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Gears of War 3

version: pal (de), epic edition - year: 2011 - developer: epic - publisher: microsoft - format: xbox360, dvd - condition: mint - rarity: uncommon

Unlike Gears 1 and 2, Gears of War 3 pal version does not work on an Asian console. I had to play it on a European Xbox360.

 

The Epic edition comes with a hardcover quality Artbook which includes a fantastically written retrospective of the Gears of War universe, and a huge Marcus Fenix figure. Loads of other crap is also included

 

Chainsawed! Enemies tend to use the Lancer with skill

 

The graphical overhaul over GoW2 is most noticeable for the lighting and the color palette used

 

The cover system works even better!

 

Here, you get to use a huge, semi-portable weapon...

 

...which requires two people to handle, one for firing, the other one for carrying the ammo around. It is devastating and totally hilarious to use!

 

Review - Gears of War 3 continues the glorious SCI-FI shooting saga of Marcus Fenix and the COGs and pushes the technical boundaries of the XBOX 360 to what seems to be the limit.

While the technical leap forward from Gears 1 to Gears 2 was almost exponential, Gears 3 improves the graphics of Gears 2 only incrementally.

The color palette is even richer than before with better lighting applied to characters and the environments. Really, you'll find here one of the most technically refined pieces of software running on any current gaming system.

The underwater sections for example look so good that they could be mistaken to be CGI.

The soundtrack brings again that unmistakable mix of symphonic epicness which have been the trademark of this saga while gameplay is back mostly unaltered from the previous chapter of the series, with a few tweaks here and there.

The introduction of new enemies with different attack patterns keeps the shootouts fresh and varied as you'll find yourself needing to adapt your playing style several times depending on the nature of the threat.

Bottom line: Gears 3 concludes the trilogy in a spectacular and captivating way, with a plot which finally seems to make some sense and a finale which brings the saga and the personal relations among characters to a close. A true classic. 9/10


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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