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Gears of War 3 takes place 18 months after the end of the second game, and picks up on the on-going story from the Gears of War books, the last one being Coalition's End.

After sinking Jacinto in order to flood the Locust Hordes' subterranean homeland, the Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) was forced to relocate their entire population to their former island stronghold and navy base on Vectes via Port Farrell. The growing threat from the emerging Lambent, however, has now forced the COG to abandon Vectes Island as well. As a result, the COG has been disbanded, and its population split up into smaller communities to avoid drawing attention from the Lambent. The player will once again assume the role of Sergeant Marcus Fenix, leader of Delta Squad, currently aboard the flotilla of ships housing the survivors as they deal with the relocation and fight off the lambent threat.

Gears 3 retains the shooter gameplay used in previous games, using over-the-shoulder third person system, as well as a cover system that allows players to move from cover point to cover point, roll and blind fire weapons/lob grenades. Players are now able to knock down opponents as a result of vaulting over short cover points. Players can also do a 'roadie run', which is essentially a sprint, except in a crouched stance to reduce profile. Also making a reappearance is the active reload, which speeds up reloading if the player hits reload again quickly enough, or a damage boost and a quick reload if the player times it to perfection.

New to the Gears series is the ability to play with four other player's over Xbox Live, with the three other players taking on the role of Delta Squad. Gears of War 2's five player co-op Horde Mode also gets a revamp to Horde Mode 2.0. Also included is the new Beast Mode, the opposite of Horde, in which players fill the shoes of a member of the Locust Horde attempting to survive wave after wave of COG soldiers. In addition to these, all previous multiplayer game modes return.


Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 Your main enemy in the game ... the Locust
Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 Sometimes you get a special objective in a wave. Reaching the goal rewards you with additional weapons.
Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 Aiming at a Gunker in the distance
Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 The player as a wretch hunting humans

Promo Images

Gears of War 3 Screenshot Fighting the Savage Locust
Gears of War 3 Screenshot Dom looking down
Gears of War 3 Screenshot Executing an Drone with a Silverback
Gears of War 3 Screenshot Several types of executions


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Critic Reviews

Joystiq Sep 15, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
XboxAchievements Sep 15, 2011 97 out of 100 97
Meristation Jul 01, 2017 9.5 out of 10 95
Gamegravy Sep 28, 2011 9.4 out of 10 94
COGConnected / Canadian Online Gamers Network Sep 24, 2011 91 out of 100 91
Gameplay (Benelux) Sep 28, 2011 90 out of 100 90
Gamereactor (Sweden) Sep 15, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Softpedia Oct 21, 2011 9 out of 10 90 Sep 20, 2011 87 out of 100 87
Lens of Truth Jan 05, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85


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Carmine's fate

The fate of Clayton Carmine, one of the games secondary characters, was decided by on online 'vote' between July 29th and September 2nd by Epic Games. Two avatar items were placed on Xbox Live, one which read "save Carmine" and one that said "Carmine must die", with whichever one that sold the most would determine Clayton's fate.

The vote resulted from a outcry by some Gears fans after it was announced that another Carmine brother would be appearing in a Gears of War game, with the 2 previous games both featuring one of Clayton's three brothers, with both dying, and some fans wanted to see a Carmine brother survive an appearance in a Gears game. There was also several real t-shirts made and then sold for $20 at Comic con 2010.

The company raised about $150,000 and all profits made from both virtual and real t-shirts were donated to the charity Child's Play.

German version

While the German version is supposedly uncut, blood effects were removed in the German trailer.


  • GamePro (Germany)
    • 2011 - #3 Action Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)

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havoc of smeg (22253) added Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360) on Sep 15, 2011