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Gears of War 3 review roundup

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(Read caption) Gears of War 3 has arrived. And reviewers can't get enough.

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Gears of War 3, the third and final installment in the saga of Marcus Fenix and his heavily-armored buddies, hit store shelves this week. The sales are expected to be monumental, even by Gears of War standards. But how does this mature-rated game play? Well, judging by the early reviews, it plays very well indeed. Let's go to the score cards.

The storyline

"As with the first two Gears titles, the plot of Gears of War 3's main campaign is either commendably straightforward or completely irrelevant, depending on how you look at it," writes Taylor Clark of Slate. "Once again, you take the role of Marcus Fenix, a battle-scarred brick in human form who growls his way through post-apocalyptic environments alongside his band of bantering space marines. Fenix is still fighting to save humanity from the Locusts, a race of inexplicably evil underground-dwelling monsters who, despite their admirable grasp of weapons technology, only speak in monosyllabic descriptions of actions in which they're currently engaged. (Crush! Boom! Grind!) And that's pretty much all you need to know."

The graphics


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