Feeds
90%
Gears of War 3

Gears of War 3

Get the rounds in

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Stand-up fight and a bug-hunt

In fact, there's so much going on it's impossible to absorb it all in one play-through. The campaign screams out for a second run in its Arcade Mode, which is the recommended mode for four-player co-op. Much like COD World at War, Arcade combines scoring and leaderboards with Mutators, a system of unlockable Halo Skulls-type modifiers which alter gameplay dramatically, thereby extending the campaign's longevity.

Gears of War 3

That's one grumpy gargoyle

Arcade mode would be ample additional content in most other games. But Epic doesn't do great content - it does epic content. The wealth of its multiplayer offering is virtually unrivalled. Horde mode gets a welcome strategic refresh, with the introduction of new tower defence-style fortifications, such as pop-up decoys, turrets and spiked barricades.

The new Beast mode turns Horde on its head, placing you in control of an army of Locust and Lambent to destroy pockets of computer-controlled human resistance. And if a little mano y mano is more your thing, there's also a stupefyingly comprehensive and customisable suite of competitive multiplayer modes.

Gears of War 3 screenshot

The eyes have it

Verdict

Gears of War 3 is one of the most exquisitely crafted shooters of all time. Its preoccupation with fan service and dogged devotion to brawns over brains won't win over its detractors. And some veterans will find its world a little too familiar at times.

But in refining the genre it established and serving up a veritable cornucopia of online content, Epic has ensured its farewell to Gears' fans is a truly exceptional game. ®

More Games Reviews

Resistance 3 Dead
Island
Driver:
San Francisco
Bodycount Deus Ex:
Human Revolution

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

90%
Gears of War 3

Gears of War 3

Intensely epic finale to a riveting series. Available on Xbox 360 only.
Price: £40 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe
I'll have a handset delivered. Judge us after you try us...
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.