We awarded Gears Of War 3 a perfect 10/10 back in 2011, but I'm not entirely sure why. The multiplayer was genuinely excellent but the singleplayer was uniquely weak, managing to be broadly forgettable with a few memorable moments... that were either massive plot holes, cop-outs or hamfisted wastes of decent characters.
I'm up for a debate, but more importantly I also have to point out that you can get a copy for less than £2 delivered! Which is well worth it.
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VideoGameBox.co.uk have recently dropped the price of the Gears of War 3: Limted Collectors Edition on Xbox 360 down to just £9.70 which is a massive saving compared to Amazons £17.50. In this collection you will get:
Felix rated Gears Of War 3 very highly indeed in our full review. The multiplayer is certainly fantastic, though I personally feel that longtime fans may feel let down by a campaign that refuses to match its predecessors in terms of variety or thrills (it has its moments, mind). Though we've seen Gears 3 cheaper, Amazon have the best price at the time of writing - saving you about £2 on The Hut and much more elsewhere.
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Epic has announced the final DLC pack for Gears Of War 3: entitled Forces Of Nature. It will include five maps (three new levels: Artillery, Aftermath and Cove, as well as Raven Down and Jacinto from Gears 1 and 2) – and four new skins: Commando Dom, Mechanic Baird, Savage Grenadier Elite and Savage Hunter. Note, however, that two of these skins were originally included as pre-order incentives.
Gears 2's Guardian Mode will also make a welcome return along with seven new weapon skins and 250 Gamerscore's worth of achievements.
Forces of Nature will release on March 27th for 800 MS points, or included in the season pass.
The Hut no longer have the lowest price for Gears 3, as Simply Games have undercut them by over a quid. One of the standout titles of last year, leading the way in terms of sheer content overload, Gears 3 proved a fitting finale to Fenix and Chums' trilogy of TPS action.
As promised, Epic have released the Fenix Rising DLC pack for Gears Of War 3 today. Available on Xbox Live for 800 Microsoft Points or included as part of the 2400 MSP Season Pass, the new pack expands the multiplayer suite with five new maps - Academy, Anvil, Depths, Escalation, and the Slab - and four new character skins (Recruit Clayton, Limited Edition Thrashball Cole, Savage Marauder and Limited Edition Savage Kantus) for use in Versus Multiplayer and Horde Mode. Level 100 players will also be able to "Re-up," which resets their rank and experience while keeping their trueskill rating intact.
More details here.
Not content with delivering the cracking RAAM's Shadow just a week or so ago, Epic Games have another post-release reward for Gears of War 3 fans in the New Year, with the 'Fenix Rising' map pack set for release on January 17th, 2012. Adding "five spectacular new multiplayer maps", Fenix Rising also introduces an all new experience system to reward seasoned players who've reached level 100.Click here to read more...
Gears of War 3 is a great game. I awarded it a perfect score back in September, and I stand by my decision to do so. While its by no means perfect - an oxymoron, yes - its simply a fantastic package I had very little issue with. I love the visuals, the controls, the minute-to-minute gameplay and combat. Hell, I even like the characters a little, and I completed a Creative Writing degree. I should, by all accounts, hate Epic's strained, cliche writing; but I don't.
So, as you might expect, I greeted news of RAAM's Shadow's announcement with much fanfare - consisting of me cheering on my seat at home, alone in my room. I'm not big on map packs, but additional story content? My kinda' thing. With Gears 3 ending on a particularly conclusive note, Epic have wisely dialed back the clock to when the Locust threat first emerged, and thrown in a particularly delicious new character to muck around with.
RAAM's Shadow is set in the days following Emergence Day, when the Locust first rose from the Hollow to wage a genocidal war. As part of Zeta Squad, you control Michael Barrick, a former Stranded who grudgingly joined the CoG's 'Operation Lifeboat' and became a Gear. Barrick is a well-loved character from the comics, notorious for his brute strength and fearless attitude towards the Locust.
But Illima is in trouble. The beautiful metropolis is now but a deserted ruin, crawling with Locust setting up shop. Zeta have been sent in to assist with evacuation procedures, with a Kryll storm brewing on the horizon, threatening to engulf Illima at nightfall. The arrival of a certain General RAAM only serves to exacerbate the situation, as he personally leads the Locust forces toward capturing Illima, once and for all.Click here to read more...
Towards the end of development, with the release date looming large, Epic's design director Cliff Bleszinski told fans the third Gears game would be the last Marcus Fenix adventure. But not the last set in the Gears' universe, we gather. Despite its poor in-game storytelling, Gears has a rather rich back-story Epic could call upon for a fourth title. Not to mention Gears of War 3 made a lot of money, which is usually enough justification for a sequel for publishers. And it would appear Epic and Microsoft have big plans in store, with no less than three all new Gears games in the pipeline.Click here to read more...
Epic have dropped a free map pack onto the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Gears of War 3 for public Versus play. There are two brand new maps - Bulletmarsh and Clocktower - along with three other - Azura, Blood Drive and Rustlung - from the Horde Command Pack DLC, previously only accessible in private matches.
