Parents' Guide to

Gears of War 3

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Explosive, violent, and gory finale to the sci-fi series.

Game Xbox 360 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 11+

Amazing game

Really great game with levels that excite and are awsome. Some bloody bits with some attacks.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 18+

No one under 18

Extreme bloody sci-fi game only for adults. Extreme Violence Strong language(f--ker,sh-y,f--k,)

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (29 ):

The good news for fans of the Gears of War series is this third installment is the best yet, with a compelling single-player campaign and plenty of multiplayer mayhem to indulge in online with friends. The bad news, however, is this new disc marks the conclusion of one of the most celebrated and successful Xbox 360 game franchise to date. Developer Epic Games did a "bag up" job with this frantic third-person shooter, but they didn't mess with the formula too much. The pacing of these missions feels great, weaving in story elements and short cut-scene sequences that give meaning to your actions. Plus, the graphics are stunning (despite some occasional frame rate hiccups when there's a lot of action onscreen). Levels are well-designed and enemy artificial intelligence (A.I.) is very smart. As with past games, expect many encounters with impressive (and massive) boss creatures that'll require brains and brawn to successfully take down with your team.

After you finish the game on one of the various difficulty levels (including Hardcore), you'll likely want to play it all over again in up to four-player co-op (cooperative). This way, everyone takes control over a different character in the Delta Squad. There are also many competitive multiplayer modes to indulge in over the Xbox Live service ($60/year). Five-player "Horde" mode, for example, pits you against wave after wave of Locusts creatures while "Beast" mode turns the tables and has you play as the Locust. "Versus" mode alone has 10 different multiplayer maps to try out. While Epic Games didn't really add anything new to the gameplay, Gears of War 3 serves as an explosive conclusion to the best-selling series and will no doubt satiate both longtime fans and new players alike.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Release date: September 20, 2011
  • Genre: Third-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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