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[Reviewed by Constance]
5/5
Its been very trying for me to write this review only because the game was so emotional for me. Ive followed this series since its start and have become, in my mind, a member of the Coalation of Ordered Governments.But since there no place to start but the beginning..lets start there

You wake up to Anya's voice. She tells you that your father needs you, but how? Adam Fenix is dead...

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To start this game, you wake up as Marcus Fenix. Unarmored and confused. Turns out that this is a nightmare. For me the beginning dream scene just painted a picture for how the graphics and lay out of this game would be. Everything is more vivid and the controls, although still the same, are much improved. 

The emergence holes are a little different as you see in this game with Locust actually jumping out of the ground instead of emerging as in previous games. This small fact gives the player an advantage to start shooting them early.

 Like previous Gears games, there are plenty of place to seek cover, just make sure that you know what your doing so you dont die. The dream fades as you watch the Raven crash and rubble fall on your father. What a way to wake up...

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You awake, for sure this time, on a ship. Someone yelling over the intercom for you to make your way up to CIC. Time to get this started Delta. You grab your lancer and head out of the pod to get Dominic Santiago. You find Dom tending to a garden, and for some reason looking like grizzley adams. 

GAME HINT ALERT
MAKE SURE YOU WALK THROUGH ALL THE PODS. THERE ARE COLLECTABLES IN THEM. AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE IS DOM'S PSYCH REPORT.

Then you go and make your way to get Jace. (and for all you music lovers out there Jace=Drake) Who's trying oh so hard to get some mints out of a ten year machine. At this point your also introduced to Lambent Stalks. Lambent Stalks are kind of like birth places for your new enemy, the "glowies" also known as Lambent. 
We caught a brief look at Lambent in the last game, however in Gears 3, the Lambent have out numbered the Locust and are mainly your new threat. The Lambent are mutated due to imulsion poisoning, and went shot can explode and there explosion can cause you harm. Moving forward, you get Jace and then go and meet Anya. Turns out that Prescott is back and he has a message for you

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SPOILER ALERT! Highlight the text below to read Spoiler.
{ADAM FENIX IS NOT DEAD. IN FACT HES BEEN HELD CAPTIVE BY PRESCOTT ON A REMOTE ISLAND}

Without giving too much away Lambant Stalk start popping up and the real game play starts. You start shooting at several waves of Lambent Drudges and Drones. The ship you wake up on is being destoryed. A Levianthan starts to chomp away at the ship, but luckily for you Cole, Baird Sam, and the last remaining Carmine have your back and help blow the thing up. This leaves you and your crew ship wrecked.

The game progresses as you try to find your way back to your father. You get to Anvil Gate, fight some more glowies and even experience the only Lambent Beserker. (and at this point in the game, youve saved Dizzy)

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GAME HINT ALERT
DONT GIVE UP SHOOTING THE LAMBENT BESERKER. THE A.I IN THE GAME WILL HELP YOU IF YOU GET DOWNED, JUST REMEMBER AT THE LAST MOMENT BEFORE YOU GET HIT, ROLL AWAY. YOU CAN ONLY TAKE HER DOWN BY SHOOTING HER WHILE THE IMULSION IS..WELL...GLOWING. 

You find that you need  a ship or sub to get to the island. And you need fuel. This is where your heart starts to hurt. Dom knows thats theres fuel in Mercy. Now any Gear head will know that Mercy is a sad place as it is Maria's finally resting place, as well as his kids. Dom goes to pay his respects to his fallen wife and that is emotional enough. Then you meet the Formers. Formers are humans with imulsion poisoning, and therefore becoming Lambent. There waves are slightly annoying but there easy kills. 

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GAME HINT ALERT
TO SAVE AMMO WHILE FIGHTING OFF WAVES OF FORMERS, JUST USE YOUR MELEE ATTACKS. 


