2011 is quickly shaping up to be the year of the threequel. Resistance 3, Modern Warfare 3, and even Battlefield 3 are all going to be fighting for space on your shelf this fall. With the hype machine going into overdrive for basically all of these games, it's possible to overlook Gears of War 3. Though the game was originally slated to be released this past spring, it needed some extra love and care (and definitely not Kinect support) and is finally coming to the Xbox 360. Should you still care about the Gears of War franchise? Absolutely! And here are 5 reasons why.
5. Un-Broken Multiplayer
Gears of War 2 was a great game. However, its multiplayer mode was utter garbage. Perhaps at the beginning of this console generation, this sort of multiplayer offering would have been permissible, but when you're competing with multiplayer giants like Halo 3: ODST, you can't just slap a few modes on a disc and call it a day. However, Gears of War 3 will have a renewed focus on offering a great multiplayer experience. It will feature several team-based modes including Classic Deathmatch, Capture the Leader, and King of the Hill. In addition, there will be a Horde 2.0 mode that will take the Horde mode first seen in Gears 2 and make it bigger and more strategic. And if you don't feel like playing as the good guys, Gears 3 will also have a Beast mode which will serve to counter Horde 2.0.This mode lets you take control of all manner of Locust and beat up on some poor hapless COGs with all the ruthless abandon you would expect from the evil Locust race. All these modes will be running on dedicated servers, which should work to prevent the slowdown and lag issues that plagued Gears 2. If you're looking for some good multiplayer action, Gears of War 3 will finally have your back.
4. A Story You Care About
Plenty of games in the shooter genre are content to leave the narrative at "Kill things to win." Thankfully, Gears of War is not one of those games. Though the series didn't start out with incredible strength, it evolved into quite the narrative over the years. Fenix plays the part of the unwitting hero quite well, and the mystery surrounding Fenix's father and the conditions upon which he initially found himself in jail have given him some serious depth as a character. Combine that with a post-apocalyptic setting, nefarious aliens, and a desperate last gasp for humanity's survival, and you've got a story that has the makings of a great summer blockbuster. Dostoyevsky this is not, but if you want one hell of a ride, Gears 3 is going to deliver.
3. The World Expands
When you think back about the setting of the first two Gears games, you probably think of a decaying wasteland that was made up of a bunch of gray and tan colors. Jacinto wasn't exactly the most welcoming place, and even though we have seen various other areas on the planet Sera, there was never much variation from place to place. However, Gears 3 will see the world open up dramatically, and you'll be able to visit new places, including mankind's last foothold on Sera, the island of Vectes. If you've always thought the world of Gears has seemed a little shallow, Gears 3 should deliver the depth you crave in a virtual world.