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Gears of War 3 Review

An epic conclusion to the Gears of War trilogy, and the best game in the series.

June 21, 2012
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Introduction

Gears of War 3 is the last game in the Gears of War trilogy to follow the story of Marcus Fenix, Dominic Santiago, and the rest of Delta Squad. It was released on September 20, 2011, and it brought the story to a well-deserved close; a story which, along the way, inspired five novels by author Karen Traviss, a comic book series, action figures, a board game, a customized motor trike, a potential film adaptation, and some of the worst fan fiction we've ever read.

The sequel to 2006's Gears of War and 2008's Gears of War 2 has certainly received its share of praise and criticism. Everything from the series' over-the-top chainsaw-equipped assault rifles to the rather hamfisted, faux-military dialogue has inspired a quiet, but notable, backlash against what has been referred to as the ultimate "dude bro" game. But no matter how you feel about the story and its characters, there's no arguing that it's one of the most influential franchises exclusive to the Xbox 360.

The Gears community played a large part in shaping the game that eventually released in September. From April 25 to May 15 of the same year, franchise creator Epic Games allowed players to participate in a Beta version of the game's popular competitive multiplayer. Players not too overwhelmed by the new ordnance and character skins available were able to contribute to eventually cementing the final version of the multiplayer that released later that year.

Gears of War began, for many, as a simple introduction to the war-torn world of Sera and the war-torn minds of her inhabitants. A story focused heavily on the brotherhood forged by the dire requisites of evading genocide, spruced up by a fun, difficult, but essentially unbalanced competitive multiplayer. Gears of War 3 closes the tale by introducing some of the most rewarding cover-based shooter gameplay on the market, and drawing a clear line between what it means to be monstrous, and what it means to be human.

This review is based off of hundreds of hours of combined campaign and multiplayer play. VideoGameInfo.com had access to all available DLC and Versus modes while writing the review. Note: While no writing contains explicit spoilers for plot details, some videos from the middle and later areas of the campaign may spoil non-essential elements of the plot for deductive players.

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  2. Gameplay
  3. Storytelling
  4. Graphics & Atmosphere
  5. Multiplayer
  6. Conclusion
  7. Photo Gallery
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