Each Friday, we’re going to review some of our favourite games from days gone by, because sometimes it’s just nice to go back and revisit them.
This week is the 2011 third installment of the Gears of War franchise.
The first Gears of War was the game that got me into shooting alien beings. Before that I just smashed boxes as an anthropomorphic marsupial, or went looking for gems as a purple dragon. When I got my own console and stopped hogging the family PlayStation, Gears of War was the first game I actually played through. I think my most vivid memory of Gears of War was the damn Berserker in Act 4 that took me about 100 attempts to complete. The Riftworm in Gears of War 2 also sticks with me, because it was kinda gruesome and bloody, which is always awesome, and of course Dom’s mercy killing of Maria, and the sinking of Jacinto. But, Gears of War 3 is definitely, by far, my favourite game in the series. I have played and re-played it so many times, I know the game intimately. Finding out Adam Fenix is definitely not dead, dropping a bunch of exploding tickers on the Leviathon, Cole’s thrashball run with the bomb.. There are so, so many moments I could just go on (drop your favourites in the comments), I shed actual tears when Dom sacrificed himself. The Brothers to the End achievement did nothing to ease the pain.
Gears 3 wasn’t game changing, or innovative, it didn’t bring anything new to the genre, it’s a standard third person shooter, but I was so emotionally attached to the characters that something about it makes me want to keep going back to it. I was so emotionally invested in the story and the characters, I just wanted to spend all my time with them. It became my go to game when I had no idea what else I really wanted to do, it’s the reason I don’t complete other games, because after a couple of hours I just go straight back to Gears. It’s not even just the campaign, the other modes (which are apparently meant to be multiplayer but I’m to antisocial for that kinda thing) are awesome too! I’ve played 50 waves of horde by myself, I’ve killed hours running around as Locust on beast mode, I’ve captured flags and of course I’ve repeatedly played through the campaign. I always recommend this game, I’ve made Robin play through a few waves of horde with me.
I spent many, many hours playing this while I was pregnant – I had a lot of spare time on maternity leave – and even now, 6 years later, I still get urges to play it more than I do with any other game.
In fact, I might go and play it right now.
– Written By Jade
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