Gear up for fitting finale
SINCE the debut of this Xbox 360 series, it has been considered a compulsory purchase for all fans of the shooter genre. This final instalment in the trilogy is no exception.
The trademark heated combat makes way for a greater emphasis on the story in the main campaign and when it is time to play with friends online, there is more action and game modes than you can lob a handful of incendiary grenades at.
In terms of Gears’ core gameplay, the old adage ‘ if it aint broke’ applies.
You and your Delta squad run into an area, take suitable cover and wait until enemies appear.
You take them all out, move on to the next area, then rise and repeat. There’s obviously a little more to it than that, but by the end of the first hour or so, you’ll be craving a touch more variety.
Thankfully it does pick up. The enemies become more varied – requiring different tactics to destroy – and the atmosphere more frenetic.
The Lancer rifle has been a series favourite of mine, however the addition of a new mutated breed of explosive enemies, along with a wider array of satisfying new weapons, results in greater experimentation during firefights to determine which are the most effective against certain enemies.
Besides the single-player campaign, which can also be completed with three friends as your squad, Gears delivers a robust multiplayer experience, too.
Here, fans can look forward to a revamped Horde mode, which pits your online squad against waves of enemies.
The highly entertaining new Beast mode allows players to switch sides and play as the enemies. Plus, there are a handful of new and familiar five-on-five team skirmish modes.
This collection of challenging social game modes is really where the replay value shines, as they serve up fresh and unpredictable competitive gameplay and will certainly outlast the eight hours the main story campaign takes to dust off.
Gears of War 3’ s developer, Epic Games, has created a fitting finale that will leave loyal fans that came for the story, but stayed for the firefight, with a sense of both satisfaction and closure.