But that's not all, with this all being arranged in conjunction with the new Mission: Impossible film, Microsoft and Epic have set a further Impossible Mission themselves.Click here for more details...
Other corners of the development world might be clamouring for the next generation of consoles, but creative director Cliff Bleszinski believes there's still more to be squeezed out of the Xbox 360, and that it's just a matter of 'code magic, time and effort'.Click here to read more...
After a "backend issue" prevented Gears Of War 3's Horde Command DLC pack from releasing on time, Epic Games VP Mark Rein has confirmed that it's now available on Xbox Live. It will set you back 800 Microsoft Points if you haven't bought the Season Pass - and adds three new horde maps, several new fortification upgrades and some extra characters. Details here.
In other Gears 3 news, Epic has announced that a free content pack will be heading to Xbox Live later this month. The Versus Booster Pack will be free to download from November 24th (barring more technical issues), containing five new versus maps including revamped versions of classic Gears 1 levels (Clocktower and Swamp) as well as tweaked Horde Command DLC arenas tuned for competitive play.
Gears Of War 3's Horde Command DLC Pack was originally supposed to be hitting Xbox Live today, but Epic Games has had to delay the launch due to technical difficulties. Lead Producer Chris Wynn has tweeted that a "backend issue is the problem, not the game code," and that the delay will probably take "less than a couple of days" to resolve.
Season pass holders will be able to download the DLC for 'free' when it finally releases, and we'll keep you up to date with the latest.
Having already unveiled the first round of Gears 3 post-release content, Horde Command, Epic Games have now revealed what's up next. Jaws will drop, as 'RAAM's Shadow' brings back the legendary Locust general as he storms Ilima City post-Emergence Day with an army of Kryll in tow. You'll control RAAM himself in a three hour campaign set before the first Gears game, but you'll also switch sides to the CoG where you'll lead Zita Team as the legendary Stranded-cum-Gear, Michael Barrick.Click here for much, much more!
FIFA 12's reign atop the UK Charts has been put to the sword by Forza Motorsport 4 this week, with Microsoft's Kinect-ified racer screeching in at first place. It's the biggest launch for a racer on the Xbox 360, although FIFA 12's 62% drop in sales probably helped secure Forza first place. Despite plummeting sales, FIFA 12 still clung on in second place, just above new entry Just Dance 3. id Software's RAGE continues to slide respectably down the charts, now residing in fourth, with Konami's PES 2012 in at fifth.Click here for the rest of the charts
No surprises this week, statistic fans. FIFA 12 is still at the very top of the premier league; fending of a ferocious attack from id Software's latest IP RAGE. Despite being a self-confessed id fanboy, I couldn't give this flawed and fun shooter more than 7/10 in our full review. Considering that FIFA 12's sales are down 68% on last week and it still manages to top the charts, there's no wonder that it was one of the biggest UK entertainment launches of all time.
Dark Souls has done extremely well for itself, and has managed to beat Gears Of War 3 to third place. Check out Andy Rackstraw's take on this divisive (and brilliant) sadism simulator here.
Otherwise, the big hitters of F1 2011, Zumba, Dead Island and Deus Ex are still jockeying for position - but with plenty of huge launches set for the next few weeks, it's going to be all change soon enough.Click here for this week's UK Top Ten >>
Epic Games has officially detailed the first of Gears 3's DLC packs, entitled Horde Command. This multiplayer-centric expansion will deliver three new horde maps, several new fortification upgrades and some extra characters when it launches on November 1st for 800 Microsoft Points (included at a 33% discount if you've bought the 2400 MSP season pass). We've got the full details below.Click here to read more...
The UK's gone football mad this week as FIFA 12 swoops in t take the top spot off of Gears of War 3. EA Sports' latest entry in the long-running footie franchise has shaken things up this year, with FIFA veterans likely to be surprised at the slower, more ponderous style of play that the new upgrades appear to favour. We'll have a big, fat, in-depth review of the online and offline features within the next 24 hours. FIFA 12's release comes in as the third biggest launch in the UK ever, sitting pretty behind the last two Call of Duty titles - Black Ops and MW2 - and just in front of GTA IV.
It's good to see the Team Ico HD Collection slip into the top ten on release, and Black Ops sneaks back up there too, coming in at number ten as players no doubt scramble to get some stats on the board as the Elite beta continues and Modern Warfare 3 draws ever nearer.Click here to check out the top ten in the UK charts this week...
If you picked up the Gears of War 3 Season Pass, you're entitled to four chunks of post-release content at a cut-price compared to purchasing each individually. And it appears the Gears 3 DLC won't just be your standard run-of-the-mill map packs, either, as Epic is preparing a lengthy campaign addition with an all new character fans of the GoW graphic novels might recognize. Furthermore, Gears 3's main story has come in for some criticism as of late, with design director Cliff Bleszinski stepping in to defend his studio's work.Click here to read more...
In Felix's recent Gears of War 3 review he suggested that the third iteration of the Unreal 3 engine might be on its last legs. Not according to Epic's CEO Tim Sweeney, though, who says that we probably won't see a new engine from the studio for another three years yet.Click here to read more...