WOW. Gears of War 3. Sure, we weren’t supposed to know what was coming, but knowing what game it was going to be didn’t make actually SEEING the trailer any less amazing. Most importantly, after the trailer, Cliff Bleszinski threw out a more specific release date: “Gears of War 3” will be in stores (and most likely in your hands) on April 5’th, 2011.
Now, what did we learn from the trailer? First, there will be female COG soldiers. Though it’s a purely aesthetic addition, but it’s definitely a welcome addition. Second, the trailer spent an awful long time focusing on Dom and that statue of a woman and her child: Expect Dom’s search for his family to play a major role in the game’s story. Lastly, the crazy tentacle monsters: According to GOW3 rumor mill, in addition to being a major plot component, these mysterious uber-enemies will change the way player use cover because they can reach around barriers to attack players and NPCs.
Also, while we’re on the subject of the tentacle monsters, they were the only part of the trailer that worries me. Does anyone else think that the prospective plot – The COGs and the Locust both being forced to fight a newer, tougher enemy – seems just a little bit like the second half of the original “Halo”? Please Epic, don’t rush to tie up all the loose ends of this exemplary series by using a horribly clichéd plot device.
Regardless, the game looks amazing… Only 360 days until April 5’th, 2011.