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Critic Reviews

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The Game Hoard (Feb 22, 2021)
While its highs never hit quite as high as Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 is a powerful conclusion to the trilogy’s story, providing memorable locations that are a perfect fit for its refined cover shooting system. The desperate tone and dire situation drive the compelling story as the familiar characters are pushed to their limits, but it still remembers to provide levity and satisfying bursts of bloody action to accompany you dishing out damage with a mostly satisfying set of powerful weapons. The aggressive play style gets more play than ever as the multiplayer modes offer plenty of interesting twists, especially with the Horde and Beast mode making for tough challenges against the game’s spectacular enemy variety. This finale to the war with the Locust and the Lambent caps things off excellently with not only the payoff to plenty of plot elements, but an intensely satisfying shooting system to boot.
Giant Bomb (Sep 15, 2011)
Gears of War 3 is a fantastic follow-up that answers important questions about the nature of the Gears universe while backing it all up with an even bigger, better multiplayer suite.
Xboxygen (Sep 18, 2011)
L’année dernière, Reach était une sorte d’aboutissement de la série Halo, un jeu ultra-complet poussant la série très loin. Gears of War 3 fait encore plus pour la franchise, en apportant des nouveautés qui poussent le jeu plus loin qu’on ne l’aurait imaginé. Le coop à 4 a entraîné une refonte de la logique du level-design pour le meilleur, et le jeu en ligne compile les nouveautés qui offrent une expérience de jeu inédite. Un grand bravo à Epic qui aurait pu se contenter d’un décalque de Gears of War 2. Une simple copie n’aurait pas empêché des ventes énormes étant donnée la popularité de la saga, et ils ont fait tellement plus… Si Gears of War 3 était le seul jeu exclusif à la Xbox 360, il justifierait à lui seul l’achat de cette console. C’est la référence du TPS guerrier, le meilleur jeu de cette catégorie jamais sorti, d’une intensité incroyable et poussé par une réalisation hors normes. Tout simplement indispensable.
The Gears of War series emerged for gamers back in 2006, and has become an exclusive masterpiece for the Xbox 360. The amazing visuals provided by Epic's Unreal Engine 3, combined with an astonishing story, engrossing third person cover shooting, and some great voice acting made it a lot of people's favorite series.
Joystiq (Sep 15, 2011)
Gears of War 3 has left me with a parallel set of emotions. On one side, it represents a powerful elegy, a close to a series that has done much to define this console generation. It's a melancholy thing, seeing a solid conclusion for characters that a lot of us liked despite ourselves, that make themselves even more understood in the end. But Gears of War 3 does it with respect and grace, and even subtlety, for a fantastic experience from start to finish. And it bestows a postscript of one of the most full featured, fun, and polished multiplayer experiences I've ever played. Gears of War 3 has finally kept the promise the series made six years ago, and then some.
The Guardian (Sep 15, 2011)
If Gears Of War 3 is indeed this franchise's swansong, Epic can rest easy knowing their world-conquering series ended on something of a high note. It really is one of this year's essential titles.
XboxAchievements (Sep 15, 2011)
Gears of War 3 is an unmitigated triumph for Epic, not only finishing off the trilogy in style, but doing so while expanding upon already sturdy foundations. It’s a game that tugs on the heartstrings at times, raising more than a few laughs, offering undeniable value for money and boasting production values of a Hollywood movie. Gears of War 3 is the very definition of a killer-app and is shaping up to be Microsoft’s new Halo.
Xboxdynasty (XD) (Sep 16, 2011)
Gears of War 3 ist ein würdevoller Abschluss der legendären Trilogie. Die Truppe um Marcus Fenix ist größer, gefährlicher und bedrohter als je zuvor. Auch, wenn die Kampagne die ersten von circa 10 Stunden etwas schwächelt und vor sich hin plätschert, nimmt das Spiel in den späteren Kapiteln richtig an Fahrt auf. Die meisten Pluspunkte sammelt Gears of War 3 aber dank des immensen Umfangs und den genialen Mehrspielermöglichkeiten. Wer mag spielt die Kampagne alleine, im kooperativen Split-Screen mit einem Freund vor einer Konsole oder aber mit maximal vier Spielern online. Die zahlreichen Sammelobjekte und Gamerscore-Erfolge laden euch immer wieder dazu ein, die Kampagne ein weiteres Mal durchzuspielen.
