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The Previous Gears of War games
The first Gears of War was a really good game because it pushed boundaries. It was also a title that really showed what the XBOX 360 was capable of. It became known as a game that featured really stunning graphics and also great, intense gameplay with fire-fights forcing you to make good use of cover. However, the dialog was pretty much rubbish and the story not too great. Therefore, a typical action game in terms of story. But it didn't matter because of the gameplay being so good. One other downside though was the short campaign, again hardly unusual for an action game.
Then came Gears of War 2. It implemented a few new features and improved the graphics slightly. Everything was bigger in the game. In fact, the biggest and new feature in my mind was horde mode that saw you try to survive against waves of enemies. The campaign didn't last much longer though and again, the story wasn't too good. They did try to make it better though.
This leads us onto Gears of War 3.
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Looking Ahead to Gears of War 3 - Preview and Release Date
If anything, the sequel will probably follow the same pattern as Gears of War 2. It'll make everything bigger than what was featured in the previous game. This includes more chaotic fire-fights and also slightly better graphics. Old characters are also certain to return in the game and from the looks of things, some of them have received make-overs. For example, Marcus Fenix now has different armor. Also, a video that has been released shows Marcus and his friends fending off waves and waves of enemy Locust, plus other types of enemies. Is this perhaps hinting at a new mode available in the game?
The game is also being billed as the conclusion to the Gears of War trilogy. With it being the closing title for the trilogy, I'm not worried about the gameplay being bad. But I'd like to see them implement a better story and also better dialog for the game. With it being the last title, it's only fitting in my view. However, I do realise my expectations are possibly too high, so I'm not holding out much hope. It'd just be nice. I'd also like a longer single-player.
One other thing that I'm looking forward too are the new toys we'll get to play around with. I'm sure there will be several new weapons.
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The Release Date for Gears of War 3 and Will it Live up to the Hype?
In gameplay terms, the game will definitely live up to the hype or at least be as good as previous entries. With it being the closing entry, it should be quite epic. Even if the game is largely the same, I imagine quite a lot of people will be quite happy with the game. Let's just hope there's quite a few new improvements.
The game itself is due for release on April the 5th in North America and Asia, then the 7th in Japan. People in Europe will get the game on April the 8th. It's due out in 2011 in all regions.