Posts Tagged ‘Gears of War 3’
The last installment of the Gears of War trilogy released recently, easily my own most anticipated game this year. Gears of War has always been a different style from most shooters, placing the player in a 3rd person perspective looking over the shoulder of the character you’re controlling. The ingenious cover system and it’s implementation into the game makes Gears of War unique among shooters. The final Gears game did not disappoint.
The story is set 2 years after the previous Gears game, after humanity on the planet Sera had sunk it’s last remaining stronghold into the ocean in an attempt to destroy the locust horde beneath the surface of the planet. In this game, humanity is on the brink of extinction and so is the Locust horde. Both are being attacked by a new life form called the “Lambent”. The Lambent is a parasitic life form that comes from the immulsion fuel supply that is widely used on the planet. The Lambent is what pushed the Locusts to emerge from beneath the surface, causing them to flee. In this game, you learn that the main character’s father is still alive (presumed dead in the backstory of previous games) and has a potential solution to the Lambent problem. You fight across Lambent and Locust infested areas, crossing land and sea in order to find him. This game throws a ton of character development at you as well, really showcasing the toll that this war has taken on these people.
Epic Games improved even more so the wildly popular survival game mode, Horde, in this installment. Added to the Horde gameplay is a form of tower defense strategy. Players can build fortifications, turrets, & decoys to aide them in their efforts to hold off wave after wave of Locusts and Lambent. In a twist, another game mode was added to this game that takes Horde and turns it on it’s head. Beast mode allows players to play instead as the Locusts and try to attack the human defenders. You have a limited time to complete the wave, earning additional time with each kill or fortification destroyed. Each kill also earns you money and allows you to select bigger, badder creatures to play as with each subsequent respawn.
The multiplayer portions of this game got a boost with the addition of dedicated servers. The biggest complaint most people had with the first two Gears games was the poor networking code and how dependent gameplay was on the host Xbox’s connection quality. With this game, ranked matches (and others, depending on server load) are hosted on dedicated servers, guaranteeing that no one player in the game has a significant advantage over the others.
Video games are a business and Epic Games has followed suit and introduced a pre-payment plan for downloadable content (DLC) for Gears of War 3, much as other game studios have done. The Gears ‘Season Pass’ will cost you $30 outright, but it provides you with access to the first year’s worth of DLC with no additional cost. Also, gamers can now purchase additional weapon skins for their guns to make them all nice and pretty. You could fork over money and buy them all ($48) or just buy the ones you want, which are relatively cheap individually (~$3 each).
Overall, this is a great game to play. The in-game feedback you get for doing specific accomplishments (ribbons, medals, achievements) is great. Different combinations of rewards unlock different little ‘extras’ in the game, such as weapon skins, playable multiplayer characters, or mutators for Horde mode (like skulls in Halo). There are many options available to you when you load up the game, whether it be single player campaign, co-op, arcade campaign, beast, horde, or versus mode. The game is fun to play and will be around for quite some time.