Meristation (Jul 01, 2017)
Gears of War 3 será un duradero en la primera balda de tu estantería, ésa donde colocamos los más jugados. La Horda 2.0, las insignias del multijugador, los DLCs ya confirmados para el online y la aventura principal... todo lo convierte en una joya perdurable, no exenta de ciertos y pequeños fallos, claro. Con unos visibles y enormes trabajo y presupuesto tras de sí, estamos ante el primer aspirante verdadero a GOTY de este otoño y un imprescindible para los poseedores de la máquina de Microsoft que aprecien la acción bélica desenfrenada, más profunda y visceral de la que nos regalaron sus anteriores dos partes. Con un final expuesto de manera algo extraña, la guerra Locust llega a su conclusión y límite. Ahora nada más que nos queda acompañar perplejos a un cierre que solo invita a recoger sus frutos y asegurados éxitos comerciales al grito del estribillo de la canción del epílogo y los créditos, "we are the Gears of War!".
GameSpot (Sep 15, 2011)
From the taut Versus competition to the two great cooperative modes, Gears of War 3 delivers immensely entertaining experiences on both sides of The Locust War. But the real triumph is the campaign, a masterpiece of exciting gameplay and emotional storytelling that stands head and shoulders above its predecessors. Even if you don't remember where you were on Emergence Day, this is one adventure you won't soon forget.
95 (Sep 15, 2011)
En toute honnêteté, on pensait que ce troisième opus aurait tout de même un petit arrière-goût de réchauffé mais il faut reconnaître qu'il n'en est rien et qu'il s'impose même comme le meilleur opus de la série. Non seulement la campagne tient toutes ses promesses, mais ce Gears of War 3 propose aussi des modes multijoueurs intenses et bien conçus qui promettent de vous scotcher au Live des heures durant. Au final, il s'agit donc là d'une formidable conclusion qui devrait combler sans problèmes tous les fans de la licence.
Gamegravy (Sep 28, 2011)
All in all, if you’re a Gears fan, you will no doubt love this game. I believe this game to be the best of the saga. The music is great (comes and goes with the locusts), the visual effects are amazing, the blood and gore make me thirsty for more, and if you thought sailors cursed a lot then be prepared to blush.
gamrReview (Sep 15, 2011)
I’m not ashamed to say that I have not been the biggest fan of the Gears franchise in the past. I didn’t hate it, but it didn’t draw me in as much as some other shooter franchises did. I found the pacing too slow for my taste, and the game was too dependent on heavy cover usage. Gears of War 3 has absolutely won me over. Not only did I enjoy the lengthy and varied singleplayer campaign, but the multiplayer has sucked me in and I’m here to stay. It’s not a perfect game, but it is an incredible accomplishment, and full of fun for almost any action game fan. Gears of War revolutionized the third person shooter, and Gears of War 3 is everything a conclusion to such a powerful trilogy could ask for.
The third installment of Microsoft's flagship series that doesn't go by the name of Halo has been released. Gears of War 3 is the latest third-person sci-fi shooter from Epic Games. The game has been out for a few weeks now, but we at OMGN have been playing it frequently since its release. From single player to its brutal multiplayer, there have been some significant changes and updates since its launch.
92 (Oct 08, 2011)
Gears of War 3 is with its immersive and perfectly directed campaign, the co-op and extensive multiplayer simply again a must-have for those who love games with the necessary action. Epic may not have reinvented the wheel and built further on well-known turf, this is still tight and perfectly detailed entertainment that will cluster both beginners and veterans to the Xbox360 for days and weeks. Gears of War 3 is the best Gears of War up to now, and that says a lot!