Now your stuck. Lambent Stalks have starting sprouting up everywhere your surrounded by Lambent Locust. Delta Squad gets seperated from Dom. Marcus is yelling for Dom to jump, but he has another plan...

HUGE SPOILER ALERT Highlight the text below to read Spoiler.
{DOM DECIDES TO SCARIFICE HIMSELF TO HELP DELTA SQUAD. THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE IS EMOTIONAL AND YOUR BROUGHT BACK TO THE FIRST TRAILER FOR GEARS OF WAR WHILE LISTENING TO GARY JULES' "MAD WORLD" GET SOME TISSUES GEAR HEADS. THIS IS LEGIT GUT WRETCHING}

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You move on now, you cant let your brothers passing stop you. Dont let him die in vain. You press on to see more destruction that was left from The Hammer of Dawn. Ash families left in the positions of there last breath. You still can save a life, your Father. You need the fuel to save him.
Now you go through more trials of getting the fuel, waves of Lambent Locust and regular Locust. A few more waves of Formers. and then you meet the real fucking next to impossible things to destroy. Armored Kantus
Armored Kantus are quick and can take over half your ammo supply, and they always pop up when you dont want them around.

GAME HINT ALERT
THE EASIEST WAY IVE FOUND TO TAKE OUT ARMORED KANTUS IS TO LET THE AI DISTRACT IT, THROW A FRAG AND SHOOT LIKE NO TOMORROW. OR IF YOU CAN MAINTAIN THE DISTANCE, THE KANTUS SCREAM AND THERE MOUTHS ARE GLOWIE. BE A MAN AND AIM FOR THERE THROAT. 

You experience underwater Locust as you finally submerge your self into the water and closer to your father. Remember here to stay focused. Once on land you have to navigate this island maze just to get to your father, who stated he has a cure for the Lambent infection. Now you fight off more waves of Locust just so your father can start his cure. Myrrah shows her face and you use The Hammer of Dawn to massacre her giant bummble bee's life. 

GAME HINT ALERT
MAKE SURE TO SEEK COVER AT ALL TIMES WHILE FIGHTING MYRRAH'S TEMPEST. IF NOT YOULL BE SURE TO FEEL THE BURN.


Finally your father has the machine going to pulse out waves of Anti-Imulsion (thats my own term) and you find that you cant save them all.

HUGE SPOILER ALERT Highlight text below to read Spoiler.
{ADAM FENIX INJECTS HIMSELF WITH LARGE AMOUNTS OF IMULSION AS TO FIND THE CURE FOR THE IMULSION POISONING. YOU WATCH HIM TURN TO ASHES IN MARCUS'S HANDS.}
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At this point Myrrah shows her face as well, climbing out from underneathe the Tempest. You give her a taste of torture as you finally end her exsistance with Dom's knife. 
"We have Tomorrow, Marcus"-Anya

Gears of War 3 for me was a fantasic way to end the series with easy controls, beautiful graphics, and a gut wretching story. 

The Graphics in each scene make you feel like youve seen this place or maybe youve been there. It by far is the most realistic I've seen in a while. 

The controls are the same for all Gear heads, however to me the navigation got simplier with the click or LB.

Online game play offers Gear heads to play as COG or Locust. you can fight hordes or just do some straight up Versus. Leveling up is made easy as well, and now you have the added bonus of trying to win Medals and badges. 

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This game is fantastic however i would not recommend playing it withouth playing previous Gears. Theres too much story here and would not be a great idea to be thrown into a war with so much emotion and not really understand whats going on. However if you did just pick up this game and decide to play it, youll find yourself falling in love.

PLAY MUCH AND SAVE OFTEN,
YOURS TRULY
PORCELIAND0LL

5/5
+graphics
+game play
+online play
+new additions
+carmine lives!
+envokes emotion
-not long enough, but a great ending to a series

 


Anonymous
01/13/2012 19:45

This was a great game! The story is saddening which is why I truly stay away from it and play multiplayer...

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