the blink of an eye.

Being able to adapt to a game is also something I really like about Gears, them really changing the starting rifles forces you to change up your strategy depending on the team you're facing and the map you're on. There's one guy who my usual team play with regularly who does nothing but complain about getting killed by retro lancers and sawed offs, when the only thing he uses to try and counter it is the regular Gnasher, he dies because he doesn't adapt to his enemies tactics. Come to think of it, that's probably my favourite thing about the MP in Gears 3, I like going into matches and seeing what people are doing and adjusting my approach in order to take them down depending on the match, gametype and map.

#28 Posted by laserbolts (5319 posts) -

Awesome choice. Gears 3 is my go to multiplayer game right now. It's so good. It takes forever to rank up though I've been stuck at 91 forever now.

#29 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -

@laserbolts: 91? Goddamn it! I need more free time to sink into this game. I only just hit 61.

#30 Posted by laserbolts (5319 posts) -
@Afroman269 Yeah I played way too much when it first came out. It takes soo long to rank up once you hit 90 though. Double xp is going on right now so take advantage of it.
#31 Posted by Enigma777 (6071 posts) -

I'm so gonna steal your format.

#32 Posted by EuanDewar (4899 posts) -

R.I.P AFRO, BLAZIN' UP IN YOUR HONOR

#33 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Someone should necro-post a bunch of topics made by banned users.

#34 Posted by davidinwrofy (71 posts) -

@Unknown_Pleasures: What, this guy has been banned? He was a legend!

#35 Posted by EuanDewar (4899 posts) -
@davidinwrofy

@Unknown_Pleasures: What, this guy has been banned? He was a legend!

It's complicated. He got suspended before for letting his friend make an alt account on his email that he then used on the forums. His friend logged onto the account after the suspension and he got banned. He has no hard feelings about it though.
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