91 Gaming Portal (Nov 20, 2011)
Gears of War 3 ispunio je gotovo sva očekivanja, pa možda i učinio nešto više od toga. Priča je uistinu teatralna i voljeli bismo viđati toliko maštovite i epske priče u što više igara. Gameplay je ispunio svoju najveću i najvažniju dužnost - a to je ono da bude zabavan. Nadogradnje na prošli nastavak, pa i recikliranje nekih elemenata lako se uočavaju, ali se isti i vrlo prirodno uklapaju u novitete ove igre.
Once again Epic has weaved excellent core mechanics with an impressive and immersive game. The ever-maturing developer shines through in perhaps its greatest hour with Gears of War 3. The raw blood and guts shooter has become a story of fighting and survival, giving us the most complete game to date; it’s too bad it’s also the last in the trilogy; however, I really don’t think we’ve seen the last of the Gears universe yet.
The Video Game Critic (Jan 28, 2012)
It's addictive, but the insanely difficult boss stages can bring your progress (and fun) to a screeching halt. Gears of Wars 3 gives fans more of what they want, but I think the formula is starting to wear thin.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Sep 28, 2011)
Gears of War 3 is een knallende afsluiter van een erg knappe trilogie, die dankzij de enorme uitgebreide multiplayer mogelijkheden nog jaren na datum zal worden gespeeld.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Sep 15, 2011)
Så. Efter att ha skjutit, sprängt, sågat och "spottat" mig genom kampanjen två gånger, och med flera timmar multiplayer i ryggen kan jag skingra allt eventuellt tvivel; Epic har levererat ett matigt actionpaket med de produktionsvärden vi förväntat. Nu återstår bara att vänta och se - kommer vi att spela Gears of War 3 lika frenetiskt 2014? Förutsättningarna är goda.
90 (Sep 15, 2011)
La série Gears Of War aura clairement marqué les esprits. Elle se termine avec un épisode classe, explosif, brutal et intense. Que ce soit pour la partie solo ou multijoueurs, Epic Games maitrise désormais totalement son sujet. En somme, il s'agit d'un véritable bouquet final qui nous en met plein la vue, du début à la fin. Grâce à toutes ses qualités, Gears Of War 3 s'apparente en quelque sorte à un hommage aux shooters de cette génération. Évidemment, on peut lui reprocher quelques bricoles comme des bugs, une IA perfectible, une prise en main trop lourde, mais les nouveautés apportées dans cet épisode, dont les nombreuses composantes du multijoueurs, lui permettent de se hisser parmi les étoiles de la Xbox 360.
MMGN (Sep 19, 2011)
Gears of War 3 might go out of its way to accommodate newcomers to the series, but it offers plenty of challenge and depth for seasoned Gears gamers to feed their Locust-killing cravings. The campaign is the best in the series on a story and gameplay front, leading into a fantastic conclusion for the trilogy. The multiplayer has been improved over what was a disappointing and stiff component in Gears of War 2, while the new currency and fort system in Horde adds more value to a mode already brimming with addictiveness. Gears of War 3 is the ideal game to lead us into what is going to be a very exciting few months of games. Strap in as Delta Squad rid Sera of the Locust scum!
90 (Sep 15, 2011)
Few of the details are different but this feels like a franchise that has finally grown to fill its full potential, as Epic brings an emphatic end to the trilogy.
IGN (Sep 15, 2011)
Gears of War 3 represents state-of-the-art design and gameplay where you become the king badass among a gory world of bad-asses. Every third-person, cover-based shooter from here on out will likely be compared to Gears 3, and it provides a fitting and poignant-- if sometimes cheesy -- closing chapter to the trilogy. The noted hitches, design decisions and ‘been-there, done-that’ feel of much of the content colors the overall experience, but it certainly didn’t keep me from having one hell of a good time. I imagine you’ll feel the same.
Softpedia (Oct 21, 2011)
Gears of War 3 is a great game and a proper end to the series made by Epic Games. While visuals aren't something to write home about, there's a stunning story with lots of key moments, not to mention top notch and refined gameplay, no matter if you're in single or multiplayer mode. The game will see even more content released for it in the near future, so it's definitely worth checking it out, as it's currently available exclusively on the Xbox 360 console.
