IT'S almost impossible to prepare yourself for the sheer breathtaking scale of the Gears of War titles and the third and final instalment in this epic trilogy is certainly no exception. Suitably, Gears of War 3 is probably the most polished title to come from Epic's studio to date. From the rich single player campaign to the flawlessly executed multiplayer suite, Gears of War 3 does well to exceed expectations.
The campaign picks up where Gears 2 left off. The Coalition of Ordered Government (COG) has all but disbanded and fallen even further out of favour with Stranded and other survivors. The plot follows Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad's last stand against the locust invasion, creatures that have become mutated by a yellow, glowing fuel on the planet Sera.
Epic have left nothing to chance in their quest for precise detail. Everything about Gears of War 3 exudes polish. Sharp visuals, breathtaking lighting effects and mind-boggling particle effects are but a few of the graphical gems to be found. The sound design does everything the visuals do and more to provide a strong sense of immersion and engagement with the storyline.
Although there are new weapons, new enemies and new multiplayer game modes, it's evident Epic haven't gone out of their way to change Gears of War's fundamental gameplay mechanics. The phrase 'don't fix what ain't broken' comes to mind.
With about 15-20 hours of gameplay and 5 acts diving up the leviathan storyline, Gears of War 3 is more than likely Epic's longest campaign to date. The multiplayer section alone is almost guaranteed to keep fans busy until Epic's next release.
Gears of War 3 is astounding. The level of fidelity and sheer polish provided by Epic in this title is beyond what was expected of them in the third and final instalment of the Gears of War series. A definite recommendation for any casual gamer.