|System: Xbox 360|
|Dev: Epic Games|
|Release: September 20, 2011|
|Players: 1 (2+ Online)|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language|
While gamers have been collecting COGs since the first game, Gears of War 3 gives you more things to collect. This actually brings some much appreciated continuity to the world, as you will find things that belong to characters you know, things that have been important to the story, and even things that may belong to the enemy.
I must say that the world of Gears of War has never felt more "alive." In past titles, even though the world was captured fairly well for each story, environments somehow lacked a sense of true presence. In Gears of War 3, you actually get the feeling that things are happening when you are not around, that people are living and breathing even when you aren't interacting with them.
This is apparent in the graphics and sounds of the game as well. Marcus and Delta Squad all have received a boost in appearance. There are still some trademark Gears technicalities, but without them this simply wouldn't be a Gears game. One of the biggest things I noticed was the characters do not seem nearly as "large" as they did in the first and second game. They finally look as proportionally realistic as they could in a world like this. The voice acting is as top-notch as it's always been, and the score this time has more of an impact than previous titles while never feeling inappropriate.
Gears of War 3 has been one of the most anticipated games of this year for good reason. Everyone wants to know how the heroes of Delta finish "their fight," after all, and you can conclude this experience with up to three friends. I'm not delusional enough to claim there's nothing wrong with Gears of War 3, but any flaws in this game have been present in the first two installments as well. So, honestly, if they were not in this "final" chapter, I might oddly feel upset they weren't included for continuity's sake.
Gears of War 3 may not give you that sense of closure you might need in order believe this is the last Gears story, but it will definitely give you a complete adrenaline rush of sheer bloody fun. Finally, the gaming season has arrived.