87 (Sep 20, 2011)
Epic und Microsoft schließen (vorläufig) das Kapitel Gears of War und haben mich beim großen Finale der Serie nicht enttäuscht. Obwohl Marcus Fenix und seine Jungs ernüchternd ins letzte Gefecht starten, kann sich die umfangreiche Kampagne nach dem schwachen Einstieg bis zum dramatischen Ende konstant steigern und für die eine oder andere Überraschung sorgen. Vor allem kooperativ geht ordentlich die Post ab und man wird glänzend unterhalten. Die großen Wow-Effekte der Vergangenheit bleiben allerdings aus - Epic verlässt sich trotz neuer Waffen und Gegnertypen zu sehr auf das Bewährte, das nach all den Jahren nicht mehr die gleiche Faszination entfachen kann wie zur Premiere im Jahr 2006.
85 (Sep 16, 2011)
Everything comes together as one connected, stat-tracking package though; there isn't a feeling of disparate systems. From completing acts in the campaign to capturing rotating control points online, everything you do accumulates to unlock content. Commendations and medals compile to rank up your profile in a way reminiscent of Halo's interconnectedness, even when playing locally with friends. Parts to the final entry of the Gears trilogy might not completely reach the heights they first allude to try and fulfill, and not everything new is especially awesome. Nevertheless, there are two ways to look at Gears of War 3: it's the best of the series; and, it's not a disappointing ending. Good job, Epic.
Lens of Truth (Jan 05, 2012)
Gears of War 3 is without a doubt the best and most complete game in the series. It has just about everything you can want from a third person action game. The only real downfall that is holding it back is that aside from the story, similar game modes can be found in other games. On the plus side however, they feel very polished and will still provide a ton of fun in this game. If you own a 360, Gears of War 3 is definitely a must buy. Just don’t expect anything bold and new from the experience.
Splitkick (Sep 21, 2011)
For the third and final installment, Epic did a fairly good job with it. Is Gears of War 3 the blockbuster people will be talking about for years to come? I don’t think so. The campaign delivers nearly non-stop action but Epic didn’t spend enough time on wrapping up the loose holes in their story. If you’re not playing Gears for the campaign, and haven’t blown through Horde or Beast modes by the end of the first week, then you’re going to have hours of game time waiting for you. Fans of the series will enjoy every moment of Gears 3 despite its flaws. I just wish Epic would have used their extra time to polish those and given the game the spark it needed to shine brighter than its prequels.
Factornews (Sep 20, 2011)
Après un deuxième épisode qui se reposait un peu trop sur ses acquis, on se demandait si Epic allait pouvoir conclure la trilogie Gears avec un troisième épisode à la hauteur. La réponse est oui, tout simplement, car ce Gears of War 3 parvient à nous proposer un gameplay toujours aussi efficace agrémenté de petites nouveautés bienvenues, une campagne relativement longue et sans le moindre temps mort, un multijoueur plus fourni que jamais et une réalisation tout bonnement impressionnante. Bravo Epic, donc, qui fournit là une conclusion éblouissante à l'une des sagas les plus marquantes de cette génération de consoles.
The Telegraph (Sep 15, 2011)
But this is a game of refinement, not reinvention. Capps is right in that games are at their best and most interesting when they are teaching us something new. Gears of War 3 has nothing new to say to its audience, only more lavish and breathless adjectives to throw our way. It is, at times, nothing short of spectacular, and there is a robustness and polish to every aspect of the game that makes it consistently enjoyable. But for the series and the studio that crafted it, it’s time to pursue novelty once again.
80 (UK) (Sep 15, 2011)
So where do you go after "bigger, better and more badass?" You go to your fans and give them that which they crave. But now Epic has surely exhausted the formula in its current form - and, probably, on current-gen - the really exciting question is: where next?
Jeux Vidéo Network (Sep 15, 2011)
Gears Of War 3 était l'un des jeux les plus attendus de l'année, et il tient presque toutes ses promesses. Si le mode campagne manque d'inventivité, sa réalisation technique époustouflante et ses excellents modes multijoueurs en font un titre incontournable pour les amateurs de jeu entre amis.