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Crammed With Gaming Goodness,
This review is from: Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
The law of diminishing returns suggests that the more we have of something, the less the impact it will have on us. Therefore, by the time the third game in a series comes along we should all be jaded with the franchise and crave something new. Is this the case with `Gears of War 3', one of the few remaining Xbox 360 exclusives that doesn't require you to wave your arms around like a man who just stood on a hornet's nest? Can we have too much bromance, gratuitous swearing and ultra-violence? If `Gears 2' cranked the first game up to 11, then `Gears of War 3' cranks it up to at least 12 and gives you such an inclusive package that you can't do anything but marvel at the quality and value.
At the core of `Gears of War 3' is the campaign - this time 4 player co-op. An excellent and well-polished action game it clocks in at around 10 hours. Not only can you play the game straight with 3 friends, but you can also play arcade mode that tots up a points score for each kill. This makes the second run through the game even more fun as you compete in healthy competitive co-op. The arcade mode is extra value for money on an already stellar campaign, with lush graphics and great voice acting, but the quantity does not stop there.
There is also the multiplayer modes; versus, horde and beast. Each is easily another 20 hours of gameplay - the 5 on 5 fighting for some or the two alternative co-op modes where you fight as the humans or the locust. The horde mode has been advanced since the last game to allow you to build defences up between waves, this simple mechanic lifts it to another level.
All in all, `Gears of War 3' may not provide anything particularly new when compared to the previous games in the series, but what it does bring is more of it and better. You cannot deny that you are getting so much for you money that `Gears 3' has to be one of the best gaming investments this generation.