THE FINAL BLOODY SHOWDOWN
Marcus Fenix is back, guns blazing, with his old buddies Dom Santiago and Augustus Cole in the final edition of Gearsofwar3: Brothers to the End. They are here to save the near extinct human race from a new form of Locusts called the Lambent. Fenix is haunted by visions of his father’s death only to find out that Adam Jonathan Fenix is very much alive and might actually own a weapon to eradicate the Lambent for good. As for Dom, he has become a farmer and planting has become his passion. But don’t let Dom’s agrarian pursuits fool you. Allow the Lambent to mess up his garden and see him get all charged up and vaporise the Locusts.
The graphics for the intense gun fights touch stratospheric levels that leaves gore splattered all over the screen. Look at the ruins of the world and you are reminded of a severely bombarded Beirut or John Connor’s stark world from the movie Terminator. The smallest of the smallest detail creates an environment that explains the game through the powerful visuals.
The Lambent shoot fire balls and keep moving, forcing you to take cover. If you are inept at dive-roll movements then you’re toast. These mutated enemies keep you on your toes, so unlike in the previous GOW versions, you can’t just stroll and scope out a cover and then start blasting the Locust. The good news is that your reflexes are faster and so your combat manoeuvres are a lot more precise. The trademark cover-based combat has improved leaps and bounds making sure you get the actual feel of the battle zone.
Every GOW has always been marked by new weapons to play with—and the third iteration is no different. Each weapon you lay your hands on offers unique features. But don’t go all Rambo and waste ammo. Preserve your firepower and grab whatever the enemy has dropped after a skirmish. My favourite weapon was the Digger Launcher, which fires a burrowing grenade that explodes behind cover.
There are two captivating modes. There is the familiar Horde mode introduced in Gears ofwar2. Basically five human players fight against an almost never ending wave of the Locust. But now with the money earned by killing the enemy, you can build fortifications to bolster your defences. Basically, more the improvements you carry out, better your chances of survival. The second mode, the Beast mode, gives you the chance to be a monster and slaughter humans. You will earn currency and you can choose the type of Locust you want to be.
This intense shooter is the best in the GOW series. The graphics grab the essence of the gun battles as do the sound effects. With the trilogy coming to an end, it feels like an old friend has deserted you.