Ah, Gears of War 3. Beautiful, beautiful Gears of War 3. I’ll keep this brief…
I absolutely adore this game, still do. I remember playing the Beta on Thrashball and Old Town and totally being in love with it instantly. Coming fresh from Gears of War 2, the graphics were amazing, fresh and the faster, fluid movement was so damn satisfying.
Campaign was great. Initially I played twice it with 3 mates, once Normal and once on Insane, which was a great laugh! Great locations, new enemies and it was good to see how the story was continuing after Gears of War 2. I cannot put into words how mesmerising it was seeing the glorious Queen Myrrah again. Absolutely outstanding. She was also a good challenge on Insane, which was great as I had a great struggle with my morals by shooting her.
Anyway, it was fantastic and Arcade mode was a great addition which made grinding those pesky Onyx Medals that much easier.
They did well with Horde. The replayability factor on the original Horde was definitely there, it was very, very enjoyable. So with that said it was nice to see Gears of War 3 improving on that experience. With Boss Waves (featuring the Queen’s immaculate voice) with some new excellent Bosses, bases with fortifications, a money system to use on upgrades available for said fortifications and to purchase any weapon dependant on what was available on your chosen map.
Now this was fantastic. Easily my favourite mode. To finally play as the Locust and put those filthy humans in their place! I put countless hours into this mode. It would’ve been great to have a PvP version of this back in the main games. I’m aware or Overrun but it’s difficult to praise it when Gears of War: Judgment is heresy. Anyway, it was a great system being able to ‘earn’ higher tier Locust such as the Berserker to absolutely obliterate the enemy base. Insane was a nice challenge to, making you choose wisely and play much more cautiously with your chosen Locust.
Ahh…sweet Versus. Sweet, beautiful Versus. After Campaign had been fully complete, and I’d accumulated so much for Horde/Beast I yet again fully committed to Versus. Playing it almost religiously every day for 4 years (before life got in the way), it was such a good experience. The weapons, the maps, the characters, the modes. Sure there were some issues which is to be expected but they were mostly minor and resolved, such as some weapon spawn locations and the removal of the Ink Grenade stun.
TDM was new to Gears of War in this game so it was my first choice and became my favourite, with more than 93,000 kills in the mode. Yes, I maybe put too much time into it but I regret nothing.
Being able to play as the Queen was an amazing bonus. Being the embodiment of perfection, her design and voice just added to the infinite replayability Versus offered.
Lastly, I need to mention my baby, Hammy. She was easily my most used weapon, earning the Onyx medal 4 times, even surpassing the Gnasher. Combined with a godlike trigger-finger, the semi-auto Hammerburst was such a good weapon to use once again. Even better this time round with the addition of Iron Sight Zoom. She was great to use in CQC, which induced some satisfying rage from opponents, as well as long-range against overconfident Snipers. I do miss the “modded” fan mail.
This is where TC should look and take notes. Detailed statistics on your kills, deaths, assists, captures, waves complete, etc, based on whatever mode you’re looking at, whether it be all the Versus modes, Horde mode or Beast mode. There’s also individual weapon pages which is an added bonus. As well as those statistics you could follow and track your achievements here, giving you a clear idea of what you had to do. Bonus character and weapon skins were also listed on a page, such as the Golden weapon skins, Crimson Omen Skins, Flaming Skins, Kantus, Prescott, Savage Theron and more.
Your Mutator progress was also included here. Lastly, the Medal System. There was a full page of medals that covered every in the game. From “interactions” (like pressing a piano key) in Campaign to Fortifications destroyed in Beast Mode, there was plenty to do here. The medals progressed 4 stages of each medal: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Onyx. And with each level you came a title you could select to be next to your name in ranked/private lobbies. I remember switching between “For the Queen!” and “God Complex” .
The DLC for this game was remarkable. Horde Command Pack, Versus Booster Pack, Fenix Rising, Forces of Nature we’re all fantastic additions, offering so many maps, characters, achievements and even a Re-Up system. What gets it’s own mention, though, is RAAM’s Shadow which is easily still the best DLC to date. Offering a small Campaign with the ability to play as the General himself and experience the war from a Locust perspective. The gameplay was fantastic as RAAM just tears through the pitiful COG forced with his Serrated Blade, immense height, strength and mastery over the Kryll. Hearing the Queen guide him is also a very, very welcome addition. I loved it.
What a game. Epic really blew it out the water when it came to Gears of War 3. It’s truly an amazing game and the hype surrounding it’s launch’s and prime was never met again. TC have got nowhere near it.
Well that’s enough said on that matter. I’ll leave this post with a picture of the best moment of the full game. Seeing her for the first time: