Gears of War 3 review roundup
Gears of War 3 has arrived. Time to take cover.
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"The game mechanics are fluid third-person combat moves," writes Michael Venables of Wired, "with its own GOW3 branded mechanic of huddled running called the 'roadie run.' The taking cover move is fluidly controlled by the player, and organically moves onto the action of shooting enemies. When your ammo is getting low, doing active reloading can reduce reload time to less than half a second by snagging the R-bumper at the right time."
"The Gears games revolve around the act of taking cover: run fully exposed towards the enemy's line and you'll be cut down quicker than you can say 'Revive me!' After years of tweaking, the act of taking cover has never been snappier or more forgiving," writes Brett Hamilton of Kotaku. "And just as importantly, pulling away from cover is fluid and rarely disorienting. Even the chaotic imprecision of the Lancer assault rifle has been tweaked and perfected — tiny aids and aim-assists lend order to the chaos and keep the heavy-metal gameplay from becoming too cumbersome or unwieldy. Well, most of the time, anyway.
"The competitive multiplayer adds two new matches: Team Deathmatch and King of the Hill," reports Brett Molina of USA Today. "In Deathmatch, teams share a set number of kills, and the first to hit zero loses. King of the Hill requires players to capture and hold points on a map for as long as possible. However, the cooperative modes Horde and Beast are the highlights. Horde mode, introduced in Gears of War 2, adds a currency system. Players start with $1,000 to buy weapons or barriers to slow the oncoming waves of Locust enemies. As they kill foes, they earn more cash to fortify their defensive positions or scoop up stronger weapons."
The last word
"Gears of War redefined the modern third-person shooter, and more games bear its influence than can be counted," writes Chris Campbell of the Scripps-Howard News Service. "Calling this a must-own doesn't do justice to the long-lasting strength this game possesses. This franchise defined a generation of gaming and goes out on a triumphant note, or a bloodcurdling roar, depending on how you choose to hear the music."
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